Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Goodies Recipes 2010

This year our goodie bags were done SUPER early thanks to some great friends coming over to help out.  They consisted of peanut brittle, peppermint fudge, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, spices for holiday wassail, and a tea bag...or some combination of the above.  :)  Pretty much mostly the same as last year's bags.

The wassail was my mom's recipe.  I got the recipes for the peanut brittle and peppermint chocolate fudge from  Some of the brittle consisted of me substituting half of the corn syrup for maple syrup...'cause that eased my conscience, making me feel like it was healthier.  All the sugar in the recipes was Rapadura.

The Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies were a friend's recipe.  They're kinda more like a scone, with the bread texture, light and fluffy.

As some of those who got them asked for the recipes, here's the pumpkin cookie one:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 15 mins.
Cook Time: 10 mins.
Total Time: 25 mins.
Serves: 3 dozen

2 ¼ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cloves
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup softened butter
¾ cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ¼ cup pumpkin
1 cup chocolate chips

1.       Whisk together dry ingredients in one bowl, leaving out chocolate chips, and wet ingredients in another.  Mix both mixtures and add chocolate chips.
2.       Dollop onto baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 mins.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Farm Fresh to ME!!

For quite some time now I've been looking for a good source of organic produce.  Trader Joe's has great prices, but are very limited in what they have and really don't have great stuff, i.e. not big and ripe.  Our coop, Azure, is trucking stuff down from Oregon and their garlic, carrots and ginger are perfectly fine, but most of the stuff that can wilt or get squished does.

Well, last week a guy showed up at my door from a company called Farm Fresh to You.  Basically you sign up for whatever type of box you want, mixed veggies and fruit, just fruit, fast fruit and veggies, and whatever size you want and they'll deliver it to your door step in whatever increments of weeks you want.

Looking at their list I was thinking, "kale...what the heck would I do with kale?!"  Just so happens that on their website they have links next to all the produce listed that give you recipes and storage and use tips.  Awesome!!

This Thursday we got our first shipment.  They dropped it off some time between 2 am and when we woke up.  Just open the door and there's a box full of fragrant greens and fresh produce.  YUM!!  None of it was wilted or bruised, like other delivery services and just the smell of the cilantro was heavenly!

I'm so stoked this service found me!  They are seriously a God-send!  Can't wait to eat all this delicious food!

If anyone's interested, the promo code 6164 will get you $5 off your first box.  I think this would be an amazing gift to give a health conscious family.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I love, love, LOVE this weather we're having! It's finally fall and below 70 degrees outside! Perfect weather for some yummy warm drinks!

The first time I ever had champurrado was at Placita Olvera. It quickly became an addiction. Every trip to Mexico I'd look for it at the border. I was making runs to Los Angeles JUST for this drink (which, by the way, is amazing with their handmade tortillas dipped in it). Every Mexican restaurant we look for it...but none compares to the original flavor experience in that Mexican heartland of LA.

I got a recipe from a friend years ago where you boiled water with cinnamon sticks in it until it turned red then added Abuelita's chocolate, evaporated milk and Maseca. Now that I can't do the evaporated milk I've had to figure out an easier, non cow dairy recipe.

I've found that by simply heating up the goat milk with the Abuelitas and adding some Maseca I've come pretty close to the original. If I'm feeling ambitious I'll heat the milk with cinnamon stick, but it doesn't seem too different in taste for the extra effort.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Healing Prayer

A while back I had a dream that I was in a church service of some kind and during the service a woman stood up and prayed healing over someone who immediately got healed.  The service turned into a healing service.  At one point someone was handing out something that meant the woman was going to be praying for you.  They handed me whatever it was and I burst out crying thinking, "finally, my healing!"  Then someone prayed for me and spoke that the following week I'd be healed.  I remember thinking, "What a joke!  That's not how it's done!"

Our church has been involved in starting a house of prayer in its city.  We've set up time slots at our building, scheduling around the dance classes held there, and it's mostly been our people showing up...until this past week.  There's a group of intercessors from IHOP that are temporarily staying at a local university where, by God's design, there is a group of students and faculty housing them who have been praying for revival in the city.  Along with these two groups, there's a group of YWAM intercessors, by God's design, joining us at our little house of prayer for powerful prayer. 

Last night Red and I finally made time to go.  I mostly wanted to go that night because the slot was listed as a healing service.  Through heartfelt worship we had POWERFUL prayer and testimonies.  Two testimonies of healing and one of finally feeling God's love as the Father.  There was uncontrolled weeping, strong embraces, prophetic words, and healings.  One girl there, while praying and through the power of God, saw another girl's leg grow longer so they were finally level.

When the call of healing was given I was the first one standing with the desire to receive prayer.  A group of mostly college age students gathered around and prayed for me.  With my arms stretched out, calling out for God, I felt my husband come behind me and help hold my arms up.  One guy praying mentioned he felt I may be dealing with unforgiveness.  The second testimony of healing was given and the girl said she was healed of back pain and knee pain.  I knew she was supposed to pray for me.  When she touched my back there was heat...I kept thinking, "my back isn't the issue, pray for my knees."  The heat continued when she prayed for my knees.  When asked what was going through my mind all I could say was "I want to finally be able to kneel and worship!  I haven't been able to."  Shortly after, I was able!  I was finally able to fall on my knees and praise the Lord of my healing!

While on the floor my left arm was causing some pain due to the calcium deposit.  I could feel the lump digging into the floor.  And wouldn't you know...when I got up, it was gone!

Last night, in bed, I experienced the healing in my back.  For quite some time I've had pain when laying on my sides, needing a pillow to prop up my leg, thinking it was because my hips weren't even.  Even with the help of the pillow I'd have to switch positions frequently.  Well, last night that issue was gone!  Praise God!  I didn't need my body pillow.

