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Eating cookies is one those things I don't think no one could ever let pass them by. Just the ooey, gooey goodness of chocolate chip cookies. The crunchiness of those oatmeal raisin nut cookies or the sweetness of some coconut macaroons are all the things that get me excited every single time!

I mean hey, if I could have cookies every day I would.Except for the fact that I'm trying to lose weight and eating the most healthy most additive and preservative-free cookies is always high on my list. Know more so Gmo-free. Really a great tasting gluten free cookie mix.

If I'm not making them myself. 😉

So instead of making them myself, late-night my kids and I decided to make a batch of the Among Friends Handcrafted Baking Mix! The mix is the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookie mix which can make up to 30+ cookies in one batch. If you measure it right.  This cookie batch consists of whole oats, premium chocolate, whole grains and did I mention the fact that their all Non-Gmo Verified.

Along with the fact the ingredients are only:

  • Whole oats
  • organic whole wheat pastry flour
  • chocolate chips, cocoa butter, vanilla beans
  • Natural brown sugar
  • Organic cane sugar
  • sea salt 
  • baking soda
  • soy lecithin

 

The only things what you will need to make the cookie mix is one egg + 1 tsp of vanilla extract + 6 tbsp butter or substitute.( coconut oil or whatever you like) 😉

First  we put we poured the mix in a nice medium size bowl.

 

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Next I mixed the softened butter together with the eggs, extract. I whipped it with a blender to make it nice and creamy ( I even a added a lit bit of coconut oil for an added effect of richness.

 

Third we combined the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, and blended them all together.

 

Fourth if you have not already pre-heated oven to 350° than do so. We scooped out those little suckers with a small ice cream scooper onto a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

 

We baked and then the last step was we ate!

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I can actually say, everyone in the house loved the cookies! Except my youngest son, but he's really picky and doesn't like much. (Ha, ha!)

The whole batch was gone the first night and they really, really, did taste like cookies that I make on the regular except for the fact I don't have to do the mixing and measuring myself of the dry parts.

 

Will I purchase this mix again, of course!

Especially for days that we go out of town and I can make cookies in the hotel suite or something. We like to travel and The Among Friends hand crafted baking mixes are sure to be on top of my list. This gluten free flour cookie mix is not only a GMO-free cookie, but tastes really, really good.

 

 

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What about you, do you sometimes use baking mixes, in a pinch?

Are do you make everything straight from scratch?

 

 

 

 

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quick and easy smoothiesWe all know that green smoothies are good for you in all shapes and forms, but sometimes just the prep work involved that comes with buying the veggies, cleaning them and juicing them can take a little bit of time.

Especially for the novice.

Green juices and smoothies mixed with vegetables and coconut milk, aloe water to name a few are great for detoxing the body from the inside out.

I personally love my green filled juices and smoothies! Even more so with quick and easy smoothies that can be made in a pinch.

Like when I use my Ninja Professional Blender to make some awesome smoothies.

Smoothies are really great and kids alway love them. These really are easy smoothies that you can make at home.

So simple.

And I really need to focus more time on making them on a daily basis!

Yes, like daily their just that darn good.

So when I saw this video I just had to share, it is really quick and goes into easy detail on how to make 3 ingredient smoothies throughout the week. Easy and simple as 1, 2, 3. 😉

 

 

3-Ingredient Smoothies

Posted by BuzzFeed Health on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

 

What do you think, do you like the ingredients in these smoothies recipes?

 

Let me know, I would so love to know!

 

 

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healthy homemade mayo

 

 

 

I have to admit it! I finally have been able to master the technique of healthy homemade Mayonnaise.  Making and attempting to make mayo has always been quite a tricky thing for me.  The one reason I think I always seemed to never get it quite right was because I was using a food processor and trying to make it really slow.  When it comes to cooking, I really don't have a lot of patience to make things that require tedious handling. Such as dripping the oil into processor really, really slow.

I mean really, who wants to do that?

 

The technique that I use requires that you use a large  glass jar, wide mouth so that you are able to stick the emulsifier stick  blender in.   The one that I use is the Hamilton  Stick Blender. I only use a small amount of ingredients and not much is required at all.

 

  • 1 egg ( I use one egg, because I like to make fresh batches frequently) You can also add some whey to it, so it can lost longer and give it  a gut friendly fermented on effect on  your health.)
  • I use about a 3 teaspoons of lemon juice no seeds.
  • 2-3 teaspoons of salt ( fine ground)
  • You can add some digon mustard, but that would be up to you.
  • 1 cup of Oil I like to use a extra light tasting olive oil.

 

The thing I like to do is make sure I use a room temperature egg, that I get straight from the farm. I don't trust big companies when it comes to quality eggs, not only because of germs but mainly because of  how they handle the chickens and what they feed them.

Buying eggs from a farm will give tens times more nutrients.  Check out this Video if you want more info.


Anyhow, the  next thing I do is  I pour the egg into the jar, with the cup oil, lemon juice and salt.   I wait a couple of minutes until all the oil has had a chance to float to the top, and the egg is on the bottom.  I place the stick blender in the jar all the way to the bottom. I turn on the blender and keep it in place and blend until it starts getting thicker. Really fast you will see the mayonnaise rise to the top. Slowly raise the blender out an blend more if needed.

 

There you go,  simple quick homemade  Mayonnaise!

 

Wanna learn more about Real Food – Read my post here about the way I love to eat!

