Weekly Menu Plan – October 18, 2009

Hi guys!  Tis the beginning of a new week.  The kids are both sick :(  Not sure what they have yet, but Hannah is seeing the dr today to rule out a kidney infection.  While she is there, the dr will test her for H1N1.  If she has it, then Jon does too.  Does the madness ever stop?

On a positive note, I ran my half marathon yesterday!  You can read about it here.

This week Wendy of Celiacs in the House is hosting the gluten-free menu swap.  Her ingredient choice this week is squash.  Another favorite of mine.  I will have plenty of squash this week.  I love kabocha, butternut, acorn, spaghetti….you name it!  I don’t think that I have met a squash that I didn’t like!  Thanks for hosting, Wendy!

Sunday – Rotisserie chix, pasta, green beans & salad

Monday- Bostons Gourmet Pizza (rewarding the half marathon!)

Tuesday- Burgers, butternut squash fries, broccoli & salad

Wednesday – Roasted Kabocha, coconut brown rice & chickpeas, asparagus & salad

Thursday -Salmon, roasted sweet potatoes & beets, mixed veggies & salad

Friday – Leftovers

Saturday- Breakfast for dinner

Baking

Pumpkin goodies

Bread and cinnamon raisin bread

Also, don’t forget to check out Orgjunkie for lots more menu ideas.

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I will be posting the winner of the My Blog Spark Tablespoon giveaway later today! :)

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New Febreeze Winner & Another Giveaway

First things first.  The winner of the Febreeze/My Blog Spark giveaway never responded, so, onto a new winner!  And, the new winner is:

VeggieGirl, on October 5th, 2009 at 8:20 am Said: Edit Comment

I would use it to make my home smell like tantalizing fruit scents :)

Please contact me at kbouldin@insight.rr.com so I can send your gift card out!

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Now, onto a fun, new contest!  A few weeks back, MyBlogSpark contacted me and told me about a new website from General Mills, where you can find, save & share new recipes.  We all know how much I love General Mills.  General Mills is the maker of the Chex cereals, which now have 6 gluten-free varieties!

Some more information about Tablespoon:

When you visit Tablespoon.com, you can:

  • View more than 25,000 of the best recipes on the web
  • Share recipes easily on places like Facebook and Twitter

When you join Tablespoon.com, you can:

  • Add your own recipe creations
  • Create your own version of existing recipes that suit your taste.
  • Save up to $80 every month with printable coupons from brands you love Rate, comment, and save the recipes you try

Bonus! And if that wasn’t enough, if you add your recipes to Tablespoon, your recipe and profile could be featured in a Tablespoon newsletter, which is sent to thousands of subscribers! The Tablespoon team will select some of the highest rated member submitted recipes to be featured in the weekly newsletter. If your recipe is highly rated, it could even be the main feature!

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The Tablespoon site is not a gluten-free recipe site, but recipes can easily be modified.

Now, the fun stuff.  MyBlogSpark sent me a really cool prize package.  The “Pass the Inspiration” prize pack included a couple of nice pot holders, a stainless steel liquid measuring cup & a set of stainless steel measuring spoons.  One lucky reader will win a “Pass the Inspiration” prize package!  All you have to do is:

1.  Visit Tablespoon and leave a comment letting me know which recipe you would like to try.

2.  Subscribe to my blog.

Good luck!!!  This giveaway will run until midnight on Sunday, October 18, 2009.  I will choose a winner on Monday.

Gluten-free Candy Update

I was looking around the net for gluten-free candy info this morning and while there hasn’t been any update to the Silly Yaks list, I did find another list that may be helpful.  You can find that list here

I hope this is helpful and I will post updates as I get them.  Another option is to subscribe to Zeer.com and then you can check the status.  I did a mini-review of Zeer here.  Basic is free and the select has been lowered to $4.95/month!  A great resource, especially if you or a family member is newly diagnosed or gluten-free. 

 

 

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Last Call – Febreeze Winner

I still haven’t heard from the winner of the Febreeze/My Blog Spark contest.  Will the following person please email me?

 

Robertville, on October 6th, 2009 at 10:06 pm Said:

I would use it to spruce up my bedroom ;)

Please contact me at kbouldin@insight.rr.com with your email & mailing address so I can get your gift card out in the  mail.  Congrats!

 

If I don’t hear anything by tomorrow (Thursday) morning, I will choose a new winner. 

