We Remember….

On the 15th. Anniversary of 9/11, I wanted to take a moment take pause and remember all the lives lost that day. To the families who lost a loved one, my heartfelt condolences and prayers are sent out. Today we not only honor the lives lost, the first responders who have permanent health issues from that day and those who continue to fight for our lives and freedom. 

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Blueberry Pancakes Anyone? 

The other morning, I realized that we had a bunch of blueberries in our refrigerator so I decided to make blueberry pancakes for breakfast.  Now this was the first time I’ve ever made them but they tasted so amazing that I wanted to share my recipe with you!!! Enjoy!! 

Ingredients
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 stick butter or margarine, melted and cooled

Approximately 1 cup almond milk

1 cup fresh or thawed and drained frozen blueberries (about 8 per pancake)

Directions
1. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. 

2. Lightly beat the eggs then whisk them into the flour mixture. 

3. Combine the butter and 1 cup of almond milk in the medium bowl then gradually whisk this mixture into the batter. If the batter batter is too thick, add a little more milk.

4. Heat your griddle and season it so the pancakes won’t stick to the bottom. 

5. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle to form a pancake. Drop 7 or 8 blueberries on each pancake. 

6. Cook until bubbles form and then flip them. The pancakes are best served immediately & they may be kept warm in a low (200 degree F) oven until all the batter has been cooked.

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Happy Labor Day

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Labor Day!!! 

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Blueberry Cobbler

One of the great things about summer is all the fresh fruits and vegetables that are available at local farmer’s markets. Among our favorites are tomatoes, kale and blueberries!!! Of course, there are so many things to make with blueberries and I decided to make a traditional blueberry crumble that was amazing and I wanted to share the recipe with all of you!! It is a quick and simple recipe to make. 

Ingredients

1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted

1 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup milk

2 cups fresh blueberries

1/3 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Pour melted butter into a shallow 1 1/2 quart baking dish. In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and milk. Pour evenly over the butter. In a bowl combine berries, water and sugar. Spoon evenly over batter, but do not stir. Bake 40 to 45 minutes. Batter rises to become buttery top crust.

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Quote of the Day

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Hungarian Poppyseed Bread

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One day, my husband and I were walking through our local farmer’s market and purchased a Hungarian Poppyseed Loaf that was absolutely wonderful.  After a period of time, I decided to take a try and make it myself. I was amazed how easy it was to make and after trying the recipe a few times, I wanted to share it with all of you. It is very tasty, not too sweet and we enjoy having it when it is fresh out of the oven!!!!!! 

Ingredients:

3 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoon sugar

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

1 package active dry yeast

1⁄4 cup water

1⁄2 cup dairy sour cream

1⁄2 cup butter or margarine

2 eggs

1 Can Poppy Seed Cake and Pastry Filling

Instructions:
1. Mix 1 cup flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in large bowl & stir until blended. Place sour cream, water and butter in small saucepan. Cook over low heat until very warm (120-130° F). 

2. Add to dry ingredients and beat with electric mixer until blended. Increase speed to medium and beat 2 minutes. 

3. Beat in eggs and 1/2 cup flour. Beat 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. 

4. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes). Cover with towel and let rest 10 minutes. 

5. Grease large baking sheet. Punch dough down and divide in half. Roll out 1 piece of dough onto lightly floured surface to 12 x 14-inch rectangle. 
6. Spread half of poppy filling over dough to within 1/2 inch of edges all the way around. Roll up dough, jelly-roll style, starting from long side. Pinch seam to seal. 

7. Place filled roll, seam side down, on your baking sheet. Cover with a towel and set aside in warm, draft-free place to rise until almost doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. 

8. Preheat oven to 350° F. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until top is golden brown. Remove from baking sheet and cool completely on wire rack.
Happy baking!!!! 

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Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Recently, we discovered how amazing adding a little cinnamon to our morning cup of java tasted!!! Of course, I use cinnamon when baking and have used it to season things but I was unaware of all the health benefits cinnamon offers so I wanted to share just a few of the health benefits. 

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EWG Cancer Prevention | Environmental Causes of Cancer

EWG is rethinking cancer prevention. Traditional initiatives that aim to prevent cancer have largely ignored the role of toxic substances in the environment.

Source: EWG Cancer Prevention | Environmental Causes of Cancer

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