Monday, December 31, 2007
I had a great GNO with my sister-in-law the other night. We really needed to get out so we went to eat at Red Robin and then shopping at the after Christmas sales around here. It was super fun! We will have to do it again. Maybe make it a tradition! Yeah!
My sister is coming over today. I called and told her she needed to save me from myself or I wouldn't be able to function today. Luckily she was already coming to town and was planning on coming over anyways!! I love my family. They are so good to me.
Well, have a happy day and I am going to crawl back under my comforter until my sister gets here. I will post a recipe soon. I just have to clean the fridge of the after holidays junk. There is a good thing to do.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I am so excited for the new year. All the things I couldn't do last year may get done this year. How exciting is that? I am looking forward to warmer days and sunshine that the new year will bring. I love the change of Seasons... Spring, Autumn, Summer & Winter all over again. I love all the foods of the year and warm hearts to share it with. So I say BRING IT ON!!!! I welcome you New Year!!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I never could sleep the night before Christmas and when I finally did go to sleep I would be up at six waking everyone else up, yelling and screaming that Christmas had arrived. My parents had to make a rule that we couldn't get them up until seven. Then we caroled through the house singing everyone awake. How did these traditions get started? Where are my traditions? Do I have them and not even realize they are there? Am I starting good traditions with my children?
Well, today I let them decorate a GF gingerbread house. I guess I get a good mommy point for that. They were so excited and they didn't complain at all when decorating. Hmmm.... This is something I may need help with. Tell me your traditions. I want to know. Maybe it will spark a little joy into the season for me. Sorry to be so glum. Cheer me up now. Come on, do it.
Look how pretty Idaho is...It is snowing tonight and it is so beautiful.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
B. Each player lists 6 little-known facts/habits about themselves.
C. At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
How fun is this!!??You want to know weird things about me?? There are lots!!
1 I am an instructor at the YMCA and when I am practicing for a new class I am kind of shy about it and I practice the steps in My Closet. Get out of the closet!!
2 I love James Taylor and would run away to marry him if he would have me. (He is also about seventy years old and already married. So am I...)
3 I am scared of the dark and being alone. Put the two together and I am screaming my head off. Bloody murder down the street. AAHHhhhhhh..!!!
4 I have an extra vein in my brain and will eventually have to get it removed. NOT Today!!
5 My favorite place that I have seen so far is New Hampshire Connecticut. It is beautiful! So clean!!
6 Last but not least...I LOVE to clean bathrooms. I don't get enough time to do this as often as I would like, but there is nothing like a clean bathroom!!
I am tagging....
I can't wait to hear crazy stuff about you!!!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Because I have Celiac disease I have to be very careful with what comes into my kitchen. I bleached everything that was glass or metal when I found out that I had to get rid of gluten. I chucked all my plastic everything, because plastic absorbs whatever you put in it. I bought a new vacuum, a new broom, a new mixer, new bread pans, you name it...I replaced it. I got better when I did this. I still will go out with my family and friends to restaurants, but I will only order if I know what is gluten free. If I have doubts, then I will eat when I get home. I often frustrate waiters and staff at unknowledgeable restaurants and I have been known to change my mind several times while ordering. It is totally against everything I was brought up to do, but people understand when I explain to them my condition. I even will ask for the ingredient lists for things I want to check myself. It took me a long time to be comfortable doing this!!!
Well, I hope this gives you a good start. Here is a yummy pie crust recipe for you all...enjoy!!
1 1/2 cups GF Flour (Bob's)
1 t salt
1/2 c shortening
1/4 + 2 T Ice water ( take any cubes out before you add this)
Sift flour & salt into a bowl
cut in shortening with a pastry blender until it is the size of cornmeal
sprinkle water onto flour a little at a time and stir together until it starts to cling together
gather dough and press gently into a ball
roll pastry Once in between two pieces of parchment paper until it is bigger than the pie plate
Fit dough to greased pie plate ( glass or stone only please)
Poke holes in the bottom with a fork
Bake @450* for 10-12 min.
Cool and fill
or fill with a pumpkin pie filling and bake until done
if this dough falls apart...and it will, just smash the pieces back together. It may not be beautiful, but it is delicious!!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
1 1/2 c apple sauce (sugar free)
2 c granulated sugar (or sugar substitute)
15 oz canned pumpkin
2 1/2 c GF flour
2 t ground cinnamon
1 t pumpkin pie spice
2 t baking soda
1 t salt
Combine all wet ingredients together and mix well. Mix dry ingredients separately then add to wet ingredients and mix until blended well.
Bake in an ungreased Texas sheet cake pan for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.
3 1/2 c powdered sugar
1/2 t vanilla
1 8oz brick cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cups butter, softened
Mix together until creamy and smooth.
This is from another site...Thank you Audra and her friends...I just thought you should know if you have gluten free flour you can still make this gluten free. What a yummy treat!!
We had a yummy dinner last night. It was pizza!! Rice pizza. Now usually I don't really crave a whole lot of things, but I was craving pizza and this really hit the spot. It's also a good way to use leftover rice. Thank you Michelle!!
2 Cups Cooked Rice
1/4 tsp. salt
8 oz. Mozzarella Cheese
1 Jar Gluten Free Pizza Sauce
Your favorite toppings
Preheat oven to 350. Shred Mozzarella cheese. Mix first four ingredients together using only 1 cup of the cheese. Press this mixture into a 12" solid pizza pan that has been coated with vegetable oil. Make the edge slightly thicker. Top with pizza sauce and add your favorite toppings. Bake for 25 minutes. Sprinkle the last cup of cheese on top. Bake 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. ENJOY ! ! !
