Monday, June 26, 2017

Mushroom Hunting Adventures...


Have you ever been mushroom hunting?

If you haven't, you should!!
It is a fun adventure to go on.

We just happened upon a group of people in the mountains
while camping a few years ago that were
 digging up mushrooms.
My hubby stopped and chatted with a couple about 
all the ends and outs of hunting mushrooms.

I guess it's quite the sport!!

They told us which ones were safe to 
eat and what to look for.

So...off we went...


These mushrooms above with the reddish brown tops
are a safe and yummy one to eat.
Kinda like a button mushroom.


These ones are pretty, but not edible!


Here's my youngest, using a knife
 to pop one out of the ground.
Mushrooms live in a cool, damp and dark climate.
After all they are a fungus!


We ended up finding a huge
 pillowcase full of mushrooms!

Once we got home, we sliced and dehydrated some of them
and the others we sauteed and enjoyed!!


My little monkey was so proud
of the mushroom he found!


And some of the mushrooms were quite large!

What a fun day in the woods!

Do you live close to any mountains?

If you've never mushroom hunted 
before I recommend you go and purchase
 a mushroom identifying book.

The one we purchased showed 
which ones are safe to eat
and what they look like.

 I know we compared each
 mushroom before we plucked it out of the ground.

I mean...sheesh....
wouldn't want to make anyone sick!


Happy Hunting Friends...

Thanks so much for stopping by,




Monday, June 19, 2017

Wheat Free Rye Soda Bread...

God's Grace Overflows

Hello All!

I've been craving some bread and the 
hardest part of eating wheat free/yeast free
is finding bread you can eat that
 doesn't cost a fortune to buy.

So, I found a basic recipe and tweaked it a bit.

Most recipes still call for all purpose flour and/or yeast.

So, with this recipe it also called for all purpose flour
and what I did was buckwheat, almond meal, 
green banana and Gluten Free all purpose flour
along with the rye flour.

It's dense just like a traditional soda bread
but with adding in the green banana flour
it made it a bit more moist.


God's Grace Overflows

I love the looks of this bread as it looks so rustic!
Rustic and very tasty!

Did you know that buckwheat flour 
isn't actually from the wheat family?

It's apart of the rhubarb plant.

I thought that was very interesting!


Would you like the recipe now?

If you try this recipe, would you let me
 know what you thought of it?

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Wheat Free Rye Soda Bread

2 1/2 cups Rye Flour
1 1/2 cups total combined 
buckwheat flour, almond meal,
 GF flour mix and green banana flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 cups buttermilk or sour milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Whisk is your flours, baking soda and salt.
Make a well in center of the flour
 and pour in your buttermilk.
Stir well.
Divide dough in half and turn each 
dough ball onto a floured surface.
Make into 2 round loaves.
Transfer to a baking sheet.
Cut a 1 inch X  into the top of loaf.
 Poke holes around the X.

Bake for 30 minutes.  
Let cool at least 10 minutes before cutting.

I cut mine up and place half in a tin
 and stuck in freezer.  
Then this way when I want bread
I can take out one slice at a time.


*TIP*
If you aren't eating wheat free
you can add in your flour of choice.

Green Banana flour can be found at your local
health food store or online.
This flour will make your baked goods moist.
A little will go a long ways.


Also, when I was searching for wheat free flours
I came across this handy website on alternative flours.

Go check it out HERE

This site will also show you if it's gluten free.
Now rye isn't considered gluten free
but if you are going for a wheat free diet, rye is acceptable.

I hope you all are having 
a great Summer so far!

Thanks so much for stopping by,



Monday, June 12, 2017

Have Some Fun...


Well Hello!!

How are you all doing today?

It's Summer....Have Some Fun!

In a blink of an eye, Summer will be gone 
and we will be moving on to Fall.

Can you hula hoop?
If not, try at least once!
You'll laugh...I can promise you that!

What fun things have you tried in this season?

I have tried stream fishing.
I was surprised at how fun it was.
You move quick... no patience needed for it.
Within the first 3 minutes, I caught 3 fish!


Go for a walk, explore!!

Take a day trip somewhere you've never been.

Bake something new...

Go for a drive with your family!

I went 4-wheeling with my boys
I had so much fun!!


Getting stuck in the mud is what it's all about!!
Laugh and do some winching...

Lot's of winching, lots of mud!!

Be outdoors!!

Be present!! Be in the now!!

GO HAVE SOME FUN!!

Thanks so much for stopping by,








Thursday, June 1, 2017

Family First...

God's Grace Overflows

I'm Here!!
Yes, I've been gone for a bit...
But, I'm here!!

Do you ever get tired of blogging?
Run out of things to say?
Need to spend more time with family,
than typing away at your computer?

Well, that's kinda how I was feeling.
Family should always come First!!

Summertime is always a busy time for us
as we are taking trips, going places
and keeping the yard up.
40 acres is a lot of yard!!

God's Grace Overflows

School is now done for the Summer.

We went on our first camping trip
 over Memorial weekend.
We had so much fun!

I took a ton of pictures!
Learned to stream fish...
(I'll post some pictures next time)
Went for long hikes...
Prayed!
Ate S'Mores...
Some good friends decided to come up
 and camp with us.
Lot's of Laughs!
Sang songs around the fire.
Went Four Wheeling
Got stuck in snow!

