House Cleansing 101

You read that right!

Sure, you’ve been cleaning house for years.

House Cleansing is different.

It’s about cleansing your rooms of anything that could be making you and your family, your pets, sick, bloated, allergic, and fatigued or agitated on a daily basis.

 

Today, Let’s start with the kitchen.

Look under your sink or wherever you keep your cleaning products ~

Take all of those cancer causing chemicals to the toxic waste dump.

Have you ever wondered why so many women have been dying of cancer since the 1970’s  you guessed it!

Make a commitment today to start using biodegradable products like Borax, washing soda, baking soda, plain white vinegar, essential oils to do your cleaning.

Your family will thank you , your pets will thank you, and you will add years to your life.

Throw out those hand sanitizers and learn to embrace the fact that we live in a world full of bacteria, good and bad.  Your body is built to naturally adapt to these and fight them off if you will allow it.

Take a look in your pantry and discard or donate anything that is not organic, has chemicals that you cannot pronounce, contains any form of corn, wheat or soy.

Tell Arthur Itis to find another home, and reduce or cut out your dairy intake.

The fewer ingredients the better, ie. butter should be made from cream with no added food coloring ~         Life is too short to eat margarine instead of butter.

Live as the French do with pure wholesome food made from scratch whenever possible.

Store your food in glass containers, not plastic.  Plastic gases off into the food.

Cook in stainless steel pots or cast iron.

If non-stick fumes can kill the canary, what more proof do you need?

Reducing plastic bags is a big one.

Find an alternative.

Bring your own bags to the grocery store.

Recycle whenever possible.

Don’t buy-in to the dieting hype in the grocery stores pushing the latest low-fat, non-fat, gluten free, all natural chemical -laden products.

Take time to read the labels.  Avoid the processed food isles.

Filter your water.

Learn the art of fermentation and canning.

Embrace more superfoods into your life.

Start juicing fresh fruits and vegetables.

Try not to cook full meals in the microwave, and don’t stand near it when it’s running.

Enjoy more meals with the family,

Eat out less often and demand that your favorite restaurants go organic.

Say a prayer over your food. It raises it’s vibration.

Support your local organic farmers.

Make your coffee at home.

Follow my blog for easy, clean recipes.

Give thanks for the power you have in your own home and the freedom to choose a healthy lifestyle for you and your family.

You are worth it!

Turn your eating area into your favorite little bistro by decorating it with uplifting pictures, comfortable chairs, and pretty window treatments.

Clear the clutter and make it special.

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Pretty dishes can be found in the thrift stores.  Mix them up so each one is different.  Your kids will love it!  Add a chandelier!

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Add a dimmer switch to the light source to encourage intimate conversations over a cup of tea.

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Bring a lamp into the dining room for some ambient lighting.

Come back to visit for some more tips on House Cleansing!  This could change your life.

Get the message out to your friends.   Thank you!

 

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Stenciled wall treatment just in time for Fall

If I could shout this from the rooftops, I would.  It’s time to take a stand for our food, and the way it’s produced.  I’m tired of seeing so many who are suffering because the food that we are eating is making us sick.  Even Grass fed, organic meats have been found to be getting gmo’s in the vaccines that are given to the livestock.  ( information taken from the GMO’s Revealed, and spoken by Sayer Ji., founder of Green med info,  check it out )  Namaste~ The god in me, bows to the god in you.

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I’ve taken some of the advice included in this post from “The Gerson Therapy” by Charlotte Gerson, who’s father, Dr. Max Gerson found a cure for cancer.

This post does not imply any treatment for disease or health recommendations.  Please consult your doctor.  All of the opinions expressed are my own based on my personal experience.

 

How to make Kombucha at home

This is much simpler than you may think.

 

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Cocktails anyone?

Here is what you will need ~

Filtered water ( too much chlorine in the water can spoil the yeast)

Gallon container or quart jars (glass)

Large pot

Rubber bands

muslin squares ( I make mine from dishtowels that I purchase at Ikea)

Black Organic tea bags

Organic raw cane sugar ( non gmo)

Ginger tea bags ( optional)

Scoby ( symbiotic  culture of bacteria and yeast) ( optional but helpful for faster brewing.

If you have a friend who makes Kombucha, ask for a piece of their “scoby” or “mother”.)

 

One cup of live Kombucha with the mother. You can find it at the health food store or your local grocer. This will help create your new scoby if you have one or not.

 

Instructions:

 

Boil one to two gallons of filtered water.

