Monthly Archives: November 2011

Vision Forum Gift Certificate Give-A-Way!!

I just got this in my inbox and HAD to share with you all…

Vision Forum has offered Generation Cedar three incredible gift certificates to give away to Generation Cedar readers!  There are three gift certificates in this drawing: $300, $200 & $100!

You already know I love Vision Forum products.    As a homeschooling mom it is difficult to find good Christian books to challenge Arrow’s mind & faith.  That is one reason I am a Vision Forum affiliate.  No revisionist history here!  Sound science materials… oh I could go on and on.  what could be better…?  Getting them for free with a gift certificate AND in time for Christmas gift giving!!

Hurry… contest ends December 3rd!

Did you see this years catalog??  I LOVE Vision Forum Catalogs… well and not “just” for the spectacular covers either!  LOL

Some of my favorite Christian books and materials from Vision Forum:

Jonathan Park Series - excellent creation materials!

Poems for Patriarchs & Verses of Virtue – but you already know how I love poetry!  :-)

Commemorative Calvin Commentary Set – ON SALE!  23 volumes in all, includes Calvin’s Institutes at a price that CAN NOT BE BEAT!

To Have & To Hold – the Patriarch is reading this aloud to us in the evenings right now and we LOVE it!  We keep begging for “just one more chapter”!!

Complete R. M. Ballantyne collection – Arrow got this for Christmas last year and he loves them!

There are many other resources that I also love… but I can save some of those for a different blog post!  :-)

Blessings,  ~Mrs. R

Mae’s Christmas Soap Sale!

Mae’s Handcrafted Natural Soap

Christmas Soap Sale

Buy two (4oz) bars of soap for $4.95 each and

Get one (2oz) bar FREE!!!

(Free soap randomly chosen from stock on hand)

Please share this blog post with your family, friends & on any social media!

Sale Prices Start November 25, 2011

These soaps are curing nicely and smell wonderful

& will by ready for shipment by December 5th.

~ Christmas Sale Scents ~

Chocolate Covered Cherries

Christmas Spice

Christmas Forest

Frankincense & Myrrh

Fresh Snow

Holly-Berry

NEW soap forumla!!

Last day to order & ensure Christmas delivery is Dec 16, 2011.

Sale prices good through 12/24/2011.

Soap is to the body as laughter is to the soul. Yiddish Proverb

Blessings,  ~Mrs. R

Christmas Soap Sale Starts Nov 25th

Greetings!
The soap is curing nicely & the bars are cut and sliced,
Christmas scents are heavenly and smell so nice!

Sale Prices Start November 25, 2011

~ Christmas Scents ~

Chocolate Cherry Almond

Christmas Spice

Christmas Forest

Frankincense & Myrrh

Fresh Snow

Holly-berry

NEW soap formula!!

Blessings,  ~Mrs. R

Some Hard News

Just a quick note today…

Daddy-J, my step-dad, was back in the hospital again.  He had his first chemo treatment and it nearly killed him.  It didn’t kill the cancer at all and it continues to spread quickly.  His doctor gave him only a few weeks to live.

My mom & he are leaving for Michigan on Friday so they can spend his last days near the rest of his family and friends.

He has become so precious to me this past year.  He spent more individual time with me over the past year helping me with my soap business than I have had with my own biological father in the last 35 years.

And he doesn’t try to make me someone I am not, but loves me for who I am.  He never tried to push me with my business farther or faster than I could go.  He completely understood I have other obligations!!

A funny story from their last visit.  Daddy-J and I had spent a day and half talking about my soap business, making plans for next year and especially discussing my other time commitments  – homeschooling Arrow, the home front, church commitment, state homeschool organization commitment, and piano lessons.   We also talked about the things that were hindrances to my business progress – a lack of a reliable source of beef fat and my own lack of organization (time and clutter). That last bit isn’t the funny part so stop laughing!  Anyway… later that evening my mom was ‘showering’ me with gifts.  These were things she found in her home that she thought I would like.  Daddy-J said she was so excited about these things and was collecting them for months prior to their visit.  And we had been talking about my soap business and the things Daddy-J and I talked about earlier that day.  And I got to listing some ‘other’ things I said I would like to do… and then mo would give me another gift… and so I piped up with “OH and I can start a such-and-such business” (based on whatever the gift was)!!  Daddy-J & I laughed, with the rest joining in our merriment.  At one point we laughed so hard our sides ached.  So the next day he told me that mom asked him if I was really serious about starting one of those businesses and he laughed and said no!

