Okay, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve sewn ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Way too manyย  months since this stitch witch has sewn a darned thing! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Since I moved, nada — unless you count hand sewing one of Noodles’ suits that he chewed up. And, of course, me being me, I’ve got a backup of “must makes,” complete with patterns galore awaiting me!

For summer, of course, I want simple, quick stuff, though ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m very into summer dresses, but have a hard time finding patterns I like, much less the proper sizes — double UGH!…AND, finding perfect fits in stores is really, really hard for me…I seriously need a class on pattern adjustment! Or better — pattern making. Hmmm…maybe I should do that this summer. Time, time…

Funny thing is, I have no “expertise” altering patterns — honestly, I’d be afraid to say that I know how! It’s so tricky — and yet, I adjust stuff I make all the time…haha. Not that it’s done “properly”… Oh, to be a pro! ๐Ÿ˜€

Anywho, so many styles, so little time! Here are a few I’m liking this year; you’ll see a definite theme…

First, this one isn’t a favorite dress, really; what I like is the sleeves and bodice…okay, I know…let’s see…okay, what I don’t like is — something about the collar…not sure! But there’s something I love about this dress; yet something that bothers me. Maybe it’s the cross over??? Probably a “No” after all ๐Ÿ˜‰

Botanique Dress

Botanique Dress

Cute shoes, though!

Okay, next…

I LOVE this dressย  AND I love the fabric! Love that blue — more at indigo; reminds me of the blue and white porcelain, famously attributed to the Ming Dynasty. Interestingly, it actually originates from the Middle East.

Personally, I prefer this gorgeous Japanese porcelain. That little hibachi costs over $400. Ha! Okay, off track again ๐Ÿ˜€

Back to the dresses:

Three In One Dress

Three In One Dress

It’s called 3-In-1, though it’s only 2. I think it’s adorable, but elegant. Could I wear it? I think so. I do like the length. I think it could go with some (nice) sandals or heels. Would love to find a pattern! This one doesn’t look difficult to make, actually…it’s the friggin fabric that would send me high-tailing it on my broom! That fabric is tough to work, lemme tell ya. Anything slippery is gonna work yaย  — ya las’ nerve, that is!

Speaking of fabric, lol,


this is one I’ve had for a while, just sittin’! It looks quite a bit like the pattern on the dress! The fabric, however, is thick, too heavy, and not conducive to such a dress.ย  I love it, though, but still haven’t come up with the perfect use for it…I don’t want to “waste” it (roll eyes). Initially, I liked it for an apron; but then when I realized I need(ed) a new sewing machine cover, I thought that would be nice…Hmmm….what do you think? Apron vs machine cover? Help me out, Folks!

Next one, I LOVE. I am thinking this will take me through Autumn! Top it with a nice sweater or jacket, and appropriate footwear…yeah…

Beaute Du Jour

Beaute Du Jour

Since my favorite colors are Autumnal, I just love this fabric print too. Really like this type of sleeve. Interestingly, normally, I despise ties/bows or scarf-like, around-the-neck-area stuff; but it works for me here. This one, though — speaking of work — will totally work me! That piping…eeGADS…and the flimsy-ish fabric…uhhhhm…I dunno, Folks. Can I do it?!!??! I’d love to make it! Maybe I should just buy it, haha. Def, my favorite.

This is called a jeans dress, but it’s a soft denim…

Tencel Blue Jeans Dress

Tencel Blue Jeans Dress

Not really a fave; but I love the simplicity and comfy-ness of this type of dress. This is the kind you literally throw on with some sandals and go. No adornments, no belts, accessories, etc. Good for lounging on the patio or just puttering ๐Ÿ™‚ Easy to make too! Varying the length would be nice.

Lastly, I like this as well. The colors are great; but not my favorite print…

 	 Marrakesh Cotton Dress

Marrakesh Cotton Dress

I like that it’s cotton; but other fabrics could work very nicely. (Cute sandals!) Another one not so easy…for moi. Would be a lot of work for me…I think. I could use the practice on the skirt, though! I do buy patterns for that reason, actually — simply for practice!

