Lamb Coconut Curry with Pickled Red Onions

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Hello perfect, tender, juicy, spicy delicious lamb coconut curry! Take it up a notch by making your own (easy!) homemade curry paste and tons of toppings like pickled red onions, mint, lime wedges and more. We used lamb loin chops from American Lamb and put both egg noodles and served along side white rice just for more options with serving. Now.. let’s get into it! Full recipe below!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coconut milk 
  • 1 package of egg noodles 
  • 4 American Lamb Loin Chops 
  • 1 tsp fish sauce 
  • 4 tsp sugar 
  • 2 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp pepper 
  • 3-4 cups of water 

Curry Paste:

  • 1/3 cup shallots
  • 1/3 cup fresh garlic
  • 1/3 cup ginger 
  • 1/2 tsp paprika 
  • 1/8th tsp dried lemongrass 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 3-4 fresh coriander seeds 
  • 1/2 tsp cumin 
  • 8-10 dried chiles of choice 
  • 3 tsp oil

Garnishes (optional): cilantro, pickled red onion, jalapeño, lime wedges, mint, pickled red onions, Chile flakes

Pickled Red Onions:

  • 1-2 red onions, thinly sliced 
  • 1/2 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar 
  • 2-3 chiles
  • 1/2 beet chopped (for color and slight flavor)

Directions: 

  1. Make your curry paste first by slicing shallots, garlic, ginger and seeded and slicing your dried chiles. Place in a pan (without oil) and just char for about 10-15 minutes. 
  2. Place in a blender with paprika, lemongrass, salt, coriander, cumin and oil. Mix until a paste is formed. Add water if needed. Set aside. 
  3. Make your pickled red onions by slicing red onions and adding in your vinegars, water, pepper, salt, sugar chiles and a beet for color. Set in your fridge for 1-2 hours or keep overnight. 
  4. Once your onions and curry paste are ready, get the curry ready. Get 4 American Lamb Loin Chops and sear them in a big pot. Once seared and crusted, add in 2 cups of coconut milk and bring to a boil. Once bubbling, about 10-15 minutes, add in sugar, pepper salt and fish sauce. Let simmer for 1-2 minutes and add in your water and the curry paste. You can add as spicy as you’d like it, but we added about 1/3rd cup. 
  5. Let your curry simmer and reduce a bit and let lamb cook through and get tender about 20-30 minutes. If it gets too thick, you can always add water. 
  6. Once the lamb is tender, take it out and use a knife or fingers to tear apart and cube the lamb loin chops. Place the cubes back in the curry and stir for another 2-3 minutes. 
  7. When your curry is just about done, make your egg noodles according to the package instructions and start to spoon your curry in a bowl, add your noodles and garnish. 
  8. We added fresh mint, cilantro, pickled red onions, jalapeño, lime wedges and chili flakes but you can add whatever you’d prefer! Serve along some jasmine rice + enjoy!   
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My Favorite Props & Ceramics for Food Styling

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My love for anything ceramic, styling, cute and small runs wild. I am obsessed with researching and sifting through all the best props, bowls, little forks, backdrops that I can find on a daily basis. Here we have all my favorite props and ceramics that I love and use for food photography recipes and styling. 

Current Faves!

Staub

One of my current staples is anything STAUB! Their products are long lasting, sturdy and down-right gorgeous. These items are worth the splurge and I promise, anything you'd cook in them will turn out absolutely beautiful (and delicious!)

Ceramics and Pottery

Colleen Hennessey Clayworks

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Boston Potter makes the BEST handmade pottery. Not only that, it's so unique and the shapes and textures are just gorgeous. I want everything in his shop! You can take a look at his etsy shop here. 

Hansleman Pottery

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As of now, I only have these mini bowls from Hanselmann Pottery but I'm looking to get some more from them ASAP! I loved this shoot I did with them of these Udon Noodle Bowls - isn't it just dreamy? They are really great for mixing bowls, side mixing and prepping for when I'm food styling. They also work perf as side props in the shot. 

Julia E. Dean

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I'm in love with this huge plate above! But also this shop has the most adorable mugs. I use the mug and the plate for a lot of product photography and styling. Highly reccomend! All the items are extremely durable and beautiful. 

Earth and Element

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Also GORG mugs, I swear the BEST! In this above photo, I used the mini pink plate I got. I use the mug on the daily. 

Farmhouse Pottery

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This ceramic shop is so cute! I use the above cheese plate for about... everything! So perfect for styling. I also own 2 large plates that have a light matte brown texture around the plate that is just so dainty and beautiful. 

Daiso Japan 

If you want some cheap + cute props and ceramics, go to Daiso Japan. there is a bunch of locations and mostly everything is under $2. They have adorable sushi bento boxes, chopsticks and bowls that are perfect for styling. My favorites are the smaller bowls with textures like florals or plaid. 

Photography Backdrops

The Little Ladle Co. on Etsy.  

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Another board that has become an essential for me are these Etsy Backdrops. 

Eclectic Lab Designs

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I'm obseeesssing over these background photography boards! no matter what, the light that hits them always looks so good for photography. They are double sided + super sturdy, I use them A LOT for my food photography and styling. You can choose your own styles or they have some that are ready made but most are made to order! 

