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Blackberry Season

There are plump and juicy blackberries ready for picking just about everywhere you turn in and around Seattle. We have a special little secluded spot at the beach house we let these blackberry vines with their incredibly sharp thorns take over.  Each year we about this time we are reminded with incredibly sweet and delicious berries why we allow these gnarly prickly plants in our yard. We use them in our morning smoothies and mixed into greek yogurt with a touch of honey for dessert.

If you have made the same sacrifice or just love blackberries here is a must make recipe from Cooking Light to celebrate the fruits of your labor. 


  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole almonds, toasted
  • 6 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons ice wate
  • 10 cup fresh blackberries (about 5 [12-ounce] packages)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juic
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Blackberry Cobbler


1. Place 1/3 cup granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer until combined (about 1 minute). Add egg yolk, beating well. Stir in vanilla.

2. Place almonds in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until finely ground. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine nuts, flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add nut mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until a soft dough forms, adding 3 tablespoons ice water, as necessary. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 6 times or until smooth. Divide dough into 2 equal portions; wrap each portion in plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour or until firm.

3. Preheat oven to 375°.

4. Combine the remaining 2/3 cup granulated sugar, blackberries, cornstarch, and lemon juice; toss gently. Arrange berry mixture in a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray.

5. Unwrap dough. Roll each dough portion into a 13 x 9-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Cut one rectangle, crosswise, into (1-inch-wide) strips. Cut remaining rectangle, lengthwise, into (1-inch-wide) strips. Arrange strips in a lattice pattern over fruit mixture; sprinkle dough with turbinado sugar. Bake at 375° for 50 minutes or until golden. Let stand 10 minutes.

Julianna Grimes, Cooking Light 
JULY 2010

Photo by: Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

Health & Wellness Bundle ~ The Honest Company

Health & Wellness BundleIt seems like everyone around me has a bun in the oven or is trying. There are a million decisions that need to be made even before conceiving to get your pregnancy off on the right foot.  The Honest Company makes one of them pretty easy with their Health & Wellness Bundles with an auto delivery to your door each month (or how ever often you choose). The package includes a 30 day supply of their prenatal multi-vitamins and DHA/Omega-3 supplements that provide the essentials for you and baby.

Honest’s Health & Wellness bundles are packed with a premium formulation of carefully chosen, fresh, whole food-based ingredients – vitamins, minerals, botanicals, antioxidants, probiotics & super foods and free of the fillers and toxins (gluten, soy, yeast, wheat, sodium, dairy, eggs, sweeteners, artificial flavors, dyes, preservatives, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, PCBs, dioxins, common nut allergens & environmental toxics)

Don’t forget its important to start taking your vitamins before you start trying.  Pickup a free sample for yourself!

Organic Bamboo Board & Glass Dome

Tis the season of springtime parties with artisan cheeses, crisp local wines, and garden fresh fare. Show of your eco home style with this elegant organic bamboo composes a circular cheese cutting board covered with a beautiful glass dome to keep your fromage fresh. Stylish bamboo-handled utensils–a fork, knife and spatula–complete the set. Available at Nordstrom $44.

Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard – Jessi Bloom

I am so inspired to not only create a Jessi Bloom garden, but to add a flock of feathery friends to it. Pick-up her recently released Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard for your own eco-friendly beautiful garden.

Veggie Fajitas

INGREDIENTS:Veggie Fajitas
2 teaspoons cold pressed organic olive oil
2 cloves organic garlic, minced
2 organic green bell peppers, sliced
2 organic red bell peppers, sliced
1/2 organic white onion, sliced
1 cup organic crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 Jalapeño or serrano pepper, sliced
1/2 a taco seasoning packet
Whole wheat tortillas
Plain Fage yogurt (sour cream substitute)
1 Avocado
Optional shredded cheese

In a large frying pan over a medium heat, saute olive oil and garlic. Let the garlic saute for 2 minutes, stir in the green and red bell peppers and jalapeño. Let the peppers saute for 2 minutes, stir in the onions and taco seasoning. After two minutes add the mushrooms to the frying pan and stir well. Cover the frying pan and cook until all of the vegetables are tender.

Serve with tortillas, Fage, avocado, and optional cheese!


Pack a powerful message with a FEED Love, Peace and Nature bag. Each canvas bag inspires hope and provides 25 meals to children in areas with high rates of HIV/AIDS, of war and conflict and those affected by natural disasters. Available in three different colors, including a fabulous pink. Use promo code SUNDAY for 15% off today at Macy’s.

Good Morning Smoothie

Start your day off right with a healthy, homemade, Good Morning Smoothie.


1 small organic banana

Handful of organic spinach (kale works well too)

One Heaping cup of frozen organic mixed berries

2 tbsp of Nutiva chia seeds

1/3 cup 0% Fage Greek Yogurt

One 11 oz Zico Coconut Water

1 scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder


Blend until emulsified and serve. Whether you sip at home or take it to go in your AquaOvo it is quick, easy, healthy, and delicious.




Food Matters DVD Giveaway!


Living Aware is giving away a Food Matters and Hungry for Change DVD! Commit to eating healthier and educating yourself about what you put in your body in 2014. After all, you are what you eat. Share your healthy food resolution (photo or text) for 2014 with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram for a chance to win. Winners will be chosen on Valentine’s Day!

New Year – New You @ Urban Yoga Spa

Urban Yoga Spa

Most New Year’s Resolutions include a variation of being healthier or getting fit somewhere on their list. Seattle’s Urban Yoga Spa is helping you kickoff your year right with their Total Wellness Unlimited package. This amazing bundle includes unlimited yoga, one massage per month, and access to all member benefits for a mere $160 a month (with a 6-month commitment). Member benefits offer discounts on spa services in the fresh loft space above the studios.

Total Wellness Unlimited package promotes holistic wellness, including healthy nutrition for members to start the new year off well. TheUrban Yoga Spa bodywork specialist can slide_1talk to you about nutrition to compliment your exercise and wellness regimen. In addition, they offer juice through a local vendor with cult following, Strawberry Moon. You can order juice cleanses through them, and pick them up at UYS, or put together your own at the front desk.

Time to Mulch

There is no doubt that autumn is in the air here in beautiful Seattle. It is time to start prepping your veggie and other gardens whether they are on a farm, estate, yard, or balcony. The best thing that you can do for your garden (or pot) is refreshing your garden (or pot) with some organic mulch. We use our favorite, honest, local brand Cedar Grove Organics Compost Mulch.

Cedar Grove Compost