Valentine’s Raspberry Chocolates

Valentine's Day at Crystal Hills Farm

Valentine’s Raspberry Chocolates Recipe Yields 12 chocolates You will need a chocolate silicone mold. Servings may vary depending on the size of the molds.  Ingredients 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life foods brand) 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 cup raspberries 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder* mixed with 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon maple syrup or sweetener of choice   Instructions 1. In a small pot, heat and mash raspberries until puree forms, add maple syrup. 2. Combine arrowroot powder with water (make sure the powder is fully dissolved). 3. Pour arrowroot powder mixture into the raspberry puree, stirring constantly until combined. 4. Turn stove to high heat until the puree thickens, remove from heat, pour into a glass bowl and place in the fridge…

Chocolate Maca Berry Smoothie

Chocolate Maca Smoothie

Who loves chocolate? This smoothie contains more than just chocolate, it has hormone supporting maca powder and antioxidant-rich blueberries and strawberries! Benefits of maca powder include: ⦁ Increase libido and fertility in men and women ⦁ Support hormones ⦁ Boost immune system ⦁ Improve memory and focus ⦁ Increase energy Chocolate Maca Berry Smoothie Recipe Serves 1 Ingredients ⦁ 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries ⦁ 4 medium organic strawberries ⦁ 1 frozen banana ⦁ 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder ⦁ 1 teaspoon maca powder ⦁ 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, hemp milk or almond milk (for those who do not have nut allergies). Add more if you do not like it too thick. ⦁ 1 scoop vanilla vegan protein powder (optional) Method 1. Blend all ingredients together and serve. Enjoy!    

DIY Strawberry Sugar Scrub

DIY Strawberry Sugar Scrub

DIY Strawberry Sugar Scrub Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fibre. They are sweet, delicious, and satisfying to eat. Their nutritional qualities, which nourish our bodies from the inside, combined with their unique acidic nature, which beautifies our skin from the outside, lets them do double duty as a great food and DIY beauty product ingredient. This recipe is for a leg and foot scrub that will slough off dead skin cells, rejuvenate your tough skin, and enable your moisturizer, sunscreen, and body serum to penetrate fully and work as best they can. You will need 1 cup of ripe fresh strawberries and 1 cup sugar. The rest is up to you. For the strawberries, you can mash them…

2 Bite Brownies

vegan, gluten free brownies

2 Bite Brownies Everybody deserves a treat. These two bite brownies are extra special in that they are gluten free, nut free, vegan and low in sugar . . . so you won’t feel guilty having more than one. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups certified gluten free oat flour 1/2 cup coconut sugar 1/2 cup dutch cocoa powder (the really dark stuff) 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk 1/2 cup avocado oil 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon baking soda Dash of salt 1/4 cup Enjoy Life (vegan and nut-free) mini chocolate chips   Method: Set oven to 350F. Grease mini brownie silicone mold with oil. Combine coconut milk, coconut sugar and oil in a medium sized bowl. Stir, and allow sugar to dissolve….

Rose Quartz

rose quartz

Rose Quartz The rose quartz is a beautiful rosy-pink coloured crystal that symbolizes the very essence of love. This crystal allows us to see the beauty, romance, hope, gentleness, compassion, and sensuality in ourselves and others. It helps us to become more receptive to the beauty of art, literature, and music all around us. This gemstone lifts up our vibration to the pure energy of unconditional love – to help us accept it, offer it and open ourselves up to it. Rose quartz reminds us to love ourselves, as we cannot accept love from others if we truly see ourselves as unlovable. The lack of love and compassion for ourselves is highly toxic and it is a form of self-destruction. Rose quartz fosters a state…

Cleopatra-Style Milk Bath with Roses

Cleopatra style milk bath with roses at CHO

My husband laughs at me for being so critical of myself. When we are on the beach, for example, I will look at another woman and say, “I wish that I had her legs,” or “I would love to have a chest like that.” He finds it so odd that women think this way, and tells me that he doesn’t look around and say, oh, “I wish I had those abs.” I agree with him that we women can be far too critical of ourselves. I believe that it is important to be healthy, and to strive to be the best person you can be, physically, mentally, and spiritually. That being said, I also think that we need to start loving ourselves and accepting the…

30 Days of Love

Love at Crystal Hills

The 30 Days of Love Challenge Well we are 30 days away from Saint Valentine’s Day. Although it is primarily a celebration of romance and romantic love, I think it’s the perfect time to celebrate all aspects of love. Many of us are in such different stages in life, may it be happily married or trying to feel love again for their partner, a new parent overflowing with love, a teenager experiencing their first love, devastated after a breakup and trying to feel self-love or a new relationship that is in the initial stages of bliss. All of these situations present the opportunity to celebrate love. It is said that the frequency of love vibrates at 528 Hertz, which is higher than the frequency of…

Slow Cooker Burrito Soup

Burrito Soup at Crystal Hills Farm

Slow Cooker Burrito Soup Here is a great slow cooker recipe that’s easy to make and is vegan, gluten free and dairy free. The protein and fiber from black beans offer a satiating and lasting effect to keep you going until your next meal. This recipe creates an abundance of servings which can be stored in the freezer for future meals. Recipe Vegan, gluten free, dairy free Yields 6 Servings Ingredients 2 cups, Black Beans (cooked, drained and rinsed) 3 cups, Diced Tomatoes 1 Sweet Onion (diced) 1 cup Organic Frozen Corn 1/2 Green Bell Pepper (diced) 2 Jalapeno Pepper (de-seeded and diced) 2 tbsps. Chili Powder 2 tsps. Cumin 1 tsp. Oregano 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper 2 tsps. Himalayan Salt 1 cup Brown Rice…

Goddess Spotlight – Kari Tribble

Kari Tribble Goddess Spotlight

Goddess Spotlight I wanted to create the Goddess Spotlight so that it could serve to inspire women to awaken their inner goddess and let their inner light shine. I would love it if we all could feel like we were in a state of enchantment that allowed us to feel beautiful, sensual, confident, passionate and empowered. Where we all felt valued, cherished and loved while truly expressing our inner truth. Our Goddess this season is Kari Tribble. I have followed her on Instagram the last few years and truly adore her as I find her to be inspirational and very knowledgeable about energy. She has written some pretty amazing blog articles, of which my favorite was Recycling Negative Energy with The New Moon | A…

Mint Chocolate Layer Bars

Mint Chocolate Bar

Who knew these bars could be raw, gluten free, vegan, grain free, dairy free and of course amazing all in one go!? There are no artificial colours or sweeteners in this recipe and they are naturally coloured with spinach juice. This recipe calls for peppermint oil, which is more potent than peppermint extract. I have not tried this recipe with peppermint extract, if you do use it, add the required 1 teaspoon then add more to your taste. Recipe Yields 20 bars Ingredients Crust base 10 medjool dates, pits removed 1 cup sunflower seeds (or substitute with almonds, if you have no nut allergies) 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1 tablespoon maca powder (optional) 1 teaspoon food grade peppermint oil 3 tablespoons coconut milk (or sub…

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