Amazing Carrot Cake

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This has become a family favorite. Hope your family will enjoy as well.

I pkg. Yellow cake mix (without the pudding )

1 pkg. vanilla instant pudding

2/3 cup orange juice

1/2 cup oil

4 lg. eggs

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp allspice

3 cup carrots ,grated

1/2 cup raisins or more if desired

1/2 cup coconut

1/2 cup nuts

2 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients together except the nuts and carrots. mix well and add carrots and nuts and just mix in well  Pour into two 9 inch or 8 inch pans which have been buttered and floured  and before you add the raisins mix with a couple tsp flour so they want stick to the pan. bake in preheated oven 350 degrees 25 to 30 min . be careful not to overcook  cool completely and add cream cheese icing.Recipe following

Cream Cheese Icing

1- 8 oz. cream cheese

1 stick butter softened

Add 1./4 cup milk

You can add chopped nuts, or coconut if desired

4 cups powdered sugar (Or more if needed to get right consistency)

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Quiet Reflection – Making Pies from Scratch

WILL BE TRYING YOUR PIE CRUST. THE PIES LOOK AMAZING.

Eat, Play, Love

It has been a reflective week. Do you ever have those? The kind where your thoughts run a little slower. You have a feeling of nostalgia that you can’t quite pinpoint. You might even be a little more withdrawn and less talkative than normal. It’s not a wistful look back, a pitty party, or a time for dwelling on mistakes or regrets. It’s simpler than that. It’s calm. It’s peaceful. You could even call it a quiet acceptance – of what, I’m not sure. Maybe everything? Maybe nothing? Maybe it simply marks the closing of a chapter. A new one is afoot afterall.

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Simple Salmon Croquettes

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1 Lg. can salmon, drained

The bones has good benefit its a choice to or not to.

2 eggs

1/4 cup corn meal

1 tsp onion powder

garlic  Optitional

Roll in bread crumbs and fry in hot oil that covers the salmon.

fry until nice and golden and enjoy!

BENEFITS RELATED TO OMEGA-3 CONTENT

Salmon has earned its research reputation as a health-supportive food based largely on its unusual omega-3 fatty acid content. It’s very common for 4 ounces of baked or broiled salmon to contain at least 2 grams of omega-3 fats—more than the average U.S. adult gets from all food over the course of several days. (If we consider 4 grams of omega-3 fatty acids to be a daily goal for a person consuming a 2,000 calorie diet—based upon recommendations from the 1999 Workshop on the Essentiality of and Recommended Dietary Intakes (RDI) for Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—then this would equal about 50% of this goal. For more on this, see our write-up on omega-3s.)

About half of this omega-3 fat is provided in the form of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and a slightly lower amount is provided in the form of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). The amounts of EPA and DHA contained in salmon are unusual among commonly-eaten foods. In addition to this high concentration of omega-3 fats is the relatively small amount of omega-6 fats in salmon and its outstanding ratio of omega-3 to omega-6. Four ounces of salmon will typically contain less than 1/2 gram of omega-6 fat, for an omega-3 to omega-6 ratio of approximately 5.5 to 1. In the average U.S. diet, this ratio has repeatedly been shown to be lop-sided in the opposite direction, with at least 4-5 times as much omega-6 fat as omega-3 fat, and in some studies, up to 12-20 times more. In our World’s Healthiest Foods rating system for food, only two foods provide more omega-3s per standard serving than salmon. Those two foods are walnuts and flaxseeds. Both of these plant foods are outstanding sources of omega-3s! However, they cannot be compared on an equal basis to salmon because their omega-3 fats come in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) rather than EPA or DHA.

The widely-studied benefits of omega-3 fatty acids are documented in our Omega-3 Fatty Acids profile in the Essential Nutrients section of our website. In general, these benefits involve improved control of the body’s inflammatory processes, better overall cell function, improved transfer of information between the body’s cells, and better brain function. When researchers look specifically at intake of omega-3-containing fish like salmon, they find health support in all of the above areas. However, some areas of omega-3 support are what we would call “standout” areas. These areas include:

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Windmill Pumpkin Dessert

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Pumpkin Spice Bread

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Yes it is that time of year of the pumpkin. pumpkin pie, pumpkin bars, cupcakes all kind of goodies.

It is all so good. Nuts and seeds, including those of pumpkins, are naturally rich in certain plant-based chemicals called phytosterols that have been shown in studies to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol.

ike their orange comrades the sweet potato, the carrot and the butternut squash (to name a few), pumpkins boast the antioxidant beta-carotene, which may play a role in cancer prevention, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Food sources of beta-carotene seem to help more than a supplement, according to the NIH — even more reason to scoop up some pumpkin today. And the plant sterols in pumpkin seeds have also been linked to fighting off certain cancer

Just a few good facts about pumpkin.  Now for the recipe:

INGREDIENTS

Yummy Chocolate Fudge Pie

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This was one of my favorite pies growing up it is chocolate and always best when served warm with a big scoop of ice cream.

My i can just taste it. Yum Yum Good.
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 tbsp. cocoa
6 Tbsp. AP flour
3 eggs
1 1/2 sticks butter
2 tsp. pure vanilla
chopped pecans
Mix sugar , cocoa, flour mix together well and add eggs softened butter and vanilla, add pecan and pour into 9 ” pie crust. Bake 350 degrees for 35 to 40 min. or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Enjoy with whipped cream or ice cream or just enjoy pie . Hope you will be back soon for more delicious recipes 

Mary’s Story In Love and In Death

oldmillbakery05_1381944431_30 (4) benefit auctionGood morning friends and followers, I have been taking care of my husband the last 2 1/2 years. He was diagnosed in 2013 with stage 4 colon cancer. He took chemo treatments for several months. and was off for a few months, then the cancer begin to spread. My prayer is for all you readers get tested. my husband was sick for several months before he went to the doctor. You don’t get symptoms like the flu or anything like that. The creepy cancer starts to grow and you don’t know until it starts to give you pain  or you start gaining or losing weight for no reason. Cancer is the most scary thing I know, but can have a great outcome if caught early.

August 03, 2015 my husband lost his battle. He lost 60 pounds from January to July. I can tell you that losing your husband is the hardest thing, I know it is for me. He was the love of my life for 52 1/2 years. He was soul mate,  he was my hero. He always took such good care of me, He also made sure that I had little worries when he had to leave me. He was a good man, a loving man. I married him for better or for worse sickness and in health on January 1,1963. We always stood by each other Through thick and thin; As he got weaker,  It got to the point I had to do everything for him and I did not mind at all,be cause that my friend is what true love is all about. I told him everyday  and he told me we loved each other. We never went to sleep angry . We are not  promised tomorrow, so my friends hold your family close and tell them you love them..  Hope to get back to cooking and baking again so watch for my postings and also more of my story coming later. stay tuned in. God bless each of you.

My SouthernFried Chicken Dinner

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This is one of the go meals we like to prepare here in the south, at my house anyway.

Fried Chicken

Skin on chicken parts ( we like breasts and wings)

2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

salt and pepper

paprika

I soak my chicken in buttermilk and dip in batter and lay on a baking rack let sit for about 10 to 15 min. Have iron skillet hot with oil 1/2 way of chicken. Fried until one side is brown turn over and turn down the heat, cover and let cook about 30 minutes or until done, I test mine and take out when temp. reaches 160 degrees. But, last few minutes on frying add 1/4 cup water and put lid back on and let steam

Green Peas

1 bag frozen green peas

1 small onion chopped

2 or 3 slices bacon cooked crisp

1 tablespoon bacon grease or olive oil

Sautee onions in bacon grease and add peas, 1/2 cup chicken broth, cook til tender add butter if you like and sprinkle bacon over the top for garnish and yumminess.

MY mash potatoes are just  made with butter and sour cream for creamy mash taters

Buttermilk Biscuits

2 cups all purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. soda

1 tsp. salt

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup buttermilk  add a little more if needed.

Combine all dry ingredients, add shortening and work into flour with a fork or with your hands. Now add buttermilk and fold in gently. don’t overwork the dough. Roll out and cup with a biscuit cutter or a glass will work. dip in flour before cutting.

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