Apple Juice

Amara with Apple Juice
What is it about apple juice that just gets a body feeling so happy, happy, satisfied?!

When I was a little girl, the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, was probably old even then – yet the advice is good. And nowadays, there is study after study that corroborates that saying with scientific proof. 

There are many, many benefits to juicing apples. Having that luscious, pulpy, cloudy liquid waiting for you in a cup (or jar) is anticipation at its best. First of all, there is the aroma – and then POW there is a taste that cannot be described. It is heavenly manna – and our picture here shows Amara with her cup of fresh apple juice. She LOVES fresh juice. She can even use ASL and ask us for her favorite juice when she wants it. Smart girl.

During allergy season, allergy inflammation flares up and can create asthma attacks. One son is an asthmatic. What to do?! I was relieved to find out that I had already been doing many things to keep his inflammation down, and I hadn’t even known it. There is quercetin in apples, known to reduce allergy flare ups. Does it replace his inhaler? No, but it seems he needs it less when he’s eating salads and drinking fresh juices. 

My other son is allergic to just about every grass and tree on the planet. We give him quercetin and nettle. Believe me, we wouldn’t get through allergy season without these wonderful supplements.

Fresh Apple Juice can be taken: Straight: in small sips, in large gulps; Mixed: in smoothies as the main base, in smoothies as the hint of tang; Frozen: in ice cubes as the cooler in lemonade, in popsicles (the varieties here are endless). Have fun with your Apple Juice – and have a healthy snack!

Quinoa Parfait

Quinoa Parfait 2 Quinoa is a delicious grain, small, multi-colored, kind of nutty, chewable, and fun. Ben has learned to enjoy it with yogurt, and fresh fruit.

Quinoa ParfaitIn fact, today with the leftovers from the breakfast cooking pot, we made a Quinoa Parfait to have as a snack when he gets home from school. 

He’s thinking about the toppings, wondering if blueberries might be better for him than say, perhaps a banana – Oh! and then remembering his favorite fruit – It’ll be topped with Kiwi!!! 

Halloween Fun

NaRhiaRhiannon and her beloved Auntie, Naomi, spent some time in the kitchen yesterday. They created Monster Apples as a treat, in addition to some Chocolate/Date Bats and Cats!

Rhiannon LOVES creating raw food with Naomi. She loves creating the new flavors available to her in gluten-free food too. The best part though, is sampling it when it is done. So tasty!

Here is a very happy little Raw Chef-ette.


More Strawberry Roses

RhiaAndRoses This is Rhiannon. She LOVES food art projects, and creativity.

Today, we made roses using only strawberries and grapes! She had such a good time threading her grapes on the wooden stick. She experimented with putting the strawberry on right-side-up, and saw that it simply wouldn’t work that way (but she still insisted it SHOULD have). After applying the strawberry up-side-down (properly :0)), she began to try and cut it. Such coordination can be really challenging and frustrating for a four-year-old. So, I stepped in and helped. We counted, one petal, two petals; and then I said, “another petal” while cutting and somehow that translated into three in my mind, so the next cut was obviously 4, right? Nope, Rhiannon corrected me with “threeth petal”. And then we got the counting straightened out. After all that, we were startled alarmingly and unexpectedly when one of Daniel’s birthday balloons popped. That is when we began laughing. Please enjoy this creative day with us!

Dates & Figs – Desserts you’ve never considered

Raw Fig NewtonDate & Fig Class – We had a LOT of fun tonight. We taught everyone how to make their own raw fig newtons!  I don’t know about you, but fig newtons were a favorite treat when I was a little girl. There was something so comforting about biting into that chewy, wholesome cookie. I won’t claim this recipe gives you quite the same experience, but I will say that it is delicious to Fig Newton fillingthe taste buds, and very satisfying. Fig Newton Finale

Fig Newton creationHere’s the recipe. Enjoy!

Raw Fig Newton Cookies
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  1. 1 C figs
  2. 1/2 C almonds
  3. 1/4 C flax seed
  4. 1/4 C raw rolled oats
  5. 2 tbsp honey
  1. In your food processor, blend figs until smooth, add water one tablespoon at a time if you need to so you get a sticky and spreadable paste.
  2. Set the paste aside for later.
  3. Grind the flax, oats, and almonds in a high speed blender or coffee grinder until a flour-like consistency is reached.
  4. Add in your honey and blend until a dough forms.
  5. Place the dough between two sheets of wax paper and use a rolling pin to shape it into a square.
  6. Cut the square in half, so you have two rectangles.
  7. Take half the fig paste and spread it across one of the rectangles, leave about a ¼ inch border along the longest sides. Take the rest of the fig paste and do the same to the second rectangle.
  8. Fold each of the rectangles over on themselves and pinch the sides together. Cut each rectangle into desired size pieces.
  1. Tip 1: You may add a pinch of salt or a drop of vanilla for enhanced flavor.
  2. Tip 2: You may lightly grease the wax paper with coconut oil to prevent the dough from sticking (but we didn’t find this necessary.)
  3. Tip 3: You don’t need to leave space on the short ends of the rectangles
  4. Tip 4: Cookies keep for 3 – 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
Adapted from Maggie
Adapted from Maggie

Chocolate-Covered Cherries

I remember the days of walking into the store to buy the Holiday Season’s first box of chocolate covered cherries. Rich, simple, elegant in its simplicity – and that first tentative  bite that released the juice onto your tongue… Memories.

Now though, I find the reality of the treat no longer lives up to the memory created so long ago – I’m not sure if the chocolate just isn’t as good, and if the cordial has been either beefed up, or watered down. Somehow, it now seems difficult to find a really good chocolate covered cherry with just the right amount of “Aaaaah…..”


We’re experimenting with the fondant ourselves, because some of my children are allergic to milk. This makes it challenging to change up recipes to suit their particular dietary needs. I believe this recipe found on Tasty Eats At Home’s website will be fun as is, and also easy to “change up” for our needs. Those look incredible, don’t they!

Apple Swan

Elegance and functionality. I don’t often think of my food as art. I’m always SO grateful to have veggies and fruit that it’s been quite awhile since I made food art with my kids, and played with it before we ate. :0)  This will definitely be a treat to make.

I can’t wait to surprise my mid-20′s son with one.  I wonder what he’ll say?