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Meals at Living Light #6

June 8, 2011

Get this: I have been home fewer than 10 total days, and not one single weekend, since April.

I’ve had trip after trip going on, and Matt and I leave for the last one (for a few weeks, at least) tomorrow. Consequently, I am days and days, if not weeks, behind on everything from posting/blogging to replying to emails. Please bear with me as I play catch-up! With so many awesome travel eats to share with you, though, I don’t think you’ll mind. 🙂

On to my last post about Living Light. This one’s all sweets, snacks, and desserts!

During my last several days in Fort Bragg, I enjoyed snacking on dried figs and these “carob spirulina energy chunks” I got from the bulk section of a local market.

I also had one last bowl of the Café’s amazing buckwheat granola, this time with blueberries and vanilla almond milk.

This tall slice of raw apple pie was made by the students in the culinary classes upstairs.

Well done, guys! I loved the thinly sliced apples and the walnutty crumble inside.

I ate one more raspberry-cherry chocolate cream crumble, one of my favorite desserts at the Café.

Must. Recreate this. At home. ASAP.

My final breakfast was this homemade chia pudding with coconut milk, cinnamon, vanilla, chopped fresh apples, and crushed pecans.

The last night I was at the Inn, I gave into some [mild] peer pressure from Kerry, the Innkeeper, and some of the other guests, and made one last batch of blondies. I shaped these into balls to make them more portable, and I took a bunch of them with me the next day to sustain me during my long day of traveling.

All in all, my time at Living Light was more than I could’ve even hoped it would be. The nutrition courses I took were incredible, and everyone I met, from Cherie to my instructors to my classmates, was a joy to spend time with, and I formed some friendships which I hope will last a very long time. Miss you all already!

Have you taken any trips recently?
If so, where to? If not, where do you WISH you could go?

26 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2011 4:46 pm

    Looks delicious! Makes me miss Fort Bragg too! I even remember those carob energy chunks VERY WELL!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      June 19, 2011 11:05 am

      Hehe, really? They’re so addicting, they must stay in your mind forever!

  2. Marsha permalink
    June 8, 2011 4:50 pm

    Oh my, what a tease with all those yummy looking ‘dishes’….I’m looking forward to your recipe book! (I know you’re busy, no need to answer! J )

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      June 19, 2011 11:05 am

      Thank you, Marsha! I am SO looking forward to having it completed and published 🙂

  3. June 8, 2011 5:49 pm

    Aha–a new commenting system! I like it.

    You had Rick and Karin Dina on your faculty! I haven’t seen them since I lived in CA–way cool.

    We’re going to OR again next week–Phil’s niece is getting married.
    I hope you enjoy some home time soon! To recreate some of those recipes if nothing else!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      June 19, 2011 11:06 am

      I like it too! Good job, WordPress 🙂

      I knew you knew people like Cherie, Dan, Elaina, etc. but I didn’t know you knew the Dinas too! Very cool.

  4. June 8, 2011 5:57 pm

    So jealous of all your delicious and exciting travels! I haven’t gone any where since last summer, and I can’t say I really enjoyed that [family] trip… Looking forward to hitting Portland again for Vegan Vida in August, though!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      June 19, 2011 11:06 am

      I’m looking forward to VVC too!

  5. Green Juice permalink
    June 8, 2011 6:16 pm

    Green Juice shoutout to Rick and Karin Dina!!! Woop Woop! :O

  6. June 8, 2011 6:41 pm

    That buckwheat granola looks delicious! I need some 😉

  7. June 8, 2011 9:06 pm

    Im so jealous you get to try all of this food it looks amazing!

  8. June 9, 2011 12:31 am

    Looks like a sweet time.

    Yes I have some trips in store for me this summer. Nothing too fun culinary-wise though.

  9. June 9, 2011 5:58 am

    So wait, let me get this straight… you opted for blondie balls? To pop in your mouth to sustain you? Yeah, I’ve heard that one before. 😉

    I just went to Melbourne last weekend, and it was amazing! In two weekend I’m off for my gospel tour, but I’m dreading it. It’s freezing winter here, and apparently our cheap-ass hotel doesn’t have heater. Alcohol blanket ahead!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      June 9, 2011 8:57 am

      That I did 😉

      It sounds like you really need to visit here, like NOW, while we’re languishing in 90+ degree heat. Bring your tour overseas! 😀

  10. June 9, 2011 8:58 am

    I love your blogs Amber ~ they are so wonderful and always give off the feeling that we are right there with you. Thank you for your insight and for what you are doing. Love and hugs from Hongkers… P xox

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      June 19, 2011 11:07 am

      Thank you for reading and enjoying always, Priscilla 🙂

  11. June 9, 2011 9:39 am

    That chocolate raspberry swirl thing looks to die for!!!
    I would love to be able to go to the Living Light Institute or there is one in my own state Creative health Institute….but I have 2 young kids and I am a stay at home mom so I can’t leave to go anywhere!!!! LOL One day when my kids are older I will finally try to get some food certifications!!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      June 19, 2011 11:08 am

      I haven’t heard of Creative Health Institute, I’ll have to look them up!

  12. June 9, 2011 11:30 am

    Yum! Whole Foods has those carob spirulina bites too and I love them.

  13. June 10, 2011 12:12 am

    Hey Amber! I love your Living Light updates; thanks for sharing. I want to go there and to 105 degrees!

    I’m traveling to Thailand next Wednesday for a 7 week adventure. I’ll be exploring the food, hanging out with other vegans and raw foodies, and eating a lot of fresh fruit and Thai coconuts! I’ll be taking spirulina bites with my on the plane ride : )

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      June 19, 2011 11:13 am

      You lucky lucky lady! I hope I get to go to Thailand sometime. Hope you had an amazing adventure!

  14. June 10, 2011 7:36 pm

    ‎*sniffles* I’ll miss your posts from there 😉 That raspberry crumble & chia pudding look awesome (I love anything chia). Lucky girl, I’m sure you’ll go back soon enough! ♥

  15. June 13, 2011 3:40 pm

    My last trip was to Orange County, CA in April for David Wolfe’s Longevity Conference…it was my first time and it was gorgeous!

    You looked like you had an amazing time. I am really thinking about the Raw Food Nutrition Educator program.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      June 19, 2011 11:12 am

      The Nutrition Educator program was amazing, more than I ever expected it to be. I can’t recommend it enough.

  16. Dawn Kelly permalink
    June 15, 2011 3:23 am

    I REALLY want to make that raw stacked apple pie… I’m new to raw dishes and your classmate Mari is helping me. Do you have a recipe that I could follow to make something like that?? Thanks! I think you’re great! 😀 Dawn

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      June 19, 2011 11:11 am

      Tell Mari I said hello!
      There’ll be a raw apple crisp recipe in my cookbook, out next year! Hopefully I’ll blog something else like it in the meantime, maybe this fall.

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