Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Digging My Way Out of the Laundry Pile

Getting back into the normal routine after a trip is always a chore with a large family. It still amazes me how much laundry a family of seven can produce on a short 5 day vacation! But I am digging my way out from underneath this mountain of dirty clothes and trying to get back to normal. Unpacking all of the suitcases is what I dread the most. Then I get to sort through all of the mess and try to make piles of color sorted laundry, the kiddos help with this. I already have done about 5 loads and I think I have 5 more.The older two help me with switching the wet clothes to the dyer and then emptying the dryer and folding. Thank goodness for that!
 On the brighter side, I am happy to say that my sprout kitchen is back in full swing. My lentils will be ready to eat today and the broccoli sprouts should be ready in three days. I will plant my sunflower seeds on Thursday or so, after they get their tails on. My adzuki beans are in the sprout bag.
 Now that I am back from the trip I have to start working on my goal. I said that I would learn how to sprout and juice my own wheatgrass after this short vacation. I took packets of wheatgrass powder with me to the hotel. It was very easy to dissolve it in my morning water and drink it down. Well, it is time to start gathering my notes on growing my own wheatgrass. I am excited and a bit nervous for this challenge. Anytime I embark on something new I get a tad bit intimidated. But once I get into it that feeling melts away. I just have to have a positive attitude, knowing that we all can do anything we put our minds to. 
Sunflower, Broccoli and Lentils

My kitchen is still quite empty. I shopped on Sunday for a few things but didn't have my menu planned for the week yet. Therefore I am limited on options for my raw dishes. This morning for breakfast I threw together this pie. I used what little I had on hand and I was more than pleased. This pie is yummy.

Banana Blueberry Breakfast Pie
 The hint of orange in the crust is a wonderful surprise. I made this crust a "loose" crust on purpose. I like the way it coats the pieces of fruit when I take a spoonful. If you want a firm crust, just moisten it with a little water or raw agave while processing. If you use raw agave remember to cut down on the number of dates you put into the crust dough. Don't skip the basil. It adds such a wonderful component to raw desserts and fruit dishes. After I took the picture I added about 10 small leaves of basil to my pie. It was fabulous, I love basil with fruit. I used some of my boxwood basil from my container garden. Remember, here in SW Florida we don't have our gardens growing like the rest of the US. I am anxiously awaiting Fall as I posted before, so I can get my square foot gardens planted. But until then I am enjoying the few things I have growing on our upper deck. I have 3 cucumbers growing right now and the herbs are doing well. My pepper plants are growing very slowly and the tomatoes are doing strange things.
Here is the recipe for my Banana Blueberry Breakfast Pie:

Banana Blueberry Breakfast Pie

Crust:
Handful of soaked and dehydrated raw almonds
Handful of Buckwheat Krispies
1/4 C dried coconut ground fine (reserve a pinch for garnish)
4 deglet dates
capful of vanilla extract
2 drops of orange extract(or use orange zest)
1 T Hemp seeds
pinch of sea salt
Process the crust ingredients until completely mixed. This will be a loose crust. If you want a firmer crust, moisten with some water while processing. Arrange crust around the perimeter of a large bowl.

Filling:
1 C fresh blueberries
2 small bananas sliced into rounds
1 sprig of boxwood basil

Place blueberries in the center of the crust in the bowl. Arrange banana slices around the pile of blueberries. Top fruit with several leaves of boxwood basil, sprinkle with a little dried coconut ground fine. Enjoy!
~JMJ~Today I am grateful for my son's health improvements. He has been 100% dairy and wheat free for two weeks and his healing is beginning to show. We have a long way to go, as his GI tract was very inflamed, but I am grateful for the little bit of progress he is already making. No more bloated pot belly and the big D has subsided. I look forward to his continued healing and progress. Diet is everything! It is amazing how we can be blinded by the everyday busyness and neglect to see the culprits. I had learned that those two offenders were awful but when trying to slowly wean little ones off of foods they are use to, it can be quite a hurdle. Now that he is more understanding it is easier, a bit. He now can realize and say, "Mommy, I can't have that because it isn't good for my body??" He'll even say, "Does it have wheat or dairy?" Or, "Cow's milk is yucky!" Love it!
Peace and Raw Health.

6 comments:

Nelly said...

ohhhh thanks for sharing the photos of your sprouting jars...i've been wondering how to make homemade ones!!!

=)

your breakfast sounds and looks divine!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Nelly,
Thanks for posting a comment. Look here for more details on my homemade jars.
http://rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com/2010_06_06_archive.html
They are under the June 6-13th posts

kelli said...

ugh, laundry. i don't know how moms do it - i can hardly keep up on mine and john's!

your breakfast pie looks delish! the crust sounds amazing - love the idea of leaving the crust loose. it's almost like a pie/cereal. mmm!

i'm happy your son's health is improving, and aww to the cute things he says!

Elizabeth said...

Kelli,
Thanks for your kind comments!
Peace,
Elizabeth

Cynthia said...

Happy to have you back safe and sound. Also happy to hear that you guys had a wonderful trip. Love the breakfast pie. Cynthia

evergreen said...

Hehe....I always felt I needed a vacation after a vacation:)

Your breakfast pie is beautiful!

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