I’m still kickin’

Appologies for my lack of posts. I seem to have fallen behind on life in general and am playing catch up. I have a huge to do list including cooking my first Turkey this weekend. I do have some posts storming in my brain, that I will put into words for you ASAP!

Gluten Free Flour Mix

I received a request to post the flour mix that I like to use. It is actually from the book “The Gluten-Free Gourmet Bakes Bread” by Bette Hagman. I actually recommend this book to anyone wanting to bake their own bread and bread type things. Every recipe that I have made has turned out rather tasty and it includes directions for using your bread machine (although I prefer the oven method). Note: If you do buy this book, I suggest baking your bread at 350°F rather than the recommended 400°F and for a little bit longer (about an hour).

Four Flour Bean Mix

2/3 Part Garfava Bean Flour
1/3 Part Sorghum Flour
1 Part Cornstarch
1 Part Tapioca Flour/Starch

I like to mix up a big batch and store in a container or ziploc bag. The book claims that you can exchange this mix cup for cup with wheat flour, although I have not tried that yet. But you still need to add some xanthan gum.

Kony 2012

I am sure you have all heard about Kony 2012 by now as it has hit the social media scene pretty hard. If you have not, please visit www.kony2012.com and watch the 30 minute video. Myself and my husband are strongly supporting this and we have ordered our kit for $30. In this kit there is a t-shirt, bracelet, a booklet, posters, stickers and a button. I am pretty excited to sport my bracelet and my husband, the t-shirt. Apparently there has been a high demand for these so it may be 3 weeks before it is even sent out, as much as I want it now, that’s not the point. In the mean time, my money will be put to good use.

Although our budget is tight, donating a small amount each year to a meaningful cause is very important to us, without donations, there would be no help for these people that deserve it just as much as anyone. I wish I had the means to help out physically in places such as Uganda, but I don’t, so these few dollars represent what I can do.

You will notice on the right hand side of this page a SocialVibe widget. Please click on it. It does not cost you a penny, but a business will make a small donation to Invisible Children for each time that widget is clicked on, so the more times, the better!

Edit: This site popped up http://www.visiblechildren.tumblr.com . It does make valid points but honestly, can you think of any other way to go about it? Also, It’s not only a dangerous job, but all causes run the same way a business does. In order for those involved to be able to commit full time they need money from somewhere and that’s where donations come in. So obviously the full amount of donations won’t go directly to the children. This article has good and valid info everyone should know, but its not necessary a reason not to support Kony 2012. But in the end, it’s your decision.

Hello!

Welcome to my new blog!

I have had a blog for years but have always kept it private for just those close to me to read. It is filled with a random mishmash of things, like a diary of sorts. This week I decided to dive into the world of couponing and in the past few weeks I have been working on making myself some new clothing appropriate for the start a new career in the coming months. This has become a journey of sorts, to save money and live as craftily and frugally as we can. This morning I woke up and thought a blog would nicely compliment this little venture, while sharing some tips and tricks I stumble upon along the way.

Stay tuned as I continuously add to this little blog and hopefully build it into a tool that will be useful to at least a few of you out there.