Monthly Archives: March 2014

Menu Plan Monday, March 31st!

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So, last week was Spring Break. I think I spent the whole week thinking up things to use up excess energy the Princess always has so that she would SLEEP. I do so hate fighting about sleep when everyone is tired. Good news: I succeeded to a point! I wore myself out in the process and had no extra thinking or even cooking time. Alas, I can’t even remember exactly what we ate, but I do remember sandwiches several times. I did have a plan, but it didn’t always jive with the wearing the Princess out plan! It’s back to school this week though and I have been cooking all weekend so we should eat better.

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over Celiac Family is asparagus. We are certainly asparagus fans around here! We usually eat it simply steamed or grilled. I love throwing leftovers into scrambled eggs! The princess won’t eat the harder stems, but she does love the tips.
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I completely forgot to take pictures of food last week, so here’s a picture from the zoo of the Princess on a dragon! I spent the weekend making several things: ice cream with cookie dough, pickled beets, Breakfast cookies, cookies (which we never baked because we just like eating the dough), Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars, and roasting extra veggies to make the week easier. baking and cooking and roasting veggies, so hopefully that will cut back on actual work during the week.

Sunday
Breakfast:
Pancakes, grapefruit
coffee
Lunch: Veggie Burger (beef burger), roasted potatoes, beets, corn on the cob
Dinner: roasted broccoli, strawberries with vanilla coconut ice cream and chocolate sauce

Rest of the week:
Breakfast Choices:
5 Ingredient Detox Smoothie
Velvety Butternut Cinnamon Date Smoothie
Eggs
Paleo Cereal
Paleo Chocolate Breakfast Cookies
Pink Power Detox Smoothie (This is SO good!)

Dinner:
Breakfast for dinner: Vegan Gluten-free Waffles
Tacos (I will probably try this Lentil/Quinoa Taco Filling with Spicy Butternut Squash Nuggets (from Peas and Thank You, no longer available)
Beans with hot dogs for everyone else and some sort of veggies for me
Veggie Pot Pie with mashed potatoes instead of biscuits
Pizza, salad
Pink Panther Smoothie, popcorn
fish sticks, sweet potato fries, roasted veggies/canned peas
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!

Portobello Steak

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Yummy!

Yummy!

I used to love steak. It doesn’t really bother me when others around me eat it as long as I have some that I think is just as tasty! This week I revamped my husband’s steak marinade and used it with some Portobello mushrooms. I thought they turned out lovely!

Portobello Steaks

 

The ingredients

The ingredients


2 Large Portobello mushrooms (organic preferred)
4 oz. pineapple juice
1/4 cup ketchup or gluten-free BBQ sauce
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 t garlic powder (or more to taste)
2 t liquid smoke (or more to taste)
Optional: Gluten Free Steak sauce if desired

Marinade

Marinade

Mix all the ingredients except the mushrooms in a shallow pan. Marinade the mushrooms in the shallow pan while you get the rest of dinner started or about 30 minutes, turning several times. Plug in your George Foreman or carry your mushrooms to your outside grill and grill until warmed through and smokey. Enjoy!

Things That I Collect!

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Have you ever noticed that once you tell people that you like a certain thing, you suddenly have a large collection without even trying? I’m not sure if I only mentioned to one person that I liked elephants or if it was several people, but suddenly it was the stuffed animal of choice for birthdays and Christmas.

You can’t keep everything, but even so I’ve managed to hang onto several of my favorite elephants (mostly stuffed–and only by hiding them out of the Princess’s reach!) and I thought I would introduce them!

They are from left to right: Esther, Edwina, Ellie, and Eliza. And of course Dumbo from when I visited Disney when I was 5. There were more elephants at one time, but I think they wandered off to explore the wide, wide world. There also used to be a mouse to keep them all in line, but I think the Princess got that one!

Also pictured below are two of my favorite figurine elephants given to me by my sister and mother/father. My sister gave me the ceramic one unpainted because she knew how much I liked to paint things. You will notice her toes aren’t painted red, but a respectable pink so she isn’t able to hide in any cherry trees. The other elephant traveled all the way from Kenya to be in my collection. I really like the picture on the side of it.

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So that’s it–my elephant collection. And no, I’m not still adding to my collection although I do still enjoy seeing elephants. What interesting collections have you hung onto through the years?

Simple Sugar Free Blueberry Syrup

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Blueberry Syrup over waffles

Blueberry Syrup over waffles

I love breakfast foods of all sorts. The problems I run into with waffles and pancakes is that I get bored of maple syrup quite easily. The other week I remembered this simple syrup that my mom used to make for pancakes and waffles when we had breakfast for dinner. It has a lovely taste and doesn’t have any sugar added! Hope you enjoy!

Blueberry Syrup

 
2 cups blueberries (frozen is fine!)
1/2 cup juice (grape preferred, but apple is great too.)
2 T lemon juice
1/2 t cinnamon
2 1/2 t cornstarch

Before being cooked!

Before being cooked!

Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. Cook and stir until the blueberries are soft and the syrup is thick. Serve warm over pancakes, waffles, or french toast!

The finished product!

The finished product!

