Beautiful Breakfast Mess

Sunday started out pretty good for me. I got up read my Sunday School lesson, I always like to write in my journal what I did the day before. Then I knew I needed to eat but wasn’t really in the mood to eat. But then I remembered I needed to eat in order to take this one pill that said “Eat with Food”. So I started thinking about what I might have, eggs, oatmeal, french toast but none of these really appealed to me. Then my hubby suggested a bowl of yogurt with fresh berries.

So the yogurt sounded good. I have plain yogurt or this Cabot Greek Yogurt in the refrigerator.. Cabot is great at making White Sharp Cheddar Cheese without any dyes which I love. So decided today I would eat some of the Greek Yogurt,as lot thicker then plain yogurt. I use whole milk yogurt then you don’t have extra salt and sugar in it to make is sweeter.

This is what I put together which I thought was kind of a mess but turned out to hit the spot.

Two or three scoops of Greek yogurt. ini medium size cereal bowl., then I added 1/2 cap or 1 tsp. of vanilla extract , and 1 Tablespoon of (www.roxburymountainmaple.com) Pure Maple Syrup this particular syrup taste caramel flavor syrup) , Stir them in then I added 1/3 cup of  homemade granola the recipe is from https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/recipe-granola-bars-cereal, Then I topped it with some black raspberries that I picked the day before.

This was delicious and hit the spot. Will try to take picture  and upload this later today. It is late and I  had this on my phone but could not get it to save as draft so had to retype this on my computer. Hope you will enjoy this as much as I have this morning.

Cheers

Preserving Family Recipes

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Some years back I met someone that wanted to preserve their family recipes that had been handed down. They were also gathering  favorite recipes their children grew up with so they would not be lost until one day they would appreciate them or would want them.

So I gathered up my mom’s and my grandmother that have become familiar and well loved. I included the ones I have made recently and others that my daughter loved as a kid.  Now if you know me I like to be creative when I give a gift whether to family or friends. Have you ever received a gift and you liked the package better than the item?. That actually happened to me this past Christmas. But of course I would not say anything to indicate this.

I looked for a photo album that would fit 4×6 recipe cards. I didn’t want it to be to big or awkward. I wanted to make sure it would fit on shelf and not be oversized.

I found a photo album that fit my criteria. The pages had plastic sleeves that my recipe cards would fit in perfectly.

I like that idea that families that garden together stay together. Based on that concept – my daughter seems to like bird things in her house. So I decided to use that as my theme. I came up with “Birds of Feather, Bake Together”

Then I gathered all my materials and made a mixed media cover to house the recipe cards. Here is picture of what I came up with. I used tape around edges using her favorite colors blue and green.  Assorted paper to make my collage, ink, rubber stamps and rub on letters and then put modge podge over the entire front and back cover. I put the date on front so she would remember when she received this.

I am really happy to report she was really excited with her gift. She loved the cover too! Bingo nice when your daughter appreciates something you made for them.  She also loved this because I left room for her to add some others as time passes by. It seems- she uses the same size card I use. Like Mother like daughter. She’s my daughter. So that all in nut shell for today!

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Calling all Artist

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Still time to sign up to donate a card to to aid help sick children. Registration closes 24th FEB

Please take a minute of your time, can you draw, are you artist or just like to doodle this is nice way to help an organization raise money for those that are less fortunate then us. Surely you can come up with drawing, It isn’t very big its only 16cm x 12 cm on heavy cardstock paper. Certainly you have something laying around that you love to draw or have drawn why not send it off

no rewards, no recognition here, just sweet joy will come to you, because you shared your heart. Hope to see many others help

 Lighting was bad but it is the thought that counts

Vegetarian BLT

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How did this all  start, oh, someone at church told me their sister went to the doctor. The doctor wanted her to loose weight. He told her about the “Eat to Live” by Joel Furham. She in turn on mission told me she was going to start this, after she got home from her mission.