Other

Misen Knives

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Everyone that cookes NEEDS some good knives and up until now, I haven't had any good ones. I had one Victorinox one that is awesome, but besides that, I don't have any knife blocks or anything like that so I was in NEED for some really sharp and sturdy knives. I've been trying out the Misen Knives I LOVE them. I definitely recommend. I got the gray. :) 

Williams Sonoma 

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+ last but NOT least, I've been exploring a lot on the WS site. They have so much versatility in their pieces and some really awesome knives that I also got! 

Any props or ceramic makers I missed out or should look into? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments! 

Sonoma Veggie Burgers with Pickled Onion-Cabbage Slaw

Sonoma Veggie Burgers with Pickled Onion-Cabbage Slaw

It's officially #VeggieBurgerDay and what better way to celebrate than with some hearty and flavorful Sonoma veggie burgers from Amy's Kitchen. Mix and match your own flavors and toppings or use the below recipe of this Arugula, Pickled Onion-Cabbage Slaw with Blue Cheese Spread + Spicy Sesame Aioli. If you're feeling adventurous, add on some chips for some crunch and read on for the full recipe! 

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Simple Cooking With Ducksoup!

Simple Cooking With Ducksoup!

When I first started cooking, I had this desire to put anything and everything I had in my pantry in my food. Spices, sauces, liquids, bases, marinades, literally, everything. I thought this would elevate the taste but it (most of the time) never turned out the way I wanted to. I realized later that in cooking, it's the simple ingredients and the simple flavors that help elevate a dish. It all come down to the ingredients, the quality and the freshness and technique. Ducksoup, a cookbook from Chronicle Books has become my essential cookbook for simple cooking. Take a look below at the 2 recipes from the book I tried out, and let me tell you, I even made it the next day, it was so easy and tasty! Read along for the full rundown. 

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Banyan Tree Bangkok

If you've been following me on Instagram lately, you've noticed I took an awesome trip to Thailand. It was such an amazing time - flew into Bangkok, went to Phuket, Chiang Mai and ended our trip back in Bangkok. When arriving back in Bangkok, I went straight to Banyan Tree Bangkok. Banyan Tree Bangkok is known for it's popular rooftop destination, where you can overlook the whole city. It's pretty spectacular. But alongside that, is also an amazing property, with gorgeous rooms and and overall great hotel experience. Follow along below for more pictures and what we ate! 

Be sure to take a look at my travel hashtag #llindseytravels to see more and stay tuned for a full Thailand Travel & Food Guide. Now let's get into it. :)

First thing's first: Breakfast! 

My room had a gorgeous view so how can I not order some breakfast? It was nice to get to relax at Banyan Tree and stay at the resort and take in the view. Throughout our trip, we were always on the go (in a good way! ;)) so it was nice to come to the property and take a break. One way to relax here is to take a bath, which is just dreamy isn't it! The bathtub had bath salts on the side of it and the room comes with daily essential oils and incense, something that Banyan Tree is very popular for as well, as for good reason. 

Bai Yun

Next up, we went to try their Dim Sum spot, also overlooking a beautiful view. I could not get enough of this view. :p We had a spread of their most popular dim sum dishes, including Steamed Jade Dumplings with Fresh Scallop and Shrimp (below) as well as Steamed Seaweed with Spicy Garlic Sauce and Minced Shrimp + much more! You can take a look at Bai Yun here. 

Afternoon Tea 

Depending on which levels you stay on of the hotel, the higher floors have a lot of amenities. One being Afternoon Tea, (as well as buffet breakfast). Took it all in with some Jasmine tea and some pastries before heading to dinner. 

Vertigo & Moon Bar 

Now onto what Banyan Tree is really popular for. People from all over the world are told they MUST go here to see this unbelievable 360 view of the city. If you are ever in Bangkok, this rooftop is a MUST, just look how gorgeous this is! There is dinner at Vertigo, too, where we tried a wine tasting menu of ahi poke, lamb, mushroom soup and more! Head to Moon Bar for drinks, you won't be sorry. Grab a couple drinks and soak it all in. 

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She Is French Granola

She Is French Granola

I've been on a decorating toast obsession lately. There are so many different types and varieties you can make with all fruits and vegetables and so many different ways to style the perfect toast! These sweet toasts are so simple and easy to make, not to mention super pretty topped with Turmeric Cashew She Is French granola.

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Messhall Kitchen

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Messhall Kitchen, located in Los Feliz, has a large menu with fantastic choices, especially their cocktail program, which changes themes monthly. This month's theme is Harry Potter. All the juice is squeezed in house, achieving that super fresh taste, and the combinations work perfectly, giving off an interesting take on Harry Potter. Staples include the fried chicken sandwich and oysters. Take a look at the pictorial essay of Messhall Kitchen below.

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Fried Chicken Sandwich with hot honey aioli, red onions, lettuce and pickles

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Oysters (dozen)

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Hot Wings Tokyo Style

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Banana Cream Pie

Now for the cocktails....

