Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Avocado Salad Dressing and the Maker's Diet


Today I'm sharing my recipe for Avocado Salad Dressing with you, and I'll tell you a little bit about the book, The Maker's Diet Revolution by Jordan Rubin.

I started doing the first part of this diet last Monday, and I told you I would tell you about it.  It has not been hard to do.  The first 10 days is a cleanse, during which you eat: fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.  I have not had any meat, coffee, sweeteners, dairy, or salt in over a week, and I must tell you it has not be difficult.  I would be lying if I told you I wasn't looking forward to Wednesday, when I get salmon for dinner, or Thursday when I get to start eating a more normal diet.  I certainly am.  I have been reading the cookbook that goes with the diet, planning my meals.  It is a more natural diet, but it really will fit in with my everyday life.  You are supposed to do a weekly cleanse day, and then redo the 10 day cleanse every 3 months, to detox your body.  Sounds good to me.  You are also supposed to spend some time reading the Bible everyday, which is not an issue for me either.  I do that anyway.  It has also been easier for me to do this last week, because I have still had so much to do in the house, and not having to prepare a meal has been a big help.  Also, my sweet husband is not here right now, so he's not waiting for dinner every night.

I must say, this has really been easy, and I would recommend it if you are looking for some healthy changes in your eating habits.  I have lost 11 pounds in the last 8 days.  For me that is pretty amazing.  I feel great, have had not caffeine withdrawal headaches, and have not any cravings or adverse effects.  

The one thing that was a little difficult for me is not having oil or vinegar for salad dressing.  I don't love plain salad with lemon, so they recommended making a dressing with avocado.  There wasn't a recipe, just some suggestions, so this is the recipe I came up with for my Avocado Salad Dressing.

Avocado Salad Dressing

Ingredients:

1 avocado
1/3 piece of a roma tomato
1 slice red onion about 1/4 inch thick quartered
1 clove garlic
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/4 tsp Braggs Liquid Aminos (I'm not sure if it's allowed, but I needed something salty)
2 to 3 drops hot sauce
2 TB chives or green onions 
1 tsp heaping my Mexican Rub
pepper to taste
1/4 cup water

Directions:

Put all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

This makes enough for 1 salad for 1 person.

I have a Ninja blender and it works really well making this into a smooth salad dressing.

I hope that you like this salad dressing.  If you are just making it as a dressing you can use salt and a little olive oil, but for The Maker's Diets this is a pretty good alternative to a regular salad dressing.

This is what my midday meal looks like.  I normally eat the salad about 3:30 or 4:00 PM.  Then for dinner at about 6:30 or 7:00 PM I have some fruit, dried plums, and some almonds and pumpkin seeds.

I will also be sharing how to soak seeds and nuts at some point this week.  It's not hard!  Really!!!

I always love hearing from you.

Have a great week.
Debi

Someone sent me an email asking for a link to the cookbook also.  Here it is:

The Maker's Diet Meals

Monday, January 19, 2015

Dear God Note 11


God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with different kinds of miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
Hebrews 2:4

Sorry that this is up a little late today.  Today we have Dear God Note 11.  I just wanted to thank God this week for all of the Miracles that he perform in our lives each and every day.

His miracles are written about in The Bible, and to name a few:

God created the sky, the stars, the water, the sun, the earth, the moon, animals, and people.

He parted the Red Sea.

He gave us Jesus. who died on a cross, and rose 3 days later, to forgive our sins, to give us everlasting life as he sits to the right of our Father in heaven.

These are all miracles. 

Today, as I am looking out my window, I am watching the wind blow gently through the palm trees, the sun reflecting on the water, seeing the tangerines growing on the tree, and I am blown away at the miracle of everyday life.  

I also see miracles in my life.  I know that when I pray, God answers, sometimes immediately, and sometimes it takes a little time, but he always answers.  Sometimes in big ways that hit me in my face, and sometimes I hear his still small voice, and know that he answering me.

My prayer for all of you this week, is that you let God into your lives.  Not just let him in, but ask him in, invite him into your midst, so that he can work in your lives.

Have a blessed week.
Debi

Monday, January 12, 2015

Dear God Note 10


I went to my local Family Christian store last week and I got a great new mug.  
The saying on it is: 

Trust in the Lord
Proverbs 3:5

That is so where my life is right now.  I am just trusting in our Father.  Everything is new and different right now, and that's not a bad thing, just different.

Also, I bought a book called The Maker's Diet by Jordan Rubin, and it's based on the Daniel Fast.  I saw him on a TV show last week and listened to him talking about this book, and decided it was something that I might be interested in trying.  I will be taking you a long on my diet adventure over the next few weeks as I try out new recipes that will fit in with this diet.

I was just going to say wish me luck, but I don't need luck, I have God.  He'll get me through.

Have a blessed week.
Debi

Monday, January 5, 2015

Dear God Note 9


 Good morning friends.  I have really missed spending time with all of you.  It has been a while since I have been here, but I woke up this morning and wanted to spend some time with the Lord and with all of you.  We made our move to Florida, which has been crazy and entailed: driving 1 car down here at Thanksgiving, packing over 200 boxes, the movers picking it all up, spending the last Christmas in our home of over 20 years, driving my car down along with the dog and cat, the movers unloading, and so far I have unpacked about 100 boxes.

As you can see the last 2 months have been pretty crazy.  Yesterday, was the first day I took off.  We went to breakfast, walked on the beach, went to the local farmers market, walked the dog. enjoyed cooking (I made mint oreo ice cream, wings, and guacamole), and relaxed.  It was a beautiful, sunny day that was 83 degrees outside.  I am so grateful for what God has provided for my life.  Next Sunday I will go to my new church and hopefully make some new friends.  

I am looking forward to this next chapter in my life.  It has been a little scary at times, leaving family and friends, our home where we raised our children, moving to a place where we really don't know anyone, but I know that God placed me where he wants me to be.  So I am trusting in God, and following his lead.  It's not so scary if I place my trust in God and Jesus, because I know that there is a plan, I just can't see it.  My prayers are that he uses me to the fullest, and helps me to grow more in my faith.

I woke up this morning and heard it pouring rain outside, and I was led to share this verse with all of you.

Have a blessed week.
Debi

Then we shall know, if we follow on to know Jehovah. His going out is prepared as the morning; and He shall come to us as the rain, as the latter and former rain to the earth.
Hosea 6:3

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party On Hold

Hi Everyone,

I am so very sorry, but I need to put Adorned From Above's Link Party on hold until after the first of 2015.  I have been trying so hard to be able to do the party, but our move to Florida, is a lot more work then I had anticipated.  We have 20 something years of accumulation and it is taking a lot of time to go through everything.  I have spent weeks throwing things in the trash, donating, and packing, and it seems like I haven't even made a dent.  We are going from 3600 square feet down to 1900 square feet, so it feels quite daunting right now.  My office is what I am most worried about.  I am donating lots of fabric and I haven't even gotten to the yarn yet.  I felt sad giving away a lot of my sewing, knitting, and  decorating books, but I really need to pare down what I have.  

I had so many wonderful posts that I wanted to share with all of you, and I think those are going to have to wait also.

I hope that you will all join me when I start the party again.  I will be living in a place where if feels like summer all year round.  That should be fun.  Especially since we have had some pretty cold weather in Denver already this year. 

I will really miss seeing all of your posts,  but I can't wait to see what the new year brings all of us. 

So for right now I am wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, a Happy Hannukah, a Merry Christmas, and a Very Happy New Year.

Until January.
Debi