Pumpkin

Pumpkin… It’s a fabulous food. It’s very versatile. It can be savory or sweet. My favorite way to use it in a sweet setting. Anyone who knows me is not surprised by this at all! Pumpkin is also very good for you. Since I have cut sugar and gluten out of my diet, I can no longer eat traditional pumpkin pie.  *sad face*

I have been searching the interwebs for a sugar-free, gluten-free recipe for pumpkin pie. Since I’m the only one who has to eat this way in my home, a single serve recipe is perfect. Well, I came across several but none that really blew my skirt up, if you know what I mean. So I got to work in the kitchen one night with all my gluten-free and sugar free goodies and came up with this…

pumpkin pie in a bowl

Om nom nom…

Pumpkin Pie In A Bowl
 
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This pumpkin pie dessert is a perfect single serving recipe for those who are looking for a sugar-free, gluten-free pumpkin pie!
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Makes: 1 serving
Get This:
  • 1 T. coconut oil, melted
  • 2T. THM brown sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t. ground flax
  • 1½ T. almond flour/meal
  • 1½ T. pure pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½-1 t. pumpkin pie spice
  • sugar-free chocolate chips (optional)
  • whipped toping (optional)
Do This:
  1. Melt coconut oil in microwave safe bowl.
  2. Add sweetener, vanilla and egg; mix well.
  3. Add remaining ingredients except chocolate chips and whipped topping; mix until everything is incorporated.
  4. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top if desired.
  5. Microwave for 1m 10s.
  6. Pumpkin pie should be soft and a little 'wet' just like pumpkin pie.
  7. Serve with whipped topping if desired.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes:
This is an S dessert/snack! It is really close to real pumpkin pie! So yummy!

Puh-lease try this recipe! It is sooooo good! You could even eat it for breakfast! Pumpkin pie for breakfast….yeah. Sounds good to me! Hey, I’ve been known to eat worse things for me than this!  ;)

Bon Appetit! Live, Love, Laugh and Be kind!  xoxo

Simple Recipes

I have been looking for simple recipes to make for evening meals. Recipes that are good for the whole family. I found this one on Pinterest (not linked to a blog or anything so I can’t give credit). My daughter needs to lose NO weight. So I need recipes that are easily adjusted for her. So that she can add rice or potatoes or whathaveyou. This is one of those recipes. I made veggies for the hubs and I and told her that if she wanted, she could make potatoes to go with. She chose not to.

THM Beef Stroganoff

THM Beef Stroganoff
 
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This is a rich, creamy beef stroganoff made with hamburger. You can serve it over a variety of things...
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Course: Main Dish
Makes: 4 servings
Get This:
  • 1 small package sliced mushrooms
  • ½ large onion
  • 1 T. coconut oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ½ c. unsweetened original almond milk
  • ¼ c. heavy cream
  • 1 c. beef broth
  • 1 t. xathan gum
  • 2 t. garlic salt
  • ½ t. fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ t. smoked paprika
  • 1 c. 0% greek yogurt
Do This:
  1. Add oil, onions and mushrooms to a warm skillet and brown onions and mushrooms; remove.
  2. Add ground beef; brown.
  3. Put onions and mushrooms back in the skillet, along with milk, broth, xanthan gum, salt, pepper and paprika; stir.
  4. Bring to a gentle boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes.
  6. Add cream and yogurt; simmer another 5 minutes.
  7. Serve with veggies and/or THM approved pasta or rice.
Notes:
THM'ers, this is an S recipe! You could use sour cream instead of greek yogurt. I used yogurt because that's what I had.

We really liked this Stroganoff and it definitely fit into the simple recipes guidelines. This recipe is a definite keeper! I’m thinking about using it as a sauce for meatballs, too. There’s so many things you could do with it.

Have you entered my gluten-free giveaway yet? Get over there and enter!

Bon Appétit! Live, Love, Laugh and Be Kind! xoxo

Who’s Ready For A Giveaway?

Ok, friends. Who’s ready for a giveaway? I know I am! It’s been a while since the last one and I am so ready for someone to win some gluten-free goodness!! Guess who’s sponsoring this giveaway…Can you guess? I bet you can!

That’s right! Glutino Foods is. Remember I told you about their Merry-Mint Brownie Mix? Well, I talked to the generous people over at Glutino Foods and they are going to give one lucky reader 3 holiday baking mixes! How awesome is that?!? I don’t know which ones they will be but I will make sure one of them is the brownies, because they’re amazing!

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Your goodies should include at least a couple of these mixes…

To enter this fabulous giveaway, simply follow the Rafflecopter steps and you’re entered! Easy Peasy, right??

