About Gluten Free Wednesdays {Please Join Us}

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Every Wednesday in my gluten free section I co-host Gluten Free Wednesdays with The Gluten Free Homemaker and Gluten Free Easily. It is a place where gluten free bloggers can link up some of their favorite gluten free recipes. Last week we had over 80 recipes linked up. That is a lot of gluten free recipes.

So if you are gluten free, or know someone that is gluten free, be sure to head over to my gluten free section each Wednesday. You will find some delicious gluten free recipes.

And if you have a gluten free recipe that you want to link up, all the details are there as well.

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Gluten Free Wednesdays {April 23rd}

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It is time for another Gluten Free Wednesday, which I co-host with The Gluten Free Homemaker and Gluten Free Easily. Last week we had over 80 recipes linked up. I love seeing that many gluten free recipes!

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The most popular recipe from last week was Grain Free Tortillas from Allergy Free Alaska. Don’t those look delicious!

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The Gluten Free Pop Tarts from Jules also look delicious. My kids would love these!

I can’t wait to see what everyone links up this week.

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My New Favorite Whisk {A Twirl Whisk}

In cooking it is often the simple tools that can make the most difference in making your job easier. This whisk I am sharing today is an example of that. I love this whisk.

Growing up my mom only had one whisk in her kitchen that I remember. She might have had other ones, but this specific whisk is the only one that I remember. My mom used it all the time.

I had not really thought about that whisk until I was recently at my mother in-laws house and saw that she had a similar one. I had never seen it at her house before, so I asked her where she got it. She told me she had bought it not that long ago, but could not remember where she got it at.

I knew I wanted to see if I could find one, so I came home and searched online. I discovered that this type of whisk has several different names. Some call it a french whisk, but others call it a spring whisk, twirl whisk, or mini whisk. I think twirl whisk is the most common name for it. Once I had found out what the whisk was called it was easy to find them for sale at several different places online.

I ordered two different ones from Amazon. I bought the Fox Run French Whisk which is a shorter smaller one. I also bought one that is a little larger with a longer handle that is called a Spring Whisk. I like them both, but the smaller one has become my favorite.

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Now, I won’t be giving up my regular whisk anytime soon, but I do love these for certain things and think they make a great addition to my kitchen. They work great for whisking more liquidy things like salad dressings and gravies. I love the small one for whisking scrambled eggs. It works great for that.

If I had to just pick one of these to buy it would be the smaller less expensive Fox Run French Whisk. The only downside I have found to it is that it has a short handle so it is harder to use when whisking in a pan on the stove. Besides that I think the small one is the best and the one I find myself using the most.

I am so glad that I decided to add these to my kitchen tools. Sometimes it really is the simple tools that make the difference.

Have any of you used a whisk like this before? I would love to hear what you think of it. 

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Best 100 Juices for Kids {Cooking Through My Collection}

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Today for my Cooking Through My Collection series I am excited to be sharing my friend Jessica’s new cookbook. Jessica and I met in 2010 at a blog conference, but I feel like I have known her much longer than that.

Jessica and I both started websites about the same time. I am really not sure how we found each other’s sites, but Jessica and I commented on each other’s sites often during those early years of blogging. When we met in person it was like we had known each other for years. Since then we have emailed, talked on the phone, and sent many text messages.

When Jessica told me a few months ago that she was working on a juice book for kids I knew it would be a great book. You see Jessica has six kids. And those six kids helped taste test the recipes for this book. If six kids approve the juice, it has too be good.

When Jessica asked me if I would like to review the book I knew I had to say yes. My husband bought me a Breville juicer a few years ago for a birthday gift. I love the juicer and I have used it some, but not nearly like I should. Best 100 Juices for Kids is just the inspiration I need to start using my juicer more often. This is a book I need in my collection.

What I love about this book though is that it includes more than just juices. There is a whole chapter on smoothies and a chapter on homemade sports drinks, slushies, and smoothies. I can’t wait to try the homemade sports drinks. I think it will be great for summer.

Today I am sharing with you a simple smoothie from Best 100 Juices for Kids. I made this for my kids for lunch recently and we all loved it. I love the fact that it is slightly sweet, but not overly sweet.

If you are looking for some new ideas for homemade juices, or looking to start juicing, this book is a great place to start.

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Gluten Free Carrot Cake Pancakes

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These gluten free carrot cake pancakes are a fun and delicious way to change up your basic pancake breakfast.

I have seen carrot cake pancakes all over the internet lately. They all looked delicious, but none of the ones I saw were gluten free. I knew I needed to fix that and come up with a gluten free version that my family could enjoy.

