Cookbook for Kids

I think it was on Rawmoms that I saw one of the moms has created a cookbook for kids.  I thought that was a great idea.  But what I find with most cookbooks is that you only do a handful of recipes out of them and the rest just don't suit your family or tastes.  So rather than invest in a cookbook I figure I will create one with the kids.  We will only put in recipes that the kids love and that are easy enough for them to make. (or at least do most of it themselves!)  I make the recipe with the kids, taking pictures of the various steps so that the cookbook will have pictures as well as written instructions on how to make each recipe.

Here is the first recipe that will be going in our kid cookbook.  The idea behind this one comes from the chocolate syrup recipe from "Raw: The Uncookbook" by Juliano.  He combines maple syrup, EVOO, and carob.  I used to spread raw almond butter on pieces of banana, then drizzle with the chocolate sauce.  Here is our new creation - nutty chocolate sauce.

Ingredients: Raw almond butter, Raw Chocolate Powder, 100% Pure Maple Syrup

Measure 1 cup of maple syrup into jar.

Stir in 1 Tbs raw chocolate

and 2 Tbs of raw almond butter.

Drizzle over banana slices and try to keep your kids fingers out of this yummy food!

I have also done this starting with the raw almond butter and adding raw chocolate and maple syrup until it makes a creamy fudge dip.  Goes great with bananas, strawberries, and apple slices.

 Lost My Bragging Rights

Since David and I were married, everytime a vehicle had an accident or was damaged, it was because of dear hubby.  I won't go into the long list (but it is looooong!) so as not to completely bash my poor husband.  But it has almost been a point of bragging rights for me that I had never damaged our cars.

Until yesterday.

We were coming home from church and decided to cut through Norwalk so we could dumpster dive at the Fareway.  Dumpster diving was a good decision as we got TONS of great produce -  tons of cucumber, oranges, grapes and apples, potatoes, brocolli, green onions, and several shrink wrapped packages of peppers and onions already cut up and just begging to be made into fajitas.

Anyway, we decided to cut through the back roads to come home.  The paved roads weren't bad at all.  Then we turned on the dirt road to head to our little piece of countryside.  It was so beautiful - snow packed roads, snow falling, driving through the woods - it always makes me think of that song:

"Over the river and thru the wood,
To grandfather's house we go;
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh,
Thru the white and drifted snow, oh!"

The road ends at a T where you can go right to the Banner shooting range, or left, over a little bridge, and the road continues.  I put on the brakes extra early since everyone knows that driving in snow isn't a problem - it's stopping in snow that is a problem.  Well, the brakes immediately went into their anti-lock vibrations, which I HATE!  David insists that it would be worse without them, but you might as well just be sliding because you still can't stop the car with anti-lock brakes.  I tried pumping them, but there was just no traction.

We lucked out that there has been so much snow that has not melted and more snow on top of that because instead of running off the road and into the creek, we plowed into, and half on top of, a big snowbank.  I did take out the sign that told how much weight the bridge supported.

We also were lucky that the Banner shooting range was right there.  A car came down and picked up David and brought him down to find someone with a 4 wheel drive.  Then the 4 wheel drive came down and brought me and the girls to the main building so we could be warm while they located a tow strap and got the van pulled off the embankment.  The guys at the shooting range were so nice.  They gave all sorts of goodies to the girls while we waited - a camouflage drink holder, a Dept. of Natural Resources water bottle, and a duck call.  What more could you ask for?!

Anyway, apparently we were the third vehicle that morning to plow into the embankment at the end of the road.  When we drove out we could see where the other cars had ended up.  That made me feel a little better about crashing the van.  Also the fact that the car is okay.  There is a only a little place on the bottom side of the bumper that got bent as the van was yanked off the embankment.

I had David drive the rest of the way home after that little adventure onto the snowbank.  To further make me feel better, when we came to the first turn we could make to go home, David wasn't able to get the car slowed down in time to make the turn.  So we went straight, veeeerrrry sloooooowly to the next turn and made that one.  But if David had been faced with the end of a road like I had been, we would have been in the ditch again!

 Hunting and Gathering

Next week I have an appointment to meet with a WIC nutrition counselor so I can get our next round of checks.  I am working on finding articles and research online that I can take to support my position on how I eat and what I choose to feed my kids.  Now, I know life would be much simpler if I just sat there and regurgitated what I know they want to hear.  But I suck at lying.  So I am looking at this as a low level activist moment.  Instead of the "nutritionist" educating me on how to feed my family, I will be educating the nutritionist.

Today I started making some copies of articles from Dr. Mercola's website about milk.  That is obviously a big issue since the government standard is LOTS of milk for growing kids.  So I copied information about how bad pasteurization is on milk and why raw milk is the one that does a body good.  (currently illegal to buy in my state, though they are working on passing legislation to change that- hooray!)

I also am researching the links between big pharma, big agribusiness and federal positions that are supposed to be protecting us from those businesses.  I want to have a list of all the people that have transitioned from one to the other, thus showing how the reality is our best interests are not being served by the federal oversight.

The next information that I wanted was relating to the information from The China Study showing the irrefutable link between casein and cancer.  This got me thinking....I wonder what the Mercola website has to say about that.  I have been finding lots of great information there lately so thought I would check it out, hoping that it would validate the science.

I was shocked when the search did indeed turn up an article with the title:


But, then I read the article, and the flaw is not one that I think will make a big difference for most people.  Dr. Mercola's issue with the study is that it does not differentiate between raw and cooked animal proteins.  His position is that we need some animal products in our diet and that the harmful effects come only after cooking them. (that would be pasteurization of dairy)  He actually eats raw ostrich several times a week.  Anyone up for that?! (bleh! says I, but then I have had steak tartar, so I guess not much different)

I also find it interesting that lately in the raw food world, a couple of the big names have come out and spread the word that they are not 100% raw anymore.  Paul Nison came out that he occasionally has raw goats milk and even the green smoothie inventor herself, Victorio Boutenko, has added cooked food to her diet.

Back when I was 100% raw, I would eat raw cheese.  I would grate it on my salads, use it in raw sandwiches, and eat it with apple slices.  For most in the raw world, that is taboo.  Vegan is the only way.  But I was incredibly healthy even with my cheese.  

So what does all this have to do with each other??  I guess to me it is just validating the importance of a mostly raw and mostly vegan diet.  This would fit with both Dr. Campbell and Dr. Mercola's position on animal protein.

Back to the hunting and gathering.  I want to have a nice stack of information to present come next Monday. :)