Happy Spring! In the empathic spirit of covid kindness, I’ve been sharing tips for organic vegan gardening and cooking on my instagram and facebook pages. I also share many ideas for imaginative playing, finding peace and healing, loving communication, helping our environment, and love for Nature. Check them out for more details! I’m teaching how to get a feel for the ingredients so you’re free to cook anything anytime…no recipes needed! This enjoyable way to cook connects us with the earth and our bodies. It is versatile for seasonal foods, fresh from the garden. Simple is beautiful. We learn and talk of nutrition and health benefits. Our food is sugar-free, non-GMO, organic, peaceful, and plant-based. This boosts the immune system and allows the body to use the energy gained for positive things, instead of having to fight extra illness caused by a poor diet. We are like plants, we need water and fresh air, a little sunshine, grounding with the earth, and healthy nutrient rich plant foods. Listen with the heart to learn what plants and our bodies need, and respond with gentle help. I hope this helps others out there who are learning how to cook with what they have and how to grow their own ingredients!
As always, I’m working on many new helpful and loving books for all ages with matching artwork, stationery, and other new collections. My seasonal cookbook collection is coming up! Wander and enjoy my shop! Each collection grows together in love and inspiration for my dear readers and customers. The Love Letter Diaries #3 novel will release soon. All of my book characters and towns inspire healthy routines, hearts, plant foods, and gardens. Have a read to enter beautiful worlds that can translate lovingly into yours!
I send healing energy out to all every day. I hope you find joy and grace in your simple pleasures. I encourage all to find creative ways to communicate with Dear Ones near and far, and with those who feel alone. I wish for everyone to come to a new healthy level of awareness of our choices, so we may come together to redesign our world to heal and move gently forward…protecting and learning from dear Nature.
A Gentle Life: New tips for cooking & gardening are coming up as we grow in health this Spring. XO ~Amor Milagre
Nature guides us to stay light, warm, and nurturing. Stay well, friends.
Take the greatest care of one another. Love, Amor Milagre
Music of the Moment: Doc Watson (dance and release)
Once upon a time, we crawled along the mossy trunks of old twisted trees and found pitted seeds, fallen from high above. A castle at our feet, tiny and enchanted. We asked to enter, and a door appeared. We stroked the walls of the cave, soft and scratchy, green cold stone. A light guided us down to water. We swam under the glowworms and danced into the everlasting night of stars and faerie wings whirling and laughing in peaceful, kind friendship.
Nature guides us to stay light, warm, and nurturing. Stay well, friends.
Take the greatest care of one another. Love, Amor Milagre
We came in from our beloved wild for some cozy chili and cornbread (homemade organic vegan). It kept up the warmth from natural, productive exercise in the crisp Spring air. The next day of gardening was a morning of green, the afternoon fell in fluffy white lace. Today, fresh snow friends dance in the garden, and unpacked snowsuits dry in the mudroom. Go with Nature’s rhythms for magic and wonder! XO ~Amor Milagre
This text and story appears in my upcoming children’s book.
Music of the Moment: Merci pour tout, Vanessa Paradis (Thank you to all of the helpers!) and Peaceful Afternoon, Rufus Wainwright
It’s March. The week is flurried with festive snowflakes, as well as heavy raindrops that melt away the dwindling white blankets stretching across the wooded faerieland in our back garden. Moss and dew lay on each stone and leaf, providing homes for all who live here. As we explore our new home and gardens, old wonders reveal themselves to us in earthen textures, delighting our senses. Places to play hide and seek and hopscotch, and vast skies to fly kites and let magical bubbles float up to tickle the angels give us fresh air to ward off illness. “Keep warm,” whispers the wind. Wrapped up in cozy hats, scarves, coats, and rainboots for a healing walk with our Dearest Mamma, Nature.
Here is a humble offering of textures from our Rose Cottage garden
to help connect us all in natural beautiful health.
Nature loves and cares for all of us, XO ~Amor Milagre
Mulling over exterior paint colours to continue our renovations outside.
Seedlings are watching the snow melt from inside the windowsills,
ready to add beautiful blooms and edible health to the gardens.
I love being home and in the garden. Amidst the covid-19 threat, our daily routine stays mostly the same, but with added anxiety and even more awareness for safety precautions. Chronic illness and the world’s pollution of every kind has weakened us, but home is always where we wanted to be, sick or healthy, and we, as ever, are determined to continue our strength in heart and get through yet another storm of the world. We used to go out once a week for the weekly shop and to explore the town, and that was enough for the week. Towns, even small ones, are not healthy, especially for sensitive and empathic people. Pollution affects everyone, and this is where illness comes from. It’s not new, and it is devastating that the world only becomes aware of this simple connection of cause and effect when something like this happens.
Our daily routine excludes my husband, who would commute to work, but who now stays home, to help prevent us from getting sick, and now we have less money to support our family. Years ago, we enthusiastically chose to homeschool, and we have survived many illnesses, alone with no help, even though help was asked for…a lot. We were just beginning to recover, settling into our new home, renovating, finally able to slow down, paying down medical bills slowly but surely, and making gently loving plans for our healing year of 2020.
and we are taking serious precautions to stay healthy. If I am ill, store updates will show on the homepage.I take the greatest care in packaging my ethically-made collections so that everything is hygienic and heathy. We are self-isolating and have not been in contact with anyone, let alone anyone sick. As always, I do urge customers to wash their hands well after opening the mail, and do all you can to organically and naturally boost your immune system.
Thank you for supporting our family during this great distress.
Love & Strength, ~Amor Milagre
It is time for new growth!
Citizens need to be allowed to live their lives, without wars, pollution, and violence. No more! We are all beyond exhausted and sick. There is so much we each can do to change the course the world is invading us to feel. I have always felt this, and this is what Amor Milagre is all about, encouraging love and ways to live A Gentle Life, helpful not harmful, and positive for all…because we are all so very directly connected. Give empaths and all people peace to live gently in loving Nature.
Starting over is nothing new as we do it every day. This inconvenient and preventable state that this new threat of illness has imposed on us, forces us to strengthen, once again, in this time of self-isolation and world pain. We cannot afford any more illness, and as a parent, this stress is really too much. So, despite my husband’s employer not paying him to work from home, we are self-isolating to help protect our health and to prolong our healing. We get sick too easily, quickly, and very badly. Chronic illnesses complicate things that hardly bother another person who lives without them and unaware of them. The violence and recklessness of the meat-eaters/sellers has really touched everyone in a way that makes it even more obvious why we all need every person to wake up to veganism.
All the world can be, and needs to be, vegan.
