Links to Raw Recipes

Below are some amazing raw recipes available on the web.  Many are videos and some are links to their website with written recipes and preparation steps.  Different people will prep their food different before juicing or making raw recipes.  Try various ways to figure out what works best for you.

Barbara's beautiful salad, Hood River

Barbara’s beautiful salad, Hood River

You may wish to bookmark or subscribe to these sites for the future.  Enjoy!

Simple Beauty a Year Later

In 2013 I began the process of simplifying my life.  In February of that year, I took on the goal of de-cluttering my bathroom and finding ways to simplify my beauty routine.  During the past year I have focused on more ways to simplify my beauty routine when possible, while picking products that are kind to the planet, kind to animals, kind to my pocketbook and most of all kind to my own skin and body!

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Camino Debrief – The Initial Third Of The Walk

I began my May 2013 blog with the statement “How does an out of shape woman in her mid 50′s prepare to walk 500 miles?  In it I mapped out how I prepared for my Camino.  Now that I’ve been back for a while, I want to go over how I handled the physical parts of the Camino and share some of the adventures and beauty with you.

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My first step as I left my albergue in St. Jean Pied-de-Port

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Project 333

As part of “A Simple Year” course that I am taking, I learned about this neat project where you look at simplifying your wardrobe.  It’s called Project 333 and it is the brainchild of Courtney Carver, a minimalist blogger and author.  The goal is to select 33 items to wear for 3 months.  The reason for doing this is to simplify your life thereby having more time and energy for meaningful and fun things, and less time spent in the closet or out shopping.  I thought this would be easy as my wardrobe was tiny, I am not into fashion and with my size 11 narrow foot, shoes have never been my thing!

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Clothes that made the cut for the next 3 months

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What You Need to Know About Plastic Bags

It’s a love, hate relationship!  Plastic bags have allowed us to easily cart and store items since the 1960′s.  As my Mom says she “loves plastic, because they didn’t have it when she was a kid”.  The love part includes that they are cheap, light and quite durable, but that’s where the love story ends.

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Example of a plastic bag used by many grocery and retail stores

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2013 Trash and Recycling Update

As many of you know, in January 2013 I began a project to simplify my life.  One way I sought to simplify was by reducing my trash and my recycling waste.  I read Beth Terry’s book “Plastic Free” and it made me aware that there is no magical “away” that our trash goes to.  Instead, our trash goes to the landfill where it sets and often contaminates things sometimes for centuries to come.  Many items do not decompose, either due to their composition or the environment they are in.  So my passion for reducing my trash grew stronger, but could I make a difference?

There really is no "Away"

There really is no “Away”

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Looking back at 2013

As each year starts, I select a word or words to guide me in the year ahead.  For 2013 “Experiencing Miracles” were the words I picked, or should I say those words picked me?  I got myself a jar and each time a miracle occurred this past year, I wrote it on a piece of paper and tucked it in the jar.  Each of us can set our own threshold for what a miracle is.  To me, it is something outside of the ordinary and very special.  The threshold is high, but not beyond reach.  I like to live my life where miracles are an easy part of how my life unfolds.

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My 2013 Jar of Miracles

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Raw Cleansing – Results & What’s Next?

During the initial 3 weeks of September 2013, I went on a raw cleanse so I was actively cleansing while blogging about it for Vegan MoFo.  I started out by taking my measurements, journaling as I went along and making notes of how I felt and responded.  I would say going into this cleanse that I felt the best I have in many years!  I am not someone who has been sick or symptomatic, but my health has definitely been improving over the past 2 years.  I think the periodic raw cleanses with the change of seasons have been good for me.  For me, doing raw cleanses has shifted from being about weight loss, to being far more about the other changes I have been witness to.

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August 2011 on top left and September 2013 on top right. Trying to show skin and inflammation changes, but that is very difficult to show clearly.

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Raw Cleansing – Mono Meals & Mandalas

On September 27th, at 8:18 PM, we welcomed my new grand-daughter to this world.  I got to be there to watch her amazing entry into this life.  She is healthy, precious and hoping to go home today with her Mom and Dad.  Can you tell I am happy?

Me and my new grand-daughter about 30 minutes after she was born.

Me and my new grand-daughter about 30 minutes after she was born.

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