homemade elderberry syrup recipe


i love elderberries and this year, the scientists have declared that elderberry syrup will bind on your cells and PREVENT the flu virus from entering. no side effects and yummy syrup. i will have to admit that i take it daily. it prevents me from getting sick and makes me feel healthy. i do have lung disease but had zero flu or bronchitis till i ran out of elderberry syrup for 10 days. oh em gee! i was sick for weeks till i started taking a tsp. 4 times a day. pretty soon, i had no more fever and was feeling much better! i have bought 6 more cuttings to plant more elderberry bushes. that will make 9 or 10 depending and how many live through our weird, wet, winter.

if you’ve noticed, i have gone back to my writing style i stole from e.e. cummings when i was in high school. no caps. i love to write this way and on every other site i have stuck to it. i’m not sure why i felt i couldn’t be myself here. my bad.

the recipe is at the link as is the great article written by happy healthy mama. enjoy!!

elderberry syrup recipe

Best Oatmeal Cookies

      • these are not really very oatmeally but are scrumptious!! the prep time is misleading as 1 hour is for chilling the dough. it’s worth the wait! 🙂
    • feel free to sub butter or vegan butter for the crisco. i also sub the egg with a replacement because i am vegan since i had a heart attack in 2014. dr’s orders!


best oatmeal cookies


  • 1 c
    shortening, butter flavor
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
    brown sugar

  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp

  • 1 large
    beaten egg

  • 1 1/2 c
    quick oats
  • 3/4 c
    crushed walnuts or pecans
  • 1 tsp


  1. follow above directions. CHILL ONE HOUR
  2. Put walnut sized pieces on a greased cookie sheet. Butter the bottom of a small glass. Dip in sugar and flatten out each walnut sized ball. Re-sugar glass each time, before flattening dough ball.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 min.

No Bake Raspberry Tart


No-Bake Raspberry Tart


This mini version of a simple no-bake tart is easy to take to work as an afternoon snack, but you could also make several portions to serve as individual desserts at a party.

• 8-oz (250 mL) mason jar

1⁄4 cup graham cracker crumbs (60 mL)
1 tsp melted butter (5 mL)
1 tbsp granulated sugar (15 mL)
1⁄4 cup cream cheese, softened (60 mL)
2 tbsp sour cream (30 mL)
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (15 mL)
1⁄4 cup raspberries (60 mL)
2 tbsp raspberry jam (30 mL)

1. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, cream cheese, sour cream and lemon juice.
3. Press graham cracker mixture firmly into bottom of jar. Layer cream cheese mixture and raspberries on top.
4. Spoon jam into a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High for 30 seconds or until runny. Stir jam, then pour over berries. Let cool completely, then seal jar and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, until chilled, or for up to 2 days.

Makes 1 serving

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borrowed from THE KITTCHEN

The Most Delicious Thanksgiving Corn Recipe
i will add my vegan version as well.  for health reasons, my cardiologist insisted i become vegan.  it’s interesting to convert recipes and have them still be delicious!
Prep time:  15 mins
Cook time:  15 mins
Total time:  30 mins
Serves: 8-10
  • 7 ears of Corn
  • 1 small Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 small Green Bell Pepper
  • ¼ cup of Water
  • 2 tablespoons Butter OR 2 tbs of vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar OR your favourite non sugar sweetener
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese OR 8 oz vegan cream cheese.  i use tofutti.
  • ½ cup Half and Half OR 1/2 cup of soy creamer or organic soy milk.
  • 2 tablespoons Flour
  • ¼ teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan OR vegan parmesan cheese
  1. Shuck the corn, rinse it, and slice the corn off the cob. Finely dice the bell peppers.
  2. Heat the water and butter in a pot. Once it starts steaming, add the corn and the bell peppers. Cook for 6 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients (except the Parmesan), and stir to combine. Once the cream cheese has melted, pour into a casserole dish.
  4. Top with the Parmesan and bake for 375 degrees for 15 minutes. You can prepare this recipe up to this point a day or two ahead of time and then bake it just prior to serving.




