"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thursday Health and Wellness

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Okay let's look at some health and wellness ideas today.  Grandma Bonnie had a recipe that I wanted to share with you.

Gluten Free Any Berry Pie With Graham Flavored Crust


Pie Crust
1 & 1/2  cups Almond Meal Flour 
1/2 cup Coconut sugar or Brown sugar
1/4 stick butter softened
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon 
1/4 tsp salt

Mix all the above ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix the dough by hand until the all ingredients are blended together. Press the dough into a 9 inch pie plate. Refrigerate until the filling is ready.

Pie Filling
3-4 cups of berries cleaned
1/2 cup water
Sweetener of your choice (I used pure cane sugar)
1 & 1/2 tsp Arrowroot flour or corn starch
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

Place clean berries in a sauce pan with water, lemon juice and sweetener. I added 1/4 cup of sugar as the berries I used were not tart or sour. If your berries are sour or tart use more sugar to your taste. Bring the berries to a boil then turn down to a simmer. Stirring constantly. Mix arrowroot flour or corn starch to an 1/8 cup water mix well. When berries are softened add the arrowroot water slowly to the simmering berries. Stir constantly until the juices start to thicken.  Remove from heat let cool for a few minutes. Pour into prepared pie crust. Chill and serve. 

This is a gluten free crust that taste a little like a graham cracker crust. It can be altered to fit a paleo or vegan diet. 

Now I have been making a collection of gluten free recipes - when the kids go back to school I plan on doing some healthy baking - they just can't see me make it - lol.

And now a positive little thought - 

As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself.
I've become my own friend.
I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.
Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.
I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, I eventually remember the important things.
Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But, broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.
I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.
As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't  question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.
So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting  what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).


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(He didn't even notice in Mexico - lol)  OOPS

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Carol said...

I LOVED the entry on as I get older....makes perfect sense to me!

LOVED the humor of the Weight Watcher cartoon.

Must borrow from you the picture, if you don't mind.

LOVE to you my FRIEND!

Denise said...

Enjoyed as always. Congrats to the winner.

Sandra said...

bring on the weight watcher pills, i do love those... and i also love any thing made with berries, any type berries. that recipe looks good to me.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I do eat my dessert every day! Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

Shelly said...

Love the recipe! I may just have to give that a try as I'm in the midst of a baking frenzy lately, it seems~

Anonymous said...

you are the BEST!!!!!

Jill said...

That looks like a great crust!

Munir said...

I did not know that there is Almond meal flour or Arrow root flour. I learned so much from your blog entrees.
As I get older is like saying as you and I get older. Ditto on your thoughts.
Love you too and hope that you keep in touch through blogging.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Oh your blog was up the lane for me to-day. Liked it all.

Oh I love berries too but not graham
crackers. Sorry.

I love the story of us older us you wrote. Pros and cons of life. Tee, hee.

The truth behold. You said it all with flare. Go make that pie or have you already.

Happy Thursday!

Sandee said...

I loved the laugh the very best today. What an excuse to eat M & Ms.

Have a terrific day. Big hugs. ☺

TexWisGirl said...

congrats to dee!

love the M&Ms. :)

mail4rosey said...

Gah, that's what's wrong w/my diet plan, buwhahahaha.


I don't mind getting older. There are some body adjustments I'm having a hard time getting used to (arms, stray grays, gravity...) :)

Ginny said...

Congratulations to Dee, she is a follower of mine! I LOVE the pic of your cutie grandson!!! He is really just SOOO cute!! And Disco as well.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Thanks for the recipe. I went over to her Pinterest page and pinned it. Have a great Thursday. Debby

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Oh I love the getting older part! It is so true! I think I am happier then I have been in a long time...just being me!

A Quiet Corner said...

It is easier being old in so many ways, Sandie! ...:)JP

Katie Clooney said...

Love the upside down weight watcher pills!

Inger said...

Life gets good once we become kind to ourselves. So important. And I love the upside down pills.

