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World’s Best Ranch Dressing

I found this recipe at Barefeet in the Kitchen and it was amazing!!! It was easy to make and tastes better than ANYTHING available commercially!!! There is one drawback, if you are lactose intolerant…. take precautions if available. Samantha and I chose to throw caution to the wind and it was a mistake (that we would probably make again… it was that good!).

Enjoy!!!

 

Yield: about 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk or regular milk
3/4 – 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried chives
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon finely cracked pepper

freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste, approximately 1-3 teaspoons, adjust to taste

Instructions:

Whisk together the mayo, sour cream and milk until smooth. Add the spices and whisk until combined. Add the lemon and whisk again. Pour into a jar and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. This dressing will keep nicely in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy!

Notes from Barefeet in the Kitchen:

I frequently swap plain white vinegar for the fresh lemon juice in this recipe. Both acids work beautifully to provide the perfect amount of tang in the dressing.

http://barefeetinthekitchen.com/homemade-ranch-salad-dressing/

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Lessons learned… so far

As I write this, I am at the tail end of a fever and cold, that my loving grandson shared with me. My first mistake in noticing he was sick was not taking care of myself. Knowing we are huggers, hand holders, and snugglers, I should have loaded up on my immunity boosters. Instead, I ministered to him 100%. As if that wasn’t bad enough, exhaustion when his mom picked him up, sent me to bed for 14 hours. My other mistake, not taking any supplements, vitamins, or immunity protection/boosters before bed. I understandably woke with a 101.5* fever. Now it was time to play catch up, lesson learned.

The problem with being allergic to wheat and corn is the inability to safely take readily available medication. I rely mostly on local raw honey, Himalayan pink salt, minerals, herbs, roots, spices and essential oils. Even herbs have their challenges like hibiscus and rose hip. They are very good at supporting wellness and immunity. Roots like ginger and turmeric are high on my favorite list for when my immunity has been compromised. I should have started my regimen of honey, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, lemon oil, peppermint oil, and thieves oil tea the minute my grandson made his first sniffle, lesson learned.

Today, three days later, I am confident that by the end of the week I should be back to my  normal wellness. Meanwhile I am using my raw honey, herbs, roots and essential oils solely to bring myself back up to that wellness line. This is the first time I am hoping to do it without help of a gluten or corn laden intervention. Am I willing to acknowledge that I might have to change my mind, yes I am. My daughter and son in law were here for Easter dinner. He had forgotten to take his daily allergy protocol and in my house of three cats, a dog, and an almond orchard across the street, he began to have respiratory discomfort. Not having a lot of homeopathic experience in respiratory issues, I looked it up. I found several testimonials on a protocol, I confidently gave it to him to use, and watched. What I didn’t expect was for his symptoms to appear worse. I didn’t realize that was even a possibility! Why? Because I didn’t stick to my experience, I “looked it up” and blindly used my arsenal of goodness recklessly. I am not a doctor, nurse, medical assistant, or even a medical receptionist. I am an advocate for wellness (wellness for everyone). That is no different than wanting “world peace.” Lesson learned.

I don’t have any experience in managing respiratory issues without using protocols that involve gluten or corn. It is a double edged sword because I have had to take some corn laden syrups in order to get a moment’s rest. The problem with syrup is it is sweetened with corn. Sugar free contains corn related stabilizers so I again get sick. It wouldn’t be so bad if it were just hives and bloating, but corn affects my breathing. In the past I have taken a syrup for a couple days only to need an inhaler for a week. I honestly don’t know of any other alternative when my cough gets that bad. What choice do I have? I am going with my gut, my experience, and what my body tells me. There are many other herbs, roots and essential oils that help with cough. I will safely try each in moderation to see how my body reacts to each. In the event that I am able to manage my cough solely homeopathically, I will then be able to tell someone what worked for me in this situation. Will that help my son in law next time he visits? No, because I don’t experience what he experiences. He will need to be his own advocate for wellness. Difficult lesson learned.

Sometimes having a “helper’s heart” means letting other people learn their lessons on their own.

