Month: February 2013

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The Dissocial Mom

As this is my first attempt at Wordless Wednesday (I have only just recently become introduced to this blogging tradition and decided to jump on the wagon) I will cheat just a little and give an explanation as to what wordless wednesday is… for those of you who are not already aware. (I realize I am breaking the rules this very moment as I type these words.)

On Wednesdays all over the internet, bloggers post a photograph with no words to explain it on their blog. Hence the ‘wordless’ title. The idea is that the photo itself says so much that it doesn’t need any description.

I thought this would be a fun thing to give a try!!

Having said all that I will say no more!

Lips are sealed…. now

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Juice IV

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I have been making a juice in the morning before i leave for work. These tend to be rather tasty and not at all heavy like the ones I drink later in the day.

#11
1t spirulina
.5 c blueberries
3 strawberries
2.5c unsweetened almond milk
1T maca powder
3 large black kale leaves

This one was excellent. I left it in the Ninja for a little longer and no large bits were in the drink.

#14
2 t spirulina
1 c water
.3 c almonds
2 c unsweetened almond milk
2 black kale leaves
1 cutie orange
.25 c blueberries
1 c ice

Much more liquid and very good taste.

#15
2 c unsweetened almond/coconut milk (new product, this stuff is great!)
.3 c almonds
.3 c pineapple
2 c fresh spinach
.5 c orange juice
1T maca powder
2 t spirulina
.3 c blueberries

This one was the best one yet! Great taste and consistency!

Juice III

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More experiments in juices.
#4
blueberries
orange
coconut water
maca
beet root
beet leaf
spirulina
coconut
orange juice
water
This one was good but I am definitely getting a lot of small chunks. This one tasted better after sitting for a couple hours.
I think I need a VitaMix. The chunks are tolerable but after I saw what a VitaMix could do at Costco and Jamba Juice, there is no compaarison. The Ninja will suffice for now until we can come up with the massive amount of money for the VitaMix.

*Note about beets. They stain hands (already mentioned the other effects in a previous post). No big deal unless you are greeting someone at the door. Note to self: Don’t try to shake hands with beet juice all over them (unless you are trying to scare off the visitor/door-to-door salesperson). I figure a good way to get rid of those pesky Jehovah’s Witnesses would be to rub the beet on my mouth and hands yelling “I think old man’s brains taste a little too metallic, save me part of the liver!” as I answer the door would take care of them.

#5
beet root and leaf
Cutie orange
2T flax seeds
1/2c pineapple
3c coconut water
3 kale leaves

This one was the best so far.
After sitting in the fridge for a day (I forgot to bring it to work yesterday) it got thick. I added some coconut water and mixed it in my blender bottle (dude that thought this up is a genius) and it is perfect.

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The Return of the Modern Philosopher

survivor-logoApparently, the tribe is not speaking fast enough.

The hit CBS reality series Survivor has secretly been filming its next season here in Maine during the coldest Winter the state has ever experienced.  This Modern Philosopher was allowed to be on the set for the first few days and filming, and I’m ready to predict that this will be the most difficult season in the show’s history.

During the first week the contestants were in town, the temperatures dipped to -35 degrees with the wind chill.  After the second night of such conditions, the Tribal Councils were a chaotic mishmash of players demanding to be voted off and sent home, or at least exiled to someplace with heat.  Several of the so called Survivors extinguished their own torches and tried to walk off the show.  The production company’s security team had to prevent their departure and filming was stopped until…

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Pictures

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I know, I know, I promised the juice recipes. I have them but I am at work and it is extremely busy today. I will get it today. I have noticed a lot of pictures on web sites but I have a hard time taking pictures. I forget or I do not remember until after the fact (usually after I have finished the drink :/). I am still getting used to writing the recipes down so give me a little time. I actually took pictures of one recipe I made awhile ago but never posed them because it was a lot more work than just writing the blog. A lot more changes in my life, but hey, what’s one more? I know all the reasons for adding pictures, I just need to adjust how I do things and slow down a bit. I really get into cooking and juicing and by the time I am done I need to hurry and feed the kids or rush off to work. (Excuses, I know) My paradigm for the way I cook and blog needs to shift, nothing more. I wish I could be as good as many of the other beautiful blogs out there, but I am working on it.

Still juicing

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I decided to start using beets and more liquid in my blends. This has had interesting side effects. The first is easy, taste is better. It also leaves small pieces in the mix (about the size of the chopped garlic you see in the jars). This is to be expected because I am chopping a root. They add texture but it is not an unpleasant texture. The third is far more interesting and some might get disturbed by this. I have a pink tinge to my pee and my poop turns the toilet water red. I guess you would say “well, duh” to this but I had not really thought about it beforehand. Either it is the beets, or I am bleeding in my colon. I think I will go with the beets. It is certainly a change of pace to pee chardonnay rather than the usual lemonade. I do not have the recipes with me (I am waiting for them to finish putting on a new tire at Walmart) but I will post those later. I guess I should have named this one ‘Peeing Wine’ or something.

