I got myself a Air fryer!

 

I am so in love.  I got myself a fryer and wow… why did I not get one sooner!  From Scones and biscuits to meats, a perfect size for me and my husband.  Cooks fast and clean up is a breeze.  Learning how to use gluten free flour in place of regular flour, and changing my recipes I like.  King Author is the best gluten free flour I have found so far, and I am also starting to introduce some of the old grain flours in my diet and my pain levels do not seem to be effective by adding them in.

I just do not like the taste of white bread, and the size of some of the other gluten free breads are tiny, hard to make a sandwhich out of them.  I am determine to learn how to make gluten free breads I like and will continue to do so.  I already make my own butter… been doing butter demostrations using a Daisy glass jar for over 10 years now for kids and seniors and at events.  I am much demand and my schedule fills up fast.  While doing these demos, I always get that group that are gluten free, so a cracker is not for them, nor can they use the same butter samples as others. So now I keep one fresh butter plain, and one fresh butter with a flavor I add (usually seasons, herbs, sometimes other flavors), just for the gluten free crowd… seperate, from the rest of the samples.  I have been getting different GF crackers for them to use, seperate, as well as the knives for the butter.  Now when I give demos, I seem to be talking about not only how to make butter, but how to eat and cook gluten free.

I turn 65 this year, and guess I have found my niche of doing demos, and research assisting for geneaology.  I have been writing Looking Back articles on the history of the town, the people and other things from the past, for one of our local papers now… going on 3 years.  I still take photos and turn them into cards and canvas for the wall, still play with my needled felting pictures.  I go into the schools once or twice a year with artifacts from the past and talk to the kids about first resource… (LOL I have added a rotater phone now)  I also take in old newspapers, journals, photos that have been donated from family, and maps and work with the teachers to explain how to use them.   I love seeing the younger people and hear their take on items I bring.  We are raising a group of kids that are going to do so much more than we ever even thought of.  Glad I can be a small part of that.

As it is March, starting to think of our gardens and what we want in them, and the herbs… starting to see some of what I did get planted last year, shooting up through the dead growth … has to be time to get ready.  Song birds are back and my first thing we are doing this year is making a better feeding station for them, with flowers like sunflowers and others ones for the hummingbirds, along with a bird bath and such… We have a corner of our front yard that has a small decortive maple tree and a corner fence on two sides, not the easiest to mow, so we will convert that area.  I should be able to get some great bird photos there…Yes the worst of winter is over (we really had a mild winter… yes a few times of massive snow, but never really lasted long) and Spring is coming.  got to work on trying to walk more, but that too will be easier with the warmer weather… and the sun is shinning!  so let that sunshine in!

Update….

0125201013So, I purchased a Cosori Air Fryer.  It is usually just my husband and I eating and we do not need to cook alot, and they looked really useful when making small amounts.  Also since I still do gluten free, I thought I could create my food in the Cosori Air Fryer… things like biscuits, and small pizza, etc.  Well, I think this little unit is going to be used a lot!

They always come with recipes, and this one was not exception… so as I am going through the little cook book I see a scone recipe that looked good, so thought I would try it.  At first I thought I would make it with regular flour the first time to see how it came out, but talked myself out of that and used my King Author Gluten Free flour, I made orange walnut GF scones.  I used fresh oranges so it was a little sticky, so just added some more flour when I turned it out on the board.  I patted down on the cutting board, and cut triangles.  My little airfryer could hold 4 at a time, so no problem, used the parchement paper as they recommended and baked.  They recommended 350 for 12 minutes.  I did 350 for 10 minutes, and they came out perfect, as you can see above.  I did the next 4 and think I might could even drip the cook time down to 9 minutes.  Oh me Oh my how good they are.  Melt in your mouth.  All flavors just pop out.  This recipe is a keeper for sure

Now tonight I am going to try Chicken wings, GF of course.  On a roll, think I might be on a cooking mood for a while with my new Cosori Air fryer. I will post more as I cook using this new air fryer…. fast, easy to use, and clean….. what is not to like!

