Monday Baking

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Today I spent part of my day baking cookies. After my mom gave me a pathetic look and asked me to make oatmeal raisin cookies, I did that today. I also made myself a batch of gluten free, dairy free short bread cookies. 

The Shortbread Cookie mix that I prefer is the gluten free Shortbread Cookie mix from Bob’s Red Mill. 

I have been using shortening in them instead of butter, but the next time I make them I may try using coconut oil instead and see how that works. 

I had purchased the Scottish Thistle cookie stamp a couple of months ago, and found the ripple edged biscuit cutter a few weeks later. 



These cookies go incredibly well with a nice hot mug of English or Scottish breakfast tea. While I also like Earl Grey tea, I prefer the flavor of a breakfast tea with these cookies. 

The oatmeal raisin cookies turned out well, also. I haven’t tried them beings that they have gluten in them, and I already have had more gluten than I really should. 

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Shortbread Cookies and Daylight Lightbulbs

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Yesterday I had gotten some new lightbulbs for my bedroom, I had picked up some IMG_1453daylight lightbulbs. In this part of the country, we are used to grey, wet winters and we don’t get enough sunlight. While I don’t have S.A.D, well at least not from the amount of grey and wet we have, this winter and spring has been particularly hard for some reason, as it has been more grey and wet than normal. I am trying to see if the daylight bulbs help out with that. I am aware that the ones I got are not the same as full spectrum light bulbs, which are for those who do have S.A.D. I also wanted to try these bulbs to see if I liked the lighting, and if it was any good for Vlogging, as I want to do more of that, once I get my own place again. So far I am liking how much brighter they are than the soft white lightbulbs. They will definitely make it easier to see to knit and read in the evenings.

IMG_1446Yesterday I also baked up a batch of Gluten Free (and Dairy Free) Shortbread Cookies, using the Gluten Free Shortbread Cookie Mix from Bob’s Red Mill. This is the third or fourth time I have made these cookies, the first time using my new round cookie cutters with the rippled edges. I love how these cookies turned out. I had also used my Scottish Thistle Cookie Stamp. Each time I have made these cookies, the better they have turned out. The first time I made them, was kind of a disaster. Practice makes perfect, and the more times you do something the better you will get at doing whatever it is you are doing.

Today was one of those days where the idea of home has been on my mind a lot. Beings as the city has really never been home to me, I have though a lot about how I would love to move back to the one place I do consider home, if I had the opportunity. I had to move back to the city after college because of the lack of employment in the area. Being someone who prefers the outdoors and homemaking, and would love to live on some acreage with a garden, some chickens, and a few goats, the city life grows old real quickly.

I have been interested in and intrigued by homemaking of generations past, especially during the 1950’s as well as the 19th century in the American West (life on the frontier & homesteading). Back then the food was real, without all the added hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals. The meat was grass fed, and quite often free range (especially the bison, venison, elk, fish, cows, etc). Women worked hard. Back in the days before electricity and running water they had to haul water, cook over an open fire or on a wood stove. They did laundry by hand, cooking took a lot more time, they also had to can and preserve a lot more food in the summer to sustain their family during the winter. They also made clothes for their families, and had many children, all without epidurals, and many at home, with a midwife.

While I really don’t want to live completely off grid, there are things to be learned from the lives women led throughout history, and be able to take what we have learned from that to live the best life possible. I consider what I would like to do, to be able to live semi off grid. I still want running water, toilets that flush, a hot shower daily, electricity and internet. At the same time I would love to be a part of building my own house, on some land, having solar panels, and getting as much electricity as possible from those, and using the main grid electricity more as a back up (especially in winter, when there is not as much daylight), canning, preserving food, and growing as much of my own produce as possible in the summer.

 

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.