Monthly Archives: August 2012


Dutch Baby (Grain Free with Dairy Free options)


1/3 cup butter or coconut oil
8 eggs
1 cup coconut milk(or other dairy free)
or kefir
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup sifted coconut flour
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 425°
Melt 1/3 cup butter in a 9×13
pan in the oven. (I do this while the oven is preheating. Make sure to
watch it though so the butter doesn’t burn!)

Put eggs in blender and blend on high for 15 seconds.
Add the rest of the ingredients and blend for 30 seconds.
Pour batter into hot pan containing melted butter.
Bake at 425° for 20-24 minutes.
Cut into pieces and serve with maple syrup and fresh fruit.

Confession:  I realized when I was posting this that I actually forgot to put the cornstarch in it…..oops!  But, it still turned out.  Next time I will try to remember to add it and see if it makes a big difference.  It was fabulous the way it was and so easy to throw together.  It took longer for the oven to heat than it took to make up the batter.  Literally less than 5 minutes to make up the batter.  I slathered it with butter and honey, it was oh, so delicious!


Menu Plan Monday – August 27, 2012


I actually made bread this past week.  I have gotten out of the habit of making bread.  It’s time consuming and it’s so hot!  Plus, let’s face it, the less bread you eat, the better.  But, I have been craving bread, thinking about it, wanting to eat sandwiches, grilled cheeses, toast……yum.  So, on the spur of the moment I made bread, this recipe for Challah  is so good and it is such a multipurpose bread, we had sandwiches – without toasting the bread first, we had toast and grilled sandwiches.  I had forgotten how worth the work bread really is.  So if you have a craving for bread you should definitely take the time to make this, it will be well worth the effort.

Menu for this week:

Macaroni and Cheese (I will try and post the recipe soon.)

Roast Chicken & Veggies

Cheeseburgers (I may try and make these buns)
Fries on the grill

Cranberry Chicken

Chili Pie

Chicken Sausage Hash

Soup- not sure yet

For more menu plans and ideas go to:


Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes (Grain Free!)


I found this recipe and it sounded so yummy.  I changed it up a bit, so my version is not dairy free, but if you use the original recipe it will be grain free and dairy free!  You will not be able to eat just one.

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

3 large eggs
1/4 cup maple syrup
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350°
Line muffin tins with paper liners. (I made 24 mini muffins. Original recipe said 8 regular sized) Spray the liners with oil, this will help keep the muffins from sticking to paper.  (I did not do this and remembered the trick after I baked them.)

Place the chocolate chips and coconut into a bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground – consistency of course sand.  Add eggs, maple syrup and salt.  Pulse until well combined.

I used a small cookie scoop, to scoop into liners.  I filled them three quarters full.  The batter is very thin.  So think you will think that there is no way these are going to bake up like cupcakes, but they will.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Leave the cupcakes cooling in the tin for at least 1 hour, before icing with ganache, if desired.

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons coconut milk (you could probably use regular milk, I had the coconut and used it)

Optional: Toasted coconut for topping, once frosted –  I didn’t do this, but I would, I was just too lazy to toast the coconut.

Place the coconut milk and chocolate into a small saucepan and melt over low heat, stirring often.  Once it’s melted you can spread it on the cooled cupcakes.  Mine was kind of thin, but then it firmed up on the cupcakes once cooled, but not like regular icing.  Top with toasted coconut immediately after icing, if desired.


Menu Plan Monday – August 20, 2012


I totally cannot get my groove back in posting menus and actually had to cram for my menu this week.  My husband’s knee surgery has totally thrown me off my game.  I think things are starting to fall back to “normal”, we’ll see.  Starting our school year and trying to get in the swing of that too.



Tamale Pie
Tortilla Chips

Hot Dogs

Lemon Chicken on the grill

Something with Beef – not sure yet

Chicken Enchilada Bake



Chile Ristra


I  recently purchased a bargain plant at Kroger.  It was a great deal, a chile plant for $2!  It was loaded with peppers.  When I got it hope I realized that it was actually three plants in one pot.  I divided the plant and gave one away.  I then started thinking about what I could do with the peppers, so I decided to make a Chile Ristra.  I googled and found this site that showed me how to do it.

I gathered the items to do it – sewing needle, peppers, fishing line.  However, the fishing line was too thick to fit through the eye of the needle.  Thankfully, my son dug deeper and found some thinner line.  I was very happy with the results.  It was super easy, I did it while watching TV.  I made three separate ristras as I thought they might make a good gift – tie a little raffia bow to the top and there you have it, cute, practical gift.

Here is a picture of the finished ristras.  I hung them all together.  I think a wreath would be cool too….I might try that next time. I think I will try and find some very thin wire, then the chiles can be strung directly onto the wire and you wouldn’t need to use the needle and then you could shape it into a circle or even a heart and tie a bow at the top.


Menu Plan Monday – August 6, 2012


The last week has been a whirlwind.  My husband had “spur of the moment” knee replacement surgery.  It was going to be a month or so out and then they had an opening for this past Monday.   I did have a menu plan, but didn’t get around to posting it with all the hullabaloo.  We were also blessed with two meals, plus a meal brought to me at the hospital, so I didn’t have to worry about bringing food or making poor food choices.  Such a blessing.

Rant:  Products that say wheat free and/or gluten free, but have been processed in a warehouse that also produces wheat.  I bought two things this week without careful consideration. Ugh! 

Menu for the week:

Chicken Chilaquiles

Taco Soup

BBQ Beef


Spaghetti & Meatballs

Chicken on the Grill