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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Cure for a broken hearth

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Number one. Listen. Then make these. Number three. Eat them!

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It was my honor to listen. To listen to you my oldest friend. Always. Then after I heard how deeply and emotionally you were hurt I dived into something. Is it mirroring of my own feelings enveloping here? Or abrupt surge to protect you? From what!? I am not sure. I got weird feeling in my tummy. I was almost angry at the person who caused your distress. Then I calmed. You did to. Right there dawned on me. It seams most wised and logical explanation. To me at least. I hope to you as well.

It is your birthday my dearest friend. What to say to wise women as your self. One that sits on top of creation. You. You are beautiful and abundantly strong. That’s what downed on me. It is in our genes and in our souls to carry this role of co creator here on Earth. That is purpose of this precious gift of being here. Every day is a mighty gift and our role is to listen our teacher. Our feelings. So much I want to tell you that I know how you feel. But how could I? Your pain is yours and yours only. It is for you to feel and experience it. Then grow from it. Pain is only here when we need to grow once more. When we need the change. To be the change.

Who ever that soul might be. Soul that hurt your emotional body and touched the place that pains the most, did it for a reason. God or bad it is for you to decide. For me it always must be good. For if we don’t see the darkness how we can know the light? To tell you to hang in there I can’t. And I won’t. Only what I will tell is rise. Rise above your self and transform your pain in to the bliss. But do not rush. Feel it all. Wrap in it until there is no need for it anymore. Pain’s purpose is to wake us up form the sleep. That’s why it give us a visit when we least expect it.  Bam! We get knocked down by surprise so we can hit harder in that week space with in. Then we rise in full glory. Stronger then ever before.

This is my corner of healing gifts I apply when needed. I wanted to share it with you.  It is easiest to use our body while trying to address emotions. It is most approachable I found. By changing chemically balance in our  body we take a leap in to the profoundly different body-mind-emotion state. State that is bright, blissful and happy. Happy with no particular reason even. Those gifts are gifts from:

-Alkaline diet

-Green smoothies

-Green juices

-Evening Primrose Oil

-Vitamin B complex and Vitamin B 12

-Meditation

-Yoga

-Dance

-Good fresh wholesome food

-No sugar, coffee, homogenized and pasteurized milk

-Lots of water

-Writing a journal

-Writing your goals down

All these will help  remember how invincible and powerful we are.

There is so much to say to you but for now I am sending you this RAW SUGAR FREE VEGAN CHERRY HEARTS to heal your body and mind. To heal your sweet hearth!

Happy Birthday my dearest friend!

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This is what you will need:

3 Cups of coconut shreds

4 Brazil nuts or 8 almonds

1/2 Cup cherries

1/2 Cup dates

tsp vanilla

tsp lemon juice

2 tsp coconut oil

Put all ingredients in to the food processor. Mix it until nice and smooth. Then shape them the way you like and pop them in to the freezer for a bit. 5-10 min. Eat them all if you like and let your heart get whole again. Love, Love, Love and Light to every beings everywhere. Starting with you my dearest!

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Home That Smells Like Spices and Essential Oils (Vegan Cheesy Dressing)

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My friend Leanne came to visit us today. Her baby girl was happy and cheerful ready to taste that solid food. Sweet potato maybe but not that spicy Spring soup I had. It was so nice to see friend after awhile but it was time to part. When she returned home her older daughter that stayed at home hugged little one and asked  ‘Did you go to Jelena’s house?’ She said she can tell from the way my house smells like spices and essential oil. What a nose! This made me smile and create sweet space in my hearth.  This could be because we indeed make everything from scratch at our home and there is lot of spices involved in this process. That is why I am gonna share one more recipe with you.

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Simple thing we make that might tickle your nose and tempt your tummy.

Our favorite Salad, Veggie, Cooked Grains Dressing.

This is what you will need:

– 1/2 Cup Tahini

– 1/2 Cup Olive Oil  (Cold Pressed)

– 1 Cup Water

– 1/2 Tbsp Pink Salt

– 1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro Leafs

–  Juice from 1/2 lemon of more depends of ripeness of the lemon. About 1 tblsp.

 

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It is wonderful over the rice and other grains.

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 Over your favorite steamed vegetables or salad.

 

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Just pop all ingredients to the blender until nice and smooth. Then add cilantro and wait until it is chopped in to tiny but visible pieces.

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Enjoy Bliss!

