Tuesday, 1 September 2015

September 2015


As we move into FALL, many of us with gardens in our back yards, or where ever, are looking at food preparation.  Our Ancestors canned fruit, vegetables, and even chicken, beef, and ham. 

We have come to rely on large factories to do our canning for us.  We get additives in “store bought” food that we would not add on our own. 

Good food feeds our body and our soul.  Clean food keeps us young. Canning is good to support our Free Will.

Here are some favourite recipes for the fall.


Easy Refrigerator Pickles

  • 6 cups thinly sliced pickling cucumbers (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 cups thinly sliced onion
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced


Place 3 cups cucumber in a medium glass bowl; top with 1 cup onion. Repeat procedure with the remaining 3 cups cucumber and remaining 1 cup onion.

Combine vinegar and remaining ingredients in a small saucepan; stir well. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. Pour over cucumber mixture; let cool. Cover and chill at least 4 days.

Note: Pickles may be stored in the refrigerator for up to one month. 

I sterilize the jars and seal them, and put them in my cold storage.  Good now until Christmas!


Zucchini Muffins


  • 3 cups all purpose flour (I use gluten free flour and add Xanthum Gum)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg (optional)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable/canola oil
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini, thawed if frozen
  • Optional: 1 cup chocolate chips and/or ½ cup chopped walnuts and/or pineapple or banana
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners or spray with baking spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In separate large bowl, whisk eggs, oil, milk, lemon juice, vanilla and zucchini.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir just until completely combined (it's best to do this by hand to avoid over-mixing, which results in tough muffins).
  5. Fold in chocolate chips and/or walnuts if using.
  6. Divide batter over 12 muffin cups - they will be full! Bake for 22-26 minutes, until tops are golden and toothpick comes out clean from centers. Let sit in pan 3-5 minutes before removing to rack to cool completely.
  7. Best served fresh, or freeze extras, well wrapped or in an airtight container, and thaw or reheat as needed.



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Monday, 31 August 2015

Angels Speak - Be Amazing


We all have the capacity to be amazing.  Sometimes, however, we need a coach to tell us what we can do to be amazing.  The poster above talks about the different tasks that each of us can do to walk down the path called amazing. 

Why not start today?  Why not get your friends involved?  Why not tell people how amazing they are?


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Saturday, 29 August 2015

Buddha Speaks - A Dimension of Meditation


Moving forward with a change to your life style is a big commitment and this scares people.  They do not make the commitment. They do not change.  Some think that meditation is an hour or more chunk of time.  Really, you can meditate in five minutes, several times a day.  By a guided meditation CD.  Do little bits at a time. 

You can meditate while you are walking or running.  Play a meditation set of music when you run instead of listening to the radio or to other music. 

Download a podcast from iTunes – there are guided meditations and there are Buddhist talks.  The selection of things to listen to is simply amazing!

Try something new today.


Thursday, 27 August 2015

Angels Speak - The Irony


Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime;
therefore, we must be saved by hope.
Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history;
therefore, we must be saved by faith.
Nothing we do, however virtuous, could be accomplished alone;
therefore, we must be saved by love.
No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our own standpoint;
therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.

the irony of american history - reinhold niebuhr – 1952


We are now a global community.  It seems that we still believe that we are tribal or regional.  In 2015, we still here of generations old hate against others; we hear of ethnic cleansing; we hear of religious wars.  Really?  Now?  Doesn’t it seem that we are slow to get the message?