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DIY: Create a Jar of Awesome for 2014

We can all fall victim to the negative sometimes or end up in funks that last weeks or months because we don’t feel satisfied with where we are in our lives. It’s a natural rhythm, but how can we pull ourselves out? What can we do to remember the positive things – no matter how small – to remind us to be grateful for the advantages and blessings we already have?

You create a Jar of Awesome.

The idea has been floating around Pinterest for a few years now, but as Intent is heading into a major make over in 2014 we wanted to share this idea with our audience. Get yourself an empty mason jar, bottle, or small box – any empty container you choose. Decorate it with paints or glitter or markers – write positive sayings on it, quotes that lift you up, paint it a ridiculously bright color – whatever you choose. We’ve included a gallery of some of the favorites we found on Pinterest that you can use for inspiration.

Once your jar is decorated to your liking, find a visible place for it and keep it near a small notepad or stack of sticky notes. Starting on January 1st, every time something positive, inspiring or awesome happens to you write it down on one of those sheets of paper. Write down the date if that helps, or not (it’s really all up to you) and put it in the jar. Make the commitment to yourself to try and stick at least one piece of paper in the jar a day. Encourage your friends to also make jars. Then on December 31st of next year throw a get together so you can read through all the great things that happened to you over the past year.

The jar also works for mid-year or quarter-year slumps. Whenever you start to feel taken over by the negative, open the jar and read through the great things that have happened to buoy yourself back up. This is a great DIY craft to do with your family or with a group of friends at your New Years party. At the end of the year it’s a really fun way to share your memories and to reflect on everything you’ve accomplished over the year (It’s way more than you think it is). The potential to make 2014 awesome is up to you, and creating this jar is just one tool to help you get there.

What would you put on your Jar of Awesome? If you’ve made one show us your pictures in the comments below! 

3 Quick & Easy Vegan Snacks For Parties and Home

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It’s fall, which often means there is a lot of entertaining – whether it is for PTA things, football Sundays or holiday get togethers. It also means school is back in session and time is even more cramped.

It’s difficult trying to figure out something tasty but easy to make when you’re in a rush or trying to feed a lot of people. If you are looking for a good side dish or quick snack to serve, look no further! These three dishes are delicious, vegan and take less than 30 minutes to get done. Make them for yourself on the run or to feed a group!

Asian-Style Sauteed Shiitake Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • shiitake mushroom – 2 cups-stemmed
  • sesame oil – 1 teaspoon
  • teriyaki sauce – 2 tablespoons- San-J or my homemade sauce
  • toasted sesame oil – 1/2 teaspoon
  • garlic – 1 clove crushed
  • warm water – 1/4 cup
  • cilantro – 1 teaspoon chopped finely (optional)

Instructions:

Stem and chop mushrooms. (This is a great job for kids. They don’t need to use a sharp knife and they really seem to enjoy it. Maybe it is the act of destroying things, at which my kids are experts, but they get the job done and it takes a menial task out of your hands.)

Heat the oil in a saucepan.

Peel and either chop or crush garlic clove and add to oil.

When the garlic has turned slightly brown and gets fragrant (about 1 minute) add mushrooms.

Mix well so that the mushrooms are coated in the garlicky oil.

Add teriyaki sauce.

Mix well.

Mushrooms are super absorbent so I add 1/2 cup of warm water. Add it very slowly so that the mushrooms absorb it evenly. The flavor is coming from the oil and the sauce so you want to make sure that everything gets mixed well. You don’t want some water logged mushrooms and some over-seasoned ones.

Cook for @ 5-7 minutes or until the mushrooms are cooked through.

Add toasted sesame oil and mix well.

I like to garnish this dish with finely chopped cilantro or parsley because it’s pretty.

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Vanishing Kale Chips

Ingredients:

  • kale – 1 bunch, curly
  • sesame oil – 2 tbsp
  • himalaya salt – 1/2 tsp

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 300.

