Sunday, August 1, 2010
Biscuit Brunch!
This was a whirl wind weekend!  We had such a great time which means it went by quickly! That actually makes me kind of sad since the boys only have one more week until the boys are back in school. We went from possibly having house guests, to not having house guests, to going shopping for school supplies, to having friends stop by to hang out for an evening of dominos since they were having dinner close by, to having family come over for a biscuit brunch! Yeah, I think that about covers it. Oh and the illustrator did some work while I successfully avoided the laundry. I am getting good at this avoiding the laundry thing! Note to self, get better at folding laundry. Ok, back to the biscuits...
I have mentioned before that I have a cousin who has been having problems with certain food groups and after going through an elimination diet, she has found that gluten is a problem for her. So, since it has been a while since she has had a biscuit and you know every southerner needs a good biscuit every once in a while we decided this was as good a time as any...biscuit time! I have used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Biscuit and Baking Mix before and we really liked it. So, that is what we had today. I lower the fat in my biscuits with no problem and I do a cheater way of getting the pull apart layer so I don't have to roll them out and make a bigger mess. I always make my biscuits with Smart Balance Light. I  make sure that everything is really cold when I start. Then I cut the "butter" in with a fork. Next, I put the flour/"butter" mixture in the fridge to sit for a little while. Then I gently stir half water and half almond milk into the flour until in comes together. Since I used lower fat butter substitute, I added the liquid a little bit at a time because there is more water content in the butter sub. The package says to use milk or water and I used a mixture so they would be rich but not too heavy since they are gluten free. Even Jay, who is not a fan of biscuits, loves them. He said he liked them because they weren't all crumbly. If you can't do gluten, I highly recommend this mix! Oh, and to get the layers, I use an ice cream scoop. I just stack two scoops on top of each other and then press it down.
Since it was brunch, we ate around 11:30. The menu was brown sugar glazed ham, home fries, scrambled eggs, biscuits, watermelon, cantaloupe and grapes! Did you notice, there is no oatmeal on my plate?! The illustrator was extremely impressed. I think he actually got excited that I ate everything everyone else ate excluding the ham. I know that seems silly to most, but I got to a point where I avoided everything because it wasn't made for my dietary restrictions.  Now that I have other people with me that can't have certain foods, none of us have to live without! It actually feels comforting to eat what everyone eats and I don't feel like the odd man out...not for that anyway. The illustrator made the home fries and they were so good! We baked the potatoes before hand and let them cool, then he diced them up and fried them with onion, onion powder, garlic powder, Kosher salt, cracked black pepper and Smart Balance Light.

This weekend was a lot of fun!  Now, we are going to get some rest tonight since this will be one heck of a busy week!

Who is ready for this week? I am ready for a great August! I will miss my boys during the day, but I know this will be a good month!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 7:10 PM  
22 Comments:
  • At August 1, 2010 at 7:23 PM, Blogger Kelsey said…

    trust me, i think its totally understandable to avoid everything unless ur 100% certain it fits ur allergies and needs. I don't think its a good risk to take either.. and it the vibe of the place is uncertain too (like if u ask them if something is gluten-free and they are like ..hmm .. ummm... yea.. ummm.. NO) it doesnt make me feel any more reassured.

    btw i think its fabulous those biscuits were the highlight of the bruncheon <3 they remind me of pilsbury ones (sans the gluten and with extra love of course!)

    xoxo <3

     
  • At August 1, 2010 at 7:25 PM, Anonymous homecookedem said…

    We had gluten free biscuits today too!! Andrew made them using GF Bisquick. But ours weren't nearly as healthy as yours... for starters he used *cough* Crisco *cough* and to top it off he made a GF sausage gravy from scratch to go on top of them. SOOOOO unhealthy, but I have to say sooooooo delicious, haha! ;) We will have to try out your way next time - our arteries will thank you!!

     
  • At August 1, 2010 at 7:35 PM, Blogger laura said…

    I made chocolate chip scones and pumpkin scones this morning (most definitely not GF), but afterward thought I should do biscuits soon. I haven't had biscuits since going vegan. And those home fries look awesome - I love me some potatoes!

     
  • At August 1, 2010 at 8:41 PM, Anonymous Tina said…

    That looks like a fabulous brunch. And yes, every Southern gal needs a biscuit now and again. I'm glad you have such a great recipe for gluten sensitivities.

