Homemade chocolates two ways for happiness!

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Staying healthy over the holidays is my number one priority number two tea parties with sweets! I have become so sensitive to cane sugar since giving it up. The smallest amount gives me a terrible headache and makes me crabby. This year I am even reacting to molasses in my favorite ginger bread cookies. It has been a hard couple days resisting the few dozen gingersheep running around my house. Here is how I cope with my Holiday cravings.

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Peppermint Chocolate Melt Aways with Essential Oils by Beth Schultz

1 cup cacao butter

1/2 cup coconut oil

3/4 cup raw cacao powder

1/2 cup maple syrup

3 drops therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil. I use Young Living

Melt cacao butter and coconut oil on a double broiler. Add maple syrup, cacao powder and peppermint. Mix til smooth. I used a coffee scoop to pour into mini baking cup. Silicone molds work great too. This recipe made 36 little mini cups.***MUST REFRIGERATE THEY DO MELT!!!

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I used this make shift double broiler. If you did not have one, use a pot on the stove top. Just heat slowly and be careful not to burn.

Almond Butter Cups by Beth Schultz

1 cup almond butter

3 Tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder or extract

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Heat, mix and pour into little baking cups then freeze for 10 minutes. Make a batch of chocolate to pour over the top. Use the above recipe minus the peppermint. Pour chocolate over the almond butter and freeze again til they set up. (see bottom for notes)These must be stored in the fridge they do melt.  Sometimes we lose the modern convinces with real food. Chocolate is meant to melt in you hand and your mouth. I promise these will not disappoint!

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There are so many flavors you could invent with this recipe, get inspired!  I love shredded almonds, coconut flakes or hazelnuts . Make them in mini baking cups or silicone molds.

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Real food should be made easy and taste delicious.

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If you like gingerbread cookies please go visit the Primal Palate website. They have a recipe index with the best filter system. You can put in all your special diet needs and it will pick the best for you.

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http://www.primalpalate.com/paleo-recipe/gingerbread-cookies-2/

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The gingersheep are seriously the coolest cookie cut out ever! I can not wait to drop them of at my egg farmers. She also raises Jacob sheep.

You are what you eat, think and feel. Be kind and real~Beth

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***The next time I make these I will try the chocolate on the bottom and the almond on the top. The chocolate set up harder than the almond butter. Experiment  please I am still learning.

MY SAUCE!

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My Sauce, my sauce, my sauce. Brings all the boys to the yard. And they’re like it’s better than yours!

Wow did I just type that. I did! That song always brings back memories of my awesome Friend. She sings and dances like no other.  You have to try “My Sauce” My mentor in the kitchen even loves “My Sauce” She said it was better than her Tahini Dressing. Biggest complement EVER!!! This is my favorite thing! Before Paleo I was a ranch dressing kind of girl. Everything I ate was dipped in it. The first few months of my Paleo Journey were ok but something was missing. It was this!!!

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“My sauce”

by Beth Schultz

  • 1 Cup  Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup  Coconut Aminos
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Garlic Cloves or more all about taste our little likes less garlic
  • 1 Cup. Olive or Avocado  Oil
  • 1 Cup Tahini
  • 3 tbsp Parsley Fresh is Best or Dried works
  • 1 tsp. Himalayan Salt
  • 1 Tablespoons Honey
  • Juice of 1 Lemon

 Add the ACV, Coconut Aminos, Water and Garlic together in a Blender. I mix till the Garlic is Pureed. Add the Oil, Tahini, Lemon, Honey, Salt, and Parsley blend and serve. It fills 2. 16 ounce jars plus enough for a salad or 2 right away.
*I am always working on new Variations of “My Sauce”. I will share more additions in the future. Try adding Dill to make it like Ranch. Or a bit of Hot Sauce to get the fires burning!

