Map of the world...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Most advanced student of the week!

I felt just like a kid today. Over the past couple of months I've been taking ice skating lessons from a private coach. I've been trying hard to do what he's been telling me and practicing when I have time but I've been down about my slow progress on the ice. No, I'm not doing any jumps or spins but learning the basics and how to properly skate. But today I was able to do something I never thought I could and with my fear (of an adult) he said it might take me a while. Well today I tried it without him having to hold my hand and I DID it. I was proud of my self but my coach was smiling from ear to ear and was hugging me like a little kid. I've never seen him so proud and happy. Really made me feel like a kid and so good inside. He told me I was the most advance student of the week... but it's only Tuesday night...
Ice skating is hard work but I'm not going to give up and I'll keep trying.
On another note: is there something wrong with me or do I just always scare guys away...

Monday, February 21, 2011

Work, Work, Work...

That's all I seem to be doing lately. Last week was my week off but they called me to work a couple of days and I agreed to a few hours on Thurs and Friday. Now it's my week to work 10 hours per day which of course turn into 11 hours per day and it will not end till Sunday. It's nice to have a week off but by the time you recover from the work week it's time to start work again.
Today I have such a headache from work, stinky therapy pool at work, and thinking about an important matter. Sometimes I wish I could just run away and not have to work or think about anything. But where do I run? New Zealand? - I wish (of course now the earthquake happens and it makes me a little scared, but how cares, I get to see N and M and the beautiful country.
Maui? - still have to work since it's so expensive, Europe? - find myself a rich, old dude who can support my travels and shopping and don't have to work again. Ha ha that would never happen.
Well enough of my boring thoughts... oh and I have many thoughts no one wants to hear...
Praying for those in New Zealand...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

SNOW!!!


Woke up to a beautiful snowy day. The flakes are are like tiny coasters coming down from the sky.
It's like a white wonderland...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Morning Glory Muffins

Dry ingredients
1 cup millet flour
3/4 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour or starch
1 cup brown sugar
3 T ground cinnamon
1/2 t baking powder
1 1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/2 t xanthan gum (can be left out)

Wet ingredients
3 large eggs
3/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 t vanilla extract
2 cups grated carrots
1 medium apple (Granny Smith)
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F after you place muffins in turn it to 350 degrees F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (except brown sugar, that could be added after the wet ingredients)
3. In a medium bowl, mix together the eggs (for 1 min), oil, and vanilla. (use medium-high speed with a handheld mixer or medium speed with a stand mixer). Add the dry ingredients and continue to blend for 1 minute. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the carrots, apple, pineapple, coconut, raisins, and walnuts.
4. Spoon batter into prepared muffins cups so they are two-thirds full.
5. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
6. Cool muffins in the pan for 5 min. Remove muffins from pans and cool completely on a wire rack. Store in a airtight container.
Makes 2 dozen muffins

Monday, February 14, 2011

FASTING & JUICING RECIPES

Master Cleanse Lemonade

2 Tbsp Lemon juice from organic lemons
2 Tbsp Maple syrup grade B (I use 1 Tbsp agave nectar instead is lower in sugar)
1/10 tsp cayenne pepper (uses a very small pinch and work up from there)
You can multiply 4 or 5 times and sip throughout the day

Vita Life Juice
1/2 beet
3 carrots
3 celery stalks
Thumbnail size organic red skin potato
Thumbnail size radish
½ thumbnail size ginger
2-3 leaves of Greens (beets and stems, parsley, kale, or spinach)
Opt. cilantro, basil, dill, peppermint
You can multiply 4 or 5 times, as is one serving

Green Veggie Juice
3-4 leaves Greens: kale, spinach, collard, Swiss chard
½ cucumber
2-3 stalks celery
1-2 green apples
½ clove garlic
Opt. cabbage, green pepper, cilantro, basil, peppermint, or anything else green
Is one serving size?

Live Creamy Carrot Soup

4 large organic carrots ½ sweet onion
2 large garlic cloves 2 stalks celery
1 cup spinach 1 tsp Celtic sea salt
1 Tbsp cumin 1 avocado
3 cups distilled or reverse osmosis H20
Blend all ingredients in Vita mix or may cut in very small pieces to blend in another blender.

Note: taken from Hallelujah Diet Recipes

Apple and Fennel Salad

2 heads fennel thinly sliced (include a few tops)
4 golden delicious apples thinly sliced
1 head celery thinly sliced
½ cup basil chopped
2-3 fennel fronds chopped

Dressing: Mayonnaise
1 cup young coconut meat or pine nuts
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 medjool dates or 1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 teaspoon turmeric

Slice fennel, apples, and celery thing with a mandolin, v slicer, or food processor slicing blade. Chop the basil and feathery fennel fronds.
Place young coconut meat, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, turmeric and dates in a blender and blend until smooth.
Toss dressing with fennel, apples, celery, basil, and fennel fronds mixing well.

Shelf life: Best eaten fresh but keeps well refrigerated for 1-2 days (after this the apples may turn brown). Note: taken from Hallelujah Diet Recipes

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Time to update my blog

Wow I can't believe it has actually been almost two years since I've updated anything about my life. Let's see... Well I mostly work so that's nothing to update about... I have been to Romania in 2009 which you can read about on the Romania blog. It was an amazing trip traveling with some amazing women. We worked with boys and girls with disorders from special placement centers around Romania. God did amazing things at camp. We enjoyed working together with the Romanian team and enjoying God's beautiful creation.
I also went to Maui with my brother and friend and loved to get to show them around and enjoy the beautiful Maui from the beach to the top of Haleakala.
Christmas was amazing with my cousins visiting from Romania. We got to go to the Portland Zoo Lights, Multhnoma Falls, Solid Rock Christmas Eve service, downtown Portland, and lots of shopping.
End of January I went to Palm Springs, Florida to visit my aunt and cousins. Had a relaxing time just hanging out in the sun by the pool, playing with my little cousins, walking to the beach and seeing the turtles. I also go to spend one night and one day at Disney World where I could be a kid. We had great weather and enjoyed riding all the rides and seeing all the creative things at Disney.
Now I'm back to working lots of hours, 10 hour days for a week and one week off. Not to bad for now. Hopefully I get more time off and I can go to New Zealand.
Hope to update with more exciting news.