Saturday, August 28, 2010

My Saturday Morning Fuel

This past week has been all about my children. One can truly be humbled when they put others first. I get such joy caring for my family and having the privilege of teaching our five children at home. This past week was filled with new books arriving daily, lesson plans being written, school work being completed, grading papers, field trips being planned (I am our homeschool groups Field Trip Coordinator this year), running to classes out of the home, and just trying to settle into our new routine.
Look at my cute boogers!!! Our oldest (our one and only daughter) wouldn't pose for me so I'll just post her pic that we took for her homeschool ID card. Love yah Mad Dog!!!!

                                 Yes, I'm Only One And I Do School

This past summer I really tried to relax and have a little bit of time for myself. I had a blast setting up my first blog and posting all of my posts. Now that life is going to be jam packed with teaching the children and taking them to all of their activities and classes out of the home, I will have to limit my blogging to the weekends.
After a long week I really needed some good raw fuel this morning. Juice popped into my head, carrot clementine to be specific.

Carrot Clementine Juice

I used 12-15 small and medium sized organic carrots and 3 clementines, peeled. I had a little one nearby who wanted a taste!

                                                                             That's Good Mommy

                                Look at My Juice Mustache

There was no way I was going to compost all of this beautiful pulp.
I decided to make up a cracker recipe. I got some initial inspiration reading over Ani Phyo's "Black Sesame Sunflower Bread"  recipe. But I wanted crackers and I had all of this beautiful pulp to incorporate into a recipe. Here is what I came up with. First I used my hands to go through the pulp removing any large pieces of carrot that did not get ground up during the juicing process. Of course you should just pop those pieces into your mouth and munch while you "un cook". Next I put in some flax meal, whole flax seeds and sunflower seeds. Then I tossed in some white sesame seeds, sea salt, and some spices. Next I added some water to get the dough to the consistency I desired. I let the dough rest a bit so the whole flax seeds could gel.

                                         Before Mixing

Here is the recipe:

Carrot Clementine Crackers
by Elizabeth @ Raw Living and Learning

2 1/2 C juice pulp (carrot clementine)
1/2 C ground flax seeds
1/3 C whole flax seeds
1/2 t sea salt
1/2 C raw sunflower seeds
1/3 C raw sesame seeds, white
onion powder to taste
garlic powder to taste
2 C water, more or less depending on desired consistency

Place juice pulp into a medium sized bowl. Add the ground flax seeds, whole flax seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, sea salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. Using a rubber spatula spoon, mix very well until evenly combined. Taste at this point and adjust seasonings as needed. Add in 2 C of water and stir. Let dough sit for about 20 minutes. Stir again and check consistency. Add more water if needed. If dough is too thin just add in more flax meal. Spread dough onto Teflex dehydrator sheets. I used two trays. Spread to the thickness that you like your crackers. If you want to make bread, spread the dough thicker. Dehydrate on 110 degrees until crispy. For bread, leave a bit moist and still pliable. Enjoy!
                     I Love My Dehydrator!!

Throughout the year I am going to try and post about our home schooling under my "Homeschool Page" on this blog. I hope to share some of the cool and fun things that we do this year. It will be my way to document all of the great memories that my children and I are creating as we live and learn together.
~JMJ~ Today I am grateful for my faith and Mother Church. I really would be nothing without them. My purpose on this earth is to love and serve The Lord and to be happy with Him forever in Heaven. I will be held accountable on judgement day for the way that I raised our children, and I hope that I will be able to stand tall knowing that I did my best to raise soldiers for Christ. Everything I do is for the glory of God. He is so loving and so merciful. My only wish is that I can love and serve Him more on our earthly home and live forever with Him in our Heavenly home for all eternity.


Cynthia said...

Your juice looks to good. That orange color is amazing. How did the crackers turn out? Looks good.

The kids are adorable as usual (just like their Aunt) It's so exciting to start a new school year but it's just as exhausting. Between work,sports, school and homework there just isn't enough time for me either. I know you have longer than me but it goes my so quick. We will be empty nesters before we know it.
This keeps us young.
I bought my "Chicken Wings" from Meijers. Look for them in your area.
Peace and Love Cynthia

Mr. H. said...

Thanks for the carrot clementine juice idea, I think the grandson would love it. He loves juice and we are always trying to come up with new ones that we can at least partially make from the fruits and veggies we grow or gather...and we do have plenty of carrots.:)

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

Beautiful kids! The carrot clementine juice looks delish, too!

Tiffany said...

Elizabeth~Thank you for sharing your blessings and cutie pies! May God Bless the beginning of your new school year...Yummy juice looks like a great and healthy start too:)

Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said...

I want a dehydrator so badly. That cracker/bread looks so good and I bed the mix of clementine and carrot was really good. Thank you for stopping by my blog! Your comment was so nice, I really appreciate it. As for the Smart Balance Light that I use, it says it is dairy and lactose free. I did not see any ingredients that were dairy in it either. I am EXTREMELY lactose intolerant with a mild allergy so I am with you...I am very careful. I hope your schooling is going well so far!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for writing back. I will check the spread for him!

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