A refreshing, bright burst of zingy red raspberries is just what your summer morning needs! One wonderful way to have raspberries for breakfast is by making an easy, go-to, quinoa breakfast bowl that you can eat either hot or cold. Our fair trade certified Pearl Quinoa would work best for this breakfast dish, and will really show off the gorgeousness of those red raspberries! Another great thing about this Raspberry Lovers Quinoa Breakfast Bowl is that it is easy to modify! Feel free to use fresh raspberries from your own backyard or frozen. If you’re not a big fan of the licorice taste of anise (like me!), feel free to swap it for some cinnamon. You can even go ahead and make it a blueberry lovers bowl if you really want to, your sweetened quinoa will oblige! I myself am all about those raspberries right now, especially that swirl of raspberry jam to truly set things off; it just seems like the perfect start to a perfect day!
- 2 cups Quinoa, rinsed & use 1/2 cup water LESS than package directions
- 3 cups Frozen Raspberries, thawed
- 1/4 cup fruit sweetened Raspberry Jam
- 4 Star Anise
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- Fresh of Frozen Raspberries
- Chopped Roasted Pistachios
- Raspberry Jam
- In a large saucepan bring all ingredients (excluding toppings) to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until all of the liquid is absorbed, about 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently. Add more water or raspberry juice if needed. Remove star anise & discard. Sweeten to taste. Serve immediately & add toppings if you wish.
- I like frozen raspberries in this recipe. They have lots of flavor & plenty of juices to cook with the quinoa. Flavors really sink the quinoa as it cooks.
- Fair Trade Pearl Quinoa available in shop at Plowshare Fair Trade in Waukesha, or at our Waukesha Farmer's Market Booth on Saturday's from 8 AM -12 PM.
Who knew quinoa could be so sweetly satisfying? It will certainly be equally tasty along with that morning cup of fair trade coffee!
~Jacqueline & Plowshare Fair Trade Marketplace
Recipe via marlameridith.com
It’s time for summertime fun & games! Time for camping, hiking, tailgating, picnics, and days hanging out by the lake. If you’d like to throw some cool, handmade, fair trade fun into the mix, you CAN, as we have some really wonderful, interactive gaming items that are small, lightweight, and easy to take on such trips.
One fair trade favorite we have in the shop are hand crochet Pocket Discs. Crafted in Guatemala from cotton, each Pocket Disc comes in a variety of fun colors and designs, and make a great gift for not just guys and gals, but dogs too! Just toss the pocket disc as you would a frisbee and watch it glide through air!
The story of how Pocket Disc came into creation is quite cute, too. It was basically a young girl’s crochet doily “gone wrong,” which went on to prove that sometimes mistakes can lead to something great - like a flying doily that likes outdoor adventures!
Another fun, fair trade toy we have at Plowshare that’s perfect for playing outside is the classic Hackey Sack! Also crochet handmade in Guatemala, we have a cool assortment of hackey sacks (or “footbags”), that you can get in either a large or small size. And, if you won’t be having much time for outdoor sports due to a summer full of work, they also can be used as a stress ball. But we highly recommend making some time for a fun game of hackey sack with friends & family - it’s such a beautiful time of year, it would be a shame not to get out there & have some fun!
We have started a new page on our website dedicated to something we all spend a lot of time thinking about - FOOD!
Fair trade food, of course!
We have a fun assortment of fair trade food here at Plowshare, with a few exciting newbies arriving this year, such as Freekeh, Long Grain Rice, Aromatic Rice, and new chocolate flavors Such as Dark Salt & Malt, Dark Salted Almond, and Super Blackout.
New foods, such as the smokey grain freekeh, made us aware that not everyone may know what tasty goodness can be made out of such ingredients. With freekeh you can use it as you would rice. But why simply say that, when we can show you how tasty freekeh can be!
So we’ve started the Fair Trade Foodie page, a place where we can collect delectable recipes from around the world in a place where you can easily access them and give them a try. We currently have categories for quinoa, rice, freekeh, Women’s Bean Soups, dips, and spice rub recipes, as well as baking recipes that put our cocoa, chocolate, coffee and teas to good use.
