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Welcome 2017!

Posted on December 30, 2016 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

As the year comes to an end, we look at the past and try to make decisions for the future. What worked? What didn't? What did we love doing or dread? How can we make the coming year better for our customers? For our business? And most importantly, for our families and ourselves?

We started Nanny's Way with some really great family recipes, a dream and strong work ethic over 4 years ago, and we've undergone many changes since. From jams & pickles to baked goods, from Farmer's Markets & vendor shows to a brick and mortar storefront, and many more. We enjoy change, from the items we produce to the decor in our store. So we are looking forward to more changes through 2017.

One of our new products will be mixes for some of our most popular items, including Cinnamon Banana Nut Bread, Gingerbread, and Chocolate Chip Cookies, in both regular and gluten free options. These will be offered in-store, on this website, and also on Etsy. We will also be offering our Granolas and Biscottis on Etsy as well.

We hope you are looking forward to the New Year as much as we are! Thank you for your support, and come see us in 2017!

Ginger & Brittanny

Fast Food Oatmeal - Healthy Alternative?

Posted on October 17, 2016 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently one of the family children was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic. Her Mom immediately began making dietary changes. In search of a better breakfast option one Saturday morning when we were running wild getting ready for market, she swung through a local drive through and ordered oatmeal, which the teenager ate with pleasure.

I'm naturally curious, so I looked into this offering from McDonald's. Their website (as of Oct. 7, 2016) describes their Fruit & Maple Oatmeal as follows:

"We take two full servings of whole-grain oats and add a touch of cream. Loaded with red and green apples, cranberries and two varieties of raisins. " The cereal is described as available with or without brown sugar.

According to New York Times food writer & blogger Mark Bittman http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/how-to-make-oatmeal-wrong/?src=me&ref=general), a more realistic description would be "oats, sugar, sweetened dried fruit, cream and 11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen.”

What are those ingredients? I searched McDonald's website, was directed to another website, and found no ingredient listing. However, at the very end in quite small print were directions to call a 1-800 number if I had specific health concerns. However, Snack-Girl (http://snack-girl.com/snack/mcdonalds-oatmeal-healthy/) reports the following:

Ingredients:

Oatmeal- Whole grain rolled oats, brown sugar, food starch-modified, salt, natural maple flavor with other natural flavor (plant source), barley malt extract, caramel color.

Diced Apples- Apples, calcium ascorbate (a blend of calcium and vitamin C to maintain freshness and color).

Cranberry Raisin Blend Dried sweetened cranberries (sugar, cranberries), California raisins, golden raisins, sunflower oil, sulfur dioxide (preservative).

Light Cream Milk, cream, sodium phosphate, datem, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium citrate, carrageenan.

Nutritional Information: 290 calories, 4.5 g fat, 57 g carbohydrates, 5 g protein, 5 g fiber, 160 mg sodium (Points+ 7)

How do they make it? It is instant oatmeal with the sugar pre-added and then they add hot water, cranberry raisins, diced apples, and light cream. I watched the chef (AKA McD's manager) mix it up himself.

 

(Note that she lists 24 ingredients here!) I decided to try the oatmeal for myself. I ordered the cereal at the drive through, and was not given the brown sugar option, although I forgot to request it without. The oatmeal weighed 7.3 ounces on our kitchen scale. I picked through it, and was able to retrieve about 2 ounces of fruit, including red & green apples (5 pieces), several pieces of what I took to be peeled apple, dark raisins, fewer golden raisins, and 3 pieces of dried cranberry. The raisins and cranberries were chopped into small pieces rather than being whole fruits (I believe this is an effort to make it appear there is more, because who chops raisins & cranberries?). The apple pieces were about 1/4" - 3/8" dice. Hardly what I would call "loaded" !

The oats were not rolled flakes but rather were very small pieces as well, similar to the instant variety. The cereal had a very strong maple aroma, although there is no maple syrup in it.

A serving of oatmeal is 1 cup cooked, or 1/2 cup dry (1/4 cup if steel cut). McDonalds says they begin with 2 servings of oats, which would equal 1 cup dry (or 1/2 cup steel cut) and 2 cups cooked. However, the serving I had was less than 3/4 cup. It was, however, roughly what one would expect from 2 envelopes of instant oatmeal - you know, the stuff filled with too much sweeteners and an array of preservatives and other nasties. (I'm sure you've heard that serving sizes are often reduced in order to make a food seem better for you than it really is.)

I found the cereal to be overly sweet, and rightly so as it has more calories than a Snickers bar. A standard size Snickers Bar has 250 calories, 12 g fat (probably a lot of that comes from the peanuts), 4 g protein, 33 carbs, 27 g sugar. The McDonalds website reports their oatmeal as having 290 calories, 4 g fat, 5 g protein, 58 carbs, 32 g sugar. It almost seems as if the Snickers might be the better choice!

