Superfood ~ Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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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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Creamy Broccoli Soup made from scratch

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Making your own soups from scratch is easier than you may think.  Not as easy as opening a can, but much more nutritious and you made it yourself!

Ingredients:

1 head broccoli

2 cups water

1/4 sliced red onion

1 garlic clove minced

1/2 cube real butter

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 can evaporated milk ( can also use almond or coconut milks)

2 handfuls grated cheese

salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients

Let liquid cook down on simmer to evaporate and thicken to creamy consistency

Blend in Vita mix or blender

Garnish with grated cheese or parsley

Serve

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A great way to eat more “green” .  I hope you like it.  Please let me know in the comments section any thoughts or innovations you may have tried.

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Watermelon Zinger! Got Juice?

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When Auntie Deelee comes to town ~ it’s never a dull moment! You can read about her beach cottage tour here.

Not only is she a fantastic cook, engaging conversationalist, and all around positive person, she’s into a lot of the same things that I’m into, like healthy food, meditation, always learning about  new things, and viewing life as an on-going adventure.  ( I’m trying to talk her into starting her own blog!)

Auntie Deelee’s sage advice :

The practice of yoga postures takes you closer to meditation.

What is life without meditation?

In other words, if you are having trouble getting into meditation, get started with a yoga practice.

Then you will naturally move with ease into meditation, by stilling the body, the breath, and the mental chatter first.

Meditation is the key to happiness no matter where you are in your life’s journey ~ Cottage Necessities

Don’t wait!  Start Now.

Now here’s the delicious Summer juice that she made one day ~ I got so excited just by the beautiful coral color that I immediately staged a photo shoot.

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Watermelon Zinger ~

In a juicer combine the following

1 watermelon ~ no rind

1 pineapple ~ peeled

1 large ( the size of your hand) piece of fresh ginger root, peeled

Fresh juice brings happiness to the soul.

Try it and see!

 

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Watermelon Zinger with Ginger Goji Berry Cookies

 

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Ginger Goji Berry Cookies ~ Superfood!

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Here’s that recipe that I promised.  I hope you like them as much as we did!

These cookies are dehydrated in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven for several hours.

It can be considered to be in the raw or living food category for maximum nutrition and life force.

I made this recipe based on the traditional recipe for ginger snaps, while using whole foods that can be dehydrated and superfoods that can all be consumed in raw form.  ( So, it’s okay to eat the raw cookie dough!)

I hope that you will give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it.

there is a small amount of raw cane sugar used in this recipe which carmelizes during the heating process and adds a nice finishing glaze.

These cookies will aid in your digestion, promote healthy elimination, while leaving a sweet aftertaste of ginger.

Enjoy!

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Ginger Goji Berry Cookies ~ Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit ( use convection oven if available)  Line baking pan with parchment paper

1 cup goji berries soaked in filtered water ~ then strained and set aside

Dry Ingredients ~

2 1/2 cups flax seed meal

1/2 c. whole raw flax seeds

4 Tbsp. chia seeds

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp. Psyllium fiber ~ dry processed in blender

1 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cloves

2 1/2 cups of filtered water

Mix dry ingredients then add the water , stir and set aside for one hour or more.

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Prepare ~

2 mashed bananas

3Tbsp coconut butter

1 c. honey

1/2 c. molasses

1 c. almond butter

1/4 c. fresh grated ginger

Mix together all of the ingredients by hand using oiled hands.  I like to use real butter, ghee, or coconut oil

Roll into balls in raw cane sugar

flatten with a spoon and bake

You can also form into round cookie shapes by hand

After one hour, turn the cookies over

Continue baking to desired consistency.  Can take several hours.  for crispier cookies, bake longer.

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I hope you will give this recipe a try.  I made mine without the clove, as I didn’t have it on hand at the time.

Get the kids involved.  This is a great time to teach them about measuring, patience, and the joy of cooking!

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Superfoods, The Ascension Diet, and you.

When you bring superfoods into your body, your energy changes, and as a result your focus of attention will shift as well…it becomes easier to live in a state of appreciation, ( or gratitude). David Wolfe

I had a dream the other night, half in and out of sleep.

I’ve heard about getting “down loads” from the Universe.

As I was seeing clips of superfoods scroll across my mind, I realized the next morning, that I was getting what I thought must have been a download.

