Monthly Archives: December 2013

Baking day

Today was all about using some sour dough starter.. That Bear Paw quilt will have to wait.
We’ll have some sour dough and low gluten English muffins and blueberry muffins for the week.


We started to cut back on processed white flour recently and I have been working on using sour dough starter for leavening.

The English muffins look great- third time is a charm.
This is my third attempt at making English muffins that actually look like English muffins. I have made pancake looking muffins, meatball shaped muffins and finally some English muffins. I put together what worked from other recipes I have tried over the past three weeks of sour dough and low gluten baking.
The recipe I used today is:
1 cup sour dough starter
1 cup spelt flour
1/2 cup amaranth flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup room temperature water
Mix well and cover for 30 minutes. The dough should be a thick batter
Add additional flour if the dough is too runny- it should look like thick muffin batter.

Heat skillet over medium high heat and treat with non stick spray. Scoop with an Ice cream scoop onto hot griddle and brown first side. Flip, then brown the other side, then place muffins on a baking pan. I like to sprinkle corn meal on the pan to prevent sticking. Bake muffins in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for an additional 20 minutes flipping muffins over after 10 minutes.
Cool on a cooling rack and store in air tight container room temp or refrigerator.

Christmas quilt time!

My favorite time of the year is here and it’s time to make a great quilt to help keep someone warm when it’s cold outside.

Two Bears in a square

I have some bright holiday fabric and a fun square I designed, Two Bears in a Square.

This pattern has two red bear paws on either end of the green and white swirled fabric center square.  The “two bears” center square has  great darker red bandanna style holiday fabric  triangles placed along the four edges that sends focus toward the center and adds some variation in print size – since the other prints I’m using are small.

I’m not sure yet if I will set the finished squares on point or if I’ll use sashing strips, but either way it will look great.

The challenge will be getting it done in time for Santa to make his deliveries.

I have some great quilts from Christmas past

01c27a4441f7f70323f1bb0365a722d7484a7d415c_00001Holly & berries checker board table topper

01770091eadeef26ff23d44ca56c05ea175592321f_00001Christmas star table topper – I just love stars!

image Cabin in the woods twin sized quilt

– the only thing missing is snow on the cabin roof –

This elf has got to get back to work on Two Bears in a Square!