Agave Syrup: Good or Bad?

In my recent readings on agave syrup, I have discovered that while agave is low in glucose, it is very, very high in fructose. In fact, it contains more fructose than honey or high-fructose corn syrup! Fructose may sound good — think “fruit” — but consuming this concentrated fruit sugar is nothing like eating a fresh fruit. A fresh, whole fruit offers not-concentrated fructose as just part of the sugar profile, along with fiber, water, and other vitamins and minerals. But what’s so bad about high amounts of concentrated fructose?

Spelt Lemon Cake

Spelt Lemon Cake | I love lemon and I love this cake! Perhaps you think it needs something on top, a drizzle of something. Wait -- let me point out that once the cake is baked, you pour a fresh lemon juice syrup over all and it soaks in, permeating the cake with ribbons of slightly tart lemon syrup. So you see, the delicious drizzle is inside and boy, is it ever scrumptious! | GNOWFGLINS.com

I love lemon and I love this cake! Perhaps you think it needs something on top, a drizzle of something. Wait — let me point out that once the cake is baked, you pour a fresh lemon juice syrup over all and it soaks in, permeating the cake with ribbons of slightly tart lemon syrup. So you see, the delicious drizzle is inside and boy, is it ever scrumptious! [by Wardee Harmon]

No-GMO Blog Challenge

The top 3 GM crops are corn, soybeans and cotton. And canola is up there, too. But did you know chocolate chips may contain GM ingredients? Yes, chocolate chips! That surprised me. There are two things you can do to pretty much assure that your family will not be consuming GM foods. Also, I share some thoughts on my family’s food budget and detail the sources of all my family’s food.

Overcoming

What makes or breaks us — as cooks, homemakers, and children of God — is how we overcome difficulties. We know that in our own strength we won’t make it. But with God, we can. I’m challenged in the kitchen like everyone else. (And don’t you forget it!) But what I hope sets me (and you!) apart is that we don’t give up. Please share how you overcome — and encourage the others who read here.

Basic Sprouted Spelt Biscuits – Divine!

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These are awesome biscuits — crisp on the outside, but on the inside flaky, soft, and melt-in-your mouth good. B. took her first bite and then said, “Mom, this just crumbles all over my mouth.” (That was how she described the melting.) I can imagine this dough being the basis for cookies, scones, and other pastries.