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Random Acts of Kindness wrap up

I gave myself until the end of January to complete my 30 acts of kindness from when I turned 30 last January.  I’ve completed my list, but the kindness lives on.  I’ve signed up to do a few regular volunteer gigs, such as working at my local food pantry and helping out with Garbage to Garden‘s volunteer needs.

First 10 acts

Second set of 10

The remaining 10 acts are below:

21.  Donated jars of applesauce to Wayside Food Bank via Whole Foods Market during the holidays.

22.  Wrapped presents for Make-a-Wish foundation with my mom.
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23.  Donated a gift to iBec (the creator of my business site Lola Studios) for Toys for Tots.

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24.  My mother-in-law Cissie donated money toward layaway items at Renys in my name.

25.  Gave my parking space to a man that parked in front of me near a hydrant and gave him my parking slip with an hour’s worth of money left on it.

26.  Donated money towards a local child’s kidney transplant.

27.  Donated containers of coffee to Preble Street via a Yelp event at Flatbread.

28.  Wrote a thank you note to the person that was the reason for me moving to Maine for my internship and finding my husband and the life I now have.

29.  Volunteered at my local food pantry.

30. Donated bags of clothes to a family that recently lost their home to a fire.

That wraps up my 30 Random acts of kindness for the 31st year of my life.  This has been such a fun, easy, and rewarding experience. It takes so little effort to help others and a little really goes a long way.  I will continue to embrace these ideas in 2014 and in the rest of my life.

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Valentine’s sweetness

A Valentine’s poem to set the tone for the day

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Whether you’re single or married or any which way.

A feast for the eyes and not bad on the heart

The true indulgence is how you start.

With vegan and gluten free pancakes and a pink mimosa or two

These recipes are sure to delight all and you.

Mix your gluten free flour, bananas, apple, and flax

Then cook on your skillet and just relax

These pancakes will cook quick

And don’t expect them to be fluffy

They’ll be quite thick.

Then juice up your blood oranges, ruby grapefruit, and lemons

Add equal parts champagne

It will taste like the heavens!

Now make a nice place setting for one or two

It doesn’t much matter

This dish is for you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Whether you like Valentine’s Day or not- most people cannot pass up a good mimosa/pancake combo.  I came up with this concoction from my recent juicing and vegan dabblings.

Pink Mimosas with Blood Orange

4 blood oranges

2 ruby red grapefruits

1 lemon

1 bottle of your favorite champagne

Steps

1.  Juice fruits in a juicer and add to glasses with equal part juice mixture and champagne.

The color is amazing and the taste is a great blend of tart and sweet.

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The first time I had a blood orange I was sitting down to breakfast my first morning in Italy. I sliced into this unassuming orange only to find this deep dark blood red color inside.  I did not know what to do with this thing- the waiter informed me that these blood oranges are very common in the area.  From the first taste, I was in love. They have a much deeper sweetness that normal oranges and I’ve lusted after them ever since.  I just happened to find them at Hannaford during my juice fast so I had to make something special for the occasion.

And now for the pancakes… These may not be for everyone, but I sure was pleased.

Vegan and Gluten Free Pancakes (makes 5 pancakes)

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill all purpose gluten free flour

1 banana

1 apple or 1/4 cup applesauce

1/2-1  cup almond milk

1/4 cup ground flax seed

real maple syrup

Steps

1.  Blend banana and apple or applesauce in high speed blender.

2.  Mix mixture with flour, flax, and milk.

3.  Heat skillet to medium-high and spray with cooking oil.  Measure about a cup each for the pancakes.

4.  Enjoy with real maple syrup.

These will be a little more dense than traditional pancakes, but well worth it if you have the dietary restrictions.

Hope you have a great day no matter what you do!  A little self care note to share:  my amazing business leadership coach, Britt Bolnick of In Arms Coaching, is doing a self care workshop on February 9th from 3-6pm.  Learn more here.

Props: from etsy

Paper orchid from Flower Bazaar

Japanese silk from Inji

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