Here is one of our featured recipes that uses freekeh along with other fresh, in season asparagus and radishes that you can also find at the Waukesha Farmer’s Market for an easy to gather, healthy weekend meal!
Do you use any of Plowshare’s fair trade food in a favorite recipe? We would love for you to share it with us! We may even feature it on our new webpage!
Jacqueline & Plowshare Fair Trade Marketplace
Thousands of people like youcome to Waukesha’s Friday Night Live
every year. What started out over 15 years ago with a couple of musicians
playing and singing under a single tent, has blossomed into a great event
in the greatest city in Wisconsin – Waukesha!
This year Waukesha Friday Night Live will run every Friday from
June 2nd through September 15th. Over the course of this 16 week event,
Friday Night Live will host 8+ stages of entertainment, over 70 musicians
and entertainers, and dozens of downtown businesses are open to
offer food, candies, drinks, artwork, and much more!
Waukesha’s Friday Night Live is only made possible through the work of the
Waukesha Downtown Business Association (WDBA),
and the generous support of downtown businesses, sponsors, musicians,
and thousands of people like you that attend this weekly summer event.
How it Started
Waukesha Friday Night Live began over 15 years ago as
Freeman Friday Night Live when citizens and downtown business owners
gathered to discuss the fact that the city of Waukesha was abandoned and
looked like a ghost town by 7 pm on Friday nights. Businesses were closed
due to a lack of customers, and the only sound that filled the streets
was wind and muffled music from local taverns.
A couple of local musicians, local business owners, and organization
officials decided that sponsoring musicians to entertain on various
stage locationsthroughout downtown Waukesha each Friday would
wake the sleeping city and bring her back to life.
It didn’t take long before Friday Night Live as you now know it was born
in Waukesha, and Friday’s were back to the way they used to be
in the historical days of the city.
Check out the website for “special” stage locations
due to current construction and street closures.
If you’ve been inside of Plowshare recently, you likely noticed a few things with a rainbow-like design of symbols, items such as mini singing bowl boxes, banners, prayer bead bracelets and necklaces. These colors and symbols represent the chakra energy within.
What is Chakra Energy?
Chakras are interconnected energy centers aligned within the spine and central nervous system. Each chakra corresponds to a physical, emotional and spiritual expression. Focusing on each energy center through the practice of meditation helps to align and balance our chakra system. Ancient Vedic tradition teaches that balanced chakras create an enhanced feeling of overall well-being.
CROWN: Connection ~ “OM” “I Am One with the Divine”
Key Focus: Bliss wisdom, Clarity of mind, Self-realization, Pure awareness, Divine connection. Located at the crown of the head, the Crown Chakra creates our experience of transcendental and divine connection. Focusing on this chakra will bring mental and spiritual clarity towards self-realization.
THIRD EYE: Intuition ~ “SHAM” “I Open to Divine Insight”
Key Focus: Lucid sight, Pure reality, Synchronicity, Ideal intuition, Spiritual insight. Located at the center of the forehead, the Third Eye Chakra governs our awareness of ideal intuition. Meditation and focus will develop spiritual insight and a connection with the world “beyond wisdom”.
THROAT: Communication ~ “HUM” “I Express Highest Truth”
Key Focus: Compassion, Active listening, Communication, Truthful expression, Positive affirmation. Located at the base of the neck, the Throat Chakra brings us to alignment with divine communication. You are able to speak with clarity, compassion, and truthfulness, and actively listen to others.
HEART: Unconditional Love ~ “YUM” “I Love Unconditionally"
Key Focus: Gratitude, Forgiveness, Self-Acceptance, Opening to love, Express happiness. Located in the center of the chest, the Heart Chakra brings awareness of feelings of happiness, love for self and others. Smiling and expressing gratitude and compassion will help balance this chakra.
