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It takes time to create blog entries and not everything that happens, merits an entry. So, we've created this 'news' section, to keep readers up-to-date with our misadventures and accomplishments. Read about it here FIRST, before it makes it into a blog entry.

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Johnstone Strait Sea Kayaking

September 2nd, 2012  · stk

NewsBrief: [Kidless Kayaking] Scott & Rachel took advantage of the fact that Alex is off with her maternal grandparents, visiting Watch Lake & riding horses with her cousins. They went on a 5-day sea kayaking trip, leaving from Telegraph Cove and paddling down Johnstone Strait and out to the Indian Group.

johnstone strait sea kayaking adventure - black bear

Paddling the Wild Life

Rachel & Scott just returned from a 5-day sea kayaking trip in the Broughton Archipelago area of Johnstone Strait. Wildlife was amazing! lots of orca, humpback whales, porpoises, black bear, bald eagles, sea lions, harbor seals and ... even a grey wolf (fleeting view) ... plus they were serenaded by the wolf as they packed up camp!

"Best sea kayaking trip so far!" exclaimed Rachel.

Paddling Area

Full journal and pictures coming soon. In the meantime, you can listen to the grey wolf (2-3 min recording made in camp). Haunting! (This grey wolf showed himself on the rocky, fog-shrouded bluff, near our campsite on the northern side of Crease Island. He darted for the woods and then serenaded us for the better part of 40 minutes, while we packed up camp. We cobbled together this 2-3 minute audio recording for your listening pleasure.)

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Pickled Tongue Recipe

May 28th, 2012  · stk

Growing up in Bakersfield, California meant eating Basque food. Why? Because the Basque followed the sheep at the turn of the 20th century and Basque boardinghouses were clustered down by the old Bakersfield train station. One of the things we ate was pickled cow tongue. Not tried it? Just head down to your local grocer (or butcher), buy a tongue and use the easy "Randsco Basque Pickled Tongue Recipe" herein! You'll either love it or hate it, but either way ... it'll be a culinary conversation piece!

Basque Pickled Cow Tongue Recipe

Randsco Basque Pickled Tongue Recipe

When you think of appetizers, most don't think of pickled cow tongue. Heck, if you've spent any time around cows, you know what they use that long tongue of theirs for - picking their nose! Eating that nose-picking thing doesn't sound very appetizing at all!

But it is! Pickled cow tongue may be an acquired flavor, but because I grew up in Bakersfield, California - it's a dish I've learned to love!

If you too, love pickled tongue, or are a brave soul eager to try a new Basque delicacy, I'm happy to say, "You've come to the right place!" We have an authentic (and easy) Basque Pickled Tongue recipe for you to try.

Make Your Own Basque Pickled Tongue

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Isagenix: Day 56

April 29th, 2012  · stk

Quick Update

Sorry. I've been crap at updating this blog. I lasted through my 30-day Isagenix Cleanse & Fat-burning system. I am happy to report that I lost a total of 17 pounds. I'm now on their "Five Pillars of Health" maintenance system and have now lost approximately 20 pounds total. (Not been as rigorous about maintenance as I could/should be, but I started my 30-day cleanse weighing 210 pounds and am now fluctuating between 189-193. Would still like to lose another 5-10 pounds and couple that with some weight training and exercise.)

I still need to finish out the articles to cap off my first week's experience - including my first fasting day on Sunday. The remaining weeks were pretty much a "rinse and repeat" operation, though there were several observations about the Isogenix products and my experience that were worth noting (will come back and infill on my personal experiences - promise).

I attended a day-long Isagenix seminar, yesterday ($20 to get in, got to listen to Michael Close - a Multi-Level Marketing guru). It was an interesting day and I learned more about the Isagenix products, which I am starting to gain an appreciation for the quality of research and ingredients. THIS is the main reason I signed up with Isagenix and not the marketing stuff (I'm a horrible salesperson and can't really see myself becoming some rich millionaire marketer. Wouldn't mind the millionaire part, just don't see myself turning into a "marketer" to do it! LOL.) The balance of the afternoon was spent on the marketing aspects of the product line. Yeah, it's there and if it's for you, then I'm sure that Isagenix is a great company - both in terms of product line and also pay-structure!)

The real reason I'm posting today is because of a news article I spotted in the local paper about the benefits of fasting (one of the hallmarks of the 30-day Fat-burning system is a weekly fast. THIS is where your body looks for fuel alternatives and begins to convert stored glucose, burning fat reserves for fuel. Within the Isagenix community, they recommend a 2-day fast, but after my 4 fasting experiences, I'm not certain I'm down for that. One day was hard enough ... although, oddly enough, after going to bed very hungry after a day of fasting, I was astounded to always wake up the next morning and NOT be hungry!)

Anyway ... here's some of the story (not sure how long the link will last). I thought it was interesting, since I had just come off the Isagenix 30-day nutritional cleanse and fat-burning program only a few weeks prior.

Medical Benefits of Fasting

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Isagenix: Day 5

March 3rd, 2012  · stk

Grumpy Bear

It's funny how you can go to bed hungry, but when you wake up, you're not hungry! I love it! (Kinda makes me want to sleep all the time though).