Praise God for being good, for being my healer!  My hands, wrists, and feet still hurt, especially in the morning, but these healings give me hope to press into Him and that my wholeness is waiting around the corner! 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

God's Rest

"Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it...his work has been finished since the creation of the world...some will enter that rest...There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.  Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience." Hebrews 4:1, 3, 9-11

I can get so overwhelmed with the idea of doing nothing.  I think I picked up a lot of that growing up with my mom.   Even now she'll come over and only stay around as long as there's something she can be doing.  Dishes, changing diapers, putting cloth diapers together, taking out trash...anything but just sitting still.  At her house there are usually at least a couple televisions on with multiple projects started and waiting to be finished.  I am so similar.  For example, if I'm doing something on the computer, like uploading pictures, I usually have a game of spider solitaire up just so the mouse and my thoughts are always moving.

I'm sure most women feel this way.  Most men don't multitask very well, but women...we can talk on the phone while having dinner going, a conversation on the computer, and running to change a diaper.  Housewives are, after all, supposed to be able to have an elaborate dinner on the table by the time hubby gets home, the kids all cleaned and happy, house spotless, and not one hair on our heads out of place, right?  (Gag me!!)  Most of us feel like doing nothing is wasting time.

In reading these scriptures I'm convicted of that mindset.  If God took the time to rest and made sure to emphasize the importance of a Sabbath by making it a commandment, why do we feel that we can go without resting?  He made us and knows how we work, what we need, what it takes for our bodies and souls to work at their most efficient capacity...and He chose rest.

I find it awesome that being commanded to rest implies we have the ability to, the freedom to!  Why?  Because "his work has been finished since the creation of the world."  We have nothing more to do for God other than rest...He's done it all.

Lord, thank you for the freedom you've given us to rest.  Thank you that we don't need to feel guilty when we take time to do nothing.  Help me settle my thought and ambitions on rest...When there's too much to do, force me, that by doing so I can be an example to my kids.  Thank you! 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Chili for the Alcoholic

Ok, not really...but the recipe we have I use either beer or wine.  With the weather getting a nice chilly temperature, it's finally the perfect soup/chili weather! Feel free to use as much organic ingredients as possible!  ;)

3 lbs. ground beef (or ground turkey)
1-2 onions, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, mashed
1-2 cans diced tomato(we use the Trader Joe's diced and fire roasted tomatoes that have green chilis in it)
1 can kidney beans

1/2 - 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
2 Tbsp. dried oregano
2 Tbsp. dried basil
1 Tbsp. chili powder
Red chili flakes (to taste)
1 can beef stock (or a couple tsp. of Superior Touch beef base)
2 cups beer or 1/4 to 1/2 cup  wine
(optional) 1 small can chopped green chilis
Goat milk yogurt (or sour cream) for garnish
Tortilla chips for garnish
Avocado for garnish
Cheese for garnish

Brown the meat and then add the remaining ingredients.  Cook at least an hour.  The longer you cook it the more flavorful it is!  Garnish individually!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I'm officially on the path of becoming a certified labor doula and childbirth educator with CAPPA!  (Thanks to my uncle for housing me and the kids and to my cousin and aunt for watching them all day!)  I took a training course this past Thursday through Saturday and now I need to read a bunch of books, sit in and review some classes, attend labors/births, student teach and pass some tests.  That's all.  :)

I'm more likely to do more of the childbirth classes since that can be scheduled and will probably only be a doula for friends and family until the kids get older.

So...anyone interested in a cheap doula or holding classes I can sit in on??

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mama's Health Update

 The end of June I took the long trek back to the dietitian for a follow up.  I ended up bringing the kiddos along and thanks to a wonderful friend the trip wasn't such a chore.

Thiel asked how I was doing and I told him really well except I still had issues in the morning with stiffness, feeling like my hands, feet and knees were swollen.  He added on some infam-enzymes to take right before bed.

I also mentioned I'd been feeling on the verge of passing out a lot.  I'd gone to a holistic dentist a few days prior to replace a filling after breaking a tooth while flossing.  The dentist was also an acupuncturist and used an electric machine of some sort on my ear to help calm my nerves.  He said my episodes of passing out weren't allergies to medicine, but probably anxiety.  I mentioned that to the dietitian and he added a couple hypothalamus to my regime.

Since that appointment I'd been getting headaches.  I called and asked Thiel about them and he mentioned none of the supplements have a history of headaches as a side effect, but took me off the hypothalamus.  I'm kinda wondering if they're due to the dentist visit.  To harden the composite filling he used a tool with a light and each time he used it he was majorly pressing on my jaw.  Since then I haven't been able to relax my TMJ, which is where all the pressure and tension seem to be coming from.  Also, I haven't been as hunky dorey since the visit, but I haven't been feeling like passing out either.  I'm wondering if the pain/tension is keeping me from feeling like passing out.  On top of the headaches I've had some clicking in my wrists, which I haven't had for most of the month.

I also saw the rheumatologist July 8th and got the results from the blood tests back.  Everything came back great, except a couple things, which weren't major.  An RA test came back with a 7, where 5 and below are normal.  The doctor told me that those who have full fledged RA have numbers in the hundreds so it could mean it's just beginning.  He also mentioned palindromic rheumatism, that has a trigger and seems to randomly come and flare up and then leave.  It can flare two times in your life or a lot more.  My tests also showed my liver was functioning well above normal.  They also took a bunch more blood for more tests - yeah! (Note the sarcasm in my typing...)

I showed him my supplements and mentioned the cow's milk protein the dietitian said I shouldn't eat.  He was pumped about the supplements and hoping I've found the trigger (milk).  He said the only thing he'd add to the list of supplements was an herb called Kaprex.  His son had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, which they found was caused by an infection and treated with antibiotics, along with Kaprex and something similar to the inflam-enzymes I'm taking, and is not healthy and abusing his body in football.

I asked about the calcium Thiel put me on for my lumps.  I wasn't sure the lumps were actually calcium buildup because they're squishy.  The doctor told me sometime the calcium could be the size of a grain of sand and the body puts tissue around the grain to stop the irritation, so the calcium could help. 

Overall, the joint pain isn't horrendous any more.  In the morning I'm still the most stiff and get stiff if I pull my legs up for a long time.  (I've always been comfortable with both legs pulled up to my chest and it's been hard to ditch the habit.)  The sensation in my joints has kinda changed and it kinda feels like something is missing, which I'm taking as a good sign.  I'm sure it'll take a while for my joints to get back to normal.

