Is your mind like the Berlin Wall?

Think of all the unrealistic limitations that we create for ourselves.

These thoughts and limitations can often make us prisoners of our own minds.

Our ego often makes us believe that we are helpless victims.

We allow our ego to tell us all the reasons why we shouldn’t,can’t ,or must not  achieve,dream, or create.

Now remember the Berlin Wall.

Part of the Berlin Wall at the German History museum in Berlin.

For years it was a symbol of the cold war…erected to create fear and control.

The Wall came down in 1989 …opening up a world of possibilities for many.

Why not break down your own ‘internal wall’ starting today….Your ego that creates limitations is not who you are.

You can do,be and achieve anything that your heart desires!

The world is anxiously awaiting for you to create your masterpiece.


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Plantfire kitchen presents Vanessa and her Cauliflower mash

Are you tired of the same old mashed potatoes? Why not try one of my absolute favorite recipes that is not only perfect for the holidays but anytime of the year. Enjoy this Plantfire video on the step by step way to create this sure to be family favorite recipe!

A twist on your favorite...cauliflower mash not mashed potatoes

  • 1 lb. bag frozen or fresh cauliflower
  • ¼ cup fat free soy milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 Tbs Wellness Forum veggie broth mix or low sodium veggie broth
  • 1 Tbs fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbs corn starch
  • 2 Tbs water to mix with corn starch

In a pot, steam cauliflower for 10-12 min or until very soft. Drain well using a colander. In a sauce pan combine soy milk, garlic, 1/4 cup water, seasonings, and broth mix over medium heat. When it begins to boil, slowly mix the corn starch/water mixture in to the sauce stirring constantly until thickened.

When cauliflower is cool enough, squeeze as much water out as possible. Place the cauliflower in the processor or vitamix and blend for about a minute. Add sauce and fresh parsley to cauliflower and process until creamy and smooth. You may been to adjust the consistency of its too thick you may add a bit of soy milk.

Holiday, Side Dishes, Thanksgiving

I hope you enjoy one of my favorite side dishes ever! Send me a quick comment once you’ve had a chance to test out this recipe on your family and friends!

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4 servings

Rosa’s blackbean soup

Here is delicious recipe for one of my favorite chili’s that Rosa and I created in our Plantfire kitchen… This Chili will have your family and friends lining up with their spoons!
Hope you enjoy this warm bowl of goodness as much as we do!

I am ready for a bowl of chili please!

  • 1 pound dried black beans (about 2 1/2 cups), rinsed
  • You can also use 2 can of rinsed canned beans
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded & chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground chipotle pepper or mexican chili powder
  • 2 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbs fresh lime juice
  • ½ ripe avocado for ganish, chopped
  • 2 diced tomatoes for garnish
  • sea salt to taste

Soak beans overnight or 6-8 hours. Drain and rinse.

In a large pot water saute onions, bell pepper and garlic over medium heat until onions are translucent and begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in cumin and chipotle or mexican chili powder and cook for 1 minute, stirring.

Add beans and 10 cups water, bring to boil then lower heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until beans are tender. Once beans are cooked, remove 4 cups soup and puree in a blender. Return puree to pot, stir in cilantro, nutritional yeast, lime juice and salt to taste. Serve warm, garnished with tomatoes and avocado.

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Plantfire kitchen presents Bella’s chocolate pumpkin bites

With the holidays upon us and plenty of parties to attend  please enjoy this family favorite  Plantfire cookie recipe and video  that will have  your family and your guests begging for more!

Fun in the Plantfire kitchen Bella’s chocolate pumpkin bites

Bella’s chocolate pumpkin bites

  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup carob chips
  • or vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 dates,

Soak dates in hot water for 1/2 hour. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Process 1 cup of oats to make in to oat flour. Remove oat flour and set aside. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, dates to processor and process until smooth. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Shape mixture in to balls (about 1 tbs or mixture each). Place on a non-stick cookie sheet. You may sprinkle some extra cinnamon on top and bake for 20 minutes.

