Urban Homesteading?

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For the past year or so, Urban Homesteading has been something I have definitely been wanting for myself. 

The whole idea of being able to grow most of my own fruits and vegetables, and what is not feasible to grow on the small scale or can’t grow enough of to do all the jam making, canning and preserving, that I would like to do, I would locally source my food by going to the farms themselves, and purchase from farmers at farmers markets. 

In the past couple of years, I don’t know exactly when, some time after developing food intolerances, I have definitely taken a turn somewhere from being very mainstream to being more non traditional. 

In today’s society, we have become all so consumed with having what we want when we want, that for many, the idea of working with our hands outside, growing our own food and self sufficiency are a thing of the past. 

Part of it is the city I live in, the self sufficiency, DIY, Urban Homesteading, shopping local, buying local food, shopping at farmers markets, organic food, is definitely very prevalent here. 

I am very much one who would rather be outside, working in the dirt, growing as much of my own food as possible than sitting in an office. When I was little, I was the one who would be outside playing in the the dirt, digging up worms. I was also the one who loved camping and fishing so go figure. 

The part of the country is a great area for growing food, like Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, tomatoes, peaches, pears, cucumbers, corn, pumpkins, squash, cherries, apples, pears, and so much more. 

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More Pumpkin Muffins!

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Now that I have a bit more time on my hands, I have definitely been more inclined to bake, and bake more often. 

Yesterday I baked up another batch of pumpkin muffins, because they are so good, and I love pumpkin. This time I made a batch and a half, and used Bob’s Red Mill gluten free egg replacer. 

I have found that I am more sensitive to eggs now that I am an adult than I was when I was younger. Though I can get away with eggs occasionally as long as they are I baked goods. Though I have had a fair amount of products with eggs in them lately, that I chose to use egg replacer this time around. 

I also noticed that the last batch of pumpkin muffins were very moist (a little to moist if you as me), and i have found that the egg replacer makes baked goods a little drier than when eggs are used. So, it was a win win this time around. 

These muffins have definitely hit the spot in the mornings. 


The recipe I used, is the pumpkin muffin/ pumpkin bread recipe out of this baking book: 


I had purchased this book when I began going Gluten Free, and it is by far my old trusty gluten free baking book. While the recipes aren’t always dairy free, it is easy enough to substitute Coconut or Coconut Almond milk for the milk, and earth balance spread for butter or margarine. 

For me, it has totally been easier to have to go Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Egg Free as an adult. I am not solely reliant on someone else to try to learn what kind of food I need when they don’t have to deal with the consequences of it not being done correctly. 

WIAWS: Apple S’mores

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Today I am warming a couple cubes of Apple S’mores. While this one has been available for a while, to me, it is more of an autumn scent. I think of it as more of an autumn scent is because, at least in the part of the country I am from Apples are ripe and ready picking and eating in September and early October. It also has a toasted marshmallow-y warm smell. It reminds me of curling up on the couch, on a blustery, grey, rainy October day, with a good book or knitting while watching a movie. 

I like Apple S’mores because it is definitely not overly sweet while being more of a foodie scent, that fits in with my favorite season. 

The warmer I have out currently, and have been using a lot lately has been my Country Light warmer that came out last autumn, it reminds me of an old window with many different panes of glass. It also uses an Edison Bulb, which Is totally old school and awesome. 

While we have had an extremely wet, chilly (to downright cold) winter, I am so ready for autumn again. 

A day to Bake

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I wanted to bake today, and I was in the mood for something pumpkin, so, this afternoon I did just that. 

This morning I held off doing much, as I knew the electric company was going to be doing some work in my neighborhood and taking the electricity off line for a bit, and I didn’t want to be in the middle of baking something and have the power go off in the middle of it. Fortunately they got that done before lunch time. 

This afternoon I baked pumpkin cinnamon rolls and pumpkin muffins. 


For the last few weeks I have definitely been in baking mode and trying new recipes. I am working on my homemaking skills as well as gluten free & dairy free cooking and baking skills. 

I am really trying to become a better homemaker. 

Weekend Update 

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Sunday afternoon my mom and I had made cookies for my dad and brother. We had made regular chocolate chip cookies as well as chocolate cookies with the white chips. I can’t have any beings that both kinds have milk in them, as do the chips that were put in both. 

I still have plenty of lentil soup to eat this week, so I don’t need to make anymore dinner stuff, though I am debating on whether I want to do more baking, and what I want to bake. More cinnamon rolls are definitely on the agenda this week. Maybe more cookies and some bread, or some rustic flat bread. I am definitely in the mood to be baking and cooking. 

WIAWS: Cherry Almond Pie

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The past few days, I have had Cherry Almond Pie wax in my country light Scentsy Warmer. Cherry Almond Pie was one of the scents from one of the  Bring Back My Bar events in 2016. I had ordered a couple of bars, but had not warmed any of the bars until now.

The scent is definitely very sweet, and really doesn’t smell like cherry pie. It is definitely one of those scents I would have loved while I was in High School. Now, it is just a bit too sweet for me.

I am definitely more of a clean, fresh scent kind of person.

It kind of reminds me of the strawberry swirl scent that is currently out.

Scottish Thistle Cookie Stamp

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The last time I was in Bob’s Red Mill (about a week ago), I was picking up some of their gluten free (and dairy free) baking mixes that I knew I liked, or wanted to try. One of the ones I had been seeing around, that I wanted to try was the gluten free shortbread cookie mix. I had picked that up while I was there, and was like “I really want a Scottish cookie stamp to use with it”, so I began my journey of trying to find a Scottish cookie stamp as well as a round biscuit cutter or large enough single round cookie cutter (those are proving harder than expected to come by). I ended up going online to find a Scottish Thistle cookie stamp, even if I got back to the renaissance faire and if the same vendor was there, who was selling cookie stamps last year, doesn’t mean I would find what I was looking for. I also wanted it sooner than that. As for the round biscuit cutter or round cookie cutter of the right size, I am not in as much of need of one for myself as I was for the cookie stamp, as I am sure there is something in the kitchen where I am living that will work for the time being. I also don’t want to spend more than $5 for a single round cookie or biscuit cutter, let alone I don’t want to pay shipping for something I know I will be able to find in a kitchen store at some point. I just need to keep my eyes open.

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Those who have known me since I was at least in college, know that I am borderline obsessed with all things Scottish, and that Scotland is at the top of my international travel bucket list. Part of that is because I have some Scottish heritage, as well as the fact that I love the cool, wet, climate, and the pictures I have seen are breath taking.

There are a lot of things that if they are made in Scotland, especially items such as high quality yarn, and kitchen utensils, that I know are well made. While this particular cookie stamp was made in the USA, It is a Scottish print, and I wanted a cookie stamp that had a Scottish print, especially when I was going to be using it for something that is distinctly British.

Stay Tuned for my Gluten Free & Dairy Free shortbread cookie baking blog! that will be forthcoming soon, now that I have my cookie stamp.