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Low Carb LCHF Dairy Free Chocolate Coconut Oil Bark

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I am always looking for delicious ways to add more healthy fats into my diet. When you go low carb, specifically LCHF it is vital that you do so.

This simple recipe is a good way to include coconut oil into your diet and reap all the benefits. Besides coconut oil’s great properties, you get the added antioxidants from the chocolate.

Low Carb LCHF Chocolate Coconut Oil Bark

Ingredients

3/4 cup Melted Coconut Oil

3 tbs Unsweetened Dark Cocoa Powder

4 tbs Sugar substitute of your choice

3 oz. Sliced or Chopped Almonds (I use nuts that are salted with sea salt.  If using unsalted nuts add 1/4 tsp. of sea salt this enhances the flavor)

1 oz. Chopped Cashews (optional)

 Directions

Heat up the oil in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Mix in the cocoa powder, sugar substitute, blend until sugar dissolves. Next add the almonds and cashews. Pour the mixture on…

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Meet n Greet

Come check out this meet n greet and leave a link to your blog!

Dream Big, Dream Often

Ok so here are the rules:IMG_7051

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  So don’t be selfish, hit the reblog button.
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags (i.e. reblogging, reblog, meet n greet, link party, etc.), it helps, trust me on this one.
  4. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new bloggers to follow.  This helps also, trust me.
  5. And if you leave a link and don’t follow me, how about ya show ole Danny some love?
  6. Call the mayor of your hometown and have him pronounce this weekend as the official weekend of the “Dream Big Meet n Greet!”  This might take some persistence, but don’t you dare give…

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Curriculum is for easing parental fears, not for the benefit of the child

Blunt, just the way I like it!

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Eat the Weeds: Dandelions

(This will be the first post in a series that will outline some common “weeds” that are not only edible, but nutritious as well!)

Did you know that you can eat dandelions? Yes, those plants with the yellow flowers that turn into “wishes” when they seed! Stop removing them from your lawn, make the neighbors do a double-take, and start eating these delicious plants! I particularly enjoy the greens in soups and stews. I rinsed and tore up this bunch of loveliness and tossed it in my pot of beef stew tonight:

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It was very tasty!

All parts of the dandelion are edible and have medicinal and culinary uses. It has long been used as a liver tonic and diuretic. In addition, the roots contain inulin and levulin, starchlike substances that may help balance blood sugar, as well as bitter taraxacin, which stimulates digestion. Dandelion roots can be harvested during any frost-free period of the year and eaten raw, steamed, or even dried, roasted and ground into a coffee substitute. The flowers are best known for their use in dandelion wine, but they also can be added to a salad, made into jellies or dipped in batter to make dandelion fritters. The leaves are rich in potassium, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C. Dandelion greens can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, sautéed or braised. For use in salads, greens should be harvested from new plants while still small and tender, before the first flower emerges. Larger greens tend to be tougher and more bitter, and better suited for cooking.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/benefits-of-dandelion-greens-zmaz08amzmcc.aspx

Dandelions are very nutritious, containing significant amounts of many vitamins and minerals; they are extremely high in Vitamin K.

This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Potassium and Manganese.

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2441/2

One cup of raw dandelion greens contains 535% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin K! Before you get scared, let’s think about this for a minute, because that fact threw me for a loop, too!

If you can eat a cup of dandelion greens without some toxic overload of Vitamin K, then why exactly is the daily recommended value so incredibly low? I did a little reading…

Without vitamin K, blood coagulation is seriously impaired, and uncontrolled bleeding occurs. Low levels of vitamin K also weaken bones and promote calcification of arteries and other soft tissues.

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An] at-risk group for deficiency were those subject to decreased production of K2 by normal intestinal microbiota, as seen in broad spectrum antibiotic use.[41] Taking broad-spectrum antibiotics can reduce vitamin K production in the gut by nearly 74% in people compared with those not taking these antibiotics.[42]

Vitamin K1 is found chiefly in leafy green vegetables such as dandelion greens (which contain 778.4 μg per 100 g, or 741% of the recommended daily amount), spinach, swiss chard, lettuce and Brassica (e.g. cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, and brussels sprouts) and often the absorption is greater when accompanied by fats such as butter or oils; some fruits, such as avocado, kiwifruit and grapes, are also high in vitamin K. By way of reference, two tablespoons of parsley contain 153% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin K.[63]…Colonic bacteria synthesize a significant portion of humans’ vitamin K needs; newborns often receive a vitamin K shot at birth to tide them over until their colons become colonized at five to seven days of age from the consumption of their mother’s milk.

Although allergic reaction from supplementation is possible, no known toxicity is associated with high doses of the phylloquinone (vitamin K1) or menaquinone (vitamin K2) forms of vitamin K, so no tolerable upper intake level (UL) has been set.[76]

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_K

Let me sum all that up:

1) People with low levels of Vitamin K are prone to calcification of arteries.
2) Taking broad-spectrum antibiotics can greatly reduce your gut’s ability to produce Vitamin K2.
3) There is no known toxicity of Vitamin K ingested via food.

Basically, I believe that the average American ingests far too little Vitamin K, coupled with being prescribed far too many broad-spectrum antibiotics. As a result, we see calcification of soft tissues in the body, which is a major contributing factor in many common diseases, including heart disease, strokes, kidney stones, osteoarthritis, and tendinitis. Here’s what I found about those particular diseases:

People with arterial calcifications are more likely to develop heart disease, but it’s unclear whether calcified plaque is more likely than soft plaque to rupture and cause a heart attack.

In most patients who undergo brain CT scans, for whatever reason, the carotid (neck) and vertebral (spine) arteries show signs of calcification. These calcifications may be an independent risk factor for stroke: a 2007 study found that calcifications are especially common in people who have had a clot-related (ischemic) stroke.

