September 12, 2013 by Leave a Comment
GOING PINK FOR BOB LEVINSON
While we often associate pink with breast cancer awareness, here in “our town,” pink Thursday is all about bringing (and keeping) attention on the plight of Bob Levinson who has been held hostage since March of 2007. In just a few months he will be the longest held international hostage. If you are on FaceBook, visit Help Bob Levinson for more information. His family has asked people to wear pink to help keep attention on his story. While Bob’s family lives in my town, everyone, from everywhere should know about his story!
WHAT’S IN THE OVEN?
On the vegan side of things, I have a couple of simple recipes to share, that just happen to be void of animal products. While I was obsessed with making oat bars last year, Rita has found a recipe similar but not the same. My oat bars were more like cereal bars, Rita’s are more like someone’s grandmas baking. She has been kind enough (well she ALWAYS IS TOO KIND) to share hers with me as my morning have been too hectic for a good sit down breakfast these past couple of weeks and they are really delicious. She was also kind enough to print out the recipe for me to share with you. Thanks, Rita…for everything!
Rita’s Vegan Banana Oat Treats–NO SUGAR, NO EGGS, NO DAIRY
3 mashed ripe bananas
1/3 cup applesauce
2 cups quick oats
1/4 almond milk
1/2 cup raisins or Craisins
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
handful of walnuts
Mix all ingredients and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, till firm. Rita suggests gently touching them to see when they reach firmness.
The second recipe I found on FaceBook last week and it looked too easy not to try. Also vegan and free of dairy, they have only 4 ingredients and take no time to whip up a batch. I am happy to say Mitch loved them, even though I had a little issue with the oven and would imagine they can be even better.
Super Simple (and healthy!) Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
3 ripe mashed bananas
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup vegan (I use Ghiradelli DARK) chocolate chips
a big spoonful (whopping tablespoon) of peanut butter
Mix the ingredients and drop a spoonful at a time onto a baking tray. ( would try parchment paper next time.) Bake also for 15-20 minutes or until desired firmness. They are very rich, sweet and satisfying. They make a great treat when you need something sweet and won’t sabotage your waist line!
June 20, 2013 by 2 Comments
TO EVERY SEASON
The change in season, schedule and weather has me revisiting my own daily schedule. As I sat down to blog in my usual early morning hour, I decided to use that time to go for a run, before the temps start hitting the every day 90s. I am reading and listening to everyone’s tips and I thank you all. I thought about pushing off my step, propelling forward, wearing more sunscreen AND covering my head with a cap, and did about 2 miles (maybe a little more) this morning. For me, it is more about the mental than anything else and I believe that is the case for many of us. One foot in front of the other. Keep the tips coming!
HERE WE GROW AGAIN
Last night Mitch and I enjoyed some fruits (literally) of our labor. I pulled off a pineapple from one of the plants in our slowly growing pineapple patch and it was one of the first we have ever grown that was regulation size! It was, as my mother would say, sweet as sugar and not only tasted great with, but looked beautiful beside the chunks of mango from one of our very own. Instant fruit salad. I have mentioned this before but it’s worth mentioning again. Here in South Florida, all you have to do grow your own pineapples is plant the top of one you have bought from the store and wait….It will take a couple of years, but you will get a pineapple. No maintenance, no nothing. Just rain and sunshine and we have plenty of both, here! If it feels great to eat foods that haven’t been harmed in any way, it feels even great to eat them when you have grown them yourself!
THE EVOLUTION OF MAN AND HIS FOOD
It was interesting to read an newspaper article a few weeks ago, which stated that until 3.4 million years ago, humans only ate leaves and fruits, just as most primates did. At that point they added some new foods to their diet, but the addition was in the way of grasses and grass-like plants. So for those that argue we were always, from the beginnings of time, meant to eat meat, apparently that is not at all the case. In fact, it took another million or so years for man to start scavenging for meat and hunting for meat didn’t begin until much later. Something to think about on this Vegan Thursday.
Something else to think about on this day, is that studies show that chickens exhibit intelligent behavior withing a few hours of hatching. Given several tests, chickens showed definite mathematical abilities as well as being born with an understanding of physics and structural engineering. Experiments proved that very young chicks understand that if something is moved out of sight, it still exists. It takes babies about a year to grasp that concept. They show basic empathy, show self-control and believe it or not, new born chickens are able to keep track of numbers, up to 5.
AND SOMETHING TO PECK ABOUT
Given the info in the above paragraph, it’s no surprise that good ole’ Micky D’s is unhappy with the publicity about the chickens used in their fast food. 99% of the eggs used by McDonald’s for their Egg McMuffins come from chickens who are subjected to cruelty by having their beaks cut off so they wont peck each other to death from the insanity caused by being in way too small, cages. While Burger King, and even McDonald’s in Europe, have announced they will do away with this practice, McDonald’s here in the U.S. says this is still standard practice. One being’s Happy Meal is another beings insane asylum. Making my leftover fruit salad look even more beautiful.
WAKE UP CALL
And while I am on a roll, with absolutely no disrespect intended, while it is very sad that we lost another one of our television icons way too soon, is it THAT shocking when any rather overweight man in his 50s has a heart attack? While we don’t yet know what caused the massive attack, I can’t help but think it was a typical case of disease of affluence. My heart goes out the family of James Gandolfini, who leaves behind his wife and family, including their baby daughter born in October of 2012. The world will always remember him as the one and only Tony Soprano. What a great job he did with that character. While he will be missed, I know this will be a wake-up call for many.
ONE AND DONE
Game 7 tonight. With it all tied up, it’s the best out of one. One and done. Let’s do this thing Miami Heat. Whoever emerges victorious, this was one great series!
Enjoy the last of spring. I can hear summer knocking, now….
June 6, 2013 by Leave a Comment
How many times have you wished for a cure for cancer? What if you could prevent cancer through diet? Wouldn’t that be the same as a cure? Instead of waiting for science to find answers, consider what Dr. Neal Barnard has to say in his new book. The bonus, of course, is that a plant-based diet is probably good for anything that ails you in the here and now, while preventing the big C. Take a look and see what this brilliant doc has to say…Just click the photo and thanks to Alicia Silverstone and thekindlife.com for sharing this link.