Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Soft and Chewy Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

Didn't we have enough of the cookie gig at Christmas?  Well the truth is we do not purchase our cookies around here  The only prepackaged  cookie I can find around here is the vanilla cream with vanilla cookie sandwich and my children do  not like those!  It's okay, whipping up a batch of cookies is easy peasy!

My oh my oh my do I ever love oatmeal cookies.  The first ever gluten free batch of oatmeal cookies I ever made were spread across the pan with NO structure  The second batch had to be hand flattened!  LOL  These cookies are just right and oh so good! Plump but not too plump.  Soft but not so you can't hold them in your hand without falling apart.  They have Just the right amount of chewy.  If you like them crunchier no problem.  Just cook them longer.

This happens to be the recipe posted (for the most part) in my son's Cub Scout book.  It also happens to be the recipe (for the most part) inside the Crisco wrapper.  I suppose the recipe for oatmeal cookies have not changed much over the years.  I converted these recipes to accommodate my favorite gluten free flour blend and it works out great!  They taste so good, nobody at Cub Scouts even suspected that they were Gluten Free!

3/4 cup Shortening
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup Almond Milk (or water)
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1-1/4 cups Gluten Free Flour Blend
1/2 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
3 cups uncooked Oatmeal, pulsed a few times in the food processor (gluten free certified)
1 cup uncooked Oatmeal (not chopped)
3/4 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 cup baking Raisins (or regular soaked in 1/4 cup hot water to plump them back up)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Beat together the Butter and sugar until creamy.
  • Add eggs, milk/water, vanilla and combine until creamy.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Scoop out and drop onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes for larger cookies, 10 to 12 for smaller (tablespoon) sized cookies.
  • Cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheet and transfer to a backing rack to continue cooling.
  • Enjoy!


Monday Plan Monday: Week of February 27th, 2012

My time is really chaotic right now, I'm getting ready for midterms and I do tend to panic.  I'm afraid that the blog is a bit on the back burner right now.  But this blog and my mission is never too far out of my mind.  I literally scrapped up a menu plan from what was in my deep freezer this week in order to save some money.

The weather has been so nice lately.  This past weekend we actually had an outdoor BBQ, the first of the year.

Sausage's served on Udi's Rolls & Broccoli

Fried Ham Steaks, Macaroni & Cheese, Green Beans

Sauteed Chicken Breasts, Rice and Broccoli

Herbed Roasted Sirloin Tip, Baked Potatoes, Green Beans
(Can you tell I got a bunch of these on sale? ;-)

Eating Out




Monday, February 20, 2012

Menu Plan Monday: Week of February 20th, 2011

I first want to discuss with you today a private matter.  Something I don't often share publicly like this.  This past month a huge milestone went silently by.  It was the 4 year mark since I received the treatment that cured my cancer.  I was miraculously cured and I believe that my story could help others so I occasionally toss it out there.....just in case!  When I received my diagnosis, my life flashed before my eyes.  It finally all made sense and fell together just like a puzzle.  My cancer was due to my having Hashimoto's Disease and not knowing it, Hashies was due to being Celiac and not knowing it.  My life long belly aches, all the tests my mom was constantly taking me to to try and figure out why I was always in pain.  It all made sense.  And thanks to a very bright, young, fresh out of school doctor who thought quick on his feet and made all the right decisions on my behalf I get to be cancer free today! My eternal grattitude to Dr. Peter McHugh!

Have you seen my V8-Fusion Smoothie and Vera Bradley Tote Bag Giveaway?  Entries are easy.  Im not shamelessly trying to get more traffic to my blog or increase my subscriber numbers.  I simply want you to know about this incredible product and reward one of my readers with this incredible prize package.

So who is ready to fill up and get fat on Fat Tuesday?  We are.  I made a trip into town and purchased all my authentic Italian lunch meats at the Italian Butchers.  Going to make Muffuletta with fresh olive spread and king cake.