Note: As I mentioned, I use local raw honey, herbs, roots, and essential oils in my homeopathic arsenal. There are several things to remember:

  1. Homeopathy is a choice for me based on necessity (when possible). I have an allergen to corn and wheat that cause stomach issues, leaky gut symptoms, internal hives, respiratory issues and probably more I don’t even know about. Homeopathy may not be the right choice for you.
  2. Be your own advocate for wellness and admit when it is not working. That doesn’t mean it will never work, it means you haven’t found “what works for you.”
  3. Use only high quality, natural, products. I use local raw honey, organic spices, reputable companies that you feel confident about. There are companies that will add ingredients to their product so that they can sell more. The essential oil business is the worst, I only use Young Living Essential Oils because of this. Their Seed to Seal process sold me when I was living way below the wellness line.
    1. I began a YL membership so that I could purchase at wholesale cost. I did not begin my membership to “sell” or to “make money” by “spreading the word.” However, because of changes that friends and family have seen in my wellness, they have began memberships using my membership number as enroller/sponsor (10152010).
  4. Do not offer advise, recommendations, products on here-say or literature contained knowledge only. Investigate, try, use, feel. Just because it works for someone else, doesn’t mean it will work for you.
    1. For example, I might have success using a specific homeopathic remedy for a migraine or headache. Out of blue someone asks what the best remedy is for a headache or migraine. The minute you offer advise, you take ownership of their wellness. Don’t do that. You can certainly share “what works for me is…” and the follow up with, “but I know what the root cause of my headache is, yours might be something different.” It’s human nature to want to help, but what if their headache is the cause of something serious and urgent. Don’t learn that lesson the hard way.
  5. Never stop learning, investigating, finding a way. Be it because of food allergies or sensitivities or because of a natural, chemical free choice. Keep learning, keep seeking answers, keep looking for a solution. There are many good lessons to be learned.

Have a blessed day and may you be living above the wellness line!

Kate

 

 

 

 

 

Satisfying the Gluten Craving

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Sometimes, you just want a real cookie, or a real tortilla so you can eat a burrito and not get sick. Well these are my go to foods when I just need to satisfy the flour/wheat craving.

Craving a good bagel, maybe Sara Lee’s Onion Bagels? Well UDI’s makes great Certified Gluten Free bagels, my personal favorite is the “Everything Inside Bagels” .

Craving pasta, that taste good with a cheese sauce or Alfredo? I recommend a pasta that only contains rice! Corn pasta, may upset a Celiac tummy and it only tastes good with red sauce. Some pastas contain pea proteins, which leave a nasty film on the pasta. This brand that I pick up from my local gluten-free store is really good, and my boyfriend can’t tell the difference.  The only difference he notices is the price difference from “real” pasta. The brand is PastaJoy and this one is made with Brown Rice (a healthier option to White Rice pasta).

Craving a good cookie? WOW makes some great wheat & gluten free cookies, my GFF (Gluten Free Friend) found them in San Francisco and she told me that day, how delicious they are! Believe me, it takes a lot of self-control to only eat, one or two in one sitting.

Craving something to snack on? Glutino makes a really good Sea Salt flavored snack crackers, they taste very similar to Wheat Thins. Also Van’s makes some certified gluten free crackers, my favorite is Lots of Everything Inside. The great thing about the Van’s crackers is that all of the ingredients are all natural, no added sugars, no trans fats, just a delicious and nutritious snack.

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Craving a yummy quesadilla or burrito? Food for Life makes a Certified wheat and gluten free Brown Rice tortilla that satisfies the craving of a flour tortilla. I still can’t wait for something even better then this tortilla!

Craving Garlic Bread? Against the Grain makes amazing baguettes that can be baked to be garlic bread, or cut up to be served with spread, cheese, or meats. It is amazing, but not too amazing on the wallet.

Those are my go to Certified Gluten Free foods. Not only do they pass my taste test, but Robyn & Kate’s taste test. My GFF from San Fran. Emily also loves the Van’s Crackers and the WOW cookies (since she was the one who got me hooked on both of them).

Hope this helps your taste buds be a little happy when craving BREAD, FLOUR, WHEAT, BARLEY, etc.

Happy tasting!

~JoJO

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