Happy Thanksgiving Our first in the house

Wow…. Had our first BIG dinner at our new house.  It turned out awesome.  We had 12 people in all.  We have the family table that has been passed on through the family, which had 3 leaves .. all were in, and we were able to all sit and enjoy the wonderful meal and not be crowded, and thus carring on the tradition of eating around the table.  I cooked up the Turkey, mashed potatoes, Gluten Free cornbread stuffing ( that has been in my family, but convert to Gluten Free) and gravey, others brought coleslaw, green beans, rolls, cranberry jello salad ( it is fantastic), home made applesause, pickles, homemade butter, and all kinds of desserts, some gluten free.  There was wassil (hot and cold), coffee, water, sweet tea, pop and water to drink.  What a wonderful meal, and not many leftovers!

After the meal, the grandchildren decorated the Christmas tree, and did a good job.  Some moved to the Living room to watch football, Thomas’s sister, Bonnie and Laura, were great and cleaned up the kitchen, put the food up…. I appreciated it so much.  I was able to go from room to room and enjoy all the family .  Lots of room so no one was crowded and all got to visit and enjoy all of the family.

Today ( the day after) I am just resting… I am still pooped, but enjoyed having the house open and for people to come over and help us celebrate our first Thanksgiving in our house.  No drama, Now and want to plan another meal here.

I got some great gluten free cookbook that explain the differences of the different brands of gluten free flours and mixes.  Explains what to add when making food from scratch which I don’t understand, but leaning still. The GF cornbread came out great, which made very tasty stuffing, adding celery, onion, garlic, apples and walnuts, then adding chicken brooth and eggs.  all loved it.  Today I am going to sit and go through the cookbooks and research some more food I want to try.

I hope all out there got to enjoy the day with family and friends and eat, and laugh, and enjoy the day to the fullest, as I sure did!

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So, I am learning more and more about going gluten free.  We went on a 4 day weekend and on day one, I ate somewhat normal, which meant I ate items that had gluten in them.  Not alot, but I was not sticking to what I know works for me… and I paid for it.  By the end of the first day my pain levels were super high…. could not even touch my legs without them hurting… my fault, I know better, but did it anyway.

The next day we went to the King Authur Flour Company in Norwich, Vermont. ( kingauthurflour.com)      If you ever get the chance to go… do so.  Not only can you see the factory, they have a cafe there that serves food made with the flour,  sitting area inside, or outside under the sun, or in the back under a porch, all surround by beautiful trees and landscaping. A store that is to die for, oh my, everything and anything you could ever need or wish for in it, Schools to learn how to bake and classes and so much more.  Parking was easy,  getting around was easy.

One of the reasons I wanted to go was to see what all they had that was Gluten Free and be able to try some. The stores of course do not carry all the products and I did not like the idea of ordering anything unless I have tried it.  Once we got there, I was amazed… Geez, from pie crust, to cookies, to breads, to flours that measure 1 to 1, or all purpose flours, and people who could explain to you all.  Recipes on their website, blogs on gluten free you can follow… it was awesome.  So we ended up buying alot of items… 4 large bags full, but all things I will use.  Some mixes, for everything.  While I was there I learned that you can not convert all the recipes in your personal collection to gluten free, just by measurements, but need to add some xanthan gum Or it will not rise well even with yeast.  There were other things that you need to change, and people there explained it well ( as does their webpage)  There are also promotions and the more you buy the more $$ you get off in the coming months.

