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Welcome to Thistle Me Not

Welcome to Thistlemenot! We hope you find health in the food you make, happiness in the reflections that you practice, and heart in each and every post.

We strive to create, modify, and adapt recipes to provide mostly vegan recipes, with easy to follow directions while incorporating milk thistle. Hopefully milk thistle will help naturally liver detoxify and rejuvenate livers for those with hepatitis c, and other liver degradation, as well as healthy livers to stay healthy. This blog is not intended to cure or give medical advice, to diagnose or dose, but to simply assist in incorporating milk thistle into simple plant based recipes.

Spring is in the air and coming soon…just like this blog! We are working hard to get the content and the formatting just right to bring our best to you.

 

Here is how we use milk thistle in this blog:

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Dreams and Madness

Why do we restrict new years to just January first? Why can’t a new year be new everyday? What day is a good day to start over? Why not today?
  

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. 
I hope you read some fine books 
and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, 
and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. 
And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
Neil Gaiman

Who says beginning a new year has to happen on new years, your birthday, or any other “special” day. Maybe any day is a good day to recognize positive affirmations.

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Beau-ti-fall Apple Walnut Bread

Here’s to the little miracles we call “bugs.” The essentials to our being, the often overlooked, under appreciated, fallen from grace entities. May this change your perspective on these little sparkles of sunshine.

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1. Moths: You’d never know that these dust-colored-ugly-ducklings are the pollinators of Petunias and other long stemmed plants, because they pollinate the flowers at night, when the world is sleeping. They are also the fuzzy little tent caterpillars, turned winged after their notorious journey we study. Disregarded by most children (and adults) because they are not as beautiful as their butterfly counterparts, these little creatures are truly the fairies in our gardens. Don’t believe me? Catch a small one gently with cupped hands (as she is not only a treasure of the earth, but has a job to do!) and she will even leave a mist of her fairy dust behind on your palms.

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2. Crickets: The gifted musicians of the universe. Showing up every evening to put on a lovely concert of one, in their dark black, brown, or colored suits. Serious, and subtle, an understatement to the concertos that they play. Etching the histories of times we have been in places quiet enough to hear them play their songs for what seems like us alone. Serenading the night wishing for the ones that they love to find them, and enriching our lives in the process. Are they beautiful? No. Are they handsome? No. Are their gifts to us as subtle as the wind softly blowing a dandelion seed, a ripple on a pond, a kiss from the heat of the sun? That depends on your perspective…

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3. Honey Bees: Yes, let’s get REAL specific on this one. I can’t tell you how many times I hear “bee sting” when it’s a wasp, yellow jacket, or a hornet that stung someone. GUESS WHAT?! Honey bees die when they sting you, so they sting less often, and only when threatened. Unlike wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets these little ladies (yes, all honey bees that you see are ladies, as the drones, or male bees reside only in the hives) have barbed stingers so they can’t sting repeatedly. What does this mean? That because honey bees are being affected by pesticides to the point of endangerment, we can’t afford to lose the ladies that pollinate most plants and crops, and actually contribute to society through honey and comb that assists with allergies, in baking, beauty products, and countless other aspects of your life. Be just as mindful of her as she is of you. If you take her life in a bee sting, turn the thinking around: you’ve just removed another little working gift from the earth, and that pain that you feel in your body bring to your heart as a reminder of what was sacrificed for you. She may be one golden wisp of many, but her contributions large for her life.

