Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!..and Honey Cinnamon Nuts

I would like to wish all of my readers and Blessed New Year!
Many of us have good and bad memories of this past year....
I pray that all of your memories are not bad ones and that all of us can lay the bad ones to rest and look forward to a new year with hope.
Today I am going to focus on the good....hopefully you can find one good thing to be thankful for...

my one good thing today~
My oldest daughter was married at the first part of 2010 and I have been blessed with a wonderful son-in-law

I hope that even in the bad that we can find some good....since breaking my wrist...which has been pretty negative...I can find good in children and husband have loved me and helped me..which is good.

May the God of all Comfort, comfort you through the bad and give you hope for the future and bless your new year, my friends.

I have many pictures to post but have not been able to...over Christmas I lost my SD reader...but thanks to I should be receiving a new one soon. 
One Dessert I made can be found here on Bitt of Raw.  It is a Yule Log...a cake rolled up with a raw vegan cream cheese-like filling...I made a cherry sauce for the inside.  This was extremely yummy and my family ate it all in two final cake was not very attractive so I didn't take a picture this time and I made a couple modifications to the recipe.  When I followed the recipe my ingredients were a bit too wet so I added ground chia seeds to the cake batter to thicken. My cheesecake filliing had to be thickened also....I added more cashews, agave, lemon to taste...remember you can play around with recipes...don't be afraid to experiment.  My family thought this was the best dessert I've made so far.
Thanks Aimee for a great recipe!

Check out this great info on Rawdawg Rory's blog on how to become an Ace of Raw cakes  He has a Raw carrot cake with orange frosting recipe on this post that is on my list of cakes to make....mmmmmm!

Another recipe I made for Christmas gift-giving and snacking was:

Honey Cinnamon Walnuts & Almonds

Soak nuts overnight drain and rinse

Raw Honey
Raw Agave
pinch of Himalayan salt

Dehydrated until dry @ 115 degree's or less.
Store in glass jars and keep in fridge...if they are not completely dry inside the nut they will mold...but..if you keep them in the fridge you will protect them from molding up for a couple weeks or more..when dry the nut should have a bit of crunch to it after it cools.
I used 1/2 honey and 1/2 Agave to lessen the sugar impact but still give them a honey flavor.
These were a big hit!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

just sayin.....

Greetings, Merry Chistmas and Happy New Year!

I've not been up to blogging because of this broken wrist issue.  On my last visit the Surgeon showed me my new x-ray's...seems to be healing up at the joint very nicely where it was totally mis-placed!  The other fractures/brakes are healing too.   This x-ray showed us something not seen in the others ones.  I have  a very long fracture in one of the long bones in my arm, beside the brake across the wrist below the joint and in addition to the joint brake.  I am feeling a bit discouraged and not up to working out because of the pain/discomfort. Whaa! just sayin....
With that said, I have decided not to go roller skating anymore....
It just takes a moment to change our routines, our plans...our life....
mine is a very minor alteration in comparison to some, but it has caused me great reflection.
My family has been a blessing in serving me in many ways...
I had no idea how many times I used both of my arms & hands...
my children have folded clothes, made my bed, prepared meals...peeled, chopped, sliced, mixed, lifted, carried, opened, closed, worked in my place at my house-cleaning job, dressed me, bathed me, tied my shoes, drove me around, encouraged me and reminded me it could be worse...etc..etc...

I can hardly imagine being alone without anyone to care for me....

Is there anyone that is in our sphere of  influence that we could reach out to...maybe they do not have a broken bone..maybe they are just an older person, living alone..without the strength or ability...Lord give us eyes to see......

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Disease Proof Your Children with Good Nutrition

This morning I got up drank my Dandy Blend and then a GREEN smoothie

coconut water
black berries
bit of orange juice
wheatgrass powder

First I made a Fruit salad with

Then I prepared some rice and veggies for my kiddo's

coconut oil..very tiny amount
Bragg's liquid Aminos
Toasted sesame oil

Saute lightly

red onion
Toasted sesame oil

What are you feeding your children?  I encourage you to find out what is best nutritionally for your children and take the time to educate them and feed them food that will support their immune systems, build healthy cells and protect them from diseases and poor health.

