Archive for June, 2012

…. No matter how painful or uncomfortable it makes me. Right?

My entire life I’ve spent saving up for a rainy day. I saved up money for emergencies, I bought bulk foods for lean times, Clothes too little (because I was going to lose weight), Clothes too big because for my bloated days, etc…

No more.

Starting now I am committed (or should be) to living in the now. Depending more on my chickens and rabbits and less on the stores. Planting more things (that I can’t kill) and eating that instead of getting cases of bananas and freezing them.
That doesn’t mean I am not going to freeze or can stuff. It means that I am going to stop relying on my frozen and canned foods. I am going to focus more toward in season foods and what I can produce on my own.

I don’t like it.
It makes me feel very vulnerable.
it makes me feel unprepared and anxious.

But I’ve felt the push for over a month now and all my bulk stuff is either no longer allowed on my diet or going bad too quickly to use or process. I feel the whispering voice of God guiding me despite my resistance and I must follow.

I haven’t been doing much other than posting recipes lately and thus no place for the gratitudes. That will also change.
I am grateful for friends! People I can talk to. People who listen. People who give honest advice and opinions – and yet let me make my own decision. I am grateful for support groups and freedom of speech, life-style, opinion, religion and ideals. I am grateful that I can live in the “now”, taking each moment for what it is… a precious gift that will never come again. Today I am just grateful.


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Ham kabobs

I saw this on pintrest but my computer blocked it because of a virus alert so I couldn’t get their recipe at all, but it should be easy to reproduce. Plus like always I plan on changing things up.

Basic Ingredients:
Ham chunks
sweet onion
Bell pepper

Alternate ingredients, but always keep the pineapple framed by either the bell or the onion. The one thing I read before the virus protection slammed the site down was that the pineapple changed the texture of the ham. (they didn’t use anything but ham and pineapple on their skewers)
I’m sure they used a glaze but I’m not sure if I would. The grilling should bring out enough flavors by itself.

I haven’t tried it yet but I plan on it! It looks VERY yummy. And it’s really my spouse’s favorite pizza. 🙂

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This is such an awesome salad idea to accompany any summertime meal. It is cool and refreshing and it tastes fantastic. I made a few slight alteration from the original recipe that I got here

Salad Ingredients:
Red cabbage
bell pepper sliced thin
carrots grated
1 green onion (green parts only) snipped Or 1/4 sweet onion sliced very thin
2 stalks of celery chopped into small pieces.
1 small mandarin orange peeled and pith removed or one small can of mandarin orange slices
hand ful of toasted sesame seeds (could be sunflower or any other seed )
chopped parsley

Add everything into a bowl (except the sesame seeds) and mix
Right before serving, add the dressing and mix again. Top with sesame seeds.

Dressing ingredients:
1/4 cup of tahini
1/2 cup of lemon (or two lemons)
2 TBLS of olive oil
3 cloves of garlic
1 TBLS of honey

Put everything into the food processor and blend until smooth
Add the dressing to the salad right before serving.

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Earlier on I had posted about banana ice cream and how good it was! Last night we decided to try it with the peaches I had just frozen.

Take fresh peaches, peel, pit, and slice them.
Doused with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown in the freezer, and freeze them for at least an hour.

Take out and grind up in the food processor and serve in small bowls.

It is SOOOOOO good!

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I found a recipe on
this site and with a few minor changes I made it paleo.

1 1/4 cups flaxseed meal
3-4 Tbs. date sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
one large egg,
1 Tbs. melted butter

Preheat oven to 325
Melt butter and let cool, then whisk in with the egg.
combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Grease your pie pan and then press mixture into the bottom and halfway up the side.
Bake for 10 minutes or until crust is set.. (Do not let cook too long)

Peach Pie
add 2 cups of sliced fresh peaches sprinkled with cinnamon and date sugar to the above pie crust
bake for 15-25 minutes.

We made this tonight and it was pretty good. Not great, but pretty good.
it ended up more like a cobbler than a pie.
I think if I reduced the liquid in the peaches, it might be better.
I’ll play with it some more.

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Banana bread pancakes

3 ripe bananas (or about 1 1/2 cups) mashed
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 Tablespoon honey
1/4 cup of coconut oil
2 cups almond meal
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

heat butter in pan
mix all ingredients together and using a ladle pour out a silver dollar sized dollop into the hot pan
5 minutes on the first side or until they are a dark golden brown.
3 minutes on the other side.

these do not need any syrup or toppings. They are good cold or hot.

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I’ve tried to a couple of ways and until now, I havent really liked it. I didn’t dislike it – but given the choice I would take roasted cauliflower over mashed any day. Then one day a couple of weeks ago, I found
this site
and she mimicked my feelings exactly so I thought to give it a try.

1 head of cauliflower
3 TBLS of cream, half and half or milk if you prefer
2 TBLS butter

break up the cauliflower into small pieces into a microwave – safe bowl.
Pour in the cream and butter and mix to coat.
Heat on high for 5 minutes
Pull out and mix up again.
Heat on high for 5 minutes and pull out.
If the cauliflower is tender then its done. If not mix it up again and put it in for another five minutes.

Pour the contents into a blender or food processor and blend baby blend!!!

It is so good and would be so easy to adjust different ways.
Add cheese..
or add roasted garlic and onion…
Or season with herbs ….
or add in other veges!

With this recipe I like it better than mashed potatoes.

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