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Peanut Butter Kisses/Balls

I have a recipe that I have made for years and am recently finding different versions of it.  I called mine Peanut Butter Balls, another lady calles them kisses, which I like better. My kids love, love, love these as treats for their lunches or after school.  They are sooo easy to make and require no cooking skills!  I found this link today for Raw Cookie Dough Bites. They are very similar but they add coconut flour. I just bought some on Amazon and it hasn’t come yet. When it does I am definitely trying them.  Remember you want raw honey because any other is just like using sugar. Raw honey helps with seasonal allergies and had minerals and vitamins that your body needs.

I made the raw cookie dough bites last weekend!!! Sooo yummy!! They have a texture like raw cookie dough.  I loved the almond butter and the coconut flour really lent a great taste! Will be making these a lot!

Peanut Butter Kisses/Balls

1 c organic/all natural peanut butter
1/2 c or less honey
1 c finely shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 c sunflower seeds
1/2 c chia seeds
options: chocolate chips (mini work best), ground flax seed, chopped nuts, raisins,

Mix all together and roll into bite size balls and place on a cookies sheet. Put in fridge or freezer for 1/2 hour to chill. Then store in a plastic bag or bucket. Last a long time if kids don’t get to them first! And they are so healthy!

Fresh Fig Cookies

I recently received a bunch of fresh figs. Since they aren’t grown around here I don’t think I’ve ever had the opportunity to try them.  They are very different from fig newton cookies!  I have heard they are good in smoothies but haven’t tried it yet. I did try this cookie recipe from allrecipes.com last night. Here it is with my changes. I really liked them fresh although they weren’t as good the next day, a little dry.

  • 1/2 cup sucanat
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup chopped fresh figs
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. Cream sugar and shortening and add beaten egg.
  3. Sift dry ingredients and blend with creamed mixture. Fold in figs and nuts.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls on greased sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Homemade summer sausage

I just found this recipe, it looks so easy, to make summer sausage (or homemade pepperoni).  No MSG or nasty preservatives. Even though I’m not a large meat eater I think I will make this and freeze it for Christmas gifts. My Father-in-law would love this stuff.

Update: I finally found a place that sold the curing salts. Well they are full of nitrates. So this isn’t as great as I thought it would be. Definately not a whole food. So I won’t be making this anytime soon. Just thought I’d let you all know.
Homemade Summer Sausage

This beef pepperoni is a flavorful homemade cured meat, on the dry side, formed into rolls, baked, and sliced

Yield:

5 lbs (or 5 rolls)

Ingredients:

5 pounds lean ground beef
5 heaping teaspoons of Morton’s “Tender Quick” curing salt
2 1/2 heaping teaspoons of mustard seed
1 teaspoon ground pepper
2 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions:

Day 1: Mix all the ingredients and knead well. Refrigerate in sealed container (or air-tight with plastic wrap).

Day 2: Knead again; cover and continue refrigerating.

Day 3: Form meat into four rolls. Place rolls on an oven grill pan or wire rack; place the grill/rack on/inside a cookie sheet, so excess fat can drip. Bake 7 hours at 150 degrees. Turn rolls 45 degrees every 2 hours.

Store in the fridge or freezer.

Ilya Beans

What in the word is an Ilya? Well it’s someone’s name.  My cousins old boyfriend actually. I made up this recipe when she was visiting and she joked that we should name them after her boyfriend. I haven’t thought of a new name yet. Pretty funny huh?!  Well if you have an idea for a name feel free to leave me a comment.

This is so easy and sooo yummy!

2-3 c. cooked garbanzo beans You can use canned but you must cook them an additional 15 min if you do. Cooked from dry is sooo much better though.

1/2 c Olive oil

1/2 c Balsamic Vinegar This really is to taste. I didn’t measure as usual.

4 tsps minced garlic

1/2 red pepper chopped small

Heaping 1/2 c Romano or Parmesan cheese grated.

Salt & Pepper

Mix all together and let sit in fridge for at least 1 hour but next day even better.

Serve over toasted baguette slices, crackers or with veggies like jicama.

One of my very favorite recipes! Great as an appetizer, snack or a side for dinner.

Orange Creamsicles

Homemade Creamsicles

I found this recipe from nourished kitchen.com.  I made these with my kids and I normally wouldn’t put so much work into a snack that I usually make in 5 min. tops. But I LOVE orange creamsicles and haven’t had one in years because of the yucky dyes, artificial flavors and other chemicals in them.  All three of my kids helped while I was making dinner so they weren’t too hard just took some time.  I used *Citrus Bliss (do terra)essential oil because I didn’t have orange essential oil.

Homemade Creamsicles: Ingredients

  • 2 cups orange juice
  • up to 1/3 cup honey
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups fresh cream (see sources)
  • 2 cups fresh whole milk (see sources)
  • 4 to 6 drops organic sweet orange essential oil or 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Homemade Creamsicles: Method

  1. Stir 1/3 cup honey into 2 cups orange juice.
  2. Pour the mixture of juice and honey into a heavy-bottomed sauce pan and heat it over a medium flame until reduced by half.
  3. Once the mixture of honey and orange juice has been reduced by half to a viscous syrup, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  4. Whisk four egg yolks, two cups fresh cream and two cups fresh whole milk with organic sweet orange essential oil or orange extract and one teaspoon vanilla extract.  Continue whisking until all the ingredients are very well combined.
  5. Whisk the mixture of honey and orange juice into the mixture of eggs, cream and milk.
  6. Pour the creamsicle mixture into your popsicle molds and freeze until solid, at least  twelve hours.

NOTE:  If you do not have popsicle molds, try using Dixie cups and popsicle sticks.  Pour the mixture into dixie cups, place in the freezer and after four to six hours place popsicle sticks into the center of each cup and continue to freeze for at least an additional six hours.

*I love essential oils, especially do terra. They are a very high grade, high quality oil.  They work wonders on my kids ailments, and mine.  I love OnGuard to protect against illness.  I love Breathe for my allergies.  Citrus Bliss boosts my mood and helps all of us feel awake in the morning.  There are so many others but I just thought I’d share some of my favorites. It you are interested, I sell them.  I don’t push it, I mostly signed up for the wholesale price and it’s so worth it. If you are interested in signing up I can help you out with that too. I know this sounds like a promotion, I guess it is, just know I don’t normally do this. I really love essential oils and I believe in them.