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6.25.2012

GF Bread-Machine Batman Bread


What do you mean by "Batman Bread" you ask?  Well my good friend April who gave me the recipe has dubbed this "Batman Bread" so Batman Bread it will be. 

It is super duper easy to make (because of the bread machine) and it is worth making. I have shied away from making gluten-free bread because of my many bread disasters in the past.  I was at my friends house one day and she made this bread in front of me, and the simplicity of the process had me hooked.

Oh yeah and to back track April made me a loaf of this bread a while ago and I scarfed it down in one night. My family didn't even know it existed the next day.  So my need for this bread was great.  I didn't want her to be my bread slave, so here we go, making bread at my house.

Don't be scared of the process, I am going to painfully recorded every step in pictures for you.
 First you start out with a bread machine, I haven't tried this recipe without it, and I ain't going to.
 Step one, take out your bread pan......simple enough!
 Step two, measure out your 1 cup of milk and 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, heat it up in the microwave or in a pyrex over a burner.  The key to activating the yeast is to have a warm start for the bread dough.
Step three, pour your warmed milk and oil into the bread pan.
 Step four, add two eggs.
 Step five, add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar.
 Step six, mix together all your dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then pour the flour mixture over the wet ingredients in the bread pan.
 Step seven, Make a little well in the middle of the dry mixture and add one tablespoon active dry yeast.
 Now you are going to pop that bread pan into the machine and turn it on.
 The beauty of an organized mess!

I set my bread machine on whole wheat loaf, medium crust.  I don't have too many options with this machine. If you have more options have only one kneading cycle and one long rising cycle. 
Holy gluten-free baking soda Batman, you did it!  You made edible gluten-free bread. 
This post is dedicated to my Batman, April.

GF BATMAN BREAD RECIPE

from April's kitchen


Mix the following wet ingredients warm (warm helps activate the yeast) and put in bottom of bread pan:
1 cup warm milk (rice or coconut)
2 large eggs
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vinegar ( I use apple cider)

Mix the following dry ingredients and place gently on top of wet mixture in bread pan:

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar (do not substitute with stevia since the sugar helps activate the yeast)
2 cups Flour Blend (see below)
1/4 cup almond meal
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon potato flour (NOT POTATO STARCH!)

Make a little hole in the top of the dry mixture and place 2 teaspoons active dry yeast in it.

April's  personal bread machine setting for this recipe are as follows:

preheat : 10 min
knead: 20 min
rise 1: 19 min
rise 2 18 min
bake:  50 min

Flour Blend
1 1/2 cups sorghum flour
1 1/2 cups potato starch
1 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup almond meal

Cut into 16 pieces and they are ~20g each.  Total carb count: ~300g 

6.17.2012

Road Trip: Homeward Bound to California


Things I have learned on this road trip.

1.  I prefer to vacation in the high mountains with plenty of trees.  Cooler weather and green landscapes ........ those are my absolute favorite.

2.   While on a long road trip I NEED to get enough sleep, time alone, and have good reading material.

3.   I over-packed on the kids clothing and under-packed on socks.

4.    I like to know where I am sleeping for the night, having a plan is a GOOD thing.

5.    I need to have a day by day meal plan.  By day three I am tired of being the maid and personal chef for the family.  Having a plan will help sort things out.

6.   I need to over-pack on diabetic supplies.  Running low on glucose monitor test strips isn’t making for a good vacation. 

7.   Driving for 12 hours straight is TOO long. 



 All in all the family had  a great time.  It was fun to see so many states on this road trip. I appreciate the hospitality of my brother and his wife Chelsea.  I hope this is something my kids will remember for years to come.  I would have to say my favorite state is California, home sweet home. 


 
I love that California grows so many things.  Driving through the fields, and rows of plants and trees makes me feel like I am home.  We live in such a diverse state, deserts, pine forest, high mountains, and green valleys. I feel that I can truly appreciate the beauty of California as I come back into this golden state.


Back at the ranch.........................

When we got home sweet home and settled into our afternoon routine, we noticed that the cats were eating their food happily by the barn.  Upon closer inspection we found that it was actually a group of five skunks fighting over the cat food. 

 I can't hide my hatred for these animals, they don't have any predators, every animal is either afraid of them or repulsed.  GREAT, now we have a skunk family freeloading on the cat-food.  I am going to find some creative way to do away with these pests.......I will let you know how that goes, and if you smell skunk in the midst of a crowd of people, it will probably be me. 

ROAD TRIP: Colorado/Utah


June 14th 2012
Today we packed up and headed for Colorado.
 The kids had to leave behind their fairy houses that they so carefully made.  Parting is such sweet sorrow.

 Back in the R.V for the drive to Colorado.  Spencer gets right back into his video game while Addison gets serious about her drawing. 


On the road again!


We had a great time at Focus on the Family.  The kids enjoyed Whit's End. Adventures in Odyssey really came alive as the kids played in the miniature houses, and explored all the fun exhibits.








Saying good-bye to family.  We will miss you David and Chelsea!


June 15th 2012

Today we are making our way to Utah.  It looks like it will be around an eight hour drive.  We decided to take-in some local attractions.






 We decided to push this heavy rock off the side of the cliff, we got pretty close.........don't you think?
 For eight days this R.V has been our home sweet home.

 The slight rain storm made for a nice cloud cover for pictures.



 Addison says that she is so hungry.....it looks like she is eating that mountain....lol.
Most of this trip has been spent keeping the kids fed and snack happy.


I just have to leave you with this parting shot for today.  Utah has quite a few of these Truck Trains.  They are crazy long, and everyone moves out of their way.

Thus ends another day on the road of exciting discoveries!
We are going to finish up our trip with one more day of travel.