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Lovingly fill up your senses and fall into nature, especially if you’re tired in any way.  Little hands scoop sand with shells.  They fill little shoes, covering socks, dusted off for the ride home.  We’re happy with our morning of inhalations of fresh, sea air.  Record new stories invented in warm embraces at bedtime.  (Check back this year for bursts of our new book releases, for parent, child, friend, and everyone!)  Inhale love, sort, keep goodness, exhale love for the universe.  Let it roll out to sea on a white crested wave, and inspire a smile on a tired soul a shore away.

Music of the Moment:  The Body, Nina Nastasia

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Sweeten your life in language, expression, address, and home.  When choosing new items, research them well, and bring home a few durable, sustainable, inspiring, natural helpers.  Create healthy routines that set your day and night up for smiles and good, deep breathing.  Making the bed, a satisfying cozy breakfast, moments for stillness and breathing, and celebrating gratitude through all of the many little choices are ways to help yourself daily.  Everything adds up and explodes over time in some form, so why not add up goodness to release in a burst of joyous beauty all around you, like sweet laughter and spring blossoms?  This year, I’ll release new product lines to help with all of life’s little & big things, to keep track of, aid in, remember now & later, and cherish.

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Cacao Chili

Warm yourself, with a deeply delicious meal, after fresh cool wanderings under the trees and by the sea. 

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

Soak dried beans overnight in a large bowl of water.  (Buy organic beans in bulk to save money, time, & health.  We used:  Fava, Black, and Kidney.)  The next day, cook on medium low with water, perhaps add some more, and add a lid, stirring sometimes to prevent sticking.  Add 1 tsp Ras el Hanout, 1 tsp Cinnamon, 1 tsp Pepper, (No Salt for babies), 1 Chopped Sweet Onion, 1 Clove Garlic, and 1-2 tbsp 100% bar of Cacao.  (The onion, tomato sauce, & garlic sweeten the chili.)  Cook down until thick.  Serve warm when beans are al dente.  Sprinkle some fresh herbs and nutritional yeast over top and enjoy!

(Leave out Cacao for babies, as it’s a type of stimulant, and add 1 tsp & mix into adult bowlfuls.)  Enjoy every day until gone.  Chili ages deliciously!

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Magic is in fresh laundry, a soft oatmeal bath & a movie / song by candlelight, cozy pajamas, stories before bed, brushed hair-teeth-filed nails, taking loving care, and choosing everything good for yourself!

Designer Tip:  Research, try out, and design your own upholstered furniture in sustainable fabrics that are tailored just for you and your home.  If you need any design help, please message us with your project details.

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Try out different bean combinations for various recipes such as salads, chili, stews, soups, fritters, pies, and more!  (Today’s Mix:  Fava, Black, and Kidney beans.)

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An old, Italian peasant-style cooking trick from my ancestors:  To stretch a meal like chili, add in small amounts of diced (toasted/a few days old homemade) bread, crackers, or cornmeal, lots of vegetables using all of the (researched) edible parts for each plant, like stalks, leaves, roots, etc.  No waste and great taste for many people and/or meals.  This honours the time, energy, and beauty the plants took to grow.

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Mashed steamed potatoes, beans, and freshly picked lettuce from the garden makes a lovely spring salad.

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Banana Nut Pudding & Nut Cacao Stove Top Brownies

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

A sweet, versatile baby-and-me dish that lends itself to any time of day.

These are the same recipe, except the cacao is not added for the baby’s banana nut pudding.  Make the recipe, serve baby, then add cacao for adults and serve.  Add any blend of nuts you like, fresh fruit, and oatmeal too for a cozy breakfast.  For a lovely dessert, add pumpkin seeds and a pinch of the blended nuts.

(Leave out salt for babies and low-sodium diets.  As always for all recipes, check for allergies first.)

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Broccoli Salad

An almost cheesy broccoli baby & me snack for the afternoon that is warm, inviting, and gone in the time it takes to read one good story.

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

Add cut up broccoli, celery, cauliflower, shallots, pepper, 1/8 C cornmeal, and water in a large skillet.  Steam with a lid, stirring often, until tender.  Serve warm with some nutritional yeast sprinkled on top.  Serve babies the softest parts, often times the florets unless the stalks were cut & cooked evenly.  (Leave salt out for babies.)

