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Monday Munchies October 17, 2011

Filed under: Recipes — lovepaintingrainbows @ 2:22 pm

I have been wanting to start a food day blog where I share recipes, but my procrastination has gotten the best of me once again. And I was waiting for the perfect alliteration to hit me. Then, while sitting here on this glorious Autumn morning, sipping my hot chai tea, listening to the Fleet Foxes (if you have never heard of them, you must check them out here; they are one of my “soul’s music”) “Monday Munchies” smacked me in the face with all of its Autumn-day-inspired glory.

I have been looking for the perfect pizza crust recipe for a while now. One that doesn’t require yeast (because I try to avoid yeast, and I am lazy). I have a pretty good recipe that is basically flour, oil, and milk that works well, but it just doesn’t cut it when you want that really good slightly crispy, slightly doughy texture. Then… it happened. On accident. A wonderful accident. It was SO so so good. The crust was perfect, and I used the pizza sauce that I canned a couple of months ago. I of course didn’t get a picture because it was so good we just ate it all up before I thought to. But, I will try to get it next time. However, I have put a picture up of the one that came from a recipe that inspired mine.

It is a soaked crust, which means you soak it for 7-12 hours using a fermented product such as buttermilk, yogurt, kefir, or whey, and water. This helps to start breaking down the flour so that it is easy for your body to digest. It works great and we do it for pretty much all of our flour products like oatmeal, waffles, pancakes, or bread. Check out my food bible Nourishing Traditions for more awesomeness like this!

Check out the blog where I found this and lots of other cool stuff!

Soaked Pizza Crust

1c. Spelt Flour (or Whole Wheat Flour)

1/2c. Flaxseed Meal

1c. Water

2T. Kefir (or buttermilk, yogurt, or whey)

Mix all of these together, cover, and leave set out for 7-12 hours.

Preheat oven to 375*F, then add the following:

3/4t. Baking Powder

1/2t. Sea Salt

1 1/2oz. Olive Oil

1/3c. Milk

Mix well. This should be the consistency of a thick, ball of dough that you can work with your hands now. Use as much extra flour as needed to knead the dough without it sticking to you. Knead for about a minute. Roll out onto floured pizza stone, or baking pan. Roll out over edges and then fold the edges over for crust (optional). Bake for 20min. and then poke holes all over with a fork (to release the air) and bake for another 10min.

Throw on your toppings and bake/broil until cheese is perfectly melted!

I hope you enjoy this as much as we did! Enjoy these beautiful Autumn days while we still have them!

Love, Alisha


Tomatoes and Shampoo… but not together September 6, 2011

Filed under: Recipes — lovepaintingrainbows @ 9:54 pm

Two new things are happenin’ for me currently! First, I just ordered a half bushel of tomatoes and thus have canned lots of tomato sauce! Yum! This was my first attempt with doing tomatoes and I’m very excited about it, if you couldn’t tell. I did two different recipes that my lovely friend Tonya gave to me. She gave me a quart of hers last year (along with a TON of other food) after I had Mathias and let me tell you I used it SO sparingly so that it would last as long as possible! Now, I have 9 quarts of it in my pantry! 🙂 yay!

Number 2 for my “current happenin’s” is I started doing a “no poo” shampoo. (FYI: this has nothing to do with poop). I had heard about this before and then another lovely friend of mine, Lezlee, started doing this recently with great success. Essentially, you just use baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Don’t stop reading!!! It’s not weird or stinky, I promise! Quantities vary depending on what your hair and scalp need, but here is a basic recipe to follow:

1T. Baking Soda mixed with just enough water to create a sort of runny paste. Scrub onto your scalp starting with the crown of the head, working out (this technique promotes hair growth). Rinse.

Next take 1T. Apple Cider Vinegar with about 1T. water and pour it over your hair (I dunked my ends in first). Let sit for a couple minutes (while you wash your body or something). Rinse and you’re done! There are a couple of modifications if you so desire. If your hair is too oily you can add lemon juice to the baking soda, or if it is too dry you can add honey!

Just google it and you can read all kinds of stories about it. I have only done it once, but I am happy with the results already! They do say that you might have a couple weeks of adjusting until your scalp learns the right amount of oil to produce.

Next on the list? Apples!! I can’t wait to order my apples this year and make apple sauce and can a bunch for pies and cobblers! YUM. I love this time of year…

Hope you are getting to bask in the beautiful weather!

Love, Alisha