Water Kefir

For the next couple of posts, I want to talk about kefir. There are two types of kefir: water kefir and milk kefir. I make both, and I love drinking both. I look at water kefir more as a healthy beverage, and milk kefir as an excellent source of nourishment for the body. We’ll get to milk kefir later. For now, let’s learn how to make a delicious glass of healthful fizziness.

Part of what makes water kefir so great is its natural carbonation. You can read more in-depth about water kefir on the Internet, here, or here, but simply put, the grains feed off of the sugar, and in return, you get probiotics in a fizzy drink.

What you need:

  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup of kefir grains
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 jar that has a capacity of over 4 cups

Directions
Dissolve sugar in water. Pour over kefir grains in a jar. Cover jar tightly with lid and let the mixture sit on your counter for around 2 days, or until bubbles emerge when the jar is disturbed and the drink doesn’t taste sweet. When the water kefir is ready to be drunk, just drain out the grains through a sieve and repeat the process all over again. It’s so simple and so easy. You will love it.

The number of kefir grains that you use can differ. I had probably around a 1/2 cup of kefir grains in 4 cups of water, which I just barely split yesterday. So really, this is just something you play around with. But the water to sugar ratio that I use is consistent.

Now, here’s the fun. Let’s say you are trying to overcome a crazy addiction to soda. You know all that sugar is bad for you and all you’re drinking is poison in a can. You try the water kefir and think it tastes pretty good, but you are missing your flavored soda. Don’t be discouraged. That’s the beauty of water kefir…you can flavor it any taste you want.

Here is how you do it. Once you have your plain water kefir drained out, transfer it into a clean jar and add whatever fruit or vegetable you want to flavor it with. Let it sit on your counter for another day or two. The length of time depends on the taste you prefer. The longer it sits, the fizzier it tastes, but the sweetness will also fade as the friendly bacteria continue to feed off of the fruit/vegetable sugar.

Just don’t leave it on your counter for a week! I don’t want you drinking rotten stuff. And don’t place your grains in direct sunlight either. Just a nice warm place in your kitchen will work fine for it.

Some of my favorite flavors:

  • Pink Strawberry Lemonade
  • Grape Juice
  • Watermelon
  • Ginger Apple
  • Cucumber Apple
  • Orange citrus

Turkey Chili

We love a good bowl of chili on a cold winter’s day and this recipe is quick and easy and perfect for a busy weeknight meal. Doubling the recipe feeds our whole family of six with wonderful leftovers that I freeze in small jars to pull out for lunches. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground turkey
1 white onion, chopped
2 cups bone broth (or less if you prefer thicker chili)
1 jar crushed tomatoes (I like Jovial’s. I choose glass jars over cans as the tomato acid draws toxins out of plastic-lined cans)
1 can kidney beans (or if you have the time you should soak and cook kidney beans yourself. Read why here.)
whatever additions you like: cherry tomatoes and sliced peppers are favorites at our house, but get creative!
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
butter

Cook turkey in butter and stir in onion and cook until tender. Pour in broth, mix in tomatoes, beans, garlic, and desired additions. Season and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

Serve in a bowl with a large spoonful of sour cream and garnish with cheese and sliced green onion. Enjoy!!

Choosing The Perfect Faucets For Your Home

The actual appropriate tap light fixture could make or even split your plumbing-related region. Nowadays you may be certain to locate a tap to be practical. Nevertheless, along with a wide variety of designs (modern, traditional, futuristic, and so on. ) in addition to mind (gooseneck, waterfall, portable nozzle, and so on. ), it may be especially difficult to find the precise someone to be practical. In the following paragraphs, I’ll be setting out actual a few of the various kinds of tap available, in addition to that design as well as the kind that will be the best to match your house for that the majority of affordable.

– Your kitchen –

Within the kitchen area, you cannot proceed much incorrect having a gooseneck kind tap. These specific faucets tend to be since the title indicates, as well as contain an extended neck of the guitar along with increases up-wards as well as away. Thus giving whoever is actually while using tap use of higher and much more troublesome items, for example, containers, pitchers as well as floral vases. For any reduce user profile associated with a light fixture that’s not because notable more than your container, think about an easy spout agreement. These types are not because effective at filling up higher items and therefore are limited by filling up mugs as well as little cookware, therefore think about a retractable squirt spout being an item to this type of design. The retracting sprayer is effective at filling just about anything along with drinking water, because of the fact it’s the hose pipe having a tap about the finish.

