Menu Plan Monday, May 2nd!

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Menu Plan Monday! Yay! I love having a plan for what’s happening for meals–makes the week a whole lot smoother! And since my life just seems to go from crazy to more crazy that is exactly the structure that I need. I’ve also been planning at least two meatless meals a week. So far there haven’t been any comments and the food has disappeared! I’m excited about that!

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The theme for this month at Celiac Family is Cakes…and that makes me think of coffee cakes! I don’t have any on my menu plan these next two weeks, but I will definitely be thinking about some for the next plan.

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Breakfast
Shirred Eggs
Chocolate Muffins
Chocolate Banana Swirl bread–never got to make this last time, so I am trying again.
Cereal
Triple Berry Kiwi Smoothie
Grain Free Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Dinners/Lunches
Mushroom Leek Risotto
Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, veggie
Vegan Sloppy Joes (never got made last week!)
Mac & Cheese (from the freezer as this recipe makes a ton!)
Pizza–we’ve been having Daiya pizza from the freezer case frequently. I love it!
Cauliflower Chili Pasta, grilled chicken
Grilled sausage–still trying to come up with sides for this one!
Chili (froze half of what we made last time–makes for an easy quick dinner)
Clam Chowder
Tomato Soup with sandwiches
Fish, rice pilaf
Popcorn, smoothie

Special Treat: Tumeric Milk

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

Menu Plan Monday, April 18th!

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Well I knew as soon as I said that I would be posting more something would happen.:) I think I’ve established some boundaries and figured out how to make this blogging thing work again at least once a week! I’ve missed writing, so I’ve been reading some more and carving out some time to write again. Without more words, here is the plan for menus for the next two weeks!

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Saturday’s Breakfast

The theme for this month at Celiac Family is Spring Vegetables. Now, I hate to say it, but I think spring is officially over in Florida. Although, you would have to be hard pressed to find out when it was. We usually do yo-yo weather. I haven’t seen any particularly spring veggies around here and I probably won’t! That being said I try to add in some more veggies as the days get longer — it just seems right somehow!

Breakfast
Cinnamon Rolls
Grain Free Quiche
Eggs
Chocolate Muffins (Has anyone else tried these new mixes? They are amazing when you are short on time!)
Chocolate Banana Swirl bread
Cereal

Dinners/Lunches
Sticky Chicken with mashed potatoes and corn
Mushroom Asparagus Creamy Pasta
Chicken and stuffing Casserole
Vegan Sloppy Joes
Baked potatoes with veggies
Pizza
5 Minute Salmon
Clean out the Freezer Meal
Hamburgers, corn on the cob, beans, ice cream pie (Birthday meal!)
Stir Fry
Chili with corn bread
Nachos with cheese sauce
meat loaf, baked potatoes, veggie
Fried rice

Special Treat: These brownies with coconut whipped cream

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

Menu Plan Monday, March 7!

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It’s a new month and a new theme–Salads!! I love salads: garden salads, chef salads, jello salads, potato salads, pasta salads, and more! It’s the perfect way to welcome spring!

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Also with the new month I’m working on some new routines. Doing menus every other week seems to be working well for me, so I’ll be posting two week’s worth of menus every other week. And since I still like to write, but life seems to be getting fuller right now I’ll post something other than menus second week. So, this week is a menu week and here’s a picture of what I made for dinner tonight!

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It’s a gluten-free, HIDDEN veggie, dairy free mac and cheese! I loved it and so did the Princess. Now, she wasn’t in the kitchen when I made it, so she doesn’t know it has hidden veggies, but what she doesn’t know won’t hurt her in this case! See what else we’re eating below:

Chocolate Muffins
Cinnamon Raisin Harvest Muffins
German Apple Pancakes
Cereal
Cinnamon Roll Smoothie
Cinnamon Rolls
English Muffins
Eggs

Lunch/Dinner:

Sticky Chicken, boiled potatoes, veggie
Tacos with Nacho cheeze sauce
Baked potatoes with veggies and cheese and sour cream
Grilled cheeze and Almost Cheater Instant Tomato Soup
Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheeze
Waffles and sausage
Chicken A La King (family recipe) over mashed potatoes
Meatloaf (I’ll see if I can post this soon!) and mashed potatoes
Fish, French fries, veg
Chicken and Broccoli casserole
Smoothie and Popcorn
Pizza

Healthy dessert: Chocolate Chip Larabars

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!

Are You Taking Care Of Yourself?

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Photo courtesy of Lemongrass Spa Corporate

It’s been almost a year since I started my new business selling Lemongrass Spa products and I’m thankful for so many things that have happened to me since then!

One of the big things was taking time to pamper myself. Being a mom is tough–you are in constant demand for everything from snacks and drinks to hurt feelings and bruised knees. And that’s before they get to be teenagers!

With all that’s going on women and moms tend to put themselves last. I know I did. Having the Lemongrass Spa products in my home helped to change my mindset. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through Facebook I would stop, get the stuff together for a foot soak and just rest. Or I would take 15 minutes before bed to put on a moisturizing mask to help restore the skin on my face. They are little things, but taking the time to just stop and do something for myself has made all the difference in my hectic and crazy life. It might sound weird, but taking time to do things I like helps me be a better mom and know who I am–instead of just the Princess’ mom, the person who does the dishes, or the person who forgot to wash that favorite shirt in time for show and tell!

