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Happy, Healthy & Full of LIFE!! Fellowship and Potluck Gathering January 20th, 2014

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The second gathering for our Happy, Healthy & Full of Life!! fellowship and potluck night was a wonderful success!

If you read our last post…old man winter did not cooperate with our last scheduled gathering as the temps were -10 degrees below zero that night with howling winds and we had to cancel it except for our little family in the cozy warmth of our own home! And, it was not a total loss- we sure enjoyed the spoils of our efforts- HOME-MADE PIZZA! If you missed it and would like to see the delicious results and get the recipes you can check it all out here- Family PIZZA Night .

So, what should the menu be for our second meeting, considering the extremely cold winter weather we have been experiencing here this season??  Nothing seemed more fitting for the main course than a BIG pot of spicy, hearty, warm, CHILI!! The kind of thick, hearty, stick-to-your-ribs stuff that will warm you from the inside out! The kind of stuff real cowboys like to eat sitting around the camp fire after along hard day to warm up and fill their stomachs!

OK…silly I know. But we have to have a little fun when we can too! 😉 Now, I don’t think this recipe will do this too you! But, you know the kind of good, hearty stuff I am talking about! Before our family turned our attention to more healthy food choices, I had a killer chili recipe that EVERYONE loved! I even gave the recipe to some friends who won a chili cook-off with it. It was GOOD STUFF! It had both beef and pork sausage in it. But, our health has won out over our taste buds and I didn’t fix it any more, thinking there was no way I could recreate it without all the meat in it. But, one cold, wintry day, I decided to give it a go to see what I could come up with. So I looked at some other vegan chili recipes for some ideas of where to start and went from there using my old favorite recipe as a guide to making our own. I have to say- it is great stuff! Never even miss the meat!! Now, we can have some good, warm-you-all-the-way-down-to-you-toes chili on these cold, blustery winter days!! Next time I fix it- I am going to take a nicer picture of it- but this one will have to do for now…still shows how thick and hearty it is! Since we do live on a horse farm and like to consider ourselves cowboys and cowgirls of sorts- we named it after our farm- Three Feathers Ranch Chili! (recipe here)

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Now, chili is a good start for the menu, what to add to it? Our family has always liked to serve grilled cheese sandwiches with out chili. Gosh darn it- another item we thought we had to drop off our menu after giving up dairy in favor of better health! BUT, we found a solution to that as well!! There are many wonderful varieties of non-dairy cheese available today! Even our local Kroger’s is carrying them now! The one we use is almond based and quite tasty! I use our home-made Honey Whole Wheat Bread (recipe here) , add the sliced cheese and then grill on my panini press to get nice, hot, gooey-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside, grilled cheese sandwiches! (recipe here)

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Now, we need some sort of fresh salad or veggies of some sort to round things out. I decided to bring something everyone likes- veggies and ranch dip. Now, we all know those commercially packaged varieties of dip are tasty, but full of yucky stuff that is not good for our bodies! So, back to the kitchen to see if we can find a more healthy alternative. Think we found it! Y-U-M! Decided to stick with the trend and call it Three Feathers Ranch Dip! 😉 (recipe here)

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OK, we are still here in America where no meal is complete is seems without a little something sweet to end it all with. So, I decided on these Chocolate Muddle Bars (recipe here)  to finish things up with. Just enough sweet punch in a small bite to tame your tongue from the spicy chili and tangy dip!

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Old man winter was kinder to us this time around and we were able to have more than just our wee little family for this potluck! We had several nice families join us who also brought dishes to share!! I love potlucks bring a dish or 2 and get to eat from a bunch of others too!! What  great idea! Whoever started the idea needs a prize of some sort! 😉 I took my camera and managed to snap a few shots of some of the other dishes that were brought. We had no idea what everyone was bringing, but it was if someone planned it as it all went so well together! We had a Mexican Layered Dish– (recipe Below)

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And then there was some delicious, fresh and crispy Apple Crisp Salad (recipe here) …. (Note- Beth added a nice handful of oats scattered over the top and then a small sprinkling of chocolate or carob chips to top it off! Very tasty additions!)