The health care system has failed me all of my life, and this is too true for many others. Falling down the rabbit hole is what it’s been like for me…endlessly falling through the healthcare gaps. They say, “you are untreatable…you won’t last long, try all of these (terrible) medicines…I cannot do anything for you, I don’t know what this is about, let me refer you to someone (another clueless doctor)” but I found ways to help myself because I had to. I survived many things and continue to survive them every day. Nature heals in every sense. The way our world is now is completely unacceptable for children and us…so we must change it!
Change to veganism, an organic lifestyle, peaceful loving respect for Nature,
and you will feel the world change into a beautiful, healthy place.
*If you have lost any of your darling Dear Ones, I empathize deeply with you. Remember, your Soul travels with theirs and is always connected in energy. One day, your heart will recognize their heart again.
*To all of those who are sick: I send peace and love to your dear bodies to heal and rest in the positive strength of your thoughts. Find natural plants to help you. There are so many herbs and food combinations to boost your immune systems, to clear your breathing, and I know…it’s very hard to breathe when you’re sick, but a trick I use daily is to believe you can, and then your body follows you.
While staying home, remember to use kindness, compassion, and loving communication with your Dear Ones. This is a time to get to know your Self and them. Play cards, make soups, do puzzles, learn new things, educate yourself on plant nutrition and organic gardening, and take walks in the garden. There are endless things to do and learn. I had forgotten about the word ‘bored’ until I saw it online one day when someone was transitioning to a slower, quieter lifestyle for isolation. I believe everyone can learn something positive from the spreading of this atrocious and saddening illness. A Gentle Life is healthy for all. Slowing down, quieting in Nature, hearing your Self is very important in every sense. Embracing changes and designing them to be positive for you is how I am still here to write loving messages in the hopes of helping you come closer to real love within. Make the most of everything you have around you! Be proactive, learn, and grow full of life and love!
This is also good time for Spring Cleaning of your home, garden, mind, heart, soul, and pantry (replace with organic vegan items that use sustainable/minimal to zero packaging). We’re washing the window screens, cleansing the body, and resetting sleep routines to leave more space for morning and evening meditation and yoga stretching and deep breathing. Keeping your home clean helps you feel refreshed, and fresh air promotes oxygen health. Develop routines to prevent the spreading of illness. Cooking together builds trust, so later on if anyone is ill, they know that the soup is full of fresh vegetables from sensing them and learning how to combine them, and they will be more likely eat the soup, take their medicine, and rest in the trust you built together.
Songs are a lovely way to show your Love, and they fit neatly under the door in case you need to sing from the other side. Reading books is always magical, and soon I’ll have a few more for you!
Choose positivity for your Self and All! XO ~Amor Milagre
“Wild and free as one likes to be!” is one of the reoccurring quotes in my loving novels and helpful children’s books. I say this to inspire all people to let all animals be wild in Nature, to not hurt, torture, kill, or eat animals, and to encourage all to grow and eat organic plant foods. Veganism is the way for our world to heal peacefully. It inspires more nurturing changes in every direction of living and being. Loving language heals all who are: struggling, suffering, unaware of the issues, and those who are made ill by their environment and the harmful choices of others. Where is the planet for peaceful, loving, vegan, positive people to live? We all need to make positive changes now, in order for all people to be healthy. We need our children to have positive futures of good health, equality, and a safe feeling for their daily lives. Long-term effects on each person’s heart, mind, body, senses, and soul need to be carefully planned for in peaceful, positive ways. Let’s get creative! Let’s be natural! Let’s change things for the better! What can each of us do today? Here are just a few things:
Stop using, harming, containing, killing, and eating animals. Free all animals from farms to pets. Don’t pollute your body with violence. Allow animals to live their natural lives in Nature as they were born to do. Replace feelings of control with feelings of letting go, a peaceful release, with space for real natural love to enter your life and nourish your soul.
Plant seeds of positivity in your mind. Plant seeds in your soil everywhere for your family and your local community to build a library and bank of sustainable food. Eat and grow organic, non-GMO plant foods. Gardening is a joy for the soul! Nature whispers sage advice in every breath of the wind. Fresh air heals and prevents illness.
Stop pollution of every kind and come back to A Gentle Life. Relieve the world’s senses from harmful machines, and rest in Nature’s calming rhythms.
Remove your ego, and become aware of what is real, what is true around you. Companies need to redesign all systems to accommodate each person’s unique and optimal health.
Make educated choices, beginning with the practice of educating yourself every day throughout your entire lifetime. What are you stubborn about? Who are you harming? How can you replace harmful practices with helpful ones? It’s easy if you try. Give it a try today, tomorrow, and the next day!
When you choose anything: a product, a relationship, a lunch….what is it all about? Be aware of your Self. Before you begin something, remember how everything connects, and choose, aware of your choice, knowing that the effects of your choice are healthy for the world.
Know your Self: Journal, Meditate, ask your Self questions, listen with the heart, and give your Self what you need to thrive, while being peaceful and not harming anything or anyone else. Listen to your family and friends. What do they need? Help all heal and live a beautiful, loving life together as one kind, compassionate world of friends.
Remember, if at any point you were not given what you needed, it doesn’t mean you couldn’t give your needs to your Self now. It also doesn’t mean you can deprive others of their needs. Begin loving chain reactions. World: Let’s change our negative thoughts into positive thoughts that lead to healing actions. Covid-19 is one of the many serious and harmful problems that is literally plaguing and polluting our world. Climate change needs to be addressed by every person’s choices. It is all preventable through positive choices, made by each of us, and encouraged by peaceful community leaders. Step up to help! Use your beautiful unique voice to make positive changes with creative and natural solutions. Feel and think of the life cycles in all you do and explore how the world feels your choices.
Companies: Now, today, how can we make sure everyone has a paycheck while we self-isolate to prevent even more people from spreading the coronavirus? Some jobs lend well to a work-from-home routine, but many people have to be physically there. There is always something to do. Give all workers work-from-home projects. Perhaps, research and development about positive changes could be a good thing to pay your workers for!
News Reporters: Today, remember: It’s not about reporting first, it’s about reporting honestly and providing help for people. We have enough stress in our own lives. How can you help dissolve the world’s fears and give positive ideas and aid?
All People: Always be mindful to be positive to your Self and All around you, especially during these challenging times. DO NOT HARM ANYONE. Keep children safe!!! Help all who need it.
*If anyone is isolated with an abusive person, please ask for help. I know this one is very tricky…too many unknowns, but it’s not ok for anyone to harm you. Sending love and strength!
