“Celebrating 2000 Followers” Giveaway… has ended! Look for the winners on MONDAY!

The competition has ended.

I’ll announce the winners on

Monday, March 12, 2018,

as part of

‘KINDNESS COUNTS’

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I recently hit 2000 followers here at The Purple Almond. I’m so excited that I decided to share the joy.

As my way of saying thank you for helping me reach this goal, I will, once again be having a give-away. When I reached 1000 followers, I gave away one cookbook. This time, since I’ve reached 2000 followers,

I am giving away 2 things to 2 followers!

I am giving away 2 packages. Each package (Retail value approximately $45) contains one RACHEL RAY cookbook and one set of cooking DVD’s. Both cookbooks are hard cover and each DVD set contains 3 discs. I chose Rachel Ray because she cooks great meals, made with whole food ingredients in 30 minutes. (Plus I’m a huge fan!) The 2 winners will be randomly selected using gleam.io.  I WOULD LOVE to keep these for myself, but alas, I sacrifice them for all of you!

PACKAGE #1

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EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY

A  beautiful hardcover cookbook with tons of Italian recipes on 376 pages, ranging from salads & appetizers to desserts & cocktails and everything in between.

Rachel calls this book “The single most important work of my life. It represents decades of enjoying and working with food and the people I love most in this world.

30 MINUTE MEALS- ALL AROUND TASTY (3-DVD SET)

Spunky young host Rachel Ray offers timesaving tips and quick, easy recipes prepared in real time with ingredients that can be found in any supermarket.

PACKAGE #2

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PACKAGE #2

CLASSIC RACHEL RAY-THE ALL-OCCASION COOKBOOK

This hardcover cookbook has 341 pages of recipes and photos. The recipes are:

A nostalgic collection of Rachel Ray’s ‘greatest hits,’ outstanding 30-minute meals selected from her earlier books, in a single volume.

30 MINUTE MEALS – QUICK AND HEALTHY (3-DVD SET)

Would you believe you can make impressive and delectable meals at home in less than it takes to get takeout? Rachel shows you how easy it can be. From comfort food to sophisticated fare for entertaining. Rachel promises that her dazzling dishes will never take more than 30 minutes to make from start to finish.

To ENTER, follow the link below.

(BTW…there are 7 different ways to enter!)

 Celebrating 2000 Followers Giveaway

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS

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ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT TO ENTER THE – “Celebrating 2000 Followers” Giveaway!

You can enter here:

 Celebrating 2000 Followers Giveaway

This contest ends at

11:59 PM EST March 8, 2018

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I recently hit 2000 followers here at The Purple Almond. I’m so excited that I decided to share the joy.

As my way of saying thank you for helping me reach this goal, I will, once again be having a give-away. When I reached 1000 followers, I gave away one cookbook. This time, since I’ve reached 2000 followers,

I am giving away 2 things to 2 followers!

I am giving away 2 packages. Each package (Retail value approximately $45) contains one RACHEL RAY cookbook and one set of cooking DVD’s. Both cookbooks are hard cover and each DVD set contains 3 discs. I chose Rachel Ray because she cooks great meals, made with whole food ingredients in 30 minutes. (Plus I’m a huge fan!) The 2 winners will be randomly selected using gleam.io.  I WOULD LOVE to keep these for myself, but alas, I sacrifice them for all of you!

PACKAGE #1

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EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY

A  beautiful hardcover cookbook with tons of Italian recipes on 376 pages, ranging from salads & appetizers to desserts & cocktails and everything in between.

Rachel calls this book “The single most important work of my life. It represents decades of enjoying and working with food and the people I love most in this world.

30 MINUTE MEALS- ALL AROUND TASTY (3-DVD SET)

Spunky young host Rachel Ray offers timesaving tips and quick, easy recipes prepared in real time with ingredients that can be found in any supermarket.

