Monthly Archives: April 2011

Christ Glorified in Recent Tornado

Over 200 dead after massive tornadoes rake the South

(AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa News, Dusty Compton)

It is with much sadness that I post this.  Yet our god IS faithful!  The recent tornado in Alabama that has completely devastated that region has taken the life of a godly father of 13, Mr. Lee.  Their neighbors, another godly family The Crawford’s (I am an affiliate for her product line), have had their home completely destroyed.  They also just had a brand new baby 3 weeks ago.  You can read their stories in by clicking the links below.

Kelly Crawford of Generation Cedar

Tribute to Tom Lee by Doug Phillips

How You Can Help ~ Donate Here

Please pray for all these families.

It is stories and moments like these that remind me of why it is so important to prepare with extra food, water and medical supplies.  If I had been a neighbor of these dear families, and my home was not one of the ones destroyed, I would have had the supplies these families needed.  Preparedness isn’t about saving my own skin alone.   Preparedness is providing for those the Lord puts in my path (my immediate family AND friends and neighbors) with the supplies He has allowed me to gather up and the skills I have learned so that I may be a blessing and a message of hope and love from the Lord.

Blessings,

~Mrs. R

Sufficiency of Scripture 2009 Audio FREE!

I just had to pop in and tell you that the National Center for Family Integrated Churches is giving away the audios from their “Sufficiency of Scripture Conference” from 2009!

This conference, which took place December 10-12, 2009, in Covington, KY, called Christians back to their foundation, affirming that the Scripture alone is sufficient to direct their lives and the life of their families, their churches, and their country in the 21st Century. 35 messages cover everything from the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture to Youth Ministry to personal evangelism.

What a blessing!  There are talks by Ken Ham, Voddie Baucham, Doug Phillips, Dr. Joe Morecraft, Scott Brown and many others!  Isn’t it grand that biblical truths don’t change with the times?!

Here is the link: NCFIC

Blessings,

~Mrs. R

Who Decides What Is Best for MY Child to Eat?

Chicago schools have banned children from bringing a lunch from home.

According to Little Village’s principal, Elsa Carmona, the intention of the policy is to protect students from the potential for unhealthy homemade lunches.  “Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,” Carmona told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It’s milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception.”

Notice this woman claims that the school lunches are “excellent quality food”.  Can any of you distinguish what that glop is on the  blue tray?

Does what I ‘think’ might be a piece of pizza on the red tray look fresh?  I can not even hazard a guess what the ‘stuff’ to the right of the ‘supposed pizza’ might be.  Notice there is also a bag of Fritos on that red tray as well – GMO food to harm the masses of Chicago children.  Just looking at this red tray’s food I see: sugar laden chocolate milk, white flour pizza crust (high glycemic index and nutritionally lacking), sugar in the raisins, sweet diced fruit cup, carrots (higher glycemic index food) and dip (which also probably has loads of salt and might even have sugar), I’m guessing the peanut butter is the kind with hydrogenated oil to prevent separation and has added salt and sugar.  I don’t want to hazard a guess as to what the tan thing between the Fritos and the fruit cup might be, but I’d guess it also has sugar.  So out of 8 food items, there are 5 with a high sugar content.  And most of it would be the white refined sugar that is the worst for your health.

But as long as they eat it at school it is considered “excellent quality food”.

This is just one more example of the government overstepping their lines of authority.  Ah, but one has to remember that the moment you have enrolled your precious child in the public school system you have abdicated your rights over your child.  Your child belongs to the state when he is at school.

Below is a PDF document which explains this years National School Lunch Program.  And it’s funding.  Did you know there are “school food authorities” and “entitlement foods”??

Could the fact that the school gets federal money for subsidized lunches has anything to do with the ban on homemade lunches?  Did you know that each school participating in the program gets a cash subsidy AND donated commodities… for EACH meal they serve.  And even a ‘full price meal’ is still subsidized.  Notice in the section “How Much Do Schools Get?” that those rates are only for a school with 60% or less free and reduced rate lunches.  The higher reimbursement rate is not listed.

