Winning a recipe book would be a great way to help myself become raw vegan!

One of my current health goals to become healthier is to become a raw vegan. I know what you’re thinking, but raw vegan recipes don’t have to be (and very often AREN’T) boring.

Raw Cashew and Banana Yogurt - and recipe book giveaway!

Raw Cashew and Banana Yogurt – and recipe book giveaway!

(Picture borrowed from Amanda, who featured the yogurt recipe on her blog)

One thing I’ve been doing in my path to becoming a raw vegan is to find cookbooks with interesting recipes. I found a really great vegetarian recipe book, most likely from a church or social group back in the 70′s or 80′s, with an excellent collection of vegetarian recipes, some amazing ones for things I’ve been looking for!

But I’ve also been adding lots of raw vegan blogs to my favorite blogreader, and I came across an excellent one, who is currently sponsoring a giveaway of her cookbook. So, pop over to Choosing Raw and make a few entries yourself! You can get up to 5 entries by doing simple things that most of us do anyhow – make a comment (by answering the question of what raw vegan recipe you most want to try but haven’t – mine is PIZZA as soon as I get a really good dehydrator!), follow her on Twitter, follow her on Instagram, POST about the giveaway on Twitter, (don’t forget to report back – and you can keep doing this every day – you know what I’m going to do!), liking her on Facebook, and follow her on Pinterest. You know what I did immediately!!! All 5! I’d love this book.

And the recipe she featured from the book uses an ingredient I really enjoy using – RAW CASHEWS!!! I have used them before, and I put them in my granola – but I don’t see why people decided to salt and roast them! They taste great by themselves! They’re probably the fattiest nut, but they are WONDERFUL!!!!

Down to Brass Tacks

It’s been over 3 months since I posted on here last. I don’t know if you’ve wondered where I went, but I’ve basically been here – right on the other side of my laptop – the whole time.

I’ve just been lazy. No reason to sugar coat it (especially since some of what I have been doing, honestly, is making changes in my health and diet, too).

There are things I have done – through the help of the medical establishment (and, once again, kicking and screaming if in no other way than figuratively), my blood pressure now seems to be under control. With putting all the pounds I had lost in 2012 & 2013 over the winter (Girl Scout cookies & Cub Scout popcorn sales, what are ya gonna do?), my blood pressure was giving my problems still. Just a touch of what I had gone thru with the vertigo episode last July. But now I’m feeling better, well enough to make a serious attempt at weight loss and exercise. And I’m not yet sure about my sleep apnea (I have yet to go back for the second appointment – come on people, didn’t you notice it was tough enough to get me in for the FIRST ONE?????), but I know I sleep better both with exercise. And maybe because this summer isn’t nearly as hot and humid – I sit here later in the evening with the door still open and a nice chilly breeze coming through. I don’t mind a slight chill – I can’t STAND a hot day! :-\

Another big change – that I feel also affects my sleep – is my diet. Now, I’m still not perfect – but I haven’t had any meat since the end of June. I’ve decided vegetarian is the way to go. I’ve all but cut out wheat and gluten products (I still use flour tortillas. I’m not thrilled with corn ones. But I limit my bread to only occasionally. No more peanut butter and/or jelly sandwiches ALL THE TIME). My mind is clearer, I don’t feel so woozy, I sleep better, I’m making a real effort to keep my house cleaned up and work towards preparing for our move next year….

Our oldest graduated from high school. It’s been a nice long 18 years, and 5 rough years, getting her through to this point, but once she figured out why homework was so important, she nearly flew right through her Junior and Senior year. One more lesson for us not to rest on our laurels (insert eye roll at self here).

With the graciousness of ConAgra closing the company my husband has worked for since literally the day after my oldest was born, we are moving to Missouri next summer. I have never lived any where other than Western New York (although I have traveled to other places, most notably our trip to Missouri and Wyoming last year.), so this will be a BIG change, but it’s most definitely time. The 2 biggest life details that were keeping us here – our oldest being in a particular program in high school (art) and my husband’s job – are basically eliminated, so the three of us plan to leave. That’s me, the husband, and the youngest child, as our oldest will be staying here and starting her life until it’s time for her to move on. I’m looking forward to it, I know my husband is looking forward to it, and our youngest is looking forward to being able to be around his older cousins more often (my sister’s kids are younger than he is). The amount of stuff we have is just overwhelming! And I’m never completely sure what my husband wants to keep or is okay to get rid of (omg the computer stuff alone!)….I go thru my stuff (yarn, etc) often, and try to use it and sell it off somehow…. *exasperated shrug*….I really like the emoticons that Facebook chat has now, it’s kinda hard not to have them when I want to express something and there’s an emoticon perfect for it.

