Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Slap Dash Facebook Christmas Shortbread, GlutenFree or Regular Unbleached Flour Cookies

 Okay, this is a bit of an experiment (much of my baking is, alas) since I don't have the necessary ingredients as per my preferred recipe via google. So.... I begin by:

(1) Boiling a small potato (peeled, cut in half) -- sounds goofy, but I learned about using spuds in all sorts of dessert recipes from a recipe book I brought back from Newfoundland and gave to my sister-in-law years ago-- wonder if she ever tried any of the spud recipes?

(2) Cream together about 1 C. of Coconut Oil, 1 C. of Coconut Sugar, and the soft boiled spud (okay- the heck is boiled out of it-- no vitamins here, folks, just starch)

Let's see if these become shortbread or just some yukky mess with potato in it.... if they are worth re-producing, I will silver-wrap you about 6 teeny little cookie gems-- the way they parcel them out in gluten-free sample shops... I'm just that exquisite with my baking... (sarcasm emoji)

The stupid potato isn't really boiling-- what's with that?

Put some cooking-making Christmas music on--this will take a while (suggestion: BonyM or maybe Pentotonix or whoever)

Here is a pic of the creaming of the coconut sugar and the coconut oil as I wait on the little potato that is boiling away on the stove, attempting to be mushy, starchy... looks nothing like my Grandmother's shortbread so far...


I'm listening to Pentotonix doing Little Drummer Boy on youtube... I'm just listening not watching because if I watch I get too distracted by their facial stuff, things they do with their mouths (it is acapella) etc. The one fella is a Seventh-day Adventist-- so they do not practice or perform on the Seventh-day Sabbath to honour his beliefs-- how cool is that? https://youtu.be/qJ_MGWio-vc

 Now I have added the potato halves and the coconut oil immediately went liquid-- like an oil slick on a swamp-- not pretty-- but smells not bad


 (3) Next stir in 1 tsp. Vanilla and 1/4 tsp. salt (I used Himalayan-- actually calls for sea salt)

(4) Add 2 1/2 C of Gluten-Free Flour Blend or regular Unbleached All-Purpose Flour (<--what i="" m="" span="" tonight="" using="">

(5)Add in 1/4 C. Finely Chopped Pecans... switch to the Bony M Christmas Songs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIpCVPaaI7Y...
Flour/Nut Mix with added Coconut Oil Mix
(6) Turn oven to 350 F. Make a tight parchment paper tube of the flour/nut mixture and put it into the freezer for about 15 minutes.

(7) With a very sharp knife, slice about 1/2 inch pieces-- should make about 6 dozen. Lay about 12-15 on a parchment-covered cookie sheet. You could just start with this many and put the rest back in the freezer to bake later (what I'm doing tonight as it is getting late). Some pro cookie-bakers like to bake fresh vs. store/freeze their cookies after they bake them. Have Fun! Go to my site at organicgranny.com to see how these cookies turned out. The recipe will be posted there (I may remove it from here). Here is what the unbaked cookies look like in the pan: (they don't spread much) (Bake 10-20 minutes until golden brown-- depends on how hot your oven is-- keep an eye on them-- don't let them scorch!

For another slightly unusual (but delish) Shortbread Recipe, take a look at the Almond Pulp Shortbread (the pulp is leftover from the making of almond milk).

To make a perfect Biscotti, use this recipe but decrease the Coconut Oil to 3/4 C. and bake for slightly longer.  For Biscotti you will cut out fingers vs. rounds.  Perfect for dipping in a cup of hot chocolate.

Friday, December 16, 2016

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Research shows that the heart is supported by the use of Diatomaceous Earth-- that cholesterol is kept in balance and the many nutrients in DE -- silica, calcium, sodium, magnesium, iron, and other trace minerals-- all work to build and maintain healthy heart tissue and function.





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The tiny fossilized phytoplanton skeletons in Diatomaceous Earth are known as diatoms and are silica-rich particles. Silica is important in bone metabolism and the formation of our joints. It is also thought to be significant in the health and formation of connective tissues.

A study from 2007 in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging points to the good possibility that consuming a teaspoon (progressing up to a maximum of 1 tablespoon over time) of Diatomaceous Earth (DE) will help the body override the massive loss of bone density that is known as Osteoporosis, a so-called "Silent Killer" of our contemporary aging population.

 For more information about what you can do to avoid and overcome osteoporosis, check out the following sites:
www.PCRM.org
www.StrongBones.org
www.drmcdougall.com

Exercise is also a very important facet of maintaining good bone and joint health.  Keep moving!




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Improve and Maintain Healthy Skin with Increased Silica in a daily teaspoon of Diatomaceous Earth:
Are you dealing with saggy, tired, sallow skin, acne, rosacea, eczema, dry flakey skin or other skin conditions?  

A teaspoon of diatomaceous earth mixed well into a half-glass of water or juice (or a smoothie), once a day will provide you with elastin, a skin-builder in silica (working along with collagen), that will give your skin a firmer look instead of that saggy-ness that happens as we get older.  

As silica works to improve your general health, your skin will begin to glow again and most skin diseases will begin to clear up, from inside out.  Expensive skin serums and lotions won't be necessary, thank you!

Click to see the NEXT amazing benefits of consuming Diatomaceous Earth:

Why And How To Consume Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth-- hey, isn't that the stuff you lay down in the garden so the undesired bugs will walk through it and their exoskeletons will be penetrated and their interiors will dehydrate, end of bug?  Yes!

My husband, Ed, is a  diligent analyst of natural or organic "new" (to him or me) natural substances or theories that might be helpful in addressing health issues, improving or maintaining wellbeing.  Diatomaceous earth-- microscopic fossilized aquatic skeletons in the soil that over time becomes the mineral, silica -- came across his radar screen a couple of years ago (maybe about the same time as we were "oil pulling" with coconut oil until one of my dental crowns was sluiced loose).  Read about all the benefits in the following slideshow-- you'll be amazed!

The notion of consuming this chalky white powder that people use as a natural insecticide was not at all attractive to me.  In fact, it was as repugnant as adding baking soda to my tasty green smoothie (another one of his suggestions from that time).  I got over the repugnance as I realized I did indeed feel better and the "taste" was pretty much neutral, not even unpleasant.

This is what he told me about the benefits of using diatomaceous earth in my diet:

(1) Diatomaceous earth is more than half a natural form of the mineral SILICA.  While it isn't a 'food' so it can't be considered a "wholefood," silica is definitely NOT an isolate when you take it in via diatomaceous earth.  You are getting the benefit of the silica without any of the chemicals that are generally used to separate it out for the silica shoveled into capsules.  


Silica works along with calcium and other minerals to strengthen and maintain NAILS and HAIR.  Silica deficiency results in dry, broken nails and dull hair with split ends. Click on the arrow to find out about the many other benefits for you to get your silica from diatomaceous earth: