Hey guys and girls!
I am still living and kicking, I promise. These past months have been a whirlwind of activities, school deadlines, rushed hours, late nights, early mornings, etc. etc. I mean it, I feel like we have done everything under the sun these past few months. To tell the utter truth, my calender is still on August. I am not joking. Just changed it…to October though because my mind must still be back there…somewhere where the skeletons lie. LOL! :)
So… I’ve been crazy busy with life. What…you thought I might have been crazy with non-life? I’ll put your minds at rest: I am not and have no intention in busying myself with inorganic substances in chemistry or in anything else for that matter. I am pretty busy already with life…so non-life would make things so much more crazier.
Anyways, besides being busy, me and my sisters have been watching Linsdey Stirling…someone you guys seriously need to get into! I mean, that girl can hip hop dance! My favorite is Round Table Rival… the best in the whole world! And guys, I do not lie. At least, I try my best not to.
Well, now you guys know my weakness! Hip hop and violin playing! Hehe…yeah, I know. I’m a nerd.
Now…onto food! Speaking of food….
I am sure that all of y’all guys had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And for those of you who live out of the United States… be thankful anyways because God calls us to do so every single day of our entire lives! Everyone has something to be thankful for, I just now it, because God is good and He’ll always provide for us. We live such wonderful lives! Life is a gift; time is a gift; children are a gift; food is a gift; animals are gifts; family and friends are gifts; gosh, even school is a gift! And they are all given to us by Our Heavenly Father for the good of our souls and bodies. Yes, God wants us to be happy on this earth and He wants us to care for our bodies. It took me a while to realize that little bit of truth. I’ll brush up more on that later on, because today, I labeled the post “Gingerbread”, not “How My Life Has Changed”, so my background story will be kept for a later date. This week and the weeks to come, let us be thankful for everything that God has given us. And if you are in any way depressed, sit down, write down your problems, then write down your blessings. Work them out with a friend. Be open! God gave us each other because He knew we need support in order to survive this tremendous task of living!
OK, now onto the recipe, sorry guys for trailing off… I was getting on a tangent.
Notes on Recipe: I try to make my recipes as easy for y’all as possible, meaning that I really try to make and create them for busy moms, teenagers, etc. I also try to make them to fit everyone’s taste buds while still being healthy and allergy friendly. So with that in mind, if you have any ideas for substitution, I am not sure if they will work because this is all I have tried so far. If you do experiment with it, please report back! I am always so incredibly happy to hear from all you lovely folks and it would be great if y’all could comment below about your substitutions if you tried any. Thanks for reading this far because this is kinda lengthy! Onto recipe now because by now, y’all are quite hungry, ain’t ya?
Now- I am so excited for Christmas!!! I mean, just walking around the store gets an almost 16-year-old girl on her toes about the holiday. Especially when it involves my birthday. I am turning 16 on December 25 and I am SO, SO excited. Sweet 16 is nothing to play around with, after all! I only go through teen aged years once and, despite the uncomfortable-ness of being a teenager, I really am thankful for it!
This little reindeer plate is the best, by the way! It is so X-mas-y! :)
The Bread that is the new black!
Dairy Free, Gluten Free with Paleo and Egg Free Options
- 1/2 cup buckwheat flour (60g) (I have not tried it, but white rice flour may work if needed)
For Paleo Option, use 1/2 cup almond flour(I use Bob’s Red Mill and homemade)Note: gram measuring will be different based on the different flours
- 1/2 cup tapioca flour or arrowroot starch (60g)
- 1/4 cup sifted coconut flour (30g)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 2 TB Palm Shortening(or coconut oil or butter if dairy is not an issue)
- 1/4 cup molasses (I used blackstrap, but feel free to use a lighter molasses)
- optional: 2-4 TB granulated sugar(depending how sweet you want your bread)
- 3 ‘flax eggs’ (mix 3 TB flaxmeal and 9 TB water and let sit for five minutes to let it thicken) OR 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree or sweet potato puree
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray or butter a 9-by-5 inch bread pan and line with parchment paper and cut off excess paper.
- In a small bowl, measure the dry ingredients and whisk well.
- In a larger bowl, beat with a hand held mixer, the palm shortening, molasses, and optional sugar until creamy. Beat in the flax eggs or eggs, vanilla, and almond extracts.
- Beat in the pumpkin puree and applesauce. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet and beat until well blended. Add the apple cider vinegar and beat for 10 seconds. The batter will be nice, brown, and thick.
- Spoon batter into the bread pan, place in the oven, and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until it has a crackled top and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean or with a bit of moist crumbs.
- If you want a nice and easy glaze to go with your allergy friendly bread, mix a heaping 1/2 cup organic or non-organic powdered sugar in a bowl with a tablespoon or two of milk. Add more milk/powdered sugar to achieve the texture you would like. Pour over the bread and cut into thick yummy slices.
- Enjoy your bread, guys and girls! We did!
Now, I can happily tell y’all that I will back around here more often and I will be giving you guys some of my recent recipes that I have been working on lately.
I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and First week of Advent! Love you all and wish you the very best in life!
Yours in Christ,