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Muffin Tin Monday – Dessert Dip September 19, 2011

Filed under: Food — Lizz @ 10:51 am
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Skylar and I had the pleasure of a day without a plan this weekend.  We decided that we would watch a movie that I used to love as a kid (Does anyone remember Bugsy Malone? Gangster movie with all kid actors from the 70’s…Scott Baio, Jodie Foster…splurge guns that shoot cream…)

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Since we were doing a movie afternoon, we thought it would be fun to try a different kind of muffin tin.  Instead of a regular meal we opted for a dessert tin!

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I had seen another muffin tin that was made to be like a fondue and I’ve wanted to try it ever since (If it was you, please tell me, I can’t remember what site I saw this on!).  Skylar’s eating restrictions made this is little difficult, plus she refused to have strawberries, a natural choice for chocolate dipping.  I don’t get it, but okay.  So here’s what we came up with…

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Top row (left to right): Gluten Free Shortbread cookies and pretzels, chocolate sauce, cherries

Bottom Row: Apple slices, butterscotch sauce, bananas

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Skylar and I had a great afternoon sharing a dippy muffin tin, snuggling up, and watching all those kids get hit with cream pies.

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To see all the other cute muffin tin meals created this week, go over to Muffin Tin Mom’s Site.

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 Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

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Have a great week everyone!!

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Lizz

 

Muffin Tin Monday – Backyard Fun September 5, 2011

Filed under: Food — Lizz @ 10:31 am
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Happy Labor Day Everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying a day off from work.  I know we are!

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Skylar and I were talking about how we live in an apartment, which means that we don’t have our own backyard.  We talked about the sort of things you might find in your own backyard, and decided this would make a fun MTM theme.  Here’s what we made:

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Top Row (left to right): Babybel Ladybug, Butterscotch Pudding Flower, (GF) Butterfly Toast

Bottom Row: Salted Cucumber Grass, String Cheese Stem with Apple Leaf, Apple Sandwich Tire Swing

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We have made the ladybug before, but it was fun enough to do again.  I just cut out the shapes, and used a food safe marker for the black dots.

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The apple sandwich was new for us.  I sliced an apple horizontally and used a circle cutter to remove the core.  The I added peanut butter and a few chocolate chips.

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This whole meal was a huge hit.  Skylar ate almost every bite!

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If you would like to see what the other amazing moms created for MTM this week, check out Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

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Have a great Labor Day!!

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Lizz

 

Muffin Tin Monday – We’re Back! August 29, 2011

Oh, Muffin Tin Monday!  How we have missed you!

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For those of you that are re-joining us, and wondering just where we have been all this time, allow me to fill you in…My little muffin tin eater was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in June, and can longer eat gluten (found in wheat, rye, and barley).  This has seriously changed our eating habits around here, so we took the summer to get used to all of this.

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Skylar asked if we could do muffin tins again, and I think we are ready to give it a shot.  We didn’t go with a theme for this one, but just went with a few things we have been eating lately.  Some are new things and some are old favorites, but they are all tasty!

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And so I give you our very first gluten free muffin tin!

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Top Row (Left to Right):  Edamame Hummus with Edamame Crackers, Sandwich Kebobs, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip with Chocolate Animal Crackers

Bottom Row: Salted Cucumbers, Sandwich Kebobs, Apple Slices

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Are asking yourself “What is Edamame?”  Well, it’s our favorite veggie here!  Basically, it’s soy beans.  We buy ours in the frozen veggie section at our favorite store, Traders Joe’s.  This hummus, and the crackers, were also found at Trader Joe’s.  So yummy! 

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The chocolate chip cookie dough dip was a really fun treat.  It doesn’t have any eggs in it, so it’s safe to eat as is.  If you want the recipe, we posted it *here* as part of our Gluten Free Friday segment.  The cookies are gluten free animal crackers, made by Ian’s (a great company that makes tons of kid-friendly GF foods)

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Okay, sandwich kebobs.  I thought these turned out adorable!  For those of you who are paying attention, you might be saying, wait…she can’t eat bread!  Oh, but she can eat GF bread.  This week, we used Udi’s…

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For GF bread, it’s quite good, and Skylar loves it.  She had so much fun eating all of her sandwich bits off off the skewer.  I used a cookie cutter to make round bread pieces, and stacked those with rolled up ham, rolled up lettuce, and sting cheese.

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So, what do you think of our first GF Muffin Tin?

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We will, of course be posting this to Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

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Have a great week everyone!

