Are you looking for some relief from the worries and cares of living in a state of continual uncertainty? A state of well being sometimes can be found while preparing a simple dish or pan of something scrumptious you’ve whipped up. Well this week, cookingforyoumylove is serving up peach cobbler for a super comforting dessert…. Also, learn from us how we made our own almond milk rather than running to the store and buying some, and apparently Rick’s hot flashes are working.
Peach Cobbler Ingredients
- 3 cups peeled, sliced or diced peaches (4 large peaches)
- ¼ cup Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener (or regular sugar)
- 1 tbs. Cornstarch
- ½ cup vegan butter spread
- ¾ cup monkfruit sweetener
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 rbs. nut or soy milk
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. Salt
Peach Cobbler Recipe
- Lightly grease 2 qt. baking dish or 8×8 casserole dish Preheat oven 350 degrees
- Prepare peaches: peel and slice. Place in a greased baking dish, sprinkle 1/4 cup of sugar substitute or sugar and cornstarch on top. Mix in a dish to combine. Spread peaches out evenly in the dish.
- Make batter: In a larger bowl, mix together melted vegan butter spread, sugar, vanilla and nut milk or soy milk. Add flour, baking powder and salt. The batter will be thick, cookie dough consistency.*
- Using a spatula, or your hands, sprinkle the batter on top of peaches and spread out covering the peaches. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect 🙂
- Bake 30-35 minutes or until crust is slightly golden and peaches are bubbly. Serve warm with vegan yogurt ice-cream or coconut whipped cream.
- * I used the ground almonds from our homemade almond milk. After we squeezed it, I spread it out on a baking sheet and roasted at 250 degrees, for an hour or so… I threw in around a half of cup of almond meal into the bowl of the batter for the cobbler.
Homemade Almond Milk
This recipe is amazingly easy,
and baring all major screw ups, you can’t go wrong. More importantly, take a look at the side of the carton, of whatever you use for milk replacement and read the list of what has been added.
For example these are the ingredients of Silk Coconut Milk:
Coconut Milk (filtered water, coconut cream), Vitamin and Mineral Blend (Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Acetate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12), Dipotassium Phosphate, Sea Salt, Sunflower Lecithin, Locust Bean Gum, Gellan Gum, Ascorbic Acid, to protect freshness, Natural Flavor. Enough said.
Easy Homemade Almond Milk Ingredients/Recipe
- 2 cups fresh almonds, covered with water, shake every once in a while and refrigerate for 24 hours. (enzyme creation) highly beneficial.
- Drain, process fine with food processor or blender. Add ½ cup rolled oats (for thickener) ½ tsp. Cinnamon, ¼ tsp salt and 1 tbsp. vanilla.
- You can either put it back in the fridge for another 12 hrs or not. I did, and the flavor was superb.
- Strain and squeeze the nut mixture (while still in the cheesecloth bag) over a bowl and then pour into a 1 qt. jar. Keep refrigerated for one week. It will separate in the fridge, not to worry, just shake it well.
We were blown away by the creamy white color of the “almond milk” And we still are, it’s been 6 days and we’ve used it every morning over our hot cereal, remember from one of my first blog posts; Warm Grains are the Shit Literally and Figuratively.
Working the hot flashes 🙂
Yesterday was Rick’s 7th week on his Hormone Therapy
for prostate cancer. He has one more week to go, and then he’ll start radiation treatment 5 days a week, for two months. It seems like yesterday when he got the call informing us his cancer was more aggressive than what we thought. You’d think time would stand still…
“How did it get so late so soon? It’s the night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss
(Yup, my feelings exactly)
We also are living with a heightened sense of how darn lucky we are. Especially after having a video conference with Rick’s doctor, when he told us after six weeks of the hormones, his PSA numbers had dropped by half of what they were before the treatment. What a relief to hear those numbers. Because up and until this very tangible proof, it was a mind game of choosing hope, expecting success and having belief in the plan on paper, based on studies and statistics.
I’ve learned a lot over the last couple years for instance; sad tears flow down, happy ones shoot out. And they did, as we hugged after the doctors call and got such happy news. The cancer was shrinking away as it was being starved of its fuel, and somehow those incredible hot flashes Rick has been having are working.
As I write this,
I find myself wondering if any of you have a dad, or brother, a husband, or a friend who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer? And if your beloved is doing the duel treatment of hormone therapy combined with radiation? If so, I have a couple tips.
- Read read read (I didn’t know, the prostate is situated between the colon and bladder. Didn’t know that)
- Talk to as many doctors as you can.
- Tell your friends, because more than not, they’ll know someone who is going through, or has been through what you are experiencing.
- Find comfort in knowing people survive this cancer.
- Take a good hard walk everyday.
- Eat well, eat like your life depends on it.
- Laugh, however, whenever you can, like your life depends on it.
- Watch comedy central
- While you are watching comedy central and Netflix, (we howled with laughter watching Tom Papa, The Human Mule)
- Do stretches on the floor
- Breath in through your nose, envision a soft wave breaking on the shore and receding-repeat, breath-out through nose with the wave break and hold as it recedes.
- Watch the stars
- Watch birds
- Catch the sunset
- A sunrise
- And greet the morning with heartfelt thanks, for instance I recite an ancient Jewish prayer I shared in a previous post; “Blessed art thou; O Lord God, Maker of the Universe that you have brought me alive to see this day.”
After our daughter Clare
heard about her Dad’s hot flashes and night sweats, she sent a thoughtful gift to help Rick ameliorate the side effects of the hormone; hot flashes are so hot, I started to have them too. Rick said, “Can’t I have my own?”
The package consisted of:
- O.T FAN cooler anywhere (this fan is unreal with it’s bluetooth technology)
- Summer cooling bandana
- GreaterThanCool.com ice belt for neck
- Silk pillow cases (How sweet was this!!)
Rick wears the ice belt around his neck, and hangs the fan over his shoulders and runs it like a personal air conditioning unit. It works!!
(Rick in his flash gear…not to bad 🙂 )
Clare’s little sister sent us The Power of Positive Thinking, which we have been reading out loud every morning. Get this, Norman Vincent Peale wrote this in 1952! Could’ve been written yesterday; wisdom is wisdom is wisdom is wisdom…