Weekend Wins

Hey friends! I feel like it has been a while since my last post…it has certainly been a busy few weeks in the Jacobs home, but taking time to relax and enjoy this restful Sunday afternoon.

Last weekend we were in Plymouth, MA hosting the annual Brave Generation conference with an organization we work with called Holyfire Ministries. It was a beautiful weekend to be on the shore, worshipping Jesus with almost 1000 people, in a town that holds so much heritage for our nation!

Beautiful view from our boardwalk stroll

This weekend, April 28th-29th, was the very first ever CT Vegetarian and Healthy Living Festival held in the Hartford Convention Center.  Joe & I spent the afternoon there with our good friend Annie; it was a lot of fun to be a part of it!

Happy vegfest goers 🙂

Many (mostly local) organizations and companies who support and promote the vegetarian, vegan & holistic lifestyle were there offering their products and services to the attendees. There was an array of soaps, jewelry, beauty products, apparel, energy saving systems, local farms, kitchenware, LOTS of food and more on display, and being served up for all who inquisitively approached each table.

Here were some of my favorites:

SuperSeedz, by Kathie Pelliccio at Kathie’s Kitchen in Branford, CT – Amazing shelled pumpkin seeds that come in a variety of flavors including, Super Spicy, Sea Salt, Sugar & Cinnamon, my favorite: Coco Joes & more.

Good Neighbors Foods – Delicious Salsa & Hummus from Derry, NH. I loved the Peach & Pineapple salsa.

Mama Micki’s All Natural Bakery – out of Scituate, Ma offering Cookies & Biscotti that will delight your taste buds. The Chocolate Orange & Molasses were the bomb.

The Fanciful Fox – Soaperie & boutique located in Scranton, PA. I love soap & natural handmade anything; put the two together: perfection. These soaps and other beauty products not only smelled amazing, but were all so creative, and well, fancy. I wanted them all!

Ok, on to the item I probably tasted the most of: CHOCOLATE. I am a chocolate lover and there were a couple of products that won my heart.

Taza Chocolate – This chocolate factory based in Somerville, MA makes stone ground organic chocolate inspired by age-old Mexican chocolate traditions. They have flavors like Salted Almond, Vanilla Bean & Guajillo Chili. My fave was the Ginger Chocolate! You can take tours of their factory, and that is definitely on my list of things to do this summer!

Chocoholistic – This was my favorite product at the entire event, mainly because I ADORE chocolate and all things HEALTHY. Kenzie Harrick, Certified Health Counselor from East Norwalk, CT created raw, organic, sugar-free, super food, medicinal chocolates containing health promoting ingredients like: chlorella, chia seeds, passion flower and reishi, just to a name a few. It was really yummy!

We had a blast experiencing this *first ever* festival and already can’t wait for next year! Check these guys out and let me know what you think!

The free samples made for a great car ride snack back home. Thanks Hint & Cedars! See you next year!


Summer’s Calling Kale Salad

“Joy is the realest reality, the fullest life, and is always given, never grasped. God gives gifts and I give thanks and I unwrap the gift given: joy.” – Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

This weekend was full of life’s simple treasures that bring my heart joy:

1. My sweet niece. We’re like best buds. We had the privilege of having her over Friday night into Saturday for some great fun, including baking chocolate chocolate chip cookies, watching “Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2”, pancakes in the morning & dance class. You know my hubby loved every second of the girly activities. He is a great uncle!

Isn't she adorable? Girl's night necessities: movie, popcorn & chocolate.

2. THIS WEATHER. I love sunshine combined with a soft breeze, and today was pretty glorious. It made for the perfect Sunday afternoon walk to our friends house just around the corner, and back yard picnic table conversations.

3. Kale. Yes, I said it; kale. If you remember from an earlier post, I have an affinity for healthy food, especially green stuff. The darker the better. Kale is so nutrient rich, its stinkin ridiculous. According to this article on onegreenplanet.org, one cup of kale alone contains 1000% of a daily serving of vitamin K, which prevents heart disease, regulates blood clotting, and according to a study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, can reduce the risk of developing cancer. In that same cup is 180% of a daily serving of vitamin A, 200% of calcium, and is a significant source of vitamin B6. Am I the only one who gets excited about nutritious food? I hope not!

