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11.18.2013

Cauliflower Pizza Crust


This is no joke.  I hate cauliflower.  I love this pizza!
This is a diabetic pizza dream.  There are so few carbohydrates in this pizza crust, it is almost sinful.
You can eat as much as you want. We will break down the carb count at the end of the post if you want more information.  

Let's get started on this pizza recipe.  I have seen a lot of cauliflower pizza crust recipes floating around in cyber space.  I took some information from a few different sites.  If you are interested in checking them out here they are:


First go out and get a large head of cauliflower.  Chop up the florets into small pieces that will easily fit into your food processor.  You can chop your cauliflower up by hand if you wish.

 You are going to want your final product to be about the same size as a grain of rice.  As you can see this looks like a bowl of white rice below.
 Now we get to the other ingredients.  I will list them here.
INGREDIENTS:
1 head of cauliflower
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
2 eggs
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 
salt to taste

Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix by hand.  I literally mixed and mushed with my fingers.  You want to incorporate all the wet ingredients into the cauliflower.  Now if you are anything like me at this point you are thinking that this recipe will never work and that you are just waisting your time.  Never fear this will come together.  

I have found over the years that aesthetics work wonders.  My kids will try any new food if it looks good.  I am trying to get this crust to look as close to a regular pizza dough as possible.  After many failed attempts at making round crusts I came up with this brilliant idea.
 For the mini pizzas I used a large round cookie cutter or english muffin baking ring.  For the large crust I used a spring-form cake pan without the bottom inside.  Follow the pictures below to see how to make a perfectly round crust!
 Now you are going to bake this crust at 350* for about 20 minutes, or until slightly brown around the edges.  You are then going to flip the crust and bake the bottom up for around ten minutes. 
 As you can see the crust is coming together, it doesn't break and holds it's shape!  Don't let these pictures fool you though, the crusts do stick to the parchment paper and have to be eased off the pan by going gently around the sides.  I used a large crepe spatula to flip the large pizza crust, or just turned the parchment paper upside down onto another pan and peeled the paper off. 
 Once the crust are nice and golden brown on both sides you take the pizzas out and add a thin layer of pizza sauce and a small amount of cheese.  Then pop it back into the oven and watch it until the cheese is nicely melted and slightly browned. Then they are done!
 AMAZING right?
So now we get to the carbohydrate count.  I made two large pizzas and six small pizzas out of one head of cauliflower.  One large head of cauliflower has about 44g of carbs in it.  There is about 25g of fiber so you can decrease the carb count to 20g.  This is virtually a carb free pizza! The sugars are going to hit you so much slower. 

Here is some in-depth information on the nutrition in cauliflower whfoods.com





































11.13.2013

LOW - Carbohydrate gummy snacks



Yes, I know, too good to be true!

My type 1 diabetic daughter is delighted.

Before we get started on the recipe let me introduce you to the Sweet Drops liquid stevia collection.  I haven't tried them all, but the many I have tried are GREAT!
 As you can see the Stevia liquid drops come in many flavors.  CLICK HERE to get some more information.
If you want to check out some information about the health benefits of gelatin Click HERE!
If you want to check out another blog touting some more benefits and check out another jello recipe click HERE.

      INGREDIENTS:

*1 cup lemon juice
*1 cup water
* a hand full of raspberries (fresh or frozen)
* liquid lemon stevia (2 droppers full)
* 3 T honey
* 6 tablespoons beef gelatin powder

Add your lemon juice (I have frozen lemon juice on hand ) and raspberries into a small sauce pan and boil over low heat.  Mix and mash until the berries are dispersed into the liquid.

Now you are going to strain out the seeds.

The raspberries give the mixture a nice natural food coloring and add the sweet to the tangy lemon flavor.  Next you are going to slowly stir in the beef gelatin to the hot liquid.  Then add the room temperature water and other ingredients to the gelatin liquid mixture. Stir, stir, stir......
  
 All you have to do now is pour the mixture into a small glass pan or silicon candy mold. Put the pan or mold into the refrigerator for at least an hour so the gummies can set nicely. 
 Cut your gummies up into bite sized pieces.  I got about 70 pieces.

These gummies need to stay in a cool environment.  They will melt if left out on the counter too long.  I would say that they are good at room temperature for about thirty minutes.

I made some gummies for my kids this Halloween.  The way I packaged them created a lot of excitement.
Carb count = less than 1g of carbohydrates per gummy.


9.25.2013

Fork Marshmallow Roaster

 My dad is good at many things.  One thing he is especially good at is welding.  He has created many unique works of functional art for me over the years.  His latest project was this great "fork marshmallow roaster."


I came to him with this idea a few years ago and last week he surprised me with this finished product.




He did mention that it is hard to weld stainless steel to iron.....but he made it work just fine in the long run. This was so much fun to use.  Thanks DAD!  Everyone will be jealous when we go camping!


