The Good Stuff…

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This is me on Easter Sunday of 2014. I had baked a lemon cake from scratch and was feeling pretty proud of myself. I love to bake. It makes me happy and it makes the recipients of my baked stuff happy. This particular cake I made for a friend who cannot stand even the thought of cream cheese. There are a lot of Easter desserts out there that involve cream cheese and I was on a mission to make something spectacular for my friend as her family was coming over for brunch.

Everyone who knows me at all knows that I love to bake. Mr. Wonderful is the great cook and I am the great baker. Ok, great is relative but I really enjoy doing it. Baking for me is a stress reliever. I love coming into the kitchen, getting out a recipe, new or old and creating something from nothing. I don’t do super well with long drawn out projects which is why baking is such a great outlet. You can go from nothing to something in a relatively short amount of time. I love the process and I love the oohs and ahhs from my friends and family when they feast upon my creations.

One of the many things that Breast Cancer has changed for me is that my intake of refined sugar and anything that changes to sugar quickly in your system ie. potatoes, rice, flour, corn etc. has to be drastically reduced or eliminated altogether. There is conflicting reports out there on whether or not sugar actually feeds cancer cells but I figure cutting out most of those simple carbs can’t hurt and my cancer was pretty hard to detect in the 1st place so I’m not taking any chances. Ok, maybe a couple of chances but overall I’m cutting waaay back.

So what is a lover of baking to do with out flour and refined sugar? Well, I’ve decided to continue to pursue my passion of trying new things and try some recipes that although don’t have refined sugar, they use other things like maple syrup and honey. The only other obstacle I can see is that whatever I bake has to taste good. This can be quite an issue when you try to bake your famous sugar cookies… without sugar. I have already had lots of trial and errors and the bummer is that baking with coconut flour, almond flour, maple syrup and honey is more expensive so you really don’t want to waste any of it on something that tastes bad and that your dog won’t even eat.

My 1st real success was a few weeks ago when I made some scones. I actually really liked them and didn’t feel left out when my friends were eating the sugar/flour version. I found this recipe on a blog by Laura Fuentes.Grain-Free-Blueberry-Scone-Recipe-A-682x1024

This is her photo of the delactable little morsels…. and here is mine…

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As  you can plainly see 1st off, I have never taken a photo of food before and secondly it doesn’t look much like Mrs. Fuentes’s scone. But the good thing is that it really tasted good! Not just a, “I’m gonna fake it because nothing tastes as good as sugar and white flour kind of thing.” I truly enjoyed it and I didn’t feel left out as my girlfriends were eating the real stuff. The reality is that mine looks so different from the original because I didn’t use a biscuit cutter and I misread the recipe and added all the milk in at once instead of  leaving a little out for brushing over the top.

So there you have it. Errors and all. I need to make some more so I can freeze them and use them on those busy mornings when I don’t have time to make eggs. They are made with almond flour so there is a lot of protein in them and I am trying to make sure to get some protein with every meal.

So another adventure has begun for me, I will let you know as I find things that I enjoy. It’s funny because I really only learned to cook when I got married. I didn’t get married till I was 30, now I get to relearn it in a whole new way. I’m kind of looking forward to it and kind of feeling a bit intimidated by it but that’s kind of how life is, always changing and evolving into something different. The choice is whether or not you embrace the change and make the most of your circumstances or fight to keep things the same and risk making things worse.

If anyone has any Paleo type recipes that you have baked, please send them my way. Christmas is here and I want to try some new stuff!

Have a great day, All!

ps. Here is another link to take you over to the recipe. Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing that you loved my recipe! Glad to hear did you didn’t feel left out. 🙂 Laura

    • Tiffany Olson says:

      Thank you Laura for coming up with such a great recipe and for taking the time to comment on my blog. You just made my day.(:

  2. Sandy Mitts says:

    Tiffany, I love your outlook on change. You have a beautiful outlook. Really, rarely do cooked things look like the picture. That happens at every restaurant. Once my son said, “Your pies are ugly Mom, but they sure taste good.” Love you Tiff. You know what I’m doing.

    • Tiffany Olson says:

      I love you too sweet Sandy. I miss seeing your face. Thank you for all your love and all your prayers.♥

  3. Katherine says:

    Tiffany,
    I just read your post (thank you!) and wanted to share something if I may. 14 years ago, I began studying and researching the effects of diet (the foods we eat on a regular basis) on our bodies. Especially diet in relation to degenerative diseases, incurable diseases. It has been eye opening, but not surprising. This is what I keep finding: The foods that God gave Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden (fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains), consumed in their freshest and most natural state possible, are the foods that heal our bodies of sicknesss and disease as well as maintain wonderful health. (Would God give us other than the perfect foods for our bodies which he created?) Foods that have been altered, refined, processed, genetically modified, etc., eaten on a daily basis, as well as a diet high in certain food groups, cause a breakdown in this “fearfully and wonderfully made” body the Lord has given us. I would have to turn a blind eye to the mountain of evidence in my 14 years of research to say otherwise. I would strongly encourage you to research the Gerson Therapy. The late Dr. Gerson developed a healing diet that has healed hundreds of patients (documented cases, and with long-term healing) of nearly every form of cancer. I have personally observed the healing effects of right eating on several people close to me, and most recently on a friend of mine who just completed a year and a half on the Gerson therapy- she had a sizable tumor on her lung (never smoked a day in her life), and decided to treat it with the Gerson Therapy, rather than conventional treatment. Her medical doctor, who tested her continually throughout the past year and a half and watched her tumor continually shrink, has said tests show no more cancer. She has gone off the therapy, but continues to eat a healthy diet. You will find a number of testimonies on YouTube of those who have been healed of cancer and other degenerative diseases on the Gerson Therapy, as well as a number of very informative lectures given by Dr. Gerson’s daughter, Charlotte Gerson, especially on cancer. There are several other healing Diets that are very similar, such as the Hallelujah Diet, developed by Dr. George Malkamus, who was healed of cancer, but the Gerson Therapy seems to be the most exact, the most scientific, that I have researched. There are some excellent documentaries that you will find on the Gerson website (you can also view some of them on YouTube), that I would encourage you to view. I hope you will find this information to be helpful and encouraging, and I trust that not one day that the Lord has planned for you will be cut short. I hope each day you will “Give thanks in all things, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. “

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