Cut the middle rib out of the Kale leaves. Use only the curly green part.

Cut the leaves into bite size chunks and wash well. Make sure that you dry the leaves thoroughly. If the kale is soggy when you put the oil on it it won’t crisp up.

Toss the leaves with the sesame oil. Sometimes I toss them with melted *Ghee which makes them buttery and decadent and taste like movie theater popcorn. Then salt the whole bunch while you are still tossing. Use a good quality sea salt or himalaya salt.

Spread the leaves out on the top of a baking tray; the holes will allow for air to come up from underneath and will result in maximum crunch. Don’t overload the tray. I make it in two batches. By the time the second batch is done, the first one has been demolished.

The kale reduces significantly, so don’t be surprised. When it is done it should be crispy but not overly brown. It takes about 20 minutes.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Paprika

Ingredients:

  • cauliflower – 1 head or @3 cups
  • sesame oil – 1 tablespoon
  • paprika – 1/2 teaspoon
  • himalaya salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • garlic powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375

Chop the cauliflower into florets

Place in an oven proof pan

Toss with sesame oil, salt, garlic powder and paprika

Cover with tinfoil

Cook for @20 minutes or until the cauliflower is softish

Remove foil

Turn oven to high broil

Roast for @5 minutes or until the cauliflower gets a toasted look to it. A word of caution. Do not walk away from the oven when something is on high broil. Things burn pretty quickly at that temp. Your beautiful cauliflower can turn into burnt nub in the blink of an eye.

All recipes originally posted on TappsTips

Sparks Will Fly With This 4th of July Homemade Ice Cream!

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By the time 4th of July rolls around, we’re in the thick of summer. It’s hot; our kids are getting restless; and it’s been a few weeks since the last good summer party. Lucky for us, the joyous, rowdy national holiday arrives just in time, complete with parades and fireworks to set the festive mood. Like many celebrants, you may be hitting the beach or the park this year for a picnic, then catching fireworks once the sun sets. It’s a common and beloved routine, so perfectly simple you might find yourself searching for a way to spice things up…

Ever made ice cream from scratch? That’s right, no more excuses. Let this summer be an opportunity to undertake some new projects you’ve had your eye on but haven’t had the time/patience to try out. Case in point: homemade ice cream!

Ginger and peaches come together in this refreshing recipe to create the perfect summer dessert. Your kids will love it; your friends will beg you for the recipe; and Independence Day will go off will all the spice and spark it deserves.

Ginger Peach Ice Cream – Two ways

Ingredients:

  • 6 fresh ripe peaches diced
  • 1 Pint Heavy Cream or whipping cream
  • 1-2 Cups Half and Half or Whole Milk
  • 1/2 to 1 Cup sugar depending on preference
  • 1/2 to 1 1/2 tsp. Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger Powder (to taste)

Instructions:

  1. Lightly whip heavy cream to aerate for 2-3 minutes
  2. Add sugar to blend
  3. Pour into a large bowl and add additional milk
  4. Puree half of the diced peaches and add ginger powder to taste
  5. Stir in diced peaches and puree until well blended
  6. Pour into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions

Or have some fun and make Ice Cream in a Can!! Here’s how:

In a 1 lb. coffee can mix all ingredients. Seal can lid well with duct tape. Put small, sealed can inside larger 3 lb. can. Pack ice and 1 cup salt around small can. Put lid on large can and duct tape closed. Roll back & forth on a large towel (optional) for 15 minutes. Open large can and dump ice and water. Wipe small can dry and open. Stir mix, scraping sides of can. Additional ingredients, eg. cookie crumbs, chopped nuts, can be added now. Reseal small can and place back in larger can. Repack with salt and ice. Continue rolling for 10 minutes more. Open large can and dump ice and water. Wipe small can dry and open. Enjoy!

