Archive for March, 2012

Do you diet and diet and never really see true results?  Have you, like me, been perpetually on a “diet” since you were a young kid?  I remember going on “diets” with my Mom growing up, I remember the time when she cut our 2% milk to…gulp… fat free, or working out to Richard Simmons, or counting this or that… Are you ready for a change?  Are you ready to get off the crazy diet roller coaster and really get healthy and stay that way?  Enter the new movie Hungry for Change.  Brought to you by the same people who made Food Matters but this one focuses on weight loss and “dieting.”

Hungry for Change is being offered to you FREE until March 31, 2012.  Don’t you like free? I do!  I have had the privilege of watching this amazing movie already this week, however I fully intend on watching it again today and maybe this weekend.  I can not say MORE about this wonderful movie, I mean it puts to shame any “diet” you’ve ever been on.  In fact it inspired Hubby and I to find our juicer, pull it out and allow it to find its permanent home on our counter top.  It also inspired the purchase of almost $50 worth of veggies and fruits to put through that said juicer.  I can’t wait until growing season this year, where we can juice our own home-grown veggies!! We had our first cup of fresh juice last night, you can instantly feel it go to your cells.  I gulped down my first glass and then half of another, it was like my body was screaming…”give me more!”

Here is the first part to Hungry for Change, does it inspire you to want more?  Go to their website, enter your first name and email address to watch the complete movie for free here.

You can’t go wrong with free folks.  Seriously, I think this movie is truly life changing.  I think it will inspire you to want more for yourself, for your body, for your family.  Take advantage of this free movie, I promise you, you will not regret it besides what do you have to lose?


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This week in general feels like a country song.  Hubby has been gone since Monday helping a friend so I’m alone.  The dogs are going nuts being home alone and I’ve been so tired when I get home that I don’t want to go out in the mud to play with them.  Monday, I was so broke I put $7 in my gas tank PRAYING it got me home and through until payday, which was Tuesday and the $7 worked!  I felt stupid putting $7 in my tank when the guy pumping my gas (yes, we have people who pump our gas here) told me someone else just got $4.  That night some friends were coming over to pick up a car they left in our driveway for over a month, they are notorious for not showing up or just showing up late.  I’m usually in bed by 10pm because I have to be up early for work.  They show up for “dinner” at 7:45pm, who eats dinner at 7:45pm!?! I guess they do.  They stayed until 10pm and I didn’t get to sleep until 11pm.  Of course I over slept Tuesday morning and woke up 15 minutes before I was supposed to leave for work.  Needless to say I was a chicken with its head cut off, but I managed to get the dogs, cats, chickens and myself fed.  Then my womanly well…you know, happened upon me and I was FAR from prepared.  I use a menstrual cup, which I left at home.  So for the first time in almost a year I had to buy tampons, thank God for payday!  It took everything I had to get through my day.  Last night I enjoyed my brownies and went to bed fairly early.  With that said, our female dog has bladder problems.  They stem from her first owner and some mistreating, but she doesn’t seem to recognize when she has to go, so she dribbles, then she licks…. well this morning I hear lick, lick, lick.  And guess who was sleeping on the bed with me.  I kicked her off and tossed my foot over to feel the wet.  WHAT!?! I started yelling.  Then I looked at the clock, 5:30am!  UGH!  So out with the dogs, clean up the bed, do the laundry before heading to work…

Honestly I could go on, but I won’t… who wants to listen to me complain anyway?  I would love to crawl into bed with my PJ’s on and pull the covers over my head.  Sometimes life just doesn’t happen the way we expect, and we certainly don’t always have the patience to deal with situations with grace sometimes.  I’ve quietly cursed out a few drivers this week in the “privacy” of my own car.  But…God knows, God hears.  When I feel like this I do try to take a few moments to ask God for some peace.  I did that this morning after this  lady was tailgating me and I said a few choice words to her (in the privacy of my own car of course) and honked my horn as she sped off.  Maybe she needed my prayers too.  It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the annoyances of our daily life.  Reminds me of a song by Francesca Battistelli “This is the stuff”… sometimes we got to get a new prospective.  Enjoy the song!

