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When I found out my son and I had a gluten intolerance, especially to oats, I started experimenting with favorite recipes. Peach Crisp is one of the many I’ve worked on and though our family really enjoys it, even my husband who isn’t gluten intolerant, I’ve never shared it with anyone else. So if you end up trying this, let me know how you like it!


Tiffiny’s Gluten-Free Peach Crisp

Peach ingredients:

2-3 sliced fresh peaches (or more if you like)

1 Tbsp butter

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

2 tsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp cinnamon


Topping ingredients:

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup softened butter

1/2 cup sweetened almond butter (use crunchy style for more texture)

1/4 tsp gluten-free vanilla extract

1-1/4 cup brown rice flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup walnuts (optional, for more texture)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Placed sliced peaches in a baking dish (9×9 or 8×8 or comparable). Combine the maple syrup, lemon juice and cinnamon and pour over the peaches. Dot with the 1 Tbsp of butter. Set aside.

Mix all the topping ingredients together until well mixed. Then dot small bits of the topping onto the peaches until the peaches are covered. (You may have extra topping leftover.)

Bake for 25-40 minutes, until peaches are bubbly and topping is browned. A shorter cooking time will make your topping more cookie-like, while a longer cooking time will make it crisper.

Let cool until firm, and serve warm. Yummmmm!

(If you use unsweetened almond butter, you may want to increase the brown sugar.)


This will be my last peach recipe this season. I was going to do peach pie next but why? There are a million peach pie recipes out there so what’s the point. I’m not doing anything new or even trying to make a gluten-free pie. Nope, just using the recipe straight out of my 1956 Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook.

Also I’ve realized since my daughter’s condition has been stable and she’s in remission, instead of trying to find a new normal, I’ve tried to go back to the old normal, which is basically impossible. I’m not sure if I’ve been in my usual overachiever mode or if I’m in denial. Maybe both. Either way, I’ve been really stressed and need to back off on some of the things I’ve been doing. Extra cooking, extra blogging, extra anything, I’m cutting back on. So I may not be blogging as much but I’ll still be here, so don’t give up on me… = )

Until next time, Happy Peach Season!


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One of my favorite peach dessert recipes from childhood is Peach Cobbler, eating it fresh out of the oven on a brisk fall night… Never mind that the evening I made it this week it was still in the 90s, it was still delicious in our air-conditioned house, though not quite the same ambience as I remember.


Taken from my 1950s Betty Crocker cookbook handed down from my maternal grandmother to my mom to me, and held together, yes, by duct tape, I converted the original recipe to gluten-free and updated it a bit (like using butter instead of shortening.)



Gluten Free Peach Cobbler

(original recipe from 1956 Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook, Revised and Enlarged)


2/3 c. plus 1 Tbsp. sugar

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

1 c. water

3 c. sliced fresh peaches (or more if you like)

1 c. all-purpose gluten-free flour (I use Bob’s Mills)

3/4 tsp. xanthum gum

1-1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

5 Tbsp. butter, softened to room temperature

1/2 c. milk (I used almond milk)



Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a saucepan, mix 2/3 cup sugar, cornstarch and water. Gradually stir in peaches. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour into 1-1/2 quart baking dish and dot with 2 tablespoons of butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Mix together flour, 1 Tbsp. sugar, baking powder, salt and xanthum gum. Cut 3 tablespoons of butter in “with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture looks like “meal”…” Stir in milk. Drop by spoonfuls onto hot peaches. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Serves 4-6

(If you want to make this a non-gluten-free recipe, just substitute regular all-purpose wheat flour in the same quantity, and omit xanthum gum. Also, Betty recommends using up to 1 cup sugar mixed in with peaches. I went with the 2/3 cup myself.)



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My favorite time of year is approaching. Autumn, you say? Well, I do enjoy autumn, but actually no, my favorite season is Peach Season!

I missed Peach Season last year being in the hospital with my daughter. So I’ve vowed this year to make the most of it! No peach will be left behind!

This week I made a Peach Galette, one of our many favorites. It’s based on a Nectarine Galette recipe (shown below) I found on Sugar content is relatively low which is a plus. And it doesn’t take long to make. It’s so delicious as a dessert or even breakfast. Or, let’s face it, anytime of day. We love it!


I planned to make this in the afternoon, but the day got away from me and by 7:30 I still hadn’t made it. My husband works at night and getting everybody in bed on time by myself doesn’t always go well. Even on a good night, cooking during bedtime isn’t a good idea, but I really wanted to use the lovely peaches we’d picked up from the farmer’s stand the day before. Unfortunately, tonight wasn’t going very smoothly. At 8:30 I was no closer to getting anybody in bed than I was at 7:30 so I decided, what the heck, I’ll make the Galette now.

