Autumn’s cool pumpkins and local adventures inspire us in colour, texture, unique organic shapes, and tickle the senses with warmth, magic, and mischief. Feel the leaves, sniff the oven, see the light, hear the garden seeds in the wind, taste your inventions, and rest your soul on a velvety thought. Make up a season of your favourite everything for a time of pleasure, good health, and a pampering of the senses.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Little, sweet roasted greens take off their layers and warm their leaves by the fire.
In a small baking dish, place some Brussel sprouts (wash and trim bottom slightly and remove a few outer leaves), a few tbsp of olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in an oven heated to 350 degrees F and roast until tender, about 35 minutes minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!
Organic Toddler-and-Me Snack: Rosemary Crackers, Raisins, Goji Berries, Pine Nuts, Dried Cranberries, Dried Mango, and some Roasted Red Pepper Hummus to dip the crackers into. Serve a few of each item with water and enjoy!
Potato Broccoli Soup
A heart-warming memory of this onion-scented soup fulfills the soul’s call for coziness this time of year. The nutrients and health benefits of the soup give you good energy and zing! you’re ready to write a new book or go out for a good walk! This is a great soup for the week to pair with dinner or to have for lunch or a snack. It tastes better each time you have it!
Place the following ingredients into a large pot and cook on medium, with a lid on/tipped near the end, until tender: 5 potatoes cut into small squares, 1 large clove of garlic minced, 1 chopped onion, 4 chopped celery stalks, salt and pepper, a few tbsp of olive oil, water to cover all. When almost done, take 1/3 of the soup and place into a bowl, mash up with a whisk and return to the pot. This thickens the soup. Add broccoli, cut all of it up into smaller pieces, and steam everything with the lid on until the broccoli is slightly tender. Serve warm and enjoy!
A gift to yourself, your beloved, your blessings. Give love. Give smiles and light up in the grace of nature’s universal light. Unending colours, textures, shapes, senses. All connected…all the same. All wanting to be loved and to love. My Shop at Dove Cottage celebrates these truths, graces, and sweetnesses. Hop about life, spreading a pocket full of light-filled seeds. ~Love, the Doves at Amor Milagre.
Start with an idea, let it grow and change with you. Smile at your beautiful recycling of ancient dust, and marvel at how gloriously inspiring everything can become again and again. Nothing is ever lost or broken. Everything constantly changes. Direct it into the light and shape it into happiness.
What is around you shapes you. Kiss your words before letting them travel. Hug your ideas before introducing them outwardly. Believe in your soul for it is purely you and that is beyond words…just right for anything you wish or hope. This is a funny plane to rest on. What would you like to do here?
Create a sacred place within, and if you can, in your home. Keep it with you always. Create a bubble of peace around you whenever you need it. This is especially necessary for empaths, highly sensitive people, and synesthetes. (More about all of the topics in this post are in my upcoming book.)
Keep a letter of love. Cherish a painted picture. Flutter through a box of saved memories. Unpack and frame them, bring them into the light, to see and inspire you. Very soon I’ll be releasing some simple and unique ways to frame artwork. Stay connected for more…(Message us for any custom artwork or design projects you may like.)
All of my work is connected. A painting is on your wall and in my book, and soon on educational tools for minds of all ages to explore and learn about. There are so many things to share with you. More in our shop every day. Many of my books will be releasing soon in the hopes of creating a positive wave.
My custom name artwork collections provide fun gifts for the holidays and every day. Stationery is coming soon! Isn’t is nice to have your very own name on something special just for you? I remember never seeing my name at gift shops when young. We love doing custom orders, so children of all ages get a surprise tailored just for them! It’s very special for us to be a part of spreading joy and wonder, making things to last and be kept dear. One such kind of stationery card will be in our shop soon. It is specifically designed for re-use in a fun, new way.
