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Homemade Kiwi Banana Fruit rollups

14 Apr

You can buy premade fruit rollups for your kids, and this is what you will feed them….

General Mills Fruit Rollups:
pears from concentrate
corn syrup
dried corn syrup (this sounds yummy doesn’t it)
partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil
acetylated monoglycerides (what is this??)
natural flavor ( interesting the ‘natural’ flavor is at the bottom of the list)
food colorings: blue 1, red 40 and yellows 5 and 6
Wow, doesn’t that taste fresh and wholesome????
Ok, now for the ingredients in  Homemade fruit rollups:  Bananas and kiwis….
Yep. That’s it. No special equipment needed. This can be made in the oven, I use my dehydrator.
Roughly chop the bananas and kiwis, throw into a food process until pureed.
Pour mixture onto a Teflex sheet and put into dehydrator at 105 degrees for 6-8 hours until it peels easily from the sheet. Some dehydrators take a little longer and it also depends on how thick you make the mixture. Be careful not to make it crispy.
This is what it will look like before putting the tray in the dehydrator.
Oven directions:
Line cookie sheet in parchment paper (not wax paper, this will melt, trust me)
Set the oven to its lowest setting (every oven is different, 140-170 degrees)
It will take approximately 5-6 hours to dehydrate.
Use scissors to cut the roll ups in strips.
I haven’t personally used the oven method. I had to googled the instructions on the internet.

Our first batch of Honey Mead

7 Apr

Honey mead– a alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey.

Otherwise known as honeywine. Yum!

My husband and I decided to try our hand with honey mead. We made our first batch of mead in August 2011. We were told it would take at least a year for good results; 6 months before it’s palatable. So we pitched the yeast, we fermented, we siphoned, and siphoned again….and siphoned again…… and we waited……. for 7 months. We opened our first bottle of Vanilla Oak today, made on 8-15-11, with 13% alcohol. I used a super dark honey to begin with, found at a local apiary. The flavor is rich and oakey. Not too sweet, not too dry. Not bad for our first try:)

Now, initially, at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd months, the mead had a strange sweet yeasty taste to it. Not very pleasant. But after 7 months, I can tell the aging has definitely made a difference.  We’ve been nervous, impatiently waiting until we could open our first bottle. Now  I’m looking forward to the one year mark.

We have approximately 30 gallons of mead/wine in various stages of fermentation and aging. That’s a lot of alcohol

The following are the different flavors we have made:

Green Tea and Ginger Metheglin

Fall Spice Metheglin

Red Zinger Metheglin

Vanilla Oak Mead

Sweet mead

Apple Melomel

Persimmon wine (fruit wine)

Loquat wine (fruit wine)

And the one I’m still waiting on…..Liquid Sex Chocolate Mead. It takes 2 years to age! It better be worth the wait!

Chocolate Coconut Smoothie

7 Apr

mmmm……chocolate and coconut. Need I say more?

Blender required


3 Bananas, frozen

2 cups Kale

2 Tbs Cacao powder

2 Tbs coconut oil

1 cup almond milk

2 cup water, add more if needed.

Blend until smooth.

Serves 2

Hawaiian lunch

31 Mar

After touring the Pima Air and Space Museum (four hours of planes, planes and more planes) we were completely famished. We love Hawaiian food and, lo and behold, we found a quaint little restaurant called Lani’s Luau serving authentic food. We perused the menu for a few minutes and finally decided to split the Luau Plate. This plate consisted of Kalua style pulled pork, chicken long rice (chicken soup), laulau, lomilomi salmon, poke, 2 heaping scoops of white rice and a choice of either macaroni or salad garden. Laulau consists of pulled pork and salted butterfish wrapped in taro leaves, wrapped in ti leaves and then steamed.

I usually prefer mom and pop restaurants over the big chain restaurants. If you’re ever in Tucson, take a few extra minutes to find this fabulous little restaurant. You’ll be glad you did.

Mexican Fudge

31 Mar

We’re currently visiting relatives in Tucson for some much needed R&R. I usually do not post recipes I haven’t personally eaten and enjoyed but my aunt swears by this recipe. She is a ‘five ingredients or less’ kind of cook.

This is definitely not my typical concoction, but hey, it has calcium, protein, vitamin B12, and Vitamin C so it can’t be too bad, right? 🙂


2  80z shredded cheddar cheese

2  8oz shredded Monteray Jack cheese

4 oz diced green chile

3 eggs, beaten

Mix ingredients together and pour into an 8×8 glass pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Slice and serve.

