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Mmmm--real food is SO good!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Hi everyone! Finally, we're back from our trip for Jonathan's graduation. We had THE best time with my family! 700 miles sure are a LONG way away--and it seems further, the older I get! One FUN thing is that my mom and I both qualified for a phone upgrade [I'm on my parent's plan, and my husband had always had company cell phones, but now we have to share until he finds another job], and I now am the proud owner of a iphone 4 for $.99--OH YEAH! emoticon It's SO fun texting my mom. I texted her to see if she was up yet, since I didn't want to wake her this morning, and I waited to hear back about 1 1/2 hrs. later to call. Then I texted to see if she was back from her lunch so I could call her about something, and she said she was just laying down for a nap and would text me when she woke up. I've NEVER had texting, and I had the OLD flip phone, so this is REALLY fun!

Okay, now for an update. I did pretty good on vacation, but then on the way home, we stopped for pizza [to visit our college boys at UWSTOUT] and I had some pizza [white flour] but other than that, I've gone almost 4 weeks without refined products--white sugar, flour, pasta and rice.

My exercise has been VERY sparse since falling. I hope to get back to things tomorrow.

My newest healthy eating goals are introducing coconut oil, raw honey, and real salt.

I'm using the Certified Organic, Ultra-Clean, Supreme Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil


And this is a GREAT article on the health benefits of coconut oil:

And another:

Raw honey: Here is an article on raw honey benefits:

But I'm actually going to buy mine from a Mennonite community and it's a pretty good price @ $32 a gallon.

And Redmond's Real Salt:

I made the BEST bread today! First I decided that if I'm using any white flour, I'm using Montana Wheat's white natural:

since it's chemical and GMO-free, and I can get 50# bags at the Mennonite community. BUT I didn't put any white flour in my bread today. I used freshly ground Wheat Montana Prairie Gold wheatberries, real salt, coconut oil, honey [yeast, etc.] and it was SO GOOD! I'm so very excited! DELICIOUS!

I ALSO made the coconut oil chocolate! Here is the recipe:
I did however use raw sugar cane juice instead of honey or maple syrup. It's DELICIOUS and my 7 year old really likes it too!

And tonight I made my pizza with mostly freshly ground whole wheat, and 2 cups of Natural White. I loaded it with carrot, cauliflower, red, yellow and orange peppers, mushrooms and black olives w/mozzarella cheese! Oh, my goodness! DELISH!

So, the theme of my blog! It's GREAT to eat REAL FOOD! emoticon

Love you all!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WINE4GIRL 5/3/2013 7:22AM

    Just yesterday, a neighbor mentioned raw honey (in my tea) to help me with allergies. I'll have to check out the links.

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AALLEY2 4/29/2013 5:43PM

    emoticon love real food too!

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SAL1512 4/28/2013 8:51PM

    You are making me hungry! I wish I could have some of that pizza!
Sally emoticon

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BERRY4 4/27/2013 9:29PM

    Thanks for sharing the recipe link. -- I still haven't add the Coconut Oil into my diet on any regular basis. I have some in the cupboard, but am still "waiting"!?!?!

You are blessed with a beautiful family!

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BONNIEBELLE2 4/27/2013 9:17PM

    I love coconut oil and raw honey...and Celtic sea salt or Himalayan pink salt :) Thanks for all the recipes! Glad you had a fun and safe trip!

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DOROTHYBERO 4/27/2013 7:41AM

    Iphones are fun - I love mine!

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ERIECANALGAL 4/27/2013 1:11AM

    Great blog! Sounds like you are excited and on a roll! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 4/26/2013 10:57PM

    Sounds like you have a lot to be proud of. You go girl!!!

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GRACEISENUF 4/26/2013 8:53PM

    I too keep reading the benefits of coconut oil and also to buy raw honey as close to where you live as possible...forgot why the proximity to where you live is important...hmmm :)

Your bread sounds so good, nothing beats homemade.

Enjoy that phone, my DD bought herself one at college and I still have the old flip up one my son no longer wanted, ha ha. I use a landline at home and I only use the cell when we go out of town I buy 20 dollars worth of minutes.

Glad you are back and eating clean. I am trying to do the same and I feel better already. I also just got back to exercising and I had forgotten how good it feels.


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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 4/26/2013 8:44PM

    Oh how fun! You can face time each other also. I LOVE doing that with the grand babies. emoticon

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BARBANNA 4/26/2013 8:32PM

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RAINBOWMF 4/26/2013 8:23PM

    Glad you had a good time

Thanks for all the info, I will check it out Later.

Hugs Mary

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SLENDERELLA61 4/26/2013 7:31PM

    Good for you!! Sounds like you've found some great ingredients and some bargains, nutritionally and even financially. AND it sounds like you've got the determination and energy to cook smart for you and your family. Good for you!!! -Marsha

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SUNNY332 4/26/2013 7:28PM

    emoticon Sounds like you are on the right track.

Glad you are home safe. We went to Texas over Easter and traveled 830 miles one way. We did enjoy seeing our family and enjoyed the reunion.

Take care and enjoy your new IPhone.


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