Maple season was good this year! Maple syrup is my favorite sugar substitute! These cookies have just the right sweetness and a burst of flavor with dates and pecans. I tried different spices like cinnamon and cardamom. Ahh I love cardamom! When I crave it I mix it with a bowl of warm blueberries for a snack.
These cookies are egg free and I use amazing local flour from Seasons Pharmacy.
I gained five pounds tweeking this recipe so it’s time for me to get more active and eat more salad. I like to create a recipe with an easy to remember strategy and less dishes to wash.
Maple Oatmeal Cookies
1/4 cup Butter
1/4 cup Coconut oil
Less a 1/4 cup Coconut Sugar
Less a 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
Spoonful of Shredded Coconut
3/4 cup of Organic Flour (see note)
3/4 cup Quick Oats
1/2 cup Dates chopped small
1/2 cup Pecans chopped
Blend together butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and coconut sugar. Blend in vanilla, salt and baking soda and coconut (if using). Add the remaining ingredients and blend until combined. Preheat oven to 360°. Parchment paper has been sold out lately due to Covid, so I have been getting a lot of use of the reusable cooking mats. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and press down to flatten. Bake for around 10 minutes, until edges start to brown. Leave on cookie sheet for 5 minutes and move to cooling rack. Cool completely so that they don’t fall apart.
Makes 16 cookies if you don’t eat the dough. Double recipe for a crowd.
Making crackers is easier than you think! Once you try this recipe you won’t want to eat store bought crackers. These crackers taste good alone or with Sweet Dip, hummus, guacamole, cheese and olives. Make them thick, thin, big, little, square, triangle or use cookie cutters. Perfection is not required
When I roast my sweet potatoes for my Sweet Veg Crackers, I roast extra so I can make this easy sweet dip. All you gotta do is look in the fridge or cupboard and see how you can spice it up. I love it with fresh garlic and loading it up with herb’s and spices.
Gelatin is good for joints, gut, hair, nails, skin, sleep and brain function! I have mild osteoarthritis in my knees and I snowboard a lot so I need to keep my knees in good shape.
Maple water Gellow goes with any fruit you want. I used diced pears and blueberries. The nice thing about Gellow is that you can experiment with so many juice flavours and fruit! Have fun following your cravings!
Maple water Gellow with fruit
1 Tbsp Gelatin
1/4 cup Maple Syrup or less
1 3/4 cups Maple Water
1 cup of fruit
Shredded Coconut optional
Coconut Whip cream optional
In a pot bring half the maple water and syrup to a boil. Pour hot maple water in the 8×6 pan and sprinkle gelatin over and whisk 2 minutes. Pour in the rest of maple water. Add your choice of fruit and bang on counter to release bubbles. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve in bowl’s and add shredded coconut or coconut whip cream. Enjoy!
Grocery store gelatin has less health benefits, I get mine from the health food store.
Vegan substation for gelatin is Agar
For some fun pour on parchment lined baking sheet and use cookie cutters to shape.
Silicone molds is a good option too.Fruit Gellow kabobs the sky’s the limit!
Expired gelatin can be used as a hair treatment.
I hope you get outside this winter and have some fun!
I forgot that not all people know this amazing snack. My sister showed me this a long time ago and I showed my friends and we all love it. I buy my beets and carrots from Seasons Pharmacy and they come locally from Three Forks Farm. They provide the best organically raised foods that are healthy, nutritious and safe. http://www.threeforksfarms.com
My friends Rachelle and Laurie opened Seasons Pharmacy on Lorne St in Sudbury. It’s so cool because it’s a pharmacy that sells locally farmed produce, world flavours and a variety of kitchen supplies. The best part is the kitchen where delicious soup and sourdough bread are made daily. Their belief is that food choices impact our health so much and they are there to inspire and support your health goals. That makes me so happy! Thanks Rachelle and Laurie for helping make this world a better place! http://www.seasonspharmacy.com
My recipe today is not really a recipe it’s an idea. Making hummus is super simple but even more simple is just buy some. A healthy option to bring along to a party or enjoy anytime.
I use a mandalin to slice thin but a knife works good too.
Have a wonderful holiday and indulge with healthy food!
It’s been an awesome winter for me! Happy living each day to the fullest. I have been snowboarding with my family at Boogie Mountain in Espanola. Having a season’s pass is great because we can go anytime for a short time.
One year ago my sister in law Lisa opened a gym The Lively Athletic Center. I bought a year membership even though I’m not a typical gym goer, I really got my money’s worth with the wonderful classes. Everyday something to choose. My favourite is yoga and Pilate’s. It makes me feel like a stronger and aligned person, which makes life a lot easier. I’m always training to keep up with my kids snowboarding.
Lisa asked me if I had a recipe I could share with the gym for their one year anniversary. I said “No worries Lisa I got an idea”. Make a ball, bar, oval you can shape this food in any shape you want.
This recipe is so versatile and easy that literally you will have no worries. I shared with a friend on the weekend and she said it would be even better with cranberries. Go for it make it your own!!!
No worries energy food
3/4 cup water or coffee
10 pitted dates
2 oz Chocolate whatever kind you have kicking around.
