Courtney might spend her work days as a marketing specialist, but don't let that fool you. She loves trying new recipes, taking her dogs to the park, and perfecting her impression of her husbandAustin.
Hello friends! I appreciate all of you who follow this blog and have been kind enough to try the recipes and make nice comments 🙂 As some of you know I started my own Gluten Free mix company that we launched in November 2012! So, I haven’t posted on here in a looonng time just preparing for our launch, and now that we are out there selling I just don’t have time to keep up with this side of everything! So, just wanted to let everyone know for now that I wont be posting anymore recipes, etc. The good news is that I don’t have time because we are creating yummy things for you to buy and eat! 🙂 Some of those things are actually on this blog! So, I would love for all of you to go to www.frontporchsweets.com for information on us and our products. Please like us on Facebook at Front Porch Sweets, follow us on Twitter @frontporchgf, and Instagram as frontporchgf!! We post regularly about what we are doing and what is coming up! We would love and appreciate all of your support! As far as recipes go, we will be posting recipe ideas for our products, so look for that as well.
My experiments with GF recipes are mainly turning things that I used to love or that Austin loves from his family’s cookbook into recipes that we can eat. When I was a kid I remember going to the grocery store with my mom and when we passed by the bakery seeing the boxes of yummy Entenmanns cakes and thinking how delicious they looked. I LOVED the cheese filled one and it seemed like I ate that for breakfast alot as a kid. The creamy cheese filling topped with the awesome cinnamon sugar crumbles on top, mmmm!!
I now approach everything as a GF challenge and I will not give up until I can figure out how to make it or make something close to the glutenous version!!! Now, anything with bread/dough has been my baking nemesis since I started. I have yet to master bread and rolls that actually rise and get moist, but I am getting there. So I always get nervous when I have to make something rise. I constantly peek in the bowl wondering if the dough looks any bigger and I convince myself it does! This is honestly the first recipe where I really saw the dough get bigger and it was not a figment of my imagination! The first time something didn’t come out as flat as a pancake like other bread products before! The bread was not as moist as the original one, but the taste is definitely there, and I think I liked this one a little better only because it wasn’t as sweet and it felt a little lighter, so in my mind a little healthier 🙂 It is definitely a half day’s work, but totally worth it and it makes 2 cakes, so you can totally freeze one for later!!
What you need:Adapted from Frugal Antics Dough-
*5 Cups flour mix (mine is rice flour, cornstarch and tapioca flour equal parts)
*3/4 Cup almond milk
*6 T Earth Balance Butter
*1/4 Cup warm water
*1 yeast packet
*2 eggs, beaten
*1/2 T salt
*1/4 Cup sugar
*1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
*1 container Tofutti DF Cream cheese
*1/2 Cup sugar
*1/2 tsp vanilla
*1/2 tsp lemon juice
*1/3 Cup white rice flour
*3/4 Cup white rice flour
*1/2 Cup sugar
*4 T Earth Balance butter
*1/2 tsp cinnamon
1.) Mix the milk and butter & heat until butter is melted. Combine the milk mixture with the sugar and salt and let cool.
2.) In a stand mixer, combine the water and yeast until it activates. When the milk mixture has cooled off add it to the yeast and also add the eggs.
3.) Cover and let rise in a warm place, about 1 hour.
4.) After rising, divide dough in half and roll out on pan. Spread the filling down the middle of each cake and fold over each side to the middle. I would put alot of filling in there b/c it cooks down alot so if you want it creamy, put alot!
5.) Sprinkle the topping equally on top of the two coffee cakes. Cover and let rise another 20 minutes and preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
6.) Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. When cooled, dust with powdered sugar.
Hey everyone! Sorry it has been SO long since I did a post 🙁 I am trying to get my business going while also working and living life! Things have been busy but good. Hoping to have lots more fun/good news soon on the business front!! Get excited because I have a new recipe for you today!! It started because I saw this recipe on Pinterest for Funeral Sandwiches. The title sounded so sad, but they looked really good!! The only bad thing was they used King’s Hawaiian Rolls, but that was not going to stop me from finding a way!
