Healthy, Gooey, Chocolate Chip Fudge Cookies


  • 1 medium zucchini, grated
  • 1-15oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2 tbsp Peanut Butter & Company Dark Chocolate Dream
  • 1/2 cup natural applesauce
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup Morena Pure Cane Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (I prefer homemade.)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt (Pink Himalayan is my preference.)
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips (I used about half a bag.)


Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drain the zucchini, if needed. Drain and rinse the beans. Next add the zucchini, black beans, Peanut Butter & Company Dark Chocolate Dream, applesauce, cocoa, oats, sugar, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, baking powder, and salt to a food processor. This is a good time to explain that I could’ve and probably should’ve used Sugar in the Raw but I had the Morena in the canister and it’s less refined than bleached table sugar so I’m ok with it. Running to the store after a single ingredient doesn’t contribute to shalom in my home, you know? Anyway, now process it all until well combined then stir in the chocolate chips. Drop spoonfuls of batter onto the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
Makes 18-20 cookies. Passed toddler (though not the teens) inspection at my house. 😊

Wishing you gratitude and peace in your home.

Just a Prayer…

I sort of feel like my entire life is in the middle of a reboot. Or maybe it’s more that I need a reboot. I feel like my system keeps crashing. And I’m not one who knows how to fix these things. It’s overwhelming to me. There aren’t enough hours in a day. YHVH help me to be mindful of your many blessings. Direct my steps. Lead me in the way everlasting. Where do I even begin? Abba, I desire your shalom! I desire that my days and my surroundings would have structure and bring my family peace and joy. Help my family and I to let go of what is no longer blessing us and to begin to be a blessing to others. Help me to reflect the image of your Son, Yeshua Ha Mashiach, to the world in everything I do. Lead me to whatever is needed for me to do that.

Top 10 You Might Be a Crunchy Mom If…List

10. You might be a crunchy mom if your 6 year old doesn’t know what a Pop Tart is. 
9. You might be a crunchy mom if your 8 year old refers to 100% whole wheat bread as “normal bread” to distinguish it from sprouted bread and Ezekial Bread.

8. You might be a crunchy mom if your 3 year old is so proud of her newfound skill of swallowing supplement pills!

7. You might be a crunchy mom if you refer to bread made with bleached flour as “poison bread” and your kids don’t batt an eye.

6. You might be a crunchy mom if your 2 year old doesn’t like boxed Mac n cheese.

5. You might be a crunchy mom if  said 2 year old eats the aforementioned Mac n cheese anyway because he knows he will be expected to eat what you offer him. (You really wouldn’t have actually enforced it this time but he doesn’t know that.)

4. You might be a crunchy mom if your kids automatically look for the “oil box” when there’s any injury or illness. 

3. You might be a crunchy mom if your best friend has actually been a guest on a blog radio show  to discuss natural health topics.

2. You might be a crunchy mom if you and your friends take Herbalist certification classes together for fun.

And the number 1 reason you might be a crunchy mom…

…You’re known as “The Poop Patrol Mom” and you’re proud of your well earned title!

Bonus Reason you KNOW you’re a crunchy mom…coffee enema is on your bucket list! 

Progress Not Perfection

I love this blog that my dear, sweet friend writes and I especially love this post!!! I am so proud of you Bekah! Progress, not perfection!

Living and Eating For Wellness

progressMy one dear friend has threatened (in a loving way of course, lol) to make a wall hanging for me that says, “Progress Not Perfection”. She knows me all too well. I am a perfectionist by nature, very black and white and find it very challenging to stay balanced in things. For instance, I am prone to either doing massive housework in a day or none at all. Its really insane when I think of it, but its the way I am wired I suppose and I am working hard on it. Thankfully in the area of faith my one elder has helped me tremendously to realize that I can allow others to have varying views without freaking out on them, lol. However, I want to talk about healthy eating and exercise on this particular post since this site about healthy living.

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A Thankful Heart Brings His Peace 

Todah Shalom is the name of this blog for a reason. Counting our blessings and thanking God for them refocuses us and brings us to YHVH’s shalom. Even in the midst of chaos and confusion, or perhaps especially in times of trial and tribulation. When we most need to draw near to the Lord and we flounder about struggling to see Him through the storm these are the times when we must have an attitude of gratitude. If we don’t want to be swept away in a torrent of destructive thoughts and feelings then we must cling to YHVH and trust Him to lead us through the storms. This time of my life is proving full of storms so I am choosing Todah and Shalom today. 

English Standard Version

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Joshua 24:15

So here is my gratitude list:

  1. I am so grateful that God is in control!
  2. I am grateful for my 10 living children.
  3. Nurses
  4. Doctors
  5. Hospitals
  6. Sitters

New Adventures and A Recipe

I haven’t written in a very long time! My apologies! Our family has experienced many trials and tribulations over the past 9 months or so and I had to focus on just taking care of my family and home. Hopefully, I will be writing more now.

