If you haven't noticed, I've been on vacation. ;) I have to admit, traveling raw hasn't been easy, since I'm working with a fraction of my usual supplies. I've used up all of the nuts and seeds that I've brought (so my bags ought to be nice and light on the trip home!), and I'm looking forward to the variety I have at home. Not that I couldn't have bought more here, but why build up a stash if I don't need to...gotta save money. :)
It was actually fun discovering where to find organic produce, where to find inexpensive produce, which stores sell raw nuts. For those of you who live in Southwestern Pennsylvania, I recommend Weaver's Orchard for organic produce, Jim & Ralph's produce for inexpensive conventional (not organic) produce, and I've found that Giant Food Stores sell things like Young Thai Coconuts, Jicama, and other exotic produce, as well as LOCAL produce. :)
While I was in the area, I was asked to bring my Raw Recipe Nights. :) I was excited to comply! It was hosted in a beautiful little house in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and was a huge success! I had several people ask for pies, and I love to make them (easy & delicious). We did the three that I originally taught (when the holidays come, we will be making three different ones), which were a lemon pie, chocolate pie, and a peach cobbler. This RRN was much different from what I'm used to doing...but it turned out wonderfully. I'd rather have everyone participate, rather than just lecture at them...but I love answering questions to the best of my ability.
That's one thing that was reaffirmed during the latest Raw Recipe Night. I do not profess to have all the answers. I do not know miracle cures. I do not claim to have the ONLY way (unless we are talking about Jesus ;) to health, nor do I tell everyone that they MUST become raw. Quite the opposite. These RRNs are simply to provide you with a healthy, easy recipes that you can do yourself that is still delicious and inexpensive. That's all. If you ask me questions, I can simply respond from my own experience and what the Lord has revealed to me. I do not know how to cure your diabetes, but I can point you in some directions and toward people who have HAD diabetes and have cured themselves with raw food. Candida? Morbid Obesity? Cancer? I can't help you with these...not personally. But I can help you find others who have had the same illnesses, and no longer have them. I can only speak for myself, but I know many people personally who have adopted more and more raw foods into their lives and have seen and felt the benefits.
I also LOVED my RRN because I was able to invite all my facebook friends. I know there are many issues out there regarding facebook, but personally I love all the people that I can keep in touch with, whom I otherwise would never have seen or spoken to again. A childhood friend and babysitter/"adopted" mother (I haven't seen in fifteen years), a middle school friend, several friends from college, and quite a few people that were simply referrals. I'm hoping I can go back to the area for another visit and host another RRN!
Raw Recipe Book in the works!
I've been compiling a recipe book for some time now. I keep adding more and more recipes to it, but I finally stopped and have started making a second recipe book instead, so I can finish the first, complete with pictures and lots of information. It should be done before the end of August. I'm thinking it should only cost between $10-15, plus S&H for those not in the AZ area. After much encouragement, it looks like I'll be autographing the first 50 copies. I'm excited, not only because I get to share LOTS of recipes easily, but because it's my first attempt and I love to learn through experience. So please send me lots of support, encouragement, and constructive criticism when you receive your copy!
I have six different "uncook" books from other raw vegans, but most of the recipes tend to be complicated, with many ingredients, and they take far more work than I'd like to put in. I don't like to spend hours in the kitchen if I don't have to. So most of the recipes in my book are under ten ingredients, and take less than ten minutes to make. Some are a little more complicated, but totally worth it. :)
So, my question to all of you is: What would you like to see in this "uncook" book? A FAQ section? (if so, send me your questions!) Necessary appliances for each recipe? Shortcuts for beginners? Please share your thoughts, your ideas, your dislikes, etc!!! :) Especially those who have been to my classes, what has been the most helpful? Thanks everyone!!!!
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Haley is passionate about Raw Food and how God has used it to heal her. She loves to share what she knows with anyone who is curious, and finds herself talking to everyone around her about her lifestyle.