In response to this very poor "healthy choice" we have developed Nanny's Way Fruited Oatmeal. We start with steel cut oats, also known as Irish oats, which are lower on the hypoglycemic scale than regular rolled oats. Then we add 1/4 cup chopped organic apples and 1/8 cup dried fruit, such as raisins, cranberries etc, per serving. Finally we use "sweet" natural flavors of cinnamon and vanilla. This is slowly simmered to a rich, creamy consistency. Many find the flavor to be quite sweet enough, but a splash of real organic half & half makes it even better! 1 serving (1 full cup!) of our Fruited Oatmeal contains about 242 calories, 49 carbs, 3 g fat, 5 g protein, 18 g sugar.

Now that's a healthy breakfast a concerned Mama can support!

 

Summer Menu News

Posted on June 12, 2016 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Summer is upon us! And we are making some exciting changes to our menu!  It will change each week, and you can view it on our Facebook page by clicking the "About" tab.

We have added more Cupcakes to our daily lineup, so we now offer Carrot Cake, Fresh Strawberry, and Italian Cream, all with Cream Cheese Frosting; Red Velvet (artificial red dye) with Vanilla Buttercream; Nanny's Cream-filled Hostess Cake (chocolate, vanilla cream filling, chocolate buttercream frosting), and German Chocolate (the real thing, not a regular chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting).

We've also expanded our Cake Ball flavors. Some are find Rum Cake, Moon Pie, Orange Creamsicle, Strawberry Cream, Salted Caramel, Lemon Pop, Birthday Cake, Triple Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Cinnamon Cream, Wedding Cake, Carrot Cake, and more . . . They may not all be available every day, but we can take special orders with a 1 week notice.

We are offering 2 muffins each week. Our standard Blueberry with Sugar Crust is our standard, and the 2nd choice will change each week.

We have added to the lunch menu as follows:

2 Soup choices: 1 broth based and 1 cream based;

2 Protein Salad choices: Chicken Salad and the other to rotate weekly;

2 Side Salad choices: may include veggie, fruit, pasta or grain-based salads

A Wrap Plate which will include a Wrap with assorted fillings and accompanying side salad

So check out our menu on our Facebook page every week, and if you haven't already done so, we invite you to Like Us today!


Welcome Spring!

Posted on March 6, 2016 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

We are excited to welcome Spring, although here on the Gulf Coast of Texas we have enjoyed spring-like weather for several weeks now! However, it's time to embrace Spring time flavors, so we are phasing out Pumpkin and German Apple Breads in favor of Carrot Bread, Lemon Poppy Seed Bread, and Berry Breads.

This past week we jarred Strawberry Jam from organic berries & sugar, and it is in our cooler and ready to go! We also have a new cupcake flavor: Strawberry Cream Cheese, which is a white cake with chunks of fresh berries baked in, topped with Cream Cheese Frosting.

I have finally located another  source for natural food colors that are advertised to be richer, more vibrant colors. Just in time for Easter-themed cookies & cupcakes!

New Item: Chocolate Chip Cookie Cakes. 16" in diameter, these serve at least 15-20 depending on serving size. We can decorate these to meet your needs with colored buttercream frosting.

On the family front: We're excited to announce that granddaughter Verity has earned her Letterman's Jacket although she is only a freshmen, due to her position on the Varsty Bowling Team. Go Team! Shealynn wrapped up her lead in Nunsense a couple of weeks ago, and has landed a job with ETC in Galveston on the stage crew. It's exciting to see her working toward realizing her dreams! She will matriculate from community college to university this Fall, and has auditions scheduled over the next few weeks with several universities. The little boys are looking forward to spring break, and I'm hoping to take a little time off to enjoy it with them. Grandbaby Emilia is growing like a little weed and amazes us each day with all she is learning.

I hope your family is well, and that you have many beautiful days until I blog again!

--Ginger

Holiday Pie Orders

Posted on November 18, 2015 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Time is drawing near to get your holiday pie orders in. We are cutting off orders at Friday 6:00 p.m. Hurry to get your orders in for:

Pumpkin

Pecan

Buttermilk

Sweet Potato

Lemon Chess

Lemon Meringue

Coconut Cream w/ Meringue

Chocolate Cream w/ Meringue

Apple

Strawberry/Rhubarb

If your favorite isn't listed, give us a call, we can probably make it! And remember, we believe pie crust should be a delicious accompaniement to the filling, not simply a holder for it! All pie crust made by hand in house! GLUTEN FREE available also!

New Items in Store and at Market this Week!

Posted on June 19, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Good Morning! It's a Beautiful Day at Nanny's Way! Winds and rain are gone after Tropical Storm Bill has moved on, and we are getting ready for market on Saturday.

Catch us this week at Erma's Nutrition Center, on Upper Bay Road in Nassau Bay, TX. We have some new Jarred items for you, made with Organically and Locally Grown Ingredients! Please keep in mind that all our jarred items are required by law to remain refrigerated until we are able to attend the Better Process School and obtain shelf studies on them, so we cannot ship at this time.

Raw Fermented Kim Chi, Beet Kvass, and Smokey Peppercorn Cucumber Pickles. These are all fermented naturally in crocks and then jarred and refrigerated. Full of Probiotics and Vitamins.

Old Fashioned Garlic Dills, fermented and then heat sealed and refrigerated. Dill Spears and Spicy Dill Spears, traditionally made and heat sealed.

