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Japanese Folktales selected and edited by D. L. Ashliman © 1998-2008 Contents Return to D. The Two Frogs Once upon a time in the country of Japan there lived two frogs, one of whom made his home in a ditch near the town of Osaka, on the sea coast, while the other dwelt in a clear little stream which ran through the city of Kyoto. So one fine morning in the spring they both set out along the road that led from Kyoto to Osaka, one from one end and the other from the other. They looked at each other for a moment without speaking, and then fell into conversation, explaining the cause of their meeting so far from their homes. "What a pity we are not bigger," said the Osaka frog; "for then we could see both towns from here, and tell if it is worth our while going on." "Oh, that is easily managed," returned the Kyoto frog. This idea pleased the Osaka frog so much that he at once jumped up and put his front paws on the shoulder of his friend, who had risen also. "Dear me!" The Mirror of Matsuyama Source: F. "Buried!"

The 29 Healthiest Foods on the Planet | Belly Bytes The following is a "healthy food hot list" consisting of the 29 food that will give you the biggest nutritional bang for you caloric buck, as well as decrease your risk for deadly illnesses like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Along with each description is a suggestion as to how to incorporate these power-foods into your diet. Fruits 01. The Power: Beta-carotene, which helps prevent free-radical damage and protect the eyes. 02. The Power: Oleic acid, an unsaturated fat that helps lower overall cholesterol and raise levels of HDL, plus a good dose of fiber. 03. The Power: Ellagic acid, which helps stall cancer-cell growth. 04. The Power: Stop aging, live longer and keep your mind sharp with blueberries. 05. The Power: Vitamin C (117mg in half a melon, almost twice the recommended daily dose) and beta-carotene - both powerful antioxidants that help protect cells from free-radical damage. 06. The Power: Helps fight bladder infections by preventing harmful bacteria from growing. 07.

A Special Ice Cream FFF Post | Oatmeal With A Fork Hello everyone and welcome to this special edition of Firefighter Friday! My thinking for this unique sugar and spice ice cream creation started with firemen and then went to heat and spice, which led to the warmth of cinnamon! This recipe has components such as vanilla almond milk, pecan butter, and salted candied pecans, all of which I made from scratch. Let’s begin with the first simple recipe you’ll need to get started. 1 c. raw pecans salt, to taste Pecans are so easy to butterize. Now for the main dish…I’m really happy with the way this recipe turned out! 1 c. almond milk, hemp milk, etc. 1/2 c. full-fat coconut milk, subtract 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 t. apple cider vinegar 1 T. arrowroot 3 T. sucanat (or another natural granulated sugar), ground into powder 8 drops liquid stevia 1/4 t. +1/8 t. cinnamon 1/8 t. sea salt 1 t. vanilla extract 1 t. maple syrup 2 T. raw pecan butter (recipe above) Mix the coconut milk (minus the 1/2 t.) with the 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. (source) 1 T. coconut sugar

Vegan Dinner Rolls Enough teasing. It’s time to share these perfect, fluffy vegan dinner rolls with you guys. Thanksgiving can officially arrive any time now. I’ve always been a sides kind of girl to be honest. The main dishes are great and all but green bean casserole? It’s been that way ever since I was a kid. If you’ve ever been intimidated by the idea of making rolls from scratch, don’t be! These rolls require just 7 basic ingredients and very easy-to-follow methods. Despite being ridiculously simple, these rolls deliver big time in flavor and texture. They’re fluffy, buttery and perfectly tender, just begging to be slathered in some vegan butter and jam. Make these rolls this holiday season and ‘wow’ your family. Simple Buttery Fluffy Tender Savory Flaky on the top Mega soft in the center Perfect for scooping up sauces and jam! If you guys give these rolls a try, let us know! Simple Vegan Dinner Rolls Total time 7 ingredient vegan dinner rolls that are fluffy, buttery and so simple to make. Serves: 11-12

15 Basic Stir Fry Sauce Recipes I love a good stir fry and they are a great way to use up odds and ends of meat, vegetable and noodles. And let’s face it, they are a quick and easy dinner solution. Simply cook up some rice or throw in some noodles and it’s a family-pleasing meal. I rarely start with a recipe – just a pile of odds and ends. So it occurred to me recently that what I really needed was a stir-fry sauce “cheat sheet” – a handy reference for the combination of sauce ingredients I need to make different kinds of stir fry to combine with my collection of ingredients. Here I’ve collected 15 great stir-fry sauce recipes that can be printed to keep handy in the kitchen (or bookmarked, if you prefer). Instructions for all of these recipes … just combine the ingredients in a small bowl, stir well to combine, then add to your stir fry. Lemon Stir-Fry Sauce – Great with seafood stir fries, such as shrimp and/or scallops, as well as chicken. Lemon Stir-Fry Sauce II – nice with chicken and seafood. Tips:

