Carmel Corn – Friday Food

fridayfood2.jpgAnother snack recipe this week. This is a Good for You-Naturally!™ Carmel Corn that you can also make popcorn balls out of.

Pop 1/2 c. popping corn. (Stove or air popper, plain popcorn, not micro-wave.) Put in large bowl, and set aside while you make the carmel.

Bring to a boil (on the stove):

1/2 cup raw, organic coconut oil or real, unsalted organic butter

3/4 c. raw honey

Boil 5-6 minutes (until soft ball stage, if you have a candy thermometer).

Take off heat stir in 1/2 tsp. baking soda.

Stir real well. It will foam up and change color. Pour over popped corn and stir well to coat evenly.

Spread out in jelly roll pan (I use large stoneware bar pan).

Bake at 250-275° for somewhere around 15-20 minutes stirring every (approx.) 5 minutes.

Stir as it cools, or form into balls as soon as it is cool enough to handle but still warm enough to stick together.

Yum, Yum! Sweet treat that’s still Good for You-Naturally!™. Just one of the many snacks you’ll find in Good for You-Naturally!™ Simply Snacks recipe book.

Crazy Cake – Friday Food

fridayfood2.jpgThis is a very moist – no frosting needed – Good for You-Naturally!™ cake that can be made for a quick dessert or snack. It has many variations (see Good for You-Naturally!™ Simply Snacks recipe book). Today I’m sharing the one we had this week.


Lisa’s Good for You-Naturally!™ Oatmeal Spice Crazy Cake

  • 1 c. fresh ground, organic whole wheat pastry flour (you can use regular whole wheat – and sift out the bran, if you want, or leave it in)
  • 1 c. organic rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder (non-aluminum, such as Rumford’s)
  • 1 tsp. organic ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. organic ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. organic ground allspice

Mix together well in an 8-9″ square or round stainless steel or glass cake pan.

Make a depression in the center of these dry ingredients, and pour in:

  • 1 cup hot purified water
  • 1/3 cup raw, organic coconut oil (melt it in the hot water first)
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp. raw organic apple cider vinegar

Mix these liquid ingredients all together well (in the depression you made) before combining with the dry ingredients. (Of course, you can dirty up a mixing bowl instead if you want.)

Mix liquid and dry ingredients together well. Be sure to get all dry ingredients from sides and bottom of pan, and consistency is even throughout.

Bake at 350° for approx. 25-30 minutes.

“O taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Soup Weather is HERE!

Dd has been longing for Soup Weather. I think – make that know – she meant Indian Summer, cool sunshine-y days and cooler nights, not very chilly, rainy, dreary days and nights. But happy or not about the way it came, Soup Weather is here.


You can try 3 of our family favorite soups from our forthcoming recipe book, Good for You-Naturally!™ Simply Soups. Their recipes are posted here on this blog. And actually, we’ve had all 3 this week.


Cleansing Fast

Last Sunday I was just tired of the usual “going out to Sunday dinner” – tired of restaurant choices that are less than healthy. So I told the children we were going home for peanut butter and jelly – in our home that is whole wheat bread, peanuts only peanut butter, and fruit only jam, no sugar or other junk ingredients. I bought them a few extra special treats to go with it – organic applesauce in individual containers, organic baby carrots, and “fancy” 100%  juice (no sugar or other additives – something other than usual apple or orange) in individual bottles. By night, I was still tired of “less than healthy” fare, so I grabbed what Good for You-Naturally!™ food was available where I was, which was a few bites of cantaloupe. I called the sandwich, carrots, and cantaloupe good for the day.


When I woke up Monday, I decided it was time for a cleansing fast. Time to get the junk out, that had crept in over the last few months. Summertime is always our challenge for not allowing little bits of junk to creep in, with ball schedules, vacations and such. A few fries here. A burger there. Chips. Pizza drive through. And it begins adding up. I’d had enough. Sunday was the turning point, and Monday the day to begin a cleanse. Since this was only a cleanse from a few summer junk lapses – not a lifetime build up – it didn’t have to be drastic, but it had to be done.