I was overjoyed that on the fourth of July I was able to run around for the water war without thinking of my joints or having pain.  What a praise!  In the midst of this recent flare I'd been a bit depressed thinking of all the things I thought I wouldn't be able to do again.  The kids I used to babysit used to use me as a jungle gym and now with my kids I was in pain with the slightest monkeying around.  Praise God it's getting better!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Rhubarb Recipes

Our last visit to Red's parents they gave us a bunch of rhubarb from their garden. So it's been sitting in the fridge for a couple weeks...This weekend I finally decided to do something with it! His mom had a recipe for rhubarb berry pie that I requested and tweaked with Nourishing Tradition's version of rhubarb pie and used a crust recipe from the new Azure recipe book.

Rhubarb Berry Pie

2 cups chopped rhubarb
1 cup blackberries
1 cup raspberries
3/4 cup rapadura/whole cane sugar
2 Tbsp arrowroot

Mix the above ingredients with a spoon and leave out for at least 15 minutes. (As I used frozen berries I left them out longer and as they melted I mixed them a little more to get the juices mixed in.)

Pie Crust

2 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
2/3 cup extra virgin coconut oil

1/3 cup water

Make sure the coconut oil is in liquid form - if not, melt it. Combine the crust ingredients and make a ball.  Split the ball in two, one for the bottom crust and the other for the top. Roll the balls out in between two pieces of wax paper until it'll fit in a 9 inch pie pan. Place one of the crusts in the pie pan.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Mix 1 Tbsp coconut oil (or butter) and 1 tsp lemon juice in the pie filling then pour into crust in the pie pan. Add the top crust however you want. I did one with the lattice and one with flat circle with steam vents cut in. If you want you can brush with melted coconut oil (or half and half or butter) and sprinkle lightly with sugar (I used rapadura on the one I did).

Bake at 400 degrees for 10 mins. and then change the oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 40-50 mins, until crust is golden brown.

The other recipe I made (since we had a LOT) was a rhubarb berry relish from the Azure recipe book.

Raw Rhubarb & Berry Relish

2 cups chopped rhubarb
1 cup berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, whatever you have on hand and want to add)
3/4 cup honey (RAW honey works well, since it's this recipe isn't heated!)

Blend the rhubarb and honey in a food processor and then set aside. Blend the berries in the food processor and stir into the rhubarb mix.

Good on waffles and ice cream!

Store in the fridge for several weeks or freeze.
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Healthy Kettle Corn

Oh the joys of a popcorn air popper!  We have a lovely Tasmanian devil one Red had prior to us getting married.  With the common cravings for popcorn and the cost of the packaged popcorn I decided to bust out the little devil and buy some organic popcorn in bulk.

As the majority of our family has a sweet tooth I've made up my own version of kettle corn - minus the processed white sugar and butter (seeing that I'm trying to avoid dairy).

Start by popping the popcorn.  While it's popping, place some organic extra virgin coconut oil and honey in a little pot over the stove until it's melted.  Being a health nut I'm all about raw, unheated honey, but being frugal and since I'm heating it, I use some processed honey we got free from our uncle.  (He lends out his land to a bee keeper and gets free honey!)

Once the popping's done, just poor the oil/honey mix over the popcorn and add a little salt.  Yum!

Can you see it glistening?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lamb Dinners

A couple nights ago I made the below meal of leg of lamb cooked in apricot sauce with fresh herbs, sweet potatoes, and steamed artichokes, all served with a scrumptious red wine sauce.  It looked (and tasted) like I had slaved over it all day, but it was very little prep for such a "fancy" meal.

Leg of Lamb

Place the leg of lamb fat-side up in a dutch oven.  Heat a jar of apricot jam so it has a sauce texture.  Spread the jam on the lamb with a brush.  Place some whole garlic cloves around the lamb in the dutch oven.  Sprinkle the meat with thyme and crushed garlic.  Also place some fresh herbs on the lamb.  (I used rosemary and mint since that's what we have outside.)  Cook the lamb covered in the oven at 350 degrees for a couple hours, depending on the size of the leg and how well done you want it to be.  (Our lamb was from Costco and weighed a little over 4 lbs.)

(Another marinade is the apricot jam with some spicy mustard and fresh rosemary.)

Meanwhile, prep the artichokes my soaking them in a bowl of water with the leaves sticking up.  You can also cut off the sharp ends of the leaves.

About an hour into the lamb cooking prepare the sweet potatoes by washing and pricking them.  Add them to the oven to cook until done.

Next, start on the artichokes.  Place them in a large pot with about 1 inch of water.  Put them on about a
medium-high heat and steam them until done.  (The instructions I had said to steam for 1/2 hour, but they weren't anywhere near done.)

When the lamb is done you can store it in the microwave or on a heating platter to keep warm.  Leave all the juices and such in the dutch oven and place over the stove.  Add 3-4 cups beef broth, 1 Tbsp gelatin, and 1/4 red wine.  Make sure you completely mix it all in with the juices.  Boil the sauce down to about 1 cup.

While it's boiling you can make a dip for your artichokes.  I chopped up some fresh rosemary and added it to some mayonnaise.

Serve and enjoy!  If you have coconut oil, it's delicious on the sweet potatoes (and is a must if you can't have dairy!).

When it comes to cooking leg of lamb for meals we tend to have plenty of left overs.  Last night I turned it into shepherd's pie.  The recipe I have calls for a dairy rouge and plain ol' potatoes.  Since I had left over sauce I used that with a little flour and topped it off with sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Wash and puncture your sweet potatoes and put them in the oven at 400 for about 1/2 hour or until cooked.

For the filling, start by chopping up a whole onion, 1/2 a red bell pepper, a few stalks of celery, and carrots.  Saute them with a little crushed garlic until cooked.  (I used olive oil in a fairly large pan or pot.)  Meanwhile chop up the left over lamb into kiddy bite-sized pieces.  When the veggies are done add the lamb and left over red wine sauce from the previous night.  Add some flour or arrowroot to thicken the sauce to a gravy-like texture.  If needed, add more beef stock.  Add some frozen peas as well.