Being the Librarian I am, decided to get one of these books thru Interlibrary Loan. Then I decided to get my own copy.  So his theory is eating salads with beans of your choice every day along with vegetables, seeds or nuts. Plus stop eating: dairy, sweets, salt and oil. But one is allowed to eat Greens, Beans Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and  seeds. (G-BOMBS)

Since then I have been allergic to milk since I was kid, but my mom didn’ t want to feed me goat’s milk, so I have suffered most of my life with milk products. Since I stopped I feel so much better…

Well this led me to better meal planning. My latest is I created a BLT for vegan or vegetarian. So my B is a bean hummus of your choice, spread it on facing sides of your bread.

hummus

Next put some romaine lettuce or whatever your choice is

Lettuce

Then add tomatoes, I had small ones so I put on three slices

Tomatoes

Then for extra measure, I love cucumbers in sandwiches so they are place on the other side

cucumbers

Then put it together and you have a wonderful tasting sandwich. Sometimes I  sprinkle Mrs. Dash on my tomatoes, but today I did not. I am wanting to grow some alfalfa sprouts. This makes for a really great sandwich. Hope you will try it and let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping in!

Mary O

Connect with Nature@Prairie Pine Peddler

 

I took the plunge…

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I have dabble over the years with eating less meat ~ reading lots of diet books had the starting – stopping syndrome.

I read a book once by a not so popular author, but loved her outlook on health issues- This book is called “Is Any Sick Among You” I have so many tabs in this book that I have referred to over the years. I loved this book and promoted this by buying another one so that if someone was really interested in reading her book, I would loan that one out, so I didn’t have to part with mine. It was first published in 1974 and the eighth printing was in 1979. Is there any sick among you

I didn’t find this book on my own, but a friend of mine turned me on to this. This author was off the beaten path but I loved the way the book is laid out. But time past and I laid this aside.

One day, I was pondering and having a hard time doing things I use to do.  I was overweight and having health issues and realized I needed to do something different again, but I  put it on the back burner, just wasn’t motivated to do something about this.

Now time has pasted and  I prayed and asked that I might be healthy. I didn’t think any more about it. Then just recently I met someone in my church and she was telling me about her sister who weighed 210 lbs and had gone to the Doctor and he wanted her to loose weight and told her about this book: “End of Dieting” 

End of Dieting

This friend shared a 3 pages outlining what this plan consisted of. She made me copy to look over. Then I ordered this book thru my library. After reading “End of Dieting”, I realized there had been an earlier book he had written so I looked this up at the library too. Sure enough it was called Eat to LIve by Dr. Fuhrman

 

Eat to Live has menu plans for the busy person  and the not so busy person. I started this about 3 weeks ago. I have given up dairy, salt, sugar and oil. I feel so much better.

I was told as child I was allergic to milk and suggested goat milk. My mother wanted no parts of that, so I continued on regular milk and suffered from this until now. I can’t believe the results I have had in such short period of time. I haven’t had any sugar cravings that I have had on my other diets. It is truly amazing. I did fall off this diet couple of time but picked myself up and started over the next day.  I don’t have this book down pack yet. But working on it. For instance the bean think I am not much of black bean or pinto eating person. It dawned on y one day that I needed to add this into my diet as well. He gave suggestion as to how you go about adding it to your menu plans. I started out with 1/4 of cup as I didn’t want to have

Since I have been doing this new way of eating, I have had more energy. I use to have acid reflux from tomatoes and onions. I can now eat tomatoes and raw onions without the ill effects. This has been astonishing to me. I shared this new concept with a few of my girl friends. One friend who has been suffering with her  sugar levels as diabetic told me she is down to 118 ,  she hasn’t’ seen that number for sometime. She feels it due to eating more raw vegetables in her diet.

So this is my focus presently and a permanent one. Hope this helps someone along the path. till we meet again.