Having been pregnant and/or nursing for most of the last 32 years, my “extended fasts” have always included fresh, raw fruit and vegetable juices. So although I’ve helped many others through more strenuous fasts, I had never been able to do one myself. (I’ve never done a full 40 days either.) This one was a bit different (and still not a strict water-only fast.)


A couple weeks ago a family friend called and in the course of the conversation asked if I knew anything about the Lemonade Cleanse and what I thought of it. A couple months ago our maple syrup producer came through on his annual trip and told me he’s selling a lot of syrup to people using it for the Lemonade Cleanse.


Yes, I told our friend (and the syrup man,) as we discussed it, I’ve heard of it and think it sounds good, but hadn’t tried it yet. I planned to give it a 3 day trial “sometime”, but didn’t know when. Monday became the “when.”


The Lemonade Cleanse (aka Master Cleanse) is a 10 day near-fast utilizing a homemade “Lemonade” (recipe below) to help with the cleansing and detoxifying. I drink fresh lemon juice in purified water many mornings, which helps as a daily detox/ cleanser, but this was a new experience that I decided to take on last week. I went into it not knowing if I’d do 1 day, 2 days, 3 days – thinking 3 would be nice, but not knowing if I’d stick with the Lemonade, or switch to fresh fruit and vegetable juices.


Monday came and went well – with just The Lemonade. I had just enough organic lemons to get through the day. The recipe was really good, easy to drink, and I felt great. Tuesday came, along with my Azure Standard food order – and more organic lemons – and went great. But by night I wasn’t sure if I’d continue. Decided to wait until morning to make decision. Wednesday awoke ready to tackle another day. Went great. Felt great. But out of Lemons! I came home from evening church, ate a couple slices of homemade whole wheat bread and a  natural turkey strip.


Woke up Thursday ready to go for another day. Walmart – no organic lemons. Health food store – no organic lemons. Back to Walmart to try organic limes. They taste great in the Lemon, make that LIMEade. Thursday went great. Friday planned to go off again. Had a Brandi salad for lunch. Dh said he’d do dinner, since I was busy getting ready for company – but he forgot to make what he said he would for me – grilled veggies and salad. So back to Limeade. Saturday brought an outing day – at Railfest – pancake breakfast and burger picnic lunch. So I planned ahead and took my Limeade. I wasn’t going to break a cleansing fast with white flour and sugar nor burger. Saturday went well – except the poisonous sting I got. (See FB status.) Ended Saturday with homemade whole wheat crust veggie pizza. (Out of limes.)


All in all a great cleanse. I will no doubt utilize the Lemonade Cleanse again in the future. I went longer than my 3 expected days. Not a full 10 days for a “Master Cleanse” – nor even a full week. But 6 days with only 3 Good for You-Naturally!™ “meals” – and 4 1/2 full cleansing days with no food. I feel more vibrant. I’m well pleased!



Lemonade Cleanse Recipe

fresh-squeezed juice of 1/2 organic lemon (or 1 organic lime, if you can’t find organic lemons) (approx. 2 Tbl.) (Many times we note in our recipes to use organic ingredients if at all possible. For this cleanse it is very important that you use the organic ingredients listed.)

2 Tbl. organic Grade B REAL maple syrup (Don’t even think that “Pancake Syrup” would do you any good for a cleanse.)

large dash or so of cayenne pepper (ground red pepper) (1/10 tsp.) – non-irradiated/organic (Grocery store spices are irradiated. Find a good source, such as Frontier Herbs, or such at your health food store, for all your spices and seasonings.)

8-10 oz. purified water (reverse osmosis or distilled, we highly recommend that you not buy pre-bottled water in plastic containers, but if that’s all you can get…)

Mix together well. Drink immediately.

Make and drink this recipe 6 times per day. (Don’t make up all 6 glasses at once, but you can do 1 double batch for the morning, 1 double batch for the afternoon, and 1 double batch for late afternoon/evening, if you put it in an insulated container or refrigerate and drink within a couple hours.)

Also drink approx. the same amount of plain purified water or more. (When fasting, it is recommended that you drink your weight in ounces of water per day – i.e. if you weigh 128# you should drink 128 ounces of water – 1 gallon. The Lemonade would make up about 60 oz. of that.)

