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Mama’s DIY Maple Sweetened Cookies!

6 Jul

Mama’s DIY Maple Sweetened Cookies


Mama's DIY Maple Sweetened Cookies


It’s been a while since I’ve posted my DIY recipes, but I wanted to share one of the simplest recipes I’ve concocted to make healthier “sweet” treats for my family!

I must admit that this Mama sometimes has a sweet tooth and unfortunately, I haven’t always made great choices in what I chose to eat!  I love sweets such as cookies, cakes, and yummy cobblers which were always full of sugars!

But…..now I have found a healthier way of  “baking my favorites.. and eating them too!” without going overboard of course!

With the ingredients below, I can make cookies that are gluten-free and “sweetened” with 100% real maple syrup which I have found when used in moderation actually has some pretty amazing health benefits!


Mama’s New Sugar Cookies


Mama’s New Sugar Cookie http://www.covenantessentials.com

When maple syrup is used in appropriate amounts it has nutrition benefits such as important antioxidants and minerals like zinc and manganese.  Its benefits can also include the ability to lower inflammation and better manage blood sugar.

Mama’s Maple Sweetened Cookies

Ingredients :

2 cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour

1 tsp Rumford baking powder

2 tsp vanilla extract

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup real maple syrup


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Sift together All purpose flour and baking soda

Melt Coconut oil and add to the dry ingredients along with the vanilla extract and the maple syrup.

Mix well, the dough will be pretty thick.

Drop cookies onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes depending on out crisp you like them.

Variations:  This cookie is much like a basic sugar cookie, you can add a variety of different ingredients to make different kinds of cookies, such as peanut butter, chocolate or cocoa, almond extract, walnuts, pecans, coconut flakes etc…the list can go on and on…. 

I hope that you will enjoy this recipe and that your “concoctions”  will be some of your favorite kinds of cookies by simply throwing in what you like or what your family likes!  I would love to hear from you!

P.S.  Look for my next DIY Mama post as I will be posting a few more yummy concoctions using this basic cookie recipe!  Until next time have fun concocting!


Source: http://draxe.com/maple-syrup-nutrition/

Stressed? Blame it on Adam and Eve!

24 Apr

Stressed? Blame it on Adam and Eve!.

Food is Medicine!

27 Mar


Food is Medicine

Food is Medicine

Food Is Medicine!

In my last blog, I shared a very personal story entitled Pathway of Healing.    I wanted to share my family’s story so that when I write articles such as this one, that you will believe me when I say, that I understand how difficult it is to go forward when you can’t seem to grasp the information that is being given to you!  In my blog Pathway to Healing, I conveyed that I understood how it felt to sit before doctor after doctor only to feel hopeless.   Please do not get me wrong, I do not fault the doctors for not knowing all the answers that my family needed to know.    Rather, I want to encourage you to seek out the answers from professionals, but to ultimately seek God for wisdom as to where your answers can be found. After all doctors are mere humans who learn about symptoms of sicknesses and disease. They are Practitioners that practice medicine!  Doctors can diagnose many sicknesses and diseases, and prescribe treatments to help many who suffer.  I am grateful to have several wonderful doctors that my family can go to.   However, it is my personal belief that all healing ultimately comes from God, the Creator of the all earth and everyone on the earth!  It is also my personal belief that God will lead us to our Pathway of Healing, spirit, soul, and body!

2 Corinthians 1:3(KJV)  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

I am currently taking a course on nutrition and health so as to better learn how to feed my family but to also learn how to use many natural remedies or DYI remedies instead of relying heavily on drugs whether over the counter or prescription.  The course has been such a help to me.  It is answering many of my questions as to the benefits of why we should eat or not eat certain foods. Over the past several years I’ve been learning about nutrient dense foods and how using food can heal many issues in the body and relieve many symptoms.  Food is medicine. This could be natural food, or spiritual food.  I also wanted to learn how to share what I’ve learned with others!    I know over the course of many years, that whenever I learned something new I simply tried to implement it. A few examples:  we use local honey not only to replace sugars, but also because it helps my family with allergies.  We use Oil of Oregano in many instances where we need an antibiotic, we’ve replaced our cooking oil with coconut, olive, and sunflower oils!  I simply took it step by step as I would learn the benefits of certain foods.   Now these items are regularly consumed by my family.   I’ve learned not just in this nutrition course that I’ve mentioned but over several years of trial and error what benefits the health of my family.  Because I am not an expert, but a housewife and mom, I found myself shying away from conversations dealing with nutrition and health issues. However, I now realize I’ve gained some wisdom over the years! I may not have a degree but experience is a great teacher! I hope to pass on what I’ve learned to those who may need it!

