Menu Plan {May 24}

Weekly Menu Plan

I am taking the week off from both my menu plan and my gluten free menu plan. I am hoping to enjoy a nice long weekend with family and am taking some time off from online work.

If you need some menu inspiration though be sure to check out my archives. I have 7+ years of menu plans and gluten free menu plans.

I hope you all have a nice holiday weekend and are able to enjoy some time with family and friends!

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Everyday Adventures {35}

Casserole Crockpot

I am still loving the casserole crock pot and am having fun experimenting with it. I think I am going to love it for summer cooking! I hope to put together a post soon on all the recipes I have made or adapted for it.


You there are doctors in the family homeschool science is sometimes taken to the next level. Last week we brought out grandpa’s model of the eye that we have to study the parts of the eye for a test.

I totally forgot we had this until my son asked if we could get it out. I think he was trying to get out of science for the day and just have fun. In the end I think he ended up learning way more than he would have just reading the book!

freezer cooking

I have not posted about freezer cooking in a long time, but I do still freezer cook some. I am working on some new freezer recipes perfect for summer and summer grilling.

One of the recipes I made this week was one that my sister made when I was in Oregon last month. It was so good that I knew I had to get the recipe to make and share with you all.


I have also been working on some new versions of my favorite gluten free cookie. I made a triple chip version this week that was so good. I took pictures so that I could share the recipe soon.


I love yogurt. I have for years. As a kid it was one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast, lunch, or snack. A friend recently told me about this lemon yogurt and it is quickly becoming my favorite yogurt.

I love it when I want something just a little sweet, but I don’t want dessert. It is kind of like the flavor of lemon pie in yogurt form.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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5 Ingredient Burrito Casserole

5 Ingredient Burrito Casserole

It only takes five basic ingredients to make this quick and easy dinner!

It is no secret that I love quick and easy meals. Yes, I love to cook, but with three kids, a busy schedule, and the general craziness of life, the reality is that most days I need quick and easy, get it to the table fast, meals. I am guessing most of you need those same type of meals.

I love layered Mexican casseroles and have made them for years. I recently came across a burrito casserole that looked great, but used ingredients that my family cannot have like store bought frozen burritos.

I am sure the casserole was delicious, but since we deal with food allergies we have to be careful about the prepackaged items that we buy. Frozen burritos are pretty much on the no list when it comes to things we can and can’t buy.

Besides that buying frozen burritos for a casserole seems like a bit of a waste and a bit expensive. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have bought plenty of frozen burritos in my lifetime. They are great for a quick lunch or dinner, especially for kids or for my husband to take to work.

However, for using in a casserole, to feed a family of five, they seem like a bit of a waste. I knew this was one of those cases where making a homemade version would be much cheaper. And for my family much safer to eat.

To make this without the frozen burritos I took the basic ingredients that you would have in a burrito and turned it into a layered casserole. It really was easy to make a homemade version!

And it was delicious! My whole family loved this.

Quick, easy, and delicious! I love recipes like that.

5 Ingredient Burrito Casserole-

5 Ingredient Burrito Casserole
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 8-10
Quick and easy five ingredient dinner.
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1- 15 ounce can chili beans ( I use Bush's Beans)
  • 1½ cups salsa
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 tortillas ( I used gluten free tortillas)
  1. In a skillet brown ground beef until done and no longer pink. Drain off any fat.
  2. Stir in chili beans.
  3. Line a 9x13 pan with 4 tortillas. Cutting if needed to fit pan.
  4. Layer meat mixture onto tortillas.
  5. Sprinkle with half of the cheese.
  6. Place remaining 4 tortillas on top of cheese. Cutting if needed to fit pan.
  7. Spread salsa on top of tortillas.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until heated through.



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Gluten Free Dinner Recipe~ Grilled Dijon Pork Tenderloin


My friend Jessica from Good Cheap Eats recently shared this grilled dijon pork tenderloin and I knew I had to highlight for my gluten free dinner recipes series.

I love finding new pork recipe, especially gluten free ones. I love this recipe because it is easy to make and as Jessica points out in her post, pork right now is usually quite a bit cheaper than beef, especially if you can find it on sale.

This pork tenderloin is great because it is easy to make and no one will know it is gluten free. This is normal food that just happens to be gluten free.

This is also a great recipe for summer because it is grilled. I know it will be on my summer menu plans.

The one note I would have on this recipe is to read the labels on your mustard. Most mustard is gluten free, but a few aren’t, so read labels and you will be fine.


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A New Electric Griddle {Ask the Readers}

Ask The Readers

One of the things I love to do when I need an new kitchen appliance, or really any item, is to ask all of you.

