CHOCOLATE CAKE & BASIL LEMONADE

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It's been over 6 months since I started teaching and let me tell you guys, I love to teach.

I love that I get to share with others what I know and to see how much it helps them grow. I love to build community and see each student interact with each other. I love the relationships that lasts after the class - I've made so many friends and clients from teaching!

One of my favorite things lately, that I love about teaching, it how the small little things like fresh home-made basil lemonade, chocolate cake and flowers from my garden can welcome and celebrate the students and the class. It celebrates their commitment to learning and growing. Making it feel more like a gathering, an event, a celebration.

If you're thinking about teaching your own class, check out these 10 easy steps.

The cake I made was simple and so delicious - it was also gluten, dairy and sugar-free. The basil lemonade was so fresh and summery.

Sugar-Free Chocolate Cake

  • 1 1/2 cup of almond meal
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 ts of baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 cup of pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tb of coconut oil
  • 2 ts of vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Mix together all dry ingredients (almond meal, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt) in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Place the dates and water in a food processor or strong blender and blend until it forms a smooth paste.
  4. Mix the date paste with the wet ingredients (eggs, coconut oil, vanilla), and mix until smooth.
  5. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir until smooth.
  6. Grease an 8" round cake pan and pour in batter.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for at least 10-15 minutes before serving so that it has time to set.

Strawberries & Chocolate Glaze

  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 4 Tb of coconut oil, melted
  • 4 Tb of maple syrup
  • 4-5 strawberries
  1. Slice strawberries thin and cover the entire top of the cake.
  2. Mix the first 3 ingredients well in blender.
  3. Drizzle over cake. Let cool in fridge for more a hardened chocolate glaze.

 

Basil Lemonade

  • 6-8 lemons
  • 8-10 cups of filtered, cold water
  • agave or maple syrup
  • hand full (8-10 sprigs) of fresh basil leaves
  1. Roll each lemon to release the juice.
  2. Cut lemons in half and squeeze into pitcher.
  3. Fill pitcher with water till it tastes slightly tangy. You can always add more water afterwords.
  4. Add sweetener to taste. I usually add 1/4-1/2 cup of agave sweetener.
  5. Chop basil and mix in.
  6. Slice a few lemons, coin style, to garnish.
  7. Serve over ice and keep chilled.

CAMPS, COURSES & CONFERENCES

camp-courses-and-conferences-23 As a self-taught artist, I learned early on that a constant flow of education and inspiration is mandatory for my personal and business growth. It's like the fuel that feeds my fire.

Lately, I've seen workshops, e-courses, classes, conferences and camps popping up all over the country. It's no surprise to me that more and more people want to share what they know with others because I believe that most of us were put on this earth to do exactly that. And two (or several) people/brains are better than one, right?

The obvious reasons to participate/purchase/attend a class, course or conference are:

  1. Connections - whether you're attending an event in person or online, the connections you develop with others who attend, teach or speak are priceless.
  2. Inspiration - Sometimes inspiration comes from photographs, nature or music. Other times I find endless inspiration from others. Participating in a conference, course or camp gets you out of your own head and watching and experiencing others.
  3. Learn - I am proud of the fact I am an entrepreneur living my dream and I couldn't have done any of this without the help of courses or conferences. I have yet to attend a camp, but I have a feeling they help you learn new ways to pave your own path too.

So here are my favorite camps, courses and conferences (most I have yet to attend) that promise a bucket full of inspiration and education.

Conferences

This year, I've attended 2 conferences and met dozens of creatives, speakers and leaders who were a part of them. Most of my business is based online, so the value of having face-to-face-shake-their-hand conversations with real people is priceless. I walked away with lasting impressions, business cards and the feeling I wasn't alone and that others want to connect too. Here are a few I have my eyes on and a few that I attended this year:

Courses

I am no stranger to e-courses. This year alone I purchased 2 out of 3 of the e-courses that Braid offers. I then ultimately hired them to help guide me to where I am today. Check out their courses and some other awesome online courses that look interesting:

Camps

I have yet to attend a camp, besides the ones in grammar school, but love the idea of taking consecutive days off to from work to shift your focus and thinking. Here are a few that sound pretty inspiring:

Resources

Here a few additional resources to find camps, courses or conferences:

Have you attended/taken or purchased any camps, courses or conferences lately? I am always on the hunt, do you have any recommendations?

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