Monday, June 30, 2014

Angel Food Cake w/ coconut pudding and strawberries

This has become a favorite in our house...

Angel Food Cake:
1 cup Pamela's Artisan Gluten Free Flour Blend
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp salt
2 cups fresh egg whites (about 10 jumbo eggs, reserve the yolks for the pudding)
1/4 cup warm water
1 1/2 tsp cream of Tartar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)
1 cup granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350.  Sift together powdered sugar, flour and salt.  Do this 4-5 times (this is important, but if you don't have time...and I don't have a sifter, then the cake is a little denser...but still great)

In a stand mixer beat: egg whites, warm water, cream of Tartar, vanilla and almond extract.  Gradually add granulated sugar in 3-4 batches.  Soft peaks will form 2-3 min.  Turn to high and beat until stiff and glossy (another 2 minutes or so).

In 4 batches, add flour mixture by folding in gently with a rubber spatula.  Be gentle and quick, as not to deflate the meringue.

Put in a 10" un-greased tube pan (sometimes I grease the bottom slightly for ease of removal...but not the sides.  Bake 45-55 minutes in middle of oven until golden brown.  Cake should spring back when touched & not be sticky.

Invert on a bottle to cool at least 1 hour.   Using a long knife cut around sides and center post of cake to loosen from pan.  Let dry 1 hour on rack.

Pudding:
1 1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup gluten free flour blend
1/2 tsp salt
8-10 egg yolks (reserved from above)
2 cans of Trader Joes Light coconut milk
2 pinches of nutmeg
2 pinches of cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla

In a heavy saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil.  In a large stainless steel bowl, whisk together all ingredients except vanilla.  Place bowl over boiling water and cook, stirring constantly for 12-15 minutes until pudding has thickened.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

I cut the angel food cake into cubes and put in a 9x13 pan.  I pour the pudding over and top with sliced strawberries.

(This is also the pudding I use for Banana Pudding.  You would layer Trader Joes Gluten Free Ginger Snaps in the bottom of a dish, then add a layer of sliced banana and then pour the pudding over the top.)

It is super yummy, and probably Levi's favorite dessert.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Potty Training Success!

We have been potty training full time for a week and a half...however, this whole process is 2 years in the making.  Levi is in underwear from morning till bedtime.
So far we have only had 2 accidents, in which I missed the timer to take him.  

Success breeds success...at least that has been my experience with this.  

There is a lot to say and explain on this subject, but that will be done another time.  

For now I just need to say how truly grateful I am for prayers answered.

Here's to SUCCESS!

Monday, May 19, 2014

GFCFSF Ham & Potato Soup or Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I can't believe we have been on this diet for 6 1/2 years.  Most of the things that I miss include butter and cream.  Potato Soup has been no exception.

Well, I decided to give it a go without the cream, and you know what?  It was great.  So here it is.

1 left over Ham Hock with some meat to dice and add at the end (I use Trader Joe's preservative free Ham.  They are so good, but only available 3-4 times a year.)
1 carton Trader Joe's Organic Free Range Chicken Broth
1 medium sweet onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 celery stalk, diced
5-6 medium potatoes, peeled and diced in 1/2 - 3/4 inch cubes

Saute Onion in olive oil for 2-3 minutes.  Add carrots for 2 minutes.  Add Celery the last minute (don't over do the celery, it won't taste good).  Add chicken broth, ham hock and potatoes.  Let simmer for 25-30 minutes (another way is to let the broth and ham hock cook in the crook pot on low for 4 hours, and then add to the sauteed veggies and add the potatoes, this will give it a lot more flavor.)  Add the diced ham at the end and let heat through 3-5 minutes.

I have also tried it with fresh parsley.  I let it simmer in the pot for about 15 minutes and then remove.  It adds a nice depth of flavor.  I find that I don't need to salt it, since the ham hock usually gives it enough flavor on it's own.

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The second recent favorite is Pineapple Upside Down cake.  One of my altime favorites and something I haven't made since starting this diet.

I just substituted the flour in my old recipe for a gf mix and it turn out.  It didn't rise quite as much, but was still delicious...in fact, it is one of those cakes that is even better the next day.  So if you do make it, remember you can make it 1 day ahead.

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 can crushed pineapple or tidbits, drained (reserve liquid)

Pour melted coconut oil in 9" square pan, sprinkle brown sugar evenly around, arrange pineapple evenly.

Batter:
1 1/2 cups Pamela's gfcf flour mix
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Mix

Add:
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup almond, coconut or rice milk (or you can use reserved pineapple juice, this will make the cake more heavy, but it adds a nice flavor)
1 egg

Pour mixed batter over prepared pan.  Bake 40-50 min at 350'


Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A long time away...

It has been a long time away from posting...but I'm back today.  I wanted to share a few things that have happened recently.  

First, I wanted to share some proud mommy moments.  

Georgia has really wanted to join a local group here called the Young Marines.  It is like boy scouts on steroids.  We were not sure at first what it was all about, but after talking to the local leader and watching some videos on it's history, we thought it would be great.  Georgia knows kids at school in the troop and was really jazzed about joining.  We also wanted to support her in her choice (she was devastated by the way when she realized she couldn't be a boy scout and go camping with them...so this really worked out.)

