What Lucy Thinks About The Natural Sisters Cafe in Joshua Tree, CA

What Lucy Thinks AboutBy Lucy Shannon*

The first time I tried the food that would become The Natural Sisters Cafe, they were vending at the Joshua Tree Events Center.  A fully-functioning restaurant was still a dream at the time.  I was impressed then, and I’m even more impressed now.

If you tell me that your offerings are natural, I’m automatically expecting you to know what that means, and to live up to it.  The Natural Sisters know natural foods.  They know how to prepare it, and how to present it.  If you’re into health food, you know that getting it right takes skill.  Lots of skill.

Natural Sisters Wheat Grass Wheat Grass Shot & Joshua Tree Coffee Co. Coffee

Natural Sisters Breakfast 1

Veggie and Hummus Wrap

Desert Sunrise Smoothie

Natural Sisters

My hands-down favorite meal at The Natural Sisters Cafe is their biscuits and gravy.  They are made from scratch, feature vegetarian sausage, and are covered in their luscious gravy.  It’s too much food for one, but now that I indulge in breakfast with my handsome cowboy, I can order it and a muffin or a smoothie and share all of it.

Did I mention that all of their offerings are vegetarian or vegan?  You’re right.  I didn’t.  Stan and Joe don’t miss the meat when they eat there, which is testament to the fact that you probably won’t focus on that, either.

The Natural Sisters Cafe is one of those restaurants where you can order anything on the menu.  Their smoothies, egg bagels, create your own sandwich, salads, soup of the day, and fresh juices happen to be my favorites.  I wonder what your favorites will be!

The Natural Sisters Cafe

61695 8 29 Palms Hwy

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

(760) 366-3600

Almost forgot the stars!  The Natural Sisters Cafe is a solid five out of five stars!

*Lucy Shannon is a character in the Natural Gifts series of uplifting paranormal romances by Gina Briganti.  You can read the story of how Lucy Shannon fell in love with her cowboy in shining spurs in Desert Sunrise, book 2 of the series.  The Natural Sisters Cafe, and this review of The Natural Sisters Cafe, are real.

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Dana Cooks…Mini Pumpkin Pie Muffins

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In my Natural Gifts series of uplifting paranormal romances, one of my characters is a celebrity cookbook author.  Today I’d like to share a lovely fall recipe from the fictional Dana Carapelli-Jacobs’ cookbook series, Dana Cooks For The Holidays.

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It’s a cool fall afternoon, and I miss Carter, Jenny, and Jason coming through the door with the stories of their day. Thank goodness I will see them soon for the Thanksgiving holiday.

I think Carter and Jenny miss us, too, which is why I thought it would be sweet to send them a batch of goodies from home. Both kids love pumpkin pie, which inspired me to bake a treat they can pop in their mouths while they run from one class to another. As Jason often says, “No plate, no fork, perfect.”

I’m thrilled with these muffins. The middle tastes like pumpkin pie, and the walnuts I sprinkled on top of them right before putting them in the oven gained a warm, roasted flavor.

I’m especially happy that these easy, sweet treats are bursting with fall flavor, but do not contain any refined sugar, gluten, or dairy products.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Muffins 

Ingredients:  Remember to use organic ingredients if you can.

1/2 cup coconut flour (Well-stocked grocery stores have this now, as well as health food stores)
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup pumpkin purée
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
6 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup raw honey
3 tablespoons walnuts, chopped

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.   Combine the coconut flour, pumpkin pie spice, and baking powder together.

In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients, except for the walnuts, until well blended. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin purée mixture, and mix well until smooth.

Fill each mini muffin cup 3/4 full; the batter will rise a little.

Bake for 11 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the largest muffin comes out clean.

Makes one dozen mini muffins.

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As always, thank you for reading,

Gina

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Gina Briganti is Interviewed by Rita Lee Chapman, Author of “Winston: A Horse’s Tale”

I truly enjoyed getting to know Rita, and reading her charming story about Winston.  My review of Winston, A Horse’s Tale is on Amazon and GoodReads.  Have a look at it if you’re interested in the horse’s view of life.  I’m definitely happy that I read it.

Rita was looking for authors to interview a few months ago, so I looked into her, and her books, and found yet another reason to enjoy the self-publishing journey and community.  I connected with Rita and away we went with the interview you can now read on her site.   Rita’s interview included some new, fun questions I haven’t been asked before. I hope you enjoy reading my interview with Rita.

As always, thank you for reading,

Gina

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A New Author Interview With Yours Truly

Jaideep khanduja is a fellow author whose books include

http://www.amazon.com/Dry-Tears-Eyes-jaideep-khanduja-ebook/dp/B0084TBMYW/ref=asap_B007HZ263U_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412723456&sr=1-2

and

http://www.amazon.com/Project-Management-Ultimate-Journey-Assurance-ebook/dp/B007HONT9G/ref=asap_B007HZ263U_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412723456&sr=1-1

He took the time to ask me a few questions that I found fun and interesting to answer. I hope you enjoy reading them.

http://pebbleinthestillwaters.blogspot.in/2014/10/author-interview-gina-briganti-author.html

As always, thank you for reading,

Gina

Would You Give Back, or Erase, Your Natural Gift?

My dear friend and fellow author Melissa Barker-Simpson (Hands of Evil) hosted this post for the release of Desert Sunrise, book two of my Natural Gifts series. In this post, five of the characters from the series answer the question of whether or not they would give their gifts back, or erase them, if they could.

If you’re new to the series, you can catch up by reading the first book in the series, The Dreaming.The Dreaming

Thank you, Mel, for always being wonderful.

And as always, thank you for reading.

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It’s Release Day: Desert Sunrise by Gina Briganti (Book 2, Natural Gifts)

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Desert Sunrise by Gina Briganti, the second full-length book in the Natural Gifts series, is now available for Kindle and in paperback! If you want a signed paperback, let me know; Amazon doesn’t have them.  Desert Sunrise is an uplifting paranormal romance, and the Natural Gifts series is where fate gets a good name.

I’ve been enjoying this story for four years, and now I am able to share it with all of you!

This is what it’s about – Back Cover Blurb:

Life is good for Lucy Shannon. Love will be too, when the man she knows is out there for her finally shows up. Until then she is going to enjoy herself. So what if her ex-fiance tossed her heart into a blender? Years of therapy had put that in perspective.

Stan Spellman doesn’t think like her. Not in the least. Sure, life is good. He does what he loves every day, spends a pleasurable night with a woman when he wants to. Love? Happily ever after? He’s seen the rare occurrence of it. That’s as far as his thinking on the subject goes.

They’re both scheduled for a wake-up call that will change their lives forever, fulfilling dreams they never knew they had.

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