Monday, June 8, 2015

I'm back!! =) Gluten Free Sourdough Bread

So hey!  Wow!  Apparently my last post here was September 2012?  I think.

Anyway, so since then I have changed my diet, started working out more and watching things like Food Network... I have also removed wheat from my diet.  I miss a lot of foods, like sourdough bread. =)  The format of this new blog will have a lot more to do with experimenting with recipes I find on the internet and just playing in the kitchen... With the occasional post about other things.  I'll also fill you in on what I do for food when I travel because I almost never fall off my diet plan even when I go out of town, I know some people struggle with that.

So, here we go... I decided I needed, yes, needed sourdough bread.  How hard could it be?  Not hard at all actually!  This is what I found...

Sourdough Starter recipe

And I fed this thing twice a day for 7 days... You end up with quite a lot of starter, but it's oh so worth it!!  You can either toss what you have left over, or make sourdough pancakes... which I am going to try later this week... so go, start your starter and when you come back for the bread recipe, I should have a new post about pancakes!  Win/win.

Are you back??

After feeding the beast for 7 days (yes I went a day longer because I had to go to the grocery, and I'm glad I waited because I decided to go with a modification, because I'm lazy:

Gluten Free Sourdough Bread recipe

Here is the modification... instead of using all the different flours and etc, I subbed Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Bread Mix... It has all the different flours you need, the xanthum gum, salt and sugar already in it.

  • 2 cups gluten free sourdough starter
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 1½ cup sorghum
  • 1 cup oat flour (blend oats until they turn to powder)
  • 1 cup millet flour
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • ⅔ cup water
  • ⅓ cup oil or softened butter
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp xanthan gum
  • 4 large eggs, lightly whisked

Disregard all the things I've highlighted in yellow and use 4.5 cups of the bread mix I mentioned above.  Do everything else exactly the same as her recipe.  Voila!  Even my picky liked it.



Monday, September 3, 2012

Just an FYI... I haven't given up blogging!  I've just merged my beads website and my blog.

PrimaDonnaBeads.com   <<< That's a blog with linky's to my Etsy store!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Moving to WORDPRESS

Here's the new blog... well, same blog but new address?  =)  I will eventually have the PrimaDonnaBeads.com website merged into the WordPress site too.  Consolidate!  Make my life a bit easier.  And make it worth paying to have the website, not that $20 a month is lot, but when I don't sell $20 worth of beads from it, well... kind of a waste, don't you think??

So here it is... all of my old blog posts are imported over there...
imnoprimadonna.wordpress.com

Come over and join me!  New look too!  =)  Yay!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Gearing up!


So between now and November 2, I have 4 bead shows and workshop scheduled.  Nuts?  Maybe.

But my new studio is shaping up nicely... I can find most of my stuff now!  I'm going to start taking all of my jewelry making supplies in and boxing them in color families instead of "seed beads", "lucite beads", etc.  Instead each box will have all the blues, reds, pinks, etc. regardless of what kind of bead it is.  This should make things a bit easier since I don't always remember that I have pink pearls in the pearl container.

I plan on making more finished jewelry.  At least to have as samples of what I do with my beads.  I know it's hard for some to picture in their mind what to do with them, especially hard for newbie jewelry makers.

The shop is still being unpacked, slowly but surely... actually I think things are moving along nicely.  It's been almost 4 weeks since we moved everything in.  I could never thank my friends Amy and Dean... and my hubby Jeff for getting it all moved lightening fast!  =)

Here's a piece of eye candy for ya, I made it yesterday, in my new studio =)




Monday, July 30, 2012

The Gathering... the aftermath

I wish I could tell you about all the loot I collected... but I didn't collect anything.  =(
I got a few trade beads, I think I gave away 9, donated 5 to Beads of Courage and brought home 5.  Which I will list with Beads of Courage in their artist section.

I'm not sure why I am in a funk.  I had a good time, but didn't really do anything.  I saw a couple of presentations, and walked the technical vendors floor.  The thing is, I can buy all of the same stuff from their websites online.  There's really no incentive to buy while you're there, at least not for me.  So, I didn't buy anything.

I went to the opening reception, saw the FlameDame's do their thing and drank a little too much on Thursday.  No hangover (thank goodness).  Then walked around at a couple of the art fairs that were going on around the hotel in Bellevue on Friday.

Saturday was the Bead Bazaar, my sales were mediocre at best.  I think I need a "thing".  Or something.  I don't know.  I didn't bother with going back to the technical vendors, even though I was contemplating going and getting some glass from Double Helix... but in the end changed my mind.

On Sunday I got up early and did a 5k for Beads of Courage... I managed to come in second in my age group and 34th overall.  Then I came home...

I'm super tired for what seems like no reason.

Here's me and rockstar Jean Baruch founder of Beads of Courage... at the end of the race.  I had gotten so emotional at the end I started crying and wound up hyperventilating myself... what a dip.  :lol:


And just in case you have no idea what Beads of Courage is... please be a love and go read this:
BeadsOfCourage.org


Monday, July 23, 2012

Here we go!

In 3 days I'll be in Washington with my DH for the ISGB (International Society of Glass Beadmakers) The Gathering, a bead makers conference that rotates around the country each year.  This year it's in Bellevue Washington.

I will be meeting up with lost of glassy people, some I know in real life, some from an online forum called LampworkEtc.com.  There are demos, and presentations and classes and a bead bazaar.  I won't be taking any classes but I will be participating in the bazaar and hopefully see some presentations.

There is also bead trading... Here's my stash so far.  One of these beads met it's demise outside the house when I dropped the ziploc they were in on the pavers.  =(  Anyway, I still have 10 here and 9 more in the kiln.  Tomorrow I will make more beads for sale and for trade.


So, if you are near Bellevue Washington this weekend, the bead bazaar is open to the public... please, come buy beads!!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

It's official!

I went and signed the new workshop lease last Thursday... I get the keys next Friday and start the move on Saturday.  I am not so frantically packing.  I don't know why I am just casually putting things in boxes.  Everything neatly wrapped, well except the box of frit, and that one weighs A LOT.

It's gonna be a lot of work, but thankfully I have a friend and her beau coming to help.  Not very many people would I trust to do this.  I think she might be a little more anal about things than I am, and that is a good thing.  Plus, we get a long... even better than her being more anal than me.

Stay tuned... I'll be posting pics in the next couple of weeks!

Oh yeah!  Here's the new addy in case you don't know yet...
25101 S. Normandie Ave Unit 1C
Harbor City, CA 90710

PS - Google earth really needs to update... the building they have is the old one before the rehabbing =)