Saturday, October 11, 2014

COCONUT CREAM CHICKPEA CURRY

As the weather gets colder there is nothing more comforting than some healthy comfort food. This recipe is creamy, hearty and absolutely delicious! It is so simple to make, so please do not be scared off by the long list of ingredients as most are spices you most likely already have in your cupboard. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- small piece of ginger, grated
- 1 large sweet potato, cubed
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp corriander
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp tumeric
- pinch cayenne pepper
- pinch salt
- 3 cups chickpeas, cooked 
- kale, as much as you want (optional) 
-400ml coconut cream 

PREPARATION
1. Heat oil in large pot and add garlic and ginger. After a minute add 1/2 cup water and sweet potato. You may need to add more water as the sweet potato cooks, but do not add too much or your curry will be watery.
2. Mix spices in a bowl and add to pot.
3. 5 minutes before the potatoes are fully tender add the coconut cream, chickpeas and chopped kale.
4. Eat with some white basmati rice for a complete meal.
Organic Coconut Cream
Mixed Spices
 You can always steam the kale separately (or other greens) and
 just dump the curry on top of rice and greens.

Or you can mix in the kale with the curry in the pot and
 then add it to your plate of rice.
VIOLA!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

MOROCCAN VEGGIE LENTIL STEW

If I were to pick a season to be my favourite it would probably be fall. No one can deny the beauty in nature at this time of year with the leaves all speckled as they change colours and how they begin to decorate the ground.

I just finished a beautiful hike this morning with my hubby and our two girls Clara & Miley. The joy my heart feels when I watch them run free in the woods is indescribable, all three of them :P 

So I wanted to post a delicious recipe that I love to eat this time of year. Nothing like a big pot of warm and hearty goodness full of veggies and mouth watering spices. 

INGREDIENTS
- 1 tbsp coconut oil 
- 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 small pieces of ginger, grated 
- 2 large carrots 
- 1 tsp coriander, ground
- 1/2 tsp turmeric, ground
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
- 1 large zucchini, cubed
- handful of button mushrooms, chopped
- 5-6 tomatoes chopped or a can of whole tomatoes
- 2 cups red lentils
- 2 tbsp tamari
- ground pepper to garnish
- 1 cup vegetable stalk

PREPARATION
1. Heat coconut oil in pan and add onion, garlic, ginger and carrots.
2. Add spices and vegetable stalk.
3. Add remaining ingredients and cook until veggies and lentils are fully cooked. (30mins approx) 
* You may choose to add a little water while cooking, depends on the consistency you like. 

 Garlic, onion, ginger, carrots cooking in oil and a little water.
 Rinse your lentils first :)
Add whatever veggies you would like to, honestly throw in whatever you've got - potatoes, yams, spinach, eggplant, green beans, squash --- YUM!  :)
 Cooking away :)
 EAT! :D

Saturday, October 4, 2014

I FOUND MY LIFE'S PURPOSE

I have recently learned that true happiness comes to those who are living their life's purpose, all the time. It is only human to feel lost at times, to wonder what the point of life is and why it has to be so difficult. The truth is, life is not difficult, not matter how many losses, struggles and pains you go through, it does not have to be difficult. It can be, but it is up to each individual as to how they want to face life - how you cope with what life throws your way says everything about your spirit. As I taught my students this week, healthy means to be positively balanced in body, mind and spirit. Society directs our attention to the physical, to the material, to what we can see. It is safe to say that spiritual growth is lacking in our modern-day society. 

I believe that everyone's purpose in life is to shed light in dark places. I have learned that true happiness comes from giving, inspiring and BEING THE CHANGE you wish to see in the world. 

To live a purposeful life, one needs to always be aware of what they want and not let instant gratification take it away from them. One must have a pure awareness so that they can take themselves outside of situations and see things from all perspectives, having an open-mind brings much peace to the soul. To be purely aware is to meditate 24/7, to be at peace all the time, to live in the moment, to shut down fears from the past and worries about the future, to be positive and free from negativity. 

