Monday, October 22, 2012

King Arthur Flour - Gluten Free Sale!

Hello + Happy Happy Monday!

To start off the week -- here's a little something to put a little extra Gluten Free PEP in your step! King Arthur Flour is having a sale on all of their Gluten Free mixes -- today through October 25th! They are offering 20% off everything!!

You've heard me rave about their products (my favorites are their bread mix, muffin mix, and brownie mix) and I wanted you all to have the opportunity to take advantage of this sale if you were interested!
As we all know, Gluten Free mixes + foods can be pricey and here's a way to save a buck!

As always, I'm happy to spread the word any time I find anything I like on sale!

Head on over to their site + enjoy the savings!

The PROMO CODE is: EP121020

Happy GF Shopping + Savings!
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My Return + GF Kiddo Lunch Ideas

Well hello there GF friends! I have returned! :)

Well, what can I say?! Buying and selling a house is, as some of you might know, CRAZINESS! I've never been so busy + trust me, with Little C by my side, I am always on the go! This, however, is a whole new kind of busy!

Bare with me a little bit longer. I'm still cooking + baking away -- it just takes time to post everything.

A Few Updates...
We sold our house in 1 day! Insane, right?

We predicted it would go fast though, as most of homes in our area have been, but the news still blew us away!

...And guess what else? We put a deposit down on a new home in the same week. (Ha!)

Here's a picture of the model home that our new home will look exactly like. Don't mind the white model home behind it. It's not attached to it. This was a drive-by shooting (as in photography, of course!) situation. I did the best I could. Mama's busy!

And here's the front:

Right now it's a dirt lot, as it's being built from scratch. It'll take 3 months to build it from start to finish. We're literally moving a mile down the road (we love where we live!) and the new house will be ready in February/March. 

I will be sure to keep everyone posted.

As we begin to close our chapter at House 54 (and grieve a little as this was the place the three of us met. Oh man, here come the tears!) -- we also celebrate the beginning of a new one + all the memories to be made in this new home. And hopefully...a new little member of our family as well. (Keep those fingers crossed + just don't congratulate us too soon. It's not happening...yet!)

So In Meantime...
I'll be cooking from my mom's kitchen. That is, after all, where we'll be staying.

If you know me personally - you know the difference between the two homes and you can tell which kitchen I'm cooking from when I post recipes. OR you may be one of those people with great attention to detail and you've already noticed in previous photos that I seem to have like 4 ovens. HA! Nope, not so.

In the past -- I've just cooked and baked wherever I was. What can I say? I'm on a mom on the go! I make it work wherever I am. :)


Keeping my hello rather short today...
I'm going to cut to the chase. I want to share some more Gluten Free lunches for kids. :)

I have one lunch share today from the lovely Deb over at (Sorry, Deb, I know I was supposed to share this amazing GF lunch idea on Friday) + one of my own. 

Correction: One of Stanton's lunches he packs for Chloe. He's the lunch packer in our house. 

Why you ask? Because that's what Daddy likes to do. He says it's his favorite thing to do for her in the morning. 

I know you just went "Awwwww!". ;) 

How can you not think that's adorable? I'm swooning over here just typing it + I live in the same house at him and see him pack up her things every day. I'm not immune. He's such a good Daddy. 

Starting with Deb's Gluten Free Lunch...

To find out how she made this -- head on over to her site. And remember - she posts a new Gluten Free lunch idea every Friday! :) 

And don't forget, should you try to make it too -- share it with us! We'd love to see! :)

And now Stanton's lunch for Chloe this morning...

Included in her lunch is: 
* PF Changs Gluten Free Chicken Fried Rice (leftovers from dinner last night)
* Gluten Free Pretzels (Glutino brand)
* 1/2 Banana
* Small Box of Raisins* An Apple Sauce "Squeezable" (Apple-Berry flavor)
* Apple Juice (Hansens Natural brand)

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week (here's making it through "hump day"!) + I will hopefully see you tomorrow with those other recipes I promised. I think I shall start with the Gluten Free Homemade French Fries. Yum! Yum! 

Happy Wednesday GF Buddies + Happy GF Cooking! :)
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Friday, October 5, 2012

Lunch Ideas: iPack Lunch Meets House 54

To keep my promise of sharing more GF lunch ideas, I've teamed up with Deb over at + asked her if she'd take my Gluten Free Challenge.

In other words, I asked her if she would use her wonderful talents for making the most amazing packed lunches + apply the necessary "swaps" like I have in our home to make her already amazing lunch ideas Gluten Free.

The best news? She accepted + I am so thrilled!
Her first lunch idea is even up on her site already with all the details!

She'll have a new Gluten Free Lunch Idea every Friday!

Are you excited?! I know I am! :)

The most important thing...
Remember to put in foods your child's lunch that you know they will eat. But also don't be afraid to put in a few unexpected surprises as well. :)

I'll be the first to admit that it can work. I'm also aware that there are things Chloe will eat for her teacher at school, that she wouldn't dare eat for me here at home. Pick + Choose what works best for you and your kiddo(s) and have fun with it! Even encourage your kiddos to help make their lunches with you!

