Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I was looking around for recipe ideas when I found this one by Laura on I'm an Organized Junkie. It was so easy to make and only took 20 minutes in my ice cream maker. I did find that if you run your sugar through a food processor (I have my small Ninja bowl at the camper) that it makes for a finer ice cream.
My brother-in-law does not like marshmallows. (How can you not like marshmallows!?) So I decided to make some chocolate ice cream using Laura's recipe.
To make the ice cream chocolate I added 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the 1/3 cup of sugar and pulsed it in my Ninja to make sure it was combined. I then added it to the 1 cup of milk and 2 cups of marshmallows in my small pan. I did everything else the same as in Laura's recipe. It could have used a bit longer than the 20 minutes but I had more to make so I let it finish up in the freezer. It turned out great and both the vanilla and chocolate ice cream went wonderful with the strawberry crisp.
*Note - this is not a sweet chocolate ice cream. My kids are used to dark chocolate as we can't have milk chocolate but it might be a bit strong for those who are not used to it.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? I'm open for ideas.
Friday, May 25, 2012
This is a real fast idea that I use often when I have a fridge full of leftovers or I don't feel like cooking much. You start with a simple baked potato and then you clean out your fridge. Here are some ideas that we have done in the past month.
- left over taco meat
- re-fried beans (make sure it is gluten free)
- sour cream
- left over pico de gieo
- cheese (nondairy of course)
Or anything else that is left over from having tacos. This is also an easy fix if you have taco meat in the freezer that you need to use.
This is one of my favorites because I add the BBQ sauce to my potato also.
- Any BBQ meat
- extra BBQ sauce
- cheese (nondairy again)
- extra beans
This is where you let your imagination go wild and put what you need to use up on your potato.
So, what is your favorite topping for the humble potato?
Thursday, May 24, 2012
3-4 cups strawberries
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup quinoa cereal flakes
1/2 cup millet flour
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 cup sucant
pinch of salt
1/4 cup gluten free dairy free butter sub
Preheat your oven to 350F and Grease a 9x9 inch baking dish with more of your butter substitute. Depending on your size of your strawberries you need 3 to 4 cups sliced if they are big. You want enough strawberries to cover the bottom of the pan. Then add your sugar and mix well in the baking pan. Let the strawberries sit in the pan while you make the crumb topping.
Mix together the quinoa, millet flour, flax seeds, sucant and salt together in a different bowl. Work the butter substitute into the flour mix till the butter pieces are all mixed in and smaller than a pea. Spread the crumb mixture over the strawberries and pat down to make an even layer. Bake in the middle of your preheated oven for 25 - 35 minutes depending on the size of your strawberries and how done you want your strawberries.
Caden's Strawberry Lemonade
3 cups strawberries
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup lemon or lime juice
2 cups water
Wash and top your strawberries and puree them till fine. Pour the strawberries into a tall juice container. Then mix in your sugar and stir till the sugar is dissolved. Then add in your lemon or lime juice and mix to combine. Finish it off by adding in the cold water.
I don't strain the mixture because I like having the small bits of strawberries in my drink.
Another idea is to freeze them into pops for those hot day that are coming. I used these because they travel well. I am also going to make up the mix without the water added and freeze it so we can have fresh strawberry lemonade all summer!
You have to love Goofy!
Friday, May 18, 2012
I took paint and had Cameron make a handprint on a pot holder. I also had him write his name on each one. Plus on the inside of the card it said "Thanks for giving me a hand."
We then made different beads out of clay and wrote out a little saying for each one.
Bee Bead - Thank you for teaching Cameron to believe in himself.
Purple Bead - thanks for teaching him to glow. (It has glow in the dark paint on it.)
Star Bead - thanks for teaching him to reach for the stars.
Building Block - thanks for giving him the building blocks for life.
Doughnut bead - Remember to enjoy the sweet things in life.
Don't forget that I have a giveaway going on! Everyone can enter here and remember, the more people that enter, the bigger the prize gets!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Cameron wanted a cherry cake for his birthday so I set out to make a cherry cake that everyone would enjoy.
I had started on the cake before I realized I had not taken a picture.
This is what the finished cake looked like.
Monday, May 14, 2012
We had a small cookout and the campground for family and friends. I also did some gardening, well I don't have a true garden but I do have lots of pots! I tend to get over excited when I plant seeds to start inside and I end up with a ton of little plants. This year we are growing zucchini, summer squash, butternut squash, cucumbers, potatoes, 5 different types of tomatoes, 4 different types of peppers, peas, green beans and broccoli. I know it is a lot but I plan on eating lots of fresh fruit and veggies this summer along with canning.
Peppers and moss roses, along with pet rocks that we made for my Mom's 50th Birthday Party last year.
This brings me to my giveaway. This is the first one I am doing so here it goes. I have a really cute small bag with small garden tools which are perfect for small spaces or small hands. There will also be a few surprises in addition to the garden tool bag but you will have to wait and see what it is.
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We have lots of strawberries stared.
Our peas are blooming
Tomatoes along out new deck.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Caden kept trying to eat as many as he could
Monday, May 7, 2012
The second reason that I have discovered a new love of parchment paper is the fact that sometimes gluten free baking can lead to sticky messes or a new recipe that does not want to leave the pan. This is where parchment paper steps in and saves the day. Today I made fresh strawberry and banana cookies that can be found here. They were really yummy but the strawberries caramelized if they were on the bottom of the cookie, which then stuck to the parchment paper.
I use If You Care unbleached parchment paper (I also have their muffin liners also) and I have never had a problem with it.
Do you use parchment paper and if you do what kind?