Thursday, March 28, 2013

T-Shirt Ideas - Please Help!

I'm working on t-shirt design options to be sold at upcoming Expos.  I need help!!  I have four design options and need your votes.  The t-shirt colors will be green, pink, and blue.

Please take a super quick moment and vote for the one you would want.
THANK YOU for your help!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

My Gluten Free Week

Admittedly I'm behind this week.  It's Sunday night and I have no idea what we are eating this coming week.  Total mom fail!  I'm sure everyone will get fed I'm just not sure what at this point.  Promise I don't have it together most of the time. 

We have had a fun week and I wanted to share some photos with you all.  If you follow me on Instagram you've seen all these pictures.  Sorry. 

With our crazy work schedule Monday is the only day where I'm home all day with the kids and the hubby is home for dinner.  So I made slow cooker pork loin with a balsamic, brown sugar glaze.  Sounds fancy but it is so good and so easy!

The toddler wanted to make chocolate chip cookies so we whipped up a batch while the twins were napping.  So good and Gluten Free!

Wednesday morning the twins and I ran errands in Durham so we were able to hit Trader Joe's.  The end caps for the cash registeres had three different kind of Gluten Free cookies.  These were the only ones  I hadn't tried before.  Umm... awesome!  Chewy, sweet goodness.  The only sad part is the box only has 12 cookies.  They are Gluten Free and free of all 8 common allergens!  Buy them. 



Thursday night I made Beef Stroganoff.  The kids ate it up!  We went right to the bath tub after dinner. For all those without kids, if the dinner is good it will end up all over your children which equals bath night.  As a mom I count this as a win, full belly's and clean bodies!



After a long run Friday morning I was starving.  I had failed to eat anything before my run - I know!  So when I got home I made this big, beautiful breakfast of Trader Joe's GF waffles and two scrambled eggs.  I ate every crumb.  Next time I'll make sure I eat something before I run.

Back to our crazy schedule, Friday afternoon and Saturday are our "off" days since Sunday is a work day for Pastor hubby.  Saturday morning was chilly but we were all getting stir crazy so we bundled up and went for a walk.  The hubby took this picture of the kids and me walking at a park.  It warms my heart!

By dinner time it had warmed up so I sent hubby outside to the grill.  This dinner looks basic and simple but it was one of the best meals we've had in months.  The chicken was tender and juicy!  I cooked the fresh green beans in onions and bacon low and slow.   The sides of GF mac-n-cheese and sweet potato fries just took the meal to the next level.  The white wine cocktail didn't hurt anything either! Don't tell anyone but I had more than two helpings.



Don't forget to enter the Rudi's Gluten Free Bread Giveaway!  The winner will be drawn next Sunday.

Also check out the Gluten Free Expo listing!  Can't wait to see so many of my GF social media friends in person! 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Beef Stroganoff

A crowd favorite in our house is Beef Stroganoff.  Everyone eats it!  It is a bit messy for the twins so when we eat it they normally get baths after.  This version uses ground beef instead of beef tips or beef roast chunks.  To make is easy I use some pre-packaged Gluten Free cream of mushroom soup.  This Gluten Free recipe is adopted from this recipe.



What you Need
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 box of GF cream of mushroom soup
1 tbsp GF worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
1/3 cup mayo
1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk

16 oz bag GF pasta

Optional adds: mushrooms or green peppers

How to Make it
Cook beef and vegetables in a skillet over medium high heat, drain fat.  Season with salt, pepper and worcestershire sauce.  Add in soup, mayo, sour cream and milk.  Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer while you boil the GF pasta.  Serve the stroganoff over the noodles!

This dish heats up well the next day for lunch too!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

13.1 miles

A half marathon is 13.1 miles!  For some very strange reason I decided earlier this year that 2013 was going to be the year that I run a half marathon.   My hubby did one about four years ago and I am so stinking proud of him for it!  I guess running a half is on my list of things to do before I can't.

I have talked before about my love/hate relationship with running.  This is why it is unclear why I think running for 2.5 hours sounds like a good time.  But on Sunday I bit the bullet and signed up for my first Half Marathon in October!  This gives me lots of time to train and convince myself that it is a good idea.



See, don't I look super excited to run 13 miles?!

So I am all ears to anyone that has training tips and Gluten Free race snacking tips.  