Every Mom Needs An Upgrade

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Morning. Unusual commotion. Every person in our family of five is fighting with something on its own. A bug, or could be just a cold. We are down with something and our body-mind synergy needs a purification. House needs a purification too. Little ones fighting mirroring my own inner world of range and sleep deprivation.

In my mind nothing is still. Thoughts are racing. I can hardly hear…slow down, slow down. Instead I spilled my self in front of my three beautiful children like fountain coming down from mountain. Never ending splash it seams! Splash! Splash! Kids are quit. They still had some wishing coins to trow at me. I could see in their eyes. But they needed my help. Now louder. I could hear. Be love. Be love.

While I am trying to tame escaping wild beast I am explaining them through the tears. It is not you guys It is just mommy. I need rest. I am sorry. They seems to understand.

My oldest one needed more convincing. He went hiding in the hammock in the other room. I came softly. It is never you. I sad. When I am like this. When I tell you your hair is messy. When I tell you put another shirt this one is too dirty. It is never you. It is always me. I am sorry. I am learning please forgive me. I am not a supper mom I am just a mom. But I am getting better every day in hope to become one. He looked at me with his big smoky eyes and in cheerful voice sad: ‘You need an upgrade mom’.  We laughed and I sad ‘Yes, I do’. Then we laughed some more…Afterwards we took this pictures to remember this moment. I won, we won. There is a super mom after all. Hiding in every one of us. As soon as we let go. Letting go. Parenting is all about that. Letting go of what might be or what was. For what is. Right now.

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Every moment with my children is about that. Letting go this or that. All the time. We spent so much time together. Homeschooling for the last 12 years. No babysitters. Ever. Making food from scratch. Every single day. Then letting go. There is only one thing to remember. We do need this special time for us. We need to put our self first. Why? If we want our kids to be open and free we need to be that first.  If there is a more of  unwanted skin to shed let it be during the yoga practice. Drum circle dance. In the woods. Or on the road running.

Matia’s words ‘You need an upgrade mom’ made me think. What are those upgrades. How to get them.

Here are just few that came to the mind:

1. At least 8-10 hours of sleep every day.

2. Meditation

3. Exercise ( I love running. Open road and view ahead. 7 am everything is fresh then. It is perfect start for the day ).

4. Yoga ( Makes us flexible both in the body and the mind as well)

5. At lest 2 gallons of water daily

6. Dance

7. Have a Journal. Write down your experiences and your goals.

8. Read other moms stories. Continue learning.

List goes on and on but those are most important for me. This could be upgrade for every mom. We just need to rearrange things in order to make some space for it. More space for us, more for our children and loved ones as well.

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Carob Mini Bites

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This is actually luxury for me. It is only 1:30 pm and I was gifted an hour to write this. Woo-Hoo! Kids are content and happy. Mila had wild night. She was wrestling with me till 2 a.m. Finally her nose decided to go sniffy so I needed to give her quick lavender rub and some homeopathic chamomile. Rest is history. Now that all is well it made me realize that we had lot of cacao in our diet lately. Not the best choice for me if I want high performance, clear mind and happy long lasting energy. Not good for kids aether.

After almost two month of being off my ‘clean’ diet without sugar, wheat, gluten, dairy and caffeine I notice that I am content without those foods now except for chocolate or cacao. Being the members of the same family cacao and coffee go hand in hand. That is where carob comes to my life to set me free.

There is some thing though to use alone with it…Cardamon. Cardamom seeds neutralize the stimulating effects of caffeine. Indian people knew that. That’s why cardamon is must in most regarded drink of India – Chai.

Anyway, this is not the story about Chai. It is story about the Carob mini bites I made today.

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I love this sweet bites. They are really mild and if you like sweeter taste,  you can add some maple syrup.

Here is what you will need:

– 1/2 Cup Bleached Almonds

– 1/2 Cup Hazelnuts

– 6 Majool Dates

– 1/4 Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

– 3 tbls Carob

– 1 Tsp Vanilla

– 3/4 Cup Water

– 1/2 Cup Quick Oats

I roasted nuts this time. 10 minutes on medium heat was plenty of time for them to get nice golden brown color.

Then I added them to the food processor.

 

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Then I started adding all the other ingredients. I save water and oil to add it toward the end of mixing.  Adding it in the thin stream and waiting to see how consistence change.

When everything was mixed well in about 5 min. I was taking 1/2 tbsp out and molded in to the balls. Afterwards I pressed them with the fork.

 

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Here they are done and delicious. No sugar, no gluten, no cacao, vegan….Yummy!

