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Homemade Coconut Milk

Homemade Coconut Milk

Homemade Coconut Milk. 

“Hold fast your dreams!

Within you heart!

Keep one still, secret spot.

Where dreams may go,

And sheltered so,

May thrive and grow-

Where doubt and fear are not.

Oh, keep a place apart

Within you heart,

For little dreams to go.”

-Louise Driscoll

How to make your own Coconut Milk

Can you make your own coconut milk? Why… yes you can. Homemade Coconut Milk. At first I was a little skeptical but it truly came out beautifully! And it was super easy.. easier than I thought. My dream one day is to become self-reliant and make more things from scratch. It is a learning process for sure. But this… homemade coconut milk will now a forever hold a place in my heart.

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The other day we had a friend offer us some free coconuts from her very own coconut tree. My husband came home with 5 coconuts. I do not like the coconut water from the coconut. I know it has many healthy benefits… but I just can’t drink the stuff. My husband loves it and drinks it all the time. After he chopped into a few of the coconuts with his handy-dandy machete and drank them he threw them away.

He threw them away! My husband doesn’t usually throw things away. I was in shock.

Then he decided to get them back out and save the actual coconut. ( No they weren’t gross from the garbage can.) I keep a tidy garbage can. I am just kidding.

He cut them up into pieces and we saved them in a storage bag in the fridge.

Fast forward about 5-6 days and every time I opened the fridge I had this coconut staring at me. I wanted to use it up. I did not want it to go to waste.  I had not cooked with it all. I thought to myself… what can I do with this coconut??

Of course… I googled it.

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I came across this recipe.. and decided to give it a try. I was so grateful to find this recipe. As I was making this recipe… the thought came to me that I could I use this in my smoothies, in my baking, in almost anything that requires milk. I was extremely excited… especially since I knew eventually we would be roaming the remote islands of the world and coconut milk is expensive. Now.. I can make my own!!!!!

Here is the original creator of the recipe… Wellness Mama. Please click on her link for the recipe. I sat and read almost every 320 comments so I knew I was getting into. What might come about with problems? Well as you can see.. my turned out beautiful!!

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I stored the three bottles into the fridge. I ended up not using all the coconut that my husband had saved, but I was truly grateful for this recipe!

My first smoothie came out excellent! I don’t have a particular recipe that I used… just some coconut milk, almond milk, frozen fruit, spinach, and some protein powder. I added some peanut butter and flax-seed into.. and it was delicious! I am now onto my second smoothie… trying all different combinations. Oh… I also added mango aloe vera juice! It was extremely pleasing!

 

A few extra photos from this week!

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Jayd is really growing up. She is such a great helper in the kitchen! She loves to be right in the middle of my baking or cooking projects! She also loves to be in the camera’s face! I am loving this homeschooling time with her.

We went to the beach again this week… and just walked. Some of us tried to kick sea shells. LOL.

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I think she finally really kicked one… after much practice. We patiently waited for the sunset and were happy with its results!

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On Thanksgiving morning we went on a family walk on the causeway. The weather was perfect! Look at those coconut milk skies. It sprinkled rain on us. We made it to the top and turned around the little ones just kept running and getting out their energy. We were hungry we got back and guess what I a made… coconut milk smoothies.

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May all your smoothies and dreams be dreamy… with this homemade coconut milk. I know mine are!

 

Fluffy Biscuit Muffins

Fluffy Biscuit Muffins

My girls love biscuits and gravy. I mean really love that breakfast choice! I don’t remember having them a whole lot when I was growing up. I think it was just cereal. But for some reason… I make biscuits and gravy all the time. My husband loves it too!

I haven’t been a master at making biscuits from scratch. I usually buy the pre-made biscuits from the store. I throw them on a pan, and make some country gravy.

However… I have been on a baking kick lately and have wanted to try making more from home. This recipe proved to be a great alternative.

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fluffy biscuit muffins

This recipe makes a light and fluffy biscuit muffin. I think these would actually be good any time, but breakfast for sure!

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Granola

Granola

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My friend texted me the other night and asked for this granola recipe. I happily obliged. I love this recipe! Before the summer hit we had a granola bar party with some of this homemade granola. It was a big hit! We served it with yogurt, fruit of all kinds, and chocolate sauce. I wasn’t able to have any at that time, but now that I am off my 12 week program I have a bowl of this yummy granola at least once a week if not more!