While that's cooking or staying warm you can prep the mashed sweet potatoes.  I simply placed them in a food processor with an egg and some salt and pepper.

When the filling it done spread it in a casserole dish.  Top off the filling with the mashed sweet potatoes.

As it's all already cooked, broil the dish until the sweet potatoes brown a bit - like 5 mins. or so.

Vwala!  Enjoy!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sunday Breakfast

I found a recipe and altered it to use healthier ingredients. It's Yogurt and Blackberry Waffles:

3 Tbsp butter, melted
¾ cup fresh blackberries, washed and dried
4 Tbsp maple syrup
1 ¾ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
2 eggs
¾ cup goat milk
1 cup goat milk yogurt

1.       In a small bowl, mix the berries with 2 Tbsp maple syrup.
2.       In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.  In another medium bowl, whisk the eggs lightly and stir in the milk, sour cream, melted butter, and remaining 2 Tbsp maple syrup.  Stir the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just blended.  Add the berries and stir once or twice.
3.       Coat the waffle plates with nonstick cooking spray (olive oil).  Spoon a little more than 1/3 cup of the batter onto each side of the waffle plate and close the lid.  Cook the waffles for 4 minutes.  Check and continue cooking until golden brown.

They were great served with some fresh whipped cream with a little maple syrup mixed in.  The kids enjoyed them!!

Can't wait to enjoy them again...once I start dairy again...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Absolutely NO Milk?!

Tonight we went to my parents' for the Laker game and a fish fry.  My parents had a bunch of friends over that they golf and play tennis with. 

At one point my mom came in to get me and tell me that their friend, Bob Hughes, who happens to be a chiropractor, also does the RNA.  When I got in the kitchen he asked what he wanted to be read and I let him know the dietitian I saw told me my thyroid is bad.  He had me hold up my arm and placed his one hand wherever for reading and pushed down my arm with the other.  He checked different areas and told me my thyroid is fine, it's my pituitary gland that has issues.  The pituitary affects the health of the thyroid and needs to be taken care of first.

Later I found him again to ask him a little more about that and told him about how I was cutting out the protein in cows milk, but drinking goat.  He had me get the goat milk yogurt that we brought to test me for it himself.  After testing he said I really should avoid ALL dairy, at least for 3 months before reintroducing it. 

I guess I'll be tacking on a few more questions for the dietitian in Arroyo for my next visit.  I think I'll head this guy's advice on the dairy (since it's EXPENSIVE for goats milk products) and see how things go.

Since taking the supplements and following the advice I got the end of May my hands feel a lot stronger.  Before, when I would try to open jars, it felt the joints in my fingers were separating.  I don't have that problem anymore.  The nodes haven't gone away.  They're not any worse than they were, but they're still there.  My wrists seem to be hit and miss along with my elbows hurting again.  I guess they're out of place once more.  I'm thinking of visiting a chiropractor down here (maybe this new guy) and seeing where that leads. 

Until then, please keep praying!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Goat Alfredo Sauce

That's right! I've modified an oldie and a goodie. And guess what - it didn't suck!

Take 4 1/2 Tbsp butter and melt in a pan. Add the 4.5 oz. package of goat's milk creamy cheese (thank you, Trader Joe's!) along with 1 1/8 tsp garlic powder. Whisk until smooth. Add 1 1/8 cup goat's milk slowly, whisking smooth while adding. Stir in a little more than 3 oz. of pecorino romano cheese (made from sheep milk - Trader Joe's) and 1/8 tsp pepper. Remove from the heat when it's at desired consistency. I found this took a little longer than the original recipe (cream cheese, milk, and parmesan cheese) to thicken up a bit. We serve it with diced chicken and cooked pasta. Yum!

Our alternatives to dairy - goat's milk, goat's milk creamy cheese, and pecorino romano (sheep milk)

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Reflex Nutritional Assessment

As some of you know, I had my doctor appointment today out in Arroyo Grande.  The guy I saw, Robert Thiel, is a licensed naturopath and dietician and to assess his patients he does Reflex Nutritional Assessment (RNA).  My friend told me a bit about what he does, which I mentioned on another post.  In a pamphlet I got from his office it explains it this way, "Since all matter emits a certain amount of electromagnetic energy, the assessor's body is giving off electromagnetic energy as well.  When this electromagnetic energy comes in contact with your body's electromagnetic energy, it interferes with your body's reflex  connection to the other parts of the body (which is normally checked at the wrist).  If the reflex being interfered with is sufficiently nutritionally deficient, this electromagnetic interference  is great enough to reduce this connection.  For reflexes without nutritional deficiencies, the assessor's interference is not strong enough to overpower neuromuscular control."

I filled out a couple pages of paperwork with checklists of the symptoms I've been experiencing.  There were a LOT of symptoms listed.  Everything from bug bits to menstrual cramps to chronic fatigue.  He began the meeting by asking me about what I checked off, what I eat throughout the day, and the supplements I have been taking.  He mentioned he gets at least 5 clients from down in our area every week, along with a bunch from northern CA.  He also talked about how he'd sent in an inquiry to the government in the 70's asking for a cure for baldness.  They said there's no known cure and anyone who says else is a quack.  He repeated the question in the 80's and they said only Rogain works and anyone who says else is a quack. Again he repeated the question in the 90's and they said only Rogain and some other cure work anyone who says else is a quack. Needless to say, he's not big on the "health experts" the government claims to have.

He had me take off my shoes to step on a scale to measure my BMI and then started the RNA.  He had me face my right wrist out with my arm by my side and then hold my left arm out.  While he held the viles of whatever to my right wrist he would push on a certain point on my left wrist.  It was so easy to believe certain things were good for me or bad for me because of the strength/weakness I had when he pushed. He also held some by my side with the hernia, which is where he found one helpful supplement, and some by my feet and knees.  Along with that he'd touch different areas, like the glands under my chin, to see if the specific area was weak.

