Sep132014

About our IF Bali Sarongs

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About Bali and the Sarong

Our sarongs are 100% hand-made and imported from Bali, Indonesia. The Indoneasian island is well known for its beautiful beaches and diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, hand crafts, and performing arts.

In Indonesia on the island of Java, in the not too distant past, sarongs of certain designs and patterns were strictly reserved for royalty and where the property of Kings, Queens, Nobles and Aristocrats. Imitating these designs and wearing them in public was punishable by death.

It takes many many hours of hard work to create a sarong. The process is very long and difficult. Sarongs are created using the art of Batik, which is an amazing and ancient method of color dyeing. Batik is the process of applying dyes to porous surfaces and has been around for hundreds of years.

Sarongs have been used for ages incountries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

The people from the South Pacific islands of Tahiti and Hawaii call sarongs, “Pareos”, in the Southeast Asian countries of Indonesia, Thailand, Malyasia, and the Phillipinnes it’s called a “Surong”, in India a similar garment is named “Sri” and Africa they call it a “Kanga”. In Brazil it is called a “Canga” and in Latin America a “Pareo”

Sarongs have now become a cultural staple in South America. Countries like Brazil import these same sarongs and use them in daily life, especially at the beach. In Brazil you won’t see towels but instead a beach full of beautiful chic sarongs.

Lay on it at the beach or at the park, or keep it in your backpack to study on the grass. It is the perfect accessory for a nice place to lay or a versatile exotic clothing piece.

Practical, comfortable, and unique.

Aug302014

Vegetable Frittata

 

There are a few things I look forward to on the weekends. Apart from sleep, outings, and friends, I really enjoy a good brunch. If it’s not out at a restaurant, I like to take my time and make a delicious brunch at home. Breakfast food during the week is usually planned and a little rushed for me, as for most people, so on the weekends I like to make it special. Here is a vegetable frittata recipe that is both dairy-free and gluten-free. Frittatas are great because you eat a lot of vegetables, it’s easy to make, and you really can’t go wrong. You can really put almost anything in them.

 

Ingredients measure for an 8 inch glass baking dish. You can use any dish size and just adjust eye your ingredients.

Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes

Ingredients:

- 7 Cage-Free Organic brown eggs

- 3 Russet Potatoes

- 1 Red Bell Pepper

- 2 Vine Tomatoes (seeded)

- A Handful of Crimini Mushrooms

- 1 Small yellow onion

- 2 Cups of fresh Spinach

- 1 clove of chopped garlic

- Coconut Oil

- Earth Balance vegan “butter”

- Ground Pepper to taste

- Himalayan Salt to taste

- 1 tbls Herbes de Provence

 

You want to sautee all of your vegetables before adding them in the egg mixture. Peel and slice the potato into round, thing pieces. You can then either sautee them on the stove, or roast them in the oven. I sautee them on the stove because it’s a bit faster. Add some coconut oil to a hot pan and place them in. Add some earth balance to give them a bit of a buttery flavor. Sprinkle some salt, pepper, and herbes de provence, and let cook until soft. Set aside.

Now, cute and sautee all of your other vegetables in the coconut oil and season.

Now, you can start building your frittata. Place all of the cooled down potato pieces in the bottom of the glass container and make a potato lining on the edges. (This will make it easy to cut).

Add your beaten eggs, and vegetables inside and adorn with some more potato pieces on top. Sprinkle with the herbes de provence seasoning, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of ground pepper.

Bake for 20-30 minutes at 350.

Voila!

What do you put in your frittata?

 

xx,

 

D

 

Aug262014

Green Tea Granola – GF

GreenTeaGranola

 

Hi guys,

Today I’m going to show you how to make homemade gluten free Green Tea Granola in a few easy steps. Matcha powder is one of my favorite flavors and it’s so versatile, that I’ve been experimenting  with different ways to use it. You will definitely be seeing a few Green Tea recipes on this blog.  I love making my own granola mainly because you can select the ingredients that go in it, such as gluten free oats and natural oils. If you look at the ingredients in a lot of the granola we buy, there are a lot of hidden oils and sugars. It’s also pretty cost-effective to make your own, as you can make large batches and it stores well.

Ingredients:

- 2 cups rolled oats (Bob’s Red Mill Guten Free)

- 1 cup of chopped raw almonds

- 1 cup unsulfured dried apricots

- 1/2 cup goji berries

- 2 Tbs powdered matcha, plus more for finishing

- 4 tbs coconut oil

- 3 tbs raw honey

- A pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt

 

 

Preheat the oven to 120C/250F. Line the baking sheet with parchment.