If you can, write out little messages on your holiday cards this season. “Little” things that are hand-done with love are very much appreciated by the recipient. Just like a sculpture or a rock found on a walk, you can feel the energy put into something. Food cooked with love, a card written with humble admiration, or a handmade gift will delight and be cherished over a lifetime or infinite lifetimes like a large mossy rock, played on and shared by children of various centuries.
Teaching children their ABC’s and 1,2,3’s on a walk through a wandering song is memorable and fun! Write out your name with a stick in the mud or sand. Line up some acorns to count and divide them. So many memory triggers can be beautifully designed using nature’s fractals and senses. Breathe as you go!
~Peace and tranquility from Amor Milagre’s Shop at Dove Cottage.
Our shop is now OPEN! What a wonderful birthday gift for us and for the season of gift giving! Is there anyone you’d like to give a token of love and appreciation to? Perhaps to yourself, too! Another lovely birthday here, complete with a hot apple pie, sharing a wish, and garden herbs all potted up. All cozy in the kitchen, we dance and get excited for this holiday season. Treat every day like a holiday! Treating everyone with kindness and love every moment feels good. (Musical dance inspiration below! What is your favourite dance song?)
The little ones here love having fresh herbs on everything! We potted up some basil, sage, and rainbow Swiss chard.
Warm pie from the oven is already a birthday wish come true. Not adding sugar allows the pie to be naturally sweet so you taste the apples and cinnamon.
Filling: 5 Apples, 1 tsp of Saigon Cinnamon, 1 tsp crushed anise seed. (Apples sliced, with skins on.)
Dough: 2C Spelt Flour, 1 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt, 2/3 C +2tbsp Vegan Shortening, 4-5 tbsp Cold Water.
Mix dough and press half into a pie dish. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Fill pie with apple mixture. Press the remaining half of the dough onto a flat surface and flip it over the top of the pie. Trim the edges, pinch/fork the edges, and cut a few slits in the top for steam to release. Bake for 40-50 minutes until tender and golden. Serve, add a candle, sing, make a wish, and enjoy!
Growing organic edible plants from seeds is so rewarding. Before Jack Frost comes to visit your garden, pot up some herbs and veggies and bring them into your kitchen, or a sunny room, to use as daily cooking inspiration! Basil is particularly sensitive to cold. I chose these little planters because they fit on the window sills and get lots of sunshine.
Amor Milagre Presents The Illustrated Garden Alphabet Letter Collection amormilagre.com The perfect gift giving collection for anytime, anyone, any space, and any age. Especially charming in a baby nursery or children’s room. Message us for custom artwork. Watercolor and Ink paintings. Letters, names, words, or the whole alphabet! Endless possibilities! Group with my other artwork collections for something very magical and uniquely special. A perfect gift to give yourself to inspire a garden in your space and for you to be purely yourself! Art prints, Original paintings are in The Amor Milagre Shop at Dove Cottage. amormilagre.com Stationery and our Children’s Book are coming soon for this beautiful collection! For design help, message us and visit our design page. These paintings make for beautiful interior design.
Autumn days inspire more handmade touches to deepen the richness and love in our lives. I embroider baby dresses with little flower vines for precious surprised smiles. Brilliant hues in nature taste delicious, and they look amazing on the plate or tray, excitedly awaiting to share their flavours. Family outtings to local shops and farms delight and educate about wholesome, meaningful trades and practices. Holidays are even more fun when you get out to visit children’s choir shows, craft shows, seasonal festivals, visit the reindeer, ride in a carriage, and walk together quietly in nature. We mark the dates and times on the calendar in case we are ready for the special holiday events when that day comes along. What do you like to do in your town for the holidays?
Most of the year round classes and events near us are not at the right time for us or are not the right fit, so we’ve created an original series of Classes & Clubs to create a solution to the lack of community activities for local and visiting families. (Also, I’ve found that some towns aren’t very helpful to break into and start something new. We’ll keep trying until we have what we’d like for our family. Other families have told us that they found what they were hoping for in our classes.) Our classes in 2017 were so much fun. Thank you to all of the lovely people who joined us!
