Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie

I was just going through all my photos and realized that I have made so much these last few weeks that I haven’t shared with you all. So be prepared, I may be bombarding you with recipes – good and bad ones.

This is one that’s been in the work for quite sometime. Once I wrapped my head around it there was nothing to it. The crust was super simple and the filling was delicious. In fact, I made so much filling that we were just eating out of the pan while the pie was in the oven.

There are a few things I would probably change on this one. The crust was probably a little too done! So I would reduce the baking time. Keep an eye on it in the oven and when the crust begins to turn gold brown go ahead and take it out. Really, all you are doing is cooking the crust. Everything else is already cooked through.

Again, this is one of those recipes that you can take and make your own. Add some different herbs and spices.

I used my Instant Pot to cook the chicken breasts in. I love the Instant Pot because I throw the chicken in along with some herbs and chicken stock turn it on for 12 minutes and forget about it. Come back and it’s done. Read More


2018 Pottery Barn Fall Decor Sale

I love Pottery Barn. It’s one of my most absolute favorite places to shop for home decor. I started shopping at Pottery Barn probably 15 years ago. I love the quality of their furniture and the beautiful decor for the holiday season. We have several pieces of Pottery Barn furniture in our house, and 15 years later they are still as good as new!

Right now they are having a great sale on their fall decor. I love pumpkins to decorate with in the fall and these are gorgeous. Click the link below the photo to check them out.

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This would be beautiful as a center piece for any Thanksgiving table!

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2018 Fall is off to a wet start

October Motivational Quote:

Grow Through What you Go Through

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I love this picture. The beautiful fall colors of yellow, orange, red, and browns. This is a time of year that really inspires me. The colors of fall and the dramatically cooler temperatures. All of this makes me feel more alive and energized. So naturally, I can’t wait until the leaves begin to fall here in Kansas and the tress change colors.

October here in Kansas is a month where we can either have 90 degree temperatures or we could have 40 degree temperatures, and believe it or not this can all happen within a span of a few days.

This October has been no exception. We have had days of 90 degree and a few days later we are bundling up in our North Face coats and hats sitting at a football game trying to stay as warm as possible. Yes, I actually did this a few weeks ago!! It was so incredibly cold that night that we only stayed until half time! My daughter, on the other hand, toughed it out through the whole game. Not like she had much of a choice, she’s a bandie, band nerd, geek, whatever it is that you want to call those very talented kids who get out there and play for your high school half time entertainment. I have a feeling at this Friday nights game it will be no different! We are looking at a high of 53 degrees and a low of 39! Now that’s cold! What happened to fall!!

Anyway, it has been not only cold the last several days here, but it has been raining. Some areas around us have received more than 5 inches of rain in the last 3 days. We have a small river flowing through our pasture along with a pond on the other side of our house. This is very typical for us when we get a lot of rain! Hoping over the next few days everything dries up before it rains again this weekend or snows! Yes, that’s what I said, SNOW! I saw in a forecast that there is a small possibility of snow, which I doubt happens, but you never know.

Regardless, I hope that everyone is beginning to see the effects of fall around them and enjoying the changes of the seasons! I know I am.


Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

The weather has been much cooler than normal here. Typically in Kansas we are still ranging in the 80’s ad 90’s this time of year, with an occasional day reaching close to 100, but not often. These last few weeks there has been quite a bit of moisture, drizzling, and raining, with much cooler temps than what we are use to for early September. Let me tell ya, I have LOVED it. It feels like fall out.

Plus now that I am home more, not traveling from horse show to horse show, I am spending a lot more time in the house and in the kitchen.

I had some Colorado Peaches that I needed to get used up this last weekend so I decided to try a gluten free cobbler. Let me be honest here. This is not the first time I’ve tried this, and it did not turn out well out all. So I was skeptical as to how this would turn out! I’ve been experimenting with ratios in my baking.

Many of you know that baking is all about ratios. Now this is extremely easy when you are not using gluten free flours. For example, a pound cake, everything you put in is a pound…a pound of butter, eggs, etc….you get the idea. This does not really work with gluten free flours. You cannot take just one type of gluten free flour and make something as you would regular all purpose flour. They are extremely different. I won’t go into all they different types of gluten free flours, that a whole other post in itself.  Trust me on this…I’ve spent years experimenting with these flours to know that using just one type of flour doesn’t work. You have to have a combination of gluten free flours in order to make something wonderful!

Typically I use my all purpose gluten free blend that I make and honestly, use for just about everything baking wise. This time I decided to play around a bit and just use a few flours and see what would happen.

