Greek Chicken with Arugula and Kalamata Olives

Greek Chicken with Arugula and Kalamata Olives #whole30 #paleo #glutenfree

Greek Chicken and Whole30

Over the past several years my weight has been on the rise and it has insidiously affected every part of my life. My confidence is shot, my energy level is low and I have stopped participating in many of the things I once enjoyed doing. I know weight is not the determining factor of value in life but for me it has been a constant drain on my emotions and frankly I am ready for a change…. 

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Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin

BALANCE YOUR LIFE #2

Today is the second week of my new feature “Balance Your Life.” I have teamed up with some pretty incredible ladies  to offer a few ways to bring balance in all areas. The goal is to to share information on four different blogs balancing Spirit, Mind, Body and Heart.

BalanceYourLife

Spirit is represented by Heather @ My Sweet Mission.  Visit her to see what great wisdom she is sharing today.

Body will be represented by Caroline @ Fit Pink Mom. She shares simple exercises to to get the body moving. 

I represent Heart @ Pure Grace Farms and  will be sharing healthy recipes and ideas with an emphasis on whole food. I love sharing with you what’s going on in my kitchen! 

Mind comes from Christina and Millie @ 2 Crochet Hooks  sharing easy crafts you can make from items found in the home, great book reviews, fun games and activities to build memory. Fun stuff, you won’t want to miss. 

I hope Balance your Life enriches your experience here at Pure Grace Farms and you take the opportunity to see the great ideas from all four blogs that may help to bring balance to your life.

Let’s Talk Pumpkin!

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin The weather in Boise is beginning to turn. I feel a nip in the air that always heralds the coming of fall. I am thrilled! This means harvesting will soon come to an end. Fruits and vegetables will be tucked away in cupboards and freezer, and I will have a brief respite before the holidays are fully upon us.  Pumpkin: Pure and Simple My thoughts turn to leaves of crimson, yellows and oranges, delicious smells from the kitchen and crisp, cool evenings. There will also be pumpkins, an integral part of the fall season. With that in mind, today’s review is all about pumpkins. A true Pumpkinfest of flavors to enjoy this fall season. Roast your pumpkin for a fresh pumpkin puree that adds great flavor and freshness to all your fall treats. If you have never had the pleasure of roasting your own pumpkins, let me suggest that this year be your year. I readily admit canned pumpkin is convenient, but there is a world of difference in flavor when making your own. Did you know that canned pumpkin isn’t really all pumpkin? There may be a touch included in the mixture but butternut squash is usually the main ingredient. I have been roasting my own pumpkins for years and the process is quite simple. Pumpkin also freezes up beautifully. Roast up a few when you can purchase them in the store at a bargain. You’ll then have plenty of pumpkin puree to enjoy all year long. How to make your own fresh pumpkin puree How to Make Fresh Pumpkin Puree Pumpkin Seeds with Cajun Seasoning: Don’t waste those precious pumpkin seeds, roast them instead How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin

I’ve gathered a few recipes around the web this week to highlight all the great ways to enjoy pumpkin. I would love to hear a few of the ways you use pumpkin too. If you have a favorite recipe, leave me a link in the comments to what you like best. I will be sure to visit and spread the love your way.

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Pumpkin Spice Scones: Honey and Birch

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Pumpkin Oatmeal: Somebody’s Dinner

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Pumpkin Bundt Cake With Whiskey Butter Sauce: Pure Grace Farms

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles: Bourbon and Brown Sugar

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Pumpkin Focaccia Bread: A Dash of Sanity

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins: A Dash of Sanity

Pumpkinfest: 7 Ways to Love Pumpkin

GF  Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies: Mommy Summers

 

I do hope you enjoyed all the great features this week and take some time to visit each one.

Have a wonderful week!

Shari

 

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Simple Batter Peach Cobbler

Simple Batter Peach Cobbler So often we focus on the destination so much that we forget to enjoy the journey…Today purpose to take pleasure in the simple things. ~ Unknown Author

Simple Batter Peach Cobbler I love simple and nothing could be easier that my Simple Batter Peach Cobbler.  Fresh peaches, whole white wheat flour, raw sugar and cream make up the bulk of the recipe. A lovely treat to enjoy when peaches are in season. If you are fortunate to have extra peaches be sure to freeze a few. That way you can enjoy this delicious dessert long after the peaches have come and gone.