 

 

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Quick and easy Breakfast Ideas

Recently, I had the chance to read and put into use a book that is well simply fantastic! My friend Carrie Willard of natural moms talk radio whom I recently told you about here who wrote the Natural Moms Business Guide.   Has recently came out with another, great book Helping moms to slash their grocery budget and still buy natural and feed a large family, all by shopping at Aldi!

If you have not had a chance to check out that book you can do so by visiting it here!

That's not what I'm writing about however, I am even more excited over this new edition to her eBook arsenal. Carrie once again is a friend of mine and I truly admire her and how she home schools 7 kids and and does all this while her husband and her both work from home.  I don't know about you, but that is a lot of mouths to feed. Especially 3 times a day, on clockwork.

Trust me, I have four kids that are homeschooled all boys and they stay hungry on demand…...Lol.

So when Carrie gave me the opportunity to review her book, I was all over it!

I'm so glad I did. This book came right at the right time, I have been struggling lately when it comes to getting the meal planning a little more organized. But more so in the morning time, which is truly the time when I am very sluggish and like to take my time.  Getting up early in the morning and hearing kids yell “Mommy, were hungry!” really is bit much to handle.

I'm a really good cook, I like to think so myself……however it just takes me a minute to get moving in the mornings. I really, really love this book and can truly say, I printed it out placed it in a binder and will use it over and over again.

Busy moms cookbook

 

Carrie's Busy Mom's Make Ahead Breakfast Cookbook is truly a life saver when it comes to breakfast ideas to feed the kiddies.

I love the fact that, she spoke of wanting her mornings to be more relaxed and not rushed through. Since that is just how I feel too. Who doesn't want to wake up and feel relaxed without stressing over ideas to feed the kids.

I know I don't!

Anyhow, Carrie gives some great tips when it comes to making breakfast and saving time!

  • She mentions that we should prep, each night or mid day for the next morning breakfast.
  • Waste not Want not – Carries implies that we should save  food that is not used from other  meals and re-use in breakfast meals ( vegetables, fruit)

Many of the Ideas were great ones too! You can tell just by reading this post, how uber excited I am about it.

For instance some of the recipes next on my list to try are the:

  • Yogurt Cups – All homemade. (Mostly)
  • Pre-made Smoothie Bags
  • Oatmeal Clafuotis
  • Using Rice as a Breakfast Idea in the Rice Cooker
  • Homemade Breakfast Granola and Breakfast Bars!

In fact tomorrow, I will be sharing a post detailing how I try out one of her crock pot oatmeal recipes!

The only drawback is that the book is really just print, not a whole lot of visual. If your into that sort of thing. It is very detail and step by step so either way it goes you won't have any problem. Putting the recipes together.

I love this book, and if your interested in checking it out you can do so through amazon on by using your Amazon Pc Application, or your Kindle! In fact starting tomorrow the book will be free for 24hrs!

So Check it out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lately I have been experimenting with trying to get away from any thing that comes out of can. I grew up with a mom who was a great cook, but as anyone knows if you have parents that grew up during the industrial age. When big food corporations were taking shape. You have some experience with being fed sauces out of can. One thing I know she loved to make was baked cream of chicken, which was always delicious and still one of my favorite meals to this day.

I love some cream of chicken over some rice, or whipped up with batch of broccoli and cheese casserole…..Yummy! 😉 😉

When I cook depending on what I'm making, I will usually not measure.

I've learned to cook by using my five senses, you know. Taste, Sight, Smell, Touch…etc

Cooking is something that can be changed and altered based on your own personal preferences. So feel free to change up the recipe as you would like and add or remove what you deem necessary.

Homemade Cream Of Chicken Recipe

 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of flour

I like my sauces a little thick, so that I'm able to use it as gravy later on if I choose too, depending on what I'm making.  So use less flour if you need too.

1 cup of  Organic whole whipping Cream

2 cups of homemade chicken broth, sometimes I supplement with Bone Broth just to get in more minerals for the kids.

4 tablespoons of Butter

1 Tablespoon of olive oil

Pinch or two of Real Organic Sea Salt

Pepper to taste

Simply organic All Seasons Salt

I like to use Emeril's Poultry Seasoning, just a dash, though.

2 garlic cloves

 

I like my sauces a little thick, so that I'm able to use it as gravy later on if I choose too, depending on what I'm making.

The first thing is to chop the onions, garlic, while you prepare the other ingredients. You than need to add some olive oil to the pan and sweat the onions and garlic out in the pan on medium to high heat.  Than add the butter to the pan, once melted add some flour based on how thick you want it. Add a little more or a little less. The butter will form in a paste or a roux which gives the sauce a  nice consistency. Some people use cornstarch or arrowroot to thicken their sauces.

I like to use plain organic white flour.

Do not burn the roux.

Once mixed in add your seasonings to it. I like to add my seasonings into the roux, In my head I think the flavors develop a lot quicker this way. 😉   But you can add the seasonings in after the liquids, its up to you. You can then add the 2 cups of chicken broth, or bone broth.  Adjust to taste from here, based on your preferences.

Whisk Briskly!

You can then add the cream a little more salt and pepper, from here just let it simmer a little to let the flavors blend well together. Once done you can store in mason jars in the fridge, or any containers that you would like to use in the future.

I'm on a mission to get away from cans as much as possible, right now I'm about 90% off the can and the other 10 I'm working on it.

So there you go, my Homemade Cream Of Chicken Recipe.  😉

 

 

 

 

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