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308415_642560165773441_1538239119_nWakaya Perfection Ginger Powder has been featured in the LA Times, New York Times Gift GuideOprah’s favorite things and many more!

July 4th is right around the corner, and now is the perfect time to stock up on Wakaya Perfection’s 100% organic ginger powder to use in your favorite recipes! Visit WakayaPerfection.com to find more healthy recipes (like the Ginger Lime Creme Brulee or Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Chops) and stock up on Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger to use in your kitchen. 

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Wordplay Wednesday: Perfect

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Look over here
I’ve walked in the room
Turn all your eyes onto me
You may need to squint
I know that I shine
So brightly
That you cannot see
That I’m here for the show
And I’ve made my appearance
The lights flash
As you all scream my name
I’ll smile and try to prove
To you that everything
Is perfect
It’s the only reason I came

Note: I wrote this in 1996 when I was 20-years old, heavily invested in the bar scene and trying to control the outsides to feel better inside. So grateful that I know now that doesn’t work:)

 

Past Wordplay Wednesdays:

Change

One in the Same

Competition

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Dîner en Blanc: The Biggest, Classiest Dinner Party in the World – Tonight!

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If you happen to be in Paris, France tonight and are privy to the underground communications of the Dîner en Blanc, then you are in for a treat! Founded nearly 25 years ago by François Pasquier, this ongoing dinner party – the largest in the world – convenes yearly in public places undisclosed until just an hour before the event. Diners must be personally invited by organizers, friends of organizers, friends of friends of…you get the picture. But apart from that layer of exclusivity, the event is grassroots, diverse, and non-commercial. Though technically not legal as it often descends upon landmarks, including in past years the Eiffel Tower site, the Louvre Pyramid, the Trocadéro Esplanade, the Château de Versailles, and the Esplanade de Notre-Dame, officials tolerate the innocent revelry of this “dinner in white.”

The “en blanc” part refers to the all-white outfits, linens, and decorations diners come equipped with, creating the aura of a chic, classy restaurant as opposed to the makeshift, outdoor picnic it truly is. Picnic or no, the event is all class. As outlined on their website, guests are responsible for bringing:

A table, two (white) chairs, a picnic basket comprised of quality menu items and china dinner service. They must wear white and be dressed elegantly. Originality is encouraged as long as it stays stylish and denotes taste.

It might sound a bit stuffy, but as the organizers urge, the guidelines are in place mainly to create a container for a magical, festive (and photogenic!) event. And the rules haven’t kept other communities from initiating their own local versions of the Dîner en Blanc, now in eighteen countries around the world!

Dîner en Blanc, a new documentary, captures the whimsical nature of this non-traditional dinner party, and the trailer alone is bound to whet your interest:

Looks like fun, eh? Good luck finding a way in to this exclusive party – but if you have a contact for any of the cities, can we be your plus one? 🙂

Photo credit: Dîner en Blanc

Two Crazy Delicious Cinco de Mayo Recipes Under 300 Calories

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Did you know Cinco de Mayo doesn’t actually commemorate Mexican independence, as many people think? Nor is it widely celebrated in that country. The holiday marks Mexico’s 1862 victory over France in the Franco-Mexican War and has given Americans an opportunity – if in a slightly misinformed way – to appreciate Mexican culture through food, music, and general merriment. In Mexico, the day is primarily observed in the state of Puebla, where the battle occurred and also one of the oldest inhabited areas of the country.

The fact that Cinco de Mayo celebrations are held more frequently outside of Mexico, in countries like the US, Australia, Canada, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands, the holiday has become more of an international festival than anything else. Some might bemoan the muddling of traditional Mexican culture with contemporary American party culture, but after all, who doesn’t enjoy a good fiesta?

Let this year’s Cinco de Mayo mark an appreciation for Mexican heritage incorporated into global culture, with plenty of food, music, and good company to spare.

