Sunday, September 30, 2012

Healthy Mondays Recipes with Almond Flour

  I have not posted a healthy Mondays post for a bit-so while I am watching Food Network-this popped into my head-lol

   I have celiac so I have been baking and cooking gluten free for many years now-probably around 15 years or so. It has been a process, as I learn more about ingredients available to me, and there is sooo much more information available now then way back when I learned I needed to bake different.

  I have been making my own mix now for flour for baking and also bread making, which I really love. My baking mix is: one part sorghum flour, brown rice flour, almond meal flour, tapioca starch, and cornstarch. I leave out the xanthia gum and add per recipe. Recently I have leaned about grain free diets-wow that would be more difficult, I would miss my corn and brown rice, and protein rich sorghum. I have learned that what is being developed for these diets is using blanched almond flour

     Blanched almond flour is just the nut ground into flour with the brown skins removed. It makes more of fine flour opposed to a fine meal.Almonds are so rich in nutrition-high protein, calcium and more.

  I found Elana's Pantry blog here, she has lots of information and has written books as well.

         her white chocolate chip cookies here  the ingredients are amazing to me
                 lemon lavender cookies are here  I love the simplicity in her recipes.
                 more recipes here  the common almond meal/flour will not work in her recipes, 
                                                      the blanched almond flour is what is needed.

More information on the almond flour here

  I hope this information helps you to think "out of the box" and create healthier sweet treats. Even if you do not need to eliminate gluten flours, these recipes will give you something a little different and healthier too. I found this site for "pimping" a recipe-changing your favorite recipe to healthier here

  I have been doing this for quite awhile now, going thru a recipe and changing to healthier oils, better sugars for a diabetic, and gluten free--go ahead and bake something a little different and upgrade your recipe to healthier and more nutritious.


Art Sunday Crazy Quilts-photo added of my crazy quilt block

 I have been working on my tissued paper walls most of the morning, so time for a break from that-I was working in an area with lots of stretching and tight places-good exercise though-lol
  I have always loved crazy quilts, especially the vintage ones. I think they are a work of art so wanted to share them for art sunday. (imported from my blogster blog)
Q8875 Silk & Silk Velvet Victorian Crazy Quilt

Here is the link to our host Nemo for the Art Sunday tour

Just added a photo of my first crazy quilt block-making into a pillow now

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

    Cyber Fall Breakfast with Pumpkin

    Re posted from my blogster blog  note friend Nemo loves pie so I always include pie for him lol

      I think Larry has the chainsaws working again-fingers crossed-and we have the perfect week coming up-lows in the 50s and highs in the 70s and 80s. We go out early in the day when its the coolest.
      Good week to put away all my clay pots too, and alot of us here are wondering what winter will bring this year. We have had very mild winters for 3 years now so we are do for a bad one-or so they say. one never knows til its here-but I like to be prepared none the less. I am going to start buying gallons of water too-so we will have drinking and cooking water just in case of no power.
       Big house cleaning job is in order as well-we have deer camp here in november for our out of town friends-so good excuse to get everything cleaned up as we go into winter too.
      and I have been in the mood to contemplate baking-always warms up the house and the spirit too.

    Pumpkin Breakfast now being served: pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin coffee cake, pumpkin smoothie, pumpkin spiced coffee, fresh fruit, and pumpkin pie for Nemo

    Pumpkin Pancakes

    Oh and Pie for Nemo

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    I Made Triple Sec Today

    I have been wanting to make this for some time now, ever since I found recipes for this over on Pinterest. Today I realized I had all the ingredients including a refrigerator drawer full of odd little tangerines, tangelos, juice oranges, and even a couple of limes-so I juiced enough for a double batch. 

    I am going to use my triple sec with tequila for making margaritas, so the lime was nice in this.

    I settled on the recipe I found here and doubled the recipe, I ended up with just a little over a gallon so needed to put some of it into a quart jar. This needs to rest now for a month and then strain and bottle. Wow it tastes so wonderful already.

    A note: my hand juicer-I picked up this piece of hand thrown pottery from a potter in North Carolina back in the early 70s. I love handmade pottery, and this is one of my most favorite pieces that I regularly use. The zester tool was a treat I bought for myself when I retired back in 2003. I love kitchen tools and memories.

