Organic Anzac Biscuits Recipe from Australia

125g organic butter
2 tbsp organic maple syrup (or Agave Syrup)
1 cup organic spelt flour
1 cup organic rolled oats
1 cup organic desiccated coconut
3/4 cup organic rapadura sugar (Venezuelan) {or other organic sugar}
2 tbsp water
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2 cup Organic Raw Macadamias, chopped
1/2 cup Organic Dried Cranberries
(Anzac biscuits with macadamias & cranberries pictured!)

Preheat oven to 175 deg C. Grease or line two baking trays. Melt the butter and maple syrup together in a saucepan over a low heat. Mix together the flour, oats, coconut and rapadura sugar in a bowl. Stir the water and the bicarbonate of soda into the butter and syrup mixture and then add it to the dry mixture, stir thoroughly. Stir through macadamia nuts & cranberries if you are adding these. Once combined, spoon mixture into balls. Place them on the baking trays, spaced well apart. Bake at 175 deg C for about 15 minutes, or until golden. Cool on wire racks. Enjoy!
Makes about 10-15 biscuits.

Biscuits in Australia is cookies in the US.



Celebrating the Royal Wedding!! Royal Buttermilk Scones Recipe

I woke up this morning and knew that scones were the only way to celebrate the Royal Wedding today! This recipe is a light all-purpose rendition. We have in the past added crystalized ginger to the dough with great success. You could add almost anything to make them your own! They also store quite well, unbaked, in the freezer. I decided to keep it simple this morning and served them with my favorite Huckleberry jam and strawberries.

Buttermilk Scones

Courtesy of The SONO Baking Company Cookbook

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

2 T sugar

1 T baking powder

1 t coarse salt

1/2 t baking soda

6 T chilled butter cut into small pieces

3/4 cup buttermilk

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  3. Work butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add 1/2 cup of buttermilk and fold together then continue adding buttermilk 1 T at a time until the dough just comes together and there are no dry spots.
  4. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into two balls. Form each ball into a 7 inch disk, 3/4 inch to 1 inch thick. Using a scraper or a sharp knife cut each disk into 6 equal wedges. Place wedges on prepared baking sheet and chill for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 400°
  6. Bake on middle rack for 16-20 minutes, until golden brown. Rotate about 2/3 of the way through.
  7. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.
  8. ENJOY!
Food in the News Heavy, Ideas

Video Link Love: Thou Shalt Not Eat Fatty Foods    Click this  Link

This news story has saved me a lot of words. Just listen and see that we need to take our eating at church more healthy and seriously.

I am proud to say that I have noticed changes in the food offerings at the church I attend, Reseda Blvd Church of Christ, since my husband, J C and I presented a short lecture and talked about the need for us to make our Soul Food in a more healthy manner.


The better we eat, the better we feel and the better we can serve the LORD and live out HIS purpose in our lives.
This video is sooooo on point!!!!
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Contributed by  my2bitsworth > 04/25 11:15:32

· 1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach
· 1 pint fresh strawberries, cleaned and sliced lengthwise 1/4-inch thick
· 1 can of drained mandarin oranges
· 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
· 3 tablespoons sugar or equivalent sugar substitute
· 3 tablespoons water
· 2 tablespoons white vinegar
· 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
· 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil

1. Rinse spinach leaves and remove stems. Dry well then tear into bite-sized pieces; place spinach in a large bowl and add strawberries and drained mandarin oranges.

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2. In a small bowl, combine onion, sugar, water, vinegar, mustard, and oil. Whisk until well combined. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
If you want to make this salad ahead of time, prepare the spinach, strawberries, mandarin oranges, and dressing and keep chilled in separate containers until ready to toss and serve.

Optional: Garnish with Sesame Seeds


Kitchen Tool of the Month – Onion Goggles

Just when I thought I had seen it all, here is something I ran across while reading the food forum on ONION GOGGLES!

Who Knew? I certainly did not know about these wonderful gadgets.

There are 5 colors to choose from and the unisex design makes them suitable for men and women chefs! is a interesting website.

“Have you ever wondered what the secret is for how to cut onions without crying? The answer is onion goggles. Onion goggles are lined with soft foam to form a barrier between your eyes and irritating onion vapor. They’re like safety goggles for chopping onions, but more stylish and fun to wear than the ones you’ll find in the garage.”

Cheftools offers all kinds of -kitchen tools. Whether you are a chef or a self-proclaimed chef, there are tools for you!


Guest Blogger -Take Care of Your Brain to Avoid the Dinosaur Syndrome

We all know the demise of the dinosaurs … they became extinct!

Think of the anatomy of the dinosaur.  They were huge creatures and had very small brains.

Ironic that what research is showing us is that as our bodies get more and more overweight, our brains get smaller.  Dr. Daniel Amen came up with the “Dinosaur Syndrome” name to paint a clear picture of the danger of being overweight.

With obesity comes more frequent diabetes, sleep apnea, and often high blood pressure.  All of these health problems are associated with a higher incidence of Alzheimer’s diseaseand other forms of dementia.