SOLAR PLEXUS: Empowerment ~ “RAM” “I Am Empowered”
Key Focus: Inner fire, Self-Esteem, Empowerment, Spiritual goals, Personal power. Located at the navel, the Solar Plexus Chakra brings us a sense of transformative personal power. Clear and open this chakra to build personal power and motivation to build your spiritual goals.
SACRAL: Creativity ~ “VAM” “I Express Divine Creativity”
Key Focus: Wellness, Sexuality, Creativity, Abundance, Transformation. Located below the navel, the Sacral Chakra is the channel through which we manifest the divine physically. This chakra helps us create art, loving, physical relationships and transform our world.
ROOT: Grounding ~ “LAM” “I Am Grounded and Safe”
Key Focus: Survival, Intuition, Confidence, Earth connection, Feeling grounded. Located at the base of the spine, the Root Chakra governs our feelings of confidence, our survival instinct, our connection with the earth, forces, and our most instinctual senses of safety and well-being.
How To Meditate With Chakra Energy Prayer Beads:
Create a quiet space for yourself and take a deep breath. Regard the symbol of the chakra and open your awareness to that chakra center in your body. Focus on the meaning of the chakra. To bring a deeper meditation, intone the chakra mantra and imagine the radiant light associated with this energy center filling your being. Rest and relax as you are bathed in this transformative internal light! Ahhh...you are there! Repeat as needed.
Chakra prayer beads and banners make the perfect personal gift for yourself or a friend, especially during pivotal life changes, times of transformation, or stress. Chakra energy can be a peaceful present of clarity and balance, which is something we all need from time to time.
Jacqueline & Plowshare Fair Trade Marketplace
New Chakra Energy Prayer Beads crafted from cruelty-free water buffalo bone in Nepal from DZI.
April is here and with it the celebration of Earth Day! A wonderful time to not just reflect, but act on the many ways we can help our Earth. For us, Earth Day holds an important place in our lives, not just today but every day. As you’ve surely noticed during your time at Plowshare, many fair trade items not only support the livelihood of crafters, but also make unique use of recycled materials that would otherwise have gone in the trash.
There are many items we have here at Plowshare that respect our Earth and its people. Here are a few of our favorites:
Canimals: Cute & made in Kenya, these Canimals are made from recycled soda cans and telephone wire. Cut into strips and shaped into the cutest of critters, Canimals definitely make a fun gift, especially when a friend’s favorite drink happens to be in the shape of their favorite animal!
Haitian Metal: Crafted from recycled oil drums in Haiti, each design is drawn out by hand using chalk, and then cut out using only a hammer & chisel - quite an art form! Able to hang indoors or outdoors, we often have oil drum hangings in the form of suns, trees, birds, and other beauties.
Tire Purses: A solution to cleaning up all the tires littering the roads in El Salvador, these durable, funky, fun bags & wallets not only rid of tires from the roadsides, but also help protect individuals from Malaria, as it also rids of the standing water inside of the tires that would otherwise breed more mosquitoes.
Organic Cotton T-shirts: Uplifting and earth-friendly, these Soul Flower t-shirts are made of organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles, which make for a surprisingly soft, and super comfy t-shirt that requires less water & energy, and have been screen printed with positivity by hand!
Recycled Paper: Bowls, wall hangings, paper bead jewelry, clutches & more - so many wowing things have come from the fun (and intricate!) art of crafting with recycled paper. Most of our recycled paper designs come from Uganda and Vietnam, and make memorably unique, eco-friendly gifts, especially for the reader or writer in your life.
For Earth Day however, don’t feel the need to run out and buy. Instead, think of us on all the other days when you need to buy, those days where you need a gift or have run out of coffee, or got a crazy chocolate craving; think of us and go the earth-friendly route! Each eco-friendly purchase we make can lead us towards a better world, and expand the celebration of Earth Day to our everyday lives. It’s about more than just today, the party just keeps on going with that the-more-the-merrier mentality; Fair Trade & Earth Day are a constant celebration!
Happy Earth Day, Friends! :)
Jacqueline & Plowshare