Monthly Archives: June 2017

Honey Mustard Sauce

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One of my first jobs was fast food. I had never been around fast food much before then, but it was a type of amusement park and they had a kitchen (serving the same stuff that we served the public) where employees could buy food pretty cheap–I did not pack a lunch very often that summer and sometimes didn’t eat breakfast before going to work either! One of the things that I loved was the honey mustard sauce there. It was perfect for everything–dipping chicken nuggets in, dipping French fries in, putting on your sandwich–you get the idea. That was before I was aware of the ingredients, but I can guarantee that there was nothing good for you in that sauce!

This is a bit of a spicy sauce that the Princess heartily enjoys, which surprised me. So I find myself making it usually at least once a week and she always shows up to lick the spoon! I hope you enjoy it as much as she does!

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2 Tablespoons mayo

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1-2 Tablespoons honey

Balsamic vinegar (optional, to taste)

Add the ingredients into a bowl. We like it with or without the vinegar–if I am trying to make more of a salad dressing instead of just a dipping sauce I will add the vinegar. Mix until combined.

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Taste–this is an important step! Add additional ingredients as needed. If my daughter is helping she prefers it sweeter, so we always need a little more honey .

Use as desired. Is excellent as a salad dressing, for dipping any kind of meat or veggie, eating with a spoon (not my favorite, but there’s no accounting for some tastes!), or using to dress up your sandwich! Enjoy!

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A different use for face polish…

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IMG_0781So my daughter has always been difficult about baths…from the time she was an infant she would scream and carry on like you have never heard before. I always thought that things would get better as she got older, but alas its been years and it has not been the case.

However, we discovered that there are a few things that make things go a bit smoothly. Sometimes bath salts, sometimes bubble bath (I always am looking for natural bubble bath because she reacts to the cheap stuff you get at the dollar store!), but ALWAYS loves to paint the bathroom with shaving cream dyed with food coloring.

A couple of weeks ago my husband was helping prepare the shaving cream and we had just purchased some new food coloring. He had a really hard time getting it open and apparently the blue got all over–all over his hands, all over his face. It looked like he had a bad encounter with a snow cone and the snow cone won!

He tried and tried to get it off his face, but he said nothing would work! I took pity on him at this point and offered him a solution from my stash of Lemongrass Spa products. I thought to offer him some body polish (a sugar scrub that is amazing at exfoliation), but I remembered from my training that body polish is best from the neck down. From the neck up your skin is more delicate and you could small holes in it by using body polish. So I grabbed my charcoal face polish and gave him a little bit to try!

It worked miracles! The jojoba beads gently exfoliated his skin and removed the blue food coloring! Lemongrass Spa to the rescue!

 

Lemon Chicken

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This is a family favorite recipe–My mom has made ever since I can remember and quite often. When we were in Portugal and chicken breasts weren’t a thing she would use turkey cutlets instead. This is also my sister’s favorite meal so she often requested it for her birthday. I always remembered it being a big deal to make, but found it surprisingly easy to throw together on a weeknight.

Ingredients

3 chicken breasts

2 eggs

2 T milk (I used almond)

1/4 cup flour (I used a gluten free blend)

1/2 cup butter, divided (I used earth balance)

1-2 lemons. I used 2 because I like the lemon taste, but you could get away with one especially if it was particularly juicy!

Cut the chicken breasts in half. (This helps them cook more evenly!) Pound them as flat as you can with a mallet. This is also a good step to scare the people in the house away from messing with you! (If you have need of such a thing!)

Beat the eggs and milk together. Put the flour and any seasonings (salt and pepper are your friends!) in a different bowl and mix well. Put 1/4 cup butter in a frying pan and melt it.

Dip each piece of chicken in the egg mixture (both sides) and then dip it in the flour mixture. Your hands will get dirty! Then place in the frying pan. Brown the chicken on both sides. This is the part where it was important to get the chicken evenly flat–you might have some issues with it cooking evenly if you didn’t follow the previous directions. (Don’t ask how I know this…) Remove the chicken to a platter or plate.

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Pour into the fry pan and stir a bit to get the browned bits up. Add the remaining butter and melt and stir to mix. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve–best served with mashed potatoes!

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Menu Plan Monday, June 19!

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We loved the lemon chicken recipe! Coming soon to the blog. Doesn’t that picture look delicious? Just imagine some sauce to go with–I hadn’t made the sauce yet when I took this picture. The Strata turned out well too! No one liked it except for me (of course the sauce was a big hit, so I ran out before I ran out of strata) but that was okay because I enjoyed the whole pan by myself.

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Breakfasts:

My daughter helped plan some meals this week and we used cookbooks she got out the library. One thing she wanted to try was eggs cooked in a muffin tin with ham underneath. They turned out super yummy this morning!

We will also have some bread/grain free bread.

And I’m really into strawberry banana smoothies with almond butter right now!

 

Lunches:

For me–chicken (I picked up a cooked chicken at the store yesterday) with honey mayo mustard sauce and lots of veggies. We have lettuce to use up, tomatoes, peppers from the garden, some cucumber, and broccoli.