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Polyjuice Potion

151 rum, persimmon syrup, grapefruit, lemon, sherry float

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Felix Felicis

Ford's gin, Lichi Li liquer, agave, lemon

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Amortentia

El dorado rum, creme de cacao, creme de menthe, angostrura, cream, egg white

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Draught of Living Death

scotch, cio ciaro, yellow chartreuse, meyer lemon bitters

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Pepperup Potion

Corralejo Reposado tequilla, cynar, peppercorn syrup, mint

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Messhall Old Fashioned

Four roses bourbon, sugar, bitters

Prosciutto Bites with Sriracha Butter

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With the New Year coming up, this appetizer is perfect for a party and super simple to make. The saltiness from the prosciutto and the brie go together with the spiciness from the Sriracha butter and then pair with a perfect crunch bite from the cracker!

The Sriracha used to make the the butter is from Hatchery , as well as the Laguna Salt smoked salt topping. Hatchery  sends monthly boxes with tasting ingredients and by using the code LINDSEYEATS, you can get your first tasting box for $10. Recipe below! 

[recipe title="Prosciutto Bites with Sriracha Butter" servings="N/A" time="15mins" difficulty="Easy"]

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Crackers (any kind you like) Brie Cheese Smoked Salt Sriracha Butter (softened, room temp) Salt Pepper Garlic Prosciutto

Mix the softened butter with the Sriracha and put some salt, pepper and garlic and mix around.

Assemble by placing the Sriracha butter and then a slice of brie cheese topped with the prosciutto and then sprinkle with the smoked salt.

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Doma Kitchen

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A sweet spot located in Manhattan Beach, Doma Kitchen is bringing amazing flavors filled with local and fresh ingredients.

I had a remarkable experience enjoying the beautiful decor and delicious Doma Kitchen staple dishes. The owner, Angie, is friendly and really passionate about food and her culture. The menu contains all different types of cuisine but has a strong emphasis on European & Central Asian dishes, some from her background in Ukraine. When food tastes good, even more than good, one can notice it's due to the amount of passion and love put into the meal and this shine through here at Doma Kitchen.

We tasted traditional dishes with a healthy and unique twist. Starting with Borscht, then Housemade Chicken Dumplings in Broth, Braised Rice "Plov" with veggies & herbs, Uzbeck style, and ended with tea and Pumpkin cake, marshmallow whipped cream & caramelized apples (gluten free!). Continue reading for photos and a full run down of the dishes.

We started off with some black and hibiscus iced tea served in cute mason jars. While waiting for Angie to arrive, I took a look at the menu. Serving happy hour from 3-6 on Monday-Friday with $1 off beer and wine as well as many discounted appetizers and sides. The menu is diverse and contains many Californian dishes like wraps, tartines, sandwiches and french fries and then some other dishes that are very cultural, these are the dishes we tried.

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First off was the Borscht. This is a Ukrainian style soup with beets, cabbage and local natural grass fed lamb, fresh dill, bavarian rye bread and a side of sour cream. Everything we tried was phenomenal, but this was by far my favorite dish. Doma Kitchen took on this Borscht and transformed it into a healthier dish. Normally, it is much heavier but this was light and with the grass fed lamb, it brought a strong and tender flavor. The flavor of the soup was sweet and savory, bringing pieces of cabbage and tender, tasty lamb. This dish is extremely light, yet filling, and the flavors just sing in unison. What you do is put some sour cream in the soup with some bread. They ship their Rye Bread from Germany, it is extremely fresh and delicious. When you have this soup with the sour cream, it brings it to another level. I cannot wait to come back here and get this soup again.

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Next was the dumpling soup. These are Siberian style housemade dumplings, local cage-free chicken, chicken broth, fresh dill and of course - a side of sour cream. The dumpling dough was made in-house and this shows through with the bite. It is velvety, soft, and extremely fresh. The dill gives the chicken inside and the broth a hearty flavor. I am a fan of chicken dumplings and these were some of the best I've had. The flavors of all the chicken with the chicken broth was fantastic. All the local and cage free, grass fed meat and poultry is a strong way to be healthy and to feel lighter when having a meal.

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After the soup, we tried Braised Rice "Plov" with veggies & herbs. It had veggies like Garbonzo Beans and a sauce as well as tomatoes and onions. There were also raisins in the rice dish and I am normally not a huge fan of raisins in rice, but this worked perfectly together. The turmeric and spice blend in the rice worked perfect and all the flavors acted with one another, making this a pretty awesome rice dish.

A seasonal dessert was up next, Pumpkin cake, marshmallow whipped cream & caramelized apples (gluten free!). The fact that this dessert dish is gluten free really brings a smile to my face. Although I am not gluten, some people are allergic or that is their choice to not eat gluten and at restaurants especially, there are not a lot of gluten dessert options, and if they do have it, it's not very tasty. However, this was a great taste of marshmallow whipped cream with the cinnamon caramelized apples presented on a tree tray in a mason jar.