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Apricot & Figgy Toast

A simple, sugar-free, baby-and-me snack is homemade sesame seed spelt bread, toasted for nut butters, natural fruit spreads, hummus, avocado, added into chili, and more!  

I’ll add this new bread recipe soon.  Most often we make delicious (gluten-free) crackers for the same use, which will be posted here soon, and we prefer this over bread.

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The landscape has been greening up slowly here, even through very rainy days.

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Carry yourself outside for a calming of the senses.  Design your home with breaths of fresh air and a watery flow for peaceful memories.

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After the rain, the sun slowly radiates and intensifies through the clouds, awakening the plants to open and stretch out freely.  They yawn and smile in snuggly sighs.  A long drink of nutrients, then ready for adventures.  Free spirits dwell and play here.

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Parsnip & Golden Beet Chips

Crisp, yet soft, parsnips and golden beets roast ever so sweetly in the oven on a cool mid-morning and are ready for lunch.  Dip them into old world mustard, if you like, for a tangy dance partner.  A fun and colourful dish for the whole family.  A simple roast for a company of friends.

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

Saving the greens for a soup, wash the vegetables and keep wet so they steam-roast in the oven, oil-free.  (Do not peel or cut off the ends.)  Slice the parsnips and beets into long strips, and place in a dish.  Pepper and sprinkle over some Ras el Hanout and Cinnamon, mix to evenly coat.  (Leave out salt for babies and low-sodium diets.  Salt very lightly with pink Himalayan salt if you do salt.)  Roast in the oven at 350 degrees until golden and crisp, about 20-40 minutes, depending on vegetable thickness.  Plate & Enjoy!  (Super crispy parts are not for babies.)

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Naturally vibrant colours brighten your day!

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Applesauce, and Cucumbers

Warm and cool, sweet and tart, smooth and pillowy, this meal is a memory from the 90’s when mashed potatoes and applesauce were inseparable.  Children of all ages still love it.

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

Homemade Applesauce Recipe here!

Slice up cucumbers.  (Serve skinless ones for older babies unless they don’t have trouble with skins.)

In a large skillet, add 1/4 C water, and sliced garlic.  Simmer on low until soft.  Wash potatoes and keep skins on.  Add in roughly chopped potatoes (we used fingerling potatoes), and cook until soft.  Pepper, smash, and mix with a wooden spoon.  (The starchy water is all you need for moist potatoes.)  Serve warm with other vegetables, applesauce, and salads.

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Sweet Potato & Potato Home Fries

Sweet and starchy, all a-crisp, this quick dish is pleasing to little fingers and parents alike.  Steam cook these oil-free for a healthier you, cost-effective too.  The more your groceries and garden gatherings are composed of fresh plant produce, the less “extras” you buy, the more money, energy, and time you save while improving your health.

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

Dice up some potatoes and sweet potatoes, about the same size for even cooking.  Add 1/4 C of water into a large skillet, or however much you need, depending on the amount you’re cooking.  Add in some Ras el Hanout & Cinnamon & Pepper, or fresh herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme, etc.  Add a lid and steam cook to soften for about 4-6 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking.  (Add more water if needed.)  When soft and easily cuts in half with fork/knife, remove lid, add in 1/4 C cornmeal and let the water cook down, allowing the potatoes to become golden and crisp, for another 5 minutes or so.  Serve warm!  (Babies may pick out more of the sweet potatoes which is just fine!)

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With a pantry full of fresh foods, the week is fun.  It’s easy to cook by inspiration of what is ripe and ready to harvest, what looks good at the market, and by mood.

Music of the Moment:  Looks just like the Sun, Broken Social Scene

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Look up to the spring blooms, for confident role models whose natural beauty is pure and born of the Earth.  Skies breathe down misty woven waves for us to rejuvenate and reflect.  Gather the bounty of plants for individual snacks.  Group them together for small after-dinner delights before an evening walk in the warm Spring wind.

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Fruit Seed Nut Bars

After a nutritious meal of beautiful plants, take pleasure in a little piece of sweetness with this easy dessert recipe.  All of the individual players party in this celebration of Spring’s parade of blooms!

