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Going on a “Walkabout”

walkabout1Good day everyone. Here we are just a few days into the new year of 2016!  I am so excited for what this year has to offer.

I will keep this brief but I wanted to let you know that for the first time since Nouveau Raw began, that I won’t be available for the next month or so… oy-vey, I just might experience withdrawals. lol

It has been my daily routine every day for well over six years to snuggle up with my computer pouring over your comments, questions and emails. Making sure to respond to all of them. I adore each and every one of you and have made so many amazing friends through my site.  However….

This Friday, on the 8th of January, I am detaching from all that I am today, in hopes of returning even stronger, more enlightened, and grounded…   Thus the term walkabout comes into play.

“A walkabout requires a decision to take a first step, and a conscious and intentional movement  (inwardly, outwardly or both) in the general direction of a longing or calling — with an openness to the actual experience, and  a minimal attachment to expectations and results.” Betsy Lewis

Betsy, said it perfectly.  Please feel free to leave comments and ask your questions on recipe posts and once I am back, I will answer them all.  I have a recipe post scheduled to be released every Wednesday while I am gone so that should keep you busy while I am away. hehe That and the 1,300+ recipes already available to you.  Many blessings, be well.  amie sue

Twas Five Days Before Christmas…

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the kitchen; I was cooking and un-baking and moanin’ and twitching. I’ve been here for hours; I can’t stop to rest. This kitchens a disaster; just look at this mess! So many recipes and techniques to share; I could email them daily but do I dare? Do I dare?

Christmas-Oldfather-Farms-2015The bottom line is that I truly have too many recipes to share, and I didn’t want to fill your inboxes with all candy recipes from now until the new year. So I decided to release all the raw candy recipes that I had created for my family… all at once, but only sending you ONE email.  This way you can pick and choose if any flavors stand out to you.  They are ALL wonderful but I realize that we are getting down to wire for Holiday treats.

I don’t know about you… but I am ready for savory dishes!  I have been feeling like a Willy Wonky and the Raw Candy Making Factory as of late. hehe  I must say that it has been a pure joy sharing all these treats with our loved ones… right down to the mailman.

Happy Holidays!

It has been such a wonderful holiday time and to top it off we finally got our snow load of the season.  It has been just magical.  I thought I would share a photo that I took as we were walking along our driveway.  The trees look absolutely majestic as they hold the snow. Believe it or not but this photo makes me feel warm and cozy inside. hehe

Anyway, I best get moving along on this post.  Below I have shared a photo and link to each of the candies that I just shared on my site.  I hope you find some inspiration and have a wonderful time in the kitchen making them.   Blessings, amie sue

Peppermint Tootsie Chews

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Pumpkin Spiced Tootsie Chews

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Chocolate Fennel Tootsie Chews

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Raspberry Chocolate Tootsie Chews

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Sassy Cinnamon Tootsie Chews

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Raspberry Tootsie Chews

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Oldfather “Licorice” Logs

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Apricot Sesame Candy Chews

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Fig Chews

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Salted Honey Nougat Candy Bars

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Peppermint Nibblers

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Butterscotch Tootsie Chews

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Salted “Caramel” Ganache Truffles

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“Caramel” Ganache Taffy

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Holiday Menu Ideas (all raw, vegan, gluten-free)

I have been receiving quite a few requests for holiday menu ideas.  So I spent the day pulling this post together, hoping that it will inspire you.  I thought this task would be quick and easy… but it took me hours.  As I was “thumbing” through my recipes here on the site, I realized that I have a LOT of recipes! :)

I do undersstand that many of these recipes take some time to create… but so does a cooked dinner when made from scratch.  Keep in mind… “Fast food is popular because it’s convenient, it’s cheap, and it tastes good. But the real cost of eating fast food never appears on the menu” ~ Eric Schlosser  It was hard to narrow it down as much as I did here.  I hope you enjoy this post, and please keep me updated down below in the comments so I know what you think.  Many blessings, amie sue

Italian Style

For hordervesSpicy Italian Kale Chips, Crisp Rosemary Flatbread Crackers served with Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Cheese Spread as well as a plate of a variety of olives with fresh srigs of thyme or rosemary tucked in amongst them. Main dish: Living Lasagna and/or Caprese Herb and Tomato TartBread: Amazing Italian Bread SticksVeggies: Green Salad served with either Almond “Parmesan” or Parme’nut’san CheeseDessert: Deep Dish Peach and Cranberry Cobbler

Southern Style

For horderves: Raw Sun-Dried Tomato Pate & Cucumber Canapés.  Served in small cups, Veggie Chowder with Pepper Jack Cheese and/or add in a plate of fresh fruit. Main dish: Warm Green Bean Casserole with Buttery Walnut Crumble Side: Cranberry and Pomegranate RelishSalad: Three Green Salad Veggies: Southern Creamed Corn  Bread: Honey Oat Bread Dessert: For a small bite of sweetness, Lemon-Pistachio Wreaths or make a Great Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake.