Okay, next, I am going to attempt — ATTEMPT, mind you ๐Ÿ˜€ — to make a swim suit…yes, it must be emphasized. I don’t imagine I’ll be wearing it! I’ve never made a swimsuit, and working with spandex doesn’t inspire confidence! But, how else to learn? ๐Ÿ˜€

Here are some suits I like, for various reasons:

Charlotte, by Shan, 2008 Collection

Charlotte, by Shan, 2008 Collection

Like the coverage! Haha. I’m not big on my butt hanging out — in fact, I prefer nothing “hang” at all! I like full coverage; I like to be comfortable, and not constantly worrying about how “stuff” looks or how, with each step, each movement, I’ve got to adjust, pull, or fixย  something. You know the deal. I don’t wanna think about it, you know?

Next –no, I do not like a bikini for me ๐Ÿ™‚ What I do like is the top….

Papillon, by Tissage 2009

Papillon, by Tissage 2009

It looks secure and has good coverage; so comfy. I also happen to really like straps that tie around the neck; they seem to look best on me, I think; I like them for dresses too. A pattern for this type shouldn’t be hard to find.

Now this is totally cute!

Euphoria Martini by Tara Grinna 2009

Euphoria Martini by Tara Grinna 2009

I’d love this: I would, however, prefer a small boy short :).

And speaking of shorts…

Blue Skipping Stones by Swim Systems 2009

Blue Skipping Stones by Swim Systems 2009

I’d wear this in a heartbeat! No altering needed…well, maybe a little nip-tuck on the V-neck area ๐Ÿ˜‰ Or rather, maybe a little stretch-widen…yeah. Lol. Love the shorter top to show off the cutie shorts. I’ve seen similar patterns for blouses like this. Would be cute as a non-swimsuit: just pick some nice easy-breezy cool fabric. Nice!

I like this one, buuuuuut…

Jet Set by Asha DeMarco

Jet Set by Asha DeMarco

Something about it is a turn-off…Certainly, I do not like the colors…but there’s something else…Okay, I do like the top/straps; like the one-piece; the bottom’s not bad…I think it’s the cut of the center/sides ?? No, I like that…I think. Hmmm…maybe it’s the pattern, too? Or and/or colors. I’d like to see this suit in a different color, same pattern; a different pattern; and in a solid as well.

This one is also nice…

Sea Club by Lidea 2009

Sea Club by Lidea 2009

…but I have to admit the color is a big influence :D. I love oranges and orange hues. I prefer the shorts style of the Blue Skipping Stones suit above; though, this would be okay. The little tie works here.

And then of course a good cover! I really like this tunic:

Good Karma by OndadeMar 2009

Good Karma by OndadeMar 2009

VERY cute! There are so many nice tunics. I like long ones, too. The one above is nice with the embroidery embellished fabric. Very cute and probably not too diffucult. This would be a fun one to make. Lots of fabrics to go crazy and make a ton! Would be cute as gifts, too. I could (and have) wear this with some boy-style shorts and be good ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely comfortable and no need to feel self-conscious in tunics.

Of course, a cool top and good pair ‘o’ shorts is always reliable! Slap on some sandals and I’m good to go.

Okay, so now I have to get to the fabric store and start lookin’! I hate purchasing patterns online. I’m sure I could find something in-store. Then it’s on to finding vegan, and as-earth-friendly fabric as possible that I like…daunting, but doable: there are actually more and more earth-friendly and organic fabrics coming to market — yay! Gotta dig, though.

Oh, did I mention I still haven’t gotten my sewing room completely unpacked and organized? whistle

Time, time….

Okay, so what are you wearing this season, with your new ETL-Nutritarian bod? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Please share!

Ahh…eating well has so many benefits! Eat your heart out Valerie Bertinelli! Whoย  needs Jenny Craig frankenfoods??!!


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Barely There, Invisible Look, Wirefree Bra

Barely There, "Invisible Look, Wirefree Bra"

The claims that bras are not healthful for women have been around for ages. Whether you subscribe or not, the points are compelling and worthy of, at least, thoughtful consideration. Personally, I go back and forth on this one — have for years now.

Upon first hearing about it, it makes sense; however, the “science” is not so firmly behind it. On the other foot, “science” has never been all that reliable when it comes to women’s issues — recall that menstrual issues were “in our heads,” and We were, of course, simply (or “simple”) “hysterical.” (Is there a word more sexist than “hysterical”?) Weaker and all.

I do not now, nor have I ever had my faith based in science; it is just as fallible as any other “opinion,” in my opinion ;). Subject to continuous change. Yes. And it does, does it not?

