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Yogurt is a fermented food.  Fermented foods have probiotics or good bacteria.  Good bacteria is very important for a healthy body and strong immune system.
Homemade Yogurt
  • 1 gallon of raw milk (I use milk from Shunpike Dairy but pasteurized works well too)
  • 1 4oz plain or vanilla yogurt with live cultures (I found that Yobaby or Activia work the best for a smooth texture)
  • You will also need:
    Stainless steel double boiler, large enough to hold a gallon of milk
    Candy or digital thermometer
    Mason Jars
    *Make sure all of your equipment is clean and fresh out of the dishwasher or sterilized.IMG_4773
  1. Heat milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until thermometer registers 185°.
    *If you are using raw milk and don't want to pasteurize the milk, only heat to 115°
  2. Reduce heat to low for 25-30 minutes (it will be slightly thicker at the longer cook time). You will notice that the milk gets frothy at the top.
  3. After 30 minutes at 185° (or 115° if you want to keep your yogurt raw) It's time to cool down the milk.
  4. Place pot in a large bowl filled with ice water.
  5. Stir constantly until thermometer registers 110° (do not go below).
  6. Gently wisk in you yogurt starter. The yogurt is ready to be stored in mason jars and placed in your cooler incubator.
  7. Pour mixture into the mason jars.
  8. Create an incubator by adding the hot water from the double boiler to the cooler. Be sure to have enough water in the cooler to cover the jars up to the rim.
  9. Make sure that the water is between 110° and 115° in the cooler.
  10. Place jars in the cooler. Move the cooler to a spot in the kitchen where it will not be disturbed. Let it incubate for 6-8 hours for a not-so-tart creamy yogurt (some people prefer really tart yogurt, and let it stand for 24 hours. The longer it stands, the tarter it gets).
  11. When you think your yogurt is done, just do a jar tip test to see if it's thick enough to not move. If it's still the consistency of milk, place it back in the cooler and let it stand for a few more hours before checking again. If the yogurt has set, place it in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours.
  12. Enjoy your homemade goodness!
photo-4 What is your favorite way to eat your yogurt or what is your favorite way to add yogurt to one of your dishes?
One of may all time favorite ways to eat fresh yogurt is by putting a big dollop on homemade peach crisp! YUM!


February is the month of love! 

Join me at Fairacre Farms Poughkeepsie

Sunday, February 10th at 1pm

Love your Gut – Yogurt Making Class!

Fresh batch of yogurt!

Fresh batch of yogurt!

3 great reasons to attend Love your GUT – Yogurt Making:

1.  Homemade yogurt, made with the best ingredients,
     made in your very own kitchen, tastes a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
2.  You’re only as healthy as your colon!
3.  It’s free and I’d love to share my experience with you!

For more details and other seminars http://adamsfarms.com/location/poughkeepsie/



I moved back to my hometown about a year ago, after spending 10 years in Seattle, WA, where health products and alternative food choices were everywhere. Whole Foods, PCC and Trader Joe’s were all within 5 miles of my house.  I was in my glory and quite spoiled to have it all at my fingertips!   As you can imagine, it was a bit of an adjustment to come back to “small town USA.”  The closest Whole Food Market was 75 miles away.  I was sad, disappointed, and felt as if I had to give up living the lifestyle I wanted to live, due to the lack of resources.

Filling my mason jar…

The problem was, I was looking for the big things and overlooking all the small signs and signals around me.  One of my favorite discoveries after being here for a couple of months was Shunpike Dairy Farm.  I met Liz about a year ago, and she is all about connecting with our local community.  Connecting with her and other people that come to this farm made me realize that this area has AMAZING choices!

I really look forward to my weekly trips to the farm!  It’s gratifying to fill up my 1/2 gallon mason jars full of the ice cold, creamy goodness!  It always makes me feel good that this milk came directly from the beautifully cared for, pasture fed, dairy cows.  All the nutrients, enzymes and probiotics are still in raw milk. Conventional milk is pasteurized or ultra-pasteurized, which means it is brought to a very high temperature which ends up killing off all of the nutrients, enzymes and probiotics in milk.

Feeding my soul…

The experience of going to the farm has become just that: an EXPERIENCE, an experience that is feeding my soul!  It is not only about the milk…sometimes I visit and say “hello” to the cows and pick up some eggs, or I meet people and get into a conversation about homemade yogurt and cheese.  I am connecting with my community and it feels great!  I feel lucky to be only 10 minutes from the farm.  Several people drive up from the city to get this glorious raw milk!  I recently met a couple that was so happy to find Shunpike Dairy because now they would not have to drive to Pennsylvania to get it!

In an effort to bring awareness to the wonderful community that Shunpike Dairy has attracted, we have put together Shunpike Dairy Summer Event Series for each Saturday during the summer.  This is a great opportunity for you to meet great people and learn the wonderful, healthy resources you have at your fingertips!

Yours truly will be there this Saturday!  Come by to say hello!  I look forward to seeing you!


