September 2, 2014

How To Make Awesome Homemade Mayo!

Check out my latest recipe, posted over at Surviving the Stores, and learn how to make easy and super yummy mayo!  You’ll never want to buy it at the store again!

Homemade Mayonnaise: How to Make Mayo At Home!


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Homemade Peanut Butter In 3 Minutes Or Less!

I’ve started making my own peanut butter at home.  I LOVE how quick and easy it is, not to mention better for you!  Click on over to Surviving the Stores to see my guest post explaining exactly how to do it!

How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter In 3 Minutes Or Less!


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Recipe: Peppermint Chocolate Chip Brownies

It’s brownie time!  I LOVE these brownies!  They are my go-to recipe for a sweet treat for the essential oils classes that I teach, and they’re extra fun because of the peppermint oil.  Hop over to the Grain Mill Wagon for the recipe I share there:

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Brownies


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Yay for Baked Chocolate Donuts!! New Recipe!

I love chocolate donuts.  I read the ingredient label at the ones in the store, when I’m tempted, and just set them back on the shelf.  No such problem here!  Enjoy this recipe for good-ingredient yumminess!  (Is that word?)  Click over to the Grain Mill Wagon for the full recipe!  (I’m participating in their recipe challenge.)


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Double Chocolate Chunk Muffin Recipe

Yummy, yummy, yummy.  Chocolate muffins!  Hop over to the Grain Mill Wagon for this yummy Double Chocolate Chunk Muffin recipe!


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Recipe: Petite Vanilla Scones

I love picking up a petite vanilla scone at Starbucks as the occasional treat, and decided to play with creating a slightly healthier version, not to mention cheaper!

I’m really happy with how it turned out.   Check out the Petite Vanilla Scones recipe, posted as part of the WonderMill Grain Mill Wagon Challenge and made with freshly milled flour!

Also shared at Tasty Tuesday!


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Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Perfection

There is a special place in my heart for chocolate chip cookies.  Especially ones that don’t contain too much sugar and therefore don’t send my blood sugar levels into outer space.

My awesome kid helpers and I used freshly ground wheat berries for our flour for this recipe, ground to perfection by our new WonderMill!  Hop on over to the Grain Mill Wagon blog to get the recipe!

Also shared at Tasty Tuesday!


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How To Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

When you do a lot of baking (or making water kefir!), you tend to go through a LOT of vanilla.  That can get expensive very quickly, and it’s easy to make your own.  Procurring the ingredients will take you the most time – setting up your vanilla takes only a minute!

What You Need
1 bottle of vodka (750ml)
10 organic vanilla beans

I had never purchased vodka before, and felt a little silly wandering around in the liquor section of the grocery store, staring at vodka bottles.  (It didn’t help that I was pregnant and obviously showing!  Maybe this lady needs an intervention… doesn’t she know that alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix?)    The employee I found was more than willing to make a recommendation for me – I wanted a decent quality vodka without spending an arm and a leg.  I think I wound up paying around $7 for the bottle and settled on the McCormick blend.

Organic vanilla beans are a bit trickier to come by.  You can pick them up at a place like Whole Foods, but I found better prices through my co-op.  You can also order them online from a retailer like Olive Nation or Amazon.

Directions
Are you ready for the oh-so-complicated directions?
1. Open your bottle of vodka.
2. Slice your beans in half lengthwise, leaving an inch or so at the top.
2. Insert vanilla beans into the vodka bottle.
3. Close bottle and store in a dark place.
4. Pull it out every now and then and shake it up a little.
5. In about 6 weeks, you’ll have vanilla!

Homemade vanilla makes a great gift too!  If you start your vanilla soon, it’ll be ready to give as Christmas gifts!


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The Most Incredible Hot Chocolate Drink Ever Made Recipe

Last day (12/24) to enter RenMama’s $25 Amazon Christmas Giveaway!

We’re visiting family for Christmas, and my mom greeted me this morning with the MOST INCREDIBLE Hot Chocolate drink I’ve ever had.  I savored every drop, and couldn’t wait to share it with you!  This is a drop-everything and dash to the grocery store kind of recipe, even on Christmas Eve!  :)   (Please note that nowhere do I say this is healthy.  But it’s Christmas. :)  )

Without further ado, may I present:

The Most Incredible Hot Chocolate Drink Ever Made Recipe
original recipe made in the crockpot
Serves 7-8

Ingredients
2 cups heavy whipping cream
14 oz sweetened condensed milk (link to make-your-own healthy version)
pinch salt
2 c semi-seet chocolate chips
1/2 c cocoa
6 c milk
2 tsp vanilla

Instructions
Add heavy whipping cream, condensed milk, chocolate chips, salt, and cocoa in a pot on the stove on low.  Carefully melt (you don’t want to scorch it!).
When well-incorporated, add 6 c milk and bring to drinking temperature, being careful not to boil the milk.
Add vanilla.
Serve and enjoy!

Need stocking stuffer ideas?  Non-candy Stocking Stuffers!  


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Is Sucralose Hiding in Your Hot Chocolate? + Recipe!

 

Hot chocolate is one of my favorite wintry treats.  Not that it’s very wintry here in Texas – we’ve had t-shirt weather days lately!  Nonetheless, I love hot chocolate and Christmas provides the perfect opportunity for indulgence.

We’re staying with a family who has a Keurig, and I was excited about the possibilities.  Insert a cup, push a button, and a hot drink appears, ready to go!   My sweet hubby made a Walmart run for hot chocolate K-cups for his pregnant wife, (because the baby needed hot chocolate, you know <G>)  I cooked up a cup, and it tasted good overall, but I kept tasting this strange aftertaste.

“Surely not.  Surely there wouldn’t be artificial sweeteners in the hot chocolate.”

Sure enough.  A quick read of the ingredient label revealed that it was sweetened with sucralose.  So sad.  It’s not limited to the K-cups version, either.  Even the regular Swiss Miss hot chocoate- the old standby at my house – is sweetened with sucralose.

Thankfully all is not lost.  It’s super easy to mix up your own hot chocolate mix (not to mention cheaper!)  If you want to pick up a ready-made mix, the Ghiradelli store-bought version, as well as the Trader Joe’s version, is also sucralose-free.

Why Avoid Sucralose?

While toted as a ‘natural’ sweetener, there is nothing natural about sucralose (Splenda).  Cane sugar is used in the initial manufacturing process, but it’s long gone by the time sucralose is finished.  Instead, you’re left with chlorine atoms bound together with dextrose and maltodextrin.  Our bodies don’t know what to do with this chemical, and while some of it is excreted, the rest (40%, according to the Japanese Food Sanitation Council) accumulates in our kidneys, liver, and intestines.

Researchers at Duke University studying rats determined that Splenda actually contributes to obesity, destroys “good” intestinal bacteria, and can prevent prescription drugs from being absorbed.

So, let’s skip the sucralose and just enjoy a little real sugar in moderate amounts.

Favorite Hot Cocoa Recipe (slightly modified from Hershey’s)
(Six servings)

1/2 c organic cane sugar (or your choice of sweetener)
1/4c Hershey’s Cocoa
dash salt
1/3 c hot water
4 c raw milk
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

1. Mix sugar, cocoa and salt in saucepan; stir in water.
2. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils; boil and stir 2 minutes.
3. Stir in milk and heat.  Do not boil.
4. Remove from heat; add vanilla.

 


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