Friday, April 27, 2012

learning about new blogger

still learning how to navigate the whole new blogger

Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes

Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes

3 c flours (fresh ground whole wheat preferred)
3/4 c cocoa
2/3 c oil
2 c real maple syrup
1.5 c  almond milk (or any other milk or even water)
2 avocados peeled and pitted
2 tsp vanilla

I put the flour in the bowl, dig a little well, pour in the cocoa and oil (and always add a dash of cinnamon) mix the oil and cocoa- add in the vanilla and maple syrup- then the milk and avocado. Then I take my hand blender and blend until is is all smooth and creamy.

I pour it into a pan or lined muffin tins and bake at 350 until done (about 20 min).

Peanut Butter Frosting

mix well:
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 c milk
up to 1/2 c maple syrup (I use what ever is left in the bottle)
touch of vanilla

and then blend it until smooth- adjusting milk until I get the consistency I want.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Principals for a non-political party

Principals for a non-political party

1. We believe we need to educate all people in sustainable and local farming and food production.
2. We believe that the family is the basis for a healthy and sustainable communities and together they are a hedge against the challenges of climate change and peak fossil based energy.
3. We believe that every action we undertake should be in consideration of the impact upon our next 7 generations.
4. We believe that war is a waste of resources except in defense of your liberty, life and family.
5. We believe that GDP and other economic indicators is not a way to measure what matters most to the health and happiness of a people, and that debt is not a way to finance.
6. We believe that death is not to be feared, but to be seen as a natural part of life, and that the natural life process is sacred.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

wow- engery

It has been about a year since I started my allergy diet. Relief from all those digestive issues - many that have bothered me most of my life) is awesome- but this January I saw a Ted Talk about Feeding your Mitochondria- and we implemented that diet into our lives- and it is awesome!!

It has now been 4 months of 100% fruit (heavy on the berries) smoothies for breakfast, lots of lunches of green salad and dinners of stir fry veggies or veggies bakes or even more varieties of salads. Every day I try to take in about 9 cups of fruits and veggies a day and I have so much more energy then I used to. I can run all day and not be weary and walk all day and not feel faint.

Besides eating lots and lots of fruits and veggies, we also have whole grains, beans, nuts, sea weeds (like sushi wraps) and some grass fed meats (usually just once a week). Nothing that is real food and that you are not allergic to is off limits as long as you have the 9 cups of the fruits and veggies. 3 cups of these should be bright and colorful like berries and carrots and oranges. 3 cups of these should be leafy greens (think a dinner plate full) like lettuces and kale and chard (I measure before cooking). And 3 cups should be sulfur veggies- things like mushrooms, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and the like. I have learned I don't have to be too picky how much of what veggies I get as long as I eat enough overall and have a decent variety.

So- back to energy.... today I got up at 10- went grocery shopping, did recycling, made sushi for lunch, home-schooled my kids, watered the plants in my green house, lots of laundry, walked with my kids to grandmas and back, scrubbed the fridge, planned our educational field trip to the cities next month, swept the floor, picked up my kid from golf, made an awesome dinner, cleaned up, bought household supplies, built a raised garden tower for strawberries, .... I have been running for about 12 hours and am still looking for good and interesting things to do.

This kind of energy has been going on for a few weeks and I love it- I have seen it build and look forward to one awesome summer!