Saturday, 14 November 2015

Low Carb Baking Mix Collection {FREE DOWNLOAD}

As summer approaches for us and I am surrounded by new life I have been encouraged once again to resume my Trim Healthy Mama journey.

I recently purchased the NEW Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook and have been searching for a low carb baking mix to use in more of my cooking.

I have found some really great recipes on pinterest, Facebook and the internet and needed one place to keep them all.

You can download your FREE pdf HERE

None of the Baking Mix recipe’s contained in this round up are my own invention. Each one has been lovingly put together by the passionate cooks around the web.

I have linked each baking mix recipe to the original source on line. Follow the links for the complete recipes and recipe cards. IF an author does not have a printable for their recipe I have typed it out and included it here.

PLEASE be sure to visit these lovely blogs and encourage the cooks who have freely blessed us with these recipes.

Do you have a favourite Low Carb baking mix? Please leave a link in the comments and I will update and add them to the post and to this download.


PS There are a couple of recipe’s here that I could not find the original source text for. If you know where they are from please let me know in the comments so that I may give the author credit for his/her work.

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FREE Low Carb Baking Mix Recipe Collection Briana Thomas Baking Mix Sheri's Gluten Free Baking Mix Rayes Easy Baking Mix Moma's Low Carb Baking Mix

Baking Mix Recipes on the web

**A couple of things to note ...

  1. Oat Fibre is NOT Oat flour or Oat Bran and those two cannot ever substitute for it. Oat Fibre is bran with all the starch stripped from it and is fat and carb free. Currently very difficult to find locally; only online or through the Aussie Mamas store. The only product you can sub for it is Psyllium (found at any health food or major supermarket).
  2. Integral Collagen/Collagen Peptides are the NON-setting Gelatine. Currently this product is not made in Australia and the only options are the Great Lakes GREEN tin, the THM brand. It has mega health benefits especially for those with arthritis/joint issues.  
  3. Protein Powder is Whey Isolate. Only ISOLATE. Whey Concentrate and blends are not on plan.
  4. Flax meal is also called Linseed in Australia.
  5. Gluccomannan is another difficult product to buy locally. Again, Aussie Mamas have it available, or order online from iHerb or similar, or sub with xanthan gum (will not get the same health benefits) or leave it out.
  6. Almond meal and flour are interchangeable. Almond flour is made with the plain almond nut, the meal is coarser and made with the whole almond (including the skin). Doesn't make any difference to the end product.
**Some items are not available in Australia or other countries.

Low Carb Baking Blends

*Baking Mix (FP) by L.Slote

1 c oat fibre
3 tablespoons coconut flour
2 Tablespoons almond flour
3 table spoons golden flax meal
½ teaspoon glucomannan

 Nutrition for ¼ cup serving: 2.9 grams fat, 1.3 grams carbs
*Found on Facebook

Homemade Baking Mix

2 cups Oat fiber 1 cup
3 TBSP coconut flour
1 cup Collagen Peptides
¾ cup + 2 tsp golden flax seed meal ( if you have whole, grind half that amount of whole and you get the right amount of meal)
6 TBSP + 1 tsp Blanched Almond flour
3 TBSP + ½ tsp Glucomannan powder

**Found on Pinterest

Baking Mix (S)

1 ½ cups Oat Fiber
1 ½ cups Coconut Flour
¾ cup Whey Protein Isolate
½ cup Flax Meal
2 Tablespoons glucomannan

Replace cup for cup with flour.
**Found on Pinterest

*Alternative Baking Mix

1 ½ cups oat fiber
1 ½ cups coconut flour
¾ cup Almond Flour
¾ cup Whey Protein Isolate
½ cup ground Golden Flax
2 Tablespoons Glucomannan
2 Tablespoons Collagen Peptides

Nutrition for ¼ cup serving: 4.1 grams fat, 2.3 grams carbs
*Found on Facebook

*Jen’s FP Baking Mix 

1 ½ cup Oat Fibre
1 ½ cup coconut Flour
¾ Cup Almond Flour
¾ cup Whey Protein Isolate Powder
½ cup Golden Flax Meal
2 Tablespoons Glucomannan

Nutrition for ¼ cup serving: 3 grams fat, 2 grams carbs
*Found on Facebook

*Zoe’s Baking Mix 

2 ⅓ Cups Oat Fibre
200 ml Coconut Glour
⅓ cup Oat Flour
½ cup Ground Golden Flax
½ Cup Almond Flour
½ Cup Whey Protein Isolate
2 Tablespoons Collagen Peptides
2 Tablespoons Glucomannan

Nutrition for ¼ cup serving: 3.3 grams fat, 1.6 grams carbs
*Found on Facebook

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Friday, 13 November 2015

GrapeVine Studies - Birth of Jesus: Multi-Level - {Review}

Over the last few years I have seen the name GrapeVine Studies on a few homeschool blogs and have really wanted to use their products with Nathaniel.  I was very excited to learn that they have a Birth of Jesus: Multi-Level and even more excited when they offered it to the crew to use.

