Helpful links to gluten free resources

Here’s a list of helpful links to websites and other resources I have found immensely helpful, especially when starting out going gluten/grain free. I have not been paid or endorsed by any of these websites, these are tools I use in my daily gluten free life and I wanted to share them with you! I will be adding to the list regularly. If you have any sites/links you have found helpful and would like to share them, leave a comment and I will add them to the list!

This is a wonderful and easy to read gluten free flour volume-weight conversion chart from Real Food Made Easy, also included is a brief description of each flour, I love this page and have used it so many times I’ve taped it to the side of my fridge, no joke!. Click here for a link to the link to the PDF.

Brittany Angell has a wonderful website with a membership option (I currently subscribe, the member recipes are AMAZING!!!). I could go ON AND ON about how wonderful this site is, but you should really click here and check it out yourself! Oh, and make a recipe from her site tonight, you won’t be disappointed!

Lynn from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventure developed a great homemade gluten free Bisquick style baking mix that can be used in so many different ways, I use it weekly at our house! She offers the recipe to the mix for free, you can get it here (along with a few recipes using the mix), and also a kindle or PDF book you can buy here (right now it’s only $2.99!) with tons of recipes using the mix (the browning are AWESOME!)! I’ve developed my own biscuit recipe using the mix and I’m sharing it with you! Use the ratio of 1 cup of baking mix to 1/3 cup of water or milk (I usually do 3-4 cups of mix at a time) and mix well, and either drop onto a baking sheet for drop biscuits or, just line a small baking pan with parchment paper and bake in one large, thin “loaf” and cut apart afterwards (my favorite way, even though the biscuits are square)! Bake the biscuits at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes for drop biscuits and about 25 minutes for the whole pan. SO EASY!

Go check out Recreating Happiness. Wonderful gluten free website that has an AMAZING stuff-your-face-full-of-cinnamon-goodness cinnamon roll recipe, ’nuff said!

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Paleo Infographic

Hello again! I thought I’d post this quick because some of you may be interested and I found it very helpful. I do not follow a paleo diet but I do cook paleo often and I know paleo safe foods are always healthy and nourishing. This is a simple but helpful visual representation of paleo safe food guidelines by Paleo Magazine. Hope it can help someone else!

Paleo Diet Food List Infographic ImageVisit us to find out more about what to eat on a Paleo diet.

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Busy with a whole lot of nothing!

I have so much awe and respect for people that have an organized house, do meal planning, make regular posts on their blogs, mop their floors, eat dinner at a dining room table, and make lists. But I am NOT one of those people. Which kind of makes me seem like some kind of raised-in-a-barn, lazy, unorganized, cave woman slob. It’s not like I wouldn’t LOVE to live like those other organized, clean, normal people, but it just doesn’t work for me. Sometimes I really wish it would. Sometimes I feel like I’m so busy all the time but I’m never really getting anything done. And it’s not like I haven’t tried! I could fill 8 dumpsters with failed schedules, meal plans, chore charts, and unused cleaning supplies. Is it because I’m lazy? Do I really just not care? I don’t know. Maybe.

But maybe it’s okay to just be who I am and serve a cooked-at-the-last-minute dinner to my family on the couch or in their bedroom (who lets their kid eat in their bedroom??? ME!) while rushing to get out the door to cheer meet or baking like a mad woman for the bake-sale Saturday while working around the huge pile of dishes in the sink/counter. Whew! Stressed out yet? Well, I’m not. It seems like I would be under a huge pie of stress at all times living the way I do but curiously, I’ve never really felt that way. I strive in rushed and stressful, pressure filled situations. My family doesn’t seem to mind anyway. It’s not like my house is “gross dirty” or dangerous anything, you know? I get the laundry done, everyone has clean clothes to wear. I get the dishes done, no one is eating off the counter.  I sweep/vacuum my floors, um……..once in a while. I’m the WORST with floors! What I’m trying to say is that although my house/meal planning/schedule may seem chaotic and ridiculous to some, for me and my family it’s just right and I don’t feel guilty about it one bit. Well, maybe ONE bit. But certainly not two.