NSLPFactSheet

The saddest thing out of all of this is not the disgusting, non-nutritional food being foisted off as “excellent quality food”.  It really isn’t that the government is overstepping their jurisdiction, again.

The saddest thing is that no parents have stepped up to protest this.

Is it any wonder that the children today lack any respect when their very parents turn them over to someone else and don’t’ even issue a whimper at these self-serving ‘edicts’?  These children are not stupid.

This reminds me of the prodigal son story in the bible.  In that story the son asks for his inheritance while his father is still alive.  In essence telling dear old dad he wishes he was dead.  He takes the money and spends it in wild riotous living.  When the money is all gone, so are his friends.  He becomes destitute and at his lowest he remembers how his father’s servants have ample food.  He determines to return and ask to be one of his father’s servants.  You can read the rest in Luke 15:11 – 32.

The parents in this story remind me of the prodigal son.  The Lord calls children an inheritance and a blessing.  Yet the parents are squandering that very inheritance by turning them over to someone else who is no better than a hired hand.

May the Lord of Creation forgive us for wasting the most precious gifts He has bestowed upon us, our children.

Blessings,

~Mrs. R

A Spring Walk in the Park

The Patriarch, Arrow and I went for a lovely walk in the park on Saturday.  We hadn’t really been out for a good long walk all winter.  Too cold and rainy to be enjoyable.  And the rain, well in reality it doesn’t rain hard here.  But it drizzles… a lot.  The skies may be gray, but that doesn’t mean it is raining like you may think of it raining in the Midwest.  Or the south.  Or the northeast.  No, here it drizzles and drizzles and drizzles with periodic interludes of downpours, wind and the odd bit of lightening & thunder.

When we lived in Florida, many long years ago now, it would thunder and lightening EVERY time it rained.  Now that we have been here for over 20 years, thunder and lightening is so rare is surprises us when it does happen.

But Saturday… ah, it was a great day for a walk in the park!  High was 55 degrees and there was a spring chill in the air.  The various trees were in their respective buddings.  Some were already in flower and some the leaf buds were only just starting to peak out of the branches.


Spring Pools by Robert Frost
These pools that, though in forests, still reflect
The total sky almost without defect,
And like the flowers beside them, chill and shiver,
Will like the flowers beside them soon be gone,
And yet not out by any brook or river,
But up by roots to bring dark foliage on.
The trees that have it in their pent-up buds
To darken nature and be summer woods –
Let them think twice before they use their powers
To blot out and drink up and sweep away
These flowery waters and these watery flowers
From snow that melted only yesterday.

Spring is my all-time favorite season.  I love to watch the buds emerging on the trees. The early spring flowers are such a cheerful, welcome site after the long, wet & dreary winter.


Flower God, God Of The Spring by Robert Louis Stevenson
FLOWER god, god of the spring, beautiful, bountiful,
Cold-dyed shield in the sky, lover of versicles,
Here I wander in April
Cold, grey-headed; and still to my
Heart, Spring comes with a bound, Spring the deliverer,
Spring, song-leader in woods, chorally resonant;
Spring, flower-planter in meadows,
Child-conductor in willowy
Fields deep dotted with bloom, daisies and crocuses:
Here that child from his heart drinks of eternity:
O child, happy are children!
She still smiles on their innocence,
She, dear mother in God, fostering violets,
Fills earth full of her scents, voices and violins:
Thus one cunning in music
Wakes old chords in the memory:
Thus fair earth in the Spring leads her performances.
One more touch of the bow, smell of the virginal
Green – one more, and my bosom
Feels new life with an ecstasy.