All American Style

For horderves: “Eggless” Deviled “Eggs”, “Butter” Thin Crackers with American “Cheese” Singles.  Main dish: Nutless Veggie Burgers with Sweet & Spicy Mustard and Nomato Ketchup Or go another route: “Fish” Sandwiches with TarTar Sauce.  Side: Caraway and Dill Sauerkraut.  Bread: Sourdough Buns.  Soup: Sun-Dried Tomato and Corn Chowder Soup (this can be served as an horderve in small shot glasses or as part of the main course.  Dessert:  Old-Fashioned Apply Pie with Buttery Walnut Crust or Cinnamon Caramel Pear Pie

Christmas Morning Breakfast Buffett

Cereals:  Pumpkin Spiced Caramel CerealPurely Pumpkin Pie Muesli, create individual jars of Blueberry Coconut Yogurt Yogurt / Porridge-like: Coconut Yogurt (provide small bowls filled with chopped nuts, dried fruits, granola, fresh fruit for toppings) Homemade Apple SauceCreamy Oatmeal Porridge.  Bread: Pumpkin Cranberry Bread, Country Living Banana Bread, Seed of Life BreadAutumn Harvest Pumpkin Waffles.  SidesBlueberry Mint Chia Jam, Date Syrup (for waffles and even drizzled over cereals). Platter or bowl of fresh fruit.  Drinks: Vegan Eggnog, Pumpkin Patch Smoothie, Cacao Nib Banana Malt Oat Smoothie, Iced Vanilla Coconut Latte

Down Home Traditional

For Horderves: Spinach Dip with Almond Thin Crackers,  Vegan Cranberry & Pistachio Gourmet Dessert CheeseGingerbread and Hazelnut Fudge Truffles.  Main dish: Marinated Mushroom Green Salad (the mushrooms in this salad would serve great as a meat replacement).  Side: Cauliflower Mash with Mushroom Gravy, Broccoli Raisin Salad,  Sweet Bread and Butter Overnight Pickles.  Bread: French Garden BreadDessert: Red Velvet Cake or something simple… Walnut Roca Crusted Red Anjou Pears

 The Ultimate Veggie Tray

Click (here) to purchase my ebook on how to make these wonderful centerpieces.

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Christmas and Gift Packaging Ideas

Glory-Bee-Honey-Chews-2If you enjoy playing in the kitchen, then you probably enjoy giving food gifts to friends and family. Christmas time isn’t the only time I give food gifts, it’s a pretty much a frequent thing for me.  But there is something extraordinary about giving out “baked” goods during the Christmas holidays.

The creative art of wrapping gifts has been slowly dying with the onset of paper bags and plastic containers. Today I want to encourage you to resurrect this art during this holiday season with the gifts of food that you give.

So much beauty that can be created not only in the food but also through the presentation of the gift. Presenting an artistic, creatively wrapped gift is just one way to express a bit more thought and love. Who doesn’t enjoy receiving a beautifully wrapped present?

Don’t let a limited budget discourage you, there are so many wonderful vessels that can be used for packaging and they don’t have to be expensive.  These days when I am out shopping, I view just about everything as a vessel that can be used to package up goodies.  Try to use items that can be used again once the sweet treats have been fully enjoyed.  Use and reuse  is the best way to go.

Remember, a beautiful presentation can help to express our hearts with even the most simple of food gifts and reflect more clearly that it truly is “the thought that counts.”

Last year, I posted how Bob and I have switched to wrapping our gifts in cloth to cut down on waste.  We don’t use tape, instead we use twine and ribbons which can be reused over and over. Click (here) to read more about it.

Click on this link for more Edible Gift Ideas (food and packaging tips) as well as shipping tips. I will be sharing all the candy recipes that you see in the following photos throughout this month so don’t forget to subscribe to get regular email updates, from my kitchen to yours.  Blessings, amie sue

A few years back I shared how to make these Vintage Knobby Jar Gift Idea

which are perfect for holding granolas and other raw treats.

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These containers are courtesy of the olive bar in our

local grocery store.  Sometimes they will just give you

a few, or at least sell them for a small amount.  Always ask.

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Windowed cardboard boxes offer a wonderful presentation.

They come in many shapes and sizes.

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Adding a sprig of pine or Christmas picks on top is very decorative.

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These small bags are perfect for displaying all the yumminess

that is nestled inside.  These are solid silver on the back and

clear on the front.  I printed labels but if you don’t have a

printer, you can write on labels too.  Make is personal!

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I LOVE these gumball tubes.  Perfect for gift giving or even just

for popping in lunch pails, backpacks or your purse.  Note… secure

the ends with tape if you plan on shipping them or even throwing

them in a bag.  Mine popped open in my luggage. :)  A snack for TSA?

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Clear bags and jars also create a wonderful gift giving vessel.

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I really love the look of these pillow boxes.  They also come in

many shapes and sizes.

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Again… jars with decorative lids!  OMG-cuteness-factor!

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They also sell clear buckets that come in many sizes as well. I

lined the inside with some card stock paper, just giving it that

special personal touch.

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This turned out to be one my all time favorites.  A glass butter

dish from the Dollar Store!  Perfect for presenting truffles. Just

tie a ribbon or twine around it to secure it shut.

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You can find all sorts of boxes at your local craft stores too!

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Brown lunch bags! You will find these in the plastic wrap / foil

section of the grocery store.  Add a label, twine or ribbon and they

go from ordinary to extraordinary within seconds.

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Another fun to way to present a gift is in these Mason Jar Cozies.

Load them up with raw treats or teas and they get double the gifts.