I go with my experience first.ย  “Guts” maybe or “intution” is a far more reliable barometer for me. Which does not in any way negate someone else’s experience and truth, even as it is in direct contrast or opposition to my own.

So all this to say, I do believe there is something unhealthful about bras — and certainly, ill-fitting, poorly designed bras. Still, we are conditioned to them, yes? I mean, not just in terms of society and what’s “appropriate”; but, really, to comfort. I hate to say it, but there is a measure of comfort to wearing them; as there is to not :).

I imagine this comfort is more than physical, though; and perhaps borne of conditioning for acceptance, socially and culturally. Too bad, really; I hate being the product of such. But, there it is.

So far as the charges about bras suffocating the lymph nodes, I interpret this as a feeling I get occasionally of mild anxiety: it translates into me feeling like “I ‘must’ get this bra off, now,” and gives a mental/emotional feeling of being sufffocated/smothered — very uncomfortable. As well, the feeling is physical — one of confinement and suffocation, as if in a straightjacket (not that bad, of course, but you get me, right?) This happens a bit more often now than it did in my 20’s; however, it’s not something chronic. Both those sensations together produce an anxiousness unlike any other in my experience. Not sure I’m making sense, here — anyone relate?

Lately, I’ve taken to not wearing a bra much at all at home — and, in fact, out as well (for shame! Never would I have done this when a foolish “child” ๐Ÿ™‚ ) In the past, I never-ever-ever went the day braless! Only to sleep, really. Oh, lordy, I recall my mother wearing a sleeping bra, haha. Product of the ’50’s, for sure, was/is Ma :D. On the other foot, I see the value in such bras: one, they are generally not confining or uncomfortable; two, they can keep things within a safe area :); three, for large-breasted women, they can offer great relief. My mother falls into the last category, as well as being a proper 1950’s product :). I can relate to bras and comfort on this level: I also do not liking bouncing around and falling out of clothes; so wearing a bra is not completely a “bad” concept, to me.

Still, I am feeling increasingly more comfortable without than with — is this just “getting older”? Hmmm. Or, perhaps, generally “becoming more comfortable with my body”? That’s a possibility, as I’ve experienced that growth in stages — exercise, for example shot me to a new level of body consciousness AND confidence — oh.Yeah. CONFIDENCE. Is there anything more wonderful than climbing the ladder of confidence? ๐Ÿ˜€ Not sure the bra/braless thang is confidence, though…haha.

I read once that wearing a bra — in contrast to what they are supposed to do — serves to promote, not just poor breast health, but also sagging. Sounded strange, but, the explanation was something about the tightening and un-naturally “lifting,” “separating,” and general manipulating into un-natural positions, etc., and then releasing, which is much more of a jarring to the tissues than going all day on regular errands and daily life without one. Interesting. Can’t recall where I read that. I’m sure it’s online somewhere.

For the past several years, now, I have been wearing exclusively NON-wire bras — seriously, it must have been a misogynist who designed the oh-so-fabulous “underwire bras” we so desperately need (male or female, doesn’t matter, they hated Womyn!) They are truly objects of torture. Now, I have no problemo believing THOSE are bad for health.

Some claims go so far as to state a correlation with breast cancers. To be honest, it’s not within the realm of UNreason to think so. I certainly would not be surprised one iota if they contribute.

One bra (pic above) I like right now is this one. I have a few :). No wires. I’m not into too-too much “support” bras as that indicates confinement and too much squishy-squish. (In f act, I LOVE Barely There under garments, in general; the under pants they offer are so comfortable, when I shop for them, I end up bringing home a huge bagful. I’ve got, I think, all styles!) I like being held in place but not armor! I save the armor for running (best *ever* running bra) ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, of course, I will always wear a bra for running! Not sure it actually goes to health, though; but it certainly appeals to my sense of aesthetics — so, yes, I am a product of, a slave, even ๐Ÿ˜‰ to, yes, SOME culturally imposed norms, to my chagrin, though it may be. So slap me ๐Ÿ˜‰

Like I said, I could talkย bra for ever, ๐Ÿ˜€ Any thoughts to share?


