recipe: apple puffed pancake dish

Have you every tried the Whole Foods buffet’s Creme Brulee French Toast?  

Well, that is what this dish tastes like, with a cinnamon-apple twist.

This is my favorite breakfast. 

It is easy and so, so good.

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees, put your 9×12 dish in (or two smaller pans) with one stick of butter to melt.

After the butter melts, add 2-4 thinly sliced apples.

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Mix in a bowl:

      • 1 1/2 cups milk
      • 6 eggs
      • 1 tsp vanilla
      • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
      • 1/2 tsp salt
      • 1 cup flour (we use a gluten free mix version)
      • 3 tablespoons sugar

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Pour the contents of bowl on top of the apples and butter and bake for 18-22 minutes.

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Enjoy hot out of the oven with syrup or (more!) butter!

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The best (and easiest!) homemade bread

When you don’t have a lot of time to make delicious sourdough-y bread.  (Who does?)  This is the recipe for you.

1. Mix together:

  • 12 oz warm water (1 and 1/2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon bread yeast

2. Set aside for 5-10 minutes.

3. Now mix together:

  • 1 lb flour (approx. 3 and 3/4 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons salt

4. Mix the dry ingredients with the water and yeast.  Add flour as necessary and knead into a nice ball.  Keep in a cloth-covered bowl for at least 18 hours.

5. After it has risen, take out of the bowl and plop it onto a floured cutting board (using a spatula is best).  Tuck it back into a ball.  Let it rise, again, for another 1-2 hours.

6. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place your dutch oven pot inside.  Plop dough into your hot pot.  Cook with top on for 30 minutes.  Take top off and cook for an additional 10 minutes.  Cool on a bread rack.

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Enjoy!
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I am making my own toothpaste…. and my teeth actually feel clean!

I found a wonderful recipe for making your own toothpaste!  My teeth have become way too sensitive after my last pregnancy, and even though we have always used Tom’s toothpaste (the version without the killer fluoride!) and I use a soft-bristled brush, they still tingled horribly. Tom’s brand is a great alternative to commercial toothpastes (ingredients below), but it still contains glycerin, which prevents your teeth from remineralizing because it covers the surface with a hard-to-remove substance. Since using my below toothpaste recipe, my teeth have never looked so shiny and sparkly — I am letting my teeth remineralize naturally!

Commercial Toothpaste ingredients: Sodium Fluoride 0.15% w/v fluoride ion, Baking Soda, Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Silica, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Saccharin, Titanium Dioxide, Water.

I also tried the “sensitive brand” which contains 5% potassium nitrate, scary, and that really shouldn’t be going into the human body.  I was willing to try anything, but it hurt my teeth even worse than regular toothpaste.  Fail.  (And I returned it!  I’ll return anything at a store if I don’t need it.) So when I found out from the Healthy Extremist that I could make my own with my beloved coconut oil, I was so excited to try it.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 tbs coconut oil
  2. 2 tbs baking soda
  3. Peppermint essential oil — at least 10 drops

Directions:

  1. Soften your coconut oil on the stove top.
  2. Pour into a little glass container — a baby food jar works great!
  3. Add the baking soda and peppermint oil and stir.
  4. Stir every 5-10 minutes or so until the coconut oil hardens again –otherwise the baking soda will fall to the bottom: this is the tricky part.

Coconut oil is anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial.  It is also full of nutrients such as lauric acid and saturated fat! and vitamin K and E that your body needs!  And baking soda is a very low abrasive to get your teeth clean!  I checked out this chart made from a dentist at Save your Smile and baking soda is a “7” on the abrasive scale on a scale from 1 – 250. DSC02817 It is difficult to get the paste onto my tooth brush because the coconut oil is 90% saturated fat  — this means it is solid below about 75 degrees.  I use my finger to put it on my tooth brush and then it melts on my mouth.  I have heard of people using a hair dryer to soften it right before use.  That seems time-consuming.  However, in the summer months, the coconut oil will melt, so you’ll have more of a liquid to deal with.  This may become too obnoxious, but I’ll see. But…. my teeth feel so so so clean.  I have been doing this for a week now, and they feel smooth (not grimy!) and they look sparkly…. I’m not making this up!  I know they are clean because of how they feel and I have always been a “my teeth have to feel clean” type of person!  I have found my perfect toothpaste (minus the minor hassle of getting it on my tooth brush) and I will continue to use it. DSC02818 Thanks for visiting Wildflower Ramblings, if you’d like to receive post updates, please Like my Facebook Page!

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This is the best quiche of your life.

I love quiche.  I am a “I like eggs with a lot of extras” type of girl.  I don’t like over easy or even plain scrambled.  But I love eggs if there is a lot of cheese and a nice vegetable involved.  I make frittatas and quiches quite a bit, thanks to my “I’ll have 3 to 4 eggs a day, every day” husband.  And thankfully, and healthfully, my son loves eggs too.

But my life changed the day I had my friend’s mother-in-law’s quiche.  I went over for a nice sit-down brunch and took a bite and I will never be the same.  This quiche is that good.  I told her so too, and I tend to be a bit dramatic, so maybe she didn’t believe me when I said that this was the best thing I’d ever tasted.  But I was serious.

And sweet Edie gave me her grandmother’s recipe.  And I am here to share it with you.  Go to the store now and buy these ingredients and make this quiche!