PACKAGE #2

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PACKAGE #2

CLASSIC RACHEL RAY-THE ALL-OCCASION COOKBOOK

This hardcover cookbook has 341 pages of recipes and photos. The recipes are:

A nostalgic collection of Rachel Ray’s ‘greatest hits,’ outstanding 30-minute meals selected from her earlier books, in a single volume.

30 MINUTE MEALS – QUICK AND HEALTHY (3-DVD SET)

Would you believe you can make impressive and delectable meals at home in less than it takes to get takeout? Rachel shows you how easy it can be. From comfort food to sophisticated fare for entertaining. Rachel promises that her dazzling dishes will never take more than 30 minutes to make from start to finish.

To ENTER, follow the link below.

(BTW…there are 7 different ways to enter!)

 Celebrating 2000 Followers Giveaway

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS

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Celebrating 2000 Followers Giveaway! 2 Winners!

You can enter here:

 Celebrating 2000 Followers Giveaway

This contest ends at

11:59 PM EST March 8, 2018

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I recently hit 2000 followers here at The Purple Almond. I’m so excited that I decided to share the joy.

As my way of saying thank you for helping me reach this goal, I will, once again be having a give-away. When I reached 1000 followers, I gave away one cookbook. This time, since I’ve reached 2000 followers,

I am giving away 2 things to 2 followers!

I am giving away 2 packages. Each package (Retail value approximately $45) contains one RACHEL RAY cookbook and one set of cooking DVD’s. Both cookbooks are hard cover and each DVD set contains 3 discs. I chose Rachel Ray because she cooks great meals, made with whole food ingredients in 30 minutes. (Plus I’m a huge fan!) The 2 winners will be randomly selected using gleam.io.  I WOULD LOVE to keep these for myself, but alas, I sacrifice them for all of you!

PACKAGE #1

IMG_8300PACKAGE #1-

EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY

A  beautiful hardcover cookbook with tons of Italian recipes on 376 pages, ranging from salads & appetizers to desserts & cocktails and everything in between.

Rachel calls this book “The single most important work of my life. It represents decades of enjoying and working with food and the people I love most in this world.

30 MINUTE MEALS- ALL AROUND TASTY (3-DVD SET)

Spunky young host Rachel Ray offers timesaving tips and quick, easy recipes prepared in real time with ingredients that can be found in any supermarket.

PACKAGE #2

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PACKAGE #2

CLASSIC RACHEL RAY-THE ALL-OCCASION COOKBOOK

This hardcover cookbook has 341 pages of recipes and photos. The recipes are:

A nostalgic collection of Rachel Ray’s ‘greatest hits,’ outstanding 30-minute meals selected from her earlier books, in a single volume.

30 MINUTE MEALS – QUICK AND HEALTHY (3-DVD SET)

Would you believe you can make impressive and delectable meals at home in less than it takes to get takeout? Rachel shows you how easy it can be. From comfort food to sophisticated fare for entertaining. Rachel promises that her dazzling dishes will never take more than 30 minutes to make from start to finish.

To ENTER, follow the link below.

(BTW…there are 7 different ways to enter!)

 Celebrating 2000 Followers Giveaway

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS

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Thankful Thursday: I’ve hit 2000 followers!

I AM SO HAPPY,

I DO THE DANCE OF JOY!

As of this writing,

I have 2006 followers.

Normally, my Thankful Thursday articles are geared toward highlighting one of my followers. Today, I just wanted to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all of you for following me. This has been quite a journey, and one I am so grateful I took. It was a huge leap for me to “put myself out there,” so to speak. I’m a private and reserved person by nature, so writing in such a public way was very scary for me.

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I have definitely found my niche with blogging. I just love writing my articles and can’t wait until I can do it full time once again. It’s not just about the writing for me, however. This is one of the few places where I get to be myself. One thing I decided when I started this blog was I would be unapologetically myself. If people didn’t like it, they didn’t have to follow me. So, this blog has become an expression of me, of everything I know and love. It is part of me, of who I am. Here, Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about how important it is to truly find your niche and be yourself.

