Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Are you living the dream?


So in my haste yesterday I forgot to include the  link to the rest of the post from the flax seed crackers. I've added the rest of the steps and you can find the full recipe here.



Are you living the dream?

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“There’s always tomorrow for dreams to come true” just came swimming into my head.  Thought for sure it was a Disney movie with a lovely princess but actually its from “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” – Christmas anyone??

Been pondering dreams a lot lately, not the sleepy time kind, but dreams we hold in our heart.  Things we’ve held on to for a long time (hello size 6 jeans hanging in my closet) and things we’ve haven’t let go of yet.

My sister and I have been toiling for the past 13 years on our dream.  To be fair, it was off the side of our desk for the first 9 years, we attended weekly farmers markets and kept our full time jobs.  It was fun, it was exciting but it wasn’t our full time job.

 
 

Four years ago, we decided to sink or swim, jump right in and make it happen.  We left our lovely jobs and started working full time on Two Blooms.  We didn’t really have a plan, we knew we had a good product but we didn’t have a business background.

So we relied on our brilliant sense of humour (“oh, you wanted a receipt?  Oh, sorry I’ll email it to you when I get back”.)  And we continued with our amazing customer service.  We bent over backwards for everyone making customer scents and products for customers, rushing orders to get them on time (or early) and never really charged enough money.

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P.S. We are checking our comments. We noticed some comments from posts back and tried to respond to all of them.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Looking for a Wheat Free Vegan Snack?


Looking for a Wheat Free Vegan Snack?

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We LOVE making our own flax seed crackers and you can control the amount of heat or salt you want to put in them.

Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 2 cups of whole flax seeds (try and get organic if possible)

  • Approximately 2 cups of water

  • ¼ cup tamari or Braggs or soy sauce (optional, we don’t use this but its yummy)

  • Sea salt to taste (only add if you aren’t using the above)

  • 1 TB fresh herbs or whatever you have in your pantry

In a large bowl cover the flax seeds with water and let them soap for at least 2 hours.  It will become quite gelatinous.  We sometimes put half the seeds in a high speed blender just to add some variety to the mix.

You want the seeds gooey and runny not a thick clump (ask me how I know this :)

Add seasonings, herbs or salt.  Feel free to add some lemon or lime juice, some heat (hot pepper sauce etc.)

Take a couple of spoonfuls and spread it thin (1/8”) on a pan or a dehydrator sheet.
Set your dehydrator or stove to 100 degree F for about 4-6 hours.

Check them after 4 hours and flip them over to get both sides crispy.  Break or slice into pieces, store in a plastic container.  Spread with humous, avocado or omit all the savoury flavourings and top with nut butter and jam. 


P.S. We are checking our comments so let us know if you try it.
  

Caron is one of the blooms of Two Blooms Design Studio Est. 2002. She is the dreamer, production manager and the social media wannabe. Caron is married to the word adventure and she will never stop dreaming.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

No Junk Food Here

No Junk Food Here

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You eat the best so why not wear the best? Today’s spotlight ingredient is Avocado Oil. Did you know that the oil comes from the flesh of the fruit and not the seed?  There are many benefits to this oil besides using it for cooking.  For this article I’ve focused on skin benefits but there are so many benefits to consuming the oil as well.
  • It contains Vitamins A, E & D (It is one of the top five foods highest in Vitamin E)

  • It has anti-aging properties.

  • Applying it will keep your skin supple

  • Applying it helps reduce wrinkles

  • Great for relieving an itchy scalp

  • Use it to help improve hair growth

  • Using avocado oil as a moisturizer gives your skin a boost, helps replenish and makes stronger cells within the body. The Vitamin E, lecithin and potassium are readily absorbed into the skin.

  • It’s a thicker oil and won’t absorb as quickly as other oils so if you suffer from eczema or extreme dryness, try a thin layer on your skin as it will help prevent itchiness.

  • Can be used on burns, cuts or scrapes.  Your skin will heal faster and it may prevent scarring. 

    • Can be used on burns, cuts or scrapes.  Your skin will heal faster and it may prevent scarring.

