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The Family Camping Handbook

The Family Camping Handbook will show you how to survive and even thrive out in the woods with young children. You can bring your babes and your real food, too!

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9 ways a KETOgenic lifestyle can improve your health!

The ketogenic lifestyle is here — it’s one of the most searched terms on the internet today!

It’s not just because people are searching for it that gives it merit; it can actually create remarkable, beneficial changes in the body that dramatically improve your wellbeing.

The ketogenic lifestyle isn’t only for helping with weight loss goals. It can also provide increased energy, performance and help your body overcome certain health conditions, from moderate to severe.

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Here are 9 ways a ketogenic lifestyle can benefit you…

1. Reduced inflammation
A ketogenic lifestyle drastically lowers inflammation due to the reduced amount of free radical production that occurs when burning ketones for energy instead of glucose. This allows for more energy production and a more efficiently functioning body, as well as a heightened ability for the body to heal.

2. Improved Fat Burning
By definition, being in a state of ketosis means you’re burning fat for energy. If you have excess body fat, you’ll be able to burn it at a much more efficient rate.

3. Mental Clarity & Sharpness
Neurological inflammation is insidious and has been linked with depression, anxiety and poor cognitive function. A reduction in inflammation due to a ketogenic lifestyle can be helpful for neurological disorders and generally improve mental performance.

4. Abundant Energy
Increased energy from a ketogenic lifestyle is due to less inflammation, upregulation of mitochondrial biogenesis, more ATP per molecule of ketone and more stable blood sugar.

5. Clearer Skin
Skin conditions like eczema, acne, and psoriasis are often rooted in chronic inflammation or autoimmunity. While other factors should also be addressed, following a ketogenic lifestyle can also help to quickly lower inflammation and accelerate healing.

6. Reduced Cravings
Getting into a state of ketosis balances blood sugar, provides the brain with stable energy and completely eliminates cravings. In fact, people in a ketogenic lifestyle often say they barely think about food between meals.

7. Mitochondrial Biogenesis
Most of us have been using sugar for energy our entire lives, this is what our mitochondria are comfortable with. During the transition phase, old and weak mitochondria die off to stimulate the growth of new and stronger mitochondria for more energy production, in many cases.

8. Anti-Aging
Because mitochondria have such a profound impact on energy production, inflammation levels and gene expression (and therefore the overall function of the body), promoting mitochondrial health can be of great benefit when it comes to anti-aging.

9. Reduced Risk of Chronic Disease
A ketogenic lifestyle may protect your body against a wide array of disease processes. The combination of anti-inflammatory effects along with improved mitochondrial function simply allows the body to heal and mitigate disease processes more effectively.

—>A ketogenic lifestyle could help you address: cancer, autoimmune conditions, depression, anxiety, neurodegenerative processes, autism, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, diabetes, heart disease…

This list could go on, but you’re probably beginning to understand the benefits of having healthy mitochondria.

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A ketogenic lifestyle can improve your health in MANY ways. And, as always, when you learn just one thing from a free health event like this, that single thing can unlock the next level of health and happiness in your life. I hope you find the key to that lock at this event!

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Easy Homemade Popsicles

Put those sugar-filled frozen treats back on the shelf, and get the kids in the kitchen with this easy healthy homemade popsicle recipe!

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Need some popsicle molds? Check out these I found on Amazon!

U.S. Kitchen Supply 18-Piece Classic Reusable Jumbo Ice Pop Mold Set

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THIS may be the GREATEST health discovery of this century!

The GREATEST health discovery of this century may ALREADY be inside your body…

And, it’s one of the MOST SEARCHED words on the internet today, for good reason.

“KETO.” Ketones. Keto diet. Ketogenic lifestyle.

Ketones help you burn fat for energy, powerfully reduce inflammation and show promise in preventing and eradicating diabetes, cancer, autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and many, many other health concerns.

—>>Learn to leverage the mighty power of KETONES to return to health (and thrive in life!) when you register today!

WHY ATTEND?
Dr. David Jockers overcame skin cancer in part by switching to a ketogenic diet. Within 6 months of diagnosis, his cancerous nodule had vanished — and, he gained significantly more energy and mental clarity.

Now, he teaches patients how a ketogenic lifestyle can give them the edge to conquer disease, return to health and upgrade the quality of life.

He’s here to help YOU by sharing that wisdom.

During this health summit, you’ll discover:
+ What is ketosis (and how does it work)?
+ Myths, and how to separate fact from fiction!
+ How to overcome the challenges of being “keto-adapted.”
+ Whether you should start a keto diet (or not!).
+ How to shop, live and eat on a ketogenic lifestyle.
+ And more!

The Keto Edge Summit is online and free from August 5-11, 2019!

I’ll see you online at this educational summit when you register today!

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

So it’s still early (we haven’t even had breakfast yet) and I’ve pulled out the vodka already… don’t worry I’m not drinking it but I have another use for it.

Some of you know that I use vodka in our spider spray that we keep on hand to repel those creepy crawlers but it is also very helpful for many other things as well.

I don’t know if anyone else remembers seeing bottles of vanilla with the bean when you were growing up but I do and I can’t seem to find it anywhere so I’ll be finishing up my bottle to make some vanilla extract. I’ve had intentions to do this for a while but haven’t gotten around to it until I ran out of the vanilla I had. The price for real vanilla extract is crazy!

