{Seminary Journal} Update Letter October 2013

For those of you who don’t attend our home church in Washington, this letter went in the church mailboxes last week. =) I loved that Andrew thought of and made time for doing this…it was a fun way to feel connected with everyone back home. If the text is too small, you can click on the letter to enlarge it.

Letter

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{GF Recipe} Quick n Easy Zucchini Pizzas

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I’ve seen pictures of something like this circulating Pinterest and been meaning to try it. I grabbed a few Italian squashes when I was at Sprouts last week and tonight I gave this a try. For those who already love the squash family, this may threaten to become a staple on your dinner table! What you’ll need:

  • A few zucchinis or similar squash
  • Pasta sauce
  • Grated cheese
  • Canadian bacon or pepperonni
  • Salt & pepper

I simply sliced the squash about 1/8 inch thick, spread a little sauce on, sprinkled cheese and a dash of black pepper, and topped with a slice of Canadian bacon. They baked at 325* for about 13-15 minutes and came out tasting fabulous. I’m going to eat them with fresh tomato slices and a little Ranch dressing. Mmm, mmm! Not bad for gluten free. =)

{Homemaking Journal} Meet Our First LA Home!

Here it is! The grand tour of our new little home. We’re mostly settled in. As you can see, we have a few boxes left. My kitchen will probably need a little rearranging still as well, but it’s all quite livable. It feels surprisingly spacious for a one-bedroom. Upon moving we found we had room for a small desk for Andrew, and the IKEA bookcase you see in the living room. I’m looking forward to filling the empty shelves.

As we expected, the neighborhood is nothing to write home about. (But hey look, here I am doing just that!) However, we feel safe in our apartment and walking to our car, which is all we decided is necessary. The enclosed courtyard area and large pool are a nice bonus and the best part is–we’re only one mile from the seminary and church campus! I can’t imagine how many hours collectively we’re going to save not sitting in traffic to get there, not to mention gas money.

As the days keep rolling along I’ll write more about my new community laundry routine, grocery shopping in LA, etc. It’s all quite fresh and challenging!

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I have a beautiful quilt, but it’s just too hot. Maybe wintertime? I’m sleeping with just a sheet, and Andrew sometimes snags the green blanket if he’s feeling a little chilly.

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I love this little sink area and how it’s separate from the rest of the bathroom, which is to the right.

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I’m so excited about this bright, cheery little kitchen! Since it opens to the rest of the living area, it doesn’t feel tight or stuffy. We were both so thrilled to be blessed with another open-layout home like this.

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There you have it! I hope you feel like you just popped in for a coffee date. Oh dear, there I go making myself sad again… =)

{GF Recipe} Chocolate Chip Scones

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I was in the mood for scones tonight and found this recipe on KingArtherFlour.com. I’ve slightly adapted it below based on what I had on hand. These scones were a perfect consistency and tasted heavenly fresh out of the oven with a little butter. Enjoy!

1 3/4 cups gluten-free multi-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter (unsalted)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 large eggs
1/3 cup cold sour milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1) Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a baking sheet.
2) Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt.
3) Work in the cold butter till the mixture is crumbly.
4) Whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla ’til frothy.
5) Add to the dry ingredients, stirring till well blended. The dough should be cohesive and very sticky.
6) Stir in the chocolate chips.
7) Drop dough by the 1/3-cupful onto the baking sheet. Let the scones rest for 15 minutes.
8) Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes or so before serving.