Kirsten and Chrissa’s Picnic

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“Oh Chrissa, thank you so much for inviting me to this picnic. It’s too beautiful a day to be spent indoors.”

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“Yes Kirsten, the weather’s impeccable. Would you like a cookie?”

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“No, I have celiac disease.”

 

“What in the world is that?”

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“It’s an autoimmune disease in your small intestine. If you have the right genes, your small intestine can be damaged. The only known way to treat celiac disease is to not eat gluten.”

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“Wait, I’ve heard of gluten! Let’s see……it’s in salt, no milk…”

 

“Nope. Gluten is a protein found in the tribe Triticeae, which includes wheat, rye and barley. Wheat is what makes most flours, so that’s why I can’t eat your delicious looking cookie.”

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“Kirsten, suppose you had eaten that cookie, what would have happened?

 

“It depends on the person, but my stomach feels horrible. With other people, even tiny bit of flour left over on a pan can set off a severe anaphylactic reaction. In addition to celiacs, people with gluten sensitivity, wheat allergies and people who just like it better without wheat have a gluten free diet.”

 

“Well, I’m so sorry that you can’t have those cookies I brought.”

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“That’s okay Chrissa, I brought gluten free cupcakes to share! They’re made with rice flour, instead of wheat.”

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“They’re yummy! Thanks for sharing your gluten free cupcakes!”

Bonus: here’s my family’s famous gluten free cake recipe! Enjoy!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
2 cup gluten free flour mix
1 cup sugar (210 g)
½ cup cocoa powder (55 g)
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 ½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
1/3 cup water
15 oz can beets
1 cup water
1/3 cup canola oil
2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven to 350. Grease (2) 8″ square, 9″ round or 18 regular sized or 24 mini muffin tins
2.  Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum in bowl.  Combine well.
4.  Place in blender ground flax seeds and 1/3 cup of water and liquefy for 30 seconds.
5. To blender, add beets, 1 c water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Process until frothy and well blended.
6. Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredients. Mix quickly just until everything is evenly moistened.
7. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake *immediately* for 35-40 mins or until tester comes out clean

Frost when completely cool.

Note: if you use wheat flour, the xanthan gum can be cut.

 

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Day at the Ranch

Last week, Kirsten went to her friend Christena’s house. Here’s what happened, in her own words.

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This is me conched out after a night of movies and food at my friend Christena’s house. Her alarm woke me up, but I wasn’t ready.

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“Get up, Kirsten! We have so many fun things to do today!” she said, “Rise and shine!”

After much coaxing, and, I’m embarrassed to say, jumping on me, I finally got moving.

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“Time to make the bed. You grab this side, Kirsten, and I’ll-”

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“Pillow fight!!!!!!”

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Yes, we don’t stay on task very well. After that *diversion* we went out to the stable.

IMG_0316“Here’s my horse, Jackson. Are you ready to ride him?”

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“I think so?!?!?! First I need to untangle this thing!”

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“Well, while you do that, I’ll brush Jackson to get the dirt off. He doesn’t like it under his saddle.”

IMG_0324“Are you ready, Kirsten?”

“Yes!”

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As Christena led me around the ring, I was so happy to have such a great friend……..with a great horse!

Thank you to my great friend, Rainbow Sprinkles, for making this photostory with me. To see this from her doll’s point of view, click here.

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Opal’s First Frozen Custard

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“Opal, are you ready to have the Gal’s favorite frozen treat!”

“Is it ice cream?”

“No, no, no, this is frozen custard. It’s different.”

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“So how is frozen custard different than ice cream?”

“Well, frozen custard is 10% butter fat and 1.4% egg yokes. Any less egg yoke, it is called ice cream. Frozen custard has less air in it, making it very smooth and dense. It’s served at about 26 degrees, as apposed to ice cream’s 10, which helps you taste all the flavors, because your taste buds don’t get numbed. It is typically in a machine like this one. The custard comes out through the hatch, into the bucket underneath.”