God's Grace Overflows

So, with Summer here, well not officially Summer yet
but you get the point, right?

I'll post when I can,
or when I have something to write about
and when my family doesn't need me
 at that very moment!!

Because in this season of my life
Family Comes First!!


I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Thanks so much for stopping by...


Monday, May 8, 2017

Wheat Free Cinnamon Scones...

God's Grace Overflows

Can you say Wheat Free 
Cinnamon Scones three times fast?

Ya, me neither...

(Smiles)

I've been experimenting again...
I know that doesn't really shock you now does it?

Sometimes you just need to try some new things
 in your diet to see if they can eliminate
what is causing your tummy issues.

So, my in laws, my mom, aunt and myself
are not eating wheat and are trying
 to stick to a low carb diet.

So, since I do 98% of the baking around here
I thought I would experiment with
 almond meal and coconut flour scones.

So, what I did was use one of my scone recipes
and tweaked it to where it does not have any wheat flour.


Wheat Free Cinnamon Scones

1 cup almond meal flour
1 cup of coconut flour 
2 Tbsp. green banana flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick butter, cold and sliced
1 egg
1/2 cup coconut milk or almond milk
1/4 tsp. almond or vanilla extract


Combine the flours, brown sugar, baking powder,
 baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
Using a pastry blender or your hands and
combine the sliced butter until it forms into pea sized crumbs.

In another bowl, stir in the coconut milk, 
the egg and the almond or vanilla extract.
Add to the flour mixture.  
Stir just till combined.

On a lightly floured surface, place your dough.
 Create 2 mounds with the dough,
 no more than 1/2 inch thick.
 Cut each circle of dough into 8 slices. 
Place on an un-greased cookie sheet.
Lightly sprinkle with sugar if desired.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 13-15 minutes 
or until they are lightly brown.

Drizzle with an almond frosting if desired.

Enjoy!

God's Grace Overflows

I was quite amazed at the flavor and texture of the scone.
They were almost flaky and you can 
definitely taste the almonds!

If you feel like experimenting something new,
try these and let me know how you liked them!

Thank you for stopping by...

Hugs & Blessings,

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Final Snow Storm?...


Hello Friends!  How are you?
How was your weekend?
How was your weather?

As you can see...
We got another great big snow storm.
Our area was one of the hardest hit during this storm.
We got over 2 feet of snow!



I took these with my phone as I wanted to
 show you how bad it really is out here.
This was taken off my top deck!

This is my back yard.
Our poor trees were bent over
and some of our branches snapped.
We were out there early Saturday morning trying to
 get as much heavy snow off our branches as we
 could so it wouldn't cause much damage to our trees.


This is the front of my MIL house,
very deep snow...
Can you find the wheelbarrow?


Another view of our back yard.
See the trees....we were all upset
 and a few tears were shed.
But, we continued to work together 
 to get the snow knocked off.

As we were outside I prayed.
I prayed for our trees. 
 I prayed and praised God for the moisture.
I prayed for safety for my hubby and son as they 
weren't home during the brunt of the storm.


This was taken several hours after we
 banged snow off the trees
and the wind started. 
Most of the trees looked more perky, well more upright.
Perky..not so much! LOL.

While my father in law was outside,
 he was praying and God reminded him that
only the strong survive!

This is such a good reminder to have.
Especially in times like these.
We fight and we endure.
We become strong in Christ!
We. Never. Give.Up!

Am I right?

As for an update from our view this Sunday:

We still have a ton of snow.
Lots of drifts some very high 
others just a few inches.
Our road plows are stuck!
So, no getting out on our roads today.
2 of my boys and his friend went to try 
and help people in town with down trees.
(Thankfully my oldest has four-wheel drive and a winch!)

I helped hubby gather wood for our wood stove.
Talk about a work out!
My in laws tried to go to church, but got stuck!
Thank goodness, hubby was home to go rescue them!
(Smiles)

And...well...I'm just enjoying the warmth of my home
and a window view of the snow...

Maybe I'll make some cookies...

I hope you have a delightful week!

Thank you for stopping by...

Hugs & Blessings,




Monday, April 24, 2017

Chocolate Banana Muffins...


Hello!  How are you?
As it seems like most weeks, I am busy.
Planning and trying to get the last of my school prepared
for the last 5 weeks of our school term.

And, I just got a phone call to see if there
 is any way I can help with our
 Home School Book Sale & silent auction.

So, now I'm trying to rack my brain 
on what I can do to contribute.

Maybe I'll bake some of my yummy treats...

Good thing I have about two weeks to decide!
(Smiles)

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Now...how about a yummy GF muffin recipe,
to start off your week?

Chocolate Banana Mini Muffins

2 cups old fashion oats
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup almond butter or peanut butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup coconut milk or almond milk
2 Tbsp vinegar
2 bananas ( 1 cup mashed)
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 425.  
Spray cooking spray into your mini muffin tin
or you can use a regular sized tin.
Place your oats into a food processor 
and process until you get an oat flour.
Transfer to a large bowl and 
add in remaining ingredients, 
except chocolate chips.
Stir well.
Now stir in the chocolate chips.

Bake for 5 minutes, then lower your temp to 350
 and bake an additional 3-5 minutes.
Cool and Enjoy!



These are really yummy!!

They are kid approved
even with the baking of the banana!


Thank you for stopping by....

Hugs & Happy Baking,





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