I’ve been know a time or two to cook when stressed (just a time or two ) Truth be told it is an amazing stress reliever and something that I love to do. So poking around in the kitchen certainly isn’t a hardship for me.
This is my first go at these and they turned out amazingly tasty1 If I was to change one thing that would be to not roll them out quite as thin as I did…close but not quite. It just resulted in them cooking a little quicker than anticipated and I really prefer things to cook slowly and evenly.
1/3 cup ground almonds (raw)
1/3 cup ground pecans (raw)
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar (or regular sugar is fine)
2 cups gluten free oats
2 cups gluten free puffed rice cereal
1 tsp kosher salt
4 tbsp honey
5 tbsp melted virgin coconut oil (you could use vegetable oil; I just prefer coconut)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside
In a large bowl mix the ground almonds and pecans, salt and sugar and whisk to mix them really well.
Add the oats and puffed rice and then the oil and honey and mix then well
Put the mixture onto your prepared baking sheet.
The mixture may look like it isn’t binding well but will
Cover the baking sheet with another piece of parchment paper and as even pressure to compress it well. I used a rolling pin over the parchment paper to make it easier but its not necessary, you can press it with your hands or a large spatula.
Remove that top parchment paper and place baking sheet in oven for about 20-25 minutes. You’ll want to watch them so they dont darken quite as much s mine did. (It didn’t effect the taste so, so if they darken no need to worry)
Remove from oven and after it has cooled for a few minutes slice them according to your preferred size. Be careful not to over handle and cut them before they cool to much as they will get crunchier as they cool and therefore trickier to cut. For simplicity I use the pizza cutter.
Enjoy! Feel free to comment if you try them out; I’d love to h
One of the things I love most about what I do is meeting so many fabulous parents and getting to know so many moms and babes. I have been so fortunate to meet many great moms along the way whether that be in my baby sign language classes, my workshops, through guest lecturing and/or working with those with barriers.
Biological mom, foster mom, adoptive mom, legal guardian, Aunts….and any other woman who are the people who nurture, care and set an example for others …
Happy Mother’s Day!!!
To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. – Maya Angelou
My hope would be that in blogging about this and opening up this part of my life that I can in some way help you or someone to understand that it’s OK to hope, it’s OK to wonder, it perfectly understandable to be angry and to deal with abandonment issues and on and on an on.
I haven’t posted for a bit about this and I’m not sure why. I think in part it comes from having felt I was “the little secret” which even now as an adult some still hope to keep that way. I do need to clarify though that the implication of “being a secret” did not come from my adoptive parents but others. However we are here now and when asked a question I will answer it best I can without hesitation. I’m stepping outside my norm to put this out here so feel free to ask away.
I’ll start to journal my story as I know it and just let it runs its course over the time to come.
I was given up and adopted at birth and as mentioned before I don’t recall ever not knowing this. I was adoptive by a couple of Dutch Immigrants, John and Nellie, that came from Holland to start a new family here in Canada. Circumstances brought them to adoption and in 1960 they adopted a boy and then me some time later.
Unfortunately my adoptive father died when I was a young girl and some years later my mother went onto marry again; a man who was a widower and had 4 children of his own. That itself brought more issues and in turn fed to the want of finding my roots & my family, with the hopes of finding something better.
Over the course of my life there was this innate feeling of abandonment and I always had the want and the need to know who I was, who did I look like and where I was from. When I passed someone on the street I would wonder if we could be related. When people would say “Oh I saw your double today (which we all hear) I would hope it was literal and want to know where. Naturally when my adoptive father died I know now that added to the abandonment issues. Because I was only 5 I dont know what immediate impact it had, but as the years passed and life’s losses happened I felt that feeling rise within me. Over the years this fed into my need to go in search of my biological family.
Broaching that subject with your parents is always difficult. We dont want to hurt them, we dont want to make them feel as if we dont love them enough, we dont want them to be disappointed in us….we basically dont want to explain ourselves but feel that we have to. And I dont know about you but no amount of explaining ever makes you feel good about your choice and in my case I try to reassure my mother of our bond and I went forward with it. I wasn’t concerned with my step fathers reaction but only hoped my mother understood. Whether she did or not, she allowed it. I was 17 and found and found a search and support group and because I was a minor she had to sign off on my search and she did. I can not imagine how difficult that was for her.
At that time I was living just outside the city and would make the trip in to go a meeting once a week where people would talk about their experiences and my search was just about to begin. This group was a large part of my life for a long time and it was an integral part of my process in that it we had everyone from the adoption triad as members. Aside from the chair of the group we had Birth Parents, Adoptive Parents and Adoptee’s all looking for assistance and the support of the journey they were a part of. Once i realized the bond shared in that room and heard stories from others as to their experiences, it opened a whole new world for me. I understood I wasn’t alone and I understood the love, the pain and the hope everyone carried because of the impact adoption had on all our lives.
When I began my search we were privy to very little information but what is known as “unidentifiable information” from the Children’s Aid Society. First off the wait times for this back then was years. When it finally arrived I thought it would be easy and I would be back in the fold of my family in no time. (talk about naive) Through the support group I had been given the proper guidance, literature, talks etc but that family pipe dream still remained. This non-identifiable information consisted of a chart sort of like a make shift family tree if you will. It had brief grandparents information & my biological parents information including their physical attributes, interests, schooling and what they did for a living at the time. It also showed how many siblings my parents had and their approximate ages at the time of my birth. As well as any siblings I had were on mentioned simply by their sex and age when I was born.
