Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gluten Free Raspberry Peach Cobbler

Summer peach and berry season is here! So enjoy with a cobbler and ice cream:). The true southern way.

Cobbler Topping Ingredients:
1 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup gluten free oats
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 stick butter (room temp)
1/8 cup water
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
pinch salt

Cobbler Filing Ingredients:
12 ounces raspberries
3 peaches pealed and sliced
1/2 cup sugar (this can vary depending on sweetness of the fruit)

Preheat oven to 350*F

You can cream butter and sugar but it is not necessary. You can throw all the topping ingredients in a large bowl and incorporate until well blended.

It will clump together and have little crumbles. Sort of how bread dough is before you kneed it.

Look how glorious these raspberries look!

And the yummy peaches:)

Place all the fruit in the bottom of your oven safe dish and then sprinkle the sugar on top.

Take the dough and kinda crumble on top.

Bake 45 minutes until golden and bubbly.

Friday, June 21, 2013

My Favorite Places - Stanton Home Furnishings in Virginia Highlands Atlanta

You know that happy feeling of finding a store that just suits you. It fits your personality and style. It gives you that surge of inspiration. Well thats what happened to me when I walked into Stanton Home Furnishings in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta.

What is even more amazing is that my husband loved the store, too. Somehow that store and not some designer we had to pay thousands of dollars to merge our style. It was amazing. I took some pictures of the some items we really loved and want to recreate for cheap. Because lets just say this store was NOT reasonably priced.

There also were some pillows that looked very familiar. 

I loved this fabric in pillows and may consider making some but I think it will be too much with the ottoman.

Which I still need to finish the other pillows so the couch doesnt look so bare but of course the sewing machine is on the fritz and I am too lazy to hand sew all of them.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Gluten Free Carob Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips and Honey

If you follow my MaeBird Lane Kitchen board on pinterest you have probably seen my recipe for gluten free carob brownies. This is just a little twist on that but that flavor does change quite a bit. My husband prefers these but for me it just depends what I am in the mood for. The basic has sugar and the carob comes through a little more but this recipe has no sugar and only honey. The honey is a front and center and goes wonderfully with the melted peanut butter pockets.
Preheat oven to 350*F bake time is 25 minutes
1 cup carob powder
1/2 cup amaranth flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1 cup peanut butter chips
2 eggs
The eggs, honey, and butter should all be at room temperature.
Combine the honey and butter until smooth.
Add eggs.
Once the wet ingredients are well incorporated add the dry.
Then toss in the chips.
(TIP: Butter a 9x9 pan. Take the wrap from the butter and rub the pan with it.)

Bake 25 minutes.
Best when still warm:)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Greek Chicken Strips with Gluten Free Feta Cranberry CousCous

So easy and full of flavor. This entrée pleased many palates.
You need:
3/4 pound chicken strips
6 oz feta
2 bell peppers (one red, one orange)
Dried cranberries
2 lemons
3 green onions
1 Package gluten free couscous
Salt and pepper
Olive oil
Chicken and Peppers:
Start with marinating the chicken with tsp salt, tsp pepper, about 1/4 cup olive oil, I used a spice mix from Whole Foods that has nutmeg, lemon, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper. I used a tablespoon of it. (If you don't have a mix use about 1/2 tablespoon of oregano and 1/4 tablespoon of thyme and a pinch of nutmeg.) Zest one lemon and juice of half one lemon. Let sit for at least 20 minutes.
Heat skillet to medium to medium high and coat with olive oil and small slice butter. Add chicken.
Turn when one side is golden brown. Takes about 5 minutes or less depending of thickness of strips.
Let other side brown.
Same pan cook sliced bell peppers until semi-translucent but still has a bite.
I found this at my local organic market. I followed package instructions. So easy!
I then added a handful of dried cranberries, chopped 3 green onions (just the green), salt and pepper, 4 ounces crumbled feta.
Pile up that couscous add chicken and peppers and sprinkle each plate with remaining feta.

Dresser turned TV and entertainment stand

Have you ever wanted to spice up your living room with one of a kind pieces and not matchy matchy or that it just came out of a box. Just a few simple steps and you can have a one of a kind TV stand.
I am constantly looking for free pieces that I can make new and different. I found a French design dresser for free on Craigslist. I had broken drawers, sharpie "art", and believe it or not green icing on top. From a distance it looked fine and overall was in great condition.

A quick couple of coats of paint (Valspar Churchhill Hotel Vanilla), knocking out the first two drawers, and drilling holes in the back for ventilation and you have a totally different looking piece.