Disappearing Molasses Cookies!

Disappearing Molasses Cookies!

Molasses Cookies
1 Cup walnuts
1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ginger
1/3 cup molasses
1/2 cup honey from FLOWING GOLD
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp aluminum free baking pdr
1/2 walnut or pecan pieces or halves

1. Place nuts, flour, salt and ginger in food processor and blend for 1 minute until it is all fine like flour.
2. In a mixing bowl combine flour and nut mixture with remaining ingredients and mix well.
3. Using a small ice-cream scoop or spoon, place in mounds on a nonstick or lightly oiled cookie sheet, leaving a little space between cookies for them to spread out. Flatten with a wet spatula or shake the pan a bit to flatten them.
4. Bake at 350' 15-20 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet before serving or storing in an airtight container.
ENJOY!

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Canning Season-Honey Pickled Beets!!

Preserving Beets

Measurements not exact because beet sizes vary. I usually pull mine out of the garden when they are as big as a small orange. When they get old they are tougher, have thready fiber through them, the old ones I use for juicing, the tender, silky sweet ones I like to make borscht with, beet salad or pickle them for winter.

Pickled Beets are so yummy any time!

Pickled Beets are so yummy any time!

Have ready 4-5 sterilized quart canning jars and matching rings and new lids.

18 smallish fresh beets, boil, peel 1 C beet cooking water 1 C fresh lemon juice 1/2 C honey 1 tsp salt (if you like to add cinnamon sticks, allspice etc. you may add that to the boiling syrup and simmer 15 minutes. Then remove the cinnamon sticks and other spices before pouring into jars)

DIRECTIONS: Pull your beets out of the garden (or from the farmer's market), cut off the tops being careful not to cut into the beet itself because if you do some of the flavor will bleed out into the water while boiling. Cut the long tail off the tip but not into the beet bulb itself. Now scrub the beets clean of all dirt with a sturdy brush. Put them into a big pot and cover with 2-3" hot water. Use a bigger pot because they sputter and the red water makes a mess! Bring to boil. Simmer for about 1 hour or till the largest beet is soft when you poke it with a fork. Pour off the water but save about 1 quart of it in a jar. This cooking water will be used for canning, for this reason the beets were scrubbed diligently! Now, cover the beets but keep them off the stove. The beets will cool down and sweat in the pot so as soon as they are cool enough to handle the skin will slip off easily. You can also peel them under cold water. Working with cold water does not pull out the flavor so don't worry. After the beets are peeled you can slice them into a bowl. You can make sticks or squares or plain slices. I usually cut the beets in half and 1/4" slice. Everything these beets touch will turn pink so you may want to wear gloves and an apron.

Easy to can these!

Easy to can these!

Now pack the sliced beets snugly into the jars until full to 1/2" from the top. Get your canner ready. Now take 1 cup of the cooking liquid which you have saved, put it into a small saucepan with 1 cup lemon juice, 1/2 Cup honey, 1 tsp. sea salt, optional spices. Bring to a boil. If your canner is ready then ladle the boiling syrup over the beets to the top of the beets, leaving 1/2" headspace. Put the lids on and into the boiling water canner. Process 30 minutes. Remove and set aside for 24 hours. Check your seals and store in a cool dark place for up to a year at least if necessary.

PS If you need more syrup just make more quickly to fill up all the jars.

ENJOY!!!

Happy Little Customers!

I love this stuff!

I love this stuff!

These boys received their honey tower today. Do you think they are happy?? Share some happiness with Flowing Gold Pure Honey.

Try our Strawberry breakfast cake!!! One of our favorite breakfast sandwiches in summer is: slice whole wheat artisanal bread, spread with crunchy almond butter, cover with thick slices of strawberries, drizzle with honey! Strawberry breakfast cake!!! Yum. PS. You can add fresh blueberries and blackberries on top also.

New Honey Varietals bottled

New Honey Varietals just bottled! Honey flow is in full swing. We are busy as bees!

New Honey Varietals just bottled! Honey flow is in full swing. We are busy as bees!

This summer we have added new varietals to our honey line! We have Creamy Desert Mesquite, Wildflower, also Sweet Clover is flowing right now and soon we will have our Tupelo Honey bottled! You have to try these exquisite honeys! You see every honey has a unique flavor, if a batch of honey doesn't have that single blossom flavor we are looking for then we know that the bees have a variety of honeys in their frames and that becomes a wildflower honey. All of these are good. Honey makes life sweet too!

From the Garden, pollinated by the bees....

Fresh ingredients in the garden....Eggplant, garlic, basil, tomato, nasturtium blossom(edible)

This roasted eggplant served with potatoes and tofu sour cream is so easy to make. Pick or buy your japanese eggplant. Wash and cut lengthwise. Place skin down, inside white flesh up on a backing pan. Cut slits into the eggplant. Slice garlic and push slices into the slits. Sprinkle with salt. Spritz with a little olive oil. Bake 500', 20 minutes till golden brown on top. Delicious with pasta, rice or potatoes.

Paella with Spanish Olive Oil

Paella with fresh spring garden ingredients!!

Paella with fresh spring garden ingredients!!

