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Spring Style 2018

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Spring to your wardrobe and sort out what is truly you, fits you well, and inspires lightness, kindness, and enhances your natural beauty.  Sell or donate the rest.  Learn about what colour tones and hues are right for you and your home.  Colour has a massive impact on our reaction and way of living.  We wear mostly creams, pale pinks, peaches, and whites.  We also plant flower seeds of the same colours in our garden, and paint walls to compliment our skin tones, pajamas, and hats.  It’s all connected…so I like to coordinate it harmoniously for a peaceful home life. 

Choose soft, healthy fabrics as your skin absorbs whatever is on it.  Make clothes by hand and/or check the company brand for more information about the fabric, how they treat & pay their makers, what kind of dyes they use, and where the materials come from.  If the information isn’t listed on their site, contact them with questions.  How durable is an item?  Choose items that speak to your authentic self.  Who are you and what do you love?  What helps you feel amazing?  Which items are made well and will last?  Which fabrics are you allergic to?  Which fabrics are detrimental to the environment, workers, and wearers?

Sustainable style is not just about how items are made, but how they live on in your life.  All ages deserve healthy clothes on their beautiful skin.  A wardrobe with a few items, of lovely quality that are made with care for all, is a great tool for a joyous lifestyle.  This is a great formula to use when buying anything.  Take time and loving thought to assess the seemingly invisible questions faced when buying even a tomato.  The fashion industry, and all industries, need to switch over to sustainable practices for the workers and customers.  Help give them an incentive to transition now, research your items before purchasing, ask questions, give feedback, and watch how the world will change for the better.  This, in turn, will make shopping easier for customers to find what they’re looking for.  ‘Hunting’ is not a restful or healthy practice, whether shopping in person or online, it’s overstimulating for the senses.  The shops can be set up to embrace the senses, instead of overwhelm them.

If you would like help with your personal style, please message us for professional fashion & style design advice & tips.

Amor Milagre’s new original, handmade, organic, non-toxic apparel (all ages) & toy collections are coming soon!  View some of last season’s collection in our shop here!

For more information and inspiration about these topics, please check back for our upcoming fashion design & lifestyle books.

 

PS We gave our site a little makeover for a calmer, more self-reflective opportunity for viewers, so if you’d like to comment, please send us a message.  Thank you!

 

Music of the Moment:  All we have broken shines, Brightblack Morning Light

 

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Grow Your Own Fresh Organic Real Plant-Based Food

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Grow a beautiful year-round garden to provide yourself with your own fresh, organic, real, plant-based food.  Bask in the organic natural beauty of plants.  Their language is something wonderful to share.  Children adore tending their plants and eating them, too.  Fill your senses up with their shapes, colours, flavours, textures, sounds, scents.  Listen to them and help them thrive.  Every day of growth is a miracle to be respected and nurtured. 

Real plant foods taste amazing.  Get to know what real food offers:  better overall health in every way and amazing flavours.  Taste a fresh carrot, fresh lettuce greens, a fresh vegetable soup!  It’s easier, it’s delicious, it’s a beautiful lifestyle.  Stretch and breathe in good health, breathe out love for yourself, your family, the Earth, and love for everything around you.  Be real, be purely you, unlimited, unharmed, awake, and truly alive.  Know yourself, listen to your body, and respond with gentle love and mindful care.  Be love!  ~Amor Milagre.  (This and other healthy topics are featured in our upcoming book collections for all ages.  We’re so excited to share them very soon!)

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To Plant

Save or buy organic, non-GMO seeds.  Plant them in organic, plant-based compost (homemade or bought).  Water (with saved rainwater if you can).  Use green and/or reusable materials.  No-dig compost gardening is simple and fantastic.  Use your body/hands and your senses as gardening tools.  Check on your plants, speak with Love.  Balance water, sunshine, and fresh air.  Grow outside if you can.  Start inside if your summers are short.  Grow plants inside all year for fresh herbs, veggies, and more!

Starting seeds costs less than buying more mature plants.  You can grow many more plants.  You save money and benefit from helping your plants grow, ensuring the best quality and strength for them.  They heal you and lend these qualities to you, too.  Breathe them in.  Pot them or plant them when they outgrow their space.  Tend until ready to harvest.  Many plants can keep going throughout the season, and some can be brought back inside for colder months.  Research your seeds, plants, their life cycle, health benefits, and optimal ways to prepare for maximum nutrition.  Enjoy the beautiful botanical realm we can live in again.

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Music of the Moment:  Piano Songs (4/4) Romantic Music, Ballet Music Pas de Deux

 

Inspirational Share:  Why it’s so important to eat a vegan plant-based diet.

