Cashew cream tomato chickpea soup!

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Travertine Hot Springs

I finally got in some much needed outside time this past weekend. Really, I got in a LOT of outside time. A camping trip in Travertine Hot Springs with friends proved to be just what my body (and mind) needed. A bit of nature left me feeling relaxed and reenergized for the week ahead. It was wonderful to see snow driving through Tahoe, however not so wonderful getting stuck in it for hours on the way back.

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DIY No Sew Curtains

Don’t have a sewing machine? No problem. Simply get a bed sheet (organic cotton preferred) and cut it in half down the center creating two panels. Use a product called Stitch Witchery to create a seam on each panel where you just made your cut.

How does it work? Lay the stitch witchery down the fabric where you wish to make a seam. Fold about 1/2 inch of fabric over the Stitch Witchery. Using a hot iron, create a permanent seam by pressing down and adhering the fabric together. Done!

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Soup Time!



Cashew Cream Tomato and Chickpea Soup

Wonderful on a chilly rainy day (of which we’ve recently had many).


  • 4 medium carrots, grated
  • 28oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbl tomato paste
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 3 cups chopped kale (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 tbl each dried herbs: rosemary, oregano, smoked paprika
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup cashew cream (recipe below)

What to do:

  • Cook carrots for a few minutes, over medium heat with a splash of water in a big soup pot.
  • Add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and chickpeas. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add in the kale and cook until tender.
  • Add in the herbs, black pepper, and cashew cream. Stir everything together to combine. Serve and enjoy!

Cashew Cream

  • Soak raw unsalted cashews overnight in water. Drain the next morning and blend cashews with a pinch of sea salt and splash of water. Any leftover cream can be used on pasta, other vegetable and grain dinners, or even as a vegetable dip.


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