So, I challenge you to find your life's purpose, to find a dark place that needs light and make changes to balance your own health so that you can direct light into the dark places. It is impossible for a dirty mirror to direct light, so cleanse yourself, get healthy in body-mind-spirit and shine some light in this dark world, then watch your spirit grow, watch your mind settle and watch your body shine. 

I am grateful that I have found my life's purpose. My spirit jumps for joy when I speak for the lives that are not being heard, that are being ignored and murdered. When I take action to shed light on the speciesism epidemic my body, mind and spirit are aligned and that is how I know it is my life's purpose. I live to educate, to inspire and to be the change. 

I am so grateful for my current career as an occasional teacher. I get to inspire students daily, over thousands of different young souls a year. I get to walk in the classroom and teach the future, I get to plant seeds and open minds, I get to live my life's purpose. I do not walk in a class and talk about veganism all day- not at all. I teach the curriculum planned by the teacher, however, EVERY SINGLE OPPORTUNITY I GET I talk about what matters most - love, having an open mind, thinking for oneself, showing gratitude, standing up for what you believe in, health in body-mind-spirit, and everything children need to learn to be able to cope with what life will inevitably throw their way. The vegan lifestyle is often brought up, how can it not be when that is where I yearn to shine my light. 

This week I had the pleasure of being in a grade 6/7 class all week long. I planned the lessons for math, language, history, geography, social studies, religion, healthy, physical education and so on. I also made sure to inspire the students daily to make positive changes in their own lives. I enjoyed my week more than words can say. I decided to hand out a teacher evaluation during the last period on Friday. I told the students that they did not have to put their name and that it was only for me to read. I wanted to know what they learned from me this week and what they enjoyed about my teaching. I wanted to see how I could grow, what was appreciated and what I need to do more of. My spirit was overjoyed at the responses I got and I wanted to share some of them to prove a point, that living one's life purpose is rewarding and a great way to inspire others to do the same.

What is one thing you learned from Ms. Orsini this week?

"Ths week Ms. Orsini teached me that there are lots of people out there who love and care for animals that mutch" 

"I learned that vegan is a great lifestyle to have and health means being healthy in your mind, body and spirit."

"In math, I learned how to cross multiply which was a new topic for me."

"I learned cross-multiplication in math. I also learned how much animals mean to Ms. Orsini." 

"I learned to be quiet in the classroom."

"What I learned from is Mr Orsini had two dogs"

"I learned all about gratitude and how to be healthy"

"About Animal Rights"

"I learned all kinds of things about gratitude."

"I learned about Ms Orsini is to be respectful, stay focused and positive attitude and great more lessons."

"I learned math that Ms O was teaching us. And Ms. O teached us how to be Happier and Healthy life."

"I learned that she knows a lot about healthy things, she is very healthy and cares about everything."  

"I learned that it's bad to stress."


What did you enjoy most about Ms. O?

"I enjoyed that Ms. Orsini has a positive attitude and only gets made when people are not being Respectful"

"I enjoyed how she was very funny."

"I enjoyed when Ms. Orsini talked about how being vegan changed her lifestyle, and how being healthy is really important." 

"I liked when Ms. Orsini talked about her vegan lifestyle, and when she corrects someone in a funny way"

"I enjoyed how Ms. O was kind, carring about us, and would explaine everything in class"

"What I enjoyed about Ms O is that she told us stories about herself"

"Looking at her calendar of quotes from famous people"

"That she thought me things I didn't know and she encouraged us to do good at work in school. She was kind too." 

"I liked that she wasn't that strict and she was really enjoyable." 

"Her talking about her vegen life"  

"I enjoyed how she made up the rules." 

"I enjoy that she is nice, and doesn't disrespect people. She had teached our class a lot. I hope to see her again very soon!"

"I enjoyed that Ms Orsini helped us with anything we needed and that she teached us about everything very well. She is a great supply." 

"I liked that she put a gratitude box." 

"I enjoyed how Mr. O tought us different lessons about many things *I would also love you as a full time teacher at our school"

"What I mostly enjoyed about Ms. Orsini is that she would talk about her life. P.S. I wish you could be our full time teacher." 