Any thoughts are welcome in this whole mess process. I enjoy comments and suggestions. Thanks for reading!

Juicing

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I have been vegan for a little while now and, honestly, I don’t miss meat or cheese. It is not,like I was forced to change for health or moral reasons. I went vegan to increase my athletic performance. The health benefits are a bonus and perhaps will become the reason for continuing this dietary choice. Perhaps the fact that it is a choice makes it easier. I know I can eat meat and cheese if I choose so the whole ‘forbidden fruit’ thing does not make me want to eat them.

We proceeded to the next level Saturday. We bought a Ninja. Contrary to popular belief, ninjas are not quiet. They are, in fact, louder than a school cafeteria on a rainy day schedule the day before winter break. Seems they could only have made it this loud if that was their goal.

Ninja Designer 1: Something isn’t right.
Ninja Designer 2: I know. It is too quiet. Almost as if the thing isn’t working hard enough.
Ninja Designer 1: I know! what if we put in a motorcycle engine but remove the muffler.
Ninja Designer 2: It still isn’t loud enough. I want to be able to make people think someone could grind up titanium bolts with this thing.
And so the Ninja was born. The reports of the Ninja Professional are mixed. Some say it is horrible with a lot of design flaws or that is leaves a lot of chunks. Some people have even gone through 3 or more of them because the pitchers break easily. I wanted to try it out because it is hhard to resist the price. Plus, there were just as many positive reviews. Before I bite the bullet and spent $500 on a VitaMix, I want to see what else is out there (this might also allow me to save up for the VitaMix).
So I made a few juices. Of course, I tested the ice-to-snow ability first. It did. That was nice, no chunks. Next I added strawberries, a banana, and some blueberries. It was good but I can do this with my $20 blender from Walmart. Next, I wanted to try a veggie juice.

Juice #2
blueberries
maca powder
chia seeds
coconut water
flax seeds
kale
This one tasted good although a bit bitter from the kale. Also, I realized that the chia creates a gel effect if it sits for any length of time in liquid. The bit left in the pitcher turned into pudding by the time I finished drinking. I also wonder if using them in the blender sped up the gel-making process.

Juice #3
almond milk
blueberries
Spectrum Decadent Blend Chia & Flax Seed (a blend with coconut, cacao powder, flax and chia seeds)
2T maca powder
This was rather good, but I made pudding again.
Interesting though, I am starting to wonder if the blueberries are part of the bitterness. I will try one without them to taste the difference.

I realize I have been writing this post for 3 days now so I will end and continue in another post. 🙂

As always, with Love and Light.

Debbie Ford

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RIP Debbie Ford. Author of Dark Side of the Light Chasers. She was an inspiration in both her words and her deeds. She overcame many personal obstacles and found her strength so she could show others how to do the same. To me, her greatest message was to help people mend the split between a person’s spirit, mind, and body. She was frequently in a great deal of pain in her last days. I know she has found peace. Her message has been delivered. Did you hear it yet?

Valentine’s Day

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Tomorrow I begin P90X. I wanted to start tonight until I remembered that it is Valentine’s (Valentime’s if you are under 7 years old) Day. Starting this tonight would go over as well as if my daughter had been born on a day I ran in a marathon. My wife (LitlBit) would have thrown a fit.

LitlBit: I am in labor
Me on the phone somewhere in the middle of downtown Phoenix using a water cup to imitate static: You’re in what? Day care? I don’t think they are open today honey.
Litlbit not fooled because digital lines do not have static: GET YOUR ASS HERE NOW WE ARE HAVING THIS CHILD.
Me leaving the race and taking a cab to the hospital all smelly and sweaty. You get what you ask for.
Of course, this did not happen. We scheduled the delivery. I was not running at all during that time. And I like my wife so I probably would have cancelled the race beforehand anyway.

Valentine’s is the day when we are obligated to express our love to those we love.
To my friends, I love you all.

For my children, my son has already expressed an interest in giving Skittles to his class. I took this to mean that he wants Skittles. Of course, this might mean something else entirely. So we might have a screaming fit followed by storming off to his room claiming that he is no longer my daddy (his way of saying that I am no longer worthy of the title ‘Daddy’). My daughter is still stuck on her birthday, so she is constantly singing Happy Birthday to herself and expressing that she is going to have a party. I am guessing she will be happy/traumatized (it depends on the moment) with whatever she gets. She is getting Skittles too. I will be getting them cards. My daughter (The Little Queen) is enamored with the musical cards he grandmother gets for her. The things usually drive us crazy with music and voices that send spikes right into your brain and make you wish for the sweet release of an exploding head sit around the house for months until we find them laying around sans children in sight.

For my wife, that is between us. 😛

I hope you all have a lovely day. Know that my love for you extends beyond this silly day because love is not measured by the amount of money you give. It is something that transcends this silly physical world. It is immeasurable and timeless. I give love because there is nothing more precious and nothing else you can give that will ever run out. Love is all there is.