With only a general knowledge of “superfoods”, I started to notice more of them.

I was being urged or guided to eat more of them

…and to find ways to incorporate them into my diet.

 

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chia, chlorella, hemp seed, goji berry, flax see, sunflower seeds

 

 

I had already discovered the benefits of eating a more raw diet of living, whole foods, such as organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

I had also been weaning myself away from breads, flour, grains, and dairy, and was noticing a difference in my body like ~

More energy

less bloating and inflammation

a feeling of inner stability

a brighter outlook

mental clarity

deeper sleep patterns

my skin is getting smoother, silkier

I was also noticing that I no longer had cravings for candy or chips, or anything unnatural like foods with preservatives.

And the best thing, was that my body knew when it had had enough and when to stop.

Rather than eating a whole bag of chips, a few flax crackers would satisfy me.

Ice cream tasted good at first, but then I noticed I felt heavy afterward and it made a pain in my back flair up.

Whereas, yogurt was half the calories ad made me feel calm and nurtured.

I was gently being guided through food to choose the higher vibration foods and my body was responding and I was able to hear what my body was saying to me.

So, I started listening.

The Life Force in the food had started bringing me home.

It may have cost a little more to buy organic fresh foods, but the dividends were paying off by the way that I felt.

I realized that this is what our Creator had intended for us, and how far we had gotten away from our true nourishment, and been seduced by advertising, beautiful packaging, and false labels of promises that weren’t being met, like non-fat, sugar free, natural, and cage free.

Why had I felt depressed after eating a steak, or sensed an ammonia after taste in the store bought eggs or noticed bruises on the chicken legs?  Was I picking up on their distress?

I was beginning to think so…..

The big looming question in your mind at this point is probably….

How do I eat this stuff?

 

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Gogi berries

 

Where do I start?

I sincerely hope you will join me on this journey as I create new Superfood recipes to share with you.

Here are some facts about superfoods.

What is so special about a superfood?

Superfoods have over a dozen or more special properties in them like, more vitamins, minerals, enzymes, detoxifiers, and life force.

Think:  Foods as medicine ` they increase your body’s immune system from the inside out.  It’s like building your cells from the inside, to fight and protect you from illness and disease. *

“Get more nutrition with less eating”, superfoods are both a food and a medicine ~ David Wolfe

Here are a few examples:

deep red goji berries ~ ( moist berries) increase eye health and are considered the “Fountain of Youth“.

cacao ~ chocolate,” the food of the gods “, highest anti-oxidant, magnesium

Maca root ~ fertility, strength, stamina

Honey ~ Bee pollen

Coconuts ~ the tree that supplies all that is needed to live.

Just to name a few…..

Superfoods have the ability to tremendously increase the vital force and energy of one’s body, and are the optimal choice for improving overall health, boosting the immune system, elevating serotonin production, enhancing sexuality, and cleansing and alkalizing the body.  ~ David Wolfe

Well, who wouldn’t want that????

Consuming superfoods makes it dramatically easier to achieve your ideal weight, diet, and food habits.” ~David Wolfe

This just keeps getting better all the time!!!!

Superfoods will ease you into detoxification and the transition to more healthy foods ~ all without willpower! ~ David Wolfe

And I’m a living example!

You can check out some of my recipes here:

Green Smoothie

Flax seed crackers  just scroll down to the bottom for the recipe, and be prepared to be wowed!

Chia pudding

Chopped salad

Pan roasted vegetables

Making soup from scratch

Butternut squash soup ( try using other vegetables)

The best salad dressing ever!

Waldorf Salad Wraps

These will get you started!

I call this The Ascension Diet.  You can read about the 7 essential steps on the Ascension Ladder.

Next time I will share my recipe for Ginger Gogi Berry Cookies.  Please sign up so you don’t miss a post.

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Have a Happy, Healthful day!                                                                                                                                                                                * I do not intend to offer any medical advise.  I am only making suggestions from my own personal experience.*  Please consult your doctor when starting a new regimen.

Mahalo

 

 

 

 

 

Chopped Salad ~

This is not a recipe, but an open plan for you to unleash your own creativity with food that is alive, that is full of cell regenerating, living enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and organic goodness.

 

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chopped salad

Not everyone likes the same vegetables.

