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Nutty Gluten Free Coffee Cake

Gluten Free Coffee Cake

Nutty Gluten Free Coffee Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 1/4 C sorghum flour
  • 1/4 C almond flour
  • 1/4 C brown rice flour
  • 1/4 C teff flour
  • 1/4 C amaranth flour
  • 1/2 C tapioca starch
  • 1/4 C potato starch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C coconut sugar (you can use regular sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 C butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 C sour cream

Filling/Topping:

  • 1 C nuts (walnuts & pecans are a favorite mix here)
  • 1/4 C coconut sugar or white sugar
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 C chopped nuts (keep separate from the other nuts)

Icing Drizzle: (These are approximate as I just add sugar until the right consistency)

  • 1-2 Tbsp cream (almond milk or regular milk can be used)
  • 1/3 C powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking dish.(I used 1 lb. loaf pan.)
  2. Combine dry ingredients in one bowl until well mixed.
  3. Combine wet ingredients in a different bowl until well mixed.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Beat until well mixed.  Set aside.
  5. Place filling ingredients into food processor (or blender).  Pulse until it reaches the consistency you desire.
  6. Pour half of your batter into the pan.  Spread out the batter as it can be thick.  Sprinkle half of your nut mixture over the batter.  Pour/spread the rest of your batter over the nut mixture.  Top with the remaining nut mixture.  Top with additional chopped nuts.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  8. While your cake is baking, make your icing drizzle.  Combine the cream and vanilla, slowly add powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency.
  9. Allow cake to cool for a few minutes.  Drizzle with icing.

Note: The coconut sugar will give the batter a brown tint.

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The Boxcar Children DVD Review and Giveaway

Boxcar Children DVD

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway and providing a sample of the film for review.

About the Film:

Four orphaned and homeless siblings happen upon an abandoned boxcar, which with a little creativity and hard work, they gradually furnish with all the comforts of home. Fearful that they will be sent to live with the reputedly cruel grandfather they have never met, the children keep their new home a secret – until a serious illness forces them to reveal themselves in order to save young Violet.

About the Cast:

Featuring an all-star cast of voice actors, including Academy Award Nominee Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now), J.K. Simmons (Spiderman), Zach Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Joey King (Fargo), Mackenzie Foy (Twilight series), and Jadon Sand (LEGO: The Movie), this is the very first full-length, animated feature adaptation of Gertrude Chandler Warner’s best-selling classic!

Film Details:

Actors: Martin Sheen, JK Simmons, Joey King, Jadon Sand, Zachary Gordon
Directors: Dan Chuba, Mark A.Z. Dippe
Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English, French
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G (General Audience)
Studio: Phase 4 Films
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2014
Run Time: 81 minutes

Preorder at Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/38107477

My Thoughts:

I was excited when I heard that the beloved book series The Boxcar Children was coming to life in an animated dvd film. I have always enjoyed the books, so I looked forward to seeing how they would handle the animated version. The story itself was a beautiful tale of the children coming together to face the odds with hard work and determination, a kind stranger offering a helping hand, and an unexpected family reunion. Unfortunately, while the story line was good, the animation left a bit to be desired. My teen daughter made the comment that it looked like animation from before she was born. I wish they would have done a better job with the animation to do the story justice.

The dvd contains several bonus features that can only be unlocked on your computer. It includes:

  1. The Boxcar Children Movie Soundtrack (mp3)
  2. Town Map (pdf)
  3. Activity Kit (pdf)
  4. The Boxcar Children E-book Preview (pdf)
  5. The Boxcar Children Guide to Adventure E-book Preview (pdf)

The bonus features available via your dvd player include:

  1. About the Author/Museum Featurette
  2. Stills Gallery

As I stated, it was a really nice movie that could have been enhanced with better animation.

Giveaway:

Want to win your own copy of The Boxcar Children on DVD? Giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada only. Giveaway ends August 21, 2014.

Click to Enter The Boxcar Children DVD Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Wordless Wednesday: Figs, Peaches, and Pluots

Pluot

Peach

Figs

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Happy 105th Birthday Carroll “Super Gramps” Dick

Carroll Super Gramps Dick

Original photo credit: Kindra Dick

A little while ago, a childhood friend of mine decided that she was going to do something special for her grandfather’s 105th birthday. She wanted to celebrate by having friends send cards from all over the country to Super Gramps. (See project here: Super G turns 105.) It was going to be a fun surprise for him. Little did she know how this little gesture of love would take off. At the time of this writing, the mailed card count was up to 299 cards.