Funny story about the rolls before we start; one time Austin and I were at the grocery store and he kept saying we need to get those King Kong rolls and I was like HUH?? He drug me around the whole store and I was soo confused until he spotted the bright orange package and said “Look! King Kong Rolls!!” Oooohhh…King’s HAWAIIAN Rolls??! hah So when I saw this recipe I immediately thought of him and laughed 🙂
So, I am naming these little guys HAPPY sandwiches because they make your belly HAPPY!! And funeral sandwiches are just sad 🙁 These are perfect for fall tailgating for all you football fans out there, we ate them while watching the game on Saturday! They are SO easy and the taste is just awesome! And don’t worry about the Hawaiian Roll issue, just head on over to Better Batter for her awesome recipe on how to make a GF version of these rolls, and boy did they taste pretty darn similar! Hope you guys enjoy!
What you need:
* 1 GF Hawaiian Roll recipe from Better Batter: a few notes on this one; My batter was still really thin after I had mixed all the ingredients together so I did about 5 cups of flour instead of 3 to get it to become a dough. I also added 1 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum as well. Mine didn’t seem to rise at all, but they still came out fine! Mine were more biscuity than roll like, but the taste was there, which is all that matters!!
*1/4-1/2 lb. Sliced Deli Ham (I used maple glazed Boar’s Head)
*Sliced cheese of your choice (I did mozzarella, it’s the only cheese that doesn’t make me feel bad)
*1/2 cup butter, melted (Earth Balance for DF)
*3T Worcestershire sauce
*2T Brown Mustard
*2T Brown Sugar
*onion powder (Sprinkle at your liking)
1.) After you have gone through the process of making the rolls, place the bottom of the rolls on a greased cookie sheet covered in foil.
2.) Combine all the liquid/spice ingredients together.
3.) Place the ham and cheese on the roll bottom and cover with the tops. Pour the liquid mixture over the rolls.
4.) Let marinate, refrigerate for about 4 hours so all the goodness soaks in!
5.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake about 20 minutes or until golden.
Well, this story takes place yesterday, Monday, August 20, 2012. Typical Monday at work and I had had two days off the last week so I was recharged and had lots of work to do. I never get up from my desk unless I have to go to the bathroom or get my lunch (I know this is sad). So, I got up around 12:40 to go to the bathroom and then was going to eat lunch. My phone is always on my desk, but I was going to do some stuff on my Ipad during my break so I set it on my desk, but they were both not visible unless you came looking for them. I came back from the bathroom and immediately knew there was something missing and thought I had gone crazy for a second. When I realized they were definitely gone I told my boss, called the police and she went looking for our security and maintenance guy. Our building has really bad security, no cameras in elevators or on any floors, only at the front door. Our office is also one of the only ones that it does have a lock and this is the fourth incident in the past couple of years. So, yeah this is the perfect place for thieves.
So, now regular Courtney is nice, mad Courtney, you don’t want mad Courtney. So mad Courtney started the process with the Sandy Springs police that looked thoroughly concerned. We had the Find my Iphone app installed and began trying to trace my belongings. The thief had turned my phone off so the GPS was no help to us until around 4:30pm when they decided to start playing with it. I hope that when that happened Siri popped up and said ” YOU Jerk!! ” or maybe something a little worse than that 🙂 But I imagine she tried her hardest to get away from those nasty fingers!
The thief had managed to make it all the way down to Clayton County, about 40 minutes from my office, and not a good part of town. As much as I wanted to jump from my seat and beat the snot out of these people, I called the police. The Sandy Springs police department told me it was now out of their hands and that Clayton had to deal with it. So….Austin proceeds to call Clayton and their answer is that I have to be present for them to do anything about it, because I could be being tricky and just sending them out on a wild goose chase. NOT a good answer for mad Courtney.
