Autism: It’s very real and part of my Family

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No parent thinks it can happen to them, to their child… But it happens with no explanation and no warning. It hurts! You will always wonder where or when it happened, was there something you could of done differently??? The answer is, there is no answer. That realization is probably the hardest of them all. Maybe 1 day we will know but right now there are too many variables and theories to pin point.

You can find thousands of studies saying all these different things give you higher risk factors in having a child with autism. Well in our case, with our child, we didn’t fall into those categories. Continue reading

Hide the Veggie Hamburgers!

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I’m sure all kids go through this phase… You hear about it everywhere. The Veggie Stand Off! My son, Nicholas is 3 1/2 years old. I use to never have a problem getting him to eat his veggies but the last few months it has been almost impossible.
I tried everything! I only made his favorites, started making smoothies but nothing really worked.

Then one day I saw something on TV about taking roasted veggies, chopping them up and adding them to a meatloaf. Then it hit me- I could make hamburgers that were gluten and casein free for my daughter and packed full of hidden veggies for my son! It was brilliant!!! Continue reading

Chicken and Kale with Potatoes!

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Kale… You hear it everywhere. It is suppose to be a super food. So a few months ago I was wandering around the produce department at my local grocery store and decided to go take a look at it.
I found a very hearty green that was pretty cheep. So even though I had no idea what to do with it or how to cook it I picked up a bunch.

I came home and started looking around the Internet for different ways to cook it and what it went well with.
I found a recipe on FoodandWine.com and decided to take the basic idea and do my own variation.

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Roasted Veggies!!!

There is nothing better than roasted veggies! It’s simple and you can use whatever you like!
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Carrots, squash, broccoli, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, mushrooms, brussel sprouts, eggplant, asparagus, zucchini, peppers, green beans, corn, whatever you can think of!

It all works!

Healthy, low cal, filling and great left over 🙂
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Pinterest Recipe Fail- Banana Pancakes

When I started I said I would share the good and the bad when it came to cooking.
This morning after church I was in the mood for pancakes but I was fresh out of my GF Bisquick.

I remembered pinning a quick and easy recipe on Pinterest so I figured why not give it a shot!
Gluten Free/ Dairy Free Banana Pancakes
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Chocolate Mug Cake- Gluten Free

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Don’t let gluten free baking be intimidating. I pull up recipes all the time and I see this crazy complicated list of ingredients- multiple types of flour listed and ingredients that if you are new to gluten free you would have never heard of. I have been gluten free for over 2 years and I love to cook and bake. My advice to anyone is unless you are very adventurous and have a lot of time on your hands if you see one of those recipes close it! You can make great gluten free desserts without all the hassle of mixing flours and getting all confused.

What I would tell everyone to do is find a Gluten free all purpose flour that you like and have that be your base for everything. I love Gluten Free Pantry.

I wanted to share this recipe I have been tweaking for a few weeks now.

One night I really wanted dessert but really didn’t have anything in the house. I remember pinning these mug cakes on Pinterest so I went to my boards to take a look. The first one wasn’t GF and I was missing 1/2 of the ingredients so I couldn’t even just substitute the flour. The gluten free/ dairy free mug cake I found called for 3 different flours and again a bunch of ingredients I didn’t have. I decided I knew enough about baking to give this a shot and just wing it.

Even my 1st attempt was super yummy but after 3 trials I have it perfect.

Here is what you need: Continue reading