Eight things I am thankful for:

#1 – that Daddy-J & I had the time we did to spend together on the phone and face-to-face, just the two of us

#2 – his patience with my mom

#3 – his politeness while in the hospital, even when very uncomfortable or in lost of pain

#4 – his encouragement to me in the things he knew were important to me, my family, homeschooling, piano, my soap business, and church and homeschooling commitments

#5 – his deep love for Arrow

#6 – his encouragement of Arrow in his chores and schoolwork

#7 – his encouragement for mom to respect our family policies

#8 – his funny childhood stories

I will cherish the time we still have, short as it will seem!  Please pray with me for his & mom’s salvation.

Blessings,  ~Mrs. R

Mock Apple Pie – Gluten & Dairy Free

Here we are again with another Ratio Rally offering.

This month is being hosted by Lisa of Gluten Free Canteen and is one of my favorites… pie!   Go there to see all the other great gluten-free pie offerings this month!  UPDATE: I have links at the bottom of this post too!

Baking by ratio… is really keeping a more exact proportion of ingredients in a recipe so that it always turns out.  Measuring ingredients can give a widely varying weight ‘cup for cup’ and in gluten free baking too much isn’t a good thing!  Once you try weighing your ingredients you will find it so much easier.  Really!!

Pie dough has to be the easiest ratio ever… as simple as 3 – 2 – 1!  3 parts flours to 2 parts fats to 1 part water.  The amount of water can change based on the fat used.  If using butter, it is partially water, so a little less water will be needed.  I am pretty sure there is water content in the Earth Balance Soy-Free Buttery spread I used, which accounted for a little less than the full 1 part of water needed in my recipe.

My mom always used lard to make her pie crusts.  Once I started making pie for my own family I used lard initially.  It does make for a very flaky crust but I dislike the lard taste.  I eliminated ALL hydrogenated oils from my kitchen years ago and switched to using palm shortening instead of the hydrogenated cottonseed oil called Crisco… eeewwww.

Did I say that I really like pie?  I think that the crust is one of my favorite parts of the pie.  I would take the extra bits of dough, roll them out, sprinkle them with cinnamon & sugar and bake until just starting to turn golden brown… crust cookies… YUM!!

Once I needed to eat gluten free it was pie and pie crust that I missed the most.  I have tried those boxed, gluten free pie crusts, but they left an odd aftertaste in the mouth, were crumbly more than flaky, rolling them out was disastrous… and try to make my pinched crust edge??  Forget it!  The crust just broke.  Though repairing tears and holes was super simple.

Until today.  Today I came to closest to gluten free pie crust perfection as I have ever come, or tasted… anywhere!

Now that I have made my own pie crust without any of those funny gums…and my crust did not have that ‘odd’ taste… I am wondering if it is those gums that leave that odd taste behind…

Of course that near perfect gluten free pie crust needs a show stopping filling doesn’t it?  And why, oh why would a woman who lives in the Pacific Northwest – better known as “Apple Country”… make a “MOCK” Apple Pie pray tell???

Why to use up those giant, baseball-bat-sized zucchini of course!  lol  We can only make so much zucchini bread and zucchini chocolate cake in one season.  Let’s try something new for a change – – – – – let’s make pie!!

Mock Apple Pie

1 recipe pie dough for a double crust pie (below)

1 – 2 large, hard, zucchini, peeled, de-seeded & sliced to equal 5 – 6 cups

1/2 cup sucanat

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 – 1/4 grated nutmeg (I buy the whole nuts and grate as needed)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon organic cornstarch

tiny splash of vanilla extract (use the real stuff!)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Place zucchini, sucanat, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, cornstarch, and vanilla into a mixing bowl.  Stir until well mixed and zucchini slices are coated with the sucanat & cinnamon mixture.

