Photo Cred Lisa The discussion of the day is dehydrators, lots of questions coming in which is timely with the arrival of the dreaded cold weather. I use a nine tray Excalibur without a timer. It works like a dream for fruit leathers, crackers, flat breads, wraps, dog treats, chips and seasoning to name a few. There are several types of dehydrators on the market that come with added features but ultimately it's a basic device so I suggest keeping it that way. If you're looking for something pretty then the Sedona is it, personally there is too much going on with this system for me. And if you're curious but on a tight budget the round dehydrators are fun to play with. Both Upaya Naturals and Juicers 4 Life have great selections and competitive prices. Here's an good recipe to experiment with: Homemade Chili Seasoning  9 habanero peppers 9 green chili peppers 1 red onion 1 bulb garlic 2 large red tomatos Chop peppers in half lengthwise leaving the seeds for extra kick, slice remaining ingredients to about 1/4" thick or less. Lay everything flat on dehydrating screens (no teflex), set temperature to 115° for approximately 18 hours or until ingredients are completely dry. Blend into a fine powder, careful not to inhale "smoke" it's hot!!! Store in a glass container, and add to dressings or in your fav recipes for extra flavour.

I took a trip down to Sedona this weekend, what a place! By far one of the most beautiful locations I've been. Elaina Love, our wonderful tour guide, started at Chapel of the Holy Cross which is a surreal church built into the Sedona mountain side, she then lead us on a hike up Cathedral Rock, followed by a high vibrational lunch at The Chocolate Tree which included the most amazing raw chocolate made by Jeffery Botticelli with 100 year old tea leaves ... we were wired afterward as they were unlike any chocolate I've had before. We stopped at a gem shop then off for a quick walk to check out a vortex and finally made our way to Harding Spring to bottle our own water, it was clean, crystal clear and delicious. What was most amazing (other than all that awesome stuff mentioned above) was how the surroundings totally changed over a two hour ride from Scottsdale. From scorching heat and cactus to giant red rock buttes with lush green forest to white mountains, pine trees and chilly temperatures by the spring. It really was fantastic. By the time I got back to the house I was on sensory overload and needed a long walk under the full harvest moon to relax. I highly recommend spending time in Sedona if you have the chance, it's very special. I've included lots of links above, click on all the purple words for more pictures and info!