Onion Bread!

Day 11:

What a surprise discovery! I never imagined that a simple 5 ingredient recipe for onion bread would change my world. THIS is what real Raw food is all about!

When you feel so excited, alive, happy, with taste buds cheering for joy, you know you’ve found something special. More than “just food”, food that inspires feelings like this are what make life incredible and so full of JOY.

My plan for this Raw journey is to keep it simple and delicious. I don’t want to slave away for hours in the kitchen and yet I still want to eat foods with a variety of yummy flavors and textures. I came across this bread recipe in the book RAWvolution by Matt Amsden and I’m in love with it in its entirety. 😁 It is EXACTLY what I’m looking for. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more recipes I make from it. You can find it on Amazon here. Or check your library.

Did you catch the second surprise announcement in the video?

I am beyond blessed and happy for the support and being on such a life changing journey with my partner and best friend.😍❤️❤️☺️

Here’s the recipe and I truly hope you make it!

  • 3 large yellow onions
  • 3/4 cup flax seeds, ground in a blender, coffee grinder or food processor
  • 3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds, ground
  • 1/2 cup Nama Shoyu (Tamari or Liquid Aminos)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Slice the onions on a mandolin and then halve them (or use the slicing disc on a food processor). Put all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix until well combined. I used my hands for extra fun 😊.

Divide the mixture in half and spread onto two dehydrator trays lined with Teflex sheets. Spread mixture as evenly and thinly as you can, without seeing holes. It may take a little massaging, again I used my hands for smear-ability lol, but it should cover most of the tray. Dehydrate at 105° for 12 hours, flip the tray over, peel off the Teflex sheet and return to the dehydrator for another 8 to 12 hours or so, until desired degree of dryness.

I kept mine barely moist, so it’s soft and pliable, I didn’t want a crunchy bread. I suggest storing in the fridge in a sealed container for freshness.

Makes 2 trays as noted above. I doubled the batch, which I don’t usually do with a new recipe, but I had plenty of onions from Farm Fresh Las Vegas so why not. Boy, am I grateful I did! These will be going with me on my business flight in the morning. Part of my secret to staying raw while traveling is to take something(s) with you that are super tasty and easy to travel with.

Day 11 out of 160, signing off. 😄

Raw Onion Bread Stack Selfie

The Helmet Comes Off

Already in his jammies* for the night, Ian is soooo happy he’s feeling better and to NOT be wearing his helmet he’s doing spins and roo’ing at me to let him back outside. I had to hold the “take photo” button down to snap continuous pics trying to get one of this whirlwind that was in focus.

Larkin doesn’t get why Ian is being so crazy but he is game for whatever the adventure. 😂 Nicklas is loudly protesting that Ian is being too loud and needs to stop creating a scene but…it looks like fun so if it works out that Ian gets something for his trouble, he wants in on it too. 🤣 Elly is nowhere in sight, she’s staying well away from the ruckus and those silly boys.

*Jammies are the genius idea I had to stop his tail from poking out of short sleeve arm holes at night. The long sleeves are perfect for sleeping but not for daytime activities. Another favorite shirt of mine bites the dust. 🤷🏼‍♀️ We also have 3 daytime pants we rotate between – pink, orange and purple, with purple being the favorite. Looks great on him, matches the color of the wrap on his tail and everything just goes smoother for some reason when that’s the color he’s wearing.

Note to fellow dog owners – NEVER throw away a sock or t-shirt. They are life saving and useful in so many ways. Right up there with Vetrap.

 

Thank you, rat?!

Who knew I’d ever be thankful to a critter invading my garden? I sure didn’t.

Ian tells me that the rat that he chased out of our yard a couple of months ago after numerous rounds of garden destruction, is back. I still haven’t seen him but my most amazing hunter’s nose doesn’t lie.

After a month-long process (saga?) of dealing with a frustrating and painful injury on the end of Ian’s tail, one day he simply told me he was done. Done with wearing his helmet, done with wearing his pants, completely over the wrap that he has always hated and he needed FREEDOM. Ugh. His tail wasn’t healed enough for that. It was the next challenge in a month-long series of never-ending challenges. What to do??

Good news was his tail was finally making some measurable progress, FANTASTIC news actually, and I was at this point feeling confident he was no longer in danger of losing part of his tail. Down side was though that it was still not nearly healed enough to give Ian what he wanted. No way were we having any more setbacks. No. I refused. Period. Not that my refusal ever worked over this entire past month. lol.

Enter Rat.

