Monday, June 6, 2011

allergy Free Friday--Early!

Here it goes! 2 this time! And early, as I'll miss next week!

Lemon Bars
2 c. All Purpose Gluten Free flour
1 c. margarine (Nucoa)
½ c. powdered sugar

Mix with pastry blender til crumbly, then press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan lined with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until slightly brown.

4 eggs
1½ c. sugar
¼ c. All Purpose Gluten Free flour
Juice of 2 lemons (or about 6 Tbsp. lemon juice)
½ tsp. baking powder
a little lemon rind

Mix and pour over pre-baked crust. Bake 20 minutes at 350. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into bars.

And Post number 2 includes a recipe for Gluten/Dairy free Pepper Gravy! YUMMY! We had it last night over potatoes, it's like liquid hummus, or a cream gravy with pepper!

2 1/2 TBS Vegetable Broth Powder (I used liquid chicken bullion)
1/3 cup hot water
1 - 15oz- can Garbanzo beans, drained.
1/2 cup unsweetened plain soy yogurt (I used coconut milk, you can use whatever you want to thin it)
1 tsp salt, more to taste
1 tsp black pepper, more to taste

Throw it all in a blender until creamy, and add non-dairy milk until it is the desired thickness. You'll want it slightly thinner then you would normally because you'll heat it on the stove and it will thicken slightly.

Viola! Serve hot over gluten free biscuits, potatoes, or just about anything you want gravy on!



Sunday, June 5, 2011

Zen, and the art of Gardening.

It's sunny, breezy, and the house is empty. Most likely you'll find us all outside, me up to my elbows in dirt, and the kids happily running around with a herd of neighborhood children. Don't read into it, I love being up to my elbows in the dirt. There's something very satisfying in sustaining life in a plant. This is my Zen. So today I thought I might share my garden with you, and a few things I love.
1. The more time you spend in your garden, the smaller your waist line is! It's like magic!

2. Garden Gnomes are really cute.
3. I don't have time, you say...well... My kids usually stay outside with me, so my house doesn't require as much maintenance!

4. Color, beautiful color, is enough to raise anyones happiness levels!

5. Up to my elbows in dirt I realize that good food doesn't need hours to prepare, it just needs a gentle hand to pull it and rinse it off. A sun ripened tomato right off the vine, a radish pulled up out of the earth, green beans, strawberries. Oh, sorry, I drooled.

6. The laughter of children is music to my soul, screaming isn't as loud outside as it is inside!

7. Being worn out, tired, and dirty at the end of the day, is greatly satisfying.

8. I love to be outside because if the wind blows just right my chimes sing, "Come, Come ye Saints."

9. Because I find myself talking to the Lord more on my knees in the dirt. And I find more answers pulling weeds.

Hope your day is full, and your garden bright.