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Easy Oatmeal Muffins

I’m a huge fan of oatmeal for it’s ease of filling my stomach and my kids.

Not to mention it’s health benefits.

  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Helps aid with weight loss
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Lowers risk of colon cancer
  • High in fiber
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Enhances athletic performance
  • Enhances immune response to disease
  • Aids in sleep
  • Leaves you feeling full longer

As much as I love oatmeal for a multitude of reasons, the texture of eating plain oatmeal alone is enough to make a girl gag.  Raises hand for sensory issues.

My kids love oatmeal as much as me, and when I discovered this simple easy oatmeal muffin recipe it’s become a staple in our daily diet.

I wish I could give credit to the original creator of this recipe, but unfortunately my recipe is a handwritten scribble of ingredients and adjustments I’ve made to make our favorite muffin.

With minimal sugar I feel comfortable letting my kids scarf down these muffins.

Behold.  The Easy Oatmeal Muffin, from my home to yours.

If you are anything like me, when you are looking for a new recipe the last thing you want to do is scroll through photo after photo, you want the recipe.  So I will grace you with this delicious recipe, and let you decide if you would like to scroll through the array of easy oatmeal muffin photos after reading the recipe.

Easy Oatmeal Muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups milk

2 cups quick cooking oats

2 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 cups all-purpose flour (or flour of your choosing)

1/2 cup sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vanilla

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Grease muffin cups or save yourself some scrubbing and line with paper muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine milk and oats; let soak for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add eggs and oil into oat and milk mixture, mixing together until combined.
  4. Add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into wet ingredients making sure all is combined.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups until cups are 2/3 full.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Makes 24 muffins.

The longer you allow the oatmeal to soak into the milk the sweeter the muffins taste.

1 duck egg, and 1 chicken egg makes for a perfectly fluffy muffin.

If you are anything like me and try to eliminate dishes when baking, I assure you that you can dump all ingredients into the same bowl.  My kitchenaid is my most used item on my homestead.

Hearth club happens to be my favorite baking powder.  And no they do not pay me to tell you this.

These muffins don’t last long around our homestead.  With just the right amount of sweetness, and fluffy texture these make for a perfect snack on the go.  Or post workout bite.

If you are looking for an easy, oatmeal snack I hope you give these muffins a try.

Happy baking!

Danielle

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3 Ingredient Low Carb Chocolate Protein Muffins

Our family is big into protein shakes.

We are a bit particular about what type of protein we drink. For years we’ve been ordering our protein from a personal friend that has mastered the perfect protein. A lot of store bought proteins either taste chalky or have an insane amount of sugar.

We only drink Holmes Nutrition B-Force Xtreme Protein coming in a variety of flavors.

Low in sugar, high in protein Holmes Nutrition is a must have around here.

Not only do we drink our protein but it’s excellent for baking.

I want to share a favorite recipe using only 3 ingredients. Chocolate muffins packed with protein. The perfect snack to have around the house.

Ingredients:

2 cups chocolate protein

1/2 cup water

2 eggs, and 1 egg white. (Often times I use 3 whole eggs and the recipe comes out perfectly)

Directions:

Mix protein, water, and eggs together.

Spoon into greased muffin tins.

Bake at 350 for 22 minutes.

You can add nuts, or peanut butter really anything your heart desires into this recipe.

Adding peanut butter makes for a delicious resemblance to a healthy Reese’s Pieces.

With only 3g of sugar, and 22g of protein in 1 scoop this is an excellent way to get your protein and feed your sweet tooth.

An excellent snack for after your workout or for a healthy snack on the go.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and if you are in the market for an affordable, low sugar, low carb, delicious protein give Holmes Nutrition a try.

Happy Baking!

Danielle

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5 Day – No Fuss Sourdough Starter Without a Scale

Previously I had purchased my sourdough starter to bake my own sourdough bread.  This year I decided my indoor project would be to make my own sourdough starter.  I found myself scouring Pinterest overwhelmed with the different measurements, and specific instructions.  I don’t have patience to sit and read long articles explaining the ins and outs of sourdough starters I wanted something simple and easy.

We’ve been snowed in for 5 days, so I decided to take advantage of this indoor time and give this sourdough starter a try.  After reading multiple articles on the best way to make my own starter I decided to give it a go.