This is a wonderful resource from Dr. Joel Fuhrman on how to Disease Proof Your Children.
I recommend all of his books!    Please do your own research.....go to the library and check it don't have to buy it.

Editorial Review

"…a timely response to America's health care crisis. The time to effectively institute healthy nutrition is during childhood. Dr. Fuhrman provides solutions for children, parents, and physicians."

-- Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., Preventive Cardiology - Cleveland Clinic Foundation

"Dr. Fuhrman's latest book couldn't have come at a better time given the epidemic of obesity, cancer, diabetes and heart disease which is reaching earlier and earlier into the lives of our children. It is destined to take its place among the most important child-rearing books ever written…"

-- Mark A. Huberman, President, National Health Association

"The reduction in disease and suffering from this book could exceed any 'medical' advance one can conceive of."

--John Kelly, MD, MPH, President, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, professor, Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University

Product Description

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He also presents the fascinating science that demonstrates that the current epidemic of adult cancers and other diseases is closely linked to what we eat in the first quarter of life. Eating well in our early years may enable us to win the war on cancer. Bolstered by this scientific evidence, he helps you do everything you can to protect your child against developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, and cancer through a solid nutritional groundwork.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Three Bean and Kale Salad aka Christmas Salad

 The road conditions here in the midwest are a bit unfavorable today, therefore I am switching my work day for tomorrow. 
I am blessed to have some flexibility with my part time job....
so I get to stay home and play in my kitchen!!!

First up is my

Three Bean and Kale Salad
(aka my Christmas Salad)

1 bunch of kale washed and de-stemmed
1 red bell pepper diced
1/2 red onion chopped
1 c. of cooked black beans or 1 can drained*
1 c. of cooked pinto beans or 1 can drained*
1 c. or cooked garbanzo's or 1 can drained*
1 container of grape or cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
(I didn't cut mine because of my broken wrist)

Place kale in large mixing bowl and pour dressing over it and massage for a couple minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.  Let marinate.   The more wilted the kale the better the flavor.
You can vary your beans according to your likes. I usually add green beans instead of the pinto's. I just used what I had on hand
*to keep it raw use sprouted red and green lentils


1/4 c. raw honey
1/2 c. lemon juice
4 T. extra virgin olive oil
dash of salt

Blend in Magic bullet or blender on low setting.

As you can see the red and green colors of the salad make a pretty display on the table for Christmas dinner

Finished product!

Now onto soup for my family~

Quick Chili

1/2 chopped red onion
1 diced green pepper
1t. extra virgin coconut oil

1 can of diced organic tomatoes
2 cans of diced organic tomatoes (pulsed in blender or food processor)
1 can organic pinto beans drained
1 can organic black beans drained

2 T. chilli powder
salt to taste

Chili Powder
recipe from The Food Substitution Bible

1tsp paprika
2 t. cumin
2 t. dried oregano
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1/2 t. cayenne
1/4 t. allspice
this recipe makes about 3 T.

.This is a great book for making substitutions for ingredients, equipment & techniques. I have the older edition and I use it all the time when making recipes! check it out.

My kiddo's love mac & cheese

I used one box of rice pasta and a large handful of Daiya Cheedar Cheese (vegan)
nice and stringy just like grandma's....

I am posting a lot of non raw food because my family eats cooked meals in the evening and I like to keep a record of my recipes for later use.
I still consume a very high raw diet...lots of smoothies, green smoothies, blended salads, raw snacks, raw nuts, seeds.  One snack I have recently discovered is Go Raw Spirulina  Super Chips and  Ginger snaps. 
I purchase mine through my local co op buying group but you can get them at Amazon by clickng on the link below.