Strawberry Jam, made from commercial organic berries and raw, organic cane sugar.

Breads this week will include Traditional Sourdough, Honey Whole Wheat, and English Muffin. Sweet breads are Cinnamon Banana Nut and Zucchini Oat.

We will also have Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin cookies, and possibly Scones.

Gluten Free Items include Sorghum Yeast Bread, Cinnamon Banana Nut Bread, and assorted Cookies.

If you can't make it to the market, come by the store today between 9 & 6.

See you soon!

Do YOU eat BEAVER BUTT GOO?

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Beavers - the largest rodent in North America, can weigh up to 70 pounds. They have long been sought for their pelts which are made into hats and other winter attire. As any Duck Dynasty fan knows, they also cause damage to streams and wetlands by cutting down trees and damming waterways. And many in our area are familiar with the buck-toothed, grinning beaver in a ball cap that serves as mascot for a popular convenience store chain.

Beavers have a less commonly known contribution to the food industry. They secrete a substance known as castoreum from glands near their anuses to mark their territory. This substance reportedly smells and tastes like vanilla. According to a study in the International Journal of Toxicology  (2007) this substance has been used in food and perfume production for 80 years or more. A dark brown, molasses-like goo, castoreum is said to enhance the flavors of vanilla, strawberry and other fruits.

Castoreum can either be "milked" from live animals or collected after their demise. Regardless of how it is obtained, due to the location of the gland the goo is usually a combination of secretions from both the castor and anal glands, along with urine ( http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/01/beaver-butts-emit-goo-used-for-vanilla-flavoring/). 

Castoreum is very expensive, and annual use is less than 300 pounds. However, food scientists add it at a rate of a few parts per million (Natural Sources of Flavourings, Volume 1, Council of Europe, Jan 1, 2000) so those pounds can go a long way. It is used in baked goods, dairy goods, desserts, drinks, and even some meat products. The FDA lists castoreum as Generally Recognized as Safe, and allow manufacturers to list it as "natural flavors" in the ingredients listings.

At Nanny's Way we pledge to NEVER use ingredients such as castoreum. We want to know what we are putting into our own bodies, and believe you have the right to the same information. Eating natural is a great start to improving your health, but even "natural" foods may well be something you would never knowingly eat!

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

Posted on January 1, 2015 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The past three months have flown by, and it's hard to believe that the year is ended! 2014 brought our transition from Farmers Market Vendors to Shop Owners as we opened our organic bakery. Now we offer our goodies both in our store and at the markets. As Brittanny's corporate position was cut a few weeks before we opened she realized her dream of working for herself. I returned to the daily workforce after several years of farming part time and being a stay at home Mom the rest of the time. Shealynn finished her first full semester as a college student. Verity and Taylor began their last year of Jr. High. Nathaniel has settled into first grade and Chase officially loves kindergarten. We gained a new family member, Emilia Leanne, in June - a beautiful new baby to spoil!

We are excited about the coming year and what it will hold as we continue to raise our families and build our business. Our commitment remains to offer nourishing, pure food to you at a reasonable price. We will be making more changes as we learn what works, what doesn't, and what our customers want. I hope to be able to find time to update our website more often, and Brittanny will continue to handle our social media outlets (which she does an excellent job of!).

This time of year always finds me a bit sad, as I watch the holiday decorations come down, see the bare and discarded trees on the curb, notice the return to non-holiday music on the radio, and hear many people breathe a sigh of relief that "It's over!". I don't believe Christmas should ever be considered as "over" or ended. Christmas is about beginnings. The baby born to a virgin long ago brought into the world Hope, and Salvation, to people then and thereafter who had neither. My prayer for you is that as you put away your holiday trappings, you go forward into 2015 with Hope, Joy, and Peace in the knowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord and offers the greatest gifts of all, Salvation and Eternal Life.

Happy New Year,

Ginger

At Last . . .

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

we are open!  After working feverishly all last week and over the weekend, we opened our bakery today! It is a soft opening, and with limited stock as we suffered an air conditioning problem yesterday. Brittanny, Shealynn, Verity and I were here until 1:00 this morning. Britt and I were back by 6:30 a.m. Shea put the little guys on the bus, finished up some coursework, then joined us. We should be in full operation tomorrow morning. Watch our facebook page for pics and more info!                                                         -----------Ginger

This Week's Farmers Markets

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

We will have our regular booth tomorrow (Saturday) at the Clear Lake Shores Farmers Market. We are planning this as the trial run in using our new kitchen equipment. To that end, we plan to have English Muffin Bread, Cinnamon Banana Nut Bread, some sort of Cookies, and possibly more. For those of you who will miss our signature Sour Dough Breads, they will be available on our first day of business at the Bakery in Santa Fe. We are going to hold off just a little more to announce that date, but I will tell you that it will be one day next week! Of course we will also have our jams, pickles etc., so be sure your drop by. We will have flyers for our store there so you can have a partial listing of what we will be offering 6 days a week! If you didn't come to the market last week, we have moved it temporarily a couple of blocks closer to 146. Just watch for the tents, this location is much easier to see than the regular spot!                           C U all soon!



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