There are so many books, videos, and documentaries to watch about this topic.

Form your own opinion based on the information shared, and move gently into good health.

 

We’ll release our children’s books and books for all ages very soon!

Inspirational healthy lifestyle ideas and examples are woven in with lovely stories and characters.

 

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Spring Easter Egg Ornaments

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Gather children around the table.  All ages are welcome, ages 0-1000.  Draw faces, zig zags, and pretty little designs.  Everything works just fine.  Cut out some egg shapes, string, and delight your seasonal tree with Spring-inspired pastels and fresh, smiling faces.  Art expressionist fun can be interior design fun as well.  Match your crafts to your home and feel refreshed for a new season of bright possibilities.  A beautiful tree for day or night!  Happy Spring and Happy Easter!  ~Amor Milagre

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Pick spring flower colours for crayons and threads and unwind your imagination!  Save the scrap paper and thread.  Stay tuned on how to use them.  For more information for this craft and other fun ‘How To’s’, check back for my upcoming book, ‘The Crayon Club.’

A little film showing how we made the Easter egg ornaments.

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Music of the Moment:  Tea Dance

 

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Spring Sale

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In honour of celebrating the new Spring days of 2018,

we’re having a Spring Sale at The Shop at Dove Cottage.  

We’ll open The Bookshop doors very soon, and share many new Spring-inspired artwork collections.

“Every moment is a chance to begin anew on a fresh page.  What kind of story will you write today?” ~Amor Milagre

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Coming Soon

~Grand Opening of the Amor Milagre Bookshop

~New Botanical Watercolour Illustration Series Original Artwork and Art Prints

~New Organic Baby & Children’s Toys

~New Oil Paintings:  Seascape, Landscape, Still Life

~Spring 2018 Films and Organic Journal Blog Posts

and more lovely wonders to explore!

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Mix and match our artwork collection pieces for a sincerely customized home gallery.  Be purely you!  XOXO ~Amor Milagre

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Music of the Moment:  Birds Singing in the Morning Forest

Inspiring Shares:

Iceland is Growing New Forests for the First Time in 1,000 years, National Geographic

Such a beautiful program and my favourite:

New!  Gardener’s World BBC 2018 March Episodes one and two.

 

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Lettuce Topiary

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A topiary of lettuce seedlings makes a delicious fresh salad and a beautiful window garden to enjoy all year.  Growing plants from seeds is especially rewarding when you share your new friends with someone.  Seeds make lovely gifts, and they can be easily slipped into an envelope with a letter to a friend.  (Look for organic non-GMO seeds).  Children and babies love to nurture their toys and their baby plants.  Gently caring for plants shows you how to gently care for yourself.  Gardening is beneficial and healing for children of all ages from 0-1000.  Plants improve air quality, and freshen up your life.  Fresh food feels good in the soul and body.  The practice of topiary is old and loving.  Create, inspire, enjoy!

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Shape the lettuce topiary by following the shape of your desired dish.  Trim the leaves lightly, not too low/short, allowing to regrow.  Place the leaves into a bowl for a fresh green salad.  This dish is egg-shaped, just in time for Spring and Easter.  Enjoy eating your tender salad greens.  Set the planting dish back on a sunny windowsill.  Water as needed so the plants regrow to provide another salad.

More Spring and Easter inspiration for you and your dear ones is coming up!  (Try to either reuse a container or if buying a new one, look for ceramic or non-toxic, sturdy materials.  Avoid flimsy plastic  when possible.  Think longevity, renewable, natural materials.) . You can use/make 3-D wire topiary frames in the shape of bunnies or baby chicks for a very Springy, Easter feeling, too.  The possibilities are endless!  We also grew rainbow Swiss chard, seen above.  Our newest plantings include cherry tomato seeds, spinach, garlic, and some teddy bear sunflower seeds, that will live in the garden later.  More organic salad recipe inspiration coming soon!

 

 

Music of the Moment:  Here Comes the Sun, George Harrison

 

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Happy Women’s & Mother’s Day

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A note to all the girls, women, and mothers:

You are a beautiful, delicate flower of light and real Love, filling up from within,

inspiring natural and true beauty to all.

Your strength and patience radiates out as shining energy,

healing not only your own children and yourself, but all the children of the world.