Then in ordering a copy of the adoption order we weren’t given our full name, only our first name and first initial of our last name. As grateful as I was when I saw mine my stomach sank. My last name couldn’t be “Wychoski” or something (who by the way I just pulled out of thin air). My last name was “Lee”…..Lee…seriously?! Someone once said t me….”Thats great; at least you know our last name”. That couldn’t be further from the truth but they didn’t know and I know there intentions were so good. When I was born a birth mother legally had to give her child her legal name at the time. My birth mother was married (separated?) when I was born but she was not married to my father. So I was named after her husband…. Jack Lee. Looking back it’s so ironic it;s almost funny. Now what the heck was I going to do?
While I figured it out I knew I at least had a connection to someone…a sense of belonging. And the search began…..
As a vegetarian I am always in search of different veggie recipes and I have got to say I hit the jackpot with this one! I have no idea why Ive not posted it before as I make it so often. : )
One of the things I really like about it is that its very forgiving and you can mix it up. Obviously I don’t eat meat but I did many years ago and something that would pair nicely with this is chunks chicken or even bacon mixed in with it. So if you have leftover chicken one night you could pop it in this the next night and it would serve as dinner as a whole. Don’t be shy about trying different spices in it and going with what you know. You’ll notice I’ve used Tzatziki, sour cream or Greek Yogurt for the mix and did so simply by playing with what I had the time and it worked.
They are best when served straight out of the oven but I have warmed them in the microwave and toasters oven, both of which were still yummy. Having said that I would use the toaster oven or oven if I had a preference because they don’t get quite as sloppy (for lack of better words : ) )
This is one time you shouldn’t listen to your mama when she said “Don’t pay with your food!” lol
1 small onion
cheese (read note)
1 tbsp Tzatziki (or sour cream or Greek Yogurt)
1/2 tsp salt
pinch of pepper
Garlic (to taste)
1 tsp Thyme
1 tbsp oil
1 small tomato (I use 1 Roma tomatoes)
1) Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C)
2) Prep Zucchini with a good scrub
3) Slice them in half length-wise and cut off the ends if you like (I leave them on.)
3) Scoop out the inside. You’ll not in the photo I use a grapefruit spoon and it works perfectly if you have one.
4) On a cutting board (and yes I’m using one int he photos it’s just clear so it looks like I’m cutting on the counter ; ) ) Chop up the zucchini you just scooped out, along with the onion and the tomato.
5) Using the tbsp oil saute the onion until golden brown and add the salt, pepper and garlic a few minutes before removing from heat.
6) In a mixing bowl add the tomato, chopped zucchini, Tzatziki, and Thyme. (If you use Feta as your cheese is is best mixed in now instead of as a topping later)
7) Place zucchini into a lighter oiled baking dish (I just use Pam) and spoon the mixture into the zucchini boats.
8) Sprinkle your preferred cheese on top. (I prefer just using Parmesan)
9) Put them in preheated oven for approx 25 minutes and then another 15 minutes on broil to brown the top .
This time around I decided to toss in a recipe for those of you looking for a healthy homemade dog treat. I say “Faithful furry friends” but dont have cats so you’ll have to let me know if you try it for yours!
One of my gals has cancer previously….notice I say “HAD” as she is thankfully still in remission! Sorry I digress Because of her cancer I have been very diligent in eliminating grains and sugar from her diet as it’s a known factor that cancer cells and tumors feed on sugar and grains. Grains and sugars are packed with starches and simple carbohydrates (simple sugars) and cancer cells love simple sugars. So I am always on the look out for healthy food and treat options for both of them.
I tried originally just doing a dehydrated type of liver treat and they loved it; however I didn’t. lol And I dont mean eating it! The texture was off and every time I gave it to them it to them at classes I would end up black and gooey from it. So I did this recipe and find it works really well using liver or chicken. I particularly like this one for using at agility because it doesn’t crumble all over and yet if I fail to cut the pieces small enough they will easily come apart, and foremost it does the job in getting their attention. Theirs and many of the other dogs in class.
The pictures you will see are of a double batch: Here you have it…
Liver Souffle treats:
1 pound liver (or chicken)
1 c Barley Flour (you can use whole wheat or half whole wheat & half white if you prefer)
1/2 c corn meal
3 Tbsp garlic powder ( be sure it’s not garlic salt!)
2 Carrots (optional; I like to do so from time to time. It acts as a binding agent)
In a food processor puree the liver (chicken) really well. Then gradually add the garlic, corn meal, flour and carrots ( which are optional). If need be add more flour to thicken as you want a doughy texture.
On a greased cookie sheet (or one lined with parchment paper) spread out the mixture until is is about 1/4 ” thick.
Bake for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees. To make for easier cutting you can remove it after 20ish minutes, score it and flip if needed.
When removed from oven you want them to cool long enough to the touch; however I dont let them cool to long as they are much easier to cut when warm. As you can see I use a pizza cutter and I have designated old cookie trays for this as it is a bit messy. Once cut and cooled put them in a Ziploc and toss them in the freezer. They do not stick together so I don’t bother portioning them into smaller bags. They freeze really and come out just as great!
Warning; your dogs will be under foot when you are making these!