Real Food Hits the Road: The First few Days

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This is the most recent installment to the series Someone Else’s Shoes. Real Food Hits the Road— that’s what my family is attempting. The desire is to eat our normal 85% real food way while living out of hotel/motel rooms for the next 2+ weeks.

We’ve been on the road since Friday evening. Leaving […]

Water Kefir Soda Cremosa

Vanilla Cremosa

Vanilla Cremosa

Many (many) years ago, fresh out of high school, I worked at a gourmet coffee shop. Working there was the first place I heard of ‘fancy’ drinks like Italian Sodas and Cremosas.

Fast forward to now, we make our own version of soda out of water kefir grains. I love making these […]

Thrifty Food Plan Experience

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This eBook is an in-depth look at the 2 week Thrifty Food Plan Experience that my family did in March of 2012. 67 pages of thoughts, tips, and ideas plus a 2 week menu plan, over 40 recipes and links to many more.

 

This experience was based off of the USDA’s food cost guidelines. […]

Sourdough Donuts

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I started thinking about making these when reading one of the books in my favorite series from Lauraine Snelling (I can’t remember which one but it is one of the later ones). In the book they have bread out to rise and decide to ‘steal’ some of the dough to turn into a treat […]

Naturally Leavened Muffins

Design a Dish Muffins

A few weeks ago I made a double batch of muffins. I realized as soon as they were in the oven that I’d forgot to add any baking powder or baking soda. Oops.

I expected to end up with stones instead of muffins. I was super surprised to pull beautiful muffins with a terrific rise […]

Design a Sourdough Muffin

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A few years ago I shared my basic muffin formula. This is an adaptation from the muffin formula in The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn. I changed the original formula to allow for soaking the grains (in order to reduce the phytic acid and other anti-nutrients). I expanded on the details of this basic […]

Homemade Cracker Jacks

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“Take me out to the ball game. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks. I don’t care if I ever come back…”

Do you like those Cracker Jack things that come in a box with a little prize? Or how about Fiddle Faddle? If those are something you enjoy, you will love this!

This […]

Just Like the Fair! Corn Dog Muffins

Just Like the Fair! Sourdough Corn Dog Muffins

I have a confession. I really like corn dogs. When I was going to school in downtown Portland I used to ride the MAX (light rail transit) and it let me off at Pioneer Square. There was a corn dog stand there and once a week I bought one. That was 22 years ago and […]

Milk Shake Magic

Magic Milk Shake

This recipe was shared originally in May of 2010. I decided to highlight it today in honor of Valentine’s Day. Chocolate is the perfect treat for this day.

 

A favorite treat from before we started changing over to real, more nutrient dense foods was Magic Milk Shakes from the Hillbilly Housewife website. […]

Frito Boats

When I was growing up, there was a Drive-In at the end of town. Have you been to one of those places? You sit in your car and a girl on skates comes out and takes your order. Then brings it out on a tray that hangs off your window and you eat in your […]

Pimento Cheese

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I’ll be making a quick and easy dip/spread thingy for the ‘big game’ on Sunday. The picture is from the original recipe that you can find here. I had to eliminate the use of ‘low fat’ items to make more of a REAL food appetizer. This recipe was a special request by […]