Non-GMO, organic, local, vegan ingredients:

In a glass dish, combine seeds, cut up dried fruit, nuts (blended smooth as a meal for babies), 1/2 C oatmeal, and pour over 1/4 cup melted pure nut butter (or however much you need for your mixture, and not peanut butter as its mold issue impairs health).  Mix and lightly press down with a spoon.  Place, covered, in the refrigerator until sets.  Cut into very small pieces and serve one to each person after dinner.  (Serve small portions because the dried fruit is very sugary, especially for babies and children.  Check for individual allergies before eating each ingredient/combined.)

We used:

Nuts:  Hazelnut Butter (homemade), Hazelnut, Brazil Nut.

Seeds:  Chia, Pumpkin, Sunflower, Flax, Sesame.

Dried Fruit:  Fig, Mango, Cranberry, Date, Black Currents.

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Whirl around the bend in a winding garden park.  Float a boat in a nearby pond.  Go play in the new grass.  Absorb all of the minute & prospering things that are living all around you.  You are one of them.  Be one with them.

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Constantly learning, asking questions to better understand, forgetting the idea of embarrassment for not knowing, learning from mistakes, and keeping all of the good things found with you is what it’s all about.  The more you know, the better you can know yourself, and the more fascinating the concentration of your interests becomes.  Carve out the garden you want to live in, eat from, and be in, always growing, evolving, in flux.  You are an ever-blooming flower, changing colours with the wind and time of day, inspiring birds as they fly over and insects who crawl under, everything around you smiles as you stretch up to the sun for warmth and energy.  Dance through the day, and fly through the night.  Kiss the flowers like bees.  Grow your foundations of healthy soil and your senses will explode into fireworks of exuberant, never-before-seen, hybrids of petals, stems, and leaves.  Your internal and external will breathe as one and be seen as one, all goodness and loveliness.  Breathing, always breathing, softly.

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Check back for our new book releases, filled with the above and more!

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Inspirational Shares:  Gardener’s World and this one too for Spring!  This one with the “No Dig” gardening technique is wonderful.  I’ve done this vs. tilling, but didn’t know it was such a movement.  Lovely information, and yes, less weeds and better results.  Here is Charlies Dowding’s No-Dig Garden, and when to pick, (sound is bad on video, but idea is simple.)

Music of the Moment:  Mad Rush, Philip Glass

Cloud of Dreams Steamed Fennel Bulb & Asparagus & Soup Recipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic, Vegan Vegetarian, Plant-based, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Baby and Me Meal Snack

Live in a cloud where good dreams are your reality, and you’ll find your heart creates ever-expanding rooms for all of life’s goodness.  “Live in the Light!” ~Amor Milagre

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Steamed Fennel Bulb and Asparagus & Soup

Float on a cloud of light airy flavours with this delicate duo.  A wonderful baby-and-me snack or side dish.  The fennel is very good for digestion and tastes lightly and naturally of licorice.  It contains vitamin C, dietary fiber, potassium, molybdenum, manganese, copper, phosphorus, folate, calcium, pantothenic acid, magnesium, iron, and niacin.  Asparagus is a great source of folate, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as several minerals.  It is rich in protein.  They taste wonderful together! 

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

In a large skillet, add washed & chopped asparagus and fennel bulb.  Add some water, pepper, and a lid.  Steam until al dente.  Eat as is or blend for a soup!

Health Tip:  Cut out the use of oils (processed foods), even coconut oil and olive oil, for optimal health, and to lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes.  Fresh foods taste great as they are!

Inspirational Shares:

11 Years Living Off-Grid in an Earthship Style House

How to Prevent Deficiencies on a Vegan Diet, Oil:  The Vegan Killer

Music of the Moment:  All My Loving, The Beatles

Deconstructed Italian Pizza & Garlic Flat Breadsticks with Tomato Dipping Sauce Recipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic, Vegan Vegetarian, Plant-based, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Baby and Me Meal Snack, Cooking Dried Lentils, Green Vegetable Soup, Sustainable Home Design Building, Quartz Countertops Slabs Maine Growing Tomato Plants from Seeds

