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We have a Winner!….and some recipes!…and some inspiration!!!

First things first, WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

Believe it or not, the winner of this week’s give-a-way is…..

paula!!!

(again!!! I know…right?!? but more on that in a minute…)

Paula, you have your choice between those mists in the give-a-way; let me know which one, or you can smell each at the next class and decide! (and just fyi for anyone reading, I really do make out little name-slips each time, throw them in a baggie or box, shake em’ up, close my eyes, and draw…OR I have my hubby draw if he is here…it’s a little fun thing I get to do!)

NOW, since Paula DID recently win, I am going to extend the give-a-way for the other 3 entrants…if ya’ll read through today’s blog post and comment accordingly, I will hold another drawing for any of the three of you who comment…I will give you until Monday night (the 3rd) to respond…and then you can choose between the 3 mists that are left (after Paula’s choice). Cool?
*addendum (10/3/11): Paula chose the Eucalyptus Spray, so up for grabs are the Tea Tree, Jasmine, Vanilla, and Lavender. Hubby just helped me draw the extended give-a-way winner, and it is Amber! Congrats! I will get them to you to choose…

This is just a little post this week since it is sign-up time for Vessels of Clay Yoga and there is a lot going on…So, here are two of my favorite recipes right now.  One is really new to me, but I love it, and the other has come to me in the last few months, and the thought of it sends me straight to the fridge to get some greens!

Wheat-free, Yeast-free Irish Soda Bread

This recipe came to me from one of those Reader’s Digest Collections of stories books…yes, really.  I was reading one of Patrick Taylor’s “Irish Country Doctor” series books, and the traditional recipe for Irish Soda bread was included as a bonus. (I love how Reader’s Digest does that.)  Anyway, instead of regular wheat flour, I used a combination of Spelt and Rice Flour.  Note: this recipe is wheat-free, not gluten-free.  Spelt is a cousin of wheat that can often be tolerated by those of us with wheat sensitivities, but it is NOT gluten-free.  Just fyi.  I used a small portion of rice flour to lighten it up, as Spelt flour can result in heavier bread.  To make the traditional version, substitute whatever regular flour you like…but it might not be as healthy!!!!

Oh, and yumminess?  Total 10 out of 10 by me AND my hubby!

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cup Spelt flour, 1/4 Cup Rice flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 heaping tsp baking soda, 1 C Skim Milk with 1 Tbsp. Vinegar (instead of buttermilk…this is an easy sub if you don’t want to buy a carton of buttermilk.  Next time I will try using almond milk, to get away from the dairy. If using buttermilk, the recipe calls for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups.)

Now, I cooked this in my NuWave Oven Pro on level 10, but here are the actual instructions for your regular oven.

To Make:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Grease and flour a baking sheet and set aside.  Sift the flour, salt and baking soda together into a large mixing bowl.  Then add enough buttermilk to make a soft, but not sticky, dough.  Turn the dough out onto a well-floured board and shape it into a round cake about 1 1/2 inches thick.  Transfer to the baking sheet; then, using a sharp knife, score the top of the dough into 4-6 wedges.  Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Cool on the baking sheet, then separate the wedges.

If desired, the dough can be cut into wedges and cooked on a lightly buttered griddle over medium heat.  This is the more traditional method.  (I did the first option.)

Serves 4-6.

Like I said, it was super yummy.  This may be a regular at our household from now on!

Healthy Salad Dressing Recipe from VEGA (Brendan Brazier)

This recipe comes as courtesy of the Vega website, Brendan Brazier’s company.  If you are not familiar with him, he is the author of the Thrive Diet books, which are centered around how even triathlon athlete types like him can totally thrive on a plant-based diet! Google it; you will be glad you did.

So, this dressing recipe is so totally yummy, that just remembering I have some made up/in the fridge makes me WANT to go make a salad.  Yes, it’s that good.

Ingredients:

            4 Tablespoons Flax Oil of your choice (Vega recommends their own Vega Antioxidant Oil Blend; I used the flax oil I have on hand)

  • 2 Tablespoons agave nectar (or maple syrup, yakon syrup)
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To make:

Just thrown it together, shake it in a jar or whisk it, and enjoy!  Here is what else Vega says:

“Using your imagination, you can turn this base into a delicious spectrum of dressings you’ll love.”

Finally, this week we remembered we are Divinely Created Temples.  This week’s inspiration at Vessels of Clay Yoga:

1 Corinthians 3:16 (MSG)

 16-17You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you? No one will get by with vandalizing God’s temple, you can be sure of that. God’s temple is sacred—and you, remember, are the temple.

There is but one temple in the Universe…and that is the human body. Nothing is holier than that high form. We touch heaven when we lay our hand on the human body.”—Thomas Carlyle, British historian

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So, we have come to the weekend again…can I get a Hallelujah!  For my previous give-a-way entrants, let me know: do you have a favorite healthy salad dressing recipe to share?  Did you enjoy this week’s scripture and inspiration, or have any thoughts about it?  Would you actually try the soda bread recipe?  Share some thoughts, and we’ll have another tiny give-a-way…

As for everyone else, Have a great weekend, feel free to comment, and stay tuned for “What’s on My Bookshelf?” and another FUN give-a-way!!!

