Monday, June 29, 2015

Spaghetti Tacos

The kids have discovered thus fallen in love with iCarly.
This can only mean one thing... spaghetti tacos for dinner!
Spaghetti tacos for EVERYONE!

Lesson learned - line your taco shell with a slice of provolone cheese to lessen the soggy factor from the past a sauce.  To be perfectly honest - this is a fun and tasty way to eat spaghetti and meatballs.  
We will be doing this again.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mini Vacation Pt. 2

We had a great time at Kings Dominion.  I even rode a few rides!  The one that did me in was the little tea cup type ride.  Luckily I was able to walk a semi straight line on my own afterward but had I spun around one more time I do believe the story may have ended differently.

There were very few food options for us - over priced prepackaged snack food.  The taco place we found that boasted gluten free options didn't have any practices in place to prevent cross contamination and had gluten in their taco meat.  While I am VERY glad they let us know I was of course a little disappointed to be mislead about what our options would be in the park.  Luckily we plan ahead and stayed in a hotel close enough that we could leave and come back easily for meals.  There are several hotels near by with rooms that include kitchenettes, if you are traveling with allergies I highly recommend looking into those options.

Soak City was the highlight
of the day as far as the kids
were concerned.

Let the canning begin!

If you're going to be stuck in a
hot kitchen you might as well
enjoy a tall glass of southern
sweet mint iced tea.
Today was the day!  Time to break out the canner and get down to business.  It was nice to be able to start with small batches rather than staring down the barrel at piles of food threatening to go bad if you look at it the wrong way.  With any luck I'll be able to stay on top of everything (yes, I realize I probably just jinxed myself).  Three quarts of beans and four quarts of pickles.  We decided to throw in a pint of zucchini pickles just to see what happens.  Looks like I'll be able to pick more beans tomorrow.

Looking forward to getting into the bees tomorrow.  It has been 9 days since I put on the honey super so it will be exciting to see their progress.

Kiddos are at their Mawmaw and Granddaddy's
house this evening so that means a mini vacation
for Jeff and I.  Sushi and the new cider by
Woodchuck.  I highly recommend.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Piper and the Art of French Cooking

This past winter Piper was in bed for several days with a terrible fever and achy body.  One of the things we did to pass the time together was watch episodes of Julia Child the French Chef on Amazon.  She fell in love Julia and asked for her cookbook for Christmas.  How do you say no when a 4 year old asks for Mastering the Art of French Cooking?  We have decided to start cooking our way through the book and see if we can come up with gluten free substitutes where necessary.

Eggs seemed like a pretty good place to start since she has a bit of experience working with eggs and loves to eat them.

It doesn't hurt that we have access to fresh eggs from happy chickens thanks to my grandparents.  With any luck the county we live in will get it together and we will be able to have our own chickens in the near future.

We had a good time with this one.  Brinner is favorite around these parts.  Next up... Omelettes? 



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Quickle Update

You guys...  just go ahead and make a jar of these.  You're welcome.

Luckily we came home to these lovelies so I can replenish
the supply.

Mini Vacation Pt. 1

"Can we go to Chuck E. Cheese's, Pllleeeeeeaaaaassssseeee."  I like to think that we are not the only ones that have heard this plea.  I had never been to a Chuck E. Cheese's but I was quite intrigued by their gluten free practices so we made that stop one on our mini vacation adventure.


I was not feeling well due to a new medicine I'm on (that will be a separate post) so I did not partake in the eating of the pizza.  The kiddos were very happy with the whole experience and may have been more excited about their personal pizza cutters than the skeeball machines.

The pizzas are baked and delivered in a special package so there is no chance of cross contamination.  Each pizza also comes with its very own wrapped pizza cutter.  The GF pizzas are not included in any of the Eat & Play Values and the only type available is Margherita, BUT at least you can take your kids there and let them be a part of something fun and not have to worry about them getting sick from the food.


I still think the skeeball is the best part.


Sunday, June 21, 2015


And it begins.

I have big plans for making enough pickles to feed a small nation this year.  Mostly because rationing the jars I made last year was an exercise in futility. I have never in my life been able to get a cucumber plant to do well so to get enough out of the first picking for a quart of quick pickles and a snack has me a lil' giddy.

I did some poking around on the internets for quick pickle recipes and I swear every single one of them called for sugar.  I hate a sweet pickle.  I don't want my pickles to even have looked at a grain of sugar.  Sooo, I decided to wing it and throw together a recipe of my own.  At this point I have zero idea how this is going to turn out so you'll have to check back to see if I ate them all or burned them with fire.

Dill Quickle:  To a quart jar add - 1tbs pickling salt, 1/2tsp dill seed, 1 clove of smashed garlic and then pack the jar with cucumber.  Fill the jar half way with white wine vinegar, fill the rest of the way with water.  Shake the jar up (with the lid on, come on now...) and then put it in the refrigerator and wait.  How long?  I don't know.  I'll let you know what I find out.

These little cuties are always up to something.  Today they were working on their very own Kitchen Small Engine Repair Shop.  Good times.