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time. ~Martin Luther

Blessings,

~Mrs. R

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

You can go to Kelly’s blog The Spunky Coconut for all the other gluten free Easter ideas!  What a great idea to round up gluten-free ideas for Easter!  Thank you Kelly for doing this.  I am not sure when she is posting all the recipes, but I will update my link to that specific post when she does.  Link now updated!  :-)

I wanted muffins again the other day.  One would think I was done with muffins after the Ratio Rally and my multiple batches of Lemon Lavender Muffins back to back, but no.  I love muffins.  This recipe (link above) would also be great on an Easter buffet!!  :-)

So there I was standing at the counter getting out what I needed to make muffins.  Mixing bowl, measuring cups, and my trusty 1963 copy of The Joy of Cooking.  I was going to make my ‘standard’ rice flour muffin recipe and had even gotten to the point of putting in the cup of rice flour into the bowl when it suddenly occurred to me that I had a muffin ratio in my head and I didn’t need any cookbook at all!  So I put the rice flour back, put the cookbook back on the shelf and for out my scale.

Hm, what kind of muffin did I want to bake today?  With a ratio, the sky’s the limit… would this really work?  Oh, I know, something with apples.  I still have lots of them in the garage that NEED to be used.  And I always love cinnamon with apple.  So I began.

No cookbook.  No measuring cups.  They turned out great too!

Apple Cinnamon Muffins –  2 flour:2 liquid:1 egg:1 fat ~ Gluten Free & Dairy Free

2 1/2 oz brown rice flour

1/2 oz coconut flour

3 oz sorghum flours

2 oz quinoa flour

8 oz cashew milk or almond milk (both turned out great)

2 eggs (1 large egg is about 2 oz)

4 oz grapeseed oil

1 apple, peeled and diced small

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp Pink Himalayan salt (it’s what I have…)

1/2 cup honey

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsps each cinnamon & evaporated cane juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease muffin pan.  Put bowl on scale and turn it on.  Measure out the flours into the bowl.  Then add the baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  In a large mixing cup, weigh out all the wet ingredients and stir together.  Add in the diced apple and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mix. Put into muffin cups.  Bake for 30 minutes.  They are done when a tester comes out clean.  Let rest in pan for 5 minutes.  Remove and eat!

I realized during this experience that I had been completely dependent on a specific recipe for everything!  I am considered a very good cook.  But I now realize that “I” was not the cook, I had just spent the time to look for really good recipes and I only followed directions!

Not any longer.  I am the cook now.

I am now free!  Free!!!  I can make any kind of muffin, any time.  I can change the ingredients based on what I have in my pantry (or garage) that needs to be used up!  I can try new flours just because I want to see what they taste like in that recipe.  I am so free.

For Easter we will be having muffins.  I will probably use apples again, I have lots of those!!  LOL  One thing I would try is dusting the apple dices with one of the flours.  They all floated to the top of each and every muffin so the apple bite was only at the top.  I may try changing the cinnamon for lemon zest… I love lemons.

Have you tried baking by ratio and weighing your ingredients yet?  Join me in being free, free, free!!  The scale is a relatively minor cost.  Let me know your experience with ratios and these muffins!

May you be blessed this Easter!  He is risen, He is risen indeed!!

Blessings,

~Mrs. R

Electric Cars? A Misnomer?

Names are such interesting things.  Take the name “electric car”.  It conjures up images of sunny blue skies, fluffy white clouds, green, green grass and lovely trees lining the clean, neat, tidy and unpolluted streets these zippy little numbers drive along.

Ah, but you need to go a little further behind the name to see what “it” is in actuality.  It has four wheels, a couple of seats, a steering wheel, a hood and trunk (or a bonnet if your on the other side of the Atlantic).  That makes it a car.  So far so good.

Electric, a car that is powered by electricity.  Just plug her in, let her charge and your good to go.  For a short distance anyway.  But I want to go further back than this.  How is the majority of our electricity generated here in America?

In the chart above from 2006, coal powered electric generating facilities are clearly the largest percentage of all the electric generating options in use here in America.  The percentage of coal power plants is actually higher than this now.

It be more accurate to call them….

Coal Powered Electric Cars.

There is no way I can possibly begin to address all the lies told in this u-tube clip.  We produce more, much more than 2 – 3 percent of the world’s oil and we are ‘sitting’ on much more but are not allowed to drill for this oil.

