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July 2014

Walnut Paleo Cookies

Update on Angie, she is doing pretty good. The last scan didn’t show the tumors smaller, but they also hadn’t grown at all. We just have to continue to pray for her and have faith in the Savior. I think about her everyday and we all pray for her many times a day. I am so grateful for the temple and that my family can be sealed together to be able to be together for eternity. I teach the 14 and 15 year old Sunday school class and we talked about the blessing of the temple today. Just feeling so grateful for being born into a family that had the true gospel of Jesus Christ and how happy it can make us. This is a rough world and we are truly blessed to be able to find peace, comfort, joy, and guidance through our prophet and modern day revelation.

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I have so many videos I want to make for this blog, but with my kids home for the summer, life just seems too busy and I get distracted in the middle of everything I am doing. I love summer, but it is chaos and I have to keep my kids busy to avoid the teasing and fighting. Hopefully I can make some soon, or at least when they start school in a month. I thought today I could at least share a new recipe. I buy my medjool dates at Costco. They are right by the produce and a pretty reasonable price.

I made these cookies last night and even Adam commented at how good they are. I have a hard time only eating one when I make healthier treats. They are still treats, so if your like me, once they are cooled put them in your freezer so they are out of sight. I like eating them frozen anyways. This recipe is from detoxinista.com. She has great grain free treats and I use her blog for many of the recipes that I make over and over.

The Healthiest Cookies EVER (Paleo, Vegan)
Makes 12 cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups raw walnut halves
1 cup medjool dates, pitted (about 12)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional– see sugar-free options in the notes below)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, process the dates and walnuts together until a crumbly texture is formed. Add in the salt, baking soda, vanilla, and flax egg (see how to make a flax egg here) and process again until the batter is relatively smooth, a little stickier than traditional cookie dough.

Add in the chocolate chips and briefly pulse, just to combine.

Spoon the batter onto a lined baking sheet, and use your hands to gently flatten the cookie dough. (Tip: Wet your hands with water to prevent sticking!) Bake at 350F for 12 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden. Allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Serve immediately, and store the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer for best shelf life. These cookies should last a week in the fridge, and a month or more in the freezer.

Notes:
I love the buttery flavor of these cookies when made with walnuts, but I have a feeling that pecans or almonds would work well, too.
If you don’t have access to dates, raisins can be substituted in most cases, but the flavor will be slightly different.
If you don’t want to use a flax egg, one chicken egg can be used instead.
Optional add-ins that are free of added sugar include: cacao nibs, raisins, shredded coconut, chopped nuts
Enjoy!

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Creamy Balsamic Salad Dressing

Update: Angie got her drain removed yesterday and is doing great. The scan showed that the cancer is about the same, but not growing at all so we will take that as great news!! I hope she can enjoy some swimming pool time now before the summer is over. She wasn’t able to get wet with her drain in.

IMG_0521 Just a little lettuce from our garden! I love this time of year.

Here is another recipe for a great salad dressing. I have been loving my LARGE bowl of salad everyday for lunch. My favorite is to make two fried eggs, in Kerrygold butter, and then make sure the yolk is a little runny. I cut up my eggs and add them unto my salad. If we have some pastured bacon on hand, I even put a few slices into the mix-it is amazing. Seriously, I love salads, but it all has to do with the dressing. I have never liked a pre-made bought salad dressing as much as the ones I make at home. This is just a little twist on a regular balsamic to make it more creamy. You can omit the yogurt if you don’t do dairy. Today I have mushrooms, cucumber, romaine, spring mix lettuce from my garden, avocado, and two fried eggs. It was seriously amazing.

Creamy Herb Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/4 cup balsalmic vinegar (be sure to get a high quality one)
1/2 cup raw organic pure olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
1 clove garlic, peeled (or more)
a little fresh rosemary and fresh thyme (fresh is best, if possible)
Couple squirts organic yellow mustard
2 tablespoons whole, plain, grassfed yogurt (or cream)
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Blend everything.

Easy Fruit Custard

Every time I go home to Idaho, my mom sees us packing up our van when it’s time to go back home. Just as we are barely have room for the children to fit into the van, my mom likes to say, “I have some raspberries in the freezer downstairs that you can take, or some frozen jam, or some bottled peaches, or some homemade applesauce.” My mom has this amazing garden, no seriously amazing!!! She works hard at it. It is a labor of love for sure and she shares all of the benefits of her hard work with others. Usually at this point, I would make my children double up on the seat belts to make room for the organic food. Do you know how much organic raspberries cost? I do, that is why I never buy them. My Mom is my regular supplier. I am pretty blessed in that way, since my raspberries seem to look like crap every year. I am still trying to grow them here in Utah! I never pass up on the chance to grab as many frozen berries as I can. They are perfect for my smoothies in the morning and desserts like this one. Luckily we usually can fit them in around everyone’s feet.

