Finding out you have a food allergy can be devastating.

Finding out you have a food allergy can be devastating. I think my first thought was, "What does that mean?" You ask your doctor and he says just avoid that food. It's just a skin test. They aren't entirely accurate.

I am going to attempt to give you ideas and recipes on how to avoid corn. It can be quite the challenge.

Sorry that my blog is evolving into a little bit of everything in life.

Monday, December 8, 2014


I have tried sourdough several times in my life, but now I truly get it!  Yeah!  I am no longer using yeast or cream of tartar.  Cream of tartar has been giving me reactions.

I started with bread.  Everyone makes sourdough bread.  Its one of the first items you think of.  Then there is biscuits, pancakes and then a whole array of items.  I have tried English muffins, cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, and the other morning I woke up thinking coffee cake.  I surfed the web and found an apple coffee cake recipe.   I also sprinkled some frozen blueberries on top before adding the streusel.  I made apple blueberry coffee cake!  Yum!

So all over the web you can find sourdough starter recipes.  It is very simple, just don't fret.  Its harder to start a new starter in the winter when its colder, it didn't want to ferment or bubble.  I am using King Arthur organic white whole wheat flour and water.  A couple years ago I created a starter using organic grapes from the farmers market.  I killed the starter by leaving it on the counter to mold.  Yikes.  This time my starter didn't want to start, so after a few days I added a 1/4 teaspoon of Red Star Yeast.  I am now in business.  The biggest thing to remember is to put the left over in the fridge, so it doesn't mold.

Several starter recipes say when you are starting your starter to dump part out and add more flour.  I do not do this, however it does make my sourdough stronger (more sour).  Here's a link to a good web site on sourdough and starter.

The bread recipe I use:
Coffee Cake just add about a cup of fruit if desired
Dinner Rolls I put mine in a buttered cake pan.
English Muffins I used only King Arthur White Wheat Flour.  I chose this recipe because it didn't have added yeast like the other recipes I found.  If using sourdough why add more yeast?

Sourdough biscuits
1 cup sourdough
1/3 cup oil
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
bake 350 10-15 minutes

Sourdough Pancakes
2 cups sourdough
1//2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Powder Egg Omlete

My chickens have slowed down production.  I'm getting 1-2 a day from 6 hens. We got 2 new barred rock hens this year. They should start laying any day.  I've used my powder eggs. 1 TB to 2 TB water.  Made scrambled eggs yesterday with onion and bell pepper.  My garden has produced well this year.  All my produce is home grown.  Today I made an oven Omlete. Oiled pan with grape seed oil lined with homemade bread slices. Added chopped onion, bell pepper, yellow squash, salt, pepper. 6 TB powder eggs soaked in 3/4 water 15 mins and blended in mini processor. I needed to add additional water up to total 1 1/4 cups water to soak the bread. Baked 380 30 mins or until it's dry.  Added slices of Danamark Danish Havarti Cheese put back in oven for a few minutes to melt. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Breakfast and Lunch

Tomorrow breakfast and lunch. I'll heat the frozen buckwheat pancakes and blueberries. Top with cottage cheese and 2 hard boiled eggs on the side.  Lunch will be reheated frozen meatloaf and toasted homemade bread.  I pre-toast my bread and put in a sandwich bag the night before. I don't seal in fully until the next morning so the steam escapes. 

I pre-cook big batches of buckwheat pancakes.  Pre-package my lunch the night before.  Breakfast is usually pancakes and cottage cheese or egg sandwiches, sometimes with some dubliner. Lunch is something I made the night before, or something I had extra and froze.  I've been having sliced cucumbers with my lunch this week but I'm out for tomorrow and I'm tired. It's Thursday.  I have zucchini in the fridge but just can't do it.  :-). Cheers!

I'm showing the pancakes frozen invthe background. The cottage cheese and blueberries from my bushes. I also freeze the berries on cookies sheets. Place them in a ziplock and use the same. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Green Bean Harvest

My husband was dissatisfied with the pole beans we grew last year, so he's planted 3 - 25 foot rows this year. 

There's weeds!  You do what u can do, when u work too. Plus we have had excessive rain the year. 

Here's last weekends harvest, and there will more this coming weekend. 
Blanched and froze 5 pints snap beans and 4 pints french cut beans
Here's how I french cut beans. You can find this rotary cutter or a hand cutter on Amazon. 
Canned 16 pints
My tall pressure canner holds 16 pints. 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Blueberry's and Pancakes!

3 years later I finally got blueberries from my 4 bushes!  My dh put some wonderful cages around the so I could have all of the blueberries to myself!  Now I need to be more proactive about fertilizing them!
       Buckwheat Blueberry Pancakes 
Buckwheat Blueberry Pancakes with honey! 

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