By chopping everything into very small pieces, you will be blending your flavors to create your own masterpiece.

It’s important to have color, so be sure to include something in the yellow, orange, or red family, as well as the green, the purple….

You are not limited to vegetables, and can add fruits, nuts, cheese, meat ( cooked), herbs and spices.

Your items can be fresh ( preferred), canned, fermented, dehydrated.

You can start with what you have in your kitchen right now.

So, let’s get started ~

 

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Green leafy beginning

Base ~

 

Start with greens ~ a variety or choose one ~

Spinach

Lettuce

Cabbage

Arugula

Do you have a favorite?

Add some Color ~

Tomatoes, apples, oranges , peppers, zucchini, corn cornichons, purple onions carrots, radishes, celery, cucumbers

Spice it Up ~ Fresh garlic, olives, pickles, sauerkraut, capers, hot peppers

Herbs ~ Fresh basil, mint, dill, sage, thyme

Dairy ~( optional)   goat cheese, grated cheese, parmesan cheese

Sweet ~ raisins, grapes, strawberries, apples, oranges

Nuts and Seeds ~ Hemp seed, chia, sunflower, pumpkin, sliced almonds, peanuts, cashews, pine nuts, walnuts

Oils~ olive oil, flax seed oil

Vinegars ~ apple cider vinegar with the “mother”, wine vinegar, lemon or lime juice ( fresh squeezed, of course)

salt and pepper

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Pick one or two from each category

Try to use homemade dressings, not store bought

A surprise favorite is flax oil and lemon ~ This combination is unbeatable

Chop large items before placing in the bowl

Chop in bowl with a pizza wheel, dough separator, or hand held chopper

Add dressing and toss and serve

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Best if eaten immediately.

Eat as much as you want.

Change it up for variety.  I know you will discover some favorite ingredients on your own.

This will leave you feeling full, satisfied, not stuffed.  It will feel light, and you will be energized from eating living food that goes to work in your blood stream to cleanse and tone all of your vital cells and organs in your body.

This is a great way to eat during a full body detox and cleanse, or just every day.

 

My family loves chopped salad.  I hope yours does too.

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Pan Roasted Vegetables

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There’s nothing that makes your home smell more like “home” than pan roasted vegetables.

Now you know I’m all for home cooking pure, organic, unadulterated vegetables, the salt of the earth, and God’s own living creation.

And if you read my blog, and have tried my recipes, you will also know that when it comes to cooking, simplicity is key, especially if you’ve been working all day, and have to muster up enough energy to prepare a meal.

There’s nothing simpler and more satisfying than Pan Roasted Vegetables.

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Preheat oven 375 degrees f.

Line roasting pan with parchment paper

Assorted fresh vegetables

olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

fresh herbs – I used sage here.

Slice, dice, and cut up your vegetables.

Drizzle with Olive oil

bake until brown and glazed

Turn half way through the baking process or after 15 – 20 minutes

Serve as a side dish, as the main course, or cut up and tossed in your favorite greens while still warm.

Delicious

Light

Savory

Soul Food

Seasonal Vegetables work best.

and don’t forget the fresh garlic and onions!

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A dollop of sour cream adds an extra element of flavor.

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Chia Pudding in a Mason Jar

When doing a cleanse it’s always a great idea to keep some healthy sweet alternatives at the ready so you don’t fall back on old habits.

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Here are some of my favorites –

I like to have the maple flavored or honey flavored yogurts instead of ice cream.

Unsweetened applesauce

sliced apples with chunky peanut butter

You can make ahead this recipe and get creative with it.  I like to store it in a mason jar because it takes up less room in the fridge.

Chia Seed Pudding in a Mason Jar

2 1/2 cups almond or Coconut milk

3/4 cups chia seeds

2-3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

Blend in a blender or stir all ingredients into a Mason jar and refrigerate overnight.  If you make it directly into the mason jar, you will want to check it to make sure it is stirred  about a half hour after you first make it.

I like to layer it with one of the yogurts mentioned above and some fresh fruit, like mango, shown in the picture.

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For an extra treat, enjoy it outside on the patio or by the poolside.

 

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Most of the above satisfies the “no dairy” protocol during your cleanse or anytime.  Reducing dairy in your diet can reduce inflammation in your joints.

Even though there is some sugar and dairy in the yogurt choices, you cannot beat the healthy probiotics you’ll be getting.

