Friday, August 27, 2010

My soy/almond milk machine

After a lot of research and soul searching I ended up purchasing the SOYAPOWER
It is made in China, and as most of my dear friends and family know my husband and I boycotted China three years ago. I am very proud of that decision, and overall it has been an easy one. But, there have been occasional times where we have had to bend. This was one of them. After contacting every, yes every company that makes soy milk machines I found out that they are all made in China. Yes, I could have decided to make soy milk by hand, but I do not have an extra 5 hours in my day :-) I am horrified knowing what Silk and other so-called "healthy" companies are doing to our food supply. Who in their right mind would cut the DNA of a soybean in half and put weedkiller in the middle of it?!? Or who would spray carcinogens all over healthy almonds?!? This machine has a 90 day unconditional return policy. Shipping was free to me. If I return it I would have to pay shipping back to TN. Overall I adore it. I have made soy milk, oat milk, garbanzo bean milk, almond milk, soy yogurt and tofu. Tomorrow I am making hazelnut milk. I think that I will put some chocolate in it - yum.

Wheat and okara bread

3 cups wheat flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup apple sauce
1 teaspoon calcium carbonate (optional)
1 and 1/2 teaspoon egg replacer  like Ener-G or one egg, beaten
4 tablespoons warm water
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 cup of Okara, (must have been cooked/steamed, if it is from your soymilk maker then it is perfect)

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bread maker or with a mixer for about 8 minutes. Add more water a half of teaspoon at a time until you reach a desired thickness.
  2. Lightly oil a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a light cloth and let rise in a warm place  until doubled in volume, about 45 minutes.
  3. Grease a loaf pan. Punch a hole in the middle of  the dough. Form the dough into la loaf and place into the prepared pan. Cover with a cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes.
  4. Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped,  30 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Trains made in the USA

My 2 year old son has decided that he loves Thomas the Train. When we go to gymnastics each week there is a little boy who has a Thomas. My son screams the entire time that he wants this train. In the  daycare at my gym there is also a Thomas. Everyday after my workout I have to pry this little train out of my sons hands as he yells. He continues to scream about this train all the way home. After 2 weeks of dealing with this hollering I decided that we had both had enough. I set out to find a train that was child appropriate and made in the United States of America. I soon realized that all Thomas the Trains were made in China. Since we are a No China household this would not do. After a while of searching I was sure that I would end up trying to make a wood train, or buy one from a WAHM and paint it blue. I was ecstatic when I came across Whittle Shortline RR. They are a family owned company that makes trains and trucks here in the USA! They make a Little Engine that Could Train. He is blue! The shipping was very fast. My son is a very happy boy with his blue train. His mommy is very happy that it was made in the USA and that it nontoxic. Most of their trains are for 3+, so use your best judgment if it is appropriate for your child.