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Good Luck Everybody!

I’ll be seeing you soon, Til then…

Live, Love, Laugh and Be Kind! xoxo

Declare Your Independance From Food Restrictions With Freedible!

I am part of a network of bloggers, companies and others trying to bring awareness about food allergies to the masses.  It’s something that can no longer be ignored.  With more and more people being diagnosed with one or more food allergies, it’s becoming more and more important to be aware of what we are putting on our tables!  Freedible is an awesome site where bloggers, companies and others can go to meet up with others who are eating, living, blogging about the same things they are!  

As the head cook of a Christian camp, I have to be very aware of what I put on my tables here.  It seems more common now than ever to have at least one and usually more than one person with an allergy to something I have on the menu.  In fact, this last week of camp, I had teens with these allergies…. peanut, cashew, tomato (3), banana and pineapple.  It seems like I’m forgetting one.  But these are the major ones, anyway.  So when cooking spaghetti, I had to come up with options for the 3 teens who could not have tomatoes.  When I made fruit skewers, I had to cut all the other fruit before the bananas and pineapple and make the skewers for those with allergies to those fruits first and then cut the bananas and pineapples and make the other skewers.  It must all be carefully planned out and executed so no one gets sick!

The next camp we have coming in, I know we have a couple girls who are gluten intolerant like I am.  In fact, the one has Celiac Disease.  I’m not sure about other allergies, I will have to talk to the camp nurse. 

At first I thought it was kind of a pain to have to deal with, to be honest.  Because I cook on such a large scale and then have to prepare something else for a small group.  But since I have learned so much about food allergies and how they affect the body and EVERY aspect of your life, I have become very passionate about helping others and spreading the word about food allergies. Especially gluten intolerance, since that is what I deal with personally. 

It’s pretty amazing, just to be able to find REAL people who are going through the same kinds of things I am.  To be able to related with people who know how you feel.  To talk to people who know what you’re going through.  I like that.

So head over to Freedible and join!  It’s free and it’s great!  You’ll find recipes and discussions about all kinds of different things from how to deal with different food allergies to where to find certain foods in your grocery store!  :)

Best wishes for a fabulous July!!  xo 

My Isagenix Experience…

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Well I’d like to tell you all that I lost a lot of weight and took off several inches during my 9 days of Isagenix Shake and Cleanse.  But that wouldn’t be exactly true.  I DID take off 5 pounds right away when I started the program.  That much is true.  But, the truth of the matter is, I started putting it back on BEFORE I STOPPED USING the product.  And I’ve put all but 1 pound back on since I’ve been done with the program…and no, it’s not because I went on some crazy binge or anything. Since I stopped, I have been eating salads and healthy foods for the most part every day.   

As far as losing inches… I took an inch off each thigh, I think.  :)

I did two days of shakes, then two days of just cleanse juice (nothing but juice and water passed these lips on those two days), and then 5 days of shakes again. On the shake days I had a shake for breakfast, a shake for supper and a healthy 400-600 calorie lunch in between. And since then, I have been doing a modified Atkins diet.  I am eating lean protein, non starchy veggies and very little fruit.  I did have a few things that were not on plan, BUT nothing like I would normally have, there has been no binging and NOTHING that would cause any major weight gain!

Today I started the full Atkins plan.  No more fruit for at least a few weeks to see if I can shed a few pounds and get this body into shape!! :)

Now, back to my review…

The shakes are great.  They come in a chocolate and a vanilla flavor.  They have good flavor and the texture, well you get used to the texture.  They are a little ‘bulky’, I guess you could say. Thick I guess is a better word.  You mix about 8 oz. water, 6-8 ice cubes, and 2 scoops of shake mix in the jug of your blender.  Blitz for 30-60 seconds and your ready to go.  Make sure you drink within 10-15 minutes to get the full benefits of the shake.  It’s got live enzymes and all kinds of goodies in it!  :)

According to the company, just adding 1 shake a day to your diet and not changing anything else about the way you eat, and not even adding any exercise will allow you to lose weight and will improve your health.  That was NOT the case for me.  I was on the shakes for 7 days, the cleanse for 2.  And for all intensive purposes, lost 1 pound. I weigh a pound less than when I started the program. 

I’m not giving this product a negative review, not in the least.  I’m just saying it didn’t work for me.  Had I had longer to use the product, it might have worked.  Maybe not.  I don’t know.  I was only given part of their 9 day program to try and review, so I guess I’m not even qualified to give you a review on whether or not it does what it says it will do. 