Pathway of Healing!

23 Mar

Pathway of Healing!.

Pathway of Healing!

23 Mar

Pathway of Healing! Jeremiah 30:17 (KJV)For I will restore health unto thee, and heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord

Trying new things are usually always exciting, but not often easy.  Many times we would rather stay in a comfort zone or routine where we are not really happy rather than try something different!  This week I am beginning  an 8 week course that is challenging me to think differently about nutrition and about lifestyle in general.  As a wife of thirty-five years and a mother of two, I have become very aware of the need to make drastic lifestyle changes.  I am a firm believer in complete healing, spirit, soul, and body!

Most people make changes by choice.   However, sometimes circumstances force us to make changes and choices that we were not prepared to make. For instance, just because we know to eat healthy and to exercise etc. doesn’t mean that we do or will.  However, when symptoms of sickness began showing up in the body, it suddenly becomes an alarm to seek change and hopefully make healthier lifestyle changes. I know that this blog is rather lengthy, but I am writing to sound an alarm so that maybe you the reader can make a choice for change, rather than have sickness and disease make the choice for you.  I am also writing this to share a very personal story that has had my family seeking new and better ways to live.  Life should not be drudgery, but rather a joy.  However, when sickness tries to dominate a member of the family it is a battle every day to fight for a life of joy!

One day in December 2007, my husband went outside to work on a truck of his that had something wrong with it.  As he had done many times before, he climbed underneath it.  However, this was a day that would change our lives forever.  As he lay beneath the truck, he felt something very strange like gushing water race through his body and hit his lungs!  It was all he could do to crawl out from beneath the truck and get into our home.  This day sent our family into a tailspin!  He of course immediately made a doctor’s appointment and was treated for Bronchitis’s.  He was given inhalers, and antibiotics that seemed to help.  But as soon as the antibiotics were gone, he was right back to where he was, if not worse. After that day, he could not take a deep breath into his lungs.  His oxygen count remained really low, especially when he would try to do anything physically. He became very weak and frail. We then embarked on a long journey of seeking a doctor that could find out what was wrong with him.

A long story shortened, we visited many specialists, many of which immediately through labels like COPD, or Obesity.  They placed him on oxygen and sent him home to die. One rude specialist basically told my husband that all of his symptoms was a result of being “Fat!” When my husband went back to see him for a checkup, he literally said “Oh, I am really surprised that you are still alive!”   Don’t get me wrong, my husband was obese, he knew this, but he had always been heavy.  Yes we knew that weight was an issue, but not the issue. My husband proceeded to lose fifty plus pounds and felt better but not well! In 2012 my husband was placed in ICU.  He had a battery of doctors to see him, and we honestly met a sweet and compassionate lung specialist that my husband still goes to.   However, when my husband goes for his checkups, the lung specialist listens to his lungs and has said, “It’s crazy, your lungs sound as good as mine!”  But still his oxygen count would drop every time he tried to move!

We finally went to a Holistic Naturopath at the recommendation of several friends we knew. She did a number of tests on my husband and found out that he had several food allergies!  Also that he was very toxic.  He had worked in a shoe factory for several years around many chemicals, and then went on to become a diesel mechanic where he not only handled diesel fuel on a daily basis, but also used chemicals in the parts washers etc.  So it made sense that it could be something to do with toxins, or allergies.  She began a detox regiment and advised him on what foods to avoid.  Immediately he seemed to improve, but still struggled with his oxygen count dropping.

Finally we have gone to an allergy doctor that also done a battery of allergy test to find out that my husband is allergic to many environmental things such as trees, pollens, molds, grasses, etc…Really things that you can’t change.  He is proceeding at the recommendation of the allergists to take allergy shots, which again has helped, but has not taken care of the issue of his oxygen dropping. Well I know that I wrote a very long story to simply get to this short point!  We are seeking answers that we know are out there for us. Many years of trying various things to find healing has gained us a lot of knowledge in natural approaches to healing and wellness.

As we learned to do certain things, we have implemented them to the best of our ability, to cause our whole family to be healthy.  We feel as though we have gained much wisdom and great strides.  We’ve learned that the body is a wonderful creation that God placed our spirits into.  We’ve also learned that given the right nutrient dense, natural and raw foods will cause many issues that occur in the body to be taken care of naturally which really gives us power!  Finally we have learned that as God has helped us time and time again in our pathway to healing, He has given us a desire and a compassion to help others along the way!

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