Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! 
Love, Army Dog Will

Monday, October 29, 2012

Super Easy Halloween Costumes

Don't have a costume for Halloween yet? Don't have a ton of time? All the good costumes sold out? Here are two super easy, albeit not super intense, halloween costumes that only require some puffy paint and a t-shirt!

Want to be a quirky "monster?" Get a purple t-shirt, and purple and silver puffy paint.


How about a superhero? You will need a blue t-shirt and blue and yellow and red puffy paint.

I cut out a superman symbol online and traced it on to the t-shirt using a sharpie.

Fill in the yellow. Let dry.

Fill in the red and let dry. This may take a day or so.

Ta da!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Quote of the Day

We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.

--Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

Friday, October 19, 2012

Letters of Note

Take a few minutes of your day and read this letter that was written by an uncle of Chuck Jones (the writer for the cartoon Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner) to his children after the death of their family dog, Teddy. You are guaranteed to laugh and tear up a little, I did at least.

Afterwards take a look at a few more of the letters, there are some real gems. This, however, is my favorite so far, written by author Pat Conroy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Iced Tea: Three Ways

Iced tea is my favorite beverage. Peach, raspberry, sweetened, unsweetened. It's unfortunate how much sugar store mixes ones have and I positively hate the artificial flavors of the diet varieties.

Here is how to make wonderfully inexpensive and authentic iced tea, three ways.

Way One

Bring two quarts of water to a boil.

Steep 6-8 tea bags in the hot water for 8 minutes.

Add 1/3 a cup of sugar into the tea, and stir until dissolved.

Remove the tea bags and pour the tea into a pitcher of water already filled with two quarts of cold water.

Then squeeze the juice of one lemon into the pitcher, careful to avoid the seeds.

Let the lemons steep in the tea until cooled.

Way Two

Follow above directions omitting the sugar and lemon.

You now have unsweetened iced tea.

Way Three

To make the unsweetened iced tea customizable to each of your guests make these simple syrups:

Raspberry Mint Simple Syrup

1 cup of frozen raspberries
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
1 sprig of mint

Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer until thickened. Strain and let cool.

Lemon Simple Syrup

Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water

Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer until thickened. Strain and let cool.

Add to the unsweetened iced tea for your own personal iced tea!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

My Littlest Sister

Today my littlest sister, Jill, turned 18! We celebrated with a one foot tall rainbow cake, chili, and root beer floats.

Jill is the taller, smarter, and prettier of us sisters, but I try not to hold that against her! She's going big places in life and the next 18 years are sure to be just as busy and just as successful as her first 18.

So Jill, have the happiest birthday of all!

Your biggest sister

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fall Ready Gluten-Free Beef Stew

With the tenth month of the year comes not only that sharp sent of cold but also a desire to be warm. Sweaters, socks, and stews are on my mind.

My Nana use to make the best beef stew but she didn't really have a recipe as so much an idea of how she wanted her beef stew to come out. Since just winging it really wasn't a great option I looked up a few and found this one that I liked the sound of.

The only thing I did differently was add a ton more liquid. Oh and a ton of potatoes because I love them in my stew. This recipe is already gluten-free since it uses corn starch in place of flour. Since I added more liquid I added a lot more corn starch but don't do it! Bad idea. It was fine the first night, but after an overnight refrigeration it turned into a gelatinous mess.

I also made a delicious, delicious gluten-free apple crisp using this recipe.

Before picture.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Jule's Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Up there with pizza, doughnuts and Bertucci's rolls, one of the things I miss most are cinnamon rolls. With all of those foods, as good as you are gonna make something, they'll never be how you remember them. 

Well I was really craving cinnamon rolls and decided to give the Jule's Gluten-Free recipe a try. I am a huge, huge fan of Jule's Gluten-Free Flour and this is another recipe that proves how great of a product it is! I am not being compensated by them in any way either, unfortunately so because it is a pricey product. But I've said it before and I'll say it again, you get what you pay for. 

This recipe is a little time consuming and does call for a lot of products that you may not have but it was worth it once they were done. Original recipe can be found here: Jule's Gluten-Free Cinnamon Sticky Rolls

Use wax paper to roll out the dough, eliminating the possibility of contamination due to a dirty counter.

Use plenty of flour between wax paper and dough so you don't have to "patch" your logs of dough.

If you've a sweet tooth, serve with a side of cream cheese frosting.