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Field Trip!

Last week my sister and I and two good friends of ours went to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  We had a great time!

Here are some pictures from our adventure.

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Hazy day on Lake Michigan.

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The steep dune climb!!

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Have a good weekend!

– Anna

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Carob Fudge

Welcome back readers! This week I am going to share a really, really delicious recipe with you. Carob fudge. If you have not heard of or used carob powder before it is a great super food and makes an excellent substitute for cocoa powder. (Not to mention it is safe for dogs to eat!) But today’s recipe is for you to enjoy, not the dog.

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Carob Fudge Recipe:

Ingredients;

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup creamy all natural peanut butter

1/4 cup of carob powder

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

3 tablespoons of maple syrup (a different liquid sweetener can be used here as well)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of sea salt (or to taste)

1/2 cup crispy brown rice cereal (this is optional, if you want a completely paleo fudge try chopped nuts, peanuts or coconut flakes.)

Directions;

  1. Line mini muffin tins with paper muffin cups or line a small loaf pan with parchment paper. Either way works great, though I prefer the individual muffin tins.
  2. Melt coconut oil in a mixing bowl and combine with peanut butter, vanilla and maple syrup (or other sweetener). Cream the wet ingredients.
  3. Next add the carob and cocoa powder and sea salt.
  4. Fold in the rice cereal and combine thoroughly.
  5. Using a teaspoon, scoop batter into muffin tins (or loaf pan).
  6. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes.

Any leftovers (like you’ll have any) should be kept frozen. This will definitely be a reoccurring recipe in our house. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Just some fun facts on carob:

~ belongs to the pea family

~ also known as locust bean

~ does not contain caffeine

~ boots immune system

~ fights osteoporosis due to its richness in phosphorus and calcium

~ helps in diabetes management

 

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Have a great week! Also if you would like to see a favorite Bible verse of yours on my next post please feel free to comment. I would love to hear from you!

– Anna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September Plans

Hi everyone! I’m back! (Not that I had ever left it’s just I haven’t posted in awhile.) First of all I will start by sharing a recipe, a cookie recipe. Peeked your interest right?

Rainbow Drop Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/4 c. coconut sugar

1/4 c. maple syrup

1/2 butter

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tbsp. gelatin

1/3 c. arrowroot flour

1/3 c. coconut flour

1/3 c. cassava flour

1/2 c. rainbow drops

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F. In a separate mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients (flours, salt, baking soda, gelatin) and whisk. Melt butter and add in the sugars and vanilla, combine thoroughly. Fold in the rainbow drops. Place a full teaspoon size of dough onto baking sheet. Cookies bake for 10-12 min. Recipe makes approx. 2 dozen 2inch in diameter cookies.

 

Now that we got that out of the way we can move onto more interesting stuff… like building chicken coops!

 

Exciting times! To answer some of your questions you might have; Yes we already have a coop. No we are not getting rid of that coop. Yes we are getting more chickens. The whole reason behind it is to use it as a pullet coop. For those of you who are unsure what a pullet is;

Pullet: female chicken under one year of age.

Cool uh?! Anyway, back to the topic at hand. We also would like to use the new coop as breeding quarters for our Silver Leghorns and my sisters newly acquired breed, the Svart Hona. It is also our plan to show chickens at the MI State Fair or other poultry shows in the state. In that case we would use the coop for the birds we would be bringing to Fairs or poultry shows. We plan to have it finished before winter to be ready for use in the spring.

And before I end this post, this is for all of you JJ fans out there. FYI he’s a  Partridge Rock/Silver Leghorn mix.

 

Have a great week!!

– Anna

 

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Be Thankful

Let the holiday cheer begin! We have had lots to be thankful for over the past few days (and every day!). With Thanksgiving haven taken place on Thursday it wouldn’t be right for me not to include a recipe (and maybe a few photos of what I had on Thanksgiving). Here is one of my favorite holiday recipes:

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

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Ingredients:

20 portabella mushrooms

1 package of organic pork sausage

1 onion, thinly chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, thinly chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 and 1/3 cup of cup of tapioca flour

2 tablespoons of freshly minced parsley (optional)

2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

butter, bacon fat, or coconut oil for cooking in

salt and ground black pepper

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Wash the mushrooms and remove the stems. Put them in a dish and toss them with the melted coconut oil. Put the cooking oil of your choice in a frying pan over medium heat. Chop the sausage into small pieces and place in the pan. Fry for 8-10 minutes. Add the onion, red bell pepper, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the tapioca flour and cook for another 5 minutes. Take it off the heat and add the parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Line a pan with parchment paper and place the mushroom caps in the pan. Fill each cap with a generous amount of sausage mixture. Bake for 40 minutes until the stuffing is lightly browned. Serve warm.

Here are some of the foods we had at our family Thanksgiving:

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Focaccia Bread

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This was a ‘just for fun’ picture, although we did have potato and squash.

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Peanut Butter Pie

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Pumpkin Pie

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Apple Crisp

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Chocolate Meringue Cookies

This week I was very thankful for good, healthy food, and some time to spend with my family. We had lots of fun decorating for Christmas this week (its tradition to set up for Christmas on the Friday after Thanksgiving).

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This is the only good photo I got of Rontu and Tahn celebrating Christmas. Rontu wanted to eat his antlers (not surprising).

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Here is the photo edited on Picmonkey:

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Have a great week!

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Fun November Day

This week my sister and cousins and I were able to go out to our family’s hunting property. I got to practice with some different lighting in my photography.

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Beautiful clouds.

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My Dad’s new deer blind!

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Buck camp!

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Creek crossing

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Philippians 4:4-7

I hope you have a great rest of the week! May God bless.

-Anna

November

Its already November and the leaves have just about all fallen. (into our yards)

We have had very nice weather this week, and I had to get out and enjoy it.

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Bare trees against the blue sky.

Bare trees against the blue sky.

Unusual angle of a plant.

Unusual angle of a plant.

Pine trees!

Pine trees!

Tunnel of trees.

Tunnel of trees.

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Psalms 103:8

Psalms 103:8

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Romans 12:12

Thank you to those who commented last week and sent in one of their favorite verses. Thanks for reading my post! Have an enjoyable rest of the week!

-Anna