I hope this blesses you, as it is blessing me!
Just want to encourage you, if you do not have a healthy sweetener to use, to try these products. I personally have been using the Coconut Crystals since I came back from Sukkot, and have effectively been sweetening my smoothies, etc. with it. At Sukkot, I was educated that agave nectar may not be so friendly for us as consumers. So I figured I'd try something else. This stuff is a little pricey (more expensive than date sugar) but it is a great product. If you'd like to read up on coconut sugar, here is the company's website: http://www.coconutsecret.com/
I hope this blesses you, as it is blessing me!
Ok, you may or may not be inclined to eat butternut squash. I know that I have not typically bought them in stores to use in my recipes, but as I was leaving my Sukkot camping excursion, a family I met on my journey blessed me with a HUGE squash. I mean, it looked more like a medium sized pumpkin! So I made a smoothie today that I figured I'd share, in case you wanted to explore this fruit.
Butternut Squash Smoothie
3 cups of raw butternut squash
1-2 cups of mango
almond milk (to blend)
cinnamon (to taste)
honey or coconut sugar (to taste)
I am a diabetic and since returning from Sukkot, figured I'd try eating a heavily raw (not 100%) vegan diet again to see if I can get wean off my insulin. After drinking this smoothie, my blood sugars actually lowered enough to half my daily insulin requirements! Praise Yah! We shall see how the weeks continue to progress...
Visit Paul Nison's website in order to watch a video he just did regarding "Eating Healthy While Traveling." Here is the link: http://www.rawlifehealthshow.com/eating-a-raw-diet-when-traveling/
For those of you who do not yet know of Paul Nison, he is a Jew who believes Yeshua is the Messiah and uses the Scriptures to advocate health and wellness. He is big into the raw food movement, but from a Biblical point of view versus a New Age mindset. If you cannot login, register as a free subscriber then check his recent posts to view the video.
Also, here is another couple of quick items to pick up if you're heading out this Sukkot and want to stay healthy:
First, try Bolthouse Farms Vinegarettes. They have classic balsamic vinegar, raspberry, even tropical mango! If you don't have time to make a dressing to take on the road, head to the produce section and look in the dressings for Bolthouse Farms options. Personally, I mixed the Tropical Mango AND Raspberry Vinegarette together for my own gourmet dressing. Yum! And then there's...
These drinks are even available at Starbucks, and I tend to like them because most other brands add soy products into their drinks. There is so much variety too for different preferences. But if you need something quick, grab one of these. Furthermore...
The Naked Juice company also has coconut water in individual serving selections as well. Check for this at your local grocer. And then there are...
The classic Larabars! I definitely need a stash. But don't forget that you can also just have dried fruits, nuts, and seeds (as Paul states) as well. Don't make your life too difficult. If you have to eat on the road, order salads. Keep your dressings and such nearby and enjoy!
I just picked up a bunch of these juice boxes for the kids for our trip (and for my blood sugars) which are not the ideal, but they are good enough for where the road takes us. They are Apple & Eve Fruitables juice boxes and I bought raisins too. You can pick them up at Walmart or your local grocer. Just make sure to have SOMETHING for those moments when you're stuck and most likely to cave and eat something you may regret. Happy camping!
(Images courtesy of http://blogs.familyeducation.com/parenting/14452/archive/201108)
If you have sheets that you need to hook onto your sukkah supports, use these handy dandy plastic shower curtain rings. They are multi-functional. Use them to hang your "walls" on the sukkah or hot glue a flower or leaf onto the side opposite to opening to use for napkin holders (you can also hot glue flowers onto the ones hanging the sheets if you have the time and energy!). Or, lay the ring flat on the table and glue leaves or small flowers around the entire diameter and place a small candle in the center. The uses are only limited to your creativity so go get 'em! I bought mine at Walmart for $1/each. One dollar plus the cost of some colorful flowers/beads/adornments? Won't break the pocketbook so you have more for your feast foods!
Oh, and I just thought of another one. Glue flowers onto the rings then link the rings together for hangings from the ceiling of the sukkah! Ok...I better take a break before my head explodes tonight.
Thanks to this blog: http://kitschenette.typepad.com/redkitchen/2004/11/_.html, the picture inspired me to make simple but cute sukkah hanging decorations from garlic. Onions work well too, as they are a more neutral color. (Or you can incorporate purplish or golden hues depending on the types of garlic and onions you buy.) Just string clusters of it and add flowers if you like or even some beautiful autumn hued ribbon at the top. I'm envisioning the flower lighted garland, the garlic/onion/floral/ribbon clusters, pretty paper chains, and candles. We shall see how it all turns out! But here are a few more pictures of stringed garlic, to get your creative juices flowing:
This picture was posted on a French inspired blog at: http://fabulouslyfrench.blogspot.com/2010/06/love-this.html
I hope you have fun with these ideas!
(Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings at http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/photogallery/fall-good-things-for-weddings)
Go to the above link to learn how to take some ordinary white lights and turn them into lit flower garland! How beautiful!
Then, thanks to Martha Stewart Weddings, you can also make festive placecards (just keep scrolling through the gallery on the above link until you reach this picture and the how-to) as well with my personal favorite: pomegranates. But scroll through the photos because something else may catch your interest. Happy Sukkot everyone!
Today I came upon a website whose mission is to post "A Picture a Day" of the history of Israel. They have blog posts with photographs taken from the Library of Congress where you can get a better understanding of the land and its inhabitants over the last 150 years or more. The photos I have posted here were some that I appreciated, as they are of Zionist girl farmers from the 1920s.
When embarking on each post, I feel like I am sitting around with my Jewish grandfather hearing his own personal accounts of Jewish life. The stories are not about wars, buildings, farms, and places of worship, but of the people who brought the breath of life into them.
I hope you will enjoy this site. Maybe you could use it for homeschooling! Here is the link: http://www.israeldailypicture.com/
Plus, on the site you can subscribe for free and you will be emailed the latest picture of the day in Israel's history.
Oddly, most of the photographs furnished to the Library of Congress came from a Christian sect who dwelt in Jerusalem in the "American Colony," living there between 1881 and the 1940s. (From what I gathered from some of the postings on who the photographers were...)
Here girls are picking almonds in Rishon Lezion (circa 1920)
(Photos courtesy of the Library of Congress at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html)
For those of you who will not be able to attend the feast in Jerusalem this year, here it is, via livestream! I figured I'd post the link to the International Christian Embassy's livestream spot so if you really want to see some good programming during Sukkot you can tune in! Here ya go: http://us.icej.org/live
Plus, you can sign up for reminder alerts at the bottom of the page. Pretty awesome, wouldn't you say?
Sukkot is almost here! Just wanted to let you in on this little item that the Melissa and Doug toy company has if you weren't already aware. Too cute! Google "Melissa and Doug Sukkot Puzzle" and find an online retailer! If you'd like a link to one (and they have Melissa and Doug's Purim, Yom Kippur, etc. puzzles too) here it is: http://www.gkworld.com/product/CI315/Wooden-Jewish-Holiday-Puzzle---Sukkot.html or you can click here: http://www.jewishstore.net/category/Toys:Age-Range:2-to-4-Years/
Haha...I laughed when I saw this at first, due to the witty title by all of the Messianic powerhouses banding together to bring their materials to the world. Relevent, critically important, AND with a touch of wit. Who could ask for more?
I checked out this site, and a lot of the DVDs by the big dudes and dudettes in the Messianic movement have uploaded their content for viewing (just like YouTube) on the web, free of charge. So, if you'd like to tune in, here's the site: http://www.yah-tube.com/
Where will the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit) take us next?