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Overall, this was an amazing spot. I enjoyed everything and every bite. The freshness was strong and the flavors all worked together. I left feeling full, and a good full. Not a full after a hamburger and french fries, this was the full we need to be. From a filling yet light and locally, free ranged and fresh lunch. Be sure to check out Doma Kitchen, maybe I'll see you there next time! Planning my next visit already.

Zucchini Pizza Bites with Ginger Tomato Sauce

IMG_7845 Ever wanted a healthy alternative to pizza bagels or pizza? Want the same filling and satisfaction feeling of eating a pizza? This recipe is simple, fills you up and leaves you feeling healthy!

With a ginger tomato sauce from ginger juice that includes a lemony KICK from the American Juice Co. in my Hatchery box, this recipe is delicious, spicy, tangy, sweet and salty!

Continue reading for the full recipe and step by step with photos. Also, make sure to check out HATCHERY, a monthly tasting box subscription and use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your first box for $10!  

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Start by cutting 2 large zucchinis in rounds and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Add salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and olive oil and mix with hands.

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Now, make your ginger tomato sauce. In a saucepan, simmer and boil mini grape tomatoes, salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil, American Juice Company Ginger juice and let it reduce and become a paste-like sauce! Pour over the zucchini

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Cut ciliegine mozzarella and pour over the top of the sauce and zucchini. Put it oven for about 15-20 minutes, until melted!

Recipe:

2 Zucchini 

  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 1/4 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 T Olive Oil

Sauce

  • 1 1/2 Cup sliced in 1/2 on mini grape tomatoes
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 2 1/2 T Ginger Juice

Mozzerella Cheese 1 Cup Cut 

Basil for Garnish 

  • Mix your zucchini spices with hands and make your tomato sauce and let simmer and turn into a paste, pour on the cut cheese and pop in oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted. Garnish with basil!

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Sweet & Sassy French Fries with Truffled Tarragon Aioli

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I am a french fry addict! Give me a sweet and savory rub from Chef Dave Martin in this months Hatchery box, I am going to make delicious, crunchy french fries. On top of that, I topped the fries with a peppery, truffled and tarragon aioli. This month's Hatchery box was awesome, filled with Red Pepper Jam, Ginger Juice & more! Continue reading to find out this recipe as well as an unboxing on the month's tasting ingredients.

Use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your FIRST Hatchery tasting box for only $10! Click HERE or https://hatchery.co/tasting-box/! Happy cooking! 

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BEFORE                                                                   AFTER 

Fries: 

  • 3T Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 T Rub
  • 3 Turns of Black Peppercorn
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 4 Large Russet Potatoes - cut like french fries or I used a french fry cutter!

How:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • Assemble all the above ingredients and use your hands to mix all the spices and the olive oil together
  • Cook in oven for 40 minutes or until crunchy and potatoes are cooked all the way through

Sauce:

  • 2 Tsp White Truffle Oil
  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Garlic Powder
  • 1 T Chopped Tarragon
  • 3 T Light Mayo

Mix all the ingredients for the sauce and dip when fries are ready. Garnish with parsley and tarragon!

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Dulce Caramel Chai Spice from Soft Peaks

Ginger Juice from the American Juice Company

Salad Dressing from Balsamo's Family Kitchen

Red Pepper Jam from Jammy Yummy

Sweet & Sassy Rub from Chef Dave Martin

Make sure you use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your first tasting box for $10! :)

11 Ways To Motivate Yourself

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  1. Shift your negative thoughts to positive ones. This is an important first step to motivate yourself. There are many ways you can shift your thoughts and vibration, it depends on you, you can do this through music, lists, rewarding yourself, cleaning up clutter, getting out of bed, shifting to a good mood, flashing a smile, asking questions, growing confidence and making mistakes.
  2. Music: Listen to anything your heart desires. Listen to what makes your heart sing and what gives you goosebumps. Sing along, dance along.
  3. Lists: Write down what you have to do and DO IT, write down your dreams, goals, what you're feeling, what you want from life, what you want from the future, what you want right from this moment. Write lists and write paragraphs, write stories. Write and write (or type), after you will have a feeling of relief if you are journaling and you will feel organized.
  4. After you complete something on your to-do lists, like doing the laundry or doing the dishes or even accomplishing a goal for your career, reward yourself. This will put you in an instant great mood! You can do this by splurging on a new dress or eating a bar of chocolate. What I do when I reward myself is pick up a Sugarfish to go box! You can do whatever you love to reward yourself.
  5. Clean up Clutter
  6. Get out of bed, get dressed, make yourself presentable and rock your DAY!
  7. We often get in a rut and are not motivated when we are in a bad mood, when something is wrong, when we are in our mind and in our ego. A way to get motivated is to put yourself is a good mood. You can do this simply by shifting your thoughts, however, sometimes this can be difficult so you can do something you love to do, a hobby of yours, or even speaking to someone you love. When you are in a bad mood, you will procrastinate and nothing will ever get done, however, do whatever you can to turn your bad mood into a good one.
  8. When you wake up in the morning, flash a smile to yourself or in the mirror. It is often showed that smiling can increase your mood and also takes less muscles than a frown!
  9. Ask yourself questions and allow the honest answers to come up. Don't resist an answer you don't want to here from your heart. A major way you can stay motivated and get motivated is by solving a question that has been stressing you out. It is important to know yourself and be completely honest and this will allow you to stay motivated daily!
  10. Confidence: It is important to build up confidence if you want to stay motivated. You need to know that whatever you want in life, you can have it. And you need to be confident when others may try to put you down or step on your dreams. Do not take this personal, it is letting you know you are on the right track and lets their insecurities shine through. BE THE DIFFERENCE, NOT THE SAME as everyone else telling you, you can't do anything. Build up your confidence through your momentum.
  11. It is important to make mistakes. When you make a mistake, don't fall in a rut, use it as a sign to get back up again. When you fail, it is a good thing and will teach you a lesson. Don't allow this to break your motivation. Whenever something falls through, just let it pass and pick back up.