Wishing you a peaceful day,

Love,

~Amor Milagre

 

 

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Valentine Teatime

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Whether you are travelling to a Paris cafe or to your local inn’s tavern, it’s fun to go out for a bit and experience positive ambiance.  Tasting the culinary flavours of Europe, or any country, builds a layer in your library of senses.  It is a very handy tool to use in the kitchen, at home, when thinking of cozy holiday recipes.  Inspired by English pies, we piled spinach into a beautiful teatime crust.  Rich little desserts are simple to make and last the week.  They remind me of pretty Italian dishes brought out after dinner.  A smooth sweetness paired with fresh fruit is entirely lovely.  They are handy to set out when friends pop by, and for relaxing with velvety licorice tea during the evening’s unwinding time.  The Small Valentine here is our Greatest Love!  Sharing healthy, beautiful, garden fresh food with children is endlessly amazing.  Conversations and moods brighten with warm teatime surprises.  Paper hearts are exchanged, followed by cuddles, smiles, hugs, and kisses.  Simplicity is complex with happy tones.  Food made with love feels good in the soul.  Happy Valentine’s weekend!  ~Love, Amor Milagre

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Cinnamon Salted Chocolate Raisin Almonds

Warm or cold, these lovely little bites are sure to entice.  The flavours unfold slowly, allowing appreciation for every stage of recognition.  For children, just raisins and nuts, no cacao yet, but no nuts for very young ones until they’re ready.  Be ready for allergies, too.

Non-GMO, organic, vegan ingredients:

Arrange some raisins and almonds on a non-stick pan, and sprinkle over a pinch of pink Himalayan Salt.  On the stove, on low heat, hover a heat-safe bowl over simmering water in a small pot.  Slowly melt a cup or so of dark cacao nibs or a broken up cacao bar.  When lovely and pourable, add a tsp of cinnamon and stir.  Pour over the raisins and almonds, drizzling, until all the cacao is transferred. (It’s nice to have some almost bare almonds, too).  Eat warm, or chill in the refrigerator until firm.  Carefully crack with a knife on a cutting board, making little pieces.  Set them on a plate for dessert with fruit.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  (This simple recipe lends itself well to more warm spices, too.)

Valentine Teatime Amor Milagre Recipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic, Vegan Vegetarian, Plant-based, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Baby and Me Meal Snack, Garden, Ginger Spinach Vegetable Pie, Cinnamon Salted Chocolate Raisin Almonds

For this vegetable pie, the ginger can be sliced fresh from the root or used as a powder.  Fresh spices are important, too.  There is a local spice business here, which is very nice for refreshing our spice cabinet when they have gone stale.  We’ve been trying out a new one, called za’atar, an ancient Mediterranean / Middle Eastern spice that helps improve memory, something we all could benefit from.  It means ‘thyme.’  It’s usually dried in the sun and eaten with pita that is dipped in olive oil, then into this spice.

You can make your own za’atar spice at home:

Non-GMO, organic, fresh, local, vegan ingredients:

Combine1 tbsp each of:  Ground Cumin, Chopped Fresh Thyme/Oregano or Chopped dried Hyssop Leaves, Sumac, Sesame Seeds.  Stir in 1 tsp each of:  Pink Himalayan Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper.  This makes around 1/4 cup.  Store in an air tight container.

It smells and tastes wonderful!  Use it for vegetables, grilling, roasting, salads, breads, and pies like this!  We love growing hyssop in the garden as the bees adore them, the seeds are easy to collect, spread, and store once they dry on the plant.  We make hyssop tea, which has a licorice flavour that I love.  Fennel seeds can also be used, which also have a licorice flavour.

Valentine Teatime Amor Milagre Recipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic, Vegan Vegetarian, Plant-based, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Baby and Me Meal Snack, Garden, Ginger Spinach Vegetable Pie, Cinnamon Salted Chocolate Raisin Almonds

Ginger Spinach Vegetable Pie

Sweet ginger and shallots love and hug every ingredient in this pie.  When we want an extra feeling of home and comfort, a pie like this is transcendent.

Non-GMO, organic, fresh, local, vegan ingredients:

Use our vegan pie crust recipe to make 2 crusts:  3 C Spelt Flour (Or einkorn flour or your favourite flour), 2 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt, 1 1/4 C Vegan Shortening, 8-10 tbsp Very Cold Water.  Divide into 2 and press one into a pie dish with lightly floured hands.  Press out the other on a lightly floured, flippable non-stick surface, and save for the top of the pie.  (Add a little extra flour if too sticky.)

Line the bottom crust with a large pile of spinach.  Add on top a lightly sautéed combination of:  Chopped carrot, turnip, parsnip, 2 shallots, 2 cloves garlic, 2 stalks of celery, a pinch of za’atar spice, pink Himalayan salt, cinnamon, and 1-2 tsp of chopped or powder ginger, some water to make everything like a gravy, and some of the same vegan shortening used for the crust (mostly made of sustainable coconut oil, not hydrogenated oil, no dairy, etc).  The sauté is moist yet kind of crispy at the same time.  It softens more as it bakes.  When you think you cannot add any more spinach, go ahead an add more spinach on top.  It cooks down as the pie steams everything.  Add the top crust, crimp the edges, and cut a few slits in the top.  Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until your pie crust is golden.

