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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Grocery Shopping – 17 April 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

This morning, while navigating through the aisles of a supermarket, I thought I would take a look at the ingredients on a loaf of bread. This was strictly curiosity on my part, since I had no intention of buying any baked goods. Several years ago we started baking all our own bread from whole grains that we grind into flour in our Vita-Mix blender.

As I’ve mentioned before, I like to look at ingredients lists! Well, I could hardly believe what was buried in the middle of the small type of this bread’s ingredients: “high fructose corn syrup, sugar, corn syrup”! Wow! This may sound naïve, but I thought “high fructose corn syrup” wasn’t used anymore. And it seemed – well – almost deceptive to list what is essentially “sugar” separately like that.

In our food preparation, we use dates, raisins, or molasses when sweetening is needed. But for vegetable smoothies that need a little sweetening I often add a small amount of stevia extract powder with the seasonings, which may consist of ginger; or a combination of cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg; or cinnamon and curry powder; or allspice. It’s fun to try different combinations.

We often enjoy vegetable smoothies for breakfast. Along with one or two apples, I use any raw or frozen vegetable pieces that we have available such as: broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, collard greens, onions, parsley, et cetera. We add four tablespoons of frozen flaxseeds, water, and ice to the vegetable pieces in the container of a Vita-Mix and blend at high speed until smooth.

For two of our vegetable smoothie recipes, see:  

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