Monday, April 14, 2014


TrueLove and I are in the middle of the CLEAN program!

"Program sounds so much better than "detox", but that's what we're doing. Several friends of ours have done it with raving testimonials and now it's our turn to embrace it. You can read the book Clean by Dr. Alejandro Junger or just pop over to for more information.

We started the program immediately following a close family members quadruple bypass surgery. This guy had the sensibility to go to the doctor and check things out when things just weren't feeling right. Good thing he did! The next week he was getting all fixed up. IF SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR HEART DOESN'T FEEL RIGHT GET IT CHECKED! 

Taking an inventory of family history and death by heart disease, it propelled me to embrace the Clean Program, written by a cardiologist, it became clear that doing Clean could not wait. Clean addresses two major things that affect our overall well being: Toxicity and Inflammation. I'm in week 3 and not itching to break fast at all. I decided to return to blogging (notice how I glossed over how long it's been since my last post), by the prodding of several people missing the posts. Awe.

The book has some wonderful recipes, but I don't always have everything on hand and must fall back on old fashioned creativity. And Clean Chicken Salad happened! OOH it was good. So. I thought I'd blog about it mainly so I could go back to it and remember how I did it. How fun would it be if someone out there detoxing might like to try it too. I am quite certain that my peeps who are Paleo Foodies can enjoy it too.

Clean Chicken Salad
Now. Know that when you set out to do something routine like just make lunch, you are not always expecting a "wow! this salad changed my life" moment, so you are not measuring and calculating or really even thinking. Just going about the business of satisfying hunger. So bear with me that the measurements are merely what looks right. It made enough for 2 people and I ate them both.

1/2 chicken breast, cubed small 
(mine was leftover, which I recommend)
1/2 carrot, chopped very small
1 green onion
1 stalk of celery, chopped very small
1/2 apple, chopped very small
1/2 avocado, chopped
pumpkin seeds
celtic sea salt
juice of 1/2 lemon
cashew cream cheese with dill and garlic, 1 big scoop

Cashew Cream Cheese with Dill and Garlic
(this is straight out of the book pg 278 and I followed it exact)

2 C cashews soaked for 2 hours
1 C water
2 capsules probiotics
1/2 bunch minced dill
2 garlic cloves pressed
sea salt to taste

1. Blend cashews, water and proviotics in a high-speed blender until smooth and very creamy.
2. Transfer to a bowl and cover with a cheesecloth or a mesh. Let sit for 8-12 hours on a warm area for fermentation. This will be the basic cheese.*
3. Add dill, garlic and salt. Keep some dill to sprinkle on top. You can use other herbs such as chives and rosemary. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

*I always freak out a little bit (a lot) when I'm fermenting ANYTHING and haven't a lot of experience with it either, but I did it anyway. Had a little faith. Trusted the book that says "The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself" had my staying aliveness in mind with this recipe. It tasted delicious and I didn't die. And I loved it and will make it even when I'm not detoxing, because it's that good.

Back to the Clean Chicken Salad

Mix it all together and make sure that the avocado gets creamed up with the cream cheese. 

The cream cheese recipe makes a TON, so just use enough to make it as creamy as you like your chicken salad.
This recipe is only quick and easy if you already have made the cream cheese and have leftover chicken, which I did, because when detoxing you need the good stuff right there when you have a snack attack and can only eat the limited list of approved things. 

To finish it off I drizzled some more fresh lemon, sprinkled celtic sea salt and capped it off with some pumpkin seeds.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Save the Stork

Someone forwarded me one of the sweetest email links I've seen in a long time.
It's a story about life!
It's a story about hope!
And it's a story about love!
Please read it and see how young people are moving forward
in a gentle loving way to protect women and life!
check out 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Free Prayer

Free Prayer

How cool is this shirt?
I just went to this site and watched the short video
of a group wearing these shirts in Time Square
and praying for people.
The world needs more good ideas like this.
You can get the shirt too for $17.95.
Very cool!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Gleanings for the Hungry

"I was hungry and you fed me. 
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink."
Matthew 25:35

Here we are at 
Gleanings for the Hungry
with some of our homeschool friends.