“Leaders”: We need you to be peaceful, inventive, and positive for the world. You can help your country, state, community, or company BEFORE waiting until it is suffering without help. Don’t ignore issues. Stop competing, copying, and lying for it does nothing but add anger, confusion, and fear to all. We need you to change. We need leaders who love people no matter what. We need leaders who love themselves. We need peace, helpful programs, community building systems, and sustainable replacements for broken rules, regulations, and routines. We need honesty, clarity, prevention, and protection. We need safety and peace in our own lives. We need constant, gapless healthcare. We need positive change now and going forward.
THANK YOU: To all of the brave, loving people who are helping the world!
Choose positivity for your Self and All! XO ~Amor Milagre
Awareness of every minute detail, environment, emotion, thought, connection, and area of our world is desperately necessary by all because it will not only heal highly sensitive people and empaths, but it will heal all people, while preventing futures of negativity for all children.
Once upon a time…I dreamed of what I love…and I made it my every day.
If you are having trouble being a sensitive person in this world that purposely harms sensitive people by willfully refusing to understand, appreciate, and accommodate them in every aspect of life, please read my books that are specifically designed to help you by supporting and boosting your loving sense of Self. Aware people are a great asset to the universe. There is infinite positive value in sensing everything as it is, and in being able to quickly surmise positive solutions to age old conflicts. Audiobooks and braille books are coming up to include everyone in these loving messages.
Everyone and everything is Loving Light! We are all sensitive, but many are not aware of it. Come back to being your real Sensitive Self.
I love everyone and everything in this Universe, including those who are not aware of the wonderful beautiful sensitivity of their Self and All!
Choose positivity for your Self and All! XO ~Amor Milagre
Coming Up: A new positive original children’s book, adoring Nature, inspiring you to preserve Nature by loving your Self.
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Music of the Moment: Under a Blanket of Blue, Ella Fitzgerald
I adore the quiet still of the winter, the mountains, and all hibernating…
so I can hear my brush on the paper…
Love to the true: aware, empaths, highly sensitive people, synesthetes, and All!
Learn awareness energy of all…XO ~Amor Milagre
Teaching children positivity is of the utmost importance: Teach them how to Love their instincts, how to express, how to ask for help, and how to give and accept Love.
Nature teaches us how to communicate lovingly…sensitive awareness is everything…humans seldom truly hear, so let’s listen with open hearts, full of compassion…for a less frustrating world…where we all have our own place…full of loving simple pleasures.
Yes, the Universe sends all of us loving messages, and if we listen with our hearts, we can feel that we are a Light of Love to shine our light for inner health and to inspire universal love and good health & wellness for all! Sometimes, humans will be open to these loving messages at the same time, and inventions and messages will be recorded in history, releasing at the same time in vastly different locations without prior knowledge of one another. Whether or not anyone experiences their awareness is a different story, but for those who listen, it makes their world a more loving place.
*Humans do have trouble listening. They have trouble listening to universal messages of love and peace…but also, humans have trouble listening to their Self and one another. They purposely cloud their awareness in things like denial, ego, and hectic overwhelming routines. But, to be truly loving is to be purely You! To be inspired is to cite the sources of your inspiration, because quoting someone else or copying others’ words and saying they are your own makes no sense. You do not have the back story of senses to understand their words as your own. What does your unique voice have to express and share? It is more empowering to cite your sources of inspiration because you are valuing the life, knowledge, and experiences that led to a specific Soul’s expressions and messages. Their words are their solutions to their lessons. Being respectful of others shows self respect, and in turn, others will respect you more for being honest and real.
In this world of fast-paced fleeting ads and imagery, humans feel their actions can do whatever they like, positive or negative. It is too easy to try stealing, but the akashic records hold the truth of the universe. Get to know your Self and be your Self every moment. You will know what choices you are making, and your choices create reality. Always allow children to express their voices. No matter what age you are, Listen to Your Self, and help heal anything that you need. Our collective actions create our world, and our thoughts affect everyone. Let’s make positive choices, no matter how small each decision is…from the food we choose to our words, to the character of our businesses, and the materials for products…we can choose positivity for all!
Mostly, each of us needs to soften into an open, loving, listening state…to allow loving universal messages to guide us through resolutions for our unique lessons.
This journal is comprised of my unique messages from the Universe and my Akashic Record Meditations. (Sometimes, I’ll share some current favourite children’s or family items, credited to the maker with links so you can find them easily, but this is a place for my messages.) I’ve always felt a constant downloading of messages from the timeless spaceless loving universe. I share them with you here, through my work, and through loving energy sent out in each breath. It takes a lot of energy, much of our day, and it is important for my lives to do so, but it has been too common for others to absorb ideas and act unaware of or deny their origins. It is a classic story of human history, but it can change to be a positive awareness story now. No longer shall my childhood catchphrase-thought be, “I just said that…but what I said was more connected and meaningful…” When soft spoken or without an audible voice, people somehow think they are allowed to echo loudly, but this teaches the sensitive aware people to hide their strong voices, which the universe needs desperately in order to resolve very connected issues and to heal. When others do this to a person, it has a negative effect on all and especially on that person. Oftentimes, people will stop sharing their positive ideas, stop speaking, or worse. Work places need to allow people of all “levels”, and time of experience, to have an idea, credited to them. Where there is one helpful idea, there are more! It is hurtful when others water down my work, summarize, and act as if it is their own, so please link amormilagre.com when inspired, here, and when spreading the Light of Love. Then, others can find more pieces of the puzzle they seek, here, and in their own soulful hearts and personal Akashic Records. This very old soul is very tired…but I will continue to forever spread the Light of Love for All. Be open to awareness and Love. Allow All to Be their Own Unique Voice, and Sing Out Love. Follow the path that is true for you. Quote your Self, Quote your Soul. Respect All to Heal the World, XO ~ Amor Milagre
New Books to Help All Listen with the Heart are Coming Up!
A sale for you, to find new dear memories to encourage daily loving seeds for you & your Dear Ones to grow an empathic garden of awareness and peace. Then…you can use the savings to lovingly donate to a sweet charity or cause of your choosing!
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Save 25% on All Collections with Checkout Code: LOVEALL
(This Sale Ends Feb. 14th, 2020. A New Spring Sale is coming up!)
Sweet Charity: Who around you needs help? Save money for your own food, family schooling, a long term savings account, or a day off for wellness. Donate positively wonderful books or money to your local library to help keep it running, to inspire endless generations to learn about everything, in the hope that they will choose positivity for their Self and actions in the world. Give aid to those over the oceans and countryside who need help rebuilding their lives after traumatic events, and send loving energy to encourage new positive systems to prevent more suffering. Donate money, food, clothing, and hope to those near you, down the street, in your own home, in your heart, and for children of all ages, 0-1000+, everywhere! Everyone needs help from their Self and from a loving, compassionate Universe: local, overseas, present, future, and everywhere! Happy Valentine’s Season of Loving the Universe Within and Loving those Without basic needs, comfort, and encouragement. Love to All, XO Amor Milagre
Today’s colour mood is: Shimmering soft light, pink to deep crimson, sealing wax, love letters, and ageless lessons of loving lifetimes & ethereal bliss!
