Sweet Bella Vita

a dash of motherhood… a sprinkle of homeschooling… and a pinch of photography ( with a side of compassion )

Summer Solstice

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Happy Summer Solstice ….


absolutely one of my favourite days of the year 🙂




vegan chocolate macadamia biscotti

So my husband played around with a recipe for the last couple of weeks… and he finally got it to where we all love the biscotti !

1 and 1/3 cup of brown rice flour flour

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1/3 cup cup of coconut sugar

mix the above together

1/3 cup of macadamia nuts

1/3 cup of chocolate chips ( or more if you like more chocolate )

put the chocolate and macadamia nuts in food processors to have smaller chunks


1 vegan egg replacement (1 tablespoon of ground flax with 3 tablespoons of water )




1/3 cup of maple syrup

2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

then mix all the ingredients together and roll  to form shape




cut into cookies and place on cooking sheet at 325 degrees for 27 minutes ( depends on your oven )


they should come out a perfect blend of crunchy and chewy



enjoy !


note: it is always fun to change recipes to ones liking … so maybe use a different flour , or more chocolate / macadamia or bake for longer if a crunchy biscotti is desired 😉

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beautiful body shout out!

Last week I started following on twitter  a photographer that I greatly admire and have liked for some time on facebook

She  joined the twitter world with her new beautiful body project …  and I was in awe when she gave me a shout out on twitter… it was one of those moments like meeting a movie star you like type thing only WAY better!!!!

Beautiful Body ProjBeautiful Body Proj ‏@ABeautBodyProj27 May

Connect to @sweetbellavita & @Birthsandmore two inspiring mothers who are making a differnece! #mom #moms #women #motherhood

and then I thanked her , as I was so giddy with excitement!

Lisa Lisa @sweetbellavita28 May

Thanks for the love @ABeautBodyProj You are an inspiration as well, with this awesome project #mom #moms #pregnancy #woman #photography

and her reply was

Beautiful Body ProjBeautiful Body Proj ‏@ABeautBodyProj28 May

@sweetbellavita Thank you for being the change you want to see in the world!

I encourage you to go check out her site  http://jadebeall.com/
Whether you are a man or a woman… her pictures are RAW, REAL  and emotional … and best of all strong and powerful!
you can find her facebook page here

her twitter beautiful body page here

and she has a kickstart page going on … if you want to encourage her in this amazing project!

Thanks for being the change Jade , you are an amazing soul!



organic coop farm

So once a week, I take the kids, get in the car and drive out to a farm…

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Not any kind of farm but an organic vegetable farm  🙂


They also grow organic flowers that my kids love picking


we say hello to these little guys one our way to the farm


it is called

Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm


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We have been members for a few years now and could not imagine not being members


The first year was a learning experience, as it introduced us to some veggies that we were not familiar with and we experimented with how to cook or prepare them to our liking.


Now every week we look forward  to the surprise of what will be in the basket … and enjoy opening the fridge and looking at what we have to make to eat  in the days that follow.


This coop is run by an awesome group of people, who share my passion about organic food.


So what’s the point?

The grocery store is right around the corner.

Yes, it is, and if you are lucky, maybe it carries some organic produce…


even if it does, isn’t it great to support your local farmer? and get it fresh right from the farm?

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I strongly encourage you to look up a csa ( community supported agriculture ) nearby …

support your local farmer


and remember if you ate today … thank a farmer 😉

Thanks Frédéric, Reid, Renée, Emily, and Dan ! You guys ROCK!!!


They have the most amazing garlic … mummmmmm

If you have any questions  about being part of a coop let me know …

Also if you belong to one, please share something you love about it~


My only disappointment is that it doesn’t run all year


If you are not as lucky as we are, and have no access to a CSA,

check out your local farmers market;

or grow your own food 🙂