Monthly Archives: July 2012

GF vegan Mac n Cheese

GF Vegan Mac n cheese

16 oz GF pasta
2 TB earth balance
1/4 c large flake nutritional yeast (LFNY)
Black pepper
Dash of onion powder
Pinch of garlic powder
Pinch of mustard powder
Dash of paprika
2 c almond milk (or other non dairy)
1 package Dayia cheddar cheese

Boil water then add pasta and cook according to directions on box.
Drain pasta but do not rinse.

In med saucepan, melt butter over med-high heat. Add the LFNY, and paprika, whisk. Pour in milk and other spices until starting to thicken.
Pour in Dayia cheese and whisk until combined and melted.

Combine pasta and cheese.


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Obese birds

Ever seen an obese lovebird?
The very image of it scares my little scaredy bird. 😛

(he really didn’t hold still for more than a mili second for this one!)


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Butternut Squash Soup

I don’t know about you but I think this was the first time I’ve ever had butternut squash soup. I’ve always thought it to be bland… and just bland. But this was actually pretty good!! (After I modified it).
I have been trying to find different things to feed my bird that he will actually eat because all he eats is fruit and nuts (along with his cold pressed pellets) and he needs more vegetables… And so do I.
So here is the recipe that I had tweaked to be edible for me and birdie. The key is to use as much organic as possible especially when feeding food to your birds.

1 medium organic butternut squash.
3/4 cup organic yellow onion
1/2 head garlic
3 1/2 cups organic chicken stock
Olive oil
1/4 tsp curry
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp black ground pepper
(I estimated on the spices, I really just measured in my hand).

Preheat oven onto 400°F.
In a 9 x 13 baking dish coat with thin layer of olive oil.
Cut butternut squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Place cut side down in baking dish.
Cook for about 20 – 40 minutes until fork tender.
Chop the heads off of the garlic and place in aluminum foil heads up and drizzle with olive oil. Close aluminum foil to secure and bake for about 20 minutes until tender.
In dutch oven sauté onions in 1 tablespoon olive oil until translucent.
When butternut squash and garlic is ready, peel butternut squash and dice and add to the onions.
Squish the roasted garlic out of the skins and add to onion and butternut squash mixture. Mingle the flavors.
Transfer the vegetables from the Dutch oven into a blender. Add 3 1/2 cups chicken stock to blender. Add spices on top, and blend until smooth and creamy.
Transfer back to Dutch oven, bring to a boil, and then simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until heated through.

For finicky bird eaters cool the soup and serve with tortilla chip to get him to eat it. (my bird is quite content at the moment after chowing down).






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Food for thought…what’s actually in our food supply?

Watch this video and you will not scoff at eating organics again.

I have been on a journey to heal myself naturally. Last year I came across one person who made a difference. I’ve only seen her once or twice. But she informed me about gluten. I was told before if I go off gluten it might help…my response, “what’s gluten?”
It didn’t penetrate at the time because I was a week away from moving and had better things to think about.
When I moved to Oregon, my stomach pains increased with EVERYTHING I ate! If you could ever imagine digesting knives, that’s what it felt like. Ya, no fun. And trying to hide the pain from others was even more challenging. Two months before I went off gluten I had dealt with 2 level 20 pain attacks from endometriosis. Once was while driving home, a 40 minute drive. Why I didn’t drive to the ER?….maybe the high cost and never getting any results and no medical insurance was a factor… So anyway.
After that, I met this person who told me more about gluten. And the key factor was “it can help you lose weight” well now THAT got my attention!
After one month of going off gluten, my endo pains were GONE! My body went through some amazing transformations that month. I’ll spare you the details. But the human body can heal itself once you stop feeding it poison. And no detox teas or powders were used in that process.
So after a year of going gluten free, my fibromyalgia pain is still persisting. So let’s remove dairy now. I always seems to have this acne problem…at 31 years of age! There must be some correlation. My body went through the same purging reaction and if I eat any dairy now the pain is worse. :-/ And my acne has cleared up so much! And I have noticed some difference with pain levels. But still not pain free.
I think the next factor is removing all meats from my diet. Because organic meat is way outta my budget and it tastes funny anyway (maybe thats the way it should taste and that’s why they chemically altered it?)…
I can become a vegetarian…really I can.



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Getting some free D3!!!


You know how long it took to get his pic with him sitting still…the potted dirt below kept distracting him. 😛

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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in A day in the life of Jeni


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Tomato Sunset


The sunsets have been soo pretty lately! Also my Romas are starting to grow. The heat is helping. Now I just have to fend off the aphids! Need some ladybugs….



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