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Check out these recipes for planet-friendly treats!

The latest issue of The Free Weekly is out today, and Making Ripplesis all about baking and goodies that aren’t secretly baddies. Here are some recipes from Ripples to help you get started eating green and baking with organic, fair trade ingredients:

Try baking Solar Cookies with the recipe of your choice!  Here’s a how-to video from YouTube.

Want soup? Go vegan and try out this Vegan Cheddar Baked Potato Soup. Warm and comforting!

I love pancakes, and this recipe from Ripples is great for putting autumn flavor into your breakfast: Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Apple Butter

Just for fun, our friend Chris and his students from Colombia want to teach you how to make gluten-free Peanut Butter Cookies with your host, Piggy. :)

Fall into the day with the perfect pancake breakfast!

Ryan & I just discovered the solution to a vegan’s longing for holiday milk flavors: it’s called So Delicious Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk (no, it doesn’t taste like coconuts – they mean “coconut milk” like “almond milk” or “cow’s milk” which doesn’t taste like cows, of course!) When combined with our pancake recipe, adapted for the vegan and gluten-free diet, and topped with Bekemeier’s Caramel Apple Butter, this breakfast is perfect for autumn. I ate the last of the pancakes this morning while basking below a sunlit sky sprinkled with falling golden leaves. This made my morning tai chi session very tasty :) Ripples shares recipes with ya’ll whenever they represent a sustainable, fair trade, or unique experience we’ve had on our journey off-grid. Whether it’s growing cilantro or devouring these pancakes, we want to share what we’ve created and learned. Enjoy! View full article »

On Ripples’ developing homestead, we’re trying to consume less sugar.

Even though we’re not giving up sugar for good yet (after all, I do have a home baking business!) we’re open to sugar substitutes and only want to buy fair trade or organic products.  Several of my friends from various states in the US have already given up sugar either completely or severely restricting it in their diets.  Such positive peer pressure is making me eat even less sugar than before, which was already low compared to the average American. View full article »

Hauling the piano through the yard at dusk

What’s a homestead without music?

From tales of old, we hear of folks sitting on their porches playing a guitar or fiddle and dancing around the yard on summer evenings, or gathering around the piano at Christmastime to sing carols with family.  For 9 years, I’ve lived without a piano.  Occasionally, I would borrow some piano practice time from a church or, during college, wait in line to practice one of 5 or so available pianos inside the art building.  It’s been so long without regular practice that I can’t really say I’m a pianist anymore, but it’s in there somewhere, and I’ve felt unbalanced without music in my life. View full article »

Now you can order allergen-free cookies to support Ripples!

Coming soon, Ripples Cookies is offering 100% allergen-free cookies.  This means everything we bake will be 100% gluten-free and vegan, with options for you to order sugar-free, nut-free, and chocolate-free cookies too!  The chocolate chips we’re now using are Kosher and free of the top 8 allergens: milk, soy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. We are also 100% soy-free, all organic, and fair trade.  That means that if we use vanilla extract in a recipe, it’s from a Fair Trade source. View full article »

If you like peanut butter cookies, try these gluten-free ones!

This funny video comes from our friend Chris Marino and his class in the town of Mushaisa, Colombia! It is hilarious and a really upbeat way to think about gluten-free baking; there’s tons of options out there and you can really have fun with it too!  These students didn’t try to make a specifically gluten-free recipe, but they had fun with one anyway.  Even though I can’t eat eggs right now, I could use egg replacer in this simple recipe:

1 cup PB
1 cup sugar
1 egg

Financial decisions are not very easy ones.

Our 5th year wedding anniversary is coming up, and we want to celebrate it!   View full article »

What do you fantasize about on long boring car trips?

As a homestead dreamer, it’s always much the same daydream for me.  Either I’m an animal, usually a big cat or wolf, running alongside the car jumping swiftly over hurdles and through tall highway grasses, or, I’m just me, able to move with strength and agility like a figure skating rock climber.  Much like this amazing woman, Luci Steel Romberg, demonstrates in this video I found on Care2.com. View full article »

This teen cookie exchange was such an awesome, fun event!

Many thanks to the library, and to Shay Brooks for her hard work and excellent decorating skills! Check out these photos of the event. It was my first cookie exchange, well unless you count kindergarten in Pennsylvania, and despite being sick I did have a great time.

Ripples' Cookies with event sign

Table of cookies

Ripples' Cookies presentation

Lots of people!

A delicious way to make a difference on Valentine’s Day!

Ripples now sells fair trade organic chocolates as well as cookies!  The chocolates come from high-quality dark chocolate bars bought at ONF, certified organic and fair trade.  They’re placed into handmade origami boxes, 4 chocolates per box, and come in a variety of shapes including hearts, bunnies, roosters and more!  You pick the shapes and can choose between a standard box or heart-shaped box (see pictures below).

There’s still time to place your order to be ready by Valentine’s Day!

Just call and leave a message at (931) 532-0639 or Email: AmandaBancroft@Gmail.com

Swirled design in cream cheese frosting!

Organic Heart-Shaped Sugar Cookies!

Chocolate dipped cookies!

Melting chocolate

Origami Heart Box for your chocolates!