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On Monday, with the help from Purple Pig and Netfirms we solved the problem but we’ve had to disable the comments on the blog. So now you can’t write me and I can’t respond.

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Sunflower Cups: Photo Essay

“Necessity is the mother of invention.”
English Proverb


Sunflower Cups do taste kind of like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but healthier!

This recipe is NOT safe for someone on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet or GAPS.

I was trying to make some Dr Axe’s Salted Paleo Sunbutter Cups. Yes, I’ve made some changes to the original recipe. I did have a few problems. I didn’t have any waxed muffin liners or even a muffin tin. I did have some wax paper and some masking tape, so I made up my own wax liners by wrapping the wax paper around a metal tea strainer. I then used the masking tape to hold the shape. My DIY waxed muffin liners worked great!

Sunflower Cups

1 1/4c organic sunflower seeds, ground
6-8 organic dates, pitted and soaked
1-3T organic coconut oil
1T homemade vanilla extract
1tsp sea salt

Chocolate Topping
1 70-80% organic chocolate bar, melted
1T organic coconut oil

Make some wax paper liners by cutting the wax paper into squares. Fold the wax paper squares around some household item that’s a suitable size and shape. Tape the wax paper to keep the shape and put the liners into a glass tray.

Bring some water to a boil. Place the dates in a small bowl and pour just enough boiling water to cover the dates. Cover the bowl and let cool. Pitt the dates. In a food processor, grind the sunflower seeds to a fine texture. Add the soaked dates, coconut oil, vanilla extract and sea salt. The dough should be firm enough to roll into balls. If not, add some more ground sunflower seeds. Work all the dough into balls. Flatten each ball so it just fits into the wax paper liners.

Put the chocolate into a Pyrex measuring cup and place the cup into a sauce pan with water. Bring the water to a boil and simmer until the chocolate is just melted. Pour the melted chocolate over each flattened dough ball. Cool the tray in the freezer until the Sunflower Cups have hardened.

Twist each liner a number of times like a candy wrapper and tie with a piece of ribbon or string. Sunflower Cups make nice gifts! They do taste kind of like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but healthier!

One last tip. Save your Sunflower Cups’ candy wrappers if you are going camping. The wax paper makes excellent fire starter. It burns like a bugger!


Collect needed supplies: wax paper, scissors, tape and a kitchen item with the right size and shape.


Fold the wax paper squares around some household item that’s a suitable size and shape.


Tape the wax paper to keep the shape and put the liners into a glass tray.


The dough should be firm enough to roll into balls.


Melt the chocolate in a Pyrex cup in some simmering water.


Flatten each ball so it just fits into the wax paper liners.


Place each flatten ball into the liner. If the dough is too big, just re-roll and try again.


Just melt the chocolate. Don’t overdo it.


Pour the melted chocolate over the flattened dough balls. Put the tray into the freezer to cool completely before wrapping.


Sunflower Cups are a nice, healthy gift you will feel good about giving!

Macadamia Candy


Macadamia Candy has a buttery flavor with a satisfying crunch, while not being too sweet. Warning: it’s hard to eat just one piece!

This recipe is safe for someone on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet or GAPS.

This recipe is a reworking of Walnut Chocolate Toffee using macadamia nuts. I had the good fortune of getting some macadamia nuts on a recent trip to Hawaii. If you are going to the Big Island, I would recommend going on a tour to Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company and bring back a big bag of macadamias!


Butter a piece of wax paper before pouring in the candy to avoid excessive sticking.

1/2c organic butter
1/4-1/3c local honey
1/2tsp sea salt
1T organic whipping cream
1T organic vanilla extract
1c organic macadamia nuts
As I’ve said before, making candy is a bit of a science and a bit of an art. Some people use the cooking time or temperature to decide if the candy is ready. Others use the color of the candy — that of a brown paper bag — to tell when the candy is ready. Another method is to drop a small amount of candy into a bowl of cold water and test the firmness of the candy between the thumb and forefinger. I find using the cooking time, the color of the candy and the water test (when in doubt) works best for me.

