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Thanks for Summer Two for One Special

Have you ever been in a deep cave or a long tunnel?  I’ve been in both. 

We have old mines in a town not too far from where I grew up that tell a story of the dreams of many ambitious families who hoped to build fortunes by sending there strong men into the dark day after day.  There are countless numbers who didn’t make it out of mines like this one.

I’ve also traveled through what is thought to be the worlds longest underwater tunnel on the Trans Tokyo Bay Highway in Japan though it is traveled by millions I thought I  might not make it out!

If you have ever experienced it you will understand the feeling of awe in the blinding reality at the “end of the tunnel” or at the top of the long climb out of that dark cave.  First, it’s the realization that you were holding your breath and you breathe in the air as if before you had been unable to inhale. 

Next its like the world is new as you experience the sun on your face and the many many colors of nature around you.  How could you forget in those short moments what beauty awaited you?

Emerging from winter this year has been like that for me.  I grew up here in the North so I’m no stranger to hard winters and I’m also quite fond of the clean blanket that is tossed out over all who tarry giving familiar surroundings a sort of ethereal curiosity.  None-the-less, this was an exceptionally long hard winter, both by natural purposes and emotionally, physically etc. 

I’ve never been happier to welcome Spring. It seems to me that the earth was just as ready and practically lept over the normal events of Spring and has puddle stomped it’s way into Summer in a matter of a few short weeks.

The sun is shining, the garden is planted and I’m so thankful for summer! 

Hubby says I’m “dripping with detail”!  I’ll take that as a compliment.  

Finally getting to it.

Here is my “Thanks for Summer Two for One Special”:

Veggie Tray Lunch:veggie tray

What you will need:

  • various yummy veggies
  • cheese (if desired)
  • dressing or hummus for dipping

I reused a disposable tray and lid I had from somewhere, it was perfect.  To note, DO NOT cut up the sweet pepper in advance it flavors everything in a 2 foot radius. It just so happens that’s almost the entire frig.

I filled this tray each morning and gave the kids free rein to eat from it at will.  It really helped curb the munchies and even took place of lunch one day this week.

My Thinglets had their reservations but when I sliced the sweet pepper and gave each a nice thin “shoestring pepper fry” they were pleasantly surprised.  They were also quite sure that tomatoes were not on the approved list until I sliced a few in half and had them try without the shock of that spurt of juice when you bite into it whole.  You guessed it, no complaints!

The veggies and cheese were such a hit I went one step further.

Summer Pasta Salad:

and toss

What you will need:

  • BroccoliGF noodles (16oz)- No that’s not a typo I did a little research and though Tinkyada calls this it’s Fussilli Pasta it appears to be truly the Broccoli Pasta shape.  Read the link it’s quite a kick!
  • chicken if desired (this is delicious as another use for the bbq chicken left-overs)
  • various veggies
  • parmesan cheese (if desired)
  • garlic
  • olive oil

If I can do it you can do it (Recipe):

If you’ve made the veggie tray or have vegetables on hand this dish is a cinch to whip up.

As soon as I got the The Bubba and Pee Wee down for their naps I boiled up the noodles.  The key is to make the noodles according to package directions and allow time to chill before your own clan is pounding down the door for dinner.  I like to rinse and pat dry before serving or chilling GF pastas.

Just before the door came crashing in (not really but you’d be surprised) I prepared my veggies.add veggies

I used 2 chicken thighs, 2 dozen cherry tomatoes (some cut in half for the Thinglets), 3-4sm sweet peppers sliced in strips, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and 1 heaping tablespoon of minced garlic.

All you have to do now is drizzle in a little olive oil (just enough to coat the noodles and get the cheese to stick), toss in the vegetables and chicken then pour a glass of lemonade, put up your feet and soak in the sun!add oil

This has been another recipe for the “What’s for Dinner Wednesday Blog Carnival” Hosted by the Gluten Free Homemaker. Thanks for stopping and check out more great ideas here. 

June 16, 2009 at 10:49 pm 15 comments

Lemonade Stand- Attitude of Gratitude

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Gratitude: the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.
–  Ralph H. Blum

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
–   James M. Barrie

A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it
that he always has good company.
–   Charles Evans Hughes

Happiness depends, as Nature shows,
Less on exterior things than most suppose.
–   William Cowper

I’ve learned the great value of the three F’s:
forgive, forget and forge ahead. -Unknown Author

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,
but the parent of all the others.
–  Cicero

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not
to be picked in strangers’ gardens.
– Douglas Jerrold

The best way to cheer yourself up
Is to cheer someone else up.
–   Mark Twain

The desert shall rejoice and blossom; 
like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, 
and rejoice with joy and singing.   

