The Great Life Cookbook

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I might have written a month or so ago about a vegan meal my husband and I got invited to partake of; we went with a friend. While there, we got to meet Priscilla Timberlake and Lewis Freedman, RD. She kindly offered my husband a cookbook she and Mr. Freedman co-authored. It’s for our church’s use. I will use it for potlucks and give the author’s the credit and when it is time for us to move on, I’ll leave it in the church kitchen. It’s entitled The Great Life Cookbook, 2nd Edition. It was copyrighted in 2013 and published by Coddington Valley Publishing, Brooktondale, NY. It does not have a Christian world view in the first few pages and the science behind the nutrition is excellent.

The back of the book directs the reader to go to for more information, (which is where I got the photo from) and .

I made a recipe using millet and cauliflower which I downsized because this cookbook is scaled for potluck dinners. It is easily divided down to family-sized meals. I noticed that I felt better than normal after eating this entree and then I found out that millet is a naturally alkaline food.

My friend said if I thought the millet recipe with cauliflower was good, wait until I try the Millet Croquettes with Orange Miso Sauce on page 168. She said they are delicious. She’s liked every recipe she’s tried so far and she’s had the cookbook a while now.

Tonight I tried to make a soup based on one of the recipes in the book using ingredients I’ve never used before: umeboshi plum paste, umeboshi plum vinegar, and brown rice vinegar. I used many of the ingredients from the Broccoli and Cauliflower with Tangy Sesame Seed Sauce recipe. I added a bunch of other vegetables and some other seasonings and put them in the Crock-pot. It needs a little something. I wish I knew Ms. Timberlake well enough to call her and ask for suggestions. 🙂

I started thinking about eating vegetables only, many years ago and we began by following the McDougall diet. My family and some neighbors were so concerned about my children not getting enough calcium for their bones, even though green leafy plants provide plenty of calcium. I’ve noticed lately that almond milk’s label states that their product gives much more calcium than cow milk. Anyway, we finally gave up and went back to our old way of eating and promptly started to gain weight and feel hungry and become less healthy. About fifteen years later, we were introduced to the Hallelujah diet and that was great but harder to follow. So we’re doing our best to eat more fruits and vegetables and whole foods with no preservatives and lots less of sweets, fats and animal products. Some days are better than others. 🙂

In the book of Daniel, Daniel and his friends asked their captor to please allow them to eat vegetables only instead of the king’s rich foods for ten days and then the eunuch in charge could decide if the young men looked healthy or not. The Jewish captives looked so much healthier, that the man in charge allowed them to continue with their simpler fare.

In the book of Genesis, God made food for Adam and Eve from the plants and the seeds only. It was after the world wide flood when God first allowed mankind to eat animals. Could it be because the plants were mostly washed away in the devastating waters?

Our teeth are better suited for eating vegetables according to The Hallelujah Diet founder, Rev. George Malkmus’ research on the subject.

May God bless you and protect your health.



Being Diligent

Proverbs 12:27 A slothful man does not roast his prey, but the precious possession of a man is diligence. (NASB 1977)

I got thinking how only a week or so ago I was asking God to direct my steps and those days went smoothly.

Lately, I’ve “hit the floor running,” a cliché from many years ago. I was going from one place to another, having that slight sense of unease that comes from handling the urgent but letting go of the top priorities that Stephen Covey and many organizing specialists warn against.

Yesterday, after Bible study at the nursing home I got home to find that a meal I had prepared the day before for our meal with a friend got destroyed. I doubled the recipe and it required lots of dicing and chopping of vegetables and pre-soaking and cooking of dried beans, etc.(photo from;…)

So, I called Cornell Cooperative Extension and they very kindly told me how sorry they were, but it was taking a big chance for us to eat it. Lots of bacterial growth would make it dangerous.

When I forgave the person who accidentally ruined it I couldn’t help think of the times I’d been forgiven by family members and friends for blunders over the years.