This pie beautifully scents your home.  Everyone reads lovely stories as we wait in happy anticipation of this glorious simple pleasure. 

Valentine Teatime Amor Milagre Recipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic, Vegan Vegetarian, Plant-based, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Baby and Me Meal Snack, Garden, Ginger Spinach Vegetable Pie, Cinnamon Salted Chocolate Raisin Almonds

A cup of tea by the fireplace, at the inn down the road, makes a cozy Valentine’s Day for our family.  If more places had local, organic, affordable, plant-based dishes in their menus, we would love to explore them.  The local inn is one of two places we’ve seen near us that has started to have even just a few organic, locally grown ingredients.  But, they mix them with not organic & not local foods, so it’s not helpful for us when trying to dine out.  You want to feel well after a meal out.  We always feel well after a meal at home.  When we’re ready for it, a little later in our lives, we’ll invite everyone to the Amor Milagre Cafe, that serves beautiful, fresh food, grown on site, in our organic gardens.  I’ve been designing it for ages now, and it’s always been a part of my company design plan.  It’s all connected.  To the Love of Nature!

Music of the Moment:  The Lady is Risen, Johnny Flynn, and Einstein’s Idea

 

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Share a Valentine

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We love to share valentines with dear ones in February.  We also love to make valentines to share love with local communities, such as elderly homes, children’s homes, and hospitals.  A simple message to know that the universe loves you just as you are is a very powerful thing, especially if you’re sick, scared, or hurting.  We encourage this easy and happy gift for you to share with your neighbouring communities.  There is always room for more love!

The very loving & talented toddlers in our Crayon Club made cheerful drawings on the back of these little valentine’s day cards.  (A responsible paper choice is important, too.) View our little film, showing more drawings, below.  As I edited the film, grouping these lovely drawings and offerings of love together, they connected to form a powerful and peaceful statement, one that I express in everything we do.  If everyone loves, then everyone feels loved.  For more fun ideas, for any age, check back here in our journal and for our upcoming Crayon Club book!  Happy Love Day!  ~Amor Milagre

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Art is a wonderful way to express emotions, release, and dream.  Art therapy is easy and free to try.  Just pick up a crayon, pencil, paintbrush, and let go.  See what amazing colours, shapes, and imagery you can explore.  See how much better you feel by adding this relaxation technique into your regular routine.  Unwind your mind and sleep well.  We incorporate lots of healthy, therapeutic art & storytelling techniques in our original series of Classes & Clubs.  Know yourself and love yourself. 

There are so many people who would love a visit from a kind soul.  (It’s best to visit only when you’re healthy.  It’s the same for making cards to send to critically ill people.  It’s always good to be mindful of the whole picture).  Many nursing homes and hospitals have a space set up for colouring and crafts.  Art has endless possibilities.  It improves memory and has a calming effect.  If more people lovingly and gently visited others, who maybe don’t have many visitors, these communities might get more funding, updated interiors, which may improve health conditions, and they would definitely benefit from something new to talk, sense, and think about.  They would feel more loved and listened to.  Everyone has many stories in their book of life, and so many people would love to share their life with others.  This kind of sharing is so inspiring, even on a subconscious level, for some, if not immediately touching the heart on a very aware level. 

Helping others in ways that you can help, while setting healthy boundaries for your own health, sets off a loving chain of events into the universe.  Teaching children to help others is important in forming a well rounded perspective.  (Always keep a good watch over your children, in general, even when helping out.  Talk to them about their experiences and help them sort emotions.  Prepare them with information and tell them to ask for help if needed.  Moments can feel overwhelming, so communication is key.).  If we help ourselves first with basic needs, when possible, we can help others much better.  If everyone helped, even a little bit, then everyone would feel more loved.  Many people are resting and ill, so when you visit, consideration and empathy are always good tools to bring with you.