When making this cobbler the fruit part was easy! No brainer…..I did sneak in the Monkfruit (non-sugar sugar) on this one and no one has seemed to notice! Love it!! Monkfruit is probably my favorite non-sugar substitute. It doesn’t leave that cooling effect in your mouth after eating it.

For this recipe I gathered up my peaches and peeled them, peeling them is optional. I thought my family would enjoy this desert more if the peaches were peeled.

INGREDIENTS:

Set the oven for 375 degrees.

  • 8 peaches/8 cups of sliced peaches (peeled and sliced – each peach is about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup of blueberries (I threw these in there at the last minute to give a little color – plus I had some in the fridge I needed to use up – so these can be optional)
  • 2 cups of Monkfruit (any sugar or non-sugar replacement you would like to use)
  • 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp cornstartch
  • 2 tbsp lemon jucie (basically the juice of about 1 lemon)

Done with this part. Mix everything all together in a large bowl and dump it all into a baking dish.

In a large bowl combine:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 3/4 cup white rice flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 8 tbsp butter (1 stick cold butter, diced)
  • 8-9oz almond milk (could use buttermilk or any other type of milk)

Here’s where it got tricky. These are my adjusted amounts of flour listed above. I started out using only 1 cup of almond flour and 1/2 cup of white rice. What happened when I added in the milk – it was soupy! Gluten free flours don’t always absorb the liquids that we add into them. So we typically have to adjust our amounts. I needed up using the amount of flour listed above. When mixing this, if you are using different flours than what I have listed you may have to do the same. Don’t dump all your liquid in at one time. Slowly pour your milk (or what ever liquid you decide to use) and begin to work the mixture together. If it looks as though you need more liquid, add more. These recipes are not set in stone, learn to adjust to what is working for your and the flours you are using!

Once you are there slowly combine the mixture, cutting the butter into the flour until you have a course meal looking type of blend. Then begin to add your liquid. Once you’ve added your liquid, blend to get the desired consistency.

I used a scoop to scoop out my dough balls and place them on top of the peaches and blueberry mixture.

You can see the consistency of my little biscuits pictured below.

Throw this in a 375 degree oven for about 60 minutes, until the biscuits/cobbler is golden brown on top.

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Let it cool for 15-20 minutes and serve with ice-cream!


Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Soup

So now that we are back in the saddle, so to speak, I have a bit more time to spend in the kitchen. Summer seems to always keep us so busy that the last thing I think about on daily basis is cooking or baking.

Faith has started her 5th year of homeschooling, and is now in 6th grade. Grace is off to high school, which means early mornings and late nights. She is so busy with various activities that I am not sure what she is doing or where she is half the time. I just drive her there.

For the longest time, I have wanted to try broccoli soups and also cauliflower soups, but I have had the huge fear of failing. That they won’t taste good or look pretty, not that looking pretty matters, but it does! Presentation is everything when it comes to food. I mean people have to want to eat it and if it looks bad then they won’t even want to try it, no mater how wonderful it tastes. Especially, when it comes to soups that you have never made before for your family, who is really picky about what they are eating. So I have learned over the years that if I make it look really pretty for my family then they will at least try it because it looks delicious.

My first attempt at these two soups was a few weeks ago. School had started back up and I had purchased my emulsion blender, and really wanted to try it! I mean really wanted to try it, so much so that I am cooking soup when it’s 99 degrees outside and the humidity is like 89%. I mean really who wants to eat soup when it’s that hot outside, but I didn’t care. At least I knew I would eat it. Long story short, I made a successful broccoli and cheddar soup that day! Sorry, all I didn’t know how well it would turn out so I didn’t do pictures that day, but I promise, soon I will post the recipe for the broccoli and cheddar soup, because I loved it. Even though it was 99 degrees outside. I sat at my bar and enjoyed every bite of my broccoli and cheddar soup that day.

Now that I felt successful in making the broccoli soup I decided to tackle the cauliflower soup. First of all, I am not a cauliflower fan. I have tried to eat it over the years and I just don’t love it! I will eat it, but I don’t love it or choose it as a side dish! So we don’t eat a lot of cauliflower around  here. When I came home with 2 heads of cauliflower everyone looked at me like I was insane and probably a bit scared and worried about what I was going to make them eat.