Seeds and blocks spell our universe…what stories shall we write today? With each step, thought, and breath we allow, we create our reality. Express the findings of your heart, after listening intently by it, nearing an unguarded light, uncloaked in pure Love for the Universe! Every plant stem and leaf, every bite of food we eat, every laugh or look can be loving. Who needs your eye crinkles and laugh lines today? Who needs a helping hand? Who needs to remember LOVE is everywhere? Look in the mirror and give back Love to your Soul, then with clear senses, you can ask if others need any help. What do they need? It is about them, so listen with the heart to follow what words often do not translate. Everyone is reachable because everyone is connected in Love.
What we ingest, we project. Sort and untangle. Shed lifetimes of negativity. What is the essence? Let it shine! Positive changes are needed to help all. What can we each do today? Little things add up to big changes, but awareness of the light and shade cast on all is vitally important to notice. Forethought is key. Practice being mindful of energy. What are the immediate and long term effects…small and big picture? Balance all with Love!
Give the Gift of Love & Peace by being Purely You! ~ Amor Milagre
Music of the Moment: The Very Thought of You, Al Bowlly & The Ray Noble Orchestra
To be ‘impeccably dressed’, comfortably in harmony with the Self, and feel effortlessly chic are one in the same. I love well-tailored, good quality, ethically made apparel. I have a few pieces and wear them often. I make much of my wardrobe to fit the whole ‘me’. Dresses are my go-to. I root down, here in our new home at Christmas Rose Cottage, and I’m getting back to my origins…which include soft ballet wrap sweaters and trousers…my painting clothes, but with extra attention to quality tailoring and cozy, responsible fabrics.
Once we love that ‘perfection’ does not exist, except in the harmony of Nature’s designs, we are free to explore our soul connections and today’s choices. Here is today’s colour mood of Black Mulberry for your berrylicious moody reading day pleasure. Self care means staying true to the inside of you, and expressing that outwardly, too! Wisely choosing clothing to last is a pleasure, even though it takes time to research and find items, it can be a positive strategy like choosing your food, environment, or interior design. It is there for a long time, so let’s choose what we love, what coordinates with the rest of the wardrobe, and what helps us have a…. Good Morning: Washed, skin-cared, dressed for the day, and ready for new inventions and adventures!
The word ‘impeccable’ can be a positive word, to mean mindful and trying to be done well. Nothing about the idea of perfection, but rather it could be about a feeling of ‘put together’, ‘ready’, and ‘gently confident’…one can look chic while feeling comfortable! If your body is healthy and at ease, your soul, heart, and positive light are the focus. Comfort is not only a physical texture, but an aesthetic. No need for fussy things, especially when you work from home, but setting a good example for the Self, family, children, and friends is a love-booster for all. Care and respect for your Self shows others you care for them, and shows them how to care for their Self. Children are impressionable and learning their ‘norm’. So…pajamas all day?…or…day time clothes, a time saver, all ready to go to town or for a stroll in the garden? This sets the mind for ‘doing something’ instead of ‘laying around’. One mindful action inspires another positive thought. If you’re ill, try getting dressed, and see if it changes anything. Lightening a mood changes chemicals in the body, and fresh air heals and aids in sleep improvement…and sleep is…very healing.
I like to dress in the colours of my favourite foods…berries! This personal amusement and magnetic connection to colour inspires me to eat more berries, which as we know, prevent and heal so much illness. And…berries are beautiful to sense.
PS My new novel series, The Love Letter Diaries, features Leona and a loving town…including beloved tailors! I believe this is a field of skill that needs to come back to every town as a necessary part of everyone’s wardrobe for clothes that fit and last. This would allow for creative, custom organic non-toxic designs to more aptly suit skin tones and silhouettes, sensitive for skin and body, while boosting community spirit by supporting local businesses. This would greatly reduce waste and toxic materials being used in the fashion industry, and help lower the cost of things. Too much is overpriced right now, especially poor quality items. Sustainable design of positive, healthy products and systems can heal the world. XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Traditional European Style Tip: A neck scarf keeps us warm while allowing different moods
to change an otherwise neutral outfit into something new to view!
At home, at Christmas Rose Cottage, I love richly romantic art, empowering for all genders, depicting gentle, natural scenes to encourage self reflection and a very personal relationship with the higher Self, the inner and true self. Be it my own loving artwork or prints of passions from long ago, little higher selves can live around these positive images, choose their own, and always look within for whole health Love to feel their bright light of love shining out into the universe, forever glowing for their true hearts to be in their world with clear senses.
Change your artwork with the season if you like to infuse your days with cozy, natural inspiration. Wander a museum, art gallery, online art history research, or your pencil and paper. What kind of artwork imagery are you drawn to? Where do our connections come from? What, or who, we connect to from forever ago, yes it may be familiar, but we can still choose, now in this moment, is this helpful or harmful? What feelings does an image, or soul, invoke? Familiar doesn’t have to mean positive…or negative…we have a choice. Peace and love this day, holiday, and all days ahead. Design is powerful and so are all of our choices, which imagery is peaceful and calming for you? Surround yourself in what you Love, XOXO ~ Amor Milagre
I love market day! There are so many fresh organic plant foods in every colour, texture, and flavour. A new day, a new recipe! My upcoming vegan organic cookbooks will release in 2020! Renovating is an important step for us to feel settled, productive, and healthy. It is also very important for this chef, and any little chefs in training, to have a functioning, serene kitchen to marvel at Nature’s beauty and to combine lovely flavours together. When we eat well, we feel well, and do well.
Be it a favourite book, a cozy painting, or a darling toy, unpacking colours and textures at a new home is like seeing everything in a different light, for the light is new to us here. Where to hang this or set that? Natural lighting is key for a healthy lifestyle, but it is also very important for curating your home. For custom designs, please send a message.
Reusable gift boxes and bags that match your home are beautiful decor and a good investment for your pocketbook and the environment.
Soft light, in the newly renovated living room, kisses the gentle painting scenes for an even more tender feeling.
When a space feels uncluttered, the mind unwinds and beautiful stories and imagery comes through. My new novel series will release in 2020. I just finished the 5th book, and I am in Love with them.
Designer Tip of the Day: When hanging art frames containing glass, be mindful of the reflections it will cause. Set the pictures on the wall at the right height and in the right spot to avoid glare. For example, a reflective glass frame can go on side walls, not opposite your view when seated on a sofa, chair, or bed. Soothe your senses with healthy design! Visit my shop for new artwork to freshen and cozy up your space! Custom orders are now available, too.
