Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Garnola Bars

For some reason I've been thinking there is sunflower seeds in 7 grain mix. Anyhow I finally looked it up and here is what is really in 7 grain mix. Hard wheat, soft wheat, oats, triticale, barley, rye and spelt. I like using this mix for granola/cereal bars. Here's my recipe.

1 1/2 sticks butter (melted or softened)

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup honey

1/2 raw sugar, sucanat etc.

2 eggs

1 cup of re hydrated coconut (very wet)

6 cups 7 grain rolled cereal mix or rolled oats

1 cup raisins

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 (scant) cup chocolate chips

1 cup (approximately) oat flour (grind up oats quickly in blender)

You can add or exchange all these ingredients. When I'm going Gluten Free I just use oats and seeds.

The mixture should be wet. Pat into a large cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Cut bars, let cool in pan. Wrap individually or box up. I love them out of the freezer!



Monday, July 11, 2011

Kefir Water Soda Expolsion!

I know I'm getting behind in updates again, but the Great Room Swap of 2011 has wiped me out. I've almost condensed 3 room into 2! I'll show pics once I finish getting this next school year wrapped and ready to go.

That being said I wanted to share with you what happened this Sunday. As you know from my last post we have been testing and taste testing kefir soda and water.

Friday night Superman and I put together a batch of each. Tinkering with the flavor of the soda. He was excited to have a taste on Sunday after church. As you can see from the first photo things did not go as planned!

Sunday after church we opened the front door to the the stinky smell of sweet, cherry cheese. My first thought was, "wow that kefir is really fermenting strong this time". Until I reached our kitchen and found this.....

Praise the Lord no one was in the kitchen when it happened. The bottle as you can see was shattered with shards strewn into the dining area. What a stinky mess. Again I asked myself why are we trying this? Oh ya our health.
I was ready to throw in the towel, but Superman actually likes the soda and wants to keep testing. So now we have new "rules".

-Only fill bottle 2/3 full (i was doing 3/4)

-Only ferment 1 day instead of 2 ( or at least test at the 1 day mark)

-Fermenting soda bottles MUST be placed in a white 5 gallon pail with closing lid. ( I'm pretty sure this should contain any further mishaps)

Already getting bubbly and we started it last night.
I also wanted to show off Urban Girl's first non box cake! Isn't it pretty?

She also made a tasty lemon icing. I love bundt pans. They just make me smile:)

I'm truly blessed that my girls like to get creative in the kitchen. Urban Girl usually just sticks to dinners. I'm more of the baker, so I'm thrilled she's seeing the need to be a well rounded kitchen chef.


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Kefir Cream Soda

Take a look at the results of our first try at making Kefir Cream Soda. So simple and only to 2 days to go from kefir water to soda.

Have you ever made Kefir Soda and do have a favorite recipe?