They give you tips and ideas and phone numbers to call, or a email to send them any questions or problems that you have.  After buying our house in April, I kindof just let things get dropped that I was doing or putting it off, but back on the ball again, and looking forward to trying all of the things we bought.  I will be learning how to cook using the items and adding what I need to for them to come out and will keep everyone posted that is following me.  Looking forward to the pie crust alone…. and then Pizza dough.  Just so excited that we got there and got to spend as much time as I wanted there, is such a beautiful setting with knowledgable people.  The sandwhich I had was wonderful on gluten free bread, tasted like regular bread.  The chicken salad that we bought to take back to our hotel room was wonderful, and they even had hand crafted marshmellows!  I have so found a place we will go back to again.  Yes as I need I will order more to replace my pantry as I use these mixes and flours up, if I can not find them in the store.  They are cheaper at King Authur website… so look out mailman, Going to be some boxes coming my way from now on!

Big Adventures heading our way!

Wow, we took a big step and bought us a house!  We have rented for 23 years a small apartment not far away from this house.  Our landlord wanted to redo the apartment and wanted us to move out.  He has been a great Landlord, no problems for either of us, and we knew it was time.  The apartment was upstairs and I was having a hard time getting up and down them, so was not walking much or doing much as it was easier than trying to go up and down them.  We started to look on January 1st, and I was thinking…”we are not going to find anything, just the wrong time of the year”.  Boy was I wrong!  We did look at a few apartments to rent, but they were more than what we had been paying and not as big… parking was not next to the place… nothing seemed right.

We decided for the heck of it, we would look at places to buy.  This beautiful house was a block away, and we though, maybe, well why not, so we scheduled a viewing.  On the first weekend of February we made an appointment. We walked into this home, built in 1832 and fell in love.  None of the doors are the same size, and some are not squared, but it is magnificent.  Now… the next question is can we get a loan?  Everything seemed to fall in place, (albeit a long time in my mind to happen)  The offer was accepted, the Loan went through without any snags, the inspections passed, except that the porch railing had some chips and needed to be painted,  Then we had to wait for the title search and after much nail biting on my end, that came back clear. We are indeed home owners!

So on April 11, 2019, we signed papers at our lawyers office, was able to get the keys and walked into OUR HOME.  We started to move things over slowly…. My bed, computer desk and such came first and I set up my bedroom in the downstairs bedroom.  Next were the cat items and cats… all set up in my room, where we could close them up while we moved the rest of the items in.  I have been sleeping here every since.  With the help of friends we have been moving items over a few car loads at a time and setting things up.  My husband has the two upstairs rooms, one large one he will use as his office and bedroom and a guest room, which is the staging point for the boxes and totes upstairs.

When you walk into the house, you walk into a brightly painted yellow room, which we are creating our library.  It has the small tall table with four chairs, and book cases with lots and lots of books.  to the right is my bedroom and the left of this room is the Living room which is the downstairs staging area for boxes and totes.  Also off to the left is a dining room with a built in wall glass case, which some of my dishes will go in,  The bathroom is off of the dining room.  Next is a huge kitchen with 12 outlets!  12!  I will not have to move anything to plug something in.  The first thing unpacked in the kitchen was the coffee maker, coffee and cups.  We had to order a refrigerator and Stove, but have a microwave and small dorm fridge we are using for now.  There is also a washer/dryer room and a mud room.  Now add a front porch (LARGE)  and a side porch (which we are closing in with plant mess for the cats to be able to go on and not escape) a really large back yard (half acre) and did I mention the cellar and shed outside?  WOW.  Never did I think we could own something so nice, so large, so perfect for us.

It is going to be a house full of laughter, love, family and friends.  Everyone is welcome to stop by, for a visit, a cup of coffee, or something cold to drink.  Only good vibes happening here.  You can park right in front of the porch and come in the front door, or more toward the shed and come in the back door.  The house has 3 doors to come in and out ( well the third door is for getting on the side porch only) I have birds that are coming to my feeders already, we have a table on the front porch with chairs, and the swing couch and there is still room.

