Vegan Avocado Cilantro Dressing/Dip

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Vegan Avocado Cilantro Dressing/Dip
1 cup vegan sour cream*
1 Avocado
3 green onions
1/2 cup (pressed) cilantro
1 jalapeƱo
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup (unsweetened) almond milk (or non-dairy substitute)
1/4-1/2 filtered water (adjust to desired thickness)
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Place ingredients in food processor. Blend for 2-3 minutes. Voila. Add more water if needed for desired thickness. i.e. Salad dressing is thinner. Dip or sandwich spread is thicker.

*Vegan SOUR CREAM
1 cup raw unsalted Cashews
1/4 cup water (adjust to desired thickness)
2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 of a fresh squeezed lemon.
1/4 tsp salt

Soak cashews in water overnight for best results. Drain water from soaked cashews. Place all ingredients in food processor. Blend for 2-3 minutes. Voila.

Your Smile

My heart breaks a little more each time we say goodbye. Why must we have this time and distance between us. I won’t be able to breathe until I see you again. I cling onto the memories and laughter of our time together. The thought of your smile warms my broken heart.

Trapped

I’m trapped in this moment of frustration. The moment turns into a day then a week then a year. I get a glimpse of happiness but I’m quickly shoved back into my place. I can not escape. I’m not allowed to be free. Although it’s been years it feels like the same moment.

Transformed

A couple years ago, an awesome breakfast would consist of bacon, sausage, eggs, cheese, biscuits and gravy. Now, that type of breakfast turns my stomach to think about eating. I watch my mom eat that type every morning along with her diet Pepsi while I fix my protein shake or oatmeal with almond milk, yogurt, and fresh fruit. I focus on eating clean, she could care less. My health is fragile, she is strong as an Ox. That is just the way it is for people like me with auto-immune disorders. For me, the initial diagnosis of Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis were viewed as a death sentence. A little more than a year later and I have a new view. Maybe the illness saved me. I could have chosen to do nothing or I could research and evaluate my life to make improvements. Obviously, I chose the latter. In the past year and a half since I started this journey, I have eliminated caffeine, cigarettes, and sodas from my life. I try to avoid processed foods, no fried foods, and limit sugar. I added 14 daily vitamin and mineral supplements specific to my bodies needs. I did fruit only fasts 3 times to flush my system of toxins. I weaned off high blood pressure medications and my blood pressure has remained normal. I have not used the asthma inhaler in over a year nor any allergy medication. I exercise at least 30 minutes everyday. I cook from scratch and maintain a “fresh is best” attitude. It has not been easy. In fact it’s a huge challenge especially when the other people in your life are not on board with the same philosophy. But somewhere along the way in my daily struggles and turmoil from the disease and lifestyle change, I transformed. I am ok with who I am. I still struggle daily from the disease and making healthy choices but the bottom line is, I like the new me. And I’ve discovered I don’t like bacon, eggs with cheese, biscuits and gravy, and coffee. Instead, give me a protein shake with flaxseed and fresh fruit any day.

let God

Tears stream down my face.
Overcome with many emotions.
Angry, sad, pain, exhaustion.
Tired. Feels like I’ve been fighting my way out of quicksand for 10 years. Usually I have a ninja spirit, ready to conquer any challenge.
But then there are some days like this that I give up. I have nothing left in me to fight. No energy. No passion. Nothing.
So I let go and let God.

Soul Sister

To and from grade school we walked.
A life-long friendship developed as we talked.
A year older than me, I naturally looked up to you.
You gracefully guided me, it’s true.
You introduced me to church and His teaching.
You taught me how to be, without preaching.
As life got busy we drifted apart.
Through all those years you were always in my heart.
I wouldn’t be me without you.
The foundation you gave is my world view.
Face to face, across the miles, or wherever.
You will be my soul sister forever.

Hot DIGGITY Dog

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My 6 year old great-niece is visiting this week during her Christmas break. Since I have been making a lot of home made soups for myself lately, today she asked if I would make her hot dog soup. After we laughed for several minutes, I thought, “why not?”

I’m calling it:
HOT DIGGITY DOG SOUP
1 Onion
3 Garlic cloves
2 stalks Celery
2 Bay leaf
1 box Chicken stock
3 fresh tomatoes
Green beans (frozen didn’t have fresh)
3 Corn off the cob
4 bacon strips cooked and cut up
1 can pinto beans
6-7 red potatoes
1 package angus beef hot dogs
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder (adjust to liking)
(I would have added carrots but Mia said no lol)
Add water as needed to have the soup as runny or thick as you like.
This was surprisingly tasty. Enjoy!

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