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I am not gluten free, but I know a lot of people who are.  Several years ago I was seeing a ND who said I couldn’t have dairy.  Well, honestly, dairy is my life.  Ok that’s extreme but it’s super close, I mean I think God had me in mind when he made dairy.  In the period of time I was trying to be good, I looked for alternative yummy food.  One day while looking around New Seasons (our local health food store) I found this beautiful red bag that read “Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free.”  It was called Ooey Gooey Chocolatey Chewy Brownie Mix made by The Cravings Place.  The company is actually located here in Oregon, in Bend to be exact…Go Oregon!  With all that “free”  though, I wasn’t so sure that they would in fact turn out good tasting, but I wanted brownies and I was going to give them a shot.

The directions are simple add water, vanilla and oil mix and bake.  Easy enough… Now when I first bought this there were these HUGE chunks of chocolate in the batter, they started separating them out, I’m sure because someone complained but now they come inside the bag in another separate bag.  Easy enough to open that up and dump inside.  Those big chunks end up being these “gooey” treats in the middle of your brownies.  As you already must be guessing these are fabulous!  I mean the best brownies I’ve probably ever had, forget that they are “gluten free, egg free, dairy free, nut free, and wheat free.

Today I was at Whole Paycheck, er…Whole Foods and saw these beautiful bags were on sale, so I picked myself up a bag and they are cooking in the oven as I type.  I can’t wait to eat them with a big glass of raw milk.

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We went to our first chicken slaughter well over a year ago, maybe two.  We have built a friendly relationship with our local feed & seed staff and they invited us out for a chicken slaughter.  We have been to several others they have put on over the past year and a half.  As we learn more about nutrition and food the slaughters become more interesting, for working a day we get our share of chickens, plus we get organ meat and this last time chicken feet.  Now let me tell you, if I thought getting to the organ meat was hard, looking at that grocery bag in the freezer with talons hanging out… it was really easy to just let it sit there.

I have zero experience with chicken feet, ZERO.  Honestly I didn’t even know they were edible.  I did a little research, but only a little… actually I think I looked at one website.  I knew that the feet were nutritious and from a gal at our feed & seed that they make a gel when you cook it, she called it gelatin, instantly I’m thinking cherry flavored, wait… cherry flavored chicken feet?  I guess we’re not talking JELLO here.  So Sunday I pulled out the chicken feet from the freezer and put them in the sink, here is what they looked like frozen.

All the dark bits are dirt and poo, plus you have the added bonus of blood, it was nasty slaughtering them but the feet are funky.  So I dumped them in to a sink full of cold water.  See there is this skin on the chicken feet, that yellow color is the skin.  Apparently you blanch the feet “briefly” and this skin is supposed to come right off, so for that not to happen while we were cleaning them we used cold water.

The dirt and poo came off, so did the blood and there were some extra feathers hanging around.  So if I sounded a bit sarcastic above about the skin on the feet it’s because I was.  See the skin killed the process for us, it was the most annoying thing ever!  The bag we did ended up being three different batches.  We blanched the first batch the longest and the skin came off but so did most of the meat under it.  The article I read said that it could become like glue if blanched too long, but honestly it didn’t feel very long.  Hubby asked “What did it say? How long are we suppose to blanch?”  “Briefly” was my answer, because that is what the article said.  The next batch, Hubby dumped in walked to the sink to get the strainer, then grabbed the pot and dumped the water.  It couldn’t have even been 30 seconds, but again the stupid skin was the worst!  Third batch, a little longer than the second batch and less than the first, and still we were left with skin we couldn’t peel off.  By the last batch we were so annoyed with chicken feet and skin we just left some on and I decided I’d just strain the soup stock.

Finally after we got them all done into a big pot they went with very good filtered water.  I think water is very important and the additives they put in city water, along with all the pharmaceuticals they have found in most city waters, it can be really bad for us.  So when you make soup use good filtered water.  Added the feet and on the stove it went for the evening.

Tonight I am enjoying the soup.  I added some dehydrated chantrelle mushrooms we had harvest in the fall, dehydrated tomatoes, onion, garlic, celery, cabbage, and rice and made a hardy soup.  The chicken feet stock is mild, although we’ll probably add more water and let them boil another night.  With salt it tastes like the real deal, and it is a gel at cold temperatures, that means you go the “good stuff” out of the feet.  It has a lot of fat on top, which is healthy fat.  Fat is good for us people! Don’t listen to the people who says it isn’t.  Anyway, after all that finally enjoying the fruits of our labor.  It was very labor intensive, if you know how to skin chicken feet better, PLEASE tell me, we have two more bags in the freezer!  I suspect if you buy them in the store they will already be skinned, this is worth it though.  We used the whole chicken, even parts people would discard and we got tons of meals out of it, plus a boatload of nutrition.  So for the first time ever I’m enjoying chicken feet, who would have thought.


