8.05.2015

DIY Gluten Free Flour Blend



DIY GLUTEN FREE FLOUR BLEND

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This is a simple, 4-ingredient gluten free flour blend, that can be used in place of all purpose flour in most recipes. Prep and total time might be longer if you spill the ingredients all over, like I did... ;) 


Ingredients
  • 1 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum (this is optional, and not necessary)
Instructions
  1. Blend together with a whisk, and store in a secure container in a dry place (I like to use glass jars with lids—a large mason jar works great).
  2. Gluten free flours react differently in different recipes. But for the most part, you can use this GF flour in place of all purpose or whole wheat flour in a 1:1 ratio. For extra binding (since there is no gluten) you can add a little xanthan gum (depending on the recipe).
  3. This blend works great in cookies, muffins, rolls, biscuits, cakes, breads, and even as a batter/breading for frying. You can use it in pizza crust mixes, as well as pancake mixes.


ENJOY!

*This is a recipe adapted from a few other blends found in books and online. 

5.05.2015

How to balance a creative life and motherhood (can it be done??)


Hey, everyone! Sorry, I've been a little MIA lately. Busy, busy life. But I did find time to sit down with my sweet friend Kristine Bullen (mom, musician, blogger, vlogger extraordinaire). We had a little chat about being a creative mother and finding time for all of the craziness that entails. Watch as I steamroll right over Kristine with my wealth of advice. ;) You can find more from Kristine on her blog HERE, or her YouTube channel HERE.


3.16.2015

How to style a faux hawk with pixie hair

I'm back with another hair tutorial! This time it's the Faux Hawk! For product info, click over to my You Tube page and see the description below the video.


Maya Turns 6!

I don't know when it happened, but my little baby girl became a lovely, spunky, clever, charming, helpful 6 year old! We celebrated in style with a princess party, of course! Then we got all dolled up in our finest and went to see the new Cinderella movie. What a sweet girl she is growing up to be, and I am so fortunate to be her mama!





3.02.2015

Book Review and Author Spotlight: Christine Haggerty

I am so excited to feature an author friend of mine on the blog today, Christine Haggerty! I have had the pleasure of designing the covers for Christine's new series, The Grimm Chronicles. And her first novella in the series , Pretty Things, A Robber Bridegroom Tale, is out right now! You can purchase it on Amazon for only $.99 HERE.

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When Maddie's father catches her with a boy, he hauls her into town
in a pig wagon and finds her a husband. But Peter's cabin in the woods
promises something very different than Maddie's happily ever after.

Pretty Things, a retelling of "The Robber Bridegroom," is the first novella
in the Grimm Chronicles series. Warning: not your granny's fairytales!

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I LOVED this story. I am a fan of all things fairy tale, especially when they are new takes on the classics. Here is my official review:

Christine Haggerty has expertly crafted a wonderful retelling of a time-honored cautionary tale. I read this in one sitting, in the darkness of a midnight bedroom, and just about leapt out of my skin. Haggerty's sense of timing and bone-chilling suspense are packaged perfectly in a well-paced and satisfying version of the classic Robber Bridegroom tale. Pretty Things has shades of Where are you going, where have you been by Joyce Carol Oates, interlaced with all of the raw and original horror of a true Grimm "fairy tale." I can't wait for the upcoming installments in The Grimm Chronicles!


 Christine Haggerty, Author of The Grimm Chronicles


Christine Nielson Haggerty grew up in rural Utah with three brothers, a sister, several chickens, a goat, and an outhouse. She always loved the escape of fantasy and the art of writing, and her passion for life is to craft stories of strength and survival.

As a former high school language arts teacher and a black belt in karate, Christine has found a niche in combining those skills to help authors write effective fight scenes.

An award-winning young adult author, she is now launching her dark fantasy fairytale novella series The Grimm Chronicles.