Try this challenge: See how many traditional Mexican recipes you can infuse with tastes and spices from your own cultural cuisine, and vice versa! We’ve given you two healthy recipes to start: A fresh, ginger-infused take on the classic margarita, and a tropical Mahi-Mahi dish with Mexican-inspired salsa and ginger-tamari parsnips. These recipes will add some spicy flair to your menu without breaking your nutritional bank.

What recipes will you be preparing for Cinco de Mayo? Let us know in the comments below!

Wakaya Perfection Organic Zingerita

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 oz. Reposado or Añejo tequila
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • ¼ tsp. Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger Powder

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Pour ingredients into a shaker; add ice and shake well. Garnish with bamboo reed or lime wedge.

NUTRITION INFORMATION
Calories: 225
Carbs: 7g
Protein: 0g
Fat: 0g

Mahi-Mahi with Cantaloupe Wakaya Perfection Ginger Salsa

(Makes 4 servings)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 cups 4-ounce mahi-mahi fillets
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper

MASHED PARSNIPS & CARROTS:

  • 1¹/³ cups peeled and diced carrots
  • 1¹/³ cups peeled and diced parsnips
  • 1 cup peeled and diced sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp. apple juice concentrate
  • 2 tbsp. cane sugar
  • 1 tsp. low-sodium tamari sauce
  • ½ tsp. togarashi spice blend
  • ¼ tsp. Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Juice from ½ a lime

CANTALOUPE & GINGER SALSA:

  • 1½ cups small diced cantaloupe
  • 2 tbsp. thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp. cane sugar
  • 1 tsp. Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger Powder
  • ½ tsp. lime zest
  • ½ tsp. low-sodium tamari sauce

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat grill. Season mahi-mahi fillets with salt and pepper. Grill to desired doneness.
  • Steam carrots, parsnips and sweet potatoes until tender. Transfer to a food processor and add apple juice concentrate, sugar, tamari sauce, togarashi spice blend, ground ginger, salt and lime juice. Purée until smooth.
  • In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients for Cantaloupe & Ginger Salsa.
  • Serve 1 mahi-mahi fillet atop Mashed Parsnips & Carrots With Ginger and top with 1⁄3 cup Cantaloupe & Ginger Salsa.

NUTRITION INFORMATION
Calories: 259
Carbs: 10g
Protein: 6g
Fat: .5g

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Mother’s day is just around the corner. Wakaya Perfection makes a great gift for Mom whether she enjoys a Zingarita, a hot cup of tea or a soothing ginger bath! Check out http://wakayaperfection.com for recipes and homemade gift ideas featuring Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger. Use the promo code HAPPYMOM and receive 15% off your next purchase!

Wakaya Perfection Ginger Powder has been featured in the LA Times, New York Times Gift GuideOprah’s favorite things and may more!

 

Photo credit: US Army Korea

Photo credit: Wakaya

Wordplay Wednesday: Relapse

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It’s taken me almost
Two years
To get to this place
Where I think
I’m officially pissed
As I’m confronted by
Reconnecting with
People from my past
And am overwhelmed
With resentment
Thoughts like
You weren’t there for me then
You don’t get to know me now
Ring so loud in my head
I’m remembering all of the
Next day conversations
When I called you
So upset
And you’d talk me off the ledge
Convincing me that
I was just being overdramatic
That I was too hard on myself
That everything was fine
Is that really
What you believed
When you’d watch me
Make the same mistakes
Time after time?
Couldn’t you see
That I needed help
That I was hurting
So much inside?
Maybe you just didn’t
Pay much attention
Or want to loose a friend
Who drinks
Just as much wine
Well either way it’s fine
It’s all worked out okay
I don’t regret the past
Because it’s made me
Who I am
The fire inside me
Burns stronger than ever
But I sense a reluctance
To trust you
Again
Self-righteous
Pre-judgments
And generalizations
Are limiting the light
That comes in
I don’t want to go backwards
To lose all I’ve gained
I can no longer
Drink you interesting
And I no longer like pretending
That everything is okay
I need honesty like a drug
Every minute
Of every day
So it kind of feels good
To acknowledge I’m angry
And at the same time
To know
That this too shall pass
That my only job now
Is to sit with this discomfort
And accept it
For as long as it lasts
And not react
But instead take comfort in
The fact
That you probably couldn’t
Have stopped me if you tried
And you sure as hell
Can’t make me
Relapse

