Saturday, April 18, 2009

Jesus Has Risen!!! Photos from Easter 2009

Cake and Ice Cream for Shelly Yes, it is Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar free!!!!

When you can't eat most sweet treats sometimes you have to brainstorm a bit and experiment. Brandon's parents were visiting last weekend to celebrate Jesus' Resurrection, and we made a delicious cake and ice cream that we could all enjoy. It was the first time the four of us all ate the same dessert. It was tasty and fun. I will include the recipes on these... they are that good!!!

Apple Upside-Down Cake

2-3 apples (peeled, cored, and diced)
1teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon (I didn't measure this exactly)

2 eggs
1/4 unsweetened applesauce
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 unsweetened apple juice concentrate (make sure it is 100% juice they have it at Aldi!)
1 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon zanthan gum
honey optional

1. Preheat oven to 350 and locate an 8x8 glass baking dish
2. Make topping- toss together in bowl and spread into baking dish
3. In large bowl, combine eggs, applesauce, cinnamon, and concentrate; beat well by hand. Add fours and beat for about two minutes by hand. Stir in baking soda and zanthan gum quickly until mixed and pour over apple topping
4. Bake 30 minutes at 350 then 5 more minutes at 325
5. Remove from oven and cool twenty minutes. Loosen cake with knife and invert cake onto serving plate. Serve warm or cold. I drizzle a bit of honey over the cake when serving it for presentation and flavor. Store in airtight container in fridge or freeze

Ice Cream (major coconut flavor... add unsweetened cocoa or strawberries for other flavors!)

Part One:
1 can coconut milk (about 1 1/2 to 1/3 cups)
1 scant tablespoon powder stevia
2 tablespoons brown rice four
pinch salt
2 eggs

Part Two:
1 can coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla (pure and gluten free check label!!!!)

1. Scald one can coconut milk in a double broiler (or two pans as I did)
2. In separate dish mix flour, stevia, and salt. Take a small bit of scalded milk out of pot and mix with these tree to form a paste. Add paste to pot and stir until thickened
3. Cook covered on low for 10 minutes (I cooked it less as it thickened quickly)
4. In separate dish beat two eggs. Take a small bit of scalded milk mixture out of pot and mix to eggs. Add the egg/milk mixture back into the pot
5. Cook one minute to make sure eggs are cooked
6. Remove from heat and cool completely.
7. When cooled add second can of coconut milk and vanilla
8. Make in any ice cream maker... follow the directions for that maker. Freeze until difficult to turn freezer.
9. Serve and ENJOY!!!!

Trees or babies... can't we save both??

Casting Crowns, one of my favorite singing groups has a song "While You Were Sleeping" (or something like it) with the line, "We are sung to sleep by philosophies that save the trees and kill the children." Every time I hear this song it line strikes me! Due to my allergies I have the opportunity to spend some time in stores where saving the trees is extra important. The same people have no care for human life and it saddens my heart. I am not trying to strike up a debate... just expressing sadness and confusion!
At the same time it saddens my heart when Christians do not care for the earth as God called us to have dominion over it. We should be caring about recycling and reusing more than non-believers as it is our JOB to care about it... check out Genesis! I recently when shopping to 5 stores (I shop sale ads for good deals) and managed to use only one plastic bag. It felt good to care about what God had made and do my part!
So my thought... we can care about trees and babies right????!!!!!!!!

Beautiful Rainbow

One evening I was just finishing up the dinner clean up when I noticed something strange in the sky. It was raining out one window and sun was shining in another. I thought to myself... this can only me one thing... RAINBOW!!!! Well, there was a GREAT rainbow outside. I yelled to Brandon to check it out. He was so excited that he grabbed the camera and ran outside without any shoes on. The rainbow was so big that one photo could not fully capture it so we put two of the together to create the image you will see. Poor Brandon was standing in snow in our backyard taking these photos in bare feet!!!! It is hard to capture the colors, but in real life they were brilliant. Yes, I went outside too... after grabbing the first shoes I found, one black dress shoe and one brown one! A few minutes later the rainbow was totally gone. What a gift from our Creator!

Photos from our late snow!

A couple of weeks ago we had a very heavy snow. The snow was so heavy and deep that our church was actually canceled. We were cozy inside, but by the afternoon much melting had taken place as you can see from the trees. Note how close the branches are to the ground in the first photo!

This is the tree in the morning...

Here is the tree a few hours later that afternoon...

Yes, the sun is a powerful thing!