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Christmas Time & Ginger Lemon Bars

Christmas tends to be my favorite time of the year. Even with depressing events and not having all my family together, the music, the lights, the smells of delicious food baking… Mmmmm! Just missing cold weather. But this is Florida, so we can’t always expect cold weather for Christmas!

We can usually expect friends and/or family, though. And this mama doesn’t like drama, particularly this time of year, so instead of wishing for things that may or may not could happen, I will focus on positives: I got some goals accomplished this year that had been part of my New Year’s resolutions! I learned to be proficient at knitting and getting better every time I knit something. I am still far FAR from being a pro, but I’m pretty happy with the latest results! I would post a picture, but until after Christmas, that will have to wait as said projects are part of our gift exchange and there is NO PEEKING! Also, homesteading has been a desire and goal of mine for some time. When you can’t sit or stand for long periods of time because of serious back problems, you do what you can as you can. So I’ve learned how to make my own sauerkraut (will post that in a later post when I make a new batch), caramelized ginger & simple ginger syrup (along with sparkling Voss water makes an amazing homemade Ginger Ale without the additives like high fructose corn syrup, aka “HFCS”), and the latest Pinterest recipe, Ginger Lemon Bars. O. M. G. New favorite!

For those who love lemon and who like ginger, this is amazing. Lemon and ginger work so well together as it is (have you tried a hot ginger tea with lemon and honey?) that if you haven’t tried ginger, lemon & honey tea, you MUST. It’s great when you’re sick. Seriously. But these babies here? I promise, you’ll be making these again. Wish I could claim they were my own recipe, but credit goes to Sarah over at Broma Bakery. The only things I changed were omitting salt since I used salted butter and I am gluten free so there’s that.

Ginger Lemon Bars

Ingredients:
for Cream Cheese Shortbread:
-5 oz. cream cheese
-1/2 C. butter
-2/3 C. sugar
-1/2 tsp. sea salt
-1 tsp. vanilla
-1 1/3 C. flour

 for the Ginger Lemon Curd:
-4 eggs
-1 1/4 C. sugar
-1/2 C. lemon juice
-1 Tblsp. lemon zest
-1 Tblsp. fresh ginger (grated)
-1/2 tsp. sea salt
-2 tsp. vanilla
-1/2 C. Flour

Instructions:

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray and line an 8″x 8″ baking dish/pan with parchment paper and lightly spray again. Set aside.

2. Using a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, cream the butter, cream cheese, sugar, salt (if using unsalted butter), and vanilla until light & fluffy (approximately 2 minutes). Turn mixer to low speed and incorporate flour.

3. Press dough firmly onto bottom of baking dish, spreading evenly to edges. Bake 12-15 minutes.

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4. While the shortbread is cooking….. In large bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the Ginger Lemon Curd (except for the flour). Once mixed, whisk in flour, whisking away lumps.

5. Pour Ginger Lemon Curd on top of the Cream Cheese Shortbread and bake an additional 20-30 minutes to set (length of time will depend on your oven and also the dish or pan used; I have a conventional oven and a glass dish which takes longer).

6. Cool to room temperature (or slightly warmer) on wire racks then cool in refrigerator until set and chilled an additional 2+ hours.

7. Cut into bars. You can sprinkle with as little or as much powdered sugar if desired. If you prefer more tangy, you can omit the sugar (like me, HA!).

These are absolutely divine! Now that my baking is done and my knitting projects are finished, I can focus on another resolution I have fallen pretty far behind on: my reading! Want to finally finish the Game of Thrones series (can’t wait till George R.R. Martin comes out with the 6th book in the series; he has 3 more books in the series he is working on, book 6 should be out some time in the new year). Then on to collecting and reading the rest of The Mistborn series and Dresden Files. And so many more!
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wishing all of you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

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The Fresh Market: Not So Fresh!

So it’s been a little over 2 months since I last blogged. The person whose laptop I was borrowing needed it back and my laptop which died 2 years ago was still inoperable. But my middle son came to my rescue! Thought it was just the hard drive that needed replacing, but turns out that when the hard drive died, the motherboard got fried and the video card was shot. Bummer. But it’s fixed and it’s wonderful to have my own laptop back and running! They asked if I wanted Win 8 installed. HE** no! I’ve experienced it on a couple of family members’ computers and hate it so they put Win 7 back on it. But now it’s updated to Win 10 and I’m in love with this new OS! What a delightful marriage of Win 7 and the actual likable features of Win 8! But I digress.

