Baked Granola

Baked Granola

A new Sunday night supper has begun…baked granola!  I put frozen strawberries and dried cherries on top and the result was so good!   Baked Granola 2 cups organic rolled oats                            1 large egg 1/3 cup brown sugar                                    2 cups raw milk 1/2 t salt                                                        3 T melted butter 1 t cinnamon                                                 2 t vanilla 1 t baking powder                                        1/2 cup dried sour cherries 1 cup sliced strawberries (fresh or frozen)     1/2 cup chopped nuts Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Generously spray 8 x 8 pan with coconut oil cooking spray.  In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nuts, & salt.  Add to prepared baking dish.  Layer the strawberries and cherries (or whatever fruit you use).  In another large bowl, or 4 cup glass measuring cup, whisk together the milk, egg, butter and vanilla.  Then, pour over oats and fruit.  Gently shake the dish to help the mixture cover all the oats.  Bake for 30 – 40 min. Or it can be...

Free Shipping on Coconut Oil Today!

  I wanted to let all my blog friends know that it is free shipping today at http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/.   Once a month I will order  my coconut oil in a 1 gallon bucket or 4 quart jars.  They are on sale too!   I use coconut oil in all my cooking and baking and love it in my coffee!  Research has shown that.....

Shopping for Fruits & Vegetables

So, have you heard of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen in reference to fruits and vegetables?  We as a family try to follow this because of the pesticides, GMO’s and organophosphates that are harmful to our nervous system.  Most fruits I will buy at Trader Joes and Whole Foods, some I can get at the local grocery store too.  The EWG, Environmental Working Group, researches and summarizes the foods that have been exposed to pesticides.  They have come up with the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and suggest that we buy them organic.  They have said,  “Since U.S. law does not require labeling of GMO produce, EWG advises people who want to avoid it to purchase the organically-grown versions of these items.” Dirty Dozen                Clean Fifteen     apples                                                        asparagus    celery                                                          avocado cherry tomatoes                                        cabbage cucumbers                                                  cantaloupe grapes                                                            sweet corn hot peppers                                                  eggplant nectarines(imported)                              grapefruit peaches                                                         kiwi potatoes                                                        mango spinach                                                         mushrooms strawberries                                                onions sweet bell peppers                                  papaya + 2 more crops                                         pineapples summer squash                                          peas kale                                                               sweet potatoes Summer is the easiest...

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...
Shopping Gluten-Free

Shopping Gluten-Free

So you know where I get my raw milk, cheese, most of my grass-fed beef and chicken and woodland pork, but my pantry items…well, that’s a different story!  My answer is, all over the place.  I have a routine, most Thursdays when I go to pick up my Family Farmer delivery, I also go to Whole Foods and Trader Joes. I love to get my 365 mustard there, made with apple cider vinegar and all ingredients that I can pronounce!  Some other staples I like to get at Whole Foods are the glass jars of crushed tomatoes, organic tomato paste and pizza sauce because we try to stay away from canned products.  My BBQ sauce that I use for BBQ’d chicken wings and legs is Organic Ville BBQ sauce because it is Gluten-Free andalso made with all ingredients I can pronounce!  The other staple I like to get at Whole Foods and Trader Joes is nuts.  We eat alot of almonds and walnuts.  The 365 nuts are very simple…the nut, oil and sea salt, I picked up almonds one time at another grocery store and couldn’t believe they had MSG in them!  Well, they disguised it by using the “big name”… Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified MSG as a food ingredient that’s “generally recognized as safe,” the use of MSG remains controversial. For this reason, when MSG is added to food, the FDA requires that it be listed on the label. MSG has been used as a...

Your Family Farmer

Every other Thursday, which will be this Thursday, I have pickup at Your Family Farmer.  What is my Family Farmer you ask? “Your Family Farmer is your local source of raw milk, raw cheese, pastured poultry, grass-fed beef, woodland pork, garden produce, herbs and more. All of this is delivered to your area of PA. All of our foods are soy-free, GMO-free and grown with respect to the Creator. Some of our foods are certified organic and all are grown with organic principals.” You can get this wonderful meat and milk too, just go on-line to http://www.yourfamilyfarmer.com/ and place your order.  Then on Thursday you can meet me down at the pet store near Target and pickup your order of pastured, grass-fed meat  and raw milk.  Raw milk is good for you Edwin Shank says this, “Pro-biotic instead of Anti-biotic. This is what raw milk, raw kefir and raw cheese and raw kombucha tea are all about… building immunity and health! ”  Please read the whole article on http://www.yourfamilyfarmer.com/fresh-thoughts/of-raw-milk-and-swimming Hope to see you...