Thursday, 13 June 2013

Arugula Salad with Penne, Garbanzo Beans, and Sun Dried Tomatoes


Summer has pretty much arrived, and with that comes a lighter appetite (more room for yummy summer snacks). This salad has been on my meal rotation for quite some time.  The blend of the balsamic vinegar and Parmigiano-Reggiano is to die for! The sundried tomatoes add that extra bit of flavor to every bite.



This salad is a cinch to whip together. You don't really have to do much except make some pasta and shave some cheese! All of the rest is assembly work. I adapted the original recipe from skinnytaste.com by adding more arugula, balsamic, and more cheese. Who doesn't love more cheese?

Ingredients:
  • 5 cups baby arugula
  • 6 oz Ronzoni Smart Taste penne pasta (use brown rice pasta for g.f.)
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup canned garbanzo beans (chick peas), rinsed and drained
  • 6 tbsp Parmigiano Reggiano, freshly shaved 


Directions:

Boil
pasta in salted water according to package directions for al dente. Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking.

Toss
the pasta with baby arugula, sun dried tomatoes, chick peas, oil, vinegar, and cheese,  add fresh cracked pepper to taste. Place in your bowls and shave some extra cheese on top. Enjoy!

Saturday, 1 June 2013

My Skin Cancer Experience

In 2006 I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma (Clark's stage 3). I wanted to share my experience with you all in hopes that it might help someone out in some way. Even if its just one person.



I thank you in advance for taking the time to watch my video. I know it is a tad long, but what good story isn't? :)

Have a happy day!
Sara

Monday, 27 May 2013

Speedy Summer Hemp Salad

If you are in the mood for something refreshing and quick, have I got the salad for you! As you all know I am a huge fan of the website Oh She Glows, and this recipe is another delicious one from Angela. 


I didn't do any modifications although I did double the ingredients so I had some left overs for lunch. Trust me, you will be wanting leftovers! The recipe does state that the salad can get a little watery and to eat it immediately. I found it wasn't an issue if you don't mix the salad and dressing together in a big batch.

 This is what was inside the pepper when I cut it open, I didn't have the heart to put it in the compost before snapping a picture. It was just so cute!

If you do end up making this tasty salad, let me know what you thought of it in the comments below! If you are feeling extra adventurous tweet me a picture. :)

Happy Monday,
Sara


Thursday, 23 May 2013

How to Whiten Your Teeth Naturally

One of the best feelings when trying a new natural remedy is when you find something that works REALLY WELL. Ladies and gentlemen: I'm here to tell you that using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth is one of those times!

Not only does it work amazingly, but it is cheap like borscht! (Do people still use that saying? I didn't think so). Aside from being affordable, it's a non invasive treatment so your teeth won't freak out when you apply it. Also, your gums will stay pink! Am I the only one whose gums went grey when trying to whiten? The best thing about using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth is that it's not wreaking havoc on our good friend called Earth.

If you want to learn how to have whiter teeth for pennies, watch my video!



If you try it, I would love to hear how it went for you! If you have any other natural teeth whitening remedies other than activated charcoal, please share them in the comments below!



Have an awesome day!
Sara

Friday, 17 May 2013

Healthy Two Bite Cookies


One of the most challenging things for me as I learn more and more about nutrition is what to eat when I am craving something sweet. I know a lot of people suggest fruit, but 9 times out of 10 that just doesn't cut it for me. When I found this recipe on Oh She GlowsI was really excited to try it.

I love that there are no eggs, flour, dairy or added sugar. All of the sweetness comes from the bananas! This recipe isn't overly sweet at all, but just sweet enough to please my sweet tooth.

I adapted it by doubling the recipe and omitting the shredded coconut, because I didn't have any. I've made it with the coconut before and both turned out great, but I prefer it this way. My boyfriend says it's the best batch yet!



Ingredients:
  • 3 large, ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil, warm (or olive oil)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup almond meal (ground almonds)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup 85% dark chocolate bar chopped

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Melt the coconut oil in a small pot. In a large bowl break the bananas apart, and then mash in the vanilla and softened coconut oil. Set aside. In another bowl whisk together the oats, almond meal, cinnamon, salt, chocolate, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. The dough is somewhat wet but if it seems to wet add a few shakes more of the rolled oats. Now form 2 bite balls (about the size of a golf ball) by rolling in your hand. Place 1 inch apart on baking sheet. Bake for 13-14 minutes until bottoms are golden. Let cool for about 20 minutes to set. Makes about 27 cookies.