Healthy Child & Parent Recipes are coming up!
Renovation Tidy Up: Spring Cleaning is early for us, here in our new-old home, at Christmas Rose Cottage. We’re rinsing the sand out of our leeks and life, keeping it where it belongs, in our beloved garden.
Happy Holiday Decorating, Eating, and Celebrating! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Just in time for cuddling up for the holidays, this fireplace renovation design is now bright, light, clean, and cozy. Slowly and steadily, smoothly and patiently, we are renovating our entire new-old house. An earthy deep plum hugs the walls of this darling sitting room. Cream linen parge kissed the dusty bricks a million times to form a protective, clean, and chic cloak. I design by instinct, to soothe the senses for maximum energy, using sustainable, healthy materials. This shadowy sitting room design keeps to it’s natural moody tendency, but instead of looking dingy or dirty, the darker walls and the lightened fireplace are a crisp, delicious focus. The room is now centered, and we feel more balanced being there. This colour combination is uncluttered and very fun to decorate and accessorize. Deep red wreaths and blacksmith pieces complement winter holiday decor of sweet stockings, Christmas tree ornaments, table runners, mini glitter houses, golden gift boxes, tartan plaid gift bags, all chosen to match and to be reused each year in this loving, celebratory room. This is the old fashioned children’s toy playroom as well. Wooden trains, an antique puppet theater, musical instruments, and a rocking bear all love to be here. Berry rich velvet pillows and fluffy cream throws lounge on the new caramel sofa, to be revealed soon! Happy Holidays! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Glorious, fluffy, sparkling snow falls as intricate tree lace on our paws and everything that grows! This morning, we happily play in these delicate crystals. How endlessly inspiring Nature’s beautifully unique darlings are…just like you! Happy Winter Nature Explorations! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Q: What do you do to reduce stress during the holidays?
A: We design our holiday traditions and routines to be what we need and change as needed. Here are 10 things we do to relax and have holiday fun together.
Playing festive background music sets a fun mood. We set the volume loud enough to sing along, but quiet enough to listen to one another. We like to sing sweet carols and play instruments together. My favourite gift is a child’s song on the piano or a nice little hum while playing.
Simple, easy recipes of our favourite foods help us so we’re not cooking all day, but rather playing and eating together. We shop early as many grocery stores close on the holiday. Lists are helpful, but we don’t have to do everything on the list. We choose…
A walk in the snowy fresh air boosts energy, and then we’re ready to cozy up back inside by the fire.
Warm drinks and sweet wintery stories, read under the covers are my favourite. No commercials leave lots of sound space for sweet angel giggles…
Lots of good rest, water, breaks for alone time, and healthy foods (organic vegan) help keep us going when visitor energy overwhelms, positively or negatively. Yes, empaths and highly sensitive people, this is for you, but also for everyone. We prefer small group visits. When you’re sensitive, large group parties have too many overlapping conversations, and this causes us illness. Keeping energy for the Self is very important during the holidays. What can you do to boost energy instead of allowing it to be drained? We like quiet snowy days at home, reading and drawing…taking our day off to have a day off at home.
Sharing wishes! We write down our wishes and place them in the stockings. Then, on the holiday morning, we read them all together. Sharing wishes helps them come true!
Keeping to our regular routine is key. Holiday fun is great, but not worth the stress if the aftermath is illness or a disrupted routine. Key for young children…and me…
I like to use beautiful reusable gift wrapping, such as a holiday box with attached ribbon bow, well made gift bags, or reusuable cloth bags or fabric. I choose the colours, patterns, prints, and textures to match our sitting room colours so they are a harmonious part of the interior design. At present opening time, there is no garbage/recycling. Just store fold, stack, and store for the next holiday. I collect ones that are good for Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, etc. Less gifts, of lovely good quality, allows us to remember the gifts each year. Something special to hold Dear and use for the long term.
When visiting friends & family, be your natural sweet Self. Visits are just visits, not interviews. The best way to get (re)acquainted is to sit kindly together and let the conversation naturally flow. Peppering with personal questions isn’t polite and creates a frenzied atmosphere. Getting to know someone doesn’t depend on whether or not they are dating someone, or if they have the job you want them to do. Love is unconditional. A calm chat about snow and pie can tell you more about your Dear Ones than one hundred answered questions. Gently read their eyes, hand motions, body language, and energy to see if they are comfortable in your chats. Listen to their words and tone. You can always sit and listen to holiday tunes together, or even have a dance and a laugh! Allow holidays to be fun, and not too serious. *Keep the illness diary updates to a minimum…unless help is direly needed. I remember many ‘contests’ of relatives over who is feeling worse. Oh my…
***Loving words and actions are the best gift anyone could receive. ♥ Show someone your Real Love every moment, every day. If you see anyone that needs help, and that is most people, help them while keeping your safety boundaries.
I hope you have a lovely, safe holiday.
P.S. If you use substances: Don’t ever drive drunk, angry, or under the influence of drugs. Get a ride or stay put. Substances are not needed to have fun, deal with issues, or ‘be’ you. They cloud your senses and cause more issues. The body already produces enough chemical reactions to keep you mystified. Think of all the sweet, darling people and families driving home from their grandparent’s house, the ballet, the school play, or the choir show. Distracted driving is too easy to do. If tired while travelling, stay overnight at at hotel to avoid accidents. If you want to change someone’s life forever, let it be in a positive way. There is enough suffering for the world to heal. Be aware, be kind, be Love.
Flocks of W’s and V’s wrap up the walls of our new home at Christmas Rose Cottage. Patch, sand, prime, paint, repeat. Stretch and bend, over, under, on tiptoes, and balanced on ladders. How tall are you, what is your reach, and how tall are the ceilings? Which tools could help you ergonomically paint your darling home?
I’ve received some questions about renovating. Here are some painting tips. Your best friend is practice, nothing fancy, but your home will look fancy!
Rollers & Extenders: I find an extender useful with a roller for the middle to top in one position, then stretch to bend for the bottom. With so much to do, the body needs care and caution. For high ceilings, steady ladders and a good extender help your back. This also helps to finish the job much faster and smoother.
Angled paint brushes are great for striking out ceilings, woodwork, and corners. Go slow and steady. You can always touch up ceilings later if a bristle flecks paint.
Use No VOC paint and open windows. Towels under closed doors help other rooms stay unscented.
Tiny art brushes are great for narrow window grid trim. Painting tape keeps trim and window glass clean. Use the tape like a straight edge. Pull it to bend, and press to seal. This reminded me of my 2D foundation design class for colour theory. We taped boards to layer shapes and colours with paint and matte medium. Once you get the trick of it, by practicing, you’ll never scrape paint off glass again.