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And, what could be better than another little something sweet like these All Natural Oatmeal Banana Cookies?!! (recipe below) Yummy!

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So, we had a great meal, awesome fellowship and some fun too! After dinner, we discussed reasons we all had for making an effort to be healthy, such as- to live a long, happy, disease-free life, to be around long enough to enjoy children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren, to serve God and others, to live life to the fullest, etc! Louis pointed out most people are more cautious with what they put into their automobiles than what type of “fuel” they  put into their own bodies, and that just like our autos – they will NOT run and operate properly without the proper fuel.  We were reminded that God created these magnificent bodies of ours and what  gift they are! Genesis 1:29 states the diet God designed man to eat to nourish his body. These amazing bodies are designed to heal themselves and maintain health –IF we will only give them proper nourishment to provide the fuel in which to do so! He wants us to be healthy as it tells us in 3 John 1:2 “I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in health, as I know it is well with your soul.” Some remarked at the amazing things the body of Christ – His Church – could do for His kingdom if only we were healthier. All the time and efforts spent on our health problems could be spent serving others and all those prayers sent heavenward for health problems could be directed in other areas! Just imagine!! We then discussed ideas for topics in upcoming get-togethers, etc.

We invite you to come and join us for our next Happy, Healthy & Full Of Life potluck and fellowship get-together! We will be meeting the 2nd and 4th Monday each month to share a great meal, fellowship, recipes, information, encouragement and lots of FUN! We meet at Ninevah Christian Church in Lawrenceburg, KY at 6:00 PM. These events are FREE! Just bring a dish and the recipe to share with the group! We will have a brief discussion after each meal on a different health topic, share testimonies and information to help you make better informed choices for you and your family’s health!

Live too far away to join us in person? We invite you to follow along and join us on-line on our Facebook page! Be sure to “like” the page so you will receive notifications when new information is added. Share your favorite healthy recipes and ideas with us too! Happy, Healthy & Full Of Life Facebook Page

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Full of Life year in 2014!! Blessings!

Recipe for Mexican Layered Dish shared with us by Audrey-

Ingredients-

10 corn tortillas

2 cans black beans, drained

2 cans diced tomatoes

1 package non-dairy cheese

1/2 medium onion

1/2 package sliced fresh mushrooms

3 – 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon grape seed oil

salt, pepper, chili powder, onion powder and cumin to taste

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Saute onion, mushrooms and garlic until soft. Add remaining spices and mix well. Set aside. In separate pan, add beans and simmer until soft, then mash. In a baking dish, layer tortilla shells, tomatoes, mushrooms, beans and then cheese. Repeat making 3 layers. Bake for 15 minutes covered. Uncover and reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 20 minutes. bake an additional

Recipe for All Natural Oatmeal Banana Cookies shared with us by Beth- (adapted from http://www.cookiemadness.net/2008/01/1392/)

Ingredients:

1/3 cup coconut oil

3 ripe bananas

2 cups quick oats

1/2 cup raisins

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup almond milk

dark chocolate or carob chips (optional)

Instructions:

1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2 – Melt coconut oil in pan on stove over low heat.

3 – Add remaining ingredients, except almond milk- only add as much as needed to moisten batter.

4 – Let stand for about 5 minutes to soak oats.

5 – Stir in Chocolate chips (optional)

6 – Lightly grease cookie sheet with coconut oil.

7 – Drop by spoonfuls of about 1 tablespoon into cookie sheet.

8 – Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until lightly brown.

9 – Allow to cool before eating.

Enjoy!

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Feeling Old Today- But, Not for the Usual Reasons….

