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I have been happily married (30 years) to my husband Ed. We have 8 children and 1 daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons. 2015 we will be adding another daughter-in-law (she is now anyway) ~smile~

Monday, February 10, 2014

One Minute Bread and Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

 This afternoon Katie could  not sit still.  I decided that instead of paper/book work, we would make some dessert and make "bread".  
First we made a Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding.  I used:
2 cups cold canned coconut milk (and added a small amount of unsweetened almond milk to make it a full 2 cups)
1/3 cup Chia seeds
1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
1/4 cup Agave
sprinkled in the cinnamon to our liking.
We placed all ingredients into a mason jar, shook, and put in the refrigerator for just a few hours.  The canned coconut milk was cold so it thickened quickly.  Next time, we will add less cocoa powder for Ana.  The chocolate was quite strong.  Katie and I like that. 
(click pictures for a better view)

Second, we made One Minute Bread.  This can be found at www.glutenfreepoodlehome.com
This bread is easy to make and very versatile.  The girls enjoyed make them.  Each ramekin serves 1.  Ana made 2 breads with Enjoy Life Mini Choc. Chips and 2 breads with raisins.  Katie made 2 plain breads and 2 with the chocolate chips. 

For dinner Ana cooked a ham so I had a plain "bread" with a piece of ham and egg on it.  delicious.  I could have added cheese, etc.  but I am not feeling well today.
.... take a look at this recipe, you will be delighted. 


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Molasses Candy

At the spur of the moment we decided to make more candy; this time molasses candy.
We used (recipe from internet):
1 1/2  cups molasses
1 1/2 cups brown sugar  
We placed everything in a pot and stirred, and stirred.  When it started to boil, we set the timer for 10 minutes and checked the consistency by dropping some of the mixture in cold water.  
We then poured this onto snow that was in cake pans.
This was fun but a little "sticky."
You also have to be careful because it is extremely hot.
The candy is very tasty.  
I do suggest that when it is hardened to put it into a container lined with waxed paper and layer this.  


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Snow Slushies and Snow Coconut Ice Cream

Today the girls enjoyed snow slushies at breakfast and snow ice cream for dessert.
I had found a recipe for slushies but it used 2 ingredients I never heard of.  It was more for sickness.
We used:
1/2 cup   Cherry Juice Concentrate
1/4 cup coconut water 
1/2 Tbsp. Agave Syrup
1/2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
We mixed everything together and poured over the snow. 

The recipe I found for the ice cream is:
4 cups of snow
1/4 cup coconut milk (I used canned)
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
*flaked coconut (we added this to the top of our ice cream)
We mixed the milk, honey and vanilla in a separate pan and then poured it into the snow and stirred.  
The girls loved it.  It was quite yummy.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Maple Syrup Candy and Icy Hands

Today and Tomorrow our snow forecast is 10" to 15".  We decided to do some fun in the snow.
We made Maple Syrup Candy ~without the turkey, of course ~ 
We used :
1 cup real maple syrup
1/4 cup earth balance (or use butter) 
sprinkle of salt
Bring all to a boil in a metal pot; about 10 minutes
Drop a dollop of syrup into cold water; it should harden
"Quickly" take out to the snow and pour.  You can just do sticks of taffy or roll onto popsicle sticks. 


We also made "Icy Hands".  I found this on Pinterest.
drop some food coloring into a plastic glove; fill with water; shake and tie off with rubber band.
Ours are outside: some lying down and some hanging. 
The girls cannot wait to pull of the plastic gloves.

 Great for learning about color mixing