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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

My Newly Turned 3 yr olds Frozen Tea Party & JoAnna's Gluten Free , *Allergen Free Vanilla Anise Cake

"LET IT GO" PARTY LOL heheh that is what Gabby calls the Movie "Frozen" .  When she turned 2 she wanted a Frozen party and I threw her one ( link here              )
 so when she requested another "Frozen Themed Party " I though a nice Tea party Frozen Themed would be nice :) So thats what we did , with of course handmade decor and food invited and made by me  :) My Little gal was so pleased!

By the way yes this party was back in March 28th - just now posting and was able to edit the photos and write out the recipe from my scribble notes.

Photo Booth I made ! Huge Hit!

Adult Beverage Table and my delicious Gluten free allergen free, Spice Molasses cookies

We love our Family , My sister Rebecca and my niece Astrid  :)

Astrid loves the hand sewn "Frozen Themed Pillow " I made for Gabby :)

Here is the Backdrop I made :)

hand sewn Bean bags , I made :) filled with Lentils :)

I am sorry to say I did not get an opportunity to take better pics of the cupcakes , but oh my goodness they were divine I have the recipe below as with other variations for making this Masterpiece of a cake!

I hand drew these tea cups myself so the girls could use them for the party :)

Healthy refined sugar free "Let it Go Punch " (Cranberry, blueberry and grape)

#Handmade #PartyFavors

Photo Booth surrounded by mostly handmade Frozen characters  !

Svens feed (Pirates Booty ) Troll Blankets Lunch Meat , Olaf Nose's (organic baby carrots )
 "Sister Friend " Print out curtsey of  :

Handmade Frozen Necklaces I made for the girls for the Party Favors !

Here is the Hand sew Frozen Themed Pillow I made for the Birthday girl !

JoAnna's Gluten free, *Allergen Free Vanilla Anise Cake

This cake is very reminiscent to Italian Pizzeles :) This cake is dedicated to my Sweet Youngest Miracle Daughter Gabriella , Happy 3rd Birthday !!  (March 28th 2015)




* Free of many allergens (or at least mine and i have quite the Long list ) lol.

1 cup  Sweet Brown Rice Flour

1/2 Cup Millet Flour

(if using regular flour just use 1 1/2 cups of organic flour) .

1 tap Xanthum Gum ( omit if using regular flour)

1 Tab of Baking Powder
1 tsp of baking soda
1/2 tsp of sea salt
2 Tsp of Cream of Tartar
1Ta1/2 TO 2 TAB b of Star Anise (ground to a powder I use my Coffee Grinder)
1 cup of Stevia in the Raw
1/2 cup of 100 %Pure Honey
1 cup Xylitol derived from Birch or 1 cup organic cane sugar , or organic coconut sugar.

4 eggs ( use 3 if using duck eggs like I do)
1 cup ]Dairy free milk and I add 2 tsp of raw apple cider vinegar let sit and it makes a mock Buttermilk.  (or use real Buttermilk if tolerated)

Fresh Zest of Choice - Zest from one of the following, Myer Lemon, Orange, Lemon, Blood orange or Lime or Grapefruit.

1 cup of Earth Balance Melted (or if u can have dairy use butter)
2 Tsp of Real Vanilla Extract
( In the Cupcake recipe I did not add the fresh fruit to the dough but in the Cake Photo Above I did if desired - add The fresh organic Strawberries and more strawberries for Decoration !

If using mock buttermilk mix that first so it has time to "culture it". Melt your Earth Balance (butter) .

  Mix your dry Ingredients together in a large bowl set aside.
In your Mixer Cream the Eggs and Sweeteners and zest then add everything liquid but the earth balance, slowly start mixing in , in intervals the dry mix and the melted Earth balance until incorporated. 

   Place in greased and flour dusted  cake pans or use cupcake liners if making cupcakes :)
350 for 20-25 min or more depending on your oven. *Ovens  temperatures Vary.

Cool - Frost If Desired .
Here is my Frosting Recipe
Strawberry Frosting (Frosting on the healthier side)

Now we normally do not use organic raw cane sugar but this is a birthday and we once in awhile will use organic cane sugar) 1/2 ( or more depending on how much you want) or washed, cut strawberries ( small cubes) 
1/2 Tsp of Raw Organic Cane Sugar
1 1/2 cup of Earth Balance
1tab of Vanilla extract (pure)

1 1/2 cups of Homemade powdered sugar (Easily done by taking organic raw can sugar and a cup or so at a time in your coffee grinder or Vita Mix and pulse till powdered ( u can also if desired a tsp of Tapioca flour or Arrowroot if desired )
1 Cup or arrowroot or Tapioca Flour.

