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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Raw Chocolate Fudge Day

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Iowa, Winter 2015. This point where no one even dare to talk about weather. When whole community is desperate for some nice walk in the park without looking like a giant marshmallow or Michelin’s tire man.

Time when your hopes are sky rocketing that perhaps tomorrow is gonna be at least above freezing. But no. Instead of flower buds on the ground as a clue that Winter is almost over you get heavily snow fall. Once again. As a clue I guess that only chocolate will save the day.

It was to big of a fuss to drive to our favorite health food store. What to do…kitchen cabinets do not look so tempting…half empty really. Almost depressing.

But I did have few dates and some nuts in the bowl along with nut cracker. That’s why is only 5 of each in the recipe…to hasty to sit there and crack those little hardies. Anyway I used what I had and it really surprised me with such a rich taste. My first chocolate or chocolate fudge cookies actually were complete success!

I started with some nuts and dates in the food processor.

 

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That is where magic happened.  You must be inventive in order to get that taste of heaven you crave sooo loudly.

Actually magic happened in the food processor.

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It was quite sticky so I rolled balls with my hands wet. Then it was so easy. I added piece of almond on the top of the ball and it looked really nice. Pop in the freezer for 5-10 minutes and …this is how it looked. It was gone in no time. Better make double dose.

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Recipe

Here it goes:

5 hazelnuts

5 almonds

5 medjool  dates

50g quick oats

1 tbsp raw cacao

1 tbsp raw honey

1 tbsp cold pressed coconut oil

1 tbsp warm water

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of rock salt

more almonds for the top of the chocolate balls

 

This raw chocolate fudge is ridiculously easy to make. It took me 1o minutes to make. Add some time to cool in the fridge and you might end with 15min total.

Enjoy!

 

Having kids play unsupervised

By | Conscious Parenting, Peaceful Parenting | One Comment

Pictures are worth a thousands words. Pictures will be my best proof to you that kids get most creative while in nature unsupervised. Yes, I sad unsupervised! In a safe and natural environment close to home. In the field next to your house. In the forest on your land…When you call they might be able to hear you. Somewhere where your motherly attention is always with and on them no matter what you do. There, in that safe piece of haven of theirs, kids will became little Gods and their creativity will flourish. They will become little batteries charged directly form the Mother Nature. Fully charged they are becoming mighty inventive dynamos. They will surprise you. They will even surprise themselves! But most important is aftermath of this nature excursions. Your children are becoming serene, grounded and full of bliss. Gift to every mother. Happy and blissful children.
They will use want ever they find to serve their creative play…Like this mini figures they made in big pile of dirt.

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…or perhaps they will knock you down coming to your doorsteps like this… Time for clay bath I would say. Just look at their faces!

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No matter where they are, on the tree or in the grass, next to the big pile of send or in the garden, they will always find something creative to do. Most important it will make them truly happy. Simple tools like this bungee cords my little one found in the garage…who would think! He played with those for hours.

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Using seaweed like jumping rope instead of some other plastic toy I didn’t want to provide.

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Or again, play with the dirt. My favorite. Look at this super heroes and this mighty mud fist.

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Here you would see, my kids obviously couldn’t look and this old table any more. Something needed to be done. Since our Mulberry tree was so grateful last summer, boys decided to use it’s gifts wisely.

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Mommy even didn’t know what are these from the picture bellow. Kids introduced them to me. Little tree that was standing lonely (or I just though so) was powerful Autumn Olive my kids adore. Autumn Olive Berries contain high levels of vitamins A, C and E, and flavonoids and essential fatty acids. Lycopene is their main attraction, though. Lycopene, adds Clevidence, who heads ARS’ Phytonutrients Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, has generated widespread interest as a possible deterrent to heart disease and cancers of the prostate, cervix and gastrointestinal tract and who knows what else. For more info you can just click here.
Such a rich flavor this fruit has. We ate tons of these last year. My little harvesters are looking forward to the next summer’s devouring.

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Bogdan, my five years old, disappeared into the early morning last September. I knew he is in the garden, sand pile, hay fort or climbing some tree… I was right. It was garden this time. The way I knew is because his spectacular show up with this huge Mammoth Sunflower on his back. Heave load on his back. He wrestled it almost whole morning. If you ever planted one of those, you will know it is not easy to get them down. Especially for this little fella. Anyway. He was so proud to show me his harvest he dragged all the way from the garden. Then on his own, he decided to save seeds for the next year. I was blown away.

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You see, I was just an observer here. He had such great time.

