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Rainbow Sourdough Discard Sugar Cookies

Rainbow Sourdough Discard Sugar Cookies

These Rainbow Sourdough Discard Sugar Cookies are a new favorite in this house! Ingredients: 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temp) ¾ cups granulated raw cane sugar 1 large egg (room temp) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ cup sourdough discard (room temp) 2 ½ cups organic 

Hub City Farmacy – Greenville, SC

Hub City Farmacy – Greenville, SC

I share a lot of fun recipes and talk often about eating cleaner meals to optimize your health. I know for many this is tough, especially with busy work schedules. I started seeing Hub City Market on Facebook and quickly realized the value in their 

Easy Sourdough for beginners

Easy Sourdough for beginners

Sourdough, it’s something I’ve been thinking about diving into for well over a year now. Every time I looked into it or watched someone making sourdough I noticed they always had some massive container which freaked me out and all of these different tools.

Well I’m here to say, I dove in and decided to try this my way. An easy way, a stress free, we’ll see what happens and go with it, kind of way… and it worked.

So to start you need to find someone in your local community that can give you some starter or you need to look up how to make a starter. I highly suggest asking for starter! I had a friend that knew a friend that was able to get some starter. But I’m in a FB group with a ton of local women that I probably could have also met up with and gotten some. I asked for organic starter because I bake with organic flour.

Once you have your starter this is what you need to know.

Discard is starter that you put in another container and put in your fridge to use for recipes within a week.

We discard starter because the more you feed the starter the bigger it gets and you will run out of space for it in your container.

You can discard you starter in a container and have two staters if you want to bake a lot. Or you can just get a really big container.

When you have starter on the counter it needs to be fed daily at minimum. I feed mine daily.

If you are going out of town or want a break from feeding it, just put it in your fridge. It can hang out there for a week before needing a feeding.

If you put it in the fridge, give it a couple ours to warm up before feeding it.

I keep my discard in the fridge in a jar because I’m not feeding it.

Okay so you have your starter, how do you feed it?

About every video I watched and recipe I read – and I watched and read a lot- said you have to weigh everything.

I was for one not going to buy a scale and 2 ewww that just sounds like work I don’t want to do. Listen, I’m not lazy, I’m just realistic about my time. I like to keep things simple and use things around the house or things I’m familiar with. This was already a brand new adventure for me and I didn’t want to overwhelm myself.

I reached out to a couple friends that basically said I can’t mess it up. So I was like, okay that’s what I needed to hear. It felt like all these other “sourdough people” act like it’s such a science, weighing and timing feeds etc. And yes, baking is a science and if you want a bakery and want to have consistent products you probably should invest in a scale… but I’m just a mom trying to feed my family some clean and delicious food! Plus, I’ve worked so hard and still am working so hard to not be so uptight (from trauma) that honeslty I felt that sourdough way of life just wouldn’t work for me. I’m proud I’m at a point I can tell what would not be beneficial to my mental health, that’s a win. So anyway, I started looking up conversions for weight of items to measurements.

Here is a conversion chart you can look at. You can follow any feeding schedule you want. Many different people feed in many different ways.

Here is the conversion chart I like.

So for me I keep 1-2 tablespoons of starter in my jar, then add 4 tablespoons filtered water (stir until evenly mixed) then add 1/2 cup flour and stir until evenly mixed. Keep the cover on lose not tight.

Why does the water need to be filtered? Because their is chlorine in our drinking water and it will kill your sourdough pet. Ha, I say pet because that is what my husband and now daughter call it. “Feeding your pet mom?” Yes, Izzy I’m feeding my pet. 🙂

When you have leftover stater, that will go in your discard jar in the fridge and you can make so many things with this. Bagels, pancakes, cookies… SO MANY THINGS! You can also pass on the love and give some of your discarded starter to a neighbor or friend so they can start their sourdough journey.

I feed my pet, I mean starter in the evening right before or after dinner. You can change when you feed it or feed it twice in a day if needed based on baking sourdough bread.

This recipe by The Prairie Homestead is the first and only recipe I have followed so far for sourdough bread because it does require kneeling and folding, another thing I wasn’t ready to learn right away. I love that she has a video in there to watch if needed. This recipe came out soooo good! It would be delicious for sandwiches, eggs on toast, dipping in soup or even just having with some butter. It was honestly so good by itself without any butter. Joe and Izzy gave it 2 thumbs up! The flavor and texture was on point and we all felt like we were eating bread I got at fancy bakery. This bread has come out so soft and chewy and just so delicious.

Just some details to note: For the first rise I covered it with my towel folded in half because it’s thin and I wanted to thicken it up for the long 8-12 hour rise. The second rise I only cover with half of the towel because it was sitting in the bowl on the other.

Things in my kitchen I used for this recipe: A large bowl, a silicone spatula, a towel, a fork, a dutch oven & parchment paper

I used a towel similar to this because they aren’t linty :

I hope this was helpful and if you have any questions please ask way here or send me a dm on Instagram: @busylittleizzy & I’ll be happy to help. Please comment on a post letting me know you sent a direct message or I may not see it because I swear IG hides messages and I miss so many. If I know you sent one, I can look for it!

Happy Baking! YOU GOT THIS!

XO Eryka

Organic Cotton Bedding

Organic Cotton Bedding

We have been loving the switch to organic cotton. Even Izzy says it just feels different! We recently had family come in town and so I decided to share a fun reel of myself and Luna (she’s honestly no help) making my office into a 

Making Spaces Cozy with Rugs

Making Spaces Cozy with Rugs

Our new home had an additional living space and covered deck, both of which I felt needed rugs to make them feel more cozy. I looked for months at brands and styles and ended up going with these Orian rugs after watching their highlights on 

Healthier Option Mint Chocolate Cookies

Healthier Option Mint Chocolate Cookies

Let’s make some healthier option Mint Chocolate Cookies featuring some of my favorite products from Navitas Organics. Thank you Navitas Organics for sponsoring this recipe.