What about you? What have you done lately, just for yourself? Are you happy with the person you are? Take stock of yourself and make some changes in your life if you aren’t! It’s still the beginning of the year and the beginning of a new month, but anytime is a good time to make changes!

Menu Plan Monday, February 1st!

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The monthly theme for the gluten-free menu swap over at Celiac Family is Winter Produce! I love winter produce–however, the last time I visited the farmer’s market a couple of weeks ago it was like spring had sprung! Everything there was ready for spring. There are still some butternut squash and things like that. I’ll see if I can incorporate that into something my whole family will eat when I do the menus for the next two weeks this week.

Here’s a mixture of the breakfasts we’ll be enjoying:
Egg Nog Protein bites
Grapefruit
English Muffins
Eggs
Simple Grain Free Granola
Chocolate Banana Muffins–modified to be gluten-free/ diary free with earth balance and gluten-free flour
So Delicious vanilla yogurt

Lunch/Dinner:
Garlic Chili Pasta with Cauliflower
Beef Stroganoff–I kind of looked up a bunch of different recipes and then made mine without a recipe. I did use dairy free plain yogurt for the sour cream. We’ll probably enjoy it over rice
Shrimp fried Rice with egg rolls (gluten-free for me and the Princess)
Cinnamon Vanilla Gluten-free Waffles with sausages and fresh berries
Leftovers
Smoothie and Popcorn
Pizza

Healthy dessert: Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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!

Something New!

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IMG_20160113_202452The best thing about the new year is a new start right? Or maybe it’s just a way to make January seem less gloomy. Around here it seems like it is one of the longest, most dull months after all the glitter, sparkle, and excitement of Christmas and other holidays! For the next few weeks I thought I would share some of the new things I started doing/using/eating in the past few months! I hope you can follow along with me.

First new thing I started doing was the Love with Food subscription box. I have mixed feelings about it, so I’m not sure I’ll keep it up; however, I have discovered some wonderful products the past couple of months.

Here’s why I like it. My daughter loves snacks. I hate grocery shopping. When we get the Love with Food subscription box they’ve put together some snacks that are non-GMO, no HFCS mostly healthy snacks. I also love mail so seeing a box of new surprises show up on my doorstep is a win for me.

Here’s some of my not favorite things. I like snacks too, but I have more food allergies to look out for. This past time there seemed to be extra dairy and extra oats leaving 2 things I could try. Another thing–the snacks are not necessarily things that my daughter would eat. She decided that no way was she going to eat one of the gummies, peppermint pretzels, and some of the cookies that came in the December box. Not a huge deal as I could give some away (as I have plenty of gluten-free friends!), but still I found the price to be a bit high when there were multiple things that we couldn’t use.

Here are some of the things that we got that I loved. I discovered brown rice ramen noodles. Such a quick yummy dinner–I was quite excited to try them. I also discovered they aren’t terribly expensive at the local health food store. I also tried some rosemary and truffle flavored popcorn! It was different, but good. My daughter’s favorite this time were the macaroni and cheese puffs. I don’t regularly grab these sorts of snacks for her, so they were a treat.

What about you–have you tried any new foods lately that you were excited about? Foods that make allergy-free living more easy or that were just a nice treat?

Menu Plan Tuesday January 12

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It’s another week! I’m going to see how much clutter I can get rid of this week. My garage is rather full of stuff I decluttered last week–there are still some areas that need sorting though!

The monthly them for the gluten-free menu swap over at Celiac Family is Happy & Healthy New Year! We’re continuing our monthly theme this week. It’s a cold week for Florida and I’m delighted, so we’re having warm meals one of which is my husband’s veggie soup! I can’t wait!

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Here’s a picture of the Apple Spice Bread I made from the menu plan last week! I’m excited to expand breakfast options. All the Princess wants is eggs which gets rather dull for me!

Egg Nog Protein bites
Apple Spice Cake (Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread)
English Muffins
Eggs
And some sort of warm cereal…I haven’t decided which. I’m really missing oatmeal, but since I’ve sworn off it I need to find a tasty alternative that doesn’t take a lot of time!

Lunch/Dinner:
My husband’s veggie soup–it has V8 as a base and then whatever veggies are sitting around get put into it! YUMMY! (Apparently I forgot cabbage last week and you can’t make this without cabbage. I remembered this week and everything should be set for a yummy warm soup!!)
Sticky Chicken, roasted potatoes, brussel sprouts
Make-Ahead Chicken Enchiladas with Red Sauce
Hubby’s Chili and cornbread
Leftovers
Smoothie and Popcorn
Pizza–my daughter’s been participating in “Book It!” and has received a free pizza coupon. This is her third one and I finally decided to call our local pizza hut to see how much it would be to upgrade to a gluten-free pizza for her. The manager said it would be free! So I’m going to get a daiya pizza, she’ll have her pizza and my hubby will use his coupon to get a pizza also. Almost like a night out!

Healthy dessert: Eating up some Egg Nog Protein bites as no one else liked them!

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!