Fresh Strawberry Daifuku Mochi

Strawberries, Sweetened Red Beans, and Mochi = YUMMY
Hello! I’ve always wanted to make Fresh Strawberry Daifuku Mochi and finally made it! When I posted photos to Instagram, several people asked for the recipe. I felt I couldn’t just give you the recipe because there’s some technique involved. So, here is a video of me making Strawberry Daifuku Mochi. It’s a fresh strawberry covered with anko (sweetened red Azuki beans, smooth texture), covered with mochi made with Koda Farms Mochiko sweet rice flour.

This video uses the microwave method. You can search the interwebs for a steamed method. I adapted recipes and techniques from Just One Cookbook, Bon Appetit, and my 40+ years of mochi making experience with my family. Also, I worked in a mochi & manju shop while in high school (Sakura-ya in Gardena, CA – um, seriously the best mochi in Southern California), and I helped make mochi during their busy New Year’s holiday season.

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Black Friday / Cyber Monday Deals 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Your favorite food storage and preparedness products are all ON SALE and I’ve done a Black Friday/Cyber Monday round-up for you.

Some deals are products I’m offering through my online store, others are links to sales I’ve found on the web that you may be interested in.  If you are looking for anything in particular please don’t hesitate to reach out and I can help you with some recommendations or with a link to a deal!

Thrive Life Sale:  LAST DAY

Thrive’s Black Friday sale has been going on for the past week but it ends TODAY!  A few things have gone out of stock already but there are still lots of great deals to be found.  

Click here to shop the sales now!

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Potato Leek Casoncelli with Walnut Pesto

A recipe for casoncelli pasta filled with potatoes, leeks, fresh ricotta, and Grana Padano, served with walnut pesto. In partnership with
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We have officially dipped into freezing temperatures. We covered the garden beds with straw and leaves for the year, and the final harvest picked and carried inside. The lawn was raked and bagged and then promptly littered with a fresh blanket of yellow and red leaves, and the chickens rush into the coop earlier and earlier each evening.

Inside, we’ve taken to soups and baked goods, willingly turning the oven on to help warm our cold kitchen space. And while I enjoy the contentment that comes with autumn, I’m in denial that winter is around the corner. I turn… Read More

Beautycounter Holiday Gift Guide

It’s hard to believe it’s already the holiday season and it’s time to start shopping! I love creating these gift guides, not only because I know they’re helpful, but also because I personally love all of these products and love sharing what I love with y’all. And, I am very proud of myself that I’ve already started to knock out some holiday shopping. With Thanksgiving so late in the month, that means there are 9 fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas than usual and I would really love to enjoy the holidays and spending time with those I love, rather than feeling frazzled about finding gifts. Below is what I’m buying for my favorite peeps from the Beautycounter holiday sets.

Their products make gifting easy since I know they’re high-quality, the packaging is beautiful and people love being treated to nice products they wouldn’t buy for themselves. (If you’re not familiar with Beautycounter, this post explains … Read More

Distance Running Tips For Beginners: 12 ways to go the distance

Get 12 tips to improve your distance running, whether you’re a new runner or have been logging miles for years.  

Shop our favorite running gear!

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Whole Foods’ 2020 Food Trends, Impossible Foods Seeks EU Expansion + More

Source: Whole Foods Market

Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines.

This week, Whole Foods Market’s global buyers and experts revealed the most anticipated and innovative food trends for 2020. Regenerative agriculture, West African foods and meat-plant blends are among the food influences expected to take off in the next year.

Plant-based meat makers continue expand head-to-head with news of Beyond Meat’s nationwide roll out at Dunkin’ and Impossible Foods’ application filing its heme for approval in Europe. Morningstar Farm’s plant-based “Incogmeato” has launched as a pizza topp… Read More

Curry Cauliflower Quinoa Lentil Salad

A recipe for a fall harvest curry salad with cauliflower, nutty quinoa, lentils, chard, cilantro, and roasted pumpkin seeds.

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I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
– L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

I’ve been watching the tables groan under the weight of the piled produce at the market and thinking about autumn’s slow death as we creep towards winter. There’s beauty in the final push. The baskets filled to overflowing, bunches of herbs tumbled together. And the flowers.

I stood outside yesterday–first at the market and then at home–appreciating that the sun felt warm on my skin. Our chickens (I haven’t talked about them here yet–we … Read More

VMG Acquires Popchips and Launches Velocity Snack Brands, Fast Food “Meat” Backlash Explained + More

Source: Vox

Every week we track the business, tech and investment trends in CPG, retail, restaurants, agriculture, cooking and health, so you don’t have to. Here are some of this week’s top headlines.

Investment firm VMG Partners is moving from investor to manufacturer with the announcement of its acquisition of Popchips. It plans to continue acquiring and launching snack brands under Velocity Snack Brands.

In other news, the cannabis industry continues to grow despite the confusing state of its legality at the federal, state and municipal levels. Bolthouse Farms has announced that it will launch a line of CBD-infused beverages. Berlin-based Demecan has raised €7m to expand its production facility for medical cannabis, becoming Germany’s first medical cannabis start… Read More

World Vision is Changing How Sponsorship is Done (#Chosen)

I am honoured to be partnering with World Vision for today’s post. World Vision is bringing me to Ecuador to work with them on spreading the news about the #Chosen program, but I am not being compensated for this post. All opinions in this post are my own, but the photos here are provided by ©2019 World Vision. You can follow along on my trip day-by-day on instagram and facebook and I’ll be back here to share more of my photos from the experience.

I’ve been looking forward to telling you guys some news. Next week, I get to travel to Ecuador with World Vision and take you with me virtually. How I get to take you with me is what I am so unbelievably excited about. (If you’re too excited to read the whole thing, you can click this link to get a sneak peak, then come back here to get the full story!)

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