Monday, September 28, 2009

Amish Apple Pancake

6 large brown eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup soft wheat flour
1 tsp canning salt
1/4 t ground nutmeg(optional)
6 T butter

2 tart baking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
4 T butter
4 T sugar(sucanet or molasses granules work great)
1 T lemon juice

Put 3 T butter into two 10x13 pans. Place in the oven at the rack just above the lowest position and set at 425 degrees.

Meanwhile, mix eggs, flour, salt and milk in mixer(or a blender). Beat on high till frothy. Batter will be somewhat thin. Once butter is melted in pans, tilt pan from side to side to distribute on the bottom of the pans. Pour pancake batter into the two pans, distributing evenly. Place in oven at next to lowest rack. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes until center is firm and pancake puffs up at edges and is brown. Pancake will puff up very high around edges and stay low in the middle.

While baking the pancake, make the topping. IN a medium saucepan, take apples, butter and sugar and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until apples are tender and syrup begins to caramelize.

When pancake is done, slice into squares and place on plates and spoon topping over pancake.

Also delicious with a strawberry or blueberry sauce, powdered sugar or syrup.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Vinegar does a body good

Talking with a friend recently I was reminded of a wonderful tonic that can easily be made and stored in the refrigerator at home. This tonic is very soothing and is wonderful for nervous stomach, acid reflux, depression and the general blah feelings that come with winter and the shorter days. A tablespoon of ACV(Apple Cider Vinegar) contains 11 mg of Potassium. Potassium has several jobs; it helps control the amount of water in the cells of our body, assists in regulating our heartbeat, helps control our blood pressure, and is critical to our muscle function. While there isn't a standard RDA for Potassium, most recommendations are between 2000 and 3000 mg a day. Now you can't drink that much vinegar without getting an upset stomach, but it certainly helps.

The recipe below is packed with natural ingredients containing high levels of antioxidants, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and can be altered slightly to add additional benefits.

Winter Tonic
1 cup raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar(I like Braggs)
1 cup raw unfiltered honey(local honey is best)
In a mason jar, combine vinegar and honey. Close the jar and swirl around until the cider and honey blend well. Do not shake or you will end up with a frothy mess. You can stir this with a wooden spoon if you desire. Keep stirring until the honey completely dissolves into the vinegar. They will blend well without heat. Keep this tonic in the fridge. You can take a tablespoon straight up or add to a cup of warm water or cool water. It makes a nice tea(reminds me of lemon honey water), but be sure not to make the water too hot or it kills the enzymes that are so good for you. Also similar to lemonade if you take in cold water. Take 1 to 3 times a day. Its great for an upset tummy. I have read that its good for anything from headaches and stomach aches to chronic fatigue, depression and arthritis-even weight loss! Start slow(it can have laxative-like and/or detoxification properties), with one tablespoon a day and use enough water to suit your taste. See how your stomach responds to it. Since it kills bacteria, it may give you some stomach issues as first. If so, reduce to a teaspoon until your body adjusts and then gradually increase the dosage. I recommend 1 tablespoon of the tonic to 8oz of good quality water up to three times a day.

Winter Spiced Tonic
Another variation of this health tonic is to add cinnamon. Get a good quality real cinnamon, not the junk you get for $1 at the local five and dime. You can add one 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the mixture above if desired. Cinnamon is said to lower your blood sugar and combined with honey and vinegar is even more powerful at doing this so use with caution if you have low blood sugar issues. Cinnamon is known to be good for the circulatory system, excellent for treating arthritis, hair loss and many other health benefits. Do some research of your own and see if you would benefit from trying this. I know you can overdo on cinnamon, particularly if you aren't using a high-quality brand, so make sure you research this before trying it at home.

Yet another variation of the Winter Tonic which is good for fighting illness is made this way:

Feel Well Tonic
1 cup raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1 cup raw, unfiltered honey
8 cloves of fresh garlic
Put all the ingredients in the food processor and process until the garlic is completely pulverized. Pour into a jar, seal and place in the refrigerator for a week, allowing the antibiotic properties of the garlic to mix with the honey and vinegar. Take 1 tsp with a glass of water or juice each morning to keep illnesses at bay all winter long. Store in your refrigerator. It should keep all winter.

