The carrot harvest from our garden was so measly this year, that as I pulled them from the ground, I asked myself, "Why am I doing this? Why do I bother? Is it even worth my time?" Yet, I couldn't bring myself to leave them there to be buried by snow and wasted. I never would've bought these ugly things at a farmers' market or grocery store, but I did learn something about their value as I pulled them from the dirt.
We LOVE these two recipes and having them pre-prepped in the deep freezer makes tossing them into the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker/Crock pot a breeze for full-flavor meals without loads of prep time.
If you're only making 1 of these, feel free to just dump it all into your Instant Pot or Crock Pot or into a gallon freezer bag if you're prepping a make-ahead meal. Since I bought 28 arm roasts at an impressive sale, I developed a 'system' to try speed the process of making these dump roasts.
First the recipe ingredients, then I'll explain the system...
These one-bowl drop biscuits (hooray for no rolling and cutting needed!) are so delicious. You can have them on the table in under 20 minutes and they are a perfect compliment to soup/stew or a base for meat/gravy recipes.
We've tried loads of waffle and pancake recipes over the years, this is my favorite waffle recipe for the crisp texture it can give your waffles if you eat them right away they come out of the maker. If you like 'em softer, just stack 'em up high while you cook and they will steam each other soft. I've tweaked the flavor in these to be just to our family's liking. I hope you like it too!
1 3/4 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp. flaxmeal
5 Tbsp. water
1 1/2 cup almond milk (I use unsweetened)
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp vanilla
Heartland is a popular family friendly drama series centered around a ranch that rehabs and rehomes horses. If you are looking for something to watch with a solid, homegrown feel and honest values, give this series a peek. UPtv and UP Faith & Family SVOD are the only 2 places you can find the entire series if you want to start from season 1. If you're looking to jump in with the newest season 12, UPtv has exclusive access before anyone else. If you're not familiar with Heartland, check out Plugged In's review and the trailer below.
If you've never heard of UPtv before, they are self described as: "the trusted television network targeted to adults who seek uplifting programming with authentic, relatable stories about what it is to be family."
This is a basic tuna pasta salad, feel free to up the onion, garlic, and or dill flavors to meet your taste preferences. Tossing in some crumbled bacon or stirring in some relish or diced pickles are great additions too!
16 oz. gluten free noodles (I used live GFree Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Fusilli from ALDI)
2 (5 oz.) cans solid white albacore tuna in water, drained
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
3/4 cup finely chopped celery
3/4 cup frozen peas
1 cup Hellmann's Vegan Mayo
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. dill weed
1/2 tsp. salt
Optional: crumbled bacon, sweet or dill relish, diced pickles, to taste
Mmmmmm. . . strawberry rhubarb . . .
My grandma 'at the farm' made some of the best home cooked foods and didn't use recipe cards. If you asked her to teach you how to make something you'd be guaranteed to hear "a pinch of this," "some of that", and "until it looks/feels right." It was an intense 1 on 1 shadowing duty to learn how to make lefse from her. I remember stopping her when she had used her hands to scoop up flour and making her drop it into a measuring cup before letting it hit the mixing bowl so I could hope to have some concept of amounts when trying to recreate her mouth-watering specialty without her watchful eye. How I wish I would've followed her around more closely, more days, catching more ingredients to measure them.
One of the things I didn't learn from her, but wish I had, was how to make strawberry rhubarb jam. Thankfully, there are recipes galore online for this sweet and complex jam that goes well on toast, pancakes, oatmeal, sandwiches, ice cream, vanilla cake, or waffles.
I tried 3 different jam recipes last year and wanted to share 2 of them with you before the June-bearing strawberries ripen. PLUS, a fantastic, cannot get enough of, good-thing-rhubarb-is-seasonal, strawberry rhubarb crumble pie recipe. Last year was the first time I made Crumble Pie and I fell in love with making a pie I didn't have to roll out a crust for!