–   Isaiah 35: 1-2

[lemonade-gratitude-award_thumb[2].jpg]Blessings and thanks to Kathryn at www.kateekat.blogspot.com who nominated me for the Attitude of Gratitude Lemonade stand award.  I am honored and humbled to be extended this grace.  I don’t always feel like I extend enough gratitude of my own.  Though I feel grateful I’m not as good at showing gratitude.  By the grace of God I will learn that virtue and be able to be generous on every occasion extending grace and mercy to others always.  Here are a few bloggers who deserve this honor (in alphabetical order) though I know some have already received it.

The official rules which I didn’t follow: HA!

  • put the logo on your blog or post
  • nominate at least 10 blogs that show an an attitude of gratitude
  • link to your nominees within your post
  • comment on their blogs to let them know they’ve received this award
  • share the love & link to this post & the person who nominated you for the award
  • tell us how you’ve come to have an attitude of gratitude

1. Christina at ChristinaGPhotography – My friend in real life who is an incredible photographer and a beautiful person.  She is an awesome wife and mommy and has just ventured into homeschooling her 1st grader.  Her blog is absolutely breathtaking with pictures upon pictures upon pictures!  I just love perusing, soaking up her creativity…please, please rub off on me. 🙂

2. Fab Grandma – A fun and sassy grandma blogging about her life in a travel trailer with beautiful pictures of her adventures and gluten free recipes to go along with her fun and unique life.

3. Brian at Fire and Salt – Firefighter, gluten”freer” who cooks for his wife and young daughter.  He has wonderful pictures to go along with his recipes and stories about raising a child that I can totally relate to.  I have enjoyed getting to know him as well as trying some of his wonderful recipes.

4. The Heavenly Homemaker – This blog is beautifully written, chock full of frugal recipes, creative homemaker tips as well as garden tutorials that anyone can master.  She also blogs about crafting and homeschooling her four boys.  Another blogger I can totally relate to.

5. Karen at Only Sometimes Clever – Clever, I’d say yes!  Intuitive and clever for sure, Karen makes me laugh, cry and strive to be a better wife and mother.  I enjoy her candid stories about family and her unabashed posts about faith and love.  She blogs about the tid-bits of life, homeschooling, allergy free cooking, reading, politics, faith, nature…in no particular order.  Always a pleasure to read.

6.  Pig in the Kitchen– This allergy free blog is brilliant and beautiful.  The “Pig” is an anti-blogger like myself 🙂 She is a busy mom who was surprised (like myself) to find the network of blogging to be somewhat alluring but does not wish to be married to it or otherwise expected to perform within a certain set of unseen rules.  She had taken a bloggy vacation but appears to be back and besides her desire to be untethered she is the most consistently funny, and brilliantly creative allergy free food blog I’ve found.  Not to mention, the first  blog I found and read regularly.  Please visit her and wish her “welcome back” to un-blogging!

Another couple of bloggers who deserve this award have already received it but I have tagged them below.

7. Lynda the Gluten Free Homemaker  

8. Wendy at Celiacs in the House

June 16, 2009 at 1:50 pm 7 comments


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Many of you have been checking back for results on my sourdough creation. At the moment it is still a science experiment, but a happy, bubbly experiment. Never fear, recipes will be here! I did make a beautiful, moist and delicious loaf of sourdough using yeast and a myriad of other ingredients but I'm still trying to create something more user friendly. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a starter on the counter that you could add 4 things to and have a loaf of bread by dinner? Mmmm! Attempt #1 - rose well but resulted in a dense chewy blob Attempt #2 - rose ok but was thin and lifeless then fell and another dense (not so chewy) blob Attempt #3 - to the dogs! Attempt #4 - A sourdough pancake success see post under what's for breakfast gluten-free goof? Ongoing - I've tried several more times and am going to try a completely different approach on the bread starting this week. (Mar 18). My sourdough is still happy on my counter and it makes great pancakes but it's a lot of work just for pancakes. Keep checking! April Update: She is still kickin and I'm still workin on a yeast free, gluten free sourdough loaf! May Update: My sourdough "pet" has been dried and retired until next baking season. I've traded her in for a hotter model, the BBQ! :)
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