Anyway, yesterday was the day…the big day of making my cauliflower soup. Here it is….I hope y’all like it.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • olive oil
  • 5-6 garlic cloves (some for the sheet pan and a few for the pot)
  • 1/4 of a chopped onion (optional)
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 carton (32oz) chicken stock or broth
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • a sprinkle of red pepper flakes (totally optional)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded

I decided to roast my cauliflower along with some garlic cloves. I love garlic! I took my cauliflower florets off the stalk and threw as much of the stalks away. I’m sure I missed some! I coated a sheet pan with olive oil and spread the small pieces of cauliflower and garlic cloves all over. I broke open the garlic cloves and left them whole on the pan to infuse the cauliflower a bit and the olive oil.

Set the oven 425 degrees and throw the cauliflower and garlic into the oven for about 20-30 minutes, until the cauliflower is roasted just a bit, browned around the edges. While the oven was roasting the cauliflower I put together everything in the pot.

Add a little bit of olive oil to the bottom of the pot and throw in finely chopped garlic (about 2 cloves here) and onion. Let those sauté for about 4-5 minutes. Add in thyme.  Turn the heat down to low and just let simmer. Once the cauliflower and garlic are done roasting in the oven, pull that out and simply dump into the pot on the stove with the onion, garlic, and thyme. Let it soak in all those flavors and mix it all together.

Turn the heat up, add in chicken stock; bring to a boil. Once the soup has boiled, use an emulsion blender and blend it up. I left a few chunks of cauliflower, but not much. If you don’t have an emulsion blender, simply take a few ladles at a time and add to a blend and blend. Be careful, it will be hot. Once you get a consistency that you like, add in your half and half. Turn the heat to low and let simmer for about an hour. Right before you serve this wonderful, delicious soup, add in about 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar and 1/2 cup monetary jack cheese. Stir until melted and serve!!

Reserve some of your shredded cheese for the top of the soup. I like to serve mine with bacon bits, either from fresh cooked bacon or just some in a bag. I also served mine with some cooked sausage on top!

Another great variation, depending on if you like spicy, would be to add a few sliced jalapeños.

I have to be honest, the whole time I was spooning this into the bowl I was quietly saying to myself, “Please let this be good, please let this be good!” It was so yummy! Totally hit the spot yesterday. Oh, and by the way, it was only 70 degrees here yesterday. Rainy and overcast! Perfect day for Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic soup! Well obviously I thought so!

Have a great day and enjoy!!

 


Summer Happenings

As I sit here on Friday night thinking about where the summer has gone, I realize that we have been so busy that the days are blurring together and weeks are flying by.

Public school starts here in one month. Yes, you read that correctly! On August 15, 2018 my oldest daughter, Grace, will go off to public school. She is 14 and will be an incoming Freshman. If I sit here long enough and think about that day and what it will mean for her, I can’t help but think about what it will mean for me as well. There is a big part of me that is  extremely excited for her and another part of me that just wants to cry. I have to tell myself that she’s not going off to college and I will still see that beautiful blonde curly hair bouncing up and down as she runs through the house and up and down the stairs daily. I just won’t see her as much. Which is probably good, I think???

I know that she is super excited to be seeing her friends everyday. She will be quite busy with band, choir, and golf. Band taking up much of her time. She will have 7am practices almost daily during the fall season/marching season. Along with late night practice too. We taking band/marching very seriously here. She will continue to have music festivals and will also keep playing her piano for nursing homes around town. She is really quite musically talented, and I’m not just saying that because I’m her mother, promise! She really is. Her and Gator still have several shows to finish up their horse show season. We will be jetting off to Color Congress in a few weeks for her to compete in Showmanship, Horsemanship, and Trail. What an amazing experience this is for her.

Faith is entering the 6th grade and she will still be homeschooled. Which she is thrilled about and going around telling everyone that she will be an only child (big eye roll)!!! Honestly, I think she is going to miss Grace as much as I will, she just won’t admit it – EVER. She is going to be busy doing band at our middle school and also will be attending orchestra classes playing her violin, we think. She is a violin player, but is also interested in the cello. So her orchestra teacher/violin teacher is thinking of letting her play both instruments. We will see.

As I said, summer has literally flown by. Faith has been doing swim meets almost every other weekend, if not every weekend through the month of June. She is wrapping her swim season this weekend with a champion swim meet. It’s been amazing to watch her progress in swimming. This was her first year swimming competitively and she has loved every minute of it. She’s had 6:30am practices 5 days a week with swim meets on weekends. With each swim meet she has swam faster than the one before. So needless to say, I am very proud of her and what she has accomplished with her swimming this summer.

