Latest Addition to my Cookbook Collection

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Recently I had gotten a gift card for Barnes and Noble, so I decided to use it to add to my cookbook collection.

I had ordered Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines.

Having spent my life living in the Pacific Northwest, I am wanting to branch out and try different recipes. I am definitely wanting to find more hearty recipes that fill people up.

I like that this cookbook has practical recipes that aren’t super fancy, and you’d expect to fix for breakfast on a Saturday morning, or for dinner on a summer evening. While there are plenty of recipes I can’t eat or would have to alter for myself, I could definitely see myself using this cookbook regularly for meals to feed a family or if I had company coming over.

Beings that the Gaines’ live on a farm, in Texas the recipes call for real food that one could grow on a farm or find easily in a grocery store. I like that with recipes, simple and that you could get your kids to eat.

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DIY Gluten Free Dairy Free Pizza

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I had been wanting some gluten free and dairy free pizza for a few days now. I finally got around to making some today.

I had gone to Bob’s Red Mill and the grocery store to get what I needed to make my pizza and gluten free and dairy free Cherry Brownies.

I used the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust for my pizza. I had sprinkled corn meal on the pan I was going to use to bake my pizza on, I then used olive oil instead of pizza sauce. I topped my pizza with Jimmy Dean Maple ground sausage that I got most of the way cooked before I drained it and put it in my pizza. I then also topped it with a red pepper I had diced up, as well as diced tomatoes, sliced olives and spinach, and then baked it. It turned out great for my first attempt at making my own gluten free and dairy free pizza.

I also had been kind of craving cherry brownies, so while I was out I had picked up a package of the Bob’s Red Mill gluten free brownie mix, as well as dairy free butter alternative (in the stick form), and maraschino cherries. I added some diced up cherries and some of the cherry juice to my brownie batter. It took forever (like an hour and a half) to actually get done….. but they taste good and that’s what matters.

While I was at Bob’s Red Mill, I had also picked up a shortbread pan, so if I want to make gluten free dairy free shortbread cookies, and I don’t want to take the time to make round cookies and use my Scottish Thistle cookie stamp, I can put the dough in the shortbread pan and bake it that way.

Today I was totally in a cooking, baking and errands kind of mood. It was a gorgeous day, more like early spring (like late March / Early April) than still the dead of winter that is typical for early February. It got up to 60 degrees (Fahrenheit) / 15 – 16 degrees (Celsius) today. The Daffodils are starting to come up and bloom.

Baking Brownies

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I have wanted brownies for the past couple of days, so I finally made some today. I had today off so it was a perfect time to bake brownies.

While I love baking all year round, I love it even more when the weather is cooler, and now that Autumn is here and today has been in the low 60’s, it was a perfect day to do some baking.

I used a package of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Brownie mix and a stick of earth balance vegan butter alternative. I did use eggs this time because I wanted the brownies to turn out right.

Weekend Homemaking 

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After spending time yesterday finishing up a pair of socks before going out with my mom for treats at my favorite bakery here in the city, before running an errand and coming home. 

This morning, I went out and picked raspberries, and got two whole pints since I missed picking yesterday. We have been getting about a pint or so a day. The two pints I got today went in the fridge, in hopes that come Monday or so I will get another couple pints of raspberries from the backyard so I can make jam this week. 

Earlier this afternoon I started a new pair of socks, using KnitPicks Palette Yarn in Victorian and Larch Heather, before going to the grocery store. 

On the news the past few weeks and months the news has been making a bigger deal of the total solar eclipse than has really needed to be made, and has had a lot of people freaking out and at some grocery stores there have been runs on certain items. Today, and last night at our local Fred Meyer and Safeway Stores (in the 99.2% totality range), it has been business as usual. 

This evening, after making dinner is was my job to go through the bag of pickling cucumbers and pull out the moldy ones after having dumped them out on a towel. It was kinda gross. At least the ones that weren’t moldy, will be put in a vinegar brine and heated through tomorrow. 

Tonight I am hoping to get a little more knitting done before I settle in for the night and read for a while. 

I get asked this all the time

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I get asked quite often for the recipes I use when I post pictures and such of what I bake. 

Beings that I am dairy free, egg free and generally gluten free, I try to be as careful as possible when cooking and baking. 