After reading these my eyes filled with tears. My body, mind and spirit were instantly at their optimum health. I felt whole. I felt as though I was the most blessed person on the planet. I could not even contain how great I felt. Yesterday was my dads 6 year anniversary for his passing and I felt like he was speaking to me through these children. I felt love from my dad because of the love I was being given from lives I touched this week. I have nothing to do but to be grateful for my blessings as well as my trials in life, because they continue to strengthen me and allow me to grow in body, mind and spirit. 


We are not BODIES with a SOUL. 
We are SOULS with a BODY. 
Let us remember to nurture our souls. :)

Thank you for reading. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

VEGFEST GUELPH 2014 - A Dream Come True



After planning Vegfest Guelph for over a year, the Vegfest Guelph Team could not have been happier with the outcome. Yes, torrential rains lasted a couple hours in the early morning of Sunday Sept. 21st, but the team never lost hope. The volunteers, vendors, speakers and musicians showed up with excitement and positive attitudes ready to spread the vegan love. The sun came out and it turned into a beautiful day. The Goldie Mill and GYMC in the downtown Guelph area had easily over 1,500 people come through and share in our special event on this fabulous day.

I personally joined the Vegfest Guelph Team about a year ago. I had just moved to Guelph and had been living the vegan lifestyle for just over a year. I had been to some vegan meetups and potlucks, but I needed more. I needed to take more action and to inspire more people to BE THE CHANGE (my favourite motto if you have not already noticed). To me that was what Vegfest Guelph was all about-- opening eyes and minds, educating and inspiring others to make changes in their hearts, minds, souls and take action to benefit the beautiful innocent beings that are on this earth WITH US, not for us. 

What is the point of this blog post? Simply to send out an important reminder to myself and to you readers that change starts with one simple action and that action can inspire and spiral into a chain of positive reactions and actions which will create the glorious change. The huge event, Vegfest Guelph, which attracted hundreds of people on Sunday Sept. 21st, began in the mind of only one person. That one person discussed it with another, and then an entire team came together. What a shame it would have been if that one person did not take action after being inspired herself, from other vegan festivals and positive changes. Now I think of the hundreds of people who were inspired at Vegfest Guelph and I smile at the thought of the small actions that they will now take that will continue to create a much more peaceful and beautiful world full of love and happiness for all beings. 

PS - the food was awesome :) 

Super grateful to have had my hubby volunteering all day, and my sister to have come with her band to perform at our event. For my mom and Ed to have have come to share in this special day and to bring my favourite furry sister Coco :) Thank you. It meant everything to me to have you all there.

Please check out our more Vegfest Guelph photos that were taken by Shari Lovell who was so generous to donate her time and resources for our event. VEGFEST GUELPH PHOTOS

Shari is a dear friend to Ryan and I. She caught our surprise proposal at the Tough Mudder event a couple years ago and uploaded a video on Youtube for us. (keep in mind we did not know her at this point- so generous of her :) Shari was then asked to be our wedding photographer and it was such a pleasure to have her there. Thank you for everything Shari.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

INSPIRATION

   Inspiration is a beautiful thing. What inspires me? Honestly, I cannot think of something that does not inspire me. When I witness something beautiful such as an act of kindness, the simple peace in nature or even just a smile from a stranger, I am filled with that blissful feeling of love and hope. When I witness destruction, anger or injustice, I am with filled with an urge to take action to create change.  When I pay attention to the world around me I am inspired.

    I have not always been inspired and I feel that many people have a hard time being inspired. I do believe that in order to have the capability to be inspired one needs to be mindful, to have a clear head. It is hard to have a clear mind in a world filled with anger, destruction and injustice. Through personal experiences and observations of the world around me I feel that it is safe to say many people seek to escape the world through meaningless distractions and through addictions that they have allowed to develop in order to numb the pain of what they have experienced in the past or what they fear they may experience in the future. In other words, I believe many people unknowingly block themselves off from the possibility being inspired and inspiring others.

