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From what I hear, it’s “cold” in Oregon.  I’m so used to the weather here I don’t notice, but compared to the humidity of Florida… I can see how it’s “cold.”  We have had some really amazing days.  Hubby and I are excited to be experiencing our yard and trees for the first time.  Now that everything has bloomed we are ready for the fruit to come!  We have a plum tree and SEVERAL cherry trees, we are really big on canning, dehydrating and freezing food for later use and it looks like God has provided us with some amazing food this year.

This cherry tree doesn’t seem to be producing fruit anymore.  We had that happen at a rental house with a plum tree, however after our garden, plenty of chicken and bunny poo, that plum tree started to produce again! Maybe we’ll be blessed with this cherry tree and it will do the same.

Praying for some plums!

Jack playing in the creek.  He LOVES his ball!

Jack & Lyla in the creek.  She wouldn’t go near the water when we first got her, she has come a LONG way!

Can you tell I love my dogs? He’s just so handsome!

She is certainly “my” dog.  She is a blessing!

One of our desires in our house was to have a creek, God provided everything we asked for!

Hubby went to visit his Grandma for her birthday.  She lives in the Columbia Gorge (one of the most amazing places on earth!) he came home with mushrooms!  Here are some coral mushrooms he picked up.  He made some Chinese food with these last year, looking forward to that again!

He also came home with fresh Morrells! We enjoyed them last night, and they were SOOOO tasty! Yay for mushroom season!  I love spring in Oregon!

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In my search for juicers I found a website called Hallelujah Acres.  I have to admit I like the name!  There isn’t a lot of health websites that put God first, but when I find one I cherish it.  So I signed up for their email updates and am just thrilled with them so far.  Today I have been looking around their recipe section, temptation much? LOL  They follow the same principles as Fat Sick & Nearly Dead (a mainly plant-based diet) for health and vitality.

I can see this will be a wonderful resource for continuing to eat vegetables and plant-based foods.  They also have a ton of raw recipes, including some soups and some sandwiches.  There is a salad wrap on there I could eat right now! LOL Of course I could eat all of it right now. 😉  Wanted to share, bookmark their page and subscribe to their newsletter.  LOVE this website!

 

The featured recipe today is called (click this link to see the photo! mouth-watering!)  Black Bean Burgers by Connie:

This recipe comes from Connie Maginnis, who writes, “When we go to cookouts with people on the Standard American Diet, we bring these Black Bean Burgers to grill. Their acceptance is amazing and I have to bring enough for everyone because all the other people want ours!”

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 small onion (coarsely chopped)
1 medium red pepper (chopped)
4 medium cloves of garlic (minced)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 1/2 cups cooked or canned organic black beans (drained)
1 cup cooked brown basmati rice
2 cups fresh whole wheat bread crumbs
Hot pepper sauce to taste (optional)
Also optional is adding 1 tablespoon of Ketchup (from Rhonda’s Recipe book)
1 1/2 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt

Directions

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, red pepper, and garlic. Cook while stirring frequently until soft and onions are translucent. Stir in cumin, turmeric, and cook for an additional minute. In a food processor, combine beans, rice and onion/pepper/garlic mixture. Transfer to a large bowl. Add breadcrumbs and mix well. Season with salt and hot pepper if desired. Flatten 1/4 cup amounts of mix into patties and they are ready for the outdoor grill. Cook about 3-5 minutes each side. Makes 8 burgers.

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I am hungry, there is no doubt about it.  I think about food most of the day, what I want, what I can’t have, what I wish I could…   It doesn’t help that I work by a very popular outdoor mall, the smell of cooking food can be smelt all around my work.  Even going for a walk you can smell the lovely hamburgers being cooked up, I’m salivating!  If I’m totally honest with you, there have been several times in the past week that I was ready to throw in the towel for one bite.  I haven’t, I’ve stayed strong but ONLY but God‘s grace.  I don’t have much self-determination/control.  I’ve been the one to quit thing when they get too hard rather than push through and finish what I started.  I feel like this fast is pushing me to be different and better than I’ve given myself credit for. Don’t get me wrong, I have always wanted to be like those people who never quit and never give up but that has never come easy to me.

All I could think about yesterday was a cheese burger, and still today the thought is still there.  I settled for the rest of my taco “meat” (aka walnuts see yesterday’s post for recipe) in a big salad with avocado, tomato, cilantro… a big raw taco salad.  As Hubby and I stood in the kitchen praying over our dinner it struck me, God created the food we were about to eat, it wasn’t made in a lab, or in factory, it was grown and picked just as God provided it.  So to truly give thanks for our food mean so much more because I was thanking God for providing the tomato and avocado and cilantro and walnuts.  I wasn’t thanking God for providing Kraft or Nabisco.  Somehow eating this way makes me really appreciate what God gave me and I can be so much more thankful for it.

