Soup Noodles on a Gluten-Free Diet?

One thing we missed going gluten-free were homemade noodles. You know the ones, those wide noodles that are delightful for slurping down a bowl of homemade chicken soup. Once again. BetterBatter Gluten-free flour blend comes to the rescue. There is a recipe on their site that is super simple – one egg to one cup of their flour. I guess the climate has been drier around here or our eggs are smaller but it isn’t a problem! I just start off with a cup or two of BetterBatter, salt to taste, and then add eggs until I have a workable dough.  It has opened up a lot of our favorite recipes but still keeps my husband’s gluten-free diet in place.

So far, I’ve used the recipe to make Pot Stickers which is a great way to use leftover meat for the filling.

As mentioned, the old-fashioned noodles for homemade chicken soup.

You can also make a larger batch of the recipe and end up with noodles to top with your favorite pasta sauce.

If you have a Chinese Noodle Press, the same dough will make fried crispy noodles.

Ravioli is not a gluten-free possibility! Only problem figuring out whether you want tomato sauce or a clear one?


Little Dresses for Africa – Another Mailing

After making some repairs and adjustments to our home, I was finally able to settle down this past month and get some dresses and tote bags sewn for Little Dresses for Africa. A trip to the fabric warehouse only helped further my inspirations. Unfortunately, for me, I can sew three or four dresses in a day but always put off actually packing them into boxes and getting them in the mail. That is why I am now taking time this week to finally take on that task. I have almost 50 dresses ready to go out and have run out of room to hang them in the meantime!

Tote bags are  welcome, too, so my fabric scraps are getting put to good use.

Buster Kitten’s Busy Day!

Buster Kitten is a very large, very placid cat who adores people but isn’t interested in being petted and fussed over. He is always around, however, observing. My daughter decided that training Buster on a walking leash and without consulting Buster, purchased a halter jacket and leash. That as about six months ago as she claims she is taking things slowly. Buster doesn’t like the halter jacket and no matter how long she has him wear it, he refuses to get used to it. The one time, she tried taking him outside with said Jacket and leash, the 30 seconds he put with it were not a success.

Once the jacket was removed, Buster Kitten went directly back into placid mode but with a wary eye on anyone coming toward him with anything but a treat. He spent the rest of the day recovering and avoiding my daughter.

One Innocent Cat . . .

Fresh aka The Shredder, lures people to her side thinking she will allow them to pat her soft, shiny fur coat. Our advice, don’t try it.  When she gets into trouble, she instantly obeys and leaves the scene of the crime but never forgets. In the title picture, she was considering joining us for dinner but was swatted away. The next picture, shows what happened to an innocent paper bag. The last picture, is where Fresh hides when she is either in trouble or wants to make more trouble. She doesn’t like catching mice so much as unwary people feet that might pass by this way. If they aren’t wearing socks and shoes, so much the better!

I’m the only one in the family that can hold her but just for a short span of time which is determined by Fresh. She loves getting brushed in the morning but, again, on Fresh’s time. You brush too long, she swats your hand away. You don’t brush long enough, and she grabs your hand back. For a stray cat living off the fat of the land, she has some real attitude.

Saving the World With Electric Cars . . . at the Cost of Children

Like most ideas that come up in defense of the environment, they all usually have a dark side that is seldom investigated until many people have given their life for it. The people who are helping to provide our ‘clean living’ exist in dirt, sweat, poverty, and abuse.