Saturday, April 30, 2011

~*~May Day~*~

Good morning friends! Happy weekend! April is at an end and that means tomorrow is MAY DAY, otherwise known as Beltane. Beltane is an ancient Celtic festival that celebrates fertility, new beginnings and the arrival of summer. You can celebrate May Day by weaving a wreath of flowers for your hair, singing and dancing the May Pole!

May Day is very special to me for a couple reasons. The first one being that it reminds me of my mama, who passed away when I was 18. She was such a magical, faery, witchy woman who loved to celebrate May Day. When I was little she called it May Basket Day because every year she would make this sweet candy popcorn, put it in little baskets and deliver it to the door steps of all our neighbors. She also taught me a very important May Day tradition. 

"Wash your face in the morning dew and you'll be beautiful the whole year through."

I do this every year :-) 

May Day is also the anniversary of the my first date with Woody! 

Unfortunately this is not a photo of Woody on our first date. This is a couple months later, but I just wanted to show the Woody that I first began hanging out with two years ago. 

I guess you can't really call it a first "date," it was just the first time we hung out. We had been seeing each other around for years as we had a lot of mutual friends. As I mentioned in an earlier post, when Woody first saw me he asked my friend Lindsey, "So, who's the faery?" :-)

Even though we knew of each other for years, we didn't start hanging out and getting to know each other until the spring of 2009. I was going though a heart wrenching breakup with my boyfriend of almost six years and was feeling lost. I ran into Woody at a friend's birthday party and we immediately connected. I was in need of some comfort, warmth and sweet friendship and Woody emanates those things. Woody suggested that we go for a hike someday and I was all about it. So, a few days later we got together. It was a chilly and rainy May 1st that we set out on. We bundled up in our rain coats, bought some chocolate and hit Willow Creek trail with my doggie, Kona. I told Woody about my mom and our May Day traditions. I told him about washing your face in the morning dew to be beautiful the whole year through. We laughed when we realized that we were taking it a step further by straight up showering in May Day rain! We thought, wow, this is probably going to make us REALLY beautiful! :-)

After hiking in the rain for several hours and getting soaked, Woody took me to his house. He built a fire, gave me dry clothes to wear, fed me homemade chicken noodle soup and gave me a bottle (or two...or maybe three!) of his home brewed beer. So romantic, right?! ;-) My mind was no where near any thoughts of romance at the time, I was just appreciative of Woody's sweetness and friendship. Later on in the night, we headed over to my house to watch some faery tale movies and eat cookies. We pretty much became best friends after that and started hanging out almost every day. 

It was a slow, gradual blossoming from a bud of beautiful friendship into a full grown flower of love. 

I am grateful beyond ways of expressing for this beautiful, extraordinary man I have in my life and for all the fun and amazing adventures we've had together!

I think my mama would be so proud. If she were alive today, I know she would absolutely adore Woody! My mom loved faeries, and Woody actually helped me build a FAERY TUNNEL in my old house. My mom would have loved this!

That was such a fun project! I loved having that magical walkway in my house. It smelled like bay leaves and made me feel like I was in the forest whenever I walked through it. :-) 

Well, my friends...I just HAD to do this post today. But if you are only here for the food, then don't worry! I will be back to posting some food pics and recipes tomorrow. But it will have to be after Woody and I celebrate by going on our annual May Day hike. 

Don't forget to wash your face in the morning dew tomorrow! 

Have a beautiful blessed Beltane! 

Aaina Rose

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Recent eats and tasty treats.

Good morning beauties! I hope you all enjoyed getting a glimpse of my back yard and gardens yesterday. It truly is a little paradise for me. When my mom was alive, she was always out in her garden. It was a part of her. I never really took any interest in gardening with her, but now I would give anything to be able to dig in the dirt and plant some flowers with my mama. At least I can honor her and feel close to her when I garden now. I've learned to never take anything for granted and to always appreciate what you have, because you never know when it will be gone. 

Continuing the topic of happiness from yesterday, here some of my recent meals that have made me VERY happy!

Half of a black bean tamale with a drippy egg on top with greens, olives, avocado, tomatoes, goat cheese and hot sauce. 

Frittata and kale salad! As you know, I LOVE frittatas. This was a good one! 

Onion, garlic, olives, mushrooms, asparagus and goat cheese. 

Right before going into the oven.

Fresh out of the oven.

Delicious kale salad massaged with lemon, avocado, coconut aminos and agave. Topped with red cabbage, cilantro, black pepper and garlic gold.

Such goodness:-)

Now I have a couple sweet recipes to share with you. Both contain chocolate. And peanut butter :-) And an element of crunchiness. As you may know from reading my blog, I like to make balls (otherwise known as "nuggets") for snacks. Some examples: 

My newest recipe is adapted from my No-Bake Crispy Peanut Butter Oat Nuggets

I added some new ingredients so they're actually a bit healthier. They're higher in protein and fiber.
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup brown rice crispy cereal (I used gluten-free, although you don't have to)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp brown rice syrup
The directions are simple! Just throw all the ingredients together in a bowl, mix it up and then roll into balls. Store in the refrigerator. 

 My next recipe is for Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola. I actually have made this before, but this time I changed the recipe a bit.

  • 1 1/4 cup oats (gluten-free)
  • 1 1/4 cup crispy brown rice cereal (gluten-free) 
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp brown rice syrup
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all your dry ingredients in a bowl. In a small sauce pan over low heat, melt the coconut oil, peanut butter, brown rice syrup and maple syrup. Once it is melted, pour over the dry ingredients and mix well. Spread out on an oiled baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until it is slightly toasted and crispy. 

So yummy! I think I enjoyed this batch even more than the last one. I ate it this morning on top of my peanut butter, banana, chocolate, berry smoothie in a bowl. 

Life is good, my friends! 

I hope you all have a gorgeous day, sweet loves. 

Oh! And speaking of granola, Emilia at Namaste Gurl is hosting an awesome giveaway for Love Grown Foods granola! Check it out! 

Oh, and also be sure to check out the awesome giveaway that Ari at The Diva-Dish is hosting! There's some good stuff going on! :-) 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Happiness :-)

Hey sweet friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday. I saw this quote the other day and loved it so I wanted to share.

"Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you."

Happiness is each and every person's birthright! So, let happiness find you! Open your heart and let it in! Everybody deserves to live a life of happiness and bliss. With this post, I wish you all the happiness in the world :-)

I can't help but be happy when I'm out in my yard. The weather has been so nice and everything is so vibrant and green from all the rain we had all winter. Our spring/summer veggie garden is in the works and it's so exciting to see its progression every day.

Woody built this star structure and now we're weaving dream catchers into each section so it will be a "Dream Star Catcher!" We're planning on planting a bunch of morning glories and other vining plants around it so they crawl up and make it covered with flowers. It's going to epic! We're going to sleep in it this summer and probably have magical dreams! 

My amazing boyfriend built this water fountain :-) 

I hope you enjoyed getting a little peak of my garden and seeing what fills my heart with joy! I am about to head outside now and do a little watering. Have a beautiful day, my friends! <3 


Do you have a garden?

What makes you feel happy?