Friday, December 20, 2013

The Secrets of Gluten Free Baking and Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Today we have a fun guest post from the fabulous cookbook author, Jillayne Clements. I reviewed her marvelous new gluten-free cookbook here.  ENJOY!
Hi! I’m so excited to be a guest blogger on Rachelle’s website. My name is Jillayne Clements and a little over two years ago, my doctor told me that because of antibodies to gluten, I would never be able to eat gluten containing foods again. I felt heartbroken and discouraged! But because I’m a big believer in whole foods and had been eating a whole foods diet for years, I knew right off that I wouldn’t be eating the typical refined gluten-free foods made of white rice flour, tapioca and potato starches, and xanthan gum. Instinctively I felt there had to be a way to prepare gluten-free whole foods and get them to trap air bubbles and bind together like gluten containing foods. 

So taking in part what I already knew about the need for properly preparing grains before eating them—a form of pre-digestion that has existed for centuries but relatively forgotten in our day; souring and germinating—and applying it to the gluten-free world, I was determined to accomplish my goal of creating whole food gluten-free baked goods.  After many tries, I almost gave up on my goal, but I practiced around with different flour blend combinations and eventually came up with some whole food recipes that look and taste like their wheat counterparts. Plus, I discovered how to make a whole food alternative to gums that can be made at home; something I call glue flour. In a nut shell, I persisted and found a way to make gluten-free whole foods and grains bind together and trap air bubbles much like gluten, without using any refined starches or gums. And I’m SO excited to share what I have learned with others who, like me, are frustrated with the lack of fiber, nutrients, flavor, and heartiness of typical gluten-free foods and are looking for whole food gluten-free alternatives. 

Blueberry Muffins (Makes 12)
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2 cups white beans
(sprouted and cooked)
4 eggs
¾ cup dehydrated cane sugar
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup butter (melted)
2 cups oat flour
1 ½ cups frozen blueberries

In a food processor or blender, blend beans
and eggs until smooth. Add dehydrated cane
sugar, salt, soda, vanilla, and melted butter.
Pour in oat flour and mix well. Stir in frozen
blueberries until mixed together. Scoop into 24
oiled muffin tins and bake for 25 minutes at 400ºF.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Faux tin ornaments

Diana, Mom to the Wayward Girls, here! When the girls were young, we wanted to make December a magical and fun month for them. I collected children's Christmas stories, activities, recipes, and crafts all year long. I made a notebook for all my ideas and consulted it often. Each year, I got a big calendar on which we tracked and planned our activities. I tried to have a craft or activity plus a Christmas story each night. We kept some of our treats and crafts we made; others we gave away as service to others.

Here's one of our favorites: Faux Tin Ornaments.

  • Aluminum trays or pans.
  • Note: I bought a very inexpensive one that was really too thin. Try to get one trays that are heavier than heavy duty aluminum foil. Because my tray was so thin, the ornaments bent too easily when handled. This doesn't happen so easily with heavier foil. We still have many of the ornaments the girls made more than 10 years ago.
  • Cookie cutters or Christmas object shaped stencils.
  • Ball point pens, scissors, pen or nail
  • Ribbon

Find a pattern shape. You can use cookie cutters, print out shapes or freehand.

Trace shapes on the tray with a ball point pen. The ink will not show up. You can burnish out creases you may find in the tray, as I'm doing with the scissor handles here.

Cut out the shape. Lay the shape on a magazine, stack of paper, or corrugated cardboard. Use the ball point pen to draw embellishments on the ornament. (This makes the lines softer and broader.) You can draw on both sides to add texture. This will make the ornaments look embossed.

Embellishment ideas: The lines on the angel's wings, and the dots were drawn on one side of the angel, and the heart was drawn on the back.

The star has designs on both sides as well as small holes that will allow light to shine through.

If desired, an adult or older child can carefully punch holes through the ornament for a new look. You could also use permanent markers to add color to the ornament.

Finally, punch a hole for a ribbon or ornament hanger.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Stamping is not just for cardmaking

Hello blog fans!
Kristie here today from
I love to stamp and I wanted to tell you that
stamping isn't just for cardmaking.
Today I'm going to show you a different way to use stamps.
Stamping on fabrics is a lot of fun and easier than you might think.
There are only a few things you need
a stamp
an ink pad
something to stamp on
paints and brushes
and you are good to go.
Depending on what you are painting will determine what kind of
ink and paint you will use.
Today I'm stamping on a place mat
I am using VersaFine Ink and a mix of acrylic and fabric paints.
Just be sure if you are making something that will be going through the laundry, that you use products that are safe to wash.

First step I inked up the stamp.

Next I stamped the image onto the place mat.

Try to get as clear and crisp an image as possible.
The center of this image could have been a bit better,
but no worries, it will be just fine.

Next, using fabric and acrylic paints that I had in my crafting stash,
I began to paint the image.
You can find small bottles of acrylic paint at most general craft stores.
They are not very expensive and can be used for lots of different projects.

Here you can see that I have the leaves painted,
the black ink of the stamp still shows through,
as I have not used a great deal of paint.
You want to put the paint on with a light hand,
making sure not to put it on too thick.
You want the "outline" from the stamp to show.
Check your paint, but most paints can be thinned
 a bit with water if needed,
just be sure not to make them too thin.
Test this all on a scrap of fabric. 
The place mats I use are very inexpensive
and I bought one that I use just for testing paints and inks.
Here you can see that I have been working on the red areas.
I will be adding more red and silver to the ornament
to finish it.
I haven't finished this particular place mat yet,
but here is another to see what the finished one might look like.
The stamps I used for this place mat are
"Christmas Ball with Ribbon" (#12702) and
"Merry Christmas Script (#3206) both from
Eureka! Stamps and
"Icicle Ornament" (#83406) and
"Round Ornament" (#83405) both from

Thanks for stopping by today. 
Leave a comment if you will.
I hope I have inspired you in some way
 and that you will try using your stamps on some fabric projects.
Why not pop on over to my blog
and see what else I've been creating.
If you have any questions, there is an e-mail link on my blog.
Feel free to e-mail me and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
Until next month, have fun creating.