Monday, December 31, 2007

GFCF Pizza Crust Recipe - Review

from Recipezaar
1 tbsp. yeast
2/3 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour/starch
2 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. unflavored gelatin
1 tsp. oregano
2/3 c. warm water
1/4 tsp. honey
1 tsp. oil
1 tsp. cider vinegar
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix yeast, flours, xanthan gum, salt, gelatin and oregano. In seperate bowl mix warm water, honey, oil and vinegar. Add liquids to dry ingredients and beat with a mixer on high for three minutes. Add water if needed, one tablespoon at a time, if dough becomes too stiff. Spray 12" pizza pan with cooking spray. Spoon dough onto pan. Spread out using either rice flour or cooking spray to keep the dough from sticking to your fingers. Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven. Then either add toppings or freeze crust for future use. Bake the topped crust for 20 to 25 more minutes.


Success!! This crust would've been suitable for my whole family! We've been using Bob's Red Mill Bread Mix for pizza crust and it has not been so great. We will be using that mix no longer!

The original recipe (which you can see by clicking the recipe title) called for garbanzo bean flour OR brown rice flour. I'm not a big fan of the bean flours. The brown rice worked great! I used honey instead of sugar; trying to keep as whole food as possible. I subbed canola for olive oil, just because I was out. I also subbed oregano for the Italian Seasoning mix since I didn't have any in the cupboard. Powdered milk from the original recipe was ommitted.

Instructions said to mix with regular beaters, not dough hooks. The dough started climbing my beaters, so I added the water, 3 tbsp. total. The dough hooks may have worked better in the long run.

The dough was easy to spread. I used cooking spray rather than flour to press it out. My son doesn't like the flour texture on baked goods. I wasn't too concerned about neatness, so please don't take the messy crust edge to mean that this dough was hard to handle. The picture at your right was after baking ten minutes. At that point we could have frozen the dough.

The picture at the begining of this post shows the pizza after toppings and baking twenty minutes. It definitely browned nicely on the edges and just right on the bottom. I baked on the middle rack. When cutting the pizza, it definitely felt crispy. But on the inside the dough was nice and chewy. This is just a great, great crust recipe!!

Thumbs way, way up!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

I Can Fly

The name of my blog comes from a Little Golden Book of the same title, written by Ruth Krauss sometime in the 1960s. My blog theme is based on the illustrations from this little picture book, illustrated by Mary Blair.

I just love the chunky little legs and arms Mary gave that dark haired girl. And Ruth Krauss gave her wonderful spunk and confidence.

When I grow up I want to be this little girl. I've already got the chunky arms and legs. Alas my hair never was that dark and now it's turning gray. But, no worries! L'Oreal Preference can rectify that.

But that little-dark-haired-girl's big attitude doesn't come from any bottle. She seems to find joy in every circumstance. She views life with the confidence and joy that only someone four years old could do.

Like I said...I want to grow up to be her.

Let's just enjoy her together. Storytime!

Original text in black, my useless comments in blue.

I Can Fly

by Ruth Krauss

A bird can fly.

So can I.
Wings?...pshaw...just stand on a swing!

A Cow can moo.

I can too.
so what if I'm not worship team material...I can join the cow choir!

I can squirm

like a worm.
handy skill for getting through the masses during hand-shaking time so I can get to the bathroom...also good as a morning stretch.

I can grab

like a crab.
ahhh, to take that leap of faith from one ring to the other and not...let...go. Only God and four year olds.

Crunch crunch crunch

I'm a goat out to lunch.
who knew that I could pretend to be a GOAT while I ate celery! Possibly if I eat the stuff for the SOUND rather than the taste, I just might not have to throw out bags of celery slime once a month...

Who's busy like a bee?

Me me me.
Guilty. But the wrong kind of busy. I want to be like this little girl. Busy at the fun of life...busy like the bee touring the flowers.

Who can walk like a bug?

Me! Ug ug.
Not in about twenty years. What's the key here? Should I do Leslie Sansone while watching Spidey?

I'm merrier

than a terrier.
Yes, yes, yes. Help me Lord! I want to have those sparkly eyes and that laugh! Where did it go?


I'm a fish.
Gotta work on this one too. Haven't been a swimmer since they fished me out of the pool at ten or twelve years old. Adult swimming lessons.... do they make floaties for plus size women?

Pick pick pick

I'm a little chick.
Another project...get over my bird phobia. After being flogged by every duck, turkey, goose and zoo peacock that ever met me, I'm emotionally scarred.

Who can live in a hole?

Me! Like a mole.
Philippians 4:11 in a children's story book! Bravo Ruth Krauss! Sometimes we ministry wives have to live in mole holes...

Who can climb anywhere?

Me! Like a bear.
Like on top of chairs while 7 months pregnant while the only adult in children's church with ten or so children... can't remember why though.

My house is

like a mouse's.
Thankfully, mine is not. With five kids this big house is a gift from God. When it needs cleaned, that's another story!

A clam

is what I am.
Vacation on the beach. Bake in the sand. No one knows who I am. Now that is fun!!

Pop pop pop

I'm a rabbit with a hop.
Energy. Gotta get some.

Bump bump bump

I'm a camel with a hump.
It's a little early for osteo, but she does remind me that I need to take a calcium supplement!

Haw haw haw

I'm a donkey in the straw.
Laughter is ALWAYS good medicine.

Pitter pitter pat

I can walk like a cat.
Mothers learn this skill during their first child's naptime. It also comes in handy at church. When leaving during the song, and shazam, you always walk back in during prayer time!

Howl howl howl

I'm an old screech owl.
I'm confused. The illustration seems to refer to a peaceful "whoo." A good soothing skill for mothers of small children. But the word choice seems to refer to skills I've learned as a mother of teenagers. Hmmm....oh well, I've got them both covered.

Gubble gubble gubble

I'm a mubble in a pubble.
Wonderful, glorious nonsense. I definitely need more of that in my life, don't you?

I can play

I'm anything that's anything.
This is what we've lost. I've lost. The play. In whatever circumstance or place God puts me in, I want to find the play and the joy. I think it's there, even in the dark times.

That's MY way.
Mine, too. I hope. Some day. Thank you little-dark-haired-girl. Thank You, Father.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Satisfied with The Good Things

I'm a negative thinker. I come from a well-stocked gene pool of negative thinkers. Why God made me a pastor's wife is beyond my ken. Maybe 1 Corinthians 1:27 is the key...

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise...

Negative thinking is a challenge. It's a challenge when trying to love five children. It's a challenge when trying to relate to a husband. It's a challenge when trying to serve a church.

If there's one verse that has helped me as a pastor's wife, it's Proverbs 17:28. I've toyed with making it my life verse.

Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he
holds his tongue.

This verse works! I wish I had cash money for every time someone has complimented me on my gentleness, wisdom, accomplishments, peacefulness. My peacefulness!?! Ha!

But I've only mastered this verse in public settings. My family gets full view of my negativity and knows who I really am.

A few years ago I committed the first five verses of Psalm 103 to memory. I've decided to meditate on those verses, using them as a springboard for positive thinking. God has done many, many good things in my life. It's my goal with this blog to share them.

God has done some amazing and miraculous things in my life. I will share those. But God has also done equally wonderful things in small details of my life. I will share those too. So I have two self-imposed criteria for this blog: 1) share something good for me; 2) share something good for someone else.

Psalm 103

Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.