Vanilla Almond Milk

Vanilla Almond Milk

I have never been a big fan of almond milk. I’ve purchased it a few times at the store and every time I was wholly unimpressed. I couldn’t understand what the big deal was. To me it tasted either bland and chalky or sugary sweet.

When I made the choice to cut down on the dairy in my diet I had to rethink my decision. Almond milk could be very useful. I knew the only way I would use it was if I made it myself. I then could control the process and know exactly what went into it.  I wanted all natural ingredients, no added sugars, and it had to be tasty. 

Recipes for almond milk are abundant and making my own proved to be quite simple. With a few ingredients and some simple equipment I made a delicious, all natural lightly sweetened almond milk I love.  Dates and whole bean vanilla combine with almonds to give this vanilla almond milk a wonderful flavor. I can tell you for certain… my coffee has never tasted better. 

Dates and whole bean vanilla combine with almonds to give this vanilla almond milk a wonderful flavor. A simple recipe with all natural ingredients.

 

Vanilla Almond Milk
 
Serves: 3½ cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • water for soaking almonds overnight
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 pitted dates
  • 1 whole vanilla bean
Instructions
  1. Place almonds in bowl and cover with water. Soak for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  2. After almonds have soaked the required time, drain and rinse.
  3. Place almonds, dates, vanilla bean and 4 cups water in blender.
  4. Blend on high for several minutes until almonds, dates and vanilla bean is thoroughly ground.
  5. Strain almond mixture through nut-milk bag into container.
  6. Chill and serve.

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To Everything There Is A Season

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance – Alan Watts

Change is never easy, even when one has earnestly desired it. For many years I dreamed of quitting my job, staying home and having the freedom to putter in the garden. I desired more free time as opportunities presented themselves to get involved with my church and in community service.

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All these opportunities were impossible with the physically and emotionally draining job I had as an operating room nurse. The hours were gruelling and on most days, it was all I could do to get home, make dinner and crawl into bed. I had no energy for anything else.

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During this past year, I could feel in my bones that change was on its way. Work was becoming intolerable and my body was insisting that I listen to it by way of a herniated disc in my lower back. Believe me, I was listening. Having a bit of an impetuous nature I did what some would call rash after a particularly trying day with management. I made the decision that enough was enough and quickly wrote out a letter of resignation (after a quick consultation with the hubs).

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There were moments of terror in those next few weeks. Questions of what would I do and how would we manage were always in the back of my mind. At the same time there was a prevailing sense of peace. I felt strongly that God was leading me down this new path and I knew that if this was so, He would make all things come together the way they should. I needn’t worry about anything else.

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A few months have passed and I am only beginning to understand the ramifications of all the changes that have come about. With freedom has come a sense of responsibility to make good on my dreams of being of service to help others. I have been  blessed with opportunities already and am grateful for them.  I don’t exactly know what tomorrow has in store for me or what that looks like, but I am determined to take these changes one day at a time, live in today and let tomorrow unfold as it may. 

A walk of faith on this road of life is filled with all sorts of possibilities.

Blue Corn Tortillas: Pure and Simple I love the color and flavor that Blue Corn Tortillas bring to my pure food dishes.  They have a unique hearty texture, more protein than regular corn tortillas and are naturally gluten free. Delicious for enchiladas, tacos or just as they are hot off the grill. Be sure to come back next Saturday for the recipe for my Carne Asada Street Tacos where I will put these Blue Corn Tortillas to good use.

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Give Yourself Away

“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” ―C.S. Lewis

Today is Valentine’s Day. A modern day celebration of romance, love, and, let’s be honest, people making a lot of money. According to Statistics Brain 13.9 billion dollars will be spent, 180 million Valentine’s Day cards will be exchanged, and the average number of children conceived, 11,000. Needless to say, flowers will be given, candy will be overly consumed, and jewelry will be passed out in great quantities. Homemade Spiced Marshmallows: Pure and Simple Even knowing all the statistics, I still get sentimental and want in on all the fun. Who wouldn’t want a box of chocolates and a bouquet of flowers from someone who thinks you’re special? I enjoy the feelings that come with Valentines gifts. I get all warm and fuzzy.

