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Happy “RAW” Summer Solstice!!

…It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  (Yes, to be sung in key of popular Holiday carol) It’s officially summer time!  Hot weather, long days, summer swim nostalgia, SUN, windows down, music up…not to mention all the colorful fruits!  I can hardly contain myself!  So I won’t…it’s time for raw!  And this solstice, unlike my Spring RAW solstice experiment, I am ready to charge full steam ahead.  In the Spring, my 2 week raw food experiment was filled with delicious things, success, failure, battles, wars, compromises, excitement, discovery and fun.  But I didn’t know what I was getting into, and I didn’t knwo what each day would look like or taste like for that matter!  In fact, this morning, as I was making my commitment to myself to be all raw, I giggled at all the time prepping I spent for the Spring raw.  I made day plan menus, I googled, I made inquiries, I got books and appliances…it was cute really.  But now, still far from being a pro, and much inspired by those who are, I am a little more seasoned having held on to about 80% of the raw lifestyle.  I’ve learned shortcuts, new recipes, and have great resources. 

MOST exciting…I’m not afraid.  Of the appliances I got last time, is my nemisis.  It has shamed me for months now as it has stared at me unused!  Somehow I reasoned with myself, I should keep it, even if on the high shelf, but I never could bring myself to actually use it.  THE DEHYDRATOR.  I know, I know.  What’s the big deal.  Well I can’t answer that, but I know the intimidation of actually embarking on that level of raw has been overhelming.  Until….

Yup!  Sweet potato chips!  No big deal :). 

I did it!  Well, am doing it I should say.  I thought to inaugerate my Summer solstice raw life I

would make one of my fave’s: sweet potato chips!  Well, first thing about dehydrators–it takes a

long time to dehydrate.  No problem.  I will have with dinner!  Although I peeked this morning,

and they had shrunken quite a bit from the original size.  I suspect it’s because I sliced them

really thin.  Thicker next time.  Check.  But they’ll stuill be good, even if they do wind up being

croutons instead of chips.  Whatever, I tried!!  Am trying.  I wish they had “baby monitors” for

kitchens.  I bet crock pot people would like that too.  Can things OVER dehydrate?  I mean this morning, they were still

pliable.  Not quite chips.  But did they really need another 8 hours?  Sigh.  Battle one.  Waged, afterall.

Stay tuned!  I will share the spice concoction when and if I ever get to enjoy one of these bad boys!


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