Yes, I am still alive….

I’m really sorry about the lack of posts and recipes. I guess I just haven’t figured out a rhythm yet to make this work. I’m hoping now that it is summer more of the ingredients for the recipes will be in season and I will be a little more successful in actually getting to the store to buy them.

I did try Sweet potato chips pg. 306. The general idea is phenomenal. I would like to season them a little differently, experiment with other vegetables and slice them much thinner than I did. The idea is great. Why not have different veggies as chips besides potatoes??? Sounds like a great idea to me and a healthy snack!


Dehydrate your own herbs!

I tried dehydrating Parsley pg. 302 It was great! When you dehydrate your own herbs you know they are non-irradiated (unlike the conventional herbs) We had previously bought some cheap dehydrated parsley for cooking but it smelled like seaweed! This actually smells like parsley. Imagine that. 😉

Hope you had a Great Day

Hope all Mother’s everywhere had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday!

Diced Fruit Salad pg. 147 I liked this salad because it got me to try new fruit that I don’t normally eat (papayas and mangos) I wouldn’t say that they have become my favorite fruit but it’s nice to get variety.

Finally….a recipe!

Started out my day with Pineapple Boats pg. 147 It was great! I love my fruit!

Later on I had Summer Salad pg.166 with Avocado Dressing pg. 176 Both were very good. The salad contained summer squash, lettuce, onion, tomato, and cucumber. The avocado dressing contained 1 avocado and 1 lemon. In the future I would probably try 1/2 the lemon. The cookbook said I could add herbs of my choice. I actually decided to mix in a little ranch dressing. My dad really, really liked it! Definitely a dressing I’ll use again.

I enjoyed Kathleen’s Tabouli pg. 269 My family enjoyed it but would have preferred less parsley.

2 c. water
1 c. millet
3 cloves garlic
1/2 c. fresh parsley, or to taste
4 scallions
4 large tomatoes
1 T olive oil
1/2 t. salt
Juice of 1 lemon
Bring water to boil, add millet, reduce heat (I reduced to low) cover and simmer until all moisture absorbed (mine took 30 min) Remove from heat and cool. Mince garlic and parsley, chop scallions and tomatoes, place in a large bowl and add olive oil, salt, and lemon juice.  Stir in millet.

Great idea on how to serve raw veggies warm!

Today I made Spinach, Orange Salad pg. 165 A simple, 3 ingredient salad, yet very yummy.

Topped with Strawberry Dressing pg. 178 Love having a salad dressing that is fruit base!

1 T honey
1 T lemon juice
1/4 c. fresh orange juice
1/2 c. fresh strawberries

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

I also made Couscous and Raw Veggies pg. 249 I love couscous. The cookbook had a great idea in this recipe to cook the couscous, remove from heat, add raw veggies, cover and let sit for 10-15 min. That way the veggies are still raw, yet warm and softer than if served right after adding. Great idea!

The possibilities are endless!

Fruit smoothies pg. 327 are a wonderful healthy treat and the delicious combinations are endless! Our local health food store will clearance their overripe organic bananas, which is when I stock up! Simply peel the bananas and freeze them for later use. I also like to freeze berries from the garden in the amounts I generally need.  This makes for a low-cost, healthy, quick and easy treat anytime I want!

1 c. apple juice
1-2 frozen bananas
1 c. frozen fruit
optional sweetener (maple syrup, honey, or I’ve heard of people using dates though I haven’t personally tried them in my smoothies. I usually find the fruit sweet enough)
Puree in blender until desired consistency reached. 

So refreshing!

Apple, Pineapple & Strawberry Surprise pg. 329 Yummy!

Place in blender and purée:
Juice from 1 apple and 1 c. pineapple
7 strawberries
1 c. pineapple

Citrus Salad

I love fruit! It’s yummy and refreshing!

Citrus Salad pg. 147  Note: This makes a large salad

2 oranges
1/2 pineapple
2 tangerines
1 grapefruit
1 pint strawberries

Peel and segment oranges, tangerines, tangelo, and grapefruit and cut them into smaller pieces. Cut pineapple into cubes, slice strawberries and put all ingredients into a bowl.


I think I drank from the Pacific Ocean!

So I made Cucumber Pickles pg. 221 and were they ever salty! They called for 1/2 c. of salt. They have so many errors in this book that I thought it was a misprint and emailed Hallelujah Acres to find out.  They said this was the correct amount. Still not trusting them entirely, I did 1/4 c. of salt instead. Still too much! I think this recipe definitely could be delicious. Just not with that much salt! This recipe called for using  All Purpose Seasoning pg. 313 which I made and think I like. Not sure though, since the dish I put it in only tasted like salt.

Two-Potato Casserole pg.256 Good. Needed some salt though. Should have taken some from my Cucumber Pickles! I liked having regular potatoes and sweet potatoes mixed together. Good idea!

Tomato and Avocado Pita Pocket pg. 278 Good! Would taste really delicious with ranch dressing. I accidentally bought flat bread instead of pita pockets so that’s why it looks funny.

Fruit Plate pg. 149 Okay. Nothing spectacular.

 See you on Monday!


I finally got a camera! The joke around our house was in 2050 when I finally get my camera. Well….I finally have one and am very happy!!! 🙂 I bet my brother is happy too since he has been graciously letting me use his camera.

Today I made:

Raw Apple Sauce pg.113 It was fine. Would have been better with more seasonings like cinnamon or nutmeg. This recipe isn’t like regular applesauce unless you put it through the juicer (or blender?) I decided not to use the juicer since I’ve done so many juicing recipes. I felt bad for those following this blog who don’t have one.

Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad pg. 152 Fine. Just your basic salad.

Lemon and Oil Dressing pg. 177 Much too strong of a lemon flavor in comparison to the other ingredients. If you want to pucker, this is the recipe for you!

Fettucine Alfredo pg. 252 Surprisingly better than I thought it would be considering the base was water instead of dairy. I am beginning to realize though, that the only thing I really like cilantro in is salsa.

Sorry about the lack of recipes posted. I specifically didn’t do juicing recipes today so I could post some recipes for those who don’t have a juicer. Unfortunately, none of the recipes today tasted great enough for me to want to publish. Maybe tomorrow?

For those interested… to date I have done about 55 recipes from the Recipes for Life cookbook in a little over 1 month’s time.  I have about 360 recipes to go and approximately 252 days left.

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