So..I get home that night and start tweeting & face-booking the heck outta Clayton County Police, and 11alive, a local Atlanta TV station. Some of my friends and strangers were kind enough to help and to start re-tweeting. It is now Tuesday afternoon and I called Clayton County AGAIN and got a completely different answer. Apparently Sandy Springs was wrong for telling me to call Clayton, because that was their job. Now that the thief has turned my phone off again rendering the phone useless and unable to find. I’m sure they are long gone to Tijuana or somewhere that you flee too. My best bet is them selling my things and the police being notified through the serial numbers. I am still keeping in touch with Sandy Springs police to at least see if they can try to keep their eyes out for stolen goods. The management company in my building may also pay for half of the value, so there may be a small piece of justice, but still waiting to see what happens. Now in the process of trying to figure out how to get another phone in the meantime and hopefully one day saving to get another Ipad in the future.
I’m hoping that this is a great reminder to all of you to keep your stuff safe and be aware of your surroundings, apparently nothing is sacred anymore, not even your workspace! Also a tip: I found a better App last night called iCaughtU and it takes pictures if anyone tries to login and the password is wrong, & will not shut off so you can locate it. I am trying to not let this completely change my views of people and not trust anyone, but for the moment I am weary, and distrusting and that makes me sad. I think it shows what a state our world is in, which is even sadder. I don’t appreciate that I work for a living and had to save up my money to buy those things that I wanted and someone who steals for a living can just get away. I’m hoping Karma comes into play for them one day 🙂 Ok, that is my soapbox for now! But, for now if you need me head over to Facebook or Email and that’s where I’ll be.
Update at 2:35pm:
So there ARE nice people in this world, I just happen to work with one of them! A client gave one of the guys in my office an Ipad. He already had one so he gave it to another guy in our office. He has never used it so he just gave it to me! I am now going to go home and make him 100 chocolate chip cookies!
Hello Friends!! Well, as some of you know if you are Facebook friends with me, I am trying to start my own Gluten Free venture. Its been a thought on my mind since last year, but I am finally taking the leap to do it and I am excited!
My dear friend Eryn has really inspired me to go forward and try this, so a big THANK YOU to her! Also, just every GF person out there that longs to fit in at parties, Christmastime, birthdays, etc. you are my inspiration! Last year through several weddings, family events, etc. I just started feeling frustrated, and SO hungry! Everywhere I would go there would be nothing for me to eat, and I just wanted to sit down and cry. So, this product is meant for those of us GF people that want good, homemade, warm yummy food like our mama makes that wont make us sick. A product for Non-GF people that they can easily make at Christmas, or give as a gift, which makes us GF people warm to the core when you think about us and our food! 🙂
I have started by giving away 12 free samples (seen above) which I am delivering this week along with a survey so that I can figure out if this will work. If you have any comments or ideas please feel free to let me know, would love to hear them! I would love to know if you would purchase anything like this, etc. I hope to report back with good news and plans to move forward!
Ahhh…donuts. I miss the days when I could get some hot and ready donuts from Krispy Kreme or a box of donut holes from Dunkin Donuts. Those were the days…I don’t think about donuts too much but every once in awhile I just get a donut craving and even though there are some ok substitutes like Glutino, they are all frozen and lack the ooey gooey, hot & fresh taste of Krispy Kreme!
I came across this recipe while on our vegan journey and decided to give it a try! I made them for a work meeting we were having so that i could test them out on my co-workers! They were hit, and everyone said that the powdered sugar was their favorite, it was my favorite as well! They turned out really moist and they are a great GF substitute for Dunkin Donuts! You don’t even need one of those special donut pans either! They dont take long to make at all and would be a perfect brunch addition, or just a regular ol weekday breakfast!
What you need: (Adapted from Fitsugar, linked above)
* 1 cup GF white rice flour
*1/4 cup white sugar
*1/4 cup brown sugar
*1/2 tsp xanthan gum
*1/4 tsp salt
*1/4 tsp nutmeg
*1/4 tsp cinnamon
*1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
*1/2 cup almond milk
* 4 tbsp Earth Balance butter
*1/2 tsp vanilla
*1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) You will be using muffin tins, I just used regular sized ones or you can use mini ones. Make sure to grease them.