The other thing that God mellowed my heart with is just the fact that when Jesus fasted he HUNGERED.  I was listening to a sermon on my way to work and they were talking about the pain and suffering that Jesus went through for us.  How when we go through something difficult we can be assured that Jesus too went through pain and difficulty.  There is no way I could be nailed to a cross for the sins of everyone that hated me.  No way.  But the sermon reminded me that Jesus went through all of these “human” things because of his love for us.  He was hated, persecuted, he hungered, and thirst,  he even asked to have the cup he was about to endure to be taken from him… but not his will be done but God’s will.  I would never want to serve any other god that doesn’t make themselves human and go through what we go through on a daily basis.  That is love, it’s hard down here!  But if Jesus could eat no food for 40 days and he hungered at the end, I can certainly drink juice and eat produce for another 26 days.  Sometimes all we need is a change of prospective.  I still hunger but 40 days isn’t the rest of my life, I will eat a burger again, I will have pasta again… but I can follow the foot prints of precious Jesus and finish this fast with some grace.

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Most of us have some clothes somewhere that are only in our closets to wear “when I lose some weight.”  Since I struggle with PCOS, I struggle with weight issues.  Not everyone with PCOS has weight issues but everyone I’ve met so far do and I’m not the exception to that rule.  Even though I eat really healthy and avoid fast food, I still struggle with it.  Until now I haven’t lost weight since I was seeing a naturalpathic doctor, who was going to “heal” me.  I was on some “medicine” with her that worked to help me lose weight but didn’t change any other of my symptoms, when I got off that said “medicine” I gained all the weight I lost back.

I only have a certain amount of work pants.  When I gained my weight back I struggled to fit into a pair that didn’t have an elastic waist, those and a few shirts became too snug, so into the top of my closet they went.  Friday I got home and was feeling kind of “thin.”  I got this hair to go try on those non-elastic waist pants and guess what? They fit!! (And quite nicely I might add)  I went into where Hubby was and did a little happy dance for him.  😀  Today I’m proudly wearing those pants.  It feels SO good to finally fit into them again! PRAISE GOD!!

I also went off the beaten path a bit this weekend, I made some raw tacos.  Hubby really enjoyed them although he thinks the “meat” should be warmed.  This is a great recipe for us here, we have TONS of walnut trees around us.  I am all about harvesting what God gave us rather than having to buy something extra, so this could save us some money, and they are tasty.  Hubby even thought I should run one over to the neighbor to see if they could tell there was no real meat in it, but I didn’t.  Maybe next time I make them!

Raw Tacos:

2 cups soaked  raw walnuts (soak over night or 24 hours)
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
3-4 tbsp hemp seed oil OR cold pressed olive oil

You blend (or food process, I only have a magic bullet so I used that) all ingredients.  I did the walnuts separately then added everything to a bowl and added my spices etc.  Make some homemade guacamole, and any garnishes that you normally like on your tacos.  Take a leaf of lettuce put down a layer of guacamole, then some of the walnut “meat” and then your toppings.  Fold up your lettuce like a taco and enjoy!  I promise you, you won’t know there is not any meat in these either, they are surprisingly good!

Today is day 13 of 40 of my juice fast.  As you can see I got board with only juice and have included some raw food into my diet.  I don’t do this everyday but as little treats and to feel a bit normal.  I am still feeling great, still losing weight and happy with my journey so far.  God is really working in my life and I am so grateful.

 

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A whole HUGE list of free Ebooks! Thanks to IAmOneWeAreThree for this post!

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What a simple and easy way to hang a frame with no hanger on it!!

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Hallelujah!  Yesterday was the turn around day for me.  My energy levels are going up, my moods again are leveling out, and my waist is shrinking!  When I began juicing (not fasting but juicing daily) I weighed myself, that was March 26th.  Since then I have lost 11lb!  Most of the weight loss has been during this fast.  I’m 4lb away from a major goal and once I reach it I will share more.  😀 Suspense. LOL

I am still very much under attack though, yesterday was a very difficult day emotionally.  However, I turned my eyes on God and honestly He pulled me through it.  What would have been much more difficult ended up being easy to slide off my back.  I noticed a MAJOR change in my attitude and emotional state.  I am much more calm.  I enjoy being calm!

Today I put on a pair of pants for work and I used to have a nice little muffin top hanging over the top, guess what? That muffin is gone!  The pants fit amazingly, I can’t wait until they are too big. 🙂  God is good to me.  I’m so grateful for what he is doing in my life.

 

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