18 Sep 2013

some photos from my life this summer


Exactly as the title of this post implies, today I am merely here to share some photographs with you. These are mostly ones I have not shown on the blog before because they didn't quite fit in anywhere; but I like them nonetheless. So they have now found a home in this post about nothing in particular. The pictures below are from a hike I completed by myself whilst on a camping trip I went on with my family towards the end of summer. It was a lovely and much-needed get-away, and additionally it reminded me how much I LOVE potatoes! Since the trip I have been enjoying steamed potatoes for dinner most nights; usually along with tomatoes from the garden, other steamed veggies and organic corn (dinner is my cooked meal of the day, if I have one). I believe simple whole foods are the secret to health - not that it's much of secret, but more of an under-advertised fact.


I took a few photos in the kitchen this summer for a feature on a beautiful blog called Balue/Co. You see them below. I think they highlight the Dutch and Thai vibes we have going through the whole house. My parents fell in love with each other while volunteering in Thailand and remains a large part of their lives; and my mom has Dutch roots. She also has a collection of wooden clogs she continues to add to whenever she can. I think she needs to sign up for Hoarders Anonymous, but that is another story. 


Here's some food - and kind of an example of what I eat in a day - lots of fruit with some lightly cooked veggies. I love fruit smoothies and juice, as well as mono-meals of fruit like mangoes, apple, pears, peaches, grapes, grapefruit, berries, papaya, and others. I eat this throughout the day and then in the evening I will enjoy a giant bowl of steamed vegetables (broccoli, potatoes, yams, zucchini, etc.) and/or non-sweet fruits (tomatoes, cucumber, peppers etc.).


Below we have some images from the garden, bravely sprouting new life as the months grow gradually cooler. Winter is coming. But first - fall.


Finally we finish with the most vital features of my life: dessert and my cat, Dante. I eat dessert everyday. Raw desserts are excellent for the body and soul, and frankly speaking - much more exciting than eating a handful of almonds! With my raw desserts I get my daily intake for nuts, coconut oil, dried fruit and cacao in a deliciously deceptive way. Shh... don't tell anyone it's healthy. (Or alternatively shout it out from the roof tops! I think it is something to be celebrated.) What you see below is a bowl of sliced banana, raw chocolate chunks, dried mulberries and date pieces. My mouth is now watering.

Important to note: Dante is perfection manifested in a feline's body, FYI.

25 comments:

  1. Yeees yeees yeees agree on the last part 110 %! Love raw desserts. Best discovery ever! Beautiful pics you are sharing with us. Many hugs your sisters!

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  2. What a lovely summer you've had :) Do you steam your vegetables because you don't like them raw or is it because you don't want to be "set apart" at dinner time?

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    1. At the end of the day (especially in colder months) I just want a giant bowl of warm, soft food :)

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  3. Swoon....! Gorgeous gorgeous photos. Love your home décor and the scenery around you is simply beautiful.
    Dante is super cute by the way, and perfect name :)

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  4. Beautiful photos - and YES, monomeals are amazing!!!!!!!!

    My favorite photo of all of them was the basil photo - was that a PURPLE BASIL plant in the middle??

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  5. Emily I have just found your blog recently after searching out raw recipes online. I am starting a blog of my own and was fishing for inspiration. I must say that your blog is spectacular! Gorgeous! Your photos are outstanding! I could go on but I'll spare you the embarrassment. I have been vegan/gluten free for 3 years and I am toying with the idea of going raw but I have the exact same outlook on it as you. I do enjoy cooked foods but like the idea of being raw most of the time, my tummy likes it better:) Anyway on another note, I live in Vancouver also and I really need to meet some more like minded people. Do you know of any potlucks or anything going on that I could go to? I read about the one at Eternal Abundance but wasn't sure if it's a public or invite only type of thing. I'd love to hear back from you. Thanks! ~Zoe

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    1. Unfortunately I have only ever been to/heard of that one too =/ But I am a like-minded person! We can meet up? :D

      Em

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  6. Such stunning photos! And I feel the same way about my cat, Marley :)

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  7. Oooh-I see Birkenhead! Love that place!

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  8. Great pictures. I eat dessert every day today. How can you not?

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  9. SOMEONE IS LEADING THE BLESSED LIFE EVERYTHING IS SOOO BEAUTIFUL. THAT DANTE SURE IS LUCKY!!!! (OH YOU TO EMILY) ;)

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    1. NO PROBLEM... JUST WONDERING DOES DANTE HAVE ACCESS TO CATNIP AND IF YES DO YOU MAKE HIM "SPECIAL" CATNIP BROWNIES??? HEHEHEHEHEHE DANTE HAS TO GET MELLOW TOO RIGHT???

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    2. YOURE A FREAKING GENIUS I WILL MAKE SURE HE CAN EAT ALL THE INGREDIENTS THEN ITS GOING DOWN

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    3. ANOTHER QUESTION... IS DANTE A RAW FOOD CAT??? HAVE YOU EVER LOOKED UP THE POTTENGER STUDY
      VERY INTERESTING...

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    4. CHECK THIS OUT
      http://nutritionreallyworks.net/Pottengers-cats.html
      LOOK UP POTTENGERS CATS

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  10. wonderful photo! heaven on earth =)

    http://ouralternative.blogspot.com/

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  11. Beautiful photos! I recently took a photo of a zucchini with beads of juice just like that :) So yummy!

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  12. What a beautiful and authentic life you have!! I'm in complete awe of the nature in the photos.. though you are very far from where I grew up your pictures remind me of home. I grew up with some land and gardening as well and had easy access to so much nature and mountains. I miss it and this post is just so nice .. like mini online visit back home :)

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  13. LOVE your kitties tongue sticking OUT! don't you just love when that happens!

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  14. Hi Emile ,wonderful blog, I am so happy to found you!

    Glaucia (from Sao Paulo, Brazil)

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Feel free to comment below, I love hearing your thoughts! xo, Em