Sunday, November 27, 2016

Maple Walnut and Pecan Pie

Maple Walnut and Pecan Pie

4 organic eggs
2/3 C. pure maple syrup
1/2 C. organic brown sugar
1/4 C. organic white sugar                                    
1/2 tsp. salt 
1/2 C. organic butter, melted  
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 
3/4 C. walnuts, chopped
3/4 C. pecans, chopped




Beat the eggs, maple syrup, both sugars and salt and beat well.  Stir in butter and vanilla, add the nuts, pour into an unbaked pastry shell, bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts
Before apple season comes to a close, and jugs of cider are no longer at the entryway of my local grocery store, I figured I had better post this recipe. These are a slightly simplified version of my Apple Cider Muffin recipe from three years ago which used apple butter as one of the ingredients. This recipe uses almond flour and whole wheat pastry flour, so it has a little extra protein and a good amount of fiber, and a large percentage of the sweetness and moisture come from applesauce and apple cider. It would be wonderful with very finely chopped pieces of apple in it as well, or with walnuts, as I sprinkled on the tops of the four large muffins I made when I ran out of room in my two donut pans. They were literally gone within a day between the delicious weekend breakfast they provided and the snacks for the kids' (and my husband's) lunch the following day. And the chewy crunch from the highly nutritious chia seeds are one of my favorite parts of this amazingly sweet treat. I can't wait to bake them again!

Be Kind, Love More, Give What You Can

BE KIND.
LOVE MORE.
GIVE WHAT YOU CAN.

The following is a post I made on my personal Facebook page yesterday in light of the recent presidential election and the rift it is causing among the citizens of the United States.  I am not trying to make any dramatic political statement here, or try to put my beliefs onto anyone else, I am just trying to spread kindness and generosity and encourage others to do the same.

My donation, for today

"I am not posting this to show how generous I am or to make myself feel better. I am posting this to encourage others to do more for their own communities. I have always been passionate about helping those in need, especially with food assistance, whether by working at a food bank, donating what I can, or helping to run a food assistance program at my children's' schools. This is the time of year that food banks often stock their shelves for months to come, but it is important to contribute all year long. With the prospect of a government that may not be as kind to the less fortunate, I refuse to believe that because I was born into a certain family, in a certain place, and have had the fortune and luck to live a comfortable life, that I deserve what I have any more than anyone else, regardless of their personal situation. We are all human and we all deserve a good life, and the ability to feed our families. So in addition to sending my daughter to school with a heavy backpack full of cans of soup every day for the last two weeks to donate to families in her school, I am sending in all of this food to my son's school's food drive. And next week, when they are asking for fresh produce, I'll be dropping off a large amount of that as well. Because I can. And I hope that everyone who reads this, goes out and does something good for their community today as well. We all can do something to make this world, and especially our amazing country, a kinder place.

Love to all."                - November 10, 2016