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Pecan Praline Granola (GF & Low-GI)
Granola is something I can't live without! I love trying out new granola recipes, and this is by far the best one yet!
  • 4 cups gluten-free oats
  • ½ cup organic quinoa (rinsed and uncooked)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • ¼ cup organic coconut oil (could be substituted for organic safflower oil, or organic butter)
  • ¼ cup Coconut Palm Syrup or Raw honey
  • ½ cup Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 1 cup raw pecan pieces
  1. Heat the oven to 225 deg.
  2. Blend the quinoa and a ½ cup of oats in the blender to make a flour. (It doesn't have to be completely smooth, but just break it down a bit) Add it to the rest of the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Heat up the coconut palm syrup and coconut oil slightly so that it's thins out.
  4. Slice open the vanilla bean, slide butter knife along the inside of the bean to extract all the vanilla goodness. Add to the oil mixture.
  5. Mix thoroughly and add to the dry ingredients until well incorporated. Spread the oat mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 1.5hrs or until golden brown. (The granola will crisp up a bit as it cools)
  7. Let cool and transfer granola to an airtight glass jar.
Enjoy with almond milk, sprinkled onto your favorite yogurt and berries, or just grab a handful when you are on the go!

Store bought granola tends to have lots of ingredients, lots of sugar and fat.  Many times, the sugars are white and the fats are not the good fats.  My version of granola is Gluten Free, Low Glycemic and uses the best ingredients!  I added quinoa for some added protein and to enhance the crunch.  I also used minimally processed sugars to sweeten it so you end up on the sugar rollercoaster! Give it a try and let me know what you think!


Health & Happiness Summit with Dr. Oz!

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Health & Happiness Summit at in NYC hosted by Dr. Oz at the end of February.  Had a great lunch and 4 different wellness teas at Radiance Tea House & Books, highly recommend this place!  There was an amazing line up and each person shared very valuable information!  I wish that all the people I love and care about can benefit from this knowledge, so I’m sharing!  Below are just the highlights, but there are some fabulous points that are very simple to implement into your daily routine.  



Health & Happiness Tip from Dr. Michael Breus, Ph.D

Do you have episodes of walking into a room and forgetting why you are there? Or do you forget where you left your keys? You may not be getting the REM sleep that you need.

There are several stages of sleep, REM is one of the last stages, where you transfer your short term memory to your long term memory. You aren’t going crazy, you just need more sleep! :)

Take your supplements! Having the proper amount of Vitamin B3, B6, B12, D, Calcium, and Magnesium in your system will help you sleep better.

Dr. Breus’s 5 Steps to eliminating your snooze button:
1. Pick 1 bedtime and stick to it (even on the weekends)
2. Drink caffeinated beverages BEFORE 2pm each day
3. Refrain from drinking alcohol 3hrs before bedtime
4. Exercise, but not 4 hours before bedtime
5. Get your 15 minutes of sunlight everyday!


Health & Happiness Tip from Dr. “Ro” Brock

Every meal should consist of:

50% Colorful Veggies and Fruit
25% Lean Protein
25% Good Grains

Be sure to include lots of water and fiber.

Bonus! Pineapple has an enzyme in it that helps to burn fat. 2-3 cups of Dandelion tea a day can help burn fat too!

Download Fit Kidz videos here…


Health & Happiness Tip from Dr. Nicholas Perricone

Cellular INFLAMMATION is responsible for skin-related problems like wrinkles, breakouts, and loss of firmness.

His suggestion to “Put Out the Fire”…
3 Day Facelift in your Kitchen:

Up your water intake, eat wild salmon with a watercress salad with olive oil and lemon dressing. (Watercrest is a powerful anti-inflammatory green. If you don’t have watercress, try another green like kale or collard greens) Have some blueberries for dessert!


Health & Happiness Tip from Montel Williams

I didn’t know Montel’s story until last Saturday. He was told he would never walk again after he was being diagnosed with MS.  His life and his outlook on life, have made quite a turn.  Check out his 17 tips for a HAPPIER LIFE!


TIPS FOR A HAPPIER LIFE, below are the first 3 tips to get you started…

1.  Three Good Thingskeep a personal “Gratitude Journal,” and at the end of every day, write down three good things that happened to you, and why.

2.  Make a Gratitude Visitwrite a thank-you testimonial message to someone who positively affected your life, and deliver the message to them.

3.  Discover your Signature Strengthsand use them in a new way.

Check out the rest of his tips on his facebook page, 17 TIPS FOR A HAPPIER LIFE

Health & Happiness Tip from Dr. Christiane Northrup

Prayer:  “Oh God, help me to believe the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is.”  This prayer is such a helpful reminder that by expecting the worst, we can sometimes attract the worst…but expecting the best we can attract the best!

30 day challenge – say “I love you” in the mirror every morning…by day 20 you could see a big difference in your actions and will actually believe it!

“Your heart wins in the end” ~ Dr. Northrup

Listening to Dr. Northrup always creates a feeling of peace and calmness inside of me.  I breath better after hearing what she has to say and that makes me happy!


Health & Happiness Tip from “The Healthy Home” by Dr. Myron Wentz, Dave Wentz, & Donna K. Wallace

Both of these men are very passionate about making this world a healthier and happier place to be!  Taking on the whole world at once can be overwhelming, so why not start with your own home.  Their book, “The Healthy Home” provides great information and simple solutions to make your home a healthier place.

See the entire presentation here…http://youtu.be/Gy9UNF0SSEM

“A solution to pollution is dilution” ~ Dr. Wentz

Open your windows and let the fresh air in!

For more tips on simple solutions to make your home
healthier, check out the website…


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