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Oh…. the smell it produces in your house! When you let it sit in the oven to harden, the smell takes over your house. It smells absolutely amazing! I usually make the batch { which is huge} at night and let it sit over night in the oven… and then I can’t sleep because I’m dreaming of it all night. This makes a lot, but just store it away. You will be surprised at how fast it goes!

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Morning Pancakes

Morning Pancakes

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I make breakfast… almost every morning. I enjoy creating a healthy breakfast for my girls so that when they go and face the world their tummy’s are full and they are happy!

Mornings are easier now that my girls are getting older and able to help me out. I like to switch it up in the mornings and not let my girls have cereal every morning {even though I let my girls have cereal}.

Pancakes, waffles, French Toast, Baked Goods etc… all make the rotation. Since my healthy lifestyle change I am looking for ways to substitute  healthier items into our meals. Pancakes are a must have… and I don’t want to totally eliminate them… so I try to make them as healthy as I can. { I know you can’t have everything healthy}.morning pancakes

I found this recipe for Multigrain Pancakes… and adapted to what I had. The reason I call them Morning Pancakes is because I went to make pancakes and I was totally out of milk!   I usually have milk and almond milk in my fridge but because I was out… I had to come up with something else to put into my pancakes for the milk. I went to my pantry looking for an instant milk and found Morning Moo’s Low Fat Milk Alternative.  Morning Moo’s is a milk food storage item that can be stored in your pantry.

Using the Morning Moo’s actually worked! I simply followed the recipe on the back of the can and added it to my pancakes in replace of regular milk.

Now… I know that even if I am out of milk I can still make many pancakes.

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Here is the great and simple recipe for my Morning Pancakes.

Morning Pancakes

By Carrie Perrins

*** Slightly adapted from Cooking Light Annual Recipes 1998

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • ¼ cup quick cooking oats
  • 2 Tbsp. yellow cornmeal
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup of milk- To substitute the morning moo’s simply take ½ cup of the powder and mix it with 1 cup of luke-warm water.
  • ¼ cup plain-fat free yogurt- optional- I didn’t have any available so I did not add it.
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 large egg

Directions:

Combine first 7 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Combine milk, yogurt, oil, and egg in a small mixing bowl. Beat with beaters for 1 minute.

Add egg and milk mixture to flour mixture. Mix to combine.

Spoon about ¼ cup batter for each pancake onto warm griddle. Flip Morning Pancakes when tops are covered with bubbles and edges looked cooked.

** My first batch somewhat burned even when I used the same warm settings are usual. You might want to start with a lower temperature and then turn up if needed! 

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As you can tell they turned out light and fluffy. They tasted just fine…. and I hope that you and your family will enjoy them in the mornings too!

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Also… we like to serve our pancakes with real maple syrup.

Do you use real maple syrup?

 

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Enjoy!

 

 

Blueberry Oat Muffins

Blueberry Oat Muffins

Blueberry Oat Muffins

Blueberry Oat Muffins.

I haven’t made muffins in a long time for Muffin Monday. My daughter Jane, brought home from her school library, a cookbook. She wanted me to make this pizza casserole. I made it for dinner the following Friday for pizza night. She LOVED it. The following Monday her library book was due and she turned in the book… but happily came home and said,”Mom I have another cook book for you!”

The pizza casserole was in that book too… She must have really liked that pizza casserole!!

Anyways… on to the muffins.

I made these one morning for breakfast and the reason I REALLY liked them was that they didn’t require buttermilk. Most muffins require buttermilk to make them a decent muffin. I did however, just share a quick and easy buttermilk substitute that would work if you needed buttermilk.

However… these didn’t and they were really good!

Blueberry Oat Muffins

Here is the recipe adapted from Taste of Home…

Blueberry Oat Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup water
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • cinnamon and sugar mixture

Instructions

  1. Directions:
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin pan with paper liners.
  3. In a large bowl combine first six ingredients. In another small bowl combine egg whites, water, and oil. Mix well. Stir into dry ingredients until moistened. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-22 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Then remove to wire rack.
  6. Enjoy!
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 These muffins are healthy and delicious.

I love blueberries! I love the color! I love the taste!

You know… you are supposed to eat berries every day to help maintain a healthy body.

If that is the case… then I think these are considered healthy.. right?!

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 I love the aroma of baking! It just brings something into your home!

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I am not sure what your Monday is going to bring… but hopefully it’s not the blues! But… if it does maybe you can brighten your day by these muffins.

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Happy Monday Friends-

Carrie