Monthly Archives: October 2015

Last Minute Costume!


So, you procrastinated and you need a last minute, no fuss costume idea and you aren’t feeling creative? I’ve got you covered! Here’s what me and the Princess dressed up as this year. It was quick, easy, and I probably made both of them for close to $12!

candy button costume

I got the idea from this website which has quite detailed directions: Candy Button Costume

We got all the materials from our local craft store including the shirts! The Princess and I decided on glow-in-the-dark neon paint though. We thought it would give everything an extra punch. And of course at the Fall Festival we went to this week, Ellie lost one of her candy buttons. We noticed it right away and I glued it back on in preparation for today!

Happy Halloween! Stay safe and don’t forget to check the candy before consuming! I like to use this comprehensive list to check anything I’m not sure about. Better safe then sorry–we don’t want anyone glutened around here!


Menu Plan Monday, October 26th!


And somehow it’s the end of October! It is FINALLY starting to feel a little cooler out and I’m so excited. I can go on a walk now without coming back in a puddle.

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is witches brews and cocktail concoctions! I’m doing a fall festival this week and trick-or-treating, but I’m not sure either one of those is a soup or drink occasion. Maybe I’ll find an orange smoothie to take with us to the fall festival for dinner. I know they will have food, but of course it won’t be of the gluten-free variety. Unless Cotton candy counts as food? 🙂

My breakfasts for the week…grain free granola and English muffins! Yummy!

Breakfasts: cereal…grain free granola.Lots of Double Chocolate Blender Muffins–Still going strong on these 🙂
apple crisp
Coconut vanilla almond smoothie
Dark chocolate quinoa bowl–still need to make this.
Flourless Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chili, cornbread
Crockpot chicken, mashed potatoes, peas
Nachos–similar to this recipe
Crockpot Beef Stroganoff over noodles or rice
Tuna apple salad
Pancakes with sautéed apples
Smoothie and Popcorn
Pizza, salad

Healthy dessert: Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream–still need to make this!

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!

5 Things to Do During Crazy Times


crazy time
It’s been pretty crazy around here. Some weeks it feels like: get up, get dressed, go to work, come home, and go to bed so you can get up and do it again!! There’s no time for fancy cooking and of course no time for any cleaning. Here are five things that I keep up in order to be able make sense of the crazies!

1. Throw out the trash. This is a bit of a pet peeve of mine. I like to keep trash cans in almost every room so it’s never a huge walk to get stuff in the trash. (I am just as lazy as anyone else!) And I make it a point to make sure the car trash is emptied at least once a week. Organizing clutter is next to impossible, but if you going for impossible give organizing trash a try!

2. Make lists! I’ve talked about my “Brain” before, but it is worth repeating. Without this handy little notebook things would not get done simply because I wouldn’t remember them. I also make sure to use the handy shopping list in the back of the notebook, so I always have it with me.

3. Never leave a room without taking something with you that belongs someplace else. I don’t live in a two-story house, but my bedroom is a far walk from the kitchen/laundry. So, whenever I’m headed from one extreme to the other I stop for a moment to glance around and see–is there anything that I need to put in my bag for the day? Are there any dirty clothes waiting for a lift to the washer? Any dirty dishes? And of course the same thing applies from the kitchen to the bedroom.

4. Take a break! This seems to be dumb when you have too much to do, but it is a sanity saver. Take time to do something you enjoy! Yes, life may seem busy right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a grumpy pants who is always working. Take time for a relaxing bath or foot soak. Read a book or watch a TV show. Stop at your favorite coffee shop. Make something–some music, a craft, or cook something fancy. Don’t worry about being selfish–you are using this time to renew yourself and by doing so you are making life better for those around you.

5. Clean out your bag/purse/pockets when you come home. When I don’t sort through the days stuff I run into issues when I go to leave the next day. There’s trash, or a bill I forgot to pay, or HORRORS I forget my “Brain”! Getting it together in the morning rush seems to take twice as long as it would the night before.

So there you have it–five things to help you sane during your crazy times! What about you? Do you do any of these things? See something new to try? Or is your life completely calm and collected? (Invite me over for a week!!!)

Menu Plan Monday, October 19th!



Whew! Who knew fall would be busier than summer! I’m hoping to make time for writing, as I have been missing it a lot. And I am excited to be cooking some more fall dishes! No offense summer but you have over stayed you’re welcome!

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is treats! I’ve been making a “treat” for breakfast only with less sugar. A pumpkin pie this week and then something with apples next week. I can’t wait for a slower weekend to make some Apple dumplings!

Not Chicken Pot Pie

Some Not Chicken Pot Pie I made a few weeks ago! Super yummy, especially with the biscuits on the side!

Breakfasts: cereal…I am going to attempt to make this grain free granola. All store cereal is tasting gross after eating it!
Lots of Double Chocolate Blender Muffins–Still going strong on these 🙂
Pumpkin pie–the recipe on Libby’s pumpkin can, only with coconut milk instead of evaporated milk.
Coconut vanilla almond smoothie
Dark chocolate quinoa bowl

Steaks, baked potatoes, corn, brussel sprouts
Steak salad
Bbq fish, sweet potatoes, veggie
Fish sandwich
Fried almond butter and jelly with salad
Tuna apple salad
Cheddar chowder (dairy free, gluten-free) I will be converting a recipe. If it works out I will post it!
Beans and rice/hotdogs
Smoothie and Popcorn
Pizza, salad

Healthy dessert: Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream

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!