Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Gluten Free Apple Crisp Recipe

  It's time for apple baking and everything pumpkin soon too.
   The other day I browsed on Pinterest for recipe ideas for an apple crisp gluten free. I have not perfected a good gluten free pie crust as of yet so I do enjoy other versions of baked fall fruits.
    I pinned one recipe that I used as a guide and then changed up allot of things-less sugars and added gluten free oat flakes and raisins. Here is my recipe

Kathy's Apple Crisp

4- 6 apples peeled and sliced thinly
1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1/2 cup splenda or organic sugar-or more to taste
1/4 cup (twice) coconut sugar-or more to taste
1 teaspoon apple pie spice or cinnamon
3/4 cup brown rice flour
3/4 cup gluten free oat flakes
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
6 tablespoons butter-or coconut oil
I used a deep dish glass pie pan-grease with a little butter
combine the apples, raisins, apple pie spice, splenda, coconut sugar and place in pie pan
In a bowl combine the gluten free oat flakes, brown rice flour, xanthan gum, 1/4 cup coconut sugar and add the melted butter-mix til all moistened with the butter- sprinkle over apples
bake 45 minutes or til apples are tender I did cover with foil for about half the baking time.
serve warm add a little greek yogurt on top

We enjoyed this warm out of the oven last night and for breakfast this morning.  When I make this again I will use more apples to fill the pan up and probably double the other ingredients.

Feel free to share your favorite fall apple recipe.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

It's Just Been One of Those Weeks

  We all go through them-those weeks that are on the stressful side but our closest friends here helped out.

  It started out with last week Saturday, hubby and Mr L decided to go trout fishing at Bennett Springs-and really early in the morning-so they would get to the park just barely daylight-better to get their favorite fishing spot that way.  On the little path down to the river hubby tripped on some rocks that were now sticking out and fell down-hard. He fell face down so between his eyes-upper nose caught the brunt of another rock-his face, especially both eyes are black. He also broke his finger on right hand. 
   Of course this did not deter him from fishing, he got up after about 5 minutes evaluating what might be broke and headed to the river. and the fish were biting for once. Some how he managed to catch his limit of 4 fish with his broken fishing pole-amazing--that day he wasn't up to going to the er, decided to go in the next morning early if he thought his hand was broke.
    We didn't care for the er doctor at all as he did not spend any time with us and did not explain anything at all either. He peeked in the room saw hubby's face and says we are doing a cat scan-hubby says no-I came in for xrays on my hand to see what is broken.  So after 3 hours refusing blood tests, and refusing the cat scan, and waiting for someone to read the x rays in Springfield, Mo-we finally got out of there-one of his fingers is broken  but from the cast they put on him we are thinking more like the knuckle area is broke-we will know more when we see an orthopedic md next week.
   With all this going on-we were in the process of digging a very long trench from the pole to the little building for hubby's studio space to get new electric service in. Rain is always a concern so this had to be done by thursday for inspection and friday morning to get the electric work in.
   Long story short--we have heavy equipment here, but we thought this different machine would be better to rent-faster and not as wide a ditch--in the end-lots of money spent on a poorly maintained machine had to go back and use our own trencher instead. I went online and found a yellow page service for this rental company and gave them a bad review and put it on facebook too. The machine was not safe to use and had no sharp teeth to cut the ground with-and they do not issue refunds-and they are the only rental service closeby-not good.
    With the help of one of hubby's techs and Mr L the trench got dug, inspection passed, electric in, trench covered about 5 hours before the rains came,  Larry couldn't run the machine with a broken hand so big thanks to the two friends-I made sloppy joes, fresh cabbage slaw, and apple-cranberry pie on digging day.
    Also big thanks to one of my Missouri online friends for making hubby a big jar of healing comfrey salve-for healing.

Aren't friends wonderful?  We would not have gotten this electric in without their help. The building still has soooo much work to do and hubby is getting himself very depressed since he can't work on scopes or his building. To hopefully cheer him up I bought a small bag of jumbo raw shrimp from Aldi's this morning-I will make a shrimp boil tonight with steamed fresh veggies.

With so much happening this week, and with me going in to get the mail, pick up one of our workers and take her back, and making lunches for everyone-I haven't had allot of time to concentrate on my ceiling-hope to get lots more done tomorrow. 
     This morning I picked up my pergo floor-wow those boxes are heavy-I carried in 15 boxes,  I had to send one box back and order a new one since the corner was all smashed in. The main person was trying to talk me into taking the bad box and I said no. I asked one of the guys that was loading it all in my suv what he thought-he looked at it-and said yes all smashed send it back. Was glad he backed me up.

