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Chicken Schnitzel Drizzled with Honey

Chicken Schnitzel Drizzled with Honey

One of my favorite dishes is Schnitzel. It can be served with gravy, but I prefer honey to gravy any day. Especially if you are cooking chicken or pork Schnitzel.

Ingredients:

Prepare chicken:

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Natural Grape Trellis… The highlight of my Mother’s Day

Natural Grape Trellis… The highlight of my Mother’s Day

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day. I played in the mud with the kids aka worked my butt off in the garden. I made BBQ dinner for my beautiful momma, and my mother-in-law, Mimi. Everything came out delicious. We had beef ribs, that I slow cooked all day before grilling with my homemade sauce, homemade potato salad, caprese, avocado salad, and grilled shark. .Such a super laid back meal. It doesn’t sound like it… but it was. It was just such a pleasant day. No care’s in the world… other then my trellis.

I am so thankful that I have a strong and loving women in my life. My mother, my sister, Lala, Mimi & some really amazing friends. Being a mother is such a powerful role. There are a lot of things I know I am good at, or would be good at. But when it comes to being a mom, nothing else compares.  The world is full of good doctors, lawyers, engineers, but I feel that being a good mother…. ahhh now that is hard work.

I’m especially lucky to have wonderful mother in-law. So many times, there is much grief between the significant other and the in laws. I have come to the conclusion that much of it caused because  of the different family culture. Not here. I absolutely adore both my mother in law & father in law.  Heck, if wasn’t for Mimi, I wouldn’t  have met my husband or had my two beautiful little boys. (another story for another time) Come to think of it, I adore their parents too. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say again, I couldn’t have dreamt of a better family.

Mom & Lala. I wouldn’t be who I am or the mother I am,  today with out the two of you. If you two are reading this, I love you. You mean the world to me.

I spent my Mother’s Day weekend, preparing the garden.  All day Friday & Sat, I was pruning back our trees, planting okra, tomatoes, and cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, and of course mowing & weed eating the lawn. Sunday, we finished our trellis (made from those branches we pruned) and planted our grapes.

Of course we had neighbors stopping by, asking what we were up to.  Most likely they were thinking, “What is that crazy family doing  this time and with that  horrid mess in their yard?” Though, I hated having to explain myself. I  kinda enjoyed bantering with them about the need for conservation, the pros of companion planting, victory gardens, planting techniques in general, being self sufficient,  and possibly putting up a stand so the boys could sell produce.

I just hope the grapes thrive.  I’m thinking they will. Almost everything we plant in our yard, does amazingly well.  We still need to plant the black berries, melons, potatoes, and zucchini and I’ll be done.  Well almost done. I still need to lay down mulch. And instead of a dozen roses, Ian order for me some apple & peach trees & rugosa rose bushes. I’m super excited!

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I haz a Etsy shop!

I haz a Etsy shop!

I have been dragging my feet all summer. I have sold pieces to other homeschoolers, family and friends. I guess it’s time to share my works with everyone else.  Check me out at www.etsy.com/shop/polyhobbymommy

 

 

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GF Pie crust

GF Pie crust

Ingredients:  

Mix together:

 

This is a great general pie crust. But it is missing that oomph, from homemade pie crust made with lard.  I haven’t tried it yet. But I am going the make the next batch with a combination of lard, butter, and shortening. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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GF Seafood Frying Flour Blend

GF Seafood Frying Flour Blend

All Purpose Seafood GF Frying Flour mix:

*Ideas*

1. Season to taste. Here are some good flavors to work with seafood: salt, pepper, paprika, lemon pepper,  old bay seasoning, or garlic salt.

2. It works best if you dip what ever you plan to fry in egg.

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Chewy, Eggless, Casein Free, GF Chocolate Chips

Chewy, Eggless, Casein Free, GF Chocolate Chips

Almost like, Zoila’s Super Awesome Chewy GF Chocolate Chip Cookies  but a little different… but the ridiculous naming stays. :)

Ingredients:

Blend together:

Bone Appetit!

 

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Coconut Milk Icing

Coconut Milk Icing

You won’t believe this taste. You can pretty much change the color and flavor just as easily as you would regular icing. But the great part about this one, is that it is soy free and casein free. I found this recipe at vegweb.com.

Coconut Milk Icing:

Cream  the shortening and about 3 c. or powdered sugar.  Add extract and coconut milk and beat another 5-8 minutes.  You may have to add more powder sugar if it comes out too liquid. Add a few table spoons at a time, until it becomes thick and fluff. Chill for 20- 30 minutes to have a dense fluffy frosting. Best used on completely cooled cakes or cupcakes.

Bon Appetit!

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Using Flax as an egg subtitute

Using Flax as an egg subtitute

I have noticed that my son Gabe has had an aversion to egg for sometime, but as he gets older it has gotten worse.  He had a very slight levels of egg IGG. While it isn’t high enough for a reaction, does make me wonder about his aversion and weather or not I should have it in my baked goods.

I came across this today  egglesscooking.com. I had heard of using flax seed as a substitute, but I wasn’t actually sure. So of course I had to try it out, and boy was I impressed.  I am sure it is well known in the vegan and egg allergy world. But it was a great surprise you me. You can use flax seed, pretty much anywhere you would use eggs. Granted I haven’t made a flax see omelet or quiche or flan yet. I think I just might try for the hell of it.

It suggest that you buy flax seed and grind them yourself.  I have noticed that flax meal works just as great.

Flax Meal Egg Substitute:

The 1:3 ration is equivalent to one egg per recipe

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GF Cake & Pie Crust Flour Blend

GF Cake & Pie Crust Flour Blend

This flour blend works great for cakes & pie crust.  It is GF, soy free, casin free, and corn free. So, it will work great even if you have more sensitive digestion, then just gluten. Both coconut & almond flour are rather sweet flours and work great for deserts. It will yield 9 cups. You can reduce or increase, so long as it has a 3:2:1 ratio.

GF Cake & Pie Crust Flour Blend:

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All Purpose GF Frying Flour mix.

All Purpose GF Frying Flour mix.

I noticed when I went to purchase tempora, it had wheat as an ingredient.. If you are not familiar with tempora, it is the four blend that is used in oriental cooking. Traditionally it was made with rice flour.  So, obviously I had to put it back on the shelf. So here is my recipe, that you can use on pretty much anything, seasoning or no seasoning.

All Purpose GF Frying Flour mix:

*Ideas*

1. Season to taste. Here are some good flavors to work with: salt, pepper, paprika, Italian seasoning,  old bay seasoning, garlic salt, or curry.

2. It works best if you dip what ever you plan to fry in egg.

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