Menu Plan Monday, September 15!

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The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is gluten-free Portuguese food! Since some of my growing up was done in Portugal, I am a huge fan of Portuguese food. My absolute favorites are roasted chicken (I am hoping that I eventually heal enough to be able to eat this again!) and Portuguese soup. Portuguese soup is so awesome in that you can make it out of almost anything and it always tastes good unless you forget to add some salt–almost like stone soup! I’ve even made it Paleo friendly for a friend by using cauliflower instead of potatoes. It is on the menu this week and I can’t wait to sit down and have a huge bowl of that comfort food!

Sunday's dinner!

Sunday’s dinner!

I made these snack balls last week and boy were they super yummy. I decided to try them because they didn’t have any nuts in them and neither did they have any oats in them. I was worried they would be weird, but they were a wonderful tasty snack. Apple Pie Balls–you should try them! And check back later in the week–I’ll finally be sharing my most favorite gluten-free pizza crust recipe!

Sunday
Breakfast:
Chocolate rice cereal, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars
Lunch:
Veggie Burger, baked potato, corn on the cob, tomatoes
Dinner: Leftovers

Rest of the week:
Breakfast Choices:
Pink Panther Smoothie
Eggs
Pumpkin Waffles
Chocolate Muffins
Chocolate Raw-Nola from Choosing Raw Cookbook
Raspberry “Oat” Bars (I will use quinoa flakes)
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Dinner:
Sweet and Sour Shrimp Stir fry with egg rolls
Portuguese Soup
Simple Corn Soup (Leftover!)
Orange Berry Smoothie with popcorn
Freezer Burritos
Pizza, salad
Leftovers!

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!

Fall Nesting

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It’s a tradition around my house that the beginning of September is the beginning of fall! I know the actual date isn’t until the end of the month and I also know that it is usually still in the mid-90’s (degrees F) temperature wise, but I always hope that decorating for one of my favorite seasons will cool off the weather faster.

This year I was looking to simplify more of my decorations and change some things that I wasn’t thrilled about in our living areas. I actually managed to do this by only spending about $10.00 (and didn’t even need to spend that really) by shopping around my house. I am super excited to see and use my new spaces and thought I would share them with you.

First thing I did was to go to Hobby Lobby. I love looking around that store for inspiration even if I don’t buy anything. I ended up buying a large glass vase, some wooden pumpkins, and some sparkly acorns.

Then I decided to move some furniture around. I wanted a different end table in one spot in my sitting room, so we played musical end tables. One came in from the porch, another moved out to the porch, and another just switched spaces. With a “new” end table in one spot I needed a new lamp! I thought I would have to go shopping, but I actually didn’t!

I got out my fall decorations stashed in my closet and pulled out my string of candy corn lights (a clearance purchase from a few years back). I placed these in the glass vase I purchased and added some variety with the wooden pumpkins and sparkly acorns. It is a delightful new lamp that is absolutely perfect.

The new fall lamp in the background

The new fall lamp in the background

After that all that was left to do was spread the joy of the rest of the fall decorations. Here are some pictures of the rest of the decorations–all reused from what I had purchased from previous years. Happy Fall Everyone!

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Menu Plan Monday, September 8!

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The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is gluten-free Mexican food. I love Mexican food and love that it is so easy to prepare. This week we don’t have anything particularly Mexican on the menu, but I will probably hit up my stash of freezer burritos in the freezer or for a quick dinner whip up some nachos.

No food picture this week, so here's a picture of the Princess and I cleaning out the closet

No food picture this week, so here’s a picture of the Princess and I cleaning out the closet

This week is back to normal, so I’m going to try to get most of the cooking done today or tomorrow for the week. Can you believe that we’re already into our fourth week of school? I’m hoping that some sort of routine is going to lock into place for us this week.

Sunday
Breakfast:
Chocolate rice cereal, strawberries, toast
Lunch:
Chef Salad, Pull Apart Dinner Rolls (GF), Boxed brownies
Dinner: Leftovers

Rest of the week:
Breakfast Choices:
Pink Panther Smoothie
Eggs
Pumpkin Waffles
Chocolate Muffins
Paleo English Muffins
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars
Sweet Potatoes with Vanilla Almond Butter from Choosing Raw cookbook

Dinner:
Chicken nuggets, sweet potato fries, frozen veggie (probably fish nuggets for me)
Simple Corn Soup
Tuna Apple Salad
Avocado Salad
Creamy Raspberry Vanilla Smoothie with popcorn
Freezer Burritos
Pizza, salad
Leftovers!

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!

Currently I’m…

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I had several posts started, but none of them got finished today. So I’m going with my favorite: a list!

Wasabi tape

Wasabi tape

Currently I’m

Reading: The Bible (Proverbs & Numbers), The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Novel, and The Finkler Question. And of course Ramona Quimby, Age 8 to the Princess.
Watching: A Woman of Substance, and Under the Dome
Trying: to come up with more ways to cook vegetables that all three of us will enjoy!
Cooking: croutons to go with my chef salad!
Eating: Peach Coffee Cake. YUM!
Drinking: Orange Infused water!
Calling: My sister to get updates on my new niece
Pinning: Fall ideas, organizing ideas and new recipe ideas
Crafting: Maybe a new planner for next year, coloring in my new coloring book, and anything I can think of that involves wasabi tape/my new label maker, or my sharpie markers.
Enjoying: The flavors of Fall (Pumpkin, cinnamon, NUTMEG!)
Hoping for: COOLER WEATHER
Listening to: Chris Rice (He’s mellow and seems to calm both me and the Princess when we’re in a hurry to get to school on time.
Smelling: Coffee!

