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We can seem so small, in a beautiful universe. The stars above, millions & trillions of massive balls of gas and dust. Whole solar systems. We are merely in mortal bodies; a moment in the breath of time. 

Remember, those star you gaze upon, they also lay beneath your feet. They carry you forward, into the morning light.

I live by the ocean and I love it. I hear the waves & the wind on stormy days. Seagulls squawking during all times of year. In the summertime the promenade is full of tourists and families walking the pier -drips of melted ice cream streaming down tiny hands. It is so easy, in our time to get caught up in all the hustle of life. We fall into stream, going to work; coming home; going to the gym; eating out; partying to make ourselves feel better about the time we've spent not paying attention to our lives and aspirations.

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I had moved away from the beach for a while, and when I came back I started running down the shoreline in the mornings. Other fervid morning peoples would smile, and nod their heads in recognition as we passed each other. I had no idea who they were, where they came from or where they were going. But they smiled at me. And I returned the favour. 

I got busy and time escaped me. I fell into the rhythm of my daily life, in and out of the gym & restaurants. Until one night, after a long day's work, it was 9pm, and the sun was setting. I was all by myself and not tired enough to go to bed but not wanting to do anything. So I put my shoes on and walked down the steps and across the road to the beach and I did nothing. My body moved down the promenade, but I wasn't doing anything. I was just being.

I took to this kindly, the moments of time that just sort of settled. It was so peaceful, and relaxing. To actually watch the other people living their lives rather than running by them trying to get to my best time per kilometre.

Sometimes, on an especially clear night, the stars are brilliant. I brought a few blankets, and laid down on the rocks by the shore and snuggled under my duvet. The cold air caressed my nose, and a slight dew settled on the cotton of the blanket. So brilliant. So bright. Guiding us, there always. The same stars that people so many years ago had the opportunity to take a moment to cherish.

These are the constellations you asked for. Click the picture to shop.

Orion -the hunter. 

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Pegasus- winged horse with magical powers. 

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Pleiades // Seven Sisters // Taurus- Zeus cast the 7 sisters cast into the sky so they could be close to their father. Orion pursued them throughout life and continues to chase them across the night sky. They are also a signifier of the sailing season in the Mediterranean Sea as their helical rising allows navigation. 

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Cassiopeia- Queen of Aethiopia, cast into the sky for boasting of her daughter's beauty. Her daughter's punishment was being bound to a rock as prey for Cetus, a sea monster. She was saved by Perseus, whom she later married. (Necklace also available with Perseus Constellation.) 

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Big Dipper. 

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Thank you to Leah, my love, my friend who graced me with her presence on a stunningly beautiful foggy day. Here is something to make you smile- please don't hold this against me :D
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It's that time of year again, AGAIN. (I can not believe it. Where did the summer go?! Time flies when you're having fun.) Sweaters. Boots. Scarves. Spending the morning cuddling in bed under the blankets with a cup of tea. All the ladies that feel my love, you know exactly what I mean. I've never been into pumpkin spice lattes -my abhorrent distaste for milk nixes that off the list- or anything pumpkin-ey, except for carving them of course! However with my green juices in hand I'm running into fall, and going to jump in all those puddles. Thank Raincouver. ;)

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I used to be a red wine drinker. I LOVED the big bold reds, dry and sometimes a little fruity. But never sweet. Never ever sweet. Then I was told I was intolerant to red wine. I was shell shocked. Whatever was I going to do?! I've never really been into white wine -I found it lacked the substantiality that red wine provided (maybe I just wasn't trying the right ones.)  ...continue reading

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I have always been curious about deviled eggs. I knew they fall into the "love 'em or hate 'em" category of foods, but I never quite understood why. Possibly it could be because I'd never had one before, let alone had a terrible one. They intrigued me. Snacking on a hardboiled egg is a super easy (lazy) way to get a shot of protein with out a tonne of work. Why not jazz it up with some spices and fat?  ...continue reading

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 Several years ago I attended a vegan potluck at my friends house in Riley Park, Vancouver and was blown away by a Vegan Chocolate Avocado "Cheesecake" my friend brought. Dairy & gluten free?! Whaaaat?!

