We have been experimenting with Meatza pizzas over here, since my husband has gone low carb. Love this one. Obviously skip the sauce if you are a non-plant eating zero carber. You could make this with fresh mozzarella on top, or any way you like. I bought shredded cheese and sliced cheese to make it easier. I put the sauce on the side for husband, usually. I eat it without.
Blueberries are in season and we have a big craving! This lemonade sounds strange, but it is actually really addictive and delicious!! For this, I used dried lavender from my own garden that I had just dried, so it was pretty fresh, resulting in a very strong lavender taste. If you are using fresh lavender, I recommend you half the lavender but keep the same amount of water if you don’t want a strong lavender taste. If you bought it from the store, or it came from a teabag, no problem. Even though the lavender was strong in our lemonade, we still love the taste.
Blueberries are a low sugar berry bursting with antioxidants, phytonutrients, fiber, and tannins -which reduce inflammation in your digestive system! Blueberries are a superfood. They are also good for your brain, and for men … well you can look that one up ;). Blueberries are #14 on the dirty pesticide list, so try to buy them organic.
Now is the time to make your own homemade vanilla extract for Christmas presents or for holiday baking! Does it seem too early? SIX months is the perfect time to let it sit, to make a delicious vanilla. Why don’t I use vodka? Well, personally, I hate vodka and not just because it makes me not-nice. It is likely made with GMO wheat or potatoes or corn. Also, it just doesn’t taste as yummy as rum or bourbon in a dessert. I do avoid GMO foods whenever possible. There is such a thing as GMO-vodka such as Deep Eddy Vodka for $19 a bottle. However, I am SO IN LOVE with the taste of my homemade bourbon vanilla extract made with bourbon or my homemade rum vanilla extract made with rum! I have baked with it many times, and it always comes out great but my favorite use is in whipped cream or in some coffee.
My child is now 5, so I have a lot of Junk-Free Birthday Party posts to catch up on. When my son was 3, I had this simple little party for him. I made the backdrop of Metropolis out of large poster size cardstock (is that the right word? I am so not a Pinterest expert here) and just used glue and scissors.. not perfect but so beloved, it is still on his wall in his room (see pic below). This was a very simple afternoon party, super easy and small, low-cost.
Here is another junk-free installment of one of our birthday parties. Pirates! No crap served: nothing artificial, no hydrogenated oils, no corn syrup. I’m only posting to show you it can be done and everyone ate well and was happy with the spread! Because of this, no kids melted down. WIN. It was also gluten-free, for my GF kiddo. And, the games were really fun, too. My little boy had a wonderful time. This was on the simple side. My son asked for “white cupcakes” so I just used a gluten-free mix at whole foods and the icing too (I’m not great with making my own icing).
Don’t ask me how I know. I will save you from a picture of my legs, covered in poison ivy rash for more than a week. I’m out of long skirts to wear in this 85˚F heat. It’s also all over my arm and other spots all over.. neck, chest.. sigh. In my desperation, I found a few really useful remedies…
When, my son turned two, I made this chocolate cake of mine for his Construction party. For this third birthday party, I made it again. That time, I went ahead and bought the icing from Whole Foods, who colored it to my liking with all natural food coloring and GMO free ingredients, and I thought that was good enough. It was still on the LESS-sweet side but the icing made up for it. You can add 1/4 cup sugar to this recipe to make it sweeter. As you can see for his third Superman party, I made this in a 9″ x 13″ pan, which this recipe easily converts to.
When baking with coconut flour, and many gluten free desserts, it’s best to separate the eggs and whip the egg whites. This will give you a fluffier product when you fold the egg whites back in the recipe at the end. Now, you may have a really sticky, thick batter on your hands when you are ready to do your folding. So, the trick to adding the egg whites is to first add only 1/4th of them and stir in almost completely. This makes the batter a little lighter. At this point, you can now fold on the egg whites.. be careful, you are folding – not stirring- them in. Bring the rubber spatula (best to use one) completely under the batter and on top, then fold the left to the right. You want to keep the air in the egg whites in your recipe. It’s okay if you can see egg whites not completely mixed in, it is supposed to look that way.
Hi, I’m Rachel and I have been writing a Low Carb Recipe Blog for years at UntilTheThinLadySings.com. This is a new blog I have been thinking about creating for a while… sort of a mishmash of reviews of all things natural that have to do with health and children, recipes, and anything else I can think of that involves the way I approach my life as a natural mommy. I hope to find some like minded readers.