Inside Pictures

So in the last post I gave you some outside pictures, now its time I give you the inside pictures. There will be a few changes to the house once we get in it because it needs updated or needs minor repair but all in all it is a nice house.

I don’t have a picture of the downstairs bathroom, but its mega small and basically one one person can walk one way at one time lol.

Upstairs kitchen- small, needs help

Upstairs kitchen- small, needs help

Dining room into the living room

Dining room into the living room

Partial living room/hallway to the bedrooms

Partial living room/hallway to the bedrooms

Upstairs bathroom. Needs updated

Upstairs bathroom. Needs updated

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 1

Bedroom #2. Needs a closet put in, a wall, and a door to make it separate and a hallway to the garage

Bedroom #2. Needs a closet put in, a wall, and a door to make it separate and a hallway to the garage

stairs coming down to the basement

stairs coming down to the basement

View of the basement from the stairs

View of the basement from the stairs

Living room going back to the back of the basement towards the laundry room and other bedroom.

Living room going back to the back of the basement towards the laundry room and other bedroom.

Downstairs canning kitchen :)

Downstairs canning kitchen :)

Bedroom #3

Bedroom #3

laundry room

laundry room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry again about the pictures..sigh..oh well at least you can see it! Now lets all say a prayer together that we close before Good Friday..so that Good Friday will be good for two reasons ;)

Happy Homesteading!! :D

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Is the Wait over yet?

This has been a horrible wait for this house. I guess I’ll appreciate it more right?… something like that. The temps dipped down below freezing…the house is already de-winterized, there is no heat on, there is no propane to turn the heat on…I’m a little worried.

I got a call from my loan broker and he said that underwriting is finally done and has given the ok to proceed to close! woohoo right? Now there is just this small matter of the interest rate, down payment amount, what our monthly payments will be….. sure would be nice to know some numbers. Apparently I must be patient today as the bank decides if the interest rate the broker offered is accepted or not. I don’t even know what it is but he’s already disclosed a rate we can live with and he said it will be lower than that..lets hope so.

So since it is looking hopeful that we will get this house closed sometime this week (praying constantly that it does), I thought I’d show you our “dream” home.  It better be because we did everything wrong and are going into some mega debt compared to what we are at now!

Let me just say that first..I hate the layout of the inside, but I will get over it because at least half the year I will be either outside in the garden or out in the barn..and I can design those the way I want. I just have to have a comfy chair to crochet in and do jewelry making in the winter   ;)

Ok now for Picture overload:

The front of the house

The front of the house

East Side- Deck and walk out basement

East Side- Deck and walk out basement

Looking out to the east at the barn

Looking out to the east at the barn

Off Deck looking North East. There is 15 more acres of a lower lying area off to the north that is ours as well.

Off Deck looking North East. There is 15 more acres of a lower lying area off to the north that is ours as well.

View of the barn from the driveway

View of the barn from the driveway

close to the walkout basement

close to the walkout basement

Trying to decide if I should remove the bushes..

Trying to decide if I should remove the bushes..

Walkway to the front door that will be changed to concrete

Walkway to the front door that will be changed to concrete

Trying to decide a way to partially cover the "eyesore" that is the well and electric area

Trying to decide a way to partially cover the “eyesore” that is the well and electric area

Lean-to off of the back of the barn that hubby wants me to make the rabbit/chicken area. I'm thinking winter cow area.

Lean-to off of the back of the barn that hubby wants me to make the rabbit/chicken area. I’m thinking winter cow area.

Pond that is on our property. Hopefully it can support fish right now! The land to the left of that picture is ours as well.

Pond that is on our property. Hopefully it can support fish right now! The land to the left of that picture is ours as well.

Here is a better picture of what land there is..its not much..the fence is hidden in the tree line but it's at least two acres behind the pond.

