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We enjoyed a foggy morning here on the beautiful Mendocino coast of northern California. Dan and Cherie have returned from a five-week jaunt which took them to the northeastern United States, then off to Europe – swinging London, the canals of Amsterdam, a whirlwind tour of Berlin, a memorable Ann Wigmore memorial in chilly Lithuania, followed by a VERY long flight to hot and steamy Malaysia and finally back to home sweet home.
As usual, there is a lot going on here at Living Light! We currently have a full class of students for our Associate Chef and Instructor training, and they are eagerly preparing for their first raw vegan culinary demos next week, under the expert tutelage of Cherie, Martine Lussier, Jennifer Cornbleet, and our Living Light staff instructors. We have some interesting local events here too, including the 2nd Annual Soup and Chili Cook-Off to benefit the Fort Bragg Food Bank (we won with our vegan, organic, gluten free Creamy Corn and Sweet Potato Chowder last year – beating out even a Lobster Bisque!
La Dia de los Muertos at Living Light Café and Marketplace
October 28 to November 1
For the fifth year, Living Light will participate in the Mendocino Coast Day of the Dead Celebration. The Day of the Dead, or La Dia de los Muertos, originated in Mexico. It celebrates our ancestors, friends, and family who have passed on. We will create a company altar, with mementos and photographs, which will be up from October 28 – November 1.
We’re delighted to offer “A Fiesta of Chocolate”on November First: Mexican Spiced Chocolate Milk, Ancho Chili Chocolate Truffles, and Coconut Dream Bars $5.00 (includes a $5.00 coupon good toward a purchase at Living Light Marketplace). Chocolate Trio available all day while supplies last.
Are you one of the people who love Valentines Day or could you take it or leave it? I’m one of the ones who loves it, but I have plenty of friends who don’t – so I guess I get both responses. Well – no I don’t. Seriously? What’s not to love? First of all, don’t you have any sweet childhood memories, oh cupid haters? Like – making valentines out of pink and red paper and doilies and stickers and glitter? How about the little paper ones you got at school? I have to say some of my sweetest, most favorite memories are of my dad coming home from work with big heart shaped boxes of chocolates for my mother and me. Now I make sure my kids get something from me. Maybe it’s always been more of a family holiday for me so I don’t associate it with a bunch of heart hurts and disappointments – just love and pink and flowers and chocolate. All good things!
If you are feeling up against the wall to make sure this isn’t one of the disappointing sort of Valentines Days, how about a romantic coastal get away? The Living Light Inn is offering a Sweetheart Special this Thursday through Saturday: buy two nights, get one free. Pretty sweet, huh? And what better way to say “I love you” than a few nights on the coast in our all organic, planet-friendly inn? You could get some super delicious raw chocolates from our café, too. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? And sometimes last minute plans are the most romantic of all. So there you go – give me a call and reserve your room today! Happy Valentines Day!
Can Thanksgiving really be just a week from today? Come on. That’s crazy talk. Fortunately, each year I do the very same thing so I needn’t come up with any plans and fortunately again, my annual plans include Thanksgiving dinner at a pretty posh country club so I really don’t have to plan, let alone cook, anything. But – I do need to locomote myself and my children to this annual event which is a six hour drive with the last bit often through chain-requiring snow. This is really no problem, either. All sorts of people put chains on their cars everyday. Plus my daughter and I are world class ride-around-in-the-car types now, and my son has an iPod so we’re all good. And this year, we’re adding a stop at some of my very most beloved friends’ on our way to and from our final destination. It all couldn’t be nicer, really. It just feels so soon! I mean, once Thanksgiving has come and gone my kids birthdays are right around the corner and about a minute later it’s Christmas. Oh well – nothing to be done about it, of course. I mean – I have had a year to prepare – it’s not a surprise. But – I’m no where even close to having saved up the money for that Bettie Page dress I’ve had my eye on for months and now it’s almost time for holiday parties and how’s that going to work?
Okay – hopefully that was my holiday complaining for the year. Let’s get on to my holiday happiness which is, as you know, eating. Did you know we have whole cakes and pies you can order from our café? We do. You can get one of our raw vegan pumpkin pies for your celebration next week. Yum! And we have vanilla or chocolate cheesecake. We have a super fancy lemon poppy seed cake that looks stunning and tastes divine. You need to give us a day or so to create your masterpiece, so come in and order one today! Happy holidays!