As far as our homeschool start date, hmmmm…not sure when that is. I feel there is still so much to finish organizing. For me organizing is never done. I like things to be in a particular order and I have to feel completely prepared to start. So over the next few weeks I will be putting in a lot of time organizing and making up lessons, in all of the spare time that I have on my hands – just kidding! I don’t have any spare time unless it’s at midnight every night! Oh well, August will be here before I know it and things will work out the way they are suppose to. And I will probably be putting in a lot of late nights figuring it all out! I guess that’s what we do.

 


Gluten Free Fathead Bagels

Summer has officially started and things have been incredibly busy here. I have been trying to find time to cook, make recipes and post them for you all! Between swim team practices for Faith and horse shows for Grace I haven’t had much time in the kitchen let alone time to sit down at my computer and just say hello to anyone!

We have also been working on a few home improvement projects since the weather has been nice. We now have a new roof along with new metal trim. Now it’s time to paint this old house, which is something we have been wanting to do for several years now. Currently the house is a peachy color, which I have never really liked. Soon it will be navy blue with the red brick along the bottom, white trim, and black roof. I am super excited! Can’t wait for it to all be done! So in my spare time I have been looking/experimenting in the kitchen.

I have been searching for a great gluten-free/low carb bagel recipe for a long time now. Faith is highly allergic to not only gluten but yeast also. So we have a hard time finding breads for her, especially something like bagels.

So I have been experimenting with a few different types of recipes and adjusting some that I have found scouring the internet. Here’s what I’ve come up with and really enjoyed the most. I love this recipe not only is it simple but you could easily make some small adjustments and have garlic bread sticks. Simply add a bit of garlic salt or powder to your dough mixture and make bread stick. Also, this would make a good pretzel dough too.

Also, mix up the toppings. You could easily add a bit of garlic butter to the bread sticks, some sesame seeds to the bagels, parmesan cheese…….anything really!

I made these and took them with me to the last horse show that we went too and were perfect for breakfast and snacks throughout the day!

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Lemon Ricotta Cake

This is an awesome little, great tasting cake. Super simple and easy to make. Perfect for any little gathering, a mid-day snack, or a quick simple little desert for when company is coming over.

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Spring is in the air!

First off, we had some pics done by a very good friend of mine! I thought I would lead off with new pictures! The girls are getitng so big and changing so much. Right in front of my eyes. I can’t believe how much.

Anyway, yes Spring is here!!!

Well, at least here it is somewhat in the air. Kansas is funny that way. One day it can be 75 degrees and the next you are bundled up preparing for a snow storm or major wind. I believe we are the 2nd windiest in the states, or somewhere around here. Let me tell ya, we have been feeling it lately! Last week we have three to four days in a row where the wind was about 60-70mph daily. It doesn’t help that we are currently in a drought. Right now our conditions out here are bad. Constant fire warnings due to dry conditions plus the wind.

Today was a rather beautiful day here in Kansas. It was about 54 degrees out and no wind! That’s amazing for Kansas. Yes, its spring break here, but we are hard at it still. There are chores to be done, horses to ride, and school work to complete. There is just so much to do in such a little amount of time anymore. Maybe it’s just me, but things/time seems to be moving by so much more quickly than it use to.  Read More


Zoodles and Sausage

This is the first time I have ever made anything with zoodles, zucchini noodles! Let me say, they were amazing. I am not a big zucchini fan, unless it is shredded in a cake and I don’t even notice that it’s there. Last night I decided that I was going to make zoodles. I have owned a little sprializer for quite some time and keep thinking I am going to use it and make theses zoodles that everyone talks about and loves, but I never do.

I had some sausage in the fridge and my original plan was to have the ground up sausage with some gluten-free pasta noodles, along with a cream sauce (may have to try this out sometime). Obviously, that’s not what happened. I had bought a few zucchini the other day and decided that we were going to use those instead of the pasta noodles. My kids were less than thrilled by the way. This was the absolute most simplest of dinners, ever! It took me maybe 5-10 minutes to cook and even less time to eat.

I ground up my sausage on the stove top in a cast iron skillet (love cast iron skillet). Added a few finely diced up onions (really didn’t need the onion, but I like a little onion for crunch and flavor). Once all of that had come together, and while it was I was spiraling my zucchini, I threw in the zucchini noodles. Stirred them into the sausage and onions, until they were coated with flavor and cooked through just a bit – that was it! Plated it and ate it! Seriously, the easiest meal I have made in a while.

 

 


Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins

I decided to try a new low carb sugar-free muffin recipe this week. They started out being blueberry, but decided to go a different direction about half way through the recipe when Faith said she wanted chocolate.

