Menu Plan Tuesday, August 18!

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gluten free snacks

Yesterday was the first day of school!! Whew, what a busy day! Today we have off since we do staggered start, so we get to take a deep breath before starting over again tomorrow.

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Mom’s Plans is gluten-free snacks! I think that the Princess would eat snacks all the time if we let her. We have some larabars on hand, plus some gluten-free pretzels, cheese, and some sunbutter! Target started selling the individual packages, so we got some special for the start of school. Since the Princess has a hard time finishing her breakfast at breakfast time, we’ll also be using those leftovers for snacks.

homemade nutella

stuffed pepper

I was busy this weekend–homemade nutella and stuffed peppers! Both are super yummy!!!

Breakfasts: (breakfasts are the same again this week! Partly because the banana bread never got made until Saturday night!)
Paleo Coconut Pecan Breakfast bars
Egg McMuffins
Banana Bread
Smoothie
Simple Grain Free Granola

Lunch/Dinner:
Chicken salad, veggies, chips, rolls, ice cream cake (Happy Birthday Princess!)
Grilled Chicken and Pineapple with sweet potatoes and yellow squash
Breakfast for dinner: either eggs or French toast–husband can’t decide!!
meatloaf with French fries, broccoli
Fried rice
Pizza

Healthy dessert: Cookies if I have time!

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

Menu Plan Monday, August 10!

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SchoolLunch

Woohoo! We’re almost ready for back to school! I’ve made new routine lists for this week (rough drafts so I can tweak them before school starts next Monday!) and next is a list of lunches. The goal is to have the Princess help/make her lunch as much as possible. She’s already been making her snacks for camp with supervision, so hopefully the transition of packing a lunch everyday will go smoothly.

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family school lunches! We’ve already made a rough draft of school lunches including tuna fish and lunchmeat with crackers and other sides and of course an old favorites like beans and hot dogs and sunbutter and jelly. (The Princess doesn’t have a peanut allergy, but her school is peanut free.) We’ll see what happens when we pack and what the Princess will actually eat. She tends to get distracted when eating with others, so this will be an interesting experience for all of us.

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No picture of food this week–just a picture of the new routines for the Princess. So far, she hasn’t liked them too much.

Breakfasts:
Paleo Coconut Pecan Breakfast bars
Egg McMuffins
Banana Bread
Smoothie
Simple Grain Free Granola

Lunch/Dinner:
Bacon Mushroom Frittata
Salmon Salad
Grilled “Peanut” butter and jelly –likely sunbutter or almond butter for me!
Some sort of noodle/ground beef/tomato sauce type of thing. My hubby has a recipe in his head he likes to make, so he’s in charge this night!
Crock Pot Pork Chops with sweet potatoes and sautéed yellow squash
Pizza

Healthy dessert: Some sort of ice cream–it is hot!

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!

Menu Plan Monday, August 3!

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SchoolBreakfast

Summer has gone by so fast–I cannot believe that school starts in two short weeks! I am sure that the teachers feel it even worse than I do. Summers have changed drastically since I was a wee tad. I remember getting somewhat bored and having time to read great quantities of books during the summer and now I feel like I’m lucky to have time to sit down to read for a few minutes each day during the summer! I’ve kept things easy this summer and quick! I’ve also seen my grocery bill get higher–and not because I’m buying a ton of convenience foods either! In trying to combat that I’ve made a lot of meals from leftovers including tonight when I made Chicken A La King from some leftover roast chicken from last week! Has your grocery bill gotten higher this summer? What do you do to try and keep it lower?

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is quick and healthy breakfasts for back to school! I’ll be trying some new muffin recipes from one of my favorite cookbooks, “The Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread”. I can’t recommend this cookbook enough, especially if you are dealing with multiple allergies and not just gluten!

almond choc muffins

The almond chocolate chip muffins that I made for breakfast! They got rave reviews from the princess!

Breakfasts:
Almond Chocolate Muffins from “The Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread”
Chocolate Gluten Free donuts for a birthday breakfast
Pancakes, sausage
Smoothie
Simple Grain Free Granola

Lunch/Dinner:
Chicken A La King (from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook–although it was so easy I almost didn’t need a recipe!)
Pancakes (same as above)
Chicken nuggets (Trader Joe’s gluten-free), sweet potato fries, broccoli
Beans and rice/beans and hotdogs
Pizza
Fish and sweet potatoes

Healthy dessert: Simple popsicles

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!

My Favorite Fried Rice

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This might be my favorite fried rice because I don’t have to cook it! My husband does make a mean fried rice though, even if I tend to be biased. One of my favorite parts about this recipe is that it is an excellent way to use up leftovers without anyone being aware that they are eating leftovers. Major bonus in my book!