Mix all ingredients but the fresh strawberries , in  your mixer with the whisk attachment until desired thickness ( I did tend to find i had to add more powdered sugar with the weather changes and such )
Apply to your baked goods as desired :)

Well folks i think that's it its so late I cant think anymore lol so Im Signing off!!

~Happy Baking~ Happy Creating!~
JoAnnaGlutenfreeChef :D oxooxox

COPYRIGHTED: JoAnnaGlutenFreeChef&HealthEnthusiast All images & content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. ALWAYS link back to this post for the recipe.
2009-2015 JoAnna L McGarvie
Disclaimer - Please Consults here Dr. Before changing your diet and including supplements and so forth, I am not a licensed  DR just someone who is well learned in this area from my own re search and health journey.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dinner Post , Randomness, Encouragment , Sayings

Be Kind everyone is Going through something! If You Can't find something nice to say Don't say anything at All! True Beauty Comes From within and Lies in The Heart of Every Woman..Sometimes you Just have to Dig a Little Deeper...LL

Image found Via Pintrest will try to find link

Its Epic ! :D Gluten Free Dumpling Turkey Pot Pie! :D
Yes those are dumplings on top of the pie!!!
& Delicious gluten free, allergen free Strawberry anise/allspice Bars Baking in the Oven ! :D
#AllergenFree *


COPYRIGHTED: JoAnnaGlutenFreeChef&HealthEnthusiast All images & content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. ALWAYS link back to this post for the recipe.
2009-2015 JoAnna L McGarvie
Disclaimer - Please Consults here Dr. Before changing your diet and including supplements and so forth, I am not a licensed  DR just someone who is well learned in this area from my own re search and health journey.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Dinner menu for tonight

Okay so I think I will be posting my dinner menu's here and some ramblings , help me to keep writing on my Blog even when I am not re -leasing a recipe.

Dinner is a delightful Roasted Tuscan Chicken ( I previously Brined last night) What did you all make_______________________________?

See what happens too many interruptions  :( LATE in posting oh well....... lol

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

JoAnna's Elderberry ++PLUS++ Syrup for Auto Immune Support ( And STEP II Attenuation Syrup)

Finally I know  , I know no need to chide me lol I am finally posting this , Finally got it written Out I have been real proud of myself I have this big notepad I have been writing down my creations as I go and taking notes and being more consistent :) Despite the four little's and the all about craziness here lol .

JoAnna's Elderberry ++PLUS++ Syrup for Auto Immune Support

So yes I am sure by now everyone has told you about How wonderful Sambucus (Elderberry is) Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, rutin, viburnic acid, vitamin A and B and a large amount of vitamin C. They are also mildly laxative, a diuretic, and diaphoretic. Flavonoids, including quercetin, are believed to account for the therapeutic actions of the elderberry flowers and berries. According to test tube studies2 these flavonoids include anthocyanins that are powerful antioxidants and protect cells against damage.

Uses : Immune System Boost, Coughs, colds , flu, bacterial infections, viral infections , tonsillitis , lower cholesterol , improved vision and heart health.

Considerations: Elderberry's blood sugar-lowering effects may increase the effects of diabetes medications and cause dangerously low blood sugar/ Elderberry also acts as a diuretic encouraging your body to release fluids and should not be used together with diuretic drugs, similarly , its immune stimulating activity makes it work against drugs that suppress the immune system such as steroids and other drugs used to treat autoimmune conditions, ALWAYS consults your Dr for guidance or the use of elderberry or any other supplements and medications.

Health Benefits of Ginger - Ginger is one of the most ancient spices in worldwide cuisine. It has become well-known for its various health benefits, which include its ability to boost bone health, strengthen the immune system, increase your appetite, prevents various types of cancer, improve respiratory conditions, aid digestion, eliminates arthritis symptoms, reduce excess gas, enhance sexual activity, and relieve pains related to menstrual disorders, nausea, and flu.
Bone Health
Preventative Gas
Aid in Preventing of Cancer
Detoxifies and Disinfects
promotes sexual activity and helps with menstrual cramping
Nausea and THE FLU.

Health Benefits of Oregano Oil :Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is one of the most powerful and versatile essential oils. It contains strong immune-enhancing and antioxidant properties and supports the respiratory system.*
Skin Infections
Digestive Problems
Colds and Sore Throats
Sinus Infections .

