Tuesday, October 22, 2013

FOUR

Hello My Gluten Free Friends!

You may have noticed that I've been gone for 6 whole months now + that I haven't even popped in for a quick hello or mention of a simple recipe. But alas! I have returned + I have BIG news to share!

You ready?

Santa is coming early this year...with a little sister for Chloe! :) I'm pregnant!


HOORAY!


These photos are from when I was 18 weeks pregnant.




Sorry to keep the news from you all, all this time. Up until now, if I'm being completely honest, I've been too uninspired by this blog + rather more intrigued by things like baby decor, trendy maternity wear, ultrasounds, and coming up with a name for our little baby girl to be. :)

Gluten Free recipes, though they are an obvious staple in my every day life, fall short in excitement in comparison. I'm sure you all agree. ;)


As to how I've been doing? I'm delighted to report that I've been feeling great + that I even got through my first trimester without one-single-episode of morning sickness. Can I get a hallelujah? And hell-to-the-yes I'm embracing that fact loudly + proudly, knowing how rare such instances can be. At first, I worried that not being sick meant something was wrong, because who in the world gets pregnant but doesn't get sick? Apparently...this girl. But my doctor assured me it was all good + fine. She said to just go with it + enjoy it, so that's exactly what I've been doing.

Sure, I felt nauseous. And yes, the saddest part was I didn't enjoy baking OR cooking throughout my entire first trimester + 6 weeks into my second trimester. And you all know how much I LOVE to do that. It's my biggest vice! So I was bummed. But that passed + my love for cooking and baking has returned...and now, so has my blogging.

I'm now 32 weeks into my pregnancy + my second and third trimesters have been just as uneventful. I feel very much like myself, which is odd to type, let alone think, when I look like I'm hoarding a large basketball under my shirt. ;) I'm definitely more tired + moving at a slower pace, but all of that is to be expected. The worst thing I've come across in this pregnancy is carpal tunnel (which has zero effect on the baby and will go away after I deliver) + high blood pressure. The high blood pressure just showed up 3 weeks ago + so now I'm on a little bit closer watch. From what the doctor has informed us, that is also common.


As for Chloe, she's very excited about the baby + we'll catch her often sneaking over to my belly, reaching out her little hand to touch it, and saying "baby". It makes Stanton + I melt every time! And though I know it's highly likely that she doesn't quite understand the full concept behind what all this baby stuff means (or as I've been jokingly saying to her that she'll have to "be ready to share her throne" lol), we are certain that she will make for a fabulous big sister + that in the long haul, a sibling is exactly what she needs. :)


As for Stanton -- he enjoys telling everyone that passes by him just how excited he is. The day I told him I was pregnant + had him unwrap this little onesie, he ran across the street to get gas in his car and told the entire gas station that he was going to be a Daddy again.

He keeps a copy of the baby's first ultrasounds in his office + he likes handing me folded up "I love you" notes on the fly that include his own illustrated pictures of my baby bump and the name of our baby to be. So yes...she does have a name. :)

Emma Joy Hartsfield

Emma means "complete" and Joy is my grandmother's maiden name (on my mom's side). So in other words, her name will mean "complete joy". We felt it was very fitting + our hearts have already expanded in preparation for her big arrival. We can't wait for her to get here!

...and then there were FOUR. :)



I'm about to get back into the swing of things when it comes to blogging, so be ready for some new recipes in the near future. I've got all sorts archived on my computer, ready to go.

In the meantime, head over to my Instagram (@house054) to see the most recent updates + recipes I'm cooking up!

I hope you're all doing well + until next time...

Happy GF Cooking + Eating!

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Hello Gluten Free Friends!

How good do these G-Free Peanut Butter Cookies look?


Amazing right?

For those that follow me on Instagram, you already received word that I was a guest blogger this weekend on G-Free Laura's blog. I am so excited! :) For those that haven't heard yet -- well, you've now officially been informed that a very delicious + much awaited recipe is finally available for you to snag!

...And yes, it's for those amazing looking cookies just above the text you just read. ;)

Thank you, Laura, for graciously allowing me to be a guest on your blog + for sharing all of your lovely friends + followers with me! The words you shared about me were so kind + so very much appreciated! THANK YOU.

I hope everyone had fantastic St. Patrick's Day weekend + that you all remembered to wear your green. ;) We did!