Our classes are calm, educational, fun, natural, and integrate a myriad of areas. They help a family do things lovingly together. They help individuals deepen their inner connection and expand their perspective for a ‘purely you’ art, design, nature appreciation, writing, gardening, and more!
Check our Class page for updates. I’ll be posting the 2018 class list soon so you can register and reserve your seat. The private classes and our FREE Crayon Club is available all year round. Online classes will be available here in 2018. For details, check our Class page here. If your community lacks what you want, create it!
Little locally owned organic grocery shops and bakeries, the size of our cottage kitchen, are cozy and enjoyable to shop in. Lines are short because not many can fit in the shop at the same time. They have just what you need and also what you want. It’s a charming experience and we haven’t even thought of shopping in the big stores. The little town communities help the small companies grow, and it’s great to be one of them. Our art and design shop opens soon, and we’re very excited to share our inventions with you! ~Amor
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When the power goes out in the windstorm of life, instead of feeling powerless, empower yourself! One of the best times to reset your ‘norm’ is when your norm is upset by life’s uncertainties. What do you want to keep dear? What do you dearly want to change? Change it now! The new week will start out positive, while you clear out the mess, and clean up the space where the delicate balance of happiness basks. It’s always within you to fill up with love and choose good things for yourself. Instead of pacing and waiting impatiently, devise a ‘rainy day cupboard’ plan equipped with necessary supplies to keep your clan happy. Days unplugged inspire a life lived naturally in the moment. (More about this in my upcoming lifestyle & health book.)
A sweet dessert of fresh fruit, like kiwi, is fun for everyone to share. The seasons change quickly, seen through the arched door windows, framing trees with less and less leaves each day. The storm has changed Autumn to nearly Winter overnight. Gardens and roads needed tidying up, while we wait for power lines to be cleared of fallen trees. We cut up our fallen trees with compassion for their splits and breaks. This is a good time to rethink plans for everything. Refresh and start anew!
Matching games can be played with in various ways. Add funny voices and stories to the fun! What do you like to do during weeks like this? We love reading your comments.
With an endless list of things to do, we tackle the priorities, well the ones that are possible without power. Generators, gallons of water, candles and flashlights, stored dried and fresh food, and a lot of patience help when the daily routine goes off track. We prepare for winter by hanging coat hooks, painting new rooms, installing a stair railing, and finishing a scattering of home building projects. Colouring, games, playing, and songs are always helpful for confused littles ones. Clear explanations of why the lights are not on are repetitive, but necessary. Taking breaks out in town, if anything is open, helps break up the long days. Once the oven light blinks 12:00, sighs of relief smile, but we keep the simple romance of an unplugged lifestyle in mind while resetting our new week ahead. We love many aspects of today’s world, but we cherish and celebrate many of the old world’s charms, too. Touch back to see our new posts including both!
A calming room for everyone, especially for empaths like us, who love water and blue. One of our upcoming children’s books will match the mood of this room. Stay tuned for more about our books!
We’re happy to be opening our shop doors soon! There are many new series to explore and bring home!
Organic: Delicious pistachio nuts are fun for little fingers to figure out. Wraps with fresh veggies are a fun way to try out the beautiful and varied world of mustards and hummus. Make little wraps for little hands. (Power outages aren’t the best time to try new foods/nuts for children, so take care and prevent/be mindful of allergies.)
Organic: Wrap up some avocado with champagne dill mustard, olives, cucumber, broccoli, celery, and carrot.
Your beauty and health routines can easily be overlooked when you’re overwhelmed by storms. Plan ahead, and once your basic needs are met, adjust your routines to the encroaching darkness of Autumn’s evenings.
Our beauty routine is simple, so it’s not hard to catch up on it, but it’s good to keep a steady level of healthy cleanliness, even when you don’t have running water. The skin and body will thank you for staying hydrated. Mermaids, like us, would not get out of the bath after the power came back. For more on this, check back for our upcoming posts and new books!
