The Vine and the Branches- Jan and John's Health and Wellness Blog

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Monday, May 4, 2015

One of my Favorites- Bulgar Burger Recipe

One of my Favorites-  Bulgar Burger Recipe

One of my most favorite recipes that I like to have on hand is a Bulgar Wheat Burger recipe.

This can be used for: Pocket Breads, Spaghetti, Lasagna, Taco's, Chili Beans, Burger Patties, Meat Balls or anything that you would use a meat burger for. Supplement the burger meat for this Bulgr Wheat. The above pictures is what the finished product looks like...


Place in a blender the following:

1 cup Pecans or Walnuts

1 small Onion

1/4 Cup Non GMO Tamari

2 Garlic cloves

1/2 Tsp. Cumin powder

Dash of Basil flakes

Fill the rest of the blender up with about 4 1/2 cups of water and BLEND and set aside.

In a non stick fry pan place about 2 1/2 cups of Bulgar Wheat.

Then Pour the ingredients of the blender over the top of the Bulgar Wheat and start heating it and take a spatula and scrape up the bottom and mix it in to the liquid.

Keep stirring it and the Bulgar wheat will soak up the liquid and you will eventually have a burger type consistency.  

Keep in the Fridge and use it as you wish. I know this will become a regular in your diet.

For Veggie Burgers do the following:

Add to about 2 Cups of the Bulgar burger the following:

1 cup dried (Soaked Garbanzo's) blended in 1 1/2 cups of water
 1 cup Whole Oats
1 Tsp. Cumin powder
1 med size Onion- Chopped fine
1 tsp. Onion Powder
1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder
2 TB. Tamari
1 tsp. Basil flakes
 Let it set in the bowl for about 10 minutes and then form the burger patties.
Fry in a non stick fry pan or bake in the oven at 350' for 15 minutes on each side 

Happy Burgering, hugs CJO (Jan)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Home at 3 Valley Again for the Summer

It's been a very long while since I have posted anything on here. Had computer problems and then with our new tower for internet, they charge for the MG's that you use... So I have to be careful on how much I download and upload...

Before we left Elfrida, we took on a very difficult task of re-tiling our guest house. But we used the same old tile and had to scrape each tile.... What a job that was!!  Furniture on the porches and laying down the new board and then the tile.... John says; "Never again!!"

After much work in Elfrida, AZ this winter, we were happy to take a break and head back to our place here at 3 Valley Gap. It's taking me a while to get used to the weather, for we left John's beautiful roses and strawberries and much potential of grapes and fruit on the trees starting to grow.

                                               Blossoms on the little fruit trees

Roses on the front porch

New fruit trees and grape vines on the right.... (Road headed towards the barn....) And yes there were so many pig weeds coming up.... They are yummy to sautee with garlic and onions.... And so good for you!!

These roses are my "Well Springs of Joy" that the Lord gave me in the midst of trial.... here's one of my favorite quotes that John and I have put to memory. Such encouragement!!

"And all the way up the steep road leading to eternal life are well-springs of joy to refresh the weary. Those who walk in wisdom’s ways are, even in tribulation, exceeding joyful; for He whom their soul loveth, walks, invisible, beside them. At each upward step they discern more distinctly the touch of His hand; at every step brighter gleamings of glory from the Unseen fall upon their path; and their songs of praise, reaching ever a higher note, ascend to join the songs of angels before the throne." MB 140

Home here @ 3 Valley..... the Lilies are just starting to come up... Not blooming like this yet, but this is their potential....


On our way home we stopped to see our youngest son Mark and his wife Michelle and our little Ocean guy... this time he finally let me take him for a walk and wasn't frowning at me every time I looked at him... LOL

Some pictures of him as we enjoyed our time together with him and the kids. It was too short... And... John helped them tile ( did I say TILE) a room while we were there.... Never say Never... LOL

And on our walk last evening I spotted the beautiful Periwinkles that are starting in.... Just love them! You can press them in-between telephone books. Then use them for many craft projects.... Use fingernail polish and place a dolip on the top of your stationery and place a little flower on it. Also have a friend who put them on cupcakes... Made them look so delicate.... They are edible.  Does this start an idea for you..... let me know what you would use them for.....

Well, until next time, I'll say good-by.....Hopefully it won't take as long for me to post the next one.

Carol Janonne Ogden (ie. Jan)  