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All I want to say here is that we need to give some space to our kids. It is absolutely must. There is so much structural, academic, social and systematized educational school time in our culture. There, our children are always monitored, observed, directed and even conditioned. I feel it is our responsibility to provide these essential time for them to spend alone. Just being alone in the nature makes them present, grounded. Self-sufficient I would say.

Give power back to the children!

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When my kids are sick

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My sick babies are snuggling with me this morning. Third and biggest one, still in it’s own bed. Oversleeping. Mild fever from last night is gone. All in cheerful mood now. My Yogi tea seas ‘May your day bring you peace, tranquility and harmony.’ That is exactly what came true as day progressed. Fast recovery is a result.
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This inspired me to share what am I actually doing when kids are sick. Treatments are definitely changing as I do. For instance, in the past, a decade ago when my now 12 years old was just a toddler I would give him baby Tylenol. Not often though. He had ear infection and needed relief. That ear infection was treated with essential oil and ghee after doctor prescribed antibiotics. Anyway that is different story. But if you are curious you can see it  here.

This days I don’t have need for conventional medicine. Luckily. Or is it really luck? I will leave that up to you.
For me, well I am just sharing my story and not by any means trying to tell you what to do when your kids are sick. That is completely up to you and you only. Perhaps your doctor if you have one. :)

Here we go!

This winter was particularly challenging for most. There were lots of flu and colds going around. With it’s long cold arms it touched our family too. But it was pretty mild. My toddler got fever one day. 6 year old threw up once before sleep and woke up cheerful. Oldest one was coughing for awhile. Is it same thing for all of them? It is hard to say and I usually don’t care. Because what ever it is I know I am dealing with virus or sometimes bacteria. That’s telling me it is time to use remedies and foods that can effectively fight against those bugs. And maybe even more important eliminate foods that will diminish body’s ability to fight back.

*If they have FEVER I am using water vinegar compress around neck, under arm pits and on the legs ( I do this only if fever is more then 103 Fahrenheit and 39 Celsius)

* When I was sick as a kid. My mom will apply grated potato and vinegar compress on my feet. Her favorite fever reducer method. I am still doing that sometimes with my kids.

*Giving them lot’s and lot’s liquids like coconut water, warm tea or lemonade is essential. If kid is still breastfed then I am becoming non stop nursing station. It becomes ridiculous to even consider using bra or anything else then top tank for that matter.

*Warm bath with Epsom salt or MMS

*Belladonna homeopathic tablets

*Complete Cold’n Flu Hyland’s Homeopathic tablets or Chamomile Homeopathic tablets

*Lavender essential oils and Blu Chamomile essential oil rub (this also and particularly Lavender helps fight virus and bacteria too)

*I also giving them MMS like in Keri Rivera’s protocol.
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*Now, if they are sneezing and COUGHING I will give them Wild Oregano Oil. Extra vitamin D and food grade vitamin C, Cough or other Homeopathic medicine. Again, Lavender essential oil massage and MMS in the bath or orally.

*One of our family’s favorite remedy for COUGH and respiratory problems is Osha root. We learned that native people of North America chewed on Osha root for good health and to heal any respiratory illnesses. At first was unusual and kind of spicy but fast enough our taste buds adjusted and we just chew on this as someone will on chewing gum. What is so cool about it is that kids are using it with no fuss and it is much cheaper than tincture. Greatest thing about it is that always works! I could start feeling sore throat in the evening. I get piece or two of root of this splendid herb and chew a bit and even go to sleep with the root in my mouth and in the morning…well…my throat is good as new. There is always turmeric and honey mixture 1:1, two times daily. But lately we only use Osha.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou see, this is the most of my medicine cabinet. There are also enemas and cleanses we do on regular basis so we don’t get down with these colds and flu. And there is diet off course. When ever kids get sick, the first thing we eliminate from their diet are  dairy and sugar. I am big fan of prevention method. And for awhile after they get better we will still have  soups, flat bread. Cooking with lot of turmeric and ginger. If they are craving sweets we will make flat bread with honey and cinnamon. Cooked fruit as well.

In the past our diet had more bread, sugar, butter and milk. Now without those foods it is much easier to recover or to escape flu and cold completely. Kids will get really fast through it. My husband and I will get through it more emotionally. Moody, depressed or have some muscle pain in the back. Sometimes if it is really though one like this year, we will experience sore throat and will need to take MMS for few days.

If I need to say  what is helping me the most in fight against the flu than it would be daily dietary habits for sure. Then comes everything else.

I hope you stay happy and healthy this Winter season and stick to the good organic and simple food. :O)

 

 

Grounding

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This mom is in the state of complete exhaustion. Worn out by extreme physical work. Yesterday was day of grounding for me and my whole family. Just bare with me and you will see why.

