Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

2 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup crisp rice cereal
1/4-1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (GF, DF)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients, minus the chocolate chips.  Be sure to mix really, really well.  Make sure everything is well blended, to allow the wet ingredients to sort of soak into the dry components.  If your mixture seens dry then add a little more honey until it starts to clump up better.  Mix in the chocolate chips last.  Now place on parchment paper, or just in a 9x13 pan.  Cook at 350 for 17-22 minutes.  Or shape and cook separately in those shapes.

*Don't forget to check your labels and make sure you buy the right brands that are gluten free products. :)

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Recipe Source: Army Wives Kitchen


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Homeschool finally named.

Well a million years later I decided to name our school.  Finally found something I like with a great meaning.

Coram Deo is latin for, 'before the face of God'.  I found this in the bible study I just finished, "Lies Women Believe".  Great study by the way....  She mentioned what it means to live your life Coram Deo....
Coram Deo
'Living all of life, 
in the presence of God, 
under the authority of God, 
and to the glory of God.

This is a good part of why I want to homeschool my children.  So I can enstill this kind of lifestyle into my children.  So I think this is a good fit for our school name.

So here you have it, I am officially employed by God at Coram Deo Academy in Owatonna, MN. :)


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Puppy Chow

It's nice to find those things from the 'past' that you can still eat!
Here's one.  Just find yourselves some dairy free chocolate chips and you're good to go.

Puppy Chow
1/2 bag chocolate chips
1/2 box crispix
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar (or so)

Melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips.  Use a big bowl with a lid.  Pour in the cereal and then pour over the melted pb and chocolate mixture.  Toss carefully so you don't mass the cereal.  Then pour in powdered sugar.  I start with half, then put the lid on and gently shake.  Take off the lid and add more powdered sugar little by little until it's coated to your liking.  I start little and add a little at a time because the first time I ever made it,  I did the whole amount right away and it was too much.  I don't like it being quite so powdery.

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This recipe from me.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Cinnamon Raisin Rolled Biscuits (Almond Flour)

I had my doubts about these,  but in the end they turned out great!  Check it out... of course there's a little tweaking from my recipe compared to the source....I just can't leave a recipe alone.

There's just enough difference between these and regular cinnamon rolls to not 'just' label them rolls. Hence the long name.


Cinnamon Raisin Rolled Biscuits (Almond Flour)

3 cups almond flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
2 Tbsp honey
2 room temperature eggs

1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Combine the almond flour, salt and soda.  In a small bowl mix the coconut oil, honey and eggs. *You want them to be room temp so they don't harden the oil.  Add this to the flour mixture and mix well until a nice 'dough' forms.  This is stickier than 'normal' dough.  Sprinkle your surface with a little almond flour before rolling out the dough.  Then roll to a 9x13 size or so.  Next sprinkle on a layer of sugar and cinnamon.  Put a layer of raisins.  You pick how many you like.  Then roll it up!  Cut into slices, between 1 and 1 1/2 inches apart.  Bake at 350 for 12-16 minutes.  Watch them, as ovens may cook differently.  You'd rather they look a little 'under' done instead of over done.  Eat them as is, or make an icing to drizzle over the top.

*She lists a different inside mixture.  Just because I'm gluten and dairy free doesn't mean I don't want to use regular sugar sometimes!  So I changed it, and it was wonderful! :)

Here's the icing we made.
1 Tbsp coconut oil (or like substance) softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp water (or milk substitute)

Place the coconut oil and vanilla in a bowl.  Add in the powdered sugar and water every, other blending in between.  If it's too thick you can add more water or almond milk to make it more of a runny icing instead of a thick icing.

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Rolls Recips Source: The Urban Poser

Icing Recipe Source: Dairy Free Food


BLT Salad

 This was a great  new recipe.  My son loved it, also!  He said he wants me to make it for his Birthday party. Coming up!

BLT Salad

1 lemon for zest and 2 Tbsp of juice
1/2 cup mayo
salt & pepper to taste
8 cups sliced romaine lettuce
1 chopped tomato
1 pkg cooked chopped bacon

Zest 1 tsp of the lemon and put in a bowl.  Then cut the lemon in half and squeeze about 2 Tbsp of juice into the same bowl.  Add the mayo and mix together.
Chop or rip apart the lettuce after washing.  Cook and chop the bacon.  Dice the tomato.  Mix it all together in a large bowl and serve immediately!

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Recipe Source: Good Housekeeping


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Citrus Herb Pork Roast

Citrus Herb Pork Roast
1 boneless pork roast
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 large onion, sliced
3 oranges
1 Tbsp sugar
1 lemon
1 Tbsp soy sauce

Mix the oregano, ginger and black pepper in a small bowl.  Then rub into the pork roast.  In a large pan, cook the roast to brown and sear all sides.  Put in a crock pot.  Add the sliced onions.  Zest an orange to get about 1 tsp of zest.  Cut oranges in half and jucie completely.  Should yeild about 3/4 cup of juice.  Juice the lemon and add to the orange juice.  Next add the sugar and soy sauce and mix together.  Then pour over the roast.  Cook on low in the crockpot for 8-10 hours.
Just before ready to eat, take out the roast and onions.  Pour the remaining juice into a saucepan, add cornstarch little by little and stir until thickened to a gravy.

*I didn't do all that they said to do...above is my version of their recipe.  It was really good.  I'm definitely making this again!  Next time maybe serving with mashed potatoes or something.

