Sep 19

From the Farm Blog Hop… Learning to Crochet

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Happy Friday! And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day! I can’t wait to see what you’ll be sharing with us this week!

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This week I chose I’m Hooked! Learning to Crochet… from Eight Acres as my featured post.

Featured Post // From the Farm Blog Hop // Learning to Crochet

photo credit Eight Acres — the blog

This post really spoke to me because, though I learned to crochet years ago, all I could ever do was rectangles. Not squares, and certainly not grannie squares. Rectangles. Which meant if you wanted a scarf or an afghan, I was your girl. If you wanted pretty much anything else… you were out of luck.

Well, just a couple of weeks ago, I sat down and learned how to make a grannie square. And… um… I’m hooked! :)

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Sep 18

Start Your Day Off Right Pumpkin Spice Latte

Start your day off right with a nutritious Pumpkin Spice Latte from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

‘Tis the season of woolly sweaters, apple picking, and pumpkin spice everything. So I’m doing a little series of some of my favorite pumpkin spice recipes… done Real Food style, of course. ;)

Because I love a warm, spicy mug of coffee on a brisk morning as much as the next person…

But you know what I’m not fond of? The price tag those drinks carry.

And you know what I like even less? The amount of sugar and other crap they have in them. We’re talking on the order of 45 grams of sugar for  a 12 ounce pumpkin spice drink at Starbucks, and  a whopping 52 grams for the medium at Dunkin’ Donuts. Um, hello. Even without talking about “natural” flavors and milk from factory farmed cows there’s no getting around the fact that that stuff is Bad For You.

Sorry.

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to make your very own Pumpkin Spice Latte using good, wholesome ingredients. And I’m not much of a calorie counter, but I’m pretty sure you can do it all for about 6 grams of added sugar which means when you combine it with the milk you’re looking at about 19 grams of sugar.

So you can go ahead and enjoy every single pumpkin spice sip.

And just like Starbucks, this particular recipe doesn’t have a speck of pumpkin in it. Basically it’s just my plain old Start Your Day Off Right Cafe Latte all dressed up for fall! ;)

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First things first…

In order to make pumpkin spice anything, you need pumpkin spice. You can get my recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix here.

Pumpkin Spice Latte via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

(This is the sort of thing that happens when you try to take pictures with a brand new kitten in your house.
Crappy picture of coffee, cute picture of kitten.)

Start Your Day Off Right Pumpkin Spice Latte

makes 2 servings

2 cups of the best milk you can find. We use whole milk from grass-fed cows that is vat pasteurized and not homogenized.

1 cup brewed espresso. We use dark espresso ground coffee, and this adorable little espresso maker to brew it.

2 Tablespoons gelatin, like this – optional

2 Tablespoons butter from grass fed cows, like this

1/4 teaspoon (or to taste) pumpkin spice — get my recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix 

1 Tablespoon unsulphered molasses, like this.

Brew coffee. Meanwhile, warm the milk, pumpkin spicegelatin, and butter almost to the boiling point. We love this little pan for warming the milk.

When the milk has warmed, divide it evenly between two mugs and use a whisk to create foam, by rolling it between your hands.

When the coffee has finished brewing, pour it into a measuring cup, add the molasses, and stir it in well. Then, pouring carefully, so as not to disturb the foam, divide the coffee-molasses evenly between the two mugs.

If you like, you can add another sprinkle of pumpkin spice on top.

Enjoy!

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Looking for a good Real Food alternative to the sugar-laden pumpkin spice coffeehouse drinks? Try this one from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

 

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Sep 17

My Week on Wednesday… September 17

My Week on Wednesday -- Join me each week to find out what I've learned, what I've been doing, and read up on the different blogs I've been visiting! ~ Christine @ Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Hello and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday where I take a few moments to share what I’ve been doing over the week. I share some of the blogs I’ve visited, and some of the things that I have learned.

This weekend we went to the Niagara Celtic Festival. My great-great grandmother was from Ireland — County Mayo, God help us — and my husband’s family has bits from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, so we like to feel all heritage-y when we go. Plus the festival is always all sorts of fun, with excellent music, good beer, and men in kilts.

