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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. 

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June 16, 2009 at 10:49 pm 15 comments

Sunflower Carrots

For a healthy treat the kids, and even I can’t refuse
serve halved baby carrots with sunflower butter.
Sunflower Carrots
Sunflower Carrots

May 12, 2009 at 12:14 pm 5 comments

Hamburger Sanity Un-Recipe

Well it’s been a while.  I’m surprised that mothers haven’t gone extinct since nearly every one has survived their toddler(s).  My two year old is about to put me in the nut house.  He is so busy and so cute at the same time.   Not to mention he is stinkin’ loud and I’ve told him so on occasion.  Today he shrieked “Stinky Woud, Mom!”

Trying to get ahead is a joke, let alone keep up. I start one thing to be outdone three times over by his speed and agility at UN-doing things just around the corner where I can’t see.  He has taken to getting himself  “coffee” and “feeding” the dogs as well as letting himself into the great outdoors with nothing but a pair of mud boots on.  Thankfully we have a lot of space and no neighbors within earshot, but it is quite shocking when you think your littlest walking member of the family is happily playing cars and suddenly, as you are starting the babys “smoothie” you spot a bare bunned “wild animal” trotting through your backyard on a chilly afternoon.  YIKES!

This week I dreampt up all kinds of things to post while cleaned marbles out of my shag area rug. Yes, I intentionally bought a shag rug and yes it is difficult picking out marbles and even worse fishing out cereal and raisins.

After all that thinking and planning magnificent meals to wow the world, I came up with this…

burger

That is MY naptime face!

Hamburger Un-Recipe-gluten free, dairy free (if you please) and worry free

Pre-made burger patties from Costco. “Boo, hiss!”  I know I know, even I was doubtful when my husband picked them out.  Despite my protest I had used nearly the whole bag by the end of the first week and sent him back for more the next time we went to Costo.  I complained, “We can make them just as easily.”  Yeah right, between rocks that ruin menu planning and body painting toddlers I’ll take the patties. Sigh!

BBQ the hamburger patties, melt cheese add condiments and wrap up nice and snug in lettuce.

Did you see the veggies!? I called them Kid Carrots but they are really for me.

Kid Carrots:

I boiled baby carrots in water for 2min then saute’d them in olive oil with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Does it still count as my veggie?  I do think so…

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.

May 5, 2009 at 9:56 pm 16 comments


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MATT - Food Creativity Consultant, Joyful Partner in Crime JESSIE - Photographer, Amateur Food Critic, Blog Author CAPTAIN OBVIOUS - formerly Thing 1 Thing 1 SCARFUNKLE - formerly Thing 2 IMG_3466 LOUD KIDDINGTON - formerly THE BUBBA 3 PEE WEE MINI ME BORN March 8, 2011

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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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