Stretch like in yoga. Bend, balance, strengthen, but don’t breathe in the paint. 🙂
Reuse rollers and brushes by keeping in airtight bag during a project. Wash when done with a colour, and let dry. If painting many areas, a rotating routine helps by having several brushes and rollers to use. Label colours on each bag and set with matching paint can.
*Don’t spray the paint as it’s unhealthy for your breathing air.
Playing music, for whichever mood you’re ready for, helps you sway with the brushstrokes. Take your time to save time.
I like to paint the trim and doors the same as the wall for a serene aesthetic.
Taking breaks is good for muscles, drying times, and an energy boost. Eating well and sleeping early helps complete renovations faster with less frustrating accidents. I like to map out a painting routine for the week with room goals. It helps keep track of what is done, and what is ready to do next.
Supportive shoes, ones you don’t mind getting a bit painty, lend strength and longevity to painting sessions.
Tarps help keep splatters off floors and walls. Burlap ones rattle less than plastic ones when windows are open.
Temperature is important. Is the humidity right? Is it warm enough to paint? Stir paint before using.
Check and clean up as you go. Check for drips, and smooth out overlap marks.
Remove hardware when possible and reattached later. Tape and cover permanent hardware to keep it unpainted and useful.
Use the right paint for each surface. All your work is worth the energy if the paint stays nice and doesn’t chip due to the wrong paint choice. Look at the labels. Trim paint for wood trim. Wall paint and often paint/primer all in one for walls. Anything metal, plastic, or other, find the matching paint type. Ask the shop for advice.
Check the paint colour on the chip to see if it was mixed properly before leaving the store. Check the colour with a sample before ordering large gallon quantities. Paint a spot on each wall to check how light and shadow change your colour.
Surface preparation is key for smooth walls. Fill in cracks, holes, and dents. Sand smooth and prime. Check before painting.
When choosing paint colours, the natural light and room purpose are important to consider. Look for healthy no-VOC paint options. Find the family of colours you like, then choose one with enough earthiness for a soothing countenance. Try it on every wall to see the shadows at all times of day. What feels comforting to you?
Any more reno questions, I’ll be here painting, and I’ll get back to you once I wash my painty hands. Happy Colours! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Q: What are your favorite food combinations for cooking family dinners?
A: I have many, but for Winter, I really love organic ginger root, garlic, and shallots together…in everything! It works gently in sauces, soups, appetizers, on vegetables, in dips, and with fruit to create a softness. The scent fills the house with a warm, cozy cloud of sweet ginger. Our bodies love it because it really helps boost the immune system and keep us healthy with all the germs about in town. I like to sauté these three, minced, in olive oil, salt, and pepper, on low heat. When tender, add in other things or add it on top of others. We’ll be growing these in our new garden, here at Christmas Rose Cottage, this Spring -Summer -Autumn. This healthy superfood grouping is soothing for the senses and for stomachs, little and big. Ginger was very helpful for maternity illness. I find natural foods so beautiful. The garlic’s airy winged shells, the ginger’s aromatic colour, and my tearful shallotful eyes try to admire their lilac and russet hues fading into one another.
It’s December. We stroll along frosted garden moss. Air, crisp and cool. Raining and snowing, freezing and thawing, the water and ice activate seeds of beauty for Spring blooms. White ruffles and velvety family bedtime tales cozy up in this special room, ready to be made over. After painting and flooring, this master bedroom renovation reveal will soon be shared. What a pleasure it is to collect items for each room’s mood over time. Oceanic artwork, cuddly pillows, poofy comforters, and frosty curtain mornings invoke ancient stories, falling onto jeweled journals, and the teacup swirls. Shell studies from walks on the beach lay on open pages of hand-torn printing paper. Feel the edges and textures here. Precious, adored, delicate, strong, powerful, and wise. A room that feels like floating on ocean waves and tucked up in a soft shell, safe and sweet, yet cool, energizing, and centering. For custom interior design, message me with your details. What do you want your space to feel like? Which moods do you Love? From Christmas Rose Cottage, I’m wishing you a serene holiday season full of rejuvenation and peaceful rest…XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Our children are precious gifts! They are miracles and absolute truth and beauty! They deserve sensitive items for their sensitive everything. For our family, we research and strive to find the healthiest brands before buying children’s apparel & items, from sweaters to spoons, and from books to bath soap.
There have not been many brands we love yet, or feel confident to share as responsible, ethical collections. How could we really know? Here are some that we have used for a few years, and whose company information seems to be nicely transparent. What are your favourite ethical brands?
We like certain items from these companies:
Jamie Kay: The organic cotton items are now on our shopping list each growing season. Beautifully designed and made, adorable to look at, cozy to wear in soft colours, easy to dress in, and timelessly photogenic for beautiful childhood photo albums and daily life. This brand fits in with our Gentle Life of natural beauty and allowing the child’s essence to be the focus. Easy shipping from New Zealand, and last for years +.
Little Spruce Organics: Various brands sell organic winter apparel and accessories. We like choosing matching hats, mittens, coat, and scarves. A great source for organic cloth diapers, inserts, and diaper covers.
There were more brands, but we sold or donated the items, and I lost track of the names in the busy first years of babyland. I left out the others that we did try, but didn’t use, didn’t work well, or sadly are not now in business. That pile was bigger than this list. Everyone needs different things, but it took a while to find brands that are gentle for our sensitive skin, eyes, body, senses, budget, and lifestyle. We often buy apparel a size bigger so the items are worn for a few years. We buy quality items over cheap fast fashion, as they last longer, and in the end this saves money when well taken care of. Well made items don’t have to be expensive, and with sales, very often cost less than the fast fashion/trendy items. This post is not sponsored; I’m just sharing things we’ve found so far. I hope this saves you some time. I wish this list was given to me years ago. It takes so much research to find healthy things we need. As babies grow older, less items are needed, and fewer brands required, so finding our favourites becomes an annual pleasure to explore and way of expression.
I made this list for you and the people in town who ask us where we get our clothes and other useful things. We are drawn to well-made items using natural fibers that can be worn for many years, even during a big growth spurt. We are old souls who connect with timeless, old fashioned, vintage styles in soft natural colours, using materials that are loving for highly sensitive skin and the senses. Like the universe, the internet is a endless sea of connections and links, and I’m glad, Dear Ones, you found me here. It’s not easy to shop in this time period in certain ways, but when we do find something we love, we wear it every day with confidence and appreciation for the maker.