(One of them was my husband!)

via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

We had excellent Highland weather, too. In other words, it was cold and it rained! ;)

This week is Pumpkin Spice Week. I just posted a recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix… and tomorrow I’m going to put up the latte recipe that goes with it. I have a couple other warm, delicious drink recipes to put up, too, so stay tuned! :)

So… what have I found…

    • Homemade Hand Warmers. Such an excellent idea. Especially since they’re saying we’re in for a nasty winter. (And if the dog’s winter coat is any indication… I’d say that “they” — whoever “they” are — are probably right.
    • The Best Whole Chicken in a Slow Cooker Recipe. I made this for dinner the other night, and it was amazing. Very easy, too!
    • Gelatin “Flu Shots.” These sound delicious!
    • Chocolate Rolled Oat Cookies. Right? Seeing the words “chocolate” and “cookie” together is a wonderful thing. These cookies are pretty healthy, too!
    • Easiest, Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes. They look fabulous, AND they’re gluten free!
    • And to go on the pancakes… Homemade Blueberry Syrup with Honey. Yum!
    • And, finally, pay attention Harry Potter Fans! The 104 Homestead has a brilliant daughter who created a recipe for Butter Beer! Most butter beer recipes are full of questionable ingredients… but this one is Real Food, and looks delicious! I did say that the 104 Homestead’s daughter is brilliant, didn’t I? I cannot wait to try this one! :)

Now for the Quote of the Week. Approximately daily, I post quotes on my Facebook Page. The quote with the most likes, shares, and comments will become the Quote of the Week.

Quote of the Week via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Thank you for joining me for My Week on WednesdayTell me, what did you do this week? I’d love to hear!

Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to come visit me on Facebookhang out with me on Google+ and follow me on Pintrest and Twitter

I think we’re going to skip Thousand Words Thursday, tomorrow, because I’m going to be doing a Pumpkin Spice Latte instead, and be sure to join us on Friday for the From the Farm Blog Hop!

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Sep 17

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix

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‘Tis the season of pumpkin spice everything!

So we’re going to do a little series here with a couple of delicious warming pumpkin spice drinks. But before you can make a pumpkin spice drink, you need to whip yourself up some pumpkin spice.

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This is easy-peasy, trust me. It’s not painful at all.

Grab a little glass jar. I like to use these little canning jars.

Add:

3 teaspoons of cinnamon (like this or get quality spices here)

1 1/2 teaspoons of ginger (like this or get quality spices here)

1/2 teaspoon of cloves (like this or get quality spices here)

Give it a little stir… and you’re done.

I told you it was easy!

Now… what are you going to make with your pumpkin spice…? Check back tomorrow for Pumpkin Spice Latte!

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers -- just in time for pumpkin spice everything!

Please Note: Some of the links found at Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers are affiliate links. I often include these links to illustrate exactly what product I am talking about. You may be able to find the product cheaper somewhere else, including your own grocery store! However,  if you use an affiliate link to enter a shopping site (such as Amazon.com), and do decide to make a purchase, we may receive a small commission. There is no additional cost to you, however these commissions help us to support this blog, and sometimes to buy dog food! We are very grateful for your support!
We only ever promote products and businesses that we believe will be helpful to our readers.

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Sep 12

From the Farm Blog Hop… Banana Chews

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Happy Friday! And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day! I can’t wait to see what you’ll be sharing with us this week!

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This week I am delighted to announce that my favorite post was Banana Chews from Florassippi Girl.

Banana Chews//From the Farm Blog Hop//photo credit: Forassippi Girl

 

The Boy has been after me to make banana chips for weeks. But, frankly, banana chips are pretty high on my list of disgusting… Florassippi Girl to the rescue! First of all, her recipe makes chews, not chips. And she has great instructions, and promises that these are delicious. So, rest assured, the Boy will be getting his banana treats! :)

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The Homesteading Hippy

The Mind to Homestead

Spring Mountain Living

Happy Days Farm

 Lil’ Suburban Homestead

The Homestead Lady

Urban Overalls 

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