468.0 Simply Mark – Show 13 (Part 1), Season 10, Nov 30, 2017 – Podcast

“…then we can think about time as a vehicle to take us from the life that we’re living today, to the life that we want to live in the future.”

Mark reads his book ‘Organizational Aerodynamics – Ch 10 – Organizational Time’

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Gluten-Free Spritzgebäck Christmas Cookies

We enjoy German Christmas cookies during Advent and the Christmas season, and one of our favorite cookies is Spritzgebäck – a crisp shortbread type cookie that’s traditionally topped with melted chocolate on just a portion of the cookie’s top surface.  Honestly, these cookies are wonderful any time of the year, with or without the melted chocolate.  These simple cookies allow the individual flavors of butter, sugar, eggs, flour and chocolate (when used) to express themselves individually, without competing or being overpowered by icing.

This was my first attempt at making a gluten-free Spritzgebäck, so I only made half a recipe as an experiment, and didn’t opt for the melted chocolate.  While my first ever piping technique needs some artistic work and practice, these Spritzgebäck cookies turned out perfectly – with a delicious traditional Spritzgebäck flavor, a nice golden color, and a sharp snap when broken – just what the holidays call for! 🙂

You can easily find photos of Spritzgebäck online, and lots of traditional German recipes to follow – just look for something that suits your fancy – or use ours.  My wife’s recipe used for these cookies is a traditional family recipe from Germany, and while I made only half a recipe this morning, you can easily double it to make a larger batch.

Spritzgebäck Recipe:

– 125 grams butter

– 125 grams sugar

– 1 egg

– 1 package of vanilla sugar (We use a Dr. Oetker .32 oz/9 grams package, or use vanilla extract instead)

– 125 grams ‘Gluten-Free 1 for 1 flour’

– 125 grams oat flour (I pulse my own oat flour from rolled oats in the food processor)

Combine together in order: butter, sugar, egg, vanilla sugar and gluten-free flour.  The dough will be stiff to begin with, but will loosen up a bit when piped.  You can also form the cookies with a cookie mill instead.  I baked these Spritzgebäck for 17 minutes in a 350 degree F oven, and the recipe made 48, 2″ and 3″ cookies.  Enjoy! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars

I’m a great fan of pumpkin pie in the fall, and as it turns out, I like these ‘Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars’ even better than a traditional pumpkin pie – in fact, I love them! 🙂

My wife found the recipe on ‘Cooking Classy dot com’ for ‘Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars’ and while the recipe isn’t gluten-free, she simply substituted gluten-free flour for the regular flour the recipe called for.  In this case, she used ‘1 for 1 gluten-free flour’ and oat flour in equal measures where flour was called for in the recipe.

The secret to these crumb bars is that there is a hearty oat based crust supporting the pumpkin pie filling, and a delightful crumb topping above it.  As a pumpkin pie lover from day one, my vote is to enjoy these gluten-free versions of ‘Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars’ in the future ~ they’re the best – enjoy! ☼ 🙂

467.0 Simply Mark – Show 50, Season 8, Nov 29, 2017 – Podcast

“Captain Amlwch made the call to turn the ship towards the rocky coastline below the towering cliffs, so as to try and wait out both the weather and the ice, while anchored overnight as close to the shoreline as they dared.”

Mark reads Ch 5, Pt 10 of his Book 3 ‘Jonathan’s Wish (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

466.0 Simply Mark – Show 12, Season 10, Nov 28, 2017 – Podcast

“Today’s lesson is about Organizational Wonder – helping you to see and experience the world around you through the tenderness of a childlike heart, in order to rekindle the wonder, magic, journeys, dreams and adventures of your heart’s desires.”

Mark reads his book ‘Organizational Aerodynamics – Ch 9 – Organizational Wonder’

465.0 Simply Mark – Show 49, Season 8, Nov 27, 2017 – Podcast

“One wrong maneuver in the darkness would have grounded the ship on the rocks along the rocky coastline, putting an end to the urgent mission of delivering their overloaded cargo of precious foodstuffs to the people of Aberon.”

Mark reads Ch 5, Pt 9 of his story ‘Jonathan’s Wish (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

464.0 Simply Mark – Show 11 (Part 2), Season 10, Nov 24, 2017 – Podcast

“We all fail at something along the way and most of us fail a good number of times at all stages of our lives – so you’re not a failure by failing – in fact you’re completely normal.”

Mark reads his book ‘Organizational Aerodynamics – Chapter 8 (Part 2) – Organizational Talent’

463.0 Simply Mark – Show 48, Season 8, Nov 22, 2017 – Podcast

“It couldn’t have come at a more opportune time, as the Wrexham wallowed in increasingly difficult seas, while struggling to maintain progress through thickening ice and lessening winds.”

Mark reads Ch 5, Pt 8 of his Book 3 ‘Jonathan’s Wish (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Gluten-Free Vanilla Snowball Cookies

This year I made gluten-free versions of our favorite German Vanille Hoernchen or Vanilla Crescent cookies as Vanilla Snowball cookies instead ~ and they’re absolutely delicious!

We use a traditional German recipe for making our Vanille Hoernchen (just Google Vanille Hoernchen or Vanilla Crescents), and all we did was substitute Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour for the regular flour called for in the recipe.  I used a small cookie scoop to make 48, 2″ cookies and carefully coated them in a bowl of powdered sugar while still warm.

With a fresh dusting of powdered sugar when served, my vanilla snowballs will be ‘picture perfect’ Christmas treats ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

462.0 Simply Mark – Show 11 (Part 1), Season 10, Nov 21, 2017 – Podcast

“This chapter, Organizational Talent, seeks to illuminate how to turn your hopes, dreams, desires and passions into your calling and vocation in life.”

Mark reads his book ‘Organizational Aerodynamics – Ch 8 (Part 1) – Organizational Talent’