Apricot & Coconut Bliss Balls

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Three months have passed since my last post and although I’m not posting today about animal welfare or rights, I felt it was time to make my presence known again.

The reason for such a long delay are several. Without going into details: our daughter moved out of our home and to another state, I had a health concern, holiday planning, painting several interior rooms, and the sad passing of my Grandmother who was two months shy of turning 102! So here I sit at the computer thinking and happy to hopefully have some rest time.

A friend of mine who lives in Vienna Austria sent me magazines and sweets that I received yesterday and today. I know some German so the magazines help me to learn more. Among the sweets are my favorite apricot chocolates called Sissi Taler. They are WONDERFULLY delicious!

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To learn more about Sissi Empress Elizabeth of Austria click this link: Empress Elizabeth

As I enjoyed the apricot splendor, I began searching for apricot truffle recipes that I could make at home. I found this recipe that looks amazing and look forward to trying. You can find the recipe at this link: Apricot & Coconut Bliss Balls

I hope that 2017 brings you many wonderful and happy surprises. I look forward to doing what I can in the coming year to help the precious factory farm animals. They want to live just as much as any animal and I hope to make a difference.

May 2017 open eyes to kindness in our world. Kind Food, Kind You…

Free Turkeys!

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As I was thinking of a title for this post, I simply looked at the photo. I could have chosen Wild Turkeys but more appropriate was ‘Free’ Turkeys. I’m sure there are those who thought the post was about free turkeys to eat. Turkeys in their nonliving and non-feathered state. On the contrary, it’s about freedom. Being free to live!

We are almost two months away from Thanksgiving. We look forward to family and friends, being thankful and for…..food! When I became Vegetarian one might say I went cold ‘turkey’. Except that for several years afterward, I would eat turkey at Thanksgiving. Tradition and taste was a hard thing to give up! But the year came when I finally saw the living bird as wanting to live! I stopped excluding the turkey from deserving to live it’s life as all other animals deserved. There comes a day when one sees not life on their plate, but death. And it’s not happy, nor joyful, nor thankful. The turkey’s in the photo are getting their nutrients from the green living grass and plants. Plants are nutritious! Vegetation doesn’t cry out to us if cut or eaten, but an animal will. There is a vast difference there.

With Thanksgiving around the bend, let’s take a little time to comprehend life and how precious it is to all who have it. Shouldn’t animals have the right to be happy? For those who say “okay, I don’t want to eat precious birds any longer at Thanksgiving, but what do I do?” You have options: Health food stores sell a bean based food called Tofurkey! Look it up. You can try a nice homemade veggie loaf. They are usually bean based. Grape Nuts Roast is another alternative. I’ll include the recipe below. In the meantime, if you’re struggling between meat eating versus becoming Vegetarian or Vegan, please know this: even cutting back on eating animals will help to save them. It may not have saved the ones you ate, but it helps to save the ones you haven’t. Take it a step at a time and it gets easier with each step you take. May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and may our meal consist of kind food.

Grape Nuts Roast

 

 

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A Healthy Push

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So many of us criticize ourselves. It may sound absurd, but many times acceptance of oneself brings peace with the benefit of ‘change’! By taking the pressure off of yourself, you’re able to breathe and actually be happy!

People have different reasons for exercising. Some want a better looking body where others want good health. Here’s yet another example and it’s about me: I weigh just under 100 pounds and I’m 5’1″ tall. I am very petite. I can wear children size clothes and shoes. I decided to exercise today by walking. I greatly need more muscle and weight. If I were a fruit maybe I’d be considered a raspberry. They are so fragile!! The point is, we are ALL different from one another, but we need to see how special we are as individuals, similar to the photo above.

Now don’t get me wrong. Acceptance is one thing, but our health is another. Exercise is a kind thing to do FOR your body. When you exercise for your health it brings results to your body both inside AND out. So whichever wonderful ‘fruit’ you may be, exercise will just make you a prize specimen! You know what I mean? Such as when you go the market and look at all of a particular fruit and pick the best from the bunch.

So you may be asking, “how do I start”? Well, starting is something you must choose to do. Sometimes it’s the hardest part. But if you are kind to yourself and not put so much pressure on yourself, you’re more likely to make progress! Try exercising for 5 minutes to start with. Some may laugh at this, but sometimes the slower you go the faster you will reach your goal. If you do too much too quickly, many give up.

It’s also good to push yourself a little. And I mean a ‘little’. If you’ve done 10 deep knee bends, then the next time do 11 or 12. You’ll gain strength and lose weight, but you just can’t do it in one day. I’m in this with you, so if you need support make a comment. I’ll see what I can do! A healthy push is good, but don’t overdo and stay the course…