Avocado Ice Cream

by Justin on August 7, 2011

Very smooth and creamy. A delight you must try!

Avocado Ice Cream

  • 2 Avocados
  • 3/4 cup Sugar (We used Coconut Sugar)
  • 1 Cup whole coconut milk
  • 1 Cup Cream
  • 2 TB rum
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla
Blend until smooth, chill and freeze in ice cream maker.

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Vitamix – The Last Blender We’ll Ever Buy

by Justin on August 5, 2011

I wasted 6 years of my marriage using a cheap blender. Well, perhaps that’s an overstatement, I don’t count any time with my wife as wasted. But we certainly do love our smoothies, milk shakes, iced drinks, and occasional strawberry daiquiris, but after six years of struggling to get the ice smooth or the frozen pineapples blended we decided we needed something a little stronger.

I grew up with a Vitamix, so I knew almost instinctively how effective they were, but I also knew the price tag they carried. So my wife and I waffled about it for months; could we afford it? Would a cheaper blender be sufficient? Look at all the things you can do with. Can we afford it? In the end we decided to go for it. There were a couple of things that pushed us over the edge.

  • We planned on using our blender often, at least once a day sometimes twice. So we knew we needed something that would hold up over time.
  • Vitamix has a great 7 year warranty, so we feel free to thoroughly use our blender.
  • We’ve got three young kids, we needed something that would make quick meals without the hassles. I hate constantly having to stop and stir.
  • I grew up with a Vitamix, so I knew from hands on experience they are great blenders.
Now, we absolutely love our Vitamix. It’s by far the most used appliance in our kitchen and we expect to be using far into the future.
Check out our Vitamix Recipes section for some of our favorite smoothie, shake, and soup recipes.
Or if you are planning on purchasing a Vitamix, use my affiliate link to the Vitamix Website and get free shipping.

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We live in an ideal climate for tomato growth, and every year we get an abundance of tomatoes. This year my two cherry tomato plants are producing faster than we can eat them, so I started dehydrating them.

It’s simple and easy. I just slice the tomatoes in half and set them on the trays open side up. Let dehydrate for about 12 hours or until they reach the desired consistency – I like mine to be a little chewy still, so I don’t dry them out completely.

You can store them in a bag or jar in the pantry for a week or two, but if you want to save them longer you’ll need to freeze or refrigerate them unless you dry them out completely until there are crunchy.

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Are you growing cucumbers in your garden? I am and like most years I’ve got an abundance of these little green vegetables. Katie came up with a quick and easy way to serve them with whatever your having for dinner and the kids will eat them up too.

 

Cucumber Salad

  • 1-2 Large cucumbers
  • 1 cup Plain Yogurt

Peel and slice or chop your cucumbers. Mix with yogurt and serve. You could also add some garlic for extra flavor, that’s how Katie likes it, but I think I prefer the above recipe.

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Chocolate Hummus: Yes it really is good!

by Justin on July 16, 2011

Ever since moving away from eating the standard junk food we’ve been on the lookout for healthy but still delicious sweet treats. This one came from my mom who spotted it in the July issue of O. I was hesitant at first. I’ve always had hummus mixed with garlic as a dip for chips or pita bread, but when my wife shoved this in my mouth without telling me what it was, I was hooked. It has a texture almost like a soft fudge and a sweet chocolate flavor that you won’t be able to stop eating.

I liken this to the Avocado Pudding my wife makes. It’s taking something that provides a good base of texture but not an overpowering flavor and adding chocolate or whatever else you fancy. Enjoy!

Chocolate Hummus

  • 15 ounce can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Water
  • 2 Tbsp Organic Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Local Honey
  • 4 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 5 Tbsp Sugar (We used Coconut Sugar)

Combine all ingredients in the Vita Mix or food processor until smooth. Store in the fridge if you can restrain yourself from eating it all in one sitting.

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The Best Homemade Ice Cream Flavor Ever!

June 17, 2011
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I’ve made many different flavors of ice cream and this is by the far the best flavor I have ever had. Here’s the recipe: Orange Carob Ice Cream 1 1/2 cups – Raw Milk(unpasteurized, non homogenized) 1/2 cup – Heavy Cream 1/2 – 3/4 cup – Sugar ( I prefer to use rapadura but you […]

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Farmageddon

June 17, 2011

A must see! Farmageddon – Movie Trailer from Kristin Canty on Vimeo.

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Super Food of the Week

June 17, 2011

New super food of the week: sprouted sunflower seeds and buckwheat groats! Going to make raw granola with the sprouts, if we don’t eat them all first. Sproutpeople.org has a great step-by-step recipe for sprouting buckwheat.

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Mini Breakfast Smoothie

August 3, 2010

This is a single serving green fruit smoothie. Perfect for a quick healthy breakfast snack. I use my magic bullet blender and drink it out of the mixing cup, but you can make this on any blender. 2 Long Lettuce leaves 1/2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries 1/2 cup […]

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