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Friday, April 12, 2013

"GOOD, CHEAP, FAST....PICK TWO"




Good, Cheap and Fast….Pick two.


When comparing professional cake decorating prices to your typical grocery store… there is no comparison.  A professional cake decorator spends hundreds and even thousands of dollars on special and specific cake decorating supplies and equipment in order to personalize a cake to your specific needs or desires…you can’t get that at any grocery store Bakery because they don’t have the time.  So when someone says to you, “I want a beautiful cake, but at a very low cost”, you can either direct them to their nearest grocery store or give them these 3 words and have them pick “Two”.

 

I want a cake that is: Good and Cheap…. it probably won’t be fast because your baker will take his/her sweet   time while  making short cuts and working on other customers cakes who don’t mind paying them for their hard work.

I want a cake that is: Fast and Good…it won’t be cheap because their working twice as hard and twice as fast.

I want a cake that is: Cheap and Fast….it won’t be good because your cake will more than likely be thrown together with the cheapest and lowest quality ingredients, looking good on the outside but the taste….I’m sure will not put a smile on your face.

So…don’t compare “Apples to Oranges”…even though they are both sweet, they’ll never be the same.

-A Gluten Free Baker

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I.V.Therapy Cookies


 

I closed up shop this week to concentrate on my I.V. Therapy course, well believe it or not baking and creating is actually my way of relaxing. So as I tried to think of something to make out of this new sugar cookie recipe I wanted to try, all I could think of was, arms, veins, needles and bandages. And so, here is the end results of my twisted mind :-).
 
I think I'll donate these to AMR since they helped me finish up some C.E.U's I needed :-).
 


















Problem Or Praise!

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
 
 
 
Our water heater was hauled off to the water heater grave yard yesterday. My husband just happen to be home and witness "The flood" because he had to be home for the utility company to change out our meter. My husband wasn't sad to see the water heater go like good ole Bill here, but he was sad to see his $1200 go! LOL!
Unlike my sweet hubby, I try to see the good in every "bad" situation and I saw this not as a problem...but a praise!
Praise #1- My husband was home to take care of the issue.
Praise #2 - The heater could have broken down when no one was available to quickly fix the problem.
Praise #3- WE HAVE HOT WATER AGAIN!! :-).
Praise #4 - My husband is apart of that government "furlough delayed" and so we had the immediate funds to pay for a new water heater.
And lastly....
Praise #5 - Furlough..Delayed, God said He would supply all of our needs, He knows our finances; He knows what we need when we need it. And what if my husbands hours were cut? I still believe that God would have provided... and made a way.
 
 
Psalms 138:8
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Apple Crisp....My Way


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Oatmeal apple crisp was one dessert I recall as a child that I absolutely LOVED and never forgot it. I had dinner with my friend Ms Sharon who was gracious enough to  shared her recipe with me, so as always, I put my own spin to it :-). Hope you love it too! This recipe makes a lot so you may want to split it into two smaller pans of your choosing.



These are the basic ingredients used. The natural cinnamon and mace (nutmeg) I purchased from a natural grocer here in town. I used, earth balance vegan butter, King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour, Organic dark brown sugar and "salted" mixed nuts (you can use un-salted as well).
 

Basic Raspberry Jam: 2 cups fresh raspberries (washed) and 2 cups sugar, cook until soft mushy and bubbly, strain by stirring in a sifter slowly. You can add lemon juice to taste or leave out since this recipe calls for it also.


 Filling
6 cups chopped apples, do not peel
 1 1/2 cup Raspberry Jam (or frozen)
 2 peeled “Cuties” (or ½ cup mandarin oranges, drained)
 1 tbls natural cinnamon
1/2 tsp Cardamom
 1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp All Spice
1/4 or  1/2 cup water (I prefer mine juicy so take your pick by starting with 1/4 cup of water)
2 tbls lemon juice (try it with one first, I like to taste the lemon)

 Crisp

 
1 cup quick oats (or rolled)
 
1 cup chopped mixed nuts (chopped fine), they should look like this

 
1/2 (leveled) cup whole wheat flour
 
1 stick vegan butter (melted)
 
1/4 cup firmly packed organic brown sugar
 
1 tsp natural cinnamon
 
1/4 tsp allspice
 
1/4 tsp natural nutmeg

 
1/4 tsp salt

  Pre heat the oven to 350°F. Prepare an 8-inch glass dish, 2-inches deep and spray with a non-stick spray.

The Filling

 Combine the chopped apples, oranges with homemade raspberry jam (or frozen raspberries), I made my jam because I don't like the seeds, so after I followed the basic recipe for making raspberry jam I strained it to remove all the seeds.  You can also add or substitute 1 cup fresh blueberries. Add natural cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt Simmer over medium heat until thickening and bubbly. Pour Into prepared pan (S).

 The Crisp
 Combine the oats, flour, nuts, brown sugar, vegan butter, and spices. Mix until crumbly then prinkle
mixture over the top of your fruit (I sprinkled a little lemon juice over this for more moisture) and bake for 40 minutes or until the crisp browns nice and crunchy.


Serve warm or cool…either way it’s AWESOME!