Category: Feel good stuff!

Pampering your pooches with essential oils

We all want the best for our beloved pets! From providing nutritious food and exercise, to bathing, grooming and vaccinating; all good pet owners like to make sure their furry friends have everything they need to stay happy and healthy. So what about using essential oils on or near your pets?

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Mum’s are the best!

With Mother’s day just around the corner, I wanted to dedicate an EverEscents blog to my wonderful Mum, Kaye!

A Mothers role never really ends; it just changes as your kids grow up.  As a 38 year old I am still constantly learning things from my amazing Mum.  She has been my source of information and inspiration for many years and has certainly had a large influence on the direction that my life has taken.

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What is the meaning of Easter & why should you swap to Fairtrade Chocolate this Easter

Many people are wondering what Easter actually means, as the true meaning of Easter has been lost. Some say the word Easter is derived from Eostre (also known as Ostara), an ancient Anglo-Saxon Goddess. She symbolized the rebirth of the day at dawn and the rebirth of life in the spring. The arrival of spring was celebrated all over the world long before the religious meaning became associated with Easter.

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Benefits of drinking Green Smoothies

Green smoothies have so many amazing health benefits!  The ingredients can include; spinach, lettuce, kale, and collard greens; for the more advanced green smoothie drinker you can also add; parsley, dandelion greens, watercress — really any leafy green veggie your palate can handle! Bananas, apples, pears, avocado, and mango are great companions in these beverages and by drinking these smoothies your body will absorb all the wonderful nutrients that these foods have to offer.
See a list below of all the benefits that drinking a green smoothie provide!

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Raw Pecan Love Pie

Peacan Pie - Blog

Ingredients

Crust:

2 cups organic walnuts

3 cups of organic pitted dates

1 cup organic coconut flakes, finely ground

Filling:

⅔ cup filtered water

1 cup raw organic pecans, soaked about 15 minutes

1 cup organic Thompson raisins

1 Tbs. organic vanilla extract

1 tsp. organic nutmeg

⅓ cup organic raw coconut nectar or maple syrup

1 tsp. organic Celtic sea salt

Instructions
  1. Pit the dates yourself, extracting each pit and discarding. Add the dates, coconut flakes and walnuts to the food processor and mix on high until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Press the mixture into the bottom and sides of a pie tray. Set to the side.
  3. Blend all filling ingredients together in the blender until smooth. Pour onto the crust of the tray, and garnish with fresh, raw pecans.
  4. Set in freezer overnight, or for at least 5 hours before serving. Remove from freezer for about 10 minutes or so (depending on your freezer) to let it thaw a bit. Slice up and enjoy!

Organic Whole Orange and Carrot Cake

Another beautiful recipe by Wholefoods Simply

Organic Whole Orange and Carrot Cake

Orange and Coconut Organic Cake

2 (150 grams) organic carrots, quartered

1 (150-200 grams) organic orange, quartered

1/2 cup organic honey or maple syrup

1/2 cup organic coconut flour, sifted

50 grams melted butter or melted organic coconut oil or macadamia oil

4 organic eggs

1 teaspoon bicarb soda

1 teaspoon chinese 5 spice

pinch of salt

Coconut Citrus Frosting

2 cup organic desiccated coconut

80 grams butter or organic coconut oil

4 tablespoons organic honey or maple syrup

100 grams melted butter or organic coconut oil

Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celcius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a square 20x20cm cake tin with baking paper.

In your blender or food processor chop the carrots and orange until very fine, add the remaining ingredients, mix well, spoon into the prepared pan and level the top. Bake for 35 minutes, cover with foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes. The cake should be golden on top and an inserted skewer will come out cleanly.

Allow cake to cool in pan before gently flipping onto a cooling rack.

To make the frosting blend the first three ingredients at high speed until very well combined, mix in the melted butter or coconut oil. Spread the frosting over the cooled cake. Enjoy.

Organic Guilt-Free Peppermint Slice

Tiarna in the EverEscents office loves making this guilt-free treat for her friends and family which receives raving reviews!

Peppermint Slice

Peppermint Slice

Base

1 1/2 cups organic desiccated coconut (finely shredded dried coconut)
8 dates, organic medjool seeds removed
1 tablespoon of cacao
1 teaspoon vanilla

Filling

1 1/2  cups organic cashews
1/2 cup organic desiccated coconut (finely shredded dried coconut)
Pinch of salt
2 well heaped tablespoons of organic honey
1/2 teaspoon organic peppermint oil

Topping**

2 tablespoons of organic honey
3 tablespoons cacao or cocoa or carob
4 tablespoons organic coconut oil

Line a loaf tin with baking paper hanging over the sides for easy removal.

 Base-

Blend the base ingredients until the dates and coconut resemble crumbs and the mixture is clumping together, press the mixture firmly into a loaf tin. If you cover this with baking paper and use a book to press it down you will get a nice smooth, level base. Place in the fridge of freezer to set.

Filling –

Thoroughly blend the cashews, salt and coconut until you have a nice smooth consistency, you may need to scrape the mixture back onto the blades and pulse this a few times. Add in the honey and peppermint and blend quickly, just enough to combine. Press this mixture over your base, again you could use the book technique to ensure a nice smooth finish.

Topping

Blend the topping ingredients at a high speed until it resembles melted chocolate. Pour this mixture over your slice and spread it out evenly.

Pop it in the fridge to set.

Enjoy!

Recipe sourced from Wholefoods Simply

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