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After I was done with rolling I turned out to this! Off course my little helpers were busy too. They made some kind of Carob and Hungarian paprika soup garnished with wash cloth. ( I forgot to zip the bag with spices :)

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All in all we had productive morning. Cheers and Happy Spring Everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yole’s gluten free flat bread

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After short break I am back on my ‘clean diet’.  I call it this way because I do feel clean within while on it. There is no dairy, gluten, wheat or sugar. I am more present and patient while on it. My whole family benefit from it. Everything is more vibrant so I call it simple clean.

Today I did wanted something starchy and crunchy like nice crispy slice of bread. My husband love to experiment with flat brads. For him that is fun. So I asked him to make some for me while I was busy making cooked apples for breakfast for boys. Daddy decide to get some help in this undertaking. Our two year old Mila was more then willing for the task.

This is how it looks when you make everything from scratch.

You blend omega flaxseeds for Omega fatty acids.

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Some millet for calcium and nice smooth digestion.

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Then same amount of barley. Ideal grain for Sping season since it pacifies  Kaffa dosha very well.

 

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Yole decided to add the rye berries as well.  Because the germ and bran in the endosperm remain during processing, rye retains its many nutrients which include fiber, protein, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B-1, folic acid, thiamin, niacin and antioxidants.

 

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Next he added some spices. His favorite thing to do while making any kind of bread. This time it was cumin, brown mustard seeds and some ajwan. Right then I was able to hear loud VitaMix motor. In seconds these grains became fine powder.

 

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Something like this.

 

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Mila was eagerly waiting for this soft flour. Anticipating to touch it, squeeze it. There is where magic began.

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Then when dough started looking like this…

 

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We left it a side to rest for a morning. About hour or two. Then it was ready to roll.  I used  some rice flour while rolling so doesn’t stick on the counter top or the rolling pen.  Then it was fried in the iron pan with some coconut oil. It turned out pretty good. Crispy and tender at the same time.

 

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It was awesome addition to our lunch today. It also satisfied all my cravings for bread. Thanks to my dear husband and Mila off course!

 

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Ingredients:

We used 3/4 of each

– Flax seeds

– Millet

– Barley

– Rye

Then:

– 1 tsp cumin

– 1 tsp brown mustard seeds

– 1/2 tsp pink salt

– 1 cup water

– some rice flour for rolling

– some coconut oil for frying

Thank you for visiting with us and stay tuned for more recipes from this meal. Cilantro tahini rice, kambocha squash and spinach goji berries salad are coming soon.

Homemade Hummus Recipe

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This one is my kids favorite dip. Even though there is a lot of commercially made hummus dips out there nothing can compete with home made one. I never used recipe. Long time ago when I first time came to U.S my friend Julie showed me how to make it and procedure stayed with me. Maybe that’s why every hummus I make does taste a bit different then previous one. Nevertheless they are all so delicious. But this one was best so far and kids loved it more then one from the store. Here we go.

By the way all ingredients are organic. That improve taste as well.

After garbanzo beans are soaked for the day you can put them in a crock pot to simmer overnight. In the morning you will have beans ready for blending. This is good to do because garbanzo beans are little bit heavy for digestion. That is why they are going so well with cumin seeds too. They aid digestion as well.   Save broth and include it in the recipe. We avoid using can food. There is enough aluminum in the air already so why taking it through the food as well?

You will need:

– 4 cups cooked chick peas

-1/2 cup of broth you previously cooked chick peas

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup lemon juice

3 tbsp tahini

1/2 tbsp salt

1 tbsp grounded cumin seeds

 

 

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Never use table white salt that was bleached and have processed. Pink salt will do just fine.

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Let it cool a bit and serve with your favorite food. We eat it with chapati, flat bread or home made tortilla like this one. Sometimes we use it as a snack with baby carrots and celery.

 

 

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Enjoy! If you can’t eat it all reuse your plastic container and store your hummus for few days. Probably good for week or two but in our home it is gone by the next day.

 

 

Strawberry Coconut Bar

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When I want sweets and don’t want to feel guilty this is what happens in our kitchen. I love fast making but whole and healthy food. Today’s bars came to be just what I wanted. This dessert  is perfect for warmer weather though. Coconut is cooling and strawberries are in the season. That means they are ripe. We try to avoid unripe fruits because it is really heavy on digestive system and creates unnecessary amma (or toxins accumulated in physiology).

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Ingredients:

– 3 cups of big coconut shreds

– 3 tbsp cold pressed coconut oil

– 3 tbsp raw honey

– 5 or 6 strawberries

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Process :

Add coconut shreds to the food processor. Blend it for about 2 minutes.