Here is a better picture of what land there is..its not much..the fence is hidden in the tree line but it’s at least two acres behind the pond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry things did not line up correctly. I guess its time I learn to live with things not going as planned.  Inside pics to come in the next post.

Happy Homesteading!!   :D

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The Long Wait

You know it would be nice to share with you all the news of our new house…however it still has not happened! Look back when I wrote those posts..you’d think it would be done already!! It’s been a rough ride. First, we were approved for a conventional loan. Then when my hubby sent in his employment verification it was not what the guy had used to approve us. He used our taxes instead of hubby’s paycheck stubs.

So after that fiasco we had to try to run this thing FHA. In Indiana they hate acreage. I don’t know why but apparently FHA will only count the first 10 acres with your house in the appraisal amount. So if your property is 25 like ours, they counted the best 10 with the house and said ok its worth what your loan is.

Well long story..long, cause there is no short story here, the underwriter said no to the loan. Why? well 21 acres of the land we want to buy is in a Wildlife Habitat program. Even though the appraiser didn’t count that land in the appraisal, even though FHA was ok with financing 25 acres, the underwriter said that, should the bank foreclose, they would have a hard time selling the property. Really..um..we are buying it..why? Well it can be pulled out anytime for minimal back taxes plus it is a HUGE tax break right now. And hello Mr. Underwriter, anyone can put their property into the program so how do you know that half your loans aren’t already in one??!!

Needless to say our broker went to the bank president himself to override the underwriter. So of course all this up to this point has taken well over a month. This going over the underwriters head was just last wed. So this Monday we got the call that the bank president had a brain on his shoulders and ok’d the loan, but he wanted to make sure FHA didn’t have a problem with it. Well yesterday we got called stating that FHA didn’t care.. Hello, why would the government care that the land is in a government program?! Duh…

Right now we are still in a holding pattern. We are approved with conditions again. This time the list is shorter. When the appraiser went to the house the water heater wasn’t on and he couldn’t get into the barn, so those two things have to be looked at. Plus there was a piece of exposed wiring on the ceiling in the kitchen, so we are having someone put in a light. Hopefully once that stuff is done, then all will be great. The problem is our sales contract for this property ended Monday. So even if we get to the closing date the owner can pull out and say no.

This trusting God thing is harder than I thought……… I’ll keep you updated.    :roll:

 

Happy Homesteading!!!   :D

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New Arrival

Just thought I’d share with you that we have a new arrival! Last year we kept two of our lambs in the hopes of breeding. Then once we noticed how much they were eating in hay, we brought the male to the sale barn and kept the female in hopes she was pregnant.

We ended up not really even finding out she actually was till Feb when her milk came in. Well last night she looked a little odd. Her milk dropped really low and she looked like a cow by her hips. I saw a little discharge but nothing major. I knew it would probably happen within 24 hours.

The worst part was that it was the coldest day of the week. The temp that night was below freezing and it was suppose to snow 2 inches. Of course she was going to have it then!

He’s so ugly looking lol. He’s a mix of a Suffolk and a Dorset so he looks a bit like a goat/lamb. He has a hairy face and is mostly white except he has a round black spot on his right butt cheek and the bottom of his legs are dark gray. He’s cute just because he is ugly. Oh well. They all cant be super cute like kittens or we would want lots of them.

Tonight it is suppose to be 12 degrees with a 15 mile an hour wind so we built him a little lamb house with a heat light. When he gets cold he walks in and lays down. Good enough for me. Oh and I put a cute little dog sweater on him to keep him warm and toasty.

So here he is.. Mr. Chops as my husband calls him lol.

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Happy Homesteading!!!   :D

 

 

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Trusting God part 2

So with the perfect house in site, and no money, all we really could do was pray. I was so tired of waiting and waiting and waiting only to seem to get no where fast. My house is cold, I hate being cold. I wish I could live in Arizona or something. This winter was really bad. There were -40 temps and our pellet furnace and wood burner couldnt keep up with all the leaks of air that was coming in. We just wanted a warm house that was done. We had been trying to fix this place for years.

