Everyday Adventures {Week 17}

fishing

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a few of this week’s Everyday Adventures pictures, but I wanted to share them here as well.

This is what I shared on Instagram for the above picture.

School is done for the day so they decided to go fishing. Oh to be young again and have nothing better to do on a Wednesday afternoon than go fishing. :-)

pears

I have talked a lot about our apple trees lately, so I decided this week to change it up and show a picture of our pears. We have several pear trees, but this is the first year we have had a really good pear year.

chips

My son has been begging me to buy these chips ever since he first saw them. Last week he got hurt and ended up having 11 stitches in his leg. I figured he deserved some chips after all that, so I decided to let him give these a try. He loved them and so did one of my daughters. The rest of us were not impressed. Has anyone else tried this flavor?

rain

It has been a strange summer weather wise in Oklahoma, but you really can’t complain about rain in August in Oklahoma. It is nice to see it still so green this late in the summer. We will take the rain!

I hope you all have a great weekend. We have some friends from Oregon stopping for a visit on their way from MO to TX. It is not often friends from Oregon are in this part of the country, so I am looking forward to their visit this weekend. Have a great weekend!

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Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

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Chocolate and peanut butter are always a winning combination. These homemade chocolate peanut butter granola bars are no exception.

I love keeping snacks like this on hand during the school year for a treat for my kids. These also work for a quick grab and go breakfasts on busy mornings.

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Homemade granola bars are great because you know what is in them. You can control the ingredients. These are not really a healthy food, but I do feel better that they are at least healthier when I can control the ingredients. For us this is important because we deal with food allergies, but knowing what is in your food is good for everyone.

I don’t use a lot of corn syrup, but in this recipe it does help give it a better texture. I have used brown rice syrup in place of the corn syrup and it works too. So if you have some feel free to use that in place of the corn syrup. I have used extra honey in place of the corn syrup, but the texture is not the same.

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For the peanut butter part I like to use Sunbutter or soy butter since my daughter is allergic to peanuts. But if you can have peanut butter use the real thing. Almond butter would also be great in these.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

 

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Slow Cooker Swiss Steak Recipe {Gluten Free Recipes}

Slow Cooked Swiss Steak

One of my goals over the next few months is to share more gluten free main dishes in my gluten free section. I know my readers are just like me. We all need quick and easy gluten free meals that are family friendly and inexpensive to make.

So often people think of gluten free food as food that needs special ingredients and a lot of work, but it does not have to be. Gluten free can be quick, easy, and delicious without spending a fortune in groceries.

When I first went gluten free I was overwhelmed at what we could not have, but I quickly realized that with some simple changes, along with reading labels carefully, many of our favorite foods could easily be made gluten free.

Over the next few months I plan to share some great new gluten free main dishes along with some old favorites that I have adapted to be gluten free. I have so many recipes in the main section of my site that can be made gluten free with just a few changes.

I hope that by sharing the changes needed to make them gluten free it will help you in several ways. First, I hope it gives you new gluten free family favorites. I also hope it will help those new to gluten free in learning how to adapt recipes and make them safe for the gluten free life.

The gluten free recipe I want to share today is a simple slow cooker swiss steak that is so easy to make gluten free. Not only is it easy to make, it is also pretty inexpensive to make.

I grew up eating swiss steak and I love to now serve it to my family. It was one of those recipes that was so easy to adapt to gluten free. The original recipe I shared last year in my main section called for flour. The easy replacement is a gluten free flour blend or a combination of rice flour and cornstarch. Either one works well in this recipe because you  just coating the meat in the flour mixture.

The second change I made was to make sure my Worcestershire sauce was gluten free. In the US Lea and Perrins is gluten free, at least according to their website. And I have never had a problem with it. There may be other brands that are gluten free, but I use Lea and Perrins.

With two simple changes I made a family favorite that we have made for years into an easy gluten free meal.

Slow Cooker Swiss Steak {Gluten Free}

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Gluten Free Wednesdays {Gluten Free Pizza Muffins, Gluten Free Sweet Rolls, and More}

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One of our apple trees was damaged a few weeks ago, so I have had a ton of apples to use up. I have been drying them, freezing them, and have also been working on some fun gluten free treats to share with you all soon. Apples are one of my favorite things to bake with this time of year, so I have had fun working on new gluten free apple recipes.

It is time for another Gluten Free Wednesday, which I co-host with The Gluten Free Homemaker and Gluten Free Easily.

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Here are a few highlights from last week.

Pizza-Muffins-

 

Gluten Free Pizza Muffins

gf raspberry sweet rolls

Gluten Free Raspberry Sweet Rolls

GFW Brownies

And Gluten Free Brownies

I can’t wait to see what you all link up this week.

