Healthy Home-Baked Dog Treats

Written By: Li Cross - Dec• 15•14

014 Make these dog treats in your own kitchen. Any cookie cutter will work just fine. They also make great gifts. Made with carrots or apples and whole wheat flour. I found a cute air-tight container at our local Walmart store. They will keep for weeks and dogs love them. Here is the recipe:



¾ cup of apple (or carrots may be used)

1/3 cup vegetable oil

½ cup purified water

1 egg beaten

1 Tablespoon of brown sugar

2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour

½ cup corn meal

Place all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir together and set aside.

Core and peel apple or if using carrots, chop into large chunks and place into a hi-speed blender. Add water, oil and egg. Blend on Hi until saucy.

Combine sauce with dry ingredients and form a large ball of dough.

Flour a rolling pin and  a clean-hard-flat surface. Roll out ½ the dough and using a favorite cookie cutter, cut out the biscuits about ¼ inch thick.

Place on cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Turn oven off and let them set for 30 minutes to get crisp.  (when using two sheets – bake them at the same time so all treats are done when you turn oven off)

Store in air-tight container.

Surviving Christmas Alone

Written By: Li Cross - Dec• 07•14


Being alone at Christmas can be devastating. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. I spent many years alone at Christmas and found ways to get through it without being lonely. There’s and old saying: “If you need a friend, be a friend.” I took it literally. I had a neighbor who was a single mom with two teen age daughters. I would often make blueberry pancakes and sausage on Saturday mornings then I would call her and tell her I was walking over with breakfast. The girls loved it and mom got some time off.

Below is a list of things you can do that really make you forget you’re alone. I have done them, and they made me feel blessed in so many ways.


  • Invite a neighbor’s child over to help bake cut-out cookies.
  • Place two cookies in small sandwich bags and hand them out. (The mailman, Bank Employees, Crossing Guard, Librarian, Neighbors, or anyone you know)
  • Go to a Coffee Shop and Pay Forward. You can often find a college student, EMS person, Fireman, Police Officer, or Elderly person in line and you step up and pay for their beverage. Then simply say, Merry Christmas. (This blesses you and them both).
  • Buy a $25 Walmart or Kroger Card. Then walk slowly through the store and God will tell you who needs it most. It’s often an elderly person with a bag of cat food and a loaf of bread in their cart. It could be a young mom with just diapers and milk. You will know when you see them. Just say Merry Christmas, hand them the card and disappear.
  • Attend church services. It strengthens your faith and gets you in fellowship with others.
  • Give to your local Giving Tree. (Most Christian Radio Stations will have one.
  • Buy yourself a new pair of shoes and wrap them and put them under your tree.
  • Put up a tree, even if it’s a table-top tree. It will bring you Joy.
  • Visit a local Nursing Home and ask when their Holiday gatherings are. Join in and assist with the patients.
  • Ask your single and widowed neighbors if they have plans for Christmas. Many are alone and would accept an invitation for dessert at your place.

I hope you will find one or two of these suggestions to fit your budget and lifestyle. It sure makes Christmas easier.

Merry Christmas 

Li Cross


Turkey Shepherds Pie – from leftovers

Written By: Li Cross - Dec• 01•14

002 Leftovers can be stuffed in the fridge and forgotten. I like to make recreations from mine that my family will enjoy as much as the first time around. In this case, it’s Shepherds Pie from my leftover turkey or chicken.

Here is my recipe:

Shepherds Pie

2 cups of chopped leftover turkey (or chicken)

1 cup of leftover gravy (or a jar of Heinz turkey gravy)

2 cups of mixed vegetables (or green beans, corn, peas, carrots) I keep a bag of organic mixed vegetables in my freezer at all times for recipes like this.

2 to 3 cups of mashed potatoes. (I also keep instant organic mashed potatoes on hand)

1 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese.

Place vegetables and meat in a casserole dish and stir together. Pour gravy over the mixture. Spoon mashed potatoes overt he mixture and cover with cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Serves 4 to 6.

Boost and Ensure – Are you kidding me?

Written By: Li Cross - Oct• 28•14


Ensure has 20g of Sugar, 11g of Fat, 240mg of Sodium and 350 Calories in one 8 oz. serving. You may as well eat a Candy Bar!

Below is the list of ingredients from the Ensure website. Is this what you really want in your body when you need to get healthy?

