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What is so great about Flax Seed Meal? Why should we eat it as meal and not as seeds? What do we do with the stuff any way? That is exactly what I am about to tell you!

First of all this stuff is packed with nutrition. It has carbs, protein, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. It also has vitamin B6, vitamin E, folic acid, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus! This stuff is amazing. Out of all of those, the omega-3 fatty acid makes it quite amazing. More and more research is uncovering the amazing effects of omega-3 fatty acid. It has been shown to aid in heart health. The benefits of omega-3 fatty acid are innumerable!

If you eat a whole flax seed, it will come out the other end as a whole flax seed! Leaving you with none of its nutrition! That is why it is important to eat it as a round meal. You can purchase it ground already, or you can save some pennies and grind it yourself in a coffee grinder. To keep all the nutrients in tact store what is not being used in the fridge or freezer, and don’t grind more than you will use in 3 months time.

How should you use it? The possibilities are endless. It is recommended to have 1 to 3 tablespoons a day. The most common uses are to sprinkle it into smoothies or over oatmeal. But it can also be used in baking. It can partially or completely substitute as the fat needed, but extra moisture will need to be added as flax is very absorbent and will dry out your baked goods. I do not have this substitution down to an exact science, I am still experimenting with how much to use in each recipe. I use it often in waffles and muffins.

The Flax Cookbook by Elaine Magee is an excellent resource. This book explains the benefits of flax, from the diseases that it wards off to the nutrients that are so rich within it. It also gives loads of recipes! Some of the sections are: muffins, smoothies, bread, power bars, entrees, and desserts. I checked this book out from our library and have loved all of the information and recipes I have obtained!

So, flax it up!


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Bagels have been sounding so good to me lately. So, I searched to see if I could make some from scratch! I came across this recipe, and tried it out.

I made a few substitutions. I used White Whole Wheat flour from Bob’s Red Mill and I used a squirt of honey instead of sugar. I did not do the egg wash, I sprayed them with a little cooking spray. Which, I also used instead of parchment paper. I guess I did a lot of things differently, but they turned out great! Check them out:

The whole wheat white flour gave them a rich flavor. We sliced and toasted ours and add some butter. They were scrumptious!

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Ok, I know that this is terrible for you, but it is the only thing that I want to eat! The whole time I am making it I say “eww, I can’t believe that I want to eat this!” I don’t like pig products, I don’t like fatty things like gravy, this is so not me! But, the belly is speaking and sausage gravy it is!


ground sausage



biscuits (I used store bought because I was too hungry to make homemade)

Get your biscuits cooking while you make the gravy. Brown the amount of sausage you want, I did about a third of the package. Then remove the sausage from the pan, leaving the grease behind (so gross I know, but that is what makes it taste so good). There should be about 2 to 3 tablespoons of grease in the pan, if there is more than that discard some. Add an equal amount of flour, 2 to 3 tablespoons, stirring continuously. Keep theĀ  burner on medium to medium high, slowly pour over the milk, about a cup. Keep stirring while the gravy cooks and becomes thick, it may take a little while, just keep stirring. Once your gravy becomes thick add the sausage back and voila you have sausage gravy!

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We are poor, that is no secret. But we live rich lives and we have never gone without! One way that we have been provided for in the past two months is through the food bank. Every 2nd Wednesday of the month Living Waters House of Prayer opens its food pantry doors and we head in, stock up, and leave with grateful hearts! Here is what we received this trip:Pop tarts (which I already had one), ground beef, pea pods, granola bars, tomato sauce, onion rings (not pictured), cereal, juice, shaving cream, tooth paste, natural peanut better, corn, peaches, chips, olive oil, soap, garlic salt, and so much more!

Thank you to everyone who has ever donated to a food bank, it really is an amazing gift!

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Here is my totally delicious recipe for Granola. If you are looking for exact measurements, you have come to the wrong place.


Oat Meal (Old Fashioned Oats)


Oil (I used canola oil because it has no flavor and isn’t terrible for you, you could try coconut oil or even sunflower oil)

Sesame seeds


1. Preheat the oven to 350 or 375 (like I said I am not exact and rarely do I make a recipe the same way twice!)

2. Add about 2 cups of oat meal to the mixing bowl and drizzle honey on top until the top is pretty well covered

3. Sprinkle sesame seeds and almonds (I crushed my almonds so that I can use less and have almond in every bite)

4. Drizzle the oil and stir. I try to use as little oil as possible but still coating the oats.

5. Cover my pan with aluminum foil and spray it with non stick spray (this is not essential but it will help with clean up)

6. Spread the mixture on the baking sheet about 1/4 inch thick and pop it in the oven ( I use the toaster oven for so many reasons, but this allows a smaller batch and even cooking)

7. Stir the granola every once in a while for even cooking

8. They are done when they have turned from pale to golden in color, about 15 to 20 minutes

9. Take them out of the oven and allow them to cool before you serve or package them

I eat mine with Kefir and a drizzle of honey.

How do you eat your granola?

P.S. If you really want exact measurements for this post a comment and the next time I make it I will actually measure things out for you!

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Mmmm, Blueberry Flax Muffins homemade (almost)

Ok, I cheated on this one. I started with a box mix. If blueberries weren’t so expensive this would have been a fully homemade meal. Once my blueberry bush actually produces blueberries (in about 3 years) I will be making Blueberry Flax Muffins from scratch!

To make the Blueberry Flax Muffins I began with a box mix from our local discount grocery store, Aldi. I added one egg (free range from our neighborhood chickens), 3 T ground flax seed, 1 c of water plus 3-5 T of water depending on the consistency of the mix. The flax sucks up moisture so adding extra water will only make the muffins more moist. I mixed it all together in a large mixing bowl and baked them in greased muffin tins at 375 until they smelled and appeared to be done, about 10 minutes. They are delicious! and have added health benefits from the flax seed, which is so good for you!We ate ours warm with a little bit of butter. Mmm, melt in your mouth good.

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