These are raw seed crackers. They are nice and crunchy! Both varieties are quite dense, therefore they fill you up quickly.
The spirulina has a banana, coconut flavor and the ginger has a nice strong ginger flavor!

Spirulina ingred:
sprouted organic sesame seeds
organic banana
organice coconut
organic date
organic spirulina

Ginger Snap ingred:
organic coconut
sprouted organic sesame seeds
organic date
organic ginger

Berkey Water Filter

My husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas...
I've had a Berkey on my wish list for quite some time.  During Thanksgiving Weekend one of my favorite site's offered everthing they sell at a 20% discount!!! Whoohoo!
The only issue I have is trying to find room for it...
We have well water and have been purchasing R/O water for several years.  I live in a rural area and this is not always convenient and I wanted to get away from drinking city water that had been run through an R/O system...for many reasons.
There are so many benefits to having a Berkey.
Berkey is a world class water purifier!! It can even purify lake water in the event of an emergency!
It is gravity filter last for 6,000 gallons of water..the average cost of a gallon of water purified through your Berkey is about 1.6 cents....can't beat that for clean water!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Quick Vegetable Soup

My husband likes to have soup and salad for dinner.  We are a bit burned out on lentils and beans, so tonight I threw together this quick veggie soup.  I used some dehydrated veggies I had on hand to make it fast.

8-10 c. filtered water
2 cans of organic diced tomatoes
(1 can I threw into the blender and blended)
1/3c. dehydrated sweet corn
1/3 c. dehydrated green beans
1/3c. dehydrated snap peas
1/4c. dehydrated okra
4 stalks of fresh celery chopped
1 c. of baby carrots (diced in vita-mix)
1 c. black  rice
1/4c. Seitenbacher veggie broth powder
2T. dried onion
2T. dried parsley
1 t. Himalayan salt
1/2 t. marjoram
1/2t. thyme

cook on stovetop until it reaches desired doneness

During the summer months when I receive my CSA share, anything I cannot use up, I dehydrate.  I have some items on my shelf from 2007.  Everything is still good when rehydrated and available for quick soups or green smoothies. 
I dehydrate beet tops or any other greens I have left over.  These can be added to smoothies or to dips....just use your imagination....

Tonight I had a cup of this soup with a LTM (lettuce, tomato, mayo~Vegenaise) rollup..and a little sweet red onion

Vegan Choco-PB Treats, Spring Rolls and Kristen's Date Bars

(my friend Laurie shared a recipe she found and I changed it up and re-named it!)

4 c. of Arrowhead Mills Pufed Brown Rice
1/2 c. Enjoy Life semi sweet Chocolate chips (vegan/GF)
1c. Eastwind Crunchy Peanut Butter
1c. Sweet Cloud organic brown rice malt syrup
1t. vanilla
extra virgin coconut oil for coating pan/bowl

coat 9x 13 glass baking dish with coconut oil and also coat a large mixing bowl with the same
place puffed rice and chocoate chips into the bowl and sit aside
over medium heat in a small pan heat peanut butter, rice syrup until it bubbles~stirring frequently to prevent scorching
remove from heat and stir in vanilla
quickly pour over the rice mixture and stir well, the chips will melt
then press into pan
let cool before cutting or place in the fridge

At noon time today I went into my kitchen to find this lovely young lady making her lunch...I suggested some additions and she said, "I'm trying to keep it raw."  
This child has been a bit challenging to persuade over to a primarily raw food diet.  Although she does eat a lot of raw foods...she has preferred peanut butter and jelly.
Most recently she has been drinking lots of green superfood smoothies and barley juice! She is seeing some positive changes and this is quite an encouragement to her.
She claimed vegetarian as her own quite some time ago
 and recently informed me that eventually she would go vegan.
I continually try to educate my family about the benefits of eating this way and also the dangers of eating the standard American diet. 
One word of advice I give to parents of older children~provide them with educational books/articles/youtubes/dvds/videos. If you homeschool, you can make this part of their curriculum for health and science.
As my children have read/watched about these things on their own
I have watched them grow in their understanding and make thier own decisions about what they will or won't eat. 
it is not something they feel obligated to do or forced to today when my girl told me she wanted to keep it raw...that was my reward....and as she adopts more and more healthy choices in her life...she will reap a lifetime of benefits!

