Monthly Archives: January 2011

Shampoo Bar Review & Other Stuff

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Yes, I know. I totally suck. I have all these awesome Daniel Fast recipes I need to post and to give you an update on how it turned out. Well, I lasted until Day 6. After that I ate one regular meal a day and the other two meals (and snacks) were Daniel Fast compliant. To be honest, it got rough for me on nights I didn’t have time to cook. That’s when I ended up eating something that was not on the list, like cereal with  milk for dinner. All in all, for me, it was an awesome experience and I’m still eating some meals that are Daniel Fast. Would I do it again? Heck yes! I would just plan better and make more meals ahead of time. I did see other bloggers on Daniel Fast who were eating brown rice pasta and rice bread, but I tried to stay as traditional as possible. I guess everyone has their own limitations on what they can do.

Recipes will be following….

But before I go, I wanted to give you an update about the shampoo bars I made awhile back.

Remember these?

I’ve been using my bar on and off now for about a month, and let me tell you, this bar will clean the heck out of your hair.  My hair was literally squeaky clean. All the dirt, oils and left over product residue were completely gone after I used this first time. And while this bar removed all that crap, my scalp did not get dried out or dandruffy at all.

Now, while I loved the outcome of using the shampoo bar, I did notice that I had to use a little product after to give my hair a little weight to stay down. Also, when used as a regular body soap, it did not produce a lot of lather, but still got me clean. I’m not sure yet if it’s back to the drawing board for this particular recipe, but I’ll let you know if I come up with a new one.

I still owe a few people tester bars. Anyone else want to try one? I believe I have 4 left.

Love and squeaky clean hair,

Camille

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Lime Green Delays

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Ok, my bad for not getting Daniel Fast days 3 & 4 posted. But in my defense, this is what we’ve been doing the last two nights.

Yes, I really did pick this color.

Seriously, it looked totally cute on the color card and I even bought the tiny paint sample and put it on the wall. It looked so beautiful and vibrant! Welp, little did I know that the color would really look like the inside of a lime. Fernando hated it, so I went to Lowes and got a new color. Once the wall was re-primed, I started painting.

The new color

I think this is called Misty Morning or something like that. Anyway, Fernando is happy and my eyes don’t hurt anymore. So, as we finish painting, I’ll be working on Daniel Fast posts soon!

-Camille

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Daniel Fast – Day 2

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Day 2 wasn’t that bad actually. Unfortunately, I was still hungry again. I’ve forgotten how to plan meals as a vegetarian to ensure I get enough nutrition.  But hey, any excuse to get to cook is alright by me!

For breakfast yesterday, I had chia seeds mixed with water, almond butter, strawberries, blueberries and raw sunflower seeds. Chia seeds are considered a super food and turn gelatinous when exposed to liquid. My favorite mix is chia seeds, milk, yogurt, berries and honey. But, since I can’t have dairy or honey, this is the next best thing.

Chia seeds prior to mixing them with liquid.

Chia seeds ready to eat!

Lunch was just leftover black eyed peas and lots of fruit. By dinner time, I was pretty hungry, so I decided to make vegetable & tofu curry. I didn’t follow any recipe for curry but just threw stuff together. Here is what I came up with:

Curry Sauce

1 can light coconut milk

Spices: 2 tbsp curry, 1 tsp tumeric, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander, salt & pepper to taste

Curry paste – 2 tbsp

Tomato paste – 2 tbsp (I have tomato paste in a tube, so for me it was 2 squirts)

First, I heated the coconut milk in a small sauce pan. When it began to bubble, I added all the spices, curry paste and tomato paste. I lowered the heat to simmer and stirred until all the spices were assimilated. Once it’s all mixed in, I turned off the heat and got to work on the veggies.

The sauce almost ready to go.

Veggie & Tofu Mix

1 onion chopped roughly

4-5 cloves of garlic

Small organic bag of stir fry veggies

Half a container of tofu (cubed)

Any other left over veggies in the refrigerator (in our house that was 1/2 bell pepper and 3 heads of broccoli)

I began by sauteing the onion, garlic and bell pepper in a little bit of olive oil. Once they became fragrant (meaning you could really smell them throughout the house), I added all the other veggies to the pan. I stir fried them on medium high heat for about 5 minutes and then added the curry sauce and tofu. I turned the heat down to a high simmer and put the cover on. After about 5 minutes, start checking on the vegetables to see if you like the consistency of the vegetables. I let mine simmer for 10 minutes.

Here’s dinner cooking in the pan.

It came out so yummy.

After dinner, I had apples and natural peanut butter for dessert. Mmmmm mmmm good!

Day 3 coming up!

-Camille

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Daniel Fast – Day 1

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New Years Day!

