Archive for April, 2011

My “Are you sure these are gluten free, Mom?” Pancake Recipe

Cooking gluten free is a challenge. One of the first things I did when we needed to go gluten free again several months ago was make a list of foods we eat regularly and enjoy. I was determined to find or create yummy gluten-free recipes for these. Among the yummy, formally gluteny things on my list was: pancakes . Now that my family agrees that I have perfected my recipe, I thought I would post it and share it with you. One of the things I love about gluten free pancakes is that it is one of the few gf recipes where you do not have to use xanthan gum 🙂

Beth’s “Are You Sure These Are Gluten Free, Mom?” Pancakes

My flour blend was inspired by the flour blend at Gluten Free Cooking School, but I have made some modifications. The flour blend is, I believe, the key to this recipe. I use this flour blend in most of my baking now. I do add in some nutritious flours sometimes,such as teff, or flax seed meal, but this is the basic blend) It is:

3 parts rice flour (half white rice, half brown rice)
3 parts potato starch
2 parts soy flour (or sorghum)
1 part almond meal

Recipe:

2 cups GF flour blend
2 Tbsp. Sugar or sucanat
3 tsp. Baking powder
1 tsp. Baking soda
3/4 tsp. Salt

Mix together. Add:

2 cups buttermilk (or 1 1/2 cups non-dairy sub plus 1/2 tbsp vinegar to sour)
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil

Pour wet ingredients into dry. Mix until just blended. Fry on a hot skillet. Yummy!

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-Beth

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-Beth

Crafty Nature Journal

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a Fun Journal Project tutorial from my friend Angela’s blog. Well, my daughter Emma (11) followed the tutorial and made her own Nature Journal. (Emma is wayyyyy more crafty than her mother!) It was very easy to make and turned out so cute!

She is using it to keep track of all the birds we are seeing in our backyard these days. What a perfect time of year for a nature journal, and this is really so easy! Have fun!

-Beth

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Scripture Memory in a Box

We use a system for scripture memory that I really love. I got the idea from Simply Charlotte Mason. Each day you and your children recite 4 verses: a new verse for the week, and three verses to review. I like it because it’s adaptable to different ages and different families. You choose the verses you want your children to memorize.

If you want to focus on certain character traits, you can use your concordance or other reference such as For Instructions in Righteousness by Doorposts. For example, one of the first verses I put in our box was Proverbs 29:11:

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under contol.

(This has been a particularly helpful verse for one of my children who shall remain anonymous 😉

Or, you can use this system to learn and review scripture from the curriculum you’re using. We have done this as well.

The Scripture Memory in a Box an easy way to work on scripture memorization, since we leave it on the kitchen table and do it after lunch. The key is to remember to do it! (not that I ever have trouble remembering 😉 ).

To start your own box, here is what you need:

Index cards
Index card box
Tabbed dividers (I used two packs of ABC tabs) update: SCM website below has free printable divider templates!
A pen
A bible

And here are the directions you need to assemble your Scripture Memory in a Box: SCM Scripture Memory.

Update: Check out my friend Angela’s beautiful scripture memory box over at Angela’s Sewing for Sanity. She is so crafty!

-Beth

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Easy Gluten Free (really!) Chicken Pot Pie

Okay, “Easy Gluten Free” is kind of an oxymoron :), but this recipe really is simple. Plus, I almost always have these ingredients in my kitchen, so this is an easy dish to make on those days that I have forgotten to thaw one of my Once-a-Month freezer meals (more on that in a future post ;))


Easy Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie

1 can cream of Chicken Soup (I use Pacific since they now make a gf one)
1 can Veg-All (or any mixed vegetables)
1 can chicken
1 cup Gluten Free Bisquick
1/2 cup milk
1 egg

Mix soup, veggies, and chicken. Put in a pie dish. Mix Bisquick, milk, and egg, then plop onto the soup, veggie, chicken mix. Bake 30 min. at 400 degrees.

Note: this freezes well, but let thaw at least halfway, and allow for extra baking time. Also, I have been known to one-and-a-half the dough ingredients, to make more of the yummy “biscuit” topping. (the kids love it when I do that!)

-Beth

Color Coding for Sanity

In our house, we use color coding to keep things more organized and keep mom more sane ;). Each child has his or her own color. We started with plates, since it makes it easier when serving for everyone to know whose plate is whose. Then I found cups with the same colors. This is my favorite area to color code. Instead of going through many cups throughout the day because no one can remember which cup is theirs, each child know which cup belongs to them because their cup is always blue (or yellow, or green, etc.). Color coding has simplified our mealtime routines. The kids also have sport cups in their color for taking water with us in the car, outside, or on trips.

Now we have extended the color coding concept to towels. I am excited about this, because now I will know who is and is NOT handing up their towel. I bought two towels for each child in their color.

I love color coding. It helps me stay more focused and organized. The most difficult thing about it is finding the items you want in the right colors. This is where it pays to be patient! Keep checking the kitchen (or bath) sections of the stores you usually visit.

I realize this may be more difficult the more children you have. (We have four). However, the cups we bought came in big sizes and small, so I can see how you might be able to assign the same color to a little kid and his or her “buddy” or older sibling. Even just color coding the little ones would make a big difference!

Color coding works for me! Give it a try and see if it works for you!

Beth

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Fun Journal Project

Check out this cute journal tutorial over at my friend Angela’s blog. What a fun project! I think this would be so cute to use as a nature journal. We love seeing so many birds, snails, and other creatures this time of year. Spring is such a perfect time to start a nature journal!

Fun Journal Project @ Angela’s Sewing for Sanity


-Beth