Archive for September, 2012

I made the Broccoli Orecchiette and Zucchini Salad from Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes Cookbook.

I used gluten free pasta, and I omitted the broccolini, anchovies, and capers.  Instead of baby mozzarella balls, I used shredded mozzarella.  Instead of chiles, I used chili powder.  I didn’t make the broccoli paste.  Instead, I cooked its ingredients in a pan.  I also forgot to add the broccoli to the pasta water, so I steamed it in a pan.

Fresh herbs from my garden (thyme and mint)

Above:  The raw zucchini salad was quite good.

I served the broccoli pasta and zucchini salad with a chicken breast.

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Knitted Baby Hat with Flower

Recently, I knitted a baby hat for my friend’s baby shower.  I also added a knitted flower to it.  I used Caron One Pound Yarn in Azure (light blue) and Sage (light green).

Click here for the flower pattern.

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Gluten Free Pizza Takeout

We found a local pizza place that has delicious gluten free pizza.  Yum!  It’s definitely a wonderful treat.

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Frog Bulletin Board

This is the bulletin board I put up outside my classroom.  I also wrote student names on the frogs.  I put up more frogs than the number of students on my class list, in case more students showed.

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One of my snacks is usually gluten free crackers with peanut butter.  I’ve been using Glutino crackers, which are quite tasty.  In order to keep within my carb limits (15g for a snack), I usually do 4-5 crackers instead of the serving size (8).  These crackers are also quite good with cheese.

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We were gifted with some wonderful baby clothes, blankets, cloth diapers, etc.  To organize and store them until they’re needed, I used large, clear stacking bins.  I divided the middle of each bin with a piece of cardboard.  Then, I sorted clothes by size.  I also had bins for blankets and towels/burp cloths, cloth diapers, wet bags, etc.

I love, love, love my cloth diaper stash!

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I’m a huge blue box mac and cheese person.  I was happy to come across Annie’s Gluten Free Mac & Cheese.  I tried it and it was pretty good and reasonably similar to my blue box brand.  I will say that I it tastes the best freshly made, as opposed to heated up as leftovers.

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Using Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes Cookbook, I made the Super-Fast Beef Hash and Lovely Butter Beans and Bacon.



These herbs (thyme, basil, rosemary, and parsley) are from my garden!


Browning the beef



Chopped celery, carrot, and onion

Veggies added to the beef.  There’s also herbs, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce.



The bacon was cooked with the beans and tomatoes, as well as herbs and red wine vinegar.  I used Great Northern Beans, because I didn’t have butter beans.


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If you’re not allowed to have sugar or wheat, you know how hard it is to find acceptable chocolate cake for purchase.  In short, you have to make it yourself.  Good luck finding a decent recipe.  I found it easiest to find a regular recipe and substitute ingredients.

I will say that this cake was delicious.  I ate much more than I should have.  It was that good.

I used the vegan cake recipe from here and the icing recipe from here.

For the cake, I used 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour and 3/4 tsp xanthan gum (instead of 1 cup white flour).  I used 1/2 cup of agave nectar and 3/4 cup of water (instead of the 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in the recipe).  I used Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar instead of white vinegar.

I liked that you mixed the batter in the pan.  It saved on dishes!

I made a half batch of the icing.  I used EVOO instead of grapeseed oil.  The frosting mixed together very easily and I was able to pour it on top of the cake and spread it with no problems.

This was one very good cake!

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Organizing My Yarn Stash

I’ve been keeping my yarn stash in bins on a bookshelf, but the yarn wasn’t organized.  I recently sorted the yarn by weight and labeled the bins.  It makes it much easier to choose projects, because I can now look to see if I have a certain weight of yarn.  It also got me looking up the yarns I had to determined what their weights were.

Here’s how I labeled my bins:

  • Weight 3- DK Weight
  • Weight 4 – Worsted Weight
  • Weight 5 – Bulky
  • Weight 6 – Super Bulky

Above:  Super Bulky Yarn (Weight 6)

I have a lot of Caron One Pound yarn (Weight 4).

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After a little adjustment, I’m settling in better to being wheat and corn free.  I will admit that I’ve had a couple of times where I succumbed to cravings (ex:  two pieces of a Totinos pizza), but I feel that I’m doing pretty well.

It definitely helps to have a variety of gluten free foods available.  I now keep several varieties of gluten free pasta, as well as gluten free bread, bagels, and tortillas in my kitchen.  I also keep sweet potatoes and brown rice in stock.  This way, I have choices for my carbs for my meals and snacks.  I’m not just eating a slice of gluten free bread with every meal.

I made chicken fajitas recently.  My husband ate his with wheat tortillas (We’re trying to get all the wheat foods out the freezer via my husband’s meals.), and I used a gluten free tortilla.

First, I put sour cream and half an avocado on mine (after I heated the tortilla).

I then topped my tortilla with fajita chicken, bell peppers and onions that were sauteed with EVOO, cumin, and paprika, as well as some cheddar cheese.


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