Homemade Ranch Dressing

Published February 2, 2013 by freedominhim

My husband loved Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing… not anymore! I never liked it, until I started making it fresh, homemade and healthy. Isn’t it interesting what fresh ingredients will do…

Ranch Dressing/Dip

1 cup sour cream (I use homemade french cream yogurt)
1 cup mayonnaise (homemade works great too)
1/2 teas sea salt
1/4 teas black pepper
shake/tiny pinch of thyme
1/2 teas garlic powder
1/2 teas onion powder
parsley flakes

Mix well and let set a few hours before serving.

If you want a thinner mix for dressing add 3 T. Milk.

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Almond Flour Biscuits

Published February 2, 2013 by freedominhim

I like these. My son LOVES these.

They make the perfect bun, or flatbread or even left as a plain old biscuit… and they are easier to make than bread. 🙂

Almond Flour Biscuits

2 1/2 c Almond Flour
1/2 teas Baking Soda
1/4 teas Sea Salt
1T. honey
*1/8 teas baking powder (only if you are NOT SCD)*
3T. melted butter or coconut oil
3T. milk or milk substitute
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all together really well. Drop by rounded Tablespoons onto greased cookie sheet. Now, you have three options… you can flatten each mound to very thin to make more of a flatbread or partly flatten so that you can cut them like  a bun for sandwiches OR you can leave them in mounds for more of a drop biscuit.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the top becomes a nice brown.

Take it slow….

Published January 31, 2013 by freedominhim

Many people lately have asked me how long I have been “grain free”. When I tell them it has been over a year, they sometimes look at me in shock. I am probably not the best at explaining the levels of SCD, or even what SCD is. But, I found this WONDERFUL article today… maybe it will help me to better explain stages and how it works.

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Grain Free Banana Bread

Published January 31, 2013 by freedominhim

Today is a good day! I received a phone call from a dear friend AND my banana bread turned out delicious! This makes me a happy girl 🙂

Grain Free Banana Bread

1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 c. Almond flour
1/4 c. coconut flour
3 T. Coconut Oil (melted)
3 Eggs
2 really ripe bananas
1/4 – 1/2 c. honey
1/2 c. broken up pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together coconut oil, bananas, honey, and eggs. Add the soda, salt and flours until mixed well. I typically let any recipe I make containing coconut flour sit for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes pour into either a well greased loaf pan or a silicon pan.

Bake for 40 minutes or until pick comes clean, cool and devour!

Who are you?

Published October 16, 2012 by freedominhim

A few days ago, I forgot who I was.

Seriously….

Completely.

I was in the midst of preparing for a big event.
AND
I started to fret.
I started to worry.
I started to get a little bit grumpy.
I started to weep….I had forgotten who I was.

I asked my family for things that they could not give me.

I asked my friends for things that they could not help with.

So, I sucked it up. I told myself I could do it. I was determined to make it happen.

But…. I couldn’t do it.

Nope.

It was then that I realized who I was NOT.

I was not, nor shall I ever be, SuperWoman.

Nor am I SuperHuman.

and I totally am not God.

Aha! It was then that I remembered who I was.

I am a child of God. He created me.  He loves me even when I am unlovable. He calls me beautiful when no one else will. He calls me beautiful even when I feel ugly. He is my comfort when no one else is there to comfort me. He is there encouraging me when no one else can… and He is FAITHFUL!

I remembered that NO ONE knows me the way that He does. Man will never be able to take His place, nor will man ever be able to satisfy the way He can. He will NEVER let me down!

I then remembered who I was IN HIM. I am at peace IN HIM. I am able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me. He is my strength, and my shield. I can do nothing without Him. I fall short, but He does not.

I remembered WHY I do what I do… it is not for others, not for myself, but for Him… His glory! He did not create me to glorify myself. He did not create me to glorify others. He created me to glorify Him. I simply needed to trust Him.

Suddenly all was well with my soul.

He did good! (He always does)

and the event was a success … for Him!

Browned No butter frosting

Published August 21, 2012 by freedominhim

(taken from our old site – jan 2008) Not SCD, but gluten free / dairy free

You are not going to believe this but the last time I made those blonde brownies, they disappeared without frosting! LOL Good thing I was able to freeze 2 of them to “test” and they freeze and thaw well. Perfect even! I was so excited.

Since the family and I loved them so much, I set about to making more — this time WITH frosting.

Here is the frosting we chose: Enjoy!

Browned NO-butter frosting

1 stick or 1/2 cup of butter* (non dairy, non casein, vegan margarine)
4 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons Milk* (non dairy, non casein, milk substitute…I used vanilla soy)
1 teas. vanilla

heat margarine in a saucepan over low heat until it turns a delicate brown…the margarine doesn’t really turn brown, but when it begins to crackle, remove from heat.

Slowly and gradually add the powdered sugar a little at a time and the Milk and vanilla. Mix in between each addition of powdered sugar until it is nice spreadable frosting consistency. You may need to adjust your powdered sugar or milk to achieve spreadability.