Change is exciting…

I like change. It keeps me from stagnating. It helps me to grow as a person. Through change, we get to learn about ourselves and how we handle the pressure that comes with change. I like exploring new places and acquainting myself with new surroundings. It can be scary as well, but scary can be good. Fresh starts, new experiences, meeting new people, being open to new situations, people, and places excite me. I am open to all the good and abundance the universe has to offer me. I am ready for change whatever that might mean. It’s an exciting time. Life is great!

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Making a comeback…

I haven’t written a blog post in over 2,000 days, which equates to a little over 5 years. Why so long? I felt the internet was overrun with bloggers sharing their stories, promoting their brands and I felt like I was just adding to the noise. Life has changed and stayed the same. My commitment to eating healthy has only grown and I have become very much obsessed with all things holistic and natural, but that is a story for another day. Today is about the comeback.

Thanks to a new and good friend I have decided to start writing again. I have a story to share which other people, but not all, may find beneficial. I used to think; what can I possibly offer that people haven’t already heard before? What I have come to realize is that everyone has a voice and although my voice may not speak to everyone, it will speak to some. So I hope to be heard by the people who want to hear me, the people who are ready to hear me. We aren’t always ready to hear certain things and I have found from my personal experiences that information and knowledge will come to us when we are ready.

Knowledge is not power. The sharing of knowledge is power.” – Douglas Merrill

Homemade Almond Milk

Here is yummy recipe for Almond Milk that I got from Mimi Kirk’s book; Live Raw, But you can find many recipes all over the internet.

Soak 1 cup of raw almonds in water overnight.

To make the milk, drain the almonds from the water and put them in the blender with 3 cups of fresh filtered water, two medjool dates pitted (easy to find in the produce section of the grocery store or ask for them), ½ teaspoon vanilla or seeds from a vanilla bean and mix in the blender for about 3 to 4 minutes.

Then you have to pour the mixture into a milk nut bag to strain the liquid from the pulp. You can buy a milk nut bag online at Raw Food World. Then store the almond milk in a glass jar for 3 to 5 days.

You can also add cacao nibs to the blender to make chocolate almond milk. You can also use the almond milk or the chocolate almond milk to make a banana smoothie using the milk and a frozen banana. You can warm up the chocolate almond milk for hot chocolate as well. Maybe add cinnamon. I would only warm slightly just to get the chill out…this way it’s still RAW.

Hearty Oat Cookies w/ Raspberry Jam

The original idea for these cookies came from Lucy over at Attic24, but I altered them a wee bit using my thumb and some JAM. Yeah!

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup agave
1 tablespoon honey

Combine all ingredients and melt in the microwave or in pot on the stove on low heat and set aside. I use a double boiler for this, as not to burn the butter, agave, honey mixture.

In another bowl combine and mix the following:

1 cup rice flour
1 cup oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

Now combine the melted butter/agave/honey mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix well. The mixture will be quite wet and sticky. I grab a bit of cookie dough with my hands and form it into a ball and then place it on a nonstick cookie sheet. Then I insert my thumb into the center making an indentation. This is where I spoon in the raspberry jam. You can use any flavor jam you like. I made my own raspberry jam for this recipe, but that has to be made in advance, so any store bought brand would be fine. It’s up to you. Use what you love!

Then I bake the cookies in a 350 degree (preheated) oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Mine were ready after 12 minutes. They were slightly brown around the edges. Remove from oven and after a minute or so move them to a rack for cooling.

These cookies are hearty, not too sweet, and go brilliantly with a delicious cup of tea or coffee. They are gobbled up so fast in my house that I always make two batches at a time.

Enjoy!

Here’s the Juice…

It’s been well over a year now since we (Hubby, Son, and Me) started juicing and we are still devoted to it. I will admit that there are days when I don’t want to crank up that puppy or get the veggies ready. Sometimes, I just want to drink my damn coffee and be on my way. You know how that feels right? But when I do find myself in a juicing rut of boredom, I retool the recipe and suddenly I am excited about juicing again. Excited about the potential the new ingredients hold for my health and the health of my family.

This weekend we juiced on Saturday, which we normally never do. It’s usually a Monday thru Friday thing…weekends off, but this weekend we juiced some carrots, beets, kale, apple, ginger, and a bit of lemon. This juice was made after I used the juicer to juice eight lemons for fresh lemonade. So the juice had a very lemony flavor and it was so different and refreshing. I made this same juice again this morning. Too good for words. What a fantastic way to start the day! 😉 Juicing can give you so much natural energy.

