We are Amy and Gail Shingler, sisters-in-law and friends!
We are passionate about living authentic and intentional lives!
We are enthusiastic about healthy eating!
We created a space to share our favorite recipes & the life philosophies from which they stem!
Our desire is to inspire,
may you be edified by what you read here!
Friday, November 30, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Start your day with warm water and the juice of half a lemon. This simple detox drink helps balance pH levels, gets the gastrointestinal track moving, flushes toxins and even helps clear skin. Keep the cleansing going by adding two tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a liter of water and sipping throughout the day.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Monumental was a documentary about the pilgrims and our founding fathers. It uncovered some truths I was unaware of and it made this Thanksgiving especially meaningful. The Pilgrims persevered against much adversity and they lived out their convictions with passion.
Then the movie Hungry for Change was from the producers who brought you Food Matters. This documentary was more adulty and my youngest two were sawing logs about halfway through. It was food for thought. HA!
Happy was a documentary about happiness, Uh Duh! What is at the core of it. It really got Brad and I thinking about our society and all things. We are documentary nerds. I love watching things that spark conversation and contemplation. Check them out and begin the dialogue with the people you surround yourself with.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
we say and do so many things because they are EASY...we settle, we don't mess with the status quo, we don't rock the boat...not even our OWN boats! ROCK YOUR OWN BOAT! let's challenge ourselves to be the BEST that we can be! let's get and stay healthy and strong to more fully enjoy our limited time on this planet, to be more available to the people around us and more present in our own lives! a truly healthy body works to develop a healthy mind, to develop a healthy perspective on life and in relationships and regarding oneself, and a healthy body helps develop a healthy attitude as we move through difficult times in our lives...when our bodies are in crisis, whether we realize it or not, whether we admit it or not, WE are in crisis...
I don't want to make room for even a minute of living in crisis! i want all the room in my spirit and mind and body to be brimming over with care and compassion and understanding and forgiveness and personal affirmations and FOCUS on everyone around me, whether they are just passing through or staying for a while, whether they bring peace or drama with them, i want to be a healthy place for people to be, a healthy person to be around, that others may leave time with me feeling healthier themselves!
may we all CHALLENGE ourselves beyond where we are now, in our thinking (our world and social views), in our capacity to listen and understand others, and in our care for our own bodies!
here's to our WHOLE health!
"this year, as i celebrate the holidays and enjoy the company of my family and friends, i will make food choices that support my health.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Here it is:
Approximately 1 loaf of whole wheat bread, cubed (I just tear it into pieces)
3 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or just add a little extra cinnamon)
3 tbsp sugar
2 cups milk of choice (I use almond milk but coconut would be yummy)
1 pkg MoriNu silken-firm lite tofu, or 1 cup non-dairy yogurt
3 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup pumpkin puree (I used a half of a can of pumpkin)
In a blender combine spices, milk of choice, tofu (or yogurt), vanilla, and pumpkin. Blend. Grease a 9×13-in baking pan, and fill with cubed whole wheat bread. Pour blended wet ingredients over the bread and then sprinkle with 3 TBSP of sugar. Cover the entire dish with a lid or saran wrap and put in the fridge overnight. The next morning, preheat oven to 400 degrees and cook about 45 minutes or until it is a little crispy on top. Top with maple syrup or your favorite french toast topping.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
i love maya angelou...i think i would do anything she asked me to do...i would willingly be her minion...and i think she is the ONLY person of whom i could say that!
i have a perception of her based only on words from the horse's mouth! over my many years of listening to her speak and reading what she writes, she has proven to be a source of wise counsel...i admire her ability to laugh at herself...to be the one who challenges herself, she doesn't wait for someone else to point out the issues in her life that need tending to, she sees them and calls herself on her own %^&&$!*#...she walks straight into difficult times with her head high, chin up and shoulders back...she puts on her big girl panties regularly and DEALS WITH IT! and she is grateful...she came from pain and she is grateful, she lived through years of disappointment and discouraging words from others and she is grateful, she was hurt over and over and over again and she is grateful...i believe she would not give back a second of her hurt, for she is in love with the person she is today because of it all! she is an extraordinary human being and she never makes excuses...
below is a letter from her to me...yes, i know it's a form letter, i do not live in a delusional world where maya is in my intimate circle of friends! but i believe her words...and i will be driving, maybe walking, to the local elementary school tomorrow to vote (before i head to the dentist to see why my gums are inflamed and making my face puffy! my dentist said the words "that's not good" in a serious tone on the phone this morning)! when i vote i will be making my personal choices regarding candidates and offices, but i will also be saying to myself and everyone around me, especially myself, "I AM HERE, I MATTER, I COUNT!" as my personal affirmation for the day! it's also a great opportunity to smile at others, engage in real-life vs. computer communication and thank others for their willingness to volunteer their time! and...of course...there's the ever-cool "I VOTED" sticker i can wear proudly until it gets washed off my shirt in the laundry (cuz it's a safe bet i won't remember to actually peel it off before throwing my clothes in the 'dirty pile!')
ok...enough about ME! here's maya!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
These waffles are low fat because they use applesauce instead of oil and there is no egg in it. You may need to spray your waffle iron thoroughly because low fat waffles tend to stick to the iron a bit more (stubborn but healthier). This recipe makes enough for a family of 6.
Here it is
1 1/2 cup unbleached white flour
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
6 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond)
1 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 cup applesauce
Combine the flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder and salt. Add the non-dairy milk, almond extract and applesauce. Mix well.
Pour into a lightly greased waffle iron and cook until golden brown. Top with maple syrup, agave, powdered sugar, or fruit.