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

GRANDMA'S Have to BRAGG!! This Thanksgiving was extra Special this year, for we had a new little person here with us to Celebrate Thanksgiving! Our youngest son, Mark and his wife Michelle were her with us and brought our new little man for us all to enjoy! His name is Ocean and he makes you smile as big as the Ocean.... We loved having you with us this year and can hardly wait to see you the next time!!
Never knew how much fun it was going to be to be Grandparents!!
I hope that you each had a great Thanksgiving!! We are all so blessed! I was able to try a few RAW food pies that we enjoyed.... And it was "Guilt Free". One was my Pomegranate Pie and the other was a Butternut Squash pie.... I got my inspiration from the greatest Raw food Creator of all times!! Amie Sue. You will enjoy her blog as much as I do... The more Raw food we put into our diets, the more better nutrition we have to feed our bodies. We will be way healthier for it.. And we truly wont miss the old way of cooking... It's amazingly great tasting!! No bland stuff here. Here is the picture of what I did... for Thanksgiving... It doesn't look like Amie Sue's, and I didn't have all the engredients, but it turned out great...
You may want to start adding more RAW FOODS into your diet... it's fun and very exciting for me... You don't eat as much for a lot of the foods are very filling. A great way to get into shape... I won't post my recipe, but hope you will head over to Amie Sues Website and get excited as I have over all the possibilities!! Have a blessed Holiday Season and enjoy making it a Healthy Season!! Hugs, Carol Janonne
It's been a LONG TIME since I have posted here...but have decided to start in again... We are in Elfrida, Arizona for the winter at our "Little Pecan Farm". It's been amazingly warm here around 70F during the day. Have had frost and the leaves are finally starting to fall from the Pecan trees. There's a good wind here today, so the leaves are flying away with some of the nuts and the trees are showing little nuts on the branches. We will be ready to harvest soon! We had our Son, Mark and his wife Michelle here for the Thanksgiving holiday. Along with them this time was our new Grand Baby- Ocean... What a joy it was to get to know him and catch a glimpse of his personality.... I thought I would post some of the pictures of some of the meals that we had... All Vegan and some Raw... I felt better after this Holiday, then I have in many years. The difference in the Healthy meals really does make a difference after the holiday is over. The first one is of a Breakfast Banana Split... Pretty easy to do and fun...
Here is the recipe for the Breakfast Banana Splits: Make up your traditional Whole oat recipe; Place the desired amount of water in a pan, that you are going to use... ie. 1,2,4, 6 or more people. Put the water on to boil.... Add Sea Salt according to taste.... Here is the chart for the amounts of people you want to serve and the amounts:
Place the water on to boil... Then add the Oatmeal and take off the burner and cover with a lid.. Wait for 5-10 minutes until the water is absorbed into the oats. Add Chopped Dates to this... As well as Organic Maple Syrup according to taste.. (The oatmeal should be firm enough to scoop out onto your bowl and hold it's form.) Assembling the Banana Split: 1/Cut a Banana in half length wise and place into your Banana Split bowl. Scoop 3 scoops of oatmeal on top of the Bananas 2/Place sliced Strawberries, Blueberries, or fruit of choice around on top of the Oatmeal. Put varied nuts on the top. ie, Almonds, Sunflower seeds, Coconut, Pecans.... and Carob chips or the crumble (recipe below). 3/(I make my own crumble that I sprinkled on the top): I have this on hand for other recipes too. It's great to put on your cereal or when put in the fridge after patting it down into a baking dish and scored; can be a neat healthy candy.) Put 3 cups coconut (organic- non sweetened) in your food processor; 1TB Roasted Carob 1TB Cero- Grain Coffee substitute 1TB Maple Syrup of Honey (Optional-pecans or walnuts or Almonds 1/2 cup) Process until crumbly Sprinkle this over the top of the oatmeal 4/Put a dollip of Cashew cream on top... Cashew Cream Recipe: It's nice to soak your nuts because they are easier to digest; But I have made this cashew cream without soaking them.. 2 cups Cashews 2 Cups water 1tsp organic Vanilla (A Vanilla Bean, opened and scraped is the best) Blend the above for about 5 minutes. Then pour in a saucepan and cook until thickened... Stir continually, for it can burn very easy. Dollip it on the top or put it in an icing decorator device and go fancy.... This is a great recipe to do with the kids for they love adding all of the items together to make their own Breakfast Banana Splits. I like to put the Banana Split bowls out on a table, then put all the ingredients out in little bowls.. It makes it easy to go from one item to the next and complete your finished project. Use your imagination... Nothing is wrong... Your creation will be the best!! Have fun, Carol Janonne I also have a picture of the Banana Splits that I made in October.... I actually had the Banana Split bowls to put them into.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

John and the Rattle Snakes

Just thought I would post a picture of...

John and the horses and one of the Rattle Snakes that he killed under the house. He was under the crawl space fixing the pipe to our "Grey water" pipe when he spyed this rattle snake over in the corner. It was a scarey experience. She shot it with our shot gun and the shell went through the wall and knocked out some of the tiles under the steps going down into our garage... But the job is done and haven't seen any more. I'm sure that Rattle snakes are just a part of Arizona. One always needs to take precausion!!

Been helping with the food bank in Elfrida. It's a great way to get to know the people in the community. Walmart in Douglas donates the food for this bank and last month donated over 20,000 lbs of food to just this bank alone. Ove 500 people in this valley get food from this bank and a smaller one in Sunsites. It's been a fun thing to do on Wed. mornings. The lady on the right is 94 years old and she's such a trooper. Right in there helping with the distribution!! Not sure of the other one's age, but she is a retired lady.. not really retired. They still have a hay ranch in the valley.

Well, until next time... Ready to go out for a jog amongst the Pecan trees.

I thank God for my little Pecan Track.. wishing you were here to join me!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

New and Exciting Retirement? A Pecan Orchard in Arizona

Un-benownst to us; we would never of dreamed that this winter would lead John and I to Arizona. Elfrida, the small town that most would'nt write home about. But a great town of nice people, hard working farmers and of course all trades. Down to earth great people.

The Lord brought us here and it's even surprising to us.

We have about 110 Pecan trees. Not anything compared to most of the Pecan farmers around us. But enough nuts that we have to do something with them and get them harvested. I will try and post the process and we enter into it. It's a great way for John and I to do something together; be out in the fresh air, live where it is warmer (although today it is about 37 degrees outside; and to day by day let the good Lord show us how to serve Him.
As we speak; John is on the tractor with the "Dump Wagon" honking for me to get out there and help him... I'll post more as I have the time. Enjoy your day and remember; staying close to Jesus is the key to happiness amidst the trials and challenges of these times we are living in.

Talk soon, Jan ( and John)