Black Rice Salad

Published July 10, 2018 by lynn k scott

As part of my psuedo-raw, vegan, vegetarian diet I made up this dish.  I thought it would be great for lunch and it was!

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I started by making just half a cup of black rice.  Yes, I know, they look like little ants in a salad, but it’s SOOOOO good.  That, and you can use it to freak out your kids.  Either way, it’s a win!  Sorry…couldn’t resist; ok, I didn’t really try either.

Then I cut up some veggies to add to my salad:  Cucumber, mini bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, a bit of fresh cilantro, fresh basil and fresh dill (I put that one everything), shredded carrots and a few beets.  I made up a light dressing to toss it in.  Mixed everything together and divided into two portions.  I had lunch for two days.

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I will say, adding avocado to the salad, right before you eat it, will take it to a whole new level.  I am going to be making more for my lunches.  It is definitely better than the standard lettuce salad.

This salad was vegan, gluten-free and DELICIOUS!  I modeled it off a recipe I have been making for years (not my personal recipe).  You can make either or make it a combination.  Either way, it’s salad season…

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Omega Cube300R Juicer

Published July 10, 2018 by lynn k scott

I have purchased a new juicer to aid in healing my cancer naturally.  I currently own a standard, auger juicer, but through research, a quality, masticating juicer is recommended.  The throw-away pulp is actually dry instead of wet.  More nutrients are extracted from the vegetables and fruits.

Part of my diet change is consuming more vegetables, especially greens.  Until I am 100% used to vegetables on their own, I will be using a few fruits to balance out the flavor.  My health is in God’s hands, but I need to make an effort to make my body healthy inside and out.

I have given up red meat and pork.  I will have a little fish and chicken/turkey here and there.  Minimal milk products; mostly plant based milks instead.  I will be consuming more raw food as well as baked vegetables.

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After watching a video review of this particular juicer, I was hooked.  I have limited counter space and even less space between the counter and shelves.  This is the perfect, somewhat compact item for my needs.

I chose to order it from Bed Bath and Beyond.  There was a computer error that said it was eligible for a discount (and it wasn’t).  Luckily, I had proof what their website said, emailed it over and received the discount.  Additionally, I started the purchase through Ebates and received cash back on this purchase.  All in all, my savings was over $50.  I couldn’t be unhappy about that, right?

I’m excited for the juicer to arrive, which should be in two days.  I have plenty of produce on hand to give it a good trial run.  If you are interested in this product, you can visit the Omega website for more details.

Bottom’s up…here’s juice in your eye!

Pet Peeve

Published July 10, 2018 by lynn k scott

A huge pet peeve of mine is when homeschooling parents encounter parents who say they can’t homescool or couldn’t imagine spending all day.  While, these types of comments are common, what I find some homeschooling parents berate working parents.

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While I believe homeschooling could be (and should be) an option for every family, it’s doable IF the parent believes they are up for it.  However, to make snide remarks about working parents using brick and mortar schools or daycares to “justify” working so they won’t feel guilty for working because they “choose” to.

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I cannot stress enough, working parents are the only ones with the ability to assess their family’s needs.  Do I think public schools are acceptable?  Not in this day and age.  However, that is my opinion.  I also don’t care for public charter schools that offer stipends.  To me, it’s the same public education, with a bit more freedom, but parents are essentially bribed by the stipends to follow the rules by the district.  Yet, it works for many families; just not mine.

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I work choose to homeschool, while working full-time, because I believe that’s what’s best for MY family.  We complete new lessons at night, ‘homework’ is completed during the day.  We utilize weekends for completing assignments; if need be.  We also have our field trips on the weekend or I may take off a day here and there to attend special field events not offered on the weekends.

Here’s an idea:  whether you are a stay-at-home parent or a working one, you do what is best for your family.  You decide if you can live on one or two incomes.  Your values are not necessarily the same as someone else’s.  Every famly is unique.  Please be careful painting everyone with the same brush; esp. when they differ with your beliefs.  Homeschooling is challenging enough.  Last I knew, none of us were God, so save your judgement and perhaps offer support instead of criticism.

Fruit Platter

Published July 5, 2018 by lynn k scott

Sometimes I wish I didn’t have a background in catering; esp. when I have to bring something to a potluck. However, I do and that’s why I can’t just pick up pre-cut fruit, and bring it to where ever I am going.

Recently, I made a fruit platter for our VBS (Vacation Bible School) potluck bbq. I had envisioned using a cored out pineapple as the center of the dish; however, this was not meant to be.

I laid down some red-leaf lettuce. One, it provides a nice garnish but also covers up an blemishes on the platter. When I can, I prefer to use purple kale and I like the color contrast, but I had to use what was available.

I then cut a watermelon in half and sliced the half. This gave me some straight pieces of watermelon, which I halved again and created watermelon triangles. I placed them on the border of the platter and added a second layer.

I had cubed some cantaloupe melon and made a small layer, adding it between the watermelon layers to hold up the second layer of watermelon.

Added blackberries, opposite each other, did the same with some grapes and added cherries in the center. After all, everything is better when topped with a cherry (or cherries, in this case), right?

Last touch was to sprinkle some blueberries over the entire platter.

All in all, I was pleased with the outcome. To me, it ended up looking like a flower was in bloom.

Homemade fruit platters aren’t the cheapest to make, but they are gluten-free, fresh tasting and provide a healthy alternative to some of the items that normally accompany a bbq.

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Cancer Hope

Published July 5, 2018 by lynn k scott

I am part of an online Christian homeschool group.  I have been blessed to part of this group.  They offer support and encouragement in homeschooling and every day living.

I had posted a difficult post asking for some recommendations.  In addition to the information I had asked for, I was given the name of a person to contact.  As it turns out, this person had a very similar diagnosis to mine.

We exchanged messages yesterday and she was the blessing I needed to receive.  After almost a year since diagnosis, I had finally connected to someone I could relate to.  Like I have, she had turned her care over to God after her surgery.  She changed her diet and is now cancer-free.

I am currently in the process of changing my diet.  While science and doctors would admonish my decision to omit their “expert” advice, what I have received so far from them has been less than productive in my battle with cancer.

While I can’t speak for what others should do, I find her story to be extremely encouraging and it has given me new hope; hope I was struggling with.

 

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Smoking Ribs

Published July 5, 2018 by lynn k scott

Yesterday, as I had the day off (as did most people), I decided it was time to break in my new-to-me smoker.  I had stopped off at the store and picked up two racks of fresh baby back ribs.  Normally, I buy the prepackaged ribs, but I read if you’re going to smoke them, it’s best to buy them fresh.

I seasoned the ribs the night before and marinated them for 24-hours.  By using my own seasoning, I could guarantee it would be gluten-free.  We set up our smoker.  While it has two racks, we only needed one.  I chose to use hickory chunks (they burn longer than chips).

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Now, this was my first time ever smoking anything.  I was a bit intimidated but knew I could pull this off.  I made a “mop” sauce for the ribs and mopped them every 45 minutes.  I didn’t have any apple juice in the house, so I juiced some apples and pineapple, which worked very nicely with a few other ingredients.

Finally, it was time to take the ribs off the smoker.  When we cut into the ribs, we realized how much thicker they were than prepackaged ribs.  There was a nice smoke-ring and the flavor was amazing!

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My husband and I are already talking about our next smoking adventure.  We want to try a brisket.  I may even use some apple chunks next time.  I am enjoying this new culinary journey.  Once I have mastered this smoker, I believe we will be looking for a larger one.  Oh the delicious possibilities have definitely peaked my interest!

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