Lemon-like "tea"
One of my favorite ways to take ACV
Boil some water in a kettle. Fill your cup and add 1-2 T of Braggs ACV and 1-2 T of raw honey. Stir to dissolve the honey. Drink. YUM!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Green Pastures

I was very excited today to find out that I am now approved as a reseller of Green Pastures Blue Ice products. They carry a wonderful selection of fermented oil products that are not exposed to heat or other processes that speed extraction. As a result they are extremely high in vitamin A and D as well as all the enzymes, vitamins and other nutrients that occur naturally within the products. Products available are Butter Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Skate Oil and Coconut Oils and Ghee.

I discovered these products when I was exploring the nutritional deficiencies that can cause ADD and other processing disorders. Cod liver oil(CLO) is a nutritional supplement derived from the liver of cod fish. It has high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, and is very high in levels of vitamin A and vitamin D. While there are many forms of CLO on the market, most are extracted using manufacturing processes that require heat and remove a lot of the benefits of taking this supplement. Green Pasture Blue Ice products are fermented. The definition of fermentation is "breaking down into simpler components". Fermentation makes foods easier to digest and nutrients easier to assimilate since much of the work of digestion is done for you. Another words, fermentation improves absorption and more of the benefits are left for you to absorb! Hundreds of years ago, CLO was given in this form. It was a standard supplement across the world. The process of fermentation was abandoned for quicker and less costly methods of extraction. While these qualities benefit the manufacturer and consumer cost-wise, the nutritional benefits are greatly reduced. After reading about this supplement, I decided to order some for my son. The amount of focus he gained in the first month was extraordinary. He now takes it daily and it is a part of his routine. He even recognizes that difference if he forgets to take it.

I try to keep this page pricing current, but to see more up to date pricing, visit our "other products" page:

If you are interested in ordering these products, please contact me directly. Some pricing is below:

Liquid Cod Liver Oil:

Available in Plain, Cinnamon Tingle, Oslo Orange, Peppermint and Arctic Mint  flavors(Skate Liver Oil has similar pricing)
The liquid CLO in 240-237ml bottles is

$43 each plus tax/shipping (discounts available for 6 or more of the same product)

The CLO capsules(120 capsules per bottle)

$31 each plus tax/shipping (discounts available for 6 or more of the same product)

Emulsified Cod Liver Oil:
Available in Licorice and Peppermint flavors
These emulsified gel CLO's come in 237 ml bottles
$43 each plus tax/shipping(discounts available for 6 or more of the same product)

Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil Combo:
 Available in Chocolate, Cinnamon Tingle or Plain flavors
The emulsified CLO/BO Mixes come in 240ml bottles

$48 each plus tax/shipping 
(discounts available for 6 or more of the same product)

The CLO/BO capsules are slightly less

$38 each plus tax/shipping 

(discounts available for 6 or more of the same product)

Shipping/Payment information Sales tax is charged within NC, shipping is actual cost, no mark up. Orders of Green Pastures CLO/BO products over $250 to one address in the continental US will get half off their shipping. We cannot extend free shipping for coconut oil products. Email me for an actual quote for your location/order. We take payment via personal check or through Paypal via personal payment. Email candlerfoods at charter dot net.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Coupon Adventures 9/17

Harris Teeter is doing triples again and I headed over to do a quick shop.
The GM deal came around again and really gives you the potential to do a great shop

Purchase 15 GM items and get $5 off of your order.
Also two catalina deals sweeten the profits

Old El Paso buy 6 get $3 oyno
Green Giant Boxed veggies, buy 5 get $3 oyno

Using the mfr coupons on the green giant veggies and the printable for Old ElPaso along with getting a few deals near free in the GM package and you have yourself a nice pile of food for very little money. I plan to roll the catalinas over next week after the GM deal is over.

5 Green giant veggies$.99-2 $.50/2=$1.95
4 OEP $.79x6-$.60/2=free
2 OEP dinner kits 2.00x2-.60x2=$2.80
2 warm delights $1.66-2$.50/1=$.32
3 Biscuits$.80-2 $.75/3=.15

-$5 gm deduction
plus two cats for $3

This brings your total over $5 allowing for the GM deduction. You pay .47 plus tax.
There were several other freebies to be had, but stock was low. I did snag some really cheap Truvia 2.59 - 2.25 (.75) and a some of the green giant canned veggies. Overall a good time to stock up on vegetables!!