Pairing Pasta with Sauce | Bon Appétit

Matching pasta shapes to sauces play a bigger part in sauce pairings. Choosing the right pasta depends on the topping. 

Tubular shapes like penne and ziti are perfect with thick sauces 

Wide, flat pastas like pappardelle are ideal for soaking up creamy sauces, the wider the noodle, the heavier the sauce.

Long, round pastas like spaghetti are best with olive oil- and tomato-based sauces. 

Chunky vegetable sauces absolutely go better with short pastas 

Choosing a pasta shape to suit the nature of your sauce makes a big difference to the finished dish. 

love, #krishna 

A Mind as Clear as Air Ocean Meditation

The ocean is a great place for meditation. At the beach, the boundaries between sand, sea and sky become one. It can be difficult to tell exactly where one ends and another begins. As waves reach the shore, they soak into the sand; crashing waves stir up sand, mixing it with water. Ocean mist rises as breaking waves curl around and splash through the air. This merger of water, earth and air can be a helpful creative visualization for meditation. 

With your body receiving the breath like sand receives water, allow the mind, your attention, to infuse all elements. The interaction of ocean and air creates bubbles in the water; the sand has space for air between each grain. As the air is present in both the water and sand, let your mind follow each movement and stay present with the breath and body until the breath serves to unite  mind and body just as the sea blends with the air and sand at the water’s edge. 

love, #krishna 

Creative Living 

This year The New Living Expo is celebrating! They have an incredible line-up of speakers, best-selling authors, presentations on mindfulness, spirituality, wellness and conscious living. 

It’s been a blast engaging our senses  in the very latest in nurturing and sustainably-sourced products and services for your body, mind and soul. 

It’s been great so far to participate in meditation, qigong, yoga and get a massage. We find our own  alchemy at New Living Expo.

love, #krishna

Strawberry Caprese Salad 

Fresh, in-season strawberries arugula and spinach accompany vegan mozzarella cheese in this refreshing salad.


Strawberry Caprese Salad make this simple caprese salad extra special! It is a great salad for spring! 

love, #krishna 

Super-Simple, Kid-Friendly Smoothies

Smoothies are popular in our house, even with kids who claim to not like many fruits, or yogurt. 

When you are introducing your kids to smoothies, make sure the ingredients are to their liking. If they love chocolate, make a chocolate flavored smoothie with a dash of fruit. Make the idea of smoothies exciting, children love to be involved in the process. Let them make smoothies with fruits of their choice, on the condition that they will drink it. Guide them to make sure that the smoothie they make is edible. Lol. 

You are lucky if your child likes eating vegetables. Otherwise, you can disguise the tastes of vegetables with fruits or yogurt. For example, if you want to add broccoli or spinach to the smoothie, you can add a strawberry, banana, or grapefruit to give it a sweet and tangy flavor. To make smoothies fun during summer, you can make Popsicles and add them into the smoothie.  

The good news is that smoothies are extremely flexible. If your house doesn’t drink cow’s milk, you can always substitute with almond, coconut, rice or soy milk. You can use the yogurt of your choice and honey or agave are both great natural sweeteners. 

The kids can choose the flavor of the juice – orange, apple, cranberry or even coconut water. 

Here are a couple of our favorite super simple kid-friendly smoothies 
Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Makes one serving

Ingredients:

1/2 banana

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 cup frozen strawberries

1/4 cup orange juice

Drizzle of honey or agave 

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until combined and serve.

Mango Orange Smoothie

Makes one serving

Ingredients:

1 mango, cubed (or one cup frozen mango)

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

1/2 tablespoon honey or agave 

Combine together and serve! 

Last but not least is favorite 

Blueberry Bliss Smoothie

Makes one serving

Ingredients:

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 cup frozen blueberries

2 teaspoons honey

Combine and serve! 

Smoothies for kids are healthy and easy to make and can be had any time of the day. You can serve them during breakfast or as evening snacks. The popularity of smoothies has encouraged businesses to come up with ready-to-go smoothies in different flavors. Dr. Smoothie, Suja, Happy Planet, Happy Monkey, and Innocent Smoothie For Kids are among the most popular smoothie brands in the market today. While it is fine to pick one of these packs, homemade smoothies from fresh fruits and vegetables turn out to be the best in the long run. 

Fruity smoothies are a fun and healthy way to start your child’s day! It’s a power breakfast. The best part? They’re super-easy to create. 

love, #krishna 

Homemade Honey Face Mask 

Overnight masks- commonly referred to as sleeping packs in Seoul or sleep masks- are a Korean-beauty gem. #seoul #love 

Sleep masks are essentially just lightweight, yet incredibly potent, night “creams” that you slather on your face minutes before bed as the last step of your skin-care routine.  

Our homemade DIY hydrators and soothers into your skin barrier—all of which translates to a glowier-faced you when you wake up. 

Honey has antioxidants that benefit the body in many ways and can help moisturize and heal the skin. When used with tomato, it helps to make your skin appear brighter and flawless.

You will need : 

Raw Honey

Tomato

Method – DIY Mash a tomato and add a tbsp of honey to it. Use the mixture to reduce dark spots, brown spots, pigmentation and help to regenerate skin cells while you sleep. Apply mixture and leave on overnight. Rinse off in the morning. 

Amazing all natural homemade face masks with 2 ingredients.


love, #krishna 

Stand Up For Yourself Gracefully 

Intuition is knowing when to say no, and when you can move your limits.

Learn to feel it in your body – are there any situations where your body tells you to stand up for yourself more? Doing it all with grace will make it feel so much better. You probably do this already, but getting aware of the process can make it all feel more meaningful. 

love, #krishna 

Ideas for Cute Easter Cupcakes

Try these easy decorating ideas for an adorable, festive array of Easter desserts. 

Coconut Chick Cupcakes 

Carrot Cinnamon Cupcakes 

Flower Power Cupcakes 

Cute Bunny Cupcakes with extra nutmeg and cacao 

Celebrate the holiday with colorful and delicious Easter cupcakes made with flavors of choice, vanilla, chocolate, key lime, raspberry, lemon, and more.

love, #krishna 

Decorating Easter Eggs 

Take a break from all the spring crafts you’re making with the kids and make some Easter eggs!

This Easter, take your eggs one step further with these simple decorating techniques. There are a lot of ways to decorate Easter eggs! From homemade natural dyes to using your hot glue gun. 

Dyeing and decorating eggs is an Easter tradition and we are excited to Try a New Twist on Easter Eggs. 

Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (use more to intensify color) in 1 cup of hot water in a heatproof cup, bowl, or jar deep enough to let you submerge an egg completely. To create different tints, vary the dipping time. Using tongs makes dyeing the eggs easy. 

Acheieving desired shades is really easy with a printable egg-dyeing color wheel chart. It provides the dye amount and dipping times. To  create color, using a vibrant egg dye,  speckled eggs, drip eggs, wax covered eggs, pressed flower eggs, marbled paint eggs, funny faces, rubberband striped eggs, plaid taped eggs, natural tie-dye, van gogh eggs, simple sticker and sparkle eggs. 

The type of method you use for egg decorating. Have fun decorating eggs this Easter!

love, #krishna