2 cups roasted nuts or seeds ( mix it up or my favourite almonds)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup quick oatmeal ( roasted optional)
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips optional
1/4 cup what gives you happiness
Roast nuts and seeds if not already roasted at 350 for 5-10 min. Roast oatmeal for flavour if you like. Heat dates and water in a large pot, mush the dates until the mixture comes to a paste. Melt in chocolate and salt. Pulse nuts in blender or chop on cutting board. Pour almost all into the pot, judge the texture. Still wet pour the rest in and add more oatmeal until you get the right consistency. Spoon, press or shape onto a hard surface and put in the freezer until firm and package in to go containers and store in fridge or freezer.
I had Chicken tetrezini for the first time when I was 10. I fell in love with it. My mom made it for everyone of my birthdays. My favorite comfort food. I healthanized it with replacing dairy to dairy free milk and adding extra veggies. I use organic butter and flour for the rue. You can use any veggie you have or want to use and make this dish your own. I hope this is a comfort food for you.
5 chicken breast cubed
2 tbsp oil or butter
1/4 cup broth or dry white wine
1 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1 colour pepper diced
1 cup asparagus diced
Salt and pepper
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
1 cup broth
1 cup milk ( I use coconut milk)
1/2 cup dry white wine or broth
Salt and pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Spaghetti or any pasta
Cut veggies and chicken. Heat a large pan to medium high heat with oil and fry chicken. When cooked pour out some of the liquid and add mushrooms, veggies, wine or broth, salt and pepper. simmer about 5 minutes. Set aside well you make the sauce.
Measure broth and milk so you are ready to go because we have to work quick. Heat large pot to medium high heat and melt butter add flour and whisk to a paste and start rotating milk and broth a little at a time. Continue stiring and add wine, spices and parmesan cheese. Bring to a simmer and once thickened add the chicken mixture.
Cook pasta and serve seperate or mix pasta with sauce.
My kids are video game addicts! I was having a real hard time restricting them. I felt out of control! My kids were missing out on life, always being sucked into Minecraft I tried different ways, like no video game Wednesday. We would do a family adventure instead. It faded away in time. We have tried many rules but none of them stuck. We found a solution that works and now the kids can be kids. Life is in my control with a precious little key.
Lock and key
Drill a whole in the side to enable you to charge the electronics when they are locked up if you want.
Today is a snow day and they promised to help me around the house and not make any messes. It’s beautiful outside so a cross country ski is definitely the plan.
Jona cleaning snow off the truck.
Good Luck to all the parents who’s kids are addicted to electronics!
I have been kicking colds this season left and right. Dare I jinks myself but we have not had the flu. Knock on wood! Anytime I feel my immune system failing I have a few tricks and man I swear by them. I hope this is not too late for you. I guess you could call this drink a hot toddy but some would say it’s not a hot toddy without whiskey. I take this drink on the go and keep adding water. I call it ginger water if someone asks me. I like it better than tea, plus it’s less expensive. My coffee mug makes my coffee taste like ginger and I like it. This drink is versatile because you can add some other flavors. I hope you can enjoy this drink and kick any colds that might cross your path.
Grate, dice or mince the ginger. If using a garlic press to mince, press slowly into the mug because ginger juice squirts everywhere. Scrap the garlic press and scrape the ginger with a knife. Use as much ginger as you like. Dilute with hot or warm water. Stir in honey, cinnamon and turmeric. The ginger pieces sink to the bottom.
Other ways I keep my immune system healthy are:
Eat raw garlic
Drink a freshly squeezed lemon first thing in the morning.
Taking vitamin B 6 and 12
Taking vitamin D every day
Low or no sugar
Eat lots of food with vitamin C or take a supplement
Eat green vegetables everyday.
Oil of Oregono capsules or a drop on my tooth brush.
Today is Bell Lets Talk Day! I will try to keep this short but I have a lot to say. I have had A.D.H.D all my life and I was diagnosed in grade two and off and on I got special ed but by the time I got to high school I was really behind. I was retested and begun taking ridalin. I have always sufford with depression but not to many people understood me. I felt alone and judged. My parents got me a dog to talk to. Talking is key! I love Bell for making a day to talk about mental health. Life before kids was a different story. My life with kids motivates me everyday to be the best person I can be. My son was diagnosed with A.D.H.D also in grade two and has been on Concerta since. I have done lots of research on how to eat for this disorder . Basically eating clean and lots of healthy fats. We do lots of out door activity’s and we are always in nature. We spend time as a family everyday. I follow my passions and values. I am confident about myself and I try not care if people like me. There are so many judgmental people out there and that is why we are so self conscious. More talking and empathy will help so many. #BellLet’sTalk
Hemphearts are a miracle for our body’s and our brains! Nutrition is so important for us to stay mentally and physically healthy. I made this salad last night and was pleasantly surprised and with today being a day to talk about mental health made my realise that this salad might bring world peace. Since my last post on Oven Beets I have been eating beets everyday because they are ready in the fridge. I add them to salad and to smoothies. Please stand strong and help make the world be a happier place and eat superfoods that are full of nutrition. Lets start by adding hemphearts to your salad.
I feel as though you do not need instruction to make salad. I used maple balsamic vinegar.
I started eating healthy for my mental health but if I told someone that they usually said why. I stopped telling people because I was judged. That’s enough! People open your eyes and your perspective please! Lets work together to help others not to judge others.