Super Stay At Home Mommy!

Adventures in the life of a stay at home wife and mom

Gluten Free Pie Taste Testing

I am the official Thanksgiving pie baker in our family. Every year, I like to try out a few different recipes. This year, we have several family members who, for various reasons, have gone gluten-free. It has been my mission to find a gluten-free pie crust recipe, so that everyone could enjoy some tasty dessert! To have a little fun, we decided to gather everyone together and have a little taste test of 4 different gluten-free options. It was a totally blind taste test, and then we all rated the pies based on taste, texture, how it held together, appearance, and how we like the pie overall. We certainly had a blast, and now I am excited to share those results with you!! Hopefully this will help you choose the perfect gluten-free crust for your holiday pies!

1st Place: Paleo Pie Crust

I filled this one with a dark chocolate and coconut pudding.

I filled this one with a dark chocolate and coconut pudding.

This pie crust is made with just 4 ingredients- the main component being almond flour. It is pressed into the pie pan, and I found that it was probably the easiest overall to make. It cut apart easily and held together incredibly well. As an added bonus, with the right filling this would work as a low carb crust as well!

Here’s our score breakdown (A total of 35 points possible in each category):
Taste: 33/35 points, 94%
Texture: 30/35 points, 86%
How it held together: 34/35 points, 97%
Appearance: 33/35 points, 94%
Overall: 34/35 points, 97%
Altogether, that brings this pie crust’s official score to: 94%!!

2nd Place: Gluten Free Pie Crust

This pie was filled with canned cherry pie filling.

This pie was filled with canned cherry pie filling.

This crust was made using gluten-free flour. The main ingredients in gluten-free flour include rice flour and tapioca flour. It was the only crust that was rolled out with a rolling pin, and, therefore, could have both a top and bottom. To me, it was the one that most resembled a typical pie. We did find that it was a little difficult to cut, which lead to difficulties scooping it out of the pie pan (and therefore lowering its’ score for “how it holds together”). That could, in part, have to do with the fact that the recipe did not include a cook time, so I sort of had to wing it. I ended up cooking it for 30 minutes, which may have been a touch too long, making the crust a little tough.

Here’s our score breakdown (A total of 35 points possible in each category):
Taste: 28/35, 80%
Texture: 29/35, 86%
How it held together: 31/35, 89%
Appearance: 28/35, 80%
Overall: 28/35, 80%
Altogether, that brings this pie crusts official score to: 86%

3rd Place: Paleo Pecan Crust

Cheesecake!

Cheesecake!

This crust is also just 4 ingredients! Its main ingredient is ground pecans. Because of the crumbly nature of the crust, it did not hold together as well, but the flavor is great (as long as you enjoy pecans). I found it to be the perfect crust for a cheesecake. This is also a great low carb option!

Here’s our score breakdown (A total of 35 points possible in each category):
Taste: 26/35, 74%
Texture: 28/35, 80%
How it held together: 19/35, 54%
Appearance: 30/35, 86%
Overall: 25.5/35, 73%
Altogether, that brings this pie crusts official score to: 73%

4th Place: Gluten Free Sugar Cookie

For this one, I used a canned lemon filling

For this one, I used a canned lemon filling

The fact that this came in last place was honestly no surprise to me. It was sort of an experiment after I failed to find my original 4th option in the store. Ideally, I wanted to get the Pillsbury refrigerated gluten-free pie crusts. However, I could not find them anywhere in the store. So, as a Plan B, I went with a gluten-free sugar cookie baking mix by Betty Crocker. There were extreme mixed reviews on this pie. Some loved it, others (myself included), not so much. I’ll let the number speak for themselves…

Here’s our score breakdown (A total of 35 points possible in each category):
Taste: 28/35, 80%
Texture: 21/35, 60%
How it held together: 18/35, 51%
Appearance: 24/35, 69%
Overall: 24/35, 69%
Altogether, that brings this pie crusts official score to: 66%

Now, to take these results and figure out what I’ll do for Thanksgiving…

And if anyone finds one of those Pillsbury gluten-free crusts, I’d love to know how it tastes!