3.) Take all the dry ingredients and mix together in a bowl. Set aside.
4.) Over medium heat, mix all of the wet ingredients together until they are combined.
5.) Once the heated mixture has cooled add it to the dry ingredients and mix together.
6.) I tried to roll the dough into balls as best I could, the dough is a bit sticky. Drop each ball into a muffin tin slot, makes about 24.
7.) Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
8.) If you want toppings, now is the time! For powdered sugar just dip in powdered sugar, pretty easy huh??! 😉 For chocolate, mix together some cocoa powder, powder sugar, and a little milk to make it dippable. There are so many other toppings to create, so be creative!
Well, we are done with our little food experiment. Austin has decided to definitely go back to eating meat! haha. I didnt mind it as much, and I will still eat meat every once in awhile, but I enjoyed the experiment! We took away from it that we definitely need to continue to have lots of veggies and fiber and I diet, so we did learn some valuable information!
Before the experiment we were dairy free, but I still ate mozzarella cheese. During the experiment I decided to go all in and have no dairy at all. Well, We LOVE pizza, I mean love. So I started thinking what should I do?? I HATE vegan cheeses, so one of my friends said to try it cheeseless. Cheeseless? This is a new concept! Austin freaked out when I told him! What is a pizza without cheese he asked?? So, I made two different ones. I made a veggie one with lots of sauce for him (top picture) and a tomato basil one for me because that is my favorite pizza, just now without the mozzarella. Honestly, I loved it! Austin didnt think it was bad, but of course he preferred cheese. It really changed my whole thinking on needing cheese to make the dish complete. I am now hooked on cheeseless pizzas! A couple weeks ago I even ordered a cheeseless veggie pizza when we were out, and it was great! I definitely encourage you to go cheeseless and check it out!!
If you want to know how I made it, I use this GF crust recipe. This is my go to pizza crust, I use it all the time! And after that the sky is the limit! Add whatever veggies, meats, herbs, etc. Add sauce, or maybe just olive oil & balsamic. Get creative!!
I am SO sorry for the large amount of lapsed time since my last post. Work has been busy, and life in general. Ive got all these recipes to post, but it just feels like the days are not long enough! We went to our friend’s amazing house outside of the city for Memorial Day (which I will post later!). It was so nice to have a little “vacation” that didn’t require too much effort. They live on an amazing piece of land and it was just so nice and peaceful, we loved it! My dear friend is also Gluten Free, so that makes it even more fun to hang out since we know that all our food is safe and I love baking for them! So, I made some treats to bring and I brought this for our breakfast. It looks a little janky in the picture because I cut it up into squares for the trip, so it not as pretty as when it came out of the oven! I loved it because it just had a hint of lemon, and the glaze drizzled overtop gave a little hint of sweetness. This is the perfect breakfast cake for dining in the country or the city 🙂
What you need: (Adapted from Allrecipes)
*3 Cups White Rice Flour
*3 eggs (or egg replacer for vegan)
* 2 1/2 Cups Sugar
*1 1/2 tsp salt
*1/2 tsp xanthan gum
*1 1/2 cups almond milk
*1 1/8 cup olive oil
*1 1/2 tsp baking powder
*2 Tbsp poppy seeds (or more, depending on your preference)
*1 1/2 tsp vanilla
*2 tsp lemon juice (or more depending on how lemony you want!) for the glaze:
*3 Tbsp powdered sugar
*1 tsp lemon juice
*1 Tbsp almond milk
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease your baking tin.
2.) In a stand mixer combine the flour, salt, xanthan gum, baking soda, and sugar.
3.) Next, add in the eggs, milk, oil, vanilla and lemon juice. Mix until everything is combined.
4.) Fold in the poppy seeds and taste to see if it needs anymore lemon juice, depending on your preference.
5.) Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown.
6.) Mix all of the ingredients for the glaze and pour over the cake while it is still warm.