This was my lunch today 
Spring Roll and spicy Kimchi...yummy
thanks to my daughter for preparing it~

Spring Rolls
red onion
rice paper
she added romaine lettuce and banana peppers to my spring rolls

click on the link to go to Kristen's page for the recipe and a better picture
the above picture was after our family had started to devour I hurriedly took this picture
These date bars are Yummy! 
 Way to go Kristen on a great holiday recipe!
They were a hit at our family Christmas gathering
 for my date loving family members

I am still healing from my broken wrist.  I am able to use my fingers for a short bit of typing.  I figure it is good therapy.  I hope to get my cast off  December 21st and then wear a brace for a while.
This is my first broken bone and I now have a new understanding and sympathy for those who have experienced this unfortunate experience.
I have learned many things during this experience ...about....priorities, allowing others to serve me, humility in different areas, letting go, patience, dealing with pain

Although I do not regularly go to an allopathic doctor...
until the LORD GOD completely heals my injury through the self healing mechanisms He placed in our bodies

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Anti-inflammatory Smoothie & Salad


add ice
taste like a pina colda

recipe from Hippocrates newsletter

2 heads of raw broccoli~cut into florets
set aside

blend the following ingredients in vita-mix then pour over broccoli
1/4 c. raw tahini
2-3T. paprika (avoid on an anti inflammatory diet)
2T dried onion flakes
Bragg's liquid amino's to taste
water to thin

sprinkle with
handful of dehydrated nut crumbs~I used raw unhulled sesame seeds ground up in coffee grinder

My son and I ate the whole batch!!

broccoli is anti nflammatory and tahini contains copper which is known to reduce pain and swelling for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis

I have been trying to focus my diet on an high anti inflammatory intake since I broke my wrist two weeks ago.

Remember nightshades should be avoided ~these promote inflammation!Potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, tamarios, pepinos, pimentos, paprika, cayenne, and Tabasco sauce are classified as nightshade foods.

tomatoes are a nightshade therefore they are inflammatory!!
opps! I love this dish!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Checking out~broken wrist

Last week while roller skating with my daughter, I fell and broke my wrist...therefore,
I will not be posting for handed typing takes too much time....
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Coconut Oil

 I was asked by someone about coconut oil.........This is the best tasting coconut oil I have ever had!  Amazon has this on subscribe and save...2-15 oz. jars for $11.51.  I love subscribe & save.
If you buy direct from  Nutiva  it cost $11.99 for ONE-15 oz jar
click here for some benefits of coconut oil

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Healing Cancer, Green Juice & Steamed Veggies

This weekend I watched, "Healing Cancer from the Inside Out"~Mike Anderson.  It was so informative and educational  that I had my teenage daughter watch it.
I highly recommend this film.

Here is the info about the DVD from Amazon~

The DVD is divided into two parts.

Part 1, Curing Cancer, deals with the failings of conventional cancer treatments and shows how conventional medicine wildly - and deceptively - exaggerates the benefits of treatments, while minimizing the risks. It will provide you with the information you need to accurately assess the risks and benefits of any treatment and speak intelligently to your doctor about such treatments. There is also a section on the 'Cancer Industry' which explains the history behind cancer treatments, the suppression of alternative treatments and why chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are the only treatments available to mainstream medicine.

Part 2, Healing Cancer, shows how cancer can be successfully healed with dietary treatments and natural supplementation. It explains common misconceptions about cancer, shows how diets designed to fight cancer are more successful than conventional treatments, discusses startling cancer research findings with T. Colin Campbell (The China Study) and has interviews with people who have reversed cancers using diet. It also discusses supplementation and why attitude is important in reversing not only cancer, but any disease.

