December 2012 Omnium-Gatherum

Our first icy snow of the season today.   So glad I’m home enjoying the view from a warm cozy spot                                                                                                                                         and don’t have to work 🙂 Winter weather around Washington D.C. is usually beautiful, and always a nightmare to get around town in. Here’s what my view out the windshield looked like this morning as my husband was scraping the ice off. Ahhh, I so love D.C. in the winter………… So let’s look forward to the spring and all the wonderful fresh foods that will be in the stores when it gets warmer.  Right now I feel like hibernating until the thaw. My first priority of the new year is to reduce my sugars to be completely unrefined. Glycemic Index of Sugars and Other Sweeteners: Source: http://www.puregoodness.net/nutrition/sweeteners-decoded/ For more information about the…

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Brazil Nut Brittle w/ Sugar Free Options

Crunchy, Crispy, Creamy, Sweet, Salty…………all in one bite! Ingredients:1 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar1/2 Cup Agave Nectar1 Cup Chopped Brazil Nuts (I used Raw for this but salted is fine)1/4 Cup Salted Sunflower Seeds (optional)1/2 tsp. coarse Sea Salt2 Tbs. Organic Vegetable Spread1/2 tsp. Vanilla Stevia 1 Tbs. Baking Soda Butter a cookie sheet. Combine the Palm Sugar and Agave in a 2 quart glass bowl and microwave on high 4 minutes. Stir in the nuts/ seeds, be careful not to touch the sugar because it will be boiling and microwave on high 3 1/2 minutes more, then stir in Vegetable Spread and Stevia and microwave for 1  minute.    Stir in baking soda until light and foamy. Pour onto cookie sheet and spread lightly. Cool completely and break into pieces and serve.                Since I was adding chocolate this time, I let the brittle cool for about 5 minutes before swirling the chocolate on.  I wanted the brittle to set up some but still be warm when the chocolate was drizzled on so it wouldn’t blend in with the brittle but would stay on top. Couldn’t believe how light and crispy the brittle came out.  I increased my original amount of Baking Soda from 1 tsp. to 1 Tbs.…

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