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I hope you enjoy this Sauce as much as we do. I love it on my Burger’s, Salads and dipping my Chicken in it. My Mason Jar fits nicely in my Purse and goes with me whenever I eat out. I have a few Places that have Organic Salads but still use Canola Oil in their Dressings. I am an absolute NO Canola Oil kinda Gal! Enjoy. remember to be kind to yourself always!

You are what you eat, think and feel. Be real and kind!!!
Beth

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Knowing my Food

There has been some questions this week about how organic is your food? Is the beef truly grass-fed?  Are my eggs and meat really from happy pastured chickens? These questions are important to me. When we first started using food as medicine I did not have all these concerns. I focused on just eating real food and getting better. Now that eating real is our normal I have time to focus on where my food comes from. I prefer to buy local and directly from my farmer whenever possible.

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I am lucky to live in a great little Oregon town where we have a year round farmer’s market. Central Oregon Locavore  is a great non-profit set up to bring the people and farmers together in one nice storefront. All their meat, cheese and eggs are local. The first time we went in I asked about volunteer opportunities. I got a booklet of local farmer’s to buy direct from and we found a great organization called WWOLF:Willing Workers on Local Farms. Every month they go to a local farm and help the farmer with a project. We signed up for their next day at Rainshadow Organics. I also signed up to help at the market. Ella and I volunteer together. I love teaching her about giving back to the community!

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Our 1st day at Rainshadow Organic’s was cold and snowy. We got out there in the morning with gloves on and ready to do whatever Sarahlee asked. Ella and  I starting by tearing down a greenhouse. Andy was elected to put together an old walk in cooler, that would grow mushrooms. We all worked for a couple hour’s and then Sarahlee’s mom served a delicious homemade vegan potato soup. After lunch we spread chicken poop all over the garden beds preparing them for Spring planting.

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The walk in cooler was a big job. It was not finished when it was time to leave. My Husband the sweetheart that he is offered to stay and finish. We talked with Sarahlee about their work share. You help pick their weekly CSA and bring home one for yourself. YES please! We have eaten the best organic produce all Summer. It was a great opportunity for Andy to learn real life farm skills for when we have our own homestead.

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All our hard work payed off. The walk in makes tasty mushrooms and the garden fed people well all summer. All with no yucky chemicals. The chicken poop Ella and I spread grew nutritious real food. With no negative effects on the earth or people. Another win win in my opinion.

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Dr. Wahls paleo diet includes 9 cups of vegetables a day. We eat all organic and that can get expensive. I feel blessed to have had this workshare opportunity. These greens have brought me health and happiness.

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Carrot day out at Rainshadow. Ella and I love it when we get invited to the farm. This was back in October. They had a ton of extra carrots literally a ton. Our job was to pull out the carrots and sort them. We were looking for the perfect carrot that will be next years seed. We sorted some for her weekly CSA boxes and the rest were for us and a local food bank.

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Carrot’s anyone? We have some extra’s. Our friend suggested packing the carrots in a cooler around sand. They are supposed to last all winter. I will let you know this spring how it worked.

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Today we went out to snap some picture’s of our rancher’s cattle. Paul and Pam love there animals. Every cow has a name and is cherished. I can not remember all there names, there were so many. Paul knew them all and had a story about each one. This gal was going into heat for the first time and was a little rambunctious!

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This here is their favorite cow. She was a big sweetheart and had some special health challenges. Most rancher’s would put her down but now she is their pet cow. When I would scratch her she would lean into me and snuggle up. I think you can see the love I have for her in my smile!leaning pine 1

I understand the vegan movement. I am not cool with animal cruelty either. I only want to eat meat from animals who lived a natural life-like I do. I only eat the food that is designed for my body and keeps me healthy.  I want the same for the animals that feed me. When I learned that the beef industry uses so many antibiotics because the cattle are sick due to all the grains they are fed I opted out of that type of meat. I see the feed lot animals being like me. I ate an unnatural diet and became very sick. Yes I got Lyme Disease a terrible bacteria. I believe it took over my brain because I was not healthy. Once I treated my whole body with real nutritious food and healed my gut my immune system was able to heal me.

