Giddy-Up?!?!?!

We might have spent the weekend on the ranch, but we didn’t actually climb on top of any horses. Before you call me a wimp, let me explain. They had this silly rule about riders having to be eight years old… and since two of my children are not yet eight… You get my point. I couldn’t exactly saddle up and leave my 6 year old tending her 3 year old sister, could I?

This was our Family Camp weekend with our Church. It was great fun. And we are kind of wimps, we opted to stay in the bunk house where we had a room complete with two sets of bunks, a queen bed and a full bathroom. Yee-HAAAA!!!!! (Disclaimer, we opted for the bunk house because we are currently not in possession of a tent large enough to sleep our family of SEVEN and I wasn’t about to drop $700 at REI to get one that met Oregon Dad’s standards. ‘Nuff said.)

I don’t know about you… but when I think camping, I think… S’MORES!!!!! That’s right baby, bring on the ooey, gooey, drippy, messiness inside a crumbly graham cracker shell. Of course, this was a tiny bit of a challenge seeing as we have some GF peeps in our house… oh, and we are artificial substance free, so commercially prepared marshmallows are out!

What’s a girl to do? If you’re name is Polka Dot Mommy… you start cooking.

GFCF Graham Crackers (Recipe at bottom of post) & All Natural (Corn Syrup FREE!) Marshmallows

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No I didn’t make the chocolate… that’s some yummy Endangered Species Dark Chocolate with Raspberry Nibs.

I’m still a bit in shock over making graham crackers… I actually DID THAT????? Wow… I’m good. 🙂

GFCF Chocolate Chip Cookies (Recipe from Ginger Lemon Girl… she’s GOOD.)

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Oh, and there is still a ball of dough in my fridge for some GF Cheesy Crackers that never made it to the oven. See, I’m not perfect. 🙂

Camp was a great time, we had fun with friends… enjoyed good food and heard some wonderfully inspirational words.

Graham Cracker Recipe (Slightly adapted from Living Without Magazine)

1/2 cup each of Sorghum flour, Tapioca STARCH and Potato STARCH

1/4 cup each of Millet Flour, Brown Rice Flour and White Rice Flour

(Combine flours together)
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 ¾ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp Kosher salt
7 Tb. Earth Balance Margarine
3 Tb. cold water
3 Tb. Amber Agave Nectar
1 tsp vanilla
Add brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, xanthan gum, baking soda and salt to the flour mixture.

Using a pastry blender, cut in butter. (Alternately use your fingers… but ew!)

Stir in Agave and Vanilla. Add water 1 Tb. at a time. If dough is too dry, add more water a tsp. at a time until dough sticks together and forms a ball.

Spray plastic wrap with non-stick cooking spray, place dough on plastic wrap, cover and refrigerate at least one hour or overnight.

Rolling dough out works best between two pieces of pastry cloth (or pastry cloth and rolling pin cover), if you don’t have pastry cloth… you can use two thin cheesecloth/tea towels (the kind you lay over bread to bake), silicon pastry mats work well also. As a last resort (because I detest things we use once and throw away) you can use two gallon size zippy bags cut open (to make on long piece).

Place your chilled dough between your pastry cloths. Roll out into a large, thin rectangle. We went for about 1/8 inch thickness. Pull the top cloth off dough, cut into squares using a pizza cutter. Use a fork to make poke holes over tops of crackers. Sprinkle with granulated sugar (or sugar/cinnamon blend). Lift bottom pastry cloth up to transfer crackers to baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Turn cloth over to place crackers upside down and gently (this gets a bit sticky) lift cloth off crackers. I sprinkled this side with a bit of sugar as well.

Bake at 325 degrees F. for about 10 minutes. Crackers should puff up a bit and look slightly golden. Increase time in one minute increments as needed.

Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer using a VERY CLEAN, METAL spatula onto a cooling rack. Once cooled completely store in an airtight container. We put our leftovers in the freezer for later enjoyment!

My kids thought these crackers were Da Bomb.

Be Well. 🙂

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About PolkaDotMommy

Wife to a teacher extraordinaire... Mama to Five littles... Conservative Catholic Christian with a Strong Environmentalist Mentality... Respecting Life... Living for our Savior... Learning to trust God in all things.
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3 Responses to Giddy-Up?!?!?!

  1. Devion says:

    Just a question…was your Family Camp at Rock Springs Ranch? Sounds very similar. Our church does a family camp there every year. Hmmm…I’d be interested to know if we’re from the same areas…

  2. Balconygal says:

    Durnit, you ARE good. YUM!

  3. We are in Oregon. 🙂

    It’s a wonderful place to live.

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