recipes

Banana Tuesday

Today is such a pleasant morning after the intense heat and humidity. I walked my dog and decided when I got home to make banana bread.

I have to make my recipes gluten free and dairy free and soy free because of my restricted diet to improve inflammation and gut problems with digestion. Having an autoimmune disease, I found a gluten free, dairy free and soy free diet has improved my symptoms. I have energy, motivation, anxiety and depression has decreased, and no more brain fog. And edema had improved in my legs.

I used Better Homes and Garden cookbook for the recipe. But I changed it from butter to vegan butter, all-purpose flour to measure for measure flour.

I use gluten free measure to measure flour by King Arthur that is in local grocery stores.

I substitute all-purpose flour with King Arthur measure for measure flour.

Banana Bread- (from better homes and garden cookbook)…

  • 2 cups gluten free measure for measure flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1.5 cups mashed bananas (5 bananas)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts-optional
  • 1 recipe Streusel-nut topping

Grease bottom of 9x5x3 inch pan.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Make a well in the center of flour mixture. Set aside.

In a medium bowl combine eggs, bananas, sugar, and oil. Add egg mixture to the flour mixture. There will be lumps of bananas.

Spoon batter into the greased pan.

Sprinkle the streusel topping onto of it, bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Then additional 15 covered with foil.

Cool for 10 minutes, remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Wrap and store in refrigerator.

(I found any gluten free baking dish needs to be stored in the refrigerator or in freezer to last longer)

Streusel topping recipe

I substitute butter with Miyoko’s vegan butter.

  • In a bowl combine 1/4 cup packed brown sugar and 3 tablespoons gluten free measure for measure flour.
  • Using a pastry blender, cut in 2 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles course crumbs.

Happy day
Caroline

knitting · recipes

Chia Seed Morning

This morning, being extremely hot and humid at the studio, breakfast would have to be light and easy.

Chia Pudding to the rescue:

Chia pudding recipe:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 Cup chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Stir together, let set for 3 minutes. Stir again. Then put in refrigerator, for 4 hours or over night.

Option:

You can put in 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk and 1/2 cup coconut milk
Add fruit for more goodness!

Today, I have a full schedule of clients to see. My free time will be working on the scarf. It’s certainly getting longer. Maybe it will be completed at the end of this week. Look for it to be for sale in my shop on Etsy.

Yesterday I got a new addition:

He came from a home that couldn’t keep him because they have three bunnies.

My other three cats and dog are getting along with him.

Ever wonder why I named my art studio 4pawsartstudio?

It’s simple my pet friends are always near me while I’m knitting, cross stitching drawing painting etc. How could I not name it after them?

Happy day
Caroline

art · recipes

Sunday at the Studio

Etsy store is open: 4pawsartstudio

It’s a hot day! My dog and I had a nice stroll around the neighborhood for her morning walk.

She’s now laying in the coolest spot in the house. While I’m outside enjoying the courtyard. Being in my courtyard helps me to be creative.

Here’s a walk around in my courtyard:

Since the inflammation from edema and rheumatoid arthritis is flaring today, it’s a resting day.

The acupuncturist told me to drink water with mint leaves and cucumbers during these hot humid days to release the fluid.

Mint and Cucumber Recipe:

  • A few mint leaves
  • A few slices of cucumbers
  • Glass of water with ice cubes

Below is the mint plant on my outside bistro table.

Today, I’ll work on knitting the scarf and maybe will spend time in the studio painting. My legs and feet are swollen so it will be determined how I feel if I sit at the art table.

Etsy store is open…4pawsartstudio

Happy day
Caroline