Regarding the supplements I've been taking, I was taking the wrong calcium, which was proven by the weakness it caused.  Ladies, did you know coral calcium is really for men?  The prenatals I've been taking, Rainbow Light, he told me weren't as good as the label states.  They claim to be made from food, which is what they start with and then spray a bunch of non-food vitamins and minerals on.  The cod liver oil and vitamin e I'm taking were good.

He put me on metabollic thyro (which will increase my appetite and help the weak area of my thyroid) advanced joint complex, magnesium complex, vitamin mineral (to replace the prenatals), calc-aid (which is good for getting rid of calcium build up in joints), and core level ileoduodenal (will SLOWLY help my weak intestinal issue, aka hernia).  The supplements, except the last two, are all completely food based.  I'll be taking 7 pills with breakfast and 4 with dinner.  The cost: a whopping $123!  He mentioned he, his son, and other members were each taking one of each that he recommended.

The biggest news:  The vile that made me the weakest was the cow milk protein.  NOT gluten!!  He said his wife had the same issues after having kids, nursing and drinking raw organic cow's milk.  (Not sure if that's the milk or the pregnancy/birthing that would have brought that out.)  At the end of the meeting he talked about what I could eat in place of the dairy.  (I'd much rather have a list of do's than dont's.)  His son has the same issue so he could easily tell me what certain things looked like and where to get them.  I can have Trader Joes' pecarino romano cheese, goat's milk, kefir and cheese (cream cheese, mild goat cheddar, Sypress Grove chevre), butter, and 100% cream (which doesn't have the protein in it).  He also mentioned how changing my diet would work.  My body sees the milk as a virus and sends the antibodies to attack it.  Once it's out of my system and I'm healthier I REALLY need to avoid the milk because just a little bit will give me a really bad day with all my body's forces going after it. 

He mentioned that a traditional doctor probably wouldn't have found this.  Even in blood work they only test for one factor of the allergy and it doesn't prove to be as reliable as the RNA.

Along with diet my elbows are out of joint.  He said he would've fixed them, but it wasn't out of joint in a way he COULD.  He proceeded to go out front and show me how he fixes his receptionists elbows when they're out of joint, which I assume happens often.

I have a follow up appointment in a month.  So, we'll see how this regime works and how hard it is to avoid dairy!  I picked up some goat milk and goad cheddar (almost $10/lb. - ridiculous!!) and brought it home to make a pizza with the cheese - not bad!  And the milk, to me, doesn't taste any different.  Of course it was the pasteurized, store bought stuff.  My SIL knows where to get some raw goat's milk up by her so I'll be trying that out and maybe plotting to get shipments to freeze every trip.  We'll see!  Praise God for alternative/complementary medicine!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

My Husband Rocks

I asked Red to put up a shelf in the trash/cleaner closet so as to actually use the shelf (instead of it sitting around) and he went out and did WAY more than I asked.

Thank you, honey, for going the extra mile to make life easier! It looks lovely!
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

More Fermentation Experiments

Moving on from the fermented veggies, which I didn't feel so successful with, I've taken the leap to fermented beverages! My friend from our Azure drop, Cindy, gave me the kambucha mushroom, which duplicates itself with every batch.  It's put in some organic black tea with white sugar and set out for over a week.  Since I forgot about it mine sat for like 10 days.  When Cindy came by she said it was a good batch - good enough that her boys would probably drink it.  It's kinda got a milk alcohol taste and somewhat fizzy - refreshing!

The actual "mushroom" - it's more like a cultured round blob that floats and becomes the size of the container it's made in

The next drink I've been attempting is kefir.  The same friend, Cindy, ordered some kefir grains for $8 for 2 Tbsp.  Just leave it in some raw whole milk for 12-24 hours until it's the right sour for your taste buds.  This is something the kids have liked from the store so I'm hoping to save money by making our own.  They like the "strawberry milk" so I'm gonna try adding berries and honey to it and see if it passes the test for them.

Kefir grains - kinda like squish popcorn

The paperwork that came with them mentioned that they'll take a few batches to start working well since they've been kinda shocked in the mail.  Since I haven't been too impressed with the first few batches I've made I used them for baking. Nourishing Traditions has plenty of recipes on using the kefir to ferment flour and other grains for dishes.

Blueberry muffins

When I read the recipes the grains came with Red's dad was interested in the sourdough bread recipe.  Can't wait to try it!  He took some grains home and is gonna attempt it since it's easier than having to feed a huge batch of starter they'd rarely use.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

He is a HEALER!!!

What an awesome testimony of God' power and glory! This brought a flood of tears to my eyes watching him run around the room! Praise You, Lord! You are awesome! You are mighty! Yahweh is a healer! Lord, give us more of You!!  Ain't no party like a Holy Ghost party!

Jonathan's testimony - healed of Guillain-Barre syndrome - out of a wheel chair after 2 months.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Home-made Crib Storage

I looked through my stash of fabric and came up with this:




I made it out of some old pants my friend was getting rid of and left overs from a curtain being hemmed. I basically stitched up the pants with a straight cut, used one pant leg to make the ties, and used the other pant leg and curtain fabric to make the flap. I'm hoping I won't need to figure out a way of fastening the flap.

I'm super excited because this is one of the first projects that actually worked! (Hopefully it won't be torn apart any time soon!)
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Saturday, April 24, 2010

More Info on Option #2

An email from my friend explaining what he did:

He has you take off your shoes when you get weighed.  His scale measures your body fat & your weight, but you need to be barefoot.  Then you stand up (after you put your shoes back on) and hold your arm out and try to keep it up as he pushes down on it, while taking either food items (to see what you are intolerant of) or supplements (to see what will help you) and touching other points on your body (like your head, neck or stomach).  It's pretty interesting.  When he was accessing K, he left the room to go get a different supplement and while he was gone I told K to try harder to hold his arm up.  He said I can't, it's too weird. 

He takes a history & talks to you about what is going on and he kind of has an idea when he starts as to what he needs to check out.  He has patients that come from South Carolina.  Sometime when we have gone we are the ones that have come from the farthest away that day.  You are lucky you have someone to stay with.  He is very nice and will answer any questions and explain anything to you.  Don't know where we would be with K if we hadn't gone to him.  The doctors didn't have a clue.

