Thursday, June 9, 2011

Swamp Tea

As I have ventured out on blogville I have found a LOT of gluten free sites. I have limited myself because it can be too much information all at one time. I have had the sensing from God to walk slow and enjoy, don't get overload with celiac information. One of the sites, Nicole Tatum at had a give away and guess what -- I WON!! It all came in the mail today!

I usually look ingredients up as I come across them and so when Hannah mentioned she has made "Mrs. Lisa Cobb's Swamp Tea" I went to look everything up. Can I drink this or do I need to substitute some items to make it gluten free?? Well, as it turns out it is all fine and so I will make it this morning when my sweet friend, Lynn Spivey comes over. She is from College Station and she is here in Abilene visiting her mom. Can't wait for the visit and the Swamp Tea.

Swamp Tea

6 small tea bags or 2 family size tea bags
4 cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups sugar -- you can always try less
6 oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
6 oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
10 cups water
Lemon slices or orange slices to garnish
Seep tea bags in boiling water (removed from stove top and covered) for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and discard. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. In a large container (it must hold at least 1 gallon) combine the tea, juice and water. Stir well. Serve over ice filled tea glasses and garnish with lemon/orange slices. Or pour into ice filled serving pitcher containing lemon/orange slices. Makes 1 gallon (16 cups, about 12 ice tea glass)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

It's Been a While!

Howdy out there,

We have continue to go to Austin/Bastrop every other weekend and so the time just slips by and I don't check into our blog. We stayed in Abilene this weekend and had a relaxed time with a couple we enjoying meeting while in College Station. Johny and Lindsey Garner. They brought their 9 week old sweet Nathan on this visit. Johny visited with some friends from his ACU days and we enjoyed some late night visit time.

We enjoyed a great time at Hope today. Damon Parker, our preacher, presented his #6 child tonight, Barrett. We enjoyed the Lion King theme song and Damon raised Barrett at just the right moment. We all laughed and knew "only at Hope". He then proceeded to preach with Barrett in his arms the entire time. We just love those Parkers. We rejoice with them with their new addition.

I have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and so I have start a gluten free lifestyle. It has been good for the most part. I am still feeling some pressure after eating at times and feel I will gain some new insight as i visit with a nutritionist later this month. Below is a recipe I tried and enjoyed with ice cream on top.

Apple Clafouti
1 cup gluten free pancake mix
3 apples, cored, peeled and sliced
1 T cinnamon with 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup milk
3 eggs
1 t vanilla
Preheat oven to 350, generously spray 10" round pie dish
lay the sliced apples in the pan, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture
mix pancake mix, eggs, buttermilk, milk, and vanilla, pour over apples
Bake 30 min.