The perfect little pumpkins

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Make gratitude part of your lifestyle

Gratitude is absolutely free..but it has the power to make you feel like a million bucks!!

Please enjoy this truly special video that will definitely put you in a beautiful frame of mind for the season…Maybe you might even decide to carry these feelings and actions into you life every single day.What a life changing world we would see and be apart of if we all took this message into our daily lives.

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A very special walk in Berlin

There are so many memories that we create throughout our lives. Some we wish that we could forget and others that we will cherish for a lifetime. One of my favorite memories of Berlin will definitely be the quite but deeply meaningful walk that I took with my grandson Jameson.   when I asked him if he wanted to go outside he excitedly put on his superman boots, coat and scarf faster than you could blink an eye.

I am ready Lula

Together we headed out the door .

It was just he and I exploring outside of his apartment one afternoon. For most of the walk I just  followed  him and watched as he paced up and down the paths.

Are you coming Lula?

He seemed excited to just have me follow him. I didn’t try to lead him…I just wanted to observe his innocent curiosity.

I really love checking out the garbage bins!

A reflection of our time together

Without even a word spoken  I felt more  connected  to Jameson that afternoon than possibly ever before.

Pure love

innocence at its best

That evening I was reflecting on my day and I realized that so often in life we say so much with our words  but we don’t really see,hear, or feel what the other person might really be saying. So the next time that I have an opportunity to have a conversation or spend time with someone that  I care  about…I am going to try my hardest to use my two ears and two eyes twice as much as my one mouth. Maybe you might try this technique too:)

I would love to hear your experiences in life that you were able to see something special just by being a little less talkative and more observant.

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A Saturday afternoon treat in Berlin Germany

One of my favorite treats that I have discovered while in Germany has definitely been the muesli! If you have never heard of muesli its a cereal made with oats, seeds and sometimes other grains. After a nice afternoon together Brittany,Tristan, Jameson my grandson and I made our way into one of their favorite yogurt shops.

a view from the upper level...notice men drinking out front.

I Decided to enjoy a beautiful bowl of homemade muesli covered with fresh kiwi,apples sauce,pineapples and apples.

This was such an awesome treat!  Here again is an example of finding a plant-based way to enjoy a treat…even in a dairy only yogurt shop. Just get creative people!

My bowl of yumminess

There were two things about this yogurt shop that I found interesting.

#1  They had people outside the front porch of the shop drinking beer …because they sell beer in the yogurt shop.

#2 There was a big bed inside the yogurt shop that you could apparently cuddling up in if you felt the desire to do so.

Where the magic could happen:)

I thought maybe the yogurt shop turned into a nightclub..but that was not the case…just a bed because:)

I would love for you to share your creative ways that you have been able to enjoy a plant-based treat in a dairy loving  establishment.

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Vegan fine dining at Sara Weiner in Berlin Germany

One of my most memorable meals in Germany was definitely the meal my daughter and I shared at the Sara Weiner restaurant just a stones throw away from her apartment. We had to book almost a week out because this little gem is definitely a hotspot! Brittany had eaten here several times before so when we went in to book reservations the waitress recognized her and was happy to request a special 4 course vegan meal for me to enjoy!

Making our way in to the restaurant

I asked our waitress to share with me a bit about Sara and the restaurants that she owns. She described Sara as the Jamie Oliver of Germany and Austria.

She said that she uses only organics when possible and that her restaurants are “green” and known as environmentally friendly.

A view from the inside

Our table from my view:)

Hear is a sneak peek at the menu….

veg tasting menu

We started our meal with a delicious glass of German Riesling that tasted like perfection…not to sweet and perfectly chilled. The starter course was a delicious thinly sliced beet salad  topped with a sort of dry seaweed with an orange vinegar drizzled on it.

course 1

Our next course was a delicious chilled arugula,fennel and endive salad with a type of pale pink carrot that tasted very similar to a turnip. This salad was so delicious.

course 2

I also enjoyed a piece of delicious vegan brown bread with the meal that tasted like it was just pulled out of the oven:)

My main attraction was about the best healthy but absolutely divine barley mushroom and mango risotto topped with mixed greens that I have ever eaten!

course 3 vegan perfection

A closer look at the yumminess …

We finished the evening with a bowl of chilled fruit wine soup…pieces of cut strawberries danced in the bowl of fruit verbena garnished with the perfect piece of mint:)

course 4

As we ended our meal I reflected … This had been the perfect evening… an excellent meal with intimate conversation and the best part……shared between a mother and her daughter.