***Because this was solely for the purpose of crust tasting, I took the easy way out on the filling…. If you’re looking for a great homemade filling for your pie, here’s a few of my favorites!
Pineapple Upsidedown Pie
-Cranberry Cherry Pie
-Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

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Mandy K Designs XOXO Dress!

A couple weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to test a new pattern from Mandy K DesignsThe XOXO dress! I am excited to announce that this pattern has now been released for all to sew!

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I fell in love with this pattern! It was my first time sewing a pattern by Mandy K Designs, and I was impressed by the amount of details included in the tutorial. I am confident that someone who is more on the beginner side could complete this dress, as the directions she provides are very clear. What an opportunity to learn new techniques!

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Who doesn’t love a pattern with options?? This one does not disappoint! There are options for tunic/dress length, ruffled/non-ruffled sweetheart top, rouched ruffle, traditional ruffle. Sizes range from 12 months-14, AND she even includes a doll size!

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And the corset back! This dress should fit nicely for a while! Check out the pictures on the sales page, it even layers well!

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We made the tunic length with a traditional gathered ruffle. I can’t wait to try out the other options, though. How cute does Miss Jessa look?!?!

You can snag a copy of the pattern for just $5 through November 9! Get it HERE!

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Teaching Kids to Sew

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Linnaea has been begging me to teach her to sew for a while now. I’ve had her climb onto my lap and help hold fabric while I sew things, but that just wasn’t cutting it anymore. She wanted to sew on her own.

Of course, I couldn’t imagine letting her sit on my machine and sew away, so I started looking for kids sewing machines. I found a cute little toy machine for just $20 and thought I’d struck gold! She was so excited when I brought it home. The excitement ended quickly when we discovered that it was impossible to thread, barely held fabric together, and was so loud that she couldn’t hear me instruct her as she went.

Back to square one. Sitting on Mom’s lap, “sewing.” While out thrifting with my Mother-in-law (one of our favorite things to do!), we stumbled upon a little machine meant for mending clothes. Great! A simple machine, perfect for a kid! And just $10! I rushed home to show Linnaea what we’d found…. And then struggled with the thing for several hours trying to convince it to sew something, ANYTHING. No go. UGH!

With Linnaea’s birthday coming up, we decided it was finally time to just commit and get her the real deal. Find her a real machine that she could actually learn on. And that’s when we found THIS beauty! The Janome was everything I’d been searching for. Just the right size, a guard so her little fingers don’t get hurt by the needle, and simple to use. Most importantly, it works!! And, you can’t go wrong with the fun colors!

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As soon as she opened her present, she was ready to get started! And it didn’t take us long to get sewing. We’ve started following along with a little series on The Mouse House blog called “Little Stitchers,” which begins with teaching kids how to sew straight lines and progresses into easy projects that they can complete with the help or mom or dad!

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My girl is a natural. It makes my heart happy to see her enjoying something that I am passionate about. What a fun hobby we can share together <3

How cute is her little foot on that pedal! Love it!

What did I learn in this journey? Skip the toy machines, and the “as seen on tv” machines. Go straight for the real deal. You’ll waste your time and money messing around with machines that will only frustrate you in the end. The Janome was the perfect find for us, but here’s a list of a few other recommended starter machines if you’re looking for something a little different!

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Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop: Cambridge Cardigan!

This week, I had the opportunity to test a pattern by Peek-A-Boo Patterns! The new Cambridge Cardigan!

I’ve only sewn her kids pattern in the past, so I was excited to have the chance to sew one of her adult patterns.

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The size range is huge, which, as a plus size girl, I really appreciate. It went together quick and easy, and the outcome is beautiful! I’ll be adding many more to my wardrobe, I’m sure– especially with the cold weather coming. These are great for layering!

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I used THIS and THIS jersey fabric from Mabel Madison. Talk about high quality, and GORGEOUS! And it is so soft and comfy. I don’t want to take it off! AND, if you’re sewing for boys, you MUST check out her selection of boy fabrics! Plus– right now they’re having a 15% off sale and FREE shipping on all orders!

Yes, my eyes are closed, but it was the only pic I had where you could see the front! lol.

Yes, my eyes are closed, but it was the only pic I had where you could see the front! lol.

Go get your Cambridge Cardigan pattern today! It’s on sale for 15% off through tomorrow (Oct. 23)!!