I have begun some studies recently that I am so excited about! I am taking an online Family Herbalist Course with Dr. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing. I am planning to eventually become a Master Herbalist. I am also taking the free mini course from Vintage Remedies which I am really enjoying! I have also paid for my Birth doula training and certification and also my breastfeeding counselor training and certification through Child Birth International. I have not actually begun the CBI courses yet but I am looking forward to getting started.

And last but not least, we have made some major changes to our eating habits recently. We are buying as many things Non-GMO and organic as possible. We joined Costco and most of our organic food comes from there. We shop the local stores sales on things we run out of in between Costco visits and I am praying Yah will bless our efforts to grow our own vegetable and herb garden this year. We are also looking into purchasing a side of grass-fed beef.

Speaking of diet…I created a new stew recipe today and I think it turned out pretty good. Hope you enjoy it!

Day After Pesach Lamb Stew

Coconut oil
Olive oil
Leftover lamb, trimmed and chopped
Potatoes, peeled and chopped
Carrots, peeled and chopped
1 can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 can drained and rinsed garbanzo beans (aka chick peas)
2 cans water
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried cilantro

I start by greasing my roasting pan with about a tablespoon of coconut oil. I add the chopped lamb to the pan and fry over low heat. I add pepper and some pink salt to taste, a chopped onion, about a tablespoon or so of extra virgin olive oil and about 2-4 tablespoons of minced garlic. Sauté this while chopping the vegetables. Add them in as you chop and then stir so it doesn’t stick and burn.

Once everything is nicely sautéed add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water and garbanzo beans. Stir well, add seasonings and cook on high heat for 2 minutes. Cover and transfer to 350 degree oven. Cook for 60-90 minutes.

Next year I think I’ll serve this with homemade matza and cooked greens. Chag Sameach Pesach!

Naturally Beautiful In the Eyes of YHVH

This is an article I wrote for Daughters of Israel Magazine.  I hope you enjoy it. Shalom!

I sat down to write about beauty. I sat down a few times. And then I heard crickets chirping. Just because brushing my teeth, slapping some coconut oil on after showers and choosing a head covering is the extent of my beauty routine doesn’t mean that other women live this way. Would other women want to hear from me about beauty? I began to despair of ever being able to write something relevant. I know so many stunningly beautiful women in the Torah Observant community, and they all seem to have it all together. They find the time (or make the time) to exercise. I’m lucky if I can manage to get a full-night’s rest. They eat organic, healthy, GMO free foods. I’m really trying to just eat Biblically clean foods and have nice meals for Sabbaths…all while staying within our budget. They look positively radiant every time I see them. They are all so much more beautiful than I am. They are so much better and have so much more to offer. What can I possibly share?
So, I prayed.

And then I stumbled upon some Facebook posts–women asking for prayer or just sharing their hearts. These were believing women, daughters of The Most High. One sister in Christ mentioned being cursed at and called fat by a stranger. Another sister mentioned crying in her car after being called old. There was such pain in these posts. It was heart-breaking, really, because I can relate to their pain and because, well…the cause of the pain is a lie. John 8:44 says “The devil…was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him….For he is a liar and the father of lies.” From the beginning he has targeted women with his lies, and he continues to do so. Did you notice those lies he threw at me in the first paragraph? And I was falling for it.

Suddenly, it hit me. What IS beauty? We need to define our terms and we need to make sure that our definitions align with the way YHVH sees beauty. Beautiful in Hebrew is יָפֶה . The transliteration is ya-pheh which is Strong’s number 3303. Notice that the word even begins with part of YHVH’s name. We read from right to left in Hebrew so the first letter is yud. The ancient Hebrew picture is an arm and closed hand. It means work, throw, worship. The second letter is pey. The ancient Hebrew picture is an open mouth. It means blow, scatter, edge. The last letter is hey. The picture is a man with his arms raised. It means look, reveal, breath; the word picture we get from the Hebrew word for beautiful is work/worship – blow/scatter – look/reveal/breath. In Hebrew thought, our works truly are a form of worship because we show that we belong to YHVH by doing. First we receive the gift of faith, and then through His grace we worship Him in love by our actions, our obedience. YHVH’s idea of beautiful is our works being blown or scattered, causing others to look and revealing not us but the breath of YHVH in us. Perhaps instead of asking myself what I can do to make myself more attractive I should ask “Am I reflecting YHVH today?” wpid-img_0146.jpg