After watching it twice...I had to make some green juice....this time I used my Green Power Juicer.  My husband got this for me a couple years ago for Christmas.  It is a twin gear juicer and maintains the integrity of the juice.  I was juicing so many greens and wasn't going to drink a whole gallon in one day, therefore I wanted to juice using a method that would preserve them longer. This juicer is also ideal for juicing leafy greens.
I was sooo impressed with the amount of pulp that was small bucket (Green Power)...compared to 2 large buckets (from my J. LaLanne) that are almost twice the size of the Green Power Juicer bucket.  I got so much more juice then when I use my Jack LaLanne. Green Power really squeezed out the juice!!
Take heed~don't sit your juicers on your flat stovetops....I had my Green Power and Champion  Juicer stored on mine, right after receiving the Green Power...and somehow the knobs on the stove got bumped and melted a place on the bottom of my Green Power.. fortunately, the Champion bottom is all metal.  No damage done...the burner was on it's lowest could have been much worse.

My Juice today~
beet greens
dandelion~not pictured because I had already run them thru the juicer
collard greens~not pictured because I had already run them thru the juicer
granny smith apples\

This juice was intense...GREEN....and lots of ginger!  It made abaout 1 gallon. 

This is some steamed veggies I made for my vegan son~
bok choy
lima beans

Benefits of Bok Choy

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Black Turtle Bean Sprouts!!

Have you ever sprouted black turtle beans?  I tried this once before and it was a bad experience.  Even though I soak my beans before cooking I have not tried to sprout the black beans since the time I made my son sick.  :(  
 Sunday afternoon  I placed my black beans in a pot of filtered water to soak for soup making. Well I did not get to them, so I stuck them in my sunroom..which is not heated and it stays pretty I knew they would be fine.  Today (Tuesday) around four o'clock I remembered they were out there...opps!
what did I find....little sprouts...and they still smelled fine....rinse, drain, rinse, drain and ready for soup making!
As you can see I did not follow the directions below.

Here is some info I found on Sprout People

Although they should be cooked, even when sprouted,
Black Beans are a nutritious addition to many recipes.
Seed to Sprout in 2-4 Days
Yield = 2:1
eed Shelf Life at 70° = 5 years
Sprout Shelf Life = 2-4 weeks
Nutritional info:
Vitamins A, B, C and E, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Amino Acids
Protein: 20-25%

Sprouting Instructions

Yields approximately 1 Cup (1/2 lb.) of Sprouts

Put 1/2 Cup of seed* into a bowl or your Sprouter.

Add 2-3 times as much cool (60-70°) water.

Mix seeds up to assure even water contact for all.

Allow seeds to Soak for 8-12 hours.

Empty the seeds into your sprouter if necessary.
Drain off the soak water.
Rinse thoroughly with cool (60-70°) water.
Drain thoroughly.
Set anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal) between Rinses.
Rinse and Drain again in 8-12 hours.

And, once more...
Rinse and Drain again in 8-12 hours.
And, perhaps once more...
Rinse and Drain in 8-12 hours.
And, possibly even once more...
Rinse and Drain in 8-12 hours.
We usually stop here. We like our sprouts small.

Depending on your climate and the time of year you are sprouting and most importantly your personal preference - You may Rinse and Drain again at 8-12 hour intervals for up to 6 days. However - we prefer to sprout only to the point where most of the seeds have sprouted tiny (1/4 inch) roots, which is typically after just 3-5 Rinse and Drain cycles.

Note: Black Beans are rarely prolific sprouters. They are intended as soup beans by farmers and seed brokers, and though we look for the best sprouters, always testing several lots every crop year, we are willing to accept as low a germination rate as 50% when it comes to Black Beans (and Pintos). As long as they have no hard seed they will cook just fine.