So on to my story..tax season came, we put that money away. It was only half of what we needed for that place. It had been sitting on the market for 2 years. Then all of a sudden I saw God move…MIGHTY. First I got affirmation at church through a sermon that this was what I was suppose to be doing.. Gardening, farming, helping people, living off the land, being a good steward, caring for his creation. Then…the money..we had half the amount. Then his dad asked to rent our home and offered to pay us a downpayment. I remembered we had taken a credit builder loan out with our bank and we only had one more payment and that would give us more towards the house. So I asked a good friend to borrow the last little amount we needed. She said yes and so we were on our way!

We still had this little problem..the amount they wanted for the house..um..yeah no way could we afford a house payment that high. The last thing I want is to get so far in debt we lose the house because my hubby gets sick and we cant make a payment. We decided how high we could offer and honestly it was 15,000 lower then what they were asking. So we started the bid LOW and they came down a whoppin $2,000. So we uped ours 10,000. Again they came down $2,000. My husband was getting frustrated. I had already bought this home we are in now and know that these things can drag out. I tried to encourage him and we put in another bid..5000 higher…then they came down another 2000. Sigh..really!! My husband was done. He said this is our last offer and he put it out there. It was up another 5,000 but they would have to come down 9,000 to match us. What were the odds? not good.

So we prayed more. Told others to keep praying.. if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be right? I mean in one month we managed to secure all the money to put down 5% on this house after waiting two years..God can work another miracle right?? I had doubts..9,000 was a lot to ask from Mr and Mrs $2,000 lol.  So we waited because it was Sunday and we were suppose to know Monday.  Then it happened. A text from our Realtor at 8:30 pm stating they came down to our price!! They asked that we pay all closing costs but we were honestly in shock! Out of nowhere they agree? um ok…go God!

So after waiting two years for things to happen and nothing going on, we managed to not only secure all the money we needed for a down payment, but my parents loaned us the closing costs, and they came down the 15,000 we needed them too on a property that was worth 10,000 more than they were asking in the first place! When God’s timing is right, its right. When God wants to move..he will move. Are we scared? Yes. The payment is still very large and I hate debt. It will require me to go to work part time just to keep us afloat until God can help me learn more and bring more people into my life to buy our goods. My husband is freakin out now that reality has set in and he realizes how little money we will have, but God got us this far and I doubt he has brought us this far, this fast, only to let us fail and lose it all. He has a plan and I am moving with him as he moves forward. I am so excited yet scared to death at all the new changes that will be happening this year. I will share pictures with you once we close at the end of March.   :)  Finally..my dream farm!

Happy Homesteading!!   :D

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Trusting God part 1

Its been hard. For two years we have been looking and wanting a homestead with a lot of land. I love gardening. Its in my soul. I love feeling the earth between my toes. I love looking over my plot of land and seeing little tiny green things poking through the dirt. I love knowing that I grew something. It gives me a feeling of pride. Last year I grew garden shares, my form of a CSA. It wasnt what I wanted exactly. The weather sucked and things didnt grow to the amount I felt people deserved to get for what they paid. However when I asked this year I ended up with 7 who wanted them. How on earth was I going to do that on 1 little acre?

I’m an animal lover, any animal really. Last year on my tiny acre we had two turkeys, 6 lambs, and over 30 chickens, along with the garden! I was extended to my max. I already have orders for two lambs and we need three for ourselves over winter. I couldnt imagine trying to extend my garden triple what it was last year plus raise at least 5 lambs all on my acre. So I started to pray.

It’s amazing what prayer does. It’s amazing what a group of people praying does. We found one place two years ago we swore was perfect. Turns out two years later, that the house wont be worth anything when we retire plus we probably cant even get insurance on it now. While we were waiting for them to sell during the first year, we found another place. Well ok my hubby did. He drove me past it and I was not impressed. It had a lot of low lying ground that I thought for sure would be a pond almost year round. Against my advice, my husband set up an appointment to go look at it. We had no money to put down on anything and I didnt even know why we were looking.

