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I just spit chocolate muffin on my screen….

I ran across this site surfing through my Wednesday Morning Coffee™, accompanied by a home made chocolate muffin. (Recipe below because they’re amazing. Bonus – they’re wheat free.) It’s really funny and my computer has suffered for it. Not to mention I’m now entitled to a second muffin since I spit a good portion of this one onto my computer.

Warning: there is some profanity. So if you’re at work or have children who can read over your shoulder, you are warned.

Wheat Free, Gluten Free Chocolate Muffins That Taste Like Dessert

My recipe, which I invented yesterday inspired by the Gluten Free Goddess’ Chocolate Muffin recipe is below. My husband is allergic to wheat, and I’ve been learning how to bake gluten free things that actually taste good. It’s harder than it sounds, and you need an arsenal of flours to do it. However, once you get a good non-wheat flour mix down, you can really make some tasty baked goods. Some I even prefer to regular wheat containing baked goods because they  have a superior texture & don’t get gummy the next day.

The secret to the recipe below is that you need superfine Brown Rice Flour. Right now, it’s only available from Authentic Foods & it’s expensive to buy and ship. (But worth it if you can’t have wheat flour because the texture is far superior to the coarser ground stuff available in your local store.) Luckily Authentic Foods distributes through Amazon, so you can get it that way if you prefer.

If you have access to a super fast blender like a Vita Mix (my regular blender doesn’t cut it) you can blend regular brown rice flour into super fine rice flour in no time. Thanks Mom, for letting me use your Vita Mix!

1 1/2 C. Superfine Brown Rice Flour Mix*

1/2 C. cocoa powder

1 C. sugar

1 T. baking powder

1 t. baking soda

3/4 t. xanthan gum

1/4 t. salt

1/2 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. nutmeg

1/2 C. canola oil

1/2 C milk

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit. Whisk all dry ingredients until well combined. Stir in wet ingredients, scraping down sides of the bowl as necessary.

Fill 12 muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven for 18-13 minutes. (It took me 21.)


* This mix is from the book  Gluten-Free Baking Classics by Annelise Roberts. I highly recommend this book and use it all the time. Great baked goods from pound cake to cupcakes to pizza crust and sandwich bread. You can buy the mix from Authentic Foods or mix it yourself:

2 parts – Authentic Foods Brown Rice Flour Superfine (2 C.)

2/3 part – potato starch (2/3 C.)

1/3 part – tapioca flour (1/3 C.)

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Miss Margaret Socks – newly released!


little Miss Margaret!

Miss Margaret is my latest pattern. She was released yesterday for Three Irish Girls’ Sock Yarnista club. She’ll be available for purchase for non-club members shortly at Three Irish Girls.

She is a cuff down sock with an easy to remember spiral stitch pattern. I’ve added beads for a little “bling” but she’s just as pretty without. The spiral pattern melts into a cabled heel flap and is framed by prettily cabled gussets for a great fit.

The pink sample is shown in Scarlett O’Hara by Yarn Love, colorway: Petal.

Intermediate difficulty: pattern assumes familiarity with cables and charts. Bead work is done using a small crochet hook, so you don’t have to pre-string the beads.

• 4 oz/410 yards fingering weight yarn. Shown in Yarn Love’s Scarlett O’ Hara. Color – Petal.
• US size1 or 2.25 mm needles (2 circulars, 5 DPNS or 1 long circular for magic loop.)
• Taspestry needle
• Stitch markers (optional)

Extra notions:
• Small gauge steel crochet hook – size 14
• Seed beads size 6 or 8 (You will need 60-80 per sock depending upon how long you knit the cuff.)
• 2 small cable needles (You may cable without cable needles if you prefer.)

• Beading (explained in the pattern)
• Cables
• Short rows

• The heel flap, gusset, and instep st patterns are given as charts only for clarity.
• You may pre-string the beads if you prefer.


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