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Are we fat because we eat too much, or do we eat too much because we are fat?.


Found a new amazing blog… check this out!

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I’ve been taking quite a bit of time to read other people’s blogs, what a fun world this is that we can read about what others are doing on the other side of the world!  I also enjoy that there are so many like-minded people.  Many people are “getting back to the land” and going more traditional in their cooking and eating.  I’ve read a couple this morning that really inspired me.  http://livegrownourishcreate.wordpress.com/ one of my blogging friends has a book that we both share, Nourishing Traditions.  My life gets off onto tangents a lot and I get lost in doing this or researching that.  Honestly in the natural traditional world it’s easy to find the next best thing and get off track.  I’ve been doing that recently with raw food.  Now, don’t get me wrong I think eating 51% of our meals raw is important, but I’m also losing touch that in fact the raw butter we use, and the raw milk we drink, are in fact…raw.  I was really inspired by this post: http://livegrownourishcreate.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/creamy-coconut-soaked-porridge/  I’m getting really lax soaking my grains.  This practice has got to stop and I started that with making some sourdough bread last night.

If you don’t have this book, I highly recommend it.  It’s huge and packed full of amazing recipes and ideas to eating more traditionally, less chemically, less artificially, more God given.  It seems so simple, eating fruit instead of fruit flavored candy.  Eating home-baked soaked grain, bread instead of the stuff that has to add BACK the nutrients to the flour, and add preservatives to keep it good on the shelf for two weeks.  True story:  Hubby had a friend who worked in a local flour mill.  This friend, Jack, would get us bags of freshly ground flour.  He could get two kinds, the whole wheat which was brown and lovely, and white which looked like every white processed flour there is out there.  But get this… after they milled the grain they had to then add back nutrients to the flour!  (read more about the milling process here)  That is why when you look at most breads and crackers you will see “enriched flour.”  What it’s basically saying is “fake processed flour” because they take out the God given nutrients to replace it with fake nutrients.  This is from the link I posted above “When grain is made into refined white flour, more than 30 essential nutrients are largely removed. Only four of those nutrients are added back in a process called “enrichment.” Using this same logic, if a person were robbed of 30 dollars and the thief then returned 4 dollars to his victim for cab fare home, then that person should be considered “enriched” by 4 dollars, not robbed of 26 dollars. How would you feel in that situation? You should feel the same about “enriched” white flour and bread? Only vitamins B1, B2, B3, and iron are added back. Nutrients which are removed and not returned include 44% of the vitamin E, 52% of the pantothenic acid, 65% of the folic acid, 76% of the biotin, 84% of the vitamin B6, and half or more of 20 minerals and trace elements, including magnesium, calcium, zinc, chromium, manganese, selenium, vanadium, and copper” (from http://www.drcranton.com/nutrition/bread.htm)  We are being robbed!  I just watched a webinar from GNOWFGLINS.com (they give free webinars so if you are interested sign up to receive notification in your email) about grain mills.  They are currently giving away a free grain mill (USA only…sorry my out of the country friends!) if you go to http://gnowfglins.com/2012/03/09/nutrimill-berries-giveaway/ you can sign up until this Sunday 3/18/12.  There are thousands who have entered, but everyone has a fair shot at it. 🙂

I’m planning on pulling out my Nourishing Traditions book this weekend and start going to town on recipes.  I’ll be posting some recipes and some photos as I go along.  Hope you enjoy the ride as much as I do 🙂



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These sound so amazing! We just got a tortilla press and I think these are on the menu this weekend 🙂

A Real Food Lover

The best enchilada I have ever eaten was at a little tiny restaurant in southern Oregon. I ordered chicken enchiladas with that spicy red sauce in mind, so I was surprised when they arrived with a creamy, cheesy mildly spicy sauce instead. The woman who owns the restaurant said that in Mexico an enchilada is rarely served with red sauce, that the traditional Mexican way is as follows:

Traditional Mexican Enchiladas

12 Fresh corn tortillas

3 cups cooked chicken, shredded

1/2 cup green onions, for garnish

1/2 cup cilantro, for garnish

2 cups homemade chicken stock

1 cup sour cream

3/4 cup onion, minced

12 oz raw cheddar cheese, shredded

4 oz chopped green chilies

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup flour

1. Heat 2 Tbsp of your favorite frying oil in heavy skillet. Fry tortillas 5 seconds each side to warm them and make them pliable. Keep on a plate…

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