The place was great for what my husband wanted..I wasnt so sure. The land was ok..I could deal I guess. It had a barn that was cool and even had water out there! There was a pond/flooded half acre next to it. The house layout sucked but it had two of everything. So after looking at it, my husband was pretty much obsessed with it. Since we knew we wanted to move we started packing away what very little we could save. It wasnt much because I dont work. I take care of the homestead. With our bills and all the things these boys seem to eat and outgrow we just couldnt save anything. Tax season was coming in a few months and the house was still available. The more I thought about it, the more I thought it was perfect.

Two car garage, two living rooms, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two kitchens..perfect for canning downstairs where it was cooler and not dirtying the upstairs. A walk out basement to carry my produce from the garden without having to walk through the house with my dirty bare feet, a barn that not only had water out there, but also had a huge shop for my husband and a huge area for all my animals to spend winter. There is water on the property incase there is a zombie apocalypse, enough front acreage to put my 7 shares plus a garden for us, and the fact that the low lying area didnt have any water on it despite having snowed like mega feet, drifting snow,and then warm temps to melt the snow. There was water in farmers fields that were iced over..sometimes the entire field was an iced pond, but that area looked natural and dry. Weird. I could live with the weird layout of the house because everything else was perfect. Did I mention it was 25 acres? Score!

We still had absolutely now money and they were asking more than we could ever afford and there was no way we could come up with a down payment. It really did seemed hopeless..but I continued praying and I continued to ask others to pray. If its meant to be it will be they kept saying. I had my doubts but I kept praying non the less…..

To be continued…

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Eating in Season

I have to blog on this right now because it’s been bothering me for a few days.  Alot of time when I am talking to people about farming and gardening, we have a lot in common. We all eat out of our garden, mostly do nourishing tradition guidelines, try to eat organic as much as possible, and stay away from a lot of processed food. Then I tell them I can my food. There is where our conversation takes a nosedive. “YOU CAN! OMG you are killing all the beneficial stuff! I would never eat stuff out of a can. I buy fresh, local, and eat in season.”

So let’s think about this for a minute. First, my stuff is not in a can, it’s in a jar. I can see my food, no bpa’s or whatever that stuff is everyone is worried about. Maybe on the lid which doesnt really come in contact with the food because you leave headspace like you’re suppose to. Second, I know it kills all the bacteria in the food…um duh..I dont want any bacteria what so ever because this will be sitting on the shelf for years waiting for the Snowpocolypse that is coming   ;)  Lastly, you eat only food that is fresh, local, and in season??

Well we live in Indiana. It’s -5. What is “in season” here?? Animals. People who eat in season bother me when they live in cold climates. If you live in Arizona..great..you have year round seasons. Indiana has Spring-so wet you are really trying hard to start your peas and lettuce in between the snow that decided it wasnt done yet and the pockets of flooded ground, Summer- the optimal time for growing all your stuff, Fall- crap shoot on weather…can I finish harvesting everything in time for the snow mother nature decided she was ready for or do I have to cover everything? and Winter-  freeze your nose hairs off trying to do chores and cant put on enough clothes to keep yourself warm out there, or mother nature cant make up her mind and it’s 40 one day and -10 the next!