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Here is wishing a wonderful holiday season, to all my amazing subscribers.  amie sue

How to Host a Raw Cookie Exchange

bears1Cookie exchanges typically take place during the Christmas Holiday seasons.  But of course, they don’t have to be limited to such occasions.  Think outside of the “box” and host them anytime you see fit.  Below, I am sharing a few tips with you that I have learned through my years of hosting parties.

~ Stress-Free ~

Be a prepared, calm and stress free host.  Nothing like a stressed out host to put everyone on edge.  If you have little ones, I might suggest, if I may, that you get a babysitter… unless this is a kid friendly event.  Make your cookies well in advance and freeze (if possible).  That is one less thing that you will have to do while scrambling around, getting ready.

Preparing Your Home

Tables:

Have at least 3 large folding tables (6-8’ long) ready and well marked.   One for sample cookies, one for a gift wrapping station and another for the cookies that will be exchanged.  Depending on how large the group is, another table may be needed.

Lighting:

Set the festive stage with mood lighting.  I am not referring to candle light.  Although it would be pretty, it will make it more difficult for others to see and appreciate all the gorgeous cookies.   Stringing all clear Christmas lights in various spots can add some great, inexpensive flare.

Music:

Music… music can always set the tone for a peaceful and relaxing time.  Keep the volume loud enough to be heard, but not so loud that it is difficult to talk over it.  Don’t play music that has too fast of a beat.  This can cause anxiety in some people and make it hard to relax.  Remember, this is a special time for you and your guests.

Refreshment Station:

Set up a drinking station.  You know your crowd, so serve accordingly.  I do recommend supplying drinks that are not to sweet in flavor, because there will be enough “sugar-hits” with all the cookie sampling going on.  Perhaps iced or warmed (depending on the weather) mint tea, which is refreshing and settling on the tummy.

Be Calm and Eat Cookies:

Lastly, relax, breathe and remember that things don’t have to be perfect.  Besides, perfection is different in everyone’s eyes. The missed cobweb in the living room corner won’t be noticed by those stuffing cookies in their cheeks. Focus on creating a wonderful time and will leave you and your guests wrapped in warm memories.  Those are what people remember….

raw-peanut-butter-cookies1Step 1 ~ Send out invitations 3-4 weeks in advance.

Seven to ten people are ideal. Any less can be awkward and any more can easily get out of hand.  In the end, do what you are comfortable with.  Again you don’t want to be stressed host.
Be sure that you let everyone know how many people are coming. When sending out the invitation, be very clear on what they need to bring and what they can expect.  No one wants to be caught off guard.
For example: instruct your guests to bring one type of cookie to share, recipe cards, and pretty wrapping supplies for packaging up cookies to take home.
I would suggest to the guests that when they print out the recipes for the cookies they made that they boldly indicate any allergen foods that might be in them.  Depending on your circle of friends and family, you can even specify for them to only bring gluten-free cookies, vegan cookies, or raw cookies.

Step 2 ~ Choose cookies to bring.

Ask each person to bring a dozen cookies for each person attending, plus an extra dozen for sampling.  This will assure that each person will go home with several dozen cookies that they can share and give as gifts.   You can assign a particular cookie to the guests or just allow them to bring their “family favorite”…  there tends to be much more joy in that plus you usually learn some neat stories.  You can now see why you don’t want to invite TOO many people… that would put a lot of stress on each person in how many they need to make.

raw-oatmeal-cookies-1Step 3 ~ Create a display.

Create a beautiful festive setting.  This will help get everyone into the spirit. Have folding tent cards ready along with extra pens.  That way each guest can write down what the name of their cookie is.  It might be a good idea to have them make a special notes on the card, such as; gluten-free, contains nuts, etc.
Create a display table with plates at different heights to further make the arrangement oven more enticing.   I will usually place a table-cloth on the table, stagger different sized boxes on top and then drape a second table-cloth over them.
Weaving clear Christmas lights around the base of the boxes makes for a very enchanting setting too.  I don’t recommend colored lights as they will detract from the beautiful cookies.  You always want to the cookies to be the main focal point.

Step 4 ~ Create a packaging station.

This is completely optional but a lot of fun.  Plus the guests leave with prepared arrangements of cookies that don’t require fussing with later. Set up a large working space for wrapping up cookies for the guests that brings wrapping paper, boxes, tins, ribbon, plastic wrap, and gift tags.
It’s a good idea to provide some extra white boxes, tape and ribbon for those who may forget or not able to bring much.  Plus, having the “stage” set for arriving guests makes is clear as to where they are put their supplies.  If at all possible, create a few sample boxes or bags… this will encourage those who struggle in the creativity department.

Raw-Chocolate-Covered-Cinnamon-Cookie-Sticks33Step 5 ~ Enjoy the Sampling!

Create a separate space for sampling cookies. Have each guest place a plate of cookies on the table (this is that extra dozen I was talking about).
Be sure that they put a stack of recipes near the cookie that they brought.  Once the table is set, let the party begin!  Sample cookies, sip tea, laugh and cherish the time that you have with your loved ones.
When it’s time to trade, set out the remaining cookies.  Have each person browse the table and take their share of cookies and recipes cards.  Take all their goodies to the packaging table and have them wrap up their cookies.  Each person will leave with joy in their heart, a fully belly and warm memories!