Yes, I still play games on Facebook. But, yes, I’m also still listening to Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio. And many other things – including several Raw Vegan channels on YouTube, as that’s the direction I’m going with my diet.

So, I can’t promise how or what I’ll write about, but I will be making an effort to be on here more often. There’s so much out there, between writing and vegans who are talking about their diets and recipes and health….I can’t tell you what I’ll be bringing to the table, but I will find my niche. Somewhere……

Mmmm…let’s just concentrate on that…A to Z Challenge – Day 13 – Link Lovin’ & a Tarot Card!

I decided I’ll go with something a little More this one, because I didn’t want to only discuss an M Tarot card (although I could expound just on that). You’ll find the card at the end. I thought I Might throw a fun in and do something I haven’t done for a bit. It’s time for a YouTube Link Lovin’.

I’m going to start with a small guilty (?) pleasure. When I’m down or feeling off, I’ll go and listen to come comedy. I love Bill Hicks – it’s too bad he passed away so early and so long ago (20 years? Really? D: ), but that’s More heady comedy. What really lifts my spirits is British comedy. It’s rather entertaining to hear someone really yuck it up in a British accent of any kind.

One comedian in particular that I’ve enjoyed is named Michael McIntyre. So, I’m feeling down now (or I was a bit ago), and I started looking through my YouTube feed to find something other than Dateline Mystery shows, which I’ve been watching lately. I’ve always liked those, but I think they’ve been affecting my Mindset some, not helping the depressing Mood that’s been creeping up a bit on Me. (It seems to Me that this post is going to be an M gold Mine!) Scrolling through My feed, I found this gem – an M gold Mine in and of itself! I was laughing My butt off half way through! (And it doesn’t help, he’s adorable!)

There’s also this one – not so Much for the M relation (although there is one – it’s MinutePhysics!), but simply because it’s interesting! I was caught by the last line in his discussion.

As for My feeling down and a bit depressed lately. With everything going on in My life, specifically My husband’s plant being closed down (I’m not going to say he’s “losing his job” because I find it a travesty, something that doesn’t need to happen, and is only happening because of a corporation ripping people off for more $$$…More M’s…), but also just everything, and certainly everything having to do with Money because even if he wasn’t going to have to find another job, we’d still have to deal with that in this reality – I’ve just been feeling down. But I will not feel defeated. Sad and frustrated, but not defeated, because we can get through this, and I won’t let them win.

There is one reason I can’t feel defeated. I’ve got the cookie. By that – I’ve got a business that I find absolutely stunning, second to none, and I have confidence that this particular corporation is not like a lot of the others. As Much as the heads of the corporation Might seem dazzling – somehow they seem down to earth, too. I like what I see.

I’m a Market America UFO. Even if I’m not accomplishing the requirements YET, having the Mindset that I am one already, is the first step to becoming one. If you want to know what I’m talking about, drop Me a line. You can find the link to my Shop.com site in the right hand column. It is a component of Market America, and one of the Many things I love about this business.

The two focuses (outside of and for My family) in My life right now are building this business before we go out to Missouri, and selling my crocheted and knitted items. That should get us through until it’s time to go, that and clearing out this apartment!

Magician - Metatron

Magician – Metatron

Now for the promised M Tarot card. Today’s card is the Magician from My Winged Spirit Tarot deck. He and I have a relationship of sorts – I’m very leery of him at the Moment (even tho I do and always have liked him, and what he stands for) because he would often either represent, or come up in readings for, a particular former friend of Mine. However, when I thought M, he was pretty much the only one who came to Mind, and the only one I could find in My Winged Spirit deck.

Book description (a summary): This angel is Metatron, who was Enoch (in the Bible), God’s beloved prophet, awarded angelship (?) because of his excellence on earth. Note that he is surrounded by all 4 elements of the deck (Wands, Swords, Spheres and Cups), and that he is “crowned” by the infinity symbol, symbolizing the infinite potential and divine spark within all of us – as he was once mortal man, and was able to rise to the level of angels, so do we have such potential.

My Perception: As I said before, he has connotations in My head because of who he represented for Me. But I’m encouraged by the potential he represents – we have the possibility for great depth and great Morality. My views of the hereafter don’t include “rewards”, but very valuable lessons learned on this plain and translated to the next upon our graduation. What that Means, I don’t know. I’m here, not there.

