May 3, 2017

Dreaming of pancakes

I woke up at 5.30 am again today, time to smile a sunny morning, even if it was still dark. I didn't always love mornings, but do now! Sound sleep, refreshed, energy 🌞😀🌞😀 I drank my cup of morning tea,  searching for a gluten free, vegan pancake recipe to try for breakfast 😀🌞😀🌞😀🌞
I go to do my qigong under this! So blessed and grateful. Feeling the energy 💟🌞💟🌞💟
So, after much searching, I decided to roughly base my recipe on a recipe share by, Cooking with Plants on You tube. It was for pumpkin pancakes, with peanut butter topping. So, my recipe is quite different. I wanted to use sorghum flour, since I tolerate that well. After years of being scared of food, then diagnosed with celiac disease, on top of allergies to many other foods, I'm feeling so well again on a Vegan, plant based diet, my confidence is back and I'm having fun doing something I love again! Recipes, baking, cooking, ingredients, I love it all, of course the eating too. 
So, to start with, I blended the wet ingredients in my food processor

1 banana
1 cup cashews milk
Splash of vanilla

Then add
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup sweet rice flour
1 Tablespoon coconut sugar
A pinch of salt

(I buy all my flours from great prices and free postage, even to Australia.)

Blend this up

Heat the pan
Add a little nuttelex coconut butter, pour small amounts of batter into the pan. Leave until the bottom is brown, as you do with usual pancakes, the only difference is they don't bubble. I don't like the taste of baking powders and the like, but you can easily get bubbles by adding this. The pancakes are still fluffy without.

Flip, and cook the other side

Better than non vegan pancakes! 
You better believe it 😁😉😁
I really,  really, really enjoyed these! I don't feel sick after eating  them, I don't have a heavy tummy, I'm energised and ready to go! Happiness!  Too much excitement for the morning! It's 8am and I've already had the best day ever! I love mornings! 

April 30, 2017

Good morning!

Good morning 🌞🌻🌞🌻🌞 I spent a relaxing morning, wandering around my garden at first light, watching my garden wake up. Then the sun came up and my sun catcher was shining so brilliantly, sharing the sun's message, "It's going to be a wonderful day" 😀🌞😀🌞😀🌞😀

April 29, 2017

It's world Qigong and Tai chi day!

It's world tai chi and qigong day! Qigong has changed my life! I could barely walk, or even stand or move my arms through the routine I will share with you, last year, after 20 years of full body, crippling autoimmune arthritis and 10 years of adrenal disease. I've worked up to doing this routine 2 times per day. I'm stronger, healthier, calmer, happier and more energetic in my daily life. Getting our Qi moving is just as important as the food we eat. I can't proclaim loudly enough how much I love qigong and how beneficial it has been for me. I don't see I'll ever stop progressing with this ancient exercise. I 💟 qigong
7 minutes of magic by Lee Holden

November 24, 2015

Ginger biscuits on a sunny afternoon

I love ginger biscuits! Not only do they taste great, but ginger is fantastic for stomach complaints especially nausea. They are so yummy to nibble on, and because they are made with nutritious ingredients, they add to your good food intake for the day, not the naughty extras, how cool is that! 

These are gran free, gluten free and daily free and I only use raw honey for sweetness. My sweetness need has lowered dramatically since changing my eating habits, this doesn't happen overnight but little by little. If this recipe isn't sweet enough for you, add a little more honey and a little less next time you make them to wean off. My family who still eat "normal food" like them, so it should be fine anyway. 

Here is the recipe for my ginger biscuits... 

1 cup cashews, ground, see photo below. 

1/2 cup almonds, ground, see photo below

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

 4 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2  teaspoon vanilla bean powder or paste... 
(Just make sure it's the real stuff, it's better for you and yummiest!) 

 4 teaspoons powdered ginger root

1 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon 

Pinch of salt

Bake in a preheated oven at 160 degrees C they will be ready in 8-10 minutes. Small cookies take less time, bigger cookies take longer. 

Grind the nuts and flour together in your food processor 

It will look like flour when finished, it won't take too long 20-30 seconds in mine

Add the rest of the ingredients, try and add the melted coconut oil last or it will harden again. 

