Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Milestone Birthdays and Gluten Free Cake

This past weekend we celebrated my sister and my father's birthdays with a joint birthday party. My sister and my dad were born on the same date in July, and both celebrated milestone birthdays this year. My sister turned 30 and my dad turned 65. My mom and I decided to prepare a big party for them both. We chose to do something a little different this year, since we typically just have an outdoor BBQ with hamburgers and steaks. Instead, we hired a catering service called La Cantina Catering to come and prepare the main meal for us, while we provided the appetizers and dessert.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan (July 7-11, 2014)

Monday: Baked Chicken Thighs & Drumsticks in a Garlic Hoisin Sauce (I used VH Gluten Free Hoisin Sauce, and baked everything at 375F until cooked through) and Mixed Vegetables

Sunday, July 6, 2014

An Unexpected Day Out

Yesterday we had an appointment for someone to come and see our house, so we decided to take the kids out for a treat. Our gluten free son was completely dairy free for a long time, but is now able to digest small amounts of dairy, so we took him to Dairy Queen. I checked out the Dairy Queen Gluten Free menu online, and discovered a few items he could eat.  I have to admit, I got a little sad when I asked him if he wanted a sundae and he didn't know what one was.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wordless Wednesday!

I haven't posted a Wordless Wednesday post in a while, but the urge struck me today, so here you go! Some shots from the last few months.

Enjoying a mini-cone on a hot day!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Recipe: Disaronno Stewed Cherries

It's fresh-fruit season here in Ontario, with strawberries and blueberries, peaches and cherries, and so much more starting to come into season. One of my favourite things to do with the kids is to go fruit picking and then come home and make a bunch of different recipes with them. Jams, sauces, popsicles, name it, we like to make it.

Cherries have always been a fruit that I prefer fresh, however. I can't stand anything "cherry flavoured" with that bitter taste that is somehow supposed to pass for the real sweetness of overly ripe cherries bursting with juice.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan (June 29-July 4, 2014)

This week is the first week that school is out for summer around here, and I'm home with both kids for the next 2 months. Meals are going to have to carry over into lunches the next day, and many meals are going to have to be flexible enough to be rolled over into something different. For example, leftover chicken breasts might turn into chicken fried rice, or chili might be strained and become burritos. With hot weather also comes the desire to spend less time in the kitchen, so cold dinners or meals that can be made in the slow cooker while I do something else are going to become popular around here. What are your favourite summer meals?

Here's our meal plan for the week!

Monday: Moroccan Lamb Soup with Chickpeas and Lentils

Recipe: Simple Coconut Pops

Coconut reminds me of lazy days lounging in a hammock, with the sounds of the ocean in the background. It also brings to mind Thai food, chocolatey desserts, and the smell of sunscreen. Over the past year, I've started using coconut in a variety of ways. I use the oil to soothe my son's dry skin, to cook, and as a substitute in baking. I use coconut milk in cooking to create incredible soups and rice dishes. I use shredded coconut in cooking and baking, and I use coconut water in my smoothies.

Coconut has a million uses, and now that it's fairly easy to find and not as expensive as it once was, I use it more than ever.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Recipe: Raspberry Lemonade Pops

My sister made some raspberry lemonade a few weeks ago, and all I could think of was how refreshing and delicious it would taste on a hot day as a popsicle. I simplified the recipe so they only use 4 ingredients, and I'm so happy with the results.

I made my Raspberry Lemonade pops less sweet and more tart than typical lemonade, because that's the way I like my lemonade. you can easy change up how sweet they are by adding more sweetener or less lemon juice. They could be made using some vodka for a more adult pop, but these ones are kid-friendly!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan (June 16-20, 2014)

This week's meal plan features food that is easy to reheat in a pinch, and one or two that could even be eaten cold. As usual, these dishes are family friendly, kid-approved, and gluten free!

Monday: Quiche (with Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pie Crust) RECIPE

Some Father's Day Memories

It's been kind of busy around here with the house on the market, and as a result my blogging schedule has taken a bit of a hit. I like to blog daily, but that just hasn't been possible the past few weeks, so I apologize. However, life goes on, whether there are people wandering through my house or not, and yesterday we spent some great family time celebrating Father's Day with the family.