Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Happy Birthday Baby Girl

Twenty eight years ago today God blessed me with a beautiful baby girl. She was everything I had ever dreamed of. I always desired more children but was thankful that God send me one.

Ashia Nicole
January 31, 1984
 God Chose You!


 Now time has flown by and God has blessed me with with three other children and many grandchildren. I am just one blessed lady!


Happy Birthday Baby Girl!



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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Easiest Spaghetti with Meatballs I've ever made!

 I love to keep a few things on hand for an easy quick meal. We were working on end of the year books recently and when it was time to cook super I was tired. I knew it would be like this so earlier that day I had taken a package of pre-made chicken and turkey meatballs out of the freezer.  I ran across these at Wal-mart and they sounded good plus and this is a BIG PLUS for me, they are gluten free so even though they were a little costly I bought some thinking of the many things I could use them for.

Well on this night I decided to make my special spaghetti sauce (listed below) and simmer the meatballs in it for spaghetti and meatballs.

When I went to take my ingredients out of the pantry I was missing a few, man was I disappointed until I realized that I had also bought a gluten free pasta sauce a while back at Big Lots. Sooo I took it out and emptied it in a pan, added some spices of my own brought it to a boil and then turned on low, added my meatballs and ta da I had my sauce ready. Can it get any easier than that?

After cooking a few vegetables and the noodles (gluten and gluten free) I had a nice meal. Both Honey and I liked it. I will be buying the meatballs again and hey I may come up with something new like maybe a meatball sandwich. Yummm


By the way our local Big Lots has a lot of gluten free foods so check your out it may too!


Spaghetti Sauce
Servings: 8

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef; cooked and drained
1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 6-oz. can tomato paste
1 6-oz. can tomato juice; for thinner sauce
½ TBLS dried parsley
1 tsp. dried basil
¾ tsp. dried rosemary
1 bay leave
½ tsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. salt

Instructions:
Combine all these ingredients in a large slow cooker; mix well. Cook on medium-low heat all day, stirring occasionally.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Look What Others Are Doing

I want to personally thank Bakery on Main for their work in the gluten free community! I will continue to buy their products whenever I can and I ask that you do the same! Bakery on Main has great granola, bars and oatmeal. You can shop HERE or where ever their products are sold.

BAKERY ON MAIN ANNOUNCES OVER $20,000 IN CELIAC DONATIONS
Gluten Free Company Funds Celiac Research and Awareness

EAST HARTFORD, CONN. – Bakery On Main donated a total of $21,771.75 in 2011 to support various organizations that provide the celiac community with awareness, education, advocacy and research.
 
The organizations Bakery On Main support are the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, the Celiac Sprue Association (CSA), the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF), the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA).  In addition, Bakery On Main supported over 40 Celiac events nationwide in 2011 and already has 22 lined up for 2012.  
 
Bakery On Main is especially dedicated to supporting the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center’s Annual Free Celiac Blood Screening for individuals who would otherwise not have access to this service  and the Gluten-Free Care Package Program for newly diagnosed celiacs.
 
CSA and CDF are non-profit organizations that are dedicated to helping individuals with Celiac Disease through education, awareness and support. Bakery On Main provided support to these organizations through participation in celiac awareness and educational events.
 
Bakery On Main sponsors GIG events and makes donations to the organization’s Celiac Camps. Their mission is to provide support to people with celiac disease, gluten intolerance and other gluten sensitivities in order to live healthy lives.
 
Bakery On Main works with NFCA to help them facilitate research, education, and early diagnosis. To support these goals, Bakery On Main sponsored a brochure with diagnostic testing information and a detailed symptoms checklist which was distributed throughout pharmacies, doctor’s offices and supermarkets nationwide.
 
ABOUT BAKERY ON MAIN
 
Bakery On Main was founded in 2003 with a simple philosophy: food that’s good for you should taste good too. It all started in the small bakery of a natural foods market on Main Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Founder Michael Smulders listened to his Celiac customers complain about the taste of many of the gluten free options available to them. He thought that no one should have to suffer because of a food allergy or other special dietary needs, and made it his mission to create products that were good for them but taste like they aren’t.  
 
Today, the company’s premium gluten free products are made in a 34,000 square foot manufacturing facility with state of the art quality controls and in-house gluten testing on every batch. Located just a few miles down the road from the original bakery, the plant maintains the same small bakery quality by continuing to bake in small batches. For more information, visit www.bakeryonmain.com.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Continuation of our Christmas Story

On the way home from Missouri I guess I had the stomach flu. I thought at first I had been glutened but I was sick twenty four hours and then days after that. I called my daughter and told her due to my feeling sooo bad I wasn't going to be able to cook for Christmas Day as in the past. We went to their home early so that I could help her some but she and Ben had it all under control. They provided us with great meals and we mostly played with Punkin which we loved. So I felt bad that I didn't cook any of the dishes I always cook at Christmas but you know what? We made it just fine and I gained back the three pounds that I lost during my sickness.


We attended the Christmas Eve service at their church. They attend a really neat church and we love visiting there.

After church Ben made us all waffles for supper, here is my gluten free waffle, it was great!

On New Years Honey and I were home alone but after the going during the holidays we enjoyed this time too. We just relaxed, ate and watched football.

To see more photos of our Christmas in Mississippi look at the photos at the bottom of this page.

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The Best of 2011

I hope you had a great Christmas and New year, we did.

We met up with all our children and grandchildren for an early Christmas in Kansas City, MO. This was really special for us as we met our new grand-daughter Lida for the first time. See photos at the bottom of this page.

I'll continue my Christmas story in my next blog. 

Enjoy a look back on my recipes for 2011













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