Monday, March 24, 2014

Sophie's Granola Bars


Here's an awesome granola bar recipe. I love having them for a little treat and I don't feel so bad when I have one. This recipe is really easy, fast and delicious for taking to work ,school, and anywhere on the go . So give it a try you will be so amazed about how good they are. No natural flavors or high fructose corn syrup.               

Sophie's Granola Bars

Makes about 30 bars

4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1/4 cup spelt flour

1/2 cup shredded organic unsweetened coconut

1/3 cup packed organic brown sugar

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup honey

1. Preheat the oven to 325 f and grease a baking sheet with sides.

2. Combine the oats, flour, coconut, brown sugar, chocolate chips, and salt in a large bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, vanilla, and honey.

4. Pour the wet ingredients over the oat mixture and stir to combine.

5. Spread the granola mixture on a baking sheet and shape it into a 9x 13-inch rectangle that's about 1 inch thick. I put the granola mixture in cupcake liners and filled them about one inch thick and they worked fine.

6. Bake for 40 minutes, or until golden and dry to the touch.

7. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then cut into 3 x 1-inch bars using a serrated knife. These bars will remain fresh for several weeks if wrapped well.

Note: If the mixture is a little dry add some more coconut oil. Make sure that you warm the coconut oil and make it into a liquid.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014


There is not much better on a cold wintery day then a pot of homemade soup complete with homemade noodles! Here is our new favorite recipe for sourdough noodles:
2 cups spelt or sprouted flour
1 cup of whey (raw milk is best)
6 egg yolks
Place flour into a large bowl or large cutting board and make a well in the center. Mix egg yolks thoroughly. add a pinch of salt and whey and mix together until homogenous. Pour mixture into the well of the flour and mix together until the mass forms a ball. Knead until smooth and elastic but not stiff.

Add more flour as necessary. Let sit for 2 to 3 days kneading once or twice a day and adding flour if necessary. Keep covered with a cloth on the counter.
After 2-3 days of above instructions, roll out noodles and cut. Cook in boiling water until done or simmer in stock. Delicious and nutritious.

To continue sour dough noodles, make sure you save a portion of dough about the size of tennis ball. Set it aside. Add two cups of flour to one cup of boiling water that has a pinch of salt and stir well so as there are no lumps. Cool slightly and add 3 egg yolks and a bit more flour so that a nice, elastic dough is formed. Combine this with your the portion of saved dough and knead well.
Repeat the 2-3 day process as stated above. What fun, more covered bowls on the counter!


Friday, January 31, 2014


*Sniffle Sniffle* Feel a cold coming on?
Whenever anyone in our family starts feeling a little sniffley or congested or a little flu-like, we grab our Supertonic. It is so easy to make and uses ingredients that are usually found in your kitchen.

Supertonic ingredients:

Equal parts of:

Chopped or shredded onion




Dash of Cayenne ( can add jalapeno or habanero)

Put mixture into jar and cover with raw apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 2-4 weeks, strain and bottle.

After straining it will store indefinitely in a cool dark spot. Dosage depends upon how you are feeling but we generally take a tsp every hour to kick it quick.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Corn Syrup Free Caramel Popcorn

It's kinda funny but even though I was born and raised in a town known for it's caramel popcorn and spent my early years on the beach by the boardwalk filled with the smells of Thrasher's fries with vinegar and Fisher's caramel popcorn, I really didn't start loving caramel popcorn until I spent 2 months working in a maternity clinic in the Philippines. Homesick and needing a change from our normal duties another intern and I set out to make caramel popcorn with her family's recipe. I kept that recipe when I came home but was always looking for an alternative to the corn syrup used in the recipe.
I finally found one and after some tweaking have been pretty happy with the results. The smells of boiling caramel and stirring it into the popcorn always remind me of the many memories that I made in Davao City.

This recipe makes approx. 8 gallons of popcorn. (about 4 c. unpopped popcorn)
Pop popcorn before starting.

8c. organic evaporated sugar cane or brown sugar
3c. butter
2c. heavy whipping cream

Combine and cook over medium heat until melted. Boil for about 1 minute.
Take off heat and add:
2tsp vanilla extract
2tsp salt
1 heaping tsp of baking soda
Mix and pour over popped popcorn. Stir until all pop corn is coated.
 Spread popcorn in pan and cook in oven on low until lightly browned and crunchy.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Grateful Living Homestead

For the past 5 years I have been running Upper Room Studio as a retail Fiber Art Studio. I have learned so much and have met many wonderful people during that time. Over the years the direction of Upper Room Studio has changed and expanded and in order to make room for those new changes we are having to eliminate some of the old. We are excited to announce that Upper Room is merging with Grateful Grains ( my mom's whole food and herb business) to create Grateful Living. We will no longer offer retail but you will be able to find our items at many local shops. We will be offering many classes and other services at our homestead and other various locations. You can find out more info at

We will be using this blog as a kind of journal so you can "see" what we do. We will also be posting recipes, special events, photos and lots of our own version of "normal life".

Monday, December 2, 2013

We need your help!

We are getting ready for 2014 and wanted to know what you would like to see: Classes? Times of days? Comment and we will add your name to 2 drawings; one for a free class and one for a gift basket full of Grateful Living soaps, salves, powders and more. Poll ends on Dec 31st at midnight and winners will be announced on Jan 1st.