Now to bring out my cookie cutter collection! 

Some of these I've had since I was a child. 

The dough rolls out very easy

I think I'll choose butterflies... 

Very easy to cut. Who said gluten free cooking is hard? It's definitely easier than wheat flour. 

They break away no hassles. Easy peasy. 

And they are done, so easy and the taste delicious! Also, they don't become rock hard if you leave them too long in the oven like normal gingerbread. I think I may make a house this year.. 

Hehe, butterfly for my butterfly puppy. The only ingredient in this that can't be easily digested is almonds. They are non toxic otherwise. One here and there isn't going to hurt him, much better than processed treats, that's my judgement, trust your own please. If you want to be completely safe to share with your pooch, skip the almonds and make the nut component completely cashews. Always, always, research each ingredient before giving to your dog, avocados, macadamias... And many more of our healthful foods are poisonous to dogs. 

Yummy yummy, scrummylicious! 

Now to get them back in the tin lol they fit them so snug and there is a process we need an instruction sheet for lol

Hope you enjoy, x Sarah and Pippin 

November 13, 2015

Hungry, Hungry, Hungry!

I baked a lot this morning, my excuse is I woke up hungry, very hungry, and I was hungry most of the night too, I'm sure I was dreaming of food... Lol..

Anyway, I can't believe I've done all that this morning! Very happy! After another downward tumble, I've been to a Chinese medicine/natural doctor because I really needed some outside help.  I've known for a long time that I don't seem to be progressing as much as I'd like in my healing journey, and I've been able to positive think it all away until I noticed I was actually moving backwards instead of forwards again.

So, I've had great results already.  In a few days she got my appetite back, and improved some major GI problems I've been having for over a year. Most importantly, she understood what was going on with me as a whole, I can't tell you how reassuring it is to go to someone who understands how the whole body works, not just one specialised part! I didn't have to explain anything to her! Wow that's new! While I'm still waiting on regular doctors results to come back, and see a February.

I'm so glad I made the appointment and went! I feel a real quiet calm inside me, like my body has been given the extra help it needs to work itself out and I can trust it. She said she could see in my eyes how much healing I'd already done for myself and was very impressed with me, it made me feel so encouraged. The best sign I've had, is a hungry rumbly tumbly! Not had that in about 18 years! Lol! I would eat for sickness or blood sugars or medication time, not for hunger. Now I'm HUNGRY! lol! And, I/we have to make all my own food...this should get me through a few days? Lol! I tried organic, gm free cornflakes the other day since I was so so so hungry and still wasn't able to bake, lol, big 24 hour unfortunate mistake! Ouch!

So, what did I make...the first one I'll share is my....

Pumpkin Pie!!!  One of my all time favourites...I just love it. Especially since its so good for us, you could eat a piece for dinner if you wanted to!  I use butternut squash for extra sweetness.  Yum!!! Yum!!!

First off, get that pumpkin cooked! A little hint, bake your pumpkin in the oven for about 20-30 minutes, it should be soft but not squishy, the skin will peel right off, and you can chop it up no hassles!


Biscuit Base

Note -  I soak the pecan nuts in warm water for a couple of hours to get rid of the bitter taste, drain, rinse and they are ready to use

1/3 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup raw pecans 
1/2 cup raw cashews
Pinch of Himalayan salt
8 dried dates
splash of vanilla bean extract

Blitz the nuts in your food processor until they look like flour, and then add all the ingredients together, and press into 25 cm pie dish

Pre bake base for approximately 15 mins at 180C or until it's just stating to brown up.

Leave and make the pie filling

Pumpkin filling

1 medium baked butternut pumpkin, approx 2 cups pumpkin.
1 TSP cinnamon
1/2 TSP nutmeg
1/2 TSP ground cloves
2 tablespoons tapioca flour
 4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 cup thick coconut cream)
Pinch salt
1tsp vanilla bean extract 

So easy with my amazing Breville food processor! Love it!

Blend all this together in your food processor.  Pour into pie base, and bake at 160C for approx 30 minutes, this will differ according to how runny your mix is to begin with. Don't worry if it is a little soft when warm, it will set further when cooled.