While this homemade stuff won’t be ready for at least a couple of months I’ll be able to refill it, again and again, to keep my supply going. I did order some Mexican vanilla extract to tide me over.

After some careful research, I’ve found that you can but Tahitian, Madagascar, and Mexican Vanilla Beans. A lot of people don’t seem to care for the Mexican as they have a more distinct flavor and many of the recipes I’ve found call for the Madagascar beans. I, however, bought these Tahitian beans to give them a try.

You can also buy different grades of beans with Grade A being the better quality but Grade B is a bit more budget friendly. I went with Grade A this time around but some people do prefer the flavor from the Grade B so I may try that the next time around. This is something you will have to play around with to suit your taste.

Below is the recipe I used. I made two bottles with the intentions of gifting one. I may go ahead and order some of the Madagascar beans to try as well so I can taste test them. Now I’ll always have a steady supply of vanilla for all of our yummy creations.

 

Homemade Vanilla Extract

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Just Like Grandma’s Chocolate Pudding

I don’t know if this is actually the recipe that my Mom-mom used but it is close. If you don’t like the ‘skin’ that cooked pudding has then simply place a piece of plastic wrap over the warm pudding so that the wrap touches the top of the pudding. When cool you remove the wrap and the ‘skin’.

Just Like Grandma’s Chocolate Pudding

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 4 T. cornstarch
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 2-1/4 cups milk
  • 2 T. butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

DIRECTIONS:

In a medium size saucepan whisk together the first four ingredients. Slowly stir in the milk.

Cook this mixture over medium heat until it boils. Stir constantly and boil for about 1 minute.

Remove your pan from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla.

Pour into a serving bowl and chill for about 2-3 hours.

For Pie:

I usually only use 2 cups of milk and then pour this into a baked pie shell or a graham cracker crust. Chill for 2-3 hours. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

 

Granny’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate Chip Cookies are always a favorite around here. Did you know that August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? Be sure to share a link to your favorite recipe in the comments below.

Granny’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 12 oz packages of chocolate chips
  • 1-2 c. chopped nuts, optional

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.

Cream together the butter, sugars, and vanilla.

Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well.

Gradually add in the flour mixture.

Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Drop by Tablespoons on ungreased cookie sheetI love these pans!

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool 2 minutes and remove from pan.

Enjoy with a tall glass of cold milk!

 

Nanny’s No Bake Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut is one of my favorite flavors and I’ve been severely deprived lately. That changed over the 4th of July week though when I made this delicious pie. I didn’t pay attention and made too much filling … Oops! This recipe should be just enough for an 8 or 9 inch pie though.

I have been ‘cheating’ and using the store bought pie crusts from the dairy section but nobody has complained yet. You could also use a graham cracker crust or one of the vanilla crumb crusts I’ve seen at some stores.  Continue reading Nanny’s No Bake Coconut Cream Pie

Homemade Poopourri Spray

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Recently I was asked to purchase some ‘Poo Spray’. We have one small bathroom to share among all of us and the idea was a good one however when I researched the prices on Amazon they were rather expensive. So rather than flushing all that money away I decided to make my own.  Continue reading Homemade Poopourri Spray

Whipped Pie Crust

I will admit I haven’t made this in a while as I just haven’t had the time. There was a time that this was the only pie crust I’d use though. I plan to try my hand at it again soon when I make some Fried Apple Pies.

Pie crusts are always something fun that the kids can help with too. My littles love to get the scraps or ‘extras’ that I cut off the sides. They make their own little pies or designs with them. It’s edible play dough!

Whipped Pie Crust

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c. shortening
  • 1/4 c. boiling water
  • 1 T. milk
  • 2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 t. salt

Directions:

Put the shortening in a mixing bowl.

Add the hot water and milk.

Tilt the bowl and beat until it is creamy and holds a soft peak.

Sift the flour and salt together. Add the mixture.

Mix well, just until it forms a soft dough.

Roll out.

Makes 2 9-inch flaky crusts

Homemade Buttercream Icing

This is our go-to recipe when making cakes around here. Everyone loves to help and they also enjoy licking the bowl afterwards.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c butter or margarine, softened (you can also use butter flavored Crisco)
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 4 c confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 2-3 T milk
  • 2 -3  T light corn syrup, optional

Cream butter in a mixer until smooth and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners sugar until smooth. Add vanilla extract.

Add milk, a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency, and beat for an additional 3-4 minutes.

For fluffier icing add a little corn syrup at a time, beating well after each addition.

You can also use food coloring to change the color of the icing and different extracts to change the flavor.

Cocoa can be added for chocolate icing, as well. Use about 1/2 c. cocoa powder and increase the milk as needed to create the desired consistency.

Coconut can also be added to this icing for cakes. Use 1-2 cups of coconut for 1 batch of icing. **To tint the coconut you can put the coconut in a bowl and add 1-2 drops of food coloring. Stir with a fork until blended.

 

Cookies

5 ingredient chocolate chip cookies

7 layer cookies

Easy Sugar Cookies (We also added some butterscotch and some white chocolate chips to a few and they were delicious.)

Granny’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hot Dog Cookies

Lazy Dazy Cookie Cake

No Bake Cookies

Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Wheels

Peanut Butter Cracker Cookies

Pizzelles

Russian Tea Cakes (These are a holiday favorite here at our house.)

S’mores

SOFT AND CHEWY GINGER MOLASSES COOKIES