Over the past 19 months, I gradually migrated to a healthier way of eating, but not by choice. However, I’m so glad I did! I’ve dropped 60 pounds in that time, and learned about food. HEALTHY food. And discovered that what used to be foods that just didn’t agree with me will send me to the ER if I eat them again. Progression of evil food allergies. Nightshades… OFF LIMITS. Gluten… AVOID.  Tree nuts… AVOID. Preservatives and processed foods… AVOID. Over the past few months, I’ve really started doing my research and educating myself on why so many foods were making me sick. And what a journey it has been!  With the growing trend of organics and more people being aware of GMO’s and their effect on the body, it’s mind blowing how Walmart has come along in that industry!  They just don’t carry organic produce. Well, unless you count the tiny section of organic spinach and mixed salad containers.

And that is good! If you take time to really dig and read, the companies whose brands they carry are MOSTLY good companies. You can find grass fed beef, wild caught Alaskan Salmon, Organic Florida Crystals cane sugar (non-GMO), Polaner non-GMO organic fruit spread (which is sweetened only with other organic non-GMO fruits/fruit juices) which is DIVINE, GT Synergy Kombucha (which I’m addicted to, just wish I could afford it more regularly), and more. For the time being, I’m drinking a glass of Organic Valley whole milk at night with a tablespoon of Smucker’s Organic Peanut Butter because I haven’t been able to find any non-homogenized grass milk!

Then I saw where The Fresh Market just opened up at the beach a week and a half ago. I’ve heard such wonderful things about TFM that I was truly excited and looking forward to shopping there. Wow. What a disappointment!  I can truly say that I’m hoping I catch the window of opportunity when it arises to purchase some organic non-GMO raspberry and blackberry plants next season and guess I’m going to join a co-op. The Fresh Market was such letdown to say the least. After all the good things I’ve heard about it, it did not meet expectations. As far as produce goes, their selection is about as big as Walmart’s. Conventional grown is bad enough (getting a healthy dose of Roundup with each bite), but most of what I saw was as lethal as it gets. With my health finally better from avoiding those foods, I am not going backwards by eating fruits and veggies that are genetically modified (you do realize that biotech companies, most notably Monsanto, scientists take bacteria and/or viruses and inject them into the plants so they can withstand heavy herbicide spraying, right?)! All you have to do is do some research to find out just WHY plants can handle all that herbicide and insecticide spraying while anything not genetically engineered/modified around it dies.

Wonder why America is so overweight and wrought with disease? Yep. All started with WWII when they used gases to kill people. Scientists found it killed weeds and took off from there. My digestive problems are under control now that I’m not eating junk food, fast food, or processed food. Soy, corn, canola, and cottonseed are the 4 worst things to ingest and they are the things you find in processed foods. I’d rather pay my doctor WHEN I need to go once or twice a year for bloodwork (and a slow but steady weight loss) and spend the rest of that money on organic, non-GMO food than spend it on processed crap that keeps me overweight and sick and making many trips to the doctor!

Wish people would realize that all the skyrocketing health problems are related to diet heavy in glyphosate/GMO’s: cancer, tumors, birth defects, autism, diabetes, hormone disruptions, endocrine problems (thyroid disease and thyroid cancer),auto immune disorders, etc. WAKE UP, AMERICA! Monsanto is keeping you in the DARK and keeping you sick while trying to basically patent life, poison us, and the bottom line… LINE THEIR OWN DEEP POCKETS.

If you care about your health, take charge of it! In the mean time, here are a few links to read (but there’s so much more information out there!):

Long-term Feeding Study Shows Effects of GMO’s
World renowned scientist lost his job when he warned about GE foods
Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup tolerant genetically modified maize
Dysfunctional Science: Towards a “psuedoscientific world order”?
Dr. Swanson: GM Crops and Glyphosate Linked to U.S. Health Deterioration
What is a GMO? Explained in 1 minute
The A to Z guide of the food industry’s most evil ingredients
WHO Glyphosate Report Ends Thirty Year Cancer Cover Up