Preparing the crust, slicing the peaches, sprinkling the sugar were all a small escape from the chaos. I put it in the oven, happy to have something yummy to look forward to, and felt ready to conquer bedtime again.

Bedtime was getting back on track when I took the Galette out of the oven. Perfect! But when I tried to move it to a pretty platter to take a picture, it started cracking. Agh! I hadn’t cooked it long enough! It was now 9:30 and whether it needed to cook longer or not, I was done. After a brief series of expletives I took a few quick close-ups, used the wonders of photo effects to cover my errors, then sliced the Galette. I carefully scooped a slice onto a plate but it ended up a lumpy pile of peaches and crust. Oh well. Two slices later and I finally felt I could handle getting the kids to bed. Very little went as planned but, you know, sometimes life isn’t very pretty but still delicious.



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One of my pattern customers, the fabulous Susan, forwarded picts of some of the Christmas teapot cozies she created using my basic teapot cozy as a base. She’s really creative! Thanks for sharing Susan!

(Earlier I posted picts of other Scottie Dog teapot cozies and Red Hat Society themed teapot cozies she’s made if you’d like to see them too.)

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Baby’s napping. Never know how long she’ll sleep… My son’s been wanting a fuzzy purple pillow… I have had the instructions for “The Ten-Minute Pillow” for, I don’t know, 7 years or more, so today seems like a good time to put them to the test…




4:13-4:16 Measure and cut the fabric (3 minutes)

4:17-4:22 Hem the short ends (including the time to change the needle and thread) (5 minutes)

4:27-4:36 Measure the overlap and underlap. (Realize in straying from the original instructions of making a 12×12 pillow, I’ve missed something and mine is too wide for the 14×14 pillow form I plan to use. I re-measure overlap and underlap, pin and serge. The serger gets hung up on the thick layers so I re-sew on my sewing machine.) (9 minutes)

4:37-4:38 Turn right side out and insert pillow form. Done! (1 minute)

Total: 18 minutes (but if you take away 8 minutes for my overlap/underlap mishap, I’m about at 10 minutes)

AND…. another happy customer! (Probably my happiest EVER!)

Try The Ten-Minute Pillow yourself and let me know how long it takes you. Here are the instructions, courtesy of Claire Schaefer and the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the American Sewing Guild.

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You may have noticed groups of ladies in restaurants and such, all wearing red hats and having a lot of fun? They may be members of The Red Hat Society. One of my pattern customers, the fabulous Susan, is a member of this fun women’s group and created some really cute themed teapot cozies using my basic teapot cozy as a base. Check out her handiwork…

Earlier I posted picts of Scottie Dog teapot cozies she’s made if you’d like to see them too. She’s really creative! Thanks again for sharing Susan!

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A year and a half ago I launched a year-long creative project, 52 Pillows, where I committed to creating a new pillow every week for a year with the intention of elevating myself out of surviving and into thriving. I wanted to transform my life through creativity, to not be bogged down by my circumstances, to “bring myself back to life!” 

I didn’t make it even halfway through my project before I started seeing big results. Little did I know when I started what my circumstances would be, the kind of creativity, nor the type of transformation my life would undergo!…

In the past year and a half, I found out I was pregnant and welcomed our baby girl into the world. She is now almost 10 months old. Creating another person was a serious, full-time creative project in itself! And I never felt so alive as when I gave birth to our daughter. Along with my beautiful baby have come months of sleep deprivation. Even now my daughter rarely sleeps more than 2 hours at a time, day or night. Admittedly, I have plenty of days where I don’t handle things well or rise above my circumstances, but overall I feel I’m doing really well, all things considered. So even though my transformation doesn’t look the way I expected or anticipated, the results so far are thrilling. And who knows what might happen as I continue my project!…

Pillow #21 has taken me 5 months to finish. Things just don’t get done as often or as quickly with a baby in the house! I’ve enjoyed having a creative project to look forward to working on, especially on those really challenging parenting days. And what an accomplishment it feels like to have finally finished it!… For #21 I used a JoAnn Fabrics free pattern I picked up last year. (I’ve included the instructions at the bottom of this post if you want to try it yourself.) I was happy to find a use for scraps from favorite projects and had a lot of fun putting this pillow together.

Who knows how long it will take to get to Pillow #22. I’m not ready to commit to a weekly creation yet, but I do have 2 more pillow projects in the wings I’m looking forward to starting.

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