What is Gleanings for the Hungry?
Oooh, it's hard to answer that question in a quick clean way
because they are so much more than just
their mission statement.
Simply answered,
they are a YWAM ministry that takes
food that would normally be thrown out from
the California Central Valley farms
and transforms it into food that will feed the nations.
Watch this 10 minute video.

Here's our experience!

This bag when reconstituted with water will feed
100 people.

Measuring spices.

"No Tom. Don't eat it!"

Working together.

Meet Henrice.
Feeding us amazing food.

Tommy and Haden making repairs with Ash.

Burping bags.
Not as easy as it looks.
This is the process of removing all of the air
to prevent bacteria settling.

Everyone can work. 
Gracie filling bags. This is hard work.
She must carefully measure 1 gallon, then lift it and 
pour carefully into the funnel to fill bags.
This work takes back muscle and
Gracie shows us how it's done.

Of course it's lots of fun too!

Lori and I burping.---the bags.

TrueLove discovering that I had stuffed his pocket
with soup mix. I can't remember what he did to deserve it,
but he did.

The older helping the younger.

Calli working the assembly line.

Tommy suiting up.

Callahan Auto Parts plug.
(Gilly's favorite flick)

I love this picture.
The spirit of giving.
Working together to achieve something great.
Below, I see the joy of giving on my friend's face.

"Mmm. Soup is good food."
sorry, couldn't help it.

"I love you Jake!"

"No! We are not scrapbooking!"

That's what the soup plant looks like.

"Patty-cake, Patty-cake,
Baker's Man"

I said, "NO! We are NOT scrapbooking!"

Spare the "ROD", spoil the child.
"Rod" is our dear friend and if Gleanings is the soup of life,
Rod is the spice. He and Colleen are angels and part of the reason
we love Gleanings so much!

Gracie was our MVP, "most valuable packer."

A quick peak in the sewing room finds women
busy making diapers for an orphanage in Haiti.

Sometimes the younger teach the older.
Awesome job boys!

Oh dear.

The look of concentration.
The boys were put to work assembling wedding decorations
for Elianne & Eric's upcoming reception.

Oh dear.

Can't you just see the light in his eyes?

There's no job this duo can't do.

Hannah's Laundry Service.


"It's worse than it looks."

"I mean- really." 
She can do it folks.

Calli holding the ziplocks.

I love you Calli!

"Hey we're out of our bubble now!"

I just love this picture.
It's just two naturally beautiful women working together.

My new friend Jenny is living my dream.
I can't wait to fill you in on how God is using Jenny
to burst my bubble in the best possible way I can imagine.

One of my favorite Jake faces.

Could they be any cuter?

Tommy test driving the fork lift. 
He always wanted his first car to be a practical one.

I think he's going to put in an offer.

She's thinking, "Doesn't my mom know that I'm trying to get some work done here."

They're all thinking, "Doesn't she know we're trying to get work done here?"

It was a loud day in the plant. Calli needed earplugs.

not sure what caption to put on this one

The men working with Ash and supervising Tommy operating 
heavy machinery.

Calli and Hannah got to help set up tables for the Valentine's
Love Fest in which we got to celebrate with the
African Youth Choir.
How can Valentine's Day get better than that?

Oh yeah, this is what I'm talkin' about.

My favorite picture of Rod and I.

Um. Did I mention African Youth Choir?

Um, yeah. Pretty awesome.

I love this picture of them with the nations in the background.
I saw one of the girls looking at the wall and smiling ear-to-ear to see her home, Uganda, up there.

See the Canvas people?

Betty and Sandy.
This is what Gleaning's is about.
Generations and nations.