Some Ideas for Care Centers:  Better, more natural facilities, with views of nature would help everyone want to come and spend time there.  Encouragement and appreciation for the caregivers, volunteers, employees, and visitors.  Safer, more ergonomic ways of lifting and moving for patients and caregivers.  (So many injuries happen when transferring a patient to a bed.)  Non-toxic cleaners.  Open flow with lots of space for wheel chairs and rolling beds.  Great security, friendly employees, and a welcoming entryway that is family friendly.  If elevators are outdated with yellow flickering lights that are scary, not only for children, add natural daylight light bulbs and freshen up the elevator walls with new paint, and clear directory signage for floor layout.  Well designed, beautiful, cozy, comfortable, homey shared spaces, rooms, and nooks in between the bedrooms for everyone to sit peacefully, enjoying visits, reading, or movies.  Restful rooms with windows and a respectfully healthy space for each person would encourage health to improve.  Small rooms designed only for the bed- and wheelchair-bound encourages diminishing health and abilities.  More natural light, better updated lighting, and an air circulation system for fresh air.  In house:  doctors, therapists, beauticians, cooks, holistic healers, and other helpful people would greatly improve the quality of daily life for patients, caregivers, visitors, and others.  It’s important to ensure that the caregivers are up to date on their qualifications, not overworked or understaffed, and kind and gentle with the patients.  Ideally, if everyone helped, donated, and made care centers a healthy place to live and work, they could be a lot more affordable and less stressful for everyone involved.  Another idea is safe pathways to take a walk in gardens outside.  Perhaps a garden room inside for people who would greatly benefit from ‘greenhouse’ air.  Feeling close to nature is so calming and connects you to the world.

Local people could take turns setting up a time to come in and share their talents:  Musicians can sing or play soft, sweet songs.  Artists and crafters could come and sit and paint or knit, allowing everyone to see the process.  If allowed, gardeners could donate a few window boxes and patients, gardeners, and school children could plant seeds together, watching them grow every day.  Herbs have calming scents.  Make an environment that hugs the senses, and there will be a waiting list of excited people to come share their gifts.  Read a nice story.  It would be especially nice for students who ‘need’ community service for their schooling requirements to do something they love in a beautiful place. 

Everyone is a baby after all, and so many people are tucked away unseen.  We encourage everyone to make a positive change in the care centers just down the street or on your block.  (No need to travel far in order to help someone.  Though there are so many people, especially children, who do need immense and immediate help all over the world, there are probably people who also need help right next door.  It’s good to go through proper channels for even a day of volunteering, even if it’s as simple as an email, so you can be accounted for).  You don’t have to donate monetary things, but you can sit and listen pleasantly.  That would make all the difference in someone’s day.  Give what you can.  Give only one afternoon.  Give an afternoon every week or month.  Make a garden outside the windows.  Celebrate holidays.  Call or email ahead to ensure healthy security.  Teachers or anyone who sees someone being hurt or sees signs of someone being hurt, don’t turn a blind eye, seek help for those people.  It only takes one person to try to destroy someone’s life, and it only takes one person to try to help someone’s life.  Be the helper.  Seek help for yourself if you need it, and keep seeking until you find it.  Sadly, many people whose job it is to help can add to the existing problems.  Assess your comfort level, trust your instincts, and be careful. 

If no one visits, then no one sees the positive changes that can be made.  Let’s treat people like people, and not like storage boxes left in a room to collect dust and painfully deteriorate.  There are so may opportunities to make people a priority.  Just as we think there are many ways to set up beautiful activities for local families with children at a library or the town meeting hall, it is the same for people of all ages and abilities.  You never know when you may fall on difficult circumstances and need a shelter, hospital, or care center.  Making these places wonderful for those who need them now helps everyone in the future, too!  If the food was fantastic and the places were lovely, then people would feel comfortable living there at any age, of any ability, and before they are not able to move or do anything.  Design the spaces for everyone, and everyone will come.  Design the spaces to have different ‘landmarks’ with colours, artwork, sections of gathering spaces so the patients are not wandering, lost in beige hallways, unable to find their bedroom.  Visitors need to be able to navigate, too.  This is especially important for sensitive people, like empaths, who often feel immensely overwhelmed in crowds (more than 1 person) or large housing facilities.  Donations of books, homey things like lamps, bookcases, etc might be great tools for designers to play with and arrange when making these spaces.  Local shops like grocery stores or art stores could donate supplies.  Others could volunteer their time to help patients use the supplies.

How inspiring and fun would it be for the clean up crew to have a nightly gallery viewing of all the artwork made that day?  (Using pin boards or magnets.)

There are so many children that need safe, healthy, positive, loving homes and family.  There are so many people being abused that have nowhere safe to go and no one to help them.  There are so many opportunities to help in positive ways.  Everyone has beautiful gifts.  Let your light shine!  Help others so they can let their lights shine!

Join our Fun & Free Family Crayon Club!    Silly, wiggly dancing hearts.

Parents:  Colouring with your children is a great bonding practice.  Ask them about their pictures, get to know their beautiful thoughts, and ease their concerns.  Play is a good way to communicate and learn about one another.  More information about these topics is in our Crayon Club books and upcoming books!  Giving artwork to others is a great way for children to participate in helping their community.  Write their age and date.  Others will adore and marvel at their beautiful and smile-inspiring pictures.