How to Create a Dress Form Christmas Tree

This year I created a Dress Form Christmas Tree.  My inspiration came from my little sister who sent me a photo of one and said, “You must make one of these!”  I agreed.  It was right my alley.  I did a little research to see how they were made but couldn’t find anything, but I knew it couldn’t be that difficult.  And now you will know too.

Dress-Form-Christmas-Tree1You will need a dress form on a stand.  I found mine through a private Facebook group that is a virtual garage sale for the area that I live it.  It is an antique one which is what I have been looking for for quite some time.  It was just meant to be.  You can purchase them on Ebay and Amazon for good prices.  I did a bit of research and narrowed it down to these two listed below (one is white and the other is cream). I was ready to order, but then I came across the antique one which I liked even more. The one I got can be a tabletop or a 6′ tall dress form.  In the end you will want one that is or gets tall.

To create a “rigid” skirt form, I used chicken wire.  The key is to purchase a heavier gauge wire that has smaller mesh openings.  The one that I bought at ACE Hardware has like two inch openings.  It worked but I can see that if you use a smaller opening, like one inch it would make the skirt even that much more sturdy.

If you decide to go shopping at your local hardware store, you will need a minimum of 10 feet to wrap around her. Not for the waist but for it to flare out and create a hoop style skirt at the bottom.   To cut the wire you will need some sort of cutting pliers.  Go raid the tool box, they are pretty common.  I will list a link to what one looks like below. That is all that you will need for “tools”.  The rest is decoration that matches your creativity!  Oh, I did put a skirt on her that I had in my closet… just to protect the form from getting poked by the chicken wire.

For the pine-tree skirt, I used 6 (9 foot) garlands.  Last year when all the Christmas decor went on sale after the holidays, I bought 10 of them for $2.00 a piece (normally $9.99).  I had no idea how I was going to use them the following year, but I knew I would.  Garland comes in different lengths, fullness, and quality.  Check out the local craft stores for a selection to pick from. Just keep in mind that you will need approximately 45 feet in the end.  You can use fresh pine garland if you so desire.  I prefer the fake stuff… less mess, no fire hazard and is reusable, year after year.

For lighting and decoration, I went simple yet elegant.  The possibilities are endless.  I used 300 white lights on a green wire (important!  Don’t use lights that are on white wires, it won’t look good).  I then used some Christmas picks and some fake Christmas flowers, literally just poking them into the greenery.  Very easy. I will post some links to a few that appeal to me, but use what you wish.

For the bodice of the dress form, I laced her up in one of my corsets.  No need to purchase anything for this part, just go to your closet.  You can use dress shirts, dresses, lacy tops, etc. To bring the top and bottom together, I used a deep red burlap ribbon to create a belt.  To balance the color and texture of the ribbon, I tied a piece loosely around the dress form neck and tucked it into the corset top.  Have fun with it!  Trust me, I tried about 4 corsets on her before I made my final decision.  You can use scarves, necklaces, or whatever sticks your fancy. My goal was to use whatever I had on hand. I hope you enjoy this posting and have a wonderful holiday! amie sue

Items required & needed:

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Dress form:

Wire skirt:

Tools:

Garland skit:

Decoration:

This is the dress form that I used.  I extended her to full height

of 6 feet tall. A short one would be beautiful too, you will just

need less materials.

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I slid a skirt over her just to protect the form from the chicken

wire.  This is optional.

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When dealing with the wire, wear gloves so you don’t poke and

scratch yourself. Wrap the wire around the base of the waist,

making it tight around her center.  This will cause the base

of the skirt to flare out some. That is what we want.  Twist the

cut wire ends around the mesh opening to secure it into place.

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Put the top clothing piece on once the mesh shirt is in place.

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You are going to wrap the garland around and around the mesh

skirt.  As you start with the first wrap around, every few inches,

twist the garland sprigs into the top of the wire mesh skirt. This

is your foundation in holding it into place, so be detailed here.

As you go around, you will be twisting the garland sprigs

together roughly every 6-10 inches.  Don’t twist the garland to

the wire, otherwise the skirt will form into an A-line skirt.

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As you go around the skirt form, creating length to the skirt,

let the garland wrap around loosely to keep the flared shape.

Anytime you see a “hole” and can spot the mesh skirt, twist some

garland sprigs together to fill in the hole.  It’s very easy and forgiving.

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Create the desired length. It can be shorter or all the way to the

floor.  Stand back every once in a while and access how things

are looking.  I fluffed out the garland as I was putting it on her.

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Now for the lighting.  Start from the top, making sure that you

start with the female end of the string so the male, plugin ends

up at the bottom of the dress.  Since my dress form has sections

that can contract or expand, I have a stand of lights inside of her

to illuminate her bodice as well.  I literally just walked around and

around her, placing the lights in amongst the garland. I didn’t

intertwine them, they just naturally nestled right in.

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Decorate and enjoy!  I recommend using timers for your

Christmas trees to conserve electricity.

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The Pits…

the-pits1This is just a quick note, first of all I want to wish you a wonderful week and secondly to share that the site is going through a few changes.  Much of it won’t be seen by you, it’s mostly behind the scenes stuff.  But there is something that you might notice, and that is, missing photos.  This past weekend, I accidentally deleted over 400 photos that were linked to my recipes.

