Thursday, March 31, 2011

A box of kisses

I have found this story on my friend's blog page. It touched my heart so deeply, that I could not go past it without sharing it.

A Box of Kisses
by Author Unknown


The story goes that some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, "This is for you, Daddy." He was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found the box was empty. He yelled at her, "Don't you know that when you give someone a present, there's supposed to be something inside it?" The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said,"Oh, Daddy, it is not empty. I blew kisses into the box. All for you, Daddy." The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged for her forgiveness.

It is told that the man kept that gold box by his bed for years and whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us as humans have been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, friends, family and God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.


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Eating RAW. Mashed "Potatoes" and Salad

Mashed "Potatoes" and Salad


Mashed "Potatoes"
The recipe is taken from Matt Amsden's "Rawvolution" book


Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups cauliflower, ground in food processor
1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts, ground in food processor
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1 small clove of garlic, peeled
Freshly ground black pepper

Method:
In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients except the pepper and process until the mixture looks fluffy, like mashed potatoes. Top with ground black pepper. 

Parsley Salad
Quickly put together fresh ingredients go very well with the cauliflower mash!


Ingredients:
A large bunch of fresh parsley
1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped spring onion
1/4 of 1 red capsicum
For the dressing:
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
Sea Salt
2-3 cloves of garlic, peeled

Method:
Chop the parsley, transfer it to a large mixing bowl, add chopped cherry tomatoes, chopped capsicum and spring onion. Mix well.
Dressing:
In a blender, combine all the dressing ingredients and blend until smooth. Add to the salad, mix well and serve!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Forgiveness


"And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."

MARK 11:25






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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Underwater life

"The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper.
I cannot quite make it out" 
- Annie Dillard

Swimming is a whole culture in Australia. While living in Moscow, Russia, I never had the chance to learn to swim. Moscow is situated far away from the sea, surrounded by land. Winters are very cold and summers are so short, that there is not enough hot sunny days in them. Besides, nights can be quite cold too, during summer, and water in the lakes and rivers just can't stay warm for long. I am not a fan of cold water! But I always wanted to swim.


I am a water person, I love the ocean, love listening to it.... love being around water. And a few weeks ago I achieved one of my old time dreams, I learned to swim. Now I try to go to the pool regularly a few times a week. I set goals in front of me, practising my technique, and learning new styles. I also have a big goal - I would love to try surfing! But for now, it seems so impossible to me... just like swimming seemed once upon a time. 

"Celebrate what you've accomplished, but raise the bar
a little higher each time you succeed"
 - Mia Hamm
 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Raspberry Tiramisu

This one is the yummiest chocolate dessert I have ever tasted! 
I should admit though, I have not made many raw desserts yet, but I am sure this is going to be a long term favourite.
You can make this one instead of dinner, how good is that! 
And you can have a couple of portions at ones and guilt free. 
It's raw, it's fresh, it's anbelievebly tasty and has its own nutritional goodness, 
like no cooked desserts.


The original recipe is taken from Juliano's RAW UNcooked book, here I have changed it a little.


Ingredients:

For cake mixture:
1C dates
(the original recipe has 1/2 C dates + 1/2 C dried figs, I use only dates)
filtered water for soaking dates
1/2 C maple syrup (look for pure organic 100% maple syrop, not a substitute)
1/2 tb sp vanilla extract (look for organic)
1 1/2 tb sp raw carob powder

For raspberry cream:
1/2 C raw walnuts
1/2 C frozen raspberries
1/3 C pure organic maple syrup
1 tb sp vanilla extract (organic)

For garnish (optional):
raspberries
strawberries
pomegranate seeds
chocolate mint
1 tb sp Raw Chocolate Sauce (scroll down for the recipe)
edible flowers

* I chose frozen raspberries, mint and raw chocolate sauce for garnish (in my opinion chocolate sauce complites the dish perfectly!)

Method:
Soak dates in water for 2 hours (if you use figs as well, soak them too); drain. Puree the dates (and figs if used), maple syrup, vanilla extract and raw carob powder in a blender or food processor. Divide the date mixture in half and spoon each into a glass or any other serving dish of your choice. Set aside.

In a blender, blend the walnuts, frozen raspberries, vanilla extract and maple syrup (add a little bit at a time, so you can work out the sweetness you want to achive, don't add all at ones, you might prefer it less sweet than the recipe) until creamy (or you might prefer to leave it a bit crunchy, so it has different texture). Spoon the raspberry cream evenly on top of each date cake. Sprimkle on top with a garnish of your choice. Drizzle with Raw Chocolate Sauce. Serve immidiately.


Raw Chocolate Sauce


Ingredients:
3 C maple syrup
2/3 C olive oil (cold pressed, extra virgin, I used)
2 tb sp vanilla extract
1 C raw carob powder

Now, here you don't have to make as much of the sauce, I usually use a third of ammount of each ingredient and it allows me to make a fare bit of the sauce any way, so it should last you awhile even if you make only a third.

Method:
Combine the ingredients in a blender. Blend well and enjoy.
Keeps indefinitely.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Have faith in God!