11 Ways to Find Your Passion

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A Life With Peace strongly believes in following your dreams and reaching your highest potential. We believe each and every human being is on earth for a sole purpose and this purpose is found through a personal passion. A lot of people are sucked into the forms of society and believe that following their passion won't result in any success, because you need to pay the bills, you know! However, we are here to tell you that your passion can drive your financial stability. The world believes dreams can't be fulfilled due to the large amount of people that also want it or the fact that no money may be involved in it. You need to understand that with passion and knowing your passion, believing, working and not giving up, you will attain your passion. However, some people are uncertain on what their passion may be! Here are 11 ways you can start to figure it out.

  1. Start by visualizing. Remove any doubt attached, especially the "I cant's". Imagine a world where anything is possible, and no matter what, financially, you will be stable. Think of any hobby or interest that comes to mind, anything? What do you like to do in this moment? Do you like sports? Working out? Painting? Being with family? It can be the smallest thing you enjoy doing.
  2. If nothing comes to your mind, go back to your childhood, what did you like to do? Is there something specific you said you wanted to do when you were a kid? Did you do any extra curricular activities that you enjoyed doing? Sometimes as a child that loves something so much and then growing up being taught it may not be unattainable can turn off the interest, however, revisit it.
  3. If nothing comes to mind, in the next few days, start observing your surroundings. Start looking at people, start reading, researching, anything to give you ideas to what you may be interested in.
  4. Take a piece of paper and write anything you like to do and don't think about it, just write. Sometimes it helps more to get it out on paper than to think it. It allows your brain activity to move faster and not skip.
  5. Think of people you've met, seen or observed that you were inspired by. Talk to them if you can, research them and see what they're about. Find out how they got there, why they got to where they are, and what they are doing. Most of the time, they will have some strong advice to share. By looking at people that inspire you, you may catch a glimpse of something you'd love to do as well.
  6. Meditate. Often times when you meditate and sit silently and quiet your mind, the answers will just come to you. It might just be a tiny thought that will spark a huge change in your life.
  7. Is there anything that you do that makes you lose track of time? It can be something like video games, singing. Anything that you know passes the time fast. That is a definite sign of a strong passion.
  8. If you really don't have anything you are interested in, try something crazy and new. Go out of your comfort zone and maybe that is what your passion is. Being comfortable in your discomfort is an important tool to utilize when following your passions and dreams.
  9. Open your heart to new things. Sometimes living a life with a closed heart with distract you from ever finding your passion. You need to release any resistance, hate, regret and forgive your life and the past and move forward. Not finding your passion may be an indicator you might need to evaluate yourself and your values and beliefs.
  10. Ask yourself, if I had NOTHING stopping me and someone told me I can do anything and everything I want right now, what would that be? The first thing you think of is usually an indication.
  11. Don't put too much pressure on yourself, just let go and have fun! The answers WILL come! When you are having fun, you are allowing. When you are allowing, your body and mind are relaxed and all things flow naturally to you!

If you have a passion, comment below what it is! We'd love to read! :)

~ A Life With Peace

Blueberry & Lavender Honey Lemonade

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In this month's Hatchery box, I received something special, Lavender Honey! I am a sucker for anything flowery tasting so this was PERFECT for me! I decided it would go extremely well with a lemonade, and then also wanted to add blueberry for extra flavor and color. This lemonade is perfect for the end of summer, especially since today in Los Angeles, it was HOT out.

Hatchery is a monthly subscription tasting from $20.00 that delivers taste testing ingredients. You can also buy separately so when you taste something you LOVE, you can buy it bigger! It is truly an amazing company and I am so thankful I'm part of the Hatchery Family! All the products that I've tasted so far have me crawling back wanting more and makes my juices flow with endless recipes for you guys! If you haven't checked out Hatchery, click HERE!

or: hatchery.co!

Click read more to view the full recipe and BENEFITS (yes, benefits! This recipe is great for your systems especially for flus, colds or energy!) for this lemonade as well as an unboxing and description in what is in this month's box of ingredients.

