While in this case, my first two attempts following a recipe with the Sunrise Flour Mill resulted in less than desirable loaves, they were still very tasty. Sometimes, however, baking experiments simply aren’t an enjoyable eating experience – in those cases, one can either throw them out to your pets or chooks, compost them, or whir them into excellent bread crumbs to be used in myriad of recipes.
Here’s what i did with the bread since it was a bit stiff. Soak those slices in fresh farm eggs and slowly cook in butter. Serve with local honey or maple syrup.
Our daughter introduced us to chia seeds a couple years ago, but then we did without since she left again, this time for Hanoi, Vietnam. However, I’m creating some protein bars made without toxins, preservatives, etc, ad nauseam, and needing some additional protein. Flax seed fits that bill, but flax also has a laxative affect (that’s right, you do not need to consume synthetic harsh laxatives) that is not comfortable for some people, (though they are higher in protein and lower in carbs). SO, chia to the rescue! (Chia seeds are also absorbed by the body unlike whole flax seeds which generally pass through which is why they need grinding before ingesting for best results). Both flax seeds and chia seeds are good for us, they have different nutritional values, making neither better than the other, so i include both in our diets.
Sure, we knew of chia seeds, but primarily as a novelty!
Incredibly (and thankfully), i discovered that chia seeds are grown here in the United States, though they are native to Mexico and Guatemala. This one producer is Heartland Chia – seeds are grown, harvested, packaged in Franklin, Kentucky.
Here’s a link to the published Pumpkin Chia Granola Bars. But for now, since i have an abundance of home canned unsweetened applesauce, i replaced pumpkin with it. (Until this fall, when my winter squashes should be ready and i’ll make these with pumpkin)
I’m no good at sticking with the Wheat Belly diet with the exception of keeping grain out of my diet, and by default, milk, simply because even grass based, organic, real milk doesn’t agree with me and i’m not going to buy almond or coconut milk. But i do keep this ‘granola’ made up and stored in a Ziploc Bag in the freezer – just dipping out about 1/4 cup for brecky most mornings and usually eat without milk, but sometimes 1/2 sliced organic banana. Most of my organic nuts and seeds come from Food To Live which can be ordered directly from their website or some are available through Wal-Mart online ordering.
Heat milk to 160 degrees (about steaming)over medium heat. Add one cup hot milk to egg yolks, then blend into the remaining milk. Remain vigilant and/or whisk often to keep it from sticking and burning to the bottom of the pot. Add sugar (or honey) and spices, then reheat. This is great warm or cold.
As always, use organic, fresh, local whenever possible.
Jerry really likes this and it’s packed with calories and fat, which is important for him right now. He warms up a cup of eggnog if he has trouble falling asleep or for brekkie in the morning with his softened cereal.
Once a year I make soap. It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients, but it does take a lot of work, to make several years’ worth of homemade healthy, clean soap that doesn’t dry out your skin like commercial body soaps can. Many of the ingredients I have to order (i order mine from Essential Depot), but our home raised grassfinished beef tallow and my neighbour’s beeswax are key ingredients as well.
We don’t manage bees on our farms, but our neighbour does and he shares beeswax with me. Lots of ways to farm. Thanks to our neighbour, Kevin, for caring for bees and their hives and producing great honey. He stopped by last week and gave me some wax.
Agricultural production opportunities abound, but none that i’ve found come without dedication, hard work, and passion. It’s unlikely you’ll become financially wealthy either, but there is more to life than that.
Beeswax mixed in with honey!
Melt very slowly, best to use a double boiler, but in a pot is okay. Low heat! This mixture will boil very quickly and can catch fire! You do NOT want that nor do you want hardened wax all over your stovetop.
Pour hot mixture through cheesecloth.
Beeswax floats to the top and hardens after many hours. There was about a 24 oz container full of honey and wax, but resulting in about 2 oz of wax. The rest is strong honey I could use for cooking.
I freeze the beeswax until I’m ready to make soap. Those 2 ounces can be added to make up to 15 lbs of soap.