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October 2013 Recipes

Well, I’m currently having a grand old time being a new mum. No, really! The Wee One is a sweet little thing, even when she crabs about dirty diapers (thereby making more laundry for me to do–I’m cloth diapering), hunger pangs (she eats constantly when awake), being too hot or too cold, and desirous of snuggle time 🙂 We love snuggle time the best, complete with her growing smiles, curiosity (when it strikes, we “play” and do “tummy time”–she’s getting very good at lifting her head), and tender love for her parents.


At any rate, I’ve not been on my blogs much this month but wanted to leave some delicious fall links for you to savor. Happy October! I hope you enjoy all the wonderful foods the harvest season has brought.


Dairy-free Quinoa Pudding

5 Mouthwatering Vegan Pumpkin Recipes

4 Quick Smoothie Recipes

Grain-free Coconut Muffins

3 Brands of Coconut Flour (review)

Pumpkin Patch Hummus

Basil-Beet Salad

Vegan Fudge Brownies

Vegan Cornmeal Buttermilk Biscuits

Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

Autumn Recipes for Every Course (collection)

Pear Coffee Cake Cookies

Cookies, Candy, Granola and Waffles

Pumpkin Truffles

Are Concerns Over Mercury-contaminated Fish Overblown? (article)


One more for you: Banana Bread. I know it’s not specifically “fall” food but I did make it the other day and it was delicious. Plus, it’s very, very simple and only has seven ingredients!


2 c. flour*

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 c. sugar**

1/4 c. liquid Crisco***

1 egg

3-5 bananas, mashed


1. Combine dry ingredients.

2. Combine wet ingredients, including bananas, and add dry ingredients to them.

3. Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes or until knife comes out clean****


Substitutions and Alterations

*Use your favorite gluten-free flour, same amount, plus 1-1/2 tsp. xanthan gum (or 2 tsp. guar gum) in place of normal wheat flour

**Substitute 3/4 c. coconut palm sugar or agave nectar

***Use 1 c. applesauce for a fat-free option; or coconut or olive oil for heart-healthy alternatives instead of Crisco

****I was once told in a Traditional Chinese Medicine class that baking foods at over 300 F destroys fatty-acid chains, thereby making them toxic to the body. I’ve found that baking at 300 F does not take that much longer and the foods tend to be moister.


Also, for those who enjoy Banana Nut Bread, consider adding 1 c. walnuts (or favorite nut) to recipe prior to baking. Or, as in this last time, I added 1/2 tsp. cinnamon to the bread (no nuts, however) for a slightly spicy take. You could also use cardamom and ginger too.


4 thoughts on “October 2013 Recipes”

  1. Aww. Nice word picture. You are a great mama.

    Yesterday I took a basic muffin recipe and made pineapple and dried cranberry muffins/cake. I rehydrated the dried cranberries in the crushed pineapple juice. Added 1/4 cup milk and 1/4 cup juice, all the pineapple and cranberries to the batter and 1/2 cup extra flour to take up the extra liquid. Came out very nice. I had too much batter for the muffins, so made a separate cake (takes longer to bake, so watch the temps). Everything came out great and the cake is the best part. We’ll freeze the muffins for later and have cake for tea.

    I’ve been walking (up the mountain from gate to cottage) and now the fibro flared. Pineapple is good for pain, so I’ll be eating more of it. Don’t think cooked is as good as raw, but it all has bromelain, so we’ll see.

      1. It was delicious. Great for afternoon tea. Thanks for the link.
        Went for a long hike up and down about 500 stairs to see two waterfalls yesterday. The hike itself is about a mile, through a lush rain and bamboo forest, with the added challenge of the stairs. I did fine until the last bit, which was steeper and the stairs somewhat higher. My legs were tired by then. We got to one place where we could see all along the way we’d just come, It was beautiful to see the tops of the bamboos, bounded on each side by taller hardwoods, and a massive banyan tree. I kept looking for the pandas and koalas, even an elephant but it was only birds. Still lovely, but humid yesterday. The falls were beautiful, too. I thought you would enjoy the hike. You were missed.
        I’m tired today, but not so sore (okay, a little). And I did fine until the last push up, when the stairs got steeper and a bit higher. It was the downhill stuff that was harder than the uphill.
        My goal is to be able to hike and not feel it. We’ll see where I get to, but that’s the goal. Slow and steady.

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