Archives for 2011

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Tumor! – Part 1

Well, it was 2 tumors to be exact. I had surgery on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 and had 2 giant cantaloupe sized tumors removed from my pelvis.  One attached to each ovary.  They don’t appear to be cancer, just traditional dermoids.  I am waiting on the pathology report for confirmation, but nothing indicates cancer so far.  YAY! Also, my ovaries were saved and are working so that is great!  The surgery went really well and my sister and her husband are taking care of my recovery right now. I haven’t posted in a while because all of this happened so fast and

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Raw Halloween Candy Challenge!

I asked my fabulous readers (aka YOU) a few weeks ago to tell me what your favorite Halloween candy is….and said I would recreate the top 2 or 3 that were mentioned. I totally know what the fat kid inside of me wants to eat on Halloween (hello Snickers and Reese’s cups!) so I was secretly hoping that the rest of you felt the same way. Well, you did.  The top contenders were, in fact, Snickers and Reese’s Cups. You should SEE the grin on my face.  It looks somewhat like this  😀 A few crazies mentioned “candy corn” like

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Autumnal Vegetable Soup

Something about the temperature change has been making me crave soup. My Nanny (as in Grandmother – not hired help) made a killer vegetable soup.  She was Irish and fabulous in the kitchen.  She used to tap her foot to the beat of the mashing of the mashed potatoes like she was in a dance competition at the same time.  Nanny had soul.  Nanny had spirit.  Nanny had funk and jive.  I wonder what she’s thinking tonight from heaven watching me attempt my very first, homemade vegetable soup recipe.  The thought of her watching just makes me smile.   My

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Pumpkin Pancakes

I am beyond excited to exclaim, I DID IT I DID IT!  I came up with an easy, delicious PUMPKIN PANCAKE RECIPE that ANYONE can make!If you saw yesterday’s post, you already know that I tried once and ended up with delicious Banana-Pumpkin Pancakes.  They still were not pumpkin-y enough.  They were amazing, but they were definitely more like Banana Pancakes than Pumpkin Pancakes.I tweaked the recipe last night, and this morning danced in the kitchen after my first mouth watering heavenly bite of these divine Pumpkin Pancakes!Seriously, so good.  SO GOOD.Here’s what you do:In a mixing bowl, combine: Half

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Banana Pumpkin Pancakes

I’m on a quest to make a pancake that involves ZERO pancake mix, ZERO shredded coconut, and is SO easy – literally anyone can make them.   These are gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, crappy-ingredient free!  😀   These turned out pretty amazing for my first attempt!   I wanted them to taste like Pumpkin-Banana Pancakes, but I discovered that I didn’t use enough pumpkin the first time around and grilled or hot banana is a tough flavor to compete with… So I’m calling these Banana-Pumpkin Pancakes, instead of Pumpkin-Banana Pancakes.   I’ll be adjusting the recipe tomorrow morning for extra pumpkin

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Apple Sauce – Homemade, Raw and Delicious

    Apple sauce apple sauce apple sauce! Not only is it perfect as a stand alone dish, but you can add it to so many things.  Add a scoop to your morning oatmeal, add a scoop as a pancake topping, make a towering layered dessert of apple sauce, raw ice cream and apple slices…use it as a face mask at night…(just kidding…)   Skip that jar of processed applesauce from the store and make your own – it’s as easy as:   1. Chop up 6 apples  (I used organic Gala apples) and place in food processor 2. Add

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Raw Food Party Ideas

I am always looking for new ways to make healthy food fun!  Fun to make, fun to look at, and most definitely, fun to eat.  Sometimes all it takes is presenting it in a creative way to make it feel extravagant and new. apples filled with apple cider apples filled with caramel (feel free to substitute almond butter) mini strawberry cheesecakes – make this raw using a cashew cream cheese filling with a dusting of raw almonds on top fruit kabobs in rainbow-formation such a visually dynamic way to serve veggies!  also doubles as a centerpiece! (i love using martini

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Fall & Winter Skin Care

When the temperatures drop, people tend to slather on the lotions and skin care products.  Remember that what you put on your skin gets absorbed and goes into your bloodstream! What is the best skin care routine in my opinion?   Drink lots of spring water to make sure you stay hydrated, eat lots of fruits and veggies, get your rest and don’t put anything on your skin unless you would be willing to eat it (because when it goes into your bloodstream, it’s like you just ate it).   I like to use organic coconut oil on my body

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