Favorite Ways To Use Tomatoes and Peppers {Ask the Readers} and Keeping It Real

Ask The Readers

I had planned on posting a new recipe for my Cooking Through My Collection series today, but it did not get done. Summer has been busy for me and I feel like I am so behind on everything. Laundry, email, housework, paperwork, gardening, etc. You get the idea. Summer has not been much of a slow down for us this year.

Anyone else having a summer like that?

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen this picture on Saturday.

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Yes, that is what my kitchen counter looked like. Let’s just say we are having a good garden year for tomatoes and peppers. If only the rest of the garden was doing this well.

Let me first say I know this is a good problem to have. My family in Oregon wishes they could grow tomatoes like this. Oklahoma may not be the best place for growing strawberries, raspberries, and cherries, but we can grow some delicious tomatoes and peppers.

So instead of working on online and website stuff this weekend, I spent it in the kitchen working with tomatoes and peppers. And instead of catching up on housework, I made more messes taking care of all the stuff coming from our garden.

Again I know this is a good problem to have. Too much food is a blessing and something to be thankful for. I will take this problem any day.

So here is what my Saturday looked like.

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I froze some of the peppers. I made fresh salsa that we have been enjoying. I made roasted tomatoes and pasta Saturday night for dinner. And I have lots of tomato dishes on the menu plan this week.

We had a few tomato plants damaged in a storm last week. I did not want the green tomatoes to go to waste, so I decided to make some pickled green tomatoes. We have not tasted them yet, but if they work, I will be sure to post what I did. Has anyone else ever made pickled green tomatoes?

I have also been drying tomatoes. This is the first year I have dried tomatoes, so I am still a little unsure how we like them or how much we will use them, but it has been an easy way to deal with so many tomatoes. So far they work well for sandwiches and pizza. I would love to hear your thoughts on drying tomatoes if you have tried it.

If we keep getting this many tomatoes,  I will probably can a few or make salsa to can. I will admit though that canning is not my favorite thing to do. I know how to do it and I have all the stuff to do it, but it is not something I really enjoy doing. But I don’t want food to go to waste, so canning tomatoes may end up in the plan this summer.

I also pickled some more peppers this weekend. Pickling peppers is my new favorite way to use up peppers. I made some a couple weeks ago and they were not hot enough. The ones I made last week are much better and hotter according to my husband. So I think I finally got the pickled peppers right. I will be sharing what I did for those later this week.

Now for the Ask the Readers question.

Since I have so many tomatoes and peppers right now I would love some new ideas and recipes to try. Do you have a favorite way to serve or use garden fresh tomatoes and peppers? 


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Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes without Xanthan Gum

Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes without Xanthan Gum_

Fluffy gluten free pancakes without the gums are totally possible. And they are delicious.

Pancakes are one of my family’s favorite gluten free foods. You might be able to tell that by the amount of gluten free pancake recipes I have here on my site.

They are one of the first things I converted to gluten free. And we eat them at least once a week. But pancakes have also been one of the things I have struggled to get just right gluten free.

If you have read my site for awhile you probably know that I am not a huge fan of pre-made gluten free flour blends. I do use them some, but not a lot. My number one issue with pre-done blends has to do with the gums. Most blends contain gums already in them. But the amount of gums that works in a muffin may not work in a cake or cookie. And what works for a waffle will not be the same as a gluten free bread.

In my experience with gluten free cooking gums are far from a one size fits all ingredient.

The issue with gums seems worse when it comes to foods like pancakes. Gums tend to really change the texture of pancakes. It makes them gummy for lack of a better word. It also tends to make them thick and sometimes more dense than a regular pancake would be.

All the gluten free pancake recipes so far on my site have called for a small amount of xathan gum and they are all good, but I have been experimenting recently with using no gums in my gluten free pancakes. And you know what? It works fine. I actually think it works better. For the last two months or so I have totally been leaving the xathan gum out of all my gluten free pancakes and it works great.