The internet allows us to easily find reviews on many items. I can easily search something and find random, and often helpful reviews, for what I need to buy, but I prefer to come to you all. You all have great thoughts and opinions and I trust you to give me good advice on what you like and don’t like.

So far you have helped me pick out flooring for my kitchen, a rice cooker, running shoes, a crock pot, and I am sure many other things that I am forgetting. You always give great advice and reviews when I need to purchase something.

Today I want to talk about electric griddles because I have worn mine out.


My current griddle is one that I have had for about 10 years. I use it often for pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas, and more.

I love it and it has held up well over the years, but the non stick is finally starting to wear off. I have had quite a few griddles over the years and this one has been my favorite and the non stick has held up really well. 10 years of use is a lot though and it is time for a new one.

This one is a Circulon  electric griddle and from what I have been able to find they no longer make it. Which is too bad because it was a great griddle.


And I will admit that I have a love hate relationship with nonstick surfaces. I love them for how they cook and how easy they are to clean up. I hate them because the non stick wears off all too fast and you end up with little pieces of non stick coating in your food.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t care to eat non stick coating. Which is why I loved this griddle. The non stick surface held up really well.

Now that I am looking for a new electric griddle I have no clue what to buy that will hold up well. Which leads me to my Ask the Readers question. I need help finding a new electric griddle.

Do you have an electric griddle that you love? Has the non stick held up well long term? 



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Gluten Free Wednesdays {May 20th}


It is time for another Gluten Free Wednesday, which I co-host with The Gluten Free Homemaker and Cassidy’s Craveable Creations.


The most popular recipe last week was the Lemon Pie Ice Cream. It is perfect for summer!

As I mentioned last week Gluten Free Wednesdays is going on summer break. Today will be the last link up until summer is over. I will be sharing gluten free recipes all summer, we are just taking a break from Gluten Free Wednesdays.

I can’t wait to see what you all link up today!


The Carnival
We appreciate your participation and are happy to share many of the links on social media sites. However, as much as we hate to put a damper on this fun carnival, entries that do not follow the guidelines will not be shared and will be deleted from the linky.
  • You must link back to one of the co-hosts.
  • Links should be about a gluten-free eating idea. While it doesn’t have to be a recipe, it should be food related.
  • Recipes should have gluten-free ingredients or options in the recipe (not elsewhere in the text).
  • If you’re new, please read all the guidelines.
  • If you link up your link will show up on all three sites.
  • Thanks for participating!

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Chocolate Chip Coconut Granola {aka Mounds Bar Granola}

Chocolate Chip Coconut Granola

Chocolate chips and coconut combined in this homemade granola makes for a delicious breakfast treat!

Whenever I have chocolate and coconut together it reminds me of a Mounds Bar, which is one of my favorite candy bars. Chocolate and coconut just go together so well. Really how can anything with chocolate and coconut in it be bad.

Well, maybe if you don’t like coconut, it would be, but if you love coconut like I do, this will quickly become your favorite breakfast treat.

Chocolate Chip Coconut Granola_

It is no secret that my family loves homemade granola. I have quite a few homemade granola recipes in my archives and we make it all the time.

I started making homemade granola years ago. I loved being able to control the ingredients and change up the flavors to how my family liked it. When my daughter developed her tree nut and peanut allergy though making granola became a necessity .

Over the last few years my daughter and I have experimented a ton with making granola. We love coming up with new flavors and new techniques for getting the best texture.

The newest flavor that we love is this chocolate chip coconut granola. It is kind of like a mounds bar in a bowl. Delicious!

Chocolate Chip Coconut Granola-

When I make my granola I usually bake it in 9×13 pans. When I made this granola recently though, so that I could take pictures of it, I realized that all my 9×13 pans were being used.

I think 9×13 pans are one of those things that I could own a ton of and I still would not have enough. Between making desserts, casseroles, and freezer meals I am always using my 9×13 pans.

So what do you do when you run out of 9×13 pans? You grab another pan and hope it works. I could have used a smaller pyrex dish, but I was afraid it would crowd it too much. I was making a large batch and I wanted to make sure it would still crisp up enough.

I decided to use a couple of cookie sheets, the kind with sides like a jelly roll pan, and give it a try that way. It worked great. In fact, I think I liked cooking it on a cookie sheet even better than in a 9×13 pan.

I was able to spread out the granola more and it helped it crisp up more. I will definitely be using a cookie sheet in the future to make granola. Either one works though so just use what you have.

Almonds would also be really good in this granola. Now obviously we can’t do that because of my daughter’s nut allergy, but almonds would be delicious added to this. It would give it more like an almond joy type flavor.

