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Gluten Free Coconut Granola

Gluten Free Coconut Granola

If you’ve ever priced gluten free granola at the store, you know it can get pretty pricey which is a problem if you have someone in your family who really likes granola. When you have several people who like granola, you end up using granola as a garnish rather than as the main breakfast dish because it’s just too expensive. One of those store-bought bags of granola usually equals roughly 4 bowls of cereal – maybe.

Since I buy gluten free oats in bulk, the cost of making oatmeal and granola goes down significantly. I also buy my raisins, nuts, honey, coconut oil, and coconut in bulk as they all will keep for a long time if stored properly. I like buying in bulk not only because it saves me money but also because it allows me to shop for staples less frequently. Instead of going to the store, I can just go into my bulk food storage and refill my every day use containers. It’s like having my own little bulk grocery store.

Munchkin has recently started to enjoy coconut and honey more. She still doesn’t like to eat honey as a sweetener on things, but she is now good with it being used as an ingredient in things like granola. This change allowed me to change up my granola recipe to make a much healthier version that tastes delicious.

I currently only have raisins on hand, so that is the dried fruit that I used in this batch. I can’t wait until I’m able to dry some cherries this year as I think that tartness of the cherries will be really nice in the mix.

This granola isn’t really one that I would use in a trail mix as it works better for eating with a spoon.

Gluten Free Coconut Granola Recipe

Gluten Free Coconut Granola Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole flax seeds
  • 2 cup roughly chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts…)
  • 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup liquid coconut oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cups dried fruit (raisins, cherries…)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flax seeds, nuts, coconut, cinnamon, and coconut sugar.
  3. In a separate small bowl (or in glass measuring cup), combine honey, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt.
  4. Combine wet and dry mixtures and pour onto 2 lined sheet pans (jelly roll pans with lips work best).
  5. Bake for 45 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes or so to make sure the granola browns evenly.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  7. Transfer into a large bowl and stir in dried fruit until evenly distributed.
  8. Once the granola is completely cooled, store in an airtight container.

 

Gluten Free Coconut Granola
 
This healthy version of gluten free granola features coconut and dried fruits.
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Ingredients
  • 6 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole flax seeds
  • 2 cup roughly chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts…)
  • 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup liquid coconut oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cups dried fruit (raisins, cherries...)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flax seeds, nuts, coconut, cinnamon, and coconut sugar.
  3. In a separate small bowl (or in glass measuring cup), combine honey, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt.
  4. Combine wet and dry mixtures and pour onto 2 lined sheet pans (jelly roll pans with lips work best).
  5. Bake for 45 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes or so to make sure the granola browns evenly.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  7. Transfer into a large bowl and stir in dried fruit until evenly distributed.
  8. Once the granola is completely cooled, store in an airtight container.

 

 

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Senior: Preparing for the Future – A 30-day Devotional for Seniors

Senior: Preparing for the Future - A 30-day Devotional for Seniors by Lars Rood

Special thanks to Family Christian for providing a review copy of this book.

It’s hard to believe that we’re in Munchkin’s senior year of high school. Where did the time go?

Senior year has been filled with a rollercoaster of emotions as she prepares for her future. So much to do. So many plans and decisions to make. There is excitement mixed with anxiety mixed with apprehension. What shall I do after high school? Where should I go to college? What should I study? What are my plans for the future? What goals to I want to achieve? What does the Lord want me to do? What is my purpose in life? The list of questions that have flown through my child’s mind seem endless.

May He grant you according to your heart's desire, and fulfill all your purpose. Psalm 20:4

Senior: Preparing for the Future – A 30-day Devotional for Seniors by Lars Rood (affiliate link) attempts to tackle some of the craziness that goes along with the senior year of high school. It is written for students who attend a traditional high school, so Munchkin couldn’t always relate with everything being talked about in the devotional which lead her to wish something like this would be written with the homeschool dynamic in mind.

Each devotional starts out with a story about something relating to the senior year of high school. It then gives several questions for the student to answer about relating to that particular senior year topic. A little “the world thinks” blurb is given to make the students think about how the world views things. As a Christian, most of these things are not how a Christian senior should be thinking/acting. It’s just to give the student an idea of how the world may view aspects of the senior year, and it helps prepare them for what they may be confronted with from non-Christian friends and family. The devotion concludes with an act section and some scripture passages to read.