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Happy grass-fed cows make happy healthy people!

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Paul and Pam made sure to bring us up to the main house to see the mama of the cow we have in our freezer. She is a big black beaut!!!! There is one of her babies behind her, our cow’s sister. Paul is always interested in knowing if we could cut our sirloin with a butter knife. If not he will not breed the same two cows again. He did good I had the sirloin with a butter knife!

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The very first thing we thawed out last month when we got our cow share was ground beef. The butcher laughed at me saying most people want steaks. We had been out of ground beef for a few months and I wanted a burger! This full freezer of nutrient dense food makes me feel content. We have a lot of respect and love for our farmer’s. Ella brought them out one of her homemade Christmas ornaments as a thank you. Paul and Pam invited her back and just sent her a thank you note for the ornament.

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My favorite place to get eggs is our backyard. This winter our gals stopped laying early. I can not eat eggs so we figured we would be fine without them. Three weeks later Ella needed some pumpkin muffins and I went on a search. We found Bear Creek Farm. A small sustainable farm that raises heritage breed turkeys, chickens and sheep. There Jacob sheep are very handsome animals.

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I timed it this week when I went to pick up two dozen eggs. It takes me twenty-three minutes to get there and home. She leaves her eggs in the mailbox I leave money and a couple of grain free treats. I told you I love my farmer’s!  Real true pastured eggs I feel good about in less than 30 minutes. We have a good rotation going, I swear I do not spend all my time acquiring food.  My freezer is full of beef, we get veggies once a week and eggs twice a month. I almost forgot about one of my favorite local products my organic coffee!

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I do love my coffee. I have done an elimination with coffee and I do great with two cups a day. Sometimes I over indulge we all have our weakness. Mine is really good roasted dark coffee. We have all heard in the paleo world about coffee beans having mold/mycotoxins.  I have noticed some coffee even organic gives me a headache. I looked for a local roaster and asked if his beans were clean. He was not aware of the issue but assured me his beans were not moldy. I am hooked we buy 5 pounds at a time. Thank you Bonsai Beans. You can find them online or at Central Oregon Locavore. Buying local feels good and supports a food industry that works. The best way to let companies know what you want is with your dollar. Please spend wisely show them you want real food!!!

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http://bonsaibeans.com/shop/

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http://www.centraloregonlocavore.org/Home_Page.php

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http://www.rainshadoworganics.com/csa/

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http://www.bearcreekfarm.org/

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Leaning Pine Ranch. Prineville, Oregon. no website

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Remember you  are what you eat think and feel, be kind and real! Beth

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*** New Years Eve  Dinner 2014. Grass fed tenderloin form Leaning Pine Ranch, mashed sweet potatoes and Brussels sprout.

Fast Food Made Real!

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We all need a quick meal sometimes. Something that we can make in less than 10 minutes. That is faster than I could drive to the McDonald’s and get a Happy Meal. This is my go to meal, Octopus Hot Dogs! I know a hot dog is not the most ideal food you can eat. But I have found a brand that I feel good about buying.

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I like this list of ingredients. No sugar even and the beef is grass fed! Ingredients are Grass-fed Beef, Water Salt, Mustard Powder, Celery Powder, Sea Salt, White Pepper, Paprika, Nutmeg, Garlic Powder, Coriander, Onion Powder, Allspice.

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Smiles and nourishment all accomplished in less than 10 minutes. A Happy Meal we all feel happy about!!! Ella loves eating real food in her favorite dress up outfit. She actually loves doing everything in this outfit. You can see it featured in our Thanksgiving post too. Maybe we should have a contest at the end of the year. How many times can you spot “Ella Cinderella” in her dress! What do you think? This was her first day of homeschool outfit and her 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and then we lost track!

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Here is the website of the hot dogs we like. We purchase them locally at our Natural Grocers.
http://www.tetonwatersranch.com/products

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Have a fabulous day! You are what you eat, think and feel. Be kind and real!!!

Beth

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