The Golden Years

All you have to do to find the benefits of Golden paste, is Google or Bing it!

It’s good for you, and your pets.

http://turmericlife.com.au/start-here/

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This recipe may be used for humans as well as animals.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (125 mls/60gms) turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water (250 mls) PLUS 1 cup water in reserve, if needed
  • 1/3 cup (70 mls) Raw/Cold Pressed/Unrefined Coconut/Flaxseed-Linseed Oil, Virgin/Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

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Please be sure to get some freshly ground black pepper. I used what I had, but I will get some for the next batch.

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Combine 1 cup of water with 1/2 cup turmeric in a saucepan over medium heat.

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With a whisk, mix the turmeric into the water, to create your paste.

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Have that extra cup of water handy, because in my experience, the paste thickens and clumps up very fast! I used 1 & 1/2 cups of water for my paste.

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Cook the paste for a few minutes, whisking, till thick and smooth.

Measure your coconut oil, or other oil: 1/3 cup.

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Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the oil and whisk till smooth.

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Add your freshly ground black pepper to the paste and whisk it it.

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Your Golden Paste is done and ready to eat. This recipe made 2 cups of paste.

Be sure to store what you can’t use within 2 weeks, in the freezer. One great way to do this is put 1 tsp into rubber candy molds and freeze, then pop out and store in a baggie till needed.

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I put about 2 tsp in hot milk to make Golden Milk. You should give this a try! Add a dash of cinnamon or cocao powder to your paste, to taste.

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I love this stuff, I even prefer it to coffee in the morning!

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My version of Chef Billy Parisi’s Apple Cake

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Apple Cake Recipe with Oatmeal Streusel

This looked so fabulous to me this morning, so I decided I would give it a try. As I began to gather the ingredients, I realized this was going to be a typical Deana baking fiasco.

I love to cook, I just don’t like to shop. When I want to make something, and I am missing a few ingredients, I scour my cupboards and frig for substitutions that will suffice. Sometimes (most times) I add extra things that I like. Once in a while it works, and today was no exception. Billy‘s recipe calls for sour cream, of which I had none, so I pulled out my last lemon cream pie yogurt. Have you seen the prices on Honey Crisp Apples?  Highway robbery! 2 Gala’s and 1 Granny Smith would have to do. I didn’t have Almond meal for the streusel, but I did have Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods Flax seed meal, and thought the nutty favor would be perfect.

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I had planned on making a batch of granola today, but I didn’t have enough oats for that so the whole oats, shredded coconut and pecan halves all went into the streusel instead.

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I always have self-rising flour in stock, so I used that in place of the all purpose four and baking powder. I left the salt out too, since I had bought salted butter to make rice krispies treats. The batter came out so rich and creamy!

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I greased the cast iron dutch oven with coconut oil, and spooned the thick batter into the pot. I had the streusel ready, and crumbled it over the top, completely covering the batter.

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I baked it at 350 for 30 minutes before I checked the batter, and it was not done. i put 10 more minutes on the timer and checked it again, still not done, but after another 10 minutes, I took it out and let it rest on the stove. For that final 20 minutes, I  put my flat cast iron skillet under the dutch over,  because I was worried that the bottom would over cook.

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It turned out perfect, I was a little surprised, actually. The topping was perfectly toasted and crunchy & delicious. The bread of the cake was so moist and soft and perfectly cooked. the bottom was not burned! Yeah 🙂 It turned out so good! The one thing I didn’t make was the caramel drizzle and I didn’t have ice cream, but it was still delicious, and there’s lots left and the weekend’s not over yet 😉

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Please visit Billy’s website for the complete recipe: http://www.billyparisi.com/apple-cake-recipe-oatmeal-streusel/

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This cake is definitely Holiday Gift-Worthy. Make up the caramel sauce, and put it n a pretty little jar with a ribbon and the recipe on a card. Viola! Merry Christmas ❤

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Zucchini Pizza Bites

I’m notorious for making what I want, with whatever I have. If I’m missing an ingredient in a recipe, I’m more apt to improvise, than run to the store to get what I’m missing.

Many of you, (known or unbeknownst) have eaten my “Clean out your refrigerator” concoctions and lived to tell the tale! My “Clean out your refrigerator” Cookies were a massive hit, but when asked for the recipe, all they got from me was a blank look…..

I’ve got to start writing it down, or, better yet, take pictures of what I’m doing.

Anyway, I shared one of Country Living Magazine’s Facebook posts on my wall, https://www.facebook.com/dinanana/posts/10207085009706748?pnref=story

the “Best Zucchini Pizza Bites Recipe”  https://www.facebook.com/CountryLiving/

http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a43638/mini-zucchini-pizzas-recipe/

I didn’t have Marinara sauce, or Mozzarella cheese, so I went spelunking through the cupboards and found one small can of tomato sauce, garlic powder and sweet basil, and cheddar.

I did, however, have the most delicious garden-fresh zucchini from Mandujano Brother’s Produce.  https://www.facebook.com/Mandujano-Brothers-Produce-110654835624738/

After having nothing more than a peanut butter sandwich all day, this really hit the spot!

The man of the house is out getting Shelby’s hooves trimmed, so I’ll probably need to make more because I ate most of these already! He may want something a bit more “robust” as well, we’ll see what else is in the refrigerator 😉

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THE SHADOW BOX

I spent hours working out in the freezing cold of November 2013, to make this Shadow Box for my husband’s Christmas gift. I made it from scraps of wood that I found around the house, pieces of leather from past projects, glass from a picture frame, hinges from an old bench my grandfather made, and pieces of my husband horse tack for the door handle. The sides, I covered with the brown paper treatment to look like leather. I filled it with mementos that were meaningful to him. It brought tears to his eyes Christmas morning. These photos I took along the way. I don’t have step by step instructions, but you’ll get the general idea. I hope you will be inspired to make your own!

The evolution of my shadow box.

The evolution of my shadow box.

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