Let’s feast! Or as we like to say it in our family, “get your fat pants ready!”
Thanksgiving. Ahh, my favorite holiday. Yes, like it more than Christmas. For our family, it’s a huge crowd, great food, catching up and playing games, all without the stress that the Christmas season seems to bring. It’s generally a more laid-back holiday for us and I think that’s precisely why I LOVE it.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I knew I was going to feature our dining room for this month’s featured room in the pod. Even though we don’t host the family Thanksgiving, it IS after all the room where all of our gluten free dining at home happens. Well, when we’re not eating a quick bite at the counter in the kitchen of course. So, finally, I am getting around to posting about it.
This is our dining room on an average fall day. Here you have it. Nothing too exciting. I am by no means, a decor blogger, ha. We just recently swapped out the place-mats for some more festive ones (pictured below in a photo of the dining room in our last home). The leaf mats came from Bed Bath and Beyond. The decorative pumpkin, Pier 1…a dangerous store for me. 🙂
So, on a different note, who has finished their holiday meal planning for turkey day? I can’t believe it’s less than a week away!!
Since I don’t necessarily have a new recipe to share with you in this particular post, I thought it’d be fun to share some new Thanksgiving dinner themed gluten free, food finds that we’ve discovered just this year….
Have you seen the Glutino brand gluten free cornbread stuffing mix in the box?
Ditch the stove top now!! Granted, we like to use a homemade recipe with our gluten free bread for some homemade stuffing on the actual turkey day, this was fun to try for an average week night dinner side. We picked a box up at our local Whole Foods if you’re interested, however I see online they have it 15% off right now with promo code stuffing15.
Whole Foods also had some delish organic cranberry sauce available in a jar, yum!
I will admit, we DO love to cheat on the turkey gravy on Thanksgiving, since my family’s original recipe is gluten-filled. P and I make Simply Organic’s brown turkey gravy straight from the packet. We started that tradition last year and liked it so much. So simple and so tasty!
Whole Foods even has in their freezer section, are you sitting for this?….wait for it…wait for it… YES! pre-made gluten free pies!! Woot! We tried out the pumpkin for the Mr.’s birthday last month and it was so delicious. Again, at Thanksgiving we do homemade pie because, well, tradition, but in a pinch, this was SO worth it, even though it was a little pricey. Cha-ching!!
In addition to the average Thanksgiving traditional food items, I plan to make these quick and easy pumpkin cranberry scones this year to have on hand for breakfast, or dessert! Why not? We found these mixes available at Home Goods of all places! They had such a selection of gluten free baked goods and treats, I could NOT believe it. Next time you’re near a store, you HAVE to go see for yourself! Seriously. Do it. 🙂
Last, but not least, here is a fun festive snack find for your sweet tooth before the Holiday “peppermint and gingerbread, hot cocoa craze” begins! Since we already are avid fans of the caramel and cheddar popcorn by G.H. Cretor, we had to try these out too! The flavors did not disappoint! Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn and Orchard Apple Caramel Corn! Soo good.
Well, wherever you are this Thanksgiving, whatever you do, I hope you find some delicious real food to serve too! Sweet potatoes, mmm. Squash, I’m ready! And now I ask, what are you thankful for this season? I know I am so grateful for continued, improved health.
P LOVES brownies. What kid doesn’t? Okay, okay, our entire family LOVES brownies!
For the first couple years that we made the transition over to our gluten free lifestyle, there were many paleo brownie recipe attempts (mostly because I was grain free at the time). I also used to buy a lot of gluten free, non-gmo, pre-made boxed brownie mixes for P to eat, from Enjoy Life brand, to Immaculate Baking, to even the more common commercial brands (not so much non-gmo mixes) like Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, etc. We’ve really probably tried almost every gluten free brownie boxed mix that exists… almost!
Secret….I made my own! Let’s face it, I was tired of paying for a box of over-priced brownies that “sometimes” tasted good. And certain brands of course, were only decent at best. I’ll admit, I seriously struggle with the $6.00-$10.00 box of allergy friendly brownie mix on the top shelf, as the $1.50 “gluten-filled” Pillsbury stares me in the face. It just doesn’t seem fair; but I do understand why. It still doesn’t mean that I have to like spending all of my money on groceries however. 🙂 Just sayin’.
Now, we got to learn pretty quickly the brownie brands that we like best, however it is not just a matter of the cost or even the taste, yet a matter of whether or not the store we are at, at that given moment, even carries the brand we want, and if they do, is it even in stock? If you’re an avid gluten free shopper, you know that you have about 3-5 favorite stores that you run to, just to get the exact product/brand you want, to finally check everything off of your grocery list successfully. It’s not always a one stop shop anymore. And for whatever reason, certain stores carry only certain gluten free brands. It’s a rat race some grocery days if you let it be. You become an expert at ordering your food online, yes online. Sound familiar? 🙂Well, as long as you have some basic key ingredients on hand and this recipe, you can inexpensively make your gluten free brownies on a budget with ingredients from your home, whenever you want! Oh and bonus, we think they taste amazing and deliciously moist! 🙂 No one will ever know they are free of gluten, dairy or nuts. Promise.