These were very easy and came together quickly. Like I said I altered the recipe at the last-minute to make them chocolate chip muffins instead of blueberry. Which was very simple, I just decided not to add lemon juice and blueberries.

Here we go….

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter either a mini muffin pan or a regular sized muffin tin, which every you prefer. I used mini at the last-minute, I thought they would be cute and more fun to eat!!

  1. Round up all your ingredients
  2. In a medium bowl mix together wet ingredients and then in a larger bowl mix together dry ingredients, don’t add your chocolate chips or berries until the end.
  3. Add wet ingredients mixture to the dry ingredients slowly. Mix until well combined.
  4. Once well combined, add in chocolate chips or berries.

INGREDIENTS

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  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar or sugar substitute (I used Monkfruit) Splenda or Truvia would work great too
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted (I used unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar-free chocolate chips

If you want to do blueberries I would suggest adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice ( which is why you see the lemon juice in my above photo!!) and then 1 cup of frozen blueberries, if you use fresh berries just be careful not to smash them while folding them into the batter.

Scoop the batter in muffin pan and bake for 18-25 minutes (depends on size of muffins). For the mini muffins I baked for 18 minutes. For larger muffins, bake for 20-25 minutes.

 


Low carb, low sugar double chocolate chip cookie/brownie

So while every one has been sick this week, I was craving some chocolate. Plus it was Valentine’s Day, so I wanted something different and something chocolate. But it had to be sugar-free, or at least low in sugar and it had to be low carb! So I started searching and searching for something to make or at least something that would give me an idea of what to make.

I ran across one of my favorites, Peace Love and Low Carb. I started scoring their recipes to see if something would pop out at me, and guess what, these little guys did. This recipe is so simple and easy. I will say I did change it up a bit, but not too much. They are more like a little brownie bite than a cookie, at least for me they are. You do have to be careful not to over bake these, otherwise they become chewy. I know this because some how on my second batch the timer got turned off on the oven!

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Sausage Balls with Chives

Wow….so I can’t believe this is Friday. I have been meaning to post all week and some how the week has totally gotten away from. We have been running everywhere this week. I always think we will slow down some in winter, but it never really happens. I will say we are not traveling to horse shows every other weekend right now, but that will soon change! Right now, Our Monday’s and Tuesdays are packed with Grace giving piano lessons and Faith having gymnastics. By the time Wednesday is here I am running Grace over to her trainers to ride her horse for a few hours, her trainer lives about an hour away! We typically leave here mid afternoon and don’t get back until late. Then all of a sudden it’s Thursday and Friday and I can’t figure out where the week has gone! Oh, well…..I am sure that several parents are just like that. I guess we just learn to live with it and know that someday we will miss it when it’s gone.

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Perfect Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

So I had indicated a few weeks ago that I had been experimenting with mug cakes. Well I didn’t invent this one….but it is so delicious and easy that I had to share it. This comes from a low carb/low sugar website that I love to check out, All Day I Dream About Food. I really love to check her out several times a day. This may be the first recipe of hers though that I have made. I promise it is so easy and yummy, you may make it every day for awhile. This took me about 5 minutes to whip up! From start to finish!!!

I will admit that I made it a bit differently than she did on her website, but it still worked out perfectly. I took everything and mixed it all up in one bowl. I decided if I was going to make this it was going to be a one mixing bowl kind of thing. I wasn’t going to dirty up two separate bowls just to make mug cakes.

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Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Low carb dieting seems to be in for 2018.  The most popular low carb diet currently on the market, per say, is the Ketogeneic/Keto Diet. I am sure you all have heard of it by now. Many of my friends are following the low carb/low sugar diet. I myself do follow this and really watch my carb and sugar intake. I have been doing this since last April and have personally lost about 20 pounds. I can maintain this loss and still eat what I want at this time. This includes eating gluten-free spaghetti and pastas, along with crackers. The key is, everything in moderation. I know that if I eat pasta one day than the next day I should probably not have very many carbs. I use to track my carb and sugar intake daily, but not so much any more. I eat around 20-40 grams of carbs a day. When I was dropping weight like crazy, I kept sugars and carbs to under 20 grams a day. I believe that it is important to pay attention to what we are eating. As a psychologist, I understand that everything we put in our bodies reacts chemically with the chemicals that are in our body. Food can play a huge role in how we feel and act, this is all due to alternating the chemicals in our body with food. Eating a low carb/low sugar diet you will find that you sleep better, your mood is more positive, you have more energy, your body may not have as many aches and pains as before. This is all due to chemicals in our food that react with the chemicals in our bodies. I could go on and on with a topic like this, but I won’t bore you! You all get the picture!

