Gluten Free Tassies on InstaFriday

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This week was filled with many things like fixing up my kitchen with vintage trim, hanging photos, watching Giggles create awesome things in the name of schoolwork, becoming a finalist to win a bed, and having fun with some acrylic paint.

But today, today, I want to talk to you about these

Gluten Free Tassies!

I am known for my tassies. Seriously, ask my husband or my kids or anyone that has had the pleasure of tasting one….they are ah-mazing!

This summer when I went gluten free I was most saddened about the treats that I would miss as I had heard that gluten free baking wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. I have done a bit here and there, but always followed a recipe, never trying to convert something myself.

Well, I have done it. My tassies taste just like my tassies and I am here to share my secret recipe with you. And to let you know why they are so good.

Seriously it was a mistake I made about 17 years ago and I have just gone with it

Items needed
mini muffin pan
cooling rack
mini tart shaper (I have this kind)
2 8 oz packages of cream cheese
2 sticks of butter
2 tsp of xantham gum
1 cup of rice flour (I used the rice flour because I had it on hand, not sure I like the texture, need to experiment with other flours)
1 bag of shelled walnuts (8 oz)
1 cup of margarine
2 cups of brown sugar
2 eggs

Cream together the butter and cream cheese with you mixer. I just set mine up in the stand mixer and let it get good and fluffy. When it is all mixed up add in the xatham gum and the flour while mixing on low speed. The xantham gum really binds it up quick so as soon as it is dough like take it off of the mixer as it will make the dough tough. Cover and put in fridge for at least an hour, I do mine overnight.

When the dough is chilled preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease your muffin pan. Make sure your rack is in the middle of your oven as over the years I have learned that the tassies bake best there.

In a microwave safe bowl melt your margarine and your brown sugar together. Chop your walnuts until they are almost powder-y and then mix in with your melted sugar margarine mixture. Beat the eggs and mix in to the sugar, margarine, walnut mixture taking care to make sure that it isn’t too hot, because you don’t want to scramble your eggs.

I use a mini scoop to get the dough out, but you can roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Drop a ball in each muffin cup or scoop if you are doing it my way. Take your mini tart shaper and make sure it is floured, push it down on the dough ball so it lines the inside of your mini muffin pan. (So glad that I don’t write recipes for a living…this is harder to write out than I thought, but I am committed!)

You may have to put the pan in the fridge a few times as as the dough warms up it gets to sticky to work with. Cold dough is key.

Using a large spoon (the bigger one in your silverware set), spoon the mixture into the dough shells, not quite all the way up.

Bake in oven for 20 minutes. They are done with they are goldeny brown and bubbling.
Place pan on cooling rack to cool, then take a spoon and pop them out after they cool. (That part takes practice)

Enjoy! And try not to eat in one sitting!

Whatever is left, store in airtight container.

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Linking up with Life Rearranged for InstaFriday.

Reflecting on my week via Insta-Friday

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Last weekend started off early with me meeting an old friend (which coincidentally is a friend of another friend, such a small world.) for breakfast in Oberlin. We ate at the Fresh Start Cafe, if you are ever in the area it is yummy, inexpensive, AND they have gluten free options including bread!!

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After breakfast I decided to head over to the new Oberlin Goodwill to check out what new stuff they have since it’s been a while since I was in there. I was bummed that I wasn’t the person that spent the first dollar in the store so I could be on the plaque until I looked at the photo.

Yes, that is me & my mama in the background of the photo. Just so you know I had found a brand new thirty-one bag on the racks for $2! I said “Look, Ma, it’s a thirty-one bag!” She examined it, agreed and then tossed it into her cart and walked away!

When I saw the photo I may have probably squealed and maybe the whole store just kind of looked at me like I was crazy.

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After returning home from my adventures in Oberlin, I finished off the blanket for my new nephew.

It is super soft and I love it so much. Many thanks to my instagram pal, Joni, for sharing her Granny Stripe blanket with us so often that I had to make one myself.

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After dropping off the blanket to my nephew the girls & I headed to the store to pick up some things we needed and we got a couple bags of these.

They are seriously the best things ever. The Husband even commented on how good they were and he doesn’t even like sweet potatoes. My only complaint to Terra about them would be the whole ‘limited edition’ thing. Seriously these are a year round staple!

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The Husband had a couple of days off in the middle of the week (I know!) and so this was my resulting view because he needed to rid the online gaming world of zombies.

I am pretty sure in the event of a Zombiepocolypse we will be okay as long as everything plays out the same as it did on the PS3.

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On Thursday a post of mine went live at Miss Unlimited on being Sixteen and Pregnant.

I am seriously overwhelmed by the support & love that so many people gave there and on facebook & twitter.

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Today my baby got contacts and I was banished to the waiting room while she had contact lens class. Thankfully I had my crochet to keep me company.

Linking up with Life Rearranged for InstaFriday. You should totally play along, it’s awesome. And speaking of awesome, so is this giveaway I am doing right now-GO ENTER!!

InstaFriday-The Rediscover PIB Edition

Fifteen steps on how to have a fabulous day at Put-in-Bay with your thirteen year old daughter.

Step One-Realize that she has three days left of school and therefore can afford to miss one day having a great time playing tourist on an island that she has been going to all of her life. Make the mistake of calling it a “Mental Health Day” when you call her off of school so on the 60 minute trip out to the ferry you have to explain to her that no she isn’t dying and no I don’t think you are going to have some sort of breakdown before school lets out.

Step Two-Get to Miller Boat Line to acquire your tickets for the ferry trip. Watch as she tells other about her family and the cottage on the island. Then when the nice man from Lake Erie Shores & Islands asks you if you are related to ‘The Chicken’s middle name’ ‘Our very uncommon last name that I didn’t realize anyone has’ that works in his office, you spend the next ten minutes explaining to your 13 year old that no, she isn’t named for some relative that you didn’t know you had because she probably isn’t your relative.

Step Three-Let out a huge sigh of relief when the ferry pulls into dock and The Chicken gets distracted by getting on the ferry.

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She has made this trip hundreds of times but has never been as excited as she was that day.

Step Four-After the twenty minute ferry ride take the short walk up the hill and over to E’s Carts where The Chicken proclaims that getting this cart is indeed a Put in Bay miracle.

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Although truth be told upon leaving the cart shop Lady Gaga died and we ended up with Joe Dirt. Hopefully The Chicken learns to not proclaim miracles when there aren’t miracles and no more golf carts will be smited because of it

Step Five-Once you mourn the loss of Lady Gaga and get acclimated to Joe Dirt, head into town to Isola Day Spa to get your nail polish changed out. Making sure that you carefully consider all of the crazy options that your daughter lays out before you. Also, remember these key words in helping her pick out a color, “But how do you like that color dear?”

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Isola was lovely and the staff was super friendly. While they do take walk-ins I would highly recommend an appointment.

Step Six-While your nails are still drying head over to Del Sol Gifts where you can verify for your daughter over and over that no they didn’t paint your nails with color changing nail polish and why yes that would be an excellent cross promotional idea for these businesses. Then you will wonder how your thirteen year old knows about such things as cross promotional ideas and realize that you may have been blogging too long. Get your color changing bag and chuckle when your daughter asks for one as well. Enjoy the biggest smile ever when they hand her her very own bag.

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Step Seven-With your newly painted nails & your color changing bag, put the pedal to the metal in the golf cart to get yourself over to the Put-in-Bay Butterfly House to see all of the butterflies and flowers inside. After an hour make sure that you tell your daughter that you are hot and tired and would like to visit other things on the island. Those additional 64 minutes that she makes you stay in there because she rescued a drowning butterfly will seem to breeze right by.

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Step Eight-Realize that you both are starving and head over to The Boardwalk for their famous lobster bisque. Decide while you are there that you need some seasoned fries to enjoy as well.

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While I loved the lobster bisque-the fries were a great deal at $4 and were super tasty-the bird that The Chicken kept giving them too probably agreed

Step Nine-After lunch drag your teenager over to the Perry’s Monument and Visitor Center so that she can use the “cleanest bathrooms on the island.”According to the park ranger. Afterwards convince her to look around in the museum where we find that she has a schooner with her name that fought in the Battle of 1812. Argue that it wasn’t named after her because in 1812 I wasn’t even a blip on the radar, no matter how old you think I am at times, then give up when you realize that you aren’t going to win this argument because she will tell you about she remembers when her older sister was born. Go outside to listen to the demonstrations where your thirteen year old will learn that she was probably more educated than a lot of the doctors that worked on the military back in 1812. Make ash cakes and then eat them. Then after chatting it up with the reinactors drag your teenager away so you can see more stuff, although stopping to take a really cool iPhone photo with the monument in the background first.

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Step Ten-Head over to Heineman’s Winery & Crystal Cave to take the Crystal Cave tour. Transcend down the 40 feet to a much cooler temperature and oooh and ahhhh over the crystals. Offer to take some random strangers photo in the largest geode in the world and then happily let them take your iPhone so you can get a photo of you and your daughter. Try to push those thoughts of Are they doing to drop it on the ground and smile.

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Step Eleven-Go across the street to Perry’s Cave because your daughter tells you she wants to pan for gold, have some fun in the gift shop, then get drug back into The Butterfly house for another 40 minutes.

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Just two girls having a purr-fectly good time.

Step Twelve-Head over to Big Man’s Burrito to get the sampler plate. Enjoy the time in the back patio area, realize that you can’t get the wifi to work, get frustrated, leave happy and full.

Step Thirteen-Drive Joe Dirt over to the Museum to get the tour, realize that because you have spent nearly three hours of your life in the Butterfly House that day that the tours are over. Let your daughter convince you to drive around back to see if the Museum’s Thrift store is open and sing a happy song when you get to walk away with all of these glasses for $2.00.

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Step Fourteen-Realize that you need to get Joe Dirt back by 6 PM and you really want to make the 6 PM ferry back to the mainland so you pay no attention to the fact that your daughter is taking photos of you while you are driving behind the people who thought it a good idea to shake out their sandy beach blankets while we were driving down the road and thank goodness you have glasses on because there is no windshield on the golf cart.

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Step Fifteen-Relax. You made it on the boat. Enjoy the twenty minute ride back to the mainland and realize that your daughter, who hasn’t stopped talking all day long, is finally quiet and enjoying the sights on the way back.

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Playing along at InstFridays over at Life Arranged-even if you don’t have an iPhone or Instagram I suggest you check it out-great posts and such fun photos!!

Disclosure-my family & I were invited by Miller Boat Lines to come and #RediscoverPIB for the day. While they did supply ferry passes and got all of the businesses to let us play tourist for free all of the opinions are of my own. Many thanks to Julene Market and staff from Miller Boat Line and to all of the businesses listed above. We had an excellent time and next time we are at the island we will make sure to play tourist again…you know on our dime.