And try to not eat the whole thing in a day....try!!   LOL!!

Enjoy!! x Sarah

Next recipe post...

July 24, 2015

Time to make toothpaste!

It was time to make another batch of my homemade toothpaste today :-) honestly I haven't been feeling the best the past week, after forgetting to order licorice root and going without for ten days, well even though I'm on full steroidal replacement, I  now know what a difference licorice has made in my adrenal disease! I still needed to brush my teeth, and there was no way I was using commercially made toothpaste so I had to make some!

I've tried various recipes, and of course this is always the best thing to do and then you can tweak your own personal recipe that works best for you :-) for me, baking soda was a big no no, and so many recipes call for baking soda. It changed the whole PH level of my mouth, gave my tongue a horrible coating. Using too much essential oils gave me blisters. This recipe I make seems to be just right :-) I've made it 3 times over and wouldn't change it a bit now.

I start off using a special blend of essential oils, that are great to fight off nasties, and keep my mouth fresh. I keep it in a jar on its own so it's handy when I need to make more toothpaste.  If you don't want to do this to begin with you can easily just use peppermint oil on its own.  Check below for the recipe.

Next you want to make the toothpaste :-)  this is really easy and blends together really well. I have tried a recipe without coconut oil, and because there was no carrier oil for the essential oils to mix with, the oil went straight to the delicate skin in my mouth and burnt it pretty badly, so the oil is very important. The paste is pretty solid when it cools down,  so I decided to put it into my chocolate moulds, and then into a jar, and all I do is bite off a little bit before I brush my teeth, you only need a small amount, pea size, let it dissolve in my mouth and swish it around my teeth before brushing and rinsing :-)

If you do want to place the paste in little jars, it's easy to pop the jar in some warm water before use to soften and then use it like normal paste on the brush.

 The clay draws out impurities while the essential oils and coconut oils freshen and get rid of bacteria.  It is different from regular toothpaste, it will feel different in your mouth but is so much better, your teeth and mouth feel amazing, I don't have dry lips or tongue or any of the nasties that come along with regular toothpaste. Plus my teeth are white! I always had coffee or tea stains on my teeth and had to go to the dentist to take them off or use one of those peroxide teeth whiteners that ruin the enamel on your teeth and don't really work anyway! I couldn't believe that this brown mud paste made my teeth white and my gums healthy, my mouth feels great :-)

The recipe is just below, the only rule is to not use metal spoons or dish with the clay.  Also, experiment with the amount of essential oil you put in the paste, start with a little, taste and increase if you need to .  Remember with essential oils less is better :-) Give it a go and when you become more confident you can make some of your own flavours, how about cinnamon and orange, or choc mint or vanilla :-)

Any questions please ask 😊

Toothpaste recipe

1/3 cup bentonite clay

3 tablespoons melted coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

10-15 drops essential oil toothpaste blend

7-10 drops peppermint essential oil


In a separate jar mix this recipe and then you use only 10-15 drops of this blend in your toothpaste recipe.

Essential oil toothpaste blend recipe

8 drops clove oil

72 drops lemon oil

40 drops cinnamon Cassia Oil

32 drops eucalyptus oil

20 drops Rosemary oil

July 23, 2015

Yay for yummy healthy treats!

My loving earth yummies arrived yesterday, can't speak high enough of this company! Even their packaging is printed with vegetable inks, and the "plastic" wrapper is home compostable! When I opened the box I thought theyd used polystyrene peanuts to pack, but nope they melt down in water! Excellent. To the food lol, yum! It's all stuff I can eat, mainly coconut products and cashews, flavoured with essential oils. Oh yum! When you make your own everything, this is so nice to have on hand! The buckinis are great for some crunch. The vanilla bean is divine, never getting the extract again! So worth the money when you consider the paste in the shop is only 47% vanilla. OK... On to the nectar, low gi, full of minerals, non inflammatory, unlike cane sugar, and in comparison to cane sugar, coconut trees produce 50-75%more sugar per acre but use less than 1/5th of the soil nutrients and water. So many ways we can make ourselves healthier and help the earth recover while sustaining us too. Anyone else know of some amazing earth friendly health friendly places?

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