What lights you up?

I just saw a tweet from Huffington Post:

TRAGIC: WWII vet dies waiting for VA benefits http://huff.to/SqJpOU

This poor veteran died because of backlog of paperwork. That’s ridiculous, but more than likely the reason is what his daughter-in-law described:

“It’s almost like the government is waiting for him to die so they won’t have to pay the benefits. And that’s what happened,” his daughter-in-law Rebecca Scott told Fox 29. “I’m at a loss for words as to how these men and women have been treated.”

I’m horrified and furious at how we treat one another in this country…mostly how health businesses and government can treat us. Here is my comment I posted on that news article.

God forbid you get sick in this country. Or old. “THEY” (i.e. corporate and government greedies) just don’t want the old or sick to live because it costs too much to take care of them. What happened to all the benefits I paid when I was young? Whose pockets did those go into? The elderly and ill, no matter whether they bled for our country, fed our country, used their minds or brawn for our country, are getting shuttled out of hospitals while still sick because they can’t pay, or because the “greedies” don’t want to care for them anymore due to cost. It’s a total travesty and we American citizens needs to change this with our votes, letters, and total striving for change of our system. If we don’t make changes, this will happen to us all more frequently, and soon we’ll be another third-world nation in the way we act and appear to other nations…greedy, corrupted, unwilling to care for or help our fellow neighbors, a God-less country. Unfortunately, we’ve already begun to be looked at that way around the world. What has this nation become, and what is it becoming? We need to stand up for huge change.”

I’ve not blogged for a long time – busy with life stuff. I’m also an extremely sensitive person and have been undergoing a lot of stress. How life is right now in the past two years has really been getting me down, so I try to avoid the stressful situations by doing things that are fun or relaxing to me. I’ve been escaping into these things a lot.

But after reading this article, I think maybe I need to put some of that energy into fighting. I hate that scientists without a God are genetically modifying our food. I hate that greedy people with no fear of punishment are controlling our health care systems.  I hate that people with money care nothing about people with no money, going on living their lives like nothing is wrong in this world. I hate that we go in and fiddle with other country’s governments, getting innocent people killed in the process. I’m so angry I could explode.

I wish I could live in a peaceful little world but a real world like that is not there anymore. I’m trying to make myself busy and avoid talking about these things because I just feel helpless, and angry when I do start talking about them. There’s no where for that anger to vent. In order to care for myself I escape. However, it’s just not working.

For some time, I’ve been extremely interested in working in the industries that require genetically modified foods to be labeled. I’m also learning about seeds, seed saving and heirloom seeds. I’m looking into organic farming and hiring myself out or volunteering to work on one to learn the ropes. I have no knowledge or experience in any of these things but this is a cause that lights me up!

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What cause lights you up? Is it the article I posted about the vet? Health care? Treatment of animals? The goverment and its corruption? DO FREAKING SOMETHING ABOUT IT!! Get a job with these agencies and push the paperwork through fast. Find and implement a method to do this. Join an organization that forces labeling of all genetically modified food (me!) Write to your legislators about health care – heck BE one of the legislators who changes health care in this country for the good. Our President is trying but it’s not enough. He needs help! Join an animal organization and help animals in need. A country that doesn’t respect its animals and nature is no good country at all.

LET’S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. ALL OF IT. I want America to be a nation that is beautiful again.

Naturally Healthy Fruit Crisp

I love making this fruit crisp. It’s not the fruit that makes it great it’s the topping! It’s like eating this healthiest semi-chewy semi-crunchy granola-ish type of thing. It can be made on its own and stored in an air-tight container then used on top of other foods like you’d use granola. ♥ I loves it! ♥

This desert is made with as many organic ingredients as possible. Our bodies need clean, natural foods in order to maintain health. Organic foods are best to use since they don’t tax our bodies with unnatural pesticides and preservatives. Whole grains are our friends. Sugar is not so healthy for our bodies to eat on a regular basis (or at all). Using products like rice syrups will keep your blood sugar level balanced. Using the proper healthy ingredients in your cooking will keep your body feeling great.

Fruit Crisp

Ingredients:

Fruit in season – organic berries, pears, apples. Have enough to fill a square casserole pan.

2 cups quick oats

1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour – found in your local health food store.

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or almonds

1/2 cup rice syrup – Rice syrup is easy on the body as it enters the bloodstream slowly, not causing sugar highs and lows.

1/3 cup canola oil – I use organic, expeller-pressed or cold-pressed oils. These differ from typical supermarket oils in that they are not extracted using chemical solvents.

1/2 tsp. vanilla – I use glycerin-based flavoirings, as opposed to alcohol-based. Frontier has a nice selection of popular flavorings

1/2 cup water

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Chop your fruit and fill your casserole pan. I used pears but didn’t have enough so chopped one more apple to make the dish full.

Sprinkle the top of the fruit with a little sea salt, then add your 1/2 cup of water.

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and the wet ingredients (syrup, canola oil and vanilla – mix those well!) in a smaller bowl.

Here’s a picture of some of the organic items I used.

Spectrum canola oil, 365 whole wheat pastry flour (from Whole Foods), Frontier alcohol-free vanilla extract, Lundberg organic brown rice syrup, and some quick oats. The oats are grocery store brand; I couldn’t find any organic oats but that’s ok for oats. Also Mr. Whiskie says hi to you.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Mix with a spoon but eventually you may want to get your hands in there and finish the job. The mixture needs to be moist, crumbly but mixed very well.

Crumble the topping on the fruit. Fill in all the gaps.

Cover with aluminum foil and Into the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Take off the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes to brown the topping. Check. If topping is not lightly brown, put in for another 5 minutes.

All done! (Bad picture –  had to use my flash since it was evening).

I had way too much juice sitting at the bottom of the pan this time around. My pears were way too ripe which made this dish really juicy. Rather than let my fruit sit in that juice, I decided to pour it off. I will mix it with corn starch, arrowroot or kudzu (healthiest) tomorrow and use that bit of thickened pear juice to drizzle over a slice of the crisp.

Enjoy!