My new coloring book and favorite coloring pencils!

My new coloring book and favorite coloring pencils!

Menu Plan Monday, September 1!

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The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is gluten-free Italian food. My favorite is spaghetti and meatballs. It is not on the plan for this week, but I try it usually at least once a month. It can get complicated with 3 different noodle needs/preferences plus 1-2 different sauces and meatballs! Another favorite for me and my husband is lasagna. The last time I made it with cashew ricotta and Portobello mushroom caps and it turned out pretty good.

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This week I have a little extra time off work, so I am working on some freezer breakfasts! Today was Lighter Chocolate Muffins, and tomorrow is Peach Coffee Cake. I’ve also been reading through a new cookbook, “Choosing Raw.” I am hoping to integrate some of those recipes also. Some of them sound so easy and all of them sound healthy and yummy! A couple that I want to try are “Buckwheaties,” “Easy Pumpkin Soup,” and a raw chocolate granola.

Sunday
Breakfast:
Peach and raspberry fruit bowl, gf cinnamon raisin toast.
Lunch:
Irresistible Grilled Shrimp, sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, fresh fruit salsa to go with the shrimp
Dinner: Leftovers

Rest of the week:
Breakfast Choices:
Pink Panther Smoothie
Eggs
Pumpkin Waffles
Chocolate Muffins
Peach Coffee Cake
Paleo English Muffins
Sweet Potatoes

Dinner:
Breakfast for dinner: Pumpkin waffles didn’t happen this week, so this is a repeat!
My husband’s famous Chili with cornbread or rolls
Chef Salad with croutons
Avocado Salad
Peachy Keen Smoothie from “Choosing Raw” cookbook with popcorn
Veggie soup from the freezer
Pizza, salad
Leftovers!

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!

Things I’m Into This Summer

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This summer has been really hot, so my favorite things have been cold drinks!

First up, my water drinking:

Water!


I noticed at the beginning of the summer that I just wasn’t drinking enough. After pondering the whys and wherefores for a while I decided it was the plastic in my drinking glasses, the fact that I was suddenly bored with the taste of water, and some plain ordinary laziness.

So, I purchased a glass water bottle which has worked out wonderfully. I love the refreshing taste and I’ve definitely drunk more using it. Usually, a new water bottle works that way for me for a couple of months, but I will get bored using it daily. I’m going on six months with this one and I’m still not bored! A huge plus is that it is easy to clean. All sorts of disgusting things grow in water bottles in Florida if they are not cleaned daily.

Next I purchased a purchased a couple of water infusers. Basically, you cut up some fruit, put it in the plastic ball, and let the fruit flavor transfer to the water. It usually takes 12-24 hours to get the real flavor going and then a day later you should probably change out the fruit. I get the most yummy tasting water that way. I’ve tried all sorts of combos such as strawberry and mint to lemon and strawberry (my favorite) and just plain orange or just plain lime. It is so yummy and water hasn’t been boring at all!

Second up, my coffee drinking:

Coffee!


Some days have just been way too hot for hot coffee. Coffee shop coffees haven’t had much appeal since I can’t have creamers in them so I decided to come up with something I can have. I started making coffee concentrate (twice as much water as coffee–1 cup coffee grounds to 2 cups water–put into a container and steeped overnight on the counter and filtered in the morning) and mixing it with some almond milk and just a dash of either honey or maple syrup. It’s my own coffee shop only much, much cheaper! Plus I get to use some cute glass straws!

So there you have it–two easy ways to keep hydrated during the last few dog days of summer! What about you? Do you have a favorite beverage to keep you cool in the summer?

Menu Plan Monday, August 25th!

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The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is quick and easy gluten-free meals. Quick and easy is my theme all of the time right now. Life is just too exciting to spend hours in the kitchen. The past couple of weeks I’ve spent just a couple of hours one afternoon and prepped or cooked most of the meals for the week. It’s worked out on the evenings that I have to work because I can just come home and warm something up. I’m excited to get some new ideas for quick and easy dinners this week!

My Mom made me a birthday cake!

My Mom made me a birthday cake!

My super yummy dinner!

My super yummy dinner!

This week is my birthday and when everyone came over yesterday for dinner, my mom surprised me with a birthday cake! It was super-duper yummy and I can’t wait to sample some of the leftovers today. Other than that we’re ready to attack our first full week of school with vigor and I am hoping that we get some sort of routine down.

Sunday
Breakfast:
grilled peanut butter and jelly for everyone else, grilled almond butter and apple butter sandwich for me.
Lunch: Shepherd’s Pie for everyone else, Tex-Mex Shepherd’s pie from Everyday Happy Herbivore cookbook for me with yummy Gluten-free Dinner Rolls and birthday cake from Gluten-free On A Shoestring Quick and Easy cookbook with ice cream (So Delicious Coconut Vanilla for me)
Dinner: Vegan Nachos (even without any dairy free cheese or guacamole these were delectable!)

Rest of the week:
Breakfast Choices:
Pink Panther Smoothie
Eggs
Favorite waffles
Leftover Gluten-free dinner rolls with nut butter and fruit
Chocolate Protein Bars from Gluten-Free On a Shoe String Quick and Easy
Paleo English Muffins

Dinner:
Breakfast for dinner: GF Pumpkin waffles (still searching for a recipe!)
Beans (using pinto beans because they are our favorite!) and Rice Chipotle style! If everyone else needs some meat then we have steak sandwich meat available
Fish in a pan with potatoes (depends on the time what type! I’d love French fry roasted potatoes if there’s enough time that night), broccoli
Tuna fish sandwiches
Pumpkin smoothie with popcorn
Pizza, salad
Leftovers!

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!