a delicious snack

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i would NEVER have thought to combine these things, but i am not kidding you – it is so delicious:

start by toasting fruit and nut bread (this one was from whole foods)

drizzle olive oil on the bread

spread guacamole on the bread

add some brie cheese

top with green grapes

and enjoy :)

Josie -Nov 08, 2010, 7:14AM
Actually this sounds like a PERFECT lunch. Definitely a match made in food heaven.
vicki -Nov 08, 2010, 6:22AM
ooh this sounds so yummy!! sometimes the weird can be wonderful! :) x

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ingredients:

1/2 cup vegan butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
egg replacer for 2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk* mixed with 1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree

*make vegan buttermilk by placing one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. add enough milk (soy or replacement milk of choice) to bring the liquid up to the one-cup line and let stand for 5 minutes.

preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until fluffy (about 5 minutes.)  while that is mixing, sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, ginger, cloves and pepper in a medium sized bowl.

add “eggs” to the butter and sugar and mix thoroughly.  alternate adding the flour and milk mixtures, beginning and ending with the flour. mix thoroughly again. now add in the pumpkin puree and mix until smooth.

bake 23-25 minutes. let cool completely and frost with your favorite buttercream frosting! makes approximately 22 cupcakes.

YUM!

source.

Anna -Dec 13, 2010, 11:34AM
these look delicious, i linked to this post here: http://happyeyesblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/linkblast-baby-pandas-and-pumpkin-spice.html thanks for the idea
supergirl -Nov 30, 2010, 8:45AM
I don't dessert, but i like the plate and backgound, It looks very beautiful!

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…our resident yoga expert shares some of her favorite yoga resource!

The above image is the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures by Sri Dharma Mittra. This poster hangs in the studio where I frequently practice in Brooklyn and I can’t help staring at it!

Yoga Journal

Obvious, yes, but this is definitely the most general and appealing website/magazine out there. They have great tips on integrating a yoga practice into your daily life and are constantly exploring the history, spirituality, and practicality of yoga.

YogaDork

A funny blog about yoga!

The Prophet

A beautiful poetry book that isn’t necessarily “yoga” but relates to all of the beauty and wisdom of life that yoga helps bring into consciousness. I cannot believe I did not read this book until this year!

Intimately FP

We have the cutest bras to peek out under your sweaty tees and tanks and the seamless tops are awesome for yoga too. I know yoga teachers that LIVE in the halter bras!

Yoga to the People

This is where I did my teacher training. They have studios in New York and California and their website features free podcast classes you can follow at home!

and here’s a collage of my ideal bag for yoga!

the monrow vintage sweatpants and heathered sporty bra would be perfect for yoga class, after which i’d throw on the super stripe tee, fairisle reversible beanie and trapper moccasins for the walk home :)

Samantha -Oct 23, 2010, 4:33AM
Yes, very cute yoga attire!! I'm definitely going to check out Yoga to the People soon! I've been looking for a place to get my certification, I've only known of Greenhouse Holistic in Brooklyn and Laughing Lotus so far. So happy that you blog about yoga, Free People. Namaste
Erin -Sep 30, 2010, 10:21AM
We have that very same Master Yoga Chart at the Jivamukti center in NYC that I always practice at :) I always stare at it as I wait for my class to start.. I'd love a poster of it

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cherry pasta?

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who would think to put cherries in pasta? this sounds like the perfect end of summer/start of fall dish.

  • 1 serving udon noodles
  • 1 T evoo, plus more for sautéing
  • 1/3 c sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/3 c white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 c arugula
  • a few cherries, quartered
  • 2-3 T chopped walnuts
  • a few fresh basil leaves
  • grated parmesan

1) Bring balsamic vinegar to a boil in saucepan.  Boil for 5 minutes to reduce; remove from heat and let cool 5 to 10 minutes, until it thickens.  [You're making a balsamic reduction.]

2) Sauté onion over medium heat until browned.  Add arugula and sauté until wilted.

3) Cook udon noodles according to package directions.  Drain and return to pot.

4) Toss noodles with olive oil, onion, arugula, cherries, and walnuts.  Transfer to plate; drizzle with balsamic reduction.  Garnish with basil and parmesan, if desired.

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Samantha -Oct 23, 2010, 4:34AM
This recipe sounds delicious. Unique and lovely, as always.
Mobile Phones -Sep 27, 2010, 9:49AM
I might just have to make this for dins

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…at the farmers market outside our building today :)

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Samantha -Oct 26, 2010, 2:55AM
I love farmers markets!! fresh local produce = key in tasty foods : )
Connie -Oct 19, 2010, 8:19AM
The polenta at al di la in Brooklyn is wonderful. Just spoon feed yourself with it. Yum!