Except for my own company, Amor Milagre, I don’t know for sure how ethical and responsible these other companies truly are in practice, so feel free to research on your own, ask the companies questions, and message us if you find any unhealthy issues! 🙂 I inspire all companies to become responsible, so shopping may be effortlessly enjoyable.
And, for clothing, a general size standard could be redone, right parents? It’s difficult to shop for baby & child when the materials and sizes are not what you need. Custom tailored apparel can be a very good practice again for big and small companies, so the items fit and last many childhoods and lifetimes. I may add a ‘lightly worn’ section to my shop soon for the beautiful organic items outgrown by little ones. We buy quality and wear lightly so these heirloom pieces would be ‘like new’ for new little ones.
Tip: Read laundry labels for how each garment wants to be cared for. Items last longer when not worn out or shrunk in the wash. Take your time, listen to music, and fold with Love. Little Ones love to put their things away, learning and contributing something, too. We have a curious pattern here of having to patch only one knee in all pants. *Learning to sew and care for clothing is a great gift to teach to children.
This gift guide list is a part of my new ‘Favourite Series’ which I’ll add to each season. Happy Growing, New Babies, & Gift-Giving! XOXO ~Amor Milagre
Colour Mood: Dusty Rose
This is our favourite apparel colour. It suits rosy cheeks in soft natural dyed tones.
I am an ambassador for positive change. I am here to unveil that Awareness and Sensitivity are Love! We are all born sensitive, but many lose their awareness of it. Illness is a way it comes through, and clouding the awareness of our natural empathy will only cause more illness and suffering. There is another way, dear human friends! We can all listen to our Higher-Inner Self. This is what it’s all about, connecting to our souls, and therefore connecting to everything and everyone that ever was, is, or will be. This is where peace is. Respect is there, too. This is Love. And…my Dear Ones, this is what we all are and need to be aware of. So please read my blog posts here, and my books because I need to help us all get back to being extremely aware of…everything. This is why I’m here, every time. It was always this way, and as I continue to explore my Akashic Records in Meditation (more about this coming up), it seems to always be this way. I am ‘The Teacher’, ‘The Advocate’, the humble sharer of information and messages from the timeless universe. My new books are coming up, as fast I can make them and, of course, new blog posts and collections are lovingly being made here daily.
In the meantime, listen to your children, they know what love is and understand the awareness. Let them teach you about Love and awareness. Their wonder of the world is not only because they are new to it, it’s because they are aware of it and know it very well. Teach them, of course, healthy humans ways, colours, numbers, words, but don’t forget that they are our teachers for the most important lessons for all lifetimes. It’s in their smiles, their laughs, their LIGHT! We are all born with the Light of Love. It transcends all human words and we have it always. Live in the Light!
*A place to begin is to think of sensitivity as a gift, because it truly is. Being sensitive helps guide you. It helps you trust your instincts and your Inner Voice. Have the greatest respect for children and everyone, especially highly sensitive people. It’s incredibly difficult for us to even just be here, and then even more so when we add the daily routines and unhealthy people, places, tasks, and conversations. Sensitive people are amazing at solving issues that are vitally important to solve. If we are allowed a world that feels safe and healthy, our health will improve, and our other gifts can be positively appreciated in making wondrous and helpful systems, ideas, and gifts for all. Everyone wants to feel good, so let’s allow sensitive people to be allowed that simple right.
What can we all do in our own circles, routines, and powers to make positive changes for sensitive people and all to feel their senses relax and focus more easily on the day’s goals and pleasures? Think about all the things that affect your body, emotions, abilities, etc. Think of lighting, sound, vibration, crowds, electricity, chemicals, air, routines, basic needs, voices, attitudes, volume, scents, air pressure, and everything that could feel uncomfortable, painful, or dangerous. When speaking to sensitive people, what kind of words do you use, what tone of voice? Do you know they are sensitive? Are you aware? Now think of these things around you as if they were intensified to an unbearable level that shakes and disturbs the delicate nervous system and all that holds your body together. Now you might be thinking of how a sensitive person experiences the world. Could you focus and complete a task quickly if you felt massive pain just being in an unhealthy setting?
For sensitive children, and parents of sensitive children, finding ways to communicate well is vital. Children with speech challenges need to feel their voice is important, valued, and heard. They need basic things and need to be able to ask for them each moment. It’s incredibly frustrating to be unheard and in great need. It’s a pain no one should experience. Researching health conditions, ways of healing from trauma, and different ways of communicating is important to help those who live a more unusual life than others. Their life has more layers because of the difference, and they have more gifts and strength because of it. They very much need bridges of loving communications and a safe world to live in. These very special people have so much grace and goodness to share with the world. In sharing, they are able to feeling loving and contribute joy into the universe. Their confidence will build and they will do many more great and healthy things for all people, including more sensitive people in need of help and love.
There is much to share and learn about how sensitive people feel in certain situations, places, and emotional environments. There is also much for sensitive people to learn to keep their energy and stay healthy in a world that is not only unaware of their experiences, but too often condemns them and worsens their already difficult experiences. Be kind and ask questions with loving communication. Listening is learning. Asking nicely, with an open heart, is being loving and sensitive back. Have you heard anyone speak of the word ‘Sensitive’ as an analogy for ‘Love’? Now you have because it is! Being sensitive to others is being loving towards others. Love is not something reserved for a few people in your life. This Universal Love is for all people, things, plants, animals, and places. It is for the air we breathe, the water we drink, and all everywhere. Patience is needed when learning, so be patient, as learning about a Sensitive World is going to take imagination, until you understand. It may sound extreme because, for us, it is. The pain is so extreme and often sudden, a non-aware person might not feel it right away, but it would still affect them right away, only realizing it in another form later on.
Much of which we feel is chronic, meaning the world is not changing its’ levels of pollution, and we have to endure it, sort it, combat it, heal it, and rebuild from it every day. Think of it as if your whole world, your house, your job, your health, everything crashed every day, and you have to rebuild it all. When ill, more levels of sensitivity can more easily layer on top of the already heightened ones. Senses that were extremely aware were overstimulated too much, caused injury, or were abused can cause such conditions where the senses are blasted out. For example, sound can be incredibly much louder (hyperacusis) which can cause partial deafness when there is no break from the ‘deafening’ wall of sound, the brain and eyes have challenging aura or blindness, walking can be too painful, or chemicals can affect skin much more quickly or more extremely. Sensitive people are often misunderstood as their painful suffering can be mistaken for unrelated things in a quick moment, glanced at by an unaware person. Inflicting sensitive people with experiences that are painful for them is abuse. Become aware of your affect on people, and treat everyone uniquely. There is no blanket way to treat everyone, expecting the same reaction. Treat everyone with love, patience, and empathy, including your Self.