7.) Serve and enjoy!!
This is something that is very near and dear to my heart. If you are my Facebook friend chances are you see alot of posts and shares of dogs that are looking for homes. When you are in the business of rescue and you see stories constantly of abuse, mistreatment, abandonment it breaks your heart into pieces daily. What makes the heartbreak worse is that there are people out there that view the dogs that we save as “damaged” or “unwanted”.
I have been hearing so much from people lately that they dont want a shelter dog because it may turn on them or their children one day, have issues, you have to fix them, or they arent purebred. My purpose in writing this is to reach out to people in a big, public forum and really explain what happens in the shelters and what you get if you are buying a dog from a breeder.
The problem with purebred dogs and breeders is that to create the amazing lineage they have to breed dogs from the same gene pool and thus creates inbreeding from using dogs in the same family. These dogs are bred over and over again which creates further health problems. The most commons problems are: Higher rates of cancers & tumors, eye diseases, heart diseases, skin problems, neurological problems, immune system problems and epilepsy. That is not to say that any dog wont struggle with that, but by having a purebred dog the chances go up significantly that they will develop one of the above issues.
In this article they give great insight into the problems with breeders and also with pet overpopulation in general. It is not only the breeders that are the problem, but once people get their dogs and cats not spaying or neutering them, thus creating more dogs and cats in the world that people cant take care of. I love one of the lines in the article that is talking about shelter animals saying, “These animals are not “reject” animals, but animals that were unfortunate enough to fall into the hands of people who decided they didn’t want the responsibility.” That is truly what it is. People think they are cute, fun, etc. and once they pee on your rug or chew up your chair they are outta there! Pets are a forever thing, not just for now. They count on us to provide them with the best life, because they cannot do that for themselves.
This is why I got involved in rescue one year ago. I have learned so many wonderful things, but I have also seen and heard some gut wrenching things. Many shelters in Georgia that we rescue from are Heart Stick shelters. This is the most painful way to die. The vet will stick the animal in the heart with a syringe of medicine, but the problem is that you have to strap them down and hold them still, and most of the times they miss from the animal wiggling. Ultimately they puncture the lung or some other organ and the animal dies a struggling and painful death. If you dont like reading that, Im sorry, it is the truth. Many of the people in our group have to walk the halls and decide which ones to talk with them. You cannot begin to understand the sadness until you have been there and seen how scared, lonely, and confused they are.
I will take a minute to brag on my two “damaged” doggies 🙂
This is my Angie: or Angel, Boo boo, bear, etc. She has lots of names 🙂 I rescued her in 2005, my second year of college. This was my first dog that was just mine! I remember when i saw her curled up in a ball in the corner of her cage and I was like, thats the one, that is my dog! She had obviously been abused because one I reached out to pet her she cowered. She is afraid of loud noises including thunderstorms. Because of that I dont see her as damaged, I see her as wonderful, and I have been able to help her overcome so many fears in the past 7 years and that makes me so happy. She used to be so afraid of people but now we go to the Farmers Market on Saturdays and she gets so happy and wants to see every person that walks by. She has stolen my heart and there will be a piece missing when she is gone, that is for sure. Like humans, doggies have some baggage too. But, we can help each other by just loving 🙂
My other little (or big) buddy is Jake. Also known as Jakester, Jakey, Jake Dog, Jake Boo, and he also has his own theme song 🙂 We rescued from the Atlanta Humane Society when he was 5 months old. We dont know anything about his background, but he is super happy and loving, wouldnt hurt a fly. He is afraid of water and vacuums, but hey, we can live with that! He is a little crazy, but we love him. He is just a big goof ball. Jake is a great example of a dog that just was probably stranded as a puppy somewhere and just because he was stranded doesnt mean he is damaged. He was never abused, he just didnt have anyone that wanted him. But, we are so glad that we are the ones that get to love him now!