Exploring the Hebrew definition of beautiful got me to thinking: “So then how have we ended up with our current, cultural ideas about beauty?” Many of the ideas that our culture calls beautiful are destructive to us. They cause us to compare ourselves to others, alter ourselves physically, and ultimately spend money and time on the things of this world instead of building YHVH’s Kingdom. Now who would be behind this? Who would desire to distract us from our true calling as daughters of Israel? Of course, we find our answer in scripture. John 8:44 tells us “He (the devil) was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” He desires our destruction! Ever since Eden he has especially targeted women with lies. Sadly, just like Eve, we listen. Scripture says “Flee also youthful lusts but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Master out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. (2 Timothy 2:22-23) Rather than flee, Eve allowed herself to be drawn into foolish questions. This is exactly what we do when we listen to lies about what makes us beautiful! We end up being drawn into foolish questions. We do as Eve did and begin to dwell on the evil one’s lies. Psalm 119:11 tells us “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” This is how we arm ourselves against his lies. We store up His word in our hearts! And then we flee youthful passions and pursue YHVH’s truth. John 14:6 says “Yeshua saith unto him, I am the way, the Truth, and the life…” We look to Yeshua and His Word to counter the lies of the evil one.

We need to remember Numbers 23:19 which says “El is not a man, that he should lie…” and Titus 1:2 which says “In hope of eternal life, which Elohim, that cannot lie, promised before the world began…” And if you have struggled in your life, as I have, with lies you have believed about your value, your beauty, and your worth, I give you these 2 scriptures: John 8:32 says “And ye shall know the truth,and the truth shall make you free.” And 2 Corinthians 10:12 says “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”

There are only two possible outcomes when we compare ourselves to others. Either we become distraught and see ourselves as inadequate, which is not in line with YHVH’s will for us. Remember Phil. 4:13 “I can do all things through Messiah which strengtheneth me.” Or we become leavened in our attitude,puffing up our accomplishments in our own mind and relying too much on ourselves. We need to start thinking like YHVH, and when YHVH knows He doesn’t “know” like we do. He doesn’t just remember for the test and promptly forget. He KNOWS. Knowing His truth means storing it in our hearts and doing it, living as though we truly believe it! When we know the truth about our beauty like Yah knows, then we will be set free from the bondage of the adversary’s lies!

Ok, so what is the truth? Time to look at what YHVH’s word says about beauty. Psalm 139:14 says “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” Do you believe Elohim about your worth? Do you trust His word to show you your value? Or are you falling for the same lies that Eve believed in the garden? Genesis 3:6 says “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” The Hebrew word for pleasant here is Strongs 8378 תַֽאֲוָה־ and the transliteration is ta’avah. From right to left we have tav, aleph, vav, hey. The ancient Hebrew picture for tav is crossed sticks and means mark, sign, signal or monument. The ancient Hebrew picture for aleph is an ox head and means strong, power or leader. The ancient Hebrew picture for vav is a tent peg and means add, secure or hook. The ancient Hebrew picture for hey is a man with arms raised and means look, reveal, breath. The word picture could be a mark or sign of power secured by looking or looks. Is your desire to be pleasing to the eye, to have a mark or sign of power secured or added to you by having men look? Or do you desire to be truly beautiful, for your works/worship to be blown/scattered causing others to look and have the reflection of Yeshua revealed to them? Eve chose what was pleasant to the eyes instead of choosing to trust and obey YHVH. She chose external appearance over her relationship with YHVH. Proverbs 31:30 says “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth Yahweh, she shall be praised.“

1 Peter 3:3-4 says “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of Elohim of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also who trusted in Elohim adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him master: whose daughters ye are as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.”

1 Timothy 2:9-10 says “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array, But (which becometh women professing piety) with good works.”

So it is my goal to help you see yourself as Yah sees you and ultimately to help you reflect the light of Yeshua to an unbelieving world. When we begin doing this then we will be like a lighthouse, leading Yah’s people home to His Torah. Next time I hope to begin sharing some more practical helps. Shalom!

*All scripture quotes are from the Restoration Study Bible.

30 Days of Head Covering-Day 5

Today we went and visited my grandmother, yes my childrens’ great grandmother, in the nursing home. It was wonderful seeing her again this week. She has pneumonia though so prayers for her healing are appreciated. After visiting with her we spent time with Hubby’s Dad, paternal grandmother and most of that side of the family. So our kids got to visit with both of their living Great Grandmothers tonight. I wish I had taken pictures with Hubby’s family but I got busy with the kids and forgot. Anyway here is one of me and my Mawmaw.


I wore my Lakeshire Bliss from Wrapunzel with my Wrapunzel volumizer and my new Sari scarf. I’m not going to tell you anymore that I wore my No-Slip Velvet Headband because I wear it every day. It would be sort of like telling you that I wore a bra or underwear. Sort of redundant. Of course I wore all of the above. Duh.


Todah for reading and Shalom,