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How Green Was My Smoothie…


Pretty darned green! Another Super Cruciferrific GJGS

Ahh, never do my GJGS’s fail me. My 36-ounce Green Juicie Green Smoothie consisted of…


watercress-28Waterbless Gams and Toots (iesPhotobucket )ย  …


Collard me green


Dino-mo Kale


Bok’s Choice (Grade A)…



Pome granted


I got them Blues…(the good kind, Y’All)


Rasps (Red American Splendor Princesses)…


Oh, Meyers


No-Flaws berries


HarbinGinger (of health-wealth)


and, of course ๐Ÿ˜‰ …



Greens areย  green_moneybag4


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Garden Blossom Perfume, and Pixie Dust…

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This was inspired by my love of the scent of — can you love a scent? Okay, my extreme like of – the scent of grapefruit essential oil; but I have never been too fond of lavender. I used to really dislike it, but have come to appreciate its uses with a delicate hand.

I have also come to adore chamomile essential oil. Just hearing about it didn’t thrill me: I thought of cheap chamomile tea, which, from tea bags, dried, ground, and packed who-knows-when doesn’t exactly send me. However, having made chamomile from fresh flowers…Oh, yes, TOtally different taste, fragrance, and experience; so, I had an inkling the e.o. may be different when concentrated. So I tried it. Since then, I have used the essence of chamomile with great success in lotions and personal products, and it is one of my absolute favorites now :). It seems you can rarely go wrong with it. Following is a very simple but lovely combination.

Garden Blossom Perfume:

Organic ingredients are preferable.


18d Grapefruit Essential Oil

10d Chamomile (R.) Essential Oil

Allow to ripen 1 week, shaking gently, daily.

Then add:

60d Jojoba Oil, (or other unscented oil, such as avocado, almond, or grapeseed).

Shake gently.

Makes about 1 tsp perfume

Variation: Add 1d Lavender Essential Oil


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Since I liked the the above fragrance, I decided to build on it. I started this about 1 1/2 months ago as well, and it’s perfect now ๐Ÿ™‚

My internet friend inspired the inclusion of ginger; so this is named after her: So, to Picks, who I hope is feeling better and getting stronger each day!

Purple-Flower (9)

Kelleen’s Garden:

18d Grapefruit Essential Oil

10d Chamomile (R) Essential Oil

Let ripen 1 week

Then add:

3d Ginger Essential Oil

1d Jasmine Essential Oil

1d Lavender Essential Oil

Ripen 1 week (at least), gently shaking daily.


60d Jojoba Oil(or other unscented carrier oil) for perfume.

Store in glass; plastic absorbs and interferes with essential oils.

Makes @ 1 tsp.

Alternate: Use the essential oil mixture(sans the carrier oil) in body spritzer below

Or use to make Pixie Dust Take III ๐Ÿ˜‰

This was actually somewhat of an accident: I did not mean toย  add Lavender; instead, I accidentally picked it up when reaching for something else. I did not like the fragrance at first; however, after ripening,ย  fell for it :D. This is a testament to the need for “ripening” of hand-made products. This actually smells better the longer it sits — meaning, this smells better now at the over 1-month mark than it did at 2 weeks.

Ginger is very difficult to work with, I found! Lots of misses; few hits. It needs to be used lightly; it’s quite strong. However, I’m already thinking of a ginger fragrance for Autumn and Winter, for which I think it is well suited ๐Ÿ™‚



My favorite dusting powder is made with Amber, my absolute, hands-down favorite all-time fragrance — and color! I just adore it. I use my Amber powder regularly, as well as an amber fragrance. But, change is good ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, here is another ginger inspired recipe. This is a much more personal preference recipe — mine, of course, ha!; Fragrance appreciation is such an individual thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Or should that be “Picksie Dust”?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cornstarch, Arrowroot, Kuzu, and Tapioca Starch can be used interchangeably.


1/2 C White Rice Flour/Starch*

2 TB Orris Root Powder

1/2 C + 2 TB Tapioca Starch

10d Chamomile Essential Oil (R.)

1d Jasmine Essential Oil

2d Ginger Essential Oil


Combine powders.

Add the chamomile and whisk well.

Add the Jasmine and whisk well

Add the Ginger and whisk well.

Place in a glass receptacle, cover tightly, and allow to ripen 1ย  week, shaking daily. (Or, place in a container with powder puff or a shaker powder container)

Shake gently before each use.


Pixie Dust, Take II ๐Ÿ˜‰

1 C Cornstarch

1/4 C White Rice Flour/Starch*

9d Grapefruit Essential Oil

4d Myrrh Essential Oil

2d Ginger Essential Oil

3d Chamomile Essential Oil (R.)

