Jan 29, 2014

Frozen finger sunset

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A  January lake sunset.


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I got this idea that I needed a rock out there for better composition so I picked up a biggish one and tossed it out there. Um, yeah, I didn’t think about my camera until it was too late. So then I had to try to wipe the water splashes off with my shirt. Bad bad, I know but sometimes you gotta make do.


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Then I tried something smarter, I just moved a few steps over to a spot that had just the rock I was looking for. And it didn’t require any rock throwing.

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Jan 27, 2014

Gluten -free Tomato+Avocado+Feta sandwich

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Super quick sandwich on toasted gluten free bread.

Feta, tomato and avocado have got to be my favorite flavors in a sandwich. I know, I have a lot of favorites, so how about, this was the BEST lunch I had today!


All you need:

a couple slices of gluten free bread, toasted


feta cheese

1 or 2 tomato slices depending on tomato size

avocado slices

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Jan 23, 2014

Tiny ~PhotoADay

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Every day I drive by I see that bridge a tiny bit closer to getting done.


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18 happy place


The rink.


19 breakfast


Avocado, cranberry oat sweet potato smoothie.


20 to do list


That tree, I really like it! I want to take a picture of a bride and groom out there on that hill, I think it’d be beautiful.


21 blue


22 nice


23 twisted

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Jan 21, 2014

Best Gluten Free Maple Granola bars

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This is the best batch of gluten free granola bars I’ve made in months! I have a bad habit of getting out a recipe and looking at it occasionally but just tossing things in the bowl. Then I forget what I did and that’s fine if I didn’t like it but if it came out good I really have no idea how to make it again. So Today I wrote down amounts and ingredients as I tossed things in the bowl.


So here it is:


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Right here is most of what you'll need.


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In a bowl, add butter , sugar,


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maple syrup,


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and water.


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cream together. My butter wasn’t melted so I took the bowl over to the stove and warmed it up but not too much like the time I ended up making little bits of candy or something and no granola bars. 


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Now add in regular oats, Puffed rice,


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quick oats,


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a spoon of xanthan gum,


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and gluten free al purpose flour.


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mix together.


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add and mix  in raisins.


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place half the dough in a greased pan


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Using the butter paper press the dough into the pan.


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So it’s a thin layer like this.


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Sprinkle chocolate chips over the dough.


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Add remaining dough as a top layer. I flattened out pieces and set them on


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Kinda like that. Then I wiped dough off my camera.


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Use the butter paper again to press down the dough.


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I don’t  like the edges sticking to the side of the pan.  so I take a spatula and push it away from the edge all the way around. One time the edges stuck to the pan like cement and when I cut the cooked bars and tried to remove them from the pan they broke. So this is my solution.


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Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges.
Let cool 10 or so minutes then cut into bars.


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Serve right away or freeze for weeks.



Best Gluten free Maple Granola Bars

adapted from King Arthur’s chewy Granola bar recipe



  • 1 stick butter, melted or almost melted will be fine
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups quick oats or 1c, regular and 1c. quick
  • 1 cup puffed rice
  • 1.5 cups gluten free flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup almonds

In a  bowl, whisk together melted butter, syrup, and water. Add dry ingredients except chocolate chips and almonds

Spread half the dough in a greased 9x13" pan. Using the butter paper to avoid the dough sticking to your hands pat down firmly.
Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the dough. Carefully add remaining dough to cover evenly as possible. and pat down firmly. Add almonds on top and press in.
Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges.
Let cool 10 or so minutes then cut into bars.

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Jan 19, 2014

Sometimes it just isn’t good

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I was going to post this recipe for a gluten free enchilada casserole  but the problem is it wasn’t very good. I didn’t really like it.  The tortillas were dry and soggy all at the same time.

I don’t know, some days are just like that.

When I make one I actually like I’ll share the recipe. 

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Jan 17, 2014

Sunshine ~PhotoADay


Day 16, Sun.


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These two are at my neighbors. Their names are Cindy and Avery. I usually see them here during their dinner.




On the other side of the road is Rebecca’s horse. He likes to stand with his nose hanging over the fence so he can get a good look at traffic, what little there is that comes by.





He got a little upset when I got a little too close.


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For the life of me I can not remember this guys name!


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Jan 15, 2014

Upside Down ~PhotoADay

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Here are a few photoADay photos for you. This crane was at the boat dock I always drive by and think how pretty it is and how I should stop to take a picture. Then I always tell myself I’ll do it another time when I have more time. This time I just stopped and it only took a minute.


8 lucky number


I walked into Marshalls and there was that rack that they put out front when you first walk in begging me to come look at their newest good deals. so I had to go check it out, and there they were, yoga pants for 14.99! Right there I knew 1499 was my lucky number.


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10 mnmade


11 looking down


12 colorful


14 3 things


15 black and white

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