Monthly Archives: July 2013

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Menu Plan Monday – 2013 #27

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I am still feeling the affects of the medicine I had to take, though I am done the medicine still lingers in the body.  The last few days I have been able to function at about 50%, which is so much better than where I was.  I was greatly blessed by several people with meals/food/gift cards and for that I am thankful.  My mom took the kids on the worst day, it’s times like that I am so glad she only lives five minutes away.

I was able between Saturday and Sunday to get my menu plan for August done.  I also did a bit of school planning, once my mind was clear enough.  So at least the last 10 days weren’t completely wasted.

My menu for the week will be pretty easy, work-wise, I don’t want to over-do this week as I am trying to get back on my feet.  I am trying one new recipe, but it’s a marinade and is super simple and easy.  A shout out to Kala, I hope you’ve found some things on here to help you get started on your GF journey.

Monday:
Baked Tacos

Tuesday:
Creamy Italian Crockpot Chicken
Sides

Wednesday: 
Mellow Mushroom Takeout

Thursday: 
Buttermilk & Dill Marinated Chicken on the Grill
Sides

Friday
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Beef & Cornbread Skillet

Saturday:
Santa Fe Chicken
Rice (make double for Rice Bake on Tuesday)

Sunday:
Lentil Soup


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Monday – 2013 #26

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Last week was a huge blur of  VBS and dealing with an adverse reaction to medication.  I decided to take the little ones to VBS for the first time.   I knew that I would probably need to attend with them to make sure they were not given any gluten.  The volunteers did a great job of being sensitive to the allergy needs of all the kids who had them (There were only four and two of them were mine.)    It was  a great lesson for the kids learning about “The Call of God”.  They had a great time, it was exhausting for me, exhilarating and tiring for them as well.   I fully intended to blog last week, but was so tired, I wasn’t able. 


As for the medication reaction – I recently shared my CT scan experience, but what I didn’t share was the diagnosis.  But, I realize that it might be helpful to others to share.  I think that diverticulitis is not a great topic for a mainly food blog, but this blog is actually about being gluten free and having Celiac, gluten sensitivity/intolerance most of the time come with other ailments, either caused or exacerbated by gluten and how your body has/is reacting to gluten.   All that to say, after the diagnosis, it was recommended to do a clear liquid diet and antibiotics.  I decided to take a more natural approach with natural remedies and semi liquid diet.  I tried for two weeks but was not able to relieve the symptoms and actually developed other symptoms that I didn’t previously have.  Diverticulitis is a potentially serious disease.  So, after being unable to do it naturally I called for antibiotics (Cipro & Flagyl).  They recommended clear liquid diet again for two days.  I started on Wednesday night and on Friday morning I had a severe adverse reaction to the Flagyl.  It was a pretty rough day and I am still recovering and feeling the affects of the medicine as well as the diverticulitis. If anyone has questions I will be glad to answer them.  Feel free to email me.

Not sure what the menu for the week will look like.  I have a friend bringing Chick Fil A for dinner and I am thankful for that.  Eating is hit and miss for me.
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Favorite Find Friday – Snacks (Cookies)

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Normally I make my own cookies from scratch.  I just usually like it better that way.  But, every once in a while I just want to eat a cookie and not have to make it.  I grabbed these the other day, after carefully checking the ingredients,  because Pamela’s is notorious for using almond flour.  So, if you have any nut allergies, I’m sure you already check for that.

Funny how things change after you go GF.  Your tastes, your memories of how things tasted.  Things that you didn’t even necessarily like kind of become this fond memory.  Like these cookies…..they remind me of a Chip’s Ahoy cookie, the original one, only mini.  I was never a huge fan of them before, but this is a good imitation of them, and very enjoyable.  I even used them on the S’more Bites, since I didn’t have any graham crackers or cookies.

They aren’t super cheap, which is another reason why I usually make my own cookies.  Any GF cookie that’s worth eating is not too cheap, unless you hit a sale or clearance.    I paid $3.69 for this 7 oz bag at Kroger.

Pamela’s Simplebites
Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies


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Gluten Free One Pot Chicken, Potato & Green Bean Crockpot Casserole

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This is an super simple and delicious recipe.

Chicken Breast Tenders (I used frozen)
Potatoes, cut into chunks (I used 4 potatoes)
Green Beans (I used 2 cans, drained)
Salt & Pepper
1/2 stick of butter, diced
2 Tablespoons dressing mix – I used the Ranch OR Italian Dressing Mix from my cookbook.
I put the chicken in and then salted & peppered it on both sides.
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Chunked up potatoes.
100_3951Drained cans of green beans
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Sprinkled dressing mix over all and dotted with butter

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Cooked on high 2-3 hours, cook time will depend on chicken size and whether it’s frozen.

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Menu Plan Monday – 2013 #25

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I hope you had a wonderful long weekend and celebrated the 4th of July with food, family, friends and fun.  We had a nice cookout with my mom, grandma, niece and a dear family friend.  We had cheeseburgers with English Muffin “buns”, hot dogs (no bun), fried potatoes, grilled corn on the cob with herb butter, fruit pizza (recipe to appear soon) and homemade Vanilla ice cream. 

Last week I received a prize package from Extraordinary Life.  I thought I was entering to win a Betty Crocker Mix pack  but instead I had actually entered to win:

It’s always nice to win stuff!  So, thanks, Lisa @ Extraordinary for the chance to win!


