Blueberry Lemon Ginger Tulsi Tea Sorbet

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One of my goals this year has been to more effectively manage stress.  Notice I didn’t say “get rid of” stress.  I’m a realist and I know that no matter what sorts of changes I make, there will always be worry, tension, fear and irritation barking at my heals.  I’ve finally realized that the more support I give my body, the less I feel (or react to) the stress. Whether practicing meditative yoga, using a supportive and compassionate inner voice, avoiding mean people or choosing to consume only nutrient-dense organic food, I am fortifying my inner peace. I’m becoming better at deflecting the craziness that I encounter every day.  The traffic jams and road rage, the rude cashiers, the nonsensical tantrums my son unleashes on me.  I digress.  Let’s get back to peace…

One exciting discovery I made recently is tulsi (or holy basil) tea.  This tea has amazing health benefits.  It’s rich in antioxidants, aids in digestion, balances mood and energy levels, and reduces stress.  It does come in tinctures and pill form, but I’ve been buying the tea for two reasons.  I love tea and I gave up a lifelong addiction to coffee a couple of months ago, so this is a perfect alternative.  The brand that I buy is called “Organic India” and my favorite flavors are the chai (which does have a touch of caffeine) and lemon-ginger.  I am in love with this tea–it is pure zen in a cup!  A lingering tranquility washes over me with every sip. Continue reading

Zucchini Spice Cupcakes (Gluten and Dairy Free) with Goat Cheese, Lemon and Honey Frosting

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Today was my first official “lazy day” of summer.  For me, that means no client on the schedule and no school or camp for the little one. No long list of errands to run, either!  I suppose there’s people out there that are truly maximizing their “lazy days of summer” and sleeping until noon, lounging by the pool with a good book and/or escaping to a long movie in an over-air-conditioned cinema.  I’ve been there once upon a time and wish I had appreciated and savored those days more!

So, what sort of fun did I manage to whip up for my dear boy today? After feeling guilty for parking him in front of PBS kids while I caught up on laundry, I decided that we would bake together.  I’ve been wanting to refine this recipe for zucchini cupcakes I threw together for a friend’s birthday many months ago.  Those cupcakes were topped with avocado frosting and were delicious. The birthday girl swooned and insisted we call them “spa” cupcakes.  The sugar content in the frosting prohibited any “spa” designation, though. And while I could have done avocado frosting today, I was fresh out of avocados and really didn’t feel like running to the store.

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