In fact, my family likes them better. They are less gummy. They are more like a regular gluten filled pancake. And I have found that they cook faster without the gums. So gluten free pancakes with no gums are a definite win at our house.

Now you can’t take the gums out of all gluten free recipes, but in pancakes I think it works fine.

I have not gone back and updated all the gluten free pancake recipes on my site, but I plan to update them without the gums soon. Feel free to leave out the gums in any of them to see what you think.

Today I am sharing my favorite basic gluten free pancake recipe without the gums. This is the recipe we use almost every Saturday morning for our Saturday morning breakfast tradition.

I would love to hear your thoughts on gums. Do you think gluten free pancakes need the gums or not? 

Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes without Xanthan Gum

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Menu Plan { July 27th-August 2nd}

Weekly Meal Plan

One of the best things about summer is all the fresh fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes, peppers, peaches, blueberries, and more.

This week’s menu plan is based on the weather and what is coming from my garden right now. We are loving all the fresh tomatoes and peppers from the garden so you will see a lot of those on the plan. Ware also having hot weather though so quick and easy no oven meals are also on the plan for the week.


Crispy Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola and Yogurt

Peaches and Cream Baked Oatmeal

Peaches and Cream Baked Oatmeal


roasted tomato pasta

Roasted Tomatoes and Pasta

Pizza kebabs

Pizza Kebabs

Chicken Spinach Salad

Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad

Easy Pork Tacos -

Easy Pork Tacos

15 Minute Dinner-Sausage Alfredo

15 Minute Sausage Alfredo

Dessert of the Week

hot fudge sauce

Hot Fudge Sauce

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Gluten Free Menu Plan { July 27th-August 2nd}


Does anyone else find it easier to eat gluten free during the summer? It always seems easier to me with all the fresh fruits and vegetables that are available.

This week’s gluten free plan reflects on many of the things coming from my garden. I love summer!

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



Grilled Chicken and Marinated Tomato Salad

grilled tomato pasta

Grilled Tomato Pasta- Use gluten free pasta

BLT Salad

BLT Salad- Use gluten free bacon and gluten free croutons or leave out the croutons

Taco Bowls--

Taco Bowls- Use gluten free taco seasoning

Tomato Mozzarella Saute

Tomato Mozzarella Saute and Grilled Salmon

Dessert of the Week

Banana Pie Smoothie

Banana Pie Smoothie- Use gluten free crackers

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Everyday Adventures {Week 13}


Today’s Everyday Adventures post could have also been titled garden adventures because most of the pictures involve the garden and what we are getting from it.

The above picture is just a small portion of what we have been getting from our garden. Garden fresh produce is one of the things I love about summer!


One evening when I wanted a quick and easy dinner I made tomato, bacon, avocado grilled cheese sandwiches. They were delicious!

blueberry syrup

Last Saturday I made pancakes with blueberry syrup. So good! We will be having this again tomorrow for breakfast. I shared the recipe yesterday for the blueberry pancake syrup in case you missed it.


One of the things we have been getting a ton of from the garden is peppers. We have been eating them and freezing some to use later, but I still have way to many. So, I have been making easy pickled peppers. I made a jar last week, but they were not hot enough for most of my family. Yesterday, I tweaked the recipe slightly and hopefully solved the not hot enough issue, but we will see. When I get the recipe just right I will be sure to share it.

Anyone else have a lot of tomatoes and peppers coming from your garden? I would love to hear how your garden is doing.


And this picture has nothing to do with my garden, but I was very excited to find Udi’s gluten free pizza at Sam’s Club and had to share it. When you deal with food issues sometimes it is the little things that make you the happiest. I love the fact that Sam’s Club and man others stores are stocking more and more gluten free items. It makes food allergies so much easier. Frozen pizza was not on my list this week, but I added it to my cart anyway. I know my kids will enjoy it for a quick lunch and it is a simple way to support stores and brands that help make the gluten free life easier.


