Saturday, November 10, 2018

Country Mouse Scones (Gluten FREE and the 2nd most asked for recipe)

Country Mouse Scones 
Joy writes:

I have been asked for this recipe more times than I can count, and so I decided to put it here, on the blog/ministry site so that others can bake them if they want.

Now, I have to say that the "original" recipe was posted on my daughter's blog called TRYING l TASTING l EXPERIMENTING & ENJOYING and the post was called "Emily & Ashley's Amazing Bowen Island Scones.    The original recipe is delicious - and Ashley makes this recipe often.
However, when I started the ministry, I decided that I would just substitute some things.  LITTLE DID I KNOW that you just "CAN'T" do that with gluten free baking!!  But, I didn't know that, and well, don't EVER tell a Thomas-Klassen that you can't do something!!

ANYHOW, I did substitute - the first thing, I substituted the spelt flour for brown rice flour ... and the rest is history.  I can not tell you HOW often I have made these for NON GLUTEN FREE people to enjoy!  Perhaps some of you have eaten them and you didn't even know!

My daughter told me I should just name my recipe since it is so different from hers.  It is a bit of a teasing in my family as I have a blog and my kids lovingly call me "country mouse" at times SO she suggested I call it Country Mouse Scones.

So here is the recipe:  Country Mouse Scones by Joy :)

1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1/4 cup GLUTEN FREE Oats
1/4 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup sugar   (I have used brown, white, and coconut palm sugar and it is all good)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup olive oil (or I have used grape seed oil)
1/4 cup chocolate chips or more!!
1 tsp vanila
2/3 cup fresh cranberries (or other fresh berries, or even frozen berries)
                                         ** I love the tartness of cranberries, and use them often
1/4 cup hemp hearts
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup ground chia seeds (or whole)
1/4 cup coconut
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup walnuts or pecans
about 1 cup buttermilk or yogurt (I prefer buttermilk, but both work)

**other options:  you could also use raisins, craisens, and also I have cut up dried apricots and used them

REGARDING THE BUTTERMILK OR YOGURT - you may have to add more depending on other things you may add in - or whether you don't add in everything I did.  Start with 1/2 cup and work from there.  The mixture should be workable- wet but not sticky.

I put all dry ingredients in a bowl, and stir it all together.  Add the oil, vanilla and buttermilk or yogurt.  Stir it together with a fork.  Once it is mixed together, turn out onto a cookie sheet.  If you want, use parchment, however it is not necessary.  Pat it down into a circle about 7 inches in diameter.  I then take a straight edge baking utensil (can't remember the name lol) and but it like a pie - into 8 sections.  I sprinkle sugar on top.  It's ready to put into the oven!!
Bake at 400 degrees C for about 20 minutes.  Since ovens vary - check at 15 min.   It will look nice and golden on top and ready to cool and enjoy! 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Unless a seed falls to the ground and dies ...

It is fall.  Well, in Manitoba it feels more like an early winter.  The other day we were planting about 18 trees in the yard, the back third that is yet to be completed.  Working with wet mud and cold water made for 4 cold hands!! (Alvin and I).   However, in the cold, and the wet, and the wind I have seen the beauty as things have died, and are hunkering down for fall!

One of those sights was this - my milkweed plants.  They were beautiful all summer - and produced monarchs (5 of which I raised indoors after taking the caterpillars inside, and watching the process!). Then I returned them to their place of birth in the yard!!

The other day I saw how they had pods, which had dried and twisted open, and the seeds were tumbling out and flying.  Unless a seed falls to the ground and dies ...
What an example of faith - and how we are called to die to ourselves and let the Saviour do his work.
Oh LORD work in us!!

Please keep us in your prayers - as people come and go.  As women and men alike allow me/us into their lives.  We hear stories.  Some are really hard stories, but we see where God has been in them.  We appreciate your support - in prayer, in your presence as you walk with us, in any volunteer work, and definitely in finances!  We could not do this without you.  This ministry is way bigger than the two of us - and we continue to open our hands and allow God to do HIS work.  This is HIS.  TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!

Sunday, May 20, 2018


Our 3rd Evening of Celebration and Giving gala was a huge success.  We had about 175 people filling the room at the Niakwa Golf and Country Club on April 19, 2018

We are very thankful for those who so generously helped to sponsor the evening.  Please go to the top of our site and click on FRIENDS OF THE WELL.

We also showed our video for the very first time publicly.  We are so pleased with the work that Matt did, bringing the video together.  So PLEASE take a look.  Again, go to the tab that says VIDEO.

We are excited about SPRING having arrived and seeing the many different shades of green in our yard!  God knows how to show off HIS creation!  Here are a few pics!  ENJOY!

love the buds that are happening on the trees and shrubs

This was one of my sister's first bikes! It got a new paint job and will find a place in the garden.

The evergreens are in bud!

I always stand amazed at the beauty of the garden!  

Lots in process

as I said ... lots

thankful for the work and help of Maxine Gacek, and the ongoing work of Joy's husband Alvin

These got planted in 2010... and are now a very nice windbreak of evergreens!

Maxine has been doing some work on this berm ...  lots of thought behind the process!

This is a picture of the OUTDOOR SANCTUARY that is going to be built
in a couple week!  We are excited about this.  Timbers and metal are ordered.
Now just looking for some old doors!