I'll be back next time with a new recipe for my G-Free Streusel Topple Apple Pie Quick Bread!
(Try saying that 5 times fast!) You're all going to love it! I've already made it twice over the weekend.

Until next time...Happy GF Baking! 

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Gluten Free Pasta with Shrimp + Lemon Oil

Shrimp Lovers - today's recipe is for you! 

And it needs little introduction. It's basically deliciousness on a plate.



Want to impress the one you love or some of your closest friends?

THIS is the one to make.

I should also note that this was the very first time I've ever tried cooking with seafood - pre AND post being Gluten Free. It was so easy + turned out so well, that I've made it 3 times since then!

Gosh.
It makes me wonder what took me so long to try!


Today's recipe share was adapted from one of Giada de Laurentiis' recipes + she has a video here which walks you through how to make this dish. I highly recommend watching this first, especially if you're a visual learner like myself.

You'll notice that the parmesan cheese + butter were not original ingredients, but I really love the way they add to the flavor of the dish. I also changed the pasta used {a GF no brainer} + I subbed in my favorite spiral pasta by Tinkyada.

Other than that...I just follow the directions exactly as they are. Following along with video makes it even simpler.




Prep Time...
As always, my recipes start with a little bit of prep.

For this recipe you'll want to do the following:

1. Get Your Water Boiling  + Cook Up The GF Pasta. 
You'll want to cook the pasta FIRST so that you can just add it to the dish later. After cooking it, set it aside.


2. Peel + Dice 2 Shallots.
(P.S. Please excuse my very dark nail color)


3. Chop Up The Flat-leaf Parsley.



4. Make Your Lemon Oil Mixture.
All you'll need to do for this is put 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil into a small bowl + the zest of 1 lemon into it. Set aside the lemon to use later.



5. Mince The Garlic.
Or do what I do, buy the kind at the store already minced + in a jar if you've run out. 

(I haven't added it to the pan at this stage. I'm just showing you how it should look -- pre minced from the store or not)


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Now it's time to COOK! 
To cook yourself up some delicious GF Pasta with Shrimp + Lemon Oil, start by heating up your pan to a medium-high heat.

Then add your oil + shallots to the pan.


Next, add the minced garlic.
(Sorry for the duplicate photo)


NOTE: This is the point, I'm willing to throw caution into the wind re: piling on some extra calories + I add in 3 tablespoons of butter. If you'd like to skip the butter, that's a-OK too. It'll come out great either way!


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Now it's time to add in your uncooked shrimp (fresh or frozen). You can add frozen uncooked right to the pan too.

Remember: If you bought COOKED shrimp, skip this step and add it last after the pasta. Otherwise your shrimp will become rubbery + less delicious. And if it is frozen -- just make sure it's defrosted + you've run it under cold water for 5 minutes in a strainer before you toss it into the recipe later.


You know your shrimp is ready (fresh or frozen) when it becomes pink. That means it's done!

Now that the shrimp is cooked -- TURN OFF THE HEAT!

Next, add in that fresh parsley you chopped up earlier. 


And juice from 1 lemon. 
(You know, that one you zested earlier!)


And some salt + pepper, of course! 


Next up is a handful of fresh arugula. Not less, not more. Too much is overpowering. 
(If you're not a fan, you can skip it.)

I've made it both ways. It really boils down to your preference. 

Give it a stir. And quickly add in the pasta you prepared earlier and had set aside.

The pasta will help the argula cook down. 


I bet you're glad you listened to me about having the pasta ready. 
See how easy that was? ;) 

Last up is the lemon oil you also prepped + set aside earlier. Toss it in!



Mix everything together nice and good + that's it folks! You're done!

NOTE TO FROZEN-COOKED SHRIMP FRIENDSIf you chose to use frozen, cooked shrimp - this is the point where you want to toss it in at the end. You just want to get the shrimp warm + get the flavor rubbed all over it. 

Now that you're heat is off, you can even let it marinate a bit! 

You also want to TASTE the recipe + make sure it doesn't need anymore salt. Salt away until you feel it's the perfect amount + to your liking. 

VOILA!!!

You've got a fantastic looking dish that is sure to impress anyone who sits down at your dinner table! 

Enjoy friends + dig in! This recipe is best served immediately. 


