Canning Apricots

My mom brought a box of apricots home from Lancaster and they are ripe for canning!  The recipe I used this time is from http://www.simplebites.net I wanted to can my apricots with honey this time and no sugar.  The ratio was 2 1/2 cups of water to 1 cup of honey.  I did a canner load this morning because I wanted to save some for jam later. I did about 6lbs which was half of the box. So for my syrup I did 10 cups of water to 4 cups of honey.  Fill canning pot half-way full with water and bring to a boil. Place flat lids in a small pot, cover with hot water and bring to a simmer. Combine honey and water in a medium pot and bring to a simmer. Wash apricots and dry on a towel. Using a paring knife, cut apricots in half and remove pit. Pack jars with apricots, cut side down. TIP: packing apricots cavity side down makes it easier to fit more into the jar. Ladle hot honey syrup into the jars until apricots are covered. Leave 1/2 inch of headspace at the top of the jars. Top jars with hot lids and screw rings. When all the jars have been filled and topped with lids, lower them into the hot water bath. Cover pot, bring water to a boil and process for ten minutes. Turn off the heat, remove lid, and carefully remove preserved apricots....
Baked Cod with Roasted Vegetables & Carrot Cake Bars

Baked Cod with Roasted Vegetables & Carrot Cake Bars

  So tomorrow is a shopping day because it is The Family Farmer pick up, and on my menu board for supper is Baked Cod & Roasted Vegetables.  I also thought it might be nice to make some Carrot Cake Bars for dessert!  Doesn’t hurt to get those veges in as much as we can moms! Baked Cod   1 lb. pcs wild Atlantic cod 2 eggs 2 cups gluten-free bread crumbs 1 T minced onion Sea Seasonings with Kelp and Sea Veges ½ grated Parmesan Beat 2 eggs in a shallow bowl and mix dry ingredients in another shallow bowl.  Pat dry the cod then coat with the egg, then the dry mix.  Bake at 400 for 15 – 20 minutes. Roasted Vegetables 3 lg sweet potatoes            2 apples 1 large onion                       3-4 large carrots 5 cloves of garlic                ¼ c butter & coconut oil (peeled & crushed) Peel & slice vegetables and lay in a 10” x 15” sheet pan, season and drizzle with butter and coconut oil.   Bake for 1 hour at 375. Carrot Cake Cookie Bars   2 c almond flour              1 T vanilla ½ c raw sugar                  1/8 t. celtic sea salt 2 t. baking powder          1-1/2 T. water 1 T coconut oil/butter    2 t. cinnamon 1 egg                               ¾ c grated carrots ¼ c shredded coconut Preheat oven to 350.  Spray 8×8 baking pan with coconut spray or olive oil spray.  Combine all ingredients and press evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 26-28 min....
More on the Coconut

More on the Coconut

Here are some coconut flour recipes that I have found that work well from Elana’s Pantry http://www.elanaspantry.com/   and http://realsustenance.com with Brittany Angell.  I love learning and experimenting with different flours and recipes.   Coconut flour is very high in fiber and protein and is beneficial in maintaining blood glucose levels.  When you bake with coconut flour you need to add more eggs and a small amount of sweetener.  Enjoy these following recipes! Coconut Flour Chedder Onion Biscuits ¼ cup coconut oil or butter, melted 1/3 c coconut flour 4 eggs ¼ t salt                       ¼ t baking powder ¼ t onion powder         ½ c chedder cheese, shredded Blend together eggs, coconut oil, salt, and onion powder.  Combine flour with baking powder and whisk into batter until there are no lumps.  Fold in cheese.  Drop batter by the spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 min. Makes 10 – 12 biscuits.   Blueberry Buckle 6 eggs                ½ c raw milk ¾ raw sugar        1 T vanilla                                                 1 c coconut flour 1 t. aluminum free baking powder ¼ t. celtic sea salt 2 cups frozen blueberries Preheat oven to 350F.  Beat eggs, add remaining ingred. until well combined.  Stir in blueberries.  Press into 8” cake pan.  Make streusel topping and sprinkle on top.  Bake for 50-55 minutes. Struesel topping ¾ c unsweetened coconut flakes 1/3 c raw sugar 1 T cinnamon 3 T coconut flour 3 T coconut oil or melted butter Pinch of salt...

Coconut Oil

Where do you buy your coconut oil?  It is in most stores now, but the most cost-effective and best coconut oil that I’ve found is from Tropical Traditions.  They normally have free shipping at the end of every month, and now is the time.  Place your order now till the 24th and receive free shipping!   Coconut oil is so good for you… I put about 2 T in my coffee or hot tea with some grass-fed butter and blend it.  Sometimes I add some coconut milk creamer.  It makes nice and frothy and gives me so much energy to start my day and when I need some energy in the afternoon, no caffeine needed!  I’ve used coconut oil to replace most of my cooking oils except for extra-light olive oil and grass-fed butter for my cooking, frying and baking needs.  I’ve made “Bug-off” bars and suntan lotion bars with coconut oil.     “Some other benefits are stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and their respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.” (from http://www.organicfacts.net/)  .     What is Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil? Tropical Traditions Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil is a high quality refined coconut oil. This oil is processed the “old” way by what is called “physical refining.” The modern way of processing coconut oil is by chemical extraction, using solvent extracts, which produces higher yields and is quicker and less expensive. Tropical Traditions Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil DOES NOT use solvent extracts. It is made...

Essential oils: Lavender & Lemon

One of the blogs I follow is http://theorganicmomma.com/the-5-essential-oils-every-medicine-cabinet-needs/ She has wonderful  information about the essential oils and living toxin free.  I copied some of her info about the oils that I love to use but you can go to her site and learn even more!    Essential Oil Every Medicine Cabinet Needs: Lavender Lavender is an adaptogen, which means it helps your body respond to stress in a healthy way.  Lavender oil literally has hundreds of uses- from treating burns, cuts, skin irritations and scrapes, to cleaning the air or surfaces due to its antiseptic properties, to promoting restful, deep sleep at night.  Its pleasant floral scent is very calming, and helps to calm children down and get them to sleep.  If they resist you putting it on their feet or chests, a few drops on a favorite blanket or teddy bear will also do the trick! It is also excellent for sinus congestion, ear infections and allergies. If you rub a little over your sinus passageways and nose, you feel immediate relief from congestion.  And it contains antibacterial properties AND anti inflammatory properties as well!  This oil is extremely versatile and deserves a place in everyone’s medicine cabinets!  Oh, and though I’ve yet to try it, I’ve heard lavender tea with organic raw honey is delightful!  Essential Oil Every Medicine Cabinet Needs: Lemon If the sun had a smell, I would be willing to bet it smells like lemon essential oil.  Just breathing in a whiff on a cloudy, dark day is enough to brighten things up.  And there’s a reason for that- lemon oil is known as the “rational” oil...