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012


      from here

      from here

      I have always loved acorns since I can remember. They come in all different sizes too, and are fun to walk on thru the woods. The wildlife depends on them for food, but we can eat them too.
       Back in my vegetarian days in the 70's I was also into learning about wild edibles. I had gathered lots of acorns thru those years and processed them into a flour. Allot of work, but the food is there if needed.
       I found this article online which is excellent in explaining the process of gathering the acorns to making into flour here  and here too
                       pickled acorn recipe

    Spiced Pickled Acorns recipe here

    From Redhawk's Lodge here  more information and recipes

    from here

    Recipe for cake here

    Acorn bread here

    I found this photo using acorn flour:

      from here

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    A Gorgeous Fall Day Here in the Ozarks & my Tissue Papered Walls

      After such an extreme summer here with no rain since spring and mostly in the 100s or near 100s-it is so refreshing to have cool mornings, that fall breeze, and sunshine. It is working its way back into the mid 80s by afternoon here, but the mornings are so perfect.

      Nikita (my fury family pet since 1999) and I take a walk every morning, and I have been going back out in the woods this week looking for mushrooms.

       I am thinking no mushrooms this year, we didn't get any this spring and I have found no corals or chanterels as of yet. I did find a couple baby puff balls, which I will saute in butter and garlic and onions for supper tonight. I would love to get a good picking for canning, as I am getting low in the pantry for mushrooms.

       Yesterday was drop off a box day at the resale shop-gets stuff out of the house I no longer use and gets recycled by someone that does. I try to not buy more items unless something catches my eye for my crafts or my kitchen.

        I did find a very thick large and heavy glass bowl that will be perfect for some of my handmade soap products-so was pleased with that.  We went to a different Wal mart store than we usually do, this one is much bigger, and I was able to purchase all the ingredients for my homemade English type fruitcakes, and some holiday dark chocolate chips that are always fun to bake with.  So next cool day I will begin to make fruitcakes for my Larry and father in law-they both love this cake. Its a dark cake with mostly fruits and nuts and very little cake. This year I will use brandy for the spirits. I make a gluten free version for me, but use dried fruits instead of the sugar ones.  So was happy about that, since the Wal mart here does not sell their Christmas baking goodies til late October or November, this will give me a head start.

       I love to bake during the holidays, but I no longer have many people to share with-we don't need all the sweets around any more either, but for me a special part of the holidays is baking. I do bake healthy though-so I freeze alot for later treats too.

       I am working on my tissue paper walls again today-looking good-and making progress-yeah!
    I need to get off here and get back to that-I use my blog posting and reading for little breaks during my day.

      Have an awesome day!!

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    Watch for New Items in my Etsy Soap Shop

      I am excited about making some new items for my soap shop. Most of my supplies have arrived now, so I will be busy making products for the upcoming seasons.

      In jars I will be offering a mechanics-gardeners soap scrub with pumice powder, a foaming pumpkin salt scrub-this one I can't wait to make, a goat milk and honey lotion, and a peppermint bark soap that will be nice for winter and the holiday gift giving. I am also going to offer bath teas for a relaxing bath, and to soothe those sore muscles from working outdoors.

       My bar soaps are glycerin based with all natural ingredients goat milk and shea butter. I am getting a new line of soap base in,  that is also all natural with three butters and will be a harder soap.

      So do stop by my etsy shop-link in left column, I also have a web page with a shop-link in right column (also address under etsy shop). and Yes I do ship International

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

    Coconut Water and Coconut Milk

    from here

     I really like the brand vita coco, here is their information page.

    After reading several articles, coconut water comes from fresh green coconuts and it is the water inside of the coconut. The coconut milk is grated coconut into water and then processed into milk. 

    Some of the articles said the sodium was not high enough to be a good sports drink after strenuous exercise, another article said it was too high in sodium. All the articles say it is an excellent source of potassium.

    More information on coconut water: here  and here

    So tell me do you like coconut water? 


