Baking

Recipe – Dirty Snowballs

I needed to make some type of dessert for our Christmas family dinner. I won’t be eating these since I don’t eat wheat or sugar. But the family does.
These are easy to make. Its just a simple shortbread recipe with a little extra flavour.
Cookies:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  •  ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  •  2 cup all-purpose flour
  •  ½ tsp salt
  • 2 bags of Vanilla Chai Tea, loose
Icing: Is optional. I just rolled them in powdered sugar.
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350­°.
  2. Cream butter and confectioners sugar in a large bowl or stand mixer.
  3. Add in flour, salt, and loose tea leaves. Continue to mix until a soft dough forms. The mix will be dry and crumbly at first but will come together. (Sometimes it doesnt.)
  4.  For round flat cookies, Roll out dough between to pieces of parchment paper until it’s ¼ inch thick. (This keeps the dough from sticking to your rolling pin.)
  5. Cut out cookies using a 2 in round cookie cutter.
  6. Or you can skip rolling the dough and just make balls.
  7. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 15 -20 minutes or until edges are a golden brown and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  8. Once cooled, whisk together icing ingredients until smooth. Dip half of each cookie in the icing, let excess drip off.
  9. Or you can just roll them in powdered sugar and give them a snowy coating.

Monday Prep

I decided to do some food prep. I want to see if this makes it easier for meal times and to lose weight. Everything is low carb and grain free.I made egg muffins for Breakfast. Some lunches for Gregg to take to work. Rice, with veggies and some meats. Trying mason jar salads. Plus some extra meats for whatever.

 


I had planned to just make some spicy beef to add to other recipes, but as I went along things sort of ended up in the pot. Now its beef, veggies, coconut tomato soup.

 

Also used up some hot dog wieners and made fathead sausage rolls.

 

In the end, it was like nothing ever happened in the kitchen.

 

 

LC Cinnamon Donut Holes

Finally got to making some Donut holes. I searched and found a few but not what I was looking for. So this is what I came up with.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sweetener
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat your Pops Maker or preheat the oven to 300c. Mix up all the ingredients. Make 14 balls, place in Pops maker or on a baking sheet. If you’re doing them in the oven, you might want to flatten them a bit. Bake for 15 mins or until golden brown. I rolled them in some cinnamon and splenda.

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I think next time I will try it with pumpkin spice.

Lowcarb Blends

Gregg and I enjoy using our cappuccino/latte machine for our Sunday coffee. Since we eat low carb, I had to figure out a way of getting our sprinkles.

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Its simple. I use my Rocket and grind up the spice with splenda. Usually its equal parts. The only one I dont mix is Nutmeg, I like it the way it is. Having these is so handy to sprinkle on your foamy coffees or anything else you might want it on.

The pumpkin spice is really tasty (Yeah I know I spelled it wrong on the jar LOL). We bought the spice last time we were in Bellingham Costco.

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Just so you know, I dont use Splenda for everything. But in this case it tastes better that Stevia.

Blueberry Crumble

I was surfing pinterest.com for a blueberry recipe. I have 4 freezer large bags full of frozen blueberries and I need to use them up. So! I found this recipe. I changed it a bit so it won’t have as many calories. I also didn’t have the right pan so I used 2 8×8 pyrex dishes.

I used splenda instead of sugar. Margarine instead of butter. Lime instead of lemon. And I topped it with a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon. I made a double batch, but only used 6 cups blueberries since they were huge berries. They turned out so delicious!

yummmmmmmmm

 

 

 

Anything Cookie Bars

One Piece of Cake at a Time: Anything Cookie Bars.

 

Anything Cookie Bars
2 sticks of butter
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
2 c. flour
3/4 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 c. of add ins (chips, candies, raisins, etc.)
1 c. of nuts (optional)
Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, for 3 or 4 minutes. Add in the eggs and vanilla and beat for 2 more minutes. Mix in the dry ingredients until just incorporated. Fold in the add ins. Bake in a greased 9 x 13 pan for 40 minutes. Let cool before cutting.


Milling Rice

As you know I am on a wheat free diet. I’ve been looking for other types of flour that taste good and easy to bake with. Well, Mom gave me her milling machine a few years ago and I finally found a reason to use it! I milled some rice. Yup! I did and its just like regular flour. So many websites tell you to wet the rice and put it in a blender. I thought that sounded a bit odd. I researched as much as I could and every where I looked it was wet rice. Hmmmm! I called mom.

Grain Mill

Mom explained that water is NOT needed. So I milled the rice. it was very loud and it took about 45 minutes to grind down 2 pounds of Brown rice.

Rice Flour

Rice Flour

Now I needed to find a recipe! I had a couple ripe bananas to use up so banana bread it is! Well, muffins.

Banana Rice flour muffins

Banana Rice flour muffins

MMMMMM! So tasty! Even Gregg said that they are good! Tomorrow I see if I can make rice bread!

Wheat Free

Since Christmas I have been eating wheat free. Why? Well, I am allergic to wheat..duh!  I have known this for a few years now, but I have been doing ok with small amounts. My allergist told me that when my allergy flares up all I need to do is avoid that item for 3 months. After that I can add it back into my diet.

The first time I did it, I could eat wheat for about a year after that. Now it flared up in August, but I didnt really thing about it being an allergy. I should have gone through my “bad” list. Instead I went to the doctor and he gave me Zantac for the itchy rash I had developed(remember how itchy I was). The pills helped with the itchiness. Just before Christmas I realized I couldnt eat anything with wheat in it. I would get such a bad tummy ache and I would feel awful all over. My body was ill and trying to reject the wheat.

It’s been almost a month with no wheat and I feel so much better. I stopped taking the Zantac about 8 days ago and no itchiness! So I thought I would have popcorn on Thursday evening. Big mistake. Corn is also on my bad list. Seems I cant have popcorn. My tummy got upset and by morning my IC had flared up. Looks like I will be leaving corn off my diet for 3 months.

Anyways, yesterday we went to Vancouver. Gregg had a dentist appointment. After that we went to Choices food store just off 16th ave. It just so happens that Gregg found out that they have a Rice Bakery. Since he didnt bring the address with him we ended up at Choices only. We needed to drive one more block down the road. Oh well. Choices had stuff too.

I got some Rice bread and rice butter tarts,poppy seed lemon cake and a carrot muffin. I nommed the muffin this morning and it was good! I bought some rice flour, but when I got home I thought about it and figured out that I can make my own rice flour. I have mom’s grain  mill. I’m going to try it out later today.

So here is what I got.

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Muffin not shown since I nommed it already.

Recipes

Sugar Cookies
Image by The Gordons via Flickr

I started about 2 weeks ago typing out all the recipes from Gregg’s Mom’s collection. Gregg says that there are some missing. I talked with him and he has said that I can share them with all of you. Some of them are from her mom and Aunts. Others are from his Dad’s mom. Anyways, I am typing them all out. I will then  make a new page and add them as I test them out. I hope that you will all enjoy them and if you try them, please let me know how they turn out.

I have to say that there are some really interesting recipes in the pile. Some are just simple ones and others have things in them that I would never have thought to put together. I’m really eager to try out some of the Christmas recipes.

Stay tuned people!

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