1d Lavender Essential oil

Instruction:Combine Powders.

Add Grapefruit Essential Oil; whisk well.

Add Myrrh Essential Oil; whisk well.

Add Ginger Essential Oil; whisk well.

Add Chamomile Essential Oil; whisk well.

Add Lavender Essential Oil; whisk well.

Place in a glass receptacle, cover tightly, and allow to ripen 1ย  week, shaking daily. (Or, place in a container with powder puff or a shaker powder container)

Shake gently before each use.

*NOTE: White rice flour is encouraged because it has a little graininess which is desirable to disperse the starches more efficiently. Otherwise, it becomes very “dusty,” and concentrated and not easy to apply. An alternative would be finely ground oats; but it’s not quite as fine as rice.


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LUSHS Silky Underwear Dusting Powder

LUSH'S Silky Underwear Dusting Powder -


Bonus Recipe: My “Silky” Sub

A Faux “Silky Underwear Dusting Powder” ๐Ÿ˜€

This is a copycat of Lush’s, luscious ๐Ÿ˜‰ “Silky Underwear Dusting Powder” — hated the name; but fell for the scent! So I did my best to recreate it ๐Ÿ˜€

(LUSH – has some nice products — loaded with vegan goodies;ย  vegan-marked for convenience, as well!)

1/2 C Cornstarch

1/2 TB Oat Flour, finely ground, or white rice flour

3d Jasmineย  Essential Oil

1d Vetiver (“Vetivert”) Essential Oil

* Rub in a small amount of fragrant raw, virgin Coconut Oil OR raw Cacao butter (fragrant)


Combine powders.

Add Jasmine Essential Oil; whisk well.

Add Vetiver Essential Oil; whisk well.

Add Coconut Oil/Cacao butter,* melted; whisk well.

Place in a glass receptacle, (or container with powder puff or a shakerย  powder container) cover tightly, and allow to ripen 1ย  week, shaking daily.

Shake gently before each use.

*You can use good-quality, raw, virgin coconut oil (the fragrant kind) or raw (fragrant) cacao butter– either works nicely. As well, a cocoa butter — again, fragrant — would work. Melt gently;Disperse throughout. Start with a teaspoon or so.

You can also leave this out; it’s still fabulous :). But do try to include it. The vetiver — which is *extremely* potent, will be a bit stronger.


Easy Body Spritzer General Recipe (adapted from Herb Companion magazine):

1 C Water, Distilled

10d Essential Oil of choice, or combination (or more, to preference)

Shake well and decant into a bottle affixed with a spritzer top.

Shake well before each use.


Enjoy :^)


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Wet Noodle…

“Saturday Night Bath”

Oh, no…


Ma-ah-om! Not now; not while I’m wet and nude! You know I hate taking pictures…


Geez…Must you?


Okay. Happy?

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Mama Bird
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ETL Friday! Recipes: No-Grain Granola…

~ Update: This NoGrainola is actually excellent with plant-milks; the texture is best described as the texture of “Grapenuts Cereal” if you recall ever eating that. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€ ~


No Grainola with Goji Berries and Walnuts

Hi, Folks. No grain, no sugar, no acrylamides, and low fat ETL-DPYC granola. I thought I’d share one of my recipes that I created, utilizing the humble but versatile garbanzo bean —ย  grain-allergy free to boot. Feel free to tweak. Let me know if anyone you serve this can tell this is NOT “cereal” (without informing them what it is first, of course!); so far, no one has thought it otherwise.

Oh, and, you can make this with grains if you wish; oats are excellent, as well as wheat germ (see note below recipe)

This can take a lot of tweaking and be just as good — from spicing to lots of additionals to taste, such as dried fruit, nuts, seeds, oats/grains, flavorings, extracts, etc.

For morning cereals with ‘milks (see update above ๐Ÿ˜‰ )– I can’t say with 100% certainty you will like this with nut or seed milk: It will soften, which most cereals do; however, the texture is different, being beans and all. It’s ultimately up to you whether you like it that or not; try it :D. One friend of mine eats this with nut milk, but doesn’t let it sit to get soggy, so….I don’t know. You can spruce it up with berries — fresh and dried — or some banana, of course.