The Unexpected Dog

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Oh Wu…even though you were never “my” dog, you never left any doubt in my mind that I was one of your people that you loved and took care of. I will never forget your playful spirit, your zest for life, or your little flag tail chasing leaves bigger than you were!
You were the dog that convinced me that there were four legged creatures with personalities that I could not only tolerate, but love. Before you I was sure that dogs were evil creatures sent to torture me.
I will always treasure the time last October when you let me take care of you. You fit right into our family’s routine and were so patient with my rather demanding four-year-old daughter even though you weren’t used to little kids.
I will always appreciate the fact that you potty-trained my dog for me and told him to stop whining. If you hadn’t done that I probably would have torn my hair out in frustration, but you just took it in your stride like it was part of your job.
I love you Wu and I’ll miss you more then I can say. I’m glad you are feeling better and hope to see you again someday!

The Curious Introvert-Book Reviews and Other Fun Things

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When we moved to Florida, we gave our beagle, Eve, to a homeschool family who had a farm. Eve had mad escaping skills, and we never succeeded in finding the magic formula that would keep her in the yard. When she took off, she went straight to the pet supply store across the busy highway where they gave her treats. We decided that when we could afford to keep a dog, we would get another one.

Right off the bat, Lana, one of the women in the church we were attending, invited us to come see her puppies. I declined. I knew that looking at puppies nearly always leads to something. Puppies are engineered to suck you in. Someone who became a good friend, however, took the bait and brought home a small dog they named Ewok. He was cute and engaging, but I wasn’t buying.

Lana was crafty, though…

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Menu Plan Monday, March 17th!

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I was so delighted that the Princess drank the Pink Panther Smoothie and said, “Mommy that was yum yum in my tum tum tum,” and asked for it again the next day! She’s also started eating breakfast cookies again. I am so thrilled she’s eating something besides cereal that’s portable which we certainly needed adjusting to the time change last week.

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over Celiac Family is avocado. I love avocado and think it is good in just about anything. This morning I had some in my Pink Detox Smoothie and it also makes a delightful Chocolate Shake for a decadent less healthy treat.

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I made some seriously ugly, but melt in your mouth yummy peppermint patties to celebrate St. Patty’s day today! The rest of the week is going to be busy, so we’re having some simple meals with lots of veggies that I stocked up on at the Farmer’s Market this weekend.

Sunday
Breakfast:
Buckwheat granola with strawberries and almond milk
raisin toast with butter
coffee
Lunch: Portobello steak (regular steak for everyone else), coleslaw, potato salad, steamed asparagus
Dinner: Popcorn, roasted broccoli and cauliflower, strawberries with vanilla coconut ice cream

Rest of the week:
Breakfast:
Eggs all kinds and all ways!
Paleo Cereal
Paleo Chocolate Breakfast Cookies
Leftover Vegan Hash
Pink Power Detox Smoothie (This is SO good!)

Dinner:
Breakfast for dinner: Vegan Hash (canned hash for hubby) with eggs
Some soup from the freezer (again!) either veggie or chili!
Sweet Potato Soup
Either Seafood Gumbo or a stir fry with sweet and sour sauce.
Tomato/cucumber sandwich
Pizza, salad
Pink Panther Smoothie, popcorn
Pan cooked Fish with honey/balsamic vinegar sauce, sweet potato fries, roasted veggies
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!

Menu Plan Monday, March 10th!

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The taco salad was delicious from last week! I had forgotten how much I liked mushrooms as a substitute for meat. The salad turned into a wonderful, large pile of veggies!

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over Celiac Family is potatoes. For some reason my daughter has suddenly refused to eat potatoes. However, the rest of us enjoy them! Yesterday since it was a beautiful day we decided to have a picnic and potato salad naturally made it on the menu. I loved adding celery, chopped pickles (in lieu of pickle relish which has high fructose corn syrup in it!), diced boiled egg, and minced onion. Add a light dressing of miracle whip, mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper and my husband and I enjoyed it and will happily be eating the leftovers for lunch. I don’t think we plan on having potatoes any other times this week, but potatoes can easily turn into a baked potato bar for a light dinner or another favorite is roasted!

My Taco salad!

My Taco salad!

I don’t have any huge cooking plans for this week. The freezer is pretty full and I just have some simple meals as we recover from loosing an hour of sleep on Sunday!

Sunday
Breakfast:
Apple Cider doughnuts (subbed apple juice with some nutmeg added), protein bar with strawberries and vanilla almond milk, coffee
Lunch: potato salad, canned fish, green beans, sliced tomato
Dinner: broiled daiya cheese bread (kind of like grilled cheese, only one slice of bread and broiled until the cheese is melted), blackberries, brown rice chips

Rest of the week:
Breakfast:
Eggs all kinds and all ways!
waffles: van’s and whatever is left in the freezer!
Pink Power Detox Smoothie (missed this last week!)

Dinner:
Breakfast for dinner: Vegan (and GF modified) Apple Cinnamon Waffles
Some soup from the freezer (again!) either veggie or chili!
Chef Salad: toppings include croutons, boiled eggs, coconut bacon, daiya cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, cucumbers, peppers, olives, carrots
Seafood Gumbo
Tomato/cucumber sandwich
Pizza, salad
Pink Panther Smoothie (trying to get my daughter to like smoothies AGAIN), popcorn
Pan cooked Fish with sauce DU JOUR, sweet potatoes
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!