homemade gluten free play dough

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I looked for a long time to find a recipe to make gluten free play dough that didn’t contain corn or rice, and couldn’t find one.  My daughter is sensitive to both, so I set out to make my own!

I had sorghum, arrowroot and millet in the fridge.  After three batches, sorghum flour did the best.  I took Mommypotomus’ play dough recipe and modified it to use sorghum flour.

Here’s the recipe:

1 cup sorghum (sweet, white, bobs red mill)

1/2 cup salt

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 cup water

purple: 2 tsp red beet powder ( organic, non GMO)

Pink: 1/2 tsp red beet powder

Yellow: 3/4 tsp tumeric (mix the 1 cup water and heat before adding to dry goods)

Heat stove to medium.  Stir ingredients constantly until thickens and pulls away from pan.  Its still a bit tacky.  I then scoop it out onto parchment to cool a little.  I sprinkle 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup sorghum flour over it and knead it together.  Add more if still tacky after it cools.  You don’t want to add too much flour.

 

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Walnut Milk

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Since I am sensitive to dairy, and my daughter is sensitive to almonds, I have started making my own walnut milk!

Its so easy to make, anyone can do it.  I take one cup walnuts and soak them in water with some salt for 8 hours.  You can put it in the fridge or on the counter.

After 8 hours, rinse the walnuts well.  Then place them in a blender with 5 cups water.  Blend for several minutes.

Let it sit for a few minutes and skim the bubbles (foam) off the top.  Use a nut bag, cheese cloth or a fine mesh strainer to filter out the nut pulp from the milk.

Save the pulp to make something else.

Sometimes I add honey for taste, but most of the time I drink it plain.

The process is the same for making almond milk too.  If all the mystery ingredients scare you in the store bought stuff, I highly recommend making your own.

You can make milk from almost anything.  Cashews only need to soak for 6 hours.

I use walnut milk to make lattes, smoothies, anything you’d use regular milk for.

 

Mint Chocolates, vegan, gaps friendly, dairy free

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OK, so the photo doesn’t do these morsels of goodness any justice.  They are so delicious I’d rather eat them up then spend time staging a gorgeous photo.  Now that they are in my belly, I regret not taking the time to orchestrate a beautiful photo to entice you to make these!

Next time I make these, I will be sure to update the photo!  Until then. Here’s the recipe!

1/3 cup walnuts (soaked and dehydrated)

7-8 medjool dates

2 Tbsp cocoa

2-3 drops doterra peppermint essential oil (you could use peppermint extract: expermiment with amount to suit your taste)

1/2 tsp salt (real salt, Himalayan, or Celtic)

I use my nutribullet to pulse everything into a smooth consistency.  You can use a vitamix blender or food processor.

Roll into balls and put in freezer.  Mine have yet to make it to the freezer as I usually polish them in one sitting.  I make them when I crave chocolate.

Optionally, you can decorate each ball with a sprinkle of coconut.

If you are making them to share, then you may want to triple the recipe.

Pancakes (GAPS, Paleo, DF, GF)

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I don’t know about you, but I LOVE pancakes.  These pancakes are GAPS friendly, Paleo friendly, Dairy Free and Gluten Free, oh, and vegetarian (not vegan).  I personally think they are the closest thing to regular pancakes, but I haven’t had real pancakes in a LONG time.  In my opinion, almond flour is too heavy and dense; and coconut flour has its own texture/taste issues.  This recipe uses walnuts as a base, so if you are allergic or sensitive, skip this recipe altogether.

1 cup walnuts (I recommend soaking and dehydrating according to Nourishing Traditions/Weston A Price, or buy them already soaked and dehydrated, like I do)

Use the food processor to grind them into a nut butter (or close to it.)

Add four eggs and continue to process.

Add 1 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt (I love pink himalayan salt)

1-2 Tbsp raw honey

Mix all the ingredients before pouring batter to make pancakes each time (the walnut butter likes to separate and sink to the bottom.)

Double the recipe or triple it to store for additional meals!  I love to use them in place of bread.

Enjoy!

REAL food

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Since the origin of this blog, I have gotten questions from several readers asking me what I value most (about natural living) and what I’d suggest as a jumping off place to someone who wants to make some changes but feels overwhelmed with where to start.

First, let me emphasize that my motivation for natural living came from our struggle with infertility.  It was the driving force for MANY changes, but most importantly diet.