    I believe that true inspiration, the kind where action usually follows, cannot come to one who is in a brain fog, to one who is distracted or numb. My mind was once caught it the thickest of fogs, for many years. It is not to say that I got nothing done in that time, that I made no accomplishments, or that I was never inspired, but when I look back all I see is fog. In that time I fought hard for temporary periods of relief from my fears and it was in those moments that I was able to live life. I am inspired by my past and my own journey and the hard times that I endured which have given me the strength to face the ongoing challenges in my life today. I am now able to be grateful for my blessings despite the trials that continue to be thrown my way.  I am able to look back with satisfaction on the past few months of my life. With my head out of the fog I have been able to live in the moment and to appreciate the good and the bad in this world, after all how good is “good” if one has never tasted “bad”. Since having a clear mind and opening my eyes I have been inspired and that inspiration has led me to inspire others. It has given me a purpose and it gives me a feeling of great peace, as though I am doing what I am meant to do.

    I now live to inspire. I want to give love in every way that I can, to generate more love which I believe is the key to true happiness. Love is the key to the defeat of fear. Fear leads to everything ugly and I believe that love can free one from hurtful thoughts and emotions and bring a sense of peace, a clear head, and a chance to be inspired and become inspiration for others. Once inspired I believe it is our duty to inspire others. Inspiration is a blissful feeling, a feeling full of love and hope. I continue to be inspired by others, I live to inspire. Be the change.



My talented and creative cousin-in-law had the brilliant idea of getting friends and family to write about what inspires them and is now sharing their inspiration stories with others on her blog. Please check out Star Spider's blog here --->  HAPPY MUSING 



Friday, June 13, 2014

CHOCOLATE BANANA COCONUT CREAM CAKE

Call me a cheater and in this case I will take it as a compliment! Last weekend we celebrated my little sisters birthday. I wanted to make her a cake this year :) Believe it or not I do not enjoy baking so much, from scratch that is. So I decided to get some vegan cake mixes and make her a yummy cake!

 Cake mixes do not get much healthier than this.
You can find these fabulous mixes at Winners! $5.99 each. 
They have a few more flavours such as lemon poppy seed and lavender.

 So I baked both cakes. 
I dug a little chocolate cake out to make room for the cream. 
Dumped in the banana cream.- mashed banana with coconut whip :)
 Covered the masterpiece with coconut cream and bananas :D
 Everyone LOVED the cake. Moist and DELICIOUS!
 One slice for the birthday girl....and then another.
 We finished the cake pretty quickly :P
*Nothing wrong with a messy cake- the taste is what counts*
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY LOVELY SISTER.
So the coconut cream was a huge hit. It was requested for breakfast in
the morning. Strawberries & Cream = heavenly bliss :D

Coconut cream is easy to make and 100% healthier 
than any other whipped creams.It is also 
INCREDIBLY-SINFULLY-DELICIOUS!
Oh She Glows has an incredible recipe 
ENJOY!

Monday, June 2, 2014

NIAGARA VEGFEST 2014

     I finally went to my first Vegfest! Yesterday I was at the Niagara Vegfest with the Vegfest Guelph team for the entire day. It was fantastic! My heart was full of joy all day long :) I could not believe how incredibly busy the Vegfest was, how many people there were and all of the vendors that took part. I got to try loads of great vegan food and I met so many new people.

Vegfest Guelph got a table as a vendor at Niagara 
Vegfest simply to spread the great news, 
that Guelph is starting a vegfest of its own!

7am - 7:30pm - SUPER LONG DAY OF FUN!
Ready to inspire and to be inspired :)
Vegfest Guelph is selling t-shirts to help raise 
money for Sept. 21st! These shirts were selling super fast at the Niagara Vegfest! Great news is that you can purchase these super awesome t-shirts online! HERE---> Vegfest Guelph's T-Shirts
It was such a busy day that from about 10:45am to 
5:30pm I could not see the other side of the building. 
This picture was taken when things started to clear up.
There were loads of vendors inside and many food 
trucks and other vendors outside.

Check out Niagara Vegfest on Facebook ---> Niagara Vegfest Facebook Page

Come out and support the first ever Vegfest in Guelph on September 21st!!! Start by liking the Vegfest Guelph Facebook page and sharing with your family and friends :) ---> Vegfest Guelph Facebook Page

The best part about yesterday was the simple fact that it was all for the beautiful animals that so many people love. The love is spreading, the minds are opening and the world is changing :D