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“How was frozen custard become popular?” asked Opal.

“It was invented in 1919 in Coney Island, New York,” replied Chrissa,” when brothers Elton and Archie Kohr discovered that when you add eggs to ice cream, the end product is smoother. The “frozen custard” was a big hit; selling 18,460 cones on it’s first weekend. It was introduced to a wider audience at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago. Frozen custard was especially a hit with Midwesterners; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is called the unofficial frozen custard capitol of the world.”

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“Wow! That’s so cool! Let’s order! Hmmmm, so many choices. I would like a Coffee Chip, please.” said Opie.

“And I want Mint Chocolate Chip. Now we just have to wait for them to mix them up.” added Chrissa.

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“Mmmmm. Looks delicious! Thanks!”

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“I can’t wait to dig in!”

*10 minutes later*

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“Wow! That frozen custard was very yummy! No wonder it sold 18,460 cones on it’s first weekend! But I have one question. Why are we eating frozen custard in January?” wondered Opal

“Well, it’s never too cold for ice cream………or frozen custard!”

This has been a “Willsbardgirl Educational Doll Photosory” production. If you didn’t know, every once in a while, I do some kind of project that involves sharing my work with the world. Usually, my dolls willingly vollinteer to share the information. Also, as you might have deduced, I named my new doll Opal. Thank you all for voting and suggesting names!

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Emily’s Last Trick-or-Treat: A Halloween Photostory

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On Halloween night, Emily was walking along a street in her costume. 2013-10-21 02.52.51

She came across a eerie, chilling, rundown house. “Hmmm. I bet they have yummy candy.” Emily thought, and she stepped through the gate.2013-10-21 02.54.13

As she was walking up the walkway, the gate closed with a bone chilling crrreeeekkkk!

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Suddenly, she wasn’t so sure about this house. “It’s only going to take a minute.” she said to no one in particular.

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“Knock, knock, knock. Trick or treat!”

2013-10-21 02.58.39“Ummm. Where are they? Anybody home?”

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From the shadows, a hideous creature emerged, with ratty curls, bloodied apron, oddly vacant mask, and a sharp looking dagger.

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The “thing” advanced on Emily. She screamed and ran.

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“No. no. no.no.no.no.no.no! Don’t hurt me! I’m innocent!” cried a desperate Emily.

2013-10-21 03.10.00“Me only come to kill.”

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Emily heard a blood-curdling shriek coming from who-knows-where, and everything went black.

 

Happy Halloween!

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Kirsten and Silvius’s Walk

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Today, Kirsten and Silvius went on a stroll in the park.

“Silvius, please walk slower.”

“You know that dolls walk slower then cows.”

“SILVIUS!!!! SLOW DOWN!”

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“Silvius!!!!!!”

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“Silvius, why are you running away, not towards me”

Photo Sep 01, 2 44 27 PM“Moo, Moo climb a tree.” lowed Silvius.

 

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“Silvius, get down from that tree, NOW!” shouted Kirsten, and Silvius did, but he fell.

Photo Sep 01, 2 47 52 PMAfter a lot of chasing, Kirsten finally cornered Silvius in a tree root.

“Got ya!”

Photo Sep 01, 2 48 32 PM“Silvius, why are you floating away?”

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As Silvius flew higher and higher, Kirsten got more and more worried. With a extra hard gust of wind, he was gone.

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“Oh no! Where did he go? He must be gone forever. But he was the best cow you could ever wish for. He was nice and *ahem* petite, and………………………….Oh I miss you so, Silvius!”

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Kirsten felt so horrible about losing her noble cow that she laid down and cried.

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Kirsten was crying so hard that at first she didn’t notice the rough tongue licking her tears away.

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“Silvius! Where were you? Are you hurt? How did you find me? Did you meet any lady cows?”

Overloaded with questions, all Silvius could udder was a halfhearted “moo.”

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“Well, I guess we better finish our walk, Silvius.” and this time, he went at her pace.

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P.S. Do you like the new theme?