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Trick or Treat!! (Free bag tutorial!!)

I decided to make trick or treat bags for the girls this year. I have wanted to every year for a while now, but other things always seem to get in the way. So, this year I was determined to get it done! I even got them done EARLY! And, I managed to make a couple extras for my adorable niece and nephew.

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I used this FREE tutorial from The Cottage Mama! I just love how they turned out, and the girls do too.

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The applique I used is from Lynnie Pinnie. I thought it added the perfect little personalized touch to each bag.

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Happy Halloween!

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Greenstyle Creations Sewalong– The Finished Product!

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Have you been following along with the Greenstyle Creations Laurel/Laurelette sewalong? I finished mine this morning, and I am so excited with how they turned out!

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You still have a few days to join in and catch up! There is an awesome prize package being offered, so get your pictures submitted by Sunday! Go to the Greenstyle Creations Facebook page for more information!

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Or, if you’d rather skip the sewalong and just make one of these for yourself, pick up the patterns HERE!

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(I did finish the adult version as well, and will post pictures later– I’m going to wear it to a wedding this weekend!)

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Greenstyle Sewalong Day 1

Anyone else decide to join in on the sewalong? Today was day one!!

I got my patterns put together and my fabric cut, and I’m excited to get sewing tomorrow!!

This is the gorgeous fabric that I'll be using for my Laurel tunic. This is only the second thing that I've ever sewn for myself, so I am anxious to see it come together!

This is the gorgeous fabric that I’ll be using for my Laurel tunic. This is only the second thing that I’ve ever sewn for myself, so I am anxious to see it come together!

Check out Starly’s blog post for some helpful hints, and don’t forget to join the Greenstyle Creations Facebook Group!

And this will be the fabric for the girls' Laurelette dresses

And this will be the fabric for the girls’ Laurelette dresses

Check back in with me throughout the week to follow my updates :) And have a wonderful evening!

My little helper <3

My little helper <3

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Join me for a Sewalong!

Greenstyle Creations, along with Starly from Sew Starly, are hosting a sew-a-long!!

What are we sewing? The popular women’s Laurel pattern and the newly released girls version, Laurelette!

When? September 29-October 5

Where? Greenstlye Creations Facebook group! (There just may be some pattern and fabric discounts if you join us…. hint, hint!)

I am so excited to sew them up! There are TONS of options, and an awesome range in sizes.

Join the Greestyle Creations group, and check out Starly’s blog post for more information!!

I’ll update the blog on my progress as I go! Join me back here next week!

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Elsa Dress!!

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I’m BAAAAACCCCKKKKK

Sigh, I don’t know what is going on with me! I WILL get back into blogging…. This is step one.

Anyway– My most recent project that I wanted to share with you all was this beautiful Elsa dress for my daughter

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Not only was it a pretty quick and easy sew, the pattern was FREE! This thrifty mom loves free!! Get it from Peek-A-Boo pattern shop, HERE!

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Using my Joann’s coupons, I raided their section of Frozen fabric (yes, there is an entire section of it at my store). We also recently got a fabric section in our Walmart that I took advantage of. All together, this dress cost a whopping $12!!!! So exciting! That’s cheaper than the lesser quality dresses you find at the store.

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My little Queen Linnaea is thrilled, and would live in it if I let her! Happy kid= happy mommy <3

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Sorry! I’ve neglected my blog :( Life is….well, CRAZY! It seems I just never have a moment to sit and write. Or, when I do have a moment, I’m spending it unwinding and relaxing. However, I am trying to get myself motivated to start really blogging again. I enjoy it so much, and really miss it.

With that being said, my favorite time is coming up again– Kids Clothes Week!!! July 21st-27th. Unfortunately (for me anyways), that falls during a week that we’ll be on vacation. BUMMER! (Or not…. I’ll be on VACATION!!!)  SO, my goal is to get some sewing done the week prior. I need to get some things sewn to take on vacation with us anyways, and this is the perfect opportunity! So, mark your calendars!

I also have several recipes I’ve been wanting to share! My low carb recipes seem to be my biggest hits, so I plan to share a few more that we’ve fallen in love with. Hang in there, while I work on getting my blog mojo back!!

As always, thanks for reading!!!

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