I am not vegan, as I still love honey, and I still eat certain meats. Though I am not a fan of the meat that comes from the grocery store. I seriously am the type of person who prefers to catch it myself or have someone close to me catch it / hunt it. 

When it comes to baking, this is the baking book I use. 

It has made gluten free baking so much similar for me. Many of these recipes are not dairy free so I substitute my dairy free alternatives for the dairy products. 

My favorite dairy free alternatives include:

For milk I use:

•Blue Diamond unsweetened unflavored almond coconut milk

•Silk unsweetened unflavored coconut milk 

For a butter alternative I like:

•Earth Balance organic whipped spread 

•Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread

In baking I also use in place of butter:

•Crisco Shortening

•Coconut Oil

In baking instead of eggs I use:

•Bob’s Red Mill gluten free egg replacer

A couple things to note: 

•when baking with shortening (when the recipe calls for butter or margarine) you need to add a table spoon or two of water in addition to what liquids are called for, because shortening is 100% fat based where as butter is about 80% fat and 20% water based. 

•when baking with Egg Replacer I add roughly an extra table spoon of water for the equivalent of 2 eggs replaced (about half a tablespoon per equivalent of one egg of egg replacer) as I noticed that the egg replacer is drier, gloppier and thicker than a beaten egg. 

•I have found that texture/ consistency wise as well as not having an overpowering different flavor, that the almond coconut and regular unsweetened coconut milk are as close as I can get to regular milk for using in recipes. 

Baking Day

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Yesterday, I had decided to do some baking. I was wanting something sweet, but didn’t have chocolate chips, so I mixed up a batch of gluten free & dairy free Oatmeal Raisin cookies. 


I had also mixed up, and baked a loaf of gluten free & dairy free rustic flat bread to go with dinner, beings that we still have split pea soup. 


I know cookies and breads are not the best, when it comes to watching what I eat, but when it still feels like late February outside, and has the rain to go with it, baked goods are comfort foods. 

Both the cookies and the rustic flat bread turned out really well. 

Gluten Free – Dairy Free Balsamic Apple Crisp

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Last week when I had gone grocery shopping I had picked up 4 Organic gala apples, because I wanted to make Balsamic Apple Crisp – which I finally got around to this evening. 

Beings that I am dairy free and gluten free, I made my balsamic apple crisp gluten free & dairy free. 

I cored and sliced up the four apples, layering about half the slices on the bottom of a 9 x 9 square Pyrex then lightly coasted that layer of apples with Balsamic Vinegar . In a separate bowl I mixed up about 2/3 cup brown sugar and 2/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill gluten free 1 to 1 flour. If you don’t have that you can use a different gluten free flour blend and some xanthan gum, I typically use a brown rice flour blend and xanthan gum. I then sprinkled some of the flour and sugar mix over the first layer of apples, ten layered the rest of the apple slices on top of that, then a little bit more balsamic vinegar and the rest of the flour/sugar mix.

For the topping, in a bowl I mixed up some gluten free old fashioned oats, some GF flour, some brown sugar and some vegan spread until it looked, felt and tasted right. I then evenly distributed the topping mix over the top of the apples. 

I baked the crisp in a preheated oven that I set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, for 45 minutes (apples should be soft). 

I like the flavor that the balsamic gives the apples. I would be interested in trying this again with Granny Smith apples. 

I am a huge fan of baking (and cooking). I have always enjoyed working in the kitchen, and working with my hands. 

As a society we have gone more to gender equality in the business world, I am not saying that there is anything wrong with that as a whole. My point is that as a society so many skills that girls once learned because they were girls, like cooking, baking, canning, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and such has been lost for most of my generation. I have no problems with women being in the work force (I currently have a full time job as an engineering assistant). I just want to preserve, share, and teach about the history that is so quickly being forgotten. Seriously, somewhere between 90 and 100 years ago one set of my great-grandparents lived in, and worked a homestead with at least 6 of their 9 children. 

Not only am I a fan of sustainable living and self reliance, but also being a good steward of what I have been given. Part of why I am interested in what a Semi off grid lifestyle is like, where I would still have electricity, but using the grid electricity as more of a back up for when we don’t get enough sunlight for the solar powered, and in the evening/mornings when it is still dark, but I really don’t want to go without running water or internet. Yes I am very much a product of my generation and may seem like a walking contradiction, but it all makes sense in my head.