Amor Milagre Stationery Collections are coming in 2019!  We encourage expression.  The insides of our cards are blank for our customers to express their love.  A handmade card or note means so much more than just signing your name.  Take a moment to share your love.  It is unending and grows when you share it.  Children of all ages, 0-1000, can make their own cards.

Giving Real Love Feels Good in the Soul ~Amor Milagre

 

Music of the Moment:  Love, John Lennon

 

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Favourite Tools Part 1

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Tools are everywhere.  From your hands, feet, mind, heart, soul, expressions, and body to your hat, spoons, musical instruments, food, sun, moon, and pencils, everything is a tool to help us inspire positivity.  Every room in our home stores our favourite tools.  In the kitchen, a wooden spoon is always there, ready to use.  Screwdrivers and hammers dot the basement as we finish a room.  Paint brushes dry out by the sink, while lamps await our touch so they can shine their light for us.  Notebooks excitedly lay and turn pages for new stories and friends to be invented.  Hats shade our eyes, as we walk in the deer tracks in the snow, meditating in nature.  What are your favourite tools?

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In the kitchen:  the wooden spoon, a sharp knife, fresh food, and a favourite pot.  When you have favourites, you don’t need anything else.  Everything in our home is our favourite.  Minimal belongings help us be organized, uncluttered, and serene.  Old things are mended or sold, donated, or given as a gift to someone who sees it as their favourite.

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Gravity is a great tool when paired with some great techniques.  A twist in the hand, and you have fresh, ripe fruit.  Wild ones eat fallen fruit, seeds, nuts, and plants.  The wind spreads seeds everywhere as a wonderful transportation system/ride.  Nature works together, and we try to have the things in our home work together with us, respecting nature.  We make as much as we can by hand.  This has been a goal of mine since birth.  I always wanted to learn how to make everything.

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Babies learn to use natural tools such as their voice, energy, and body.  If we teach them gently, they will live, think, and love gently, too.

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So many tools to help us do what we like.  Umbrellas, for baby and me, take us on a tour of a world under water droplets and reflective light.  When paired with natural rubber rain boots, a grand adventure is upon us.  Saved and stored foods bide us time to cook with all year long.  With our tools come the processes, and then the results, adapting to our ever changing tastes.

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Scissors snip hair to keep healthy habits fresh.  Sconces shine sweetly on a dimmer sweet on the eyes, not too often on cloudy days, as I paint starry skies and ocean waves.

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Just like choosing fresh ingredients for baking and cooking, tools must fulfill their destined purpose, function, ergonomics, and feel good to use.  A tool that gives you splinters needs the help of another tool to smooth it out, making it safe for your hands.  This can gentle mending be applied to everything from relationships to learning new things.  If you’re stuck, try something else.  Light and shade, in balance, are healthy for the nervous system and for good rest, following Nature’s clock.

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From paint brushes and chisels to pencils, we use a large number of tools every day.  We take care of our tools so they work for us for a very long time.  Then they can be passed on to work for others, too.

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Colours colours everywhere!  I use art and design as a tool to work with moods and emotions.  I arrange artwork to create a feeling for each space.  Wallpaper and bedding.  Interiors & exteriors.  Garden plant design.  Children’s book nursery illustrations.  Custom house paint colours.  Mixing colours is a large part of what I do.  These primary coloured watercolour paints were found on a trip to Hungary at one of the last remaining pigment mills that uses water power.  Good craftsmanship for any tool lends ease of use.  I only have to use a tiny bit of these colours to mix extraordinary hues.  A knife that is sharp slices a tomato gently and nicely.  It’s not crushed and the user is not strained.  Take care of your tools so they take care of you.  Ergonomics are important, especially for constant use.  How is your body aligned when using your favourite tools?

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To read more about our favourite tools and organization for a beautiful day, please check back for our upcoming lifestyle and design books.  Our book collection is coming very soon.  I source responsible paper and materials.  All books are made to order and handmade with love and care by me.  I sign each book and can write custom messages to your dear ones.  More on this soon!

 

A little film about some of our favourite tools, Part 1.

 

Music of the Moment:  Tightrope, Janelle Monáe

 

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The Baker

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Gather round the table and share freshly baked bread.  Carve your initials or favourite symbol in the crust before dough becomes bread in the oven.  Four simple ingredients and you have something beautiful.  Hands to knead in love and positive energy.  Hands to break and share.  Smiles and homemade soups to dip into.  Everything comes together eventually.  You love and plan and work, and then it finally falls into place and dreams come true.  Enjoy every moment!  Building on these moments, we are grateful for what is here.  ‘Awake’ is the state of Real Love.  “Live in the Light!”  ~Amor Milagre

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Artisan Crusty Round, An Everyday Basic Bread

A relaxing, soul soothing exercise.  Try this recipe.  Tell us if you like it.  Apply this simple recipe example to everything.  All you need is love to simplify.  Everything in balance and close to nature.  Eat this with a hearty homemade vegetable soup for a lovely meal.  This basic bread recipe lends itself wonderfully to variation.  Add seeds, nuts, dried/fresh fruit/vegetables/herbs/spices.  Have fun!