The Master Cleanse also recommends drinking an herbal laxative tea, such a Smooth Move, (or unrefined salt water) to help remove toxins as you are detoxing during your fast – so they aren’t reabsorbed into your system. You could also use, as I do, Fiber Cleanse.


Perhaps you’re ready to de-junk with a Cleansing Fast – or venture into our 7-Step Transition to a Good for You-Naturally!™ Lifestyle of Eating. Bottoms Up!

Lisa @ Me and My House

Savory Rice Soup – Friday Food

fridayfood2.jpgLisa’s Savory Rice Soup


Soup weather is coming upon us! Because you may also be in the midst of the busyness of getting back into your learning schedules, you may need some quick prep recipes. This week – and in our September newsletter – I want to share a couple super easy soup recipes that are Good for You-Naturally! Throughout this fall I’ll be sharing more of our family’s favorite soup recipes. These and many more will be available in Good for You-Naturally! Soups, an exclusive recipe book from Me and My House ministries.


Lisa’s Savory Rice Soup

2 c. long grain organic brown rice

3/4 – 1 gallon pure water

1/4 c. all natural veggie broth powder

1/2 c. dried, chopped celery (or 1 c. fresh)

1/4 c. dried onion flakes (or med. onion fresh)

2 Tbl. dried parsley flakes

1/4 c. dried tomato bits (or 1 can organic diced tomatoes, or 2 large fresh)

1/4 tsp. dried minced garlic (or 1 clove fresh minced)

1/2 tsp. dried crushed basil

1.5 tsp. unrefined salt (Real®, himalayan, celtic)

3 cups frozen peas


Simmer until rice is tender, about 1 hour.


Wondering why I have all the dry ingredients listed first, and my normally preferred fresh in parenthesis? This is an easy recipe to do as a mix, mixing all dry ingredients together ahead of time and storing in a jar. (Or do several batches ahead in several jars.) When you need a quick  meal mix, just add the water and peas (and can of tomatoes, if you don’t have dried bits.)


Serve with homemade whole wheat bread and butter, and carrot and celery sticks.



Red Beans and Rice – Friday Food

fridayfood2.jpgRed Beans and Rice

Another delicious bean recipe. My family loves this, and it is super simple to make. We sometimes cook beans ahead (either for the next few days, or we freeze them.) We also cook rice in the pressure cooker sometimes, which makes this a very fast meal to serve.


2 c. cooked red beans

1 bay leaf

small chopped onion

minced clove (or 2) of garlic

2-3 Tbl. finely diced celery

1/2 tsp. turmeric

3/4 tsp. corriander

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

3 Tbl. olive oil

2-3 Tbl. Braggs Liquid Aminos (this is a natural soy sauce substitute, adds great flavor)

enough water to make it “saucy” and mingle the spices in (don’t cover the beans)

Simmer until vegetables are cooked and beans are saucy.

Serve over steamed brown rice.

Serve with more Bragg’s sprinkled on, if desired.

Add a great green salad for a super meal.


Mm-mm good!

Friday Food – Ashli Salad

fridayfood2.jpgOne of our daughters designed this recipe from some of her favorite things.  It’s great as either a salad or stuffed into whole wheat Pita bread – especially on a hot summer day. Amounts are up to you.

Ashli Salad

Tomato chunks (main ingredient – more of this than others.)

Green Pepper, diced.

Avocado, diced

Onion, diced

Optional – Mushrooms, sliced.

Optional – Celery, sliced or diced. (We use either mushrooms or celery, not both. But do as you like.)

Toss with Vinegrette/Italian type dressing.

Enjoy this Good for You-Naturally!™ salad!

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Friday Food – Steamed Potatoes and Veggies

fridayfood2.jpgThis is one of my favorite summer meals. Many times I throw it on the grill in a grill wok when dh is grilling burgers or other heavier food that I don’t want.

Steamed Potatoes and Veggies

Use as much of each of these as you want – I’ve given approx. amounts we use for each large serving or 2. Wash/scrub each.