For easy prep, pre measure out your dry ingredients and store the mix in a ziploc Baggie so that your brownies are ready to go, just like the store bought ! SO simple. Fun idea: To make your brownies festive this time of year, sprinkle them lightly with powdered sugar for “snow” when they cool.
P had to take these brownies to the next level and make his a-la-mode. He added tru-whip to the top and some gf hot fudge to create his perfect decadent sundae.
Now we know there will be a lot of holiday treats being made, this time time of year especially and we really hope this fabulous brownie finds a way to warm your season!
Speaking of….know someone that is gluten free? For the holiday season, you can make this mix a gift by layering the dry ingredients evenly in a mason jar, leaving the chips as your top layer. For added fun, layer in some marshmallows! Then, simply attach a festive note with the ingredients you used specified for dietary restrictions, along with the directions on how to bake and you’ve got yourself an inexpensive, yet super thoughtful gift checked off your list! Done! 🙂
Sometimes, you just want a nice, hearty breakfast. These heavenly quiche muffins certainly fit the bill. We paired them alongside gf cinnamon rolls, warm and gooey, straight from the oven and some fresh squeezed orange juice on a Saturday morning. They make delightful breakfast additions to have on hand for house guests too! Challenge: I bet you can’t eat just one.
(See my “Best Part of Waking Up” Pinterest board for that delish recipe!)
When we made the quiche muffins, we used our favorite reusable silicone BPA-free muffin cups, however simply spraying or lightly greasing the muffin pan works wonders too! These tasty little quiche bites became a favorite around here when we added a bacon “crust”, sparked by a recipe from Princess Pinky Girl. We scored these re-usable muffin liners on Amazon. Check em’ out ? Re-usable cupcake liners
I honestly can’t remember the last time I made this dip before I made it with organic ingredients just today of course. Now, I’m wondering why I don’t make it more often! This recipe is gluten free as written, however SO super sorry dairy-free and vegan fans, it does have cream cheese in the recipe. (frown) I know, I know, SORRY! You could possibly try a dairy free cream cheese and still enjoy it however. ??
I really thought I was done making “pumpkin” things for the blog after October’s “All Things Pumpkin” post, yet with the surplus of canned organic pumpkin taking up some major space in my pantry, (thanks Costco:) ), I had to throw another recipe up onto the blog. This recipe was shared with me by P’s Nana when he was only just, well, a little pea in my pod, haha. We enjoyed this “dessert-like” dip at our pumpkin themed baby shower years ago, before little gluten free kid made his appearance into this gluten-filled world and it was a hit! The delicious seasonal dip often comes out looking like “mush”, and people always ask, “what is this?” (laugh) yet warning, once they try it, they can’t seem to stay out of it. Trust me. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
We love to dip gluten free grahams or animal crackers in this sweet seasonal dip, (Annie’s gf bunny graham crackers are a hit with P), yet our most recent fave dippers are the perfect grain free choice…….apples!
Our key ingredients:
Fun Idea….Sometimes, I even like to create a printable to label the dip at parties. Here is a super simple idea that I made for a work party back in the day. I simply printed the wording on a label and stuck it to some festive scrap-booking paper.
Special Thanks “Nana” for sharing the recipe and inspiring this post. 🙂 xo
Who doesn’t love Pete the Cat?! From his rockin’ school shoes to his laid back cool dude attitude and style, he’s one popular cat in our pod. And, we all know the song/story of The Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate, right?! From links on YouTube to various story adaptations, this song has always been one of P’s seasonal faves. When I saw that James Dean had an adaptation out with Pete the Cat, I had to buy his book for gluten free kid! We enjoy singing and reading this little picture book over and over and over again. Even with Halloween over, we still find ourselves humming or singing the tune.
After some inspiration from prekpages.com, I adapted their Five Little Pumpkins kid-friendly snack into a gluten free version for our family to enjoy. We made two versions, one with candy (the first image), and a healthier one without the added sugar. We used Snyders of Hanover gluten free pretzel sticks, Lances gluten free mini cheddar cracker bites and organic raisins for the pumpkin stems.
Read the story, give it a taste! Note: You can even put the ingredients into a ziploc baggie and let your child have fun building their own snack before they enjoy it! 🙂
Need the Pete the Cat book? We found our copy on amazon.com. It looks like it’s actually on sale now!
