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Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Don't you hate it when you have to fill out those random letter things to post a comment on a blog? I just did that and had to try 4 or 5 times. Fail.

So we moved. Monday was "moving into the new apartment," day. I got to work, so I didn't have to haul things up 3 flights of stairs or boss people around. Boo. Our couch didn't fit through the door of our new place, so it is now living at the local Deseret Industries(thrift store). So the seating options in our living room(which is still full of boxes) are a camp chair(that has cup holders!), our massive executive computer desk chair, a piano bench, or the kitchen table chairs. So comfy.

I took a half day off at work yesterday and spent the afternoon unpacking. When I tried putting things away in the kitchen, I realized that the previous owners had not cleaned out the drawers/cupboards. Blech. So I spent a while cleaning them and bought some of that foamy stuff(the name defeats me!) to line the drawers with. I unpacked a ton of boxes and our hallway is now full of flattened boxes...but the living room doesn't look any different. Still full of stuff. It's coming together though. And our bed/dresser/nightstands are all in tact and fitting in our bedroom, so at least we have a place to sleep.

Anyways, I haven't really cooked lately...but I need to jump back on the gluten-free train because I am now 90% positive that's what is causing my eczema. I've learned that eating gf takes planning, and planning a move with 2 weeks notice while working full time doesn't really leave a lot of extra time for meal planning. So once we're unpacked, I'm making a permanent lifestyle change. And I'm actually really excited about it.

I also am really excited about our new place. I love it! The living room is big, there is wood floor, and it just has so much more personality than the other places we have lived(stark white walls/carpets/tile/everything).

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Very Pinteresting

I've had my share of Pinterest fails and I'm sure you have too! But, lately I've had a lot of success with the recipes I've tried.

Tonight, we had Martha Stewart's Cilantro Lime Rice. This wasn't my favorite cilantro lime rice, but it was good enough. It was really easy to make and had tasty flavor. I did add more salt than it called for because it seemed kine of bland. We had this Grilled Honey Lime Chicken along side the rice, and I will definitely be making it again. So good!

I hate garbanzo beans. Hate hate hate. I bought Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free flour. After bringing it home, I realized the first ingredient was garbanzo bean flour. Blech! I've used it in sauces many times and you can't tell the difference. I made hamburger buns, and those were gross. The other day, I had some zucchini I needed to use up and so I made Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Slice of Feist. I used this flour, along with some soy flour. The zucchini bread turned out delicious! It didn't taste a bit like garbanzo beans. I also made this same recipe with white flour for a work party and it was a hit!

To get my pizza fix without eating gluten-y crust, I tried these Zucchini Pizzas. When I broiled mine, I brushed them with olive oil, then sprinkled them with basil and parmesan cheese. These were really good. I ate them as snacks and as meals a few times. They hold up well in the fridge for a few days, so it was perfect to make a big batch and have them to eat throughout the week.

On other pinterest related notes, I want a dog really bad. I also want  this cheesecake, this cake, and this t-shirt.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Tinkyada Brown Rice Lasagna Noodles

The other day, I wanted manicotti sooooooo bad. I went to the store to look for gluten free manicotti noodles, but there wasn't any to be found. I was devastated. But, I did find gf lasagna noodles, and that was close enough to manicotti so I was okay.

One of the hardest things about not eating gluten is that I don't get to eat a lot of my favorite carbs. I love fluffy french bread, cinnamon rolls and bagels. The gf versions just aren't the same.

What I've noticed about gf pasta is that it is really similar to regular pasta, so you can still enjoy your favorite Italian dishes. Tinkyada brand is my favorite brand that I've tried of gluten free pasta. It has similar texture to regular noodles and a great taste. Woody ate some of this and couldn't even tell the difference.

I just made up a simple lasagna recipe with ricotta, meat sauce, my favorite spices and parmesan and mozzarella cheese. You can easily use your favorite lasagna recipe and substitute these noodles in place of the gluten ones.

This is not a sponsored post, I just really love these noodles!

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Grilled Peaches

This is one of our favorite summer time desserts. Peaches are one of my all time fruits, so when they are in season, I try to enjoy them as much as I can.

We first tried these last summer. My genius husband randomly came up with it one day. We had real maple syrup last summer which tasted awesome, but it still tasted good this summer with regular maple syrup.

 Grilled Peaches w/Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Maple Syrup

1 Peach, sliced 
2 tablespoon maple syrup(real is best) 
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream(Tillamook is our favorite!)

1. Drizzle the peaches with 1 tablespoon of the maple syrup, then grill on each side for 3-5 minutes, or until the syrup is carmelized and you have nice grill lines. 

2. Put the peaches on top of your ice cream and drizzle with remaining maple syrup. 

Anddddd 5 minutes later(don't worry mom, we shared!)

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