Sweetening can also be adjusted. I think the 1/2 C is a moderate amount, 2/3 C will satisify most; feel free to add more, if needed. Alternatively, if you find it is not sweet enough, or if others need more and others don’t, simple sprinkle in some date sugar, or sweeten your nut-seed milk. You can also spray the granola with water, then sprinkle with date sugar, spray again so it sticks; then pop it back into the dehydrator/oven ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are two basic, simple versions; work widdit ๐Ÿ˜€ :

No-Grain Granola


1 can of salt-free Garbanzo Beans, plain,drained and rinsed very well (or 1 1/2 C home-prepared, plain — sprouted, even better!)

2ย  tsp vanilla extract

1/2* – 2/3 C Date Sugar, or to taste

2 TB Ground Golden Flax Seed

1-1 1/2 tsp Spice, such as pumpkin pie mix, cinnamon, Or Ginger if you’re a pea picker ;),ย  etc. (2 tsp Ginger 1/2 tsp Cinnamon is good)

1/2 C Pecans or Walnuts or both, chopped (OR choice of nuts/seeds)

Citrus Zest of 1 fruit (1 orange), Optional

1/2 C dried fruit, Optional

Coconut, flakes, pieces, dried or fresh, Optional


See directions below

I used the entire skin of kumquats for the citrus zest. The skin of kumquats is sweet and edible straight and the inside fruit is tart; so it was easy to just slice up the skin. Use some zest of orange as an alternative. I also threw in chopped up pieces of fresh young coconut and the texture was fantastic; it wasn’t like dried coconut flakes, it was chewy like dried fruit.

*Half cup of date sugar makes this light on sweetness; use 2/3 for a just-right sweetness; more?…at your own risk! ;D .



Basic No Grainola ๐Ÿ˜‰ II



I like the addition of a bit of tahini in this version:

1 Can Garbanzo Beans, unsalted, drained and rinsed well, (or 1 1/2 C home-prepared, plain)

2/3 C Date Sugar, or to taste

1 – 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon or more (Or others, such as Ginger, Cardamon, etc.)

2 TB Tahini + 2 TB juice/water, mixed

1/4 tsp Almond Extract

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 TB Ground Golden Flax seed

1/2 C Almonds, chopped (or nuts/seeds of choice)

1/2 C Dried Fruit, Other additions, such as coconut, etc., Optional

Zest of 1 Citrus, Optional

1/2 C Creativity ๐Ÿ˜‰ Optional


Beanola ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Directions

Drain and rinse very well the Garbanzo beans and drain.

Pulse them in the processor

Dump into a bowl.

Combine tahini-water+ extracts

Then with a fork work in the tahini mixture, taking care not to mash — Just toss, but till thoroughly combined.

Add the Date sugar, cinnamon and flax, fork-tossing in as above.

Add the nuts, and mix.

Pour onto parchment-lined dehydrator sheets or baking sheet. Dehydrate at desired temperature till thoroughly dried; Or, bake at 248-degrees (to avoid acrylamide formation) or at lowest temperature you can in your oven till thoroughly dried and crunchy-yum.

I dehydrate 1 recipe in the Excalibur dehydrator at the highest temperature (155-degrees) for 3-or-so hours; it can actually be eaten at @ 2 hours; however it’s not thoroughly dried to my satisfaction at that point for best crunch factor (or for storing). You’ve probably tasted different granolas and some are super hard, others have a softness to them. You decide.

I’ve done lots of variations; so take your pick.


Note on adding grain and / or Creativity:

If you add the grain, pulse chop rolled oats; if you use quick-cooking oats, you don’t need to pulse them. Start with 1/2 C;ย  I believe 1/2 C is about right. Try other ingredients such as some carrot pulp, perhaps; or ground nuts/seeds, etc. (Be sure to taste to determine if seasoning needs adjusting.)

And let me know your results ๐Ÿ™‚



Above is one using oats (pic before dehydrating). Interestingly, though, those who tasted both had no idea the only-garbanzo one was without any grain.

It has pecans and dried bananas

These mixtures look especially beautiful around the holidays with festive fruits and nuts. Oh, and not to mention a great way to maintain your Eat-To-Live lifestyle during that tough season :).


ETA: Have to add this!ย  If you are having problem with eating nutritionally/snacking; etc, this may be too “snacky” or contain too much dried fruit (dates ) for you;ย  it is, however, great for children. Eat responsibly ;^)


Some pics to help with the directions;

Pulse the beans; don’t cream them:



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Oh, and speaking of crunch…Don’t forget my My Kale Chips recipe! For a delicious savory crispy munch ๐Ÿ™‚



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Click pic below for a looksee at what else I ETLize to make for family and friends with the incredible, edible chickpeaย  (and more) ๐Ÿ˜‰



Got recipes to share?