Oh, and to the man with 10 children I say,  “May the Lord bless you!”  Congratulations on your medium sized family.  No, really you are only a medium sized family.  If the Duggars have 19 (or is that up to 20 now?)that makes them a large family!  You are a rich man and richly blessed.

The Lord tells us that children are a blessing and our inheritance.

To the President ~ I am sorry that you consider it proper to mock a man who has many children.  His family size is not your business.  If you were busy minding your own business and what you should be minding in regards to the country you wouldn’t have time to be minding our business.  Please understand that you are ultimately not mocking this man, but are mocking the Lord God Almighty.  The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.  The God of Creation and the Author of Salvation.  That is a very dangerous position to place yourself in.  I will be praying for you.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  Galatians 6:7

Blessings,

~Mrs. R

US Government Shutdowns and Preparedness

Summary & Causes (in italics) from here.
When federal agencies and programs lack appropriated funding, they must cease operations, except in emergency situations. The failure of the President and Congress to reach agreement on funding measures has caused government shutdowns, the longest of which was from December 16, 1995, to January 6, 1996. Government shutdowns have necessitated the furloughing of several hundred thousand federal employees and affect all sectors of the economy.  It is necessary either to enact temporary funding legislation at the close of the fiscal year or to shut down the activities that are not funded at that time. This report provides a brief overview of the causes and effects of federal government shutdowns. Table 1 shows the dates for the 17 federal government funding gaps beginning in FY1977. Most of these were not government-wide.

An appropriation bill is a proposal placed before the legislative branch of the government by one or a group of its members to earmark a particular portion of general revenue or treasury funds for use for a governmental objective. Federal appropriation bills can originate only in the House of Representatives as mandated by Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution. Once an appropriation law is enacted, a definite amount of money is set aside so that public officials can pay incurred or anticipated expenditures. When a law authorizes funds to be used for a particular purpose, it is known as a specific appropriation.  from thefreedictionary.com

Causes of Federal Shutdowns
Shutdowns of the federal government have occurred in the past due to failures to pass regular appropriations bills by the October 1 deadline; lack of an agreement on stopgap funding for federal government operations through a continuing resolution;6 and other impasses, for example, in 1995, the lack of an agreement on lifting the federal debt ceiling.

In short this is a spending problem.  I have lived through a few of these threatened US National government shutdowns. The conservatives want to curb the out-of-control government  spending and the liberals start screaming that the old will die and essential services will shut down.  These scare tactics are the very same old, tired ones they used the last times.

What both sides fail to remember is their spending is all on our backs!

It isn’t that the conservatives currently in elected national positions want to “end” excessive spending but that they want to “slow” the excessive spending.


And the cuts proposed by the conservatives?  They are barely a blip or drop in the monstrously huge national deficit.

And what do we have to show for it?  Though the pit is ever deepening…

Have there been other threatened shutdowns?  Oh yes. Many were only threats, but there have been actual ‘shutdowns’ in the past.  During the 1978 government shutdown the congress allowed the military to go without a paycheck.  How do I know?  I was there.  Without the money to pay rent!  Pay so paltry that there was no way to save for lean times.

I have heard many say disparaging things about those of us who buy extra food, and supplies and store them.  I think living through these shuts downs in the past, and being used as nothing more than a pawn in a play for power is one reason we have chosen to be “Preppers”.  Not the only reason to be sure.

A friend of mine wrote a great post: Preparedness Apologetics.  She also has other posts about preparing.  There is no time like the present!

With a national debt of 14 trillion and growing, a government that thinks it can “spend its way to prosperity”, and two factions arguing about how much to curb that spending there  is a bigger fiscal crisis coming our way.  There is no way to ‘spend yourself to prosperity’.  That shows a lack of basic economics.  I know that method does not work in our family budget!

