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girly balance

girly balance – Samsung Galaxy sII no edits

while I’ve not had a chance to sit down & fully read andrewgr.am‘s Uncommon Photographer’s Guide to Photography, I’ve somewhat started with the “just take pictures” instruction.

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natural whole food cupcakes

sadly, I neglected to take a photo of the finished product.  they were very pretty.  something like this:

sourdough cupcakes

sourdough cupcakes

but more golden than orange this time, and piped in a swirl (not very well). sigh… it was K’s birthday, and I was somewhat focused on getting out the door than documenting my brilliance.

this one just about nails them all on the head:

✔ vegan (well, the cupcakes are, if not the frosting; that could likely be made vegan)

✔ wheat free (can be gluten free with appropriate sourdough starter)

✔ sourdough (nourishing traditions)

✔ vegetables

✔ no artificial colours

✔ natural sweeteners (other than whatever’s in the cream cheese! –  will try home-made next time!)

✔ delicious

sourdough beetroot cocoa cupcakes with carrot cream cheese frosting

carrot reduction 4 –  5 carrots blendered with juice of one valencia orange, filter through nut mylk bag, reduce until thickened like light syrup

reducing carrot reduction

reducing carrot reduction

roasted 3 medium beets (from Makaria Farm’s CSA), combined with some of carrot reduction as it cooked, and carrot pulp, used stick blender to puree; use 1/2 cup for recipe, reserve rest (freeze in 1/2 cup batches for future cupcakes!)

use Minimalist Baker‘s fudgy vegan beet cupcake recipe with 1/2 cup sourdough starter + 1/2 cup sunflower mylk (unfiltered, still has pulp) instead of almond mylk & vinegar

frosting use she cooks…he cleans’ recipe with 1/4 cup carrot reduction instead of maple syrup

carrot reduction

carrot reduction

wish I could show you the final results, but they looked good, and tasted great.  yay, me!

Success!

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Halloween treats

yes, this is at least a week late, but I wanted to show off the great treats everyone contributed.

from the top: piped chocolate webs & pumpkins decorated with dried fruits, pumpkin cupcakes with carrot juice coloured coconut oil frosting, home made Jell-O & cream gummy worms and gelatin & black cherry juice gummy worms.

the party was a hit, the kids had a great time, and I didn’t feel bad about the treat options available that K could eat.  score!

Colour Free

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wheat free vegan delicata squash cupcakes with carrot juice coconut frosting

I’m used to avoiding additives, wheat, dairy, eggs, etc. but it gets challenging with a little girl once she’s got friends coming over expecting “normal”.

I don’t do “normal” very well.

nevertheless, this time, I think I did almost normal pretty darned well (even the sugar content was off the chart on these babies – gotta try a vegan confectioner’s sugar-free frosting, now!).  the one thing I’m the most “attagirl” pleased with was the frosting.

carrot juice.

ok, hyper-carrot juice: I blendered three carrots with just enough water to pulpify them not too bad (no, I haven’t got a Blendtec or Vitamix, pity me), I pressed the results through a nut mylk bag, and reduced the juice on the stove until I didn’t dare go any further.  the results were a little off-putting visually (slightly burnt orange separated out like flakes of very old paint floating on the carrier medium), but tasted amazing: super, super sweet & carroty.  I added what probably was just shy of 1 tbsp of this carrot reduction to the coconut frosting and zammy!  look at that gorgeous colour!!  and no weird flavour profile.  beautiful!

and the kids gobbled them up (well, they were still full of sugar…)

Wormy!

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red wigglers

thanks to this great recipe, our home-made Halloween treat worked amazingly well. K brought some to preschool the next day and the kids & teacher honestly thought she’d brought real worms!

“Happy” Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

multiple allergies, plus trying to heal “leaky gut” and reduce possibilities for problems down the road = very challenging at candy season.  hard enough for us adults; try explaining to a 3 year old why she can’t have that cupcake, or those candies, or… and explaining to friends and family why it’s not “oh just a little treat, it won’t matter”.

what to do?

here are some stellar suggestions/recipes for families in similar situations – I’m so going to try some of these!

ohlardy’s home made from scratch non-jello gummy worms

20somethingallergies’ a few really awesome non-candy sweet tooth alternatives

hellyeahitsvegan’s vegan pumpkin cupcakes with coconut oil frosting

homemademommy’s three ingredient maple pecan candies (I’ll try with coconut oil & almonds)

sealemon’s DIY slime (part I) and DIY slime (part II) for a completely food-free fun way to entertain halloween style

and my personal favourite: glow sticks!

WOOT for GOOT!!

An Ikea garlic press, with pressed garlic.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

desperate to come up with something to help K with a cold that went straight to her lungs (of course)

we’ve got a wonderful cough tincture (Usnea, Inula & Althea) from our medical herbalist

been working on potent acupressure points thanks to recent shiatsu sessions (when K will let me – she’s been so hyped with this cold that any touching in those points results in instant withdrawal reaction – I could manage some while she slept fitfully)

some herbal brews: mint family (cat nip, spearmint, lemon balm) plus fennel seed, rose hips, calendula, some late season red clover & stinging nettles; fresh grated ginger & turmeric & lemon slices

finally, last night, she was struggling with breathing & fighting a low fever, I found GOOT.  slathered that on her feet, chest & back a couple of times, and she’s almost totally back to normal today.

this is amazing.  this kind of thing (especially once in her lungs) usually takes K a week or more to get over to this point.  one night of the GOOT.  well, let’s see if it’s repeatable… you know it, I know it, we’ll get more opportunities to test it.