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Resolve to Make Small Changes in your Life
Happy New Year! If you’re looking to make a New Year’s resolution, it’s always better to pick out small, easy to accomplish changes so that you can stick to them.
It might seem like an insignificant change, but starting your day with a wholesome breakfast complete with whole grains is a great way to give both your brains and brawn a boost of nutrition before you walk out the door.
While breakfast can be a healthy start to your day, what many people forget is that it also serves as a great way to emotionally connect your loved ones before you head out into the world. From catching up on the kids homework assignments, to instilling words of wisdom or taking time to reflect, breakfast time – as in the actual time spent preparing and enjoying breakfast – can invigorate you for your day.
Worried about finding the time? If you think your life is too hectic for your preferred morning meal, resolve to make time for the things you love including yourself. Make your favorite Arrowhead Mills® branded Hot Cereals and try the delicious breakfast recipe below:
For a heartier twist on a time-tested favorite, cereal with bananas, use Arrowhead Mills® Steel Cut Oats and add bananas to prepare ‘Banana Bread’ Oatmeal. Your kids will jump out of bed when they smell ‘banana bread’ oatmeal wafting through your home.
On weekend mornings, when you have a bit more leisure time, make a special breakfast including fluffy Banana Pancakes with Arrowhead Mills® Gluten Free Baking Mix and Organic Corn Grits. You and your loved ones will have a great morning of filling your bellies and nourishing your hearts by exchanging anecdotes from the week.
Of course there will be days where your time is limited, but that doesn’t mean your options have to be. Arrowhead Mills® Maple Buckwheat Flakes are a ready-to-eat delicious cereal that will fit right into your resolutions as part of your breakfast
As you start you New Year, Arrowhead Mills® will be here by your side. With over 50 years in business, we’re looking forward to 2015 and encourage you to start your new year the same you start your day: the right way.
The Arrowhead Mills® process is a powerful reminder of the vigor found in the local organic farming community.
The April earth in Hereford Texas is softening up after a winter of frigid nights and whipping winds. Average daily temperatures have begun to creep back toward the mid-70’s and the sweet southern soil gives off a renewed, earthy pungency.
Dale Hollingsworth senses the change that permeates the air; it fills him with a rush of warm nostalgia. “I miss being a farmer most at spring time,” he speaks in a comforting Texan drawl, “I was farming three major plots of crops across 1,800 acres.”
These days, Dale is the dedicated Purchasing Manager at Arrowhead Mills®, a role that allows him to preserve his connection with the familiar farmland he grew to love over the course of 22 years of planting, while also granting him a sense of pride and commitment in upholding the stringent organic standards of Arrowhead Mills®.
Dale’s primary concern as Purchasing Manager is to ensure that Arrowhead Mills® remains a pivotal pillar of the local organic community. This involves visiting nearby farms, maintaining relationships with farmers and taking samples to ensure that each farm’s organic practices meet Arrowhead Mills’® stringent standards for their products.
Many of the farms Dale visits are ones he is familiar with from his time as a farmer. “Sometimes I’ll visit farms just to talk,” he muses, “we’re a pretty small, tight-knit community in this area.”
20 miles from the Mill is one such frequently-visited farm: the 3rd generation Grotegut family farm, which has been operated by Chris Grotegut for the past 25 years.
Their partnership with Arrowhead Mills® began in the late 90’s, after the Grotegut farm became officially certified USDA organic. “[Since we went organic] we’ve only farmed using 100% organic techniques,” states Grotegut, “we put grasses back into the fields so we don’t worry about the wind blowing the soil away. We rotate crops to naturally get rid of pests. We replace what we take off the land and work diligently to keep that balance, to maintain the sustainability of the environment.”
Further reflecting the earth-friendly commitment of Arrowhead Mills®, the Groteguts have also resisted succumbing to the dubious trend of GMO farming. “I don’t know why they would use that technology to focus on herbicide resistance instead of nutritional enhancement,” he says, “when you plant non-GMO crops, you run the risk of having future failures, it’s a short lived trade off. The best way to keep soil fertile and pest-free is with proper irrigation and rigorous rotation.”
These, and other organic techniques are what make the Arrowhead Mills® approach to farming, harvesting and product production such a wholesome process.
From all of us at Arrowhead Mills® to the local, organic farmers that help make us who we are: thank you, and happy planting season!
Top 10 Gluten Free Valentine’s Treats
Gluten Free foodies are some of the most passionate food lovers on the planet, which makes them oh so deserving of an especially sweet list of Valentine’s Day treats! And who better to provide such a list than America’s most trusted brand for organic, Gluten Free products? Visit our “Cupid’s Cookbook” Pinterest Board for full recipes!