Send ’em to me and I’ll post ’em here on ETL Friday! ๐Ÿ˜€



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Chewing Lessons…


I think of this every now and then, and thought I’d post a few ideas on it.

Please add some of your ideas! I will add them to this list; it would be a good resource ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Chew thoroughly – Of course we all know this. Easier said than done! It takes a bit of (annoying) monitoring of your eating for a spell to get this down. When you eat, you should not swallow any pieces or chunks of anything; food should be creamed and go down smooth — like a green smoothie!

2. Put your fork down! – Yes. Try it. After you take a forkful of food, put your fork/spoon down and chew (as in no. 1), swallow and enjoy the flavor! Take a moment. Resume ๐Ÿ™‚ Finish that mouthful completely before you even think of lifting up that fork.

3. Fill your fork – with a modicum of food! Yes, take note of just how much you put on that fork/spoon. Surprised? I was — ack! More than enough; in fact, too much. This, leads to a mouth-too-full, which leads to improper mastication (see no. 1 again); poor digestion (eegads — gas/bloating, anyone?); a general rushing; and, actually, less enjoyment. Shoveling food means you’re not really savoring and tasting properly. Try it. I think you’ll find food more pleasurable and flavorful (and better for digestion). The food is in your mouth longer, where all the tastebuds are! The flavor disappears once food is swallowed…how sad ๐Ÿ˜‰

4. Time, as in take your – Yes, this may take what is already more time than you have for eating, but, hey, you gotta do it. If rushed for time, then adjust your meals to accommodate your needs. So, if you have no time for your lunch, make it a more calorie-dense meal to get you through the meal faster — so, focus on beans and fat, and round it out with as many greens as you can get it. Then, make sure you are getting your requirements the other meal(s), like your greens in your smoothies and/or soups, maybe; and the rest of your fruit and veg at dinner, etc.

5. Try not to drink with meals – drink before or after. (this is more about digestion; but I think it also helps to not just flush down a mouthful of improperly chewed food with liquid)

6. Do not eat “mindlessly” – I try not to say this, but do, myself, sometimes, and it’s kind of annoying, lol. I mean, it’s so general, like “Listen to your body” — another one that annoys the heck out of me…I’ll save that for another ramble ;). “Mindlessly” is just referring to not being conscious or aware of what you’re doing — ever drive and arrive at a destination and have no recall of the journey? Can’t recall getting on and off a particular onramp/exit? Still, who wants to sit and think intensely about food all the time? I mean, it’s fairly impossible if eating with others. Most of us converse with those we sup! So maybe “practice” the above lessons when alone and when you can, being mindful of chewing thoroughly, putting a moderate amount of food on each forkful, and putting down your fork after every entree of food.

7. Count – Well, when you can :). My Mom always used to say, “Chew your food at least 25 times before swallowing.” Well, that might be okay for the average Western Diet food which is over-processed junk, but for a person eating a nutrient-dense diet, focusing on fresh, whole foods, it’s a whole other ball of wax! With the amount of raw foods we need to consume and generally high fiber foods, we need double that. If itย  helps, count how many it takes before food is creamed.

8. Also remember that eating with your mouth closed helps avoid gas and bloating. I won’t go too much into gas and bloating, as I have a post on that already — reference my list of suggestions on this page, Suggestion Digestion Post

9. Avoid Overeating – All of the above will also help you to not overeat. When rushed one does not allow time for the full signal to go from the stomach to the brain. As well, taking it a bit — just a bit, now ๐Ÿ˜‰ — slower will help with nutrient absorption because one is creaming the food for the body to better extract the nutrients and digest, so less is needed — you’re more satisfied when your body actually gets the nutrients.ย  Don’t overwhelm the poor thing! This leads to other goodies, such as true satiety, less food needed, and, as Dr. Joel Fuhrman says, the loss of cravings: Cravings are a sign that the body is improperly nourished.

Personally, I notice that I can still put too much food onto my fork and — this is worse — have another forkful ready to go before I’m even halfway through chewing my last one! That’s, well, embarrassing! Not to mention an indication that I’m rushing and/or eating mindlessly.

Chew Well, All ๐Ÿ˜‰

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