**Hint: Cottage cheese is the secret.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tub of 16 oz cottage cheese (or 24 oz if you want it a bit goo-ey-er)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 to whole bag of shredded cheddar cheese (or try others)
  • other ingredients of your choice: broccoli, spinach, peppers, meat

Directions:

  1. Turn oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook broccoli slightly. (Or use other toppings: the above picture is of a non-cooked cut red pepper and ham)
  3. Combine all the remaining ingredients in a big bowl.
  4. Put in a pie crust
  5. Cook for 60 minutes. (Check with a fork for more or less time.)
  6. Try not to eat it all by yourself.

Here is the sweet recipe she copied for me.

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I am not including a recipe for a delicious crust, but here is the Perfect Crust by The New York Times.  Of course lots of butter (or lard! or palm oil, which I am trying next) should be involved.  I have to confess that, having a gluten-free son, I bought the store-made crust for the above recipe.  I am guilty of the convenience!  However, having flour run wild in my kitchen to make a pie crust is not a great situation for my boy (he will break out in hives upon contact with flour).  But!  That is no excuse.  Hydrogenated, partially-hydrogenated, any soybean or canola or sunflower, etc, etc oils will kill you. No joke.  Don’t do it.

Happy Eating,

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The Ultimate Raw Dessert Smoothie: the “Frappe”

It’s called a “Frappe” in our house — simply because that is the name it was introduced to me as — about seven years ago.  Back then, I was a vegetarian, then a vegan, then a raw foodie for a minute.  I drank a lot of green smoothies (greens + frozen banana + fruit, rinse, repeat) and little else.  And about 2 and 1/2 years after that — Enter Weston A. Price into my and my husband’s world when we realized that yes, saturated fat is intensely good for the human body, but that’s another story.

Anyways, here it is — no need to sugar-coat this smoothie, it is so delicious, if you try it once, you won’t go back.

I have a Vitamix Blender, which makes it easier too, just make sure it is very well blended:

  • 1 frozen banana

  • 4-8 dates (depends on size, your taste)

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 cups ice

  • good dash each of: cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon

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Blend and enjoy!  And let me know how much you love it!!!

Easy and child-safe multi-purpose cleaner

I don’t like having chemicals in the house.  Before I was pregnant, while being pregnant, and now with kids.

When my son started to crawl and move around everywhere, I really wanted to ensure he wasn’t coming in contact with gross germs that come into the house from shoes (thus the no shoes rule in our house), and I also didn’t want him to injest chemicals.  Dirt, no problem.  But chemicals produced in a factory, that is a big problem.  And I can control that aspect in the house — especially because there are many other “natural” cleaners that, if digested, wouldn’t kill you.

This cleaner recipe is easy, cheap, and gets things clean — which, lets face it, a lot of “natural” products just don’t do as well as the chemical filled ones.  This can be used as an all-purpose surface cleaner, and I also use this recipe for mopping my kitchen floor, as well.

Simple Recipe:

Equal parts of the following (or you can do 200 ml each, no need to be exact):

  • white vinegar 
  • rubbing alcohol
  • water
  • and a few squirts of dish soap

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And put it all in an empty squirt bottle you already have, or I found one at the hardware store for $.99 : )

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Happy cleaning!
Organic Aspirations

Your eggs should look like this

We are so fortunate to live close to a farm that has free-range chickens.  They produce wonderful eggs.  I don’t particularly like eggs – “over easy” or such – but I will take them scrambled with cheese or baked in a cookie. : )  My husband eats at least three eggs every morning, and now that I’ve started buying these orange-y yolks, he won’t go back.

Chickens that eat organic and are treated humanely produce gorgeous orange yolks packed with tons of nutrients and delicious saturated fats and cholesterol (and yes, that’s good for you!)  I do, in a pinch, buy “organic” or “cage-free” eggs from the store, and even these have eggs with very light yellow yolks; they are a hoax and do not have the value that farm eggs have.  Here are his eggs from this morning: (cooked on stainless steel and in butter, of course!)

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Gluten-free play dough for my boy

Our sweet boy is allergic to gluten. So, thankfully, when I pulled out some of my old Play-Doh, an alarm went off in my head before I gave any to him! I looked the ingredients up, and sure enough, the main ingredient is wheat. Ezra’s skin is so sensitive that, upon contact, he flares up and his little hands and arms turn red, become inflamed, and immediately begin to have raised, white bumps all over. This is very itchy and uncomfortable for him, but also scary for his mama, too. Thankfully, we have his allergy documented with an allergist and we are armed with Children’s Benadryl and a Junior Epipen, if it is ever needed.

But, alas, I don’t want my boy to miss out on the joys of Play Dough! So I went searching for the perfect gluten-free recipe. I have only tried this one, found off the Parents website, but its consistency is so similar to Play-Doh, that I don’t think I’ll need to try another recipe!

First, I mixed the following ingredients together (dry first, then adding the water/oil mix):

  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Then, pour the ingredients into 4 smaller bowls. Add food coloring, as desired. (I chose the classics of red, blue, yellow, and green.)

Next, pour the contents of one bowl into a small pan. Cook and stir on low heat for 3 minutes or until it forms a ball. Use a spatula to get it neatly onto a plate to cool. Cool completely before storing in a sealable plastic bag.

Repeat for subsequent colors. (I washed the same pan over and over, so not to dirty four different ones!)

Play.

Don’t let them eat the play dough.




Note: Younger than two may be a little too young. But, hopefully it will keep for a while! I sealed the play dough in plastic bags and put it in a plastic container.

We did discover a new game: Ezra has been learning his three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue, so I made tissue paper circles covered in contact paper and he is learning to put little balls of the play dough on the appropriate color circles. He almost has those three colors down! Next, we’ll learn green, orange, and purple!