You can take what I have to say with a grain of salt, I guess.  If you’re interested, go their site, check out their product and make your own decision.  There are plenty of people who have used the full program and had good results. 

I do want to say thank you to Carol and her husband for their time and effort in trying to make this experience a positive one and for giving me the product to try and review.  Also thanks for coming out to camp and visiting with us and sharing your personal story and experience with the product.  I am glad to know you and call you a friend!  :)

I am giving Isagenix ♥♥♥1/2 (out of 5)

Blessings …  The (Gluten-Free!) Food Gurly  

 

 **I was not compensated for this review.  I was, however provided Isagenix product in return for my review.  I am never required to give a positive review of any product.  All opinions and testimony given belong to me and me alone and not influenced in any way.** 

This Is Healthy?!?!

We are having a fabulous week at camp. Can’t believe tomorrow is Wednesday already!  Cook out lunch tomorrow! We take the kids out into the woods and they cook their lunch (hot dogs) over a fire and get to roast marshmallows and have s’mores!  Just wouldn’t be camp without that, right?!?!  :)

peppers and sausage

Sausage N' Peppers
 
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Course: Main Dish
Makes: 1
Get This:
  • 3 turkey or chicken pre-cooked breakfast sausages
  • ¼ red bell pepper
  • ¼ yellow bell pepper
  • ¼ green bell pepper
  • ¼ small onion
  • favorite seasonings, to taste
  • 1-2 T. coconut oil (or oil of choice)
Do This:
  1. Wash peppers, seed and slice.
  2. Peel and slice onion.
  3. Heat oil in small skillet.
  4. Add peppers and onion to skillet.
  5. Cook peppers and onions til tender.
  6. Add sausage and cook til sausage is heated through.
  7. Serve on a pretty plate and enjoy!
Notes:
Can use any sausage you like for this. I like turkey or chicken because they are lower in fat. :)

Hope you are all well and enjoying your summers.  I am certainly enjoying mine. I know I’m not on here nearly as much as I usually am.  I am trying to visit when I can and comment as often as I can.  On the weekends, I will be catching up as much as I can!!!  Take care everyone and as always…

Bon Appétit!  xo

The Quintet Of Radiance Award

Awards for bloggers are a way for bloggers to encourage one another.  They are also a way for us to get to know one another.  Most of them have ‘rules’ about answering questions or posting so many fun facts about yourself or something like that.  The Quintet Of Radiance Award, which the always lovely and kind Lori (from Creating Beauty In the Kitchen) has given me, comes with these rules:

  1. Display the fabulous logo in a post.  √
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.  √
  3. Using the letters of the alphabet, describe yourself in a word or phrase.  √
  4. Nominate a few bloggers of your choice to pass the award on to.  √

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Thank you Lori!  You are always such a blessing to me.  From your fabulous, healthy recipes to your kind words.  Your never ending faithfulness to visit, read and comment on my blog.  And your willingness to pray for me and my family is always so heartwarming.  I just cannot say enough about how kindhearted and sweet you are.  Thank you!

UUuuummm, now for the alphabet to describe myself.

  • A ~ Aggressive, in a good way.  When I want to get something done, I get right to it!
  • B ~ Bubbly.  I am very much a people person.  I am not introverted at all!
  • C ~ Caring, to a fault.  I care sometimes so much about what others think or for others, I end up getting hurt or going without. But I am getting better at this. :)
  • D ~ Different.  When God made me, He definitely broke the mold! I am unique and perfect in Him.  And I’ve learned to be happy with that. 
  • E ~ Entertaining.  I tend to be a little outgoing and some people find that quite entertaining, so I’m told…
  • F ~ Fearfully and wonderfully made!  :)
  • G ~ Grateful.  I am grateful for all God has given me.  I am not rich and I do not have much, but I have all I need and I am content with what I have.  :)
  • H ~ Harmonious.  By this I mean I am the one who is always trying to keep harmony (peace).  I want everyone to get along.  <3
  • I ~ Imperfect, in need of a perfect and Holy Saviour. I am so thankful for my salvation!
  • J ~ Joyful. I am joyful, even in the worst of times because I do know that Jesus is my Rock and my Salvation.
  • K ~ Kind.  I feel that we should all treat others the way we want to be treated.  NOT the way we are treated.  We are called to love others as Christ loves us.
  • L ~ Loving. When  I love, I love with all I am, all I have.  I get hurt easily because of it, but I also have some beautiful relationships because of it.
  • M ~ Motherly.  I like taking care of others, always have.
  • N ~ Nutty.  Hehe, I am a nut, I admit it and I have fun with it!  ;)
  • O ~ Outgoing. As I said before, I’m not shy… at all!
  • P ~ Pale.  I am allergic to the sun so I can’t be in it to get a tan…
  • Q ~ Quirky.  I have some quirks… let’s just say it’s part of my charm.  ;)
  • R ~ Responsible.  I know there is a time and a place for everything. A time to play and have fun and a time to work and be serious (but never too serious ;) )
  • S ~ Silly.  This one is self explanatory.  Didn’t you read letter R?!?!?! :)
  • T ~ Tough.  I have been through a lot in my life. Abuse at the hand of those who were supposed to love and protect me, the loss of a child, lots of other things, but with God’s help I have always found my way through.  I am thankful for His faithfulness, love, and mercy.
  • U ~ Upbeat.  Sometimes I fail at this, but I always try to stay positive and upbeat.
  • V ~ Valuable.  I am valuable to God.  I am His child and I am here to spread His gospel.
  • W ~ Wealthy.  Maybe not by the worlds standards, but all my treasures are laid up in heaven.  And I have all I need here on earth.  :)
  • X ~ Xenodochy. This means hospitable. 
  • Y ~ Youthful. I am not young, but I see no good reason to act my age!
  • Z ~ Zealous. This means devoted.  I am a very devoted person.  Devoted to faith, family and duty.