     
  • At August 1, 2010 at 8:48 PM, Blogger Megan D said…

    Brunch is my favorite! Your biscuits knock Bojangles' out of the park. I'm ready for a great August as well :)

     
  • At August 1, 2010 at 8:51 PM, Anonymous Jessica (Healthy Exposures) said…

    whew, I guess you had a busy weekend!! I always feel like after busy weekends we need a weekend from our weekend :P
    The biscuits look great, and sound like ones I would enjoy, too! I hate crumbly biscuits. I never really "got" why someone would want to eat something dry and crumbly, I guess, haha. Maybe I've just never had a really good biscuit before to know?
    Anyways. I hope you and your boys have a good last week of freedom. Tell them christmas break will be here in no time ;)

     
  • At August 1, 2010 at 9:22 PM, Blogger Ann Claire said…

    Your biscuits sounds great! How kind of you to make gluten free ones for your cousin. You're right that everyone needs a biscuit occasionaly, despite dietary restrictions!

     
  • At August 1, 2010 at 9:32 PM, Anonymous Madeline - Greens and Jeans said…

    You have me craving biscuits in a big way right now!

     
  • At August 1, 2010 at 10:20 PM, Anonymous Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said…

    Your brunch plate looks amazing. I don't care for biscuits, they're too dry and greasy-ish for me, but those GF ones look awesome. Now, I want watermelon, out of everything I spotted on there, lol.

    Food intolerances can have you walking on eggshells, it sucks! Hope to find the root of mine. So happy to have alternatives on standby!

    Can you have lactose-free milk or no dairy at all?

    Jenn

     
  • At August 1, 2010 at 10:44 PM, Anonymous Run Sarah said…

    Your biscuits look wonderful! I've never tried making my own at home but had no idea Bobs Red Mill made a healthy mix - noted!

     
  • At August 1, 2010 at 10:51 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    I think I'm very much ready for August as well... it's been week after week of crazy, and I'm hoping August means it'll slow down just a bit! :)

    You're so great with experimenting with new recipes for the fam! Those biscuits look just fab!

    Have a great week!

     
  • At August 1, 2010 at 11:39 PM, Anonymous Liz @ Tip Top Shape said…

    I just found your blog through the Oatmeal Diaries and I am glad that I stopped by! First off- your design is awesome!! It goes along perfectly with the blog name and had me giggling a bit when it loaded. Those biscuits look good, too! Who would have known gluten free biscuits could look so scrumptious??

     
  • At August 2, 2010 at 1:39 AM, Blogger Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said…

    i cannot believe how EARLY your boys start school...wow...we were after labor day no matter what, i cant imagine school early Aug. Times they are a changin'

    never was a biscuit girl. honestly, bready carbs were never my thing, gluten intol or not. more like a sweet tooth girl :)

     
  • At August 2, 2010 at 5:38 AM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    School already?! Wow, they seem to go back earlier every year. Good for you though ;)

    Gluten free biscuits sound like a challenge to get right. Glad your cousin is able to enjoy them. You're a sweetie for making them!

     
  • At August 2, 2010 at 9:54 AM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    I'm soooo behind on your blog posts. Glad you had a great weekend. Mine is still continuing ;-) Thanks for taking the time to check out the webcam by the way. Maybe next year you can make the RT?!

     
  • At August 2, 2010 at 11:44 AM, Anonymous Holly @ couchpotatoathlete said…

    I love biscuits - my dad used to make bisquick biscuits for dinner almost every night. I can't get enough. I'll have to check for Bob's Biscuit mix, I love his products.

     
  • At August 2, 2010 at 12:57 PM, Anonymous Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said…

    Those biscuits look wonderful and I am so glad you to enjoy the same meal as everyone else. Or rather I am glad that everyone got to enjoy your meal! :)

     
  • At August 2, 2010 at 4:18 PM, Anonymous Camille said…

    The biscuits look gorgeous! I have to stay away from biscuits because I know that if I eat 1, I will likely eat 100 :)

     
  • At August 2, 2010 at 4:39 PM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    Oh my goodness you are the gluten-free family extended and all around. Insane! Those biscuits look awesome and are making me hungry :)

     
  • At August 2, 2010 at 5:24 PM, Anonymous Ellen@FirednFabulous said…

    Mmm that brunch sounds SO good! And I don't even remember the last time I had a biscuit. Now I'm totally craving one!

     
  • At August 2, 2010 at 9:42 PM, Blogger Nicole said…

    I can't believe your boys are going back already. Didnt summer go by way to fast?? I have to try Bob's gluten free biscuits. They look so good!

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 5:47 AM, Anonymous kitchen tables said…

    I am so busy in my job that is why I always forget to have a breakfast in morning. It is the reason why I always have a brunch. Your brunch plate is a good dish.

     
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