We have a good friend who is a little dynomite of a worker…. she has helped us move things out of the old apartment to the new house 2 to 5 loads a day, and helps me move things around inside.  I could not do much the other day, having done too much the previous days, so she had me sit, and would bring me a tote of books, where I would wipe them down, and then she would take them to each room they were going in.  The cookbooks ~ kitchen, books for upstairs, books going in the dining room in a glass door book case for the older books and then the books in the library.  that took us several hours but look at the results so far… and yes there are still more to unpack.  The cats are slowly walking around, and now seem to know where each room is and found a few spots to lay down and watch.  My parrot will come over this week.  We wanted to wait until we had the majority of items over before we moved him, so him and his cage would not be in the way.

I think my golden years are going to be mighty awesome here in this house.  Yes I know it will take several months to feel moved in and have everything where we want it, but we can do it.  Already planning to have everyone over for Thanksgiving and a “its a wonderful life” party in December.  We have gardens to plan and flowers to plant.

We also have a really big woodchuck, who is going to have to go somewhere else.  He is soooo big and is under the shed in the sideyard.  There is a spunky little chipmunk who I enjoy watching who just runs over the top of the woodchuck and harrasses him…. that little guy can stay!  Have wonderful neighbors, and right now … Life is really good! So that is why I have been not posting lately… to busy finding what box has things in that I need, and then I find stuff in other boxes, I did not know we had, I see a major garage sale coming up in our future… at the New House of course!!

Zoom ~ Boy has the last few months flew by!

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Have not posted since November the 10th!  Just seems like yesterday, but wow has a lot happened.

In November of course was Thanksgiving and good food, family and such.  Where I volunteer at , the Lucy Bensley Genealogy center, we had lots of folks come and we were able to help most, and get other started on the right road to find family.  It got cold, then warmed up, then dumped a ton of snow, then rain.  I moved my bird feeders closer to the back porch so I could fill them easier, and then had a deer come up on the porch to eat out of them, with me standing at the glass door not 10 feet away.

December was alot of the same, cold, warm up, winds, oh the winds were wicked.  Getting ready for Christmas, and of course more good food, and I stayed gluten free for all of it.  (really wanted some of the other stuff that had gluten, but stuck with my promise to myself) Started to look for another Doctor, just not happy with mine now. Shopping, mostly online, as I do not like crowds, I got a better selection, and it came in the mail, right to my house… win – win in my eyes.  My husband job has longer hours during this month, so he was tired and took naps, as I did…and the cats, so December just slipped by.

January arrives, and the wind and cold are here… and then during the month, it got up to 50 on some days, with rain, followed by snow and wind, so of course, now there is ice on the roads and walkways.  What a strange winter we are having this year.  Went in for my medical cannabis recertification and we are are adding a CBD dose along with the TCH dose.  I thought I was getting a new card, so I waited 3 weeks, before I talked to my person who does it, only to find out, nope not a new card, same number.  Geez, so now I have missed out on them bringing it to me in my town, and have to drive 1 hour to the location I go to get it.  Luck was on my side that day, as it turned out to be one of the warmer days, with no snow blowing, wind and white outs for the drive.  After the first dose of the CBD capsule, I was amazed at the drop in my pain level.  Now that I have been doing this for 2 weeks, I can say, I think we have hit on a good combo and my levels are staying down.  So that is a plus for me!

January also was another anniversary for me, My one year  of writing for the newspaper, Springville Times. I was asked to write articles, regarding the history of the town, called Looking back.  Since I am not from this area (ok been here 30 years now) I really have to research each one, but I enjoy the hunt.  Some folks came up with ideas that they wanted me to do and were awesome in supplying some info to get me started. I have written articles on founding fathers, businesses, old items all of it, and really enjoy it as well.  I learn something new each time I write one.  May have one coming up on cookie cutters ( made by tin smiths), Hair Wreaths and jewelry, what to do in the snow (snow ice cream, jax wax, for those of us that do not ski, sled and such) a few more stores that have been in business forever.  I did one on the houses sold by Sears and Roebuck, undertakers, and the GAR log cabin that we have in town, one of a few left in all of the states I am told.