A while back I was on a clean eating kick, but still craving something sweet. From my experience smoothie making, I knew that coconut cream gets hard in the fridge. With that and the "cheesecake" in mind I designed this recipe, which is pretty my guilt free and SO DELICIOUS.

Try it and tell me I'm wrong. I dare you.

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For this recipe I like Trader Joes Coconut Cream. Any coconut cream works really, just stick it in the fridge the night before, and pour off any coconut water that may be in the can. Or you can always just keep a can in the fridge, you know, just in case. I also use Trader Joe's by the pound dark chocolate, its about $5 for a HUGE bar and the quality is nicer than bakers. I do not recommend using chocolate chips as they are mostly just chocolate flavoured sugar wax. Step up your game -use the good stuff.

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Scoop your chilled coconut cream from the can, adding it to a bowl with a two tablespoons of cacao powder and a beautifully fresh, ripe avocado. Save your pit and make an avocado tree! Add a scoop or two of your favourite vanilla protein powder. I like Genuine Health's Vegan Fermented Vanilla. As a protein powder its delicious, and has no filler like other major brands. This is how you're going to get your sweetness, so the amount here is totally up to you. 

Roughly chop your chocolate, and place into a double boiler. You can also use a microwave, heat for 30 seconds at a time stirring between until melted. ...I won't lecture you here but we all know what microwaves do. 

View More: http://hannahcummins.pass.us/reloadView More: http://hannahcummins.pass.us/reloadporcelain elephant bowl, white rock bcAdd the melted chocolate to the bowl and use a hand blender to mix it all up. The reason I use the hand mixer is to incorporate the chocolate well into the chilled coconut mixture. As soon as you add the chocolate its going to harden because the coconut mix is cold. I find that the blade of the hand mixer breaks up the chocolate for a smoother consistency. If you want a fluffier texture, and are willing to wait a while, do not chill your coconut cream overnight and use a hand mixer to beat air into the ingredients. 

For presentation you have two options: spoon it into individual bowls, or chill it in the mixing bowls to scoop onto plate later. I find that the scooping is prettier for presentation with fresh fruit and garnishes. You can use an ice cream scoop for a round dollop, or use two tablespoons to make an egg like shape by transferring the mixture from spoon to spoon, smoothing the sides.

 Chocolate pairs well with many things, including bubbly! BC organic cherries are in season so I simply could not resist pitting some of those juicy little babies up to go with this decadent, healthy treat. I encourage you to try something different! Blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries are all very good. Who knows, maybe a candied sundered tomato might be a good mix? Or just weird. 

Garnish with coconut, cacao nibs or shaved chocolate and enjoy! If for some crazy reason you don't finish it all it lasts 2-3 days covered in the fridge.

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Coconut Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Serves 4
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Prep Time
24 hr
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
24 hr
Cook Time
25 min
425 calories
35 g
4 g
30 g
5 g
14 g
110 g
10 g
22 g
0 g
14 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
110g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 425
Calories from Fat 265
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g
46%
Saturated Fat 14g
70%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 4mg
1%
Sodium 10mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 35g
12%
Dietary Fiber 8g
32%
Sugars 22g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
8%
Calcium
4%
Iron
22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 can Coconut Cream
  2. Avocado
  3. 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder- I use Genuine Health Fermented Vegan
  4. 1 cup Dark Chocolate
  5. 2 tbsp Cacao Powder
Instructions
  1. Refrigerate can of coconut cream overnight.
  2. The next day set up a double boiler on medium-high heat. Turn can of coconut cream upside down, and open. Pour off any liquid and save for a smoothie etc. Spoon contents into a chilled bowl. Add cacao & protein powder and scoop the meat from an avocado. Blend ingredients together with a hand mixer. Place in the fridge.
  3. Chop chocolate roughly. Add to double boiler and stir constantly. When melted, remove from heat and fold into cream mixture. Spoon into individual bowls, or if you want to portion later leave it in the same mixing bowl. Chill for at least 2 hours. If portion use and ice cream scoop or two large spoons to make an "egg shape."
  4. Serve with cherries, raspberries or other fruit and garnish with cacao nibs or coconut.
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calories
425
fat
30g
protein
5g
carbs
35g
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