Tuesday, October 27, 2009

GF Rice Bread Recipe

SO I went to the store last week to buy GF bread for the boys and was shocked to find it went up a whole dollar, to $7.69 a loaf. YIKES!! So I really went to work this week trying to work out my own recipe.
I have a favorite Honey Oatmeal bread that I make for DH and DD and myself, so I have been experimenting with it and researching other 5 star rated GF breads. A lot of GF recipes call for eggs and cake style ingredients, which really doesn't help keep the cost of making the bread down. But I have now come up with a "standard pantry ingredients" recipe that my son declared today was better than the store bought. I make mine on the dough setting of the bread maker and finish it in the oven.

GF Honey Oatmeal Bread

1 1/4 cups warm water
1/4 or 1/3 cup honey
2 tsp GF yeast
(dissolve honey in water and add yeast without stirring. Let sit for 5-10 min, even if making in a bread machine)

Add in order:
1 cup quick oats oatmeal
1 tsp salt
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp Xanthan Gum
2 Tbsp skim milk powder
2 1/2 cups GF Flour mix (that has no xanthan gum)
1/2 chickpea flour

mix and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until you see an increase in size by at least half it's original size. (double would be a great achievement though!)
Punch down and knead into a loaf and place in a greased bread pan.
Place in a pre-warmed oven (no more than 150 F) to rise for 1 1/2 - 2 hours, until it fills the pan. DO NOT remove from oven, but place a cookie sheet on the oven rack above the loaf and turn your oven up to 350 F. (you can remove the pan once your top element goes out)
Bake at 350 F for 20 - 30 min until golden.
Remove from oven and brush top with butter and let cool some before removing from pan.

Monday, October 12, 2009

New Scarf Pattern

So I am so far behind in ...(???!?!?! life in general?!) I am just starting to catch up with my emails and projects I started in June. To anyone waiting on me,  I am SO SORRY :o( Email me with a reminder.

This weekend was Thanksgiving weekend here,as well as my SIL birthday.  I made 2 pies, to lots of buns, an applesauce cake and a giant birthday cookie (Pizza pan sized) Some how  I had time to designe a quick gift for her on Saturday to give to her today. I give you another free pattern......

Bethany Scarf

Made for a Canadian October, I designed this for my SIL birthday. I completed this scarf in 4 hours.

1 ball 3.5 oz/100g Bernat Satin (worsted weight yarn)
J hook
Needle to sew in ends

ch - chain
dc – double crochet
dcdec – double crochet decrease
st - stitch

Bethany Scarf Directions:

Make a ch of 42 leaving an 8 inch tail on each end. Cut yarn from skein and ravel into a ball to use later.

Row 1 :ch 4, dc in first chain (makes first loop) ch 4 turn work
Row 2 :dc in same chain as ch4, skip next stitch ch1, dc ch 1 dc in next st, ch4 turn work
Row 3:dc in same chain as ch4, skip next st, (dc in next st, ch1) dc ch 1 dc in last dc, ch4 turn work
Row 4-9 :repeat row 3, adding a dc at each end (as row 3) and dc ch1 in each stitch across (6x's)
Row 10-11: dc ch1 in every dc across
Row 12: repeat rows 4-9
Row 18-19:repeat row 10-11
Row 20: 3:dc in same chain as ch4, skip next st, (dc in next st, ch1) dc ch 1 dc in last dc, ch 45 turn work.

Attach set aside yarn to the opposite side of your row from your hook and chain 41 st with your J hook and end off.

(Where gray is your scarf and black is the added yarn )

Row 21: dc in 4th chain from hook, skip next stitch ch1, dc ch 1 dc in next st, complete across, including across the added chain. dc ch 1 dc in last st, ch4 turn work.
Row 22:dc in same chain as ch4, skip next st, (dc in next st, ch1) dc ch 1 dc in last dc, ch4 turn work
Row 23-26:repeat row 3, adding a dc at each end (as row 3) and dc c1 in each stitch across (4x's)
Row 27: dcdec in next 2 dc, ch1. dc ch1 across until 3 dc remain. dcdec in next 2 st, dc in last st. end of and tie in strings.

The tassels on mine is made of artisan mohair in the same color as the acrylic/wool blend to add some texture. The strings are looped in half, pulled though the open work of the scarf along the diagonal edge and then pulled through the folded top and pulled tight. Tassels are cut in varying lengths.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Little House on The Prairie Homeschool Activities

This is a great site I have been working on with some Ravelry friends.  We are going week by week through Laura Ingalls Wilder's books and are coming up with matching activities for each chapter.  Feel free to follow along and don't be afraid of starting in at the beginning of the projects in book one even if we are much further ahead. We have a matching email account, so that if you finish a project you can  submit pictures and comments frontiergazette@ymail.com   Come over and have a browse
Little House on The Prairie Homeschool Activities