Gulp!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Rudi's Gluten Free Soft and Yummy New Recipe with a Giveaway

Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery did some reworking of their bread recipe and came out with a new soft and yummy recipe.  Rudi's did a number of blog giveaways to "Find Soft and Yummy" and also did a big Facebook campaign to promote the new products.  Luckily I WON one of the giveaways hosted on Marlow's blog Gluten Hates Me!  The prize package was huge and included coupons for free new Rudi's bread.



To give the new Rudi's Orignal white sandwich bread a full review I did a side by side comparison with some old recipe Rudi's I had in the freezer.  



The first thing I noticed was the new recipe bread was bigger.  Then I toasted both and had them with some scrambled eggs.  The new Rudi's bread truly does taste different, better even, and the texture is softer!  The new recipe doesn't have the after taste of the old recipe.
Old on left, new on right

To further test the bread I toasted the bread and make a cheese and turkey sandwich.  I then put it in a sandwich bag at 9am and let it sit until 1pm for lunch.  The bread held up to the time test.  It didn't fall apart and still had a great texture and taste!



Rudi's was my #2 favorite Gluten Free bread before the recipe redo but with the new recipe I think I have to move it to my #1 favorite!  Way to go Rudi's!  

Since the folks at Rudi's were so generous to send me an awesome prize pack and 3 free Rudi's coupons I wanted to share!


GIVEAWAY TIME

The prize: 2 Rudi's Gluten Free bread loaf coupons and 2 bags of Enjoy Life Seeds and Fruit mix bags.

Use the Rafflecopter icon below to enter the giveaway.  The winner will be picked at random on March 31st!



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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Weekly Menu March 18th


Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I hope you wore green and avoided any pinchers!  Since I work with 5th and 6th graders Sunday morning I made sure I had green on to avoid those eager 11 and 12 year olds.  

Thanks for all the support on the cookbook!  I'm really excited to get it together and have an actual book in my hands soon.  I apologize for my lack of blogging lately.  All my free time is spent formatting and editing the book!

Here is what we are eating this week.

Monday - Pork loin in the slow cooker- One Dish Meal!


Tuesday -  Stuffed Pepper CasseroleOne Dish Meal!

Wednesday - Sweet and Sour chicken in the slow cooker served with rice

Thursday - Beef Stroganoff served with  GF Pasta and steamed veggies

Friday - Chicken nuggets, mac-n-cheese and green beans (I have a work dinner)

Saturday -  Greek Yogurt Pancakes - Looking forward to try apple cinnamon Chobani in the recipe!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Gluten Free Shopping at Trader Joes

Trader Joe's is one of my favorite grocery stores to visit for Gluten Free products.  The closest one is 45 minutes away but it is right next to Whole Foods so I can knock both out with one trip.  

There are many reasons to shop at Trader Joe's:
1 - The employees are very helpful and cheerful
2 - The prices are reasonable
3 - They have great Gluten Free labeling with a green little g* designating GF items.
4 - Trader Joe's Private Label has lots of GF products
5 - Cheap, good wine


Here are some of my favorite go to items to buy at Trader Joe's
Frozen GF Waffles

Granola

 Rice Pasta Mac n Cheese

 Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Ginger Snaps - I can go through bags of these

If you are unsure of what to get, just ask an employee for their GF product list.  You can also just walk around looking for the g* sign.  Make sure you do check the labels of the products.  I have bought something with the green g* but it said "may contain traces of wheat".  Their website states:

  • Our suppliers follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's) to segregate ingredients on shared equipment and/or in the facility.
  • Always read the label - ingredients and suppliers may change.
  • Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye and their derivatives such as malt or spelt.
  • As a general rule of thumb, dairy, juice, meat and produce do not contain gluten or any gluten derivatives.
  • Under Trader Joe's Brands, ingredients listed as "natural flavors" or "spices" do not contain gluten or gluten derivatives.
  • Use common sense and remember the motto: When in doubt, leave it out.
Happy Shopping!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Weekly Menu March 11th



As you can tell from my last post I'm super excited about Gluten Free Expo season!  For the expos I'm working on recipe cards to give away, t-shirts and ..... a cookbook!  Two weeks ago I decided to write a cookbook that I could sell at the Chicago expo.  I realize this is crazy but I'm making good progress.  The cover design is almost done and another week or two of editing and the book will be ready to print!  Watch out here comes I'm a Celiac's cookbook!