When I woke up on Friday, my headache (like normal) was gone, along with my hunger. The funny thing though, was that it never returned! Yay! I'm hoping my headache days are behind me (more room in bed, for one reason!) LOL.

I've been having fun trying different things in my shakes, just to be creative. Hey ... an artist uses whatever is around him to "create", eh? So what if all my art comes in a glass? It's still art!

This morning I put in a level teaspoon of homemade blackberry jam in with two level scoops of vanilla "IsaLean Shake" powder. Turned it a nice shade of purple and there were even bits of blackberry seeds at the bottom of the mug. (You know you're hungry when, instead of rinsing the mug, you pour water into it, swish it around and then drink it!.

Yep, I'm still hungry!

2 "IsaLean Shakes", 1 scoop of "Ionix Supreme" drink mix, 2 "Natural Accelerator" pills, 2 "Shake day support options" (Scooby Snacks), tons of water (half gallon minimum), 1 "IsaFlush" pill and a balanced meal (400-600 calories) rounded out my diet for the day.

Dinner was very good. I had range-fed, grilled T-bone steak (about 6 ounces) and a salad consisting of stir-fried vegetables and quinoa (Quinoa is an ncient Mayan seed that's considered a "whole grain" food. Quinoa takes less time to cook than other whole-grains, taste's great on its own, is gluten and cholesterol-free and provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. It's pronounced as "KEEN-wah".)

I also splurged and had a beer with dinner!

Before you freak, I should qualify this by saying it was a "chick" beer.

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Isogenix: Day 4

March 2nd, 2012  · stk

Family Day

By day four, you'd think I'd be in a routine. Nope. I get up and try to get Alex off to school. I'm lucky to have a glass of water and a mixture of "Ionix Supreme" (one of these days, I'll have to figure out what all this stuff is).

When I come back, I make my morning "IsaLean Shake". I opted for chocolate this morning and added some peanut butter. I take my morning "Ageless Essentials Daily Pack" vitamins and head upstairs to work on web design. During the course of the morning, I drank a cup of coffee and at a "Scooby Snack". My headache persists, despite adding (reduced amounts) of coffee back into my routine.

It must be the hunger. Dunno.

Lunch consists of a vanilla "IsaLean Shake" and I can't think of what to put in, so I put in half of an apple. I guess I didn't blend it very well, because it ends up kinda chunky. I don't care. It kinda adds texture to the shake! So I drink/eat my lunch and head back upstairs to work on the computer.

Hunger has become my constant friend. It follows me wherever I go. In the office, it sits in the chair next to me. It follows me outside when I let out our chickens, collect the eggs or haul out the garbage. It's with me when I go to bed. I feel the need to give my hunger a name. After 30 days, who knows, me and my hunger may be having conversations with one another!

Oddly, I'm getting used to the hunger. It's not as bad as one might think it would be. I've never really experienced prolonged hunger before. Oh sure, the normal ... "I'm starving!" feelings you get before eating a meal, but never days-long, low-grade hunger. It's not that bad. It's kinda like hopping into a cold swimming pool. It shocks you at first, then you get used to it.

One thing I've noticed about hunger is that I now look forward to and appreciate my dinners much more! Tonight I baked butterflied chicken breasts, stuffed with a slice of ham and cheddar cheese, topped with a bit of Cajun seasoning. As a side we had brown rice and oven-roasted carrots. Boy, was it good! I ate it slowly, savoring each bite. I didn't want it to end! (Normally, I wolf down my supper like a hound dog ... then wonder what's for dessert, before dinner even hits my stomach!)

When you only get to eat one meal a day, it becomes a special event and you want it to last.

Another new sensation, leaving the table hungry. Never really done that before. Sure, I've left the table thinking, "Gee, I could eat more." But that's not the same as thinking, "Gee, I'm hungry."

Alex, my eight-year-old daughter, is intrigued by my diet. She tried a shake. "I wish I could have one for breakfast," she said. This morning, when I was making my "IsaLean Shake", she was pulling together her lunch for school. One of the things she added was a pre-packaged container of yogurt. I looked at her and said, "Hmm, I'll have to try a shake with some yogurt in it!" She thought that sounded like a pretty yummy idea.

After dinner, Rachel buggered off to work (she's a nurse and was working a 12-hour night shift), so it was just Alex and I at home. Alex and I were going to play a game, but Alex had her school lunch to put together and I had a bit of work on the computer. As I was typing away, I heard her bound up the stairs. She entered the office and said, "I know you're hungry dad and I was thinking of you." She handed me a tiny container of yogurt. What a sweetheart, eh?

Did I eat the yogurt? Damn straight! I enjoyed it too!

Afterwards, I went downstairs to the living room, where I sat quietly for 5 minutes, before playing with Alex. I took my blood pressure. It was 137/79. Not perfect, but within range. (I'm taking blood pressure medication and have for the past 2-3 years. It was super high when it was first diagnosed - at a Live Fire Training Exercise in Comox, B.C. - like SUPER high: 210/110. The firefighter doing the monitoring shook his machine a couple of times, thinking it was broken). One of my goals is to see if can't get this under control with diet and exercise, so I'm curious to see how Isagenix does with this.)

My hunger (and my low-grade headache) followed me to bed. (Not a problem, since Rachel was at work, there was room for the three of me).

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