    • Based on a study done in 2013 in the journal issue of “Dermatology” Avocado Oil combined with B12 may help treat psoriasis.

    • Works great as a makeup remover

    According to Elle Magazine published on September 17, 2014 Avocodo Oil maybe the new Coconut Oil.

    Here is a simple recipe you can try:  Try mixing a few drops of avocado oil with a bit of warm water or toner (we have one here) and massaging it into your face and neck.

    At Two Blooms we love using this amazing oil in our products. It is in 95 percent of our organic Soaps, Nerola Skin Nourish, Deodorant, lip balms and lotions.
                                                                                                                                               Research by:  Avocado Oil Benefits, Natural Living Ideas, Live Strong, Pretty in Primal

 

 

  Hi, I’m Michelle the founder of Two Blooms Design Studio Est. 2002. I’m in charge of production, designing all of our labels in house, photography, customer service, alchemist behind all of our scent blends, designer, creator and pretty much whatever else needs to be done.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What happened to the lost art of penmanship?

What happened to the lost art of penmanship?

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The other day I had to hand write a thank you card and it was agony. It’s not that I never jot down notes during the day but I print quickly and get on with the next task. What happened to the art of handwriting?  The reason writing was such agony? I had to slow down, concentrate on forming letters and write as neatly as possible.  The card stock was beautiful and naturally I made mistakes but covered them up with my hand drawn loops and hoped the recipient didn't notice.  The whole process made me sad. What had happened to me?

Years ago I remember getting letters in the mail and writing all the time. In fact I love fountain pens and started collecting them years ago. To this day I love the feel of the nib on malleable paper. There is something majestic about the whole process. In this fast paced world of constant technology and trying to do things quicker we’ve lost something in the process. Even typing on a computer loses that connection to the paper and to the art of penmanship. 

Writing that card made me realize I have to more of it and often. It forces me to think, to connect, to slow down and use concentrate. I simply can’t zone out.  It takes me back to my childhood and to a deep appreciation of the past. Using a fountain pen makes me feel I’m in a different century where life is meant to be savoured and not rushed?

When is the last time you hand wrote a letter? Why not give it a try.

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Hi, I’m Michelle the founder of Two Blooms Design Studio Est. 2002. I’m in charge of production, designing all of our labels in house, photography, customer service, alchemist behind all of our scent blends, designer, creator and pretty much whatever else needs to be done.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Mouth watering Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

Mouth watering Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai


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It's been pretty hot here on Vancouver Island this summer and you know those muggy days where you just don't feel like eating much. Lately I've been craving lighter vegetarian meals so I was thrilled when Caron (the other bloom and my sister) found this divine vegan recipe. We had it earlier this week and it is one of my new favourites.
Here is what you'll need for the noodle part:
  • 2 zucchinis (spiralized see below)

  • 2 TBSP olive oil

  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded & sliced

  • 4 green onions, sliced

  • 2 cups bean sprouts

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews (Reserve before serving)

  • some lime wedges for serving (optional)

The sauce:
  • 2 TBSP rice vinegar or white vinegar

  • 1-2 TBSP fish sauce

  • 2 TBSP ketchup

  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1 tsp chili garlic sauce

  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce

  • 1 TBSP toasted sesame seeds (add before serving)

     

    Directions:
  • Get Your Zucchini and use a Spiralizer or veggie Peeler

  • Put a TBSP of Olive in the pan and add heat to cook

  • Add your garlic, pepper, green onions & bean sprouts and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until done

  • While you are waiting prepare your sauce & toast your sesame seeds

  • Once your veggies are cooked pour into bowl and add sauce

  • Before serving add your toasted sesame seeds and cashews and serve

  • We pan fried our noodles right before serving for 3 minutes but next time we'll use them raw, heating them made them a little mushy but still very good.

For other variations add:  meat, chicken or tofu.
You now have a recipe that will impress your family/guests. Let me know in the comments if you try it out.  Like what you've read? Keep with us at our blog.




Hi, I'm Michelle the artist, visionary, creator and designer of Two Blooms Design Studio. I moved from a big city to Vancouver Island and fell in love with the west coast. My world is surrounded by beautiful scents, on trend design and endless possibilities.