Category: DIY

Lectin-Free Vegan Cooking

When we went to Wholefoods, the cashier asked us if we wanted her to cut off the organic carrot tops. I said, “No, that’s okay, we’ll keep them.”

Once we got home, off went the carrot tops and I placed them in a used plastic container for lettuce.

A.H. (and I) moved his Dallas warehouse to Austin and so we didn’t have a chance to go to the grocery store. I instead went to the “grocery store” in the back yard. There, black bean pods, green onion, and lettuce offered themselves up to me  — the two former propagated from store-bought organic produce and the latter from seed. (We keep a compost pile here and use rain water from a rain barrel, and I usually water the garden once a day.)

In a ceramic skillet, I mixed the carrot tops with the garden’s salad greens, and the green onion. In followed olive oil, chopped garlic, and salt.

The next day, I harvested more black beans and pressure-cooked them with carrot top greens. A mixture of organic horseradish mustard, olive oil, fresh ginger, garlic and salt topped it all off.

It was sooo fresh and delicious, soooo golden in taste. You have no idea…but you can have an idea by trying this out at home or on a patio. Black beans are easy to grow, as are green onions, and garlic. And if you or others find it the opposite, just tell them, “I’m just practicing!”

Yesterday, on a phone call with my 12-year-old friend E.H., I said, “It’s a miracle!”



P.S. I’m truly grateful to any human being teacher from the past that pointed me in the direction of nature, being in touch with the foods that we eat. Thank you for remembering to breathe, keep things simple, and smile from time to time.


“Just The Now”

The past is a mirage; it was actually “just the now”.

The future is also a mirage; as one approaches the future…the future becomes “just the now”.

What if we take a moment to savor “just the now” as it’s happening now? Every movement, breath, word, and silence?

For when one dies— and if you’re lucky to experience it fully while alive — one can see the direct link between now and Heaven.


This Helenbobelen will be performing song-ishly at Casa De Luz this Friday night, starting before 8pm…see you there!

Art and Earth-friendly Strong Thin Gold Hoop Earrings

Painting by A.H. and this Helenbobelen
Approx. 30H x 24W Inches
Pre-used Canvas, leftover house/spray paint, and a Physician’s Committee For Responsible Medicine postcard.
Earth-friendly Strong Thin 10k Hoop Earrings in “Grand” available soon in a new shop…
.925 Sterling Silver Thinnest And Strongest Thin Hoop Earrings in “Dainty” to Children’s Miracle Network
Wren-Branch Chandelier by A.H. and H.M. Lee
.925 Sterling Silver Thinnest And Strongest Thin Hoop Earrings in “Dainty” to Kids In A New Groove and Columbia Land Trust

A.H. and I both work with our hands. He keeps a lot of office machines out of our landfills by figuring out how to make them better, which replacement parts people need to fix their machines, and he’s slowly manufacturing/selling his own machine parts.

The chandelier still need lights, we know…

We both sponsor overseas children and share a huge love for birds and the outdoors.

And we both write music, perform music, and yes, do art. Every now and then we dance in the kitchen.

We don’t try to collaborate on art projects, it just sort of easily unfolds…lately its been lights/lamps, tables, the above painting…and then we both learn something new…usually him learning human mechanics, nutrition, cooking, and me learning things like mechanics, construction, geology, and some rock climbing and song-writing.

We’re both online entrepreneurs, tee-totalers and now, bike-riders. (I recently purchased a bike.) We’re both minimalists and like to travel, camp, and hike. We both lift weights, do yoga, and meditate, and joke around. Most importantly, we both remember to breathe.

As always, thank you for your purchase, positive feedback, and support.

love, Hbb


A reminder for the holiday season…the last Day to place an order-friendly order for arrival by USPS by December 25th will be Wednesday, December 11th by noon…for expedited delivery, please directly contact me. Otherwise, your order will arrive after Tuesday, January 7th.


“Dear Helen, the earrings are beautiful. Exactly the size I wanted and the look. Pure and simple, so gorgeous. Thank you for knowing how to make them and help protect the earth at the same time. They came beautifully wrapped and when I saw them, it was such a thrill to get what I was hoping for. They are strong which is what I wanted. I have small ears so the size is perfect. Thank you again, for the beautiful earrings, wrapping, and all that you do. I am thrilled with the earrings.” — r.j.


From now until December 31, for every purchase, a pair of Sterling Silver Thinnest And Strongest Thin Hoop Earrings in Dainty will be donated to a 501c3 benefitting children, animals, or the environment.


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A podcast interview with this helenbobelen…


Creative Minimalist Health And Wellness


Animals are our friends…this being said, I fully accept you as you are…