Shrek Juice, a day in my life….

24 Mar

I get a lot of these looks drinking my ‘Shrek juice’ in the morning.

Gross! Disgusting! Ewwwwww, what are you drinking!

Excuse me, I say, this is my breakfast. I like to drink my multivitamin, thank you very much!

People are either really intrigued by my food choices or they want absolutely no part of it. Sadly, I’ve noticed it’s usually the unhappy and unhealthy people who keep turning up their noses at me. But simple human curiosity usually prevails, and some wonderful and thought provoking conversations commence around the water cooler.

This is what a typical day in my life looks like:

Shrek Juice recipe, juicer required

1 apple

1 zucchini

1 cup bok choy

1 cup celery

1 cup kale

ginger and freshly squeezed lemon juice

……..followed by

2 juiced oranges (or grapefruit) citrus juicer required

then,  a Green Smoothie, blender required

1 1/2 frz banana

1 tbsp cacao powder

1 tbsp chia seed


1 cup almond milk

1 cup spinach

I typically snack on an apple and 1 cup of baby carrots at some point during the day.

For lunch….

1 cup refried pinto beans with a dollop of sour cream and homemade salsa, with nutritional yeast sprinkled on top.

For dinner

1 bunch of asparagus, with lemon juiced squeezed on top, a generous helping of Mrs Dash and paprika, dipped in low fat ranch dressing.

Now, I usually do not count calories, but for today, I want to show how a person eating a (mostly) vegetarian diet can meet their recommended Daily Allowance (RDA).

5 fruits, 11 servings of vegetables

Calories    1500

Protein      54        (for  my size and weight, I need 47 gm)

Calcium     1270

Iron            20

Folate         975

I easily meet all my nutritional needs.

Shrek Juice recipe

24 Mar

This is a breakfast staple at my house. The ingredients will vary depending what we have in fridge and what’s growing in the garden for the season. I think of this as my daily multivitamin.

Shrek Juice recipe, juicer required

1 apple

1 zucchini

1 cup bok choy

1 cup celery

1 cup kale

ginger and freshly squeezed lemon juice

Drink immediately. Why? I don’t know, because it tastes better? Some people recommend drinking it immediately because they believe a centrifugal juicer causes the juice to oxidize, releasing free radicals (very bad). I don’t know. I haven’t come across any scientific research particularly stating this. I just know it tastes better.


Blueberry Cardamom Smoothie

22 Mar

Cardamom is an interesting spice I have only recently discovered. It is an Indian spice commonly used in chai tea. I’m still working on different flavor combinations, maybe with chocolate or cinnamon.

blender required


2 cups frozen blueberries

1 banana frozen

1 1/2 cups almond milk or water

2 cups fresh spinach (or any leafy green)

1/4 tsp cardamom spice

Blender together until smooth, add water as needed.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Refried Beans

21 Mar

We love to grow poblanos in our garden and we are always trying to think of creative ways to eat this spicy pepper. We don’t like to eat nacho chips with our refried beans so this is another great option, and of course, more nutritious.

Microwave required

4 Medium poblanos

1 can refried beans or *fresh made refried beans* (see recipe post)

homemade salsa (recipe coming soon)

shredded cheese optional

cilantro, sour cream, green onions optional


1 Cut peppers in half, remove seeds, place face up in microwave safe dish for 3 minutes

2 Place refried beans into half pepper, cook for another 2 minutes

3 Sprinkle cheese on top, cook for another minute.

Place sour cream, salsa, green onions, cilantro on top.


Sesame Bars

15 Mar

Dehydrator required.

This snack bar is a great way to bring food while traveling.

Its super healthy, tastes great, doesn’t need refrigeration, stores easily in a purse or backpack.

Sesame Bar

1 cup unhulled sesame seeds

1/4 c walnuts

1/8 cup raw honey

1/4 cup raisans or cranberries

approx 15 almonds

1  1/2 tbs sunflower seeds

1 1/2 tbs pumpkin seeds

Mix together thoroughly, the honey needs to mix well with the other ingredients because this will be the binder.

Place mixture on texflex sheet, form into square bar about 1/2 inch height.

Place in dehydrator for 24 hours.

Should still be pliable, but will hold together when eating.

Will harden further upon cooling.

Cut into 8 bars


200 calories

177   calcium

3 Iron

24 folate