Here are a few photos of the week-minus a photo of hubby-too scarey. all photos will enlarge just click on them

Saturday, September 12, 2015

More Progress--Updated Photo

I decided this morning to take a break from the living room and paint in the kitchen. I wanted to see if I did good choosing the color to match in with my hand dyed curtains, barnwood trim, stainless panels and our cobalt color lighting.

I am very pleased with this color. What do you think? This was a heritage color by Valspar click to enlarge photos

I did get half of the season textured now, so am up to moving furniture again and doing the rest of it.

I also ordered my pergo flooring yesterday morning so am getting excited about that. I order 4 beveled sides and distressed oak-not dark and not too light. I think it will go perfect with the rock wall and woodstove in this room, and my parent's vintage ranch oak furniture.

Update:   I just finished the second wall which picks up by the window and sink area and on around to my big 10 burner Wolf commercial stove.   This color darkened the area quite a bit but I love it so much better. Putting the shelves up will break this up too.

I need to let this dry and then go over it again with another coat or at least touch up. I always paint a coat of kilnz first but these new paints say the primer is now in the paint, but this wall was picking up white from the walls so some of it is streaked a bit. Definately looks so much cleaner and fresh now. 

Under the stainless panels is a one unit L shape stainless steel counter that includes two sinks-I love this for ease of cleanliness. It sits on a frame work so underneath I need shelves-I will take everything out of there and paint the wall behind-and see if I can find someone to help me with shelves-perhaps Mr L can help me with that.  I won't know what to do with storage spaces-finally.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A Little More Progress

I ended up taking Sunday and Monday off to rest my neck-which didn't really help all that much, so I am just doing about 45 minutes at a time, take a break and do some more through out the day
      One of our friends stopped by yesterday morning and I could tell from his mannerism that he so hated what I was doing. He didn't like it at all. He hadn't said anything so I said you know to do this right the whole ceiling needs to come down and done over-but at our age especially hubby's we are not able to do that anymore so since I like textures on my walls anyways I am doing this to hopefully cover up the bad patched areas. He rolls his eyes and says "good luck with that"
     Wow that did make me feel bad at first-but then you know what? I like it, this is my living room I am doing all the hard work and I think once it's painted it will look awesome. So there lol

  I am loving the cooler weather and we did get a little rain yesterday too-still humid today though with a little more rain coming in-by this coming weekend we will have fall temps for sure-if it knocks down the humidity I am all for it.

   Since I put all my crafts away til I get these house projects completed I have been reading again. I have books I am reading on my kindle app on my computer-and I am reading the Twilight books-this is my 5th read this year and I am on the last book again now. There is something about this author that when I read these books it is like watching a favorite movie-and I am not referring to the Twilight movies-as these books are soooo much better. I never get bored I am still captivated and can't put these books down. and after a couple months-I am ready to read them all over again-anyone else have this experience with books you just have to read again??

  From my friend's blog at Lavender Dreams she shared a link to Senior Adventures  blog where on Wednesday's she has a link up for anyone wanting to write-a poem, a short story etc that was influenced by a photo-I think this is a wonderful way to be creative, I may join in soon. This is called Wednesday's Wit and Wisdom.

   Are any of you familiar with the company Nuts.com ?  I ran into them while browsing Amazon for holiday baking ingredients-especially for fruitcakes. Last year I couldn't believe it but no local stores even Wal mart carried the glazed fruits I needed especially the pineapple. I always make Larry and his father homemade fruitcakes-I use a very old traditional English recipe that is a dark cake-mostly fruits and nuts and just enough cake to hold it all together.  So this year I decided to find the ingredients early so I can make this in October like I used to always do.  This company has fabulous nuts, glazed and dried fruits, all kinds of raisins, candies, some gluten free and sugar free items too. I was very very happy with my purchases. The raisins are gourmet-very large and plump-I can see a fabulous raisin pie being made for the guys soon. lol 

  Well I am off for a second cup of decaf coffee with a little whipped cream on top and back to the ceiling.

   Enjoy your day!!