Look around at your home, office, lunch, clothes?  What is the life-cycle of a material you use every day?  We research and choose materials and items mindfully so we know where they come from, how they were made, how it affects our health, the environment, animals, plants, and people everywhere.  Ask lots of questions when coordinating with your designs.  This is very good when building or remodeling a house.  It’s very difficult to find information on many things.  The goal is to live in harmony with nature.  This essentially would be outside.  The home is soothing when closest to nature, and the same goes for food.  We try to simplify the overwhelming magnitude of this goal by breaking things down into small choices and tasks.  We’ve been transitioning away from anything that is unknown, unnatural, unnecessary, and growing as much as we can for food, making our own towel bars (in shop later this year), and other things for living a peaceful life.  We designed and built our home to suit us, reduce static, dust, cost, and stress.  It’s been a challenge when grouped with life’s uncertainties, but the decision to do it is strong and guides us forward to good health and awareness.  Customize your food and belongings specifically to you and how you live and move.  “Surround yourself with what you love and what is good for all.” ~Amor Milagre  (For more information on topics like this, check back for our upcoming book!)

Deconstructed Italian Pizza & Garlic Flat Breadsticks with Tomato Dipping Sauce Recipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic, Vegan Vegetarian, Plant-based, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Baby and Me Meal Snack, Cooking Dried Lentils, Green Vegetable Soup, Sustainable Home Design Building, Quartz Countertops Slabs Maine Growing Tomato Plants from Seeds

Deconstructed Italian Pizza

A cross between a pizza, ratatouille, and a fresh salad, this week’s culinary dabbling is pure heaven for baby, parents, and friends.  The soft flatbread in the sauce reminds me of the most airy gnocchi, which is a hard thing to achieve when making gnocchi let alone for a different food.  The other veggies can stand deliciously on their own without the bread for gluten-free diets.  Sadly, no leftovers, but we’ll make it again soon.  This dish, to me, is easier to eat and more satisfying than regular pizza.  It’s healthier for sure, but the tastes and textures vary and therefore lend happiness upon dining.

Non-GMO, organic, local, vegan ingredients:

In a large skillet, heat 4-5 tbsp of tomato sauce (see below), add 2 cloves sliced garlic and some freshly ground pepper.  Let it soften on low.  Add sliced:  cremini mushrooms, eggplant, tomato, zucchini, and squash.  Stir to coat in the oil and garlic.  Add in flatbread (cut into squares) and stir to coat.  Toast the bread with the vegetables lightly for a little crispness.  Add in 1/2 C tomato puree or our scrumptious tomato sauce.  Cook for a few more minutes, then plate and enjoy!  (Leave unsalted for babies.)

Deconstructed Italian Pizza & Garlic Flat Breadsticks with Tomato Dipping Sauce Recipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic, Vegan Vegetarian, Plant-based, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Baby and Me Meal Snack, Cooking Dried Lentils, Green Vegetable Soup, Sustainable Home Design Building, Quartz Countertops Slabs Maine Growing Tomato Plants from Seeds

Garlic Flat Breadsticks with Tomato Dipping Sauce

Non-GMO, organic, local, vegan ingredients:

In a large skillet, add sliced garlic and a few tbsp water.  Cook on low very briefly until soft.  Add in cut flatbread (long strips) and cook until lightly toasted and crisp.  Serve warm.  Dip into warmed tomato puree or our tomato sauce over a flatbread.  Limit portions to very small for older babies and children.  Serve with vegetables as the main course.  (Leave unsalted for babies.  Our flatbread recipe coming soon!)

Deconstructed Italian Pizza & Garlic Flat Breadsticks with Tomato Dipping Sauce Recipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic, Vegan Vegetarian, Plant-based, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Baby and Me Meal Snack, Cooking Dried Lentils, Green Vegetable Soup, Sustainable Home Design Building, Quartz Countertops Slabs Maine Growing Tomato Plants from Seeds

(The counter used here is from a temporary kitchen.)

Deconstructed Italian Pizza & Garlic Flat Breadsticks with Tomato Dipping Sauce Recipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic, Vegan Vegetarian, Plant-based, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Baby and Me Meal Snack, Cooking Dried Lentils, Green Vegetable Soup, Sustainable Home Design Building, Quartz Countertops Slabs Maine Growing Tomato Plants from Seeds

Lentil Pizza & Soup

Lentils are a great source of:  molybdenum, folate, dietary fiber, copper, phosphorus, manganese, iron, protein, vitamin B1, pantothenic acid, zinc, potassium and vitamin B6.

Non-GMO, organic, local, vegan ingredients:

Lentils:  Soak overnight in a large bowl of water.  Cook in the morning in a large sauce pot on medium low.  Lentils are faster to soften so check after 10-15 minutes to see how they’re doing.  Use in many ways during the week.  (This is one of our rotating occasional foods.)