How do you feel about the way your run your household? Are you one of those super organized people? Do you have any quick tips us lazy slobs out there???

Take my poll! Guess which one I chose? T.V.!!!

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Guar gum vs. xanthan gum

So, whats up with these gums, huh? I have no idea, nor do I really care, I just like that they make my baked goods better! BUT I have questions, like which-one-for-what-recipe? and are-they-interchangeable? and what’s-the-difference??? Well, I’m going to do my not-actually-researched-at-all “best” to answer these questions.

I could really care less about the science of these gums and where they come from and why they work (shame, shame). What I do care about is that they work when I bake with them. If you want to get to know the scientific side of these gummy wonders, I suggest a google search. The results will be overwhelming, trust me, which is why I’m sticking to the when-do-they-work side of the story here. I really like dashes today dash-dash-dash!

ANYWAY, a little story. When I first started baking gluten free I used xanthan (yes it’s spelled x-a-n-t-h-a-N) gum cause it’s the only thing I had heard of and all of the recipes I’d seen called for it. Then I started hearing about guar gum (and other gums but xanthan and guar are the only two I use), and seeing recipes calling for it. So I picked some up. I did a tiny bit if research and concluded (along with other bloggers I was reading at the time) that they were each for different applications and behaved differently. Then I started seeing the dreaded it’s-BAD-for-you posts about xanthan gum………so I stopped using it. And stopped baking recipes using it. But I missed my tasties. So I did some more research and came to believe (along with other, different, bloggers I was reading at the time) that xanthan and guar gum could be used interchangeably (YAY) so I made all of my old recipes again. Guess what? FLOP after FLOP after FLOP. So sad. Okay, so I guess they can’t be used interchangeably then. Bummer. Then I started reading more about how there’s nothing wrong with xanthan gum………..wait, what?!? And then, on top of all that jazz, there’s the matter of price, guar gum is SO much cheaper than xanthan gum…….what to do?!?!? SO confusing.

My conclusion: I still don’t care know about xanthan gum and if I’m killing my family with it or something but it’s never bothered anyone I’ve fed it to before so I’mma keep using it. Might-be-GMO-something-or-other aside, I love the stuff. Guar gum has it’s place as well. I have plenty of recipes using it that I love and that would not be the same with xanthan gum (trust me, I’ve tried. Even though I prefer xanthan gum, some recipes just NEED guar gum).

SO, basically, use whatever gum the damn recipe calls for! Why do you………wait, I mean why do I keep trying to mess with the recipes?!?!? I’ve learned my yucky-flop-baked goods lesson trying to interchange them and I do not recommend it. In any recipe I come across that specifically indicates that it’s okay to use either one, I ALWAYS go for the xanthan gum. It seems to hold up a bit stronger and I just like the end results better in most cases.  My advice? Have both in your cupboard and use them according to recipe. Easy-peasy! If you HAVE to use only guar gum for reasons of cost, allergies, GMO, or whatever, use MORE. I’d estimate 1 1/2 times what the original xanthan gum amount is. It seemed like my baked goods would be a little better when I used more. But really, what do I know?

I’m sure I’ve answered absolutely NONE of your questions nor properly addressed any of the issues surrounding gums in the GF community but oh well I guess. Happy Baking! (I hope you aren’t tearing your hair out and/or hating on me by now!)

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Long time no post.

So……I’m a bad blogger. Bad, bad, bad. Who starts a (in my opinion, awesome) blog and then just quits it for months at a time? I do! I wish I had an excuse…..life I guess, and laziness. I warned you I could get lazy. Anyway, the whole summer has melted away and I’ve been a busy busy mommy. My husband and I have been fixing up the yard (a post and pics to follow, promise) and gardening a lot (well, HE’S been gardening, not me). I’ve been selling at farmers markets and community events and to my husband’s employees (which helps me out with some pocket money). Anyway, I’ve already lost this post twice and I had a lot more to say but I’m just going to leave it at that and promise more pics and posts. Thanks for reading!

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