Friday, April 23, 2010


In lieu of my desperation I was referred to a couple of different doctors today.  One is an iridologist and the other uses reflex nutrition assessment.

The first guy was recommended by a friend who's been having problems keeping her pregnancies and wanting to lose weight.  The guy didn't ask any questions until he reviewed her iris.  He mentioned there was evidence she'd been stabbed, which usually comes from a surgery (she'd had her appendix removed).  He also noted other things involved with that.  He told her she was full of mucus, probably mostly due to being lactose intollerant, and asked her about her uterus.  He costs $65 for a visit and my friend didn't walk out without less than $150 in herbal supplements, which is how he treats.  She's been on them for about a week and going through "crucial detox". 

This guy is a vegetarian and blames milk for a lot of health problems.  "Cow milk is for cows.  Are you a baby cow?"  I don't quite buy that, but maybe he could still tell me which organs need help.  I also am not sold of cutting out all meat.  Over-processed corn/soy fed commercial cows, yes, but there are healthy alternavtives.

The second is a doctor in Arroyo Grande, Robert Thiel.  He's written many articles and has a few websites, including Doctor Research, which is on supplements he's created, and Center for Natural Health Research, which has his article "Musculoskeletal Pain Relief for People with Arthritis, Lupus, and Fibromyalgia".  It's $175 for the initial visit plus supplements.  Kinda far, but I'd rather have someone recommend nutrition than antibiotics

With these I've made appointments while I figure out (pray about!) who I should go to, if any.  I'm leaning toward Dr. Thiel because he seems to be on the same page as me in regards to nutrition.  Since modern medicine (blood tests and ultrasound) couldn't get a diagnosis, might as well try something that isn't invasive and is proven to work, especially before giving myself over to x-rays and MRI's!

Please pray for wisdom for me! 

Also, for those of you in the dark regarding food, check out Food, Inc.  It's on tonight on PBS at 9:00pm.  The station has been encouraging people to have a potluck and invite friends over to watch the movie and discuss it.  It's also being streamed online until Thursday, April 29. 

Monday, April 19, 2010

Dr. House

A friend of ours has been going through some major health issues.  At one point she noted these symptoms:
  • feeling like someone was holding a match to her skin
  • feeling like someone was slicing through her insides
  • everything tasted like metal, loss of appetite
  • couldn't sleep
  • breaking out in hives
After seeing many doctors who couldn't correctly diagnose her, including one who said it was her thyroid, giving her herbs and making it way worse, her husband went on a search for a doctor like House, who could diagnose and correctly treat health issues.  A friend online suggested a doctor out in Riverside, raving about how he found a rare blood disease in a patient.  They went and saw him and took a bunch of tests.

This Sunday she came to church excited that he figured it out! It's a bacteria infection caused by an untreated respiratory infection.  She said the doctor was like a little kid when he told her they found the cause.  He was so excited, jumping around, praising God.  He's treating it with 6 months of antibiotics with lots of nutrition and such to keep her intestinal flora good. 

Seeing that the rheumatologists I've seen don't seem to have a clue, I have an appointment with him in May!  Please pray for wisdom, both for me and the doctor.

Monday, April 12, 2010

My Lumps

Original Video - More videos at TinyPic

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Harvest Husbandry

Saturday morning I had a great dream.  We were living in a two bedroom house.  There was some stuff going on, but this is the bulk of what I remember.  When you walked in the stairs were straight ahead, the living room was to the left with the kitchen in the back corner and a fairly big open hall to the right with a lot of light streaming in.  On the right there was also a double door with big round brass handles that opened like our bedroom door.  When I opened them I saw a HUGE room with dark pink carpet.  At first I noticed an entertaining area to the left of the opening with a pool table, arm chairs, and Foosball table.  Then to the right I saw a few rows of pews with a bunch of people in them, focusing on the back corner where a little stage was, just big enough for a podium and a couple musicians.  Just to the left of the stage was a door for entering.  Our friend's dad was there wearing a suit, leading the group. 

The next part I remember is a view of a street corner with a sign that said "Harvest Husbandry" and under it in smaller letters, "praise & worship".

I just LOVE the name on the sign!  The only time I've heard of husbandry is in a sale catalog for the Azure orders.  It was describing the different names on the products that come specifically from Azure.  Husbandry is the term they use for how they farm their land, all organic, taking care of it as if they are married to it.  What an awesome word to be paired with harvest. 

"Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." Matthew 9:37-38

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Wreath Craft

The wreath itself was $4.50, the flowers and leaves were $.50 ea. for a grand total of $6.50! Add some hot glue and vwala! A spring wreath! Praise God for liquidation sales!
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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Belated Resurrection Wednesday

In contemplating how our family will celebrate Easter I was sent this article from my SIL.  Pretty much the whole bunny and egg thing, moon and sun thing...all pagan.  Not that I'm surprised.

Then in reading the account of Christ's death, watching the Passion, listening to our sermon this week, and talking with friends I became aware that Christ died the day before the Passover, which is partially why the soldiers went to break the legs of the others being crucified - so they would make sure they died before Passover.  It truly is Good Monday (not Friday) and Resurrection Wednesday, not Sunday.  Knowing that makes the Passover seder that much more meaningful.

With that in mind, on this Sunday after the true dates of remembrance of Christ's death and resurrection, Happy Belated Resurrection Wednesday!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Super Easy Whole Chicken

I had heard that buying a whole chicken can be cheaper than buying chicken breasts, i.e. you get more bang for your buck, or in this case, meat.  So I found this recipe on and it has quickly become a family favorite.  It's called Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken.  Seriously...check it out!  It's got onion, garlic, soy sauce (I use Bragg's Liquid Aminos), vinegar (I use Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar), and is for the Crock Pot!!  All the meat just falls off the bones!  So easy and SOOO delicious!  It's got all the yummy healthy fat/gelatin in it mixed with the sauce and is great over rice.  *DROOL!!!  I mixed it with a little BBQ sauce and had it on a hamburger bun today.  YUM!  And with warm weather on the rise this won't heat up the house!