Blueberry Lavender Honey Lemonade

Makes about 4-6 cups

What you'll need:

  • 5 Cups Water
  • Juice of 2 Lemons
  • 2 T Honey Lavender (or to taste, at the end I drizzled a little more in)
  • Pink Himalayan SEA salt (any other type of sea salt is fine)
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries

How:

  • In a pot on medium heat, simmer the blueberries, 1 cup of water and 1/4 of sugar until it boils and the sugar is dissolved
  • Bring the heat to low and add in the 2 T of lavender honey
  • Let sit for a couple of minutes, turn off the fire and add in a little less than 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • Allow the syrup mixture to sit for about 10-20 minutes
  • Meanwhile, in a pitcher, juice your 2 lemons and add 4 cups of water, stir
  • Strain the blueberry honey mixture into the pitcher and place in the fridge until cooled
  • You can add more water to dilute it depending on how sour/sweet you want your lemonade
  • Save some blueberries and lemon slices for garnish, and pour some ice cubes in a glass and pour!
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Benefits:

  • Lavender Honey is rich in Tyrosine. Tyrosine is used to make neurotransmitters and these can help prevent brain conditions. The Lavender Honey from New Kirk Honey is raw, unfiltered so it still contains all of its original enzymes and nutrients. Benefits of honey in general give you energy, helps with allergies, helps memory, helps with sleep and more! Just to name a few!
  • Blueberries are antioxidants. They can also help prevent aging, may lower blood pressure and heart disease and give a great dose vitamin C.
  • Lemon relieves anxiety, cleans blood, weight loss and helps digestion.
  • If you wanted you can substitute the sugar for more honey to make this even healthier.

Now onto the items in this month's HATCHERY BOX! 

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Yai's Thai Medium Thai Salsa http://www.yaisthai.com/

Salsaology Ancho Chile & Tamarind Sauce http://salsa-ology.com/

Newkirk Honey Lavender Honey http://www.newkirkhoney.com/

Greenpoint Trading Co. Jerk Seasoning http://www.greenpointtrading.co/

Sir Kensington's Classic Ketchup http://sirkensingtons.com/

And of course, hatchery.co to sign up for monthly subscriptions!

Smoked Turkey Chopped Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette

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Total: 40 minutes

Dressing: 10 minutes

Prep: 30 minutes

Vegetables

  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 2 Persian Cucumbers
  • 1 Tomato
  • ½ Red Onion
  • 3 Slices of Smoked Turkey
  • ¼ cup Shredded Cheese
  • 2 tsp dill
  • 2 tsp lemon basil
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Dressing

  • 2 ½ tsp apricot spread from Just Jans
  • 5 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lemon juice
  • ½ lemon zest
  • 1 tsp distilled vinegar
  • ½ tsp Dijon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic
  • 2 tsp water
  1. Prep and cut all vegetables
  2. Mix all the dressing components and chill complete dressing for 15-20 minutes or until ready
  3. Assemble the vegetables for the salad and pour over the dressing, sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic over the salad before mixing
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The Power of Thoughts

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We can mold, shape and change our life through our thoughts. Our thoughts shape everything we experience and shape the way we react to any experience. We need to understand that our thoughts are important in shaping our present and future. With power over our thoughts, we have power over anything in our life and this is sometimes something hard to grasp. This is because we constantly like to blame other people for our actions or their actions, when really, it is all through our experience and our thoughts. When you have control over your thoughts, you are in a vulnerable state which is why some people choose to not shape their thoughts, however, no matter what, your thoughts are always there. By shifting your thoughts to positive ones, you can bet your experience will be positive. 

Our happiness depends on a few factors:

-50% genetic

-10% the circumstance you are in

-40% your thoughts

Your experience in the moment is based on 40% of your happiness. This means that almost 50% of your experience can be changed JUST THROUGH the change of your thoughts. You can also rewire your genealogy and through your thoughts your circumstances CAN change, so you don’t just have a 40% chance for happiness, it can get to 100%. But to start, you begin with molding your 40% of thoughts and the rest will solve itself. 

How to shift your thoughts:

Marci Shimoff, the author of Happy for No Reason states that our negative thoughts are like velcro. When our negative thoughts come, we must feel them and acknowledge them and then let them go. If we hold on to them or choose to ignore them, then nothing will be solved. We cling to our negative emotions but when you choose to overcome them, endless possibilities will come to the surface. 

Taken from page 83 in Happy For No Reason, Shimoff stated that we have 60,000 thoughts per day

-60,000 thoughts per day

-1 thought a second

-95% are the same thoughts you had yesterday

-80% are negative

-Over 45K negative thoughts 

This clearly show how much we as humans live in the past and don’t live in the present moment because we are constantly thinking of thoughts we have the day before and constantly having negative thoughts. However, through some extra effort, this can be rewired.

In the book, Shimoff shows a method to shift your thoughts called “The Work”. This exercise is a series of questions to allow you to get in touch with your feelings and your beliefs and to allow to to release your thoughts.

(There are many ways to shift your thoughts and this is just one method) 

Ask yourself these questions about a specific Belief/Thought: 

  1. Is it true?
  2. Can you absolutely believe it’s true?
  3. How do you react when you believe that thought? What happens?
  4. What would you be without that thought?