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I started out by taking one of my favorite gluten free pancake recipes and added carrots to it. It was a little thick with the carrots added, so I had to increase the liquid a little bit.

I also changed up the sugar and used brown sugar instead of regular white sugar. I thought the flavor would go better with the carrots. And since I was going for a carrot cake taste, I added cinnamon to it as well.

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The final results were delicious!

A lot of the recipes I saw online for carrot cake pancakes had a cream cheese icing or topping. I wanted to keep these a little healthier so I just served them with butter and maple syrup. The flavors worked great and we loved it.

And as far as the butter. That large chunk of butter you see in the picture, well it was just for picture purposes only. We split that big piece of butter between three of us. I didn’t want you to think I ate all that butter. Although I am sure it would have been delicious, it would have defeated the trying to make them healthier part.

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Menu Plan {April 20th-26th}

Six ways to use leftover ham

If you are cooking a ham this weekend be sure to check out the post I did last year on six ways to use leftover ham. It includes some of my favorite recipes for using leftover ham.

I am cooking a ham this weekend, but I plan to freeze most of the leftovers to use later. That is if there are enough leftovers to freeze. The older my kids get the fewer the leftovers we have. I am guessing many of you have the same problem.

Are you cooking a big meal this weekend? I would love to hear what you are cooking?

Here is this week’s plan.

Breakfast

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies and Eggs

 Homemade Granola

 Egg Cups

Maple Sausage Pancake Muffins

Dinner

 Homemade Cheeseburger Helper

Ground Beef Taco Dinner

 Taco Fries

 Tuna Quesdillas

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Grilled Cheese

 

Ham Hash

Dessert of the Week

No Bake Cookie Bars

 For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Gluten Free Menu Plan {April 20th-26th}

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I debated on whether or not to put ham recipes on this week’s gluten free menu plan. I decided not to because I know not everyone will be eating ham. Or if you are eating ham, you might not have any leftovers. I did however only put six meals on the plan because I figured most of you would be eating a large Easter dinner on Sunday.

Here is the plan. I made notes next to ingredients that you need to be sure are gluten free, but as always read labels to make sure your ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Sorghum Waffles

Gluten Free Banana Pancake Muffins

Easy Mexican Eggs ( Be sure to sue gluten free sausage)

Dinner

Gluten Free Corn Oatmeal Pancakes and Bacon (Breakfast for dinner)

Flora’s Cornflake Chicken ( She gives directions for making it gluten free)

 Tuna Skillet ( Use gluten free pasta)

Taco Rice  ( Use gluten free or homemade taco seasoning)

Chili (Make extra for Chili Fries)

Homemade Chili Cheese Fries 

Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Everyday Adventures

This week I am starting something new called Everyday Adventures. This may be a weekly feature or it may only be featured once or twice a month. I am still deciding on that part, but it will basically be a look into my everyday life.

I have really enjoyed highlighting some of my pictures from Instagram on my site over the last few months, but I decided to start sharing a little bigger picture of my life than just what I share on Instagram.

This new feature will be a fun way for me to share random everyday life and keeping it real type posts. It will be some of the things I share on Instagram, but also other random pictures, and  I also occasionally add a few things I love, that have nothing to do with kitchen life. Basically these will be random type posts about everyday life.

Today I am giving you a little look into my life living on 43 acres in Oklahoma.  And there is also a very real, I cleaned out the fridge, picture at the bottom of the post as well. You won’t want to miss the clean out the fridge picture. I am hoping I am not the only one that struggles with cleaning out the fridge.

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When I was a kid we had a three wheeler and I loved it. I spent so many hours riding around and around the seven acres I grew up on. I did so much thinking and having fun on that three wheeler. Then I grew up, moved away, and forgot how much fun it could be. We have now lived on our current property for almost ten years and we finally bought four wheelers last fall. Mainly for working around the property, but also for some fun.

Last Saturday, after a long week, I took a short ride around our property on the four wheeler and had so much fun. Really I forgot how much fun they could be. And how much easier it is when working around the property. No more walking clear across the forty some acres. You hop on a four wheeler and go. So much faster and easier. We are now wondering why we did not buy one years ago.

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I took this picture last Saturday while out on the four wheeler. I love this view and wish I could see it from our house. So pretty.

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My parents have a lilac bush that is almost as tall as their house and I have always loved it. It is so pretty in the spring when it is in full bloom. About five years ago I planted a lilac bush in our yard. Oklahoma is not the best area for lilac growing, and I highly doubt that my lilac bush will every be very big,  but after five years I am finally getting some beautiful flowers off of it. I love looking out and seeing this from my window.