Recommend – Artisan Pizza Book

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I know this blog is suppose to support my jewelry business. But there is life around us. We all have our ups and downs. I don’t like seeing the same post day after day. I think variety and life situations are interesting too.

I am presently changing my life style, had some health issues but trying to resolve them naturally or another wards correcting my diet. I have been trying to eat healthier.

We had this book on the shelf at our home for sometime, but I didn’t want to deal with 7 cups of whole wheat flour that many of these recipes called for.   That meant dragging out the Kitchen Mill by BlendTec. But yesterday, I buckled down to putting this pizza dough recipe together. Got my my hubby out the door and started working on this dough recipe,,,

I must say it went together a lot easier than I thought it would. Then it needed to rest for 2 hours before placing it in the refrigerator. I was only going to be home another hour, so called hubby to see if he could stop on his lunch hour to put the pizza dough in the refrigerator.  As I would not have been home till much later in the evening. It was amazing. I now can see the reasoning that it is nice to have some dough left over so  you can use it to make pita, or more pizza for lunch time later in the week. I have tried two recipes out of this book thus far. I have not had any trouble with either one of them.

This is the recipe book I used: But now I can see the reasoning behind it. I am finding that since I left dairy, oil, sugar, and sodium behind that it seems it takes me longer to prepare. But that is another story another day .

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One more suggestion, I would not use the whole wheat flour on grocery shelves. Wheat Flour needs to be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Rancid flour is not good for you. Either go to store that will freshly ground it for you or invest in the equipment and store whole wheat in #10 cans. It  will last in #10 can with oxygen packet for 30 years. Today I used a can of my wheat berries to produce the wheat flour I needed for this recipe. I used the whole can and did have left overs about 2 1/2 cups not sure as I didn’t not measure. It’s in the freezer in Ziploc bag until I need it again sometime.

This recipe did not call for kneading either. I put 3.5 cups warm water in large bowl and added 1 Tablespoon of yeast. The instructions said to add the next items in:                         1 T of kosher salt,                                                                                                       2 T of Agave Syrup but I used Agave  sweetener,                                                       1/8 cup olive oil,                                                                                                          7 cups of fresh ground whole wheat.

Then you might need to use your wet hands to get all the flour mixed in.

. Then it was time to let it sit for the next 2 hours to rise.  By the time I left for work it was already at the top of my bowl. Not sure what it was like when hubby came and put it in the refrid. I just told him not to punch it down. So it was nice coming home to the pizza crust ready just had to shape it and sprayed a pan and put my rolled out dough on it. I made two mini pizzas this way hubby could dress his the way he liked it and I could put on mine what I wanted.

It was hit, he mentioned the dough tasted better. Whole wheat has more fiber.

Hope this helps someone along the path. till we meet again.

 

S’mores with a Twist

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I think these could be a little bit more healthy then regular S’mores. It happen quite accident. We had company over for a cookout and was going to roast marshmallow and make S’mores around the campfire.

I had baked some chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. So our guest used the two cookies and put the roasted marshmallow and Hersey Chocolate square and created his own version of a S’more.

This Memorial weekend I am entertaining two days in a row. So I am using my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. I made them a little bigger than I normally do. I also put less chocolate chip so the cookies wouldn’t crumble as much. Here’s my recipe:

1 cup butter                           1 -1/3 cup white flour

1 cup white sugar                  1 tsp soda

½ cup brown sugar                1 tsp. salt

2 eggs                                    1 cup of chocolate chips (normally I use 2c.)

2 tsp vanilla                            2 cups quick oats

Cream together butter & sugar; add eggs and vanilla stir together.  Stir together the dry ingredients and add to the above mixture, beating well.  Stir in chips and oats. Drop by Tablespoons on to greased baking sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly brown.  Cool before packing them in cookie tin.

My finished product:

Chocolate chip Oatmeal Cookies

I think next time I might replace my chocolate chips with silvered almonds or crushed nuts. May you enjoy your company this weekend.  Please remember our veterans that have served to keep our country free and those still serving.