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SNOWFLAKES To Cut And Decorate With

My kids LOVE doing Christmas crafts.  This is a nice one, and is soooooo simple.  Simply follow the directions at the top of each snowflake page.  Hopefully you can just copy or save each picture and print them out.  I can email this pages to you if you want to go that route!  Enjoy!


Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie

This is a great recipe I got out of the magazine Living Without Click Here  to visit.  I made some changes it the original recipe.  You can make this pie with either butternut, or pumpkin puree, or a mix of both.  It is AMAZING!

*1 15oz can of pumpkin puree
*1/2 cup packed brown sugar
*2 Tablespoons potato starch
*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
*1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
*2 large eggs
*1 cup canned coconut milk (use the thick cream part)

I used a packaged gluten-free pie crust " kinnikinnick pie crust "

Preheat oven to *425.  Whisk together pumpkin and dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl whisk together eggs, and milk, beat into the pumpkin mixture. Pour mixture into uncooked crusts.  Set the pies on the center rack and bake at *425 for 20 minutes.  Lower heat to *375 and continue baking for 40 more minutes or until the crust is browned.  I have tried baking the pie with a foil cover for the first 40 minutes then taking the cover off for the last 20 minutes, and the pie didn't get to brown.  In the end I get two small pies, and each piece of pie ends up being around 15g carbs per slice. 


Cinnamon Dough Ornaments (don't eat this)

This craft is sure to work in any crowd, boys, girls, large or small.  The supplies are minimal and it comes together quick.  The results are WONDERFUL. 

 You will need some cinnamon, and some applesauce.  An oven, cookie cutters, and a drinking straw. 
 Add one cup cinnamon to about one cup applesauce...........weird I know.......but as you can see it works!
If the texture is too crumbly, simply add more applesauce.  Your dough should form a nice ball, and roll out well when it is ready.

 Cut out your dough with Christmas cookie cutters. Here is where the drinking straw comes in......make sure you make a hole at the top of your ornament when the dough is soft so you can hang it on the tree later.
This makes a great gluten-free play dough recipe, and smells SOOOOOO good!
Bake the dough at *350 for about 30 minutes, or until the dough is no longer soft. 

Hang your ornament on a Christmas Tree or in your car from the rear view mirror.  These make great presents for family!  Have your child make a hand print with the dough, Grandmothers LOVE those type of gifts!



During the holidays life gets a little full.  I was looking around for a quick cookie recipe for a gluten-free cookie exchange I was attending, and found this on Pamela's website.
Click HERE to see the website and recipe. 
They could be improved upon a little, but for a quick easy cookie you can't go wrong.  They have the consistency of a pound cake and bake up really well.
I don't have time to make an elaborate recipe.
*4oz. of butter, or shortening
*1 bag of Pamela's Chocolate Cake Mix
*1 egg
*1/2 cup water
Simply mix it all together, and there you go.
Use a Tablespoon or small ice cream scoop to portion the dough out.

Bake at 350* for 12 minutes.


1970s Christmas Wish List

While this is not a picture of my family in the 1970s, it is a great representation of the era.
 Now, I know most of you were alive in the 70s so this will bring back some memories.  I have noticed as I move from decade to decade, there is so much more STUFF as we reach the modern day, more electronics, toys, things we NEED.  It is hard to nail down the "iconic decade present" in the 1970s because there was so much out there.  I will do my best............
The microwave oven, a 1970s icon.  My mom had full cookbooks on microwave cooking.  This one seems a little pricey for 1970, but it was a new and exciting electronic device!

You gotta love the evolution of the phone over the years.

Ohhhh, I wish we had something like this, it would allow me to have a life and watch my shows when I was ready......oh, wait, I DO.

The evolution of the SNUGGLY

I just can't pass this advertisement up, I remember having yellow toilet paper in the yellow bathroom.  Heaven forbid you ran out of yellow toilet paper and had to borrow from the olive green bathroom.

This advertisement says 1970s all over the place. 


1960s Christmas Wish List

Now that we know what people were purchasing in the 1950s let's move ahead to the 1960s.  What are the needs and wants of this generation?  I know my Dad has a few of these things......still. 
That little "Automatic Can Opener" on legs is a must have for your modern kitchen.  It looks so stable and safe!
Next we have the perfect gift for the new father.  If you can get close enough try and read the first part of the advertisement.  "Young fathers can look forward to their weekend baby-sitting chores with greater enthusiasm or less dread, with the new.........."

This advertisement CREEPS ME OUT. The man with the cigar looks a little perverted, especially when the advertisement has such suggestive wording.
Everyone needs a new compact music player this Christmas, be sure and get one for that special someone.  The pink tree just brings it over the top, and screams 1960 from the rooftops.


1950s Christmas Wish List

 What husband wouldn't want a phone for Christmas, especially the new wall mount model that comes in a variety of colors!
Who needs a computer for Christmas when you can get the top of the line hack proof, off the grid word processor. 

Every man in your life NEEDS a pair of these Rough Rider pants.  Doesn't the name just make him seem tougher already?  With these pants he can climb the tallest mountain, and fix the car, maybe even touch his toes!  If you are shopping for the woman of your life look no further than the woodbasket.......
I LOVE the way this woman is posing with her woodbasket, anything can be glamorous in the 1950s! (I think this woman is going to burn her hand on the fireplace though.)
 How about a NEW coffee maker!  Gallons of coffee, and it is stainless steel, so modern!
What to do about your beautiful 3 inch heels in a snow/rainstorm.......get the Drizzle Boot!


Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This was something I have been wanting to make for years, but felt a little daunted.  How can you replace the iconic, traditional, sugared up cranberry sauce in the can???  The canned cranberry sauce had been on my Thanksgiving table for as long as I can remember.  THIS IS THE YEAR, and I did it, and everyone like it! The best part was, IT WAS SUPER EASY!
36g fresh cranberries
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 droppers full of
Vanilla Creme liquid stevia
Add all the ingredients to the pot and boil.

The cranberries will POP, and the mixture will boil into a gel. 

The Cranberry sauce stores well in the refrigerator, but can be served HOT.

The total carb count for me was 150g for the whole pot of cranberry sauce.  I figured that it was about the same carb count as a tablespoon of jelly....5g per Tablespoon.  Not bad, not bad at all.


COFFEE Pumpkin BREAD Gluten-Free

This is a match made in heaven.  You are going to love this bread on a cozy stormy morning. Imagine the baking smells filling the house, and then you pop the little loaves out of the oven.  You can't wait for them to cool so you can devour one of those loaves all by yourself.  You don't have to tell anyone that this recipe makes four small loaves......
    This WONDERFUL bread is adapted from a recipe in the cookbook In the Kitchen with Gluten Free Mama.  CLICK HERE to see it.  If you have the cookbook look on page 55!

1 ½ cup sorghum flour blend
¼ cup cocoa powder
1 ¼ tsp. xanthan gum
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg

½ cup butter flavored shortening
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup sugar

½ cup brewed coffee
2 droppers full of liquid chocolate stevia

Oven temp = 350*
4 small mini loaf pans or one large loaf pan
Combine dry ingredients, then creme butter with sugar, pumpkin, vanilla, and eggs.  Add warm coffee, then add dry ingredients to the mixer by the ¼ cup full.  Mix on low.  Bake large loaf for 60 min, and small loaves for 35 min.  The bread is done when a toothpick is inserted into the middle and comes out clean. 

I got 366g total carbs for this recipe.  Divide this into four small loaf pans with 6 pieces each, I get about 15g carbs per slice.  One large loaf cut into 14 pieces would be 26g per slice. 
My flour blend is roughly 100g carbs per cup.