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Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas

Everyone in my house loves Mexican food, I mean really who doesn’t enjoy Mexican food; tacos, enchiladas, nachos, fajitas, the list can go on and on. My kids love the rice and guacamole too.

So I decided to take my instant pot and try to do up some chicken carnitas, basically chicken tacos with all the works on them. The only thing I didn’t make with these was guacamole. I kind of threw this together last night and for it being an instant pot meal, it took me a bit longer to fix than I thought it would, but it was totally worth it.

Get out your Instant Pot because you are going to want to fix this ASAP! Theses are super easy to make that you will want to try all kinds of variations of them. This would make a great port recipe for pork carnitas. Play with it, make it your recipe and see how it works for you. I know that we will be having numerous variations of this a lot in my house. Once I find a recipe that works easy I am constantly changing it up try new meats with the seasonings or just whatever!  Read More


Comfort Food – Chicken Alfredo

Seriously, when I think comfort food I think chicken alfredo or just fettuccine alfredo! Alfredo sauce is the most warming and inviting sauce there is. It’s smooth creamy texture and the flavors…..who can resist those flavors. I will be honest. It’s been awhile since I have fixed chicken alfredo for my family. We love it, but for whatever reason, I just haven’t thought to fix it lately.

Last night when I was contemplating what to fix for dinner, well I guess late afternoon, and no I am not a meal planner, I’ve tried that and it doesn’t work for me!! Anyway, it was either General Taso’s Chicken or Chicken Alfredo! My husband looked at me as though I was insane, how could I be contemplating anything, when you are thinking of fixing chicken alfredo you just fix chicken alfredo! There’s no question, I guess. I should say though, tonight’s dinner is General Taso’s Chicken. I will let you know how that turns out. Back to alfredo!  Read More



Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday. Our New Year’s was very uneventful, which is how I prefer it. Staying at home by the fireplace watching movies in our pajamas, I barely stayed awake until mid-night.

As for resolutions, I am not a big one on making them. I have learned in the past that I never stick to them. I am taking the stance of trying to stay positive and work hard this year on my blog, small home improvement projects, and getting back into practicing again, I do have a masters in psychology, guess I could put that to use sometime. Also, I would like to be able to sit down and take a little more time for my self and to continue to be patient with my girls. There are days that seems impossible, but I know it’s not. Deep breaths and meditation will get me through those tough time, along with some help from God, maybe a lot of help from God.

This is the time of year that I like to really deep clean my house and get things organized. We are so busy once spring comes that I don’t have a lot of extra time to do those things. So I spent most of our Christmas break working on getting my house in order and reorganizing bedrooms and bathroom.

Now it’s time to get back into the swing of things, unfortunately. School is slowly starting back up for us. I had the girls start working on some of their home school classes on Tuesday so we don’t feel so overwhelmed next week. Let me just say though, I could still use another week off! I think they could too.

Oh well, it’s now or never! Push on and take it one day at a time. I believe that’s the only way I will finish getting through this week.

Happy New Year and I wish everyone luck with their New Year resolutions!

 

 


Peanut Butter Balls

So who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter??? Seriously this is one of the best combinations ever!

Every year we have peanut butter balls at Christmas time. My aunt use to make them and I can remember how I would look forward to Christmas so I could eat her peanut butter balls. I can honestly say, that my peanut butter balls are delicious, but I don’t think they beat hers!!!

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Waffles

Our house had been hit by the cold! Faith has been coughing for over a week now and can’t seem to get rid of the stuffy nose, basically she’s miserable. So I have been fixing some of her favorites lately, just to get her to eat. Waffles are one of her favorite things to have. She loves to eat them for breakfast, but also just as a quick little snack. It’s a comfort food for her. Read More


Gingerbread House

Over the weekend the girls decided to decorate a few gingerbread houses. They had a lot of fun once they got going. Unfortunately, Grace had to do one twice, her first attempt didn’t turn out so good! Overall, fun was had by all!

I think hers turned out well!

This is the second gingerbread house that Faith has built, so she has had some practice.

Ready or not Christmas is only 13 days away! Hard to believe….time to finish up all my Christmas shopping!!!