8.12.2013

Zucchini Flour


Yes, you now have a purpose for all that zucchini that is growing like crazy in the garden.  Make zucchini powder/flour.  I call it flour because it is ground up to the texture of a multigrain flour.  It can be used like a gluten-free flour.  AMAZING.

 Cut up your zucchini and dehydrate the disks until they are bone dry.  Add the dried zucchini to your blender and blend until a fine powder is formed.  I am using the dry canister for the Vitamix.  I am sure that any food processor/blender would do just fine.  This isn't a hard substance to grind.
 And you are all done! This is a super low carb vegetable flour.  I estimate that it will be about one gram of carbohydrates for one tablespoon.  That is what I arrived at after estimating how many mid sized zucchinis I dehydrated divided by how many tablespoons of powder I came up with.  

Another note, you need lots and lots of zucchini to make a good quantity of zucchini powder.  This jar is full of powder from at least 5 medium sized zucchini. WOW.  So it is only cost effective if you are growing your own, and growing lots.
Well, how do you use this flour????? 
You can add this flour to muffin recipes, pancake batters, and zucchini breads of course.  Simply replace 1/4 cup flour for the zucchini powder. 
Add this powder to smoothies, stews, and soups to thicken them.
It has a bland taste that is easily disguised in the recipe. 

GREAT Homeschool IDEAS for Elementary Kids


I have been collecting homeschool ideas on PINTEREST.  Now is the time to put them to use.  Here are some of my favorite ideas that I will attempt to flesh out and implement.  Here goes...............

Time Line (that you can add to)


I have used this idea for awhile now.  It has been the single best idea I have ever found.  It was in some art book I found years ago.  This is a great way to create a time line that you can continually add to or take away from (but who would want to do that.)

 First hang some craft gage wire in some out of the way location.  I hung mine over the top of our window above the homeschool desk.  

I simply used some old curtain hanging hardware and looped the wire around the ends until I made the wire taunt.  You want a very stiff and taunt line to hang all your information on.  My first line was twine and that totally broke the first week.  The wire also makes it easier to move the cards along.
 Notice I started here with some long green paper with dates on it.  I have the dates from BC to present day.  This just makes it easier to find things quickly as your timeline fills up.  A little organization never hurt anything.

 Here is a close up of some of my cards.  I simply did one hole punch at the top of each card and threaded a paperclip through the hole and hung that on the wire line.  SIMPLE! The paperclip glides along the wire so easily.  It is easy to take the card on and off as you edit.

How can you add some color and interest to your timeline.......simply gather some pictures from old history books, or print pictures from the Internet.  

Add things you study to the time line as you study them.  It is amazing the connections we have made.....wow this artist was painting this famous work during the American Revolution!!!!

As you can see the timeline can be pushed together or spread out according to your needs.  There is so much room for so much information. 


Funny Face Fun

 This was a fun one and doesn't have any real academic purpose but to amuse and provide a break from tedious school work.  I got the idea from valsquietbook.blogspot.com and craftysoccermom.blogspot.com

Here is my rendition of this idea

THE SUPPLIES
*printable magnet paper
*face templates and facial parts
I found a blank face template HERE!
I found some face parts to print out HERE!
I found lots of faces and facial pieces HERE!

These are some things I have collected over the years.  Let the kids color and cut them out.






Print out the face sheets on magnet paper.  You can print out the facial features on magnet paper too or just on heavy cardstock which can be laminated.  I added a small stick on magnet on the back of my laminated facial features.  This cut down on the cost of so much magnet paper.
If I had this to do again I would have printed the larger hair and hat pieces on magnet paper so they stayed on better.

I slipped the large face printouts in plastic sheets so the color wouldn't wear off with use.  These stuck nicely on a magnet board.  You can also use a cookie sheet.

The best part is that you can also just draw faces on the template.  I am sure you can think of some fun renditions.  As the kids do their school work they can earn a part to the face, make it a game.  



Re-usable worksheets

I found this idea at oneshetwoshe.com it was an amazing discovery.  Now I am set for the school year.  Only make one copy or simply put your handwriting book into the plastic pages.  Use a dry erase marker to fill out the page, then erase it and do it again!  This cuts down on paper used and creates more practice when needed. 
 This is also great for those kids who can't handle a wrong mark on their page. They can simply erase it and do it over. 
 These are fun pages. Mazes and dot to dots are great. I am going to use them for my kindergartner to practice hand eye coordination.

Another bunch of ideas from another great blog allourdays.com.  There are lots of ideas for dry erase activities. 

Make a Shape

 \This was a great idea I found on Pinterest from abeecpreschool.blogspot.com. I love the colors and simplicity of the activity itself.  I can see a lot of free play on a magnet board too! 

Things I Bought 



These artist cards were totally worth it.  I want to encourage more art appreciation in our daily lives.  When it comes right down to it I just don't have the time and energy to put into it.  These cards are great.  You are actually playing a game with them and you can focus on one artist each month and keep those cards out in view.  LOVE IT. I bought the impressionist and modern artist card sets.