Great Recipe for the kids and whole family to help pick, shell, chop, veggies fresh from the garden! Preparation time 15 min. Cook time 15-20

Paella-Solo Las Plantas

  • 2 T Spanish Olive Oil
  • 1 C diced onion
  • 1 C coarsely chopped green pepper
  • 1 C chopped tofu or gluten or tofu dogs
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 can plain artichoke hearts, canned
  • 2 C sliced zucchini or yellow squash, or young green butternut or a mix
  • 1 C sliced carrots
  • 1 C fresh peas or frozen peas
  • 14 oz can or 2 C fresh chopped tomatoes
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 T Bill's best veggie chicken seasoning (optional)
  • 2 basil leaves
  • 2 C cooked rice
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/4 chopped parsley
  • Salt and red pepper to taste

Saute oil, onion, pepper 2 min. Med-high heat. Add garlic, stir and saute a minute, add tomatoes and bay leaf, chopped gluten or tofu and stir, continue sauteing 2 minutes. Now add all the veggies, salt and seasoning. Cover 5 minutes or so while cooking. Add rice. Stir. Cover 2 more minutes. Taste test. Add parsley and serve with whole wheat french bread or any other whole grain yummy bread and salad!

(Flowing Gold Selections will soon have a most delightful virgin olive oil, superb flavor.) . This is a great way to use your left over cooked brown rice from yesterday!

Acacia Honey(Black Locust)

Our bees are loving this beautiful purple acacia, the tree is buzzing!! Acacia honey is exquisite!

Our bees are loving this beautiful purple acacia, the tree is buzzing!! Acacia honey is exquisite!

I love spring! You know what Mother's day is a great time to share honey with all the sweet ladies in your life! Order a mixed case and let her share cute, delicious varietal honey with her friends and family....what mom's love to do best is SHARE. Give her something to share!!!

I love spring! You know what Mother's day is a great time to share honey with all the sweet ladies in your life! Order a mixed case and let her share cute, delicious varietal honey with her friends and family....what mom's love to do best is SHARE. Give her something to share!!!

Birthday Breakfast Crepes!

These crepes are perfect for a spring birthday or mother's day coming up soon! Spread with a bit of almond butter and your favorite fresh fruit(or jam), maple syrup and whipped coconut cream, roll up, garnish pretty and yum!

These crepes are perfect for a spring birthday or mother's day coming up soon! Spread with a bit of almond butter and your favorite fresh fruit(or jam), maple syrup and whipped coconut cream, roll up, garnish pretty and yum!

1 1/2 Cups Soy milk (I used Kirkland, vanilla)

1/2  C Quick Oats

1/2 C Whole wheat or WW Pastry flour

1 tsp. honey

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 Cup tofu (optional)

1 tsp. Vanilla extract or some orange rind

Blend everything till smooth and creamy.

Preheat your non-stick skillet. Lift the skillet and pour about 1/4 C into the hot pan while you roll the pan gently to cover the bottom with a thin layer of batter. Use medium-high temperature until the top is dry, takes about a minute, then loosen the edges gently with a spatula and turn, cook the other side for about a half minute. Stack your finished crepes on a flat plate and cover with a cloth to keep warm. 

My mom and grandmother's would make stacks of crepes, and they disappeared quickly. When I had my plant food only (vegan) restaurant (Marline's Vegetable Patch 1984-1996) in downtown Sacramento, I experimented to make crepes without eggs and cow milk. Our guests, friends and my family love these. My son Jared had a birthday last week and of course he asked for a crepe breakfast. It is wonderful that local strawberries always come out the week of his birthday! We also love the crepes with our apricot or raspberry jam, but a bit of almond butter down the inside center is a must!!

Check out our other edibles for the best almond butter and soon you will see our excellent jams. We have incredible berry, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry jams available already, we just don't have the pictures to post the photos, call us for the best homemade jams. Delivered to your doorstep-the jam, not the crepes yet.....maybe with amazon drones in a few years!! Can you imagine getting a meal you ordered online delivered by a drone in like 30 minutes!!!! Possible.

 

Jenn, Queen Grafting

ANDREW, our son, preparing artificial queen cels for Jenn to do the grafting. We are learning cool stuff here!

ANDREW, our son, preparing artificial queen cels for Jenn to do the grafting. We are learning cool stuff here!

Jenn is the queen grafter.

Jenn is the queen grafter.

Jenn pulling out the 3 day old egg, the tiny white tip on the end of her tool.

Jenn pulling out the 3 day old egg, the tiny white tip on the end of her tool.

Dropping the egg in the artificial queen cell cup.

Dropping the egg in the artificial queen cell cup.

Bees working too!

Bees working too!

Placing the grafted queen cells in a nuc hive for the young nurse bees to rear.

Placing the grafted queen cells in a nuc hive for the young nurse bees to rear.

Queen grafting takes incredible vision! You cannot imagine how tiny these eggs are. Jenn is really fast and good at this. The most amazing thing is that a few years ago, Jenn, was legally blind. She could not see the big E on the vision charts! She was blessed with the gift of laser surgery and now she does this incredible work, so valuable. It was a great class for all of us.

Heavy Gold

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Look at this little lady's heavy gold bags(hanging on her legs). She does not work for Brinks! This is pollen collected from flowers, carried on the bee's legs. The pollen is stored in cells just like honey. It is used to feed the brood. It is an excellent source of amino acids (protein building blocks). Pollen is also what gives many people hay fever and allergies. Strengthen your immune system. Sneezing, watery eyes, is an overreaction to pollen in the air. 

Nature is better than Medication for ADD and ADHD!

Nature is better than Medication for ADD and ADHD!

Mom says this will CURE attention deficit! Yes, said that word CURE!!!! When my students can't concentrate...nature, a good night of rest, and of course a healthy plant based diet...you can't go wrong, it all equals a healthy attitude for kids and for adults! Thank God for His therapeutic and gorgeous creation! AND NOW THERE IS RESEARCH TO PROVE IT ALL TRUE....imagine that, read on to see the amazing study yourself!

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Olive Oil Special this Week!

Our California Gold Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil - ON SALE!

20% off coupon for you today. Promotional code at checkout: EVOO2014

Discount applied during the checkout process. Gift packaging and cards available, leave special instructions and a phone number, we can customize anything. 

Have a blessed and delicious day!

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