It’s recommended by most doctors. Especially in Nursing Homes. That’s because most medical doctors don’t get an education in Nutrition. Even a “Nutritionist” will recommend this junk! This is why I roll my eyes when Health Care Professionals encourage people to drink Ensure or Boost. Many of you ask me “What do you recommend?” I recommend that you eat and drink real food. Take a blender, pour in 6 ounces of Almond Milk (or water) add 1/2 cup of fresh berries, some honey or Stevia and some greek yogurt. If you really want to get some well needed vitamins, add a handful of fresh organic spinach and some ground flax seed. It’s cheaper and much healthier than this concoction in a bottle. Experiment with fresh fruit and vegetables. Add some nuts or seeds and blend until smooth. I make a wonderful chocolate orange smoothie by adding one peeled orange and a TBS of unsweetened cocoa powder to my almond milk, yogurt and honey and blend it. You will find great Smoothie recipes inside this “Your Healthy Pantry” eMagazine.

ENSURE Ingredients: (Boost is similar)

Water, Corn Maltodextrin, Sugar, Canola Oil, Sodium Caseinate, Milk Protein Concentrate, Corn Oil, Short-Chain Fructooligosaccharides, Soy Protein Isolate, Calcium Beta-Hydroxy-Beta-Methylbutyrate. Less than 0.5% of the Following: Potassium Citrate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Magnesium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Sodium Phosphate, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Potassium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Carbonate, L-Carnitine, Carrageenan, Ferrous Sulfate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Gellan Gum, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, FD&C Red #3, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, FD&C Yellow #6, Biotin, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenate, Potassium Iodide, FD&C Blue #1, Phylloquinone, Vitamin D3, and Cyanocobalamin.
Contains milk and soy ingredients.;  Contains Milk Ingredients;  Contains Soy Ingredients;  Gluten-Free;  Halal;  Kosher Dairy;  Not for patients with galactosemia;  Suitable for Lactose Intolerance; 




















Bulgur Wheat/Meatless Tacos

Written By: Li Cross - Oct• 24•14

002While making my Bulgur Cocoa Wheat cereal one day I noticed how the texture and consistency was rich and meaty. Why not make taco meat with Bulgur Wheat?

These amazing tacos satisfy that Meat Taco craving while giving you Fiber and Protein without the fat.


1 Cup Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking Bulgur Wheat

1 Pkg. Organic Blue Corn Taco Shells (Or regular)

1 Pkg. Organic Taco Seasoning



Tofutti (Sour Cream)

Shredded Cheese (or Veggi Shreds)

** Picante – Optional


Cook 1 cup of Quick Cooking Bulgur Wheat in 2 cups of water (about 10 minutes). Add 1/2 cup water and taco seasoning. Stir well and simmer for 5 minutes. Shred lettuce and chop tomatoes. Set aside with cheese and other toppings. While Wheat/Meat is simmering, heat oven to 350 degrees and place shells on a baking sheet. Bake for just 3 to 4 minutes. Fill each shell half way with taco (wheat) and then lettuce, tomato, etc.

This recipe makes about 16 to 20 tacos.

Bob’s Red Mill Bulgur Wheat can be found in the Health Food department at most supermarkets and at Big Lots Stores.




Soup Is Good Food

Written By: Li Cross - Oct• 07•14

Whether you’re craving Chicken Noodle, Navy Bean or Southwest Vegetable, Soup is Good Food. I love Home-made soup on a cold night. In this issue, I will share some of my favorite, easy, soup recipes.


Chicken Noodle

Chicken Noodle Soup

    1  32 oz. Carton of Free Range Chicken Broth

½ package egg noodles

¼ cup chopped celery

 ½ cup diced carrot

½ tsp sea salt

½ tsp cumin

½ tsp oregano

¼ tsp parsley flakes (or chopped fresh)

1 cup diced cooked chicken (or one small can)


Cook the carrots and celery in chicken broth until tender, about 20 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until noodles are tender. (about 8 to 10 minutes longer).


Navy Bean (With Smoked Turkey Leg)

Navy Bean Soup


Smoked Turkey tastes a lot like ham, so this variation of bean soup is lower in fat,

and a tasty way to make navy bean soup.


1 bag navy beans (or great northern beans)

6 cups water

1 tsp sea salt

1 Tablespoon baking soda

1 large onion (diced)

1 clove garlic (minced)

1 tsp cumin

1 diced carrot

1 smoked turkey leg

Rinse beans and boil them for 10 minutes and turn off stove. Let soak for 2 to 4 hours. Then add all remaining ingredients and simmer for 2 hours or until beans are tender. Remove meat from turkey leg and stir. Then serve.