Note: I wrote this poem in January of 2012, shortly after moving back to LA (and, clearly, working through some anger towards friends I used to party with). Grateful for all the lessons learned along the way, even when they hurt.

Get Complete Details of – New Year 2010 and Get Free Weekly Horoscopes

 New Year is fast approaching and all of us must be wondering on how we can make our forthcoming days all the more happier and blissful. Making new resolutions, planning for the new year parties, purchasing New Year gifts etc consume most of our days prior to the occasion. Despite the yellow leaves, chilly mornings and cool winds breezing through, every heart holds warmth of mirth and enthusiasm in it. Irrelevant of cast, creed, religion and region people celebrate New Year in the most grand manner. The bygone year is bidden farewell to and the new year is embraced with arms wide open. 

 

New Year History

A secular festival like New Year has a very ancient historic past attached to it. One of the earliest New Year celebrations was recorded in Mesopotamia in around 2000 B.C. But, it is considered that the celebrations of that new year took place in the month of Spring on the first New Moon night. Whereas, a similar kind of celebration took place in Egypt and Persia on the Equinox, which falls in the month of winter season. The trend continued for many subsequent years until in around 150 B.C Romans fixed 1st January as the date to commence the cycle of the Gregorian New Year. The great King Julius Caesar made this attempt, which is followed till date. Thus, it is one of the old pagan festivals in the world. 

New Year Traditions & Celebrations

However, there are many different traditions of celebrating New Year in different countries, yet the fervor and the intensity remains almost same all over. While some countries like United States of America and France hold parades in order to eulogize the occasion. While chinese new year and Spanish people like to have a family dinner and then going out for celebrations, natives of Brazil enjoy New Year jubilations at street with colorful props. Making loud noises, having festive food and singing and dancing on jolly tunes is certainly the highlight of the day in any country across the world. 

New Year Day Gifts

New Year day gifts are an expression of wishing all luck and happiness in the upcoming year. There is no scarcity of New Year gifts in the market. Make this New Year all the more special with exquisite decorative items, floral gifts, motivational gifts, good luck charm gifts and even ready to give New Year gift baskets. To lend to your gift a special, personalized feel add a New Year Day card to it. Enticing range of greeting cards are available at a gift shop near you. You can also send free New Year greetings via internet as many websites offer such a facility. 

New Year 2010

This time, new year 2010 is going to fall on Thursday taking along a bundle of joy and energy so that we are full on stock for the rest of the year. There is a beautiful aura set on 31st December, that is the new years eve of every year. As soon as the right time would come, balloons will be released in the air, screaming sounds will be heard and firecracker show will be gracing the sky. Let us resolute ourselves to sustain the same happiness throughout the year.

 

 

Get Free from – 2010 horoscopes, Weekly Horoscopes and 2010 Calendars

 Horoscopes give an insight into the future and many people want to know about their future much before the future becomes present. Every year, millions of people flock to the places where they can find their horoscopes. Many people are fascinated with the astrological predictions, monthly horoscopes, star signs, numerology and birth signs. The best time to know your future in the end of the present year, as the onset of new year provides an opportunity to shape up your life as per the predictions. That time of the year has come yet again when we have to bid farewell to the year 2010 and welcome the year 2010. 2010 horoscopes will tell you how your coming year will be. Whether you will succeed or fail, win or lose, achieve or face disappointments in the coming year will be clear from your 2010 horoscopes. Even people who don’t believe in astrology want to know how their lives will shape up. A minute incident foretold in their life can make them start believing in this science of stars. 

