Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Burgers for Breakfast


Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala Burger with authentic Indian spices provided a non-traditional, warm and savory plant-based breakfast for me this morning.

Accompanied with a salad of cucumber, tomatoes and cilantro, some steamed broccoli, crisp apple slices and Mrs. Bubbles fermented sauerkraut tossed together with shredded purple cabbage. Lots of color- lots of nutrition!


Pacific Grove on the Pacific Coast

Point Pinos Lighthouse

Point Pinos

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Lunch at Victorian Corner Restaurant 

Victornian Resturaunt

Victorian Corner

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We arrived around 11:30 a.m. and were seated fairly quickly. The decor was quaint and cheery. We were given two menus- breakfast and lunch. The picture shows the lunch menu. I felt a bit overwhelmed with all the choices. The waitresses were in street clothes; our server wore all black and looked like she needed a good dusting off. But she was friendly enough. After we ordered, we waited about 15 minutes to receive our food.
P’s corn beef hash looked a little scary- like it was dumped out of a can onto the plate. My Reuben sandwich was very plain- no thousand Island dressing. Just meat and cheese. Troy liked his tuna fish sandwich. The salad was bagged lettuce with a few pre-shredded bagged carrots tossed on top. The house ranch tasted fresh. I asked for it on the side and it was served in chilled cups.

The price did not match the quality at all- $50+ for the meal and tip; but over all we enjoyed ourselves.
I give it 3/5 stars.


Mission Carmel 

This mission was just massive, beautiful, peaceful, and so interesting.

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Fray Juniper Serra

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To me, this imprint of the face of Christ was the most mysteriously haunting piece on the mission grounds. Are his eyes open or closed? I took three photographs of this and there all of them were surrounded by orbs. But most intriguing is the purple orb to the left of the imprint.


She looks like my mom…







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Ocean Views

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Pacific Ocean Photo


Frosty Thanksgiving Morning

Woke up to a chilly and ethereal Thanksgiving morning. Grabbing my camera I rushed out into the frosty outdoors.


Caterpillar and the Butterfly


The caterpillar slowly and laboriously rummages on the earth munching away at the green foliage, leaving its mark of destruction wherever  goes. Then one day it just stops eating and instead it anchors itself onto the foliage, builds a shell around itself and disappears. Inside the cocoon, all of what it once was liquefies. Nothing but the shell remains of its lowly existence. Days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months. Not a sign of life.


Then one day something amazing happens; The shell, or cocoon, that the caterpillar disappeared into begins to vibrate and melt away. Slowly a new life is born. To the surprise and delight of all who behold, she emerges from the shell- born on beautiful, colorful wings.  No longer does she grapple about chomping at the leaf; Now she flies, joyfully, as if carried about on winds of laughter. She flies upon earth’s beautiful flowers and brings to them the gift of fertility. And they, in return, give to her of their energizing, life-giving, sweet nectar.

The butterflies life is now one of freedom, joy and beauty- of giving and receiving. The butterfly is a beautiful gift of the universe.

The butterfly is the only living thing known  to completely change its DNA in transformation.


For Halloween it so happens that I was given a pair of monarch wings- fitting it is that I should be a butterfly. And so Spirit continues to teach me of my own transformation.

Inconspicuous Blessings

Quiet moments . . .



Evening hues . . .


Moonlit nights . . .



Un-retouched Photographs by Elizabeth Van Cleve


Showing-off My New Hat

There is nothing like putting on a new hat to make you feel like a new woman!



Fully Raw Kristina’s Carrot Cake!

My sister and I collaborated our efforts last night to make this awesomely wonderful Fully Raw Carrot Cake. The results? DELICIOUS! I personally preferred it to a baked carrot cake.

This recipe is a little difficult to follow as the measurements are ball-park and the ingredients listed below the video are not all in sink. For instance the listed ingredients called for 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice but the video said to add 2 Tbs; A Big difference that could have disastrous results as the ingredients are not cheap! Also the coconut water for the frosting measurements are pretty high. We drained the water off the cashews and added them to the blender, then added enough coconut water to just reach the top of the cashews. This was perfect and much less than the 4-6 cups called for.


Since it was a fully raw cake with no artificial ingredients, I served us up large portions, figuring the extra calories were well spent. But the cake was surprisingly filling and none of us could finish it.

A few months back I made a raw carrot cake combining this recipe with another, and I actually liked the combined recipe better for both taste appeal and and cohesiveness. So in the future I plan to tweak out my own version for a raw carrot cake.

All-in-all we had fun, sister-bonding time in the kitchen.  A big shout out to Kritina Bucarum for another excellent recipe that tantalizes the taste-buds and nourishes the body!

Vegan Pumpkin Frosty

Kicking off the season for pumpkin recipes I made a refreshing, sugar-free, yummy Pumpkin Frosty!

In a high-speed blendar such as a vita-mix add:

6-7 frozen bananas
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
10 drops liquid vanilla stevia
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

  1. Blend together until well mixed.
  2. Pour into two wine glasses.
  3. Drizzle with a pure maple syrup.

Italian Themed Dinner

We have decided to try an different ethnic dinner once a week. Our aim is to find recipes that are authentic, healthy, inexpensive and fairly easy to make. Our first dinner was Italian



Italian soup


Italian Fruit Tray




August Morning Sunrise


“Inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic”

Good Morning! Welcome August!

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