Southwest Vegetable Soup

SW Vegetable

4 cups Vegetable Broth or Chicken Broth

1 small bag – frozen  organic mixed vegetables

1 can black beans

1 can petite diced tomatoes with green chili’s

2 tsp chili powder

2 cloves minced garlic

½ cup diced onion

Sea salt to taste


Pour all ingredients into a large pot and bring to a boil.

Simmer until onions are soft and translucent. (about 45 min)




The Ultimate Chopped Salad

Written By: Li Cross - Aug• 31•14

0021 Cup of Finely Chopped Red Cabbage

1 Cup of Finely Chopped Baby Spinach

1 Cup of Finely Chopped Iceberg Lettuce

¼ Cup of Finely Chopped Red Onion

¼ Cup of Dried Cranberries

2 Tablespoons of Caesar Dressing


Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss with dressing until covered. Serves 4.

Preparation time – 10 minutes.

This salad is Health Promoting and Age Fighting. It’s the ultimate in flavor and crunch. It’s packed with Antioxidants and low in calories.

Home-Made Tomato Basil Soup

Written By: Li Cross - Aug• 30•14


3 Ripe Tomatoes (Medium Size)

1 sm. can Tomato Sauce

1 can Tomato Paste

1 cup Heavy Cream

1 Cup Water

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. sweet basil

2 tsp. Honey

1 tsp. dried onion


Heat raw tomatoes enough to remove peel easily. Place in blender and blend out the chunks. Pour into a soup pot and add remaining ingredients. Bring to a low boil and simmer 20 to 25 minutes.


Flea Control – Kills Fleas, Fish, Cats and Small Dogs

Written By: Li Cross - Aug• 06•14

Advantix  Danger- If you love your pet, you could end their life quickly with the topical flea control they put on the back of the neck. I have heard enough horror stories to make this a priority article for August. I recently watched a home-video recorded as a family took their cat to the vet for a simple flea treatment. It died while being given the normal dose of flea control at the Vet’s office. The poor cat started shaking and went into convulsions. It died in the arms of the owner. Cause – toxic poisoning, administered to kill fleas! Then yesterday a friend of mine told me of another deadly situation. She had a Koi pond in her yard. Their Basset hound was given the normal dosage of flea control on his neck. Later that day he decided to take a quick dip in the Koi Pond to cool off. When he jumped into the pond all of the fish died immediately! They had over 200 fish in this pond and the flea poison killed them all with one small dose! Imagine what power this “flea control” has over a small lake where people fish and others let their dogs swim and play! Imagine the damage done over all from this toxic concoction and our environment!

My sweet neighbor was wanting to keep fleas off his kittens. He bought them each a flea collar and draped it over them. Hours later they all had runny eyes and noses and became very sick. I took the collars off and rushed them to my Veterinarian’s office. He advised that flea collars are not for kittens. They are trying to build a healthy immune system and the collars poisoned them.  The same thing happens when I put a flea collar on my older cat. He get’s very sick and lethargic. Fleas are a huge concern and can cause many health problems to our pets, however I will never purchase these harsh chemicals again.

My resolution to this: Bath your pet in a warm bath using a solution of 1 cup of vinegar to 2 cups of water with 1 tablespoon of Blue Dawn Liquid Dish Soap. It will kill the fleas without killing the pet. There is a product called Flea & Tick by Pet Naturals. These are natural wipes that you rub on your pet before they go out to go potty and they help repel fleas. I have indoor cats and rub each one with a wipe weekly. These Pet Natural wipes are made with essential oils instead of deadly poison. You can find them at a Health Food Store Online, or search for a retailer by going to




Healing Cucumber Salad

Written By: Li Cross - Jul• 09•14


Cucumber salad











This delicious Cucumber Salad is great on a hot summer day. Each ingredient has it’s own healing powers.    


2 Organic Cucumbers

½ med. Sweet onion

6 to 8 cherry tomatoes (or plum)


3 TBS Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

1 TBS Stevia with organic raw sugar

¼ cup  Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Peel and slice cucumbers and place in a bowl

Add sliced onion and quarter the tomatoes.

Mix the dressing in a cup and pour over cucumber salad.

Serve cold or at room temperature.