Oh and we decided to start to look for another place to live.  We have been where we are for 22 years, and it is a upstairs apartment of a old house, which we love, but going up and down stairs is getting harder on me.  The first apartment we looked at, while it was ok, was smaller, twice as much as we pay now and we could not park by it.   It will make a great apartment for someone, but not us.  We have looked at others, and also at some houses to buy, we will see what happens first.  So started to go through all my stuff with the idea of us moving it and I am thinning stuff out.  Isn’t it amazing how much stuff we accumulate?!

I also assist with the Civil War Museum here in town, help with their facebook page, and was to give a talk at the end of the month, that we had to postpone, due to the weather.  I will give it at the end of February.  We are also re arranging the books at the research center where I volunteer so seems like I am packing and sorting at both home and there.

On to February, here it is the 18th and I still think it is January.  Guess this year is just going to slide by fast as well. Weather is still wacky… cold and snowy one day, few days later, warmer and raining, back to cold and snow with wind blowing…. I am so ready for Spring. Until I know if and when we are moving, I do not want to plan my gardens or such, so that is on hold… oh the wait is the worst of it.  Once I know we are for sure moving, I can pack more, and plan my flowers and herbs planting, but not yet… We decided not to travel to Florida as we have the past years for a break in the weather, but look for a place to move into…so not getting my break there….arrgghhhh.  But enjoying my time with my friends each week instead.

Once a week ( at least once a week)  us and our friends go out for a meal to sit and laugh and enjoy each others company.  Always a needed event.  We hear each others woes and joys, get goofy sometimes ( not just kids who can do that) and laugh…. it helps us through the rest of the week.  We are already working on getting the building and staff ready for the Fair in August.  Takes us several months to set up all the demonstrators inside and outside along with the Volunteers too.

For those of you that follow me, I promise it will not be so long next time before you hear from me.  Today it is 18 degrees as I type this and snowing.in three days the high is 40, and it continues to go up after that…. time will tell if the snow sneaks back in again.

Happy Anniversary to me!

I am coming up to my one year of eating gluten free.  What a trip it has been.  Good, Bad, confusing, trying and succeeding!  On this journey, I have discovered that not only gluten, but some other foods bother me.  So I started keeping a log, which sometimes I do not fill out and of course regret, because I tend to eat it again and feel yucky.  I am still learning.

But along the way, I found some great brands such as UDIs which no matter what, will taste good.  I have to remind myself, to try and keep away from preservatives and additives in the foods, some really bother me and shoots my pain up.   I have found that I am getting that I just do not want bread anymore.  UDIs has a multigrain bread that taste good, but I am just as happy using lettuce as my bread or just served on a plate.  Apples slice length wise, makes great substitute for bread for a turkey and cheese sandwich.

Now for noodles, some are awesome and some are … ah no, not eating that.  I make my own chicken noodle soup, using broth, some veggies and GF skinny noodles, broke up to smaller lengths, I have learned to make gravy with corn starch, still as tasty… now, this year, I am going to attempt to make a GF dressing… time will tell.

I am amazed still of how many premade food has gluten in them.  At the same time, food places are getting on the ball and offering GF chooses, one is entirely Gluten Free.

Another milestone for me, is the articles that I write for the local newspaper that comes out once a week. (it also has been one year)  As most of you know, I volunteer at the Lucy Bensley Genealogy research Center here in town around 20 hours a week.  Through this, I now write, once a week a “Looking Back” article regarding events, or people or something from this area during the years since the town was established in 1834.  ( we have folks living here as early as 1807 and the first child born here in 1809)  I love researching, so fits me I guess.  I have learned so much about this area, and now we have folks coming in sharing their stories, which gives me some great ideas for future articles using what they bring me or share with me.  From mysteries, to facts, to Churches, and Cemeteries, Schools and people, stores and more, it has been a fun journey.

So Happy Anniversary to me for all I have done this last year.  Looking forward to see what the second year brings me!