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I am feeling a bit old today! But, not for the usual things that affect most people my age- aching joints, arthritis, blood pressure problems, hemorrhoids, etc. Very thankful for that I might add! However, my inner KLUTZ came out yesterday in full swing! After closing the cable across the driveway to our farm, in a hurry- I tripped over it on my way back across to get into my truck. So, I was propelled from about 2 feet in the air directly onto my hands, knees and even managed to catch an elbow on the way down as well.  Lying flat faced in the gravel slowed me down!  :-/  I was at least glad no one drove by and saw me lying there! Took me a minute to gain my composure and strength back to drag myself to my truck. Figured I had tore holes in my jeans and sweater and bloodied them up to boot, but luckily that was not the case- just inflicted the bodily damage right  through the denim and crochet. Great way to start your day- needless to say,  the incident made each step of my day of errands and grocery shopping a reminder of my clumsiness earlier that morning! Today, upon awakening, I realize in addition to the cuts, scrapes and bruises, I am feeling it in my back, shoulders and arms as well. Feel like I have been run over by a truck! But, contemplating my injuries, (in addition to making a mental note to myself to NEVER rush myself over that darn cable again!) I pondered about our body’s amazing ability to heal itself! And it is a good thing too! I can only imagine what my poor legs would like today if they didn’t!! Growing up very much a tom-boy, my knees stayed covered in thick scabs and my legs in bruises. My mother was always embarrassed on Sundays as we went to church because my dresses always stopped just above my knees to reveal the bruises and scabs in varying stages of crustiness and flaking off. Can you imagine what they would look like today if our body’s did not heal themselves??  I have actually been amazed that I do not even have and horrible scars on my knees as reminders of my childhood adventures! We are all quite aware of our body’s ability to heal themselves from things on the outside- cuts, scraps, bruises, etc. But, why do we not believe they can also heal things on the INSIDE as well?? God did an amazing job in designing these bodies of ours! They are an absolute marvel!! I am guessing we would all look like zombies as adults if all the damage done to our bodies on the exterior as rambunctious youngsters never healed! So, why do we not believe the same healing goes on INSIDE our bodies as well? The only requirement is that we provide our bodies with the proper nourishment to maintain and repair themselves as God designed and even told us to! Immediately after creating man, God told him the foods he should eat- “And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.” Genesis 1:29. To function, and heal, as God designed our bodies to, they need the proper fuel. You wouldn’t put water or milk into the gas tank of you prized automobile and expect it get you where you want to go, would you? Yet, we treat our bodies as if we can out any old junk into them and then be surprised when we get sick!

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Think of it this way- picture your body built out of bricks. When you are born, you are made up of nice, new, high quality bricks! As we age and experience wear and tear on our bodies, some of the bricks get old or damaged and need to be replaced, juts as with a brick structure would. The key to strength and longevity is the quality of the bricks or building blocks that the old, worm out bricks are replaced with. If the bricks are replaced with bricks of lesser quality, made with inferior materials, the building will continually become weaker less unable to support itself over time- eventually ending up with major failures in the structure and even totally crumbling. Not much different within our own bodies! Reportedly, our body’s are made up of around 100 trillion cells, all with various lifespans continually dying off and being replaced. Estimates of how many cells within the body that are replaced in a given day range from between 2 – 15 trillion!! PER DAY!! That is a lot of rebuilding going on!!! So, if our bodies are not getting the proper nutrition to build healthy new cells, the new cells will be weaker and inferior as well. So, sickness and disease are able to take a stand when the bodies defenses are weak. So, am I am comforted to know that all evidence- inside and out- of my clumsy episode will soon be a distant memory! Do you doubt it? Be happy to post follow up pictures in a week or so of my newly formed skin where the holes and scabs are now on my hands and knees, the lovely blue color from the bruises will be gone as well. The only remaining injury will be to my pride. 😉

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God’s AWESOME Creation!