And if any of you are clueless as to how to cut up a whole chicken (like I have been!), here's a video on it:

How to Quarter a Whole Chicken Cooking Tips -- powered by

It's all about the culinary scissors...I'll be trying this next time! I usually massacre it, pulling the meat off the leg bone while trying to pop a joint.

Also, so you know, Nourishing Traditions has a recipe on turning whole chicken or a chicken carcass into chicken broth! It's delicious!

Friday, April 2, 2010

A Forgotten Prayer

Recently, with my arthritis flaring up, I've had little discussions with the Lord.  I pray for healing, for patience to endure, for a heart of sacrifice...then I pray prayers where I try to reason with Him.

There's a guy in our church, Dave, who has had a lot of medical issues.  (You may remember him from previous posts here, here, and here.)  He calls his medical visits "missions" because every time he's hospitalized or whatever his family tends to meet someone who needs to hear from the Lord and they share with them.  He had made a pact with God stating He could use his health for His good.  Since then God has put him through a lot, but He's always been faithful at healing him and getting him through it all.

Well, in the midst of my pain I told the Lord, "I didn't make that kind of pact!  I don't want to be used this way!" 

Then, this past week, in cleaning out and organizing our back rooms, I found an old journal with the following entry: 


A few days ago, on my way to work, God really put my dad on my heart.  It's not the first time.  I was thinking about how the only way God got him to pray was by getting my brother in a bad accident.  He only prayed when he felt he was going to lose him and knew he had no control.  If that's the case, Lord, feel free to use me.  If it means a bad accident and almost losing me, do it.  If it means he has to lose everything to be humbled and not self-reliant, do it.  If we'll have to live on the streets, do it.  Even if it means my it.  Just get him living for you.  Help him learn to forgive and accept the church for what it is - people, sinners, hypocrites.  People to support and hold accountable.

How quickly I've forgotten the heart that lead me to pray with such courage and surrender.  In reading it I've realized just how much God has answered that prayer!  My suffering hasn't been for nothing!

With my hands getting worse my dad hasn't been able to hide his concern.  We had a heart to heart about the symptoms I've been experiencing and I think he felt how serious I was and saw the hope had gone a bit from my eyes.  He felt the bumps on my finger joints.  Since then he's been more open about his concern for me.  I think he's realizing I'm mortal and wishes he could control my health.

To me, his concern is a huge step.  I can't wait for the day he completely softens his heart to God and can truly experience His furious love for him.  By blocking out the bad he's blocking out the good, all the joy the Lord wants to give him.  He'll never heal if he doesn't allow the Lord to open up those wounds and help him deal with the fear and disappointment he used to seal up his heart.

It was mostly my perception that he had a hard heart that is the reason I didn't get along so well with my dad when I was growing up.  He wasn't emotional and saw emotion as a weakness.  I remember one day he told me, "to feel good you also have to be able to feel bad so I'd rather not feel at all."  And he raised us that way, all the while my heart getting overloaded with everything I felt I couldn't express.  It was always hard to fully be who I was around him, feeling the bondage of his authority and the fear of being teased.

My dad and I had a breakthrough in college when my heart was overwhelmed to call him up and let him know that I forgive him for all the crap I've held against him (which has been a daily journey).  He didn't really know how to respond, but since then it felt like a wall was torn down between us.  Still, I lived under his roof and his spiritual authority in our house, but I took less offense in our spiritual banter and was moved for his soul.  It was a couple years later that I wrote the above entry.  It wasn't until I began dealing with my broken relationship with my dad that I was able to feel real love and concern for him.  I no longer wanted him to change so I'd have a better life, but desired the Lord to get a hold of his soul so he would desire to become more like Christ.

Lord, continue to open my dad's heart.  Heal him from past scars.  Show him what an emotional God you are, that Your heart broke for him during his childhood, that you wept with him when his dad abandoned him, every time his step-dad abused him, when his favorite aunt was murdered, when his mom died with cancer...Help him forgive You for not saving his mom's mortal life.  Show him Your love and forgiveness.  Break through his logic and vows and touch his heart mightily!

Jesus, help me to stay faithful to You despite my pain and flesh.  Daily renew my spirit to witness to my dad about Your goodness!  Let my hope and Your love be something so strong and intriguing that he has to have it.  Get me back to a place of urgency.  Save his soul! 

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Lovin' Mint

Our garden has practically died except for the rosemary and the mint. Seriously...the mint is ALL over the side of the flower box where the other plants have died. It's like a weed.

Being that I'm SOOOO generous, I called up a neighbor and let her know she could have as much as she wants. She picked up a batch last week and was back this week for more. She told me she'd made iced tea with it and that her guests loved it. Great idea!

Anyone else have ideas for what to do with it??  Ideally desserts!  *;o)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Turning Over a New Leaf

Ha ha!  Get it?!  Cabbage leaf?!

In light of becoming a hippy health food freak I'm continuing on to fermented vegetables! Saurkraut and Ginger Carrots!  (These recipes are also from Nourishing Traditions.)


The only thing I've really ever had saurkraut on/in is bratwurst and my mom's recipe for saurbraten, which is basically a pork roast with a sliced granny apple, carrots, potatoes and saurkraut, left in a crockpot all day to make a yummy stew. The saurkraut she uses is usually canned, full of preservatives, and not looking very appetising. It's good in the saurbraten, but NOT something I'd want to eat by itself.

The group leader for our Azure order mentioned how she never thought much about saurkraut until a friend from the group had brought her some homemade saurkraut. It was TOTALLY different from the nasty canned stuff that's full of preservatives. With that encouragement I decided to try it out! It takes three days to ferment so it should be done tomorrow.

Side note: I thought it was leaking today so I opened it and once it hit air it started expanding. They're not kidding about the amount of room you're supposed to leave in the jar before sealing it!

Ginger Carrots

I'm making the ginger carrots to use up the organic carrots we've had in the fridge for quite a while.  The cookbook recommended this recipe for those new to fermented veggies and said they're good with spicy foods.  The carrots should be done Wed.  Mmmm! (Hopefully!)