Do I need a scale?  Some would argue that you do, I would argue you don’t.  I think it comes down to personal preference.  I’m more of a dash and splash sort of baker, never dulling out exact measurements when baking or cooking.  So far it has done me well.

For this recipe you do not need a scale to weigh your flour and water.  Just a measuring cup and a tablespoon, and a glass bowl.  Pretty simple.  Each day is the exact same process to feed the starter.  It’s important to keep your starter in  warm place.  I keep mine on our island where the temperature stays around 70.  I chose to get my starter initially mixed in a stainless steel bowl, once I was done mixing on Day 1 I moved it to a glass bowl.  It is recommended to use a glass bowl or stainless steel to grow your starter, google will tell you that you do not want your starter in contact with reactive metals.  Be sure to cover your starter with plastic wrap or a cloth wrap.

Day 1 – Measure out 2/3 cups + 1 tablespoon flour (I chose all purpose flour) and 2/3 cups water.  Mix together.

Day 2 – Measure out 2/3 cups + 1 tablespoon flour and 2/3 cups water.  Mix together.

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Day 3- Measure out 2/3 cups + 1 tablespoon flour  and 2/3 cups water.  Mix together.

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On day 3 I noticed the tiniest amount of bubbles!  It’s alive!  I did freakout a little thinking I’d done something wrong when the flour and water and started to harden.  Hang in there and continue to feed and stir your starter.

Day 4 – Measure out 2/3 cups + 1 tablespoon flour  and 2/3 cups water.  Mix together.

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Day 4 I noticed the starter was much smoother with even more bubbles and finally started to smell sour!

Day 5 – Measure out 2/3 cups + 1 tablespoon flour  and 2/3 cups water.  Mix together.

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Day 5!  It’s ready!  Smelling sour, bubbling and smooth.

It’s important to continue to feed your starter each day.  I feed mine with a tablespoon of flour, and a tablespoon of water each morning.

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By the sixth day I noticed how smooth the starter was and how easy it was to mix it.

If you don’t have time or plan to go on vacation and don’t want to fuss with your starter just stick it in the refrigerator where it will hibernate (not sure if that’s the proper term but seems fitting nonetheless).  When you are ready to use your starter again bring it back out of the refrigerator and continue to feed it.

Before I plan to use my starter in a recipe I always make sure it is well fed before.

Can’t wait to share my first homemade sourdough bread recipe using my starter!

Happy homesteading!

Danielle

 

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2 Hour Bone Broth in the Instant Pot

Bone broth is trending right now for the simple fact it’s good for you.

Bone marrow is rich in nutrients such as:

  • iron
  • vitamins A and K
  • fatty acids
  • zinc
  • manganese
  • selenium

Bone broth is believed to protect the joints, reduce inflammation, and heal the gut.

You can purchase premade bone broth at the grocery store, but why not make it instead? It’s simple and only takes 2 hours in the instant pot!  Pretty amazing, gone are the days of 24 plus hours simmering bone broth on the stove.  The instant pot is such a great addition to my kitchen.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3-5 pounds bones of your choosing.  I happen to have a neighbor that gifts me with fresh, organic, grass fed bison bones.
  • 2-3 stalks celery washed and cut into chunks
  • 4 small onions peeled and cut
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3-5 leaves fresh basil
  • 5-6 nasturtium flowers (you can substitute this with fresh pepper)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 sage leaves
  • 1/2 cup green onions

Bone broth is a forgiving recipe I just happened to use what vegetables I had growing in our greenhouse.

Instructions:

  • Wash and cut vegetables.
  • Place bones, veggies, herbs and vinegar into the inner pot.
  • Add enough water to cover the bones and vegetables (be sure not to go over the fill line).
  • Place lid on instant pot and lock into place.
  • Flip vent valve to sealing.
  • Select manual setting and adjust the time to 2 hours.
  • Select high pressure.
  • When cooking is done, allow pressure to release naturally (10-20 minutes).
  • Release any residual pressure using the vent valve before removing the lid.  (I used a towel to hold over the vent valve to avoid any of the pressure liquid from spraying out).
  • Allow the liquid to cool before straining.
  • Using a fine mesh steel strainer, strain the liquid and discard cooked vegetables, and bones.
  • Broth may be stored in mason jars with lids in the fridge up to 5 days, and in the freezer indefinitely.  (Be sure to leave space in the mason jar if you plan to freeze it to prevent cracking the jar).