Once Ian discovered the scent it was GAME ON. He was a dog on a mission. Laser focused. He made it through the garden fence 3 times before I sat and watched him do it and discovered the weak point in my fence. I shored up the defenses and they’ve been holding strong. Poor tomato plants! Talk about a rough year for my tomatoes. Sheesh! I was however able to harvest (pick up off the ground is more like it) a huge crop of green Juliet tomatoes that I’m letting ripen on the kitchen table. At first I was like Oh No! Not the rat again. But then I started watching Ian and how he couldn’t have cared less about his tail. Hmmmm….could this rat be a good thing after all?

I started giving Ian some monitored time outside ‘without’ his helmet, although tail still wrapped and wearing his pants. Absolutely awesome! He was excitedly wound way up there so as long as he could be outside he didn’t even care about his helmet either. But I cared. He would run so fast it was too risky that he’d snag the helmet and break his neck.

It’s now been 5 days since “The Return”, Ian has spent most of his days outside patrolling and monitoring the back yard on high alert. Today I’m celebrating as he even got a few hours completely naked. Holy cow! Is this what a normal day in our house is like? I almost couldn’t believe it. He was so happy and I was so happy too!

I have refused to take pictures of his tail so I can’t show progress. I don’t need any more memories, it’s all stamped pretty clearly in my brain. I can update though to say his tail is very tender, no hair on the end for any wagging protection and still with a few fragile scabs. It was a challenge to maneuver and corral him in the house so he didn’t wack it hard enough on anything to cause it to split open again. All the while his is trying to do his excited wagging and tell rat stories. He does have a minor wound on his front paw he’s re-aggravated from the licking he did to distract himself 🤦🏼‍♀️, but we are so close, I can clearly see the light! 😃

We have grown closer, Ian and I, this month and I love this brave boy to pieces. 😍💗 He has taught me so much, as have all of our dogs. Two of the lessons I’ve learned from this most recent experience (1. Stop trying to fix the impossible and 2. Inherent Whys) I’ll be sharing about in upcoming blog posts so stay tuned.

I’d love to know what lessons you’ve learned from your dog(s), please share! I’m also looking into writing a collaborative book compiling these stories, so if you have one you’d like to share in this book, be sure to let me know! I’ll keep you on my list as I start collecting all the stories to include.

 

Here is Ian, crashed out after a night patrolling. Still wearing his pants, he finally called it quits for the night and came inside but now no longer focused on rats, he started licking his paw again. Sad to have to put his helmet back on again, while sporting a cheery face and telling Ian how great he is….instead I grabbed a blanket and covered him up, paw included, gave him lots of love 🤗 and kisses, hoping if he couldn’t see his paw he would realize he was exhausted and take a nap. It worked! 😇

Tired boy finally calls it quits for the night. Rat patrol will have to wait till the morning.

 

Spiced Pecan Milk

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Raw Shelled Pecans (soaked in water for at least 2 hours)
  • 3 1/2 Cups Water 
  • 1/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup 
  • 2 Tbl Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbl Cinnamon 
  • Pinch or two of Nutmeg 
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbl Sunflower Lecithin
  • Pinch or two of Salt

Blend nuts and water till smooth then add the remaining ingredients and blend to combine. Adjust flavors to your palette and enjoy! 

It will keep for 3 days in a cold fridge. 

*add cacao or carbo powder to make a yummy hot chocolate drink. 

Raw Salted Caramel Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted and tightly packed Medjool dates
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Water

1 Heat two cups of water in a saucepan till warm about 110°, NOT hot. Place the dates in a bowl and submerge them with the warm water. Allow them to sit for 15-20 minutes to soften.

2 Drain the dates, reserving the soak water. Place them into a blender with ¾ cup of the soak water, the vanilla, coconut oil and the salt. Blend on high till very smooth and saucey. Add more water as needed, until the sauce is pourable but still thick.

Notes

•Be careful not to be generous with the coconut oil, otherwise it will overpower the caramel flavor.

•Sauce will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

•Another time I’ll try adding some Lucuma powder for additional maple flavor.

Raw Caramel Apple Bars

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups raw almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1⅔ cups medjool dates, pitted
  • 4 heaping cups apples of choice, sliced thin (1/4 inch thick or so)
  • 1 overflowing cup salted caramel sauce

Instructions

• Place the nuts, salt, and dates into a food processor. Process for 2-3 minutes, or until the nuts are totally broken down and the mixture is uniform and sticking together. When you squeeze a small amount in your hand and it sticks together, you’re good. You’ll still see bits of nuts, not a fine powder, that’s fine.

• Press the mixture into an 13 x 9 baking dish that has been lined with parchment or wax paper. Make sure it’s distributed evenly through the pan. It’ll be sticky and take some smooshing around so be patient. 1/4 inch or so deep is perfect. The oils will start to release from the nuts and you’ll be able to “polish” it into smoothness.