I took a deep breath and began thinking of the order of importance for the night’s meal. I had to determine in my heart that I would re-make the time consuming meal but use canned beans instead of dried ones. I halved the recipe and then made the dessert of raw honey and raw almond butter and raw pecans with vanilla flavoring that had to be chilled for a while so it would hold together and then make the corn bread and try to keep it warm before we ate.

When we arrived on a snowy windy hill we trudged up the slippery driveway and the cold air lifted the kitchen towel. “Oh man, the bread’s going to be cold,” I muttered.

After we got settled in, the food set out and the blessing prayed, we began our evening meal and the bread was warm if not hot, the chili let off steam, and the cold dessert got tucked into the nearby refrigerator.

I’m glad I didn’t waste time looking for an “easier” recipe which may have leached valuable time from the day. I was tempted, along with being equally tempted to cancel. My husband got called to the bedside of a stroke victim at a hospital an hour and a half away and I dearly wanted to go. I decided to ask him to give her my love and stay the course so we wouldn’t disappoint our dinner partner.

Sometimes it’s hard to carry on when we’re weary or we have to give up an equally important choice. This morning before I even got out of bed, I asked the Lord to direct my steps. My husband may not consider my actions as having been led by the Lord, but I do. I’m blogging about six hours earlier than normal. Last night I started to write out my blog and totally ran out of steam around midnight. So, I took some of that blog and changed the way I had been headed with it for today’s entry. I tried to find the version of the Bible for the verse I chose above from a note on my bulletin board, so I went online. I found an interesting sermon six pages long on diligence at


I just finished my main meal of the day and want to do some things that require less energy while I’m feeling logy. I hope this blog finds you well. May God bless you.

Disease Fighter

I cleared a cluttery spot on Friday night before accompanying my husband and friends to a person’s home for a macro nutrient-filled meal. We liked everything from the soup to the dessert except for a red cabbage dish that tasted bitter. I added a ground sesame seed/salt combination on top and it tasted better. This family has opened its doors for over twenty years to the community for a Friday night meal for a donation. This was our first time being there in Upstate NY.

It’s quite a drive from our house so I don’t know how often we’ll get there. After eating an all whole food vegan meal with different kinds of seaweeds incorporated into the recipes I stumbled upon a DVD once home, from de-cluttering earlier in the day.

My husband and I just watched it: “Forks Over Knives” in combination with “Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue” which showed shopping and food preparation.

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T.Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD in The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health stated that people who changed to a whole food, plant-eating diet found reductions in cancer, heart disease, diabetes 2, immune diseases, bone diseases, mental deterioration and eye diseases, etc. This book was copyrighted in 2004 and published by BenBella Books, Dallas, TX.

Protein from meat and dairy is hard on the body according to many researchers and a handful of doctors that I’m aware of.

When my husband and I were eating vegan a few years ago and making raw carrot juice with celery or greens in it, I went to the eye doctors for an exam. The cataracts the doctor kept track of from a previous visit had completely disappeared.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell suggests as a person increases their fruit and vegetable intake by four servings (1/2 cup), their chance of stroke goes down by 22 %. By adding additional varieties of veggies and fruits, the chance of stroke decreases accordingly until there’s a 100% chance of no stroke. Over sixteen servings a day is what I figured. This includes potatoes, corn, etc.

What I like about this kind of diet is that a person can eat until they’re full as often as they want and they will lose weight. The only time I gained weight eating this way was to reach for the bread and nuts too often. They are higher in calorie.

In the Bible after Creation, in Gen_2:16, (ESV):  And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden.”

According to the Bible, mankind didn’t eat meat until after the worldwide flood.

Here’s food for thought.

May God bless you.

Healthy Recipes

I asked my husband to help me choose some recipes for healthy eating. I like to make foods he’ll enjoy as well.

I went to Hallelujah Acres at and accessed a free recipe for Veggie Chili with Cashew Sour Cream for one of our main meals. I’m going to go through the recipes we chose, to make up a grocery list.

He reminded me that some of the entrées will take time to prepare. I figure it’s worth it. We both felt better when we ate more raw food.

Christians are taught that their bodies are temples of God and the Holy Spirit dwells within them in First Corinthians 3:16.