Grammy Staffy said...

I agree with you. Retirement and aging has set me free.... But I do kiss my old health and energy. Thank goodness I can rest whenever I want. Life is a blessing. Hugs

Rae said...

Your positive thoughts are wonderful and spot on. I love how you think.

Rose said...

I loved this Post. Thank you for the glueten free recipe. I'm a modified Vegan and I feel better for it.

I love your outlook on aging. I share many of your views.

I enjoy following your Blog.


~mel said...

Congrats to Dee!
Seeing that photo of the pie makes me want to go and bake one.... thanks for the inspiration:)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

LOL on the grandson's glasses. That's funny!

Terri D. said...

My problem with most recipes people post on Blogger and Facebook is that I never have most of the stuff in my kitchen, and when I go to the grocery, I don't remember what I don't have! LOL I am fine with a regular graham cracker crust, and feel blessed that we are not allergic to wheat.

Love your giggles and lifts!!

Zoe Byrd said...

do those weight watcher pills come in peanuts?

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

Chatty - I'm with you - my hair is gray, and I like it that way! :)

Ann said...

oh pie sounds good. I've been dieting so just about everything sounds good....lol
Love that thing about getting older and it's so true too.

Pooja Mittal said...

Well welll welll, here u are again with another mind blowing post.... U wont believe im still looking fot the almond meal flour, remember u mentiond itone more time in a baking recipe. :(
I love the positive thought section, ur such a positiv person...
The weight watching pills one is out of yhe world...
U asked on my blog that wether I buy products, yes i buy everything on my own and review them.. And yes I live in india , Delhi....
Why these question!!!
But if i was someware around ur place i would have taken lesons fron you on positivety and would tay to meet u when im sad... I think u have this midass touch, u turn everythinh and every1 happy...
Hey... Thanks lot for dropping by my blog and following ...
Im following back on gfc...
Keep in touch

Pooja Mittal said...

Ignore the following part pf the above comment, pasted it by mistake..

Merlesworld said...

I like getting older too while I still have my health I am enjoying it, you don't have to impress anyone and if you do something strange everyone just thing you are a mad old woman so they do cross you and that gives the freedom to do what you like.
The best part is not working, I never had time to paint or garden or just sit and watch the world go by, I do now.

Grandma Bonnie said...

Thank you for sharing my recipe. Congrats to the winner Dee. You must be aging very gracefully. I am joining you with being kinder to myself.


LOVED the positive thoughts.

jack69 said...

The pie looks great...

The notes on growing older are so true. Truer than most folk would like to think, As my sister Shirl is want to say "The kids don't know that I was not born this old".

As always love your laugh and lift.

M & M's Ahhhh! ((HUGS)) from Iowa!

Theresa said...

So, that's my problem. Those really aren't Weight Watcher diet pills? lol

SweetMarie said...

Your lift is on my inspiration wall! I love you this entire post!


NanaDiana said...

Congrats to the winner! This was a good post, Sandie. I have never used almond flour- I'll bet it s good- xo Diana

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Sandie, Loved the part you wrote about yourself. I SO agree. I love being my age --even though we do get aches and pains and wrinkles and gobble gobble necks, etc.......

I have accepted myself and am not nearly as critical of others --or as judgmental.... Life is GOOD...

Loved the Weight Watchers M&M one..... ha ha


Alessandra Heidelberg said...

Great recipe, I want to try it

Debbie said...

Now I need to google paleo diet because I don't know what that is.
I thought the recipe looked really good and would try it. I need a graham cracker crust for a tea this weekend, but I'm not going to try it out for that. I don't dare fail when I have to serve to strangers, if you know what I mean.

Loved the passage about growing older.

Susan said...

Hi Sandie...

The essay that began "As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself...."

That was super. Is that one of your originals? I loved that one!

Hope you had a good Thursday and that Friday will be good, too. Susan

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I love the as I age bit so much I have copied it to add to my next random ifo newsletter as the first edition of it has been well liked.