Monday, 13 May 2013

DIY Gold Chain Laces

So I know this might sound weird, but I am not a big sandals girl. At the moment I only have one pair, but would rather wear cool boots or high tops in the summer. 

I saw these beautiful Jeffery Campbell sneakers (these weren't the exact ones but you get the idea). 


I was drooling over them and wishing I could have them! Then my lovely friend Anne said to me "why don't you just make your own?" As soon as she said that, lightbulbs started going off in my brain! The end result is nothing like the Jeffery Campbell sneakers, but I'm equally as happy with them!

I love gold chains so much! I think these laces are MADE for high tops and army boots! You can make them with a really thick chain, or a really dainty one. The options are endless. Check out my youtube video to see the whole process.


If you make these I would love to see how they turned out, so throw me a tweet or post them on my fb page :)



Thursday, 9 May 2013

Warm Asparagus and Potato Salad

Potato salad season is upon us! I think it's safe to say that with this recipe I will be deemed "Potato Salad Queen". This is the perfect addition to any summer meal, and it hits the spot!




I'm pretty much sold at trying a recipe if it has dill in it, because it adds so much deliciousness. It's the perfect blend with the mustard and the lemon juice. I'm a huge sucker for sour things, and the amount of sour in this salad is just right. I adapted this recipe from Oh She Glows. I enjoy a saucy salad rather than a dry one, so I increased all of the liquid and seasoning.


Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt
  • 2.5 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3/4 tsp honey 
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 heaping tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 2 heaping tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch green onion, finely chopped

Roasted Potatoes:
  • approximately 2 lbs potatoes (I used organic Russet), washed & chopped into 1” pieces
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Sautéed Asparagus

  • 2 bunches of asparagus, ends broken off and chopped into 1” pieces
  • extra virgin olive oil + 1/4 tsp salt, for sautéing 


Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425F. In a large bowl (or if you are lazy like I am just do it in the baking sheet), mix together the potatoes and seasonings. Lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment or non-stick mat (unfortunately I was too lazy for this too and paid the price scrubbing). Roast for 30 minutes, tossing once half-way through baking. Set aside.

2. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by mixing all the dressing ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.

3. Sautee the asparagus in a little oil (seriously very little oil or you will regret it) and salt over low-medium heat for about 8 minutes, until tender and crisp.

4. Mix the potatoes and asparagus in a large mixing bowl and season to taste. If you like a "wetter" salad poor on all of the dressing, however if you prefer a less saucy salad spoon on separately. Serve immediately, warm. Makes about 4-5 servings.

Now enjoy the tastiness!

Monday, 6 May 2013

Layered Raw Taco Salad

One of my favorite blogs for recipes is called Oh She Glows. Get used to the name because I will be posting her recipes often! I enjoy EVERY single recipe of Angela's I try, she speaks my food language!


With the weather warming up, my body is craving salads. One of my recent favorites is this delicious and nutritious Vegan Raw Taco Salad. Don't let the long ingredient list put you off, because everything whips up very quickly!


Since becoming a vegetarian two years ago, I haven't tried any meatless taco salads. Let me tell you...THIS SALAD IS A WINNER! The cashew cream is better than sour cream and the walnut taco meat adds the perfect amount of texture. The best part is...it keeps you filled up for hours!

If you try this I would love to know what you thought of it!

Enjoy the lovely spring weather and have an awesome day!
Sara





Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Homemade Natural Deodorant Recipe

Have you ever wondered what was in regular store bought deodorants and antiperspirants? I sure didn't. Not for the longest time anyway. It wasn't until the last year that I started to really think about the stuff that I put on my skin, hair, and face. I started to wonder if all of those chemicals I couldn't pronounce were good for me. 

This new curiosity has led me down some very interesting paths, one of them being deodorants. I did a little research on one of the main ingredients in a lot of today's antiperspirants; aluminium. Aluminium is a heavy metal and when used in skin care products clogs your pores. Despite what we are told, sweating is a very good thing! In our society today we view it as taboo but releasing toxins from your body through sweating is not only natural, it's necessary.


Not only is aluminium pore clogging, it is debated as having a connection to Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer, and other brain diseases. Until science settles this argument I have decided to use my good old fashion intuition on this one. My gut is the best pointer when I face conflicting information! 


I have been wanting to make my own deodorant for a very long time. Not only have I made it, but I have made a video on how to do it below. I have to admit, I had my doubts about if this stuff would work. To my surprise it worked BETTER than I thought it would!


