So this year I asked for one thing for my b-day: to go camping somewhere it smells like pine needles, where I can swim in a clean lake, go for a hike, eat 1,000 s’mores, and drink beer for breakfast. Basically, a place where adulting is a no-no.While I love the outdoors and have the chance to venture further into nature, I know that is not the case with everyone. I am not a “glamper,” but Hipcamp makes me think I could be converted. Teepee camping? Yes, please.
Ya see, I have started a weekly tradition of going to a Women’s Leadership Circle every Friday with my girl, Gigi. Gigi provides women a space to share from their hearts, connect, inspire & be inspired, and just be. It’s been a place for me to grow and to reflect.
While recording Gigi’s Modern Sacred Circle podcast, she posed the question of “What nourishes your soul?” Among my many answers was being barefoot and being in the grass, floating around in water, being a bit dirty at the end of the day from being outside. Maybe it’s because I’m an August baby and I thrive in the summer, and nostalgia brings me back to chasing my brother in our backyard, catching frogs in our backwoods, and climbing trees. But I also think back on the times that I have felt truly satiated, and it’s always been when I can most deeply connect with myself, others, and nature.
A moment came to mind when I first realized how happy being in a forest with water made me. I was trekking through the rainforest for 4 days in Costa Rica with a group of teenagers about 6-7 years ago. (I was their chaperone). We spent 3 days hiking through a reserve with river crossings, jumping off logs and rocks into the water, and sleeping on wooden floors of homes where we were so fortunate to be guests. I went to sleep every night with a giant smile and happiness in my heart.
So as I said before, while this is me, I wonder what nourishes your soul? Is it the same? Is it bringing together community? Spending time with family? Teaching? I open the floor to you all. Comment below to share.
So in case you don’t often get around a campfire, due to choice or lack of convenience, I am sharing with you a simple 20 minute vegan dessert for you to share at your BBQ, your Friday night family movies, or simply you and your love.
Caramelized banana s'mores (vegan)
Simple vegan dessert for those who don't want to start a campfire.
- 1.5 tbsp coconut oil divided
- 2-2 large ripe bananas sliced
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3/4 sleeve vegan graham crackers i.e.Trader Joe's
- 1 dark chocolate bar (Alter Eco) roughly chopped
- 3/4-1 c mini vegan marshmallows Dandei's brand
Heat 1 tbsp. coconut oil over medium heat in an oven proof skillet.
Place the banana slices in the skillet and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Add maple syrup and vanilla extract.
Allow bananas to caramelize for 2-3 minutes on 1 side, using tongs, flip and repeat. Turn off burner.
Remove bananas from skillet and place in a bowl or on a plate.
Add 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil to the skillet to avoid graham crackers from sticking.
Break graham crackers into halves or thirds and use them to cover the bottom of the skillet.
Top with banana slices, chocolate, and marshmallows.
Place underneath your broiler on a rack about 6″ from the top to melt the chocolate and brown the marshmallows, about 2-3 minutes. Watch to make sure that the mallows don’t burn!
Remove and serve immediately.