Gluten Free Rosemary Biscuits

So it’s Thursday, I have been working out hard this week and intend to keep it up, yet was craving a little something this am. So I decided to make gluten free biscuits to go with egg whites and sauted greens.

This recipe comes from Carol Kicinski at www.simplygluten-free.com. I decided to add rosemary from our plant to add a little flava-flav! 6 ingredients with super simply instructions. My kitchen got messy but it was all worth it! The cutting of the “cold fat (butter, Earth Balance or shortening)” was definitely time consuming yet I knew it was an essential part of the biscuit coming out flaky so get into it! And I got a little ab workout kneading the dough.

ENJOY!

Gluten Free Biscuits Recipe

Ingredients

1½ cups superfine white or brown rice flour plus more for rolling
¾ cup tapioca or potato starch (not potato flour)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
6 tablespoons cold fat (such as butter, Earth Balance or shortening), cut into small pieces
¾ cup milk (any kind including dairy free)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  • Whisk together the flour, starch baking powder and salt.Image
  • Cut the fat into the flour either with a pastry cutter, two knives or by rubbing the fat into the flour with your fingers. Make sure you leave some larger pieces of fat.Image
  • Add the liquid, starting with ½ a cup and gradually adding a little more at a time, mixing until the dough comes together.Image
  • Put a little flour on a work surface and dump out the dough. Knead 3 or 4 times then either roll or pat it out to about ½ inch thick. (THIS IS WHEN I ADDED ROSEMARY) Cut into biscuits using a 2 ½ inch cookie cutter. You can gently reform the dough to cut more biscuits.
  • Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.Image
  • Serve warm.

This recipe makes 12 gluten free biscuits depending on the size.

Movin’ Mondays playlist

I love creating playlists, making CD’s (yeah that’s right…I’m a little stuck in the stone ages of CD world), and sharing music. Growing up, I enjoyed counting the counts in ballet class and when my mom would clean house while jamming out. All though I grew up with 2 homes, mom’s and dad’s, both parents played parts in music creating enjoyment within my soul. About 3 years before my dad died, he created a “Chronicles” tribute to honor his favs and share the role that music played throughout his life. He composed a mixed cd that included a list of the title and artist of each song, along with why he chose that song. One example is of a Van Morrison song. He shared that when he and a few college buddies were driving across country they could not get enough of this song. Played it over and over…how I would play any Van Morrison song…and maybe someday my son. See how art of many forms captures a time for one and can be picked up at later time by another? MAGICAL. Now I get to make music concoctions for dance & yoga classes. Once in a while someone will comment how much they enjoyed the music and ask for the name of an artist or song. I think, “Ah, this is what music is all about.” One of these days, I will learn how to put samples of the songs in the blog. For now, this is what we got…

Yesterday I jammed out to the following during my Movin’ Monday. (see previous blog for more info https://awholesomeapproach.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/physical-activity-weak-link). This playlist had me movin’ and groovin’ until the sweat came pourin’! Started off somewhat calm. As my pulse sped up, so did the beat! I only do 30 mins at a time because that is all my schedule allows. Feel free to add more songs to make longer. Enjoy!

“A New Life” by Jim James

“Don’t Carry it All” by The Decemberists

“Got to Give It Up Pt.1” by Marvin Gaye

“Fancy” by Drake, T.I, & Swizz Beatz

“Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

“Make the Money” by Macklemore

“Viva la Vida” by Coldplay for cool down

Cheers to moving, grooving, and sharing!

a day with green cabbage, green plants, and green(ish) music

Call me cynical. Call me a realist. Hell, call me whatever the heck you want. As a conscious-wanna-be parent, I have to find meaning in these “holi”-days. If we look up the definition of holiday, it is simply

a day on which one is exempt from work; specifically : a day marked by a general suspension of work in commemoration of an event

So what is the event of St. Patrick’s Day (using this as an example because of the calendar date yet there are so many that could take its place)? I mean, I learned about St. Patrick being a patron Saint of Ireland. Yet this meaning is SO FAR gone from what the norm celebrates these days. Don’t get me wrong, I am part Irish and will gladly celebrate the heritage and culture of the beautiful country. Yet, I cannot help but compare it to the other commercialized BS holidays.

