Monthly Archives: September 2016


Love smoothies!


Makes 1-2 Servings:

1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries or strawberries

1 ripe banana (can be frozen)

1/2 cup milk (or almond milk)

1 container (5.3 oz) raspberry or strawberry yogurt

1/4 cup water

ice cubes optional

optional: to add more substance to it you could soak for about 10 min. a spoonful of oatmeal.

All ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth! Enjoy the fruity and healthy smoothies!


posted by Caroline

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Answer received from my project: What means a TRUE FRIEND TO YOU?

1) A best friend is someone who knows your past and all your secrets… and loves you anyway. Someone who you trust so much that you know that  past and those secrets are safe with them. Someone who can forgive you when you make a relationship mistake because they  trust that it was a mistake and they do not make anything bigger out of it. Someone who can stand witness to your life and be with you through it. Who loves you and your family and would do whatever they were able to be there for you in times of need. AND someone who feels and is able to accept the same sentiments from you, as you receive from them, and the relationship is BALANCED in the giving and taking. You both know it is for life. Someone who, even if you do not talk for a long time, you know that it means nothing more than that they are busy, but you know they think of you and pray for you. You do the same back towards them. I am blessed to have such a person in my life for 37+ years and I thank GOD for her most everyday. Thank You Betty!



by Caroline

Here is a very easy but fun way for children’s snack. We did a video with a home school group a few years ago. The recipe is from our International Friend Wilma, Dir. Love Inc.



1 pack “Dutch rusk”, toast or white bread

1 pack chocolate sprinkles (baking sections)

1 butter stick (sweet)


  1. Butter the “rusk” your toast or white bread
  2. Coat your bread well with chocolate sprinkles
  3. Eat and enjoy!


How Do You View Your Food

Posted by Colleen

Please, watch the short video below and let me know how you feel about our food system of factory farming.

Debuting at The True Cost of American Food Conference last week in San Francisco, A Tale of Two Chickens is a short film which illustrates how we are paying a high price for food in hidden ways and why we need true cost accounting in our food and farming systems.

While the shelf price of intensively produced chicken is now cheaper, pound for pound, than bread, this film shows that the hidden costs are far greater.

Created with the Lexicon of Food, the Sustainable Food Trust hopes this film will help people to visualise the problem of food system externalities by comparing the stories of two chickens from two different production systems. One chicken, reared on pasture and organically grown feed, has minimal external impacts and in fact can generate actual benefits. While the other chicken, produced in a factory farm, is associated with many negative impacts which create hidden costs, such as the spread of antibiotic resistance, poor working conditions for staff and the pollution of air, soil and water.

But these hidden costs are not paid by the producer, they are paid by taxpayers and society as a whole. When we buy a cheap chicken we actually pay for it twice, once at the checkout and again through taxes that go towards the subsequent environmental and health care costs. When you add up all these hidden costs, cheaper chicken is not so cheap after all.

But what can we do? The film highlights 6 things that can be done to change this destructive system.

  1. Buy sustainably produced food
  2. Ensure there is access to good food for all
  3. Tax fertiliser and pesticides to discourage their overuse
  4. Incentivise people to eat better
  5. Support local businesses
  6. Treat workers fairly

By calling for these changes, we hope to see a shift towards the creation of a food system that is better for people and the planet.

The message of food’s hidden costs applies to almost all foods and needs to be spread, so please join us in telling people the tale of two chickens.

Photograph: USDA


Recipe from our friend Josie, Philippine’s (Friendship International)

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12 pieces of spring roll pastry (available in Asian stores)

6 plantain bananas

1 cup brown sugar

2 cups cooking oil



  1. Peel fresh “plantain” bananas and slice each banana into 3 strips
  2. Wrap 1 or 2 slices of “Plantain” bananas with the wrapper
  3. Fold the sides and tightly roll the wrapper
  4. Deep fry the spring roll, until golden brown
  5. Let the cooked spring rolls stand in a metal sieve, in order to drain excess oil.
  6. Serve warm or while crunchy.
  7. Optional: serve with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!



Posted by Caroline

I like to share a great article about researches from Berkeley on why compassion is good and healthy for us in so many ways….

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Scientific research into the measurable benefits of compassion is young. Preliminary findings suggest, however, that being compassionate can improve health, well-being, and relationships. Many scientists believe that compassion may even be vital to the survival of our species, and they’re finding that its advantages can be increased through targeted exercises and practice. Here are some of the most exciting findings from this research so far.

  • Compassion makes us feel good: Compassionate action (e.g., giving to charity) activates pleasure circuits in the brain, and compassion training programs, even very brief ones, strengthen brain circuits for pleasure and reward and lead to lasting increases in self-reported happiness.
  • Being compassionate—tuning in to other people in a kind and loving manner—can reduce risk of heart disease by boosting the positive effects of the Vagus Nerve, which helps to slow our heart rate.
  • One compassion training program has found that it makes people more resilient to stress; it lowers stress hormones in the blood and saliva and strengthens the immune response.
  • Brain scans during loving-kindness meditation, which directs compassion toward suffering, suggest that, on average, compassionate people’s minds wander less about what has gone wrong in their lives, or might go wrong in the future; as a result, they’re happier.
  • Compassion helps make caring parents: Brain scans show that when people experience compassion, their brains activate in neural systems known to support parental nurturanceand other caregiving behaviors.
  • Compassion helps make better spouses: Compassionate people are more optimistic and supportive when communicating with others.
  • Compassion helps make better friends: Studies of college friendships show that when one friend sets the goal to support the other compassionately, both friends experience greater satisfaction and growth in the relationship.
  • Feeling compassion for one person makes us less vindictive toward others.
  • Restraining feelings of compassion chips away at our commitment to moral principles.
  • Employees who receive more compassion in their workplace see themselves, their co-workers, and their organization in a more positive light, report feeling more positive emotions like joy and contentment, and are more committed to their jobs.
  • More compassionate societies—those that take care of their most vulnerable members, assist other nations in need, and have children who perform more acts of kindness—are thehappier ones.
  • Compassionate people are more socially adept, making them less vulnerable to loneliness; loneliness has been shown to cause stress and harm the immune system. TO READ MORE: