Monthly Archives: September 2014

Menu Plan Monday, September 29th!

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The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is gluten-free Chinese food! I love Chinese food and we frequently have stir frys. I have yet to find an easy DYI sweet and sour sauce that everyone likes. I’ve tried making egg rolls in the past, but for now I end up buying these Feel Good Egg Rolls. My favorite soy sauce replacement right now is coconut aminos! I just love the taste and the fact that it doesn’t have soy which can sometimes bother me in great quantities.

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weird food

Last week was crazy, so I forgot to take pictures of food. However, I did make some vegan, gluten-free bread from a birthday present cookbook AND there’s a picture of my apples and mushrooms luncheon from a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully, this week I will have a bit more time in the kitchen. This weekend I managed to make some gingerbread (and almost set the toaster oven on fire when the parchment paper caught on fire!) and some Banana Chocolate bread.

Sunday
Breakfast:
Chocolate Banana Bread, omelets with veggies
Lunch:
Honey Basil Kabobs, pork chops for others, Copycat Chipotle Rice
Dinner: Leftovers/snacks

Rest of the week:
Breakfast Choices:
Pink Panther Smoothie
Eggs
Gingerbread
http://minimalistbaker.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-banana-snack-bread-vgf-one-bowl/
French Toast Roll-ups
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Dinner:
Breakfast for dinner: French Toast Roll-ups
Copycat Chipotle Beans and Rice
Butternut squash smoothie (didn’t happen last week!) with popcorn
Tomato Soup with maybe some bread
Stuffed Squash
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!

Menu Plan Monday, September 15!

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The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is gluten-free Indian Food! I don’t know much about Indian food and I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with. I will say the one time I had a curry when I was at a restaurant it was completely delicious. I just haven’t been brave enough to recreate it on my own!

Yummy!

Yummy!

This week is an extremely busy one, so I’m sticking with some old favorites in hopes that it will be easy to get meals on the table and there will be no food fights. You know–not the fun kind where you get to hit people with food–the extremely frustrating kind where your kid just decides not to eat what you’ve fixed!

Sunday
Breakfast:
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, fruit
Lunch:
Grilled baby bok choy and fish with orange avocado salsa and French fries.
Dinner: Leftovers/snacks

Rest of the week:
Breakfast Choices:
Pink Panther Smoothie
Eggs
Pumpkin Waffles
Chocolate Raw-Nola from Choosing Raw Cookbook
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Dinner:
Vegan Nachos
Portuguese Soup Leftover!
Spaghetti and meatballs
Fried Rice with lots of veggies
Butternut squash 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!

My Favorite Pizza Crust

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One of my first priorities when I went gluten-free was pizza. Pizza is one of the staple meals in our house and I couldn’t even imagine going without it. I first started with the recipe from Betty Hagman’s cookbook, but I soon branched out into experiment land to see if I could make it taste better. I prefer this to any other gluten-free pizza crust I’ve tried. Just a note: if you can’t have kefir I’ve used plain, unsweetened almond milk with success. It just has a slightly different crispness. It would also be worth experimenting with half plain almond milk and half full-fat coconut milk. Here’s what I came up with:

Favorite Pizza Crust

1 1/2 cups Gluten-free flour mix (I use Better Batter)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup kefir or other nondairy milk
1/4 cup oil (I use grapeseed, olive, and sometimes coconut depending on what I have on hand)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a pizza pan (round with no holes).pizza 1

In a small bowl combine the dry ingredients. Measure the milk and oil (can use the same measuring cup) and add into the dry ingredients. Mix together until a flour forms. Depending on the type of milk used you will either end up with a mostly liquid or just sticky ball of dough. pizza 2

Spread onto the pizza pan evenly. When I have a dough ball I use my hands, when it is mostly liquid I just use my mixing spoon. pizza 3

Put into the preheated oven for 15 minutes. While it is baking, prep your toppings (chop, sauté if desired, etc). pizza 4

Take out the crust and add your favorite toppings. Return the pizza to the oven for another 15 minutes or until the desired crispness of the dough and toppings is achieved. (Can even broil for a couple of minutes if your toppings are not cooperating.)

Eat with Gusto!

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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!