Carroll “Super Gramps” Dick has not had a dull life, and the stories he tells are interesting, funny, and entertaining. He is a World War II veteran that spent time working on the Manhattan Project (atomic bomb), and he had tea with Albert Einstein. Yes, those are just a couple of the stories that he tells.

On Sunday, they had a birthday party that ended up being quite the event. While I wasn’t able to attend, I loved seeing the joy in his face when he saw all the people that attended and when he saw all the cards that were sent to him. His press conferences (yes, several local media stations covered the event) were way too cute. We’ve all been entertained by the videos being shared.

Most of all what impressed me was not only Kindra’s heart for her grandfather, but also the appreciation that Super Gramps had for everything. It’s stories like this that warm the heart and remind of the importance of honoring the previous generations.

Thank you Carroll “Super Gramps” Dick for your service to your country and Happy Birthday!

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Review: Studies in World History Vol. 1 by Dr. James Stobaugh

Studies in World History Vol 1 by Dr James Stobaugh

Special thanks to Master Books for providing a review copy of this book.

Curriculum Description:

Through this course students will see history come to life no matter what their pace or ability. Developed by Dr. James Stobaugh, this three-volume course grows in difficulty with each year, preparing students for their high school work. This is a comprehensive examination of history, geography, religion, economics, and government systems. This educational set equips students to learn from a starting point of God’s creation of the world and move forward with a solid biblically-based worldview.

About the Author:

Dr. James Stobaugh and his wife Karen have been involved with the homeschooling movement since 1985 when they began homeschooling their four children. As a Merrill Fellow at Harvard University with degrees from Vanderbilt and Rutgers universities, as well as additional theology degrees from Princeton and Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Stobaugh incorporates his hands-on teaching experience with his extensive educational experience to bring history to life with his rich perspective.

Curriculum Details:

  • Imprint: Master Books
  • Title: Studies in World History Vol. 1
  • Subtitle: Creation Through the Age of Discovery (6000 BC to AD 1500)
  • Volume in Series: 1
  • Series: Studies in World History
  • Author: James P. Stobaugh
  • Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group, Inc.
  • Student Text with Teacher Guide Price: $43.98

My Thoughts:

The Studies in World History Vol. 1 set includes both the student text and the teacher’s guide. Volume 1 starts at Creation and goes through the Age of Discovery (4004 BC to AD 1500). It covers the Fertile Crescent, Egypt, India, China, Japan, Greece, and Christian history. The Studies in World History 3-volume set is designed to be used in grades 7-9. Volume 1 is a year long study where students will earn 1 credit in Social Studies.

The teacher’s guide has a suggested weekly schedule broken down into 2 semesters that include readings, worksheets with answer keys, and exams with answer keys. Each of the 34 chapters is scheduled as 1 week of study. The worksheets in the teacher’s guide are the student text discussion questions placed into a worksheet format. The exams include a fill-in-the-blank section as well as a short essay section.

The advantage of having the teacher’s guide is the addition of the worksheets and exams including the answer keys. The weekly schedule, while a nice thing to have laid out on paper, isn’t crucial as the student is just completing one lesson per day. The plus is that you are free to copy the worksheets and exams for use in your home or small group of less than 10 students. The one thing that I would have made the teacher’s guide better would have been the inclusion of ideas for essays and activities to allow the student to dig deeper into the topics being covered.

In the student book, the chapters begin with a background information on the historical period, overview of key concepts, and a list of learning objectives. Most chapters have lessons covering history, geography, government, economy, and religion followed by discussion questions. The lessons are rich with black and white graphics, timelines, and/or maps. I like the layout and flow of the lessons. They are divided into easy to digest blocks of information. The daily lessons will take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete depending on the speed at which the student reads and does their worksheets.

Based upon what I’ve gone over so far with this curriculum, I’m impressed with how the information is being presented, and I like that the text doesn’t feel dry or stuffy. The print is easy to read, and there is plenty of white space on the page. The information is presented from a Biblical Worldview which is something we strive for in our homeschool.

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