The kids were out of school Thursday and Friday for inservice and observance of Columbus Day. Woohoo?!?!?! My first thought was what the heck are we going to do all day? If it’s raining and we are stuck inside, I might lose my mind!
Oregon Dad decided to make it a four day weekend as well. So, in addition to five kids, I also have Hubs at home. This could get interesting.
Thursday we ventured out to a new park (which by the way was AWESOME and I forgot the camera). It started raining on the way there. We still hit the park and the kiddos rode bikes around in the rain and played for quite a while. Oregon Dad and I huddled under one of the many covered shelters to observe.
We wrapped the day up with a pizza dinner followed by a family game of Kabooki on the Wii. For once, Oregon Dad’s team won (but the Wii was giving way more points for each right answer they received than we got, so I say it wasn’t a fair win!). The temperature is dropping outside and I didn’t want to turn the heat on, so we lit a fire. After all the kids were tucked in, Oregon Dad and I snuggled on the floor in front of the fire. It was a great evening.
On Friday the weather was clear. So we headed for the pumpkin patch. We go to the same farm every year, it has a train and paddle boats and we all have a great time. I remember when going to get pumpkins wasn’t a very expensive outing. Today, we spent $28 to get into the farm (7 people x $4 a pop!), then another $19 on pumpkins. On the way home, we stopped at McD’s for lunch and spent $22. We also had to fill the truck’s gas tank which took another $100!!!! Yikes.
Once back home, I went to work on GFCF pies for our Church Harvest Party/Barn Dance Saturday. We have a football game in the morning so there is no way I could wait to bake them. While I was picking up supplies, Teengirl started on the pie crust which turned out delightful (slightly crumbly but wonderful flavor). Then we whipped up a couple Organic Apple/Blackberry pies, a Pumpkin Pie and 24 Pumpkin Tartlettes.
I was worried about making a Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie. I shouldn’t have been. It is super good and my guess is no one would know the difference. I used a recipe found online and used tapioca pearls (omitted tapioca flour and rice cereal), we also used rice milk though I’m sure it would work just as well with another alternative. The pie crust we used was the rice based one (for both apple/blackberry and pumpkin pies). For the tartlettes, we pressed the pie crust into a mini muffin tin. Then I put the pumpkin filling into a zip bag, snipped of the corner and squeezed it into the pan.
For the pie crust I used Earth Balance Non-Dairy Margarine and Earth Balance Shortening. We always use Wholesome Sweetners Sugars. Most of our flours are Bob’s Red Mill.
For the Organic Apple and Blackberry Pie (rice based crust) . Here is the filling recipe:
Yield: Two 9 inch pies
6-8 Organic Apples (we used Granny Smith and Fuji) Sliced
2 cups Organic Frozen or Fresh Blackberries
3/4 Cup Wholesome Sweetners Evaporated Cane Sugar
1/4 Cup Tapioca Flour
1/4 Cup Minute Brand Tapioca Pearls
1/2 tsp GF Cinnamon
1 Tbs. Lemon Juice
1 Cup Tapioca Flour
3/4 Cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats
3/4 Cup Packed Vegan Light Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
1/3 Cup Earth Balance Non-Dairy Margarine, at room temperature
Press pie crusts into two 9 inch pie plates. Crimp edges.
Place apples and berries into a large mixing bowl. Add filling ingredients: sugar, tapioca flour, cinnamon and lemon juice. Mix to coat all fruit.
Place fruit mixture into prepared pie plates, dividing equally.
Prepare crumble topping. Place all ingredients in a small bowl, mix using pastry blender (or two forks) until crumbly.
Pour crumble topping equally over pies.
Place pie plates on sided baking sheets or line lower rack with foil to catch drips. Bake at 425F for 20 minutes. Turn pies and cover with foil. Bake for another 20-30 minutes (until apples are tender and pies are bubbly. GF crusts tend to brown quicker, so watch carefully!
Allow to cool on baking rack. Enjoy!
(Stay tuned… Sunday found us at the Beach. Earthquake loved his first trip to the water.)