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Recipes of the Week – Chocolate Cranberry Energy Bars and Quinoa Veggie Stew April 26, 2009

Filed under: recipe,vegan — Jessica Dixon @ 2:22 am

I was finally able to cook today and have recipes worth posting about! The first is chocolate cranberry energy bars (credit to Brendan Brazier). Yum! The link takes you to the original (which uses blueberries), but I’ll post my variation here:

1 cup fresh pitted dates
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup sweetened, dried cranberries
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup hemp protein powder
1/4 cup unhulled sesame seeds
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest
Sea salt to taste
1/4 cup sweetened, dried cranberries
1-2 tsp agave nectar

In a food processor, process all ingredients except the second portion of cranberries and the agave nectar. Dump into large bowl and add the remaining cranberries into the mixture using a spatula to combine everything. Drizzle agave nectar onto mixture in small portions, stirring with the spatula to combine. The agave helps to bind everything together. It will be crumbly and a little sticky when you’ve added enough.

To shape as bars, flatten the mixture on a sheet of wax paper with your hands. Mush it tightly together, creating a very firm flat square of your desired thickness. It must be packed very tightly to hold together. Cut into bars and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

What I really love about these is that they are completely raw, amazingly healthy (packed full of omega fatty acids, fiber, and protein), super easy to make and a quick filling snack. They taste pretty good. I will definitely make them again. [Serving size: 6 nice-sized bars]

I also made Quinoa Veggie Stew. I’ve been trying to use up some things I have around my kitchen so I’m not spending as much on groceries, and quinoa was one of the items I found. I made it once before and didn’t like it much because of the consistency. But making it into a stew seems to combat that problem pretty well and it turned out quite yummy. I tripled the recipe, and extended the cooking time by probably 20 minutes. I would likely make it a bit different next time, but I’m pleased with how it turned out.

And to end the night, I had homemade vegan chocolate mint chip ice cream. Basic ingredients: 1 can of coconut milk (not light), 1/2 can of soy milk (or nut milk), sweetener of your choice (dry is better), vanilla bean seeds or extract, mint extract, and mini choc chips. It tastes very similar to the Temptation choc mint chip ice cream I buy, though the consistency could use some improving. If I had an actual ice cream maker, I think that problem would be gone.

Happy eating!


Matt = one of my favorites April 23, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 12:11 am

My brother’s birthday was earlier this month. I forgot to post this, so I’m posting now. 🙂 Last year’s answers (which are not that different actually) can be found here.

How old are you? 23
What are your favorite foods/drinks?
Dinner meal: Cheeseburger & Pierogies
Restaurant Dinner: Chicken Oscar
Snack: beef jerky
Drinks: ice water, miller lite

What do you want to accomplish in the next year? go to school next year
Who are your best friends? vinnie, debbie, andy
What kind of music do you like? post hardcore, christian, everything but country…
Favorite TV Shows? The Office, King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond
Favorite Bands? Underoath, Mae, Matt Nathanson
What would you most like to do with a day off? sleep, fish, hangout with vinnie
Favorite thing about yourself? my kind heart, my arms.


46 April 20, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 12:08 am
matt doesn’t like this picture, but i love it 🙂

Night/Day by Mae April 15, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 8:59 pm

Mae’s April Song is out now. It’s called Night/Day and is absolutely beautiful and inspiring:

I’ve been dreaming such a long time
And I’ve been waiting for the sunshine
But all my friends they say I’m getting by with sleeping in
They say I’m sleeping in

You know whenever I try I want to get it right
But I distract my focus and blur my own sight
‘Cause I’ve convinced myself that my best can only come in the moonlight
And I keep sleeping in
I keep on sleeping in
And missing something

(Close your eyes before the daylight breaks)

There are things about me I just can’t ignore
I know I want to change and I see that door
On the other side daylight decides there will be war with sleeping in
Oh, I know they’ll be no more sleeping in