So, do not grow beyond the point where the beans that are sprouted have 1/4 - 1/2 inch tails - those that are not sprouted will either never sprout or will take too long. If you keep growing you will over-grow the sprouted beans which will be an unpleasant experience. Trust us, we know.

Your sprouts are done 8-12 hours after your final rinse. Be sure to Drain them as thoroughly as possible after that final rinse.

The goal during the final 8-12 hours is to minimize the surface moisture of your sprouts - they will store best in your refrigerator if they are dry to the touch.
Transfer your sprout crop to a plastic bag or the sealed container of your choice - glass is good too - and put them in your refrigerator.

* If using Single Harvest Pack use the whole bagRemember that the yield will be approximately 2:1, so in theory you can start with as much as 1/2 as much dry seed as your Sprouter has capacity (though we advise 1/3 so that you have some room to move).
Printable Sprouting Instructions

Here is another great article about sprouting at Living and Raw Foods
Here is a video on Why and How to sprout nuts and seeds.
 Read this article at Juicing for the why we sprout Beans and charts

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Kitchen Duty! Juicing & Salads and Final CSA Share

After watching, "The Gerson Miracle",  it was time to hit the kitchen!  I haven't juiced for a while.  I seem to go through a period of non juicing every few months.  Last week my son did the juicing, which was a real treat!
First on the menu was carrot/celery/apple/ginger juice
ingredients....pls. note I did not use all of the celery shown
just a couple of large handfuls


I save my kombucha bottles to store my juice
This was the yield plus 18 oz

Next on the menu was Beet Salad

Next I made "Marinated Boy Choy"
By Matt Samuelson
~ recipe from ,"The Complete Book of Raw Food"

For the salad:
4 heads of baby bok choy or 1 large bok choy-chopped into 1/2" strips
1 large carrot, shaved into strips  (I left this out)
For the marinade:
1 small lemon, juiced
1 small lime juiced
(instead of the lemon & lime, I used 3 T. lemon juice)
4-5 dates pitted
3 T. ginger
1/2 c. olive oil
3 T. nama shoyu ( I used Bragg's Liquid Amino's)

Blend all marinade ingreds. together well.  Combine 1/2 the marinade  and carrots and mix well. Add more marinade as desired (I mixed all of mine in)

This is the second time I have made this salad and I like it better than I did the first time!

I love this Living Foods recipe book!  This edition has 375 recipes!  If  I could only get one raw food recipe book, I would get this one.

The final dish I made was a Raw Salsa

Variety of tomatoes
green and red bell peppers
red onion
Himalayan salt
lemon juice
Pictured below was a previous batch ~I put tons of cilantro and peppers this time

After all that hard work I sat down and indulged!  I added some sliced radishes from my CSA share and topped my salads with raw sesame seeds..not pictured is a spoonful of my salsa on the side.

 CSA Share

sweet potatoes
leaf lettuce
huge green cabbage
bag of spinach
mixed greens
bell peppers
acorn squash
variety of hot peppers
lemon balm

The Gerson Miracle and What Doctors won't tell you....

Last night after perusing Hulu's Heath station for something to watch, I found this wonderful documentary on The Gerson Therapy.  Dr. Max Gerson did some wonderful research and cured cancer's through Diet Therapy.
Today his daughter Charlotte continues his work.  There are many clinics all over the world where you can go to receive this therapy.
Sadly, it is illegal to have one of these clinics in the USA...using nutrition therapy to heal cancer. 
Although Dr. Gerson was ridiculed in his time, research findings now confirm that nutrition is a powerful and effective means of treating disease......what is the first thing they tell you to do when you have a heart attack, or diagnosised with diabetes...?????  change your diet.

please take time to watch this film...

Friday, November 5, 2010

No Bean Hummus....Raw Apple Pie


1/2 c. raw almonds (soaked overnight & drained)
1 1/2 T. tahini
1 garlic clove
1/2 t. sea salt
2 T. lemon juice
1/3 c. water
herb or spice is optional... 1/4 t. chili powder or cumin

in a food processor blend all ingredients until they are smooth and creamy.

