Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thankful Thursday: Birthday Pie

This year's birthday pie
Please. Grab a fork and have a bite. 

My husband indulged me this year for his birthday. I tried a no bake chocolate cheesecake with a gluten free crust. The cheesecake was spot on. The crust ... well a friend said it tasted a bit stale. I used organic, gluten free chocolate rice puff cereal. 

Like so many things in my life lately, it was worth taking a risk and trying a new recipe. I'm thankful Hubby approved a different pie this year. It was his birthday treat. Last year's rustic apple pie still gives me nightmares. 

I also dreaded trying a gluten free crust this year. We found a pricey alternative to wheat flour — C4C. It's so worth it. Hubby can make a beautiful, lattice topped pie crust using Cup For Cup or regular flour. 

While my gluten free pie crust may be stale, I haven't felt that way in other creative endeavors. I'll steal the phrase most use for my toddler tornado (typically with a shake of the head), "Busy, busy, busy." You know what I mean as you are all "busy, busy," too. 

I'm grateful for a new semester of classes, the return of Perfect Picture Book Fridays and that gluten free eating has helped Hubby.

What's your favorite birthday treat?

27 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday, Mr. J and wow, that's some good baking going on there in the Hensen kitchen (whoever said there was a stale crust needs to "go Timeout" and we know the rule is one minute per year of the guilty party... so there... (s)he may be looking at the wall for awhile :)

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    1. Oh Mark. She doesn't deserve timeout. I asked and thankfully, she honestly told me. Sort of like with our manuscripts. We NEED people to give us honest feedback so we can revise. Hee hee. I do like the time out rule of one minute for year though. Hubby is one year older...

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  2. That looks pretty good! Happy Birthday to your husband. My neighbor's husband has to eat gluten free and she is always making stuff a little differently for him.

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    1. Janet, It definitely keeps things interesting.

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  3. Though the pie looks awesome, just time with family is my birthday treat! This year's Ipod gift is tasty too. :)

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    1. Karen, We did a lot of family time - we visited two gold mining towns, rode a small tourist train and visited the state fair. The iPod sounds like a fun gift. Enjoy your day.

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  4. Well done you and happy birthday to Mr J. I tried making a gluten free apple crumble when Daughter came to visit. It was a disaster!

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    1. Rosalind, the "flour" alternatives are tricky. Like I mentioned we tried the Cup for Cup and have been impressed. We're so impressed, we hate to try some of the alternative flours. I do like my coconut flour cupcakes, but they are not popular with the family. :)

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  5. Happy Birthday to your hubby, Stacy.
    The cake looks delicious.
    I've cut out wheat from my diet and so your post with the link came in at the perfect time.
    Although I don't bake, perhaps I should give it a whirl.
    I also book marked the link. Great site.
    Thanks,
    Tracy

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    1. Tracy, There are tons of websites for GF. I have a friend, who doesn't bake unless it's with a trusted GF brand. I'm still exploring. Hubby enjoys making homemade pizza. The GF crust experiment has been interesting.

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    2. Thanks for the info. I'll have to do some exploring.

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  6. Happy Birthday to your hubby, Stacy. The cake looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks Joanna. It was pretty rich (and that's tough for me to admit as a chocoholic).

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  7. Looks delicious!
    Can I come over and have a piece for breakfast?

    Happy B'day Mr Jensen! :)

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    1. I wish I was closer to all my online friends to share Clar!

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  8. This looks incredible! My favorite birthday treat is anything chocolate, so this would definitely qualify!

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  9. It looks delicious! Light and fluffy and CHOCOLATE! Nothing stale about that. Happy birthday to your husband.

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    1. Romelle, Thanks. There was something missing with the crust. The organic chocolate puffs may have more airs than the chocolate coco puffs. Of course, I couldn't find those.

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  10. Yum! I salute your gluten-free efforts. We tried, about 8 years ago, but it was so difficult and really made no positive difference for our son. I'm amazed at how many more gluten free resources there are these days. We used to drive pretty far to find the 'right' foods!
    Glad it was a happy bday!

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    1. I'm sorry to hear it didn't help Cathy. Hubby is noticing a difference, but boy it took a while. We live close to lots of choices. Had his symptoms arose two years ago when we lived in another town, we would have had to drive three hours or get everything shipped to us.

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  11. That pie looks YUM! Glad the gluten-free is helping and hope your better half had a wonderful birthday! :)

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  12. The pie looks not only yummy, but pretty! Figuring out what tastes good GF is definitely a trial and error. Some things are so good they don't even taste GF, but others end up in the trash after one bite. :) I am partial to cupcakes and while I've found a method I like, the bakery around the corner makes great GF ones! Happy Birthday to your husband!

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    1. Coleen, Trial and error (emphasis on the error) is so true.

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  13. That looks good! Happy birthday Mr. Jensen!

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  14. Hi, Stacy! HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY to your hubby. That pie looks yummy!

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