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Real bread, no sugar, we only eat little bits here and there, because bread breaks down into glucose/sugar.  Wonderful fresh organic plants.  A garden to grow with us.

Non-GMO, organic, fresh, local, vegan ingredients:

4 Cups of your favourite flour.  We used what we had: 2.5 C organic whole wheat pastry flour and 1.5 C Organic Whole Wheat Einkorn Flour (Which is a beautiful light ancient grain which we’re looking into for our garden.  I’ll post an einkorn flour cracker recipe shortly.  They’re light and delicious!)

2 C hot water

1.5 tsp salt

1 organic baker’s instant dry yeast packet (.25 oz. or 2.25 tsp)

Mix the ingredients together and knead with floured hands.  Divide into two rounds, sprinkle with a little flour, and place on a baking sheet with a damp cloth over top.  Let rest to rise for 1 hour.  Score the surface.  Bake at 450 degrees for 22 minutes.  Let rest 10-20 minutes on a wire rack, then enjoy this simple pleasure.  Store in a paper bag.

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Some Simple Things I love:  Fresh laundry that fits well, a bath under the stars, blank paper and a pencil, music, and knowing-choosing-making what we’re eating.

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Music of the Moment:  Reflecting Light, Sam Philips

 

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Seed Saver: Roasted Spiced Butternut Squash

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A sweet vegan family recipe that warms the winter chills, after playing in the snow.  Spiced roasted butternut squash scents the kitchen as we rinse and marvel at these beautiful seeds of an ivory ceramic like finish in the center with rustic golden edging.  So gorgeous to see, feel, smell, taste, and hear them.  Little hands learn how to grow food and what it looks like at all stages.  The amazing lesson of recycling and rebirth of positive energy can be applied to a lifetime of purely good health.  By saving seeds while cooking, we’re creating a cyclical sustainable garden seed library to use, plant later, and cook even more!  One seed grows one plant, which produces many vegetables, and each one has many seeds…and it goes on and on…

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Roasted Spiced Butternut Squash

Simple, beautiful, and delicious!

Non-GMO, organic, fresh, local, vegan ingredients:

Slice a butternut squash evenly and place in a baking dish, removing seeds as you go, setting them in a strainer to rinse later.  Sprinkle over a little salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon.  Add a 1/8″ bed of water.  This helps them steam and roast so they’re soft on the inside and crispy on top.  Roast in the oven at 350-375 until the squash is soft and the spiced tops are golden brown.  These ones took about 30-40 minutes.  Serve warm and enjoy!  This is also a wonderful soup when blended with some water or vegetable broth.

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Remove seeds from the butternut squash and continue to prepare and roast the squash. Prepare the seeds as it roasts in the oven, to save for planting later.  We also dry rosemary stems in a bowl, cooking with them when fresh, and also when dry.  Both ways are great for different kinds of dishes and baked goods like rosemary bread.  Rosemary is a lovely, natural salt substitute, and tastes and smells beautiful.

Butternut Squash Health Benefits:  Vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, manganese, and potassium!

This is a favourite here for baby & me, just like sweet potato, banana, and other healthy & scrumptious options!  I include children in the cooking, and they love the beautiful colours, natural shapes, and stories that each one tells.

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Save your Seeds as you prepare meals.  Store and label with the date and name.  Plant later in your garden! There is a bounty of seeds in each fresh fruit or vegetable, save the seeds by rinsing, and let dry on a plate, store in a cool, dark, dry place until planting time!

Music of the Moment:  In A Graveyard, Rufus Wainwright

 

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Winter Fresh

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The magic of a first snowman inspires some heartwarming meals for the whole family.  We pick our sage leaves in honour of our upcoming children’s book series.  We cook up a weekly soup that is delicious and nutrient packed, so that we have more energy to create new families of characters.  We rest and plan out new gardens for our organic edible plant farm.  Straw hats peek from behind snowy windows, searching for La Primavera, when new adventures will chase them in the freshly flower-scented breeze.  Sweet new songs lift upon new notes as thought of in that moment.  Imagery elegantly scrolls out, awaiting new readers in patient anticipation.  Every day is a chance to breathe back into being purely you!

