Gluten Free Choc Chip biscuits + new GF website

I have been finding it very hard to stay Gluten Free. I have been making bad choices over the past few weeks and now starting to suffer for it.

Today in my inbox was an email from Springhill Farms, they are an Aussie company who make gluten free bread and mixes plus slices.

They had a link to one of their friends website so I had a look. It’s amazing with information on GF and answers to issues with cooking and baking GF.

This is the link to the website, I made the choc chip biscuits.
Decadent Alternative

Choc Chip

It doesn’t matter whether you call them biscuits or cookies this choc chip recipe is great. The recipe is similar to the original Decadent Alternatives Choc Chip the main difference is the combination of flours.

Ingredients

125 g Butter

100 g Castor sugar

100 g Brown sugar

1 tsp Vanilla extract

1 Egg

50 g Desiccated coconut

1 tsp Baking powder

200 g The Real Bread Mix

100 g Potato starch

250 g Dark chocolate chips

Method

Heat oven to 170o C (fan forced).

Thermomix

Apart from the chocolate chips & coconut place all ingredients in the TM bowl. Mix for 2 minutes on speed 4. Check that all ingredients have been incorporated. Add chocolate chips. Mix for 1 minute on Reverse + speed 1.

Electric mixer

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla extract and egg. Continue beating until these ingredients have been incorporated and the mixture is light and fluffy. Stop mixing and scrape down the bowl, beat again.

Mix together the coconut, baking powder, bread mix and potato starch. Add the combined flours to the creamed mixture. Mix until the dough is uniform. Add the chocolate chips and gently mix until they are incorporated into the dough.

The dough is easy to handle and can be rolled into balls between the hands. The size of the biscuits/cookies will depend on the amount of dough used. The choc chip pictured was ~ 25 g of dough and one batch will make approximately 36 (theoretically there should be more but some of the dough always seems to disappear).

Place balls of the dough onto 2 baking trays lined with baking paper. I place the balls in a 4,3,4,3,4 configuration.

Bake in the oven for approximately 13 minutes. The baking time will vary depending on your oven and how big the balls are. If your oven has a “hot” spot turn the trays halfway through baking.

Until next time have fun and enjoy the biscuits.

Sam xxx

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Sunday at my place

I’ve just walked around our place and taken some photos. My man yelled out the window “what ARE you doing?”, I told him and he laugh and then disappeared.

Here are the photos.

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I found this next picture on facebook this morning on Dirtgirl’s post, it’s going to be my mantra this year

Lots love Sam

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Here we go again :(

I’m sorry to be behind on my postings (again I hear you all say). I’ve been struck down with some viral spotty thing and have been house bound for the past three days.

You would think then I would heaps of spare time to blog but I’ve been resting and sleeping as what ever it is, is making me yucky.

But I havent wasted my time.

I have finished my stitching project from Melbourne @ Lets Get Stitched 2014.

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Plus I started last night and finished just now as piece from last year @ Urban Stitches.

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So being unwell hasn’t been that bad.

Next is some knitting……..

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I bought these wooden knitting in Melbourne. I love them makes it so much easier.

Until next time, take care
Love
Sam xxx

Enjoying Melbourne

Just a quick post from Melbourne Australia.

My good friend Robyn from http://www.sewingtheseasons.com.au and I are enjoying a few days away at Lets Get Stitched 2014.

We arrived Thursday afternoon settled into our hotel, met some lovely ladies in the cafe for a late lunch and them a crazy get together after dinner for a name badge swap.

This is the one I made from the lovely Wendy.
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This is mine made by the ever so talented Teresa.
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We had another project to make before we arrived a – Mug Rug every one will sign the back on Sunday.
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Yesterday (friday) we all some 30+ crazy ladies spent the day on a bus trip visiting some amazing patchwork/quilting.

I will post about what we saw tomorrow.

Take care,

Sam xxx

What’s in the box?

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I follow a blog called The Veggie Lady she is based here in Sydney and she made reference to this little box filled with lots of great information for growing fruit and veggies here in Australia. A lot of the books I find are either on growing seasons in the UK or USA.

About the Box

The Vegie Box is a complete guide to growing your own organic vegetables, beautifully presented in a pine box with laminated growing cards, a comprehensive Handbook and Gardener’s diary. The Vegie Box kit includes -
26 laminated cards of the most popular vegetables, including beans, beetroot, broccoli, carrots, cucumber, potatoes and tomatoes. The cards include tips on when & how to plant, companion plants, preferred soils and advice on ideal growing & harvesting techniques.

The Handbook contains over 100 pages of organic growing advice on a diverse range of topics including organic principles, soil, seed-raising, transplanting, mulching, fertilisers, seed-saving, etc. There are charts for seed sowing, crop rotation and seed-saving, a vegetable gardening calendar and instructions on compost-making, all from an organic perspective. Beautiful colour photographs accompany the text.

The 5 year Gardener’s Diary enables the gardener to record and plan activities in the garden. It can be used as a logbook, workbook and memory-jogger. Comparisons can be made with successes and failures in previous years, enabling adjustments and continuous improvement.

The Vegie Box is an ideal gift for the aspiring, beginner or competent gardener wanting to know more about the organic approach and produce their own nutrient-dense, healthy and flavourful food without any chemicals.

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source : wwww.vegiebox.com.au

If you would like to order visit http://boxbooks.com.au/shop/the-vegie-box/

I’m sorry wordpress has updated itself on my iPad and I haven’t worked out yet how to link websites. Please cut and paste in search engine to find.

I have no association and or have I financially benefitted from the above company.

Love Sam xxx

Let’s help our Aussie farmers

Please note I have just cut and pasted the details from the Sunrise website.

DOLLAR4DROUGHT CAMPAIGN…

Weekend Sunrise is launching a 4 week campaign called Dollar4Drought. We’re encouraging all Australians to give $1 to farmers.

Dollar4Drought Campaign is a community initiative raising funds for drought-affected farmers in Queensland and New South Wales. Your gift will enable food and produce vouchers to be purchased and distributed to those in need.

As we’ve been covering in recent months two thirds of Queensland and NSW farms are now in severe drought.

This week, they finally received some relief. The Federal Government extended a 300 million dollar lifeline, giving drought hit farmers access to cheap loans and income support.

Farmers battle the drought of the millennium. The news was music to the ears of many on the land.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP…

To donate visit http://www.salvos.org.au

PLEASE NOTE: Website is slow due to overwhelming response. Please be patient, and try again later. Your support means a lot.

OR

The Salvation Army
BSB 032 006
ACCT # 810 633
Reference: 333444

OR

Donations can aslo be made at Westpac Bank brances.

Please use #dollar4drought and help spread the word on social media

I in no way have will have receive any payment for this post. Helping Aussie farmers is something I’m passionate about.

Love
Sam xx