It’s always heartening to get him in a spread. Sometimes a person needs that shake up, reminded they are capable of good things, of morality, of the existence of that divine spark within them. And sometimes they just need that acknowledged – that what they are doing in their life is translating to the world – or whatever audience that Matters – their divine spark. I always need that reminder, don’t you?

Well, until tomorrow….

Link Lovin’ – Stuff I Just LOVE – A to Z – Day 12

I’m going to take a quick break from the Tarot cards, and show you a few things I just LOVE. So we’re going to have an authentic (albeit short) Link Lovin’ on this one.

This one is just sweet:

The Science of Love:

Something (that “starts” with L) that I Love:

I LOVE British Comedy – but it’s about the accent, and this man’s accent makes me swoon even more. I LOVE CRAIG FERGUSON!!!! (Okay, he annoyed me when he was on The Drew Carey Show, but after that….OMG!) (It’s come to my attention – I didn’t make it clear – this Scottish man’s accent is even better than a British accent!)

This doesn’t start with an L (like the other ones did), but I still love it – it’s my favorite blog reader :-D

Bloglines

I think that’s good for now. Short and sweet :-)

Later!

He Really Is My Knight In Shining Armour (Already) – A to Z Challenge – Day 11

Often my understanding of a card comes from how they have presented themselves in a reading for me. Several of the Court Cards have connotations because of their appearance, and this card is no different.

Knight of Spheres

Knight of Spheres

Book description (direct): A powerful angelic fiure lifts a large sphere. The Knight of Spheres symbolizes the second stage of financial security, the humble laborer. The Knight may appear as a simple but comfortable an who works hard every day. We should look at our ability to perform the less than glamorous tasks necessary to achieve one’s goals.

My perception: When this card comes up, it signifies one of two things to me: one, I have to buckle down and work on those “less than glamorous tasks” to get what I want, or my hubby. He truly is the person the description paints a picture of, going to work every night to take care of his little family that he loves so much.

And the title – he wants to collect a costume for Halloween of a Knight in Shining Armour. But really, he already is. As much as he makes me want to tear my hair out sometimes…he’s it, I can’t deny that. He is my Rory <3 (because OF COURSE I'm Amy :-D ).

Just Do It! – A to Z Challenge – J – Day 10

You are going to get a small onslaught of posts here. I have a few saved up, I Just didn’t post them as I wrote them to catch up because they were a bit out of order. Here is the next in the series….

That’s really all there is to it when you want to get something done (whether you want to ask others or not, because with kids there’s promise it will get done) – and that is, you Just go and do it. I recently had a large bag of yarn come into my possession – I’m going thru it, bit by bit. I’ve got a business to build – I’m on the ground floor of this, but when it doubt, blurt it out. So that’s what I’m doing.

And finding the Joy and freedom and peace in it.

Anyhow, in looking for a Tarot card to use for J, I had a couple alternatives from my Winged Spirit deck. I didn’t really like either of them – too negatively slanting in my reading of them, and I Just want to be positive right now. Good thing I have 2 decks, isn’t it? I went looking in the other one, and found one that would work perfectly. I was able to find the image for this card from the artist who drew the images for this deck, Katherine Skaggs.

Joy

Joy

Book description (paraphrase): She’s here to remind you of the Joy and gifts of bliss all around you.

My interpretation: You know, the book’s definition isn’t really what I’m getting at here, doing this. My own interpretation is. You can go out and find out the book definition for these cards, if you so desire, where as the only way you know how I interpret the card and/or what it means to me is if you ask or I volunteer and tell you (which is, of course, what I’m doing here).

I always find it interesting when a card speaks to me. Either (like with this one, which this doesn’t happen very often, but) I go out and find it, or it presents itself to me (like with the Illusion card).

This is what I know I need. I need to find the Joy in life. Now, finding the Joy in things, like finding true Enlightenment, does not me you do not suffer, it does not mean you don’t feel bad, it doesn’t mean you do not hurt. It does, however, mean that you find levity in all of it, that you find each events place in your life (not very easy and I’m not going to tell you that I’ve figured out every little thing in my life. Despite the next post, I’m not even sure about my husband’s place in my life all of the time), that you understand that (even if you don’t know EXACTLY what it is) there is MORE to this life than Just you. There are more view points, more ideas than you have, more eyes of the Divine experiencing and interpreting life in it’s own way, the views of the Divine are as numerous as there are …. strings in the universe. I recently crashed – not in a way as bad as it could be (or has been before) – but I got to a point where I was so stressed I Just wanted to explode. I didn’t, but I got close. I had to step down and relax myself. Not completely there yet. But I am finding my Joy again. I’m playing in this amazing pile of yarn.