Everyone likes to be rewarded. My youngest and I found these delicate desserts after a morning of much running around. They appeared to be the perfect reward for the two of us, after all we had both been on our best behaviour this grocery day.
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Did you know you can still rent movies at the corner store? Well we can! Good thing too, with no cable and all the channels digital (thus inaccessible for us) the big movie store names disappearing faster then I would have said “When did that happen?”, we are pretty limited at our house.
A cold has kept me stuck at home for almost two weeks, voiceless for the last week, and while colds are one of my least favorite things about winters set in, there are many other things worthy of a double thumbs up. Thumbs up is my youngest child’s favorite way to express pure pleasure in the littlest of things. I have collected my current top five winter wonderfuls, in no particular order, to share.
If you like table top books I highly recommend ‘A Year of Mornings’. Inspired by this photography book’s subject and approach, AND to celebrate not being sick every morning any more, I collected a week of morning pictures for this post
Call it thrifty or good recycling, I like the sound of ‘clever domesticity’! A little inexpensive solution for at home is always a treasure of a find when it is a pretty solution as well!
I’m going to share a recipe that has become a family tradition in our house. It is a long time party favorite, and has changed many a persons opinion on avocados. Time to share it. Sorry that I couldn’t remember where I found it, so you will have to try my altered version.
(Yields 2 Cups)
|(The Guac is on the left, with yellow peppers.)|
1 cup cottage cheese
1 Tbsp sweet onion (or 1 1/2 tsps onion flakes)
1-3 garlic cloves minced (add as many as you think you can handle)
1 tsp salt (add more to taste)
pinch cayenne pepper
3 tsps lemon or lime juice
1-2 avocados (your choice based on how light you want it)
1 sweet bell pepper chopped
- Chop fine the sweet onion, mince the garlic and peel and chunk the ripe avocado(s).
- Process all ingredients but the bell pepper, till smooth. I like to leave some of the avocados chunky but it is your preference again.
- Chop the pepper (red is nicest) and place about a third of it in the bottom of a bowl.
- Add half the guacamole on top of the peppers.
- Scatter more peppers and then add the last of the dip.
- Sprinkle the last of the peppers on top.
- Cover with plastic wrap and be sure the plastic is touching the entire surface of the dip (or it will brown).
- Refrigerate for about 2 hours for best taste. Use up with in 24 hours.
- Serve with Taco style chips or veggies.
Started melting butter for my mom’s brownie recipe when I realised I had some brownie making issues. First off, her recipe called for walnuts and as these where for school, no nuts allowed. Grabbed a bag of shredded coconut to replace the nuts, save. Second, I realised I had NO COCOA! Grabbed the chocolate chips and melted a bunch into the butter, till it was nice and dark, and SAVE again. They where absolutely lovely brownies!
Of course my tweaking didn’t stop there… replaced the sugar with coconut sugar (because it has a profoundly lower glycemic effect) and then added some high fiber grains for good measure, this didn’t result in heavy brownies. Finally I had no time to ice the brownies (making this quick recipe late at night) so the chips came in handy again, being thrown on top before baking made a nice replacement for icing.
I really enjoy my mothers original recipe. It was the first baking I made as a girl. Hopefully next time I go to make it I will have the proper ingredients on hand… that being said, these coconut brownies where very enjoyable in their own right and will for sure be faithful school lunch baking.
Chocolate Coconut Brownies
1/2 cup melted butter
3/4 cup chocolate chips (or more for darker brownies)
1/2 cup coconut sugar (also called organic palm sugar)
1/4 cup spelt bran
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup unbleached flour (and a little bit more for good measure, like 2 tablespoons)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut shavings
1 tsp vanilla
- Melt the butter and throw the chocolate chips in while warm, stirring till melted.
- Add melted mix to the coconut sugar.
- Add each item after that, mixing well.
- Scrape into 8×8 greased pan.
- Top with chocolate chips before baking.
- Bake at 350 degrees for EXACTLY 20 minutes.
Do you have a favorite baking substitute that wowed you, or just plain saved the day? Please share in the comment section!
Happy adventures in baking everyone, and remember to learn substitute options, they will save your baking sanity for sure!
Since Garnet was diagnosed with hypoglycemia the traditional meat and potato meals have been out the window in our house. While it was a struggle to learn to cook with NO SUGAR and LOW STARCH I am finding a groove. Add to this dietary restriction four kids to cater to….
To be honest, this Mama isn’t the catering type. If I serve them something they don’t like (after having tried it) I will reintroduce it over and over till they DO like it. This is how I won on the avocado front!
All that good parenting advice aside, I like to treat them now and again. That means asking what they would like for supper or making something I know they will love. On the weekend I surprised them with pancakes and strawberries for lunch (high protein and fiber, sugar free but they didn’t no that). The other night I needed a meal in a hurry and dared to ask for their hearts desires. They all agreed on ‘salmon h’orderves’. I started making them cracker topped snacks years ago and to them it is the fanciest of my meals.
Salmon h’orderves is what they call the meal in the photograph at the top of the post. Salmon salad atop some greens on a cracker and then topped with cheese, in this meals case we had havarti. I boiled a few eggs, steamed some broccoli and made an avocado salad for good measure… done in little time. One of my oldest kids found the home made apple cinnamon sauce in the fridge and requested it as ‘a side’… since it too is sugar free I agreed with little pressure.
The kids had seconds and thirds and…I told them I was done making h’orderves when they pleaded for fourths. A speedy, healthy meal all around and all the better because my crew thought it was grand!
Do you make your kids h’orderves’? If so what are yours like? Fancy actual h’orderves or ‘kid style’ ones?
Bless you and your meal making efforts!
~ PART ONE~
Tired kinda day but need to make bread so I halved the batch and will work on four loaves. Just didn’t feel up to wrestling eight loaves all day. I had good company, my three year old is always happy to help with baking.
So, for fun, I decided to try capturing step by step shots of the process I carry out weekly.
1. It all starts with the yeast. Warm water, traditional dry active yeast and waiting for it to wake up.
2. While the yeast is working I get the sea salt into THE bread bowl.
3. Oil of choice is added and today it is grape-seed. Often I add a mix of grape-seed and olive oil but not on a tired kinda day like today.
4. Water, warm water is added and whisked in with the oil and salt.
5. Grains and cereals are whisked in. My favorites of late are spelt bran or flakes, chia seeds and toasted wheat germ.
|(Toasted Wheat Germ)|
6. I add the specialty flours. Flours of choice, of late, are chickpea (a long time favorite in my bread), a local produced oat flour, red fife and quinoa.
8. Now that the yeast is happy I gently spatula all of it out into the still very wet dough and then carefully fold it in.
9. Time to add the white bread flour. Today I am trying out Roger’s unbleached and additive free flour. I am expecting good things since I have used their dark rye for years and highly recommend it. Usually I pick up, with much arm strength (wink), the 20 pound bags of bread flour from costco… but can you believe this long time bread maker forgot to grab some last costco trip?!
10. I dump my dough out to kneed while it is still really sticky and messy. Trying to avoid adding any more flour then I need to seems to keep it a lighter and moister bread.
11. Kneading, such a beautiful process. Pulling, rolling, twisting and shoving the goop into a lovely ball of dough.
12. Well I guess this turned out to be a twelve step process With the dough all nice and smooth, it then gets tucked into the bowl and some cozy towels to warm up and rise.
All tucked in and ready to rise and get a beating, then rise again, for most of the day. This evening I will roll it into loaves and pan it. Once it has risen one last time it will be baked, cooled and bagged. If I have the chance I will capture this finally process of making the dough BREAD. Have a beautiful day everyone!