My relationship with my husband has many of these days, not just on Valentine’s Day and I am thankful for them. On the other hand, we have days that are not so special, no warm fuzzies anywhere to be found. I get mad, slam a door, and go sulk in my bedroom. Tim retreats, withdraws within himself, and moments are tense. You know what I am talking about. We all have them. So, what about love then? Is it still there or has love flown because I can’t feel it? Homemade Spiced Marshmallows: Pure and Simple Today’s general consensus would be; “If (fill in the blank) doesn’t make you feel good, go find something or someone that will”,  and off we go in search of a warm fuzzy to make us feel good. The main problem with this line of reasoning, I think, is that it  tends to be all about me. The focus remains on what I am getting, what I am feeling and frankly, misses the mark by a long shot.

Homemade Spiced Marshmallows: Pure and Simple I can say this with confidence because I have lived this flawed mentality out in my own life, always searching for someone to make me feel good. Fortunately, over time I began to understand that love was not about receiving, but more about giving and commitment. I started to look for opportunities to fill the needs of others and not merely my own. A funny thing happened when I began to give freely and without conditions. I found that my own needs were met.  Have a Happy Valentine’s Day. Now, go give yourself away.

Double Rich Hot Cocoa: Pure and Simple There is nothing like a really good cup of hot cocoa to help tame the “will winter ever go away” blues and this rich creamy hot cup of cocoa with homemade spiced marshmallows and a dabble of whiskey (optional, of course) does the trick. 

Double Rich Hot Chocolate 

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Our Daily Bread

“‘A loaf of bread,’ the Walrus said, ‘is what we chiefly need: Pepper and vinegar besides are very good indeed.'” -Lewis Carroll

As I sit down to right my post today featuring a wonderfully flavored whole grain bread, I begin to ponder on what exactly my daily bread is. What is the one thing I need every day to be at my best and to live well in body, soul and spirit?  This question sends me off on a little journey, and gets me thinking on a myriad of things that I need or think I need, every single day. Whole Grain Honey Wheat Bread : Pure and Simple Of course the obvious comes to mind first, things like the air I breathe, food I eat, water to drink, exercise that keeps me strong and healthy, and plenty of sleep to help restore. Not much of a stretch there, and easy enough to come up with. The needs of the soul and spirit take a little more digging.

Whole Grain Honey Wheat Bread : Pure and Simple If I had to pin down a few, I would say, my soul and spirit need laughter, to help ease my heart during difficult times. I long for connectedness with other human beings and the world around me, to prevent me from living a life of self-absorption and self-centeredness. And lastly, I crave acceptance, a knowing that I am loved and cared for, regardless of my faults and failures.  Whole Grain Honey Wheat Bread : Pure and Simple I may recognize I need these things daily, but am aware that receiving them isn’t a sure thing. I don’t regularly eat like I should, exercise, or get proper amounts of sleep to take care of my physical needs. Regarding my soul and my spirit, laughter doesn’t always come to take away the tears, and I willfully choose to ignore others around me and live a bit in isolation. Even so, there is one thing I do know, no matter where I am on the scale of daily bread for the day, is that I am deeply and perfectly loved, even when I fail, even when I’m ugly and self-centered, and even when my life is terribly messy.

Whole Grain Honey Wheat Bread : Pure and Simple Great comfort in the midst of my journey and thanks be to God who loves me so profoundly.

Whole Grain Honey Wheat Bread : Pure and Simple Today’s recipe is for a wonderfully flavored whole grain bread, light, well textured, with just a hint of honeyed sweetness. It won’t fall apart when you slice it for sandwiches and is equally delicious toasted. This bread also freezes well. The recipe makes two loafs so pop one in the freezer for later.

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