Pour into prepared pie shell.  Top with second shell and seal.  Pierce top shell to make vents for steam to escape.  Cover fluted edge of crust with foil or a pie crust shield.  Place pie in pre-heated oven and bake for 10 – 15 minutes.  Turn heat down to 350 degrees and continue baking for 30 – 40 minutes until zucchini is tender.  Let rest out of oven for 15 minutes before slicing.

Slice.  Eat.  Enjoy!Why claim only ‘near’ perfection…?  The fluted edge didn’t hold it’s shaped as well as I would have liked in the heat of the oven.  I will have to try using a little less shortening next time to test out that… otherwise this one’s a keeper!!

Pie Dough

Take your mixing bowl and set it on your scale.  Turn on the scale.  Weigh out ingredients.  This is the EASIEST way to measure out shortening ESPECIALLY!!  No muss, no fuss, no mess, easy peasy!  Try it, you’ll love it!!

5 ounces sweet rice flour

2 ounces sorghum flour

3 ounces tapioca flour

1 ounce organic corn starch (make sure this is NON-GMO!!)

1 ounce millet flour

4 ounces Earth Balance soy-free buttery spread

4 ounces palm shortening

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sugar

Weigh out all the ingredients into mixing bowl and cut the fats into the flour mix.  I used my kitchen aid stand mixer for this.  Cut in the fats until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Mix 1 beaten egg with 1 teaspoon vanilla and add to mixing bowl.  Add 1 – 2 ounces of cold water, 1 teaspoon at a time until the dough forms a ball.  Place the dough into a plastic bag and pop into the freezer for 15 minutes or the fridge for 30 minutes.

Divide dough into two equal pieces.  Roll one out between sheets of plastic wrap using a rolling pin to the diameter of your pie plate plus 2 inches.  Keep the second piece of dough in the freezer or refrigerator.  Once the dough is the proper diameter,  remove the top piece of plastic wrap and lift the rolled out dough using plastic wrap to lift and place into pie plate, remove the other piece of plastic wrap.  Use the same pieces of plastic wrap to roll out top crust.  Place sliced zucchini mix into crust lined pie plate.  Place crust on top of pie plate, using plastic wrap to lift rolled out dough.  Make fluted edge to seal top and bottom crusts.  Cut decorative vent holes.

Makes enough for one 9-inch double-crust pie or two single-crust pies.

The guys really liked this pie.  The Patriarch said the crust was wonderful, and he isn’t overly fond of gluten-free items normally.  He even had seconds.  Arrow gave this pie the thumbs up.

The best part… Neither one of them could tell that this was not made with apples!  :-)

Blessings,  ~Mrs. R

RATIO RALLY PIE LINKS:

TR from No One Likes Crumbley Cookies Chocolate Mousse Pie

Jean Layton from Gluten-Free Doctor Cheese Crusted Apple Pie

Irvin from Eat the Love Double Butterscotch Apple Pie

                                                        Charissa from Zest Bakery                                                   Apple Galette with Pisco Soaked Golden Raisins

Kate from katealicecookbook Kale & Zucchini Tart

Jenn from Jenn Cuisine Sweet Potato and Duck Pot Pie

Caleigh from Gluten Free[k] Leek and Potato Pie

Rachel from The Crispy Cook Maple Walnut Pie

gretchen from kumquat deep dish chocolate bourbon pecan pie

Claire from Gluten Freedom Autumn Pumpkin Spice Pie

Morri from Meals With Morri  A Pie Crust to Remember

Silvana Nardone from Silvana’s Kitchen Chicken Potpie

Caneel from Mama Me Gluten Free Green Tomato Pie

Meredith from Gluten Free Betty Blueberry Pie

Shauna from Gluten-free Girl and the Chef Fresh Pumpkin Pie

                                Meaghan from The Wicked Good Vegan                                    Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie with Pumpkin Seed and Ginger Topping

Erin from The Sensitive Epicure Chess Pie 

                                        Mary Fran from frannycakes                                            Pumpkin Mousse Pie and Apple Maple Cream Cheese Pie

Brooke from B & the boy! Pot Pie

Lisa from Gluten Free Canteen Frangipane Apple Tart

My Other Ratio Rally Posts:

This post is also linked to Kim at InAShoe.com