Soup:  Add lentils to the weekly vegetable soup.  This very brilliant green soup is made of:  Swiss chard, garlic, onion, leek, salt & pepper, cauliflower, asparagus.  Nan bread with mustard makes the best spoon, and babies learn how to “dip.”

Pizza:  Spread some tomato puree or our tomato sauce over a flatbread.  Top with some cooked lentils, cut up asparagus, freshly ground pepper, tomato and cook in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until the sauce sets.  Sprinkle over some nutritional yeast (which is high in B12 and good, especially for vegans.)

(Sorry, the pizza was eaten before I had a chance to snap a pic.  Whole family approved of this one.)

Our flatbread recipe coming soon!

Deconstructed Italian Pizza & Garlic Flat Breadsticks with Tomato Dipping Sauce Recipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic, Vegan Vegetarian, Plant-based, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Baby and Me Meal Snack, Cooking Dried Lentils, Green Vegetable Soup, Sustainable Home Design Building, Quartz Countertops Slabs Maine Growing Tomato Plants from Seeds

Housekeeping Tip:  When a messy skillet is still warm, rinse off and clean for an easier time.  Earth friendly, cleanable/reusable/washable dishwashing products save you money, time, and are made of natural, sustainable materials that work, look, and feel great.  (Local organic food stores carry them in the cleaning isle.)

In the Garden:  Tomato plant seedlings have just sprouted.  I designed a natural (fallen-branch) trellis for them to grow on.  More on this part of the garden in the coming months.  In the meantime, baby loves spraying “the babies” and helping them grow.

Deconstructed Italian Pizza & Garlic Flat Breadsticks with Tomato Dipping Sauce Recipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic, Vegan Vegetarian, Plant-based, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Baby and Me Meal Snack, Cooking Dried Lentils, Green Vegetable Soup, Sustainable Home Design Building, Quartz Countertops Slabs Maine
Quartz Slab Showroom Warehouse in Portland, Maine.

 

Designer’s Tip:  If you’re thinking of stone countertops, try to find remnants so they don’t go to waste.  Quartz companies who use post-consumer waste and recycle the water used and use storm water to make it is the better stone option.  Choose a timeless, classic colour and pattern so if you move, the new residents don’t rip it out and waste it.  It was interesting to go see these quartz stone patterns, but stone countertops are not sustainable.  Removing stone from the ground merely for decoration is wrong.  (It’s an ancient practice.)  The production of them is not water or energy-efficient.  They are very expensive.  Feels strange to cut out spaces for sinks or waste any piece of stone that was taken out of the earth.  Save the sink cut outs to use somewhere else:  roll out dough on an oval on the counter, as a small tabletop, or in the garden.  The slabs are like artwork or jewelry for the kitchen, which is an interesting idea, (I love painting artwork for my kitchen and for my customers), but to erase a stone section disturbs the balance of ages of maturing earth.  It’s also cold to the senses, which does not add to the warmth of cooking with love.  You can’t put the stone back into the mountain side if you get tired of it or have extra pieces.

Wood is warm, calming, and renewable, but we have to be careful about where it’s taken from, how often, who and what is effected, how it is treated, how the land is replanted, and then how we coat it and use it after it is installed.  Research lumber that comes from sustainably managed forests.  The entire life cycle is important to know before taking action by the way of purchasing lumber and products.  A counter is essentially a table, floor, or space to prepare food, so keep it simple and ethical.

We designed our counter to be space and use efficient.  A common misconception is that you need a big kitchen lined in counters, but really, you’d like properly designed storage for what you use daily to reduce clutter, dust, bad flow & a stuck feeling, accidents, and visual static.  Just enough space to prepare meals comfortably.  Arms can only reach so far at once.  A space that is too big is uncomfortable and a lot to clean.  Design the space to use for however many people you have using it all at once.  Play act while you design:  chopping carrots, doing dishes, eating meals.  Leave us comments on sustainable home building and design that you’ve researched.  We always love to learn about old and new ways of living sustainably.

The standards and go-to materials need questioning.  What alternatives can be thought of and used instead of materials that subtract from the world’s health?  Most businesses produce a massive amount of waste, most of which already depleted natural resources.  What can each of us do to creatively reuse ‘waste’ or unwanted materials?