According to research at Harvard, people prone to kidney stones excrete about one-third more of their calcium intake in urine than people who don’t have kidney stones. They may be absorbing more dietary calcium and thus excreting more, or they may be losing calcium from their bodies, which raises their risk for low bone density as well as kidney stones.

Calcium-containing crystals are found in 60% of knee joints undergoing replacement surgery for osteoarthritis.

Calcium can also accumulate in tendons — especially the rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder — creating a condition called calcific tendinitis. The accumulation seems to occur where there is some kind of tissue damage or cellular change, although traumatic injury or overuse is not necessarily involved.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/womens-health/calcium-beyond-the-bones

Ok, call me crazy all you want, but I don’t see how all that can be a coincidence! Draw what conclusions you will from my brief research here, but personally, I plan to seriously up my intake of Vitamin K.

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Seek To Add Value To Your World

Very good message!

Dream Big, Dream Often

I could not stay away!  I was going to wait till tomorrow to post, but I had a thought and had to share!

I speak with readers and writers throughout the week and it is so gratifying to talk and converse and meet so many different types of people.  Meeting people is my favorite aspect of what I do.  One of the most common questions or dilemmas that is put to me is “How do I live a fulfilled life?”  And as I was sitting in the kitchen eating lunch the answer came to me with sudden clarity.

Most people seek fulfillment or seek to live a fulfilled life.  And this fulfillment desire is one of selfishness.  The truth inIMG_7062 fulfillment is exactly the opposite of what most people think.  I propose the idea that in order to be fulfilled one must learn to do for others and focus less on self.

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Organic Vegetable Gardening:first harvest!

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My husband, kids, and I dug up about 3 lbs of potatoes the other day! We could have let them grow a bit longer, they can be left in the ground until the tips of the plant starts to die. I was anxious, though, and the plants had grown so wildly that they were choking out my onions and turnips!

The 3 turnips that I have growing are doing remarkably well, by the way! The tubers are getting quite large.

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I actually have a couple tomatoes growing, finally! Not sure why I don’t have more, but I will savor these 2 when they’re ripe.

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I have at least 3 baby watermelons:

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And lots of little beans:

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My corn has grown quite tall, and formed several ears of corn. However, I cannot seem to keep the earwigs from eating them, so we’ll have to see what happens.

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My broccoli plants are doing great, forming nice crowns, and we’ve already used several leaves in stir fry and soup!

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That’s all for now, I’m just so excited at how this is turning out, especially with no experience growing food on my own before!

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Chocolate Blackberry Cobbler

My husband and I took the kids blackberry picking today! One of the most awesome things about living here in Idaho has been discovering the many, many wild blackberry bushes everywhere. I don’t care much for blueberries or raspberries, but blackberries, those I could eat all day long! We picked until the two little ones got tired and wanted to just sit in front of a bush and screech until we popped another berry in their mouths. We managed to take home probably 5 pints of blackberries.

My husband had his heart set on cobbler, so I found a recipe on Pinterest and we tweaked it, of course. So here is our version…the best cobbler you’ll ever eat!

Chocolate Blackberry Cobbler

– 5 pints blackberries
– 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
– 1 cup coconut oil, melted (plus a little extra for the pan)
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 1 cup flour
– 1/4 cup cocoa powder
– 3/4 cup whole oats
– 2 teaspoons baking powder

Coat the bottom of a 15″cast iron skillet with coconut oil. Add the blackberries.

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I’m sure you could use a 9×13″ casserole dish, if you don’t have a cast iron pan (but I highly recommend you buy at least one of these pans!).

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar, 1 cup of coconut oil, and vanilla extract. In a small bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, oats, and baking powder. Add this mixture to the large bowl, about half at a time, and mix well. Drop the batter by small spoonfuls onto the blackberries. Cook for 30 minutes, cool, and enjoy!

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Homemade Dressing, Dips & Sauces – Citruses

Reblogging to save for later! Yummy!

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I’ve been a little neglectful. I’ve been a tad busy!

Here are some more dressings that I make and as the title suggests, these are citrusy.

Mango-Lime Dressing:

In a blender, purée1 peeled & chopped mango, zest & juice of one lime, 1 teaspoon eachdijon mustard, sugar & kosher salt. Gradually blend in 1/4 cup rice vinegar & 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil.

Lemon Balsamic:

Whisk 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 teaspoons dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, & pepper to taste. Gradually whisk in 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil.

Peanut Lime Dressing:

In a blender, blend 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, 3 tablespoons of water, juice of 1 lime, 1 tablespoon each rice vinegar & peeled, chopped ginger. 2 teaspoons each soy sauce and honey.

Let me know how you like these if you try any of them!

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Worn Out Souls: A Story of Synchronicity

Beautiful. I needed this today. Must mean something 😉

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People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.

  • Mother Teresa

By Irwin Ozborne contributing writer to TTMO

There are no coincidences in life. A coincidence…

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No One Spoke

Great post!

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Friends and I enjoyed sun, sand, and surf with other beachgoers on a recent Saturday. Sitting slathered in sticky sunscreen beneath our umbrellas, we pointlessly brushed sand from our legs as we discussed evening plans. The seagulls overhead laughed louder than the swimmers splashing in nearby waves while those of us on the beach napped, read, or simply watched people. My friends discussed how relaxing it was and how nice it would be to sleep late the next morning.

Sleep late? I mentioned to them that we only get so many sunrises in a lifetime. Shouldn’t we get up to look at a few?

They stared blankly for a second then shook their heads in unison. No.

In the wee hours of the next morning, alone in the dark, I started the short walk from house to beach guided only by dim lights above the boardwalk. It was eerily quiet at…

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