The subtitle, "Discover Grace, Let Go of Guilt, and Rest in Your Salvation" got my attention. I don't know which part resonated with me most. Grace. Letting go of guilt. Resting in salvation. All of these sounded so good. In reading the book, I must confess I think the author does a fair job of helping readers discover grace and encouraging them to rest in their salvation, but if you've had a long-time struggle with guilt (not forgiving yourself) even after recognizing Christ's finished work on the cross, this book isn't going to be a therapeutic read that changes your life. At least, not in my prediction or in my case. That being said, if you are ever doubting whether or not you can be or are saved, if you're questioning if you're sitting on the proverbial fence, or if you have any hesitation about whether pearly gates will open for you when your days on earth are through, this book can offer a solid foundation in understanding your position in terms of salvation, and that can be life-changing.
Now, to be clear, not every recipe in this cookbook is egg free, but a good portion of them are and I've tasted such yumminess I'm not keeping it to myself! The recipes are all free of gluten, grains, dairy and refined sugar.
"Ready or Not: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes" by Nom Nom Paleo is a hit in our family. I've renewed the book from the library twice now, keeping it for over a month just to sample more goodness.
So far we've made:
Written by two doctors, Hooked is professional, informative, and well referenced. "In the past, medical recommendations for sexual behavior were based on science that didn't have the benefit of today's research and technology. MRI and other sophisticated brain imaging tools were not available until recent years. Consquently, societal recommendations about this important area of life did not account for the powerful and verifiable connection between sex and brain function; and they were based mroe on personal philosophy, prejudice, and ideology rather than any verifiable science. (138)" Neuroscientists have been studying the chemicals released, the bonds being formed, and rates of addiction and brain development pertaining to sexual activity in different contexts. We've all heard of dopamine, the 'feel-good-reward' chemical our brains release, and it shouldn't be a surprise to us that "Sex is one of the strongest generators of the dopamine reward. (32)" What did surprise me, was the comparison and contrast between casual sex and sex within the confines of a monogamous marriage. Being someone who lived with my fiance prior to marrying the love of my life, I found the studies regarding the lifestyle choice of cohabitating intriguing.
I chose to read this book because I hoped it would give me some reference points for discussions with my children as they reach their teen years. While the writing was not always the most engaging, valuable information was presented clearly and the book has earned its place on my shelf as a 'keeper.' It's not one I'll likely re-read anytime soon, but having it available for reference, or for curious minds to sneek a peek into and learn some facts about how their bodies work seems wise. I did wish the section on pornography were more detailed, I felt that it was a very brief mention of a subject which has a grip on our nation and damages individuals' identities, relationships, and families.
I would recommend this book to anyone working with people pre-teen and older, especially parents, counselors, educators, and those in ministry because they often have the unique opportunity to give guidance and recommend making healthy choices. I appreciated that this book did not present a judgmental or condemning view of people with various pasts in terms of their sexual experiences, but rather examined the scientific evidence and discussed that we can all learn something about how our experiences have impacted us. "We know sex involves the entire individual. Perhaps the most damaging philosophy about sex in recent years has been the attempt to separate sex from the whole person. Neuroscientific evidence has revealed this approach to be not only false but also dangerous. (141)."
**In the interest of full-disclosure, I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers Newsroom for the purpose of reviewing. I am not required to give a positive review or in any way compensated, my opinions expressed are genuine.
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Love this girl's writing... feels like she's a long distance friend. Well, her sister is my long-distance friend, so that probably helps. Either way, what an inspiration and encouragement- you just need to check out some of the places life has taken Leah and be strengthened and inspired by the love that oozes (yes, oooozes) from her heart for Jesus, His people and His creation!
If you like nummy recipes, or have special dietary needs (or both!) check it out. ALL of her recipes are Vegan, and many can be made gluten-free. I stumbled upon it when searching for dairy/egg free treats to make for my kiddo and have gotten hooked on several recipes. Okay, "hooked on" doesn't portray it well enough. How about "addicted to"? That's more fitting. Will definitely be going back for more!