Three Day Challenge: Stress free Salt Water Taffy

Salt Water Taffy

Salt Water Taffy

As you know, yesterday I posted about Day One of my Three Day Challenge. Today I tackle Day Three but I’ll catch you up on Day Two. Saturday I conquered Salt Water Taffy!  As you can see from the photo above I made two flavors; Wild Orange and Cinnamon. The recipe was fairly easy, I recommend having a second person around to help with the stretching and pulling if you are making two flavors, but I’ll get to that in a bit.

Here’s where I found the recipe, and I was in love with the color to begin with, I think that’s what got my attention at first. A Tiffany Taffy, that’s what I’m calling it! I won’t post the recipe and instructions here because it’s a little on the dense side. Thankfully I asked my mom if she would help me make them.

First, we added the sugar and corn syrup and such in to the saucepan and let them melt together while stirring them. This is typical for candy making. We heated them to about 250, not 256 like the recipe says and I’m glad we did. If we had left them in the pan any longer than the candy would have been too hard to pull apart. Mom buttered two glass bowls and once the mixture hit 250 I poured half in one bowl and half in another. I used Wilton’s food coloring since I had some from when I made my rainbow cake. I used orange and pink for my Wild Orange and Cinnamon flavors. I used my doterra essential oils to flavor the taffy and just added 3 drops each since I didn’t want the flavor to be too overpowering. Looking back, another drop or two would have been ok.

After coloring and flavoring each mixture, Mom and I scooped the mixtures out turning them over in the bowl to simultaneously cool them and help pull them. After about 10 minutes of this I was able to butter my hands and pull out the taffy and start pulling them.

Pulling the taffy.

Pulling the taffy.

This was the fun, stress relieving part. It so much fun to just have this candy in your hands and pull it apart and bring it back again. We each pulled and stretched our taffy for about 20 minutes each so it’s a really great stress reliever. I even said so as we were doing this. Once the taffy became harder to pull and wasn’t translucent it was ready to be cut. I sort of rolled it out with my hands and into a long rounded circle like a snake and cut it up ready for wrapping!

They were not too difficult to make, tasty and very much taffy! Sababa! My next and final challenge is Lavender Honey Ice Cream!

Bon Appétit!

Ready for cutting.

Ready for cutting.

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Pieces of pretty taffy!

Pretty Taffy

Pretty Taffy

My Taffy, the final product

My Taffy, the final product

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Pancakes in 2 Ingredients – Boom!

Two ingredient pancakes for breakfast.

Two ingredient pancakes for breakfast.

I was having a girlfriend over for breakfast about a month ago and she’s trying to be gluten free. I came across this blog through another post on Facebook and thought it was pretty cool! She made pancakes, and they were gluten free, and they only had TWO ingredients! Say what? Yes, just two ingredients and you can make pancakes too! You combine 2 eggs and one banana and BOOM! Pancakes.

I was blown away and didn’t think that these could possibly taste all that great. But we decided to give it a try. I mashed up a ripened banana fairly well and then added in the eggs and beat those in with a fork as well. It turned in to this little bowl of batter and I was surprised. My friend and I both looked at each other and said, “That looks like as good as it’s going to get for gluten free batter.” I poured it in to the pan after I had heated up some coconut oil and before my eyes the batter turned in to pancakes! I made the first few batches plain, then added some plan low fat yogurt and blueberries to the last batches.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised! I served the vanilla chia seed pudding with raspberries, a baked peach and mimosas with the gluten free pancakes for breakfast and the meal was delicious. This was an easy, healthy, gluten free, protein packed pancake that really tasted good. I have to say that adding the yogurt really helped to add to the fluffiness and thickness of the pancakes but they were still more like crepes. I think with one batch we were able to make almost a dozen pancakes which was fine between the two of us. This recipe and entire meal was definitely sababa!

2 regular pancakes

2 regular pancakes

2 blueberry pancakes

2 blueberry pancakes

Head to your kitchen and get cooking!

Bon Appétit!

Chia Seed what??? Pudding!

Chia pudding topped with raspberries, gluten free pancakes and a baked peach

Chia pudding topped with raspberries, gluten free pancakes and a baked peach

I know this recipe can be found all over the Interworld but it’s new to me. I came across this recipe when I saw someone on Instagram post that they were making this. I quickly went to Pinterest to find it, cause that’s where you go to find any recipe after all. Pinterest is my Google for recipes, all recipes.  Once I found this I created my shopping list and picked up my ingredients on my next shopping trip.

I measured out my chia seeds, poured them in the bowl and then added an entire can of light coconut milk and some vanilla. After mixing it all up with a whisk I placed it in the fridge for 2 hours to set. Once it had set I added some honey to it just to give it a little sweetness, spooned some pudding into a nice little bowl, added some raspberries on top and voilà! I have come to love, love, love this recipe for many reasons: 1. it is just the easiest thing in the world to make, 2. it tastes great, 3. it’s absolutely healthy for you! and 4. You can jazz it up any way you like.

Here’s a little bit of info about chia seeds and their health benefits:

They increase your energy.They’re high in protein, fiber (1 oz has 11 grams, a third of your RD amount), calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s.
They can aid in slowing digestion and help prevent blood sugar spikes.
Helps to lower cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.
Contains calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorous, folic acid
High in Omega-3, important for brain health.
Helps you maintain healthy bones and teeth, which translates to fewer Dr. visits!
Contains tryptophan, which helps to regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood.

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give these awesome little seeds a try! They’re great for all ages, young and old alike! The above photo includes gluten free 2-ingredient pancakes, more on that in another post.

Easy Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients
1 cup or can of light of full coconut milk
1/4 of chia seeds
1 teaspoon of vanilla
honey to taste (after it’s set, optional)
toppings (fruit, nuts, coconut milk whipped cream)