Update this afternoon:
    While working on the ceiling I had a brain storm lol I am working on thinking positive here not thinking of what we can't do anymore.  This room  (living room) still has no floor just the concrete-ugh I had a large throw rug in the middle but since I am doing all this work anyways why not get a real floor-finally???
    We had purchased some beautiful wood at the amish sawmill that we have been curing and I wanted to peg it too-but that is all too much for us right now-especially for hubby-it all needs to be finished or what ever one does to make flooring out of it.
    Soooo I got to thinking about a quality pergo floor-as much as I don't like fake stuff -this is something I can do myself-and there are lots of choices-looking at oak since my furniture is vintage ranch oak and we put in oak doors too.  I called Lowe's to see if they ever have sales on pergo and they are having a sale this month 10% off  so I am seriously thinking about this now. I need to see the paint on the walls first for my final color choice.  

what do you all think? Is this as easy for a novice to install as I am reading??

Monday, September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day

 Happy Labor Day to all my USA readers.

Are you taking the day off or are you laboring??

Hubby always works never takes time off for himself-ever it seems, I am going to make his favorite meal today BBQ ribs with some veggie sides.  Still super hot and humid here so don't know if I want to brave the outdoors and grill or make them in the oven.  

I took yesterday off from the ceiling-slow progress as this is really getting to my neck already, but I went into town and bought another gallon of ceiling paint just to be sure I had enough, and moved out some heavy furniture from the wall.  I also bought new covers for the sockets. 
     I think I will attempt to do at least a little today-if I don't stay with it this will not get finished in a timely manner. What I am trying to cover up on the ceiling is going so so-but I will like it better and this room will be cleaner-so that'a a main point.

I also picked up a gallon of semi gloss to paint the wall in the kitchen where the cabinets are suppose to be. Larry designed this area as a custom-he was planning on making them for me-so when I looked into buying some nothing fits in this space right-I do not want to hire the work done for custom cabinets (just sounds like too much money to put out at this stage in my life now)-so I have decided to paint this wall-actually two walls as it wraps around up to my big Wolf stove-and will find where the studs are and then just buy some nice brackets and put wood shelving up. We bought lovely white hickory lumber to make cabinets with from the Amish sawmill so I am just going to do that-I need easy right now and useable. I chose a blue paint that hopefully will go with the colbalt accents I have and should go nicely with the stainless.

  Of course hubby is shaking is head at me-he doesn't know about the paint I got for the kitchen yet lol- and wondering why not work on the bathroom-the problem with that is we only have one bathroom-I can't get him to finish the rocked shower so we can use that while the tub is out-so I can finish the rocks-and on it goes lol  I will tackle that this winter for sure. ( I can just see my long time readers and friends rolling their eyes at this-as you have heard this before lol) new readers in my search tool look for rock shower for lots of posts and photos

   What are your food plans for this Labor Day??-enjoy your day whatever you plan and here is a little history on the day

Friday, September 4, 2015

Do You Have an EReader?? Do You Love It??

  I have been researching Amazon's kindle paperwhite and voyager ereaders. This would be quite a gift for myself if I decide to purchase one-I will wait for cyber Monday and the holidays for hopefully a price break.

  I have the free kindle app on my computer which I have enjoyed but when reading a large novel it is quite uncomfortable after a few hours sitting at the desk computer. So I really thought I would enjoy an ereader. Our local library is pretty good for the most part but in bad weather I don't care to go up and back to town for the library books, and they don't always have the books I want to read-it is a rural library. We can check them out for just 2 weeks.

  I really do enjoy the feel of and reading a "real" book but with arthritis issues holding up a week when I am laying down is having issues in my wrists.

  I also started looking up authors that I enjoy and even after 5 years of the published date, the kindle prices seem high on many of the books, especially when I can usually buy a used book on amazon for one penny and the $3.99 shipping so $4.00 is cheaper than many of the kindle prices for the same book.

  So those of you that have an ereader-do you love it? happy you spent the money for one? I would need to purchase a 3G for it to work in my rural setting too, and I don't travel so don't need it for that either. another question do any of you think the $9.99 a month for unlimited reading on many of the books is worth it? I am not seeing allot of well know authors included in that.

  Thanks for your input.

Is it Really Labor Day Weekend Already?? & Ceiling Work & Bath Recipe

  In some ways this seemed like a long Spring and then a long Summer, but as Autumn approaches-well I just can't wait. Hoping it's a lovely season and not an abundance of rain like our other seasons this year.
   However when I think of the year as a whole I say-can it really be Labor Day weekend already? Us here in the States celebrate Labor Day this coming Monday as our last official cook out day and enjoying outdoor activities to end our summers. Also to celebrate us too the labor force. 
  Here in my area of Missouri we are back to extremes in humidity again with upper 90s as actual temperatures (F) but with Autumn approaching we are getting down to the upper 60s instead of those upper 70s at dawn which is nice.