And until next time...Happy GF Cooking! :)

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Life Is Too Short G-Free Pancakes.

Life is tough. And like Forest Gump's mama says, it's also like a box of chocolates. You never do know what you're gonna get. Celiac included.

The older I become each year + the more experiences I go through, the more I realize how that simple statement rings true. And the more I come to find how insightful and wise Mama's are (even the ones who are created by a screen writer). I sure hope that's the way my girl will grow up seeing me - wise + full of the answers she seeks. :)

For some of you who are newly diagnosed with celiac disease, this may be your "tough" patch that life has thrown you. You may be feeling overwhelmed, you may be feeling bitter...and well, you may even be starving because you're thinking to yourself - I don't know what I CAN eat!.

(Gosh, I hated that feeling in the beginning! And I assure you that I can relate.)

For others, you may be farther along in this journey (like myself) + other "tough" life situations may have taken precadence over your gluten intolerance woes. You may be going through a challenging time at your job, with your spouse or family, feeling financially stretched in this economy, or feeling like you're at a cross roads in your life + you need to make a change.

Whatever your tough situation may be, I can tell you this much: Pancakes make everything better.

Especially the BIG, yummy, Gluten Free ones with chocolate chips in them, drowning in maple syrup.

Are you perking up yet? :)

The best part?
These babies are fail proof. And they don't taste any different than the wheat-filled ones you used to make. They are AMAZING!

Throw some chocolate chips, blueberries, or your favorite fruit into the batter + I'd say you'll soon be forgetting all about those tough life scenarios that are getting you down. At least temporarily...until it's time to make another batch! ;)

Maybe, just maybe -- they'll even flip that frown upside down + help you remember that life is too short to let anything get the best of you, no matter how challenging it is or how hard it may seem. This too shall pass and you will survive + conquer whatever card(s) life deals you. And then yell, "nanny nanny poo poo!" in it's face when you do!

Am I right? (Or am I the only one doing this? Ha!)

And if you need the extra umph! to get you over that slump you're in -- my advice is always to listen to music + I highly suggest Pink's newest songs, "One Last Kiss". Just just fill in choice words with celiac or whatever is bothering you when appropriate.

And sing the verse where it says, "we've had a sh-t day" nice and loud + dance around in your living room. Even on repeat, until you feel better. :)



All is well here, if you're wondering. I just happen to know the lyrics to pretty much every song out there...and I happen to think it's a great outlet for getting your frustrations out. It even says, "Life's too short for this" in the song. Are you impressed? :)

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Moving along...
To make yourself some Gluten Free 'Life Is Too Short' (So-Eat-What-You-Want) Pancakes - just simply grab a medium sized bowl + follow my lead.

If you can remember the number 1, you're already ahead of the game because coincidentally every measurement in this recipe begins with it. :)

Give it a good mix + toss in your favorite add-ins. Pour your favorite G-Free syrup on top (just go for the el-natural, organic brands and you're safe!). My all time fave add-in is chocolate chips. Yumm!


Enjoy + let me know what you think if you decide to give them a try! Life is too short not to. They're just that good!




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Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Archive!

I'm excited today to share that the "House 54 Gluten Free Archives" are officially ready! That means that you can now easily access ALL of my past recipes + information I've shared on the blog.

To take a look, all you have to do is click on the words "Favorite Things" above in the navigation bar. :)

What do you think? Do you like it? Think there's anything I can improve upon to make past information + recipes more accessible for all of you? :) I'd love the feedback! 

Hope you're all having a great Sunday + as always, Happy Gluten Free cooking! 
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Gluten Free "Pronto" Salad

Do you ever find yourself needing to make a last minute meal? Do you suddenly realize that the day has flown by, all of a sudden read the clock on your microwave (this is how I gauge time 99.9 percent of the time while at home, hence the analogy.) and see that it's 4:55 + you haven't come up with anything for dinner? Do you scramble around the kitchen + look inside the refrigerator to see what random thing you can throw together to call it a meal?

Well, that was me yesterday + this is what came from that moment of panic.

Gluten Free "Pronto" Salad.

As in, I need something for dinner NOW!


This salad can be customized to your liking but all the basics are there.
Add some chicken, turkey, or steak on top of it and you can officially call it a meal!