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Blueberry Pancake Syrup

Blueberry Pancake Syrup__

Fresh from the garden blueberries are the best. Really they are delicious!

This year we had a great blueberry year and my freezer is now stocked with blueberries for us to enjoy this fall and winter. And not only is my freezer well stocked, we have also been enjoying them in all kinds of salads and desserts.

When I got back from vacation last week we had quite a few blueberries still coming from the garden. The advantage to planting several varieties is that blueberry season lasts for at least a month, sometimes longer.

Because I was trying to catch up on things last week I kept the meals pretty simple. One morning though I knew I wanted to incorporate some blueberries into the meal, but I still wanted to keep it quick and easy. I decided blueberry syrup over pancakes would be perfect.

Blueberry Pancake Syrup

Pancakes with fruit or fruit syrup are a summer favorite at our house, so when I realized that I had never shared homemade blueberry syrup with you, I knew I needed to fix that and share it while it was still blueberry season.

If you love blueberries and have never had blueberry pancake syrup this is a must try. It takes pancakes to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Blueberry Pancake Syrup-


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Gluten Free Wednesdays {Homemade Gluten Free Cheez Its, Pineapple Whip, and More}


I finally feel like I am catching up from being gone on vacation for almost three weeks. Vacations are great, but it always takes me some time to catch up on everything when I get back. So thanks for understanding why things have been a bit quiet here in my gluten free section.

It is time for another Gluten Free Wednesday, which I co-host with The Gluten Free Homemaker and Gluten Free Easily. I had so much fun looking through the links and recipes from the last few weeks. So many delicious things have been shared.


The pineapple whip from last week looks so good. And it is perfect for summer.


I love making homemade versions of our favorite foods, so the homemade gluten free cheez its sound like a fun recipe to try.


The meat lovers chicken from Shirley also sounds like a must try.

blueberry cake

And the gluten free blueberry cake was the most popular recipe for the week. It looks delicious as well.

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

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Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad

Chicken Spinach Salad

Grilled chicken, spinach, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese combined in a salad make for a delicious, yet simple, summer meal.

This salad is my new favorite salad. It is healthy, delicious, and a filling lunch or dinner.

Chicken Spinach Salad_

And since it contains meat, this is a salad my husband will eat as a main dish. A summer salad we can all enjoy for dinner is always a good thing.


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Summer Grilling Recipes

It is July which means it is hot in most parts of the country. Last week Oklahoma had a cooler than normal week, but this week we are back to hot and humid weather. This means that most of us do not want to turn on our oven anymore than we have to. So today I thought I would share a few of my favorite summer grilling recipes.

Chipotle Orange Chicken

Chipotle Orange Chicken

grilled tomatoes

Grilled Tomatoes


Grilled Nachos

Grilled Carrots 1 [Recipes]

Grilled Carrots


Spicy Grilled Pork Chops

Grilled Twice Baked Potatoes

Grilled Twice Baked Potatoes

grilling sausage

Grilled Sausage

What is your favorite thing to grill during the summer?

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Menu Plan {July 20th-26th}

Weekly Meal Plan

I feel like I am still recovering from vacation and am trying to catch up on the things I got behind on. So I am keeping the plan pretty simple this week.

Here is this week’s plan.


smoothie mix

Homemade Smoothie Mix and cereal

Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars

Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars and Yogurt


Peanut Butter Granola (This works with sunbutter, nut butters, and soy butter also)


orange pork

Slow Cooked Orange Pork Roast

teriyaki steak

Teriyaki Steak and Grilled Vegetables

teriyaki steak salad

Teriyaki Steak Salad- I will use leftover steak for the salad.

Crock Pot Mexican Pork Chops from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Slow Cooked Mexican Pork Chops

Barbecue Sloppy Joes

BBQ Sloppy Joes

Zucchini Pizza -

Zucchini Pizza

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Legs

Slow Cooked Chicken Legs and Spinach Salad

Dessert of the Week

Homemade Tootsie Rolls from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Homemade Tootsie Rolls

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.



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