Bliss Balls

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delicious and easy to make, bliss balls in all their variations are a yummy snack, and have some nutrition in the coconut and tahini especially which is always a bonus when making family treats! and no added sugar…

here is one of my simplest versions…

enjoy

and if you try it out or discover or have another great recipe, send it to me as a comment on my recipes page and share with us all!

in healthy happiness!

ingredients

flesh from one brown coconut (thick white harder flesh)

grate or pulse to fine consistency in food processor

1/2 c almond meal or other nut meal, cashew is good

3 tbsp hulled tahini

250g pitted dates

rehydrate with 1/4 c hot water and mash to paste

1/2 c mixed sunflower seeds and pepitas

optional tspn cinnamon powder or cacao powder

mix til smooth and good consistency to roll into small balls (i vary from marble to lime sized)

roll in dessicated coconut and keep refridgerated when not being munched!!

easy

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enjoy

in-joy!

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see fresh coconut cream curry for tips on how to handle brown coconuts including easy opening method

it helps if you have a child in the background weaving…

and gobbling them as fast as you can roll…Image

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Skip your morning meditation and watch this

In a quiet moment watch this
Film and bask in the gentle nurturing healing hands that hold this baby.
I know I would like to be treated so gently..
My dear friend showed me this months ago and I’ve watched it again and again

Double decker palm basket

Last year I made a great basket to hang inside our door to pop all our shoes into. It’s a little worse for wear as we cram it too full or we have too many shoes…
so on my last day in Queensland I wove up this replacement, a little bigger, a little better technique.

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After the markets on Sunday in port Douglas we escaped to four mile beach. It was so windy, maybe 20-25 kn blowing from the south east , hence masses of kite surfers, wind surfers and my friends who sailed out on a little nacra catamaran.
I watched friends play with their kids and a little training kite, I watched the joy of children running, I sheltered behind some trees, I wove and cherished my last moments with the palms.
I could hear the crackly rustling of palm leaves blowing and the song of the frond in my hands.

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I love the palm as weaving material as it is beautifully patterned, firm, broad, colorful, pliant fibre. The geometry of the styles is satisfying also for someone who has done more wild style weaving.
This basket is modeled on a classic style often used as a bag or carrier, it was the first style i learnt to weave and is sonetimes referred to as a billum bag/ basket. It is woven from sections of two fronds of matching size.
Eight pairs of leaves are interwoven to create this squareish practical, strong sided basket. I have modified the traditional design by weaving one above another on a single set of great ribs. ( the central wooded part of a palm branch )

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I am regretting not photographing the entire process now! I was totally being in the moment and not thinking about this future post, or the fact that it’s hard to find palm weaving tutorials or teachers here in Australia.
Next time…
I am hoping Jesse will bring me some fresh coconut palm on his drive down to meet us in Bellingen next month…
Blessings
( yes it is 3 am, I’m awake after soothing jet lagged Cedar who’s been up crying, but lovingly supported by dear aunty in the freezing midnight hours so all good…)
Hot tip on jet lag, try travelease from the living essences! Amazing at helping me to feel more present, patient and perky today after a dreaded flight.

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I also received an excellent mini body talk balancing from other dear aunty. Ah it’s beautiful to be with my sisters and our gaggle of children!