Friday, September 19, 2014

Oh where oh where did she go????

 Anybody know where the travelling apron is?
Seems I am out of the loop a bit.
 I hope she is still on her travels.....

Love to know where she has gotten to

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Celebrations and a Heartbreak

Had quite a week here at the ole ranch
We were invited to celebrate a 1st and 60th birthday party.
HB and I were quite honoured to be included in the celebration.
It was for my walking buddy Deb's retired guy and granddaughter.
You can see the celebration HERE
Then we got to spend the afternoon with
Our sweet lil Miss D
Terrific weekend you are thinking.
And you would be correct ......
Until we came home Saturday night and found this
The big beautiful locust tree in our neighbour's yard had split and toppled onto our roof.
At first we thought it had been hit by lightening as we had been having some very bad storms.
But it just seems the poor ole tree was rotted.....
We found a fantastic arborist --- recommended by another neighbour ---
He came to assess first thing Monday morning and by Monday afternoon was working at getting the tree off our roof.
Unfortunately the tree --- which we have figured out to be close to 60 years old  ---- had to come down.
We are heartbroken over this
Neighbours Tom and Melanie watching the chop down :(

The arborist came back on the Thursday and took the whole thing down.
They chipped and chopped and took everything away.
Even cleaned up the street of all the rogue branches and saw dust.
Tom and Melanie are talking about planting another in its place.
After all of this I came down with one heck of a cold but I won't
 bore you with those woes.
Suffice it to say I am still recooping.....

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?