Add coconut oil, honey. Blend it for a 1 minute or so.

Then add strawberries. Blend until you get even smooth texture. You could still see some tiny dots of red but it is fine. Something like this:

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Spread mixture on the pan lined with baking paper to prevent sticking. Or if you have one of those fancy rubber baking/cooling dishes you can use that.

 

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Leave it in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes then cut it the the way you like it. We choose rectangular shaped bar this time.

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Your bars are ready. And your kids will love it!

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‘I Choose Love’ story about 2′ x 4′ board

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It was already a month ago I fell off my dairy free, wheat free and sugar free wagon. Which influenced the way I was acting around the home. That’s why I first need to tell you few things before I even start on this ‘I choose Love’ challenge I’m on. There is a great importance for me to stay on the plant based, pure and simple diet. There is such a tangible and close connection between diet and behavior. Diet and process of my thinking as well. Then comes quality of sleep, circle of activity and rest.

Between wrong choices and a lack of exercise is where this story begins. I was pretty exhausted of being on a wrong diet. I needed to move from couch potato mode as soon as possible. On the other hand, body was demanding foods I constantly have been avoiding. I noticed how I was becoming more depressed. Loosing my temper. Being less patient with people I love the most, my children.

It was time for change. I didn’t run anymore. The only time I could do it was 6 am and it was still dark and brutally cold outside. (By the way this is just an excuse for me). Where is a will there is a way. I had a will part. Now I only needed the way. Little push from the nature perhaps. I needed to go back to my fresh self. Quickly, before I make some serious damage around here. Right there and then I found this wonderful Hands Free Mama blog. Even though i modified the challenge to sooth my nature, it was excellent read and great help.

This was second day of my challenge. Morning started pretty rough but everything turned around completely with just two words ringing in my head. Be Love.

Bogdan my 6 years old was having a hard time. Big energy in the little body that needed to be channeled. That is Bogi. If this doesn’t happen he will pour him self out loud, but if it does, this little boy will happily embrace all that life throws at him. Every now and then his power lines get overloaded. This morning was more NOW then then! He needed challenge. I knew that, but sometimes I forget. Love always remember.

Is he hungry?…Is he tired?…In the morning? After 10h long sleep? It was hard to say. Nothing was right. He cried because of broken watch, even though watch was broken few months ago and he got over it. He cried because Mila my 2 years old lost his Lego Ninjago guy a week ago. He cried while watching out from the window. Seeing that there is no maize form the last Summer outside in the field. No matter what I said or did, nothing made him feel better. I could of told him to get over it and put a movie on for him to watch or rush him to the kitchen table to eat something. That didn’t seams right. Be love I contemplated and waited for reply. And I stayed present. I even cried with him. After breakfast was eaten, still a few tears rolled from his soaked cheeks. My hopes were high that food will fix him.

I had so much to do. Clean the house. Wash the dishes. Do the laundry and prepare for the meeting in the afternoon but the voice within was quietly repeating Be love. House can wait. I knew he needed some bouncing around. It always makes him happy. But what to do in our 700 square foot home? It was too cold outside. Love knows. There is always something. I glanced in the little wooden box on the floor next to Mila’s toys. There were tiny little crochet cotton balls. Perfect! I asked him if he would play catch. Just to destruct him from his blues. Yes, he would and he did.  He was in the chair on the one side of the room, me on the other in the couch. Instant joy on his face.  Just one minute of tossing the ball back and forth was enough for him to remember his glorious self again. I couldn’t be happier to see his power back.

He was happy but soon got bored of this game . What now? there’s still a few more hours till school. He asked for electronics and movie’s. I heard the same voice. Be Love. Desperately looking all around to find one more distraction to save the day and leave movie time for the weekend, where movies belongs around here. I didn’t want to brake that rule. Be love instead. Love was searching. What to do?

Some old wood boards were on the porch. I noticed one single 2 by 4 there. It was long enough, about 5-6 feet. Yes!!! It looked perfect to build obstacle course or even better a balance beam. Two chairs inside. One board on the outside. Put two together and walla! I got my own mini gym.

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He is still playing with it as I write this. Now he is using it as a bridge for his Hotwheels. I can here all sorts of happy crashing sounds.

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His eyes are again burning with excitement and acceptances of the game. Happily embrace all that life throw at him. His little sister is merrily playing along too. Be love. I can still hear it. Spring time is calling. Everything is melting on the inside. I am getting lighter with every day and I choose Love.