Thursday, May 29, 2014

Rest in Peace, Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Grow Your Own Affordable Organic food

This is the greatest time of year in Colorado. I'm in my element this morning!
My Above Ground Garden 5/21/14

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Simple - Make Your Own Dairy Free Honey Mustard

If you're a vegan, you're constantly looking for something dairy free to dip your recipes in. Another important search is for foods containing vitamin B12. Honey mustard is not only an awesome dip, but it can make a delicious salad dressing, or just a sandwich spread. If you have never thought about making your own mustard, let me make it easy for you.

Some vegans don't eat honey because it can be considered an animal product. If you're one of those people, you can substitute a little sugar or agave nectar, but honey makes the best
consistency.

Honey mustard requires only a few ingredients. Most whole foods markets sell both yellow and brown mustard seeds in bulk. Yellow seeds taste like mustard, brown seeds have a bit of a bite to them. The other ingredients are vinegar, water, and honey. Some people add raspberries or other fruits, depending on your plans. Here is a basic recipe with room to improvise.

Use mustard seeds according to your taste. I use 4 tablespoons of yellow to one tablespoon of brown seeds. Put them in a bowl and cover with one half water and one half organic apple cider vinegar. Soak them covered for three days. Now, according to the thickness that you desire, add honey and put in the blender. The mustard seeds will be soft, and will blend up to a creamy honey mustard sauce. Surprisingly, mustard seeds contain the following nutrients;

Mustard Seeds, yellow, ground
2 tsp
Calories: 20

 selenium 15.1%

 omega-3 fats 6.2%

 manganese 5%

 phosphorus 4.7%

 magnesium 3.7%

 copper 3.3%

vitamin B12 .5%

I'm still working out my own recipe to find the right consistency. I used Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar straight without water the first time and it was really strong. That's when I started using a little water to mellow it out. I'm also using more brown seeds than I started with.  I think I might try growing a little mustard this summer to see if I can get some seeds of my own! This is a delicious sauce!!



Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tempeh Is Low In Fat, High in Protein and Calcium

Trying new things that are low in fat and high in protein can be a challenge. When you see something like Tempeh at the health food store, it looks weird, to say the least. What do you do with that weird looking stuff? Tempeh is a brick made of fermented soy beans. Some companies make it with other grains added too.

Let me introduce you to this weird food, then I suggest that you search the internet for the abundance of awesome recipes that you can use it for.

Not all people boil it first, but I have found that if you slice or cube it and boil it for 5-10 minutes, it gets a meatier texture that you can use for recipes. One of my favorite recipes is to cut it into cubes, boil it, dry it, then fry it with herbs and spices (I like Gaylord Hausers Spike the best). I keep the cubes in the fridge and use it as croutons on salads, taco filling, and even in spaghetti sauce.

The cubes make delicious finger snacks after being marinated, and another one of my favorite things is soaking it in barbeque sauce and having a fat sandwich.

Get acquanited with Tempeh. I love to eat. I used to love meat. We have some up with so many awesome recipes, my cholesterol has gone down considerably without medication. Try it!

Tasty Fried Tempeh With Herbs and Spices
Tempeh Tacos with Tofutti - Vegan Sour Cream

Monday, May 12, 2014

My Garden Is Popping!

The amount of money that I save by having a summer garden is shocking. With the recent drought, lettuce can go for two bucks a head here in the mountains! I know that many people think that without a real space for a garden, that you can't have one, but that's not true. My garden is a makeup of all sorts of inexpensive plantables from the local thrift store. Because our soil is very sandy clay, it gets really hot and bakes everything so I have brought in containers and really great and moist organic soil. Check it out! I've got bookshelves, and even a baby cradle. All together, the containers cost less than $25.00, and make a perfect garden. Since our house is for sale, I could actually move the containers to a new location if I needed to.

Just a suggestion, if you've got anything around the house or yard that you could plant in, try some fresh herbs, or lettuce and spinach. They will both grow virtually anywhere, and you'll feel really proud of your harvest!

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