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41  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: "Curiouser and Curiouser" Hoopla on: May 21, 2015 04:19:26 AM
Beautiful stitching, it looks  like an pen and ink drawing, and I love how you framed it!
42  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gelli Print Envelopes and Matching Notecards on: May 21, 2015 04:16:54 AM
It is addictive and fun isn't it - a bit messy though, so I don't mine out as much as I would like (you would understand if you saw just how much flat work space on my craft table I have now).  I love your prints and that is a great idea for making them into note cards and matching envelopes.

I really want to get around to making myself the round plate in a couple of sizes using one of the recipes for the homemade reusable gelli plates.
43  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Mother's Day cards x2 on: May 21, 2015 04:13:50 AM
These were the cards I made for our mothers this year.  I made the rose bouquets last year, but did not order the jumbo crepe paper in time to make the jumbo ones this year.  Also, because I went out and bought my mother new carbon monoxide detectors earlier this year and would not let her or Dad pay me back for them - they demanded that I not get them anything further for Mothers/Fathers day (they are not big on gifts).  Still, they got flowers and a card...

This one is for Jim's mom - she likes pinks and purples more...

and this one for my mom...

I made A2 sized cards, and used water colour paper, and washes of metallic water colour paint to make the pastel skies, and a cherry blossom/branch die to cut the flower detail out.  I added some more pics and details in the links above for each card.

I really do have to try to order that jumbo crepe to make the roses for next year.  I know my mom would get a kick out of them.
44  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies... on: May 21, 2015 03:46:23 AM
Peanut butter and chocolate is Jim's favourite flavour combination, and traditionally I made bags and bags of cookies for him to take away with him to the hunt camp in the Fall as a treat to share with his friends and family up there, so when he found out he had Celiacs disease, I had to revamp how I cook/bake.  He already said that no matter what, even if he doesn't eat them, I still had to make cookies for his trip because they were loved by a number of guys at the camp.  But I know him - if the others are eating them, he would just not think about it one day and grab a few to munch on - and regret it later on...

That's not to say it won't happen anyways - with the dinner rolls, the bread, the treats the other wives send up, someone handing him a beer, whatever....

But I was determined to try to find some GF stuff that I could make either just for him, or that he could share and others would like too.

I made these the other day, when two of our friends were here.  They are both very familiar with my normal baking and regular cookies I make, and on having these, they gave full approval. 

The texture is a bit grainier, but tender, with nice light peanut butter flavour, and good chocolate flavour.  The grainy texture will also depend on the type/brand of GF flour you use, and how finely it is milled.  I used a commercial blend by Robin Hood (a Canadian brand), for convenience.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 2 dozen cookies.

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup gluten free flour blend (Robin Hood was used)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg (optional)

Preheat oven to 375F

Combine gluten free flour blend, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg if using in a bowl until blended well, and set aside.

Cream sugar, butter and peanut butter together in a bowl with a mixer, until well blended, and creamy.

Add egg and vanilla, and mix until well blended.

Add flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined well.  Mix in chocolate chips.

Roll into 1 inch balls and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.  Flatten with fork slightly.

Bake in center of oven for 8-11 minutes, or until lightly browned on the edges. 

Remove baking sheet, let cool on baking sheet for a couple of minutes, then remove with spatula and cool fully on rack.

The nutmeg is optional - sometimes I just like that little bit of spice flavour with my PB or chocolate recipes.

Here they are on a dessert tray I made with the flourless brownies I made the other day.

A bit more about it on my blog if anyone is interested...
45  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Blueberry Boyfriend Bait - gluten free blueberry coffee cake on: May 21, 2015 03:32:44 AM
I have been thinking of a flourless chocolate cake too.  If it is as rich as those brownies though, you certainly would not need a big slice! 

His family doctor diagnosed him as having psoriasis years ago and he had other symptoms of Celiacs since being a young child, so he never thought anything of it.  Except a few years ago he had another problem, and the ER doctor recommended and set up a colonscopy for him.  However, that was when SARS was occurring in our city, so all non-urgent procedures were cancelled and he never re-booked it.  Then he developed the same problem again this winter and I nagged him about getting that scope.  It was the gastroenterologist that did the scope that diagnosed him as having Celiacs.  For the last few years I thought his symptoms where related to the psoriasis - the skin plaques and inflammation, the joint pain being psoriatic arthritis, and the gastric symptoms perhaps the same inflammatory process in his gut lining - now I wonder if perhaps he doesn't have psoriasis at all, but they were all the symptoms of Celiacs (his childhood family doctor did misdiagnose other things).

He's been on a GF diet for about a month and his gut is better, his skin is better, and his joints are better - he's been off the wagon a few times, but for the most part he has been good (just forgetful), so he is seeing the benefits.

Now to make sure his family is on board - his father was already saying the other day that surely it couldn't be that bad as he's had it all his life and had been eating gluten.

Anyways - sorry for the rant.  I primarily do the cooking, and shopping, and I want him not to feel too much "loss" in changing his diet, so I have been trying many new things, and other than the yeasted stuff, he has liked many of the baking experiments. 

I just made a batch of GF peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies he and his non GF friends both like, so he is happy as PB and chocolate is his favourite combination.  I will be posting the recipe later this morning!
46  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Flourless brownies - exploring potentially gluten free recipes... on: May 21, 2015 03:15:17 AM
Seems like so many of the recipes are so much more complex - instead of 2 cups of flour, it's a combination of 3 or 4 different flours, plus a gum, etc.  Also looking for hidden in gluten in ingredients listings, the risk of cross contamination, sometimes even where to find the ingredients - argh!

Luckily, we live in a big city so have access to different stores which carry a lot of what we need (let's not talk about the price though!!!!), and I have some wonderful co-workers who either are gluten-free, or have kids with food allergies who helped me source things.  Even a patient the other night happened to have some treats for us and it turns out that her friend happens to be the owner of a gluten-free bakery that I was not aware of - and they supply the gluten free crusts to a couple of local pizza chains. 

Gluten free beer is not winning him over though.

The nice thing was that these brownies were super moist and very chocolaty - we both really like them and I am going to take some into work next week - I am positive my coworkers will love them too.
47  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: A Little Alice Swap (OTT) Gallery - Send Outs - Apr 07/15 on: May 20, 2015 03:49:44 PM
OK, I am declaring this swap officially closed!  Thank you everyone for participating, and a special thank you to Audania1 for angeling.

Hope to see you all again in a future Alice swap for more Alice awesomeness!
48  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: A Little Alice Swap (OTT) - closed - Send Out - Apr 07/15 on: May 20, 2015 03:48:20 PM
Thank you everyone for participating in this spot and a special thank you to Audania1 for angeling for us.  I am going to declare this swap officially closed now! 

Hope to see you all in a future Alice swap for some more Alice awesomeness!
49  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Book of Magical Things on: May 20, 2015 02:19:29 PM
I love it - very artistic and whimsical
50  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Blueberry Boyfriend Bait - gluten free blueberry coffee cake on: May 20, 2015 11:46:32 AM
It is really super moist too, and even with the coarser flour, felt like it melted in your mouth Smiley
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