This is a method to allow you to release your thoughts or belief and realize it may have had a negative impact on you so you can realize it shouldn’t matter to believe in it. Other methods to shift our thoughts is to:

  1. Express gratitude daily
  2. Do something you love to do to distract your mind from the negative mind
  3. Meditation, yoga, chanting, exercise to release toxins, relieve stress, help your negative thoughts 
  4. Do what makes you happy - it can be anything from cooking to organizing to learning etc 

Eggplant Bruschetta

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Healthy alternative to bread bruschetta, uses eggplant instead of bread! Substitute with oil spray or no oil for an even healthier version!

1 Eggplant - cut into half moons Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place half moons on baking dish with parchment paper Sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and oil Cook in oven until desired roast on eggplant Dice 3 tomatoes and chop lemon basil and mix in a bowl with salt, pepper, garlic, balsamic vinegar and oil

Put tomato mixture on top of roasted eggplant and eat!

Check out the youtube video!

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Evolution of a Dream

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Dream is implanted in brain

Dreamer becomes thrilled

Dreamer becomes terrified

If no action is taken, terrifying thoughts grow into flesh-eating monsters

Dream is considered unrealistic

If action is taken, terrifying thoughts are revealed to be paper tigers. Confidence soars, miracles unfold, and a dreamer begins to saunter.

Either way, nothing remains the same.

Ps. The difference taking action that will make in your life is more than can be comprehended. But of course, this is also true of inaction.

(Page 163 Leveraging The Universe by Mike Dooley)

We get an idea. We have a passion. We feel the moment, we feel the excitement. Then we are placed with fear, with doubts and with resistance. We let it go. Our fear takes over and allow our passion to fade away. We need to learn and we need to condition ourselves to believe we are able to have it all. We are able to achieve our dreams. But we are stuck in today’s society, in today’s living that our dreams are unrealistic. Absolutely nothing is unrealistic, if you can think it, if you can imagine it, it is possible, no matter what. Find what you love to do, find what makes you smile and go with it. You need to run with it, you need to dream about it and you need to envision it every single day. If you believe it won’t happen for you, it won’t and your mind will get cluttered, you will get stuck and you will be unhappy.

When you don’t follow your dreams and your passions, your thoughts will bring the worst out in you. When you do follow your dreams, every moment and every breathe is filled with ease, joy, knowing and liberation. You can finally be relieved of the stresses of life because you are constantly controlling your life to live out your passions. When one goes through life doing what they love, they will be happy and they will gravitate happy people around them and make a large difference in the world. When passion is lost, your mind is scattered, your circumstances are negative and you are lost, scared and hopeless. 

We live a life in which we need to follow our happiness. Every day is a precious new day that has the ability to be changed, molded and shaped with your ideas. Financial security will rise up from following your dreams. It is a journey and you follow through with it, your life will unfold. When money is of most importance for you, you are not living at all. Money is essential for some necessities, yes, but you will gain it once you do not fixate on your financial struggles and you find a way to follow your dreams and figure out your financial situations. When you are in the moment, you will get opportunities greater than you imagine and you can receive a miracle to save your whole financial issues. Therefore, in the moment, there is no financial issues. Therefore, you do not have any reason to not follow your dreams. When you are here and now, and happy in the moment, you will notice that the solutions to your problems will come. You will get answers. However, if you are constantly fixated and upset in every moment, the solutions will just be pushed back against you and no solutions will arise.  

We have over 84 million choices in each second, which do you choose? What do you choose to do with your moments? Sit in misery or achieve all your life is waiting for? 

xoxo, A Life With Peace

EFT Tapping

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EFT tapping is a powerful healing technique that allows people to let go of the past and to create for the present and future.

What is EFT tapping?

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques. EFT tapping is a healing technique to allow you to shift your physical, mental and emotional needs to anything you’re desiring. Anything can be cured and fixed within this technique and anything you want WILL come if you follow this without doubt and resistance. EFT can help with emotional issues but can work as far to physical issues such as chronic pain and other issues you might have physically. The resolution of these issues results in a long-lasting peaceful life continuing to fulfill all your desires and fix up your issues. 

EFT can erase the problems of your past and create a fulfilling and successful future. By tapping on specific parts of your meridian levels, you are stimulating parts of your body that lift you up. It creates a balanced system to allow peace and resolution. 

Short History of EFT Tapping

Adopted from the Chinese, they noticed that the meridians in the body contain a complex system of energy circuits. By tapping the energy circuits, it creates an alignment within the energy circuits and allows you to be free of all regret and doubt, allowing you to bring in the amazing things life has to offer. Much evidence and science tells us that this an accurate healing technique. 

Emofree.com showed a very powerful quote that really describes the EFT process: “The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system”

This quote really explains EFT tapping because we are balancing our energy system by tapping on specific points and this is where all our negative emotions reside. When all our negative emotions are moved away and taken out, we are then able to focus on positive affirmations and create anything we want since doubt is no longer there.

How to do EFT Tapping

Below is a picture and description of the EFT tapping points that are essential to do EFT tapping correctly.

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KC: The Karate Chop point (abbreviated KC) is located at the center of the fleshy part of the outside of your hand (either hand) between the top of the wrist and the base of the baby finger or....stated differently....the part of your hand you would use to deliver a karate chop.