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Black Turtle Bean Vegetable Soup

A beautiful blending of colours, textures, sounds, scents, peaceful organic growing origins, and flavours makes this dish a happy experience for people like me, with multiple synesthesias.  A wonderful weekly soup for the whole family.

Non-GMO, organic, fresh, local, vegan ingredients:

Soak garbanzo and black turtle beans in a large pot of water overnight.  The next day, add in (washed and chopped up):  potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, radishes and leaves, celery, turnips, a few tsp of local sea salt or pink Himalayan salt, and some freshly ground pepper.  Add a lid and cook until all are tender.  Eat as is or blend for a soup or a dip.  Enjoy this naturally flavourful dish!  (You can also use rosemary as a salt substitute.)

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Black bean vegetable soup turns things blue, then richly dark when blended. Little raw veggie snacks for kiddies.
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New Illustration Artwork in our shop from our children’s books: A Beautiful Mermaid Woman with Magnificent Hair Styling and a Braided Necklace view in our shop!
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The magic of a first snowman is never forgotten.  Create something new by recycling materials naturally.

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Sage Roasted Garlic Potatoes

Dip these delights in dill mustard for a crispy and sweet treat!

Non-GMO, organic, fresh, local, vegan ingredients:

In a 350-375 degree oven, roast a dish of cut potatoes/whole baby potatoes, diced garlic, sage leaves, a pinch of local sea salt or pink Himalayan salt, freshly ground pepper, and your most natural, local, and fresh oil.  (You can also use rosemary as a salt substitute.) Toss gently to coat and mix ingredients all together.  Cook until tender and crisp, about 35-45 minutes.

(I’m working on a new recipe, to share with you, to replace the use of processed (olive) oil.  I want to find a fresh, daily way to use my own fresh vegetables to cook with as a coating/binding ingredient.  We mostly just use water to steam, but for some things like this, we’re looking to crisp.  Any (organic, vegan) ideas, leave us a comment on this post or here.  I think it will end up being a puree of our weekly soup or herbs.  Oils are expensive, not local, require recycling of the bottles, and are not very healthy sometimes, too.  I’m hoping to come up with some great alternatives that are easy and found in our own garden.)

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Designer Style Tip: Extend the seasons! Wear your summer dresses with sweaters, cozy knit tights, and tall OTK boots for a fresh, delicate, winter snowflake mood.

Balsamic Green Beans

Aged balsamic vinegar, from Modena or the Emilia region in Italy, sweetens these greens in a savory light dressing.  Soak up any extra on the plate with freshly baked bread or better yet more veggies.  A simple, yet fully satisfying, recipe passed on from the Italian women I originate from.  These were always a side dish on the table, and never were there any leftovers.  It’s the same here.  So scru

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tious! 

Non-GMO, organic, fresh, local, vegan ingredients:

In a large pan, with a little water and a lid, very lightly steam up some garden fresh green beans with a tiny bit of salt or rosemary and freshly ground pepper.  This takes only a few minutes.  Plate and dot lightly with balsamic.  Sprinkle over some toasted nuts and seeds, too, if you like!  Enjoy warm or later at room temperature.

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We see faces on houses, in the trees, and on our plates!  Little, sliced up, rolled up hummus wraps are great for little ones.  Green beans are always a treasure to find and crunch on as we stroll the gardens.

 

Winter Tree

A tree for every season!  By removing our holiday ornaments, and leaving the felt woodland animals on the branches, we have our 2018 Winter Tree!  When winter melts into Spring, we’ll change it again.  How fun for little ones to adorn their very own tree, with ornaments that double as toys with very lovely names, reflecting the native trees and animals that live in the surrounding woods.  What animals and trees are native to your area?  Explore our children’s books to see illustrated book characters inspired by our neck of the woods, and yours, too.  Watch our new ‘Winter Tree’ film, above, and hear my new original musical score to inspire your bright winter days.  “Love all you do, and do all you Love!” ~Amor Milagre

We pair this fun tradition with homeschool classes about the animals we see in the garden and around the world.  We do activities to learn about one animal a day.  We use library books, drawing, crafts, stories, songs, role play, seeing animals in nature, listening to the audio from a video, nature recordings, or audiobooks, (or a very brief viewing of an educational video for older children, as screens as very harmful for humans, especially for early development, empaths, and highly sensitive people.)  Learn more about our animal day class in our upcoming children’s books.  Follow and listen along with our animal of the day, here on our Amor Milagre youtube channel. 

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Happy Winter Days! Love, Amor Milagre

 

Music of the Moment:  Crocodile Rock, Elton John & The Muppets, and since we’re in a silly dancing mode, painting our office…Wham!  Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.