Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hearts for Home Blog Hop

I am participating in the Hearts for Home Blog Hop.  Check it out for some fun blog posts.

I like checking out the many different blogs linked in a blog hop.  I have found great recipes, tips for family and homeschooling, and reviews of products from the different blog hops I have seen.

If you are looking for some fun recipes, relationship helps, strategies to working with your children (or spouse), or just some fun ideas to do with your children, then visit this blog hop today!

Hearts for Home Blog Hop

Monday, September 22, 2014

D.I.Y. Compost Bin using pallets

Compost is such an interesting part of the gardening process.  It is one of the parts that I was not looking forward to having to worry about all of the time. 

A compost bin means decomposing food, worms, other insects and pests, and the possibilities of rodents and other animals in the bin.  In order to avoid the rodents and other animals getting into the composting materials, it is best to keep the materials contained in a closed container.

Since we currently have limited space in our yard, we chose to purchase a compost tumbler that has two sides.  It has helped us be able to continue composting even though we do not have a large compost bin made from pallets. 

I had planned on sharing pictures in this post of our compost bin from our previous house to show how it was positioned in our yard.  The compost bin was made from wooden pallets.  It was located in the far corner of the backyard when we bought the home. 

We used that compost bin - and used it well - for five years.  It was turned over by multiple people over the years.  (We have a couple of friends that loved we were happy to accept their help with the flipping of the compost.)

The compost from that bin helped fill our 20 garden beds.  We used then (and still use) a mix of one-third compost, one-third peat moss, and one-third vermiculite.  We began using this specific ratio after I read Mel Bartholemew's book, Square Foot Gardening.  (Once you use Mel's Mix for the first time of adding to your garden bed, when adding more soil to your beds, more vermiculite is not needed.)

In order to learn how to make your own compost bin, I am happy to refer you to a fellow blogger and friend of mine, Dianna.  Dianna recently shared on her blog about how to make your own compost bin using pallets.  I am glad she shared pictures so that you can see how she did it. 

I would love to see pictures of your compost bin and how you have set it up.  Please share below.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gluten-Free Strawberry Blueberry Pies

My aunt and a friend were going to the Washington State Fair for the day.  Then they were planning on coming over to pick up some stuff of my aunt's.  I said I would make pie.  Actually, I made two pies.  (One pie does not go far when you have eight people each having a slice.  Two pies allow for pie the next day.)

So, I decided to make Gluten-Free Strawberry Blueberry Pies.  I used strawberries from those five flats I purchased in August.  The blueberries were in a frozen bag from Costco.

I used the Gluten-Free Pie Crust from Reginald Beck that can be found in my book, The Gluten-Free Way:  My Way.  The major change that I have made to the recipe is that I now weigh my flours.  (Each cup of flour weighs 140 grams.)  Since weighing my flour and changing the ratio of flours that I use, I no longer add the Xanthan gum.

The other major change are what flours I use in the crust.  I now use brown rice flour, white rice flour, and amaranth flour.  I use my Country Living Grain Mill to grind these grains into flour.  The fourth flour (or starch) that I use in the pie crust is tapioca starch.

Oh, I also no longer roll out the pie crust in between two pieces of wax paper.  The wax paper does work, most of the time.  If it is hot and humid, it is more difficult to use. 

While in Leavenworth (Washington State) a couple of years ago, I purchased a pie crust bag from the kitchen store in town.  With this pie crust bag, I can roll it out and then if the dough is too sticky, I can put it flat in the freezer for five minutes.  When I take it out of the freezer, it tends to loosen from the pie crust bag and practically fall out onto the pie plate.

Like my grandmothers both used to say:  "You know a fruit pie is done when it boils over."  Well, both of these pies held true to that statement.

I line the bottom rack with foil (the entire rack).  This way, after the pies overflow, I can toss the foil when the oven has cooled.

Gluten-Free Strawberry Blueberry Pies made 18 September 2014
 These pies were yummy!  All four of my boys (ages 2 to 14) loved this pie.  I am not sure if the second pie will last through tomorrow.