People can eat in season but you cant eat local or fresh at the same time mid winter. Those in season items like pomegranates in December..are in season over seas or in mexico maybe..but they are trucked green, which means they are neither fresh nor local. Oh you ate bananas this winter..opps..costa rica grows them and again trucked. Oh you got some stored carrots?? cool! Those arent fresh..they were picked at the latest Nov. and its Jan. See that’s what bothers me. They are complete idiots. Sorry if you have said that in the past..see the light..forgive yourself and move on   :)

For me living in Indiana, my seasons are different. I do have seasons, they just differ slightly. When I say I eat what’s in season, this is what I mean. And no I do not eat JUST this, I eat the trucked organic, and even processed food! Shock, AWE..I know right? I’m a rebel being a stay at home mom and having to limit my income to only partial health food. My seasons are as follows:

  • Spring-Starter Season-when you plant your organic garden and eat greens for the next two months, you finish cleaning out(eating tongues and hocks) the deep freeze of any remaining meat products so they dont go bad, you finish up eating your stockpiles and have to go grocery shopping again, you buy all the animals that will spend the summer with you and hatch out a mega chick farm
  • Summer-Full Swing Season- you go whole hog on all your homestead veggies and fruits cause everything is growing, you are sick of zucchini and you have green beans and corn coming out your ears so all the extras get canned and saved for winter, you frolic poolside with your lambs and chickens..ok we dont have a pool but maybe one of those small ones so we all can cool off.
  • Fall- Ending Season-you start storing away potatoes, apples, and winter squashes like they are going out of style and you’re so sick of eating apples and pears that if you see one more you will puke right there on the spot, you finish your canning and start culling animals to fill your freezer again for winter. (This is Oct for me. If I dont have a full freezer I freak out)
  • Winter-Storage Season-hunting season to top off your freezer full of GMO deer meat, squirrels, and rabbits, you eat on the canned vegetables and fruits from your garden, you eat the stock you hoarded of potatoes and squashes, you start emptying your freezer of all the meat you filled it with, you grocery shop for those foods that you were sick of all summer that now only grow in other countries

There are a lot more things I do with each season. I also dehydrate veggies and fruits and make jerky. The point is that if you are eating only local, fresh, in season food in indiana on a -5 day..you best not have a job because you are going to spend your day either ice fishing or hunting for your next meal.

 

Happy Homesteading!!   :D

 

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Gluten Hell

I’m writing at 12:30 am. Wanna know why I’m up? Well the title should give you a clue. I’m in Gluten Hell. I was totally an idiot. In my defense though it is my brain’s fault. It is still on Auto “eat whatever you want” mode. It hasnt made the switch to cant have gluten..EVER.

So let me lay it out for you. My son and I were home alone. I wanted to do something special. I had been wanting mint chocolate chip icecream all day and made up my mind I would go get some. We both pack into the car and drive to the Dollar General. Of course they dont have mint chocolate chip, so we try to decide what is good. We decided on double fudge ice cream. I look..it has wheat..put it back. We decided on drumstick ice cream.. it has wheat because it has cone pieces in it. Finally we settled on Rocky Road.

While there my son says, “Mom, I want those cherry things that you put on top.” Ok grab a jar of Maraschino cherries. I also decided on whip cream cause man no ice cream is complete without that! I also grabbed a sanity bar of dark chocolate and “because I had that and it was no fair” my son wanted another snack. He wanted the chocolate twinkies they had. Fine.

We get home, grab a huge bowl of icecream, complete with whip cream and cherries. Then like a stupid complete idiot, I automatically unwrapped two chocolate twinkie, broken them in half, and placed them in our bowls. I dont know what the heck I was thinking. My brain must have had a complete shut down at the thought of chocolate or something. We proceeded to eat our lovely bowl. It was so much ice cream however, that I couldnt finish half of it or the other half of the twinkie, thank God.

That was at 9. I started to feel bad around 9:30 and was extremely tired so we all went to bed. I woke up half hour ago with the most wicked heart burn ever. It’s like my whole stomach and halfway up my esophagus are on fire and it is being stabbed by a knife as well. I took tums which never helps, but one day I’m hopeful will and sit here. I feel like I need to vomit, but not sure it would do any good at this point, so I sit in agony.

