Monthly Archives: January 2012

Everyday Bread, Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free

One of the Moose’s favorite things in life is bread.  So it really stinks that he’s got allergies to gluten and dairy.  Fortunately, recipes abound for gluten and other allergen free breads, so I did some experimenting.  The Moose is … Continue reading

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Double Shot Mocha Cookies

King Arthur Flour company is a big resource for me.  Not only do they sell a lot of the more esoteric things that I like to bake with, but they have killer recipes as well. This coming from someone for … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Casserole (with Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free tweaks)

Several years ago, a friend brought the regular gluten-and-dairy version of this to a potluck.  After we all ate ourselves silly, I cornered her and offered her any recipe in my collection in exchange for this one!  She told me … Continue reading

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The problem with snow days

The first thing I planned to do this morning was to take a hot shower.  I woke up this morning to sleet.  And snow.  Hail and rain may have also figured in there.  My bedroom has big windows.  It looked cold out … Continue reading

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Whole Wheat Bread

I bake once or twice a week.  Generally, I make whole wheat bread in sandwich loaves.  My recipe is inspired by the Bosch bread recipe and techniques from Peter Reinhart’s “Artisan Bread Everyday”. Great bread starts with great flour!  I use … Continue reading

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Luau Pig – or The Most Labor Intensive Way To Roast A Hog.

Warning – there are pictures of butchering below!  Read on at your own peril. Many moons ago, Mr. Caffeinated mentioned that he’d love to roast a pig in a pit, Hawaiian style.  Much research was done, thoughts were bounced, and … Continue reading

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Tomatoes… many, many tomatoes

Every year in the heat of the summer, we can tomatoes.  Lots of tomatoes.  Tomatoes in quantities vast enough to feed a small army – which, come to think of it, is exactly what I do with them. Tomatoes are … Continue reading

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Pros and Cons

Statistically speaking, homeschool kids generally do well on tests. This doesn’t mean that they always have the correct answers. During this evening’s family worship, we were reading from 1 Samuel 29.  The Philistine ruler Achish wants David to go into … Continue reading

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Homeschool Hermits

Homeschoolers are occasionally accused of making recluses of their children. But what’s a mom to do when they want to be hermits?  Particularly when it means they can count their math problems on their fingers unobserved?

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Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies, Gluten-free, Dairy-free

One of my favorite cookie recipes was published in Cooks Illustrated, January 2006 edition.  The original recipe was titled, “Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries.”  These are seriously yummy cookies – although if you make the original recipe, I … Continue reading

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