Sneak peek at the fruit pizza

We’ve had rain, rain and more rain around here.  The weather is really odd so far this summer.  It will pour down rain and then the sun will come out only for it to pour down rain a little while later.  I almost feel like I’m in Florida……without the ocean or palm trees.    All the rain has really got my garden growing, still waiting to see how well it will produce.  I do have one tomato plant full of green tomatoes and the cucumber plant has too many blossoms to count, we shall see if they turn into cucumbers.  My jalapeno plants are producing well, but that’s it so far.  I will have to work on my garden plots, soil and fertilizer to have a better Fall garden.   Any tips will be appreciated.

Menu for the week:

Monday:
Lasagna

Tuesday:

Chicken Enchilada

Wednesday:
Spaghetti Pie

Thursday:
Beef & Cornbread Skillet

Friday:
Turkey Tenderloin
Sweet Potatoes
Veg

Saturday:
Pot Roast
Potatoes
Carrots

Sunday:
Chili


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Favorite Find Friday – Restaurant (Posana Cafe)

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My favorite find for this Friday is Posana Cafe in Asheville, NC.  This is a completely, 100% gluten free restaurant, yes, that’s right 100% GF.  It was bliss!  Not worrying about cross-contamination, eating french fries and wanting one of everything on the menu.  The excitement is shared by all GF people.  The lady at the table next to us was overjoyed to be enjoying White Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Marscapone and Strawberries that was on special the day we were there.


This place is in downtown Asheville, it is a really nice place, we enjoyed brunch on the patio, the weather was amazing.  The service was great, our server was Leah, she was very knowledgeable, friendly and on the ball.  They offer dinner too with the brunch on Saturday and Sunday.  See the menu here.

I really did want to order one of everything, even the things I don’t normally eat.    But, when I saw french fries I ordered immediately.  They were divine, hot & crispy, with coarse salt and a side of homemade mayo (my request).

In my excitement I forgot to take pictures of our entrees, but don’t those fries look amazing? 

I had the Southern Style Benedict.  The eggs were poached perfectly, the biscuit was very tasty, though I was expecting it to be a much lighter biscuit than it was.  I guess when they said “southern” style, I was think it would be much lighter and airier.  However, the flavor was really good, it was slightly sweet and had a bit of a nutty flavor though there was no nut flour in it. (Though many of their baked goods/pastries to contain nut flours so be sure to ask.)

Another entree we enjoyed was the BLFGTThis was  bacon, lettuce, fried green tomato on house focaccia with a side of  jalapeno aioli.  The foccacia was out of this world, it was a beautiful, golden brown on top and was so light and fluffy. 

And last, but not least, was Fried Chicken.  This was a breaded and fried chicken breast on a bed of cheesy grits and topped with buttermilk gravy.  This was probably the best thing.  I personally don’t prefer grits, but I would order this with fries instead and would be in hog heaven.

We also sampled the Everything Bagel, which was probably the best bagel I’ve had in 3 1/2 years.  We got to go the Coffee Cake and Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun.  The flavors were great the next day, but I’m thinking these are best enjoyed fresh.

If you are in the Asheville area or even close, you should definitely check this out. They don’t “advertise” as a GF restaurant, but are widely known in the GF community and very allergy friendly and knowledgeable.  They don’t even have any peanut products in the place since it is such a severe allergen for many.

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Happy Independence Day 2013

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So thankful to all the military past and present who have fought for the freedoms that we have had the privilege of enjoying in our lives.  Thank you for the sacrifices that you and your families have made and continue to make.  Freedom isn’t free, freedom costs someone.  Often we just get to benefit from what someone else has paid the cost for.  Like our freedom in America and more importantly the freedom you can have in Christ…..that freedom wasn’t free either, it cost Jesus His life, that He freely gave. 

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:26

If you want to learn more about this there is a great resource here for free and there is a great article here.


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Gluten Free Marshmallow Icing

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4 large egg whites
1 cup white sugar
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put egg whites, sugar and salt in a glass or metal bowl over a simmering pot of water.  Whisk constantly until sugar dissolves and mixture is hot to the touch. Add vanilla.

Pour mixture into large bowl or mixer bowl and beat for 3 minutes until fluffy.  I used the whisk attachment to do this.

For this picture I put the icing in a sandwich bag, snipped the end and piped it on to make swirly tops.

This is great on cupcakes or as icing for a cake.  Filling for cupcakes.  Eating with a spoon.  You could possibly make rice krispie treats with it.

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Menu Plan Monday – 2013 #24

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I have a great restaurant experience to share with you, soon.  What a fabulous time to eat without worrying over cross contamination! 

Keeping it cool as possible menu for the week:

Monday:
Chicken, Potato & Green Bean Crockpot Casserole

Tuesday:
Bean & Cheese Enchilada Casserole

Wednesday:
Smoky Chipotle Chili Cheese Mac
(Make Pizza Dough and put in fridge)

Thursday:
Burgers
Corn on Cob

Friday:

Pizza on the grill

Saturday:
Salmon Patties
Potatoes
Veg

Sunday:
Loaded Baked Potato Soup

If you haven’t tried the Chocolate Crazy Cake you should give it a try.  Wednesday I’m posting a recipe for Marshmallow Icing that will go great with the cake, but it’s also fabulous just on its own.  If you don’t want to heat up the oven you could make S’more Bites or Mounds Bars.


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