I really really really wish my brain would constantly think about gluten. I cant afford to feel anymore Whoops. Complete brain farts are not allowed. I cant help but wonder, if I had eaten the whole thing would I be in the bathroom right now praying to the porcelain god? I cant even say how happy I am I only ate half…. soooooo glad. Although I’m in gluten hell right now, it could have been much worse. I”m already starting to swell and become inflamed so tomorrow I will awake all sore and stiff. Argh.. I hate gluten!

 

Happy Gluten free Homesteading!!   :D

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The Mighty Gluten free bread

Well I conquered..enough.. the pizza crust issue. That actually saves me many a “homemade pizza friday.”  Now ..for bread. There just comes a time when you need bread. Thanksgiving stuffing, rolls, breadsticks, and triple decker sandwiches! I have three bread recipes that I love. My favorite is this bread recipe.  Gluten conversion here we come!

I used a different flour mix on this so I’m going to post it now so you can mix some.

Bread flour mix

  • 100 gr corn starch
  • 200 gr tapioca starch/flour
  • 150 gr almond flour
  • 300 gr buckwheat flour
  • 250 gr oat flour

I went with this mix after using the rice flour blend that I had bought at the store a while back. Tapioca is really um gluten-y? I dont now how to explain it. It seems thick and I thought it would preform better than just corn starch as my starches.

I made the exact recipe that I had in my link above but instead of using 6 cups of flour I used 500 grams. I added 3 tsp of yeast instead of 2.  I also added the 4 TBS boiling water, 1TBS ground flax seed, and 1 TBS chia and made a slurry. The consistancy of the batter when I was done was a nice thick pancake batter..or maybe a waffle batter. Do NOT make this into a dough ball by adding more flour!! Let it sit and rise for an hour like normal.

I gave it a little bit of a stir. It thickened up a bit by sitting, but it was super thick batter looking still. I poured it into a greased bread pan and placed it in the oven for 40 minutes at 350. I checked it..goo inside..put it back in for another 20 min. Checked. It looked done by all accounts. I would probably (hindsight) turned off the oven and let it sit in there for a while. Then popped it out onto a cooling rack.

Here is the finished product with a bit of butter on top. Do this carefully!! 

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Please wait till it cools to cut it..dont be like me and snag a piece even though it clearly was just out of the oven and any bread person knows you dont slice hot bread!!  Yeah whatever..I always do! This bread was DA BOMB!! I cant even stress it enough how good this was. It was a lovely savory cross between a type of banana bread texture and a gluten bread texture. I was totally expecting an epic fail but no! LOOK..

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Spongy, airy, it rose!! It was so freakin good it’s all I can do to stop myself from eating the whole thing pipping hot! I’m so excited!!! Can you tell??!! Go make this bread I tell ya..make it now..close the laptop, turn off the desktop..oh wait..here I’ll make it easy for you.. The new recipe.

Gluten FREE   :) Bread

  • 500 gr of bread flour mix listed above
  • 4 TBS boiling water + 1 TBS chia seed + 1 TBS flax meal
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 tsp yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/2 c honey

Take 1 cup warm water and add the yeast. Stir and let sit. Take boiling water and chia/flax and mix until slimy. Add honey, milk, salt, egg and slime   ;) Mix throughly. Add the yeast water and mix. Finally add the bread flour mix. Stir until everything is wet. It should look like thick pancake or waffle batter..but not too thick. Cover bowl and let rise in a warm place for an hour at least. No need to change the bowl or grease it or anything. Grease a loaf pan with butter..heavily grease it. Slightly stir the mix in the bowl and pour into the loaf pan. It will have thickened slightly. Pop it in the oven and bake on 350 for at least an hour. Turn oven off and let sit an additional 10-15 min. Flip the loaf carefully out onto a cooling rack and walk away..I repeat..walk away until the loaf is cool! Once cool, cut a slice and slather some butter on that baby. MMMMMmmmmm. 

This recipe is definitely a keeper!!