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AWESOME video shown at our church recently! Brings tears to my eyes! Given the time and the money, I could spend all my days here on earth traveling the globe taking in every detail of his creation! From the smallest most incredible insect to the highest majestic mountain. NOTHING would make me happier! Especially knowing as amazing as all His creation is, we- people, are his most awesome and prized creation. Created in his very own image (Genesis 1:26-27). God doesn’t make mistakes! These bodies he has given us to house our souls for the time we are here on earth are wonderful, amazing creations and are capable of marvelous things- when we care for them with the principles he designed them to be which he set up at creation! Come and learn more with us as we seek to care for these awesome earthly bodies as best we can for the time we are here on earth. Someday, we’ll have heavenly, perfect bodies, but we should do the best we can with the bodies he has given us while we are here to better honor and serve him with!!

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“Medicine” Cabinet ??

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For my first blog post, I would like to ask you a question and post an odd picture. How many of you out there are sick and tired of being sick and tired??!! It doesn’t have to be this way! To prove my point, I would like to invite you into our “medicine” cabinet. (Just be sure to stay out of the closets!) 😉 I took this shot just a few minutes ago. (Yes, that is a cow on top!) I didn’t remove anything or move anything around- just opened the door and snapped the picture. In it you will find the following items:

-home-made tooth paste (subject of an upcoming post soon!)
-2 bottles of cinnamon and peppermint oil I use flavor the above tooth paste
-Tubes of chap-stick from Burt’s Bees
-dental floss
-a digital thermometer that the batteries have long run out on. (I was going to replace them and decided that would be a waste of money since we never use the thing.)
-contact lens cases and solutions
-retainer- think this one is Louis’ but don’t see him using it much 😉
-some ear cleaning stuff for our son Trevor who wears hearing aids (read on our “about us” page on the website if you are interested to know how he lost his hearing.)
-and a little flash light I put in there in case we needed to be up in the middle of the night pilfering through the medicine cabinet in the dark and won’t have to turn in the big bright bathroom lights. Also never used and probably full of dead batteries.

Notice anything missing from our “medicine” cabinet? Maybe I should change the name of it to something else- since there is no “medicine” in it! No aspirin or Tylenol, no Pepto, no Tums, Benadryl or cough medicines, nothing for runny noses or fevers. Why? Because we haven’t needed them for years! And, NO prescription drugs to be found either!! Most people our age already find themselves on at least a couple of prescriptions the doctors tell them they will be taking the rest of their lives. I could not tell you the last time I have been to a doctor. I can tell you the last time any of us was “sick”. It was about 6 years ago when we moved into our newly built home, but this “illness” was not caused by a virus or any other bug…have you ever heard of “new building sickness”? I can tell you it is REAL! (But, we’ll save that discussion for another day! Google it if you can’t wait!) And, had we not been in as good of health as we were, I can tell you we would have been a lot worse off! Anyway, it is possible to live life in a healthy manner and not have to worry about almost all of the common illnesses and diseases facing so many in our modern day society. Although they keep researching and telling us there is no cure for the common cold- I can tell you that there is indeed! I can show you testimonies of 1,000s of people who haven’t had so much as a cold for over 30+ years and even longer! And, even more amazing than that- testimonies of healing from all types and forms of cancer, diabetes (see our testimonials page on the website!), lupus, arthritis, fibromyalgia, leukemia, MS, and the list goes on and on even right down to dandruff, indigestion, acne and heartburn! Want to learn more?? Stay tuned as we bring you useful information, articles, research, great recipes and other fun stuff to help you be healthy and live life to the fullest! God’s desire is for us to be healthy! As it says in 3 John 1:2, “I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in HEALTH, as I know that it is well with your soul.” Come and join us we learn how to put the principles God provided in his word for our health into practice to live a long, healthy and happy life!!

Shawn

*Added note- I am expecting the “medicine” cabinet to grow even more empty in the future. My husband Louis has worn contacts and glasses for about as long as I have known him. Over the past few years, his prescription has been decreasing- his eyesight actually IMPROVING (not getting worse with age as they will tell you is the norm) much to the utter amazement of his eye doctor who has never seen anything like this happen before! So, hopefully soon, we can rid the cabinet of all the contact lens stuff too! I have read testimonies of others who have been able to throw their glasses and contacts away as well! Maybe someone out there can give us some ideas of what we can fill our empty “medicine” cabinet with!

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