Fried Rice

1 Tablespoon of oil
1 Tablespoon of butter
1/4 cup diced onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup to 1/3 cup of coconut aminos
2 eggs
2 cups rice
Veggies of choice

Get a large pan out and start heating it on the stove over medium high to high heat. Add the oil and the butter to the pan and swirl around until warm. Add the onions and sautéed until they are translucent. Add the rice. Stir and turn over the rice until it’s brown and crispy. This will vary depending on how old the rice is, what kind of rice you used, and how you cooked the rice originally. I highly recommend leftover rice.

fried rice

Add the eggs and cook until they are done.
Add the veggies and stir them in. If using frozen veggies like we usually do, cook and stir until they are heated through. Add more coconut aminos as needed. Here is where you could add in some protein like leftover chicken or whatever else you are trying to use up. If you would like to use shrimp I would cook it in the hot pan first, remove it to the side while you do the rice and eggs and then add it back in with the veggies.

Scoop into a bowl and enjoy!

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Menu Plan Monday, July 6!

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This seems to be a summer of not having much time to think about blogging! I feel like all my thinking time is taken up with caring for the Princess and making sure she has stuff to keep her busy during my work schedule. We’re also doing a bit of homeschooling–I felt like she forgot everything she learned in preschool before she started kindergarten last year and I’m determined not to let that happen again. So, if I’m quiet over the next month it’s not that I don’t still love you all or that I hate writing all of a sudden!

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family Cajun food! I am not sure that I really have cooked Cajun food before, although I know I’ve sampled some while eating out. The picky eaters around here would probably revolt, but I’m going to check out what Celiac Family posted to see if there is anything simple I can try!

waffles

The Princess made waffles for dinner the other night! They were so YUM!!!

Breakfasts:
Egg McMuffin
Eggs, bacon, donuts
Pancakes, sausage
Whatever breakfast foods are leftover
Simple Grain Free Granola

Lunch/Dinner:
Roast with carrots, celery (in the crock pot), and mashed sweet potatoes (I actually cooked all of this without a recipe!)
Chicken, mac & cheese, veggie
Beans and hotdogs (I will probably have beans and brown rice chips with VEGGIES!)
Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta
Out for Dinner
Pizza
Fish (it’s preparation depends on my mood that day!), French fries, brussel sprouts

Healthy Dessert: Grain Free Cookie Dough

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!

Menu Plan Monday, June 22!

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So I had good intentions of posting last week, but the post-VBS flu got us! Thankfully, it was short lived and we have a bit more energy around here this week!

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is mangos! My favorite smoothie is Mango Marriage Saver Smoothie and Mask! I love the cute name and the smoothie is delicious too. I’ve also made Mango Raspberry Jam from “Preserving the Harvest.” (It’s an older cookbook, so you might find it in your library!) I love it, but jam is not in the cards this year. There are some great recipes over at Celiac Family too! I can’t wait to try some of them!

So whoever invented Egg McMuffins did the world a great service! I am loving experimenting with different types. This morning was sausage, cashew cheese, and egg–delicious!

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Breakfasts:
Egg McMuffin
Make-Ahead Muffin Melts
Mango Marriage Smoothie
Chocolate Coconut Smoothie
Cherry (or blueberry) Banana Smoothie
Grain Free Cinnamon Rolls

Lunch/Dinner:
Broccoli Quesadillas
Leftovers/Sandwiches
Nachos
Vanilla Cinnamon Waffles
Vegan Mac & Cheese (recipe coming soon? I’m going to make-over my mom’s old recipe!)
Macaroni Salad with Tuna and lots of veggies
Out for our EIGHTH Anniversary! Woohoo!
Sticky Chicken in the Crockpot

Healthy Dessert: I have no idea actually. Maybe some cookie dough?

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!

What Kind of Chapstick Do You Use?

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I am kind of chapstick fiend. As far back as I can remember I always had and lost many of those little tubes of fun smelling stuff! In fact, the above picture is the ones that I had in just ONE bag. Sad, I know.

I’m sure you all remember that I started selling Lemongrass Spa products a couple of months ago. One of their products is chapstick/lip gloss! I was so excited to try it, but a little nervous too because what if I didn’t like it?!

Never fear–I loved it! It is one of the smoothest chapsticks/lip glosses I have ever tried. In fact, I loved it so much I actually didn’t want to use my old ones ever again. Here’s what I have in my purse now:

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I haven’t had a lot of time to collect different colors, etc., but I love everything I have right now. And even better the ingredients are ones I can pronounce! Here is what is in my favorite pomegranate lip balm (pictured on the far right): Beeswax, (Theobroma Cacao) Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, (Prunus Armeniaca) Apricot Kernal Oil, Castor Oil, (Tocopherol) Vitamin E Oil, Phthalate-free Fragrance Oil, Pomegranate Seed Extract, Stevia (natural sweetener), natural colorant.
Exactly what I would use to make my own, but without the fuss!

What about you? What’s the ingredient list on your favorite lip products?