Happy Deliciously Great Homesteading!!   :D

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Gluten free-hope

Oh goodness. Remember my whole rant about how gluten free sucks?? Well it still does, BUT I have hope now. I know that in the big picture of things gluten plays a very small role. When you are told you cant eat that stuff ever..it makes you want it even more.

I prayed about this. I just felt frustrated and everything sucked. I found a gluten free site that uses whole natural ingredients. They are vegan and believe in eating a lot of raw stuff. Her website was awesome. I got a glimmer of hope and thought ok this is no longer overwhelming. Her site is Oh She Glows. It was very helpful to look through her recipes and find a few I would love to make.

It wasnt however what this homesteader, make stuff from scratch, eat healthy girl wanted. I want to know how to make things. How do you know how much flour to put in, what flours are the best, what does it look like when you use them, what do they taste like, how do I convert recipes?  I have a ton of recipes I love on here..my brownie recipe and my skillet cookie recipes. My family LOVES them. I need to know how to make them now without wheat flour.

Prayed some more. This time God gave me the site I needed. This team has it all together. She converts, tells ratios to make your own recipes, wrote cookbooks, bakes things like I do, and frankly gave me some mega hope and practical advice. Her name is Shauna and her site is Gluten Free Girl. If you read the “new to gluten page” that was basically all my feelings rolled into one. It was like I was reading my thoughts on her page!

After absorbing all I could from her site, I headed to the kitchen with a homemade flour mix. Mine was very basic because I didnt have money for all those expensive flours. I bought buckwheat flour, I had oats so I used my food processor and ground me some oat flour. I had also bought almond flour because of a recipe on Oh She Glows I wanted to try. I didnt have any starch except corn starch. So my mix consisted of

  • 244 gr of oat flour
  • 156 gr of almond flour
  • 300 gr of buckwheat flour
  • 300 gr of corn starch

That was what I had and thought made a great flour. So next step was to make pizza crust. I used that flour and made my recipe. I swapped cups of flour even up with her measurement of grams for a cup on her site. What i ended up with was a hard, totally cracked um…I dont know..cracker chips now lol.

IMG_0577It was a far cry from pizza crust even though it tasted like it. So I went on her site again and read..oh for breads and doughy stuff you need to use chia and flax slurry. This is basically when you take chia seeds and put them in double the amount of boiling water. They gel! I did not know this! So I made another batch. Because I could eat the first batch as a cracker, I though this time I would add some seasonings. So I made my exact recipe as before but I also added 4tbs boiling water with 2 tbs chia seeds. I added some oregano and some basil too. I let it rise even though it was sticky sort of doughball to start out with. I placed it on a cookie sheet and used a rolling pin to roll it out like I did before. Then crossed my fingers and baked it for 20 min.

IMG_0585Well not as big a failure! It still had a few cracks where the dough was a little thin but it was totally edible, soft, and tasted great! Definitely could be used as a pizza crust and even better it made a nice dense flat bread. I dont need huge pieces like slices of bread and I am full and it tastes great. I have yet to duplicate the recipe but here it is for anyone gluten free or not.

Flat bread/pizza crust

  • 1 c. warm water
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 3 1/2 c flour  or   490 gr gluten free flour mix from above post
  • if using gluten free flour add 2 TBS chia seeds into 4 TBS boiling water and stir still slimy.
  • 1 Tbs basil
  • 1 Tbs oregano

Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix until it becomes a soft doughball. Let sit for about an hour to rise. Roll out on a greased cookie sheet and bake 20 min at 350.

If using this for pizza crust, I would bake first then add the toppings and bake again. Play, be creative. So..what happened to the first crunchy broken crust?

I made a pizza bake in the crockpot and use the small pieces to scoop that up for a eating.

IMG_0586Nothings ever a complete failure..if its not edible by human standards there are always dogs or birds who seem to love it   ;)

 

Happy Homesteading!!   :D

 

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