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Crowdfunding Round Up

Food for Thought, Out and AboutAmber BransonComment

This week on Facebook, a friend posted about the Flow Hive (which I'm dying to get) and that got me browsing through Crowdfunding sites looking for other health-minded/environmental projects. Being a creative person myself, I love the idea of people coming together to invest in others originality and creativity so I thought I would share some projects that I thought were fun and exciting! And even if it's too late to donate, check them out!

Flow Hive: Honey on Tap Directly From Your Beehive

Noocity Growbed - Ultimate Urban Gardening System

Green Pea Cookie: These delightful cookies are made from roasted green peas.

Smart Rope is an LED-embedded jump rope that connects to your smartphone.

A local small farm CSA in Virginia wants to renovate two large chicken coops into high tunnels that will grow year round organic food.

Whole Wheat Blueberry Scones | 100 Days of Real Food

In My KitchenAmber BransonComment
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I don't bake often but when I do, I prefer to find a recipe that uses simple ingredients and that is low in sugar. 100 Days of Real Food is one of my favorite blogs and when I saw them post a recipe for Whole Wheat Blueberry Scones, I knew I had to try them. I like that they always use whole grains in their recipes and that the only sweetener in this recipe is a few tablespoons of honey. (I also used this recipe as an excuse to use the dough blade on the food processor I received for Christmas, ha) I did make a few changes, which you'll see in italics in the recipe. Enjoy!

Whole Wheat Blueberry Scones (from 100 Days of Real Food)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour (I used maybe a 1/2 cup more. start with 2 and then add if the dough is too sticky)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest, chopped (used lemon zest)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) cold butter (straight out of the fridge)
  • ¾ cup frozen blueberries (used 1 cup fresh blueberries, folded in after the dough was mixed)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup heavy cream (used coconut milk)
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. In a food processor fitted with a dough blade, mix the flour, baking powder, zest, and salt until combined.
  3. Cut the butter into tablespoon-sized chunks and sprinkle them on top of the flour mixture. Pulse until the butter breaks up into pea sized pieces. Add the blueberries and pulse again just until combined.
  4. Drop in the eggs, cream, and honey and process until the dough comes together into one ball chasing itself around the machine (or if that doesn't work, you can just bring it together with your hands).
  5. Turn the dough ball out onto a floured surface and pat down with your hands (or use a rolling pin) into one big circle that's about ¾ inch thick. If the dough sticks to your hands, pat it with a little more flour.
  6. Cut the dough into triangle shaped pieces (it helps to cut into the circular shape like you would a pie or a pizza) and place on an ungreased baking sheet. If there are any remaining scraps press them together and cut more shapes until it’s all been used.
  7. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Local Gift Guide 2014

At HomeAmber BransonComment
*all photos used are either from the business' website, facebook, instagram or etsy shop with the exception of Maven and Cheryl's Herbs.

*all photos used are either from the business' website, facebook, instagram or etsy shop with the exception of Maven and Cheryl's Herbs.

Gift guides are all the rage right now so I thought I'd share some items on my wishlist but with a little twist... all local to St. Louis stuff! With Small Business Saturday this weekend, I wanted to show off some of the awesome, healthy gift options we have right here in the center of the USA; Heartland Revival style!

1. Perennial Herb Drying RackPerfect for your favorite gardener. Not only practical, it is made entirely of upcycled materials.

2. PuraVegan Treats — It wouldn't be the Holidays without some indulgence so why don't we indulge guilt-free? The treats at PuraVegan are organic and made with only a handful of ingredients!

3. Body Sticks from MavenConfession, I already have their deodorant but who can have too much of that? It's by far the best working aluminum-free deodorant I've tried. Now, the face oil cleanser I haven't tried yet but it has spirulina in it so that automatically puts it as a want. Both would make great stocking stuffers.

4. My Coconut Kitchen Everyone has heard the good word about Coconut oil but what about flavored coconut butter?! The Divinely Dark flavor would be awesome in bulletproof coffee!

5. Essential Oils from Cheryl's HerbsCheryl does 'em right. Their products are top quality and made in-house. My favorite is the Lavandin oil (stronger than Lavender oil) and their tea tree oil.

6. Missouri Cutting BoardMade entirely out of Missouri wood, this would make a great gift for the ultimate host in your life.

7. Body soap from Buddha Bath and Body Made from natural and sustainable ingredients, their soap is the most luxurious of homemade products I've found. BONUS, they just opened a store down on Cherokee!

8. Growler from Scratch BrewingEverything is good in moderation, right? If you're going to drink beer why not drink some that has been "brewed with home grown and locally farmed and foraged ingredients". (a little further from St. Louis than the others but definitely worth it)

9. Honey Masters HoneyA great organization as well as local. Good for your soul and immunity during the cold & flu season!

10. Sunflower Massage Gift CertificateNot all massage studios are created equal. This one is privately owned and all of the therapists are very professional and considerate of your health history and any concerns. And they use Cheryl's Herbs essential oils to boot!

11. ReTrailer TeaOne of my very favorite local brands, Lisa's teas are not only delicious but have Ayurvedic healing properties.

Please see either the websites linked or Facebook pages on where to buy. I know that I did not cover all the great, healthy gift ideas St. Louis has to offer so if you have anything additional to add, please share below!

Happy Shopping!