Attitude of Gratitude + Raw Dessert = Happy Me

Hey y'all, how was your weekend? Mine was interesting and has left me with such a feeling of gratitude.

It's amazing how much we rely on power in our society. Every little thing depends on it... imagine having to live with - no lights, no water, no toilets, no tv, no internet, no portable phones, no dishwasher, no heat, no air conditioning, no fridge/freezer, blender - just to name a few of the big ones. This happens from time to time here. I'm extremely fortunate. I have a lake full of water which can be used to fill up the toilet tank to flush if really necessary. I have a wood stove for heat, which can also be used to heat up water, and I have a lot of windows which allow for plenty of natural light.

Rewind to Friday. I started a chocolate strawberry cake for a baby shower. Chocolate macadamia mousse (Just Desserts), and strawberry layer (same as the mousse but sans the cacao, and strawberries added) on an almond coconut honey crust, garnished with kiwi slices.

On Saturday morning I still needed to do the strawberry layer, so by chance, hopped out of bed pretty early to do it (it's rare that I am working on a dessert before 9am). Had just finished when.... the power went out! That means no electricity, and since we are on well water - no water either. Major UGH! Turned out my whole town was without power - which continued all day, until about 6pm. Everything closed down - all stores, and all but one gas station which was powered by a generator (runs on gas). I managed to draw upon the last bit of water in the system to get a 2 minute shower. The baby shower still happened, and fun was had by all.

The experience left me with such a feeling of gratitude for all I have. It also makes me stop and think twice about how much water and power I consume. Has your power ever gone out? What did you do about it? Does the thought of no power scare you?

I made a small strawberry tart with leftovers...

... decorated with johnny jump ups! I love these flowers - when they're standing in a bunch, I think they look like proud little people.

That evening I was time to celebrate (more than just the return of the electricity). One of my closest friends, Marcy, is getting married in August, so a "wedding social" was held in their honor, in a nearby town. I'm not sure if this is something people do in other places, but up here it's a great way for people to make some cash. I'm going to buy my dress for the wedding (I'm in the bridal party) next weekend when I travel to the city!

I just love summer! Wishing you a great day! 

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  1. May 31, 2010 at 18:17

    This cake looks so pretty and i love the edible flowers!

  2. May 31, 2010 at 18:20

    can't believe the cake was made just in time. it was meant to be! <br /><br />flowers on cake--even yummier.

  3. May 31, 2010 at 18:20

    That cake looks so beautiful! I'm inviting you to my baby shower! LOL! :)<br /><br />Sorry about the electricity, I wouldn't know what to do (especially in the 100 degree weather we've been having!). Glad it all worked out though and you got to enjoy! XO

  4. May 31, 2010 at 18:31

    we had a power outage back in 2006 (i believe it was most of ontario and parts of the US as well)...i was actually working on the 66th floor of first canadian place (tallest building in toronto) and had to walk down all those flights of stairs in pitch was pretty scary...and i also had to find a way home...nothing was running...and all of the traffic lights were out...chaos...the power was out for a couple of days...i've actually been thinking about power and what would happen if it were gone for good...and it definitely makes me thankful for everything we have in our society...<br /><br />we have bridal showers and stags for the wedding couple...showers are usually for kitchen appliances and the bride and groom register at certain department stores...and stags are for making money, people usually see the stag as a way to make cash for the honeymoon...and the wedding is usually where the couple makes most of the least that has been a tradition in my family and john's family. not sure all ontarians/canadians practice this...<br /><br />you look so beautiful in the picture...<br /><br />and the cake looks amazing my girl!<br /><br />have a beautiful monday...

  5. May 31, 2010 at 18:45

    heather you glow in your pictures, it's very easy to tell your nutrition and health are perfect and in tune with your body's needs.<br /><br />i am amazed at the precision in your food creations, the pictures could fill their own coffee-table book. You should consider publishing an all-picture

  6. May 31, 2010 at 18:48

    Wow!!! That is such a beautiful cake! <br /><br />My electricity goes out a lot when it's storming . . . but usually just for a few minutes!

  7. May 31, 2010 at 19:20

    Amazing post Heathy..glad everything turned out...that is one beautiful dessert!

  8. May 31, 2010 at 19:59

    That looks like a cake from a fancy resort somewhere warm and lovely.

  9. May 31, 2010 at 20:03

    Another lovely dessert! Your friends are so lucky to be eating your yummy creations. <br /><br />I hear you about being grateful for power. It's hard to imagine life without it until it's gone. I grew up in the "sticks" so power outages were common, especially in the winter months. And I've traveled to areas where things like power and running water aren't an affordable or available option for most people. We are truly blessed to have such amazing luxuries in our day to day lives.