Health Benefits of Cloves : 
Clove's unsurpassed level of antioxidants includes a number of different antioxidant compounds.
Cloves are an excellent source of Manganese, Fiber, Vitamin K, C, omega-3s , protein , iron , phosphorus, calcium  and more , Excellent Anti Inflammatory Benefits. Antiseptic , Anapestic, Digestive.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon -   Helping in regulate  Type 2 Diabetes , Great for Arthritis and Inflammation , its anti antimicrobial and anti fungal , Boots Brain Function , and helps protect against heart disease. Blood Purification, Healing, , respiratory problems and more .

Health Benefits of Rose Hips -  They  have antioxidant properties, help prevent Melanoma , have anti diabetic properties, decreases blood pressure and chlorestrol   , treatment of colds and arthritis , colds , skin care , aid of bones and blood, stomach disorders, and Immune Support .

Health Benefits of Raw Honey - Energy Boots, Excellent Source of Antioxidants, Supports good Bacteria  (gut flora) , Antibacterial and Anti Fungal , Sore Throats, laryngitis and pharyngitis , canker sores, sore gums , can by applied directly to Eczema ,

Honey may contain Clostridium Botulinum spores and toxins that can cause infant botulis, do not use HONEY in children under age One .
THERE are over 4,357 medical studies on healing effects of honey ( according to the PubMed) , moreover , 1,194 of these studies relating to honey as a treatment and 132 of these studies were relating to the antioxidants in the honey .

Health Benefits of Lemons -  Being a citrus fruit it fights infections , Vitamin C functions as an antioxidant and plays an important role in your body's immune function. Potassium , calcium, They are alkalizing for the  body, Fab for the Liver , In 1747, a naval surgeon named James Lind cured scurvy with fresh lemons. To this day, the British Navy requires ships to carry enough lemons so that every sailor could have one ounce of juice a day. In the past, lemons were replaced with limes; this is where the English got their nickname “limeys ( about 2 ounces of lemon juice) I MYSELF LOVE THIS HISTORIC FACT HEHEH)
Destroys intestinal worms , Powerful Antibacterial properties , Contains 22-anti cancer containing compounds , Blood vessels are strenghthend by it and more wonderful facts for you.

Health Benefits of Star Anise - Antibacterial, Anti-fungal and Rich in Shkimic Acid, Antioxident Properties, digestive aid, improves female hormone function.

Disclaimer - Please Consults here Dr. Before changing your diet and including supplements and so forth, I am not a licensed  DR just someone who is well learned in this area from my own re search and health journey.

Recipe for JoAnna's Elderberry ++PLUS++ Syrup for Auto Immune Support

To note this is a smaller batch for this i do smaller batches since I make my Elderberry ++Plus++ Attenuation Syrup nothing goes to waste! You of course can double or Triple the recipe. THIS VERSION IS VERY POTENT than most recipes so the dosage below is given.

Of course these items can be bough in Bulk through Amazon, Mountain Rose Herbs so forth. But Also you can go down to your  local Natural food store they sell these items in there BULK section for very Inexpensive.

1/2 cup of Organic dried Elderberries , If using FRESH use 1 Cup . ( I use Frontier Elder-Berries-Whole-Organic-Frontier
5 organic dried Whole Cloves
2-3 Whole Organic Star Anise
2 Tsp of Dried Rose Hips

1 organic Cinnamon Stick ( we don't use due to allergies) in place we use :
3  Drops of 100% pure essential Oregano Oil ( we use Young Living or Heritage Oil )

2 cups of fresh water (non chlorinated)
Roughly 2 inches (can be more or less) of Organic Ginger Root sliced thickly you should have like 5 to 6 slices.
2 Thick Organic Lemon Wedges
1 cup of RAW Organic Honey (try to Support Local we do) :) .

Add all ingredients BUT THE  HONEY into a medium sauce pan


Bring to a boil on medium heat , turn down to low and simmer with lid on for about 25 - 30 min. Until the liquid should be reduced to 1/2 .


Pour through a sieve into a bowl or big measuring cup.


Using a Potato Masher try to get as much liquid from the "Mash" as you can .


Once you do that take a Soup Ladle and in a circular motion press down to get all the liquid out.


Once that is done , set the sieve aside (especially if using for RECIPE #2 , nothing goes to waste here) .

