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Absoluterhema’s Heart Value Review of 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 360 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Simple and ordinary objects are extraordinary to children.

Simple and ordinary objects are extraordinary to children.

I have been blogging on our current journey at our other site. This post is similar to my normal posts at Absoluterhema, so I am sharing it here. Hope you enjoy. Please feelfree to checkout our latest adventures at themnvjourney.wordpress.com. Also “like” us on Facebook at Facebook.com/mnvjourney.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Yesterday we took a break.

Yesterday we took a  break.  We visited a nearby state park and then stopped by the local playground.  By the time we arrived at the playground my youngest son had fallen asleep in the car seat.  My oldest son was afforded some much needed alone time with mom and dad.

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Top of the slide

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Thomas and Thomas

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Bottom of the slide

The last few weeks have been intense. We are living off-grid on our new property.  It has been very cloudy and rainy, so solar power has been low.  I think it has been a blessing from God.  We have spent more time reading books with the kids and playing in the yard.  Our dog has benefited from longer sessions of fetch.

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Bringing back Mr. Quackers

I have also spent more time cooking and baking.  It makes the children very happy when I make a special meal for them.  When we got home yesterday I realized there were only two hotdogs left.  Not enough to feed a whole family!  So I created biscuits with instant potato flakes to cut down on gluten, sliced up the dogs, topped the biscuits and baked them.  Served with sweet peas and apple sauce.  Even my husband asked for seconds and thirds!

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Mashed potato biscuits and hot dogs.

I really like baking with instant potato flakes.  I have made cakes, breads, and pancakes with the spuds.  The end product has been lighter and more moist than the full gluten versions.  It was a nice way to end an awesome day out with my family.  What have you done to take a break lately?

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Returning to the US

ImageIt had been two years since the last time we had visited the United States.  Our journey back into the states was the end of a two month journey throughout Mexico.  I have to admit I was a bit nervous entering back into civilization.  We had just gone through so much on a personal level that I was not sure what I was even feeling on a day-to-day basis.  I was not ready for the stress of the border crossing.

I was nervous because we had been given so much (mis)information as to whether we could drive our Mexican Nationalized Vehicles into the states.  Most people told us that we would not be able to enter and that our stuff would be confiscated.  Our insurance company said it was no problem and issued a policy.  Here I have to thank Mexico Mike of www.mexicomike.com.  He has been a huge source of help to us during this time.  He recommended a very knowledgeable associate at Sanborne’s Insurance who assured us that we could bring in our Mexican Nationalized Vehicles because we have our Mexican equivalent of green cards.  The best part, we do not have to have Mexican driver’s licenses.  This was a huge blessing as we had not taken that plunge yet.

So here we were at the border when three customs agents came and asked us to pull out of line and go through a different gate.  There was no one else being pulled out of line.  We knew it was because we had our RV with us, but it was still a little nerve racking.  However, I am very happy to report that it was the easiest border crossing we have ever gone through!   The agents were efficient, fast, and friendly.  They were even concerned for our dog as they brought the canine patrol over to check our rig. We were back on our way faster than we have ever gone through customs!

Thank you to all the agents who worked at the Mariposa Crossing in Arizona! 

 

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Ministry, Uncategorized

 

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The Big Let Down

When I started my new blog I had grand ideas of how I would blog everyday.  Then I thought about it and decided to be more reasonable; I have children after all!  So I thought 4-6 days a week.  Then I said, “Okay, get real.  I know that I can handle about 3-5 days a week depending on my work load.”

The first week went really well!  I had five posts and a notebook of ideas and themes for future posts.  And then….life happens.  I come down with the flu.  It has been a full nine days since my last post.  I spent those nine days in bed, unable to even walk let alone eat, and whimpering to my husband who had just recovered from three weeks of the same affliction.

So now I am back, humbled, and ready to write.  I think I will devote a few posts to health and nutrition since it has been on my mind so much these days.  The first thing I did when I was able to get out of bed was head for a good green drink.  I have two favorite green drinks: nopal cactus and alfalfa.  Today I will talk about the later.

Now before you start making moo sounds at your computer screen understand that humans can digest alfalfa too.  It has great benefits.  It is a good source of vitamins A, C, E, and K4.  It is also a good source of minerals calcium, potassium, phosphorous, and iron.  It is said to help with upset stomach, kidney and bladder problems, diabetes, high cholesterol, and other issues.

I tend to blend or juice it, add water and lime, sometimes ice too, then enjoy.  It really helps me get back on track especially after eight days without eating anything.  My favorite recipe is as follows:

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Put the following ingredients into your blender:

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2 6-8 inch clippings of alfalfa (from my organic garden)

2 cups of filtered water

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Blend on high for 1.5 minutes.

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Strain pulp from the liquid.

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I strain into one cup and then pour the whole mixture into a mason jar.  Check out the amazing green color!

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Make sure to remove all the foam and clippings.

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Add juice of 1 lime, stir and drink.  Ice can be added if desired.

The only thing I would mention here is that it does smell like grass when blended.  The taste is acquired and my recipe is actually a little watered down compared to most I have had.  The first time I had the beverage it was made much stronger and had sugar added.  I was not able to drink it.  After much experimentation with ratios, this seem to be the best blend.  I do not use sugar.

Also, as it is an herb, consult a dietician or physician before using especially if you have hay fever.

My suggestions here are just that….suggestions.  I am not giving any type of medical or dietary advice.

Hope you enjoy!  I surely do!

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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