Particularly, for that kitchen area, I suggest the actual gooseneck light fixture together with the actual retractable squirt item, because this gives probably the most versatility within obtaining drinking water exactly where this must be and never all around the kitchen area ground! The cost for any regular gooseneck tap as well as sprayer combination is extremely cost-effective, helping you save more income compared to what you’ll need to invest.

– The toilet –

There’s much more versatility within the restroom, while you may primarily end up being while using fittings inside this about individual cleanliness utilizes. For any kitchen sink, you could have a gooseneck, solitary spout, waterfall, or even machine faucets set up because they are just about all effective at providing drinking water for your fingers successfully. You should keep in mind that the specific fixture uses the combined result associated with each warm as well as chilly drinking water with the same tap to guarantee the drinking water heater is actually nor as well warm or even as well chilly.

For that bathtub, you can just proceed so far as your creativity! For the bathtub think about buying a tap using the fastest circulation associated with drinking water feasible. This could arrive as the waterfall kind or even deck-mounted light fixture and appear stylish in a restroom. Remember that these types of price a lot more than conventional kind of tap, however, tend to be worthwhile for that visual contact as well as elevated drinking water circulation.

– My Guidance –

Within the contemporary house, you don’t have about separately warm as well as chilly faucets, machine faucets tend to be genuinely the near future therefore don’t throw away cash purchasing these types of individuals. Probably the most flexible kind of tap you can purchase for just about any house may be the gooseneck tap because this gives each versatility and also the preferred drinking water heat you’re looking for. These types of faucets function within both kitchen area as well as restroom effortlessly and therefore are the actual most secure wager. It is necessary, nevertheless, to think about the appearance of the house. The stainless light fixture will appear attractive inside a newly-built modernized space, not-so fitted nevertheless having a conventional design. Although these types price a lot more than bog-standard faucets, they can purchase on their own through effortlessly adding to their atmosphere as well as possibly including worth to some house.

Among Friends: Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

My husband has a very slight gluten issue in that he eats too much of it and it makes him sick. I’m not sure if he’s allergic or what, but needless to say when I cook I try to use as few “white” ingredients as possible. Just to be on the safe side.

He’s also a sweet junkie, as am I. We love to end a delicious meal on a sweet treat. It’s nature; we’re human. I think his favorite sweet treat is a delicious chocolate chip cookie. He loved the batch I made a while back using the cookbook “Cookie Love”. However, they had a bunch of unhealthy ingredients including, you named it, gluten. I’ve been trying to get into a habit of removing those items in my meals, although it’s sometimes is inevitable.

CJ’s Double Chocolate cookie mix has all organic ingredients including certified gluten-free oat powder, cane sugar, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, ground flaxseed, and coffee powder. (They also contain baking soda, sea salt, and SOY.) These are virtually the healthiest cookies on the shelf, and the teaspoon of vanilla gives them a rich flavor.

I threw a batch together and was so surprised that they didn’t taste like dirt! They honestly tasted delicious, if not better, than typical pre-mixed cookie mix. I feel good about having one or two (or three!) and I know that they aren’t going to make my lovesick! I haven’t convinced him they are the world’s best cookies yet, but even he thinks they aren’t far off.
I stand behind this company and give them two thumbs up! They have quite a few other mixes listed on their website (I haven’t seen all of them in stores) including fruit crisp and more cookie mixes.

CJ’s Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 350°
  • Empty mix in a large bowl.
  • Add 2 eggs and 4 T. butter.
  • Beat on low speed or mix with a fork until well combined. Dough may appear dry, but don’t worry, be happy.
  • Roll dough in 1-inch balls and then sprinkle with granulated sugar.
  • Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment.
  • Bake 7 – 9 minutes until crinkly on top, but still soft in the center. Makes 34 cookies.

Make sure you look for Among Friends in your grocery store and give it a shot. You’ll be surprised like I was, that even though they don’t have all the bad stuff that makes typical cookies good, they are still wonderful to eat! And you don’t have to feel guilty about eating the whole batch in one sitting!