    Monday, September 17, 2012

    Wild Mushroom Recipes

    Following post brought over from my Blogster

    With some of us now out fall mushroom gathering in the woods, I thought I would share links for recipes.
    Picture of Sauteed Wild Mushrooms Recipe
      This site is full of information and recipes and was called wild mushroom reicpes  I miss our big puffballs we would find living in Illinois. They have a recipe called puffball pizza.
    Sauteed wild mushrooms from the Barefoot Contessa
    Foragers Wild Food Cookbook had some great mushroom recipes too.  ,,,, following recipe from this site:
                   Linguine with Chanterelles and Leeks 
    From "Fields of Greens" by Annie Sommerville

    pound chanterelles
    1 leek, washed halved and thinly sliced
    2 Tbsp unsalted butter
    Salt and pepper
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1/3 cup dry white wine
    pound fresh linguine
    2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
    Grated Parmesan cheese

    Clean and trim mushrooms. Cut into thick slices. Cook pasta in boiling water. Melt butter in large saut pan, add leeks, tsp salt, and a few pinches of pepper. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook, covered until leeks are tender. Add mushrooms and wine. Simmer for 10 minutes. Drain cooked pasta and toss in pan with mushrooms, adding thyme. Serve with cheese to taste. Serves 2 to 4.

    Wild mushrooms always seem to go well with your favorite pasta dishes. (and to make gluten free-just change up to gluten free pastas I love brown rice pastas as they don't break down) Here is one from Jamie Oliver

    Do enjoy the process of gathering and preparing. But PLEASE do not gather mushrooms unless you have been taught by someone first.

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

    My Hometown

      I just participated in the Moda hop here and the designers posted about their hometowns, that got me to thinking about my hometown Mishawaka, Indiana  I always loved this town, I left after graduating hs though in 1967. Went back a few years in the 70s but have not been back since. I would like to though. Below is a re post from my blog at Blogster.

    I was brought up in Mishawaka, Indiana which is along the stjoseph river and near South Bend and the University of Notre Dame.
    Mishawaka, the Princess City, lies nestled along the meandering path of the St. Joseph River. The city is named after Princess Mishawaka, daughter of Shawnee Chief Elkhart. The legend of her romance with white trapper Deadshot, and abduction by her jealous Indian suitor Grey Wolf, characterizes the mixture of romance and history still found in Mishawaka today.

    The name Mishawaka means "sweet water." Princess Mishawaka was the daughter of Shawnee Chief Elkhart. It is said that when the Shawnee and the Potawatomi were battling each other, Chief Elkhart was wounded in battle and Princess Mishawaka rallied the Shawnee warriors. Princess Mishawaka was captured during battle, and held hostage by the Potawatomi chief.
    During her captivity, the princess fell in love with a young white scout known only as "Dead Shot." A rescue attempt was soon made my Gray Wolf, a sub-chief of the Shawnee tribe who wanted Princess Mishawaka for his wife, but was denied.
    There are differing tales as to whether Gray Wolf intended to return the Princess to gain favor with her father or to hold her hostage and demand her hand in marriage. We do know that Dead Shot followed Gray Wolf and the Princess with the intent to return her to her father.
    In a skirmish between the two suitors, Gray Wolf sensed his defeat and stabbed Princess Mishawaka in the breast before his own death. Dead Shot nursed the Princess back to health and later married her. They lived in a cabin on the St. Joseph River and worked for peace between the settlers and the Native Americans.

    More about the city of Mishawaka and my high school too here and here too

    Art Sunday Barns

    Growing up in the midwest, having grandparents that were farmers living in amish country-I have come to love barns. (re posted from Blogster)


    Friday, September 14, 2012

    Split Pea Soup and Skillet Cornbread kind of day

      Since this is a lazy day today-soothing rain all day, playing on the computer most of the day too; I decided to make a pot of split pea soup. I didn't have a ham bone to add, but I did have a couple slices of ham that I threw in for flavor. I also added sauted onion and mini bell peppers (last of my garden) and a little garlic, along with rosemary and bay leaf.
       I will be adding in diced potatos once it starts to get creamy. and of course we need a skillet of cornbread too-lol I have a recipe that only uses the cornmeal no additonal wheat flour-so no need to convert to gluten free. 
      When I was in Indiana shopping at the amish store I picked up popcorn flour-a blue and a yellow. On the back of the package,  they gave recipes for the best cornbread. So I am going to use blue cornmeal along with the blue popcorn flour,and perhaps a little corn flour in my recipe. Will let you know how it all comes out. 
      I have begun listing some of those little  pieces for railroads that one puts together and then paints for embellishments on their railroad setups. Since living here I discovered the woodland scenics a big name in this, is located about an hour from me. I have picked up some of these at sales thru the years.
      Off to check on my soup, and perhaps take a little nap yawning.

