Category Archives: Kids & Family – Musings

Gluten Free Everyday Eats – Day 16

Posted on by .
Happy 3rd Birthday!

Happy 3rd Birthday!

Happy birthday to my littlest imp….Life has not been the same since 11:50PM on July 16, 2010 and I wouldn’t change a thing.

I saved up my calories today because we went out to eat for birthday dinner.  So glad I did!  Lunch (for me) consisted of cupcake tasting.  Ha!  Does that count?  :D

GFEveryday

 

Breakfast:  Scrambled eggs with a bit of parmesan and garlic, handful of gluten free tortilla chips and 3/4 cup of grapes. Coffee.  Definitely coffee.  :D

Day 16 breakfast

(This is by far the most bizarre purple hued picture ever.)

Lunch:  Honestly, I was too busy feeding little people and attempting to create a new cupcake recipe to eat.  Don’t worry, I made up for it by eating a cupcake fresh out of the oven. All in the name of recipe creation. :D

Day 16 birthday cupcakes feature

Dinner:  (At a chain restaurant with a gluten free menu and remarkably, a knowledgeable server.  joy!)  Appetizer:  chips and “queso blanco” (Not really a word in Spanish – just a melted white cheese with peppers, etc).  Dinner:  Wedge salad with Green Goddess dressing and a 4 ounce blackened sirloin.  (I didn’t eat the potatoes in the photo…they were…ummm… strange texture and I passed.)  Water with dinner and an Irish Whiskey (sans the  non-gluten free canned whipping cream).

Day 16 dinner

Day 16 coffee

Dessert:  After some evening games and joy, we sat down to some birthday cupcakes.  (Whipped cream “frosting”)  They were yummy and spongy.  I think we’ve found a new recipe.  :D  My husband says they taste like a “soft French chiffon” ….  I just think it tasted lovely.  I don’t worry about the comparison – but it is helpful to have someone who can give better descriptions that I around when I’m trying to write things up!  :D

Day 16 birthday cupcake dessert

Hope you all had a wonderful, gluten free Tuesday!
-Kate

 

Gluten Free Everyday Eats – Day 11

Posted on by .
Day 11 feature

Let’s see:  sick kids, new eyeglasses and a birthday (reluctant) boy to boot.

Normally, I would have taken a trip up to a local Korean bakery to pick up a cake for My Love.  He loves fresh cream and fruit cakes.  But with a sick kid?  No thanks.

Other option?  This Gluten Free Sponge Cake.  It’s his second favorite.  

But oh no.  I decided to make a blueberry pie.  I had to use up some of the blueberries in the fridge.  Our favorite variety (“Spartans”) will be at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday.  But as a budget watcher, I wasn’t about to go out and buy more if we still had a huge amount left behind.  So tonight I not only made a blueberry pie, but I also made a ginger-blueberry syrup for weekend pancakes.  (My weekend just may have to start tomorrow because that syrup is killer yummy!)

The pie?  Well..the improv pastry shell was decent.  But my filling needed a LOT more sugar.  I was trying to cut back and only  used about 1/2 cup of sugar in my 8 cups of berries.  It was definitely not enough.  And since we didn’t let it cool for several hours (only 1 or 1.5), it was a tad runny.  Ah well.  Live and learn, right?

The app I’ve started using along with this personal challenge of posting my daily food is called “MyFitnessPal”.  Today it says I’ve logged the most calories from any other in the last 11 days.  I’m not shocked.  The blueberry pie and blueberry syrup may have just been what pushed me over the edge.  LOL  Amazingly, because I walked an extra mile and ta-dah!  I was STILL coming in on count.  I still need to get more veggies in my day.  The teeny bit (corn and some lettuce at lunch) is not exactly filling nor filling me up with the nutritional things I will gain from it.  I will have to figure out a plan of attack to do that.  I used to be much better (sans kidlets) when I would bring home groceries and immediately prep by chopping etc for the week.  Not any more.    