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If that ain’t the PITS! lol  I have been working non-stop on slapping those puppies back into place.  Wait!  no I am not really slapping puppies, who could do that?! Just a figure of speech. Should you spot a tiny icon that looks like a broken picture, on any of the recipes, please just put a quick comment at the bottom of that recipe and I will fix it!

But this is also a blessing in disguise, many of the photos were of old recipes from years ago and those photos are lost for good.  Which has forced me to remake some recipes to get new photos. So needless to say, I have been one busy girl. :)  And there is lots to eat around the house, even more than usual, and Bob is happy about that.

Many Blessings, amie sue

Oh, and by the way… those are date pits incase you were wondering. hehe

Raw Crispy Monkey Brittle is for Sale Online!

monkey-brittle1Last month we celebrated the one year anniversary of Oldfather Farms® Gourmet Raw Food Manufacturing Company.  Shew that is a mouthful  (some pun intended).

When we first launched the company, it was my hope to take it online from the get-go.  Within a month of producing our first product  “Crispy Monkey Brittle”, our local community had latched on to this delicious snack and it was all we could do to keep up with the demand.  Our products are stocked in our local grocery stores, health food stores, a downtown coffee shop, Ace Hardware and can even be found in a farm irrigation store!   That last one just tickles me pink.

Throughout the year, we have gone through many expansions to accommodate our growth.  To an outsider these changes might seem small but to us each leap had been gigantic!  We are truly blessed and every item that passes through our fingertips makes us smile.

Almost a year ago we created a website for Oldfatherfarms.com, gearing up for online sales, but we quickly learned (after all our hard work) that it just wasn’t conducive  for actual selling of our goodies.   So back to the drawing board we went and simplified the site, making it streamlined for taking orders from all corners of the world.

So… all this to say that you can now order Crispy Monkey Brittle, my Veggie Bouquet ebook, and even Oldfather Farms hats  online through Oldfatherfarms.com.    For those of you who have already tried any of these items  we would love for you to leave a review on the individual product page.

Many blessings and Happy Holidays!

Noodle Mania!

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Over the past month I have been buried in veggie noodles.  If a hard, rooted veggie sat still long enough, I spiralized it!  My mom was here visiting for the past month and each day I tried to create a new raw dish for her.

She is learning to eat more and more healthier and I thought veggie noodles would add a lot of excitement into her life. I know I haven’t touched all that there is to spiralize but I did get a good start.  I hope that you find some inspiration through them!    The main dish that really started all of this was my Raw Veggie Noodle Pad Thai dish that I made for her, which she fell in love with.

I hope that you can find some inspiration from these postings.  Check out all the veggies noodles that I have been working on…Noodle Making / Alternatives

 

Tools used to create noodles:

GEFU Spiralfix Spiral Slicer 13410 $49.95

  1. Can be used in the left or right hand.
  2. 4 different widths of cut for creative recipes: Spiral cut across the entire width of the material, 3 mm, 6 mm or 12 mm wide adjustable via adjusting wheel
  3. Folding lid for easy filling
  4. Detachable non-slip holding container for safe standing
  5. Material: stainless steel, ABS plastic, SAN
  6. Splash-guard lid with drive unit detachable for easy cleaning. Dishwasher-safe

World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer: Approx. $29

  1. Built for right handed people.
  2. This slicer comes with 3 different blades which give you 3 complete different textures and shapes.
  3. This is the one used in the photo above.

Joyce Chen Saladacco Spiral Slicer: Approx. $25

  1. This is another type of spiral slicer that gives you some different options, such as angel hair thickness.

Potato Peeler: Approx. $8

  1. Wash and peel the outer skin off of the veggie.
  2. Hold the veggie  at one end and in a long stroke motion, run the peeler from top to bottom.
  3. Rotate the veggie in a circular motion and continue peeling until you reach the seeded core (if there is one).  Stop once you reach this.  Don’t throw it away, use it in a smoothie or salad.

New Added Feature ~ “Your Favorite Recipes”

I wanted to let you know that we have added a new feature to Nouveau Raw.  It is called “Your Favorite Recipe”.  This came as a special request by one of our readers .  And we aim to please. :)  This feature can be found on the left-side menu bar on your screen.  See the green arrow in the photo below.

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Once you click on the menu it will take you to the “My Favorite Recipe Collection”.
Please read the instructions that once you open up the page on your computer.

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In the photo below, you will see the yellow arrow pointing at a yellow star
with the words, “Add to Favorites”.  When you click on those words, it
will save that recipe to your own collection of favorite recipes.
You will find this star at the top of each recipe.

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Once you have clicked on it, it will now read “Added to Favorites!”

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Now once you have started a collection, you can  click on the“ Your Favorite Recipes”
on the left-side menu bar and see what recipes you have selected.  See the large yellow arrow below.
If you want to visit that recipe, you just click on the name of the recipe that is in the green ink.
You will also the word remove, this is to remove any recipe one at a time from your favorites.
See the tiny yellow arrow?  It reads “Clear favorites”  be careful, once you click that, it will erase all

the recipes in your collection and then you would have to re-add them one at a time .

Please note; Your favorite list isn’t stored on my site, it is stored in the cache folder on your browser,

so if you clear you cache folder on your computer, you will lose your favorites list.  I can’t

replace it for you.