According to the law we need to have conventional septic system here on our land. Duh! So I spend whole day in the hole digging with my own two hands. It could be much easier to hire somebody to do it for us. But we decided not to do business with the banks ( at least not for some time) and go with the ‘do it yourself’ method…hmmm…

Enthusiastic and green this might look but one have to have a lot of energy and will to go through all of this. Every part of your being gets challenged in the process. For me, for example this day was fusion of powerful workout, super-duper family fun, bitter-sweet memories of my life and totally spiritual connection with my family and the Earth itself! Not to mention sequence of despair of putting my self in to this mess.

As I happily jumped in the hole to join my dear husband and the children I started singing and laughing. They followed, they sang, they laughed…but time passed and I got tired and I stopped to rest. Then I continued and again stopped and rest and so on and so forth.
Time passed and I got in serious conversation with my oldest son…remembering life and death. Talk about my mom, his beloved deceased grandma. Cycles of creating, maintaining, destroying.  All three in one. Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva came to visit us in this earthy hole.  All at once.

Then, as time passed on…I started thinking differently. Still working, still sweating. Then mood swings  hit ruthlessly. Kids just witnessed my madness. I was in despair once more. Pain, fatigue and resistance. While covered with dirt I was thinking of nice spa treatment and vacation on Mediterranean. Why am I digging here for God sake!?? My pain body was screaming. Steel connected to the Earth I didn’t let go I just stud there working and witnessing all of my feelings. Then everything disappeared even me I think for a second. I love when that happens. And everything turned in to fun once again.

Thank God I steel can envision my house, little greenhouse and every corner of our land…planing places for the trees and fairy houses. For the rock garden and the wind charms. Orchard. Bird houses and water fountains…Everything became clear once more. Even clearer then ever before.

Thank God for this experience, hard work, breath and ability to share this with you.

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On the end of the day there is purpose beaming in to your face. Peace at hearth. Happy, healthy kids. Totally grounded and peaceful. You spent all day together. There you go. Quality time in it’s fullest. While digging giant hole!? Who would say! They, your loved ones see every bit of you and help you see it too. You couldn’t hide even if you wanted to. Naked, bare and totally raw, you stand in front of them. And you loved it, every bit of it.

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My Fast Ayurmediterranean Meal – 30 min or less

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My baby girl is sleeping. Boys are having their night out with daddy. For me…Well I am hopeful that Mila stays a sleep till I finish telling you what we had for lunch today.  It is great meal for vegetarians and all who don’t have much time to prepare but love gourmet, tasty and healthy meals.

I was really late today with everything. Went to get present for my kids friend’s birthday party, buy groceries and then visit local farmers market. Came home at 12:20 pm. Just about when we suppose to start eating. Bdw. We always have our biggest meal of the day between 12 and 2 pm. Digestion is strongest when Sun is in zenith.

Anyway…I WAS LATE! That is the point but it took me just 30 minutes to prepare this.

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Ingredients:

-basmati rice
-water

-0.5 lb panir cheese
-1 big carrot
-1 Big or two small heads of broccoli
-1 bunch black kale
-2 tbsp olive oil
-1 tsp grounded cumin
-1 tsp grounded coriander
-1 tbsp Bragg liquid aminos or lemon and salt to taste

-1 medium cucumber
-1 avocado
-2 to 4 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
-1 tbsp or more of olive oil
-lemon juice 1/2 lemon
-pink salt to taste

It takes 10 minutes to cook basmati rice. Put rice in to the pan and cover with your hand, pour the water in just to get above your fingers. Just like this.

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Doesn’t matter how much water or rice there is, how big the pan or your hands are. It always works! My Japanese friend Shirly Nakamura taught me this when showing me how to make sushi years ago.

All right! Let’s go back to our meal.

-Put rice in to the pan with water and boil for 5-6 min on medium heat with lid on. Turn fire off and let it sit with lid on for 5-6 min. It is done! While rice is cooking.
-Cut panir on cubes.
-Put oil in to the separate pan and saute coriander and cumin just for few seconds.
-Add panir and cook for 5-7 min. Stir often. After few minutes you can sprinkle some water so oil doesn’t get to hot.
-Add vegetables and sprinkle with Bragg. Cook until vegetables get a bit softer but still nice fresh color. About 7 min. ( If you do not use Bragg, add salt and lemon on the end).
-While vegetables is cooking cut avocado and cucumber on cubes or what ever shape you love.
-Mix it in the salad bowl and add olive oil, salt and lemon. Chopped parsley as well.

Your lunch is done and you are ready to serve.
Enjoy! Let me know how did you like it.
I think Mila really did!

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