Raw Vegan Marzipan Balls

cocomarzipanballs

Prep time: 30 min
Servings: 15-20 pieces

Ingredients for marzipan:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 5 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract OR rosewater

Ingredients for chocolate:

  • 1/3 cup of virgin coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup raw unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes OR coarsely chopped pistachio nuts

Directions for marzipan:

  1. In a bowl, combine almond flour, maple syrup and vanilla/rosewater extract and knead with your hands until you have a firm, sticky dough.
  2. Pinch off about 1 tablespoon of dough to form a round, small marzipan ball.

Directions for chocolate:

  1. Pour coconut oil into a tall cup and add maple syrup and cacao powder; stir until well incorporated.
  2. Dip a marzipan ball into the chocolate (I use a spoon and my hands).
  3. Immediately roll it in coconut flakes/pistachio nuts until fully covered and perfectly round.
  4. Set on a plate and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

35th Annual Thunderbird Pow Wow

Thunderbird Powwow Dancers

Thunderbird Powwow held at the Queens County Farm Museum in Queens, NY between July 24th to July 26th featured dancers, clothing and jewelry from more than 40 Native American nations.

Here were some #powwow Instagram posts of the event:

Pow Wow Social Media

Pow Wow Social Media

Pow Wow Social Media

Pow Wow Social Media

The natural setting of the Queen County Farm Museum was the perfect setting for a Pow Wow dance.

For additional information about future Thunderbird Pow Wow events, visit
Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. And check out the Queens County Farm Museum when you can.

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A Hungry Alpaca

A Day at the Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh MuseumLocated in Amsterdam’s Museumplein district, the Van Gogh Museum boasts the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings and drawings in the world. It is centrally located and it was a lovely walk from our hotel.

If you’re ever in Amsterdam, be sure to check out first hand The Bedroom, Almond Blossom, Cypresses with Two Women, Starry Night Over The Rhone, The Night Café, Landscape at Twilight and what is widely believed to be his last work, Wheatfield with Crows. You won’t regret it.

Not surprisingly, Van Gogh inspired a new generation of artists, whose works are also featured in the museum collection. These were a few of my personal favorites:

Odilon Redon, The Red Tree, 1905

Odilon Redon, The Red Tree, 1905

Odilon Redon, The Buddha, 1904

Odilon Redon, The Buddha, 1904

Kees van Dongen, The Blue Dress, 1911

Kees van Dongen, The Blue Dress, 1911

Pierre Bonnard, Montmartre in the Rain, 1897

Pierre Bonnard, Montmartre in the Rain, 1897

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