Juicing is so good for you and many people are starting to juice regularly to improve their health & vitality. In addition, many people who have been diagnosed with Cancer are turning to juicing daily as a supplement to their conventional Cancer treatments. Before you start juicing it’s smart to do your research on buying the right type of juicer, as well as on what types of veggies and fruits to juice. Here is one article that lists the best juices for fighting cancer.

Whether you are healthy or sick…everyone can benefit from juicing.

P.S. As an update to my last post Weight, Weight Don’t Tell Me…..my husband has lost a total of 15 pounds from cutting out beer and all forms of gluten. He looks awesome and says that he feels lighter and healthier. I went to the doctor this week for a check up and I am down 3 pounds since March. Must have been all that P90x and INSANITY workouts. Doesn’t hurt that I am eating clean and not really drinking anymore. I miss the wine, but I think it’s better I stay away from it. 😉 PEACE!

Fresh Dijon Mustard Dressing

I use this dressing on salads and I also use it as a replacement for mayonaise. I plan to use it to make macaroni salad as well. You will need a blender for this recipe.
In a blender combine the first 5 ingredients and blend well for about 30 seconds.
  1. 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  2. 1 tablespoon of orange juice (fresh/organic is preferred) (optional)
  3. 1/4 cup organic dijon mustard
  4. 1/4 cup agave (you can use 1/4 cup honey if you prefer)
  5. Sea Salt to taste (a few pinches)
  6. 1 Cup of Olive Oil (Extra Virgin is fine too)

Most blenders have a opening at the top of the lid where you can pour ingredients in while the blender is on. Make sure the lid itself is still on snugly. I open that part of my blender and after measuring out 1 cup of olive oil I turn the blender on the slowest setting possible and drizzle the oil into the hole at the top of the blender very slowly allowing the dressing to thicken. Once all the oil is in the blender I close the hole at the top of the blender, making sure the top is on securely, and blend for another 30 seconds.

I store my dressing in a glass jar which is kept in the refrigerator. We use about one batch a week so it’s always fresh. Sometimes I add dill or taragon to this recipe, but it’s yours to make…put the flavors you love.

I hope you enjoy making this dressing from scratch. PEACE!

My Latest Obessions

For the past 11 days I have been doing the Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred workout. I am rather enjoying it. It’s a quick, old-school workout that kicks my butt and makes me sweat an enormous amount. I wonder if others sweat as much as I do? I have already noticed a slight difference in the way my clothes feel and in the tightness of my upper body. I just feel less jiggly. And that is a good thing. I am rather anxious to see what day 20 and ultimately what day 30 will bring. I might even post before and afters. Now that would be daring!

I have been doing a lot of crocheting lately and I am currently working on a granny square blanket which is made up of bright blue, bright green, and bright white. The finished product should look lovely draped across my white down comforter in my bedroom. I can’t wait until it is finished so I can enjoy it every day. I also can’t wait until I finish it so that I can move on to another project. I plan to make a crochet grocery tote bag…like the reusable bags all the stores sell now. I have a ton of those from my local grocery store, but I want to make one out of crochet and possibly market it at the local farmers market. If there seems to be an interest I will make a few to sell. I would surely buy one for $20 if it was cute enough. More on this after I create my first prototype.

Is anyone else having a hard time carving out enough time in their lives to do the things they love? I am constantly thinking about crocheting, cooking/baking new things, but then of course when I get home from work and after doing the everyday things that need to get done, like 30-Day Shred and various other things; I barely have anytime left for the lovey things like crocheting, cooking, baking, cuddling with my hubby, which we never seem to make time for these days, watching movies, and reading. I think about reading all the time, but I just don’t make time for it. And with all the crocheting I want to do in the near future, reading seems impossible.

I do need more time. What a shame how we spend our days doing such unloved activities while the clock ticks down backwards like a bomb waiting to explode.

Make time for those things you love to do before it’s too late. PEACE!

Update: Today is April 20th and it is day 20 of the 30-Day Shred for me. During the past two weeks I have skipped 3 days; 2 when my mother was visiting and one just yesterday as Saturday and Sunday, day 18 and day 19 respectively I did Level 3 and my back was so sore I needed a day off. So today is day 20 and I am full on doing Level 3 and Level 2 until the end. Once the 30 days is up I will continue to do the 30-Day Shred at least 5 days a week as it has given me such amazing firming results. I haven’t lost weight, but I am not considered overweight for my height and body frame. I am 5’5″ and weigh 146. I have always been a bit curvy in the rear. 🙂 I have lost inches and my clothes fit better. The best part of all is I feel stronger and more fit. I love the straight forward exercises in the 30-Day Shred. If you do the movements with all the effort you have, you will see results. Patience & PEACE!