Senior Preparing for the Future Devotional by Lars Rood

Side note: The Act section in Day 3 of the devotional had this to say, “Because you will probably have some free space and not be too busy this year….” Munchkin’s response? “Is he serious? I’m more busy this year than many of the past years.” Needless to say, senior year is not a one size fits all approach, and it definitely varies from student to student. I know I didn’t coast through my senior year, and it definitely wasn’t less busy.

Since I wasn’t the target audience of the book, I turned the devotional over to Munchkin after I browsed through it. She felt that while it wasn’t a good fit for her personally and situation, it would probably work for seniors in a traditional school setting. It would be especially good for someone who is searching for answers about what to do next, someone who doesn’t have a tight-knit, open communication type relationship with their parent(s), or someone whose parents have high expectations or set plans for them that aren’t necessarily the student’s own plans. It encourages open communication between the senior and his/her parents which is important.

Book Description:

THIS IS IT! You’ve reached the pinnacle of the high school food chain! You’ve finally become a senior!

Now what?

Here’s the crazy thing about your senior year: It often starts with a sprint as you finish applications, make big decisions, and prepare for life after high school. But then you wait. And then senioritis usually kicks in.

Lars Rood remembers what his senior year was like, and as a pastor and a former teacher, he’s talked with countless students about how this one year is both an end and a beginning. What legacy have you left? How do you deal with disappointments and regrets? What does it mean to truly let God lead you? What is saying goodbye so difficult?

As you read each entry in this devotional, you’ll discover wisdom and truth to guide you in the final months of your high school career, along with solid suggestions on living out what you believe. This isn’t just a book you read–it’s a book that leads to action.

About the Author:

Lars Rood has been involved in youth ministry for 20+ years, and it has been an amazing ride. A featured writer/speaker, he loves to be with students and families, as well as teach youth workers and seminary students. Lars and his family live in Washington state, where he is an associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue. You can follow his life at larsrood.com, twitter, and facebook.

Book Details:

  • Series: Simply for Students
  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Simply Youth Ministry (April 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764490052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764490057
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Retail Price: $6.99

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book to help facilitate the writing of a frank and honest review. A positive review is not expected nor guaranteed. I strive to give completely honest reviews based upon my family’s personal experiences.

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Relaxing with Tens Electronic Pulse Massager


Tens Handheld Electronic Pulse Massager

Special thanks to Gurin for providing a sample massager for review purposes.

We’ve been pretty busy around here between getting ready for Munchkin’s graduation and getting our place ready for spring. Since we don’t have a tractor, hauling dirt and composted manure for the garden is all done with a shovel and dump cart. It’s rewarding but tiring work. We often end the day with aching muscles.

Some days are worse than others due to the amount of work that needs to be done. I’m constantly amazed at how much work homesteaders get done in a day. We’re not full time homesteaders by any stretch of the imagination, but I still struggle to get everything done.

I’ve been seeing these pulse massagers around and wondered if they would help with the hurting muscles at the end of the day, so I was excited to try out the Tens Electronic Pulse Massager. As is my norm, I applied a moist heat to my back after working. After that, I decided to test out the pulse masssager.

Tens Handheld Electronic Pulse Massager

This unit comes with the controller, 4 self-stick electrode pads, and 2 lead wires. It requires 4 AAA batteries which are included in the package. You can use it with just 2 electrode pads or all 4. You can even use it on two people at once, and each person can control their own intensity level.

The electrode pads were easy apply and stayed firmly in place. I chose to use it on my shoulders first as that is where I tend to carry the most tension and where I was aching the most. I chose the shoulder auto program button and adjusted the intensity level to what was comfortable for me (4). Then I “relaxed” for 15 minutes as the program went through the cycle.

It was an interesting sensation as you could actually see my shoulders move during certain times during the program cycle. It was not painful but I wouldn’t say that it’s really relaxing either. What’s important is that it did help sooth my aches and pains.

Tens Handheld Electronic Pulse Massager

The unit has auto program buttons for the waist (lower back), shoulder, joint, hand-leg, and sole of the foot. It also has a repeat button that allows you to repeat a certain stimulation in the program. The only area that I did not like using the unit on was the sole of my foot. Even at the lowest setting it made my toes feel like they were being pricked with a million little needles.

You also have the ability to use the manual mode that features three different modes – massage, beat, and knead. You can increase and decrease the pulse rate speed. The intensity level can be adjusted from 1 to 10. I can not imagine being able to handle the 10 as that would be seriously intense.

