Friday, May 16, 2014

Farming Humans

The film Producer, Miles Aaron Shan contacted me he is trying to get his vegan documentary made. It's called FARMING HUMANS and focuses on 12 volunteers who are treated like barn animals for 10 days. The networks don't want you to know the truth. Check out their facebook event:Farming Humans. There is also a blog interview tonight at 5PM as well, on blog talk radio. Their Go Fund Me page is here! They also have an Indiegogo page as well. What a eye-opening documentary this will be! Check it out!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Gardening Time is Here!

But of course, true to form, I haven't been waiting all winter. I've been gardening already! The below photo shows my moss terrarium.



My moss terrarium again, another view.



Then in early to mid April a new friend showed up from Fast Growing Trees. Actually I've been calling him my third son. The kids have been calling him Lemmy & it has stuck.



He has his own set of wheels for crying out loud. This is to get him to the backdoor easier & to the sun where ever it happens to be in the house. I am going to get him a LED light tho for the winters, even with a southern exposure it's grey here a lot. I am not taking any chances with his health! He will be organic & spoiled rotten like the rest of the kids. I'm planning on making him compost tea & using Sea-90 for fertilizer.

You'd think they sent me the wrong plant, wouldn't ya? I had a quick thought like that too. But lemons come small & green, just like limes do.



This is one of the baby limes that just began turning from a flower to the fruit. So exciting! Especially since I've been reading & really healthy plants are the ones that do this & often. There are tons of these little guys all over the tree.



Plus there are also lots & lots of lovely lemon flowers. Oh man, they are delicious smelling! Just yummy! I wish I could share/describe the scent with you! It's glorious!



We are all excited by Lemmy's arrival. I've been wanting one for years, and previously I did have key limes, but they died due to getting too dry. I forgot to water them. They were soo tiny too. I should have kept them right next to me all the time like babies. I was a moron! Bad mommy! I learned my lesson tho. Now I will get it right! My compost is full to overfull too. Just waiting to be turned & then have compost tea made from it for all the plants I have going. I have tons of plants growing. Basil, spinach, mint, peppers, hot peppers, apple tree seeds, tomatoes, kale, salad mix. Plus my strawberries are already at full tilt in the garden from last year.



Apparently they LOVE being in raised beds with maple leaves & snow covering them all winter, cause we started last year with maybe three tiny plants. They are now 9 plants strong & sending out shoots for more. I'm really tempted to let the whole box go strawberries! I do think I'll grow some borage, a plant that is really beautiful & also helps keep strawberries happy & bug free.

Every single bit of extra counter space is covered with baby plants. I cannot wait to see how they react with the compost tea & the Sea-90 I've heard incredible things about it. Looking forwards to this growing season.



Even my frog's tank has had amazing growth in it. The Pothos plant has just about taken over! Pretty soon I'm gonna have to start taking out some of it & finding it new homes. I have done nothing for fertilizing it, except to bury the frog poop & add in more fresh soil every now & again.





Now onto the next big project. More raised beds. We learned last year that one was def not enough for this household, plus pinterest keeps intriguing me with using pallets for wood projects. Hubby found a chemical-free & payment free kind of wood pallet from a friend & we're gonna try to make some boxes & even help fix a fence with them.



What kind of gardening have you been up to lately? I'd love to see pictures!
--Heather :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Raw Vegan Thin Mints





I found this recipe. But true to form, I didn't follow her directions. I had to use ingredients I had on hand & ingredients that I like. I'm not nut crazy around here. I eat pumpkin seeds more often than not or use sunflower seeds for my mock toona. And coconut. I love me some coconut shreds & coconut flour. I have learned that with our diabetes it is better to stick to foods that don't cause us issues, this means (for the kids) going low on the rice gluten free stuff, and low on the wheat food products too. For me this means skipping all that completely. Enter coconut flour. Oh and coconut oil.. coconut oil is great on or in the body!



Now more often than not, you'll find me complete with a banana, cherry, date, smoothie in hand or a fresh ginger, carrot, cranberry, beet, kale, apple juice. Every now & again I like to have a treat tho. I think these fit the bill pretty well. Altho I don't think mint will be the flavour all the time. I imagine these would be pretty great vanilla or orange or key lime or lemon. MMMMM the possibilities! YUM!

To create the cookie portion, I used a 1/2 cup of coconut flour, 2 TBS (warmed til liquid) coconut oil, mint extract, couple of two-three drops, liquid vanilla stevia (couple three drops) & agave nectar. You can use maple syrup if you prefer. I mixed the ingredients, formed the patties & let them sit. Then I took some warmed coconut oil about the same amount used for the cookies to make the frosting. A couple TBS of raw cacao powder, liquid stevia again, (same amount 1-3 drops) and some (1 TBS) agave nectar. Taste it & see if it's sweet enough, then add a little more if you find it too cacaoish! I like it low on the sweet, kids prefer it sweeter, so I splurged. Mixed the chocolate & other ingredients till chocolate frosting formed. Next I frosted them like little cakes! Then I placed them on a little plate & into the fridge to set up. Once hard let them out & NOM!