I woke up feeling groggy and tired because I’d completely overindulged the night before at a NYE party. Taquitos, chili, chicken wings, prosecco, soda, 7 layer bean dip, peanut butter chocolate pie, chips, etc. The list goes on. It was good going down, but man, it was wreaking havoc on my stomach and brain. It took me forever to get out of bed, but when I finally did, I remembered that today was the first day of my Daniel fast.

Breakfast was very simple. I had a banana and a bowl of Lydia’s Organic Raw Apple Cereal with some unflavored soy milk.

Because it was new years day, I had to make black eyed peas. Eating black eyed peas on new years day is an old southern tradition that is supposed to bring you luck. So, I made a version without any meat. Here’s the recipe:

Black Eyed Peas

1 bag of black eyed peas (16 oz)

1 onion, 1 green bell pepper, 1 stalk of celery, 5 cloves of garlic (chop all 4 ingredients)

1 can of crushed tomatoes (14.5 oz)

Salt & pepper to taste

Hot sauce or cayenne pepper to taste

Olive Oil

Water (about 6 cups, or enough to cover the beans with 1 inch above the beans)

Directions: Soak the beans overnight and then rinse the next morning. In case you forget to soak the beans, you can boil the beans for about 5 minutes, then let them sit for about 2 hours.

Next, saute the chopped veggies (onion, green pepper, celery, garlic) in some olive oil until the onions start to brown. I use medium high heat and usually do this in the stock pot I’m going to cook my beans in. I also add a little salt and pepper to the veggie saute. Once the onions are lightly browned, add in the beans, tomatoes and water and simmer for about an 1 1/2 – 2 hours. My stove gets extremely hot, so for me, I really only had to cook the beans about 1 hour. Add salt, pepper and hot sauce/cayenne to taste. Once the beans are ready, serve over rice.

I served this with garlic rice and they were pretty tasty together. Here is the recipe for brown rice.

Garlic Brown Rice

5 – 10 cloves of garlic (minced or sliced ultra thin)

2 cups of brown rice (dry)

Water

Olive oil

Garlic salt

Saute/fry the garlic and rice together in olive oil for a few minutes or until the garlic gets really fragrant. For me this is generally about 3-4 minutes on medium high heat. Next, add enough water to cover the rice with about an extra 1/2 inch to 1 inch over the top and simmer until the rice is soft. I also add garlic salt when I put the rice on simmer, but you can add it at the end.

The tasty end result

I also had some apples and cherries through out the day. I did get a little hungry but I just kept nibbling at fruit. I kept thinking about the stuff I couldn’t eat which of course, made me want them more. Fernando did have some of my black eyed peas, but still ate mostly normal food. He was kind enough to do it out of my eye sight.

So that was my first day. Day 2’s post is coming soon.

Camille

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Daniel Fast – Introduction

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Some of you know that I decided to start my new year by doing a Daniel Fast. A couple of years ago, my friend Aaron first introduced me to this concept of “fasting” as his way to strengthen his spirituality. He encouraged me to do the same, but at the time, it wasn’t right for me. As this new year approached, I began to rethink my health and my own spirituality and I remembered the conversation he and I had. I became very enthusiastic about this fast, and started yesterday, January 1st.

This “fast” is based on the book of Daniel in the bible in which Daniel decides not to eat the king’s rich food or wine. Daniel believed that the food would poison him and told the king’s servants to only feed him vegetables and water. He believed that after 21 days, he would be stronger than king’s other advisors. Modern interpretation of the fast is to abstain from meat, animal by-products, processed foods, products with wheat in them and almost anything man made. Allowable foods are fruits, vegetables, legumes, some soy products, grains and herbs/spices.

Most of my friends and family have been really interested in what I’ve been doing on the fast, so each day I’ll be submitting a post on what I’ve eaten and anything else associated with the fast. My goal is to do the fast for 10 days and to continue exercising to work on both my spirituality and my health.

So let’s get started…

-Camille

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Happy New Year!

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Now just where did 2010 go? Did it really happen? I guess with all the wonderful memories I have, I have to say 2010 was a pretty dang awesome year for me. Here are some of my highlights:

1. I finally got the courage to go into business and became Havelina Soap!

2. I got to enjoy time off and be a full time housewife.

3. I spent more time with my mom and my family.

4. I now have two awesome friends in Katherine and Danielle.

5. In going back to work full time, I made even more good friends in the forms of Miss Gayle and Athena. Oh and the paycheck isn’t too bad either.

6. I fell more in love with the handsome, smart, sweet man you all know as Fernando.

7. I went on more vacations and mini trips in the past year than the last 5 years.

8. I finally sat back and smelled the roses.

Life is a gift. And I’m so happy to be able to enjoy it with all of you.

Love and Happy New Year,

-Camille

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