Please share in the comments if you’ve found some healthy alternatives for your sweet tooth.

I’d love to hear from you.  Mahalo

This post does not intend to offer medical advice. Only suggestions for  healthier lifestyle choices based on my own personal experiences.

Suggested Meals for Full Body Detox and Cleanse

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Whether you are wanting to lose weight, improve your chances of fighting off illness, shift to a higher vibration, and just “feel” better, this meal plan can be followed for one week, one month, one year, or a lifetime.  It may just change your life!  Please join me in this beautiful, healthful way of enjoying food.  You may find that cravings that you once had may start to slip away.  And as always, be gentle on yourself.  This in not a diet, but a way of life.

Week One

water 16 oz.

one cup coffee ( no sugar) black or full fat half and half ( why full fat? see below)

 

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low fat half and half ngredients

Low fat has all kinds of extra ingredients.  Would you rather put this in your body? IMG_3926

 

or this?  Check out the ingredients.  As close to pure with out being organic, which would be even better. Full fat also is more satisfying, and without all of the added chemicals and stabilizers, your chance of craving something more will be reduced.

If you haven’t already, start reading your ingredients.  I was shocked to make this discovery.  Weren’t you?

Breakfast – Green Smoothie

1 cup water

1 cup orange juice

1 banana

1 mango or strawberries, blueberries, etc.

1 tbsp. fiber ( psyllium husk- dry blended and kept in an airtight container)

1 scoop green powder

1 tbsp. E-3 Live (optional) or local Bee pollen

( if you need to reduce the sugar, you can leave out the o.j., and if you don’t have green powder, you can add one handful of raw spinach leaves)

Make up your own recipes!

water 16oz.

Lunch – Chopped salad – everything chopped up very small and mixed together . A variety of vegetables and fruits, and eat as much as you want!

For your dressing use the following:

Fresh minced garlic

olive or flax oil

fresh squeezed lemon juice

Add some fresh or dried herbs like sweet basil, one of my favorites.

Best to use fresh, organic, seasonal vegetables.

water 16 oz.

Dinner

Pan Roasted Vegetables tossed in olive oil with salt and pepper

lean meat if desired.

16oz. water at the end of your meal

Dessert – Sweeet tooth alternatives  in a future post

Glass of wine if desired ( but not every day)

Repeat for 7 days

For a snack try some freshly juiced carrot with a nub of fresh ginger.

Schedule a massage and a colonic for this week.

Do some gentle exercise like walking stretching, yoga or swimming every day. (As you detox, you will find that your body wants to move more).

Try detoxing from TV for one week.

Listen to music and spend some quiet time in Nature.

Take a nap if you feel like it.

Write down any changes in your appetite, body, mood, or sleeping habits.

If you are having trouble sleeping you might want to try one of these.

Drink 1 teaspoon of Celtic Sea salt dissolved in water before bed for a deep sleep

Try some ice water with some Tart Cherry Concentrate and a little Agave nectar to sweeten it.  The melatonin in the cherry will give you a deep slumber.

Golden Milk recipe:

Prepare organic Turmeric paste by cooking the powder ( 1 jar) in filtered water until it forms a paste.  Add 1/2 tsp. black pepper as it is cooking.  Store in fridge.

Mix 1 teaspoon of Turmeric paste into a cup of coconut milk or almond milk and add cinnamon or nutmeg to taste.

Drink before bedtime and you’ll sleep like a baby.

Here are some before and after photos of me to give you some proof of what I am saying.

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I know!  I couldn’t believe it was me either!  This picture was a big wake up call for me.  Taken about 2 years ago.

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This is what I look like today.  Still a work in progress, but I feel soooo much better.  A change in lifestyle is what it took.

Things I’ve noticed so far:

My mind is heightened and alert

My vision is clear

I feel great

I’m waking up earlier requiring less sleep., but still sleeping through the night.

My waistline is restructuring itself.

I’m not having cravings or strong hunger urges.

I feel happier and keep getting rushes of kundalini energy and tingling in my head, like my body is waking up and t he cells are regenerating themselves.

Update:  This week I started doing 200 sit ups and 100 arm curls with a 10 lb. weight. Focusing on the waistline, and hoping the sit ups will firm my chin area.  Still swimming almost every day.