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Recipe adapted from: Gluten Free Checklist


Friday, April 12, 2013

Last Minute Chili

Sometimes my chili has different ingredients. Here's what I did this time. :)

Last Minute Chili

2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 can chili beans
1 can black beans
1 lb hamburger
4-5 celery stalks chopped
1 green pepper chopped
3 garlic cloves
1 onion chopped
1 cup water (optional)
salt & pepper to taste
chili powder

Cook hamburger with salt and pepper, then add pressed garlic, celery and green pepper and let it simmer with the hamburger for 5-8 minutes until veggies are tender.  Add the tomatoes and beans juices and all.  You can add water depending on how thick you want the soup to be. Sprinkle in chili powder to your likeness.   Let simmer for 1 hour to blend the flavors.

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This recipe from me.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken

Sweet Hawaiian crockpot chicken

1 can pineapple chunks
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup soy sauce
4-5 chicken breasts

Mix the pineapple juice with the brown sugar and soy sauce.  Line the crock pot with the chicken breasts.  Pour over the sauce mixture, then dump the pineapple on top.  
Cook in crock pot for 4-5 hours on high, or 6-8 hours on low.

This was ok....not sure if I'm going to make it again.  But it was worth it enough the first time around atleast. 

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Recipe Source: Amy's Downhome Cooking


Saturday, April 6, 2013

'Monster' Cookies (GFDF)

'Monster' Cookies
(Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies)

This is my grandma's monster cookie recipe.  It's pretty big, but I'll give you 1/4 of the recipe so it's more manageable to work with.  Plus I took out the butter and m&m's in my portion so it would be dairy free as well.  So feel free to add those back in if you can have it.  See the original recipe post here.

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
3 eggs
2 tsp baking soda
4 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 cup chocolate chips (dairy free)

Beat together the sugars, shortening and peanut butter.  Mix in the eggs and baking soda.  Stir in the oatmeal and mix well.  Then stir in your chocolate chips. Scoop onto your pan and flatten with your hand.  Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.   Watch closely, I think they taste the best when they are softer.  Maybe you like a crunchier cookie?!?  Well that's up to you I guess.

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This recipe's from my grandma.


Mexican Meatballs

Mexican Meatballs, or Mexican Style Spaghetti

2 lbs hamburger
half a red pepper chopped
4 green onions chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp minced onion
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (use less if you don't like it very spicy)
1 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste

I used my kitchen aid mixer.  Threw everything in and then used the bread hook to blend it all together.
Then scoop out the meatballs and cook them in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes.
Serve with another side of your choice.

We ate them over rice noodles, and then put salsa with it.  It was like Mexican Spaghetti.
It was actually really good!  I can't wait to make this again!

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Recipe Adapted from: The Urban Poser


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Bacon & Brussel Sprouts

If you were to tell me last year, or maybe even a couple months ago that I would eat brussel sprouts and like them I would think you are off your rocker.
Well, maybe I'm off my rocker,  but this is good.  I guess everything tastes better with bacon.

Bacon & Brussel Sprouts

1 pkg. bacon
1 pkg. frozen brussel sprouts
1 onion

Cut the bacon with kitchen sheers into square pieces.
Cut the onion in long thin slices.
Chop the brussel sprouts in half or fourths.
Cook the bacon in the pan.  When it's done take the bacon out and put it on papertowels on a plate.   Drain some of the bacon grease and cook the onion in the remaining grease.  When they are golden, add the cut brussel sprouts.  Cook until they are tender.  Add the bacon back to the pan and let it simmer 5 minutes more.
Season with your favorite seasoning blends and enjoy.

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This recipe was passed on to me from my friend Theresa. :)


Pickle Wrap 'Sandwiches'

Pickle Wrap 'Sandwiches'

Pickle spears
sliced meat (make sure it's gluten free)

A quick and easy gluten free and dairy free lunch idea!

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This recipe provided by me.


Sloppy Jo Stuffed Peppers

Sloppy Jo Stuffed Peppers

1 lb. hamburger
2 Tbsp minced onion
2 garlic cloves
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 1/2 tsp vinegar
1/2 tsp mustard
1/8 tsp pepper
3 green peppers halved

Brown beef, drain fat and add everything else.  Simmer 10 minutes.  Boil the peppers in boiling water for 3 minutes.  Then put in a baking dish.  Stuff with the meat.  Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

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Recipe Source: Amy's Downhome Cooking


Monday, April 1, 2013

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad

6 cups chopped fresh broccoli
1 cup mayo
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp vinegar
8 slices chopped bacon
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup onion (optional)

Chop the broccoli.  Mix the mayo, sugar and vinegar in a bowl.  Cook the bacon and crumble.  Stir everything together and serve.
If you are making it ahead of time do not put the sunflower seeds in until you are ready to serve.

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This recipe from ME!


Cinnamon Raisin Cookies (Almond Flour)

Cinnamon Raisin Cookies with Almond Flour

I did not follow the instructions on this recipe.  I don't know about you, but just because I'm eating gluten and dairy free doesn't mean I don't want to have sugar in my cookies.  And most of the 'new' cookie recipes I've been finding have been using honey, or something else instead of sugar.  Well I'm not doing it anymore.  This original recipe called for honey, but I didn't do it....no ma'am.  I used real sugar instead....but the first test cookie didn't hold together so I also added an egg white.  That did the trick.  For this batch anyway.  So here's the scoop.

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg white
1 cup almond flour
2 Tbsp coconut flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup raisins

Mix together the shortening, sugar and egg white.
Add the flours, cinnamon and soda and combine well.  Fold in the raisins.
Scoop onto a pan and flatten slightly.  Bake for 13-15 minutes at 325 degrees.  Let them cool on the baking sheet before removing.
This makes a small batch.

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Recipe Source: Gluten Free Fix


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