Adapted from "Rejuvenate Your Life" by Serene Allison

Almond Pie Crust

1 1/2 c. raw almonds (soaked & drained) or a mixture of other raw nuts

after draining and rinsing almonds place in a food processor and add:
1/4 t. sea salt
1/2 t. vanilla
3/4 c. pitted dates

mix well in processor then press into an 8" pie plate and fill with  raw Apple Pie filling

cube 3 Fugi  apples....

In a food processor & blend til it is like applesauce
take 1/3 of cubed apples
1/4 t. sea salt
1 t. cinnamon,
4 dates (pitted)
1/2 t. vanilla
sit aside

Take the remaining apples and mix in the bowl with the sauce mixture with
1/2 c.  raisins
1 t. ground flax seed.
Let it stand for 15 mins and then pour into pie crust

top with crushed pecans

Adapted from Healhyway International's Raw Apple Pie

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sundried Olives...Laughter... the Booch is back & Almond Butter Fudge

Yesterday while shopping with my daughter at a local T.J Max outlet...I found these sundried olives.
I love  to shop there because they have a small gourmet food section with all kinds of goodies.  Whenever I run out of  Napa Valley organic extra virgin olive oil, I can usually find it there or Marshall's.
They both carry about the same line of products.

I sampled one of each of these olives tonight and I prefer the Kalmata!  I always prefer kalmata olives, so I am biased.  They were soft, juicy and delicious.  They other sundried were not as tasty to me.  They were smaller and not as soft and had a distinct flavor that I cannot peg just yet, but I didn't care for it.
Here is a link to Gaea ~and a few words I copied from their site.
Grown naturally in the fertile earth of Greece, sun-ripened and traditionally harvested, the “Gaea” range of products offers all the rich flavours and traditional ingredients essential
     to create the finest Greek Mediterranean cuisine and to live the “meze” cultural culinary experience.

The olives I found were not organic but they do have an organic line.
Amazon carries the regular olives and a couple other items from Gaea
Gaea products at Amazon.

A couple of my other great buys were: Himilayan pink salt: the large 17.5 oz/500 mg bottle of ground was only $4.99, the 10.58 bag of crystals was $2.99 and the grinder I picked up on a previous visit and the price tag is gone...but it was a good buy or I wouldn't have got it!
I normally do not buy this brand of Agave....but it was organic and flavored with hazelnut...@ $3.99  I thought I could come up with a hazelnut almond butter fudge recipe...mmmm
If you normally purchase these items you will recognize that these are great prices!  I also got a couple glass bottles of Voss...not pictured...but it was a 1 1/2 pint reusable glass bottle...very cool...and the sparkling water was very good.  The jar alone was worth the price I paid for it, and the water was just a bonus.

Moral of the story....keep your eyes never know when you will find a good buy...sometimes they are in the least expected places.......BUT.....DON'T BUY STUFF YOU CANNOT AFFORD!  :)

Someone posted this on FB the other day...and I love Steve Martin.  This video was not posted or directed at anyone.  It was posted in light-hearted fun! I hope you find humor in it... because they say, " Laughter is the Best Medicine".  One component of good health is to have a good dose of laughter each day.  If you seem to be lacking in this area, find something (ie. I Love Lucy" re-runs) or someone to have with with and laugh.

The "booch is back on the shelves...this is my favorite!  Check out my page to find out more about Kombucha

Himilayan salt and hazelnut Agave...
I don't use much agave...but I do keep raw agave on hand to add just a touch to my little pots of
almond butter fudge I make for snacking
1 T. raw cacao (you could use carob or cocoa)
2 heaping T. raw almond butter
a few drops of vanilla creme stevia..add more if not sweet enough
about 1 t. of agave
(all measurements are approx)
I like to crumble pecans on top for a little crunch!