A mother and daughter

the beautiful bathroom chandelier

There is a wall of photos on the way to the women’s  room filled with pictures of Sara Weiner

Sara Weiner

Sara Weiner

As we were leaving our waitress made sure to let us know that anytime we wanted to come back they would be happy to create new vegan tasting menus for me each time…now that is first class service!

Here is a short interview with Sara that I thought you might enjoy!

If you have ever eaten at one of Sara’s restaurants I would love to hear your experience!

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Fresh juice and a dumpling in Germany

My daughter Brittany and her girlfriend Marie discovered  this cute little restaurant recently during a day of exploring the city. She was excited to take me there.

The menu had a vegetarian/ vegan section which I have noticed that most restaurants in Berlin seem to have. I have not had a problem finding healthy vegan meals at any of the restaurants that we have chosen to eat in so far. My daughter  Brittany was amazed at how easy it has been for me to just scan the menu and find or create delicious vegan meals…even in Germany.

Vegetarian section on the menu

I was also really excited to see that they had fresh juices to order as well.

My refreshing juice

I opted for the ginger,celery,cucumber and mint juice to get the party started. My veggie dumplings arrived just after I finished my delicious fresh juice.

I must admit that one of my favorite meals in Berlin has been the vegetable dumplings from Yumcha Heroes.

My tasty veg dumplings

veggie goodness

Brittany and Tristan ordered a variety of the dumplings plus a tofu stir fry.

I have a feeling we will make our way back here before I head back to Las Vegas.

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Smoothie adventures in Germany

As soon as I arrived to my daughter’s apartment in Berlin she introduced me to her blender.

the most important appliance in the house!

We unpacked my bags and headed out the door for our first shopping trip to stock up the fridge.

With rolling bags in tow we made our way to the local Bio Market about a mile away on foot. The most important ingredients on the list were the smoothie ingredients.

I was so pleased that we could easily find delicious smoothie ingredients in Berlin.

We bought Fresh spinach,fresh Kale,romaine lettuce, Flax seeds, soy milk,strawberries,carrots,cherry tomatoes,bananas,frozen blueberries,grapes and raspberries.

We were ready and armed for our first smoothie…even after sheer exhaustion of approximately 16 hours of travel…I was in the kitchen making a dinner smoothie for me and the family.

I had packed several containers of my JuicePlus Complete and my must have key ingredient brewers yeast in my suit case.

I proceeded to put a bit of each of our ingredients above plus some ice and water to create my official first of many smoothies in Germany.

The first smoothie I ever made in Germany!

I used to say my biggest smoothie fan was my grandson…AKA  The little prince…BUT my daughter Brittany and Tristan equally seem excited for me to prepare my magic smoothies.. The truth be told sometimes they have begged me to make as much as three smoothies a day!! Yes…..three times in a day!!!

I feel so happy that I was able to capture my grandsons play by-play moves as he enjoys his smoothie!

Love at first sight

Mmmm... I wants some of yours Mom!

Jameson had already finished his smoothie and now he was moving in on Mom’s.

Yours tastes even better than mine

I think I will do a happy dance!

The Joy in Jameson was rising big time!

More please

Can't you see that I am very busy with my smoothie?

Thanks Lula you are the best smoothie maker on the planet!!

Sometimes I feel like a puppy who is so happy to get a cuddle.

When it comes to my loved ones complimenting my Plantfire cooking skills I just get more drive and desire to continue feeding them.

When I prepare something that they love and that I know truly nourishes their bodies and tastes delicious… my heart just grows fuller and happier.

I would love to hear your best smoothie sharing stories! Also feel free to share your favorite smoothie recipes!

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Healthy hugs from Berlin,