Got Snow?

We had a nice spring snow today...about 2 inches in an hour, actually! The children had worked hard picking up apples this morning and Daddy wanted to reward them with a treat. He grabbed 3 bowls of fresh snow and stuck them in the freezer till after dinner. While the kids weren't looking he whipped up some homemade snow cone syrup. After dinner, he brought the syrup in from the back porch (where it had been chilling) and told the kids that "magic elves" had brought it for them since they had worked so hard. He poured the syrup over the bowls of snow and what do you know ~ they loved it! After 2 servings of "snow bowls" each...Daddy insisted that they had to go outside and ask the elves if they could have more...cause there was a 2 serving limit. The 2 older children went outside and yelled..."Mr Elf, may I please have some more snow bowl?" Of course, Mr Elf replied, "Yes" is a high squeaky voice...so they each had one more! Here is how we made the syrup:

4 oz. jello powder
3/4 cup boiling water
1 small bowl or cup of snow

We boiled the water, added the jello powder, stirred until smooth then sat it outside to cool. Then pour it over the snow and enjoy immediately!

Easy enough to make some very special children...very happy!


The Cake Fiasco...

So...in my last post I was headed off to make a Betty Crocker cake for my daughter's birthday. As I was adding ingredients to the cake mix I sadly opened an egg that was all red inside - you know, what you picture when you think of Salmonella? Ewwww, yuck. I now understand why they tell you to crack your eggs into a separate bowl first. I had to throw everything away. And since we live 30 miles from the nearest grocery store that is open on a Sunday...I was outta luck. No cake mix and no eggs. Bummer.
So...I did what any desperate mom would do - I became resourceful. I pulled out my old recipe for Wacky cake. Wacky cake is a recipe from the depression era that has no milk, eggs, or butter in it. I have used this recipe in the past for GF cakes so I knew it could be done. All Purpose GF flour, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, oil, water, vinegar, and vanilla. Easy enough.
The cake turned out ok. The flavor was good and it looked good...just a little off on the texture. It was chewy. Not my favorite. But the birthday girl was happy enough and it looked pretty....right? Next time, I will make sure I have EXTRA Betty Crocker cake mix on hand :-)


Betty Crocker GF Cake Mixes

Absolutely delicious and worth every penny! These mixes have united my family on the gluten-free front. My husband and daughter - the non-gluten-free members of our family are completely satisfied with these products in place of their usual wheat-based treats. They are easily converted to dairy free by using dairy free butter. The texture and flavor are excellent AND they are much less expensive than some of the traditional gluten free mixes you will find. Best of all...you can find them on most regular grocery store shelves...even here in rural Northern Montana...bought some cake mix at the near-by IGA yesterday!
As a matter of fact...I am off to make a GFDF chocolate cake for my daughter's birthday party tonight! Yum, I can't wait to enjoy it!


GFDF Peanut Butter Cookies

Yum, yum, yum... the best peanut butter cookies you will ever eat! Even if you are not Gluten-Free!

2 Cups Peanut Butter (I use crunchy)
2 eggs
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup White Sugar

Mix all of the ingredients together. Roll into bite-sized balls and place on a cookie sheet. Press down with a fork making a crisscross pattern on top. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 8-9 minutes.

Seriously...that's it! They are moist and chewy and you can really appreciate the peanut butter flavor.