Apple Cinnamon Yogurt (GAPS intro legal, GF)

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One of my kids and I are back on GAPS intro for a “health tweak”…  I randomly came up with this super easy snack (mostly out of desperation – but hey, it worked).  I have really appreciated it this past week, as our snacking options are pretty slim right now.

I always have a few quarts of yogurt on hand.  I make the GAPS legal variety according to this recipe. (always with whole milk!)   I use my Excalibur dehydrator to keep the temp stable for 24 hours.  I get my inexpensive yogurt starter cultures here.

Apple Cinnamon Yogurt (GAPS intro legal, GF)

I find that these measurements go well together though, although I’m guessing you could do more or less or any of them and it would work:

1 c. yogurt

1 c. cooked and mushed apple

1 T. cinnamon

Mix them all up until blended.  That’s it.  Take that, name-brand-low-fat-yogurt.  :-)  Who needs you???

 

Spring Planting 2014

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Last weekend, we got the bulk of our seeds planted.  Our daughter’s awesome preschool teachers saved milk cartons for us for a few weeks – a great big THANK YOU to them!

We used the milk cartons and the seed starting mixture from Walmart.  We fill the cartons with the seed starting dirt, make a whole and put in roughly 3 seeds.  Fill the hole loosely with dirt, water (not too much) and cover with plastic wrap.  Last year I started using big tin foil lasagna pans (also from Walmart) and they work great to keep all the plants contained and generally under our grow lights.   I am not sure how many plants we started yet, but I would estimate it is around 200.

Aerial view of some of the seeds we started:

 

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Planting:

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More planting:

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One week later…signs of life! :-)

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This year we ordered our seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and Seed Savers Exchange.  This is in addition to seed that we saved from last year.   I am also ordering seeds from Turtle Tree Seeds, Bountiful Gardens and Horizon Herbs.  We have ordered from them in the past and have been very happy with quality.

I also thought I’d share a few of the varieties that I’m the most excited about:  Black from Tula tomato, Ivory Pear Tomato, Syrian 3 Sided Pepper, Cour di Bue cabbages and Genovese Basil.

 

 

Date Sweetened Banana Chia Pudding (GAPS, GF)

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We had this for breakfast yesterday morning (and again today)…and it was so good.   Lots of good natural fats and Omegas, with minimal added sweetener.  I made a huge batch so we can get more than one meal out of it, but you can certainly adapt it however you see fit. :-) 

Date Sweetened Banana Chia Pudding (GAPS, GF)

approx. 8 servings

2 cans coconut milk (whole, not low fat)

3/4 c. whole chia seed

1 T. vanilla (click here to see how to make your own)

10 pitted dates

5 bananas

Blend the coconut milk, vanilla, dates and bananas until smooth.  It can take a little while, and you may have to scrape the sides of the blender and help it along a bit.  Be patient, it’s worth it. :-)

After the other ingredients are blended well, add the chia seed and blend until it is evenly dispersed.  Hand mix if you can’t get it well enough.  I think it would be preferable if you could chill this overnight…but I was short on time.  I made it, let it sit 15 minutes, and it was still good. :-) 

You could have this for a good, healthy breakfast, snack or dessert.  Top with sliced bananas, chopped walnuts, whatever you want. :-)  Enjoy!