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Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise {Ask the Readers}

Ask The Readers

Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise that is today’s question.

I recently saw a recipe that contained Miracle Whip and it got me thinking about the Miracle Whip/mayonnaise debate. That is an important debate right? :-)

I will admit this is certainly far from an important topic, but it is one of those things that people seem to have a definite opinion on. If you love one you seem to hate the other. So it got me got curious which one you prefer.

I grew up eating Miracle Whip. It was what my parents liked, so that is what we ate. I remember as a teenager eating a sandwiches at a friend’s house and thinking how good they always were. Over time I asked all kinds of questions about the sandwiches and finally realized what I liked was the mayonnaise on the sandwich instead of Miracle Whip.  I have never looked back. I have been a mayonnaise girl every since.

And I will admit I am a mayonnaise snob. Yes, I am. I am loyal to Best Foods/Hellmann’s. I can’t remember the last time I have bought a different or off brand of mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is one of the things where I can tell a difference in the name brand.

And a little fact on mayonnaise for you. Did you know that it is Best Foods west of the Rockies and Hellmann’s east of the Rockies. I had no idea they were the same until I moved to Oklahoma and could not find Best Foods. I quickly learned that Hellmann’s was the same product just packaged under a different name.

Now I would love to hear which one you prefer. Do you like Miracle Whip or mayonnaise best? And are you a brand snob like I am when it comes to your choice? 

I can’t wait to see what you all have to say!

 

 

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Sloppy Joes from Martha’s American Food {Cooking Through My Collection}

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Sloppy Joes are a classic quick and easy dinner. And homemade sloppy joes are the best.

I know many of you buy that famous can of sloppy joes, but if you have never tried the homemade version, you need to. Really you need to.

They are so easy to make and so much better. Plus you know what goes into them and you can control the ingredients. The sauce also freezes great for an easy make ahead meal.

I have several recipes for sloppy joes on my site. I have a basic sloppy joes recipe, a crock pot sloppy joes recipe, a bbq sloppy joes recipe, and a cheeseburger sloppy joes recipe.

We love all of those, but I am always looking to change things up a little, so when I saw a recipe for sloppy joes in the cookbook Martha’s American Food, I knew I wanted to give them a try for my Cooking Through My Collection Series.

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But before I share the recipe I want to talk a little bit about the cookbook it came from. My husband and kids got me this cookbook, Martha’s American Food, several years ago as a gift. I instantly loved the cookbook, not just for the recipes, but for all the information and fun facts it includes.

This cookbook is full of American Classics from around the country. It is set up by region with each section of the cookbook featuring a different region of the country. Many of the recipes also contain a back story which gives facts about the recipe and  where the recipe idea is thought to originate from.

The recipes in this cookbook are wide ranging and include many of the foods you think of when you think of American classics. It also contains a few recipes that I had never really thought about being truly American until I read the back story behind them.

If you love food facts or know someone that does, this Martha’s American Food cookbook is worth looking at. It is an interesting and fun cookbook.

Now for the sloppy joes recipe from the book. We really liked these sloppy joes. They are a little different than any of my other sloppy joe recipes. My husband and I actually thought these tasted more like the canned sloppy joes than any of the other recipes I have made. I think those of you that love the canned sloppy joes will love these.

I did change a couple things about the recipe though. I used less water. I could tell these were going to be a little runnier than we liked so I decreased it. The amount I used is listed in the recipe below. If you like yours thinner, just add a little more water.

Martha’s recipe also called for course salt and listed no amount. These need salt that is for sure.  I added it to taste, which ended up being about 1/2 teaspoon so that is what I listed in the recipe.

I changed the tomatoes up slightly also. The recipe calls for a 14.5 ounce can pureed tomatoes. I could not find that size of can at the grocery store. I am sure it is out there, but I decided to use what I could find. Which ended up being 2 smaller sized cans. And instead of wasting the extra, because it was slightly more than 14.5 ounces, I just added it all in. It worked fine and tasted great.

Oh and one more thing. The recipe called for 1 1/4 pounds ground beef. Does anyone really buy a package that is 1 1/4 pounds exactly? That is one of those measurements that I think only a Martha Stewart recipe would use. Just saying. Since I did not have a package exactly 1 1/4 pounds, I used 1 1/2 pounds and again it worked fine.

And I guess all that proves that I have a really hard time following a recipe……but I am guessing I am not the only one with that problem.

Sloppy Joes Martha Stewart's America

 

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Gluten Free Lemon Brownies

Gluten Free Lemon Brownies

These gluten free lemon brownies are simple to make and they are delicious.