The Perils of Studying Economics By James Kwak Patrick McGeehan at the New York Times recently wrote about a New York Fed study finding that studying economics makes you a Republican. The headline conclusion is that the more economics classes you take, the more likely you are to be a Republican. Majoring in economics or business is also more likely to make you a Republican. (See Table 2 in the original paper.) Studying economics also affects your position on several public policy issues. Tariffs are bad.Trade deficits are not so bad.The government should not cap oil prices in response to a supply shock.Raising the minimum wage increase unemployment for low-wage workers.Income distribution should not be more equal. These are all pro-free market, anti-government intervention positions. What I thought was particularly interesting, however, was that on some issues people who study undergraduate economics are more doctrinaire free marketers than professional economists. This is something I’ve mentioned in passing often.

El primer paso | HazteVegetariano Todo gran viaje siempre comienza con el primer paso. No importa cuánto tardes en hacer la transición entre una dieta con carne y una vegetariana, lo importante es que comiences con este estilo de vida respetuoso con el medio ambiente, saludable, ético y solidario. El cambio a una dieta vegetariana es más fácil de lo que puedas pensar. La mayoría de las personas, tanto si son vegetarianos como si comen carne, típicamente utilizan una gama reducida de recetas; la familia media come sólo ocho o nueve cenas diferentes de forma repetida. Puedes aplicar un método sencillo de tres pasos para empezar con nueve menús para cenas vegetarianas que te gusten y puedas preparar fácilmente. En primer lugar, piensa en tres comidas vegetarianas que ya te gustan. Cómo comenzar Todos somos diferentes, y lo que para unos es sencillo a otros le cuesta una enormidad. ¿Aún tienes dudas? Si no estás convencido aún y necesitas resolver algunas dudas, revisa esta lista de dudas frecuentes:

All Natural Cocoa - Mint Fruit and Nut Bars I’ve come to a realization… This might sound silly, but, have you ever all-of-a-sudden realized you’ve just been spending too much time on the computer? Not even productive time, just wasting time, really. It doesn’t happen all at once, it just slowly creeps in. I’ve been (mistakenly) thinking that it’s OK to spend a little more time on the computer getting things done while my kids are occupied. But it’s not. Even if you don’t have kids, have you ever realized that why you’re stressed out is because of the computer? Lately, I’ve been wanting to spend a little more time working on the blog, and in my mind I guess I equated that with spending 5 minutes extra here and 10 minutes extra there on the computer, but I’m realizing that that’s just stressing me out. Have you ever realized that you were slowly spending more and more time doing things you don’t really enjoy? Now that that’s off my shoulders… These bars were created because my mint plant has gone crazy. Makes 8-10 bars Notes:

Vegan Summer Cherry Pie When cherries are in season, we make pie! This vegan Cherry Pie with a buttery classic pie crust is made using sweet, fresh, amazing summer cherries, a hint of sugar, some flour and vegan butter. Lets have some pie!.. This recipe is simple and easier than you may think! And you do not need a cherry pitter! Do not let that stop you. This is a classic, very buttery crust. Pick up a big bag of cherries and make this very vegan pie! Need help making a homemade pie crust? Kathy Patalsky Published 07/13/2014 This fresh cherry pie is a summertime classic, gone vegan! Ingredients 2 3/4 cups organic white flour1 cup vegan butter, chopped into small bits1 Tbsp vegan sugar1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp cold water5 1/2 cups pitted cherries3/4 cup vegan sugar1/3 cup corn starch or arrowroot powder1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest (optional) Instructions Preheat oven to 415 degrees.Pit all cherries and place in a large mixing bowl.

Candida diet, sugar-free, gluten free, grain-free, nut-free, dairy free, egg free, vegan Veggie Loaves with Avocado Tahini | Diet, Dessert and Dogs You asked for it, you got it! A couple of days ago, I couldn’t decide which recipe to post here on the blog, so I polled readers on my Facebook page, and the votes were about two to one in favor of these savory veggie-lentil loaves! I must admit I was a bit surprised given my own love of sweets. For those new to an anti-candida diet or anyone who follows a dairy-free, egg-free and gluten-free diet, this recipe will meet your dietary needs perfectly–and it’s here just under the wire for the holidays! As a rule, I must admit I’m not a huge fan of the concept of “mini” (unless you count mini skirts, which I adored in my 20s and 30s and wore fairly frequently). The HH does keep telling me that he thinks my car is far too “mini,” but I love it even if there isn’t quite enough room to house both my groceries and The Girls in the back seat at the same time. Besides, my little vroom-vroom is a Bugatti Type 41 compared to the car I once rode in on a blind date. But back to the loaves.