So for the past 6 Saturdays, she has been going through boot camp from 8am-3pm.  And boy, they do not treat those kids different than a new marine recruit.  Lots of yelling, running and push ups.  After starting she wasn't sure she had made the right decision...but we have encouraged her to stick with it.  Boot Camp training is tough, and she wasn't seeing a lot of fun in it.  However, the interesting part is she complains and worries about going, yet when we drop her off, she is bouncing out of the car with excitement.  I have had many compliments from the leaders about her attitude...so I think she is doing good.  She got a perfect score a couple weeks ago on her fitness test.  A rare occurrence I'm told.  Last weekend was her final training which was an overnight campout with a night hike, 5 hours of sleep and more hiking the next morning.  

We are really proud of her for sticking with it.  Several kids dropped out after the first day.  Here is a picture of her on her way to the camp out...and one after she came home the next day :)

Photo: Our little Young Marine.....so proud of her!   :)

Photo: Our tired little young marine :)

Love that girl!

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Next proud mommy moment:

I was reading to Levi the other night before bed.  When we finished the book, he took it from me and started to flip through the pages.  He turned to one and started jabbering...then turned the page and jabbered some more.  I gave him my full attention as he obviously had something to share.  He then gave me the book after struggling to turn to the next page.  So I held the book and each time I turned the page, he would jabber away, telling me the story in "Levi" language.  

It was so endearing.  

When we finished, I told him, "Thank You for reading to me!"  He got a big smile on his face.  

Love that boy!

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Lastly, I just finished a great book called, Mormon Enigma ~ Emma Hale Smith  
It is the story of her life, pulled from journals, letters, publications, etc.  There was a lot of early church history that I had no idea about.  But I think what amazed me most of all is what an exceptional woman she was.  I clearly saw in the book why she made some of the choices she did after her husband, Joseph Smith died.  She is an amazing example of charity, love, faith and acceptance.  I did not know much about her prior to reading the book, and have since grown to have a deep respect for her.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

UT Trip: Temple Square and Park City

Angie came to stay with us for the summer!  We picked her up on the way to UT for our summer vacation.  We rented a darling house in SLC with cousins and spent the whole week playing our little hearts out. 

This was our Sunday Activity...Temple Square, then Alpine Slides, Coaster and Zip Line in Park City


 Creek in front of the conference center...It was about 105 degrees, super dry, 
but didn't feel too bad in the shade.

 On top of the conference center.

 On top of the conference center with the temple behind us.

 The huge trees were gorgeous!

 In front of the conference center.

 Salt Lake City Temple....WOW.

 Cute Georgia

 Happy Levi

Sorry, but I have to brag, I'm pretty proud of this picture I took ;)

 This is a little chapel on the property at Temple Square...looks almost like the tabernacle inside, just smaller.

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Park City

 Curtis and Levi on the Alpline Slide

 Mommy and Levi on the Coaster (which I actually enjoyed much more than the Alpine Slide...even though I have such fun and fond memories of the Alpine Slide)

 Curtis and Georgia right behind us on the coaster....the great thing is you get on at the bottom of the mountain.  It tows you up, and then you go racing down.

 Mommy and Levi on the Zip Line.

 Daddy and Georgia on the Zip Line.

 I don't know what the heck Georgia is doing here....but she looks hilarious :)

Downtown Park City.

This was our first time to Park City...it was fun, cute and the mountains are gorgeous.

Summer is coming to an end...School starts next week, and I haven't had time to blog anything!

So lets start off with these darling pictures of Georgia's animals watching a show on the IPOD...Curtis found this little scene one night and had to get a picture of it :)  You can see Georgia's sleepy foot in the bottom picture.  Hilarious.  Oh she melts my heart.



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summer is HERE!

For the kids anyway.  I don't finish school for 4 1/2 more weeks...ugg...it is a challenge doing homework with the kids home.  By the time they go to bed, I'm too tired, and usually only get about an hour done. 

We kicked off summer with several appointments, dentist, doctor, etc....in an effort to not take up school time.  I'm already under fire for Levi missing school with all his appointments and recent sickies.  So I have tried to make appointments on their breaks when possible. 

Yesterday we went to see Ice Age: Continental Drift.  It was great...the kids loved it and I loved the $1 per person ticket price :)

Today we have our normal IVIG appointment.  Good timing, as Levi and I seemed to have gotten food poisoning the other night.  Yet another thing that Autism has complicated.

We tried to explain to Levi that his body needs to get the food out, but somehow (AND I DON'T KNOW HOW) he managed to swallow every time he threw up...which made it last that much longer.  That whole process is so forceful, I don't even know how he could fight it so much that he could actually swallow it back down....besides the GROSS factor...it is just mind blowing to me that it is even possible.  We found ourselves giving him loads of praise every time he would actually get the yuck out.  Not sure it made a difference, I think he just got so tired, that he stopped fighting it.  Poor Curtis was up half the night with us, because I was too sick to stay up with Levi myself...and he is so strong, it is almost impossible to help him in that situation without 2 people there.

So next week summer school starts and then we have lots of fun planned.  Aunt Angie coming to visit and we are so excited.  Stay tuned for pictures!