So, let me share what was discovered today, 3/17/2013 and how it connected with the Irish. Firstly, I rode my bike to study group and on the way was greeted or greeted every by-passer! It felt amazing! To connect with strangers. To make eye contact with a stranger and sincerely say “Hello! Good morning!”. And I know from experiences, the Irish practice this daily. Always friendly, no matter what county, city, etc. Usually on bike rides I have no problem connecting with nature around. I don’t wear headphones for this purpose exactly. When I stop and think about it, when on a bike ride it is easier to connect with nature than other humans. Until today! How messed up is that?

Galway, Ireland

Galway, Ireland

Secondly, CBS The Early Morning Show did a story on songwriter, singer, guitarist Glen Hansard. Born in Dublin Ireland, he has earned many awards for the movie and songs of Once (now a Broadway show). If you do not know of this artist and his work, please take a moment and check him out. He is part of the Irish group The Frames and one of the folk rock duet The Swell Season with his wife and co-star from Once Markéta Irglová. The work of this individual and his collaborators is moving, deep, and easily accessible. My mom, Grandma, and I saw Once together and were touched by the lyrics and sounds of instruments in different ways. Please, do yourselves a favor and give a listen or watch.

Lastly, our spring garden is on its way. Finished planting seeds Sunday (3/17/13). Carrots, spinach, green pole beans, green peppers, lettuce variety, and sunflowers. A beautifully cool day in FL, we opened all the windows, blasted U2 and dug in the earth. Nothing quite like “wearing your green” by gardening. And to bring the day to a close, choosing not to eat meat, we made green cabbage soup. SUPER EASY, SUPER CHEAP, SUPPER HEALTHY, SUPER DELICIOUS.

Garden prep

Garden prep

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Cabbage Soup

Cabbage Soup

As a final thought, here are a few words on Irish Etiquette from a dear friend who recently relocated to Ireland. There with her husband, babe in belly, in-laws and lots of cows (they are operating a dairy farm).

http://feirmeoirchardonnay.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/irish-etiquette/

Wishing all a peaceful & productive spring!

Cabbage Soup Recipe (adapted from a few different recipes but mainly “Divas Can Cook”)

Ingredients
  • ½ head of cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup white or yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups broth (veg or chicken)
  • 14 oz can basil, oregano, garlic diced tomatoes (we didn’t have this on hand so used fresh tomatoes with herbs in the food processor)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • few shakes of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add celery, onions, bell peppers, and carrots.
  3. Saute until slightly tender.
  4. Stir in garlic.
  5. Pour in broth.
  6. Stir in tomatoes and cabbage.
  7. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat.
  8. Cook until cabbage is tender.
  9. Stir in oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, black pepper and salt (if using)
  10. Taste broth and adjust seasoning if needed.
  11. Serve and enjoy!

The beauty of the morning

Sure, morning is the time period from midnight to noon. Yet it is so much more than just time. It is a period of first development.

The beauty of the morning often gets lost in the hustle and bustle of living. Yet, if we look into the lives of great spiritual/wellness warriors, athletes, leaders, etc we see that a morning ritual is indeed a common thread. For example, Stephen King begins days with a cup of water or tea and a vitamin. When he’s ready to begin working, he sits in the same seat with papers arranged in the same manner. This level of consistency signals his being the he is ready to step into work mode. I’ve read that Benjamin Franklin awoke at 4am. Until 8am he spent this peaceful time taking care of him by bathing, eating and thinking of what he would accomplish in the gift of a day. Imagine us humans beginning each day wondering what we would accomplish each day!

Beauty… in the morning? You bet. Think about it. You woke up. That’s really the only way to start a day. Without the wake up, there would be no day to live. THERE IS SO MUCH BEAUTY IN THAT. I was 28 when I attended my first yoga training and when I began to understand the concept of being grateful to be alive…to be of life. Waking up and thinking “HEY! I woke up!” rather than “Shut that damn alarm off! SNOOZE! Wake up you have this, this and this to do. Hurry!”. It truly is the simple things that make a HUGE difference.