And the winner is….!!!!

Well, it is the end to another wonderful week, and while I have filled my day off with plenty of (fun) work to do, followed by another trip to the swimmin’ hole (this time with my Mom as company; hooray!), I am gonna’ take a break right now to share with you the winner of this week’s Yoga Mat Bag Give-a-way!!!

Prepping for the draw....

First, I put the names on little slips of paper and found a cute bag to shake them in…

Then,  I reached in to pull out a name, and it was….(drum roll, please)…

Hooray for Shelley!!!

Shelley!!!

So girl, let me know if you’d like the light green yoga mat bag or the maroon one, and we will set a time and place for delivery!!! Congratulations!!!

As for the other bag, I think we can have another give-a-way later this summer, don’t you?!?  And I have OTHER things for give-a-ways, too, so make sure you subscribe to this blog to stay-in-the-know!!! (There will be give-a-ways open to the entire United States, as well, not just Southwest Missouri!)

The answer to the Question about which kind of beans the recipe in Kristen Feola’s Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast was Chickpeas OR Garbanzo Beans, because they are the same thing!!!!  So, everyone got the answer correct…way to go!!!

Also, thank you for the “mayo story”, Kelly, and I am so proud of Zack!

By the way, last weekend I mentioned that I would be posting soon about how the enemy can get ya’ riled on a Sunday, and that certainly was the case last Sunday…but God is the remedy, and sometimes He works out physical blessings, even,  in our response to turning to Him…a post about how our last Sunday turned out is forthcoming soon…=-)

But for now, I wanna share a little fun we had this week!

My husband is a wonderful gardener. I am soooo very blessed to have him by my side, as well as for reaping the blessing of what his green thumb produces!  What a marvelous man!  Here are some photos of his magic place:

Squash and Zucchini...my yoga students reaped some of those benefits this week!

Kale, Collard greens, and Spinach

Eggplant

cabbage, fennel, beets, and somethin....

And that’s not all!  My sweet hubby won blue ribbons for his vegetables at the county fair this week!  I get to go there tonight and see the win in “action”…=-)

He won 4 blue ribbons! This is the kale, but he also won for beets, fennel, and zucchini!

I have had some success in the green thumb department this week, too!  I have tried sprouting things several times, and it has NEVER worked for me.  Recently, we received a catalog in the mail with a coupon for $25 of product free with our first purchase!  It is the Gardens Alive catalog.  We ordered some broccoli sprouts for $9.95 and got a sprouter for FREE!  This week I decided to give it a go, following their instructions to a “T”, right down to the use of Hydrogen Peroxide in the rinsing water each time I rinsed, and would you believe it?  SUCCESS!!!!

Gardens Alive Sprouter

Each of those tiers holds about what you get from the store for around $4 here…I have only used about half of my seeds, MAYBE, so I may have “spent” $1 per regular grocery store amount…saving me about $12!  Yessssss!

"Brocco-sprouts"---one of THE most healthful you can get!

Finally, I have been craving (dare I use that word?) Calzones…so, on the way home last night, I used my little noggin to think of what ingredients I have and how I might go about coming up with a healthier alternative than the one I pass every day on the drive!

Using a mixture of Spelt flour, oat flour and almond flour with water, salt and flaxmeal, I came up with a dough…while the dough rested,

I chopped up some garden zucchini and romaine, rinsed some brocco-sprouts, chopped a few store-bought green onions and mixed them with 1 Tbsp EVOO plus about 1/4 cup tomato paste and a liberal sprinkling of Frontier Pizza Seasoning. 

After rolling out the dough, I placed the veggie mixture on top, adding a little vegan mozzarella (Lisanatti), and some Tofurky Italian Sausage (I know, they aren’t whole foods, but real Italian Sausage would have not have digested well and is quite fatty…sometimes in our moderation…we have to be moderate…)

I then folded the dough over, cut off the excess, and crimped the edges…

Baked the whole deal in my NuWaveOven Pro (I highly recommend it for energy saving costs and easy/quick cooking!).

In the meantime, I re-rolled out the excess to be cooked in the skillet as a tortilla for another day.

After 20 minutes in the NWOP at level 10 (about 350 degrees), it was time to behold…

Yum!!!

Garden fresh, non-wheat, non-yeast, completely vegan Italian Calzone.  Believe me, I thanked God for the bounty of my favorite kind of tastes in a healthy way!…and my hubby gets to have some for lunch today, too!  How’s that for Proverbs 31 Woman?  (giggle)  He’s very happy. =-)…and I am very glad.

I pray you are having a weekend full of bounty and gladness, too!!!

Psalm 18:20 The Message (MSG)

 20-24 God made my life complete
      when I placed all the pieces before him.

Psalm 100:2
Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

What are you joyful and glad about today?  Please share by leaving a comment below…and we can all be glad with you!!!

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