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4.25.2014

Grain - Free Chocolate donut

This recipe is an offshoot from the Grain-free-coconut-donut in an earlier post.  I love the texture, taste and simplicity of this recipe.  It is pretty healthy for a dessert or breakfast.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup sifted coconut flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla powder (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt

4 eggs
1/4 cup melted virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons honey

Combine dry ingredients and set aside.  Add wet ingredients to mixer and mix well.  Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well. Using a pastry tube pipe donut batter into donut pans.  Bake at 350* for about 6 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the donut comes out clean.  DON'T OVER BAKE.

The pastry tube is a great investment.  It gets donut batter into the pan perfectly without the spills and overfilling.  I have an extra large pastry tube with a large tip for just this.
Don't fill your donuts too full of batter.  They will rise quite a bit as you can see in the next picture.


Pop the donuts out of the pan when the pan is slightly cooled.  They will continue to brown in the hot pan and you don't want to burn them. 
The chocolate donuts seem to rise more than the vanilla coconut donuts.  The reaction between the cocoa and the baking soda must have something to do with that. 

Carb Count = 80g 
I have made about 9 donuts with this recipe, so about 9g of carbs each.


4.02.2014

SPRING GARDEN 2014

This nourishing rain has my heart soaring.  I LOVE the rain, especially when we have had such a long dry spell.  I was downright depressed looking around at all the brown barren landscape.  Well, praise GOD!  I can't wait to share with you all the things I am growing or hope to grow this year in my garden.  There is sooooooo much to do. 


I started growing lettuce a few months ago when the weather got (unusually) warmer.  I had to protect it from the local wildlife because it was the ONLY GREEN thing around for miles and miles.  The lettuce made it through and we have been enjoying it for two months now.  Fresh lettuce is worth the effort.


These are the planters I am going to put the peppers in when the weather warms up.  They get full sun in the summer.  These planters are perfect for winter greens.I have beets and cilantro in the second planter.


I am going to have strawberries this year!  That is a statement ..... a statement to all the birds and deer that come against these poor little garden plants.  For years I have tried unsuccessfully to grow and harvest strawberries.  Some animal always gets to them.  NOT THIS YEAR.  Check out my new strawberry planter!
This planter has a wire bottom, it has strong wooden sides and a fully enclosed top that opens with a pulley.  I only have to worry about a few insects this year. 
I planted my garlic and onions last fall.  They are loving the rain and should be ready to harvest in about a month. 

I am trying to grow blueberries again.  This time I have them planted on the side of the house in partial shade.  I think full sun in the super hot summers here killed the last batch two years ago.
I am trying my hand at growing radishes this year.  I am so glad they sprung up so quickly.
And as you can see from the next picture there is still more to do.  More planters to build, irrigation to put in and paths to reinforce.  I have to admit that I do like the little projects and improvements that go on in the garden.  I like getting my hands dirty and building into the landscape. This journey is not wearisome for me and I have a lot of help from my family.

I have found some great garden ideas on my PINTEREST garden PAGE.  Check some of these out!
Great ideas for starting seeds, toilet paper tubes and mini green houses out of clear plastic bins.
 I like the mailbox idea for storing garden supplies in the garden.  I ended up putting a few up around my garden.  It makes it so much easier to find your gloves or tools.