Preppers, who are they?  We aren’t nut cases.  We aren’t freaks.  We aren’t ‘playing Rambo’.  We are ordinary men and women who try to prudently prepare for the trouble we see heading our way.  At least to the best of our abilities, means and circumstances.

No one or no one family can ever be fully prepared for any and every eventuality.  Many of us were taken by surprise with the Japanese nuclear disaster and were unprepared for that in our preparedness supplies.

No matter when you start preparing you have to prioritize your list of things to buy.  I know I can not buy all I would like to.  And certainly not all at once!

I am where the Lord has put me.  I have the resources the Lord has provided for me.  I have learned, honed or am learning skills I believe will be useful to me in the future.  May this be your wake up call to start preparing.  Today!

I am working on future posts on preparing from a more healthy aspect than what I have seen in the preparing books I have read & the sites I have been on.  And I know many of you who read this blog are also celiac.  One of the first things a prepper is ‘supposed to buy’ is… wheat.  I have bags of the stuff (bought before my self-diagnosis) and can not now eat it!  You need to buy extras with a plan in mind, not ‘whatever’ out of fear.

Blessings,

~Mrs. R

A Governement Shutdown?

The Patriarch is a retired veteran who served his country for over 21 years.  His military service meant that he worked, usually well beyond 40 hours a week for a paltry paycheck.  No overtime pay.  No comp time.  No say in the least.  He put his life on the line many times in order to ensure the freedoms we have in this country.

We endured many long separations as just another part of ‘the job’.  Other times in his career he was in a position of responsibility and would get middle-of-the-night phone calls with some emergency that only he could deal with.  NOW!  Or he had ‘duty’ and had to be on base all night.  The stress levels of the ‘job’ were high.  Very, very high.

It was hard at times.  Most times.  Very, very hard.  And he was not in any direct combat situations and it was high stress!

Through our years of service to our country (the military wife is also sacrificing for her country) we have lived through a number of these threatened government shutdowns.  There have been the times where we had to go without a paycheck for nearly two weeks until ‘the budget’ was passed.  All because the Democrats who were in power use people as pawns in their grab for power.

This is just another example of the same ‘ol same ‘ol.  The Senate, the democrat majority senate, vote themselves a pay raise in the middle of the night during a strong economic downturn and yet they withhold (or threaten to) the paychecks of thousands of military men and women who sacrifice their lives & families ensuring our freedom.

This is not an honorable way to treat those under you.

Our government is in serious need of prayer!  Please join me in praying for our national leaders.

Blessings,

~Mrs. R

Butternut Honey Soup – Gluten & Dairy Free

It is still c-o-l-d here in the Pacific Northwest.  The temperatures might not sound all that cold, but with the rainy, wet weather the cold goes right though you and stays with you.  And since we heat with a pellet stove, the back of the house stays colder much longer.  Brr.  Yes, and that is where the computers are.  OH!!  Then I should just blame the typos on cold, stiff fingers…  LOL

I made a terrific soup for dinner the other night and wanted to share it with you all.  Butternut Squash Soup.  YUM!  This is my adaptation of the Pumpkin Honey Soup from, “Health and Healing with Bee Products”.

I started with a cheat and bought a package of already cubed butternut squash from Costco.  There was enough to make a triple batch of soup so we would have planned-overs for later in the week.  But I used a surprising ingredient that I wanted to let you know about!!  Cashew Milk Kefir!

I will post more on that later, for now I will give you this recipe and then I am off to run errands, home to clean up the house so it is tidy for the weekend, oh and I need to practice my piano.  I have been terrible about  practicing.

Butternut Honey Soup

from the kitchen of ~Mrs. R at Honey From Flinty Rocks

6 cups cubed butternut squash

2 carrots, scrubbed and sliced

1 large Mayan sweet onion, diced

2 – 4 TBSP coconut oil

3 – 6 cups chicken stock

2 – 3 TBSP raw honey + ½ TBSP

1 tsp fresh group black pepper

1 tsp Pink Himalayan sea salt

1 tsp ground ginger or to taste

2 – 4 TBSP Earth Balance buttery spread, I use the soy free version

1 – 2 cups cashew milk kefir

3 tsp fresh lemon juice

Cooking the soup. Heat oil in a large pot and sauté the squash, carrot and onion until tender, about 5 – 10 minutes. Add chicken stock, the TBSPs honey, and seasonings. Cook for 15 – 20 minutes until everything is soft.