I am also trying to figure this out to encourage my eldest to eat more vegetables.  She used to eat a ton of veggies but now would rather stick to udon noodles, chicken, tofu, cheeseburgers (cheese! cheese! cheese!), or fruit. Gone are the days that she used to eat zucchini, black beans, corn, etc.  I’m blaming myself but am hopeful that it’s a kid phase.  

Have any of you seen this program?  “Today I Ate A Rainbow”  I might try to figure out how to make a chart for ALL of us to use for a week/day following this idea.  Any thoughts?

Here is the food for the day:

GFEveryday

 

Breakfast:  Greek yogurt with blueberries.  Coffee.

Day 11 Breakfast

 

Lunch:  ”Bacon- Lettuce-NO Tomato – Turkey” in a tortilla.  Water

Day 11 Lunch

 

Snack:  White peach and water

Day 11 Snack

 

Dinner:  Grilled sesame chicken, sticky rice, corn on the cob, and watermelon.  Water to drink.

Day 11 Dinner

 

Birthday Dessert:   A slice of blueberry pie and one scoop of ice cream.  (And there are three more birthday celebrations this month!  Be still my waistline!)

Day 11 dessert

 

Hope you all are enjoying wonderful gluten free goodies too!
-Kate

Gluten Free Everyday Eats – Day 10

Posted on by .
Day 10 feature

Plugging along.  My order for Sister’s Baking Co granola arrived today (!!! Hello?  Super speedy!).  The package arrived at the same time my husband arrived home from work.  We all sat around the kitchen table snacking on granola, white peaches and drinking some water.  Needless to say my order is down one package (servings for 6….and 3 of us (mostly 2 of us) had *no* problem polishing it off.  The rest of the packs have been stowed away or they would have been in jeopardy too.  I have one set aside to put in the car console.  I’m hoping it will last.  :D

 
GFEveryday  My meals were pretty typical today (minus the polished off bag of granola with the family….).  You can see I really need to work on getting the fruit and veg into my meals.  I think I’m a produce snob.  If it tastes great, you can’t stop me from eating it.  If it is even slightly not-great?  Meh.  I’ll pass.  Seriously, I need to get over this.  :D

 

Breakfast today for everyone was cereal.  I had Cinnamon Chex.  Weirdly enough, when I eat this cereal I find myself hungry within an hour or two for some bizarre reason.  So even though I love it, it doesn’t hit my breakfast rotation often.

Day 10 Breakfast

Lunch:  Egg and veg scramble:  Sugar snap peas, onions, garlic, red pepper strips and some eggs.  Served with two Rudi’s tortillas (charred just the way we love them) and water.  I also ate some grapes and blueberries -but just a couple handfuls.

Day 10 Lunch

Snack:  Granola!  Water and a couple slice of a white peach I cut up for the kids.  A couple more grapes and blueberries.

Day 10

Dinner:  3 Spam Musubi (or at least what this girl makes at home and calls “Spam Musubi” – I’ve never been to Hawaii but I have eaten it here (with wheat-free tamari) in a few restaurants.  Hard to find the gluten free version, so I make it at home.  It tastes so good!  I also ate some “salad” (chopped up Romaine lettuce really) and a few grapes.  Water all around.

Day 10 Dinner

Tomorrow we are off to pick up the girls new eyeglasses.  I’ve never been more astounded by someone’s joy in all my life.  I remember getting glasses and being teased as a kid.  Now both of my girls will be wearing glasses.  The youngest gets the pleasure of being one week away from her third birthday and sick to boot.  But they are both rather curious and excited.  I hope their generation is kinder than mine.  It’s a little heartbreaking to know they need glasses but at the same time, what a relief, right?  Now I know they will be seeing even better and if that is all we face?  Eye glasses?  Good grief!  What a ridiculous worry in light of what others face daily.

After the eye doctor?  We have some party planning.  It’s My Love’s birthday tomorrow.  No cake in sight nor even on the horizon.  At least I bought some heavy whipping cream today.  I will be able to do something with the million blueberries in the refrigerator?  Maybe a blueberry pie for his party cake?  Guess I will have to wait and see what I work out.  

Happy Wednesday, All!

-Kate