I have Jocelyn to thank for this stuff — when I told her glycemic index appeared to be the biggest concern for foods making us sick, she pointed out agave nectar actually has a very low glycemic index.  First I tried just a little agave nectar, in some cookies … then a little more … then I made this “maple syrup” and poured it over bacon, which is the best way in the world to have bacon. maple syrup
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Maple Frosting on Gingerbread CookiesSo I was making these gingerbread cookies yesterday with my now 2 1/2 year old, and discovered when we went to frost them that I only had half the powdered dry milk that I needed. What’s a mama to do? Well, I altered the frosting recipe, and ended up with one that is much more buttercream-like, easier to work with, and amazingly tasty. Isn’t it great when life works out like that?

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The funny part is that I like these pancakes even better than the gluten-free-but-not-paleo pancakes I’ve made in the past.  :-)  They’re easier to flip, thicker, and heartier, and the batter’s quicker and easier to make (as long as you have the ingredients and a food processor on hand).  Even my grandma Cathie liked these for brunch on Thanksgiving morning.  :-) plantain pancakes and blueberry spread
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So the idea for this sauce started when I wanted to recreate ketchup; but I very quickly decided ketchup was boring, and why not just make a decent barbecue sauce if I wanted something to dip my chicken or french fries in?  :-) BBQ sauce

 

 

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My friend Ginny threw this together operating entirely on instinct, and it turns out she has really good instincts.  :-D  If you want a sweet, cool salsa to use as a dip, side, or topping, here you go. mango salsa
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Recently Canned PicklesHello again! Sorry for the unexpected week without a post, but things are oddly crazy around here for having nothing much going on.  We have been out and about a lot, though, and one of those little outings was to a farmer’s market. Lacking a veggie garden of my own (currently! Hopefully I can change that by next spring, but we’ll see), I set out to get the stuff for homemade pickles from the market. I succeeded easily, since it is indeed canning season and pickling cucumbers are plentiful.

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The BBQ sauce itself is, in fact, vegetarian :-).  So, here you go! If you are here for non-vegetarian reasons I’m sure you’ll find many Serving Suggestion, BBQ Sauceuses for it. If you are a vegetarian, well, hey, I make it now…there’s always parties, right :-)? Plus maybe you like it! Anyway, here is the super easy recipe.

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Okay people. Frosting is HELLA hard to do without powdered sugar. I have tried and tried and tried and this is what I’ve got. It isn’t exactly like “normal” frosting, but it does work well and taste good. I do intend to keep reinventing frosting and see what other types I can come up with, but this works well as a basic cream cheese frosting. It has just a touch of a very pleasant maple flavor.

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I’ve figured out a few more, and figured out how to do closed-face savory kolaches, so I thought I’d share with you :-). So, this post is rather simple, but it goes along with the earlier kolache dough recipes. Truvia is, in fact, gluten-free, so you can use these fillings with Jennifer’s kolache bread recipe if you’d like.

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We have vanilla ice cream left over from a party in our freezer right now. Problem is, the pie it was originally served with is long gone, and I find vanilla ice cream quite dull without anything to dress it up :D. Unusually for me, chocolate syrup was what sounded good. However, I don’t actually like store-bought syrup much, and if I’m gonna make it, I may as well make it so Sean can have it!

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