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Fall Garden, Part 2

For my new garden, I decided to plant a 2-foot perimeter, with two 1-foot wide rows for paths, as well as another 2-foot row in the center of the garden for additional plants.  The garden was 8 x 12 feet, making it 96 square feet.  I planted 80 square feet, leaving 16 square feet for paths.

To be frugal, I used seeds instead of seedlings.  I had many seeds left over from last year, so I didn’t need to buy as many.

Here’s what I planted:

  • broccoli
  • squash
  • zucchini
  • spinach
  • kale
  • romaine lettuce
  • butterhead lettuce
  • Farmer’s Mix lettuce
  • onions (will plant in mid-Oct.)
  • parsley, chives
  • carrots
  • marigolds
  • potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • thyme
  • chamomile
  • basil
  • oregano
  • dill

I know that the marigolds, squash, and zucchini probably won’t make it through a frost, but if I’m lucky, I’ll get a harvest from the squash and zucchini first.

I put the thyme, chamomile, basil, oregano, and dill in pots, so they can be brought inside during cold weather.

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Eating Right Gluten Free Lasagna Skillet Dinner

This is a new Randall’s product. It’s just like Hamburger Helper. We were very pleased and found it quite tasty.  We will be stocking up on this!

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The mac and cheese comes with dried pasta and a cheese packet.  The pasta is made from corn flour.  The cheese sauce contains milk, so it’s not dairy free.  It takes about 8-10 minutes to cook.  Then, you drain it and add the cheese sauce.

With a Randall’s card, the mac and cheese cost less than $4, which was less than the Annie’s brand.  I will say that I’ve tried the Annie’s brand, both regular and gluten free, and I’m more of a Kraft fan.  Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find gluten free Kraft Mac and Cheese.

The verdict?  It had a lot of sodium and tasted quite salty.  I didn’t finish it.  I tasted the pasta alone, and it was fine.  I feel it was the sauce that needed improvement.

Will I buy it again?  No.

Was it worth the drive, to try a new gluten free mac and cheese that had the possibility of being a real treat?  Absolutely.

Eating Right For Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

My friend that lives in another town me that Randall’s started carrying Eating Right gluten free items. I called around and one Randall’s in town had them. I went by and picked up the Deluxe Mac and Cheese, as well as the Lasagna Skillet Meal (aka Hamburger Helper).

Fall Garden

Fall Garden

I have a new garden. It’s about 12 ft by 8 ft.

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate

There’s nothing like spending a rainy Sunday afternoon consuming lots and lots of delicious chocolate.  I’m enjoying homemade gluten free brownies and Silk Chocolate Almond Milk.  Delicious!

Since I finally was able to produce a decent loaf of GF bread that actually looked and tasted like bread, I’ve tried a couple more recipes and GF four blends.

I’m sure many of you know how expensive it can be for certain GF flour ingredients. I came across one blend that uses sorghum flour, corn starch, harina masa (corn flour), and brown rice flour. I like that this blend is a lot more frugal. Harina masa and corn flour can be purchased inexpensively, and often with store brands. We are blessed to have a very powerful blender, so I purchase inexpensive bags of brown rice and make my own brown rice flour by tossing the rice in the blender In small batches. That leaves only the sorghum flour as the more expensive purchase of the four items. This, of course, is not counting the highly expensive, but very necessary xanthan gum!

My most recent recipe for GF flour has been to use a favorite wheat bread recipe and modify that.  I use my GF flour blend instead of the regular flour, and I add xanthan gum.  I increase the water as needed, and I add three eggs (not sure on the science of it, but it helps).

Most of the loaves I’ve made recently have been soft, fluffy, and springy when out of the oven.  That can change after freezing.  Often, the GF bread comes out of the freezer very crumbly.  Therefore, I’m still working on a recipe that is frugal, tastes good, and freezes well.  In the meantime, I at least have a couple of recipes that will make do, especially if they are not frozen!