Simple Batter Peach Cobbler

Simple Batter Peach Cobbler

Simple Batter Peach Cobbler

4.8 from 4 reviews
Simple Batter Peach Cobbler
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup whole white wheat flour (if using white flour, omit ¼ cup milk)
  • ¾ cup raw sugar, plus 1 tbsp for sprinkling
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup cream or half and half
  • ¼ milk
  • 3 cups peeled and sliced peaches
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt butter and pour into a 9-inch round baking dish. Swirl butter to coat pan.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, stir together flour, ¾ cup sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Add cream and milk to dry ingredients, stirring to combine.
  5. Pour batter into baking dish. (Batter may be thin, that's as it should be.)
  6. Arrange peaches on top of batter.
  7. Sprinkle peaches with 1 tbsp raw sugar.
  8. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until batter has set and the top is browned.
  9. Serve warm.

 Recipe adapted from Peach Batter Cobbler: 

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Preserve the Harvest Series: Blueberries and Blueberry Marmalade

Preserve the Harvest Series: Let's Talk Blueberries & Blueberry Marmalade PRESERVE THE HARVEST SERIES AND BLUEBERRY MARMALADE

Preserve the Harvest Series presents a new fruit or vegetable every Tuesday with the goal of helping you get the most out of fresh fruits and vegetables harvested during peak season. Whether you grow your own fruits and vegetables, buy them at the Farmer’s Market or your local grocery store, it is good to remember the best time to preserve your bounty is when it is plentiful. Preserving the harvest stocks your pantry shelves and freezer with whole foods that you can feel good about, foods that taste great, and this approach saves you money.  A sane approach to sustainability! Next up…Blueberries and Blueberry Marmalade.

Preserve the Harvest Series: Let's Talk Blueberries & Blueberry Marmalade LET’S TALK BLUEBERRIES

Growing Blueberries at Home

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow organically, but proper preparation and patience are necessary to reap the full benefits. To grow properly blueberries require soil that is acidic, proper care for a shallow root system and plenty of water when fruiting. Blueberry plants take about 3 years before they begin to produce any sizeable amount of berries. Once fully mature you can expect about 8 quarts of berries per bush.

Read more about growing and caring for blueberries at About Home: How to Grow Blueberries in the Home Garden.

Purchasing Blueberries

Blueberries ripen somewhere between mid July to mid August making this the best time to purchase blueberries if you are not fortunate enough to grow your own. When purchasing blueberries, look for berries that look fresh, plump and unblemished. A refrigerated display case is the best place to look. After purchasing, blueberries should be refrigerated as well for maximum longevity. When handled properly fresh blueberries should last for 10 – 14 days. Wash berries prior to eating.

Freezing Blueberries

Blueberries may be frozen with great results. To freeze, rinse berries lightly and place on paper towel to soak up extra moisture. Arrange blueberries on a baking sheet in single layer and  place in the freezer until frozen solid. Once frozen, remove berries and place in heavy duty freezer bag or use vacuum sealer. Frozen berries can be stored up to a year. 

Preserve the Harvest Series: Let's Talk Blueberries & Blueberry Marmalade BLUEBERRY MARMALADE

Blueberries and citrus combine to make this unusual marmalade. I enjoy the extra bit of sweetness the blueberries add, giving a great tasting twist on a perennial favorite. This recipe was developed quite by accident while reading directions for two different recipes and then getting mixed up about which one I was actually making. I decided I couldn’t let all those lovely oranges and blueberries go to waste, so I threw the book out the window and went on a wing and a prayer. I love how this recipe came together.  I hope you will too!

The following recipe is processed using a water bath canning process. If you have never canned before or need a refresher the National Center for Home Food Preservation is the gold standard of information. I would encourage you to head over and read their general canning information.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Blueberry Marmalade
 
Recipe will make approximately 6 pints.
Ingredients
  • 4 oranges
  • 2 lemons, very thinly sliced
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 cups blueberries
  • 6 cups sugar
Instructions
  1. Remove thin outer rind from oranges with vegetable peeler or paring knife and cut into fine strips.
  2. Place rind, thinly slice lemons, and water in a large non-reactive pan.
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover, reduce heat and gently boil for 25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, remove remaining white pith from the oranges, cut in half (being careful to save juice from the oranges) and place all in a food processor.Process until finely chopped.
  5. Add chopped pulp and blueberries to orange mixture and return to a boil.
  6. Boil gently for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat, add sugar and bring to a rapid boil.
  8. With mixture uncovered, continue to boil, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to gel.( about 35 minutes depending on moisture content of the berries) *see link below for how to tell when mixture will form a gel.
  9. Once thickened, remove from heat.
  10. Ladle into hot jars and process for 15 minutes.

Preserve the Harvest Series: Let's Talk Blueberries & Blueberry Marmalade

Recipe adapted from The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving: Over 300 Recipes to Use Year-Round

Three Ways to Test the Jellying Point for Jams and Jellies: http://www.portlandpreserve.com/TestingTheJellyPoint.pdf

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