   Well enough about the weather, I seem to write about that too much I know-any plans for your holiday weekend???

   I had been keeping up with walking til yesterday when I began to tackle the living room ceiling.  My goal right now is to get 4000 steps in a day or close to it. The last walk I took even though I sprayed my clothes I still came home with too many bug bites from head to toe, and the humidity was too much for me. Our home is long so I had been meeting my steps walking in the house too. My new pedometer is to arrive tomorrow-Saturday-so no more counting in my head lol

   Yesterday I decided since it is too hot for me to work outdoors this week and through the weekend and Monday I would tackle the ceiling-This project of the living room would go much faster if it weren't for all the heavy furniture placed around the room. We did move the dining room table back enough to get my weaving loom in the dining room-and for all the rest being heavily covered with lots of plastic I can work around all that for now. It will need to get emptied in some cases and moved out from the walls when I paint those walls.
   This ceiling had gotten water damage when we first bought the property do to a leak in the roof-so hubby put a new roof in right away. He put up fresh drywall in the bad areas at the time planning on redoing the whole ceiling-well that is just not going to happen now. So I was working on a simple texture to help cover the bad patches yesterday. Hopefully when it is all done and painted it won't look so bad-at least it will make me feel better.
    My craft room walk way is now filled up with things from the living room so I couldn't get to the area of where I keep tools for textures-but I did find a plastic piece I had kept so that is what I am using. click to enlarge photos

These projects are always harder and take longer in our senior years-but I am determined to tackle the house projects like this in the coming months.

This week I was browsing Pinterest for bubble bath recipes-most were pretty similiar using ingredients of Dr Bonner's liquid castile soap, baby shampoo, glycerin, essential oils, salts, and oils like sweet almond oil, and one included egg whites for lots and lots of bubbles.
    I decided to make up a recipe using several ideas. I decided not to add the egg whites cause I made a big container of it and didn't want to worry about spoilage.
    My recipe is more of a luxurious soak that was sooo good for my skin instead of lots of bubbles.(I do miss the bubbles though lol   Here is my recipe.

    I purchased a made in the USA Rubbermaid product that was designed to make cold drinks in and keep in the frig. I didn't want glass in the bath area and decided this would hold allot, easy to pour, and safe to use. I think it was about 2 quarts-and this recipe though I didn't figure out the math fit just perfect. (I doubled this recipe)

                   Kathy's Soaking Bath

1/2 cup quality baby shampoo (I used Shea Moisture baby head to toe shampoo that I found at Vitamin Shoppe)

1 cup Dr. Bonner's liquid castile soap (I used Dr. Bonner's hemp baby shampoo I found on Vitamin Shoppe)

2 3/4 cups water

1 ounce coconut glycerin (found on Vitamin Shoppe-I wanted a natural glycerin and this is what they had-it's wonderful)

2 tablespoons sweet almond oil (this I actually found at our Wal Mart along with their essential oils-a nice surprise)

20 drops lavender essential oil-or any essential oil you prefer

I lightly mixed this together so not to get suds.

When I put it under the faucet in my bath it did make some nice suds but they did not last-but what remained was a luxurious bath that I could feel replenishing my dry skin-it was wonderful. My skin is still smooth this morning.

Next time when I double this recipe I may not double both the glycerin and the almond oil-I would choose one or the other to double-as there was allot of good ingredients in this brand of baby shampoo that also was good for the skin. There was also a little slickness left in the bath afterwards that needs to be wiped out.

As for our hummingbirds-I would say a good number have left on their long migration journey. I no longer need to fill the feeders first thing in the morning-but I do re fill them early afternoon, and some days I also fill just before dark. We are up to 235 pounds of sugar now-if I need more I will open up a 10 pound bag instead of a 25 pound bag. We also no longer have the 40 or more little hummers at the feeders at one time now. As their numbers lessen I will start taking down the feeders to clean up and pack away, and just keep two feeders full. We may see a few hummers til mid september. I am thinking this super hot string of days is keeping them here a little longer.

When I go to town I have been enjoying wearing my new bracelets-I really love them-they make me happy.

Happy Friday everyone


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