Recipe from Amy K. MylerI hope if you are craving something and are having a hard time getting it right, you will let me know. Happy cooking!!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
So , I have another yummy recipe for you all. It is almost cookie plate time and I have been making coconut macaroons which have never required flour and they are delicious!! They are also low fat...but high sugar... aren't most yummy things?
2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon real vanilla
2/3 cups sugar
1 cup coconut flakes
Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar until all of it is incorporated and stiff peaks form. Fold in coconut just until combined. Drop mixture by rounded teaspoon on prepared cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake in 325* oven for about 20 minutes each batch, or until slightly brown on the edges. Cool on wire rack. Makes about 30 cookies.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Pretty huh?? They are soo itchy!! I am grateful that that is all it is. I can be allergic to things. I just want to be alive a long time so I can find out everything my body doesn't tolerate well.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Yesterday I missed doing my blog and this is why....I was at my sisters house in WILDER. Wilder than what? Any who... while I was in wilder I tried some Yoga. I said tried.... I did succeed at one point, but that is not on the video. Funnier than heck I say!! Only because I am now officially from Idaho. You gotta watch this video....
Today I am covered in a rash. I am talkin' neck to toes and very itchy!! I am not sure what I ate, but I did go to McDonald's last night for 1/2 price happy meals with the kids. I ordered a bun less cheeseburger and fries and a root beer. My body is not happy with me. Very itchy.!..!
I hope it will go away soon. I have practice at 11 for a class that I will teach at the Y and I can't miss it. I guess I will just look like a dork...What's new?Hee Hee!!
Monday, December 3, 2007
They do look sweet don't they?? Ha ha ha...
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I teach kids at church to sing songs-that is my job, or calling as we say, and I promise it is the best calling ever!! They are so funny. We played a game with a big cardboard block... you throw it and on the top it will tell you how to sing the song...slow, fast soft loud etc..Everything was going fine until we started to come to an end and one of the three year olds didn't get a turn. She started to cry and her whole face turned red and blotchy, so I caved and told her she could come up and roll the cube... well then everyone started to fuss. I was going to tell them that they could all come up and roll the cube, but then I thought about it and that's like, seventy kids and we had to move on, so instead I told them that we would play the same game next week and to remember if they didn't have a turn so they could have one. Spiritual?? Probably not, but it worked today!
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Split Pea Soup
2 Tbls Olive Oil
1 1/2 Cups chopped Onions ( make them really small if your kids don't like onions)
2 Crushed Garlic Cloves
a small bag of split peas
6 or more cups of clear liquid( I use GF chicken stock or GF Gravy and water)
Dill weed to taste
Salt & Pepper to taste
Saute' the onions and Garlic in the oil until everything smells awesome and the onions are translucent. Add the Split peas, the liquid, and the dill. Cook uncovered for 1 or two hours stirring occasionally. The soup is done when it all is soft and mushy looking. Season with salt and pepper. Top with whatever your family loves.
This is a good way to use leftover Gravy...Yum!!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Golden Crunch Coffee Cake
3 Cups GF Flour
1 tsp xanthan gum
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Sift all these ingredients into a small bowl and set aside.
Cream together until light and fluffy
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
Add eggs one at a time to butter mixture; beating well after each addition
Add alternately beating well after each addition
1 cup milk
For crumbly good stuff on top:
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 Tbs butter
2 Tbs GF Flour
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Cut together with a pastry blender
In a greased 13x9" baking pan Spread 1/2 the dough mixture. Sprinkle 1/2 the crumbly good stuff on and then add the other half of the dough followed by the rest of the good stuff. Bake at 350* for 45 minutes or until done. Enjoy warm.
I hope this coffee cake brings you as much happiness as it brings me.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Gluten free pancakes
1 1/2 cups Gluten free flour (I used Bob's red mill all purpose GF Flour You can use rice if you like.)
1/2 cup corn starch
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
Sift them all together
Add 3 eggs or egg substitute
1/2 cup oil of choice
1 1/2 cups milk or water
Blend with a hand mixer until no lumps are present. Pour a small amount into a preheated, greased fry pan. Cook on one side until bubbles don't close up any more. Flip and cook other side half as long. ENJOY!! I like them with Choc. Chips or blue berries baked in, but my husband likes to smother them with Peanut butter. To each his own. there is no wrong way to eat a pancake.
Best of luck to you and yours enjoy your new life Gluten free....
I just had Thanksgiving at my house for the first time ever. This is HUGE for me because I have a gluten(a protein found in wheat, rye and barley) free house. I had everyone assigned a dish- most of which you couldn't make with Gluten anyway and we all had a healthy happy Thanksgiving. I made the Turkey and stuffing and Bread (my roll attempt that took me six hours is in the trash) and gravy. I also had made my first GF pumpkin pie and it was wonderful!! I had 25 relatives show up and we all had a great time together. There were things that could have been better.... like the stuffing, it was too dry..... but having the guts to try this was an amazing happy feeling in my heart. I have to thank the gluten free girl for her encouragement and recipes. She is also the reason I am making a blog spot of my own and perhaps I can help other people with this eating lifestyle.