The picture below is a picture that some of you will get right away and others of you will not understand at all what it is. Can you guess what it is?

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It is a storm shelter. I have lived in Oklahoma for almost 20 years and finally have a storm shelter. We have wanted to get one for awhile. Actually I have wanted one for awhile. I think my husband got it mainly for my peace of mind.  We decided this was the year to finally get one. I don’t think I will ever get used to Oklahoma storms, but at least I feel a little better having a storm shelter.We got it installed last week and my kids found it fun to play in. It won’t be so fun if we actually have to use it.

If you live in Oklahoma, or anywhere near tornado alley, you know there are different options for storm shelters. We choose a pretty basic below ground one. For those of you that do not live anywhere near tornado alley, you may have never seen one. They are basically a giant cement box you put in the ground to keep you safe during a tornado. It is one of those things you buy hoping that you never have to use.

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And now for the keeping it real, please tell me I am not the only one, picture.

I found this in the back of my fridge eariler week. Yes that says December 3, 2013. It is currently the middle of April. Now I know I have cleaned out my fridge since December. I have cleaned it out quite a few times. How do things like this end up hiding way in the back where we don’t see them?! Please tell me I am not the only one that finds odd out dated things like this in the back of the fridge.

I hope you all have a great weekend and are able to spend some time with family and friends. We are having friends over for lunch on Saturday and will be grilling hamburgers. Then my in-laws are coming over Sunday for dinner. It should be a busy, but nice weekend.

I hope you enjoyed a look into my everyday life. I look forward to sharing another look soon.

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Roasted Potatoes with Bacon

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Potatoes. They are the perfect food for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They can be baked, fried, or cooked numerous other ways. They work for a side dish and even a main dish.

Potatoes may be one of the most versatile and delicious foods you can serve. And really who doesn’t like potatoes?! I think almost everyone likes them served one way or another.

These roasted potatoes I am sharing today are so very good. Slightly crispy on the outside, yet soft and buttery on the inside.

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I usually serve roasted potatoes as a side dish, but when my husband and son were gone recently, my daughters and I ate them for dinner. We thought they made a great dinner all on their own because we added some cooked bacon to them.

You can easily add seasoning or herbs to these, but we like to keep them pretty simple.

If you have never had potatoes cooked like this you need to. Really you do. They are delicious!

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And these work with baby potatoes, the small gold ones like pictured above, fingerling potatoes, and even regular gold potatoes cut up.

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Oatmeal Honey Breakfast Muffins

Oatmeal Honey Breakfast Muffins

Note: This post is sponsored by Vitacost but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Starting the day with a good breakfast is important, especially for kids. And the best way to start the day is with a healthy and filling breakfast. These oatmeal honey breakfast muffins that I am sharing today are perfect for just that.

I was recently contacted by Vitacost about developing a recipe using some of their products. I have posted before about how much I like Vitacost, especially for gluten free items, so this was an easy challenge to say yes to.

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My box of products arrived last week and I had so much fun working with the products over the weekend. They sent me several new things that I had never used before like coconut sugar and cacoa nibs.

I received two kinds of cacoa nibs. The regular ones I used in the muffin recipe I am sharing today. The other one was chocolate covered cacoa nibs and I think they are my new favorite snack. My son and I both love dark chocolate and we both loved the chocolate covered cacoa nibs. I think they would be great in some homemade trail mix.

When I was thinking about a recipe using Vitacost products breakfast instantly came to mind. Last week I shared a recipe that my daughter made by changing up one of my recipes. Well today I am using her basic idea but have changed it up quite a bit using the products Vitacost sent me.

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I used the coconut sugar in place of the brown sugar. It worked great in the recipe and gave it a little different flavor than brown sugar that I enjoyed. I think either one works fine in the recipe.

I also added some honey to the recipe. I love honey. I love the flavor and the fact that it is a natural sugar. I can eat honey by the spoonful and love the flavor it adds to recipes like this.

And for the add ins to the recipe I made some with cacoa nibs, but really raisins or other dried fruit would work as well. The cacoa nibs gave the muffins a nice chocolate taste without adding sweetness to it, which I enjoyed. It made them more of a healthier muffin than adding chocolate chips.

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And if you have never ordered from Vitacost you can now get $10 off your first order of $30 or more. This is a great way to give them a try. Just click on the Vitacost image above for details.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Vitacost. I was sent free products to try and was compensated for my time in writing this post. This post also contains Vitacost affiliate links. 

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