If you want thicker bars simply use a smaller dish.

Yup, I use my fingers

• Place the apples in a mixing bowl and cover them with the sauce. Make sure that all of the pieces are evenly coated. Arrange them in 4 layers on top of the base. For each layer, you can line up the apple slices in crisscrossing rows.

• If you don’t have a dehydrator, transfer the bars to the refrigerator and allow them to cool for an hour. Cut them into squares and serve. The apples will still be a bit juicy and crisp, so use a pizza cutter for slicing them. If you do have a dehydrator, place the baking dish into the machine and dehydrate at 115 for 6 hours. This is best!

Ready for the dehydrator!

Allow the bars to cool so the base will be more solid, then cut them into squares, serve and Enjoy! 😃

•Un-dehydrated bars will keep, refrigerated, for 3-4 days. Dehydrated bars will keep in the fridge for up to one week.

•You “could” even cook them in an oven to soften the apples. Be gentle, go slow. It won’t be raw anymore but it’ll still be healthy!

Original recipe credit goes to:

Are YOU stressing yourself out?

Do you ever catch yourself saying “It shouldn’t be this hard?” and then you hear back “Life is hard, deal with it.” Hmm, well who’s right?

When we push against who we naturally are, we feel stress, things don’t progress easily, we beat ourselves up for getting crappy results, everything is an effort. ~You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

The above quote struck home with me as I was reading the chosen 📖 with my book club. Maybe it’s not your job, your situation, your circumstances, maybe it’s YOU, that is creating the stress you feel. Uh oh. Yup, I went there.

I know it’s been true for me. The good news is that if it’s YOU, you can fix it. If it’s your lot in life then you’re a victim and things will never change. Personally, I’d rather it be my fault, my responsibility and thus also my ability to change it, wouldn’t you?

For me, one way I was pushing against who I am was with a simple little thing like scheduling my day and having a structured to-do list. ABSOLUTELY wrong! Every single thing I would do then became so hard, I felt miserable, pressed for time, that I wasn’t accomplishing enough. I was tired, frustrated and beating myself up. And then tomorrow would come and half of my list I had to carry over to the new day, writing it all out again – ugh! And so it went day after day. The list never stopped, I never felt good about myself and yes, I was stressed.

What I decided to do was to let go of the belief that making money has to be hard work and that if I’m having fun and not slaving away working my tail off round the clock like others around me who are also building their own businesses, I must not be working hard enough.

What this change in mindset looks like for me is focusing on doing more of the fun stuff. Imagine that! LOL. I always say that I can do anything when I’m having fun! And it’s working.

I still have a written list and I do plan my goals for the month. I even review my list daily. The difference is that now it’s a master list and I’m working on all of it, all the time. I go with the flow. As ideas strike me, I do them right then, not pausing only to write it down as an addition to The List to be time scheduled later.

Follow me on this totally under-exaggeration of an example: I’ll be sending out a simple email and it’ll take me an hour or even two 😳 as I go off on tangents. I’ll have 15 other things going on at the same time- an idea for a blog post strikes me so I immediately go write it before the inspiration leaves me. At the same time I’m also playing ball with the dogs and making lunch, which reminds me to go get dinner for the dogs out of the freezer in the garage and as I’m putting it in the laundry room tub to thaw I think to throw a load of clothes in the washer, which leads me to grab the dirty clothes in the closet hamper where I see a shirt I wanted to use in a video and as the lighting is perfect outside (I know as I’m still playing ball) I might as well do a live video now before I miss the light. Then, I text someone I needed to follow up with which brings me back to my email as I’ve now thought of exactly what to say and three more people I want to email. 😜

Does this make you crazy? Thing is, NOT doing life this way makes me crazy. And every self help book and strategies in the ‘how to be successful’ books I’ve tried to implement lead me into exhaustion, stress and a complete lack of joy, all while I’m doing what I should be doing, that, according to the experts, is the only way to achieve my goals. Huh.

But see, I know what are my top priorities and I keep coming back to them, in my own time. I allow myself to have the flexibility to create, to play, to have fun. I might block a time frame to do some work and have a couple things in mind but during that time I could be all over the map. I used to beat myself up about that – “why the heck does it take you TWO HOURS to send one email?!!”

Now I celebrate moving in a way that works for me. Accomplishment has become my new middle name! 😎 I’m getting loads more ✅ while at the same time having way more fun.

When you listen to your heart and connect with who you’re meant to become, you have energy because you’re in a state of flow, things happen more easily, opportunities land in your lap, you’re turned on, inspired, engulfed in a sea of brilliant ideas. ~Jen Sincero

Doesn’t that ⬆️ sound sooo much better?? It feels loads better too!