After eating more than my fair share of chocolate chocolate chip cookies, I was feeling the need to fuel my body with something healthy, and with summer creeping in on us slowly but surely, I couldn’t help but think: summer salad…with kale. I wanted something simple, bright and fresh, and that was delicious, of course. I created something that was just that.

Summer’s Calling Kale Salad

Serves 2 as main course, 4 for side dish


6 medium leaves of kale, cut from the stem

¾ cup of pineapple, diced

½ avocado, diced (I cut it into 6ths length wise, then diced.)

Juice of 1 lime

1 tbsp of olive oil

1 tbsp Agave nectar

Salt & pepper to taste (I did about ¼ tsp of freshly ground salt and a few grinds of fresh pepper.)

A handful of fresh cilantro for garnish

(you could also garnish with some diced red onion…the hubs doesn’t really go for raw onion, so I left them off!)


Wash your kale if you have not already.

Cut the leaves away from the stem with a knife, or just use your hands to tear it.

Stack a few leaved on top of each other and roll into a long, tight wad. Then, cut thin strips with a sharp knife to end up with thin shreds of kale.

My personal favorite way of cutting most leafy greens.

Place shreds into a large bowl and finish cutting all of your kale leaves, adding them all to the bowl.

Throw in your pineapple & avocado, then add the lime juice, oil, agave, salt & pepper, and then toss.

Serve in cute salad bowls and garnish with cilantro.

mmmmm all that leafy green goodness.

The sweetness and citrus from the pineapple, paired with the creaminess of the avocado is the perfect complement to the heartiness of the kale. So tasty.


Hope that you had a fabulous weekend as well, and take the time this week to appreciate the gifts you have been given in life that were designed to bring you fullness & joy!

Passionate Human Being

Here’s a little detail about me: I am a passionate human being.

When I am excited about something (doesn’t take much really), or acquire a strong belief, pretty much everyone I come into contact will most likely hear about it.

“This nail polish is AMAZING. You have to try it. No really, you do.”

“Oh-my-gosh, yoga is the best work out ever…my body has never felt better…you have to come sometime.”

“I love my church. We give goats away. Wanna come?”

“Read this book, it’ll change your life!”

You get the point. I share. I pour my heart out. I voice my opinion.

[Side note: It’s kind of fun because my husband is the complete opposite. Perfect combo!]

Lately, you may have heard about the “pink slime” junk that the meat industry has been using as filler in beef products. If not, “pink slime” is a term that has been dubbed to describe scrap, inedible animal product, like sinew, cartilage, or cavity where the cow’s guts were, that has been processed and packaged to be used as meat filler in at least 70% of chopped meat products in America. Jamie Oliver, Chef & Food Revolutionist, compellingly explains the process in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBkwUt-bqIo

Typically, this unwanted meat product is sold off to rendering plants which turn it into something like dog food, you know, because dogs have digestive systems that can actually digest it. What people in the food industry (i.e. chefs, butchers, restaurateurs, etc.) consider barely acceptable to feed animals, the meat industry, as well as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), considers acceptable to serve in school lunches and to the general population.

I was not ok with that. Of course, I spoke my mind about it, along with many others. People stopped giving their money over for food that isn’t really food. Beef demand dropped. A lot. And you know what? Major beef processing companies got the hint. Beef Products, Inc. (BPI) closed 3 plants, and AFA Foods has begun filing bankruptcy due to the public’s response to “pink slime”.

I am passionate about a lot of things, and good quality, healthy food is only one of them. I shared a Yahoo article a few weeks ago on Facebook about this issue simply because I cared. I did not know that in such a short time the meat industry would be massively impacted. It wasn’t just me, obviously, but it was my voice combined with everybody else’s. It was my passion mixed up with somebody else’s passion, which created something powerful enough to budge a mountain.

We all have passions stirring up inside of us; substances that make us come alive. When we take hold of that, and nurture it, and LIVE it, we offer something genuine…we can change the world.

I am on a mission to actually live what I am passionate about.

What about you? What are you passionate about? Are you living your passion(s)?