Writing this blog has raised me up and made me a better person. You all are a HUGE part that and why I love blogging so much. The very day I opened my blog I was welcomed into the blogging community with open arms. You all have become part of what I now call my “blogging family”. It is a warm, welcoming, encouraging and loving place. I am so blessed and so grateful to have each of you in my life.

As part of my thank you to all of you for this, I present to you the song You Raise Me Up. Originally by Josh Groban. However, this version is song by Jeffrey Li & Celine Tam, two extremely talented young people. ENJOY!

 A look back

I decided to do a bit of reminiscing today. So,  here are a few of my past follower posts.

100 followers

200 followers

500 followers

1337 followers

I HAVE ANOTHER GIVE-AWAY COMING SOON

Thank you once again. for following me. As my way of saying thank you for helping me reach this goal, I will, once again be having a give-away. When I reached 1000 followers, I gave away one cookbook. This time, since I’ve reached 2000 followers, I am giving away 2 things to 2 followers! (a total of 4 things!)

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I am giving away 2 packages. Each package (Retail value approximately $45) contains one RACHEL RAY cookbook and one set of cooking DVD’s. Both cookbooks are hard cover and each DVD set contains 3 discs. I chose Rachel Ray because she cooks great meals, made with whole food ingredients in 30 minutes. (Plus I’m a huge fan!)

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PACKAGE #1-

 

EVERYONE IS ITALIAN ON SUNDAY

30 MINUTE MEALS- ALL AROUND TASTY (3-DVD SET)

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PACKAGE #2

CLASSIC RACHEL RAY-THE ALL-OCCASION COOKBOOK

30 MINUTE MEALS – QUICK AND HEALTHY (3-DVD SET)

I will be officially announcing the giveaway on

Monday February 26, 2018

during Motivation Monday

so stay tuned on how you can win one of these 2 sets!

Closing thoughts

Thank you so much to all of you. You’ve all made a huge difference in my life. I am forever grateful to you for that. Starting this blog was the best decision I ever made. Yes it was scary, the best things in life usually are. I realize how lucky I am, not only to have found my niche, but the ability to carry it out. I know not everyone is that lucky.

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Have you found your niche? Are you doing what you love? Do you wake up everyday and say “Wow! I can’t believe I get to do this everyday?” If not…what are you waiting for?

NAMASTE MY FRIENDS

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My Pioneer Cookbook Adventure: Good Housekeeping 1903 ~ Boston Brown Bread

Hello all! Welcome to another edition of my adventures in cooking old school. As a brief summary, for those new to my blog, I have a small collection of cookbooks dating between 1895 to 1950. I am currently attempting recipes from a 1903 Good Housekeeping cookbook.

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This week, I attempted to make BOSTON BROWN BREAD, an interesting experience, considering I’ve never had it before. As is the case with all the recipes in this book, you receive very little instructions. Here is the recipe as it appears in the book:

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So, yep, that’s all I had to work with. This prompted me to do a bit of research, which in turn prompted me to make a change in the recipe/length of cooking. I combined the ingredients from this recipe with the tips from SERIOUS EATS-EASY BOSTON BROWN BREAD. The main problem I had was what to put the batter in for cooking, as the recipe doesn’t indicate what to put it in or how to steam it. According to Serious Eats, Boston Brown Bread is indeed steamed, and mainly prepared in cans, either one large can, such as a coffee can, or several smaller cans. Yvonne, at Serious Eats, recommends 3 small cans, approximately 14 ounces each, for quick cooking time. (Instead of the 3 hours recommended in the recipe above!) She says that a 14 ounce tomato can is perfect. I used 3 bean cans. I cleaned the cans thoroughly,  buttered them and put parchment paper in the bottom. (Per a tip from Yvonne)

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So, with problem #1 solved, I moved onto problem #2-just what is graham flour. Now, I know we’ve all heard of graham crackers, but what exactly is graham flour. I looked in my usual grocery store, with no luck, and I didn’t have time to go to Whole Foods. As I was walking around the grocery store, I googled graham flour, to see what else I could use. According to Wikipedia, graham flour is a form of wheat flour named after Sylvester Graham. Mr. Graham didn’t like discarding the germ and bran, as is done in the production of white flour. He believed in using all the grain in milling flour. and this could help heal the poor health back in his day (1794 – 1850). Here is a quote from the Wikipedia article:

“Graham flour is similar to whole wheat flour in that both are made from the whole grain; however graham flour is not sifted during milling (i.e. unbolted), and is ground more coarsely.”

