Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dinner Last Night

Carissa made Chicken Pot Pie last night for dinner. It was so filling that we only ate half of it. We ate the other half today for dinner. The crust was so delicious. She used refined coconut oil in the crust. You don't get the coconut taste when it is refined. This dish is a new family favorite. Her lasagne is so delicious too.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Raw Chocolate Pudding Pie

Here is the raw cookbook that I found this recipe in. I love this cookbook! The reason why I love is because I can still indulge in chocolate and don't feel guilty. There are many great recipes in this book. This is definitely going on my "to buy list" for books.

Here is the chocolate pudding pie I made. The crust is made of:

raw walnuts
pitted dates
cocoa powder

The pudding is made of:

cocoa powder
agave nectar (you can use honey, maple syrup, date sugar, or stevia)

I know, can you believe it? It is made of avocados. You don't even taste the avocados. This is a very rich and feeling dessert. You don't have to feel guilty because it is made with great ingredients. I plan to make other recipes from this cookbook and I will let you know what I think of them. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Raw Food

I borrowed this documentary from the library Raw for 30 Days. It is fascinating how these people reversed their diabetes. I have been trying to eat more raw foods and meals. It is not always easy since there are four kids in the house, and they really enjoy eating convenience foods (packaged foods).

I also watched this movie too.

It is Supercharge Me! This was an interesting video too. It is about eating raw food. Think about how our grandparents ate when they were growing up. My grandparents were born in the 1920's and they were not raised on processed foods. I don't think they had that many cases of cancer or diabetes back then. It is so true, that we are what we eat. Lets just be logical now.

I believe you can watch the full length of these videos on You Tube.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Growing Carrots

Here are some carrots that Carissa grew in the garden. Carissa loves to garden. She picked them about 3 weeks ago. We ate them right up in a dinner recipe.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Making Cocoa Chia Pudding

Have you heard of chia seeds? No, I am not talking about the kind that grows a Chia Pet. Chia seeds are very nutritious. We have been eating them off and on for a couple of years. Last week I made cocoa chia pudding.
Here are some ingredients that I used to make the pudding.

Here is the almost finished product. You need to let it sit to thicken. I only had a spoonful because it was eaten within a few days.

Friday, December 5, 2014


Yesterday, I was searching for a penmanship video on You Tube and came across this video. I was very inspired and so was my 10 year old son.

I have always wanted to learn calligraphy. I even bought my first calligraphy pen in junior high, but sadly I never really learned how to use it. I checked out some calligraphy books from the library a month ago because they fascinated me. I think I may buy a calligraphy set and just start dabbling in it. Perhaps my son can learn it with me. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cocao Nibs

Yes, I spelled it right. My two young boys enjoy eating cocoa nibs. The nibs have a bitter taste. I actually sprinkle a little stevia on them to disguise the bitter taste. It is not all that bad. What are cocao nibs? Cocoa nibs taste like chocolate and is loaded with minerals. Here is a good article about cocao nibs. Have you tried them?

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Trip to a Museum

Last Thursday, we took a trip to an art museum. Carissa had to do some research for her art history class, so myself, Shane, and Jarrett came along. I forgot how I enjoy visiting museums. I could have stayed longer but a 7 year old does not appreciate art as much as an adult. He behaved himself very well but did not thoroughly enjoy the experience. Here are some pictures of what we observed.
This was one of my favorite paintings. It is absolutely amazing in person. The painting seems to have texture and has detailed brush strokes. The picture below describes the painting and artist.

I like this painting too because of the bath shoes they are wearing The painting is of a Persian public bath house. I am sorry I did not get a snap shot of the painting's description or artist.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The First Snow

Today was the first sight of snow flurries. Shane & Jarrett danced around for joy. They really look forward to playing in the snow. It looks like if may snow on Saturday. I believe the high today was 30 degrees. It should get down to 14 degrees tonight. The fire in the fireplace is blazing and I roasted chestnuts today. Yes, we even listened to Christmas music yesterday. When I say "we", I mean Shane and Jarrett.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

On the Mississippi River

We took a ride in this old paddle boat on the Mississippi River. We got to see the real Tom Sawyer island. It all reminds me of the Tom Sawyer ride at Disneyland.

The mighty Mississippi River is a wide river.

I found these picture on my phone from a trip we took a few years ago. We visited Hannibal, Missouri in the month of May but I cannot remember what year it was. I think they are from two years ago. We did go inside many of the buildings. I am sorry that I did not take any pictures of the inside.

Mark Twain's boyhood home. This home is right across the street from Becky Thatcher's home.

This is the  Mark Twain museum

Huckleberry Finn's home. It was a very small home with only a kitchen and one bedroom.

How in the world did they manage to ride this bike? It looks like a person afraid of heights would not enjoy riding this bike.

A painting of Mark Twain

Here is Shane and Jarrett pretending to paint the fence.

Here is Mark Twain's fathers law office. It is on the same street of the Twain home. He did not have to walk far to get to work.