Some of you wonder why the protein powder in my Gluten free version. Gluten is a protein. It's what holds the ingredients together and binds with the rising agents (in this case baking soda). When this is removed you end up with flat and crumbly cookies or bread that won't rise. Adding more non-gluten protein into the mix allows the rising agents to bind with those proteins and you end up with a soft, chewy cookie.
I have to apologize for the lack of posting over the last 6 months. We have been so busy planning and preparing for 2 weddings this year, I'm waiting for my head to pop off and spin around on the floor.
Weddings are a big affair for any family. There is so much to be done that it's no wonder the stress of it all puts the couple on edge. In my family preparing for a wedding is a generational affair. It's not left up to only the bride and her mother to prepare and plan everything, they have the backing of sisters, aunties, and cousins as well as the groom's mother, sisters, aunties, and cousins. See, a wedding to us means the joining of not only the couple but 2 families. The preparations and planning is all about getting to know each other and making the sure the bride and groom get what they want AND stay within budget.
My niece got married last month (it almost didn't happen but that's a post for another time). She and her fiance didn't want anything fancy and they aren't religious. They had a courthouse wedding with a luncheon at my sister's place. Just because it was a small affair didn't mean it couldn't be beautiful. There was so much negativity and, not just mean, but cruel comments made about it that my mom and I had had enough. So we invited the groom's mom to join us and the bride, my mom, sister, and myself met up a couple of times beforehand to help her pick out a dress and flowers, then make the bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and a couple of table decorations. My brother-in-law (her step-dad) rented a tent for the back yard. We all pitched in making hot turkey, baked beans, pasta salads, fruit salad, and dessert bars. She even had a small wedding cake with the bride and groom cake topper. It was simple and beautiful, exactly what they wanted.
The Debbie Downers and Negative Nancys can kiss my sorry...I'll behave.
Now you have to understand something. My husband is a patternmaker in the Aerospace industry. What's a patternmaker you ask? Well, it is the person who takes the blue prints from an engineer and makes a "negative" or mold in order for copies to be made, usually in a foundry. You have to be able to visualize the end product and then visualize that as empty space. He has to be precise, 1/10,000 of an inch (less than the width of a human hair) precise. You wouldn't want the moving parts of an airplane or helicopter to be "sort of" precise.
Then there's me...I'm more of the "eyeballing close" kind of precise. I drive him absolutely nuts!
So, I've been patiently waiting for a year (and a month, but who's counting) for my extremely precise husband to make my moveable kitchen island. We even ordered an extra piece of countertop so it would match our new ones.
My instructions were, "I want something simple with a bit of an industrial feel. It has to fit my KitchenAid Pro Stand Mixer (about 17" tall) with a little wiggle room to spare & match the height of the counter tops."
Remember he's precise and my instructions, less so.
Here the finished project. Done just in time for a weekend of marathon baking. Thanks Sweetie! It's perfect!
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