Tuesday Tricks…. or Treats?

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

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It’s easy to get stuck thinking that snacks have to be some form of cheese and cracker, or fancy dip. Or excessively sweet Halloween candy. But just take a moment and look at this avocado eating child. I mean child eating an avocado .

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A fresh banana, pear, peach, plum, apple, carrot, celery and peanut-butter, apples and peanut butter. All of these delicious foods can be eaten as snacks. Just look at these bright happy strawberries

20171102_184555_Burst01This time of year is hard because sugar is so readily available, and your kids go out to get a bunch of it for free! Who says no to free sweets?? Am I right?

No matter what is in your home, you can still have delicious sweets from good wholesome fruits and veggies. Veggies by themselves aren’t all that sweet, but they can be delicious! Just look at this peppered tomato slice, it’s deceptively delicious!

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Monday Muffins

When you’ve got carrots and want them for breakfast what do you do? Make Muffins!!! So that’s what I did this morning! Look at these beauties! First from the oven and then from the microwave!

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They rose well and smelled delicious! I decided I needed to tweak the recipe so that it made an even dozen instead of just 8. This is the base mix I created for the muffins:

MUFFIN FLOUR BASE MIX

1 ⅓ Cup Potato Starch
⅔ Cup Oat Flour
⅔ Cup Millet Flour
Scant ⅔ Cup sorghum flour
3 ½ tsps Baking Powder
2 tsps Xanthan Gum
½ tsps Salt

The second batch also smelled really good! So much so that they attracted my mom while they were cooking with dairy free butter and jam in hand!

20171030_124050Our Green Smoothie Girl loved them! So did her cousin! And mother did too!

many praisesHappy MiMi

 What happens when you make 2 batches of muffins in one morning? Your flour gets low. So I decided to make my flour today too. It’s really not that hard especially with the vita mix. Although if you’re really picky about how grainy your food is, you’ll want a really good sifter and you’ll need to run it a few times. I’m not that picky, but I did take some photos after sifting my millet flour really well. (Really nicely sifted home made flours make a delicious pound cake, which I’ll have to write about one another post) Here are some photos of my flour making process. The order of the following pictures is oats, brown and white rice and them millet flour.

oat flour makingBrown n White Rice flour making Millet flour making

In the midst of making flour my dear mother and I were discussing pies. The topic of Mincemeat pie came up. Mom loves it, but I had never had it. So she went to the pantry to retrieve a bottle of mincemeat pie filling. While she was away I couldn’t stop the memories of my sweet grandmother whom we called Nonnie.

20171103_000117She would always have something new for us to try be it rabbit meat or squid. We started calling new food experiences Nonnie moments. So I smiled and shut my eyes as a small spoon of mincemeat pie filling was put into my mouth.

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It’s not too bad. It tastes like molasses and raisins mostly. I can see how it could be used and a nice sweet treat from time to time. Especially if you’re not to big into sugar all that often.

We did learn by the end of the day that the muffins dry out really bad, really fast. So if you’re looking for moist muffins, eat them warm! At least until I fix the recipe. Enjoy!

 

Muffins
Yields 12
A wonderful muffin
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups muffin flour mix
  2. 2/3 cup sugar
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 1/2 cup applesauce
  5. 3 eggs
  6. Optional: Coarse sugar for sprinkling on top of muffins before baking
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Lightly grease a muffin tin
  3. Mix all ingredients together very well
  4. Spoon into muffin tin (until about 2/3 full)
  5. Bake for 20 minutes
  6. Enjoy!
Variations
  1. Cinnamon Carrot: Add 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 3/4 cup finely grated carrots then bake as directions indicate.
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Sunday Soup

Weee!! Sunday Soup!!! Made in the microwave in a really cool 22 oz mug bowl!

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The soup was really creamy and delicious! And why have soup without a biscuit? And a Lemon poppy seed muffin…. Both also made in a mug and the microwave.

I did use those oils in the soup. DoTerra Oregano and Rosemary oils are very strong so I used the toothpick method. What’s the toothpick method? It’s when you take a toothpick and put it in the orifice reducer to catch a little bit of the oil and then using the toothpick you swirl it in what you’re cooking. I also used Lemon essential oil in the muffin.

I’d share the recipes with you, but they aren’t quite perfect and I’m saving them for my cook book, so stay tuned and you’ll find them!

Note: I am a wellness advocate with DoTerra, so the links above link to my DoTerra website. Thanks for your support!

Egg-xellent…

Do you ever have days that you expect to be perfect, and then you start off with something like this happening?

20171028_112952I decided that today would be a great day to review and make some microwave mug recipes. Starting with breakfast!! What could be easier than eggs? I’d done several successfully in a mug before so surely this would be easy…. They didn’t finish cooking. Luckily that’s an easy fix, just slide it back in the mug and cook it a little longer!

