Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How not to make dairy-free blueberry yogurt


I love blueberry yogurt, but I do not care for dairy. When I found a dairy-free recipe for blueberry yogurt in my grandmother’s raw vegan food book, I was excited. I could not wait to try out the recipe and share it with the Closed Lids’ community. 

The instructions and ingredients were simple; blend together:
1 Haas Avocado
Handful of Pitted Dates
1 cup Frozen Blueberries

Sounds easy, but I miserably failed at this concoction. For one, it would not blend, so then I moved the mixture into the food processor. That semi-worked, but I could not figure out why the mixture was chunky. Turns out, I was not using pitted dates, but dates with the seeds. That was the beginning of my failure to make dairy-free yogurt. I was all for eating around the seeds, but the mixture just did not taste good.  The ‘yogurt’ is sitting in my fridge and I have to toss it because it just did not taste good and it turned solid. As much as I hate to waste food, it has to go. 


My failed attempt at yogurt
I love to experiment with food and I did not want to quit on this recipe, it had potential. So last night I went back to the drawing board and came up with a dairy-free blueberry smoothie recipe all based on the Avocado smoothie recipe I shared last year

The instructions and ingredients are simple; blend together:
1 Haas Avocado
2 cups Frozen blueberries and Bananas (optional)
1-2 cups Almond Milk
1 Tablespoon Honey

Voila! A dairy-free blueberry smoothie that tastes delicious. That yielded about 24 ounces of smoothie. I froze 16 ounces in my Ball plastic jars  and the remaining 8 ounces in the Ball jars was taste tested my sisters and friend. They enjoyed it, but said it could have been sweeter. 

Now you know how not to make dairy-free blueberry yogurt, and how to make dairy-free blueberry smoothie. 

Any suggestions to what went wrong with my yogurt attempt?


***Lisa-Marie

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Reconnect with Nature

This summer I made it a point to step out of my comfort zone. If you follow my Lisa Inks blog, you know that I have been networking, promoting my work, and making YouTube videos.

Last year I made an audio recording and never posted it because of my fear. This summer I went to the beach and park and decided that I should just post my audio. It doesn't hurt to just go for it.

So, I made a short video about taking the time out of the day to reconnect with nature. It is a little rough, but I am growing and getting better. Enjoy!







***Lisa-Marie

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

What's a Positive Aspect Book?

No matter how grim life appears, there are always positive aspects that outweigh the negative. Viewing life optimistically will aid in uplifting spirits and diminish negative feelings.

One method that aids me in keeping my spirits high is my Positive Aspects Notebook. I started keeping the notebook after reading about the concept in Esther and Jerry Hicks' book Ask and It Is Given. The book states to use a notebook that is pleasing to the eye and to start every entry with: Positive Aspects of _____, then write about only the positive aspects of anything in your life.

With my notebook, I went for simplicity and just used a Mead marble notebook. Inside I have documented positive aspects of vacations, my car, friends, family, and more. My notebook is dear to me, worn and falling apart. Whenever I am feeling gloomy or down, I open my notebook and read all my entries. My notebook isn't entirely filled and I don't write in it every day, however, the positive feelings it gives me after reading, is worth the time spent documenting positive moments.

I recommend everyone keep some form of a Positive Aspects notebook for sanity and to show that life isn't as bad as we often make it out to be.

~ L.



***Lisa-Marie

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Mix It Up Monday: Andy Jalen

This week on Mix It Up Monday is a poem abut love and relationships by Andy Jalen. If you would like to see more by Andy Jalen, you can reach him Facebook.

Him: You’d look so good on my arm…..
Her: Why you say that…..
Him: You’re my good thing.

See in my eyes, I’m the real thing… you you’re like heaven that’s a feeling… 
Cannot hide, all my dealings
“I thought my love was unquenchable
All I ask is you continue to be my oxygen, my forever more.
And as each day progress us, could you and I keep each other warm? 
Wit or congressing I believe I’ve found a new reason to love you more.
Because you’re wonderful, you believe in me, so complex yet accepting of my dreams, aspirations, and goals
To place you in my position of shared partner, I understand now that god creates all things
You’re a promise to man that I’d find that one special one for me.
Please don’t walk away when I just found my queen.
I want to apply that pressure on myself to stay true to you but pressure is nothing when your conception remains the one physical perfect constant.
Many call it faith, I call it my lady. I Call you my little rainbow-promise me you’ll stay my physical label.
You know how you make me feel?  You standing right in front of me, doing nothing in particular and I want you bad. You got an attitude and all I can think is how fine you are.
You broke my heart and I loved you more.
You walk away and all I can ask is stay.
Words saying go, every physical and mental response other than telling me no.
That’s a passion, a draw, enough reason for me to worship my good thing.


If you have any poems, stories, recipes, photos, or music that you would like to submit for Mix It Up Mondays, please do not hesitate to either send an email (lmarie(at)closedlids(dot)com) or fill out the submission form


***Lisa-Marie

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