These came out really good! I can tell! I liked them, of course. But I always know I've hit the right spot when the kids beg for more! I'll be making these again soon! Great for a chilly afternoon tea party!

<3--Heather :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Banana Yogurt





This is one of our fav daily noms. One of the easiest things to do & my kids hardly even miss having "real" vegan yogurt because of it! I take cherries or frozen mixed berries, like blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries. Sometimes a mix of all three. Then I add them to the blender with a little water & two or three bananas. A tiny pinch of cinnamon too. Blending takes seconds. The mixed berries turn the bananas pink or purple. Then it is very attractive looking poured over mixed, chopped fruit. Don't forget some pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds or chia seeds mixed in too! I have this or a version of it pretty much every day. It keeps my hunger at bay and my blood sugar happily in check.

<3 Heather :)

Best/Worst Foods





WHEW! Thank goodness dates, bananas, and other fruits are not on the baddy list! You can either eat to live or eat to die. It's your choice!

<3 Heather :)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Vegan Pizza Yums

Can you use a juicer to make pizza? Yes. Yes you can! Well.. sort of. I don't reccomend trying to cook it in a juicer. ;) :)



This is another OMG! so good, recipe! I am sooo glad I thought to do it. After juicing my son his apple carrot juice this morning, I had a thought. I think the pizza crust I'm making with flax seeds will tasted even better if I add in the carrot shreds. So I saved them in the fridge.



Then I took the 1 1/2 cups of flax seeds, powdered onion and garlic, pink himalayan salt, added a couple tablespoons (if still dry add a little more) of water & let them sit to gel. Once gelled I added the carrot pulp. About 1/4 of a cup of it. I needed fresh garlic & onion, so I turned the juicer on & juiced a little clove & a quarter of a large yellow onion. Added the juices & a little bit of the shreds to the dough. Kneaded the dough into two balls & let them sit & rest. About an hour later I flattened them into four pancakes & placed them gently into my dehydrator. The leftover shreds & any juices from the onion & garlic can go into the tomatoes for sauce. Speaking of the tomatoes, I used grape tomatoes & sun dried. I have a problem lately finding sun dried tomatoes, unless they are in olive oil & spices. I get em anyways and I rinse the oil off & let them dry before using. Or sometiimes (piccy below) I'll make my own in the dehydrator.



The tomatoes (both kinds) are then blended in the blender with a bit of PHS (Pink Himalayan Salt) or celtic sea salt. Some more of the juiced onion, garlic juice & the shreds too. Really, I just used the juicer cause it was there & it was fast to mash it up vs a knife. Mincing garlic is not a chore I like. Same goes with chopping onions, I'm always getting weepy! Also the day before I took some mushrooms, thinly sliced them, and placed them in a bowl of celtic sea salt & water & left them on the counter. Just overnight. Not any longer. They get kinda weird if you leave em too long. Maybe in the fridge if you live in a hot climate. I dehydrated the pizza base (flax-carrot-spices-herbs) for about 2 hours. Then I spooned on the tomato sauce & dehydrated for another 30 minutes or so. After that you can take them out & start building your pizza!! I added some salad mix, sliced grape tomatoes, and the marinated mushies! Then nom! Eat it up! You have to make this! Do it! It is totally great! Such a nice, simple dinner idea breaks up the salad monotony that you can get into doing the 80/10/10 thing.

Any questions, please ask! Place them in the comments section & I'll get back to ya!

<3 Heather :)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Pie Day! Pi Day!

It was actually my daughter, Fiona going to the fridge this morning that reminded me of pi day! "Momma, PIE, Momma Pie." She pointed & pulled me. Sadly no more of that lovely pie I made the other day was left. No time like ANYTIME to make more pie though! Any excuse will do! <3



This was suuuuuuuuper easy! I used a ripe banana, a bag of organic mixed berries, a tiny bit of water for the blender. That was it for the pudding/ice cream. You might add some sweetener if you like, dates or coconut sugar is nice.



Then the base is flax seeds, water, cinnamon & coconut sugar. Just make a flax seed egg & mix the other ingredients into it & let gel. You're going to freeze this pie & keep it frozen, unless eating it.

Now the next step is vegan, but isn't raw. I used full fat can of coconut milk for the whipped cream. I have the recipe for that over here. I haven't figured out raw, vegan whipped cream yet. And I don't know what that all entails. I figured at least it's vegan & easy to whip up. If you, like I am are pretty full on raw & being strict you can skip it. The kids like it tho!

<3 Heather :)

Any questions, leave em in the comments box! I'll be happy to help! <3