 

Add 8 Organic tea bags and let steep until a rich brown color.

 

Add 1-2 cups of sugar and stir until dissolved. ( 2 is better)

 

Let cool to room temperature.

 

Remove tea bags

 

Add one cup of kombucha ( this can be your starter if you don’t have a scoby.  Brewing time may take longer.)

Add your scoby.

 

Pour into large jar or crock.

 

Cover top with muslin and secure with rubber band.

 

Let sit in a place where it will not be disturbed for a week or more.

 

After one week, taste for doneness.

 

It should be bubbly, and have a tart but sweet taste.

 

When it achieves desired taste, decant into smaller bottles with lids and refrigerate.

Healthful benefits:

Cleans the liver

Creates beneficial bacteria in the gut.

helps reduce alcohol cravings

Aids in weight loss.

Good to use for a detox.

Has more beneficial bacteria than store bought.

Improves bowel health

Helpful tips:

Since I keep Kombucha on hand as a daily tonic I use a water crock with a spigot for easy decanting into bottles.

 

It helps to save glass drink bottles with reuseable lids for easy decanting.  I save store-bought kombucha bottles with the wide mouth.

 

Let scoby grow and thicken for more effective brewing.  ( I rinse my scoby and rinse out the crock between brewing sessions).

 

The yeast culture feeds on the sugar, so it’s okay for diabetics. ( consult your doctor) Once it is finished brewing ( about one week), there should be very little sugar content.

The yeast culture ( scoby) will form a new seal each time you make a new batch.  Don’t worry if the one that you put in initially floats to the bottom.  It is there to support the new scoby that will form and may eventually float to the top.

The scoby is not pretty, but you should think of it as your friend.  It is setting up the beneficial bacteria for your gut that will work to heal you from the inside out.

Oily, flavored teas will interfere with the fermenting process.

Many people have been able to stop a soda addiction by replacing their soda with home-brewed kombucha.

If the kombucha turns into a vinegar ( this will happen is it sits longer than one week) you can use it on your salad!

Please leave a comment with any questions.  I would love to get your feedback.

 

Happy Brewing!

All of the opinions expressed in this article are my own and do not attempt to advise or treat any illness.  Please consult your doctor.  Mahalo!

Easy Quiche Recipe

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An easy dish to make during the holidays for company or even to take a slice for work lunch, this recipe is one that I’ve made many times for friends and family, and is what I would add to the “comfort-food” variety.

You can vary the cheeses and vegetables to your taste.

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Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit

two ready made crusts

Pat down into pie plates flute the edges by pinching softly together all around the edge with fingers.

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Poke crust in bottom of pan with a fork to vent and prevent bubbles. (see photo above)

Bake crust alone for 15 minutes to slight golden color ~

Remove from oven, set aside.

Reduce heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

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Prepare ingredients ~ while crust is baking mix together…

10 eggs

1 1/4 cup half n half

3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce ( does contain anchovies, so is not vegetarian).

salt and pepper to taste

set aside…..

In a separate bowl mix together …

1 cup of grated cheese ( here I used gruyere with cracked pepper)

3 Tbsp white flour

set aside ~

slice one small red onion

1/2 cup spinach

2 Tbsp parsley

Mix egg mixture, cheese mixture and vegetables together and pour into pie crusts

Sprinkle additional grated cheese on top before inserting into oven.

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Bake 350 degrees F for 45 – 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let cool for 10 – 15 minutes before slicing.  It will be hard to resist as the aroma is divine!

Makes two pies.

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Helpful Tips:

French Quiche Lorraine is typically made with precooked bacon slices, swiss cheese, and a buttered crust ( made with real butter in place of shortening).

Optional vegetables ~

mushrooms

green onions

leeks

grated zucchini

peas

corn

green beans

Spices ~

nutmeg

basil

thyme

red pepper flakes

Meats~

Canadian bacon

ham

sausage

chicken

turkey

Cheeses ~

Swiss

goat cheese

cheddar

Monterey jack

ricotta

I hope you try it.

Leave a comment and tell me what combination you prefer.

This is where cooking creatively becomes fun.

Once you have the basic recipe, you can add some of your own favorites.

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Easy 3 Bean Salad

Upon arriving home, after four months in Hawaii, my mind is flooded with a huge to-do-list…

Start new job

Redecorating

Cleaning

Make new slipcover for chair

Reorganize wardrobe for work

Bring more green into room

Finish painting bedside table

and the list goes on….I really just want to dive in and re-do every room!