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Beau-ti-fall Oatmeal Apple Walnut Bread
Apple oatmeal walnut bread, with a hint of thistle and love that is not overlooked
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
  2. 3/4 cups oats
  3. 1/2 cups ground thistle seed
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  7. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 cups 100% pure maple syrup
  10. 1/4 cups clover honey
  11. 1/3 cups applesauce (I use regular NOT unsweetened)
  12. 1 cup almondmilk
  13. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  14. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  15. 3/4 cups chopped walnuts
  16. 2 apples peeled and finely diced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 345 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease an 8x4 inch loaf non-stick baking pan.
  3. Mix together flours, oats, thistle, soda, powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Mix together maple syrup, honey, applesauce, milk, vinegar and vanilla.
  5. Combine wet and dry mixture, then finally add apples and nuts.
  6. Spoon batter gently into prepared pan, spread evenly.
  7. Bake 55-60 minutes or until browned, and toothpick comes out dry. If you thump the loaf, you should hear a hollow sound.
  8. Cool 20 minutes, and gently remove from pan by running a knife around the edges and turn out onto a drying rack. Enjoy warm, or room temperature with a pinch of gratitude for the little ones in life!
Notes
  1. *If you make this recipe in a food processor, you can add all of the ingredients to the machine, first dry, then wet, save the walnuts, and mix in by hand prior to scooping into the prepared pan.
Adapted from Eggless Cooking.Com Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Muffin Recipe
Thistle Me Not http://www.thistlemenot.com/
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Do

Do you do?

“Do more than belong: participate. 
Do more than care: help. 
Do more than believe: practice. 
Do more than be fair: be kind. 
Do more than forgive: forget. 
Do more than dream: work.”
― William Arthur Ward

Today, do.

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Getting Back in the Saddle Apple Muffins

You don’t learn how to balance unless you fall. Cradled by the Earth, she will always be there to catch you, and to humble you, hold you until you are ready to take the first steps again.

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But what of the fall? I remember falling so many times waterskiing at our boat, into the glistening, glittering, sparkle of the glassy lake. I hated every moment of water-up-your-nose, harder-than-concrete impacts, legs-bent-funny, wipe outs.

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Though, the devil is in the details. Not only do we learn of our resiliency, strength, and those who support us as we rise, we learn about the “mistakes” “errors” “uh-ohs” that we made on the way down. The way down is just as important as getting back up.

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I remember summers at the lake as a big blue cooler filled with salty lunch meats, crisp lettuce, sliced tomatoes, creamy mayonnaise, sliced cheeses of all kinds, deli sandwich rolls, and dijon mustard.

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I remember fruit salad, Tabbouleh salad, tomato salad, pasta salad, chickpea salad, green salad, bean salad, avocado salad, you-name-it salad.

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Yes, I remember the summer in spurts of food and fun, and the lead into fall meaning only a switch from the summer lake sunshine and sandwich-salad scene to crisp fall air apple muffin mornings.

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Rising from summer highs to fall lows, may we learn from the summer heat as we dip into the cools of fall, to try again to learn, live, and to be in harmony with the way down.

Back in the Saddle Apple Muffins
Getting back into the saddle of fall with these cinnamon-dusted apple muffins, and of course a thistle hint!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
  2. 1/2 cup oat flour
  3. 1/2 cup ground thistle seed
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 cup 100% pure maple syrup
  10. 1/4 cup clover honey
  11. 1/3 cup applesauce (I use regular NOT unsweetened)
  12. 1 cup almondmilk
  13. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  14. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  15. 2 apples peeled and finely diced
  16. 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  17. 1/2 cup raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease non-stick muffin tins, or add muffin papers to your tins.
  3. Mix together flours, thistle, soda, powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Mix together maple syrup, honey, applesauce, milk, vinegar and vanilla.
  5. Combine wet and dry mixture, then finally add raisins, apples and nuts.
  6. Spoon batter gently into prepared tins, spread evenly.
  7. Bake 15-25 minutes or until browned, and toothpick comes out dry.
  8. Cool 20 minutes, and gently remove from pan by running a knife around the edges and turn out onto a drying rack.
  9. Enjoy warm, or room temperature, preferably with a fork, straight from the tin. Opps! Did I type that?! I mean, be patient, and wait for friends, family...oh never mind! Just don't burn your mouth!
Notes
  1. *If you make this recipe in a food processor, you can add all of the ingredients to the machine, first dry, then wet, save the walnuts, and mix in by hand prior to scooping into the prepared tins.
Adapted from Eggless Cooking.Com Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Muffin Recipe
Thistle Me Not http://www.thistlemenot.com/