Meanwhile, chop your dried fruit and nuts.

 

Spread the rolled oats over a lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice along the way. Remove from the oven. Leave the oven on.

Melt the honey and coconut oil in a pot on low until it becomes a smooth liquid. Turn stove off.

 

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Add your oils and Sea Salt in to the oats container and mix the oats with the matcha powder until evenly coated.

 

Return to the over and cook mixture for another 20 minutes until dry but not browned, stirring once or twice along the way.

Remove from oven and add your chopped fruits and nuts and extra matcha powder to your liking, stir well.

Let cool and store or serve. When served with milk ( I use almond or rice) , it gives it a green hue and delicious flavor. It’s also a colorful and different topping to a acai and smoothie bowls.

 

 

 Let me know if you have any questions about the recipe.

What’s your favorite homemade granola? Please Share.

xx,

D

 

 

Aug222014

The Untethered Soul

Hi Indigos,

This is an excerpt from a beautiful book by Michael A. Singer called, “The Untethered Soul.” The entire book is good, word for word. I’m going to share my favorite portion of it that really resonated with me.

 

How would you feel if someone outside really started talking to you the way your inner voice does?

Creating thoughts, holding onto thoughts, recalling thoughts,
generating emotions, controlling emotions, and disciplining powerful inner drives, all require tremendous expenditure of energy.

If you look at the times in your life when you were in love or excited and inspired by something, you were so filled with energy that you didn’t even want to eat.

Have you ever noticed that when you are mentally or emotionally drained, food doesn’t help that much? Conversely, if you look at the times in your life when you were in love, or excited and inspired by something, you were filled with energy that you didn’t even want to eat.

The only reason you don’t feel this energy all the time is because you block it. You block it by closing your heart, by closing your mind, and by pulling yourself into a restrictive space inside. When you close your heart or close your mind, you hide in the darkness within you. There is not light. There is not energy. There is nothing flowing.

We are programmed to open or close based upon our past experiences. Impressions from the past are still inside of us, and they get stimulated by different events. If they were negative impressions, we tend to close. If they were positive impressions, we tend to open.

But closing your heart does not really protect you from anything; it just cuts you off from your source of energy. In the end, it only serves to block you inside.

Do not let anything be important enough that you’re willing to close your heart over it.

Aug192014

You are Life

This is a beautiful excerpt from author Don Miguel Ruiz in his book, The Mastery of Love.

 

“You are Life passing through your body, passing through your mind, passing through your soul.

“Once you find that out, not with the logic, not with the intellect, but because you can feel that Life— you find out that you are the force that makes the flowers open and close, that makes the hummingbird fly from flower to flower.
“You find out that you are in every tree, you are in every animal, vegetable, and rock. You are that force that moves wind and breathes through your body.
“The whole universe is a living being that is moved by that force, and that is what you are. You are Life.”
 
Jul262014

Homemade 3 Step Facial

 

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There really is nothing like putting a natural product on your face. From the joy of making it, to knowing exactly what you are putting on your face, there is something very special about it that connects you back to the beginning of female beauty. Women from many countries have long known the benefits of using natural ingredients on your face, and now you can too.

This recipe was given to me by my beautiful friend Nilsa. When I first met her I thought she was my age, until she later mentioned hers. I couldn’t believe it. I asked her what she does and this is the regime she gave me. Use these 3 masks at least once a month to give your skin a super charge and natural glow.

 

FACE MASKS

 

1. OPEN YOUR PORES

- First, Get a bowl of hot water and soak a towel in it. Making sure it’s not too hot, place the towel on your face to open up your pores.

2. PREPARE YOUR MASKS

- Mask #1         – 3 tablespoons organic brown sugar

-  2 tablespoons fresh organic lemon juice

Mix together until you get a paste.

- Mask #2

- 3 tablespoons plain organic greek yogurt

- 2 tablespoons raw oats

- a few drops of lemon juice

Mix together until you get a paste.

- Mask #3

- the white of one raw egg

- a few drops of lemon juice

Beat with a fork until it becomes frothy and fluffy.

 

3. APPLY YOUR MASKS

-Apply Mask #1 and lightly rub on your face in circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off.

- Apply Mask #2 and let it sit on your face for 15 minutes. Maybe sit back and have a cup of tea while you wait and relax. Rise off.

- Apply Mask #3 and let it sit on your face until you start feeling it dry and tighten. This mask gives your skin a high dose of protein and tightens your skin!

Finally, with your same hot towel, wipe final mask off to reveal your new skin.

 

How do you like it? Let me know if you have any questions or comments and I am happy to answer them. I hope you enjoyed this at home spa day.

xx,

D