Read on, Gluten Free darlings!
10. Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies – Because Chocolate Chip Cookies are never unwarranted, ESPECIALLY on Valentine’s Day.
9. Gluten Free Brownies – Because brownies for Valentine’s Day will get you exponentially more hugs than almost any other gift.
8. Gluten Free Strawberry Rice Cereal Bars – Because the world has enough cakes and cookies (just kidding, but some variety is always welcome!)
7. Hidden Heart Valentine’s Pound Cake – Because hidden surprises are the BEST on Valentine’s Day!
6. Gluten-Free Pink Pancakes -Because every Valentine deserves breakfast in bed. Especially breakfasts that are PINK. http://bit.ly/AHM_PinkPancakes
5. Gluten Free Raspberry Chocolate Heart Tart – Because on what other holiday do you get to enjoy a dessert that rhymes?
4. Mini Red Velvet Donuts – Because they’re mini. Because they’re red. Because they’re donuts (with sprinkles!)
3. Gluten Free Lemon Snowball Cookies – Because it’s a great way to get your date to pucker up!
2. Gluten Free Chocolate Molten Cakes (AHM RECIPE) – Because chocolate on Valentine’s Day is as certain as the summer sun.
1. Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pie (AHM RECIPE) – Because, why limit yourself to choosing one dessert for your Valentine when you can make one that combines ALL OF THEM?
Happy Valentine’s Day from Arrowhead Mills!
Everyone Can #BakeItForward
By Monica Simms
Every day, I find a way to bring some sunshine and goodness into people’s lives – people who are in need of a little TLC. My community, my fellow church members, family and friends, know exactly how I like to do it, too. With a little baked goodness.
My mom was the best cook, but she couldn’t bake, so I used to do all the baking for our friends and relatives and that’s when my passion really grew. When my church got together to start cooking meals and baking treats for families going through a rough time, I joined in to give back to my community, or in my case, Bake It Forward. I want to make sure they know that someone is thinking about them and cares for them. It’s just who I am.
I felt this same kind of love when Willie Geist from the “Today” Show, along with my church, surprised me during a church bake sale we held to raise tuition for my daughter; and it didn’t end there. The show and my community helped raise the tuition money, gave me a new set of tools so I can bake my best at home, and sent me to New York to be on the “Today” Show!
When I got there, Willie and the show kept answering my dreams. Not only did Arrowhead Mills pay for my tuition to culinary school in New Orleans, but I got to meet my pastry idol, Mr. Buddy Valastro of Cake Boss! He even let me pick any pastries from Carlos – I had to test a little bit of everything – and brought the whole box back with me to share with my church members who started this journey with me.
The whole experience was filled with so much love and support, it truly reminded me that I am just so blessed to have and share this experience with them. Willie helped me and I am thanking him in the best way I know how – by baking it forward with a cake I hope he and his friends and family at The “Today” Show can share.
This experience has inspired me to want to do even more, and share it with others everywhere. I am working with Arrowhead Mills to help spread the love and get others to join me and #BakeItForward. It can be simple things they do in their own communities:
• Hold a bake sale to raise money for your church When my church held the bake sale to help raise money for my daughter’s tuition, I was so touched by the outpouring of love and support from my community. It’s a great way to make a difference in someone else’s life and show that you care.
• Bake a cake to brighten someone’s day Ever since I was 11 years old, I knew I wanted to be a pastry chef. Baking is my passion and with the help of Willie and the “Today” Show, my dream became a reality. A baked good is so much more than a sweet treat, it’s a chance to tell someone you care about that you are thinking of them and care for them. My favorite way to show this is to bake my buttermilk cake with strawberry icing to share with my friends. It shows the special people in your life how much you love them.
Try it out for yourself and see how good it feels. And don’t forget to share how you #BakeItForward on Facebook, I can’t wait to see your #bakeitforward posts!
Monica Simms’ Buttermilk Cake with Strawberry Icing
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
3 cups sifted Arrowhead Mills Unbleached White Flour
1 TBSP baking powder
1 TBSP salt
1 cup whole buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 eight oz. Package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup strawberry preserves
5 cups confectioner’s sugar
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray pan with baking spray and flour. In a bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with buttermilk and ending with flour mixture. Beat in vanilla. Bake for 25 minutes.
While your cake is baking, start on the icing by beating cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add preserves, beating until combined. Then gradually add confectioner’s sugar beating until smooth.
Use a 9” heart shaped pan and use the heart shaped tip to decorate the cake.