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I hope that you enjoy this feature.  If you have any questions or comments,
please leave note below and I will do my best to help. ;)
Have a wonderful day!   Amie Sue

A Special Thank You… Best of Raw Results are in!

thank-you-FBOMGJ!!!! Oh My Golly Jillywinkers!!!  They just had the Best of Raw Awards for 2014, and I won for Professional Gourmet Chef (5+) Years!  Not only that, I also won the award for Professional Raw Photographer!  I am so totally overwhelmed, it really has not even fully sunk in yet.

I know am a few days late in sharing this news with all of you,  I but I am here now to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your votes.  I am truly honored.  None of this would have even been possible without  your support and love.  I know that may sound a little cliche’ but it is really true and I don’t know of any better way of saying it.

All this joy from what started as a little website to keep track of my recipes so I wouldn’t lose them.  Now I have this wonderful venue where I can share my passion with you… I am living my dream.  Lets not ever wake up, ok?! ;)

Of course I made a raw cake to celebrate, but we are all going to have to share… but not to worry, I have plenty of forks. hehe  Next year who knows?  Food Network?

Many blessings to each and every one of you…

Amie Sue

Happy Thanksgiving and a “New” Recipe Round Up

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Before the days get busy (eeeer) I wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and to remind you of how thankful I am for you.  But this warm fuzzy feeling that I have doesn’t just happen one day out of the year.  Everyday, I reflect on how blessed and grateful I am to have such encouraging and supporting readers.  You are truly my inspiration.

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I have so many new recipes to share with you but I didn’t want to overwhelm your inbox with individual emails so I decided to round them up into one tidy little spot.  Here.  Below you will find a photo and a link of each new recipe that I have developed. These are all new!   I have more to share in the up and coming days, so stay tuned.

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving for the first time, or just trying to think of something special to add to your feast-filled day, you may be short on ideas.  My hope is that you can find some great, healthy dishes here on Nouveau Raw to feed your guests with.

Thanksgiving time is often filled with traditions, but so often they fall to the wayside as the years pass.  Now is the time to either bring them back or create some new ones of your own.  Want to try something new?  Create a Family Gratitude Journal® throughout the year.  Each night, have a family member share something that they are grateful for by writing it down in the book. Then when the next Thanksgiving rolls around, pass it around the table, having each person read from the book.

Another fun idea is to create a tablecloth specifically for Thanksgiving celebrations. Provide fabric markers where friends and family can record their gratitudes by writing them on the tablecloth.  Have each person sign and date their message.  Each year pull this out and decorate your table with it.  Everyone will reminisce and read all the wonderful messages that get recorded over the years.

Here is a quick decorating idea…  Nothing fancy schmancy, but they are sure adorable!   In the picture on right, I peeled some tiny mandarin oranges and popped some mint leaves in the center.  So easy, so adorable!  Edible decor.  Again thank you, each and every one of you, for joining me on my journey.

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Raw Cranberry and Pomegranate Relish

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Raw Pomegranate and Cranberry Relish Cheesecake

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Raw Pomegranate and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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Raw Pomegranate and Vanilla Bean Pudding

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Raw Warm Green Bean Casserole with Buttery Walnut Crumble

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The little pumpkins below, go together quick and easy.  I bought the plastic
pumpkins from the Dollar Store, and wrapped them with twine, securing it
with hot glue.  Added a few do-dads, and there you have it… a warm Autumn
decoration.

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Best of Raw… Time to Vote!

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As many of you may know, last year through the amazing support and love of those who follow Nouveau Raw… we won the “Favorite Online Blog” award.    Every year around this time,  those that are involved in the raw lifestyle get nominated in various categories.   One of my readers contacted me saying that they wanted to nominate me for the “Favorite Online Blog” award again. As honored as I was, you can’t enter in the same category two years in a row.  :)  So with that being said,  this year I am  listed in two different categories…

Professional Gourmet Chef 5+ years

Professional Raw Photographer  

To vote, please click on the following link:  Best of Raw.  You can vote for me, Amie Sue Oldfather, or for any one else who has been an inspiration to you on your journey.  No matter who you vote for, please vote.  It shows great support and encouragement to all of us who share our love and passion with all of you.

How to Vote:

  1. Click on the blue Vote button below.  This will redirect you to the Best of Raw site.
  2. From there click on the large sign that reads “Click here to enter the voting portal”
  3. If you haven’t voted before, follow the instructions to be able to log in.
  4. Then click to vote.  
  5. In the next screen, “select a category”  if you are voting for me, the category would be “PEOPLE”.
  6. Under that, select the bar below and click on Professional Gourmet Chef 5+ years and / or Professional Raw Photographer.
  7. Then select the name and then submit.   
  8. To vote in another category, on the left hand menu, click on “select another vote”.
  9. You can vote for both if you wish.

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The contest is open from November 15th through January 8th.

 

Where Nouveau Raw’s and now Oldfather Farms’ creations come to life… my pantry

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I continually receive requests to see pictures of my fridge and pantry. hehe  So, I thought I would take a moment to share some pictures of my pantry.  No square inch has been left untouched. haha  In my head, I refer to my pantry as an art studio.  It is filled with all-things-inspiring when it comes to creating and plating raw food dishes.  But before I can show you more about how my pantry is organized, we need to take a tour through time so you can see what it use to look like.