I also consulted Yvonne’s article on Boston Brown Bread. She indicates:

 “…it’s a New England colonial classic made with corn meal, rye or whole wheat flour, and enriched with molasses.”

So, as is the case with many pioneer recipes, you use what’s on hand. So, I decided to use stone ground whole wheat flour.

Let’s move on to how things went for me.

Here’s what I used:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Organic whole milk (and a splash of vinegar to sour the milk)
  • 1/2 cup Blackstrap molasses
  • 1 pasture-raised egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter – melted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (not pictured)
  • 3/4 cup Organic Stone Ground Whole Wheat (Bob’s Red Mill)

Here’s what I did:

  1. Grease three 14-ounce cans well and place a circle of parchment paper on the bottom of each can. fullsizeoutput_d3b
  2. Mix sour milk and baking soda in a bowl and add molasses. fullsizeoutput_d33
  3. Add egg and mix well. fullsizeoutput_d43
  4. Pour in butter. fullsizeoutput_d31.jpeg
  5. Gradually add flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until batter resembles a cake batter. I used approximately 3/4 cup. (perhaps a bit more)
  6. Using an ice cream scoop, dived batter evenly between the three cans. fullsizeoutput_d3d

  7. Cover each can with foil and tie with string. fullsizeoutput_d2b
  8. Place the three cans in a large pot, a couple of inches taller than the cans. fullsizeoutput_d2d
  9. Pour water into the pot, halfway up the cans. Bring water to a simmer, and reduce heat to low. Simmer gently until bread is pulling away from the sides of the can and set. Bread is done when skewer inserted comes out with moist crumbs. (about 35 minutes, not 3 hours)fullsizeoutput_d27
  10. Remove from pot and set on wire rack. Leave in cans until completely cool.
  11. THE HARDEST PART…GETTING IT OUT OF THE CAN!!! Run a knife around the can and remove by turning it upside down and knocking it onto the work surface. This is easier said than done. You can see the photo, I was not entirely successful.-notice all the crumbs!)+CMmwJVmRD+z8A1pfFCpXA

HERE’S MY FINISHED RESULT:

Final thoughts:

This was incredibly easy to make. As I said, getting it out of the can, was quite difficult. If I ever make it again, I’ll put parchment paper around the sides as well as the bottom. My son and I tried it both plain and with honey. My son didn’t really care for it, saying it was “Meh” (Teenage translation-neither good nor bad-it just is…) I quite liked it with butter and honey. According to Yvonne at Serious Eats, it’s normally served with cream cheese. I didn’t have any on hand. Maybe next time. I can see the draw to this bread. It resembles cake more than bread. It’s REALLY moist, which makes sense due to the cooking technique.

Have any of you tried Boston Brown Bread? Did you grow up on it? Have you tried the canned store bought version? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this unique bread recipe.

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Golf Balls and Chocolate

This is just a quick post to inspire you, AND let you know that I’ll be offline until:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

I am coming to the end of a course, which means I’m swamped with homework, reading, studying, papers and the like. In fact, I have 2 assignments due at midnight tomorrow. Taking care of my son (who was injured) also takes up a good portion of my day. Therefore, I decided to take the next week off from blogging. This will be my final post until Tuesday, June 6, 2017. My son and school must come first.

Before I log off for the week, I wanted to share an inspiring video with you about which priorities in your life should come first.

So…I’m going to go

and

take care of a few golf balls!

Have a great week everyone. God Bless! NAMASTE!

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