Therefore, they should take care of their body, and their walk with God. Even so, the Apostle Paul said in First Timothy 4:8 (NKJV): “For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”

May God bless you this busy holiday season. May you enjoy yourself in moderation. 🙂

Cooking Stew


I decided to watch a cooking show because they were making a stew, which I decided to make for a meal we’re invited to next week. The show was actually demonstrating how to cut vegetables and meat fast and safely by using a sharp knife and smart techniques. I paid attention so I wouldn’t cut myself, but mostly I wanted to see what went into his recipe.

He used three or four vegetables in addition to those that I normally choose: corn, mushrooms, turnips and green beans. His spices included garlic, eight cloves when I probably would have used two, which I haven’t in the past. He also threw in thyme and oregano, which I haven’t added in. He used stock instead of water. I usually add a touch of vinegar or cooking wine, he mentioned wine, but I saw him drink some, not put it in the pot.

I add salt and pepper; he put a good amount on the meat, steak which I don’t use. I buy a cheaper cut of beef already cubed by the butcher, called stew meat in America. Then he added more salt and pepper to the vegetables. My husband said if I were on a cooking show they would probably tell me that I under season my food. He adds hot sauce or Worcestershire sauce to a lot of his foods, even at a restaurant. So, we’re okay with our different tastes in spices, if there’s not enough he just adds some.

I made a soup last week in the Crockpot which magnifies the flavors of the spices and I used more salt than normal, plus I added French Onion soup cooking base and a small amount of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos – similar to Soy Sauce – which increased the amount of salt.

Whooee! Talk about salty. I added stevia, water, corn and it still tasted like a salty mess. Years ago, my mom told me to put cubed raw potatoes into a salty soup or stew and after they’re cooked to remove them because they’ve absorbed a lot of the salt. It worked, somewhat.

Eventually, the soup turned into goulash because it cooked down and after a few days we were glad to come to the end of it. I haven’t had a fiasco like that in a long time. Lol.

That’s one advantage of eating raw foods. I rarely add salt to a raw food.

I hope this blog finds you well. May God bless you. Keep looking up, our redemption draws closer. That’s according to Luke 21:28 when speaking of end times, which could be soon, or not. 🙂

To Eat or Not to Eat?

Of course we have to eat! Lol

I’ve been under the weather lately and food has lost it’s appeal. Two days ago, my appetite resurfaced. So I’ve been gradually introducing more items.

After recovering from stuff I tend to notice that really healthy foods like a salad with a nice mixture of different colored veggies hits the spot. Today I had a golden delicious apple and it was better than any sweet I’ve ever had, or so it seemed. Lol

My son is here from Buffalo and I was telling him that lately I feel drawn to read everything but the Bible. When I use discipline to get into the Bible, even a few sentences tastes like sweet nectar.

When I made my salad today, it was pre-packaged and pre-washed into bite sized pieces. A gift from a friend. There were ready to eat baby carrots and tiny tomatoes that only needed to be rinsed off. All I needed to add was salad dressing to satisfy my taste buds. Mmm good.

I ate a delicious ziti after the salad in a moderate amount because I was testing my abilities with food. Moments later, I decided to have more ziti because it tasted so good. I asked God what He thought. I got the idea not to eat anymore of the Italian style meal.

Years ago, as a teen, I used to overeat because it was there and it stimulated my taste buds but I didn’t feel satisfied afterwards. I found if I ate an apple after eating a dessert, I would feel content. Ziti has some great nutrition to it, but cooked food loses the natural enzymes that are in raw foods. So I found something else to do until the craving passed. Then I thought of a verse in Proverbs:

Proverbs 25:16 (KJV) Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

If I’d overeaten, I would have slown down my recovery.

When I read too many books on writing or read fiction and magazines and watch YouTube with my son and then talk on the phone, being alone with God and learning from His word can lose its attraction. In these end times, what a dangerous place to be.

I thank God for all His blessings, but I need Him to keep me on track with our relationship. I make sure I talk to my husband every day and we date regularly when we can, even if we don’t have a dime to spare. A good friend once purchased sparkling grape juice, some easy to make picnic items, and arranged for free or inexpensive babysitting. She kidnapped her husband and they went to a park for a date. They’ve been married over forty years.