But what keeps looming over my head, is the thought of how to keep a mostly “raw food diet” going in accordance with working a full-time job.

My first week, I purchased a stack of ready- made salads from the grocery store but wasn’t happy throwing the plastic containers into the trash everyday.  I was glad to have the convenience though.

Work lunch has to be fairly simple, but completely satisfying, as my focus will be upon learning everything I can about the business, going through their four week training program, and adjusting to working a 40 hour work week.

Not too heavy…living food that energizes…Keeps me alert…stays with me to the end of the work shift.

 

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3 bean salad in a Mason jar

 

So, today, I’ve inventoried the fridge and all of the cupboards to see what I have.

I’ll be making a three bean salad, a carrot salad ( find my recipe here), and some flax seed crackers ( here).

I’ve been making this easy three bean salad since my kids were little and even now that they’re adults, they still request it.

I love it’s versatility, as it can be eaten alone, on a bed of greens, easily transported to work in a mason jar, and is great to take along on picnics and family gatherings.

Easy 3 Bean Salad Recipe

Combine the following ~

1 can garbanzo beans ( rinsed and drained)

1 can cut green beans ( drained)

1 can black or kidney beans ( rinsed and drained)

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 tsp black pepper

1 Tablespoon dry sweet basil ( rubbed between hands to bring out the flavor)

1/4 cup raw red onion chopped

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar ( with the mother)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

After mixing, let it marinate in the fridge for at least one hour to bring out the flavors and give them a chance to blend.

 

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Serving suggestion

Shown above on a bed of fresh spinach with raw crinkle cut butternut squash , and your favorite dressing.

 

Enjoy!

 

Superfood ~ Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

IMG_4723No dairy, Gluten free, Low Glycemic, Delicious, Superfood Recipe.

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Preheat oven 200 degrees Fahrenheit ( use convection setting if available)

Line baking pans with parchment paper

Ingredients ~

14 oz. or approximately 2 cups of Golden Flax Meal

1 Tablespoon dry ground psyllium powder

2 Tbsp chia seed

1 tsp baking soda

Mix dry ingredients above

Add 2 1/2 cups water

stir and set aside one hour

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In a separate bowl combine

2 mashed bananas

1 cup raw honey

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1tsp vanilla

Mix until creamy.

Combine both mixtures

Add 2 cups instant oatmeal

Mix with oiled hands

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add

63% CACAO CHOCOLATE CHIPS

1 CUP CHOPPED WALNUTS

form into patties or cookie shape

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SLOW BAKE IN OVEN, FLIPPING AFTER 30 – 60 MINUTES  cook until desired tenderness  the beauty of this, is that you can’t burn them!

PLEASE NOTE;  THESE COOKIES ARE DEHYDRATED IN A SLOW OVEN TO PRESERVE THE LIVING FOOD.

THE BODY NATURALLY KNOWS WHEN TO STOP EATING THESE COOKIES!  TRY IT FOR YOURSELF.

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Taking the bitter with the sweet…

Today’s my last day in Hawaii.  I’m already missing this place that has nurtured my soul for the past 4 months.  I came here to help my daughter empty her storage unit, sell off some furniture, and remodel a photo studio, but in the long run, I’ve received much more than I could ever give.

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Is it just another day in paradise?  Or is it something more? 

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Each day, no matter where we are, we have the opportunity to connect…

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to create…..

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to color an otherwise white world….

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with aspects of our soul….

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to bring more beauty into every day, ordinary experiences….

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to find beauty in the simple, the ordinary, the priceless things that appear in our lives.

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Away from the distractions we will find ourselves looking back at ourselves, asking for

healing,

attention,

and love.

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It’s important that we listen to these promptings…

Honor our soul’s calling…

Feel into the love that is there for us, just on the other side of the veil (our ego) and keep our connection with Source (God) alive.

 

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Hawaiian Sunset

 

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photo from Kikki K planner

 

 

 

Life Goes On~ Make the Most of Yours

I love the message in this video. Thankyou Sue Dreamwalker.

Dreamwalker's Sanctuary

  I will let the poem on this video speak my thoughts today, as I head out into my garden as I put on my wellies after several days of none stop rain the Sun is now drying up the allotments, and I have some declutting  of weeds to do, along with some declutting of thoughts.. 

Have a wonderful Weekend all of you 

Enjoy the moment of Now 

Love and Blessings

Sue 

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