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Jon came to me this afternoon while reading his new Sports Illustrated magazine.  He pointed out that on page 21, in “The Pop Culture Grid”, Cedric Benson’s, of the Begals, answer to what he was having for dinner is gluten-free spaghetti!  Jon thought that was pretty cool.  :) 

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Lots of cool contests coming in the next few weeks.  At least one per week.  Make sure to check back!

 

 

Weekly Menu Plan – October 12, 2009

This past week has been one of the longest weeks.  It seems like the week got progressively worse as it went on.  As I shared on Saturday, baby Wyatt lost his 44 day battle.  Then, on Sunday, I received news that a friend lost her battle with breast cancer.  She was only 40 years old.  Another friend of mine, Karen, wrote a blog post that says it all very well. 

We have a busy week coming up.  Hockey is in full swing, that is on top of all of the other stuff, like Hannah’s gymnastics & skating.  Also, my half marathon is this coming Sunday!  I feel like I am ready & now I just want the day to be here!  The weather forecast says chilly & dry.  I’ll take that! 

Cheryl from Gluten-free Goodness is hosting this week’s gluten-free menu swap and her chosen theme is apples!  OOH!!  I have been loving the Honeycrisps this year!  One of my favorite breakfasts is cooking up a half of a Honeycrisp in the micro with cinnamon and then putting that on top of some gluten-free waffles with almond butter.  So fall-like!!  Here is one of my favorite apple recipes:  Crockpot Applesauce .

Sunday – Find your own food night! LOL!

Monday – Spaghetti with marinara, roasted veggies & salad

Tuesday – Make your own Tacos, black beans & salad

Wednesday – Burgers, sweet potato fries, green beans & salad

Thursday – Crock pot BBQ pulled pork, baked potatoes, broccoli & salad

Friday – Calzones, veggies & salad

Saturday – Pumpkin Baked Ziti, veggies & salad

Baked Goods

Pumpkin Cookies

Granola

Pamela’s Bread

Bagels

 

Also, don’t forget to check out Orgjunkie for lots of great menu ideas!

 

 

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MIA & Febreeze Winner

I apologize for not posting this sooner and being MIA.  Back in August, I shared the new of the premature birth of my nephews, Wyatt & Jack.  Yesterday, after 44 courageous days, Wyatt lost his battle.  From my sister, posted on Wyatt & Jack’s Caring Bridge site:

Thank you everyone for your support and prayers for Wyatt.  Heaven welcomed it’s newest angel this afternoon – Wyatt Andrew Fons lost his battle after 44 days of fighting an uphill struggle of being born so prematurely with a significant heart defect.   Last night I had a dream that we let Wyatt go, and he told me it was going to be okay.  When he passed today, he was in his mommy’s arms, and he went peacefully.  Greg and I both got to hold him before he died. The most beautiful sight was seeing Wyatt without any tubes or lines and knowing that where he is now there are no needles, ventilators or dopamine.  He is surrounded by the love of his family members who went before him and most recently his sister,  Baby B.  He is our guardian angel, and aren’t we so blessed that we were given a glimpse of God’s perfect love in such a teeny tiny package?!  We look forward to the day that we can be with Wyatt again, and in the meantime, we know that he will be watching over us with his eyes wide open.

 

The winner of the giveaway is:

 

Robertville, on October 6th, 2009 at 10:06 pm Said:

I would use it to spruce up my bedroom ;)

 

Please contact me at kbouldin@insight.rr.com with your email & mailing address so I can get your gift card out in the  mail.  Congrats!

 

 

 

 

 

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Updated Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf

Last fall I happened upon an amazing recipe for Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf.  This recipe was one of my favorite fall treats.  I set out to make it again, but decided to change it up a little.  The results did not disappoint.  I used dark chocolate cocoa in place of the regular cocoa & cut back the sugar.  Here is the updated recipe:

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*Recipe courtesy of Carrots’n’Cake, modified to be gluten-free by me

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups flour (I used Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix, but you could use any GF Flour Mix, just make sure to add xanthan gum if you mix doesn’t have it already)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup liquid egg whites
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 can (7.5 ounces) pumpkin
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325*F. Grease loaf pan (I used Pam).

2. Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl; blend well.

3. Once mixed, pour batter into loaf pan.

4. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until top is firm and a toothpick comes out clean. (I did 47 minutes)

5. Allow loaf to cool for 15 minutes; dust with powdered sugar (if desired).

 

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I am going to have to hide some of this and quick.  Jon oohed & aahed over it last night and had some more for breakfast.  Do you think it would be okay to have it for lunch?  Perhaps I’ll spread some almond butter on it!  YUM!

 

 

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