These are currently Izzy’s favorite cookies!

(Yields about 20 cookies)
Cookie Ingredients 
* 1 cup almond flour
* 3 Tablespoons Navitas Organics cacao powder
* 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
* 1 tsp monk fruit sweetener 
* 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
* Pinch of salt
* ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
* 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate Coating
* 1 cup Navitas Organics cacao wafers
* 2 teaspoons coconut oil
* ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
* 2 tsps monk fruit sweetener

* Combine the almond flour, Navitas Organics cacao powder, maple syrup, monk fruit sweetener, coconut oil, salt and peppermint extract in a medium bowl until dough forms. Place dough in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
* Preheat your oven to 350°F and prep a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
* After 15 minutes, place the chilled dough on a piece of parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Cover the dough with a piece of parchment paper. Flatten with your hands and begin using a rolling pin to roll out the dough. The dough should be about 1/4 of an inch thick.
* Use a small circular cookie cutter or shot glass to cut out circular cookies and place each on your prepared baking sheet. I used a shot glass and even though it was not sharp like a cookie cutter, it worked great.
* Place cookies in the oven at 350°F and bake for 10-15 minutes. In my oven at 1/4 inch thick, 12 minutes worked great! Remove from the oven and let them cool completely on a cooling rack.


* In a small pot combine the Navitas Organics cacao wafers and coconut oil. Melt on med/low heat. Once chocolate is melted, stir in the peppermint extract & monk fruit sweetener.
* Using a fork, dip cookies into the melted cacao wafer mixture. Let any excess chocolate drip off on the cooling rack or on the fork prior to placing on the baking pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

* Place the cookies in the fridge or freezer for the chocolate to set, about 30 minutes. Once the chocolate has set, they are ready to eat! Store leftover cookies in the freezer or fridge to enjoy later.

Please note: These cookies are not super sweet. If you are use to sweet cookies you may want to add more sugar and some Navitas Organics Cacao Butter wafers in place of the coconut oil. I find they help cut the bitterness you can get with a “dark chocolate” or in this case cacao wafer. With that said, Izzy (currently a 7 year old) loves these as the recipe calls for them, and so do Joe and I.

You can watch the video on Instagram here.

XO Eryka

Newair® Shadowᵀᴹ Series Wine Cooler Refrigerator (NWB051BKD0)

Newair® Shadowᵀᴹ Series Wine Cooler Refrigerator (NWB051BKD0)

If you have been looking for a beverage fridge like I was, then look no further. We have been looking at different beverage fridges for my husband’s office and finally found one that meets our needs. This Newair® Shadowᵀᴹ Series Wine Cooler Refrigerator 12 Bottles 

Gifts For Mom

Gifts For Mom

I pulled together gifts from my personal experience that I would have loved or have loved while having a young child. Sometimes a gift that makes my life easier is exactly what I want & sometimes I just want something that has nothing to do 

Hemp Wellness & CBD

Hemp Wellness & CBD

Did you know that you have an endocannabinoid system (ECS)? You can learn more about how that system works & how hemp can be used to support this system here (please note when Dr. Knox says cannabis she is referring to CBD hemp). For another great and educational video as well-click here.

How has hemp helped me? Here is my testimonial: My family has seen benefits when getting sick. When sick we just aren’t as sick & the duration is much shorter for us since regularly nourishing our bodies with clean, organic C B D. Feeling calmer, less stressed and anxiety for me has reduced significantly. I struggled to fall asleep and have such an easy time now. My husband never considered himself someone that didn’t sleep well, but has noticed his sleep has improved and he feels so much more rested when he wakes up. Physically we love the creams when working out or if we happen to pull something… listen, we aren’t getting any younger. ha!

I’m not sure whom to give credit for, but I loved this graphic for visual learners like myself.

Ready to get started with Green Compass? This brand I love because they are organic and transparent about their ingredients and the processes used to create their products. Learn more about what sets Green Compass part here.

Learn more about your endocannabinoid system here! This is one of my favorite videos, a Ted Talk with Dr. Knox. I linked it above if you already watched, if you didn’t, watch it.

Shop here and please reach out to me with any questions you have.

Get 20% + $10 off your first order with me, use coupon code: 439373

My favorite products: Full Spectrum Daily Nano Jellies, Full Spectrum Tinctures, Collagen (daily, this is the cleanest collagen I’ve found and it has helped more than my joints, skin, hair and nails), Reduce Topical Pain Cream, Soothe Topical Cream (I use this for sunburns, acne, bug bites and more), Roller Blends, Lip Balms & Buzz Insect Repellant.

Most people think CBD is an as needed support, but it does best as a daily. Most people take 1-2 weeks to really start seeing changes. Everyone needs a different amount so it’s all about starting slow. Weaning up to what feels right and then staying put at the amount. Reach out to me and we can discuss further if you have questions. Now with that said, as needed I may take more. For example when I got a concussion I took 3 times what I normally take daily. It helped me with my dizziness and nausea I was experiencing for a week after the head bump.

XO Eryka

This is my testimonial & some great information I wanted to share about CBD. Again, my personal experience and knowledge I have gained since researching and educating myself on how plants can support our bodies. I am not a dr. I am here to share my experience and hope by sharing I might help others.

Boo Basket Ideas

Boo Basket Ideas

This year in Izzy’s Boo Basket we have a halloween bag from Sea Bags & candy from Smart Sweets (this is a brand that makes a better option candy). We also have hair clips from Shared Joy Bows, sunglasses from Polarized Mini Shades, organic pjs