If you are sensitive, loving the Self, even if others do not, is very important. Listen to you Self and do what you need to do to be healthy in peaceful ways. When the world is painful for sensitive people, we often accrue illness that layers on new and very dangerous illnesses. It makes us even more sensitive, which is still not a weakness, though it might look like it, but it is a great strength because it takes energy that we constantly have to keep rebuilding. We have to keep adapting and become stronger because of the unhealthy things in the world. It’s beyond exhausting, which is one of the illnesses -chronic exhaustion.
Hopefully, after reading this, you’ll never use the word ‘sensitive’ as an insult, and if you hear someone doing so, you can now educate them and say: “Sensitivity is a Strength!” If you meet someone that says they are sensitive, you can say with a warm empathic smile, “That is so wonderful! If there is anything you think we can do differently to help everyone’s senses keep their energy, please let me know.”
Everyone is sensitive about something, on different levels of awareness, and has various combinations of sensitivity. We can come back to an understanding by raising awareness, having conversations, and remembering that all of us are sensitive people who need help with something. Why not help everyone by making acceptance and inventive flexibility a standard way of making positive changes? Things change all the time, and we adapt, so let’s change things for the better, to improve health for all with natural easy ways, such as fresh air and day light, a less cluttered, loud world. See how easily the senses come back down to a healthy rhythm to balance the body and reduce illness. This, in turn, allows us to solve issues and be more mindfully productive, making sustainable choices in all we do!
Everything is simple, but hardly anyone sees it like that. All the planes merge in one space, but not many are aware. More helpful tips for unlayering into awareness are coming up! Remember, awareness is freedom! It is understanding. It is Love!
My company collections, especially the bookshop and blog posts, raise awareness for Love and Gentleness so that all kinds of sensitive people, (which includes all children), can live in this world and feel safe, peaceful, and healthy. If we can change harmful, negative words, emotions, attitudes, and environments to be healthy ones for sensitive people, our gifts can shine and make massively positive connections and solutions for all. We all live in the same world, but many of us highly sensitive, highly aware people are suffering health-wise, socially, in the work place, and just everywhere from noisy, bright restaurants to our own homes polluted by others’ stress, overwhelming environmental settings, and pollution of all kinds. True sustainability is being mindful, respectful, and loving of people and places. In our homeschool classes here, we teach and learn about all kinds of ways people live. It’s not only about what people eat, wear, and the languages they speak. There is a universal language that all people share across all countries and time. It is awareness. It is Love!
Children’s classrooms and library book reading sessions are great places to have a peaceful place that is soft for the senses. Children may sometimes like to make sounds, but they surely do not like being surrounded by loud sounds. They need to feel safe, and their body needs to be at rest, and not in distress. Fresh air is beneficial to all, not just fresh air systems, but windows opened to let in natural air prevents illness. Fresh air gives energy that can be used to learn wonderful things! I’ll be posting more on this blog about what we all can do to be more aware and sensitive.
Amor Milagre signifies Miracle Love. There is a universal light that shines when real love ignites infinitely. Real love is always miraculous. “Live in the Light! Fill yourself up with love from within, and let it flow into everything you do! Surround yourself with Love!” ~Amor Milagre
Amor Milagre’s ‘A Gentle Life Collection’ may be helpful for everyone, especially for: Empaths, Synesthetes, Highly Sensitive People (HSP), Highly Intuitive People, Earth Angels, Light Workers, INFJ’s and all personality types, All Children, and Nature-Lovers.
This very important, universal message is included in my A Gentle Life Book Collection.
Our family is always thankful for the gifts we share. A favourite gift is one we gave to ourselves, a menu for Thanksgiving (+ every day and for all holiday meals) that is simple, delicious, vegan, organic, sugarless, and just what we like! We did keep the cranberry sauce on the table, but this is how we make it:
Organic Vegan Ingredients:
To a pot, we add a bag/bunch of whole cranberries, grown and harvested from a responsible, organic local farm. Add some water, cinnamon, a tiny pinch of pink salt, a crack of black pepper, and a lid. Simmer for ~ 5 minutes until soft. Sir, serve, and enjoy!
This recipe is included in my upcoming Cozy Winter Cookbook, containing vegan organic sugarless recipes that are simple and pleasurable to make. These fruits are already sweet, so no ‘sugar’ is needed, but if you need to, you could add a tiny bit of natural sweetness with agave or date syrup.
Cranberries are lovely to eat throughout all four seasons, hot or cold just like a jam or fruit spread. Dried cranberries are so versatile and can be used in fresh salads, dry nut mixes, in your morning oatmeal, baked in breads, and dotted over cold food salads and baked dishes. Cranberries are a superfood and a good source of Vitamin C and antioxidants, as well as providing several other beneficial minerals. They taste great, and if you’re new to them, take a little bit and keep trying until you’re used to it. You might just love these red bog jewels! They pair well with: starches like toast and potatoes, green leafy vegetables, beets, and they compliment other rich flavours such as a velvety mushroom sauce on pasta. Cranberries are amazing in pies, turnovers, tarts, crumbles, or served warm as a dessert with vegan icecream, with melted cacao, or on their own.
Unlike some other berries, this type was first named for the plant appearance itself, and not for the colour of the berry or plant name. Cranberries originally got their name, Crane Berry, when settlers saw the plants’ flowers, and they thought the petals resembled the shape of a crane’s bill and head. We’re going to try to grow some crane berries next year. They like wet conditions and are grown from cuttings. They are wild, native plants so hopefully it works well. Stay tuned for our new gardens in 2020!
I made this brilliantly red sweet-tart side dish last night, and to the little diners’ delight, it only took a moment to cook. Who says Thanksgiving dinner needs to be time consuming or stressful to prepare? Or happen all on one day? We like to celebrate the whole week with small simple pleasures. Who planned the traditional odd menu of heavy foods that don’t really go well together or feel good to eat together? It’s a juggling act of timing for the cook, who often does the cleaning and decorating as well. Emotions transfer into food. We’re mindful to cook with Love and Patience for a soothing day. Moderation is a nice option as well. 🙂 You can always enjoy leftovers the week through, and they often taste better the next day anyways. We’ve redesigned our holidays so we can relax and enjoy our day together in our new, quiet home. I prefer the European menus with smaller amounts, but a balance of flavours and nutrition. We like the plant foods in the usual spread, but we choose one at a time and mix them with lighter dishes for better digestion and more enjoyment of dining. Remember, you may do what you like. There are no rules for designing a holiday menu. Which dishes are your favourites from all time? A gracious Thank You! for connecting with us here, and a very Happy Healthy Thanksgiving to you and your Dear Ones! XOXO Amor Milagre