Sunday, August 17, 2008

Kidnapping Rawdorable (or, ShannonMarie springs loose with Spirited Bliss)

So, once more I made the trek out to Spirit Bliss Farm to see Jeff and Helen, pick up my order from Natural Zing, meet up with twitter friends @aromantic, @blaqberry, and her hubs, Alien Implant. I brought my friend ShannonMarie, a little rawdorable girl from my neck of the woods. She's a busy wife and mama and can't usually get away on a Saturday. A very special thanks to her hubs for giving up one of their special "SaturDate Evenings" so we could stay and play.
We had our cameras out and ready to collect the digital memories. Once more, I forgot to wear black, haha. We ate, and ate, and ate some more! Jeff gave us some wonderful goodies to sample and take home with us(thanks Jeff!)
I know! I know! There were more raw dishes besides pies, ice cream, and brownies... I took pics of them, too. Although they each tasted really good, they each just photographed like typical green salads.
We found fresh fruit dishes every where! Different flavored kale chips, and even a peach cobbler with a secret ingredient! mmm. Shannon brought fresh peaches, Blaqberry brought freshly made almond milk and apple cinnamon crackers. I made a Maple Dragonfruit Pie. I was amazed that it lasted the hot car ride. I've posted the recipe at the bottom.
I went outside, admired the ginormous rainbarrel, reminding me of a childhood song(Seriously, I have no idea who these people are). As we explored, we found yellow tomatoes, a few different apple trees, and several kinds of pear trees. Peppers, okra(really pretty, but I still can't get past the slime), miles of cucumber plants, and the healthiest kale I've ever seen!
We were all smiling and enjoying each other's healthy company. 
We definitely had the glow going on.
We spent a great deal of time investigating 
the herbs, veggies, and fruits going on there.
Blaq Berry found a ball and was kicking it around with her hubs. 
We discovered strange bugs, long shadows, and swingsets.
Our raw food meet-up wouldn't be complete without the Raw-Fu pose. I really need to come up with a more flattering stance. 
After dark we asked Jeff about the sounds we heard coming from his back yard. It sounded like a yapping coyote. His guess was maybe a fox? We ventured out into the dark, listening to sounds while spotting bats flitting about overhead. Eeek! As he lead us further and further from the house, we nervously joked about how creepy it was getting and we wondered if he had a dark side we didn't know about... cue the ominous music-Dun, dun, dun...
Before we said our goodbyes(hours later), Jeff took us out on one more wild walk into the darkness. Since he brought us back safely once before, we trusted him again. He said that there were blackberries all over the edge of the woods. None of us had flashlights so we took pictures, then examined the tiny LCD screen to see if we could find an occasional berry in the shot! Good thing there was a big bowlful of already picked berries in the kitchen. Yum!

Mrs. RawbinSan's Maple Dragon Fruit Pie:

Filling whipped up in high powered blender:

1 pkg dragon fruit

3 young thai coconuts (meat only) 

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 vanilla bean

1/2 tsp sea salt

Crust mixed up in food processor (two options make for different flavors)

Option one- 

1/2 cup almonds(ground to powder)

1/2 cup pecans(ground to powder)

1/2 cup dates (soaked briefly)

2 TB cocoa(or raw cacao) powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

Option two-

1/2 cup dates (soaked briefly) 

1/2 cup almond pulp(leftover from almond milk)

1/2 cup dried shredded coconut

1/4 tsp sea salt


Penni said...

I love your life, Rawbin! What a joy to see all of you there glowing, radiant beings that I love. Have Helen & Jeff had the baby yet?? I am guessing not. Please keep us posted on that too, won't you? Missing you and your vibrant energy....

debbiedoesraw said...

Oh Raw bin, I love it ! I wish I could join you, come kidnap me too!! Do I have to break my foot first though?
just askin
come see what's doin at my house
love deb

Wendi Dee said...

What FUN!!!! I wanna be there with all of you!!!

Thanks for taking us along in the photos and text of your adventure!

Lots of love to you!


HiHoRosie said...

What a fun and great day! I want to be kidnapped by you! ;)

Linda Salas said...

AAhhh there you go! COMMENTS!
Oh well, I bet you guys had a lot of fun as it ought to be with you around! I hope to meet everyone else soon!
much love to the party girl!

shannonmarie said...

Wow, you've been busy. Did you post all three of these in one day?

By the way, thanks for kidnapping me. Are we still on for Saturday?

RawBin said...

Thanks for all your comments!
Penni, haven't heard of a mini HeleJeff yet.
Debbie no don't break your foot... just bribe me with chocolate.
Wendi, you're next.
Heidi, I'd want to bring your yardsnackin' hubs along, too.
Linda, we DID kidnap you, and what fun we had, too!
Shannon, haha! no, but I tried to catch up and did 3 posts in 4 days!

I still have to post about Atlanta with Penni, Blaqberry, BunnyBerry, Joanna, etc. and then I have to post about Pittsburgh with KevinGianni, WendiDee, and Blaqberry, and then I have to post about Raw Spirit Festival before I forget...

Awesomely Alive! said...

I just found your blog. What a joy! I'm adding you to my blogroll! :)

Jaynel said...

Maple Dragon fruit pie sounds yummy...
Ya'll sound like you have a blast when your together:)