 

 


Christmas Season – Happy Holidays

Believe it or not Christmas is 18 days away! Yes, 18 days, so hard to believe. Like many of you I started my Christmas shopping quiet awhile ago, yet, it seems as though it never ends. I am always finding something for one of my girls or a close friend. Truly, I love gift giving. In fact, I love it so much that it’s hard for me to keep my Christmas gifts. I tend to give them early! Read More


My newest purchase

I have to share with you another purchase I made here lately. As I have posted before, we live in the county and have several animals. We have an indoor cat and dog, that I absolutely love! Plus we have chickens, rabbits, horses, and cows. So we are constantly dragging in dirt and anything else you can imagine, YUCK! Plus living in Kansas, you have to deal with the wind, and let me tell you it can get extremely windy! Which means dirt and dust is everywhere.  Read More


Chicken Enchiladas

Well, I have to say that I am slightly obsessed with my Instant Pot. I am constantly trying to think of different things to cook in it and use it however I can. There are so many functions on it that I don’t know where to start. I’ve really stuck to just the basics so far. I am not really one to say that you should have something in your kitchen, that it’s a must, but I am starting to think that the Instant Pot is a must have in your kitchen.

Last night I decided to try some chicken breast in it. Once the chicken had cooked I shredded it. Here’s what I did.

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Instant Pot Success

Recently I received an Instant Pot, like just a few days ago, I was super excite! I have researched them for a while and decided to go ahead and try one out. Now we have still been on the go constantly, and haven’t seemed to slow down at all. So my nights in the kitchen have been few and far between. So I am hoping this Instant Pot can help me with that a bit.

I truly enjoy cooking and honestly, I don’t mind the time that it takes. There are meals which require a great deal of preparation and time to prep and make. I really don’t mind spending a few hours fixing a meal, but I also know that I can’t do this every night.

So I literally receive this on Wednesday and Thursday night I decided to try out chili in the Instant Pot. I was skeptical at first, but let me tell you, it turned out great.  Read More


Late Night Dinners and Christmas Decor

Lately, things have been incredibly busy. My kids seem to have something going on every night, and I have totally failed in planning ahead on dinner making!

I have had a hard time lately keeping up with laundry, cleaning, and everything else, including sleep. So my dinner planning has gone out the door. I believe the girls are tired of my saying “You can eat whatever you can find and put together yourself!”

I am hoping though things will slow down and get back to normal. The Christmas decorations are up, somewhat. I say somewhat because I feel like I am lacking in decor this year. I don’t know if I’m tired of the Christmas decor I have or what, but I am feeling the need to visit my favorite antique store and see what they might have to spruce up the place a bit. I love antiques and I love visiting my favorite antique store!!! So I am thinking of popping in there this week and seeing what I can find!  Read More


Gluten Free Cheesecake

Finally!! I had a few days off and have been busy that it doesn’t seem as though I’ve had a few days off. We had a horse show and Thanksgiving all within a few days of each other. I actually am feeling like myself today.

So I really wanted to share this cheesecake recipe with you all that I made for Thanksgiving! By the time I actually had a chance to snap a few pictures of it, half of the cheesecake was devoured! I was amazed at how well this turned out and how wonderful it tasted!  Read More


Thanksgiving…Day 3 of 4

Oh my! So last night smelled like Thanksgiving in my kitchen! I had dinner going, gluten-free pizza, the gluten free stuffing, and an apple pie. Let me tell you it was intoxicating. Of course, gluten free pizza isn’t on the menu for Thanksgiving Day, but it was wonderful last night! I had to feed the tribe and that was quick and easy for me to make so I could keep on making all the Thanksgiving goodies.  Read More


Day 2 of Thanksgiving Week

Thanksgiving plans for today….grocery shopping and some baking, hopefully.

Today is the day I gather my coupons and make sure my list for any Thanksgiving ingredients is complete. I have an Alexa sitting in my kitchen, which I love. I began creating my shopping list last week on Alexa. This way when I go to the grocery store I pull up my Alexa app and I am able to checkout my shopping list. I am hoping to get everything today, inevitably, I will forget something, which is why I go today, because that leaves tomorrow open for me to go back!  Read More


Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

Yes, and I am prepared, but unprepared. I typically don’t stress too much over Thanksgiving. For one it is usually not at my house, which this year it is! So maybe I should stress a bit more. Another, I will make a few deserts and that is typically it. But this year we are having a small get together at my house. Several of our family members are traveling this year and won’t be able to be with us. So we are doing a very small meal at my house. There will be 8 of us, which I keep telling myself isn’t a big deal.

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Gluten Free Rustic Apple Galette

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away. This is a perfect desert for your Thanksgiving table. It’s appearance is beautiful once it’s all baked and sitting on your table, and the smell is of this apple galette is intoxicating.