This is a great recipe if any of you have frozen fruit that you want to use for dessert. We still have some frozen peaches from last year, so I am thinking peach raspberry custard sounds good for dessert tonight. Maybe even served warm, topped with some coconut ice cream. I love how this recipe list all the different sweeteners and fats you can use. That is how real food cooking is. Just use real food, taste it before you cook and make sure it taste sweet enough for you. You can always adjust.

Warning: I recommend doubling this recipe. It goes fast… and you can eat it for breakfast, remember?

Fabulous Fail-Proof Fruit Custard Recipe

Recipe type: dessert
Author: Bethany Wright
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 35-45 mins
Total time: 40-50 mins
Yield: 6 servings
It’s as easy as dump, stir and bake for this flawless fruit custard!
Ingredients
Note: Ingredients often use affiliate links to Tropical Traditions, Amazon and Vitacost, but obviously you should shop for the best price and try to keep your dollars local when you can.

1/2 c. butter (1 stick), melted OR ghee OR coconut oil
1/2 c. honey OR sucanat OR maple syrup OR 2 mashed bananas
1/2 c. milk OR cream OR kefir OR yogurt OR coconut milk
4 eggs (one or two more won’t hurt if you need to use some up!)
1 Tbs. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
~2 c. fruit, frozen or fresh; enough to make an even layer in an 8×8 pan. Examples: blueberries, mango, cherries, peaches, raspberries, diced apple, blackberries, raisins, strawberries…
Instructions
Place butter in an 8×8 pan. Place pan in the oven while it pre-heats to 350°F. Remove pan once butter is melted, and set aside.
In a bowl, whisk together honey, milk, eggs, vanilla, salt, and melted butter. (Note: while you can mix these ingredients in the actual 8×8 pan, if your pan is hot it may cook the eggs into scrambled bits. Ask me how I know! But by all means, feel free to try.)
Dump your choice of fruit evenly in the pan. Pour the batter on top.
Bake 350°F for 35-45 minutes until custard is set (set on the edges, but slightly jiggly in the middle, like baking a pumpkin pie). Remove and let rest for a few minutes. As it cools, it will firm up. Enjoy warm or chilled.
Note: Sometimes the custard will “weep” after cooling. If you don’t like the look, add 1/2 cup of flour/almond flour next time.
Note:You may reduce the sweetener according to your preference. Sometimes I’ll mash one banana and only add 1 TB honey, for flavor. Or I’ll do 1/4 cup honey and toss in a little extra fruit.

When I made this the other night with frozen raspberries, make sure you drain all the liquid after the raspberries defrost and then use the almond flour so that it doesn’t end up to runny. We loved it and had the leftovers for breakfast the next morning. We added a little coconut cream on top instead of whip cream. Delish!!

Favorite Banana Chocolate Shake recipe

I am grateful today for all the amazing women in my life. I just got back from the lake and spent some time visiting with all my wonderful neighbor friends. What a blessing for women to have each other. I am also grateful for all my sisters, family and friends. What a great weekend we had spending some time together up in Idaho. Annette, sorry I got a photo with your eyes closed. You still look beautiful. Mom, I have to laugh every time I take a picture of you because your eyes were closed or almost closed in all my photos. Your still beautiful as well, so it’s all good. IMG_2963

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Here is one of my favorite recipes for a chocolate treat on hot summer days. If you are a chocolate lover, this is a great shake to satisfy your sweet tooth and also get some good fat and protein in. This is from detoxinista.com. She is one of my favorite blogs for recipes.

Chocolate Banana Protein Shake (Vegan, Nut-free)
Author: Detoxinista.com
Serves: 1

Ingredients
1 frozen banana*
3 tablespoons hemp hearts
½ cup water
1½ tablespoons raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract (alcohol-free, if desired)
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
3-4 ice cubes (optional)
2 handfuls fresh spinach (optional)
Instructions
Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend until thick and smooth. Adjust any flavors to taste, as desired, and serve immediately!
Notes
*Tip: Be sure to peel your bananas before freezing! If you have a high-speed blender, like the Vitamix, you can leave the banana whole, but otherwise, I recommend slicing the banana into small coins before freezing, for easier and more uniform blending.

Be on my doTerra team

I have been using doTerra for almost 2 years now and I am so excited about the potential of replacing medications and using natural herbs to help heal my family. I feel like it is a huge part of the puzzle to helping to stay healthy and giving your body the best chance of healing and repairing itself. I know that there are many illnesses we can prevent by changing our lifestyles, eating clean real foods, exercising, meditating, and adding essential oils. If you aren’t interested at all in oils just ignore the rest of this blog post. I just didn’t want to not offer any of you the opportunity if you want it.

Here is a quick introduction to doTerra oils if you are not familiar to them.