For t-shirts we are working on designs.  Once I get some mock ups I'll share them to get votes on which ones to go with. 

Monday - Pepperoni Bake and steamed veggies


Tuesday -  Beef Enchiladas served with Spanish Rice

Wednesday - Hubby and kiddos on their own I have a work event

Thursday - Chicken Stir Fry - One Dish Meal!

Friday - Italian Pork Chops using Tall Papa GF Bread Crumbs (didn't make it last week)

Saturday -  Dinner out to celebrate brother-in-law's birthday

Thursday, March 7, 2013

It's Gluten Free Expo Season

With spring approaching that means it's GLUTEN FREE EXPO time!  I'm so pumped to be going to so many this year.  GF Expos are a wonderful opportunity to try new GF products and meet great GF people. It is freeing to attend events where everything is Gluten Free!  
Jules "Jules Gluten Free", Carrie "Ginger Lemon Girl" and me at the Charlotte expo

Here is a list of upcoming expos.  Please let me know if there are more that you want me to add to the list!

April 13 Charlotte, NC Put on by ECHO Event Solutions *I'm an official blogger for this event!*
April 20-21 Chicago, IL Put on by GFAF Expo *I'm an official blogger for this event!  Come find me in the blogger area*
April 27 Asheville, NC Put on by Ingles Markets
May 5 Atlanta, GA Put on by ECHO Event Solutions
June 2 Washington DC Put on by Delight Gluten-Free Magazine  *I'll be at this one too!*
August 17 Raleigh, NC  Put on by ECHO Event Solutions  *I'll be at this one too!*


Tips for Attending a Gluten Free Expo:
1- Wear good shoes and comfortable clothes
2- Bring a big bag to carry brochures and samples
3- Take sandwich size plastic bags to put samples in to eat later
4 – Walk the whole room before you buy products, you don’t want to have to carry what you buy around for hours
5- Pace yourself.  You do not have to eat everything!  If it doesn’t taste good – don’t eat it.
6- Pick up the coupons.  Many vendors had very good coupons for their products.
7 – If there is a line at one booth skip it and come back later
8 – And most importantly – Go Hungry!

I hope to see many of you at these wonderful events!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Weekly Menu March 4th



Can you believe it is March already?!  Wasn't it just Christmas time?  Time is flying by these days!  I'm experimenting with some new recipes this week.  If they go well I'll post them.  Check Instagram for photos!

Monday - Chicken Enchiladas served with Spanish Rice

Tuesday -  Chicken Tater Tot Casserole - One Dish Meal

Wednesday - Roast in the slow cooker - One Dish Meal

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Italian Pork Chops using Tall Papa GF Bread Crumbs

Saturday -  Dinner out for my Mom's Birthday!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Dinner Guests

Friday night we had some friends over for dinner.  Since going Gluten Free I have found that it is much easier to invite people over to our house for meals then risk it at someone else's house.  Even the most well meaning of hosts can put Gluten in a dish and not even know it.  Many times dinner guests offer to bring something to contribute to the meal.  My go tos are a salad without croutons or a bottle of wine.  I find these are the safest options for Gluten eaters to bring.  I have said dessert before and ended up not being able to eat the beautiful brownies brought by our guests.




For dinner I decided to make Crock Pot Lasagna!  One, it tastes amazing and no one can tell its Gluten Free.  Two, crock pot meals make dinner parties low stress and three, everyone loves lasagna!  It came out perfectly and everyone had seconds.  The twins even downed it!  The salad brought by our friends was a perfect side dish.

For dessert I cheated and bought a store brand Gluten Free Spice Cake mix.  I took a risk because I had never tried this particular brand before and wasn't sure if Gluten eaters would enjoy it.  I followed the directions on the bag and made a Gluten Free Carrot Cake topped with GF cream cheese icing.  Our toddler then added sprinkles!  It was so good and our friends even took some home with them!



Success!

Tips for dinner guests:
1. Have Gluten eaters bring safe side dishes or drinks
2. Prepare a good Gluten Free meal
3. Crock pot meals save stress and time
4. It's OK to make the meal Gluten Free
5. Dessert can be simple - ice cream sundaes, fruit cobbler, box cake mix
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