Sweet Treats

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Valentine’s Day. Oh how it irks me. Yes, I am single, and generally always have been on this particular commercial holiday, but this year, while still single, I have my own funny little valentine.  He’s a bit short, won’t be taking me to dinner or buying me flowers and has a pretty early bedtime, but it’s all good because when he smiles or giggles my stone cold heart just melts and I become an advocate for love!

So what better way to show him my love but to make Rice Krispy Treats and let him help? Chocolate Rice Krispy treats no less.  Actually Chocolate Coconut Rice Krispy Treats! Hey….go big or go home.  They are a fun treat, that is Gluten Free and one of those “recipes” thats pretty difficult to mess up. Plus it makes the little monkey’s happy AND satisfies Zia’s chocolate craving to boot so it’s an all around win-win…. 

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It’s All About The Corn Flakes

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When you are Gluten Free you don’t get to enjoy very many fried or “crispy” foods you once did.  Which is probably a good thing.  However for those times you want to make things like breaded eggplant, chicken fingers, zucchini fries or more, most gluten free breadcrumbs just don’t cut it.  Panko is out of course.  So what do you do?  I recently found the answer in Publix completely by accident.  While searching to see if they had any new gluten free breadcrumb options I found it.

Corn Flake Crumbs!… 

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

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Well in the past few weeks while I have been absent from the blog, I have still been cooking up a storm, and eating like I am getting ready to hibernate for the winter. Of course I live somewhere where you can still wear bathing suits through winter, so I better cut it out.  However I have been inspired of late to bake more and after discovering I had more cans of Libby’s 100% Pumpkin in my pantry than I really knew what to do with, I decided it was time to start using them up and in more creative ways then pumpkin pie!

My friend Mel gave me a pumpkin chili recipe that sounds to die for, but I have yet to go get myself a slow cooker/crock pot so I am waiting on that one. I was looking up some ideas online and found Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls! Ok, sounds perfect!  Now to make them Gluten Free!

Oh a baking we will go…a baking we will go….high ho my jeans are tight, a baking we will go……… 

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Williams-Sonoma Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

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I love fall. Up North where I was born, the air gets cool and crisp, the leaves change color the smell of burning firewood starts to permeate the air.  In Southern California where I lived for so long, the days are sunny, the temperatures range from the mid 60’s to the low 80’s.  You can start wearing layers, the sunsets seem to have an even more golden hue, the pacific drops in temperature and Trader Joe’s shelves are lined with pumpkin flavored products of every kind.

Here in South Florida……well……the license plates start changing color as the snowbirds start migrating down here on 95.  I would like to say it starts getting cooler, the humidity drops and it becomes more pleasurable outside, but that, technically, would be a lie.  (That’s what it’s like in the winter.)… 

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Organic Girl Baby Kale Giveaway and Recipes – Snacks

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I have to admit, 10 years or so ago I had probably never even tasted Kale.  Now, it’s one of the most talked about leafy greens out there.  I find myself eating some practically every day lately.

The fact that the lovely people over at Organic Girl sent me a bunch of their newest product, 100% Baby Kale to experiment with, probably has something to do with it!  While trying to come up with new inventive recipes, incorporating Baby Kale in things I hadn’t before, I also found that I used it in a bunch of ways the past few weeks.  I put it in my homemade Mac & Cheese, scrambled eggs, juiced it you name it. While I was working with it I would just snack on it raw, it really is sweet and tasty all on it’s own!… 

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Fish Taco Tuesday

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Or it could be called Taco Tuesday Madness.  Madness because of the undertaking of this meal when you are making (almost) everything from scratch and dealing with 2 kids under the age of 2. A mad undertaking it was, but it was for Mama Sis’s birthday and truth be told I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good fish taco and I have learned to make them pretty decently.

Ok there was a lot to this meal, a few things were store-bought like the corn tortillas for example – I’m not COMPLETELY mental in trying to make those.  I also bought a Pico de Gallo and black bean dip this time because I really didn’t have the time and there is already a crazy amount of chopping involved in this meal. The rest however was made by little old me…. 

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Breakfast for Dinner

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I don’t know about you, but I LOVE breakfast. I mean I love food in general…obviously, but breakfast is my favorite meal.  Strangely enough breakfast holds many many memories for me, more so then any other meal…particularly downthashore”. That’s how you say “Going to the beach” if you are from Philadelphia or New Jersey.

Growing up, we had a beach house in Ocean City and most mornings Dad was in charge of breakfast.  This was decades before I realized I should be eating Gluten Free so we had pancakes, pork roll sandwiches (another Jersey/Philly thing), sticky buns from Mallon’s…you name it.  I even have distinct memories of being at my Dad’s parents beach house – Mommom and JJ and watching my grandmother make cream chipped beef. That was my Irish side of the family…. 

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Zucchini Polenta Lasagna

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Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need.”
― Julia Child

Or pan. Or baking dish. Or mixing bowl…..

Sage advice from Mrs. Child, and something I occasionally forget to do. Now, due to Littledude’s vehement refusal of greens I have resorted to trickery and deceit these days.  Although a lot of dairy is not good for anyone, cheese is the proverbial “Golden Ticket” of ingredients to get him to eat anything green these days so cheesey goodness hiding the veggies is the way I have been going…. 

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Lucy’s Gluten Free Cookies Review

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend full of fun and most importantly good eats!

I figured it was time for another gluten free goods review and what do I pick again?  That’s right, cookies.  I swear.  With the amount of cooking, baking, pizza making and gluten free cookie tasting I have been doing, I am continually shocked that the number on the scale is moving down instead of up. Believe me when I tell you I was NOT blessed with a fast metabolism and feel as though my life has been spent watching my calories so I am a little amazed I am not the size of Shamu…..yet.  However as one of my cousin’s just confirmed, calories consumed in the form of leftovers from a toddler’s uneaten dinner don’t count.   “It’s like splitting dessert” she informed me. Well ok then!  So speaking of dessert…… 

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Organic Girl Five Happiness Tasty Salad Mix Giveaway and Recipes

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“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” 
― Julia Child

About a week ago the wonderful people over at Organic Girl Good Clean Greens sent me a package.  2 packages of their newest salad blend Five Happiness Tasty Salad, which is a blend of baby Bok Choy leaves and other yummy baby greens.  They asked if I would be willing to review it and come up with some fun recipes for my blog.  Ummmm YES MAM!  Super exciting, my first official product test!  The package also included some other great goodies!
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