Usually it’s apple pie for desert around here in the fall, and especially for Thanksgiving, but I decided to try the galette. I really enjoy fall and making fall deserts. Apple pie is one of my favorites to make. So I was really excited to try the new desert.

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Breakfast for Dinner

The first half of the week can be incredibly busy for us. It seems as though every night one of the girls has something going. Which usually means we are not eating dinner until after 8pm. Last night was no different. So I decided to whip up something quick and easy that is a favorite around here. Pancakes, and not just regular pancakes, we had blueberry and chocolate.  Read More


Vanilla Cupcakes

Recently, I have been trying different gluten-free flour blends/brands in my baking. So  we decided to do an experiment in our house with cupcakes.

Faith’s favorite cupcakes are vanilla cupcakes. She loves chocolate, but doesn’t like chocolate cake. I usually use my own flour blend, but have recently been trying Bob’s Gluten Free Flour Blend and Better Batter Flour. I made 2 batches of cupcakes, one with Bob’s and one made with Better Batter.  Read More


Cinnamon Rolls (these are not gluten free)

Yes, you read correctly, I made cinnamon rolls that are full of yeast, wheat, and of course you guessed it, GLUTEN!

I made them for Grace and my husband. They love them it was opening pheasant hunting weekend and I wanted them to have something warm and yummy that they could grab and go. Plus, Grace is so used to having regular cinnamon rolls, she looks at me as though I am crazy when I ask her to try the keto ones or the Chebe rolls that I make.

So I make these quite often for them in the winter time. I haven’t eaten them for quite a while, but they smell yummy! Of course, as soon as thees were done I turned around and made the keto cinnamon rolls for Faith and I.

I use to be scared to make cinnamon rolls because I always thought they were so complicated, but turns out they are incredibly easy, just time-consuming.

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Hamburger Soup

This is something that my family loves and somewhat resembles chili. I started making this a few years ago and I seem to always change it up a bit every time I make it. I thought today would be a perfect day to make it for everyone when they came in from hunting.  This is a soup that you can put in the crock pot or finish it off on the stove top.

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November Happenings

As I am sitting here realizing that November is basically half way over and that Thanksgiving is about 2 weeks away, it seems as though time is flying by. I have been trying to put together Christmas lists and do a little Christmas shopping.

Even though it is getting dark out earlier and we seem to have a bit more down time, we have still been quite busy.  Read More


Homeschooling….

Yes, we home school. Take a deep breath – okay. Don’t flip out on me, or give me one of those looks, you know what I mean. Yes, we are very normal. In fact, probably too normal.

After 4 years of homeschooling I feel I’ve learned a few things along the way. Some good and some bad. It’s difficult, not always easy, and there are days all of us would wonder if we made the right decision.  Read More





Keto Cinnamon rolls

I was very much in the baking mood on Saturday. It was quiet around our house, Grace was in hunters safety and Faith was attending a gymnastic camp for most of the afternoon. So I decided instead of cleaning I would bake and try a new recipe. 

Unfortunately, I have no snap shots of these wonderfully delicious cinnamon rolls that I made, but I promise to make them again soon and will show pics! 

Back to the recipe. This was the first time that I had made Keto Cinnamon rolls. They are super easy and the taste surprised me, given they are made with mostly mozzarella cheese. Yes, you read that correctly, they are made with mozzarella cheese.  Read More







It’s Chili Time…fall is in the air

The trees are changing colors and leaves are falling to the ground. The weather has changed to hot, windy and humid to a more cool crispy feeling in the air. So I decided it was time to make the first batch of chili for the season.

Chili is one of those dishes that I only make during the fall and winter. Occasionally, it will appear on a cool spring night, but not too often. Right now here in Kansas the temps have been fluctuating between 60’s and 80’s. At night (where it’s been getting down to 40) we have had beautiful temps and nice cool crisp evenings where you want to put on a light jacket or sweatshirt and roam around the pastures.

My family really loves this chili recipe and it’s easy to make. I brown the hamburger (2lbs) and throw that and the rest of the ingredients into the crock pot and let it cook all day. The aromas in the house are amazing!

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Celiac materials

IMG_5790I was excited when I received these in the mail today. All of this information comes from Columbia University, Celiac Disease Center. Go to their website and do some research and be sure to sign up for their newsletter and other information. By doing this, you will receive this information in the mail.

 



Italian style meatballs

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I made these meatballs for the first time the other night. This is a recipe that I adapted from Guy Fieri on one of his Food network shows. They turned out really delicious. Even my picky eater in the house loved them. Which reminds me, the next time I make them I have to make double! They were that yummy, I didn’t have enough!

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