I love adding nasturtium flowers to just about any recipe I can.  Their slightly peppery taste, and beautiful colors make any dish feel extravagant.

After two hours we’re done!  And ready to store it in Mason Jars.

Bone broth is an excellent addition to homemade soups.  Some people prefer to have a drink of it each day, but I found myself gagging at the idea of sipping seasoned meat water.  To each their own.

Do you make your own bone broth?  Have you tried the Instant Pot?

Happy Tuesday!

Danielle

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Can you earn income selling Young Living Essential Oils?

Yes!  For the person looking to avoid my ramble, ready to seize the day make easy side cash click here

If not, come on let’s really chat…

How I first found Essential Oils

I started using essential oils around the time my oldest pretty much stopped sleeping all together.  Thanks to my mother in law and mom for sharing their samples with me.

Desperate for any sort of sleep advice, I started to try essential oils.  I never was really consistent.  And they sat on my shelf for a long time.

Then my mom gifted me with the gift of becoming a distributor underneath her.   I was hesitant at first thinking I didn’t want to be part of a pozi scheme and spend extra money.

However this time was different.  I figured if I was going to really give Young Living Essential Oils a chance I needed to practice consistency and really try out the products.  I didn’t go crazy.  I waited each month to try something new.  I spent my time really looking into all that Young Living is, and have fallen in love with it.

I started to use essential oils daily and found myself loving every thing about them.  They are great for children, wonderful in dishes, great for the garden, helpful around the homestead.  Young Living isn’t just oils, it’s cleaning products, personal hygiene products, baby products, massage oils.  So many varieties of good, natural products to try.

I started to share with my girlfriends because I was truly enjoying this new green style of living.   I didn’t seek them out with the intention of them signing up underneath me, but they did, and it’s been so fun learning all things oils together.

Then they shared with a few friends.

It’s like a game of telephone with a paycheck.  You can opt in to purchase oils, but you don’t need to keep any in stock.

The thing about Young Living that I love is it sells itself.  It’s product driven.

Unlike most other MLM companies, Young Living products are consumable.  You can literally use essential oils in so many different ways in your life.

Part of our homesteading journey has been to live a more green life.

I use Young Living for cleaning products, supplements, for the kids, for the animals, I’ve even begun switching my makeup line over to Savvy Minerals by Young Living.

It’s such a versatile investment, Young Living Essential Oils can be used for so many purposes.  Not only can you make a little side cash.  But you can green up your lifestyle.

Do you actually make money?

After a few months I’m now consistently receiving a paycheck from Young Living.

It’s nice to have the extra cash, and always comes as bit of a surprise because I’m not actively selling anything.  I don’t have any extra oils in stock.  I only purchase what I use.  Like I said the product sells itself.

If you are interested in seeing actual $$$ you could potentially earn by selling Young Living take a look.

 

How do I sign up?

If you aren’t sure where to start, I’d suggest here

Premium Starter Kit Desert Mist Diffuser

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So what am I buying?

Your Premium Starter Kit Includes:

  • Desert Mist™ Diffuser
  • Premium Essential Oils Collection;
  • Lavender 5-ml
  • Peppermint Vitality™ 5-ml
  • Lemon Vitality™ 5-ml
  • Copaiba Vitality™ 5-ml
  • Frankincense 5-ml
  • Thieves® Vitality™ 5-ml
  • Citrus Fresh™ 5-ml
  • Raven™ 5-ml
  • DiGize™ Vitality™ 5-ml
  • PanAway® 5-ml
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • Thieves Household Cleaner 1-oz. sample
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oils Magazine
  • Essential Edge News
  • Member Resources

you don’t have to sign up to sell anything.  But I think you will find if you are heading on a more green journey this year, essential oils are nice to have around.

There are different kits to start with.  It’s really up to you.

And who doesn’t want to get a paycheck for a game of telephone?

Come join my team of tattooed, nature loving, good witches.

Happy New Year!

Danielle

P.S. And please shoot me an email I’m happy to discuss essentials oils if you have any questions.

americanhomesteadco@gmail.com