I mix this up and place in ramekins and eat it up!...this will make a couple of small servings

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


 Thank you to all who attended my, "Nutty Demo" class tonight!  It was great to make some new acquaintences and see familiar faces again.  
I will be working on out next class, to be held sometime after the Holiday's.
Please leave a comment, letting me know what type of demo you would like to attend.

For my readers that were not there, we had 10 in attendance.
My generous new "raw food" friend opened up her kitchen for the demo.~Thanks Linda!
The kitchen was comfortably filled and everyone enjoyed sampling all the raw food goodies.
We sampled:
raw almonds
soaked & sprouted dehydrated raw almonds
raw walnuts
soaked & sprouted dehydrated raw walnuts
raw almond milk~plain & sweetened  (with dates)
almond cheese
taco meat (walnut)
no bake  carob brownies  (walnuts)
chocolate fudge (walnuts)

all items were raw, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free

it was nutty!   :)

looking forward to out next class!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Cool Smoothie Cup Find!!!

For the last two days I have been shopping with my daughter for an outfit to get her school picture taken in.  When we were getting in line to check out at Old Navy....what did I spot????  A BPA-FREE, heavy duty plastic cup with screw on lid and a straw that is rigged so it won't fall out!!! The plastic appears to be double thickness for insulating qualities.  I prefer glass, but this is a great travel cup.  My smoothies don't last long, so I'm not too worried about the BPA-FREE plastic.  If I were to make more than I could drink at one time I would store it in Glass.
I am very excited about this, and so is my vegan son....last week he spilled a one quart Banana Split Smoothie all over his car on his way to worries about doing that now!!

Banana Split Smoothie

1 c. unsweetened coconut milk
1 banana
1-2 c. frozen strawberries
1 T. raw cacao nibs
1 squirt of vanilla stevia
a bit of raw honey or raw agave...if  it is not sweet enough

Blend in a high powered blender

Friday, October 29, 2010

Local Friends~Nutty Demo Class

Here are the details of my upcoming class~ Please contact me if you are interested in attending



NOVEMEBER 2, 2010 @ 6:30








You will receive directions with the confirmation of your reservation


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Raw Apple Crisp and Blended Soup

Raw Apple Crisp ~
modified recipe of Rhonda Malkmus

6 organic Red Apples
(thank you Marsha for the gift of apples)
1/4 c. freshly squeezed orange juice
2T. raw unfiltered honey (or agave)
3/4 c. pecans
3/4 c. walnuts
3/4 c. organic raisins
3/4 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg ( I used allspice)
1/4 t. ginger
pinch of sea salt

Peel and dice apples, place in an 8" square baking dish
combine orange juice and honey and drizzle over apples
toss until apples are well coated and set aside
In a food processor with "S" blade combine pecans, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt
Pulse just until nuts and raisins are chopped but not pureed
spoon the nut/raisin mixture over apples and serve or refrigerate until serving time
sliced apples drizzled with oj/honey
bowl of nuts, raisins and spices

nuts/raisins/spices in food processor

process until crumbly

top apples with mixture

This is delicious!!

Blended Soup

1 c. of filtered water
2 T. lemon juice
1 T. Bragg's Liquid Aminos
handful of collard greens
handful of mustard greens
3 big handfuls of mixed baby greens
4 celery stalks chopped
1 small red bell pepper
 2 small vine ripened tomatoes
1 small avocado
1 med. red beet
1 red jalapeno
1 large radish

Blend to desired consistency.  I like mine a bit on the chuncky side...very tiny chunks.  I like to be able to chew it a bit, unlike pureed soups.
**when making a blended soup or salad...use whatever veggies you have on hand and be creative according to your likes.  If you don't have the Bragg's, you can use low sodium soy sauce....Balsamic vinegar/rice vinegar...garlic...whatever you like.  I like to add a hot pepper, because I like spicy and it curbs the bitterness of strong greens.

I topped mine with some crumbly Cheezy Kale Chips

Today's post is dedicated to my sister-in-law Wanda.  Hoping you get well soon!


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