Simple Sponge Bath: Wrap your little one or yourself in a clean towel, and gently wash each part of your body with a warm soapy wash cloth, dipped in a bowl of water, (warmed on a gas stove, over a fire, or heated with an electric tea kettle attached to a generator.) Tell each elbow and toe how much you love them. Thank them for taking good care of you. Dry off softly with a towel. Wrap up in layers, if the heat is off, and play cozy games together, write in a journal, or meditate, appreciating the stillness and silence.
Health Tip: If shopping for a generator, look at the sound levels, because loud sounds upset the nervous system and impair conditions for sleep. A regular unwinding time before bed is especially important when weather upsets your town. Find a generator to handle your basic needs for a wonderfully, stress-free winter. Also, if you’re sensitive to light, (migraines, seizures, anything neurologically sensitive), you may like to try a battery-powered or wind up lantern instead of the traditional candle and flame because the flickering light can impair your already tired nervous system and cause illness and pain.
Music of the Moment: These Days, Nico (Always been an Autumn song for me, walking around NYC, exploring.)
Every moment in your life can be sweetly and romantically designed to happily suit you just as you are. From your room, to your dream attire, to your birthday dessert, make it yours and beautiful, just like you. Build one warm memory onto another to keep your authentic self present in everything you do and in every word you speak, and an effortlessly fulfilling life will be yours. Practice makes it natural. Happiness is already inside you, no need to look anywhere; it’s built-in with your soul. Opening your heart, creating healthy boundaries, and being honest will allow you to be purely you! Check back for our upcoming Notebook Series to help with everything in life!
Crisp, light layers of phyllo dough and soft melted apples in cinnamon dance a step of inspiration! Make this dish with any fruit you love, top with a candle and flame, sing love for your birthday, blow out the candle, make a wish, and share it!
Filling: 5 Apples, 1 tsp of Saigon Cinnamon, and a tiny pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt (Sliced, with skins on.)
Dough: Phyllo Dough
Melt some raw organic coconut oil in a small saucepan and get out a pastry brush, natural bristles or silicone. Brush some oil in the bottom of a large glass or metal baking dish or pan. Lay a thawed sheet of phyllo on the bottom, brush oil gently on top, and repeat for 4-5 layers. Gently lay in apple mixture and top with a phyllo sheet. Oil and layer 4-5 more times. Brush oil on the top sheet and bake in a 375 degree F oven for 30-40 minutes until the phyllo is crisp and the apples are soft and tender.
Serve warm and enjoy! Store in an air tight, glass container and eat cold as well. No sugar means this is a great treat for young ones, too. Mind any sharp crisp bits, and hydrate as always.
Take a slip, add some silk to the body for the skirt, (add more to line it or wear another slip underneath), add more for the straps, add any details you like, and there you have a custom wedding dress that fits your beautiful body! Ask a tailor to help you if you cannot sew, or learn to sew as this kind of sewing is ok for beginners. Add a beaded sash around the waist, homemade or bought, and choose some delicate accessories for hair, jewelry, shoes, and you’re ready for a simply elegant wedding, stress-free, and budget-friendly! Enjoy the moments that the event is all about, LOVE. This dress also makes gorgeous decor, hanging gracefully from a curtain rod, reminding us of our lovely day.
I wear this dress often as a slip and also with another slip as a dress. You can even wear a short sleeve/off the shoulder/long sleeve lace layer on top for a more formal or cold-weather wedding. Design your life to be multi-dimensional. Not only do you save money, time, and energy, but it brings such joy and fulfillment to think carefully about yourself.
Find out which colours suit your complexion, skin tone, undertone, and adorn your body and home in those shades for an uplifting mood, beautiful photograph memory books, and to help you always feel comfortable.
*Why wait for a wedding? Create your dream wardrobe now by carefully choosing well fitting designs and sustainable, classic materials.
Inspirational Share: Justine Leconte videos, for help determining your body shape, skin undertone, and beginner’s help with shopping, style, which colours to wear for you, fashion design, and French style.