No meat for you? That's A-ok. This baby can also be eaten as a little side salad along any main course of your choosing. As usual, I'm not reinventing the wheel here, friends. I'm just thoughtfully reminding you of the obvious choices for meals on days when you need something to eat and you need it fast. Something on days like ours lately, when we are desperately trying not to eat the Gluten Free Mac + Cheese that's filled with yummy gooey cheese and delightfully addictive noodles, and rather something much more healthy instead.

It's the New Year. We are trying to be good. ;)

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To make this salad for yourself -- simply get together all the ingredients + do a little prep.


For the prep...
All you'll need to do is thinly slice 1 cucumber, 2 medium carrots + slice in half 1/2 package of grape tomatoes.



Once that's all prepped + ready to go -- start layering all of the ingredients, beginning with the romaine lettuce as your base.





Top this salad with your favorite Gluten Free dressing or simply just add a splash of balsamic vinegar + olive oil to the top! 

Serve + Enjoy! :)

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Are you trying to stick to a New Years resolution you made? Are you trying any healthy Gluten Free recipes that you'd like to share? I'd love to hear all about it! 

Until next time...

Happy Healthy Eating + Gluten Free Cooking! 
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Gluten Free Goodies Contest + Giveaway Winner!


Congratulations, Lacey! You are my Gluten Free Goodies Contest + Giveaway Winner!

Please email me at: info@house-54.com and include your home address information so I can mail you your BIG PRIZE  -- a $50 Gift Card to Target!

Thanks again to those who participated! I'll be back this week with a new recipe or two. :)

Happy Monday + Happy GF Eating! 
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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Gluten Free Goodie: Rosemary + Sea Salt Rice Krispies

Hello + Happy New Year, Everyone! :)

How's 2013 treating you all so far? Anyone have any good resolutions to share?

Mine for one, is to start posting more on this blog, especially now that we have officially moved + are settling in our new (temporary) home. :) I've also started a new workout routine (don't we all at the first of the year? Ha!) + I'm excited to get in shape!

Today I've arrived with a very special "goodie" share. I know that I said that I would run the Gluten Free Goodie Giveaway + Contest through December 31st; however, there was one final entry that I received that I absolutely knew I wanted to post before I announced the winner.

I happen to personally know the man who submitted this last entry + he stole my heart the day we met, especially after I saw him interacting with our Little C.

Love + joy radiate from him and he has given me so much hope in what's in store for our girl's future.



Jacob, I feel truly blessed to know you + I am overjoyed you decided to send in a "goodie" recipe for my giveaway. Just by cooking and sharing this recipe -- you are educating the world about you and others like you with Down syndrome -- and chipping away at misunderstandings + stereotypes about your diagnosis (and our little Chloe's too!), proving that we are all more alike than we are different.

You are an inspiration to me and so many. And yes, as you say in your entry, a total ladies man! You certainly won over the two girl's hearts here at our house -- that's for sure! :) Keep spreading that joy + being the life changer that you are! Lots of hugs to you, my friend + best wishes for a VERY Happy New Year!

So without further ado -- here's Jacob's entry.

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Jacob's Rosemary & Sea Salt Rice Krispies


Hi!  My name is Jacob. I have Down syndrome which means I have an extra chromosome and most people don't have one - which makes me special and awesome! I am twenty-four years old, I live with my family and I go to a junior college by my house. I love music, hanging out with friends, playing with my dog, catching up on Facebook and watching movies. I am outgoing and fun and that is why I am a ladies man! This recipe makes me smile because it is fun to make and I really enjoy it!

I hope you do too!

Here are all the things you need from your kitchen.



First melt butter and marshmallows in a big pot.

Put in some rosemary and sea salt and mix it all together until it is smooth.


It should look like this. It is really messy and sticky!


Next, turn off the stove and pour in the gluten free Rice Krispies cereal and stir it around and put it in a pan. I used wax paper in the pan so I didn't have to clean it later!



Let it cool and then cut it with a knife.  


MMMMMMMMMMMMMM.... tastes good! 



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Thanks so much again, Jacob, for submitting your entry! It made my week + my giveaway and contest simply wouldn't have been the same without it! :) P.S. I loved your apron! Way to get into the holiday spirit! 

A BIG THANK YOU to those other Gluten Free friends that submitted entries as well! I'll be announcing the winner tomorrow! 

Happy New Year + Happy GF Goodie Eating! 
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