Blending the soup. Place the cooked vegetables into a blender. I used a Vita-Mix. Blend until smooth and creamy. If you are making a very large batch, you may need to blend this in batches. Be careful! The soup is hot and will burn if it splashes on you. Add the kefir once everything is all blended and whir to incorporate completely.

Finishing. Return the soup to the pot, stir in butter and lemon juice and keep warm. Pour into bowls, drizzle with remaining honey and serve.

Serves 8 – 10.

Notes. For thinner soup use the larger amount of stock. We like ours thick and creamy, so I only added enough stock to just cover the sautéed vegetables. The ginger , kefir & lemon juice gives this a bit of a bite, so use less if you want only a hint, or more if you like a bite to your soup. And, make sure you add the lemon juice at the end so the heat doesn’t destroy the vitamin C! If I had some I would have sprinkled green onions over the top.

Enjoy!

Blessings,

~Mrs. R

Gluten-Free Ratio Rally – Muffins – Lemon Lavender

This month’s Gluten-Free Ratio Rally is being hosted by Silvana over at Silvana’s Kitchen, go there to see all the other great recipes created for this rally!

Baking by ratio is using  specific proportions of flour:liquid:egg:fat so we can easily turn out consistent gluten free baked goods that also do not require any of the odd-named gums found so frequently in gluten free baking and elsewhere.  This month’s “ratio rally” is quick breads or muffins and the universal ratio for them is 2 parts flour, 2 parts liquid, 1 part egg and 1 part fat.  2:2:1:1 for the mathematician in me.

I have been reading about baking by weight of ingredients on The Gluten Free Girl & The Chef.  It made a lot of sense to me, but I had not broken down and tried it myself.

Why?  Habit, laziness, fear, intimidation, unfamiliarity with the new, comfort with what I know, or a combination for the above…?  So when this ratio rally was proposed I thought, hey why not join and see what’s with this ‘newfangled’ way of baking… if I was a complete dud no one would know.  I had always associated weighing my ingredients with professional chefs and culinary schools.  But I am not a professional chef and I am not taking classes at a culinary school!

So here I am.  With fear and trembling, mixing spoon in hand and my scale at the ready.  I mean really, there are some “big names” involved with this ratio rally thing.  They have cookbooks in bookstores, on Amazon and everything.  Some of those cookbooks are on my cookbook shelf in my simple kitchen!

Oh my what am I doing here…  [gulp]…

How do I go about ‘creating’ a recipe?  I have never done anything like that in my life!!  OK, to be honest I did.  Once.  It was not pretty… or edible.  Follow a recipe, that I can do.  But make my up own??  So like my writing I let it all bubble in my head and prayed for creativity from the Lord.

I had the skin of two lemons left over from the lemon sorbet I made the previous week.  I needed to use them, ah I could do something with lemon zest!  I really like lemons zest.  It is such a bright, fresh scent and flavor.

I even used to wear a lemon scented perfume as a young woman… um… in the 70’s.  Yes the 1970’s.  Yes, that makes me… old.  I do like it here in my early 50’s.  I wish I could remember the name of that perfume… the memory is the first thing to go, I forget what goes after that…

But lemon muffins?  That seems so ordinary.  I wanted something a little different.  Then I thought of pairing the lemons zest with the lavender buds I have.  I really like lavender.  Hm, I am liking this!! Off to bake my first batch to see what tweaking the recipe might need.  Or would I need to go back to the ‘drawing board’??