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Lizz

 

Gluten Free Friday – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip August 19, 2011

Filed under: Food,Gluten Free Friday — Lizz @ 7:09 am
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While casually checking out some posts from my favorite sites on Google Reader yesterday, I happened across a post on Making Memories (a super cute kid-centered blog).  It sounded (and looked) so yummy!! I knew a few minor tweeks would make it a perfect gluten free treat.  Prepare yourself for…

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

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No!

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Oh, yes.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. gluten free vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • Gluten free cookies/Other GF items for scooping (I bet this would be amazing with strawberries!)

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Melt the stick of butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Then add in the brown sugar and warm until the mixture is bubbling.

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Remove from heat and add the vanilla.

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In a separate bowl, combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar until thoroughly mixed.

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Add the butter/sugar mixture to the cream cheese mixture.

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And mix until smooth. (I pulled out my hand mixer here to really get the cream cheese to cooperate)

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Add the chocolate chips.  Don’t turn your back…

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Mix and refridgerate until ready to serve.

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Skylar wanted to use chocolate cookies to scoop up her dip. so we brought out some gluten free animal cookies.

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To try something a little different, I tried it with dried bananas, and I thought it was delish!

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So unhealthy  Sinful  Dangerous Amazing!!

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Have a great weekend!

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Lizz

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If you would like to see all of our other Gluten Free Fridays, *Click Here*

 

Gluten Free Friday – Taco Scoops July 8, 2011

Filed under: Food,Gluten Free Friday — Lizz @ 7:47 am
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I thought we would do another recipe this week, since we had something very tasty for dinner last night.  This is very simple, and if you’ve ever made tacos you could do this one in your sleep.  The difference here is that there were several things we had to substitute with gluten free products.  Thank you Trader Joes…

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Here’s a few of the things we found:

  • Gluten Free Taco Seasoning
  • Gluten Free Refried Beans
  • Gluten Free Corn Chips (the large scoopy kind)

You will also need your normal taco ingredients:

  • Ground Beef, Chicken, or Turkey
  • Your Choice of Toppings
    • Shredded Cheese
    • Chopped Lettuce
    • Diced Tomatoes
    • Diced Avocado
    • Ect.

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Cook your meat according to the seasoning packet directions.  Once I read it I realized our GF Trader Joe’s packet only uses half of the seasoning, so it’s good for one more meal.  Score!  While your meat is absorbing all that lovely flavor, you will want to heat up your refried beans.  I usually do this in a small pan on the stove, just make sure you don’t burn it.

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Next you will layer in your items.  I went with the beans on the bottom, then the meat, then all of my toppings.  I finished it off with several of the scooping chips, which will now be used to spoon up all that taco-y goodness.  Gluten free and utensil free!  The final product was actually quite pretty:

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Yum yum!  Now if you are more of a taco traditionalist, don’t worry, I didn’t forget about you.

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Yup.  Gluten Free taco shells! Yay!

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Now what’s a dinner without dessert?

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Skylar happened to spend a little time after camp today with Mara.  They took a field trip to Whole Foods, and did a little shopping in the bakery.  If you live in Illinois and are ever in a Whole Foods, listen up… Swirlz Cupcakes is a bakery in Lincoln Park that includes gluten free cupcakes in their menu everyday.  They have partnered with Whole Foods who carry those lovely treats in their stores.  How lovely you ask…

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Yeah, that lovely.

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So if you’re in the mood for some sugar, just look for this label in the Whole Foods bakery:

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Yeah, that’s the good stuff!

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I hope you will all come back next week for another Gluten Free Friday!  If you want to catch up on our previous Gluten Free Fridays, *Click Here*

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Have a wonderful gluten free weekend!

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Lizz

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I will be linking this to the following parties:

Link and Learn @ No Time for Flashcards

Made by You Monday @ Skip to My Lou

Craft-o-Maniac Monday @ Craft-o-Maniac Monday

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

Made it Myself Monday @ You Had Me at Craft

Playdate @ Beneath the Rowan Tree

Creative Bloggers Party and Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime

Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie

Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

Tuesday Time Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework

Tuesday Confessional @ Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy

Linkin’ it with Lil’ Luna @ Lil’ Luna

Gluten Free Wednesday @ The Gluten Free Homemaker

Will See it Wednesday @Fabric Bows and More

Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

Under $100 Linky Party @ Beyond the Picket Fence

Strut Your Stuff @ Simply Designing

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholars

Simply Link Party @ Simply Designing

 

 

I Was Featured on Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy! July 7, 2011

Filed under: Featured on...,Food — Lizz @ 10:46 am
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Wow!  I’m on a roll!