I have this idea and am motivated to start my own team and really LEARN and TEACH how to use each oil. I will be making videos that will be all inclusive, including information on foods and supplements along with the oils. I have loved using something that is natural, powerful, pure, and beautiful for the body instead of using prescriptions, cleaning and beauty products that can be toxic to the body and have horrible side effects. I especially love using the oils for making my own beauty products. There are some amazing oils for the skin and hair. I also have cleaners that I have made to replace all the toxic cleaners in my home, including laundry detergent. I still feel like I have so much to learn and want to really dig into using the oils on a consistent basis. These oils are truly amazing. For example, I have used Balance to help balance my hormones and lavender to sleep better at night.

In these exclusive videos, I will show you how to make your own laundry soap, treat bug bites, or make your own beauty products just to name a few. Some of these videos will appear on my blog so that anyone can share in what I have learned. So if your not interested in signing up at this time, you can still purchase and try some of the oils out. Most video’s that will be about essential oils will be exclusive though for those who sign up on my team.

I will also help teach you about building this business so you may get the benefits of having other’s sign up under you, if that is something you are interested in. You do NOT have to promote or sell doTerra products to set up an whole sale account. I have been signed up for almost 2 years, but have only bought products for my own personal use. I have loved being able to get them at a 25% discount and also order them for family and friends at that cost. You can make it as big or little of a business as you like. I am just personally ready to take it to the next level. These oils get me excited and I have seen them work miracles in many of my neighbors, family, and friends.

I just wanted you all to be aware that there are three different ways you can purchase your own essential oils from doTerra. The first is a wholesale customer or wellness advocate. This is what I signed up for. You will get 25% off all your purchases of doTerra products. The next is a preferred customer and you get 20% off all products and the third is buying doTerra oils as a retail customer. I will let you know just some of the benefits of each.

1. Wholesale customer/ wellness advocate: 25% off all purchases.
– 25% off all retail doTerra products and oils
-Less money than Costco or Sam’s club membership, plus you get money back (commission)
-track and place order from a virtual office
-earn reward points for FREE doTerra products by participating in the loyalty rewards program
-enjoy the tax advantage of owning your own business
-free marketing tools and training by doTerra
-receive commission on sales products and bonuses for signing up others
-proven marketing system to help you build your business

The only obligation is you must place one order per year, no set amount, to keep your account active. There is also a 25$ renewal fee every year, but they send you a 15ml bottle of Peppermint oil to offset the cost so it is totally worth it. Without even trying this past year and a half, I have earned many free products just by placing big orders every month. The commission has helped me to try out new oils every month without having to pay for all of them.

click here to open up your new wholesale account: http://nettrax.myvoffice.com/doterra/Application/Apply.cfm?key=/$*%23.%5E%5CWUE9:OB%2B_,F;S_&iact=nettrax.myvoffice.com/beta-doterra-iact&LNG=en_dot&pid=146125391000120810&ReturnURL=http://beta-doterra.myvoffice.com/index.cfm&fromiact=1&PackageID=1362

Enroller ID is 236967. This puts you on my team. The cost to enroll is $35 or if you buy one of these starter kits, the fee is waved. This is what I did so that I had a good basis of oils to start with at my home. It is a little more of an investment, but worth it to have a great kit of oils to start learning. It came with a dvd that helped to explain how to use each oil and helpful information to get you started. http://www.doterratools.com/documents/Canada_Enrollment_Kits_Flyer.pdf

2. Preferred Customer: 20% off all doTerra products.
-purchase products at 20% off the retail price
-one time fee of $10 but you do not get to participate in any of the commission programs or the loyalty rewards program. Most people just pay a little more to be a wholesale customer because in the long run, the cost of savings and free products earned far outweighs the cost difference in joining, but this is still an option if it fits what you want.

Click here to join as a preferred customer: http://nettrax.myvoffice.com/doterra/Application/Apply.cfm?
key=/$*%23.%5E%5CWUE9:OB%2B_,F;S_%0A&iact=nettrax.myvoffice.com/beta-doterra-iact&LNG=en_dot&pid=146125391000120810&ReturnURL=http://beta-doterra.myvoffice.com/index.cfm&fromiact=1&PackageID=1362

Enroller ID is 236967. This still puts you on my team and you will receive my weekly emails and videos to help you learn how to use your oils.

3. Retail customer: You can purchase any oil or product at retail price with no yearly fee.

click here to purchase oils at retail prices: http://www.mydoterra.com/denisechristian/

If you want to join my team, please send me an email and let me know. I am super excited. My email is chridenise@hotmail.com

I am still trying to learn and figure out sending links and redirecting links so if you have any problem getting into the right page to sign up, call me or email me and I will walk you through it. Thank you everyone for taking a few moments to read my ideas.
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Interview with Angie

What an amazing weekend we had with all our family up in Idaho. All eight of my brothers and sisters were there, including Angie and her family. I got her to do a quick video with me so you can see and hear things from her. She looked great. Just being around her makes me want to do better. Her husband, Justin is doing really well right now. The Lord is blessing him as well and he is starting to take the steps to take care of his family. I felt a real love for him this weekend and it was so good to see him doing well. So grateful for the memories we all got to make.

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