  10. May 31, 2010 at 20:09

    You look gorgeous in this picture and so do the cakes. You have got me on a sweet spree I think - as I pull out my raw cake I made today to ice ;)

  11. May 31, 2010 at 23:59

    Heather, you look so radiant, girlie! The cake and tarts look super delish. Glad you were able to make them in time :)

  12. June 1, 2010 at 00:13

    I live in an ecovillage and so we are often talking/thinking/planning for a more "sustainable" lifestyle - one where we grow more and more of our own food, use solar power, have alternative sources of heat, etc. <br /><br />I have thought many times about what would my life look like without all the things I take for granted. And as you said, I always come back to a place of deep, deep gratitude.

  13. Carol Giambri
    June 1, 2010 at 00:22

    The cake and you both "are" beautiful!<br /><br />You look GREAT!!!!!!!!

  14. June 1, 2010 at 01:51

    Heathy,<br />The cake is amazing as usual. I love how vibrant the colours are in healthy, natural foods.<br /><br />Like Nelly, I remember the power outage that occurred in Southern Ontario and the U.S. a few years ago. It was actually a really wonderful time for me. Friends got together. We ate the contents of the freezer (vegan ice cream and frozen berries) outside under the stars. We told stories until we got too tired to think. It was pretty fantastic. Sometimes it takes a power outage to make us all stop and notice the real light in our lives.

  15. June 1, 2010 at 02:21

    The colors on the cake is stunning!! Almost to pretty to eat ; ) <br /><br />Oh yes I get a little nervous and scared when the power goes out. In Florida, we experienced a lot of power outages with hurricane season, so having a generator helps ; )

  16. June 1, 2010 at 02:55

    wonderful pic and post can't wait to try the recipe<br />i had power go out when I lived in a rural area for about 18 hours in winter I lit every candle I had for warmth and holed up in the smallest bedroom with all my heavy sweaters and wool hiking sox it worked pretty well good time to be raw with no cooking method

  17. June 1, 2010 at 20:10

    Beautiful cake! I have been without power for days at a time in the heat of summer, more than once, post hurricane. I have also been without power in sub-freezing weather following an ice storm. That lasted the better part of a week as well. Yes, it makes you thankful, and yes it is inconvenient. It also has it's hidden blessings, one being, you actually get to see the stars (no city light glare to block it out) and neighbors tend to get to know each other (sometimes for the first time).

  18. June 1, 2010 at 22:07

    I love your reaction of gratitude to the power outage and I love that you brought up the fact that it's so easy to forget all that we rely upon. <br /><br />I lived without electricity when I lived in Hawaii, and without a shower for some of the time too. Now, living in Alaska, we have no plumbing but we do have electricity. Hauling all the water for irrigating the garden in the short summer, drinking, washing, cleaning, sprouting, etc, really makes you very aware of how precious water is and how easy it is to waste it when you can just run it out the faucet. (We need to be conscious of that because we live right on the edge of a very erosive bluff!) <br /><br />Living without electricity and hot water was much easier in Hawaii because of the warmth, but as a raw-foodist it definitely cut down on some of the 'fun stuff' you can do with food.<br /><br />I'm so grateful for your 'gratitude attitude:' there are times when living without has put me into a guilt/deprivation space when I do have something. Gratitude is a healthier and more beautiful response.<br /><br />Blessings to you!<br />love<br />Ela

  19. June 1, 2010 at 23:27

    Thank you all SO MUCH for your responses. Your power stories touched my heart... :)

  20. June 2, 2010 at 02:34

    Gorgeous cake! You never cease to amaze me. <br /><br />And our power is out so often, I am grateful for each day it is on...haha! We do have a generator for the outages that last a few days. Like you, no power, no water.

  21. June 2, 2010 at 16:55

    Beautiful dessert, almost too pretty to eat. My propane tank ran out once and I was without hot water and heat for a couple days, I pretty much lived at my sisters for those days.

  22. June 2, 2010 at 22:51

    That looks incredible! Yum! Wow. So pretty!

  23. June 4, 2010 at 05:56

    your food is the MOST beautiful :) purples and pinks...glorious.<br /><br />love the pic of you!! so lovely and gorgeous!!!

  24. June 18, 2010 at 14:28

    I just got a johnny jump up plant as part of my weekly CSA box of produce! it's cute!

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