Vegan Living (A first for me!)

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The first host family that we stayed with were vegans, which means that they did not consume any animal products. No meat as well as no cheese, milk or even honey. This was a new challenge for me as I am in love with cheese. However, I was challenged to learn to make what I wanted, without the animal byproducts. I looked up recipes and was able to make so many new foods.

The first one I tried to make was almond milk. The recipe is really simple and I have another post on just making almond milk.

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This actually turned out amazing! It is sweet and I put a couple of drops of vanilla in it and sprinkled a little cinnamon on top and I felt like I was at Starbucks!

The second thing I tried was vegan bread. The ingredients were only flour, yeast, olive oil, and water.

This turned out even better than I imagined! I wont lie, I was expecting something awful and doughy. But they tasted just like biscuits!

Some other natural remedies I learned:

*Using salt to cleanse ‘skeeter bite wounds. Tasha was getting chewed up one day and after scratching all afternoon, I learned that salt (along with lemon, garlic or onions) rubbed on bug bites, calms the itch so that they can heal.

*A healthier and more natural way of cleaning is with the use of vinegar and the juice from lemons

*Lemons rubbed under the arms in the shower along with a little baking soda reduce underarm body oder dramatically. Thus virtually eliminating the need for deoderant.

*Parasites like fleas hate the smell and taste of garlic. For dogs that spend a lot of time outside, crush garlic and add some water and a bit of olive oil. Mix it together and you have a homemade flea repellant. The oil drowns the flea and they suffocate. (This of course works best if the dogs are outside dogs or on a farm). This reduces the burning and harmful chemicals from store bought flea killers

Does anyone else have any awesome Vegan or organic recipes/suggestions?

 

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How to make Homemade Almond Milk! (Vegan and GF)

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I never knew what I was missing until I tried almond milk. And its even better when it is homemade and you know where the ingredients come from and what is in it.

It is super easy to make!

Ingredients

-pure, filtered water for soaking

-1 cup raw, organic almonds

-4 cups pure, filtered water

-1 cheesecloth

Steps:

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Step 1.

Take your dry, raw almonds and allow them to soak for at least 24 hours. I usually soak them overnight but if you dont have that much time, overnight will do.

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Step 2: After they are done soaking, strain the almonds and place them into a blender. Add the four cups of water and blend at a high speed. Usually about a minute or two. The consistency should be frothy and look like a watered down milkshake

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Step 3: Pour the frothy contents into a cheesecloth lined strainer. This part gets a little tricky: Fold the corners of the cheesecloth over itsself until you are holding the dry ends together. Squeeze the contents of the milk into the cup/strainer that you are using to catch the milk.

*As an option, you can add a few drops of fresh vanilla or some cinnamon to change the flavor*

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After you strain the milk, you will end up with dried almond “pulp”. I will either throw it to the birds and squirrels outside or bake it and put it in a dessert. You can also dehydrate it and use it as a coating on meats or fish. Because there are no artificial preservatives, the milk will last in the fridge about 3-4 days

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Hope you have as much fun making this as I did! Give it a good stir or shake before you drink and ENJOY!

Happy Milking!