Brandi Profile - (13454817)

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Home Town: Utah, USA
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Member Since: Sep. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Quilting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm the wife to my terrific husband, David, and mother of 5 children (ages 3-12yo). I love photography, blogging, and finding ways to be healthier. I've been off of most refined sugar since December of 2008.
My favorite things to cook
I love to alter recipes to "health-ify" them and replace refined sugars with natural sweeteners so I can eat them.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Moist Persimmon Cookie
This is a moist, flavorful cookie. I absolutely love the spices! They are cake-like and delicious! I changed a few things such as: using butter instead of shortening. (Coconut oil would be a great healthy substitute.) I replaced the sugar with sucanat and the flour for whole wheat flour. They turned out very well (see my picture) and they weren't flat.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 12, 2010
Layered Patchwork Soup Mix
I really enjoyed the soup. I thought the pepper would be over whelming, so I cut it in half (most recipes seem to have a 2:1 ratio of salt to pepper). My children didn't care for the strong sage flavor, but I enjoyed it. I also used brown rice instead of white. To give the gift jars more color, I used 1/4 c green and 1/4 c yellow split peas as well as 1/4 c red lentils and 1/4 c regular lentils. I found some 3" x 4" clear treat bags in the wedding section at Walmart for the spice packet. I tied with ribbon and used a cute holiday gift tag I found on a scrapbooking site for free ( I put the instructions on the back of the tag. Overall I really like this recipe and would make it again as well as give it away!

16 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 16, 2009
Honey Oatmeal Cookies
This cookie was just what I was looking for. After sifting through the reviews, I altered it a bit. My alterations: 3/4 cup Butter instead of Shortening Omitted the Water Used Quick Oats instead of Regular Rolled Oats 1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour instead of All-purpose Flour 325 degrees F oven Used Tablespoon measurement for cookies (still made 30) 14-17 minutes baking time The cookies were cake-like as expected with a yummy honey flavor. It was plenty sweet for me, although I've been off of refined sugars for almost a year now. I will surely make these again, although next time I'll try adding some spices or maybe chocolate!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 10, 2009

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