If you have experience with making or using homemade deodorant, please comment below! I am open to learning new recipes and techniques to making it, so if you have a different recipe I would love to hear it!




Thank you so much for reading! Have an awesome day!
Sara


Friday, 19 April 2013

Crochet Bobble Blanket

I have recently discovered the love of crochet (I have been knitting for about 2 years now), and this bobble blanket was my first project. My best friend Randi was getting married (she also happens to be my cousin) and I wanted to give her and her husband something that could be in their house for a very long time. She has had her crochet baby blanket for her whole life and still sleeps with it. I though it was a safe bet that it wouldn't get tossed to the side.



I found this pattern through my friend Arlyn (who taught me how to knit and crochet), she had done the baby blanket version and as soon as I saw it finished I knew I had to make it! 

The pattern itself is super simple. The bobble stitch is a series of double crochets in the same hole. If you are finding the pattern difficult to understand, this is a really good youtube tutorial on the bobble stitch. Once you do one row of the full pattern you will be able to do it with your eyes closed!


As simple as the pattern was I surprisingly didn't get bored until 75% of the way through. I was just so pleased with how it was turning out that I was quite content to stare at it for a couple of months. YES I just said a couple of months. Adult sized blankets do take quite a long time!!! It is worth it in the end though, I promise you that!

For the border I did a very simple border of 1 row of sc, 1 row of dc, then 3 rows of sc. I really dislike doing borders for some reason. It just makes me want to snooze! I just want the damn blanket to be done at that point and I wish there was a magic fairy there to do the border for me! (there kind of was and her name was Arlyn, she did a row of single crochet for me. Thank you Ar!)
In the end, I loved this blanket so much that I was wishing I had made it for myself! About mid way through I made all of these plans to start making myself one, but by the end of the project there was no way my next crochet project was going to be the same stitch over and over! For now I am making dishcloths :)

Here is me as happy as can be with my finished blanket!

Thank you so much to my friend Arlyn for helping me along on my first project! Thank you also to my friend Crystal for taking all of the pictures for me!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 
Sara

Forgive yourself for being yourself

I decided to do this video because as a person who beats themselves up for "not doing this" or "doing too much of this", I felt it was time to "forgive myself for being myself". I really try to do my best to cultivate and live a positive life...BUT I AM HUMAN and I mess up sometimes. As a perfectionist, when I "mess" up I have a really hard time forgiving myself. One of my mentors (who is my reiki master) said to me "Sara sometimes you just have to forgive yourself for being yourself". I don't know if she even remembers saying it but those words have stuck with me for years and will be in my heart forever.

If you are hard on yourself too, then watch this video! I hope it helps you in some way :)


Have an amazing day!!
Sara

The Oil Cleansing Method: A Review & A Tutorial

Have you ever discovered something simple that changed your life in some profound way that you wish you would have found it sooner?! That is the oil cleansing method for me. So simple, but so life changing for my skin.

I have had acne since I was in my late teens. One day it just came and it never really went away. I wasn't one of those people who went on acutane or anything, but I tried every remedy I could get my hands on at the drugstore.

A few months ago I heard of the oil cleansing method through a wonderful website called MindBodyGreen. Just a side note that if you haven't been to their website and you are into holistic living, natural beauty, and eating good food, CHECK IT OUT! You won't be disappointed.

As I was saying, I found out what oil cleansing was and within the hour I was at my local health food store getting the supplies (I go into depth about the products I use in my video below). Since I have tried the oil cleansing method, I haven't looked back! It has done wonders for my skin! I have had less breakouts, and my skin feels balanced all of the time instead of too dry or too oily. It's wonderful!

Keep in mind that there can be a bit of a "transition period". What I mean by that is you may or may not break out in the first week or two. If this happens to you, like it did for me...just keep on TRUCKIN! Give it a fair shot, because the benefits are SO worth it!

If you guys have any additional questions, or just want to share your experience...please leave a comment down below!


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I hope you have an awesome day!
Sara

Jeremy Scott Inspired Nails



When I saw this Jeremy Scott french fry jacket for the first time, I FELL IN LOVE! I just love how loud it is! I wanted it really badly....then I saw the price tag. SWALLOW. 300 and something for a jacket just wasn't in the budget!!! 

original image taken from here: http://bit.ly/12u0gc7

Since I couldn't afford this amazing coat, I decided to do some Jeremy Scott inspired nails! I was really excited with how they turned out that I had to do a nail art tutorial for them. I really hope you like them as much as I do! If you decide to recreate them I would love if you could post a picture to my twitter!