  • 8  morning side farms vegan bacon, cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • Generously add olive oil to pan to keep “bacon” from sticking
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted vegan butter, plus more for greasing dish
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp. chopped scallions, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 c. soy coffee creamer
  • 1 c. low-sodium vegan chicken stock
  • 2 1/2 lb. russet potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 c. shredded vegan Cheddar (I use veggie go)
  • 1/4 c. vegan sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat brown bacon, about 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer bacon to a plate. Drain excess bacon grease leaving about 2 tablespoons; sauté garlic and onion until softened, about 5 minutes. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Melt vegan butter, when it begins to bubble sprinkle flour all over and whisk until flour is absorbed, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add scallions, cream, and vegan chicken stock; bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off heat.
  3. Wash and dry potatoes. Attach slicing blade to a food processor. If possible, set thickness to 1/8″. Trim ends of potato and slice without removing peel. Grease casserole dish with vegan butter and arrange potatoes in rows. Pour creamy mixture over the potatoes followed by a even layer vegan Cheddar and vegan bacon.
  4. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake until potatoes are tender and cheese is melted, about 20 minutes. Garnish with scallions and dollops of vegan sour cream. Serve immediately.

I borrowed this recipe from delish.com.  the writer’s credit is as follows:


Judy Kim is a NYC-based food stylist, recipe developer, and photographer. She also writes recipes for her website The Judy Lab.




4 cups of chicken TVP shredded or cubed

2 cups salsa verde

2 cups vegan mozzarella shreds

2 cups Mexican vegan cheese blend (daiya has a monterrey jack)

3/4 cup vegan sour cream

10 oz. no boil lasagna noodles

1 or 2containers (15 oz) of vegan cream cheese

1 10oz can of fire roasted green chilis

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

Combine chicken, chilis, salsa verde and sour cream in a large bowl and season generously with salt and pepper, cumin and chili powder.

Spread 1/3 of the chicken mixture in the bottom of a large baking dish and cover with lasagna noodles.

Top with another layer of chicken mixture, then cover with cream cheese mozzarella and Mexican cheese.

Repeat with another layer of chicken, cream cheese and cheese, then top with lasagna noodles.

Cover noodles with remaining salsa verde and cream cheese, then sprinkle remaining mozzarella evenly over the top.

Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 10-15, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Remove from oven and serve hot.


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Love quinoa but want to expand your repertoire beyond the usual grain salad or pilaf? These crisp-crusted quinoa cakes provide a mild canvas for the bold flavors of olives, peppers, and greens. With white beans to give them some heft and heartiness, they make a terrific meatless main course. CLICK THE LINK FOR ALL THE IDEAS.

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black bean and farro salad


Black beans and farro team up beautifully in this ultra-hearty
grain salad. The duo pairs unexpectedly well with a crunchy
Granny Smith apple and creamy avocado. A bright cilantro
and shallot vinaigrette ties the whole dish together.

Farro (Wheat), Black Beans, Avocado, Apple, Shallot, Cilantro, White Wine Vinegar
Cooking time 45 min

Difficulty level Level 1

2 People
Farro 1 ¾ C
Black Beans 1 box
Avocado 1
Granny Smith Apple 1
Shallot 1
Cilantro ¼ oz
White Wine Vinegar 2 T
Olive Oil 2 T

4 People
Farro 11/2 C
Black Beans 2 boxes
Avocado 2
Granny Smith Apple 2
Shallot 2
Cilantro 2 (came in a box with about 6 small stems)
White Wine Vinegar 4T
Olive Oil 4T

Nutrition per person Calories: 787 cal | Carbs: 106 g | Fat: 28 g | Protein: 28g | Fiber: 33g | Sodium: 155mg

1 Cook the farro: add the farro to a large pot of water with a large pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 30-35 minutes until tender. Drain and rinse under cold water.
2 While the farro cooks, drain and rinse the beans. Finely chop the cilantro. Halve, peel, and mince the shallot.
3 Make the cilantro vinaigrette: in a large bowl, combine the cilantro,shallot, and 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar. Whisk in 2 Tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
4 Halve, pit, and dice the avocado. Cut the apple into ½-inch cubes,discarding the apple core. Toss the apple into the vinaigrette.
5 When the farro is ready, toss it into the vinaigrette along with the black beans. Season with salt and pepper.
6 Plate the farro mixture, then top with the avocado. Dig in and enjoy!

NOTE: i hate cilantro as does my husband, so i got some fresh basil out of my garden and added it instead of cilantro.