    It's Raining

      Woke up this morning to rain-happy dancing here, we have been thru a summer that was too hot with no rain-cattle ranchers here are hurting so bad as wells and ponds are running dry-I hope it rains all day long.

    photo from here

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    Fall Crafts & Memory Lane

      I remember back when I was a kid-wayyyy back-lol that we always had alot of fun collecting fall leaves and then pressing them between wax paper-this would preserve them a bit so we could enjoy them longer.
       My birthday fell in october so although I was never big on parties-I did enjoy all the different fall and halloween themes Mom had planned. 
       Fall also brought the wiener roast at my grandparents home on the farm. All us grandkids would help rake up leaves and fallen branches-and besides playing in the piles of leaves--we would have a huge bon fire-grandma and mom made all the sides-grandpa made wiener sticks and we would roast our hot dogs over the fire, along with marhsmallows of course, and warmed apple cider. I have no idea why I am remembering these things this morning.
      I love fall, the crispness of the air, the gorgeous blue sky and pretty colors of the leaves.getting the last of the harvest in jars or in the dehydrater, gatting ready for the fall hunting season.
       As grown ups we can still enjoy all these things along with fall crafts-there are really so many fun things we can make and create-most of us probably already have some of the supplies on hand-so go have some fun creating. and check out your garden or farmers market for gourds, pumpkins, corn stalks and more.
      Sharing a few links on the web to get us motivated:
         from pinterest  from martha stewart  and I love this project from Martha-dip leaves in wax and hang from here

    Saturday, September 8, 2012

    Art Sunday George Catlin

    George Catlin was an American Painter (July 26, 1796 – December 23, 1872) who specialized in portraits of the native american and the american west.  His biography here The Smithsonian acquired most of his works in 1879.

    Catlin painting
    from here This is the artist painting a Mandan chief while the tribe looks on.
    many more of his paintings here

    I Found a Snake Skin While working Outside--ok so what can I create with it??

    Good morning Saturday and a song

      Big storm went thru yesterday around supper time and lasted a couple hours, no storm damage right where I live, but there were alot of tornadoes out and about. This was to bring in much cooler air-hope so as I am so tired of these high 90s that just won't let up.

       Last night I went thru the cookbooks of my Moms that I sent back, I actually was able to find spots for them in my large bookshelf of cookbooks and herb books. My favorite is Mom's 1950 Betty Crocker cookbook, and the Farm Journals-she had alot of titles that I did not have. These are farm wives recipes and my go to books for alot of recipe ideas. and something special I was going thru a hand typed notebook of recipes that I thought was my Mom's-alot of childhood favorites in there-but this was my late sisters book. So that made me smile and brought back memories of us cooking and baking together.

       I am hoping to have enough money soon to get my late sisters poems copyrighted and published, and I am thinking of including some of these recipes in the back of the book.

       I finally got back to working on more tissue papered walls for my bathroom-looking good. I need to paint with primer some more walls to continue on with that.

       I am also excited about some new items I am going to make and offer in my etsy soap shop. I just placed an order for the supplies; several moisturizers, pumpkin salt scrub, gardeners scrub, peppermint bark soap, and several bath teas with salts. Fun! link for my shop is in the left hand column.

       Our wild turkey flock still comes everyday-sometimes 2 and 3 times a day-they are getting bigger and so fun to view. The does and fawns are still coming too.

      Life is good here in my woods

    Monday, September 3, 2012

    Labor Day and Doings

    Happy Labor Day Everyone!! Any Plans??  We have been going to a cook out close by here for a few years now, but this year there was not one planned. Sometimes though it is nice to just make up a slab of ribs on the bbq for the two of us instead-so that's what I am going to do for today.
    Since I have been back home from my trip I have not been sleeping. I am definately over tired too-but I am up at 2 am and since I am not falling back asleep just catching up on blogging etc.sigh-I was really wound up when I first came home as I had missed a nights sleep with the bus schedule-but I would think by now I could sleep. i will blame it on the blue moon lol

    Late afternoon, the turkey flock came running in to the feeders-they are just so fun to watch when they do that. They have really grown too. They came really close to the bay window this time-even looking in-too funny. I got my camera out to take a few photos, flash did not bother them, but I made a quick movement and they all froze-everyone. so I froze too waited about half minute and then slowly moved-they did too lol 
    Its 4:30 am now, so will see if I can catch a little more sleep.
    Happy labor Day  stay safe and enjoy
    Click on link for Labor Day Card 

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

    Art Sunday Rain

    We finally have a soaker rain here-yeah!! First since early spring-so I decided to choose paintings about rain  enjoy!


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