Chocolate Chip Coconut Granola {aka Mounds Bar Granola}
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Serves: 10-12 servings
The flavors of chocolate and coconut together in a simple breakfast treat.
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup oil or coconut oil, I like coconut oil for this
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract, optional but really good for extra coconut flavor
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats, I use gluten free oats
  • 4 cups quick cooking oats, I use gluten free quick oats
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. In a small sauce pan combine brown sugar, oil, and honey.
  2. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Once it comes to a boil remove from the heat and add vanilla and coconut extract.
  3. In a large bowl combine oats, coconut, and sugar/oil mixture. Stir until everything is combined and oats are well coated.
  4. Spread in 2 9x13 pans or onto cookie sheets.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
  6. Remove from oven and stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Return granola to oven, but turn off oven. Leave granola in oven for 3-4 hours. The heat left in the granola will finish cooking it.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container.



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Menu Plan

Weekly Menu Plan

Here is this week’s menu plan.


Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies-

Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Crispy Homemade Granola

Crispy Homemade Granola



BBQ Pork

Crock Pot Beef Fajitas

Crock Pot Beef Fajitas

The best oven fries_

Hamburgers and Oven Fries

Baked Breakfast Tacos

Baked Breakfast Tacos

Crock Pot Deli Style Ham Sandwiches

Deli Style Crock Pot Ham Sandwiches

Homemade Supreme Pizza_

Homemade Supreme Pizza

Dessert Of The Week

Mounds Cookie Bars

Chocolate Coconut Bars

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Gluten Free Menu Plan

Gluten Free Meal Plan

The last couple of weeks have been rainy in Oklahoma. After several years of drought we really can’t complain about the rain. We are thankful for it. I am ready for some weather that is better for grilling because I have quite a few new recipes that I want to try. Hopefully that will happen soon.

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan.

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.


Gluten Free Baked Oatmeal Muffins

Homemade Granola 

Overnight Gluten Free Waffles


Crock Pot Beef Carnitas

Fajita Omelet

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

Gluten Free Pop Up Pizza

Glazed Grilled Chicken

Gluten Free Frozen Pizza

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Chocolate Glazed Gluten Free Doughnuts

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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33 DIY and Copycat Recipes


Today I am sharing thirty three of my favorite DIY and copycat recipes!

Some of my favorite recipes to make and share with you are DIY recipes. Making your favorite convenience foods and restaurant favorites at home is a great way to save money and eat healthier.

Over the years I have shared quite a few DIY recipes and today I thought I would highlight a few of them. Well, I guess thirty three is not just a few. It is more like a lot.

I really can’t believe I have made and shared so many copycat recipes. I guess this means I really do love making our favorite foods at home!

Homemade Taco Helper

Homemade Taco Helper

Homemade Chili Cheese Fries

Homemade Chili Cheese Fries

Homemade Frozen Pizza

Homemade Frozen Pizza 

Homemade JoJo Potatoes from

Jo Jo Potatoes

Homemade Three Musketeers Bars from

Homemade Three Musketeers Bars

Homemade Crunch Bars

Barbecue Ranch Chicken Salad 3

BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad

Homemade Wendy's Frosty-

Homemade Frosty

Homemade Mounds Bars

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Homemade Heath Bars

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Frappuccino

Flavored Hot Cocoa Mix is one of my kids favorite wintertime treats.

Homemade Chili Hamburger Helper from

Homemade Chili Hamburger Helper

Panera’s Tomato Soup.

Homemade Refried Beans are really easy and so good! Need something to go with the homemade refried beans? Try Homemade Mexican Rice. 

Homemade Enchilada SauceHomemade Enchilada Sauce

Mexican Pizza-
One of my son’s favorite meals is make at home Mexican Pizzas. Make these using Homemade Taco Sauce and they are even better. Homemade Freckled Lemonade and Homemade Raspberry Julius are favorites during the summertime.

Restaurant Style Fettuccine is a delicious side dish or main dish.

Homemade Pizza Sauce from

Homemade Pizza Sauce

brownie fudge sundaeBrownie Fudge Sundaes 

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

I also have several homemade seasoning mixes that are all easy to make.

Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk

Dairy Free Sweetened Condensed Milk

We can’t forget homemade pudding. I even made a video to show you how to make homemade pudding.

Homemade Mrs. Buttersworth is a simple breakfast treat.


Panera Bread Potato Soup

And I can’t forget homemade vanilla. Really, if you have not tried homemade vanilla you need to. This is the easiest homemade recipe I have on my site. I even have a few update posts sharing about it. I love homemade vanilla.

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