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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