 

 

 

 

Mango Jam and Growing Trees (recipes)

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This would be my first attempt at making jam, something I’ve always wanted to try.

My grandma did a lot of canning when I was growing up.

She even had grand- dad build her a “dumb-waiter” that she could use to lift all of her canning down to the basement from the kitchen.

I’m not sure why the thought intimidated me though.  I guess it just looked so complicated to me as a child.

It’s been three days since I had scheduled myself to do this, ( why was I procrastinating?) so today just had to be the day.

This is my Brown-Sugar Mango Jam recipe.  ( I can never leave well enough alone and just make something the “normal” way, so I have added some interesting flavors to this very light and delicious jam recipe!  I hope you will try it. )

Brown Sugar Mango Jam

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Ingredients:

8-10 ripe mangos – chopped and peeled

juice of 1-2 lemons

1/2 cup of Grade A maple syrup

1/2 cup light brown sugar – not packed

1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

Mix ingredients in a big pot and bring to a rolling boil.

( optional – leave 2 seeds in during cooking process to enhance the flavor. )

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Reduce heat to simmer for approximately 1 – 2 hours

Stirring occasionally.  don’t let it stick.  Break up big chunks.

Remove seeds with your spoon and discard

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To check your jam for done-ness:

Put a plate in the freezer for 5 minutes.

Drop a bit of jam onto the cold plate ( this is called a “strike”) and put back in the freezer for 2 minutes.

If its thick and wrinkly, when you take it out, it’s ready to decant into the jars.

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Pour the hot jam mixture into hot jars leaving 1/4″ of space on top.  Place seal and lid ring screwed on loosely.

Put filled jars back into hot water making sure they are covered in water.

Boil for 10 minutes.

Take jars out of water to cool and allow seal to “pop” in place.

Congratulate yourself for a job well done!

Cottage Mavens,

There’s something soulful about taking the time to make your own jam.  Hard to describe, but I felt something inside me shift, as I went through this process of preparation, cooking, and canning this beautiful fruit. Perhaps, I was connecting to Grandma’s spirit, or a long ago memory.  All I know is that doing some of these things, that could be considered a “Cottage Necessity” is all about getting in touch with a part of ourselves that we don’t see every day.  I hope you will try it and let me know how you did.

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Bonus Flax seed cracker recipe ( by the way, the combination of the jam and cracker are amazing!  Salty, Sweet, and Spicy )

Flax Seed Crackers – Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  If you have a convection oven, use that setting.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup filtered water

1 cup of flax seeds

3 tablespoons chia seeds

2 tablespoons of ground Psyllium powder ( Hawaiian Power Rinse)

Soak all of the above for at least one hour.  Can be left overnight.

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Add 3 tablespoons of parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons of sunflower seeds

3 tablespoons of raw hemp seeds

1 1/2 teaspoons celtic sea salt

Mixing all ingredients together with oiled hands. I use olive oil.

Line a cookie sheet or pan with parchment paper.

Spread mixture into pan, pressing down to flatten to a thin layer.

Score lightly with a knife before putting into oven.  I like to make squares

Put in oven for one hour, then flip the whole thing over and cook for one more hour.

I left mine in the oven overnight, because I fell asleep, and it was fine.

If any of your crackers are not crispy when you break them apart, you can put them back into the oven to crisp them up more after breaking them up.

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These are delicious, healthy, and easy to make.  A nice way to add some extra fiber into your diet while doing a cleanse and having something healthy to replace chips.

Try it with the Mango Jam!

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Occasionally I find a seed that has started to sprout, and want to become a tree.  So, I like to try and oblige it and help it succeed.

 

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Mango seed with root started

This mango seed has shown some signs of life.  See the root sticking out?

The easiest way, that I’ve found to get the tree started, is to wrap the seed in a wet paper towel, and put it into a baggy so it can germinate.

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Once it has had some time to let it’s roots get stronger, I plant it into a pot, and keep it watered until it reached at least a foot tall. At that time, it can be put into a larger pot, or planted into the ground.  Just remember to keep it watered.

I have also had a lot of success starting avocado seed this way.  The old toothpick in a jar method has never really worked for me.

How wonderful to be able to support life in this way, plant a tree, and reap a beautiful harvest one day.  It really makes you feel as though you are a part of God’s grand plan.