Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Gluten Free Scones Make me Feel Happy


Gluten Free Scones
1 and 3/4 cup gluten free baking mix  (**recipe to make your own at end of recipe)
1/3 of a  cup white sugar
2 Teaspoons baking powder
one half Teaspoon xanthan gum
one half Teaspoon salt
one half cup cold butter
3/4 of a cup dried fruit or fresh blueberries or white chocolate chips or cinnamon chips
zest of one lemon
2 large eggs
1/3 of a cup cold milk
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt.
Work in the cold butter until mixture is crumbly with pea sized pieces of butter.
Gently stir in the fruit or whatever you are using and the lemon zest.
Whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla until frothy.
Add to the dry ingredients, stirring until well blended.
The dough should be cohesive and very sticky.
Place on a GF floured surface.
Pat out to about an inch thick disc --- DO NOT roll  --- the dough is too sticky and adding more flour will create a dry dense scone.
Cut into eight triangles and place on a parchment lined baking sheet..
Place baking sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 4oo
Bake 15 to 20 minutes.
Let cool --- drizzle with lemon glaze
1 cup icing sugar mixed with juice of one lemon.
**Baking mix
1 cup white rice flour
1 cup brown rice flour
2/3 of a cup potatoe starch
1/3 of a cup tapioca starch
Now where is my cup of tea?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hormones and Allergies

Here I am just turning 58 and I am in the throws of PMS.
I have quite a history with my female self that I am not going into.
Let's just say my children are drug induced children.
My menopause has been ..... well .... non existent.
No night sweats. No hot flashes.
However .... it seems if I spend any amount of time with my daughters my body  grabs those hormones and runs with them.

And I have spent a lot of time with my girls this past month.
So yes I am crampy and tired and headachy.
You know ... those dwarf cousins those 7 little guys never talk about.
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And to make matters worse my allergies are full blown.
Thank goodness for AC.
I spent the weekend in the luxury of the coolness making meals
Chicken cacciatore
Turkey meatloaf
Chicken meatballs
Tomatoe sauce
Rhubarb muffins
for the new parents for their freezer.
Sio is still recovering from her C section.
Her cat jumped on her belly and tore a bit of her incision so now it will take a few more weeks of recovery.
 Fist shake at you MacGuffin....

HB and I are taking those meals in today with a lasagna in tow for supper tonight.
HB has been working in Toronto (about 4 hours from us) the past few weeks on a contract.
He leaves Sundays and is home Friday nights.
It is a good thing it is only for a few months.
I am not liking this single life.
He is home today and tomorrow as he has a skin lesion that is to be excised.
He has a history of basal cells so another lop off.
Hope to talk later this week.

Friday, August 8, 2014

More Nona boasting .......

Chocolate Cigars to celebrate

Daphne makes for a very happy Bapa

Aunty Holly is visiting from Alberta

Ninja kick
Have you ever seen a baby Ninja?
Well here is a quick peek....

Tummy Time

Relaxin with Momma
Love that they have coordinating outfits...

Happy Birthday Bapa

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

..... So what's been keeping me busy

Here's a Hint

Daphne Iris Evelyn
July 24 @ 1:14 pm
7 pounds 5 ounces

Friday, July 18, 2014

Kool Aid and Vintage Musings

This time of year brings on memories of
my sweet mother and Nana.

Maybe it just makes me think of those carefree days of childhood ---- riding bicycles -- drinking kool aid (o dear I can't imagine what colour my insides
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look like) -- playing red light -- going home when the street lights came on -- a quick bath -- snack -- slipping into cool crisp cotton sheets -- then getting up the next day to do it all again.
Recently I have become quite enamored with vintage everything.
I inherited quite a few linens from my mother in law.
As well as lovely platters and jugs.
Please indulge part my collection

I use all of these things on perhaps not a daily but quite regular basis.
The image of linens flapping in a warm summer breeze .......
I want to start looking in thrift stores for vintage pillow cases and anything else I can find.
I have also seen instructions on how to crochet edging onto pillow cases.

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Uh oh ----- another project!!!!!
I did see a set of dishes in a little store on our main street that I really have to check out. 

Here are a cream and sugar that dates back to the late 1700's
It has been passed on to me from my grandmother and I believe was brought to Canada by her family from France or Switzerland when they emigrated

Don't get me wrong I love my modern conveniences too.

Couldn't live without my stand mixer
and rockin red food processor
my HD TV
and couldn't just wouldn't give up my Android phone
o yes and frozen puff pastry

I guess I am thinking to myself that right now I am lucky to be living the life I am.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Early Morning Pugilism

Whatta day!!
I was awoken at 5:10 by such violent hissing and squealing I jumped out of bed to see what was going on
I am glad my neighbours were not up yet or they would have found a glassless, pantless woman squirting the hose at a couple of very upset pussy cats.
Sorry no pics --- of the pussy cats or the woman.
So after all this excitement I couldn't go back to bed so my day started early.
I got lots of tidying, and weeding in the garden done.
Harvested some lavender.
Lemon lavender madeleines coming up........
I harvested the garlic too.
A wee bit small but certainly smells like garlic.
While I was sweeping the cob webs from the front entrance I found this guy
Its called a Polyphemus Moth
I think it may be an early night tonight.
I've been watching Justified and am now up to the start of Season 3.
Hmmmm Popping into bed early with Timothy Olyphant.........


Monday, July 14, 2014

A June Garden Tour

Yellow Lilies adorn our blue shed
Irises to honour my late mother in law

Bridal wreath Spireas were flowing this year

Siberian Irises

Lovely big Hostas in dappled sunlight

Great year for peonies

Blueberry Vibernum
Looks like lots of blue berries for the birds this fall

A study in black and white
A study in camouflage
Some tools of mine
gardening journal to keep track of lists, and plans
shades to keep those squinting wrinkles to a minimum
smart phone for those all important texts and quick snaps of the garden
(altho all the pics of the garden were taken with my Nikon)
Potting up geraniums
My gentle nod to all the beautiful red geraniums in clay pots I saw in Italy

Garlic almost ready to harvest
Hoping these bunnies are the only bunnies that hang around the herb garden
Still loving our blue shed
Yellow loosestrife.
Yes a cousin to the dreaded purple loosestrife.
But not invasive and its YELLOW ---- one of my fav colours in the garden