30 May 2010


"For what avail the plough or sail,
Or land or life, if freedom fail?"
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thank you

29 May 2010

Gluten Free and Vegan Brownies!!

Original recipe from Food and Wine, September 2006

1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoon Bob's Red Mill gluten free, all purpose baking flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup dairy and gluten free chocolate chips

Combine dry ingredients then add applesauce, oil and vanilla. Mix well then fold in chocolate chips.

Spray mini-muffin pan or line with paper or grease an 8x8 baking pan. Spoon or pour in batter and bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes or until set.
Allow to cool in pan 15 minutes.

These are the BEST gluten free and vegan Brownies!

28 May 2010

Mango Smoothie

1 or 2 Mango, peeled and sliced (about 2 cups)
1/2 fresh medium pineapple, cored, peeled and chopped (about 1 cup)
less than 1 tsp ginger or cinnamon
1 cup milk
1 tbsp honey

Place ingredients in blender and process until smooth.
Chill before serving.

The original recipe is from
Clean Eating Magazine
July/August 2010
I omitted an ingredient plus a few steps to make a smoothie rather than a shake and so it would be easier to prepare.

26 May 2010

Theresa and Emma Visit

Dear Theresa and Emma,

Thank you for visiting! Your company is delightful!
We love you!

20 May 2010

Ellie's Birthday Dessert

Gluten, Casein and Egg Free Carrot Cake

~served with edible lilac flowers~

This recipe is from ehow.com. Here is the link: carrot cake recipe.

17 May 2010

2010 Reading

The Age of Innocence
by Edith Wharton

(a sad and hopeless story)

"It was one of the great livery-stableman's most masterly intuitions to have discovered that Americans want to get away from amusement even more quickly than they want to get to it."

Strong Poison
by Dorothy L. Sayers

"He did not return to his desk, but stood leaning against the mantelshelf. His sleek head, outlined against the drab painted panelling, was a little thrown back, as though - Miss Murchison thought - he were protecting or defying somebody."

07 May 2010

My Puppy

Knightly at seven months. He is my giant puppy!

01 May 2010

Derby Day

Today is the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby. Oh, to be at Churchill Downs on derby day!