For my daughter: she wants mac and cheese with some of the chicken. We have a box of gluten free mac and cheese with chickpea noodles, so we’ll be trying that out!

Dinners:

Sticky Ribs with Baked potatoes and corn on the cob –this is my daughter’s choice from her cookbook and she’ll be helping me make it tonight.

Shrimp Fried rice

Burgers or BBQ chicken from the freezer with salad/potatoes

Eating out

Leftovers

Cookout at a friends (I will probably bring some sort of salad and my own grass fed beef burger)

If time allows I would like to try the following–still haven’t tried this and this week isn’t looking good either. We did go blackberry picking this weekend, so I have some blackberries to use up. I will definitely be trying this cobbler recipe that I found even if I am the only one who eats it. Bring on the coconut whipped cream!

Dark Chocolate Coconut Milk Pudding

Vegan Gluten-Free Blackberry/Blueberry Cobbler apparently blackberries aren’t very good by themselves–I didn’t get to go blueberry picking this year, so I’ll be using some up from the freezer (even though the recipe says to use fresh!)

If you need more menu ideas check out Organizational Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for specific gluten-free ideas check out Celiac Family and their June 19 Menu plan!

Drink Your Water!

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Guys, it is hot out! I mean really hot–in Florida at least. It is never more hot than when you live in Florida and your air conditioning goes out! So it is important to make sure you drink lots of water!

My favorite way to encourage myself to drink more water is to have fruit infused water ready to go! I got this container at Wal-Mart and I got the little fruit holder on amazon and I love to make different combinations. Some of my favorites are: Strawberry and lemon, orange, strawberry and kiwi, and just plain lemon! I also read this article that has quite a few different ideas of different flavors. So much fun to pick and choose!

I also have a personal sized infuser water bottle that I earned from my company. (I can help you earn one too–comment or contact me for more information!) It is nice for the first cold cup of water in the morning! But after that it looses some of the flavor, that’s why I like to have a big pitcher ready to go too.

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Here’s to drinking more water and staying hydrated this summer!

How do you encourage yourself to drink more water?

Menu Plan Monday, June 12!

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Vacation Bible School was last week and it was a blast! And now I’m tired–the special kind of Vacation Bible School tired! 🙂

My favorites from last week were the Sweet Potato Brownie (it really was amazing!) and the Taco Pie. Well at least two of us enjoyed the taco pie–the hubby wasn’t a fan, but as always around here he had a choice: take it or leave it! He took some, so there you go!

And not my favorite? The crock pot Ravioli. I actually never finished making that because when I put a meal in the crockpot I expect it to be hands off and this one wasn’t–I had to cook the meat before I put it in the crockpot, then cook the noodles and add them and the spinach last minute…yeah doesn’t happen around here! So no thank you 🙂

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*Please note: some of these recipes are family favorites and I either make them by taste or am still looking for the recipe. I will update the post if I find the recipe!

Breakfasts:

Grain Free Bread, eggs

Whole Grain Apple Strata –I will be using up my grain free bread and of course it will be dairy free with almond or cashew milk and dairy free cream cheese.

Chia Seed Pudding–I’m still looking for a good recipe or maybe I will just do this smoothie instead

Maybe some waffles if I have time–it was too hot to do breakfast for dinner one night, so we don’t have any leftovers.

Lunches:

Burrito Bowl–the usual onions, peppers, beans, and rice yummies with probably some guacamole on top

Leftovers including steak on top of some lettuce and other salad goodness.

Dinners:

Stuffed Peppers–I don’t have a recipe, but if I’m not in a rush I’ll take pictures and post it later in the week!

Spaghetti with a salad or cooked spinach–with the leftovers from the Failed Crockpot Ravioli from last week

Leftovers

Lemon breaded chicken with mashed potatoes and snow peas

Shepherds Pie for Father’s Day per request of the hubby

Pizza–There was a sale on Daiya pizzas at the store, so I’m hitting the easy button for a couple of weeks!

Breakfast for dinner

If time allows I would like to try the following:

Dark Chocolate Coconut Milk Pudding

If you need more menu ideas check out Organizational Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for specific gluten-free ideas check out Celiac Family and their June 12 Menu plan!

A Burned Pot

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So I set out to disprove last week that a watched pot never boils…in fact it does and if you don’t watch it closely enough it will boil dry, make whatever you are trying to cook taste funny and quite possibly ruin your pot.

And of course no one will want to do the dishes…Ahem. So, I remembered seeing one of those annoying Facebook videos go through my feed and by some random luck managed to find it again. It said if you boiled lemons in a pot that looked like mine and then let them cool it all you would have to do is rinse away the burned gunk and your pot would be better than new!

So I figured I had nothing to lose…I chopped some lemons and boiled away!SAM_1386

Of course the video was exaggerating a little bit–I mean it is Facebook after all, right? After it boiled, cooled down and I dumped the whole mess and rinsed out the pot the black stuff was still there…but with a little scrubbing it did go away! And look my pot looks much nicer now!

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Not perfect, but I can cook with it again. So, I’m not sure if I could have had the same results if I had just soaked and scrubbed, but who knows?

So what do you think? Facebook fail or Facebook win?