Red potatoes. If they are “new” size, leave whole. Otherwise half or quarter, depending on size. You want about 1.5″ chunks. I use about a large handful or so.

Zucchini and/or yellow squash, small size. Slice into chunks about 3/4 – 1″. About 1/2 per person.

Mushrooms (button). If small, leave whole. If larger, cut in half. About a small handful.

Carrots. Cut into quarters lengthwise, then half crosswise – 8 strips per carrot. About 1/2 carrot per person.

Celery. Cut in half lengthwise and thirds or fourths crosswise – 6-8 strips per stalk. About 1/2 stalk per person.

Red Pepper. Cut into strips. Just a few per person.

Onion. Slice, then cut slices in half or fourths. 1 slice or less per person. Or use pearl onions.

Sprinkle with dried Parsley.

Steam or grill until tender.

I like to serve with butter and sprinkled with a natural All Purpose Seasoning. Mrs. Dash No-Salt Table Seasoning is OK.

Serve with fresh lettuce salad.


For Me and My House ~ At Jesus’ feet,
Lisa @ Me and My House ~ Discipleship for Life!
1 Thessalonians 5:23
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Friday Food – Creamy Salsa Dip

fridayfood2.jpg You can’t get much simpler than this. We were introduced to this by our son-in-law, when we first met him. He brought it to a summer Bible study gathering. And it was a hit! No, it’s not an optimal food choice, but not too bad either – and definitely loved.

Creamy Salsa Dip

(otherwise known, by my children, as Pink Dip)

Mix well – 8 ounces “Better Than Cream Cheese” with 1 cup Salsa (homemade or natural brand with Good for You-Naturally!™ ingredients, fresh or in a jar).

Serve with tortilla chips – fresh homemade, or natural brand.


Friday Food – Lisa’s Layered Enchilada Casserole

Lisa’s Layered Enchilada Casserole


  • Mix Mushroom Sauce, Enchilada Sauce, and cooked Pinto Beans together. (Instructions to make each below.) (If you want, you can also add 1# of cooked burger or 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken in with the beans. But it isn’t necessary; we don’t.)
  • Tear 6 whole wheat tortillas into bite size pieces. (I do them two at a time, as I need them for the layers.)
  • Shred 3/4 # non-dairy cheese. (We use raw goat cheddar. A soy monterey jack or colby could also be used.)
  • In large round (or rectangle) casserole:
    Layer 2 torn tortillas, 1/3 of the bean and sauce mix, 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat layers 2 more times.
  • Bake 20-30 minutes at 350°
    (You can also “bake” this in the crock pot, a little longer. Just put a little of the Enchilada Sauce on the bottom of the crock pot, before beginning your layers.)
  • For our family of 8 we make about 1 1/2 times this recipe.


  • To make Pinto Beans.
    Sort, rinse and soak overnight – 2 cups dried pinto beans in plenty of water to cover well (4+ cups water).Cook pinto beans. (If you dump the soak water and cover with fresh water before cooking, they will be less “gassy”.)
    (I soak them in the crock pot, then turn it on in the morning. They are done in plenty of time to assemble for supper. If you change the water and are using the crock pot, pour boiling water over the soaked beans to just cover them to get them cooking faster in the crock pot.)
  • To make Mushroom Sauce
    1/2 cup water
    1/4 cup non-milk (homemade almond milk)
    3 Tbl. butter
    1/4 cup diced mushrooms
    Bring to a low boil.
    Shake together: 1/4 cup non-milk
    and 3-4 Tbl. whole wheat flour.
    Whisk into boiling water-milk mixture.
    Simmer until thickened.
  • To make Enchilada Sauce
    1 1/2 cups water
    1 Tbl. butter
    Bring to boil.
    Shake together: 1/2 cup water
    1/4 c. whole wheat flour
    2 Tbl. chili powder
    Whisk into boiling water.
    Simmer until thickened.

Enjoy with salsa, tortilla chips and a lettuce and tomato salad.

For Me and My House ~ At Jesus’ feet,
Lisa @ Me and My House ~ Discipleship for Life!
1 Thessalonians 5:23
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