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This is what it looked like when we first moved into the house.
For those of you who haven’t seen it in person, it is hard to get the full impact of everything
we went through.  In the photo below there were three small rooms that ran together.
Laundry room, shower room for cleaning off after working in the orchard, and a pantry.

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We gutted it down to the bare bones.   There is Bob
playing in the shower.  So hard to get that man to do any real work. hehe Just kidding.

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The inner dividing walls were removed except for the wall that houses the electrical panel.

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Looks like me on a bad hair day

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Aaah, inner walls contained, I am already feeling better…

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Time to warm things up with a little paint…

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Natural cork flooring… bad hair day under control… things are looking up.

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We had been living part-time in Oregon and part-time in Arizona.  But this past
June, we closed up our house in Arizona and become full-time residents  where our
hearts have taken root… Hood River, Oregon.  In July, our household belongings
showed up from Tucson.  These boxes were just from the kitchen stuff from our other
home!  It took me three days to filter each box into the new pantry.  Sorting,
organizing and labeling.

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So seven days,  5 long hot baths, 16 bruises on my legs (yep, counted them during my bath),
5 gallons of sun tea, six nights of sleeping like a lumber jack…LATER…. this is the end result…

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There is a WHOLE LOTTA’ stuff going on in such a small space…talk about trying
to fit 10 lbs of “stuff” into a 5 lb bag.  I am already eyeballing the garage.  I  have
the window treatments selected in my head.;)  I mean, my 2 commercial fridges and 1
commercial freezer, already take up a good portion of real estate out there.
We better build a barn SOON!

Introducing Oldfather Farms Raw Food Manufacturing Company

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A lot has been going on behind the scenes of Nouveau Raw so I thought it was about time to bring you, my good readers, up to speed.  For quite a while now, we have had the dream of creating our own raw food manufacturing company.  Getting there has has been quite an amazing journey to say the least.  We have had many distractions with our other business (Bookmans, based in Arizona), Bob and I relocating to Hood River, Oregon, buying a orchard there, let alone the day to day of life. :)  But during all of this, we were taking small steps in preparation.  Everything in due time, I guess.

But it is now official.  Oldfather Farms™ is now a legit raw food manufacturing company!  We have a licensed raw food kitchen, a logo, business cards, wholesale accounts to buy ingredients, and packaging materials.  And of course recipes in place.

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On October 23rd we delivered our first product, which is now being sold in one of Hood River’s finest coffee shops … Doppio Coffee and Lounge.  For the past year or so, I have been taking them “raw food tastings” to get feedback on my creations.  Plus, they are just so cool down there, that I love to share goodies with them, just because.   So, if you live in the area or if you pass through Hood River, be sure to stop in there and order a Raw Dark Chocolate Ganache Brownie (spiced with black pepper and cayenne).  They have a full menu of delicious foods and pull amazing espressos, if that is your thing.  If not, they make great smoothies and even have kombucha on tap!

This is going to be exciting new chapter in our lives and I have to say that I couldn’t have done this without you and my adoring husband, Bob.  You may be asking yourself, “Me?”… yes you.  You have all become part of my extended family, and a wonderful support system.  Just by being “here” you inspire me to continue to share my passion, and this is the next step.  Don’t worry though, Nouveau Raw isn’t going anywhere!  I will always be creating recipes and sharing them with you.  :)

So, again Bob and I thank you for being a part of this journey, and hang on it should be quite a ride. :)

Much love,

Amie Sue

Upgrades on Recipe Viewing

Good morning, afternoon, or evening,… whenever this posting should find you…

I just wanted to point out that we have done a little upgrading to NouveauRaw for your recipe viewing pleasure.  You can view them as you always have by clicking on the photos or you can view the recipes as a list.  Just click on the the “Click for List View” button near the top of the recipe page.  See the screenshot below.  I am such a visual person so I prefer searching the recipe pictures right off from the get-go, but I realize that many of you are “list people” and would rather scan down a list of recipes to find  their inspiration.

Bob and I must have spent a good hour or two just designing the button.  lol   To big, to small, to long, wrong feel, text not just right, to blocky, to harsh, to glossy, to modern… one of the joys (?) of living with an artist.  ;0   I think I dreamt of buttons all night long.   Anyway, enough about the button… I hope that you enjoy having the option.  Let me know what you think.

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I found it rather shocking as to how many recipes that I have created and share on this site.   I don’t think about it.  I 
just create, create, create and share, share, share.  After installing the button so we could click over to the 
list view, we took it for a test spin and up popped the list of recipes.  I scrolled and scrolled and scrolled. 
Wowza!  That really brought it home to me.  hehe  I liken it to the Holiday Gain… during the holidays
you eat and eat and eat,  but then after the holidays pass, you step
on the scale… and your eyes about pop out of your head.  I GAINED that much?!!!  haha In this case…
I MADE that many??!!  And Bob says, “I ATE that many??!! lol  Life is fun. :)

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Peaches, Fruit Flies and Fruit Roll Ups

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Well it’s that time of year again, when peaches are in season.   Well, at least there are here at Oldfather Farms.  They are perfect for picking!  I will soon be sharing some raw peach recipes, but today as I was prepping some for dehydration, I was rudely invaded by … Fruit Flies!  Oy-vey!  I don’t understand where they come from, but they are never late to a fruit party, that is for sure.