I wait, I wait, I wait only in jest
I wait, I wait, I wait with no need to rest I wait
“The day, the day, the day will come again,” I say
A ray of light can only get in if I say
I’ve been putting off this purification a rebirth and a regeneration inside of me
And I’ve been saying ‘no’ for far too long even though something brand new is coming out of me

I’m going to wake up, wake up every morning and then decide
I’m going to wake up, wake up every morning and make it mine
Rain or shine

I wake, I wake, I wake and greet the day
The light is on the change is made I can see my way
The day, the day, this day has come again
Each ray of light will make it’s way into the core of me
I always knew that I was missing something I know this time that I will leave nothing up to chance
And in the wake of this brand new day I see the light and I feel the sun and I’ll do it all again tomorrow

As of right now, over $31,000 has been raised to build Rhonda’s house! Head on over to their site, listen, donate and download it now!


25 April 13, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 12:31 pm

Today I am 25. A quarter of a century old. Last year at this time, I was embarking on a 30-day vegetarian challenge that turned into full-blown veganism by June, which has been the second most life-altering decision I’ve ever made. It’s not difficult, is often fun, and has catapulted me into a health-consciousness (and cruelty-consciousness) that I never expected. I love feeling good and not being sick like the majority of my acquaintances. Being vegan is incredible.

Things I have been reminded of this year:
1. God is not predictable, but He is good and I can trust Him, even when things in life work out in ways I don’t understand or plan or even want.
Our prayers really are powerful and effective.
With Christ’s sustenance, I can survive even the greatest loss. He is so close when we are broken.
Growth as a person cannot be separated from growth as a Christ-follower.
When I don’t spend set-aside time with God and His Word every day, I’m telling Him I can do just fine without Him and nothing could be further from the truth…I need God just to breathe.

2. Family and friends are truly indispensable and the greatest blessings in my life. I miss them greatly.

3. Mae (the band) is still completely amazing and mind-blowing to me, even after 6 years. They are donating all the proceeds of their music this year to needy causes. I am so proud of them and so blessed by them.

4. I never complete projects. My intentions are good, but the sewing won’t be finished, the picture blog won’t be updated daily (or even monthly), and I won’t make the time to read 12 books in one year even though it’s something I really want to accomplish.

And 5. I like short-term challenges. I think this is a way to combat my inability to complete projects. This past year, I took the veg 30-day challenge, participated in Nano, ate on less than $3/day for 4 days, and have actually been creating meal plans for the last few weeks which has kept me quite organized and helped me spend less money at the grocery store.

Ultimately, we are only here on this earth to worship our Creator and lead others to Him. I pray that the next year of my life will be spent pursuing Him in a way I never have before, practically and spiritually. I desire that He would pour out my life for the benefit of those around me and that He would make my heart ache for His lost people. I’m purposing to grow in knowledge, wisdom, gentleness and quietness of spirit, and to allow Christ to make my life count in whatever way He chooses.

Thanks for being part of my journey.


Sound of Music in a train station :) April 10, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 7:13 pm

What a way to brighten up one’s day! It really gets good around 2 minutes. 🙂


Month of Prayer April 1, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 1:56 pm

I have never been a great pray-er for people outside of my immediate circle, which would include my family and one or two best friends. If a request is made known to me, I pray for it right then, but oftentimes, that is the extent of it. I want this to change. So, today begins a month of prayer for me and a dear friend. We are making a list of 30 people each that God places on our hearts (who we wouldn’t normally pray for) and praying for one person each day, throughout the day. The idea is that every spare moment would be spent in prayer for this one person from the time we get up to the time we fall asleep. Coupled with this, if appropriate, we’re going to send a card or let them know in some way that they are being prayed for. I plan to have a non-believer-focused list before Easter and then a believer-focused list after Easter. If you’d like to participate too, please let me know so I can pray for you as well and encourage you along the way!

“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16