Have a fab day!!
Sara

The Many Uses of Coconut Oil

COCONUT OIL!!!! I want to scream and shout it from the rooftops because its freakin' amazing! Not only is it amazing but it has so many ways to use it. Its great for body, hair, and cooking! If you have no idea what the heck I am talking about then you should watch my video below!

If you are already a lover of coconut oil please tell me all of the ways you use it too! I would love to hear them. It is my go to moisturizer, eye make-up remover, and hair mask. My dog and cat also love it which you will see at the end of my video!


Thanks for watching and stopping by! Have a great day!
Sara

Make A Change

I made this video after I had done a few nail art tutorials and realized that I have many passions and thoughts that I want to share with the world! I love nail art but I go through so many phases of things that I love that to only upload youtube videos about nail art would just be selling myslef short!

I hope you enjoy my update and thoughts on life!


Have an amazing day!!
Sara

Color Block Nail Art Tutorial

These nails were inspired from this amazing jacket I saw on a blog. I really wish I could find the picture and the original source. Oh well, instead you can watch my youtube tutorial on how to do these color block nails. They were really easy and anyone who likes doing nail art could achieve this with a little patience.

If you try them out, please show them to me on my twitter! It would make my day!



Thanks for reading my blog today! Have a great day :)
Sara

Tie-dye Bubble Nail Art Tutorial

Who doesn't like Tie-Dye?! Actually don't answer that because I can think of lots of people off the top of my head. Luckily, this post is for tie-dye lovers!

I know this look isn't exactly tie-dye but it is what these nails reminded me of when I finished. This was also the first time I got to use my migi nail art pens. If you want a good brand of pens, I recommend you try these! They are awesome and their customer service is really friendly!

I hope you enjoy my version of Tie-Dye nails with a black bubble twist!!

Have a lovely day!!
Sara

For Nail Polish Nerds Only

One of the biggest downsides to doing really detailed and time consuming nail art is that IT COMES OFF. That has been and will always be one of the things that drives me nuts about doing nails. I wish it was like an article of clothing that when you are sick of it, you just take it off and you have it forever.

As we all know that is just not how it works. I know people who's polish lasts for two weeks with minimal chipping. I will forever have envy for these people!!! I have OILY nails. I don't know why but they just don't hold polish that long. I think it is some rude joke the universe is playing on me because I love to do my nails!!

Anyway I have been searching my whole life for a polish that sticks. More recently I have been on a mission to get products that are not super damaging to myself, animals and the environment. (I am not a pro at this yet, it is just something I am starting to take more seriously). Then I found Dazzle Dry! It is vegan and it lasts for a VERY long time! It also dries in 5 minutes. I won't go on too much longer about it, because you can just watch my video. :)

If you have tried this product out, let me know what you thought of it in the comments below!


Have an awesome day!
Sara

Happy Face Nail Art Tutorial

One of my favorite things in life is the happy face. It does the job it was made to do because as soon as I see one I can't help but smile! I collect happy face anything, so I figured I should do some happy face nails!

I would get bored if I only did happy faces so I decided to take the inspiration from the circle in the happy face. They are quite detailed but I was really happy with how they turned out! I hope you enjoy them and they bring a smile to your face!


Have an amazing day!
Sara

First Youtube Video EVER!

This was my first youtube video I ever did. I was really excited and nervous about posting it. I wanted it to be PERFECT (this is an ongoing theme with me that I am learning to break) so I filmed the intro and outro about three times. I finally deemed it as "viewable" and I hit the magic upload button!! Looking back it was a little long and chatty, but that is kind of how I roll :)

On the nail art front, these are one of my favorite nails that I have done to this day. I say it in the video, but I just really love how gold polish looks matte, especially with the orange. The black line work just adds that extra sumfin sumfin!


Have a wonderful day!
Sara

Monday, 15 April 2013

WELCOME TO SARAPY!

Hi guys! Welcome to my blog! I have currently have a youtube channel, but I wanted to share more of my interests with the world. I thought a blog would be a perfect way to do that.

I love nail art, natural beauty, holistic living, good food, knitting, crocheting, and crafting! I will be sharing my love for all of these things HERE! So please have a look around and I hope you find something you like!

Thanks for stopping by!
Sara