Praise God I got a new food processor!  It was a cinch shredding everything! 

Soon, hopefully, I'll venture in making the beverages kefir and kombucha.  The kids love the flavored kefir from the supermarket, which they call "strawberry milk."  Our Azure leader has some of the kombucha mushrooms and it hoping to find someone with the kefir grains.  Both the mushrooms and grains reproduce as you use them so you can save a bundle if you can just find a friend who has some.  

Friday, March 26, 2010

Furious Love

Last month I went to a viewing of the movie Furious Love.  It was made by the same guy who made The Finger of God (which I posted in my article archive).  This movie was supposed to be about God's love and how it changes lives.  In it a guy gave a testimony of how bad persecution was in a country he had visited.  The story he gave haunted me.  Rebels pulled a van over to raid it and randomly killed men, which was a regular occurrence.  A woman in the van, who had her baby, started screaming mostly because one of the guys that was murdered was her brother.  The rebels proceeded to yell at her and then take the baby by the legs and hit it against the van until he died.  The mom completely freaked and they ended up killing her as well.

Of all the stories and visuals in the movie this stuck with me the most.  I kept questioning, "How would I have responded as the mother?  Would I have freaked out?  Would I have gone mad?"  I couldn't get the image out of my head.  It made me want to throw up.  How could people be so cruel?  And to a baby, the most innocent?

As I wrestled with these questions I realized that to survive anything like the story, on a spiritual level, would take focusing on the eternal.  In reality, the men, baby and mother who were murdered wouldn't be suffering any longer.  They wouldn't have to live in fear and persecution any more. In light of eternity they would be spending it with Jesus.  Their eternal lives were covered.

On that I started thinking about the lives of the rebels.  It broke my heart how they could allow themselves to be so perverse, so evil.  What would drive a person to do such disgusting things?  Did these people have any hearts? Any hope?  Did any light shine in them?  In spite of a fleshy desire to hate, I had to pray.

Lord, open their eyes!  Open their hearts!  Give the Christians they persecute love for them that will completely freak them out.  Let their love, YOUR love, shine deep into their darkness.  Let the joy your children have despite their trials be something these men would covet. 

While praying I got a picture of a church being set on fire, locked from outside, and was lead to pray for those inside.  Lord, give these people joy!  Spur them to worship You despite circumstances to show the men outside exactly how You can touch a person.  Let their lives be testimonies and not a waste!  Let them feel no pain, but instead gaze into Your eyes upon flames.  

When the evil men come to slay Your children let them not be harmed.  Give them boldness to turn to their would-be murderers and tell them about YOU.  Show them Your power and mercy!

Lord, pierce my heart for these lost people!  Help me have an eternal mindset daily!  Help me prepare myself and my kids to prepare their kids for the time of persecution Your Word says is coming.  Help me teach hope and perfect love which casts out fear.  Prepare us for the coming of Your miracles and prepare our hearts to confront our enemies with love for them.  Conquer my flesh, strengthen my spirit... 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Nourshing Traditions

I finally made the commitment and went out and bought the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. It's a cookbook that uses healthy recipes based on the research of Weston Price. This guy went out and studied native people prior to western contamination.  It's amazing how lack of the processed foods most of us eat can fend off all sorts of health issues, including cavities!  Most of these recipes are delicious!! (I say most because I've become used to some of the recipes I already have.)  Aside from the below recipes, I've used her recipes to made raw whole milk into whey and cream cheese, all-raw cheesecake, leg of lamb, left over leg of lamb soup, and more.  As a side note, I just love using organic extra virgin coconut oil (OEVCO) with all things sweet!  She mentions the health benefits of OEVCO, but doesn't specifically call for it in recipes, except the baby formula, which is WAY closer to mama's milk and any packaged formula out there!

Breakfast porridge

Basically rolled oats fermented overnight and cooked in the morning.  I add OEVCO, crispy pecans, organic blueberries, organic blackberries, organic cream/kefir, and raw honey.  The kids love it!

Fried Mush

Sounds appetizing, eh?  To use up any left over porridge you fry a spoonful of it in oil - I used OEVCO and topped with 100% pure maple syrup.  A great snack.

Spicy Beef Stuffed Cabbage

Like a Mediterranean burrito!  I'm thinking the idea of the cabbage wraps are great for those with wheat flour allergies.

Korean Beef

Marinade thinly sliced flank steak and then BBQ it.  She notes in the recipe how the naturally fermented soy sauce in the marinade will cancel out the carcinogens from the BBQ.  A new favorite!  We served it up with some organic brown rice and BBQd onion.  Big Red makes the onions by coring them, putting some chicken bullion in them and wrapping them individually in foil, then just keeping it in the hot coals for like 1/2 hour while everything else is cooking.  I love to pour the juice from it on the rice.  A little taste of heaven!

Green Enchilada Sauce

I didn't try her enchilada recipe because it sounded way different than the recipe Red and I like.  Basically heat up the ingredients and blend - vwala! Homemade enchilada sauce!  WAY healthier than the canned stuff!

Mexican Soup/Chicken Tortilla Soup

This was actually a combination of her recipe and one from a book I have.  The broth is organic chicken broth with El Pato sauce, organic onion, red chili flakes, and organic diced fire tomatoes from Trader Joes.  (I'm sure carrots and squash would be yummy in it as well!)  Garnished with organic green onions, avocado, cultured sour cream, and organic blue tortilla chips! 

Fried Banana

Have any over ripe bananas and not up for banana bread?  Try this recipe out!  Fry it (I prefer in coconut oil) with some sweet seasonings and add cream, fresh mint, and organic blueberries for garnish.

Brown Rice Pudding

A great way to use up any left over brown rice!  It's a lot like bread pudding with the raisins and pecans.  Yum!  Great for those who can't have bread.

*A quick tip I've learned:  If you have a Costco card they have a huge case of organic blueberries.  I bought some and put them in the freezer.  Frozen ones are the best way to make blueberry pancakes!  They're also great for throwing in the porridge and other dishes!