After Bob and I spent a little time picking some peaches, I brought them in the house, put them on the counter, went to use to the bathroom, came back and !!!!!! There they all were.  I think they were drunk on peach juice!  It was time to get down and dirty.  I had a trick up my sleeve on how to deal with them, and it was time to pull out the “guns”. In case you haven’t seen my post on fruit flies that I did several years ago… here is a link on How to Deal with Fruit Flies.   There is an easy solution to help you get rid of them.  It still works and we are now fruit fly free.  Shew!

With Fall just around the corner, so is back to school.  I know in some states school has already started but peach fruit leather is a great way to use up those peaches (should they get out of hand) and create school snacks.   Last year, I developed over 60 different fruit leather recipes.   I also did a basic post on How to Make Fruit Leather, if you are looking for any tips.   Also, here are some recipes that I created for fruit leather that included peaches.

  1. Maple Peach Chia Fruit Chips
  2. Lavender Peach Fruit LeatherPeach Harvest Fruit Leather
  3. Peach Berry Fruit Leather
  4. Peach Cherry Fruit Leather
  5. Maca Cherry and Peach Fruit Leather
  6. Sweet Peach Fruit Leather
  7. Thanks-giving Pumpkin Peach Fruit Leather
  8. Balsamic Vinegar Peppercorn Peach Fruit Leather
  9. Blackberry and Peach Fruit Leather
  10. Peach Fruit Leather Infused with Pumpkin Spice Tea
  11. Honey Huckleberry Peach Fruit Leather
  12. Blueberry Peach Lavender Fruit Leather
  13. Pumpkin Bliss Fruit Leather
  14. Chili Pepper Peach Fruit Leather
  15. Peach Fruit Leather Infused with Chai Coconut Tea
  16. Summer Harvest Fruit Medley Leather
  17. Peachy Pumpkin Craisin Fruit Leather

And just in case you run out of peaches… there are plenty of other designer fruit leathers that I created.  Check them out here.

Best of Raw 2013 – We Won!

This is so cool, can you believe it?  We won the 2013 Best of Raw for an On-line Blog! Wheeeeeee.  So here is a special send out and thank you to each and every of you who voted for us.   I so love the community that has grown up around my site over the years. :)  It has really blossomed into something that I really can’t wrap my head around.  :)

I don’t know if you have any idea what it means to me to surrounded by such supportive and like-minded people.  YOU are the fuel that feeds my passion, and for that, I am so grateful (and so is Bob’s full belly haha).

Just for fun here are some facts about NouveauRaw. Did you know…

NouveauRaw was formed in 2008 mostly as a place for me to organize my recipes, and to share them with friends and family.

We now have 4,668 subscribers!

It has been viewed in 144 countries.

I have posted 879 recipes! OMG!

Last month we had 527,648 page views.

And 48,000 unique (different) visitors.

All I can say is WOW… it humbles me to think that as I scamper around my little kitchen, dropping spatulas covered with sticky almond butter on the floor, getting key lime pie batter spattered in my face, dropping measuring spoons in my running food processor, or watching a tray of kale chips tumble to the floor as I carry them to the dehydrator…. And while all that is going on, I have my extend raw family sneaking peeks at my creations.  How amazing is that?!

Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much.

Amie Sue

 

Update ~ Best of Raw Voting ~ Now made easier!

Last week I  sent out an email where you could go to vote for your favorite raw food site.  After countless comments and private emails, I realized that the voting process was way to difficult.  I sent “Best of Raw” an email explaining the issue.  Apparently I wasn’t the only one because today I received an email from them…

“We’ve heard from many of you about our new voting technology, and we’ve been listening to the feedback from the community of folks who have begun voting at this year’s Best of Raw Online Awards!  Many of you have mentioned that the log-in interface was difficult to use and faulty. We therefore removed the Facebook and regular login function altogether.  It is now much simpler for people to vote with only a single requirement for voters to enter their email address without having to set up an account or use Facebook, so that we can keep the voting “real,” ie, one vote per person.”

Yay!  How wonderful that they fixed it, making the process easier.  If you are still interested in voting, click the button below please visit their site and cast your vote.  You will need to select “online blog” on their site and then scroll down to find Nouveau Raw.

Many blessings and have a wonderful day. amie sue

1/20/13 Update… It seems people are still have problems finding me so they can vote. I took step by step screen shots to help….

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Best of Raw: Time to Vote for all Your Raw Favorites

This year I was nominated for The Best of Raw Awards, if you want to go and vote for me, please do.  Even if you don’t vote for me, be sure to check out the other raw sites that were nominated. I am sure that you will find some great resources!

To vote, visit the following link and it will take you to the voting page, or just click on the button below,  BestofRawFoods.com. It takes a second or two for the their page to fully load.  Once it does, click on the “online blog” category,  then scroll down a bit and look for my picture.  I realized when I had to fill out their form that Nouveau Raw doesn’t have a logo!  Tisk, risk.  I need to work on that. :)

The creator and founder of Best of Raw, Laura Fox, says, “We have created the Best of Raw Awards to honor and celebrate those who are educating humanity about adding more raw organic plant foods to the diet to increase health, decrease our eco-footprint and raise our spirits”.

The winners of the Best of Raw Awards are going to be announced at the Raw Living Expo.

I appreciate your vote and your time.  Many blessings, Amie Sue