Tuesday, June 21, 2011

In my opinon the best Yoga Studio in Saskatoon!

I just wanted to share the summer special being offered by my favorite Yoga studio here in Saskatoon for all my local readers. Their teachers are wonderful very knowledgeable about the poses and also how your body needs to move in order to obtain said pose. The classes are wonderful too the students are non-intimidating and supportive. I highly recommend this studio, it has a wonderful community environment!

If you buy one summer special membership (July and August membership)
for the price of $155 (gst included) and bring a friend, you can buy the
second summer special membership for half price! This offer is valid
from July 1st to Aug 29, 2011.

Please note that the studio will be closed from Aug 29 until Sept 6
during which time we will clean equipment and prepare for fall classes.

Please check website for our summer schedule, which will be posted soon.


Monday, June 13, 2011

A Chance to bake!

We have been just so busy, with soccer, yoga, gardening, and household duties there just isn't enough time to get to baking. Our days have been so filled with the enjoying the outside! But today has been a bit of a quiet day around here and we needed some cookies for the week so instead of making my usual chocolate chip recipe I decided to try and make one of my old favorites Gluten Free instead! This recipe comes from one of my favorite food blogs 101 Cookbooks by Heidi Swanson she has some really fabulous recipes! This one we had made last year before I became ill and we loved it but haven't made it again since. A week or two ago I decided I was going to try and make it Gluten Free but needed to put some thought into the flour blend I wanted to use. Today however I decided to keep it simple and see how it turned, Yummy is the word used to describe these cookies by my Son. The recipe is called Animal Cracker Cookie and they are just so cute and fun. I found my little cookie cutters at bulk barn they have quite a selection of them. I also found some at a local kitchen store called Peppers. You can go to the above link to see the original recipe and below I will post my Gluten Free version of Animal Cracker Cookie.

Animal Cracker Cookie

1/2 C Brown Rice Flour
1/2 C Sweet White Sorghum Flour
1/2 tsp Xantham Gum
1/4 C Almond Meal
1/2 C Unsweetened Finely Shredded Coconut, very finely minced
1/4 C Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil, softened
1/3 C Fine Grain Natural Cane Sugar
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1 Lrg Brown Egg, lightly beaten
3 Tbsp Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce
A few Tbsp Organic Demerara Sugar

  1. Whisk together your flours, almond meal, xantham gum, and coconut in separate bowl and set aside.
  2. Combine your coconut oil, sugar and salt into your mixing bowl and mix until forms a brown sugar frosting consistancy then add in your egg and beat until uniform.
  3. Add your flour mixture and stir until just incorporated and add your apple sauce one Tbsp at a time until the dough sticks together in a ball.
  4. Split into 2 balls and place a parchment paper and flatten each one.
  5. Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  6. Roll out dough on your parchment paper until it is about 1/4" to 1/8" thick depending on how you like them. Cut out your shapes laying them on a parchment lined cookie tray about an inch apart.
  7. Sprinkle with your demerara sugar and bake for 7-9 mins just until the edges turn brown.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I'm back with much to share!

So sorry for being away so long I have been working hard on my health and family this last while but I am back. I have also been working on many recipes to share with you all! So today's recipe to share is what we think is the best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe! With out further delay here it is!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies by Amanda

3/4 c Gluten Free Oats
1/2 c White Rice Flour
1/2 c Sweet White Sorghum Flour
1 tsp Xantham Gum
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 Large Brown Egg
1/3 c Agave Nectar
1/3 c Organic Cane Sugar
1/4 c Coconut Oil
1/4 c Butter
1 tsp Vanilla
3/4 c Organic Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Grind oats in a food processor till they are just a little chunky. Transfer to a bowl and add the other dry ingredients and mix with a whisk, set aside.
  3. Put in your stand mixers bowl your egg, agave, and sugar cream together. Then add your coconut oil and butter then vanilla. Mix till well blended.
  4. Add your dry ingredients and chocolate chips and blend again just until they are combined well.
  5. Bake your cookies for 12-14 mins and then allow to cool for 5 mins before enjoying!