TOH: On the top of the head. If you were to draw a line from one ear, over the head, to the other ear, and another line from your nose to the back of your neck, the TOH point is where those two lines would intersect.

EB: At the beginning of the eyebrow, just above and to one side of the nose. This point is abbreviated EB for beginning of the EyeBrow.

SE: On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye. This point is abbreviated SE for Side of the Eye.

UE: On the bone under an eye about 1 inch below your pupil. This point is abbreviated UE for Under the Eye.

UN: On the small area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip. This point is abbreviated UN for Under the Nose.

Ch: Midway between the point of your chin and the bottom of your lower lip. Even though it is not directly on the point of the chin, we call it the chin point because it is descriptive enough for people to understand easily. This point is abbreviated Ch for Chin.

CB: The junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and the first rib meet. To locate it, first place your forefinger on the U-shaped notch at the top of the breastbone (about where a man would knot his tie). From the bottom of the U, move your forefinger down toward the navel 1 inch and then go to the left (or right) 1 inch. This point is abbreviated CB for CollarBone even though it is not on the collarbone (or clavicle) per se. It is at the beginning of the collarbone and we call it the collarbone point because that is a lot easier to say than "the junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and the first rib meet."

UA: On the side of the body, at a point even with the nipple (for men) or in the middle of the bra strap (for women). It is about 4 inches below the armpit. This point is abbreviated UA for Under the Arm.

*This photo and descriptions was taken from emofree.com (will link below)

This link will really give you an extensive amount of detail into the history of EFT tapping and how to apply it correctly.

Examples and Follow Alongs for EFT Tapping

1. Margaret Lynch called "Tapping into Miracles" that allows you to sit with her, watch her and do the EFT tapping with her. This is to bring in something really great, and really new in your life. Different tapping techniques vary on what you are looking for:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDWIVZKcmTI

This is one of our favorite examples and if you are set on something, you should do this at least once everyday for a filling effect.

2.Below is a video by Brad Yates who does a tapping technique for anxiety:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6kq9N9Yp6E

3. The video below is a tapping technique for $20,000.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2Xp6FFr7sc

As you can see, there are many different techniques for EFT tapping. You can continue to search on youtube for guided EFT tapping or learn more about it and work through it independently. Enjoy!

Sources:

EFT Basics

Tutorial on EFT Tapping

Law Of Attraction

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The Law of Attraction simply means you attract what you think and focus upon. All that you are is your thoughts, your ideas and beliefs. By simply shifting your thoughts to positive ones and manifesting your desires, you WILL receive them. You do this by trusting the universe and losing all resistance and doubt. However, this can mean both negative and positive. We use the Law of Attraction whether we realize it or not, by thinking negative thoughts and subconsciously manifesting negative situations, we are negatively using the Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction is a magnet effect that allows you to bring in anything your mind desires. When releasing all the resistance attached to your “want” and manifested it by using the Law Of Attraction, you will attract what you are focusing on.

How to use the Law of Attraction

  • You need to quiet your mind and relax your thoughts
  • Begin to visualize and imagine what you’re trying to attract
  • Some examples can be a new car, a new house, a new career, a new love, some incoming money, a new friend, a successful upcoming test or speech or job interview – the ideas are endless, it’s whatever pertains to YOU!
  • Believe in the universe and trust the universe to give you what you are trying to attract
  • Release your doubt and your resistance
  • When you finally have calmed your thoughts and gathered what you want to attract, ask the universe for it
  • Visualize it
  • Day dream about your manifestation and pretend like you have already obtained it, feel it in your thoughts. Day dream for no more than 10 minutes (because more than this can allow you to leave your original manifestation and it will become scattered)
  • Extra things you can do are to write it down, post a picture of what it is on your nightstand so daily you wake up looking at it, constantly wake up and day dream about it and look at your pictures or what you wrote down
  • Continue your life and “set it and forget it” in the universe

Taken from Business Insider, here are 12 tips to use when using the Law Of Attraction

  1. You attract good or bad experiences based on your thoughts
  2. Thinking about something invites it in, even if you don’t want it
  3. The more you focus on something, the more powerful it becomes
  4. It’s better to trust your emotions than over-think a decision
  5. You can make good things happen more quickly by thinking and visualizing about them more – spend time everyday visualizing, even for one minute
  6. To make a change, you’ve got to see things as you hope them to be, not as they are
  7. You can increase your magnetic power by devoting time to “powerful thinking” each day
  8. Success isn’t a finite source, everyone can have it
  9. Don’t allow yourself to wallow in disappointment
  10. Avoid negative TV shows that deal with negative experiences like crime or illness
  11. Know that your relationship is bad because you made it that way
  12. Don’t worry about what you’re dreaming , instead, use your dreams as a guide

How the Law of Attraction Will Improve your Daily Life

Here are just helpful tips to pay attention to when using the law of attraction, and how it can really improve your daily life. Be sure to click and check out the links below helpful links!

Good luck!

Use the Law of Attraction

Law of Attraction Magazine

9 Habits to Manifest Your Dreams using the Law of Attraction

7 Signs that the Law of Attraction is Working for You