Deconstructed Italian Pizza & Garlic Flat Breadsticks with Tomato Dipping Sauce Recipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic, Vegan Vegetarian, Plant-based, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Baby and Me Meal Snack, Cooking Dried Lentils, Green Vegetable Soup, Sustainable Home Design Building, Quartz Countertops Slabs Maine

Music of the Moment:  My Blue Heaven (A baby favourite!), Gene Austin.  I love The Smashing Pumpkins version too, but hard to find album recording on youtube to share with you, only loud live ones.  Sweet song, always gets a baby dancing and singing.  It’s one of the songs I sang while pregnant and added it to a little song lyric book I made for baby.  Babies remember the music and when they’re born, watch for their recognition of the music and lyrics.  Change the names in the song for your family’s custom & meaningful verse.  Amor Milagre will be selling Parent-Baby-Child books this year to help organize things like this!

Also always loved this video for Tonight Tonight, inspired by the amazing original film by Georges Méliès, Le Voyage dans la Lune / A trip to the Moon.  I have all the available films by him.  So lovely and excites me to work on our upcoming films soon!  Tackling some big projects now, but many new Amor Milagre products will be revealed this year.  Please stay tuned.  ~Amor

Spring Fling Salad Recipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic, Vegan Vegetarian, Plant-based, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Snap Peas, Corn on the Cob, asparagus, yellow squash, perennial spring bulb flowers. baby and me meals, snacks, veggie salad

A joy at any age, the senses delight in the making of a festive spring salad.  Little hands love husking corn and opening pea pods to find beautiful wonders perfectly & naturally packaged inside.  A scented mixture of fresh, colourful plants of various shapes, textures, and tastes makes a lovely salad for the family, especially fun upon awakening from a sweet, dream-filled nap. 

Spring Fling Salad Recipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic, Vegan Vegetarian, Plant-based, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Snap Peas, Corn on the Cob, asparagus, yellow squash, perennial spring bulb flowers. baby and me meals, snacks, veggie salad

Grow, store, and buy fresh vegetables and fruits, with no other packaging than nature’s protective layers.  Bring baskets and reusable bags to the market to fill with fresh produce.  (Usually you get money off per bag you bring.  Many stores have stopped using plastic bags altogether, and some department stores are starting to use reusable bags.)  Bring glass jars with lids when you buy bulk items, and tare & label the weight before you fill, to relieve the need for new and soon-to-be recycled plastic/paper bags and twisty-ties.  A little pre-store preparation helps you when you come home, too.  No need to transfer your bulk items into jars and then you have less recycling to store and take back.  

Plant-based, vegan meals and snacks are easy to assemble quickly and effortlessly because there is not much to do in the way of cooking for most meals.  Live fresh!  Honour plants by eating them as they are for what they are.  Mix and match fruits and veggies that you stock up on once a week to more easily design a nutritious and relaxing life.  Roasting is sometimes more time consuming than steaming, but it’s fast in preparation and very rewarding.  All in all, you’re setting yourself up for goodness!  

Spring Fling Salad Recipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic, Vegan Vegetarian, Plant-based, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Snap Peas, Corn on the Cob, asparagus, yellow squash, perennial spring bulb flowers. baby and me meals, snacks, veggie salad

Spring Salad

Non-GMO, organic, local, vegan ingredients:

Corn on the Cob:  In a large pot of water, boil the husked corn cobs until tender, about 5-10 minutes.  (Leave out salt for babies and people on low-sodium diets.  We don’t use salt in everything as most recipes usually call for and the food tastes fresh and delicious.)  Carefully cut the corn vertically down off of the cob, or eat from the cob.

Snap Peas can be eaten raw or lightly steamed which is easier to eat for (older) babies.  They usually just eat the peas inside.

For the salad, add the following to a skillet on low with 1/8 C water:  cut corn, peas, yellow squash, asparagus, and some freshly ground pepper.  Lightly sauté/steam with a lid, plate, and enjoy!

Spring Fling Salad Recipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic, Vegan Vegetarian, Plant-based, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Snap Peas, Corn on the Cob, asparagus, yellow squash, perennial spring bulb flowers. baby and me meals, snacks, veggie salad

Music of the Moment:  Summertime, Doc and Merle Watson  (A great song to sing to little ones.)