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Apparently, Skylar wasn’t the only one that loved these Yum Yum Brownie Muffins

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Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy thought they were so yummy looking that she included them in her featured items post (from her Tuesday Confessional Link Party). Yay!

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Confessions of a Stay At Home Mommy

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To see the features post, with several other AMAZING looking desserts, *Click Here*

To see the original link party, and all of the outstanding crafts, recipes, ect there, *Click Here*

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

 

Gluten Free Friday – Yum Yum Brownie Muffins July 1, 2011

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Welcome to Gluten Free Friday!

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If you are just joining us, don’t worry you haven’t missed much yet.  We’re very new to the whole Celiac Disease/Gluten Free lifestyle, but very excited to share what we’ve been learning.  If you would like to catch up on the GF Fridays you’ve missed, *Click Here*

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Since the last few posts have been very information heavy, I figured it was time for a recipe.  A really really easy recipe.  A recipe with only 2 ingredients.  Yes, 2!  It also has chocolate, and low calories.  Could it get any better than that??

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I have recently started watching a show called Hungry Girl.  She is an amazing blogger that actually made it to TV.  Her whole concept is making meals and treats that are hearty, filling, and easy on the waistline.  I couldn’t love her more!  While watching one night, I saw her make the most amazing chocolate muffins, and I knew I could very easily adapt it to make it GF.  So, I give you…

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Yum Yum Brownie Muffins

(recipe adapted from Hungry Girl)

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Ingredients:

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  • 1 bag of Gluten Free Brownie Mix (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 can of pure pumpkin

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Uh huh.  That’s it.

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The pumpkin is just pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix.  This is important if you are going for the low-cal thing.  The lovely-est thing about this ingredient are the magic words I found on the back.

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“Naturally Gluten Free”.  Music to my ears.

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Put the brownie mix and the pumpkin in a bowl.  Do not add in anything else, not even the items it says to add with the brownie mix.  Just brownie and pumpkin.  And now, mix.

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And mix.

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Then find slave labor to mix.

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When Slave #1 says it’s too hard, find more slave labor.

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When it’s finally mixed, gather up your muffin makin’ items.  I usually go with a muffin tin and liners, but I decided to use our silicone flower cups this time.  I’ve had them for a while, and have used them a lot, just not for muffins. (see what I’m talking about *here*)

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Use an ice cream scoop to fill your cups.  Cook for about 20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clear.

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Now here’s the interesting part.  Can you tell which one of these is the before, and which is the after?

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Yeah they look exactly the same to me.  They didn’t rise, or even move.  I wish I would have filled them a little nicer, but oh well.

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The end result was something almost fudgy, but not too sweet.

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This got two thumbs up and two big toes up from Skylar.  That’s basically the highest marks you could get from her.

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So there we have a wonderful, chocolate-y, quick, easy, breakfast treat.  And according to Hungry Girl, this baby clocks in at around 180 calories per muffin.  Yeah!

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Now if you’re like me, and love the sweets, I have some plans for when I try these muffins again.  I will definitely throw low-cal out the window and  try this with the pie filling instead.  Or I could try adding some mini chocolate chips.  Or both.  Mmmm….

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I hope we have you drooling for our newest GF recipe. I am definitely starting to learn that there are tons of recipes out there that I can easily adapt for my kiddo’s belly.

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Thank you for stopping by and have a Wonderful Gluten Free Weekend!

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Lizz

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**UPDATE** – So even though I wanted a little more sugaryness in this recipe, apparently Skylar could care less.  She has eaten these muffins every day for breakfast since we made them.  I call that a win!!

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I will be linking to these parties:

Sensational Sunday @ What’s for Dinner?

Link and Learn @ No Time for Flashcards

Craft-O-Maniac Monday Link Party @ Craft-O-Maniac

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds

Playdate @ Beneath the Rowan Tree

Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie

Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

Tuesday Time Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework

Tuesday Confessional @ Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy

Linkin’ with Lil’ Luna @ Lil’ Luna

Gluten Free Wednesday @ The Gluten Free Homemaker

Will See it Wednesday @ Fabric Bows and More

Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

Under $100 Linky Party @ Beyond the Picket Fence

Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholars

Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge

Simply Link @ Simply Designing

Party Mindie Style @ Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo

Creative Bloggers Party and Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime