Sarah Pahlin on SNL

>> Sunday, September 28, 2008

Now I'm not going to go all political here, that's just really not my thing so I won't be sharing who I'm voting for and my opinions of the candidates and/or issues will be far and few between here on my blog. Plain and simple, it stresses me out so I try to live in my rainbow-filled bubble instead. :) But I have to admit Sarah Pahlin's interview with Katie Couric (that's just one part) was very uncomfortable don't you think? Of course there was bound to be parodies. I'm taking a risk that this parody from SNL might offend some people but this was too funny to pass up. So even though I might be tight-lipped about most politics and politicians feel free to express yourself as you see fit. Just no attacking of others or mean-spirited comments please.


Quiz Time

I spotted this personality quiz at another blogger's blog so decided to take it too. I'd say this is pretty accurate of me. If you want to take the test too the link is at the end.

Your result for The Perception Personality Image Test...

NBPS - The Idealist

You perceive the world with particular attention to nature. You focus on the hidden treasures of life (the background) and how that fits into the larger picture. You are also particularly drawn towards the shapes around you. Because of the value you place on nature, you tend to find comfort in more subdued settings and find energy in solitude. You like to ponder ideas and imagine the many possibilities of your life without worrying about the details or specifics. You are in tune with all that is around you and understand your life as part of a larger whole. You prefer a structured environment within which to live and you like things to be predictable.

The Perception Personality Types:


Take The Perception Personality Image Test at HelloQuizzy


Love Is...

>> Saturday, September 27, 2008

Typically, my "love is" segments don't need any sort of explanation but I feel this one needs a little more than just a display of pics.

We picked up this chocolate torte at our raw vegan store. It costs the same as many of the raw choco-bars and we were told it's as delicious as it looks. Plus with this slice of heaven we get a lot more for our dollars than a small chocolate bar.

On the way home since we didn't have forks I just took a bite. Those are my teeth marks you see. :) We were told the creator of this sinfully delicious goodness is Adam, whom I have not met. He runs a raw bar at another health food store but his dept is only open limited days and hours so we seemed to always miss out. Anyway, we also learned that the kid who works at the raw vegan store (he probably would be crabby I referred to him as a kid but he's about 17-18 yrs old) is actually the one who influenced Adam to go raw. How cool is that? And now Adam is kicking out gourmet foods.

As I bit into this torte I melted along with the chocolate it was so good. And hey, who needs a fork anyway!


Angela Stokes on CNN

>> Friday, September 26, 2008

Most of you raw foodies have probably seen the CNN video going around earlier and/or are familiar with her story but for those who don't know of Angela Stokes she is a success story - eating only a raw vegan diet and living to tell the tale (hee hee!).

You can read her brief story

If you'd rather see the video, click here. She has a lovely accent. :)


What is My Deal?!

>> Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It's been awhile since I've blogged. What is my deal anyway? I'm still figuring that out. Out of sorts maybe? Not sure if I'm just being lazy and/or unmotivated or maybe just simply don't have much to blog about. I think it's all of the above. I've been busy at work which sometimes carries over into my home life so by the time I get home or I'm done with what I've brought home I'm too tired to think about blogging. I have ideas on subjects I'd like to delve into but not feeling it at the moment. Now I'm not about to get all political here but with the topsy-turvy markets as of late and all the craziness related to it it's making my job even more stressful so all motivation to do anything just flies out the window. Ah, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I figure to get myself right again I need a day or two (or more) longer than a typical weekend to just chill. To play.

Then there's our garden. Grr. To give some perspective on the horrible garden weather we've had this year, the food bank garden they're 1500+ pounds off their average for this time of year. For us, being our first year gardening, it's been less than rewarding. Well, not totally but frustrating nonetheless. We've benefited more from our fellow gardeners than from our own, which is good for us but it would've been nice to share our abundance with others. I mean, we have so many tomatoes but they're all green! Imagine 200-300 green tomatoes just hanging around. Out of those 200 or so toms only about five show any signs of ripening. Whatever. We do have corn though. We didn't think we'd get any corn but there is promise there. We have some kale too. That'll be good to put in a smoothie or make kale chips. It didn't help that our two plots were separated from each other (opposite ends of the garden) so the back one suffered most being overgrown with weeds. Anything grows back there so that's good but unfortunately, it's a haven for moles, voles and slugs so too much of what we attempted to grow was eaten or fell over because there were so many tunnels underneath.

Wow, what a rant this had turned out to be. Guess I needed to release some stress. I haven't even done anything in the kitchen. Poor hubby must be starving! Like I said, I just haven't been in the mood to create much. I did make some yummy cookies (raw of course) recently that were devoured by hubs. I'll have to make them again.

Anyway, all in all I'm still a happy person who could use some time off (not time off from blogging since I've been doing that already-haha). There are some good things happening in my world so that's good. We're just living in such a crazy time and we're the ones who are left to pay for the mess. I guess that's what's bothering me most. I dunno. I'm done rambling and griping for tonight. Next post will be much better, lighter and happier!



>> Monday, September 15, 2008

So it had been quite awhile since Yardsnacker and I had our cupboards full of our favorite raw treats and supplements so this past Saturday we finally stocked up at our local raw store, Raw Vegan Source (they mentioned they were in the process of updating their website so not sure it's really up to snuff just yet but for those interested they do ship nationally). Just thought I'd share some of the things we bought.

Some of the things we picked up were definitely splurges or rather, new for us.
Such as this candy bar. It was pretty good. I thought the chocolate itself could use more sweetening but the filling was delicious! If you're not familiar with raw caramel it's not ooey-gooey like you'd typically find in conventional candy. This has a drier texture - just no
t gooey - but was perfectly sweet and satisfying like caramel. To me anyway, which is all that counted at the time. :)

On the way home we snarfed this raw hummus with Italian-seasoned flax crackers. I'm not a fan of cilantro, one of the ingredients, but managed to ignore it best I could. I should try making this (without cilantro of course). Seems easy enough. I just get intimated when it comes to sprouting. I'm the type that gets lazy or forgets when sprouting so things are "too sprouted" or moldy. Whoopsie. Anyway, very good hummus.

Kale chips anyone? Neither of us had had them before but have heard many good things about them. When we go to harvest the kale we're growing in our garden we plan on making chips. This package of chips were "cheesy." Quite cheesy like the bag says. Not always does nutritional yeast make things taste cheesy (to me) but in this case it definitely worked. Again, I'll have to try something like this when I go to try making kale chips. I think Yardsnacker enjoyed them a lot (those are his fingers in the bag)!

One last thing I wanted to point out from our shopping trip was the raw granola. I remember Rawdorable doing a recent review of Lydia's Organics so when I saw the package for vanilla crunch I had to pick it up. Thanks Shannonmarie! It is really yummy! Especially with some fresh slightly sweetened raw almond milk. Mmmm...


HFCS is not your friend

>> Sunday, September 14, 2008

Have any of you seen the commercials for high-fructose corn syrup? The ones claiming it's okay to consume in moderation because it's made from corn. My SIL and I were talking about this last night (I had yet to see the commercials) but when she told me what the message was I nearly fell over! What?! They're claiming HFCS is good for you? You're kidding right? Do we really look like suckers? The stuff is manufactured. It's refined sugar. It's not natural. It's poison.

Check out the commercials and brief info on the subject at Little Bird's blog.

What are your thoughts?


Let's Talk About PROTEIN!

>> Thursday, September 11, 2008

Anyone who is a non-meat eater has most likely been asked the question “where do you get your protein?” I was once one of those individuals so I do not judge. It was only after embarking on the raw food lifestyle that I began to really know or learn about protein (okay, still learning).

Now I’m sure there were be plenty of people who will disagree or not fully agree with my post and maybe successfully argue for the other side or be content with the path they are on. I’m okay with this. Really. This post is more to point out that there are more ways than one in obtaining protein a body needs or hopefully help answer the question often asked.

We all know protein is found in animal-based diets.

But protein is also found in plant-based diets. And lots of it! In fact, every whole food contains protein. Click here to see a great chart comparing various foods by amount of protein or check out the big protein stars:

hemp seeds







And don’t forget FRUIT! Fruit can have lots o’protein too. Click here and see.

So again, not just limiting ourselves to the obvious but thinking of all whole foods. It becomes so easy to just say nuts and seeds because they are such quick, wonderful sources of protein. Now, you can say there’s a source everywhere.

Another interesting fact to point out is that you won’t get fat or are less likely to when consuming your protein through a plant-based diet. Typically, when consuming animal protein you’re also consuming cholesterol and fat. I do believe in fats, however the GOOD fats…but that’s a post for another day.

How do you know when you’re getting enough protein? Well, I’ve read various reports that could depend on your age, gender and even weight but looks like on average about 50 grams a day (+/-). I think the amount when consumed from plants primarily should be individually based – so whatever you discover that works best for you IMO. General consensus is that if you’re consuming enough calories you’re consuming enough protein.

Just a reminder that I’m not here to judge anyone who’d rather have a steak than a handful of nuts, however I will say that too much animal protein isn’t very good for you as it can eventually lead to a whole host of health problems. Here’s a quick read that talks about the advantages of a plant-based diet and being properly balanced.

Complete proteins vs. incomplete proteins. Animal-based diets have complete proteins, basically containing all the essential amino acids for dietary needs. Most plant-based foods are incomplete, although there are some that are complete. It was once said and widely spread that one on a plant-based diet needed to compensate their meals with other foods in order to make complete proteins. It has since been “retracted” – there is no need to worry or focus on combining foods. It’s all good.

Wondering about the various plant-based diets out there? I ran across an article authored by the lovely Mary Laredo, which gives an overview of them and also about protein. If you haven’t been to Mary’s blog before I strongly urge you to do so – her story is nothing short of inspiring and amazing.

Speaking of amazing, Kristen’s Raw has also written a wonderful article about protein and so much more. It has a lot of info but definitely worth the time and read. Probably should’ve directed you there first – ha ha. Ah, well.

I enjoyed doing this research – I just hope I was able to convey it in a not-so-convoluted way. I sometimes talk in circles. Gotta love me right? Anyway, I do hope this helped in answering the protein question. There’s a lot of info out there, which you should be able to tell by all the links I embedded! I included so many to give you a chance, if interested, to do further research yourself.


Where in the World is HiHoRosie?

>> Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I'm here I'm here! I swear! I have been laying low more out of busyness than anything else. I'm currently working on a post, which I hope will turn out to be helpful for some. I'll be donning my teacher's cap again; actually I'll just be regurgitating information found here and there. :D Thanks to those wondering where I've been. I hope to be back in action very soon, and making lots of visits to your blogs. I've missed you all!

Photo credit: Doug Mahugh


Raw Fu Meet Up

>> Monday, September 1, 2008

Saturday was our 30-day Raw Fu Challenge Meet Up in Seattle at Chaco Canyon. There were many Raw Fu meet ups happening around the country, possibly around the WORLD!

I didn't take a whole lot of pictures but captured a few here.

Clockwise from top left: nacho platter, kiwi-lime pie, Seattle Raw Fu-ers (back row: me, Sam, Priss, Nikki, Chris - front row: Sara Beth, Becca, Aimee), Bunny the Dolly-Raw-Ma

Yardsnacker put together a video (complete with transcript!) you can view here. See how much fun we had? Maybe for our next meet up Thrive will be open (hint hint!).


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