Let cool to room temature you do not want your delicious Raw Honey 's good bacteria ( probiotics) to get killed.  Add Honey.  Place in a Jar and seal. Should stay good in fridge for 2months.
UPDATE :So I did add 2Tab of Stevia in the Raw to make it a bit sweeter for them :)

Remeber this recipe is pretty potent so Dosage should be as follows :
Adult : 1 1/2 tsp per day .
Children : 1/2 to 1.(omit honey remember if giving to under 1 year , consult physician before giving) .On the Onset of a Outbreak of Symptoms :
Adults  : 2-3 tsp
Children: 2 Tsp.

(omit honey remember if giving to under 1 year , consult physician before giving) .

JoAnna's Elderberry ++PLUS++STEP II (using the diluted remnants of the syrup above) Attenuation Syrup)  (kind of reminds me of my Remouillage after I make my STOCK) Recipe here -- JoAnna's homemade-stock-aka-compost-stock and Remouillage

Using your "Pulp" , "Remnants" from the above recipe place back in pan and add 2 cups of water- At this time you can if u wish add some fruit , have any apple pieces, pear, citrus so forth like that , you don't have to but even apple cores work. You can even add more the spices If you want but you don't have to honestly i just add apple cores and a slice or two of citrus.  Do the same as the recipe above SAME steps BUT don't use raw honey just use Organic Honey  ( I get mine from Costco) .  So same steps stain cool and so forth MARK and Use for the following :
*Pancake Syrup ( just add the desired amount of 100% Pure Maple Syrup)
*Add to cakes and desserts
*Add to Gummies or Jello (bovine sourced) recipe coming soon.

COPYRIGHTED: JoAnnaGlutenFreeChef&HealthEnthusiast All images & content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. ALWAYS link back to this post for the recipe.
2009-2015 JoAnna L McGarvie
Disclaimer - Please Consults here Dr. Before changing your diet and including supplements and so forth, I am not a licensed  DR just someone who is well learned in this area from my own re search and health journey.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Long Saturday , January 10th , 2015

I hope you all had a blessed  Christmas and New Year , 2015!! Wow already time certainly flies does it not.


I am pretty excited I made the following today :
Made labneh out of my handmade probiotic yogurt, Strawberry Vanilla Bean Citrus Ice Cream from they whey from the Labneh!!!! Oh My so lovely !

Then I made  ( Of course Gluten free ,allergen free)  gingersnaps - there amazing,PERFECT with a vanilla bean glaze -and u can litterly roll them out! , and then for dinner : Savory Butternut Pasta w/ fried butter sage , Perfectly Roasted Chipole Garlic Chicken , and Savory Cabbage Stir fry (organic purple and green cabbage) .

I have been trying to get back into the swing of things , trying to recover from all the hustle and bustle of the Holidays , I Hosted 3 Christmas's and 2 New Years ! Now the kids and I are back in our School Routine and I have already started on some Handmade Valentine House Decor for Next month :)  I got some done for January and will post pics when  can , My Laptop is crashing so I am not uploading Pics to it anymore.

Trying to get a home management Binder made , Just need to buy some INK and I think I can put a pretty decent one together.

Well  cup of Hot Tea for me and perhaps a hot Scone ;) and then Bed I hope :)

Till Next Time :D

p.s. side note I don't Know what I would do without my Spotify Tracks!!! Music I love ! hehe :D what are some of your favorites ?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DAY One of Facebook Break and............

Hello all , I am sure most of you read that i am taking a break from facebook, well I am not taking a break from my Blog I still want to stay connected this way and I may Try to Post a Link to this Blog Post on Facebook But if you wish to comment you will have to do so ON MY BLOG HERE for now . (because i wont be checking facebook to answer questions, I have already given everyone a heads up and my email address as well if anyone wishes to contact me -

I am loving my day one of my facebook break , yes there are some things I miss but right now the other things that don't out way it lol . hahah .

I made the  most adorable "Alphabet/Color Parking lot " for the younger kids for school today even my two year old chimed in and loved it !! I will post a pic when i can.

Tonight's Dinner is Veggie Melody Turkey Noodle  Soup ( using my Turkey Stock I made ) with Onion - Dill Pull Apart Rolls!!! ( gluten free, allergen free of course) !

I am thinking of making some delicious chewy sugar cookies dough.  I am loads of "Homework" I have to do tonight, not to Mention Piles of clean and not so clean laundry that needs attending too. I have so many Handmade Christmas Gifts I NEED to make!!!! where is the time lol hahah .
So much to but I am excited about it all. Most of all I got to sit down and write this ( with only a few intruptions from my Minions) and drink some Strawberry - Chocolate Tea ! YUM!!!

Oh and also excited to see What I WILL be making for Christmas BAKING THIS YEAR!! - Keeping it Simple but always Keeping it Real!!!!  :D