Posted in Cooking

Apple Crisp

There’s nothing like warm, apple crisp right out of the oven. The smells of cinnamon, and baked apples just make my mouth water. Yum-Yum!

We were given a fruit basket for Christmas and had an over abundance of apples. I don’t like wasting fresh fruit and debated on what I could make. Apple cake, pie, or crisp. Crisp won out, it’s easy and quick to whip up. I wanted to make it a little healthier than regular crisp that’s full of flour and sugar and here is what I came up with. I used almond flour instead of all-purpose flour and molasses instead of sugar – almond flour is gluten free and molasses is sweet and offers some nutritional value.

P1010313 Golden and Red delicious apples, pecans, almond flour, flax seed, molasses, quick cook oats, sugar, salt, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, butter.

P1010314 All of the apples are peeled and then diced.

P1010315 This is the crumb mixture. I chopped the pecans to small into pieces (if you like your crisp a little crunchy feel free to leave them in bigger pieces).

P1010316 The apple mixture goes on the bottom of a lightly sprayed baking dish. The crumb mixture goes on top of the apples, and lastly I added some small, diced pieces of butter before putting it in the oven.

P1010317 Apple Crisp with frozen vanilla yogurt – absolutely scrumptious!!

Here’s the recipe:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a pie dish with cooking spray (or for a richer flavor you could butter it – but that adds more calories).

Apple Mixture

6 medium apples (I used 4 golden delicious and 2 red delicious)

1/2 heaping cup of Almond Flour

1 heaping Tablespoon dark Molasses

Mix this together, pour into your baking dish and set it aside.

Crisp Mixture

2 Tablespoons ground flax-seed

1/4 cup oatmeal (I used quick cook plain oatmeal)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 Tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

Mix the crisp mixture and pour it on top of the apple mixture. Dice up 2 Tbsp of cold butter and sprinkle on the top.

Bake for about 35 minutes or until the apples are fork tender and it’s hot and bubbly.

Enjoy some fresh baked crisp!!~Bam

 

Posted in Life

Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Merry Christmas!! That’s right? Not Happy Holidays?

CHRIST IS the reason for the season!! In recent weeks I’ve noticed more and more people are greeting others with “Happy Holidays” so as not to offend others. What about offending the Christians?

It really bothers me that a percentage of people see Christians as some sort of rogue, right winged, three eyed species. There is a large amount of Christian society doesn’t behave that way. We love people, feel bad for people, we have experienced humility just like every one else.

Isaiah 9: 6

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

God is a peace loving God who sent his only Son to be born as a human baby, live a peaceful life, and finally die a torturous death on a cross by the hand of Roman Soldiers.

Yes, this is America. We live in a ‘free’ country, with liberty to worship as we wish…we should be able to say “Merry Christmas” as we wish!!

Happy Holiday and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!~Bam

Posted in The Dog

Oatmeal and PB2 Dog Biscuits

As you might have read, we’ve adopted a new puppy, a German Shorthaired Pointer a few weeks ago. He came down with a little cold. We took him to the vet and we had to start him on an antibiotic, which we wrapped in peanut butter. Man, let me tell you, HE LOVES peanut butter.

I decided to make him some dog biscuits. Here’s how I made them.

P1010295 A total of six ingredients, all natural, low sodium, low fat.

P1010297 Mix all of the ingredients until they are very crumbly but moist enough to stick together.

P1010298 Roll out the dough to about 1/2″ thick.

P1010300 I have a medium sized dog biscuit cutter.

P1010302 I got 18 biscuits out of this batch of dough.

1 3/4c whole wheat flour

3/4c quick oats

1 tsp. sea salt

2 Tbsp PB2 (powdered peanut butter)

1 large egg

3/4c + 2 Tbsp water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper.

Mix all of the ingredients until it’s moist and crumbly mixture, roll it into a ball and knead it for about three minutes.

Roll the dough out to about 1/2″ thickness and start cutting.

Bake the biscuits for about 30 minutes.

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Hope your four legged friend likes them as much as ours did~Bam

Posted in Uncategorized

The 7 Irrational Behaviors of Black Friday

Great post.

Center for Advanced Hindsight

Every day of the year, American shoppers act irrationally. On Black Friday, however, shoppers’ irrationality and wildness climb to dangerously high levels. Why does Black Friday lead shoppers to grab and fight, especially when the stakes are often as low as fifty percent off toasters?

Over the last few decades, social scientists have cataloged the many different factors that lead to irrational consumer behavior, and Black Friday touches on nearly that entire list.

Luckily though, if shoppers stay aware of how Black Friday is designed to make them irrational—and if they take breaks, eat snacks, plan ahead, and keep a clear mind—then they can avoid falling victim to the “holiday.”

Here are seven reasons shoppers become so irrational and committed to deals on Black Friday, as well as a few ways you can protect yourself.

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Black Friday is like a hazing ritual

Black Friday shoppers are dedicated—they sacrifice sleep…

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