What flours would I use?  Well, I have this bag of millet flour that I only have a little bit left of, let’s start with that.  And I have a 25 pound bag of brown rice flour & a 50 pound bag of sweet rice flour so I KNOW I will use them.  Part of the prepping thing, buy in bulk and save money in the long run.  What else, oh, I like sorghum flour and I have been trying to use coconut flour for its high fiber and detoxing qualities.  I knew I didn’t want to use too much coconut flour as it tends to make everything so dry and have that stuck to your throat quality.

Flours – check.

What could I use for the liquid?  Well I could use the kefirs I have been playing with or make a ‘buttermilk’ out of the coconut milk beverage.  I made three different batches.  Mostly to tweak the spicing and moistness of the finished muffin.  One batch I used the coconut milk beverage “buttermilk”.  Another batch I used cashew milk kefir.  The last batch I used almond milk with a splash of orange juice.  They all turned out well.

Liquid – check, check and check.

Baking by ratio and weighing my ingredients is surprisingly easy.  Yes easy!  On top of that I only have to dirty the bowl I mix in and the measuring cup for the liquids.  I could have even dispensed with a separate container for the liquids, but wanted to play it safe.  No wide array of dirty measuring cups.  Clean up was such a breeze!  A major plus for me.

I can also see additional benefits when making muffins.  My stoneware muffin pan holds 12 muffins.  I could easily halve the measurements of all the ingredients and make 2 different flavors in one baking.  If I mixed the eggs together and weighed them each out into four equal portions (very easy with a scale!) I could make 4 different flavors of muffins in one baking.  Or 3 flavors.  Ah the possibilities!!

Lemon Lavender Muffins with Lavender Sugar – the ratio way

from the kitchen of ~Mrs. R at Honey From Flinty Rocks

1 ½ oz brown rice flour

2 oz sorghum flour

2 ½ oz millet flour

½ oz coconut flour

1 ½ oz sweet rice flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ of a ripe banana

6 oz coconut milk beverage

2 oz orange juice

4 oz grapeseed oil

½ cup raw honey

½ teaspoon lemon flavoring

2 large, pastured organic eggs

1 teaspoon organic lavender buds

zest from one organic lemon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin pan.

Weigh out the coconut milk beverage, orange juice and grapeseed oil into another bowl or 4 cup measuring cup.  Add the honey, lemon flavoring and eggs.   Stir together.  Add the lavender buds and lemon zest and set aside.

Weigh out each of the flours into a mixing bowl, add the baking powder and whisk together. Push the dry ingredients to one side of the bowl. Mash the ½ banana with a fork against the side of the mixing bowl.

Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir to combine completely and so there are no banana lumps remaining.

Fill muffin cups 2/3rds full.  Sprinkle with lavender sugar made with 1/8 cup course sugar and ½ – 1 teaspoon lavender buds.

Bake for 30 minutes. They are done when a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let muffins rest in the pan for 5 – 10 minutes. Remove from pan and eat.

Store leftovers in an airtight container on the counter for a couple of days. Or in the freezer.

Makes 12 muffins.

[I didn't have time to go to the store today and pick up the coarse sugar, so I used what I had, but the final presentation would have been better with the course sugar as it doesn't melt when subjected to heat.]

I like muffins.  With the right ingredients they are healthy.  They travel well.  Are tasty.  Freeze well.  Make a great addition to the Patriarch’s lunch.  And a tasty, healthy treat for Arrow and me at tea time.

Shh, don’t tell them that I consider these muffins to be “nutrient-packed, muffin-shaped vitamins”.   It’ll be our secret… ok?

A big thank you to my church family who is my ready-made tester group.  Many of whom are gluten free.  Thank you  to Mrs. L who ate 4; Mrs. N who is not gluten free yet ate 1 and took some home; Mr & Mrs OB gluten free caterers and extraordinary cooks and bakers who’s judgment & candor is so appreciated.  Special thanks to the lovely young ladies Miss P and Miss Y.  Coarse Lavender Sugar Topping, brilliant.  A truly terrific finishing touch.  Your culinary expertise helps raise my simple muffin above the kitchen counter and into the tea room!

Blessings,

~Mrs. R