One of the things that attracted me to the study is that your student does not need to be writing at any grade level in order to use it.  Not being able to write does not affect their ability to fully use the curriculum.

Currently they have an Old Testament and New Testament overview, Esther,  Biblical Feasts and Holidays, Old Testament Catechism, Birth of Jesus and The Resurrection studies available. You can download a sample of each study HERE.

What we received
  • Birth of Jesus study Student eBook (1.1 MB) - 49 pages consisting of:
    • Birth of Jesus Timeline,
    • The Announcement,
    • Birth of Jesus,
    • The Proclamation,
    • The Wise Men and Herod,
    • Final Review,
    • Map
  • Birth of Jesus Study Traceable eBook (4.9 MB) - 49 pages consisting of the same as the Student eBook.
  • Birth of Jesus Study Teachers Manual (5.24 MB) - 65 pages. This book is divided into:
    • About GrapeVine
    • Teacher Goals
    • Student Goals
    • Supply List
    • Teaching mulit-levels
    • Timeline Narrative
    • Lesson Goals/Key Points
    • The Announcement
    • Birth of Jesus
    • Proclamation
    • Wise Men & Herod
    • Final Review
    • Map

How we used the Study

After downloading the three pdf documents I printed both the teachers and student manual for our use.  I only have a black ink printer so our cover is in grey-scale.  The actual product has a beautiful red and green cover. In the multi-level pack you have two options to use for your students.  The one is the basic student pages and the other is in traceable format which is suitable for younger students or students in need of support in their drawing. The only supplies needed for the student are: a bible, the student pages and coloured pencils.   The student needs the following eight colours to use: Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Brown and Black.

There is not a lot of prep work involved in using the program. The Teachers Manual is well laid out and all the prep work and lessons are laid out in detail.  The basic frame work is laid out for you and it is up to you on how you present the lessons and to what depth you want to pursue each topic according to your own denominational doctrinal belief.

As a teacher you will need The Teachers manual, 8 coloured markers and a bible dictionary.   Since it's only Nathaniel and I, I chose to use sharpie pens and plain white paper as my delivery medium for the lessons. The manual has two different suggested schedules one is daily lessons and the other is weekly.  We did a weekly lesson.
 The program starts with a timeline of events to help the students understand the sequence of events. There is no guess work on how to draw the pictures or what to say to the students it's all laid out for you in the teachers manual. I appreciated having the stick figure guidelines.  This made for a much simplified lesson.  When I first told Nathaniel we would be drawing pictures he complained because he does not like to colour in.  When he saw that we were drawing stick figures he became very enthusiastic of the program.
Teachers Manual sample page.
Working on the stick-figure timeline.

The next stage consisted of looking up the bible verse and then drawing what we had read.  Nathaniel really enjoyed adding up the total number of generations between Adam and Jesus.

Drawing stick-figures for our lesson.
 After completing the last Student Page it was time to do a drawing review.  This consists of the student drawing their favourite part of the story and writing their memory verse.

This is followed with a final review of the study.  The final review consists of 28 questions covering the events from the announcing the generations between Adam and Jesus up to and including when Mary, Joseph and Jesus return and the Word says He grew.

Each sections we studied also had questions covering the lesson. Some lessons had a set of words to look up in a bible dictionary.  There is also a map to label at the end of the book.

*Cost of GrapeVine Birth of Jesus
  • Student Book $8-00
  • Teacher Book $12-50
  • Traceable Book $8-00
  • Student Family eBook $6-50
  •  Teacher eBook $10-00
  • Traceable Family eBook $8-00
*All prices are current at time of review.  Please check the website for up to date pricing before purchasing. All prices shown are in U.S. dollars.
Recommended Age Range
  • Ages 7+

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Over All I thought ...
Nathaniel and I both enjoyed this lesson and look forward to using other GrapeVine products in the future.  He loved the simplicity and that there were no complex drawings and I enjoyed using the Word and coaching him on note taking using stick figures.

The Schoolhouse Review Crew have also reviewed Creation to Jacob.


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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Giraffe Faces {Virtual Fridge}

This Week
Wow time flies so fast and we've missed a few weeks of the Virtual Fridge but I'm pleased to say we are back.  This week we learned to use a new medium: acrylic paint.  Painting small area's was a little challenge for Nathaniel as we have not done very much painting up until now.

This Month's Theme
Welcome to the Virtual Fridge for the month of November. If you are after some inspiration our theme is THANKSGIVING.

This weeks Feature

This weeks feature is a tutorial by Susie from over at Busy Toddler: Fall Leaf Craft.

Your Turn

I invite you to take some photo's of your children's artistic pursuits put them in a post and link up with me I would love to come over and see the wonderful art your children have enjoyed doing.
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