Long time readers will know that I love lemon. Anything lemon.

I have also mentioned before that lemon works really well with gluten free. It helps soften the texture and works great with gluten free flours. Citrus is one of my favorite flavors to work with in gluten free foods.

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These gluten free lemon brownies are adapted from a recipe I found online awhile ago. I wish I could remember the source I got the original idea from, but the printed copy does not contain it. I knew when I saw this recipe though that I needed to convert it to gluten free.

I had intended to work on adapting them right away, but then summer, vacation, and a busy schedule happened and I did not get around to it until recently. And now I wish I had not waited so long.

These were so good!

They did take a little adapting to get right in the gluten free version, but it was worth the work of figuring it out. They are so good.

And I know when you think of a brownie you think chocolate. These are obviously not chocolate, but brownie really is the best way to describe them. So gluten free lemon brownies just seemed to fit for the name.

And don’t skip the glazing in two steps for these. The first step helps the glaze soak into the warm brownies. The second step of the glaze will let it harden up like a glaze should.

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Menu Plan {August 17th-23rd}

Weekly Meal Plan

It is the middle of August which means back to school is on many of our minds. I am actually looking forward to getting back into more of a normal schedule and routine.

Has school started in your area yet?

Breakfast

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

breakfast bowls

Breakfast Bowls

Crispy Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Dinner

Pork Burgers with Asian Coleslaw_

Pork Burgers with Asian Coleslaw

Pizza kebabs

Pizza Kebabs

Taco Salad with Spicy Ranch Dressing_

Taco Salad with Spicy Ranch Dressing

Pizza Pasta Salad-

Pizza Pasta Salad

Roasted Tomato Pasta

Roasted Tomatoes and Pasta

Easy Pork Tacos -

Pork Tacos 

Dessert of the Week

No Bake Butterscotch Cookie Bars

No Bake Butterscotch Cookie Bars

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Gluten Free Menu Plan {August 17th-23rd}

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It is back to school time here in Oklahoma. I know for much of the country back to school is still a few weeks away, but the end of summer is near for all of us. This week the two breakfast recipes are great for stocking your freezer with back to school gluten free breakfast ideas. I love having easy breakfasts in the freezer for the kids to grab.

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

 

Breakfast

Peaches and Cream Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Peaches and Cream Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies- Use gluten free oats

smoothie mix

Smoothies from Homemade Smoothie Mix

Dinner

Taco Bowls--

Taco Bowls- Use gluten free taco seasoning

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Fold Over Enchiladas- Use corn tortillas and gluten free enchilada sauce

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Gluten Free Spaghetti Carbonara

Gluten Free Bubble Pizza 2

Gluten Free Bubble Pizza

Grilled Twice Baked Potatoes

Grilled Twice Baked Potatoes- Use gluten free bacon

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Breakfast for Dinner- Gluten Free Peaches and Cream Pancakes

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Flourless Peppermint Brownies-

Flourless Peppermint Brownies

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Everyday Adventures {Week 16}

When I was putting together this post I realized that I took very few pictures this week. It was just one of those weeks.

We have started our homeschool year, which means we are all trying to get back into more of a school year schedule. After a busy summer I am ready for more of a normal routine, but getting back into it is always a bit challenging.

apples

One of the things that got added to my schedule this week was about 100+ pounds of apples. The above picture is one I shared on Instagram earlier this week.

Last weekend we had a quick summer storm go through our area. It damaged some of our tomatoes and did severe damage to one of our apple trees.

The tree that was damaged was loaded with apples. It was our oldest tree and it was full of apples this year. We ended up picking all the apples off the tree. We trimmed some of the branches off what was left of the tree and we hope we can save it, but we will have to wait and see.

So this week I have been giving away lots of apples. Along with drying apples, making apple cake, apple pie, and I have plans for apple muffins, apple bread, and freezing some of the apples. It is a good thing my family likes apples.

books

This is some of the reading material at our house right now. Exciting isn’t it? :-) My daughter is doing a research paper on food allergies. It is a great subject for her since she is the one with the tree nut, peanut, sesame allergy. There are not a lot of books on food allergies out there though that deal with them in depth. At least not ones that the average non-medical person can understand.

If you know of any great books or resources for food allergies please feel free to leave a comment letting me know. And if you have read either of these I would love to know your thoughts.

coffee cup

This is another picture I shared on Instagram this week. So much truth in just a few words. It is currently sitting on my desk so I can see it often and be reminded.

That was a quick look at my week. I hope you all had a great week and can enjoy some time off this weekend. I have a feeling my weekend will involve at least a few apples. :-)

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