Nourishing Chocolate Shake

  My family occasionally request sweets. We usually have lack of sweet goodness in our house because the bulk of my cooking time is spent preparing nutrient dense meals (and most of the time I’m out of time for a dessert!). Now don’t get me wrong… I love dessert, especially a chocolaty one. I mean who doesn’t? But with EVERYTHING and I mean almost all desserts contain HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup) and the recipes for homemade ones usually contain a load white sugar. Solution – think  nourishing chocolate shake! It can be tasty while at the same time nourishing and caring for our kids body. Yep, you heard me right. A chocolate shake can be nourishing and healthy! Thick, rich and just the right amount of sweetness, with NO sugar. Nope…..just naturally occurring sweetness from bananas and dates. Dates pack a punch of potassium, calcium, magnesium and other essential minerals as well as dietary fiber, amino acids and vitamins. They are naturally sweet and are ... [read more]

Homemade Cream of Wheat

    So somehow when I blinked yesterday, my daughter went and grew up. Yep that's right. It literally happened in a blink of my eyes. Poof, grown up and ready for ballet class. I swear she was just a baby yesterday.   The saying "The days are long but the years are short" is resonating heavy on me today. Life keeps on moving on, no matter how many times I tell it to slow down, the sun keep sinking daily at an alarming rate. It's a fast-forward world we are living in, man.  As much as I try to drink it all in, savor the moments, love the right-now, it seems so fleeting. Can you tell the mama hormones are raging today? I blame it on the nursing hormones. Dang you nursing hormones! But really some-days I forget to bask in the moments and get caught up in cooking, cleaning messes and feeding animals (and children too). Fellow mamas don't forget to stop!  So this morning I'm here making cream of wheat....that's what you came here ... [read more]

Homemade Farmhouse Waffles

Summer has already started to be crazy around here...plenty of things on the to-do list and not enough time to do them all. I've started to streamline breakfast - summer's breakfast = easier and quicker than a full hearty winter breakfast. Since a popular box of store-bought breakfast waffles contain rancid genetically-modified vegetable oils, and artificial yellow 5 and yellow 6 which are BANNED in Norway and Sweden for being related to thyroid tumors, allergies, chromosomal damage, and hyperactivity among others, we make our own whole-food waffles at home. (10) These waffles are easy to make and even easier to eat! I always make a double batch and stock up the freezer for mornings when we are short on time and running out of the door, late to VBS. Ok, first up are the dry ingredients. Flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Whisk them together in a bowl to ensure no lumps. Next up are the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk milk, egg yolks and ... [read more]

Fresh Peach Crisp

So this is the time of year where the air is warm and all the fruits start to sing! The farmers market is bursting at the seams with bountiful locally grown produce. 'Tis my favorite time of year. It's also the time of year to make peach crisp. It's just bursting with Spring. If a dessert can even do that? This one totally can. It's not overly sweet and has the perfect crunchy top. I even have it for breakfast on occasion. It's that. dang. good. If you wanted it to be even better, you could serve it with a scoop of fresh made ice cream. But you may fall into peach heaven and not come back for the rest of the day....or at least until there is no more peach crisp. Disclosure: Do NOT make this when you have dinner guests...they will leave none for you! PEACH CRISP: - 5 peaches peeled and sliced - 2 tbs sucanat or rapadura - 1 tbs lemon juice Topping: -2/3 cup sprouted flour -1 cup rolled oats -2/3 cup sucanat or rapadura -1/3 cup pecans -8 tbs ... [read more]

Grain-Free Pancakes

I LOVE Saturdays off with the whole family and big breakfasts are top priority! Free-range eggs, pastured bacon, ice cold raw milk and you guessed it...pancakes! I've been experimenting with a million grain-free recipes for me and the kiddos lately. They both show symptoms of gluten intolerance if I don't properly soak the wheat or other grains beforehand....and let's face it, who always has time for that? So I've made a few grain free pancake recipes lately but none of them seem to be *just right* for us. Consistency, taste....something was always off. I have finally concocted the BEST recipe ever....and you and your family are definitely gonna love these!     Grain-Free Pancakes Dry ingredients: 3/4 cup almond flour 1/2 cup coconut flour 1/2 cup arrowroot flour or powder 1/2 tsp aluminum free baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp sea salt   Wet ingredients: 5 eggs 1 1/4 cup raw milk - coconut milk can be used for dairy-free ... [read more]

Oatmeal…the best oatmeal you will ever eat.

Oatmeal…..the best dang oatmeal you will ever eat.   Do you like oatmeal? Do you eat that nutritionally void prepackaged instant stuff? Maybe you're like my sister and don't even like oatmeal? Well after you whip up a batch of this totally delicious and creamy goodness, you will NEVER. LOOK. BACK. I mean back to your instant or non-loving oatmeal days. Yea you will even dream about this oatmeal. Ok, well maybe you won’t. But I do. Did I just admit that out loud? BEST OATMEAL EVER 1.5 cups of organic rolled oats 1.5 cups of whole raw milk 1cup water 2 tbs of butter ¼ teaspoon of sea salt handful of chopped pecans Banana Organic Grade B maple syrup Heat milk plus 1 cup of water in saucepan over medium heat until it come to a simmer. (Be careful not to boil as it could curdle the milk). Add the oatmeal and sea salt, bring to a boil, then lower the heat, add butter and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring until thickened. Top this off with ... [read more]