This post is a part of the Tuesday Twister Blog Carnival at Gnowfglins
and Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers
Just so I'm not accused of being over-dramatic, I should say that my toaster oven did not explode with a "BOOM!". What did happen was very strange though. We've had this toaster oven since Christmas. I asked for it so we could avoid microwave use. The reasons why are listed out for you here. So, on Friday I was cooking some hot dogs for my son in there (uncured hot dogs, thank you very much Trader Joe's for no nitrates!) When I heard the "tinkeling" sound of a lot of glass shattering in the kitchen. What I found was this
The entire glass door had spontaneously shattered into tiny pieces. Every last bit. There were a couple of pieces that were even all the way across the kitchen floor. So bizarre! Thankfully no one was near it when it happened. A friend reminded me to check the CPSC website to see if it had been recalled- it hadn't but I did file a report on what happened. Kind of ironic that I started using a toaster oven to be "safer" and then this happens! We took it back to the store and got a different toaster oven- no more Black & Decker ones for me!
One thing I have been enjoying in my kitchen this week has been these oh-so-good Healthy Grain Free Brownies. The first time I made these they were thin & dense, but still very good. Then I saw another similar recipe at Just Making Noise. The difference was more eggs, more coconut oil, more salt & vanilla, and 2 T. coffee substitute. I decided to morph the two recipes (and not use coffee substitute in mine) and the result was a wonderful soft fudgy treat! I used the Healthy Grain Free Brownie recipe and used 3 jumbo eggs (you could use 4), between 1/3 & 1/2 c. coconut oil, and the extra vanilla. Now the bittersweet chocolate I'm using was strong- about 84-90% cacao bars from Theo. The great thing about their bars, besides being fair traded and organic, is that they do not contain soy. Just cocoa beans, sugar, cocoa butter, and vanilla beans. The way it should be! But because the flavor is so strong, and I wanted to make sure all the flavors blended together, I melted the coconut oil and chocolate together before adding to the batter. It turned out great!
I feel good having this kind of treat because: lots of good for you ingredients & no grains (most of us consume way too many). Both black beans and dark chocolate are high in magnesium. Magnesium is helpful for women when we are PMSing- maybe that's why we crave chocolate? I'm about to delve into some "Girl Talk" here- so guys beware. :) When I was a teenager I never had PMS. No cramps, no irritability, nothing. Then, when I got married at age 20, I went on hormonal birth control. Suddenly I had headaches & all the other PMS stuff. I was only on birth control for about 6 months, but my hormones never were right again after that. Fast forward 18 years to 2010. Every single cycle I have 2 weeks of PMS and then I have to take Ibuprofin to manage the painful cramps when my cycle begins, and this is how it has been for 18 years. That is, up until last month. Last month I had one day pre-cycle where I was feeling irritable, so I upped my intake of magnesium foods (black beans, dark chocolate, almonds) and felt better the next day. During my cycle itself I felt light "twinges" but no cramping really. Nothing that was enough to interrupt my day. I could hardly believe it! It was amazing!
We have made so many changes to our diet I can't tell you what I should attribute this too. Soaking grains? Raw milk? Kefir? Eliminating processed foods? I have no idea. But I am delighted & thankful!
Here's to your health journey too.