"Have faith in God," Jesus answered.
"I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."

MARK 11:22-24

Monday, March 21, 2011

"Just one doll"

“It’s teatime and all the dolls are at the table. Listen. It’s that simple.”
- Anne Lamott


While being busy last week, I have had my first attempt to make a handmade doll for my daughter.
I did not have any pattern, so I drew a sketch myself. So here are a few pictures of what it turned out like. I did not make clothes for her yet, so she is wearing what we already had. Next, I'd like to try to make her a pretty outfit as well, and.... may be a friend or two.






JUST ONE DOLL
Poem by RomaMay 
If you could only keep one doll
Of all the dolls you own,
If only one doll would become
The last doll in your home,
Which doll would you give favor to,
Which one would your heart choose?
Would it be the prettiest,
Or the oldest and most used?

Or would it be the doll you got
As a little girl,
The one with teeth and big,brown eyes
And long,dark tendrilled curls?
Or would it be the homely one
That set you back a bit,
The doll whose straw is breaking through
Her legs,where seams are split?

Or would it be that German doll
With soulful eyes of blue,
Born at the turn of the century
And born to be with you?
The doll you found at that estate,
Forced to liquidate,
By events beyond control,
The one you couldn’t wait
To carry home,to treasure,own,
The one with flaxen curls,
The doll your heart had longed for so,
In vain,when just a little girl?

Or would it be the little boy
From 80 years ago,
From your dear Aunt,the one you can’t
Ever wait to show
To company?…Or would it be
The rubber baby doll
Your children played with years ago?

Why can’t you keep them all?
You look at each and everyone,
Some,gifts from those you love,
And your sad heart cannot decide
Which one to place above
The rest of them…Each one has been
So special to your heart;
But the time to let them go
Has come and you must part
With all but one…It must be done
Before the day is through;

I wonder which doll you would pick
From dolls so dear to you?





Wednesday, March 16, 2011

No one knows who the Son is except the Father...


"All things have been committed to Me by My Father. 
No one knows who the Son is except the Father, 
and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those 
to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him."

LUKE 10:22




Wednesday, March 9, 2011

But I tell you who hear me...


"But I tell you who hear me: 
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 
bless those who curse you, 
pray for those who mistreat you."

LUKE 6:27,28






Monday, March 7, 2011

My raw eating journal. Fruity Breakfast

From today on I am going to publish only one new recipe at a time. This is because I am favouring some of the recipes and continue "cooking" the same meals time to time during my raw days. And also this way I'm hoping to update my blog with new raw ideas a bit more frequently.
All together my raw food journey  is going really well, I am enjoying it so much! I am discovering a lot of new delicious recipe ideas and ready to share them with you.


Today's recipe is:

Fruity Breakfast


Those two go really well together: "Fruit salad" and "Vanilla Mousse", delicious combination of sweet date mousse and freshness of fruits.

Fruit Salad


For these recipe I used combination of seasonal fruits: peaches, nectarins, pears, apples and grapes - these fruits are in season now in Australia. Chop them up, sprinkle with a few lemon balm or mint leaves. 
Ready to enjoy!

Vanilla Mousse


This recipe is taken from Juliano's "The UNcook book"

Ingredients:
1 cup dates
1 t sp vanilla extract (look for organic)
water

Method:
In a blender or food processor, puree the dates and vanilla extract, add a bit of water to make it smoother. Spoon the mousse into a glass or a serving bowl. Decorate with mint.

Simple and unbelievebly yummy!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Image of the day




"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. 
Always remember, you have within you 
the strength, the patience, 
and the passion to reach for the stars 
to change the world"
 
-Harriet Tubman


Saturday, March 5, 2011

"Heart o' the North" by Robert Service

The other day, when I was browsing through the blogs of my fellow bloggers, I happened to read a poem by Robert Service, on one of the blogs.
Since I have moved the countries, and changed languages, I was looking for English classic poetry, and had not happened to read any yet, until now. Admittedly, I don't have much spare time to read books with two little toddlers, so most of the time I read poetry when I happen to see something good and interesting online.

I am new to reading Robert Service, and I have not read many yet, but I definitely look forward to reading more of his poems.



"Heart o' the North"
by Robert Service

And when I come to the dim trail-end,
I who have been Life’s rover,
This is all I would ask, my friend,
Over and over and over:

A little space on a stony hill
With never another near me,
Sky o’ the North that’s vast and still,
With a single star to cheer me;

Star that gleams on a moss-gray stone
Graven by those who love me –
There would I lie alone, alone,
With a single pine above me;

Pine that the north wind whinnies through –
Oh, I have been Life’s rover!
But there I’d lie and listen to
Eternity passing over.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Go into all the world





He said to them,  
"Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."

MARK 16:15-16

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hello Autumn!

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. 
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, 
and the storms their energy, 
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves" 
- John Muir
 

While Northern Hemisphere celebrates spring, we are welcoming the autumn season in Australia. For me it is the second favourite season after spring, when days become cooler and nights cozier. It's time to harvest and prepare for winter.