A new favorite spiritual/wellness warrior is Kris Carr aka CrazySexy everything. If you have not been witness to this inspirational being, you must check her out (the main site is http://www.kriscarr.com. this will lead you to many wonderful resources on living an authentically crazy, sexy and healthy life). Mrs. CrazySexy repeatedly shares how the importance in beginning each day with some sort of tuning in can transform a life to be more fine tuned. Her suggestions are of similar nature to mine. She recommends 20-30 mins of meditation, healing visualization/affirmations, journaling aka “freedom writing session”, doing sun salutations.

“When I start my day with a healing visualization, or a 20-minute meditation, some journaling (what I like to call a freedom writing session), a trip to soul college (reading one of my many books or listening to an uplifting talk), and/or some breath work – wow do my wings expand…”

The point being, how we start our days is very much a reflection of how the day plays out and comes to an end. About 6 years ago, my mornings were spent waking up slowly, hitting snooze MANY times. Rushing my toddler aged boy and I out the door. Running around, gathering the things we needed for the day, often forgetting at least one thing and having to run back in the house and back out, huffing and puffing. The energy I put off was of stress, frustration, and based in fear of being late. Having a child can be like holding a mirror to one’s reflection. While in moments of the morning scramble, I remember glancing at the brown-eyed, golden locked boy and seeing the me I never wanted to be. Unorganized, unmanaged, unfulfilled. Often times in the beginning of a yoga class, I find myself reminding the class to take control of the reigns and give themselves permission to hold back if need be or push harder than ever if needed. Yet a gentle reminder that nothing in yoga is mandatory, yet we won’t get anywhere by being lazy. Replace yoga with life and we get: Nothing in life is mandatory, yet we won’t get anywhere by being lazy.

A few examples of how A Wholesome Approach greets each a.m. (the below stand well alone or as combinations):

  • Room temperature or warm water with lemon upon awakening
  • Vedanta text and journaling
  • Salutations to the self, the day, the earth, the gifts, the challenges, etc. (YOGA)
  • Oil-pulling (something new I’ve started within the last month)
  • Cuddle time with Chloe girl (our beautifully sweet-natured golden doodle)
  • Sunrise walk alone or with Chloe (and sometimes stragglers 😉

So the key to transforming the days and nights from ordinary to extraordinary is to find what works for you. What inspires you to get up in the first place? Do you live to work? Or work to live? In what ways can you greet each day with thanks and begin taking care of you before tending to the duties of life? Try out a few things and test out what works well with your being. Looking forward to hearing all about it!

GRADUATION

In my arrangement of rank (aka graduation), I celebrate the experience of Institute for Integrative Nutrition. A schooling that is so unique and fulfilling. Who’s mission is simple with a profound effect.

As I wrap up the last year, I look at all the information gathered and think “Breathe. Sort. Do.” There is now time to sort the piles, file the sorts, and dig deeper into how my role as a holistic health coach will play out. A quote from Shakespeare has been ringing through my head for weeks now, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances.” Each day is a gift of performance. If we wake up, show is on. When we wake up and the day is more difficult than another, we deal and succumb to the phrase “the show must go on!”. As my show plays out, here are a few things in the works:

  • Collaboration with the ever-so-healing Angela Rauter LMT, L.Ac, DOM (Five Petal Holistic Healing http://www.five-petal.com), certified pilates instructor. Currently, putting our head space together to create plans that will keep one focused and empowered in every aspect of life.
  • A seminar/teleclass/demonstration surrounded by the topic of GLUTEN and living a GLUTEN-FREE (at least semi) life.
  • Cabinet clean-outs
  • Grocery store tours
  • Spring garden & blogging all about it
  • Cohesive of all things A Wholesome Approach. A dear friend is working on logo stuff as we speak. Soon, this BLOG, the website, newsletter, etc will be a wrapped in a pretty package.

Grateful for observing this thing called life unfold as it does. Grateful for the idea of Blogs that provide sharing space. Grateful to the readers and supporters of the sharing space.

One of many stage faces!

One of many stage faces!