Whew, that was hard!  And now for my nominees…

Congrats to all my winners and thanks again Lori!  :)

Blessings…  xoxo

Simple Easy Lunch Today

And then I had to share this super simple, super delicious ‘recipe’ with you!

Pickle Rolls

Easy Pickle Rolls
 
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Course: Snack
Makes: 1
Get This:
  • 4 pieces cooked, sliced ham
  • 2 T. Neufchatel or cream cheese, divided
  • 2-4 whole dills pickles, cut in half or quartered
Do This:
  1. Open ham and dry off (it's usually horrendously WET)
  2. Divide Neufchatel between your 4 pieces of ham, spreading a bit on one end of each piece of ham.
  3. Place the half/quarter pickle on the Neufchatel and roll up.
  4. Enjoy!
Notes:
This is a great snack that you can make ahead and throw in the fridge for an on-the-go yummy treat!

Your welcome…

Bon Appétit!  xo

GF Blueberry Lemon Waffles

I usually try to make something special for The Hubs on Father’s Day and his birthday, things like that.  Because as we all know, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!  ;) I’m only half-joking!

Yesterday was, of course, Father’s Day and I wanted to make these beautiful Blueberry Lemon Waffles for my husband.  Because he is the best dad I know.  He has always been so patient and attentive with our kids.  He is just amazing.  I could not have picked a better person to have children with!  Which is why these were made for him last night…

Blueberry Lemon Waffles

Because I do not wish to make two meals every night, everyone eats what I eat.  It’s just easier.  So when I looked for a recipe for Blueberry waffles, I looked for a gluten-free recipe.  I found a lot of gluten-free recipes.  Some were super simple, some were super intense! I took a little of this and a little of that from a few and came up with what you see here…

Recipe Card PDF

Recipe adapted from here. Click on the image to make it larger. For a printer friendly version of this fabulous recipe, please click HERE.

These waffles are AMAZING.  They don’t have any refined sugar in them (unless you make the glaze to go on them) and they have blueberries in them, which are a super food in case you didn’t know.  Also, they have coconut oil, so they’re practically health food!  See, ya better go make some right now!! ;)

Bon Appétit!

BTW, Have you entered my Crunchmaster Giveaway?? Better hurry while there’s still time!!

CrunchMaster GIVEAWAY

I am beyond excited to tell you about this giveaway!!  YES, I’m having another giveaway!!

Crunchmaster products are AMAZING and they are going to send one lucky reader a 6 pack sampler in a variety of flavors. Is that awesome or what?!?!?! I had the pleasure of trying a variety of their products.

They sent me a box FULL of product…I couldn’t believe how much was in it. Here is just some of what they sent…

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multi-grain chips

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All of the items here were good, but my favorites were the Roasted Vegetable Multi-grain crackers and the Edamame Chips!  They were so good.  My least favorite of everything would have to be the Cheesy Crisps.  They say they are made with real cheese, but they tasted artificial to me…I don’t know why.  They aren’t horrible, but just not my favorite.

Overall, Crunchmaster makes awesome gluten-free products and I give them ♥♥♥♥♥ (out of 5).  Great company, great products!  I love that I can have a snack that feels and tastes like  ‘normal’ snack food, I don’t feel like I’m being left out!!    :)

Aaannnd now for the giveaway!!

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Good Luck Everyone!  xoxo