I try to eat healthy and I fail to manage it perfectly, but Jesus reminded us in the Scripture when He debated with the devil in the wilderness a priority in life.

In Mat_4:3 (KJV): And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Mat_4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

God’s word is more important than our daily bread.

I need to keep that in mind. That’s why He provides for our needs so we can concentrate on the spiritual realities. I’m thinking Matthew 6:33 (KJV): “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

God bless!

Once Again

Today is another day of re-directed plans. No Seder. My husband ended up having bronchitis and got on an antibiotic earlier so he can recuperate quickly. Lots of people have been praying for a fast recovery.

I texted our friends and gave our regrets. They are very gracious. I swallowed my disappointment and decided to focus on germ removal and singing songs about God being with us in the storm. It’s raining today on and off, besides.

We decided to stay home so he can rest another full day. He slept a ton yesterday and all last night and today he’s lazing around. That’s not his style.

I’m washing bedding in hot water and serving healthy foods. I went to the store for his medicine so he could get it in him bright and early. My next step is to disinfect the place with cleaners that aren’t harsh on the lungs.

I’d give him echinacea tea, but he hates all tea. lol. Echinacea supports the immune system. Too much white sugar puts the immune system to sleep. offered insight from an article by a “USA Today” correspondent that I couldn’t read because an ad covered it up. The above site quoted the “USA Today” article, which was my intent.

They both speak of “Examiner” author Kate Pfeiffer’s article entitled “Worried about the Swine Flu? Avoid Sugar!”

I couldn’t find the exact amount to avoid. The test that used twenty teaspoons of sugar that is equivalent to what is found in a liter of soda left very few white cells active and available to battle unhealthy bacteria.

Hallelujah Diet recommends raw foods and a vegan lifestyle. Following is a link: says:

Refined Sugar Consumption Causes Physical Problems

“Refined sugar suppresses the immune system, a system God placed in our bodies so that it would resist germs, viruses, and bacteria. A person with a suppressed immune system will have little resistance to colds, the flu, pneumonia, and so much more.”

I don’t want to give up all sugar, but I do try and limit it because after I eat sugar, I tend to be tired unless it’s in a caffeinated drink and then I get hit with fatigue a bit later. So, I try to limit caffeine too, because it’s hard on the body, particularly the heart or circulation system.

Well, I’d best sign off since the post accidentally got published way before I finished researching it. If you saw an interrupted version, I apologize. The publish button was very close to the internet button at the bottom of my page.

When health becomes compromised, it affects our plans and our choices. No Seder today because of my husband’s coughing and the weakness and the need for rest. May you be healthy if what’s ailing you comes under your own control. I wish that for me and for all others. May you be healthy if you inherited a disease.

God bless!




Carrot Juicing or Blogging? Blogging Won

I am determined to make carrot juice today. I also set a goal to write in my blog once every two weeks at least. For the moment, the carrot juice is on hold.

Carrot juice tastes yummy if I add beets and something green, like romaine lettuce, and an apple, and celery. Not everyone in my family agrees with me, like one daughter who is single and calls herself a cat lady. My other daughter has also called herself a cat lady, but she is married and a mom. I do not call myself a cat lady, so they didn’t get it from me.

My oldest daughter likes carrot juice, but like me, she finds it’s a lot of work. Perhaps, like me, she finds it boring to set up the machine, clean the produce, put the veggies through the shoot for about an hour and then clean everything up. I tend to put a CD in, and listen to some teaching I’m interested in during the prep time, so that helps.

Why do I make carrot juice? It tastes good to me, it makes my body feel refreshed and energized, I had cataracts that have shrunk down to teensey-tiny because of drinking raw juice. Besides, I cannot find raw juice for sale in any store, and my husband refused to let me pay someone else to make the juice for me. LOL

I think I’m motivated to make carrot juice now. If anyone out there reads this blog, maybe you would like to tell me how you motivate yourself to do the healthy thing on a consistent basis. Also, good for you!