Butter a piece of wax paper and place it inside a 8″x8″ glass baking tray. In a sauce pan, warm the butter, honey and sea salt and bring to a boil. Stir all the time and boil for 7-8 minutes. This longer boiling time will result in a harder candy. Remove the candy from the heat and add the cream and vanilla extract and mix well. Be careful, the hot mixture will spit and foam up.

Stir in the macadamia nuts and quickly transfer the candy to a buttered, waxed paper. Made sure the candy is smooth and put the tray into the freezer. In about 10-15 minutes the candy will be ready to cut. Remove the wax paper and candy from the tray and place onto the counter for easier cutting. Cut into 32 pieces. Serve when completely cooled.


Remove the wax paper and candy from the glass tray before cutting. It’s easier to cut the candy before it has completely cooled.

Emergency Preparation: Target Focus Training

WARNING: This post is a departure from the normal topics on this website.


Target Focus Training isn’t self-defense training, it’s target-attack training.

“Violence is rarely the answer but when it is, it’s the ONLY answer.”
Target Focus Training Sourcebook by Tim Larkin

While our children are in the household, we have the power to protect them from violence. But as our children grow and leave home we loose the power to protect. Therefore, it is our responsibly as parents to make sure our young adults are taught how to protect themselves before they leave the household.

I started looking for a self-defense training program for my daughters after a recent reminder of how dangerous this world can be for young women. I was looking for a no nonsense program that didn’t take years to master and could be learned quickly and forgotten until needed. I wanted a program that didn’t require size, strength or speed. I was also looking for a program that understood the true nature of violence and taught the participant when to use lethal force, if the unthinkable happens. I found all of this and much more with Target Focus Training.

TFT isn’t self-defense training, it’s target-attack training. “You do what you train.”

  1. TFT explains the difference between social aggression and asocial violence. “Social aggression is: avoidable, survivable and can be solved using social skills? Asocial violence is: lethal, unaffected by social skills and requires decisive action.” This training is only useful when a person realizes they are dealing with a sadistic bastard that’s going to maim, rape or kill. In that case, “injury him now.” This training would NEVER be used to solve social aggression issues.
  2. The techniques used by TFT are based on “spinal reflexes” which are predictable actions from a strike. It doesn’t matter that the person is “bigger, stronger, meaner and armed”, the spinal reflex will cause a predictable response, every time.
  3. TFT teaches over 200 points on the human body that can be struck with devastating effect. At the same time, you don’t need to know all the points to be effective. It doesn’t matter if you are small, weak or slow. Even a child can do many of these moves. Learning just a few target points will make a person very effective in a survival situation… But you have to have the will to destroy the target.
  4. TFT teaches that in a survival situation: “You do what you train.” This means, even having years of martial arts training might not be enough during a true survival situation because you will play fair and follow the rules. With Target Focus Training you will know when to get in there and “injury him now”.

Hopefully, my daughters will never need to use this training, but if they do, they will know what to do. If you are interested in Target Focus Training, they have video training programs and live training. I highly recommend the program. Stay safe.


Target Focus Training will acquaint you with over 200 Achilles’ heels on the human body.

For more information please see the Emergency Preparation Series.

Nutty Meatloaf


Meatloaf is an excellent lunch or travel food and is very nice by itself or served with raw cheese. Bring meatloaf to your next picnic!

This recipe is based on Spicy Meat Loaf from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon-Morell.

This recipe is safe for someone on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet or GAPS.

2 pounds pastured ground beef
1 large organic onion, chopped
1 stalk organic celery, chopped
1 large organic carrot or yellow beet, chopped
1/4c butter or lard
1 organic bird’s eye pepper, crushed
1tsp organic thyme
1tsp organic peppercorn, freshly ground
1tsp sea salt
1c organic walnuts, chopped
2-3 pastured whole eggs
Grease a glass bread pan with butter or lard. Preheat the oven to 325F. Saute the chopped onions, celery, carrots and spices in butter or lard. In a large bowl mix the raw ground beef with the sauted vegetables. Add the walnuts and eggs one at a time. Mix very well and form the mixture into a log shape before placing into the bread pan. Press the mixture down firmly. Cook for 45-60 minutes. Let cool before slicing. Serve warm or cold with cheese or homemade spicy ketchup.


Meatloaf can be dressed up with some homemade spicy ketchup.