I just want to encourage you to really think about your choice before you make one. If you are thinking about getting a pet 1) can you care for it for the rest of its life as best as you can? 2) ADOPT! I couldnt imagine those two faces up there getting put to sleep and never getting to meet them because of other selfish humans. If it is good enough for George Clooney, it should be good enough for YOU! Please don’t shop, ADOPT! You can make a difference by rescuing and saving another animal from being put to sleep and making room for more in the shelters. If you have pets that are not fixed yet, PLEASE get them spayed or neutered, that is one of the biggest problems rescuers face! Please be part of the solution, not the problem!
If you have any questions, comments, etc. I would love to hear them. If you are interested in finding out more about animal rescue I would love to tell you all about!
I know you are thinking where is Part 2?! Sorry, I have been slacking, work has been super busy and I havent had much time to update on our journey!
This week I started finally feeling the way everyone was describing and it is great! Austin has lost 8 pounds, with minimal exercise, so it is just from eating better. I am so proud of him!! I am also proud of him because he has done soo good eating vegetables and not complaining! Gold star for Austin! 🙂
On this journey I am going to be very honest with you 🙂 The biggest change I have seen for me personally is digestively. I was not a “regular” person and being gluten free helped with all the stomach problems I had, but it did not put me on a healthy regular schedule. This has made an amazing difference! In 3 weeks my body has completely become regular and normal and its amazing! I am still having some gas side effects depending on what I eat, but overall that has subsided. We have not had meat at all this week! whoo! It really is all about trying something and changing your perspective and gaining insight. I didnt think that I would be able to feel full without having some sort of meat at dinner. Every night I have been super full! I also dont feel guilty about the things that we are eating. The other night we had a Thai salad and I didnt feel bad for eating another serving because it is healthy!! We are still probably going to remain “flexitarians” but try to not eat meat as much as possible, unless we are at a family function where we have no choice because our GF/DF diet is hard enough! 🙂
The one thing I miss is cheese. We are dairy free, but we would eat mozzarella because that was the only thing that wouldnt cause digestive issues. Now its nothing. I want pizza SO bad! A couple of years ago when we first went GF/DF we tried Daiya cheese. SICK. Im sorry if you like it but it made me gag! So, that is my new mission. I bought some vegan cheese from Whole Foods the other day, but have yet to try it, I will let you know. If there is a cheese that you recommend that is like mozzarella and melts well, please let me know!! I have also found some recipes on making nut cheeses, so I am hoping to try that soon so that we can make some pizzas!
Also on this journey I have fallen more in love with Whole Foods. Just want to give a little shout out to them! I already loved Whole Foods but its like a forbidden fruit because it is so darn expensive. They have an amazing selection of Gluten Free and Dairy Free foods that doesnt even come close to Kroger! My awesome finds for the week were Food for Life GF Brown Rice Wraps. LOVE! I made a veggie wrap for lunch and dinner this week from them and it made me so happy, I love wraps! I also bought Against the Grain GF Baguettes! YES! They taste amazing! I made a veggie sub. That was also wonderful. My last yummy find was EnviroKidz GF cereal the Leapin’ Lemurs brand. It tastes like Reese Cup cereal, and it GF and healthy! OMG its soo good! I was seriously in heaven going up and down the aisles! They have an amazing choice of vegan mayos, butters, cheeses, etc. I think I will probably just have to give in and go there more often because they have such a great selection of everything we need.
Just in case you are interested here is a breakdown of the food for this week if you need some inspirations for your breakfast or dinner (my lunch is just leftovers from the night before)! :
Monday: GF Cereal with Fruit, Chocolate Coconut milk <–yum! Vegetarian Chili with GF Flatbreads for dinner.
Tuesday: GF cereal with fruit, chocolate millk. Veggie Wrap with grapes for dinner.
Wednesday: GF Envirokidz cereal, chocolate milk. Thai Salad with homemade peanut dressing and edamame.
Thursday: GF yummy Envirokidz cereal, chocolate milk. We went out, had a Chipotle Veggie bowl.
Friday: GF EK Cereal and fruit. Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes and Quinoa for dinner.