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The definition of food to me five years ago was VERY different than my definition of food today.  Five years ago, I loved anything processed (pasta, pizza, cereal, etc) and lots of dairy.  Today, I only eat whole foods (and sadly, no dairy).  I choose not to buy anything processed.  REAL food is medicine.  Man made food/factory produced food is the opposite.

Let me back up by saying that I am a Christian.  I believe God called us to care for the land and the people around us.  What you buy is voting for the farmer or factory who produced the food.  Do you want to support the farmer who cares lovingly for his animals, allowing them to roam free on pasture and see the sun, or the farmer who is looking at the bottom dollar. Do you want to eat the chicken who roams free and sees sun or the chicken who is being squashed into a building too many other chickens, never seeing the light of day?  I choose to support local farmers who treat the land and animals with love.  The result of such passion and old fashion agricultural practices is food that is way more nourishing than the other.  The taste is better too. Same goes for produce.  Do you want to eat an apple covered in pesticide over one that’s used natural farming practices to deter pests? I prefer the clean apple and supporting that orchard that has produced the organic apple.  Our air and bodies can thank these farmers for not polluting our air, our soil, or our bodies with these known poisons.

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There are a lot of ways to look at the food you are buying.

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As for produce, I try to buy organic whenever possible.  If it’s an item not on the dirty dozen list or a high pesticide crop; its ok to skip the organic BUT make sure it’s not GMO (the produce code starts with an 8 for GMO produce).

I buy grassfed beef and pastured poultry from local farmers.  You can buy 1/4 of a cow for a great price in this area (Lancaster County, PA).

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I buy eggs from local farms that have not been pasteurized.  I look for soy free and organic.  During the summer I pay $2.75/dozen.  Lately I pay $5/dozen for eggs that have bright orange yolks.  To me, it’s worth it.  Some people buy starbucks coffee; I buy eggs.  It comes back to what you value.  The nutrients in the egg yolks far outweigh the coffee in my opinion.   (I like coffee)

If you eat grains or nuts, look into how to properly prepare them on the Weston A Price website or the Nourishing Traditions book.

As for fish: my verdict is still out due to all the recent ocean disasters.

As for water, I feel it’s important to invest in a good water filter.  Choose one that filters out fluoride, lead, chlorine, etc.  (Options: Berkey, Crystal Quest )

My journey into whole foods has been gradual.  It can be overwhelming to think about all the changes that need to be made.  Each of us is on a journey.  REAL food is a good place to start pursuing all things natural.  It’s still a journey I’m pursuing and growing in.  Being on the GAPS diet, I make everything.  It’s exhausting, but it’s worth it.

Remedies for Coughs

My daughter has had a cough for several weeks.  Thankfully, it’s almost gone now.  When it first started, I worried it could turn to pneumonia.  Right before Christmas she had a fever, was wheezing, and coughing up mucus; so I decided to take her to the doctor to make sure it hadn’t turned to pneumonia (they listen for crackle sounds).  Thankfully, it hadn’t.  I am pretty proactive with giving her natural remedies as soon as symptoms arise.

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The most effective remedies I’ve used and have seen results:

Garlic Oil : crush garlic (use a garlic press if you have one) and put it in olive oil, let sit a few minutes and then rub oil on the soles of feet and or chest.  I do this three times a day when things are really bad.  Garlic is a great antiviral and antibiotic!  It helps reduce fevers and clears up ear infections!

Do Terra’s Breathe Blend/Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Put 4 drops in a bath or in an oil (jojoba, olive, coconut, etc-whatever your preference) and rub on chest or soles of feet.  I add a few drops to the humidifier too.

Slippery Elm Tea: I mix the powder with warm water or juice.

Elderberry Syrup

To prevent coughs from turning into pneumonia, create an environment with lots of humidity to loosen mucus (run shower while taking a bath) and do percussion tapping (basically tap back and chest).

*Again, I’m not a doctor; but these are things that have helped our family.  Only you can decide how to treat your family*

Spicy Carrot Soup (gaps, df, gf)

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Soup is such an easy and affordable way to feed your family healthy.  And this soup is a great last minute meal, as its quick to make!

 

 

 

This meal is cheap, dirt cheap if you make your own chicken broth.

Spicy Carrot Soup

2 L chicken broth (9 cups)

14 large carrots

1 T chili powder (more if you like spicy)

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp coriander

Salt

 

Cook carrots in the broth on the stove until soft.  Purée in the blender or use an immersion blender.  Enjoy.