The Magic Fabric

The Magic Fabric

Day six of our writer’s retreat here in Gallatin, Tennessee and we were blessed with a photo shoot. Several days prior, a professional photographer chanced upon the premises, curious like so many others about this massive 16,000+ square foot home on 30 acres of sprawling greenery. She was given permission by the owner to glance around the property and wasn’t expecting to run into anyone on her little exploration.

Approaching a couple of us at poolside, we struck up a conversation that led to her scheduling us for a complimentary photo shoot. You can only imagine how ideal this turned out for both sides–we get beautiful photos for free; she gets great publicity via this highly sought-after location!

On photo day, this photographer further exemplified the epitome of southern charm–in conversation and style. She wore some fly boots, even nicer than the ones she wore the first time we met her. Much bling! Boots are her signature.

She had scarves with her. A suitcase full of bright colorful scarves! She brought other props as well, but the scarves impressed me most.

There’s something about a scarf that I never noticed before. A freedom of sorts accompanies this mere square piece of fabric. Is it the vibrant colors that demand attention? Or how about its soft, silky texture that makes it a welcomed addition to almost any wardrobe? Whether for practicality or sophistication, a scarf fits the bill.

During the photo shoot, we wrapped the fabric around our necks and shoulders. We ran across the meadow, letting it pose as wings behind us (or, as in my clumsy moment, letting it wrap itself across my face while twirling and prancing).

After the photo shoot, the photographer blessed us each with a scarf to keep. What a generous gesture! Who knew that such a gesture would cause me to think so “deeply” about scarves? I mean, they’ve been hanging around me (haha, pun intended) for decades without fanfare–just serving their purpose.

The scarf’s versatility is amazing when you really stop to think about it. In fact, because I am stopping and thinking about it, let me share with you several of the many uses it has…







Running with a scarf in the wind. Don’t know that I’ve ever done that before in my life. How fun!








Put a scarf on today. Let it energize and free you! Let the magic of the scarf take you to a new place of appreciation that no other little square piece of fabric could possibly do.

Love & RAWspect


Simple instructions for sprouting and soaking nuts and seeds

Simple instructions for sprouting and soaking nuts and seeds

This article is re-posted compliments of:

If you’ve started reading raw cookbooks, you’ve probably noticed that soaking nuts and seeds is a pretty common practice!

The main reason soaking nuts and seeds is so important is because they contain enzyme inhibitors.

The purpose of these enzyme inhibitors is to protect the nut or seed until it has what it needs for growing.

Nature allowed the inhibitors and toxic substances to be easily removed when the conditions (enough rain and sun) were met.

In nature, when it rains the nut gets enough moisture so it can germinate and produce a plant. The plant then continues to grow with the sunlight.

By soaking nuts and seeds, you release these toxic enzyme inhibitors AND increase the life and vitality contained within them!

The Benefits of Soaking Nuts and Seeds

  • Enzyme inhibitors get neutralized.
  • The amount of vitamins your body can absorb increases.
  • Phytic acid, which inhibits the absorption of vital minerals, is reduced.

Soaking times vary with the nut. Generally the more dense the nut, the longer the soaking time. Ideally, soaking should be done at room temperature.

Soaking Nuts and Seeds

  1. Gather your raw, organic nuts or seeds.
  2. Rinse them in purified or distilled water.
  3. Place them in a glass or stainless steel bowl.

  1. Cover with twice as much water as the nuts or seeds. (1 cup of nuts to 2 cups of water).
  2. Cover the bowl with something breathable like a cloth towel.
  3. Drain and rinse the nuts or seeds every 3 or 4 hours.

The soak water will contain the enzyme inhibitors which is very acidic to the body so make sure to rinse your nuts and seeds well.

Sprouting Nuts and Seeds

  1. Follow the process above for soaking nuts and seeds.
  2. Place the soaked and rinsed nuts or seeds in a sprouting jar. You can get this online or at a health food store.
  3. Cover the jar with screening, cheesecloth, or sprouting lids.

  1. Put the jar face down, at an angle in a low light place. A dish rack or a high rimmed bowl works well because it allows the excess water to drain out.
  2. Rinse every 8 hours. To rinse: Fill jar with water. Shake vigorously. Drain. Repeat 2-3 times.

Make sure you drain the jar well. Seeds
that sit in water can spoil the whole jar!

  1. Once sprouting begins, place in a sun lit area. Don’t place in direct sunlight though. Continue to rinse every 8 hours.
  2. Let the sprouts grow for the suggested number of days.

After the final rinse, let the sprouts dry completely! They should be dry to the touch. This is very important! Refrigerated produce dies quickly.

The sprouts can then be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.

Below is a soaking and sprouting chart for almost of the nuts that you’ll ever use in your raw meals.

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