Tidying up the garden and tucking it in for an early winter’s nap, we breathe in the new season’s air, as golden and red leaves float and turn gently in the wind. Fall festivities excite children of all ages here. Bunny ears, top hats, and pointed witch’s hats adorn our seasonal tree. A quick lesson in the making of simple acorn cap ornaments is a daily adventure with the hunting and stringing up of these adorable little treasures. October’s harvest makes delicious meals, treats, and snacks for baby and me. Reading Halloween tales of a sweet and curious nature, exploring pumpkin festivals, and painting pumpkins all add rich and healthy memories for little ones, and for older ones whose spirit of the Autumn is revived in such a graceful, new breeze of smiles. Games are afoot and on cozy beds, stirring up the imagination, inspiring giggles and new jokes to share with loved ones everywhere. What are your Autumn rituals? Leave us comments to share your favourites…
A walk under the trees and by the sea… a sweet soup for baby and me. Quick recipes, like this, keep us going when we’re working on various projects, have missed sleep, want to spend time wandering, or just want something simply delicious!
Sweet Green Soup
A sweet, nourishing soup on a blustery day delights and comforts.
Blend up: A pan of roasted asparagus (lightly seasoned with pink salt and freshly ground pepper, 20-30 minutes in a 350 degree F oven), a few cups each of steamed peas and corn (fresh, but frozen works very well, too), and some water to your preference of consistency. Serve warm and enjoy!
We started a new family tradition called ‘Birthday Week’, and we had a blast living out a lovely little plan of wishes that came gently true. (Next year, we’ll build in even more resting time, as celebrations take lots of energy, especially for empaths and highly sensitive people, big and small.) When you make a wish on your birthday, and you blow out the candle, don’t forget to tell your wishes, so they will happen. Tell: yourself in the mirror, your friends, family, and your journal, so they may remind you and help you be in the place you want to be…purely you. Don’t wait for your birthday to do all the things you love!
Blueberry Strawberry Cinnamon Tarts
Warm from the oven, after a day by the seaside, these simply delicious desserts will bring sparkles to the eyes of all who eat them.
Dough: 1 C. Flour, 1/3 C plus 1 Tbsp. Vegan Shortening, 1/2 tsp. Salt, 2-3 Tbsp. Cold Water
Mix the dough by hand and form into little cups. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix berries in a tsp of cinnamon and fill the tarts to the top. Bake for 25-40 minutes until the pie crust is golden. (Time depends on tart size.) Serve warm and enjoy!
One of life’s simple pleasures and luxuries is wearing a fresh garment after a bath or shower. Your body, mind, and soul work well together when you set a positive, refreshed tone for the day. We painted our laundry room all white for a clean, simple, and calm emotion. It brightens up a dark space. Two sconces (on a dimmer, an easy adjustment for your home) flank a half wall, the washer and dryer below (plumbing hidden in the wall for a restful room), a shelf with custom drying bars, and space for 4 laundry baskets and 3 illustrations framed in white. Good storage makes all the difference. Designing closets takes time and attention to detail, but once they’re done, you’re so happy to have the space, no clutter, and less dust to clean. A clean home is a healthy home.
This room inspires the love and positive attention needed for gentle laundering of our carefully chosen garments and linens. Buy organic with non-toxic dyes, and wash with non-toxic soaps for optimal health. The skin absorbs what you wear. Hand wash and air dry items as much as you can for a sustainable home and less bills. Laundry lines in the fresh air are wonderful.
Sweeten your life by surrounding yourself with what you adore and who you love. Soon, our shop will open, and we invite you to create your own artwork gallery, custom stationery sets, choose from our organic apparel collection, and find custom gifts for yourself and loved ones.
A home that is purely you lightens and inspires you every day! If you don’t know what you like or why you like something, think back to when you first sensed it. Many things we think we like just turn out to be familiar from an early age. What do you really love and why? We encourage everyone to find designs for functionality, durability, usability, and also what you connect with.
(More about information about this is in my upcoming design book.)