What does listening to your heart look like?

Why not take a few minutes when you have a peaceful moment, maybe in the morning with your cup of coffee, and dwell on that question. Take note of what thoughts come to mind. Don’t dismiss anything, no matter how crazy it sounds. Then commit to doing at least one thing you’ve noted down that speaks to who you are, that makes you smile just looking at the sentence you’ve written. 😊 I’d love to hear what comes up for you!

If you’d like to be in the company of other women who are creating lives of Love and Joy you’re warmly invited to join us in our Facebook group here.

Always groom before a vet visit!

I always brush or groom my dogs before taking them to the vet. I consider it part of my responsibility as a dog owner, aka “dog mom”.

Here’s why:

•Pretty, groomed, sweet smelling dogs get more love and attention. ☺️

I’ve seen it first hand. My husband thinks I’m crazy or maybe just silly but when the receptionists come out from behind the counter to knowingly get licked and slimed while petting your dog; when the vet techs smile as they greet your dog to take them back, as they laugh when they then get yanked away by a happy Gordon off on an adventure; when the vet kneels down and gives them extra ear rubs and tells them how handsome they are…it’s true. The staff are always pleasant and kind if my dogs aren’t looking their best but they go out of their way when around clean, shiny dogs. ☺️

•First impressions of a well cared for dog say without a word that you will go the extra mile for your dogs care and you want the best. And of course you do, so that’s a win!

They treat you with more respect when you come in with a visibly well loved family member, not simply a pet.

•A trimmed dog is easier for the vet to actually ‘see’ so they can catch something that might otherwise have been buried under hair.

They can’t go over every inch of your dog, they count on you for clues as to where to look. And when you’ve bathed them and hand your hands all over, you’ll feel any unusual spots or new bumps that you can make a note to ask the vet to check out.

If your dog has short hair, at least make sure their toes are trimmed, eyes and ears are cleaned and their coat is smooth and shiny with no caked on dirt.

•Your dog will feel better, even if they are under the weather. The love they feel from you while being brushed goes miles towards helping them heal.

They have pride too! Doesn’t Ian look happy to be handsome? ☺️ This boy will proudly hold his head up that much higher when he’s groomed as he walks in the vets office. He’ll soak up every bit of love and “awwww 😍😍😍” he’s given.

•In an emergency, no I don’t bathe and trim my dogs before taking them in. I DO however throw a brush in my purse for while I’m waiting in the office.

The intent isn’t to be “Oh my gosh, I have to hurry and brush you before anyone sees you!” Instead the intent is that it gives you something to do with your hands and a place to focus your attention when you’re upset. You never know what you might feel while having your hands on them that will be helpful in diagnosis. It keeps you both calmer too. 💗

There really isn’t any downside to doing this and so many wins. So why not?

As a side note, this just came to mind as I’m writing, it’s important so I’ll share even though it’s a little off topic of this post.

If you have to leave your dog at the vets offices Go Visit Them! Don’t ask if you can, ask instead for when would be a good time or do you need me to call first. They may say, oh he’ll be sleeping or you don’t need to come, we’ll have someone looking in on them 24/7. Don’t Listen. Trust me, your dog needs to see and feel you and know that they haven’t been deserted. Even if they aren’t fully alert, they’ll know you’re there and can feel your vibes. That will absolutely help them heal and be less stressed.

Also, the vet and staff will again see without you saying a word that you are a very concerned “parent”. The more you can say thank you to them and be appreciative for the great care they are giving your dog, the more likely they are to do the little extras, like stopping by just to talk to them or to brush them.

What going to the vet routines do you have with your dog?

Super Quick Chickpea Basil Salad

This recipe is why you want to always have a batch of basil pesto or even better, basil vinaigrette, whipped up and ready to go or frozen in the freezer.

Then with only a can of organic chickpeas, some celery and a cucumber 🥒, you are set to make the simplest, fastest, healthy recipe ever! And tasty too. 😋

Holding a plate away from me to take a photo is a signal to the boys that a sample might be coming their way. Nicklas was standing by. Lol

Recipe:

* 1/2 large English cucumber, thinly sliced

* 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced

* 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained

* 1/3 cup Basil Vinaigrette or Pesto, your choice

* Squeeze of lemon

* Salt and ground pepper to taste

Directions

In a bowl, mix together cucumber, celery, and chickpeas. Add Basil Vinaigrette and a squeeze of lemon. Season with salt and pepper. That’s it! Serve up and enjoy! 😃

Tip: Make a double batch and have leftovers the next day.