Monday (A meal fit for a president!)
Sirloin Tip Roast, Baked Potatoes,  Broccoli

Tuesday (Fat Tuesday)

Wednesday (Ash Wednesday)
Not Sure Yet

Rosemary Chicken, Gluten Free Rice a Roni and Green beans

Friday (Dinner and a Movie Night):

Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, mixed veggies

Spaghetti Dinner

Looking for inspiration? I can help in three different ways.
  1. Head on over to Orgjunkie.com and visit Laura's Menu Plan Monday.
  2. Visit Heather at Celiac Family, the Gluten Free Menu Swapheadquarters!
  3. You can also view my past menu plans here

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

V8 Smoothie Review and Vera Bradley Giveaway

I was recently contacted by the makers of V8. They were excited to introduce a brand new product and wanted me to share it with my readers.  I am not really fond of reviewing products here at my blog but when I do get a product I love I simply MUST share.  We are no stranger to V8 and their smoothie products.  When my sister's little girl was preschool age she was really sick, thin and frail.  She refused to drink milk or soy for reasons unknown.  My sister really did not want to give her juice with mostly sugar and empty nutrition.  If her tiny little girl was going to get better, she needed nutrition.  She started to give her V8 Smoothies and it was a hit.  Soon V8 smoothies replaced juice at my house too.  We love that V8 has 1 gram of protein per serving, no HFCS and packed full of antioxidants. Each 8 ounce glass of V8 V-Fusion juice smoothies provide a 1/2 cup of vegetables and a 1/2 cup of fruit.

This newest V8 V-Fusion Smoothie has a thicker texture that the original.  It reminds you of what you would end up with if you pureed fruit and juice into a smoothie right in your own blender.  Our kids love this drink ice cold along with their breakfast.  Im sure your kids will love it to. Here is the little blerb from V8 themselves:

Win It

So do you want to win a V8 V-Fusion Smoothie kit complete with an awesome Vera Bradley bag?  I thought so ;-). Winner will receive:

  1. The three new V8 V-Fusion Smoothie flavors (Strawberry Banana, Mango and Wild Berry) 
  2. A colorful Vera Bradley tote (patterns vary)
  3. A glass “juice” bottle so you can take those delicious smoothies with you when you’re on-the-go 

To Enter

  • Leave me a comment here and make sure I can contact you.
  • Like V8 V-Fusion on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you did. Please include your email so I can contact you if you win.)

Please note: 
  • Each entry requires a separate comment. 
  • Giveaway ends on Friday, March 1st, 2012. 
  • Winner will be selected by Random.org and contacted by email. 
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim your prize!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Menu Plan Monday: Week of February 13th, 2012

Oh my stars, is my life ever crazy lately.  UGH!  Somehow school this semester is so much more taxing of my time that it was last semester  Well I know why..... its because my classes are harder this semester.  Plus, my mother is planning the move here

Hot Dogs served on Udi's Hotdog Buns with a side of Baked Beans
My children actually asked for this!

Tuesday (Valentines Day):
Herbed Sirloin Roast, Baked Potato


Turkey Burgers & French Fries


Monday, February 6, 2012

Menu Plan Monday: Week of February 6th, 2011

You want to know something?  My kids actually ate that Beef Stroganoff and really enjoyed it.  WOW, that was a total shock for me.  I was supposed to have the chicken wings one night and never actually had them.  I can't even remember what exactly we did eat, nothing speical I guess.  The night I made the beef stroganoff though everyone THOUGHT we were having Meatloaf so therefore I must make that this week.  I secured a ham for a great deal this week.  Walmart had a surprise sale on Smithfield spiral hams so I took it home Saturday and baked up it for my sister's birthday dinner.  WOW, was it good.  We all really enjoyed that ham for two days! ;-)

I am just stating the obvious here.  My meals are not fancy.  They are basic family oriented, kid friendly foods. I am a full time middle aged college student.  I am a full time wife, housekeeper and mom to kids with allergies. Top that with I have to make everything from scratch. 
Okay, onto the menu plan shall we.

Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli

Chicken Wings, Amy's Macaroni and Cheese, Celery

Gluten Free Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni

Hamburgers and French Fries.  Side of Lettuce and Tomato for topping or salad.

Spaghetti, Sausage, Cheese Rolls

Saturday: TBD

Sunday: TBD

Looking for inspiration? I can help in three different ways.
  1. Head on over to Orgjunkie.com and visit Laura's Menu Plan Monday.
  2. Visit Heather at Celiac Family, the Gluten Free Menu Swap headquarters!
  3. You can also view my past menu plans here
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