 

 

 

Every year, at this time people make many resolutions to follow in the coming year. Many people have difficult dreams that they want to materialize in the coming year. This is the time for new aspirations, bank holidays in canada, ambitions, hopes and imaginations. 2010 horoscopes will give you a path on which you can embark on the journey of your life in that year. They will provide a right direction for your actions. There are many sources from where people can get their 2010 weekly horoscopes. The quality of the source is very important if one wants correct predictions. Knowledge of astrological science has been there for centuries and people have been using this knowledge to foretell the future since long. Till today this practice of future forecast is prevalent.  Many people go to astrologers and numerologists to know about their future. The beginning of New Year is the most sought after time to know the future. People ask for yearly horoscopes so that they know how their coming year would be. now many people will go to the astrologers to ask for 2010 horoscopes. 

 

The percentage of people believing in astrological science is higher than the percentage of non-believers of such science. There are also some people who secretly read their horoscopes but don’t show publically that they believe in the rightness of horoscopes. Though it is nothing to be shamed of if your have faith in these practices. The facts show that astrological science is true to a large extent. People should admit with confidence that they have faith in it. There have been many examples of people who didn’t use to believe in astrology but because of some incidences and events that happened, they started believing in this science. 

 

Year 2010 is fast approaching. This is the right time to know about one’s coming year by reading 2010 horoscopes. Whatever mistakes one has made in the previous year, it is time to rectify them; whatever loans one has taken, it is time to repay them and start afresh; whatever grudges one had, it is time to forget them and spread love and friendship all around…Yes! It is time for a new beginning.

 

 

 

New Year – Get Complete Details of New Year 2010 and Get Free Weekly Horoscopes.

New Year is fast approaching and all of us must be wondering on how we can make our forthcoming days all the more happier and blissful. Making new resolutions, planning for the new year parties, purchasing New Year gifts etc consume most of our days prior to the occasion. Despite the yellow leaves, chilly mornings and cool winds breezing through, every heart holds warmth of mirth and enthusiasm in it. Irrelevant of cast, creed, religion and region people celebrate new year 2010 in the most grand manner. The bygone year is bidden farewell to and the new year is embraced with arms wide open. 

 

New Year History

 

A secular festival like New Year has a very ancient historic past attached to it. One of the earliest New Year celebrations was recorded in Mesopotamia in around 2000 B.C. But, it is considered that the celebrations of that New Year took place in the month of Spring on the first New Moon night. Whereas, a similar kind of celebration took place in Egypt and Persia on the Equinox, which falls in the month of winter season. The trend continued for many subsequent years until in around 150 B.C Romans fixed 1st January as the date to commence the cycle of the Gregorian New Year. The great King Julius Caesar made this attempt, which is followed till date. Thus, it is one of the old pagan festivals in the world. 

 

New Year Traditions & Celebrations

However, there are many different traditions of celebrating New Year in different countries, yet the fervor and the intensity remains almost same all over. While some countries like United States of America and France hold parades in order to eulogize the occasion. While Chinese and Spanish people like to have a family dinner and then going out for celebrations, 2010 calendar, natives of Brazil enjoy New Year jubilations at street with colorful props. Making loud noises, having festive food and singing and dancing on jolly tunes is certainly the highlight of the day in any country across the world. 

 

new year day Gifts

New Year day gifts are an expression of wishing all luck and happiness in the upcoming year. There is no scarcity of New Year gifts in the market. Make this New Year all the more special with exquisite decorative items, floral gifts, 2010 horoscopes,  motivational gifts, new year cruises, good luck charm gifts and even ready to give New Year gift baskets. To lend to your gift a special, personalized feel add a New Year Day card to it. Enticing range of greeting cards are available at a gift shop near you. You can also send free New Year greetings via internet as many websites offer such a facility. 

 

 

 

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