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with today being the first day of fall, these table arrangements i saw on design sponge – using straw flowers and heirloom tomatoes -  felt really appropriate as today’s DIY.  the colors are gorgeous!

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the top two photos are my favorite- i would just leave the flowers and tomatoes like that as table decorations! for instructions on how to make the flower garland, check out the tutorial here.

rebecca -Jun 08, 2012, 3:34PM
L O V E it!
Tiffany -Sep 22, 2010, 2:56PM
Those tomatoes look so yummy XOXO http://outfitidentifier.com/

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today we had the extra special treat of a farmers market right outside our office doors! fresh fruit, veggies and other produce from local farms and live music in the background as you shop. this will happen again september 8th and 22nd, how exciting! here are some photos from today- not the sunniest day but still nice :)

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this little boxer puppy stole my heart.

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new mocs + sunflowers = happiness.

Heather -Aug 26, 2010, 12:55PM
Love this idea! I used to work as a designer for Lands' End Catalog and every friday during the summer they would hold a huge Farmers Market at the Home Office! It was a great touch and perk for employees!
Lilianna -Aug 25, 2010, 7:28PM
I love love LOVE the mocs, but how are the soles? Do you think they'd stand up to some wear and tear? They're so adorable, but I want to make sure they'll last!

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last week i was passing by the area where our graphic designers and office coordinator sit…and something was different. their office chairs had been replaced by large exercise balls! hmmm…what’s this all about guys?

“we got them to strengthen our cores! exercise balls are the new thing.”

so have you noticed a change? do they work?

“yes! when you wake up you feel like you did crunches the day before.”

“it keeps you moving throughout the day so you get a little workout. and we have a mid afternoon workout session.”

“plus they keep you from getting sleepy sitting at your desk!”

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what do other people think about your balls?

“they’re jealous! everyone wants them now.”

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“the bouncing is good for your mental state too…you feel like a little kid!”

Mallie -Aug 19, 2010, 6:43PM
hahaha I giggled when I saw this. I miss you guys!
Kristen -Aug 19, 2010, 3:22PM
Love the black high heeled shoes!

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next to one of the urban buildings there is a row of lavender bushes.  now that we’ve moved i pass them on the way to and from our new building and each time, i breathe in their wonderful scent.  scent is one of the most powerful triggers of memory for me and every time i smell lavender i am taken back to the south of france where i was fortunate enough to spend some time during my childhood.

the heat of the sun bearing down on my shoulders, the dust from dirt roads kicking up around my bare feet, and fields of the brightest purple lavender as far as the eye can see.

take me back.

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speaking of lavender…have you ever had lavender lemonade? it’s delicious.

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to make it from scratch you just need water, lemons and sugar.  bring to a simmer in a saucepan and throw in five or six fresh pieces of lavender. if you’re using dried lavender, put it in a tea ball.  let sit for a bit and then cool, and add a sprig of lavender for garnish.

for more specific instructions check out this recipe. (last 2 images from there as well).

Guillermo Soliman -Jun 09, 2011, 5:42PM
great article. i like it. keep it up.
Issac Martens -Apr 06, 2011, 10:51AM
Thanks for the info. I found it on Bing

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homegrown

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homegrown tomatoes in the lobby…

summer 2010

…and in a yummy salad :)

thanks dick!

*in heather’s summer salad: tomatoes, oil, vinegar & oregano

-Jul 25, 2010, 8:09AM
Terrific photos!

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one of our fp girls sent me these photos of a place called greensgrow in fishtown, philadelphia – a nursery/market that sells fresh, locally grown produce.  they also have a CSA (community supported agriculture) program in which you can buy a “share” in a farms’ season and each week get a box of produce and fruit produced on the farm.

check out their website, too- they post lots of recipes to give you ideas for what to do with all your fresh fruits and veggies! YUM.

mary -Jul 27, 2010, 7:53AM
Thank you free person for this lovely catalog of photos of our farm.
FPlover -Jul 20, 2010, 8:19PM
Looks like an amazing place! http://slwdncng.blogspot.com/

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drinks in a cube

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this idea is so brilliant… don’t you hate when you have an iced coffee (or whatever you drink) on a hot day and the ice cubes immediately melt and you’re left with a watered down drink? i do.  i saw this on tastespotting from the blog zoom yummy – ice cubes made from coffee!

and check out how pretty these look:

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these are rasberry iced tea with a mint leaf inside them!

not only is this great for the aforementioned reason but i think it would be fun to come up with different flavors and combinations, like water with lemon ice cubes or iced tea with mango juice cubes… you get the idea :)

check out zoom yummy for more ideas!

Amy -Jul 12, 2010, 11:44AM
great (and gorgeous) idea! thanks for sharing.
Kristi -Jul 11, 2010, 3:34PM
so pretty! the coffee ones look like amber

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