Gluten Free Crumb Cake

So, this recipe is just what it says … my Mom’s crumb cake. I seriously remember this crumb cake recipe from when I was a kid … although, definitely not gluten free back then! My Mom has since told me that it was my Dad’s favourite cake when I was a kid … hence the reason I always saw it! But, I didn’t mind. It was always good and now I find out, super easy to make! Converting this recipe to GF, dairy free and soy free wasn’t all that hard, but getting the liquid to flour ratio took a bit of work. I made this today and after dinner, Mr. O and Miss C got to have a piece each. They both decided that they should have seconds and as Mr. O put it “I should have another piece Mommy because this cake is way too good for me!”  Yes, the logic of a 5 year old is often hilarious! And, in case you’re wondering … Mommy made them stop at one piece each! Continue reading “Gluten Free Crumb Cake”

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The Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Okay, has the title of this post created a puddle of drool on your keyboard or iPad? Yes, they are that yummy! So, I got this recipe from hubby’s Grandma B. She is a beautiful woman who honestly makes the BEST chocolate chip cookies in the world. She shared this recipe with my at my bridal shower. Yes, everyone had to bring a recipe so I could add it to my collection. Anyway, hubby remembers these cookies always readily available at Grandma B’s house whenever he would go for a visit. And, since we started dating (many, many years ago!) and he started bringing me around, I also remember her always having these cookies in the freezer. And, after we were married, I knew that if I needed to bribe hubby … this cookie was the cookie to do it. In fact, it was so good that I would honestly have a hard time getting any dough to make it to the cookie sheet. Anyway, after I went GF this recipe got pushed to the  back of the drawer. I was sad (and honestly, a little angry at the thought of missing this cookie!). These cookies were so good that I didn’t think I could ever recreate them to be GF, dairy free and soy free. I just couldn’t bring myself to try and make them GF for fear of really, really messing it up. Well, it wasn’t until recently that I stumbled upon the old recipe that I decided to give it a whirl.  And, I must say that I nailed it. They are sooooo good that I still have a problem getting the dough to hit the cookie sheet! Even hubby (who has not converted to GF) was so excited the first time that I made these GF. I got him to taste them and he was so happy I had made these cookies for him … literally … it had been years since I had…. and then I informed him “THEY’RE GLUTEN FREE”!  He was so shocked and said … “Wow … they taste incredible!” Seriously, my kids can’t stop at one and neither can I! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family has! Thank you Grandma B for sharing this recipe with me (and with a few major and minor tweaks … it’s GF!) Enjoy! Continue reading “The Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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Gluten Free Bread

So, it’s taken me a while, but finally I’m here. I’ve had a busy week with kids, but managed to squeeze in a day of bread baking. My kids love this bread and frankly, so do I. It’s much tastier and oh, so much yummier than that rock hard  gluten free bread that you buy at the grocery store. In the past couple of years I’ve tried almost every store bought bread out there and have not found one that I actually like. And, I’ve baked more loaves than I can count at home. Mostly because I believe my kids have a slight addiction to this bread. They love to help out with making it and just can’t wait to get their hands on a slice after it comes out of the oven.  This recipe is straight forward and doesn’t require a lot of babysitting like other gluten free breads I’ve tried. And, just to be clear, it’s completely dairy free, soy free and of course, gluten free! So, because this is my first recipe post on the blog, I thought it was appropriate to post this bread recipe. I know that when I first went gluten free, the thing I missed the most was bread. So here it is … Continue reading “Gluten Free Bread”

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2014 … The New You

So, 2013 was the year of surprises for us. We finished up with all the major renovations by October … yes, we did them all ourselves and our marriage did survive. I tell you, if your marriage can survive major home renos then, you can get through anything! Since finishing things up we’ve had another hearing test for Mr. O and things seem to be looking up. His hearing has improved. Along with the mold removal (for a long time I was afraid to tell anyone I had mold for fear of judgement, but not anymore … I think lots of people have the same problems we did.) we’ve done some diet changes as well. My ENT is supportive of the naturopathic streak I have in me, so that is good. Regardless of whether or not he was supportive, I would still try all sorts of things to get this hearing loss cleared up or at least have a concrete answer for it. So, forward we march. Maybe we’ll never know, but I can’t just leave any “what if’s” hanging around. Continue reading “2014 … The New You”

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2013 … Full of Surprises

2012 was a year full of adventure.  We went on our first big camping trip as a family.  We headed out west … Waterton and Fernie. It was full of fun and excitement and yes, allergies.  Mr. O had started off Spring 2012 with severe allergies. I chalked them up to the snow mould.  That winter we had had a lot of snow and when it all started to melt, well, Mr. O had a major problem with it. The boy was congested all the time, runny nose and a chronic cough. So, I broke out the Claritin that Spring and it never did seem to be too far away from us. I had to give it to him everyday just so he could deal with himself. I should have bought stocks in Children’s Claritin that Spring … I would be in a different place right now! So, when we decided to head West … into the mountains … we didn’t think twice about his allergies. But, we soon found out that a dark, wet forest isn’t a nice spot for a four year old boy to hang out. He had a tough time out there, but he made the best of it and so did we. Along with all the coughing and the runny nose, came Mr. Grumpy Bear. I don’t blame him, but boy, always having a boy who’s not in the best mood, isn’t easy to deal with when you’re all crammed into a small pop up trailer! But, like I said, we dealt with it.  So, after our arrival home to good ol’ dry Saskatchewan, I thought he would get better. Well, he didn’t. His allergy symptoms stuck around until late fall. And, so did Mr. Grumpy Bear. In September, I took him for a hearing test. I had noticed in early Spring that he couldn’t hear very well some days, but I had just chalked it up to allergies. But, by the time September rolled around, I thought it was something more. I was surprised to hear that day, shortly after his 4th birthday, that he had severe unilateral hearing loss. Continue reading “2013 … Full of Surprises”

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