The Tens Electronic Pulse Massager (affiliate link) is easy to use and works. I like that it’s very customizable to each users unique needs. The display is clear and simple to read. The only thing missing is a nice storage container/pouch as I’m not a big fan on storing it in the box like I’m doing right now.

While the unit may not be able to make the jobs around the house get done faster, it does help make the resulting aches and pains after a hard days work more manageable.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product through Tomoson to help facilitate the writing of a frank and honest review. A positive review is not expected nor guaranteed. All opinions are my own based upon the use of the product in my home.

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Review: Epic Tomatoes by Graig LeHoullier

Epic Tomatoes by Craig LeHoullier

Special thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy of this book.

I need to start this post off with a warning. In many parts of the country, it’s cold and dreary. Some places have snow on the ground. The longing for spring has already started to fill people’s hearts. Epic Tomatoes (affiliate link) will not help with that – at all. In fact, you will end up craving fresh from the vine tomatoes. You’ll want to get those tomatoes planted so you can see the harvest sooner rather than later.

I was resting in bed reading Epic Tomatoes only to find my mouth watering. The cold winds were howling outside. I was craving all of the tomatoes that were pictured and talked about in the book. It’s late at night and cold outside and all I could think about were delicious, juicy tomatoes – tiny tomatoes and large tomatoes. D sat there laughing at me.

**sigh** Since I couldn’t have the tomatoes any time soon, I decided that I could at least continue reading, so I could have the best success with these new (to me) varieties of tomatoes. Craig does a wonderful job explaining the ins and outs of successful planting of tomatoes. He gives excellent information on all different varieties and describes ways to get the maximum yield from your crop. He evens busts a few myths along the way.

He gives a few recommendations on where to get seeds. Thankfully, I had at least a couple of the recommended seed catalogs already in my possession. All of the descriptions of the tomatoes helped me decide which tomatoes would be best for me based upon my wants/needs for my tomatoes. I just needed to make sure some of them would do well in the high desert heat.

Oh, I’ll be ordering some seeds soon. I just need to pair down my selections as I don’t need to do it all at once even though it’s tempting. There is only so much time and space. ;) He gave some recommendations on how to start the seeds and ideas on different planting methods. Ah, so much planning to do. At least there is something to do while waiting for the right time to start the seeds.

If you’re interested in tomatoes, I highly recommend Epic Tomatoes. Just be prepared for tomato cravings and longings for spring…

Epic Tomatoes by Craig LehoullierBook Description:

Savor your best tomato harvest ever! Craig LeHoullier, tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange, offers everything a tomato enthusiast needs to know about growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes — from sowing seeds and planting to cultivating and collecting seeds at the end of the season. He also offers a comprehensive guide to the various pests and diseases of tomatoes and explains how best to avoid them. No other book offers such a detailed look at the specifics of growing tomatoes, with beautiful photographs and helpful tomato profiles throughout.

Craig LeHoullierAbout the Author:

Craig LeHoullier’s first book, Epic Tomatoes, is the culmination of decades of a passion for collecting, researching and growing hundreds of varieties of tomatoes. Residing in Raleigh, NC with his wife Susan and small assortment of dogs and cats, Craig’s gardening passion was planted when very young by walks through his grandfather’s backyard garden in Pawtucket, Rhode island, and, later on, planting the family gardens with his dad.

Possessing a PhD in chemistry, Craig’s professional career involved various positions in a major pharmaceutical company. After retiring in 2008, and following a few years of consulting, he decided to take the plunge into garden writing, a logical progression from Craig’s many years of garden lectures, a newsletter (Off The vine), and blogging.

Craig’s passion for tomatoes in particular exploded after joining the Seed Savers Exchange in 1986, and all gardens since focus on open pollinated (non-hybrid) varieties, in a wide range of colors, sizes and flavors. He is responsible for naming, developing and introducing many varieties, such as Cherokee Purple and Lucky Cross, and has been co-leading a unique all-volunteer project to create new dwarf-growing varieties. The project is responsible for 25 new tomatoes available through a variety of seed companies, particularly valuable for space-constrained gardeners who wish to grow wonderful tomatoes on decks or patios.

Craig continues to be active in the Seed Savers Exchange and has served as Adviser on Tomatoes to the organization for many years.

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (December 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612122086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612122083
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Retail Price: $19.95
  • Electronic Version also available

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review in neither expected nor guaranteed. All opinions are my own.

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Wordless Wednesday: An Afternoon Ride

Daddy Daughter Horse Ride

Munchkin Riding Dixie

Daddy Riding Phantom

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