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Saturday, April 23, 2011

I'm Still Here =)

I'm still here!  ...and not in the way that Joaquin Phoenix is still here..man I really hope he's doing alright.  I do love him, that was rough to watch.  What I mean is I'm still here blogging.  So, when I started this blog I was not working outside of the home and was much better at posting regularly.  I mean Earth Day went by and I didn't even post!  This last year I've added school and work to my life (I am still getting readjusted to the time management thing ;)  I love it and am having fun, but sometimes unfortunately that means putting off posting :/  It takes me a bit to get a post ready and my thoughts together, however I've been taking pics all along and am constantly composing posts in my head.  So I have a big backlog of pics on the computer that will hopefully make it out onto the blog!  Often times it's a choice between staying up or sleeping (this girl 99% of the time chooses sleep, she likes it). 
Things I've been up to:
*breaking in my five fingers

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I am loving them!  I have been mistaken for a Na'vi a couple times, which is cool awesome ;)

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*making our first batch of raw granola

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raw, sprouted, organic, and gluten free deliciousness!  I used the Crunchy Buckwheat Granola recipe from Raw Food Revolution Diet
 buckwheat and seeds were soaked

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and sprouted

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and dehydrated

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and enjoyed for breakfast this morning with homemade almond milk, homemade almond butter, and strawberries

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*making fresh batches of 'raw' almond butter makes me so happy.  This stuff seriously changed my life, it's that good

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*celebrated my Daddio's BD (at Rochester Mills Brewing Company) I didn't take pics of my dinner, but they have a delicious salad and hummus plate that are vegan, among other vegan menu items. 

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(hubby, me, my Dad + Mom)  This was my second drink it what seems like ages.  Seems lately it just doesn't sound good to me. 

*made Dad his favorite cookies raw, Oatmeal Raisin

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from Ani's Raw Food Desserts

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*these have made quick treats with our super crunchy soaked and dried almonds

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*and this organic sandwich has been eaten a few times from Zerbo's (ezekiel bread, sweet cashew cheese, cucumbers, sprouts, leaf lettuce, tomato, and avocado.

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*dinner tonight was brown rice finished with Garlic Red Pepper miso (oh my, best miso to date!), raw collards, Eden tomatoes and cannellini beans with broccoli and peas, and asparagus.  Dinner was delicious and the asparagus was fabulous!  We don't eat asparagus but maybe a couple times a year.  Organic asparagus isn't is a lot of $, however I've gotten it on sale twice this spring and it is SO good.  We also like it sliced into rounds raw in our salads, fresh and crunchy.

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Questions for the day for fun...

*Have you watched I'm still here/are you a Joaquin Phoenix fan?
I have with my jaw on the floor...I am, I love him.  He was actually at the time I began my vegan journey one of my main inspirations.  I kind of find his family fascinating.

*does asparagus make your pee smell crazy?
haha, yes, sometimes ;)

*do you love Shel Silverstein?
We do, so much.  The Giving Tree was/is one of my favorite childhood books, makes me cry each time. 

This poem has been on my mind lately and I'd like to share it with you from Where the Sidewalk Ends

Point of View

Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless
Christmas dinner's dark and blue
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey's point of view.

Sunday dinner isn't sunny
Easter feasts are just bad luck
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of a chicken or a duck.

Oh how I once loved tuna salad
Pork and lobsters, lamb chops too
Till I stopped and looked at dinner
From the dinner's point of view.
                                                  -Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

-on a side note, if there are an unusual amount of typos tonight, I am not wearing my glasses and for fear of disturbing a couple of comfortable cats I didn't get up to get them ;) 

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you do!  xxxx