I’ve been getting up pretty early these days, which is a whole new thing for me and I must confess to doing my share of sleeping in at least one weekend morning but – back to the point. I’m finding that if I get up early enough, I don’t feel rushed in those first waking moments and I can actually get outside and take a look at the world and try and make a spiritual connection with the universe. I find if I can actually beat my life out the door, I can really make myself open to what each day has to offer. And then, for like eight to ten minutes, I’m calm and connected. It really feels good. I’d like to say that this state of serenity lasts throughout my day, making me an absolute treasure to be around, but that would be a stretch. However, it does get the day off to a beautiful start and that’s better than my usual rushy ways. Between that and working out a few mornings a week, I’m really front loading my days in the balance department. I hope I can stick with it.
The holidays are often a time to loose track of one’s daily routines. The health of mind, body and spirit can get lost between all the events and family members and food. I’m going to try to keep it together this year and hang on to what’s most important to me. It’s beginning this weekend with a trip to my mother’s. We’ll see how I do. Anyhow, I hope we can all remember what’s most important this holiday season. Maybe when you get a little overwhelmed, you could come into Living Light for a refreshing juice or smoothie. A wheat grass shot is often just the right thing on a busy day. Don’t forget that refreshing your body often helps to refresh your mind, too. As far as your spirit, just keep the connection. Love with your heart and not your wallet. And be compassionate with yourself when those cookie trays start showing up!
Are you in a good mood or a bad mood today? I feel compelled to report I’ve been in a good mood for weeks. I believe it has something to do our old friend balance, about which my dear blog sister, Kristin, wrote with such eloquence just the other day. Sometimes we get tied to negativity on some level and aren’t able or ready to release it. That’s okay. Strength of spirit takes time and effort to develop just like strength of body. I don’t know much about the physical stuff, but I’ve been working pretty hard at finding some spiritual foundation upon which to balance my soul. Releasing negativity, no matter how comforting or familiar that energy has become, is a sure step towards fitness. And, evidently, good moods.
Do you know what else is sure to put you in a good mood? A treat from our dessert case in the Cafe. Our students are upstairs in Pastry Arts – Unbaked! right now so you should come in and check out the delectable raw goodness they’re learning to create. If you or someone you love is new to raw foods, keep in mind that raw desserts are one of the best ways to begin – a gateway to transitioning. Obviously we can’t eat our way to happiness, but then again, a piece of cheesecake made from nothing but whole, living foods is nothing to cry about!
So – guess what? It’s time to watch the videos and vote for the next Hot Raw Chef. Living Light‘s having another Valentine’s Day themed contest, so I presume most of the entries will be sweets, but maybe not. I have yet to watch, but I did watch this super fabulous little ad our Terilynn made to kick off the voting called Rawk the Vote. Check it out! I wonder if I’ll vote in time this year? That is my one and only resolution for 2012, by the way: vote in a timely manner for all Hot Raw Chef contests. But as always, whether my vote’s counted or not, I always enjoy watching the entries and who doesn’t want to pick up some fun new recipes?
I suppose that doesn’t sound like a very strident or lofty New Year’s resolution, but I’m not much of a resolution fan. I try and live a life of honesty and balance and make my daily goal to be the woman I want to be – the one the universe intended. My success rate varies dramatically, but not as much as it used to. Like everything else worth doing, living up to my own potential takes practice. The more conscious of my inner health I am, the more natural that consciousness becomes. Fortunately, I have no idea what size the universe wants me to be, so I don’t have to worry about any pesky weight goals. That being said, some low-glycemic treats wouldn’t hurt. So – I’m off to watch some Hot Raw Chef videos. I hope you’ll do the same.
Every morning, I have a little centering ritual which includes looking up the patron saint, or saints, of the day. For example, today’s patron is Demetrius the Wonderworker. Don’t you feel better already? I know I do. It gives me the opportunity to read a little story someone thought was relevant and important and cool enough to actually submit for validation by the church. Are the stories true? Who cares! It’s a connection with the past and helps me get the day off to less self centered start.
Today we are setting up our annual Day of the Dead altar in the café. I love this yearly tradition. Employees here at Living Light are encouraged to bring in items to place on the altar in honor of someone who’s special to them but no longer with us here on the planet. The altar always turns out so beautifully. We’ll have to take some pictures to share in an upcoming post. It’s a community event, too, so there are altars to see all over town. Besides the altar, we’ll be participating in the celebration by offering a trio of raw Mexican chocolates in the café. This will also be the public debut of our new pastry chef, Donna Marie Heagen – a saint in her own right! Come check out her confectionery mastery! The cost is $5.00, but you get a five dollar certificate good in the Marketplace so it’s all good. Locals – definitely come check it out!