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Author: Keeks

I am a nurse, lover of life, spazztastic dinosaur, explorer, adventurer, nerd (kinda), natural hippie attempter, optimist, postcard enthusiast, pen pal, missionary, exerciser, health conscious, tea addict who gets confused in life and loves living it.
Rattlesnake Ledge

Rattlesnake Ledge

I am rediscovering what it is like to be healthy, strong and able to do the things I want to do. Last week,  12 weeks after my surgery, I took a hike with my favorite four legged friend, Jazzy. This is a great hike, quick and works up a sweat on the trek up.  Ok, so at Rattlesnake Ledge you start by the lake and get to see where you are summiting to, I love that!  At the lake, looking…

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Lentil Dahl

Lentil Dahl

Ok, so there was this delightful picture of lentils and chickpea crepes I saw on Instagram at some point. I do not recall who posted it and I could not find it again, but it sent me on a hunt to find a Lentil Dahl recipe to go with chickpea cakes or crepes.  I also started this hunt because of tasty Indian food we had at the Bollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon a couple years back… I still can’t get…

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Spicy Peanut Soup

Spicy Peanut Soup

African Peanut Soup – Keek’s Style   Ok, so I’ve made this multiple times and LOVE it. I was not lying when I said this is going to become a new favourite of mine.  Here are the Ingredients:  6 cups of vegetable broth 1 medium onion , chopped4 cloves garlic, minced (you can find frozen cubes of these)2 tbsp lemongrass (I found it minced in a tube)2 tbsp ginger, minced (you can find frozen cubes of this)2-4 cups of baby kale/spinach/sliced…

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Turmeric Wellness Shots

Turmeric Wellness Shots

Happy New Year 2019! Did you have too much fun over the holidays? Want something to just help boost your immune system and cleanse you a bit? Make yourself some Wellness Shots (and possibly not eat or drink that much)! They are less expensive to make and simple if you have a good blender. I can usually get 20 to 24 done with the ingredients I purchase for them (in two batches, the ingredients keep). Turmeric Benefits: Anti-inflammatory Increases the…

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New Year – 2019

New Year – 2019

Here we are being thrown into another new year with most people doing the “Best of 2018” and their “New Year – New You” posts and ideas.  Here I am just thankful I made it to the end of 2018 not dealing with chronic depression the entire year. Here I am thankful that I have a loving supporting husband who walked with me each step of that journey.  This next year will bring new changes into my life that I am…

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Gardener’s Pie (a.k.a. Shepherd’s Pie)

Gardener’s Pie (a.k.a. Shepherd’s Pie)

We have spent the last 10 days in England visiting family and during our stay we did not have one Shepherd’s Pie. So for our first relatively unjetlagged night home I cooked us a vegan Shepherd’s Pie that the family dubbed Gardener’s Pie instead.  The vegetable ingredients.  It was very delicious and I didn’t use Worcestershire sauce (it has anchovies in it) so I had to improvise with a bit of soy sauce, liquid aminos, and liquid smoke. This method…

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Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup

Hello Winter and the dark days you bring. Thankfully during the winter months eating soup every day for two out of three meals is acceptable. Today I was craving tomato soup, but there was none to be found in my cupboard (this is often the case in this house). This soup grew into a recipe as I discovered what I had on hand in my kitchen. I found some fresh tomatoes on the counter that needed eating, some onion already…

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Conflicted

Conflicted

Recently, I have been feeling conflicted about MY meat consumption. Why? Your guess is as good as mine at this point. So, a couple of weeks back I decided to just do a “Vegetarian Challenge” (?) for myself. This post is not about that, this one will be more about the background of it all. I have always had a small inner conflict with eating meat, but I still eat meat and so does my family. I don’t have any…

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Stuffed Bell Peppers – no rice

Stuffed Bell Peppers – no rice

I have dreaded stuffed bell peppers for the majority of my life. For me they meant this tortured meal that consisted of a hard, crunchy, chewy, bland, gross thing I was forced to masticate and enjoy….. UGH. There was NEVER enough ketchup to cover up their nastiness. No offense to my mother growing up, she may have actually been making very good stuffed peppers, and I just wasn’t grown up enough to appreciate them, but they were disgusting. Also, I…

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