Here’s what I did:

Egg in a mug
A quick and easy egg scramble, via microwave!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1/4 cup diced tomatoes (About 1 slice)
  3. 1/4 cup sliced celery (about 1 stalk)
  4. 1 tsp minced garlic
  5. 1/2 tsp basil
  6. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  7. 2 TBS Follow Your Heart Dairy Free Gouda Style Cheese (approx. 1 slice)
  8. A pinch of Salt and Pepper
Prep Step
  1. Lightly grease your 14 oz mug
Mixing
  1. Add all ingredients to your greased 14 oz mug and stir vigorously with a fork.
Cooking
  1. Cook on high in microwave for 2 1/2 minutes.
Serving
  1. Enjoy in your mug, on a plate or wrapped in a tortilla.
Notes
  1. Instead of tomatoes use diced red peppers
  2. Instead of celery use broccoli or cauliflower
  3. Instead of the Follow Your Heart Gouda, use Follow Your Heart Dairy Free Parmesan Style Cheese
  4. If you're in a big rush just crack 2 eggs and cook for 2 minutes
  5. If you're in a small rush, crack 2 eggs and mix 1 tsp minced garlic, 1/2 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp onion powder and salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes
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 My re-cooked egg turned out much better.

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20171028_113227The rest of my day turned out great, although, I forgot to add the salt and pepper so it was ketchup to the rescue!

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I’m really excited about these “In a mug” recipes I’ll be working on this week. They will be in my first cook book that I plan to publish on Amazon by the middle of November. It’ll make a great gift for Christmas! So for now I’ll be posting amazing photos and stories but no recipes, those will be in my cook book!

Thanks for your support everyone!

Balance in life is hard

My day started at 5:15 am, just 4 hours after I managed to fall asleep. I threw on some lip-sense, had a quick bowl of cheerios while packing the diaper bag with almond milk, water, corn puffs and cheerios. Then I woke my husband, got my wee baby in the car seat and headed off to Primary Children’s Hospital. She’s fine by the way, she just needed a cyst removed from the back of her head. Here are some cute pictures of her playing while we waited for the surgery.

Waiting with melodyTo pass what I was sure was going to be many hours I played Pokemon Go. I was wrong about the wait time, the surgery went very well, she recovered nicely. She really hated the IV in her foot, before they decided she could have it removed she played with a roller-bottle of DoTerras Frankincense. She loves twisting caps! Once the IV was removed she calmed down a lot. We were heading home by 10:30.

My husband took the baby downstairs to nap after we got home and I made some lunch. A cheese and meat tortilla melt. Then my dear sweet 4 year old wanted someone to play with, but her cousins were not interested. To add to this scene the baby wasn’t napping, she was wide awake and happy as can be!  I put on the baby carrier and my daughters and I went out to play outside. My 4 year old is friendly and never misses an opportunity to introduce herself to new people. Because of her tenacity when our new neighbors finish moving in she will have 3 new friends to play with! She inspires me every day to be more friendly.

After our brief walk we decided to collect some pine cones and make these awesome pine cone spiders! Pipe cleaners, googly eyes and hot glue can do some fun things to pine cones!

Spider FunAfter a bit of photo fun as we attached the spiders to our giant web we decided to play in a pile of leaves, Auntie Jen even joined us. We had the idea to make a video, I think we would have called it Attack of the Leaf Monster! But after searching for several minutes we discovered the cameras needed to charge. So no movie was made, just lots of fun memories!

Then it was time for me to take my husband to work. My 4 yr old wanted to come so I let her. We stopped for a bit at the store to grab some dinner ingredients and then rushed home to cook! Auntie Jen and I had a blast decorating the table.

Dinner Halloween20171027_165801Sorry the photos are too blurry to read the labels on the food. We had Roasted Garlic and Cracked Black Pepper Pork Loin, Roasted Garlic and Herbs Pork Loin, Sunflower Bacon Crunch Salad and Tri-Color Grapes.  After dinner Auntie Jen my girls and I all got to go to the dinosaur park trek or treat carnival! It was a blast!

Dino funMy 4 year old was having trouble sleeping so after letting her put the books her sister took of the shelf away I tucked her back into bed and cuddled for a bit. She came up with a brilliant plan (her words not mine) “Mommy why don’t you finish cleaning the living room and when I wake up I will be so surprised!” I kissed her forehead and left to clean because how can you refuse a thought like that?

At 11:12 pm I went to go pick up my husband from work. Once at home I pondered this thought: balance in ones life isn’t something you achieve once and then have forever, it’s a continuous effort of thought, focus, success and failure. One well balanced day at the beginning of the week does not mean the whole week will be balanced. Even though today was a great day the first two meals I ate were not the best for me, I felt it all day. I didn’t make time to read an enlightening book and I didn’t take time to take the bathroom trash out. (It needs to be done really bad) I spent time with my happy children and made lovely memories that I will cherish for a long time, but no new gluten-free recipes were created. Was today a failure just because I missed those cooking, cleaning and self growth experiences? No. Because a balanced day does not mean getting to everything on my “I want to do it” list. Some times a balanced day is doing just a bit but being so filled by it that the other items on your list can wait until tomorrow. A balanced day is difficult, a balanced week is easier and a balanced month…  Well that comes one week at a time.