9 times out of 10, things Chloe bakes or cooks with me, she will eat. And yes, even if it's a brand new food.

Now run along and make a lunch + keep me in the loop, would ya? :)

Happy Friday Friends + Have A Wonderful Weekend! 
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Monday, October 1, 2012

Anita's Gluten Free Tamale Pie

When my husband Stanton was growing up, he spent a lot of time with his grandparents, Stan + Anita. They were, in a sense, like parents to him + his sister. Whenever he talks about his grandmother, Anita, he usually references her amazing cooking + the way his Grandfather always doted on her.

He recalls fun times they spent together over their summer vacations, his special relationship with them both, and how it shaped him into the man he is now.

Anita, at age 93, is still as sharp as a knife + I swear to you all, she has more energy than I do! When we see her for visits from Las Vegas, she's usually found in front of Chloe dancing + singing.
(I learned quickly who Stanton got that from!)

She's spunky + I love it! And Gram just adores our Little C + loves her with all her heart. 

Every time I'm around her I just think to myself -- Anita is the kind of Gram we ALL wish we had growing up. I know I certainly do.

And even though Gram makes a lot of fantastic dishes -- there is one that Stanton is always asking for. Funny enough, it's also the first dish he taught ME how to make (aside from Gram's Cheddar Olive Bread) + one so I'm happy to share with all of you today.

It's called, "Tamale Pie".

The best way to describe it?
It's like a mexican lasagna that's ridiculously delicious!

The Recipe That Keeps Going...
As time passed, Stanton's mom began making Tamale Pie, then his sister, then Stanton + now...well, me! :) It's been passed down for a good reason -- I'll say that much! And it's our "go to" dish on nights when I don't feel like cooking (sort of like our Gluten Free Nachos) or frankly, when we're just craving it...because it's that good!

Over time, I've put my own little twist on it + made a few swaps here and there to convert it into a Gluten Free friendly dish. (mostly because of the taco seasoning)

I usually pair this recipe with Jon's Should-Be-Famous Mexican Rice, which I shared last week. That rice is good with or without this. It's just good with everything. :)

This is a recipe near + dear to us and we sure hope you enjoy it!

So, without further ado...let's get cookin'!


Prep Time...
To make the Tamale Pie, start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees.

Next, finely dice 1/2 onion + drain your can of Kidney beans.

You'll also need about 2 cups of cheese for this recipe. I shred my own cheese at this point in the prepping -- and I tend to use whatever I've got in my fridge. Use any kind of cheese you'd like.

Cooking Time...
Now that your prep is done -- it's time to get cookin'!

In a medium sauce pan, cook up 1 pound of ground beef (you can use ground turkey too, if you wish).

Once that's complete -- drain the fat.

A Little Tip...
I drain the fat by tipping the pan + placing a handful of paper towels where all the fat drains to. Using my spoon, I then soak up all the fat with the paper towels.

It beats hanging it over a sink any day!

Now that the fat has been drained -- it's time to add the diced onions. Cook them for about another 3-4 minutes or until they become tender.

Flavor Time...
Have I told you how much I like Mrs. Dash? It comes in all sorts of flavors + it makes my life so much easier when I want to add flavor to different dishes.

For this dish, I used the Fiesta Lime flavored Mrs. Dash. This basically would replace any "taco seasoning" packet that you used to buy prior to being Gluten Free. This Mrs. Dash is the same thing with the same great taste!

Add in about 1/2 of the entire bottle of the Mrs. Dash. I know, it seems like a lot...but it's not. You need a lot of flavor -- just like you would if you were making tacos.

You'll also add in about 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons of salt at this time. You may want to start small + just see how much salt you prefer. I tend to like things pretty salty. Taste it before you continue!

Now, add about 1/4 cup of water (just like when you'd use those other evil gluten taco seasoning packets I referred to earlier.) + bring it to a boil. Stiring frequently.

Once everything is incorporated, you can add in the kidney beans.

I also add in the 1/2 cup of salsa at this time. I use whatever I've got in my fridge, which is of course, is Gluten Free.

Once added -- mix throughly + you're all set!

Assembly Time...
Line the bottom of an 8 x 11 cooking dish with 8 tortillas (4 in a row) like so:

Add in your cooked meat medley + top with half of the cheese.

Top the dish with another 8 tortillas + the rest of the cheese on top.

A Little Tip...
In the picture shown above -- the recipe has been doubled (hence why you see a second layer of tortillas in the middle). I did this: (1) because I like this recipe so much and (2) It's nice to have leftovers the next day. You can always do the same if you think my reasons are pretty ingenious. ;)

Baking Time...
Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and slightly browned.

Slice up like you would a lasagna + serve!

Happy GF Eating + Happy Family Recipe Sharing! 
I hope you all have a fantastic week ahead!
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