Sunday, May 21, 2017

Golden Dumplings

This recipe is definitely blog worthy.  So, here we go.

This recipe originated from an Instant pot cookbook I bought called "The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookbook" by Virginia Hathaway.  I give her all the credit, but I have made quite a few tweaks.  If you don't have an Instant Pot, I am guessing this could be tweaked for a crock-pot.

This dish is a cross between a cobber and doughnuts in our house.  My kids love it and they feel like they are getting a major breakfast treat.

The original recipe does not include fruit so I changed that. :-) 

Golden Dumplings
2 cups organic King Arthur all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder, without aluminum
7 Tbsp Kerrygold salted* or raw butter (which is almost 1 stick of butter)
2 eggs, farm fresh
1/4 cup raw milk
2 Tbsp lemon juice
3/4 cup real maple syrup
4 Tbsp butter, additional
2 cups water
Fruit of choice (cherries, peaches, blueberries, etc)
(*If you don't use salted butter, add 1 tsp sea salt.)

1.  In the large bowl of your Kitchen-aid, fitted with the paddle mixer, place flour and 7 Tbsp of butter.  Mix until well combined and crumbly.
2.  In a separate bowl whisk eggs and milk with a fork
3.  Add egg mixture to the flour.  Then add lemon juice.  Mix.
4.  Once dough starts to stick to paddle, turn Kitchen-aid mixer off.
5.  In the bottom of the pressure cooker, combine the maple syrup, butter and fruit.  Bring to a boil on the saute mode.  Then turn off.
6.  Add water.
7.  Roll dough into golf ball sized dumplings and drop dumplings into fruity-syrupy goodness.
8.  Cook on Low Pressure for 5 minutes.
9.  Allow IP to NPR (natural pressure release).
10.  Enjoy with a big glass of raw milk!

I would like to eventually swap out half of the AP flour with sprouted.  It's on the "to do" list. 

This is what is left.

This is what the kids bowls looked like.

Enjoy!  Post comments if you make it.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

What facial products do I currently use?

I thought I would write a short post on what I am currently using.  When I find something that I fall in love with, I want to share it with you. :-)

I am still using up some mineral fusion products that I have, though I will not be purchasing anything further from them.  They are not as clean as they could be.

My new love is LimeLight by Alcone.  This company started as a professional makeup company for the hollywood stars.  Later the idea was hatched to bring these products to everyone.

The following paragraph is from their webpage.  It says it all as to who they are.  

"It takes less than a minute for chemicals from skin care products to get into your blood stream. That is why we set out to develop a super effective, free of harmful chemicals skin care line. This line produces such significant results that women all over the country are switching to LimeLight and not only are they looking better on the outside, they are healthier on the inside as well."

So far I have used and love.....
Dream clean cleanser
Calm Balm (my face has NEVER been softer)
Foundation-light feel, love!
Skin polish (I need to slow down enough to use this)

And I am getting ready to try Forty cure creme and Must dew.

If you are interested, one of my best friends sells LimeLight and you can check out their products at

If you try LimeLight post here what you think!


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Seed Saving

Seed saving is so easy. And free.
When you eat a fruit or veggie, scrape the seeds onto a piece of wax paper or paper towel and let the seeds dry completely. I leave mine on the counter top for a couple weeks. Bag them up and you are ready to grow!

Pics are of....

Green sweet pepper seeds
Lemon seeds
Red sweet pepper seeds

Pepper plant from pepper seed
Lemon plant from lemon seed

I am trying the video link for the first time.  Hope it works for you! :-)


Time to FERMENT!

I have been having fun this week. In my spare time, ;-) with fermenting.
I bought The complete idiot's guide to fermenting forever ago and I am just now reading it and trying out the recipes. And of course I am referencing my Nourishing traditions book
Tonight we will be tasting our first batch of dill pickles and carrots for dinner. I am very excited.
Right now I have going on the counter....
More garlic ginger carrot sticks
Garlic sauerkraut
Cream cheese

All milk products are being made with REAL milk from Pasture's Delights!  Thank you Mark!!

Once I collect the whey from my cream cheese and yogurt, I will be fermenting some local asparagus! I can't wait.

I will keep you posted on how things taste. :-)


Garlic Saurkraut

Dill pickles

Garlic carrot sticks


REAL milk yogurt starter

REAL milk cream cheese