Dr. Amen has written a number of books, the most recent one  The Amen Solution: TheBrain Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Keep It Off. And he recentlyopened an online site that offers ongoing support to those who choose to take the steps to get their weight down to a healthy level.

Recently, I heard Dr. Amen talk about a church he has helped to create a program for weight loss.  Saddleback Church is one of the largest churches in the United States.

Richard Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, is the pastor there.   They have a comprehensive website to support their congregation in getting fit.  Here is a link to Dr. Amen talking about the Dinosaur Syndrome:

When adults take the lead to eat consciously, children see this as an example of what is the appropriate way to eat and will follow suit.  The current statistics on obesity in our youth is disturbing.

Below are some statistics from the William J. Clinton Foundation, an organization that “focuses on worldwide issues that demand urgent action, solutions, and measurable results,” that will open your eyes to this huge problem.

  • Almost 25% of our children do not participate in any free-time physical activity.
  • Less than 25% of high school students take daily physical education classes.
  • Healthcare payouts are three times higher for treatment of obese children
  • Nearly 25 million children are overweight or obese
  • Currently, there are five times more obese children, ages 6 – 11, than forty years ago

Think of the heath problems that will develop for these young people if they do not change their lifestyle.  Health care costs are high now but, what will they be in another 15 -20 years when these young people are going into their middle ages and older years.

It’s a wonderful thing that attention is being brought to this issue at the high level of Michelle Obama. There are efforts being made all over the country.

Kids love dinosaurs but, will they love having the Dinosaur Syndrome which results in shorter, unhealthy lives?

If you’re ready to start improving your memory and your brain health, you need to check out the comprehensive  Jump Start Course For Your Brain In this three-part audio course, you will learn more about what you can do for your brain and create a simple plan for yourself to get started.

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Want Super Healthy Kids? Website Review

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There are several aspects of this website that I love, but the main thing I love is in the Download section the Free Meal Plan. One of the most frustrating duties when I had young children, was planning interesting and nutritious meals.

The 30 Day Healthy Meal Plan takes the guessing and stress out of meal preparation.

You hear that you should cook healthy food for yourself and your family, but who tells you HOW TO?  This website offers the kind of help many parents need.

<a href="Click here to view more details“>Check out the site and forward this link to other moms and dads who could use the help.

Free Meal Plan for the Week April 18


Videos of the Week: Toys and Fast Food Legislation

New York might be the first state to legislate fast food restaurants and their use of marketing to kids by giving away toys with the food.

I believe that it is about time that those who are contributing to childhood diabetes have accountability for the high calorie fare they offer as food.  What our children eat and what we eat should be a source of energy and healing to our bodies.  Believe it or not that what food is for.  I would love to see more states make fast food restaurants lower the calories in their foods and lessen the sugar as well.

One video is about New York and the other is in California.

Check out the video New York



Ideas, Recipes

Lemony Cranberry Muffins – Gluten Free

Lemony Cranberry Muffins


  • 1/2 cup granulated cane or coconut palm sugar
  • 5 Tbs. butter or non-dairy alternative (e.g. Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks)
  • 1 egg (or 3 Tbs. very warm water + 1 Tbs. flaxseed meal – stirred and set aside for 10 minutes)
  • 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt – dairy or non-dairy (coconut or soy)
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest (or dried lemon rind)*
  • 1 1/2 cups Jules Gluten Free™ All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal, gluten-free (I used Arrowhead Mills)
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder, gluten-free
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (optional – if using Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks, omit salt)
  • 3/4 – 1 1/4 cup cranberries, coarsely chopped**


Preheat oven to 400°F (static) or 375° F (convection). Line 16-18 muffin tins with muffin papers.

Beat together sugar and butter until light. Add egg (or egg substitute), yogurt, lemon juice, vanilla extract and lemon zest, beating until well mixed. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until fully incorporated – the batter will be very thick. Fold in the cranberries.

Fill muffin cups 2/3 full and smooth tops with a rubber spatula. Bake for 20- 25 minutes, or until lightly browned and springy to the touch. Let cool on a wire rack.

Once cooled, store in a zip-top bag or in a Tupperware container.

*A note on zesting a lemon: The true “zest” of a lemon is obtained by finely grating only the yellow portion of the lemon peel by using a grater with very small holes or microplane grater. Only rub down to the white pith; do not grate the pith in with the peel, as it is bitter, rather than tart. Be sure to wash your lemons with soap and water, then dry well before peeling.

** A note about cranberries: I usually buy cranberries when in season, then freeze them. This means that I always have cranberries for those urgent recipe cravings, but it also means that I can chop them in my food processor and add to recipes without the juice staining the batter. Notice how the crumb on these lemony muffins retained its lovely yellow hue, punctuated with ruby red berries? If I had used room temperature berries, folding them in it would have left streaks of red bleeding through the batter. No less tasty, mind you, but perhaps not the color you were going for.

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Copyright 2011 Jules E. Dowler Shepard

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