This past December, it seemed as if I needed to install a special tap by the kitchen sink for vanilla extract. At the rate we were going through it, I was convinced someone was washing dishes in the stuff.

A bit of research online and I determined that it was fairly easy to make our own, the quality would be higher, and the price would be  cheaper. Here is the kicker, only two ingredients are required: a 40% alcohol based solvent (commonly known as vodka) and organic vanilla beans. 

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Guest post, meal plan, and photos by Natalie Holladay


I didn’t expect the year 2016 to start out with a diagnosis of IBD for my son. A family history of Celiac Disease left me almost hopefully anticipating to hear something familiar as the verdict. I desperately wanted an accurate diagnosis so that we could start working to heal his damage and reduce his symptoms. I knew a few people with Crohn’s Disease, but knew very little about IBD, symptoms, management or prognosis. I’m not sure I had ever heard of – or paid attention if I had – anyone I knew with Ulcerative Colitis.

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SCD yogurt samples are between 2 to 30 times more potent than most commercial yogurt

Most SCD users consider the 24 hour yogurt a staple of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, whether it is dairy or nut based yogurt. As a matter of fact, some users find that increasing yogurt consumption helps their body when it needs to calm a flare or nurse a cold. However, yogurt is not always necessary for diet success.

I know many people diagnosed with IBD that healed and sustained long-term wellness without using any kind of yogurt. Some of them used capsules of SCD legal probiotics, while others just practiced the diet without adding probiotics, and did very well.

Thermos flasks of yogurt fill Morana's suitcase just before flying for a two week vacation.

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This chicken recipe has rapidly become a favorite at our home. It is a flavorful and delicious dish, with a pronounced Mediterranean flair that is relatively easy to make.

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This favorite recipe was found at allrecipes.com, and given a few modifications to make it a favorite of ours. During the summer months, it is great on the grill, and in the winter it can be made in the oven broiler.

Lamb Chops

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A fun family favorite, easy to prepare.

Rosemary final

 

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil plus 1 Tablespoon for oiling Pyrex dish
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary powder (or 2 Tablespoons fresh, thinly chopped, rosemary)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F
  2. Oil 9x13 Pyrex dish with 1 TBS olive oil
  3. Slice the eggplant to ½ inch slices, then dice to ½ inch cubes
  4. In a small bowl mix all other ingredients.
  5. Place eggplant cubes in oiled Pyrex, and toss well with flavoring mixture
  6. Bake in 350F, tossing every 15 minutes, for a total time of 45-55 minutes.
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