Friday, September 21, 2012

It Finally Feels Like Fall

Today is the first day that it actually feels like Fall.  It's raining outside and I can't believe how excited I am to see it.  (The Hot Flashes I've been having MAY have something to do with it!).  I've been in the mood for Fall gluten free baking and decorating and of course thrifting. 

I converted this recipe from Martha Stewart's latest magazine issue and took it to MOPS.  It turned out great!  Here is the GF converted recipe:

Apple Brownies

* Use a Brownie that 9X9?
Preheat oven to 350

1 stick organic butter, melted
1/2 cup Brown rice flour
1/2 cup Potato starch
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup organic sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 large organic Fuji apples, chopped

Whisk together the flour, xanthan, cinnamon, baking power, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
In a separate bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and egg with a mixer for 2 minutes.
Add apples stirring by hand.  Don't over mix.
Add flour and stir to combine.
Spread batter into the pan and bake about 35 minutes.
Let it cool and cut into squares.

I went thrifting with a friend yesterday.  Here's what I found.  I have been looking for a Chalkware hanging forever.  They are either dead, expensive or ugly.  I couldn't believe the mint condition of this one.  And it's perfect in my dining room where the colors are bright.  The mug rack I paid more than usual for, but I have all these cute mugs and no mug racks out there!  I thought it wasn't a bad deal considering I saw another for $16.  Watch, I will go into a thrift soon and find one for $1.

Juice Jar $2 at VV, Chalkware wall hanging $3 GW, Mug rack $7 at an antique store

The mug rack in use!  I can't wait until Christmas to put om my Tom and Jerry's mugs.

A cute gourd

Just an idea for Pyrex fans.  It's hard to find the original ads and when you do they are expensive!  My hubby had a great idea.  Find high resolution photo's of the ads on Google, and then send them to Costco to blow them up.  I did this ad for $1.49 I think, and the frame was in a pack of two at Target for $5.  That makes it about $4 for Pyrex art!

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From "It's All Good Without Gluten!" Made and served on Vintage kitchenware

½ cup organic butter, melted
1 ½ cup evaporated can juice (organic sugar)
1 ¼ cup canned organic pumpkin
¼ cup unsweetened organic apple sauce
5 tablespoons each sour cream and organic milk
2 free range egg whites
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup brown rice flour
½ cup white rice flour
½ cup tapioca flour
½ cup potato starch
1)      Preheat oven to 350
2)    Spray 2 mini loaf pans with canola spray (mini loaf pans have 4 sections for each pan)
3)    Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl
4)    Add pumpkin, applesauce, sour cream, milk and egg whites to the butter mixture.
5)    In a separate medium bowl, mix all the remaining dry ingredients together.
6)    Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture.
7)    Spread evenly between the sections (about half full)
8)    Bake for about 30 minutes until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
My son had a sick day, so His snack was warm pumpkin bread with black tea on this little tray.  He appreciates vintage ;)

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Anonymous said...

Stacey, you put me in the mood for Fall! The recipes look scrumptious...especially with vintage cups and trays! Thanks for this post. You are the best!
Love, Heather

Mamaw Bee said...

I am a new follower and have fallen in love with your site. I love anything vintage and especially Pyrex. Love the idea for old ads. I am also a fanatic about recipes. I will be back daily. You can visit me at

Stacey Johnson said...

Heather, thanks friend!

Mamaw Bee, Aw, thank you! I will visit your site as well :)