Want to watch the Pete the Cat YouTube video while your little enjoys the treat? Click here!
And last, but not least, here is a fun YouTube animated video with the song!
…”because it’s ALL good!”
Homemade Sloppies. After reading this post, you can now know EVERY ingredient in your sloppy joe and not have to worry about it being filled with chemicals and gmo’s. Yay! Bonus, this recipe is gluten AND dairy free. (applause)
I vividly remember the days of Manwich. Oh how I loved how fast and simple they were to make. Plus, I thought they actually tasted great. (laugh) Those days are long gone now. I can’t even recall the last time I ate the canned sauce. High fructose corn syrup, “natural flavors”…I’m all set, no thanks. I just can’t bring myself to feed my family that… excuse me, junk. Although there are many copycat recipes of the red “stuff”, this sloppy recipe has been in our family for years. It is NOT a Manwich copycat.
I only had to adapt one ingredient to make it gluten free and it was already dairy free as written. Pair the meaty sandwich with our onion-ey rings or sweet potato or carrot fries and now we’re talking! Our sloppy joes are even great paired with our clean tater skins. We love to eat them with our homemade (high fructose corn syrup FREE!) baked beans too (recipe coming soon!). Buh-bye Bush’s.
The boys sandwich their sloppies in between Udi’s whole grain gluten free buns and I love to wrap mine in romaine lettuce to make it paleo or grain-free style. If I’m feeling crazy, I might even enjoy a bun too. 🙂
The recipe as written calls for all organic ingredients (3 whole peas style :), yet can obviously be made without organic ingredients too.
Special thanks to my Aunt “Ne” for sharing her recipe! 🙂
For a creative, fun, kid-friendly version, P likes to enjoy his sloppies sandwiched in between two Cape Cod waffle chips to make little “mini, sloppy sliders”. They’re sloppy!, but they’re SO delicious! The chip “bun” gives them a little crunch! 🙂
Fall has never been my favorite time of the year. SORRY to all my fall loving readers!! It’s just that fall signified winter was coming next, and that right there was enough to find me wishing it was forever summer. Now that we’ve relocated south, I find I’ve actually lost track of any sense of the four seasons. Fortunatley, so far, I don’t even miss them. Where I grew up, the crisp, cool weather usually always confirmed that it was in fact November, yet this warm time of year here has given me a new attitude towards fall. P wore his Halloween costume trick or treating and wasn’t even cold. He didn’t have to be all bundled up in a snowsuit! What?!
So, enough with the weather talk. Regardless of your attitude towards fall, there are still SO many super cute crafts to accomplish with your little ones. During our stay at home days home together, we used to enjoy mommy/son field trips to the zoo (now the aquarium), and I tried to always find some time for crafts. I’m going to just highlight some of our easy favorites from “mommy school” that can be accomplished with things probably lying around your home already. Yay!
Many of these photographs were taken before I knew I was going to be blogging. These photographs were taken during my first year as a stay at home mom, the year that I fell super ill. I took them to make a keepsake book for P of his “mommy preschool” year and it is nice to reflect back on the photos and see all that I accomplished, even when I felt my worst. Many of these ideas are pinterest inspired or even stem back from my elementary teaching days… Hope you can find time for a few with someone little you love!
Note: This craft is best done in two separate stages. Start in the morning and finish the next day, or later that same afternoon for best results.
For this first craft, you’ll want to start popping your organic popcorn! We LOVE to pop with organic coconut oil, (you won’t even need butter!), or in organic EVOO. Sprinkle with sea salt and you’ve got a great, tasty, healthy gluten free snack. Save some for eating, save some for crafting of course:)
PAPER PLATE PUMPKIN WREATH
ARTSY LEAF PRINT PAINTING
(idea adapted from Allison McDonald @ NoTimeforFlashcards) Love her!!
Once colored, glue on the eyes, add the smile with black sharpie and push the brads into place.
Once again, depending on the age of your child, with kid-friendly scissors allow them to make small cuts across the top for the hair spaced about 1/4 in apart. Have fun with it!
Last, but not least, are a few self-explanatory things we wanted to share for Thanksgiving…. These are really more so ideas for the home, however the first one requires some crafting. We made this family project a couple years ago and still get it back out every November to hang.
Finally, this last idea came from a free printable offered by, well, I believe it was iheartnaptime. Yikes, I can’t recall for sure. Forgive me if I gave credit to the wrong person; we printed it out a couple years ago and I’m just going off memory here. I’ll be sure to look into it and correct if I find the appropriate source. Either way, if you haven’t checked out all the freebies and printables on her site, its worth a look too! (And if you know the appropriate source, please give me a shot out!)
Anyhow, there were several free printables on the site to choose from and then we just placed the printable into a decorative frame that we already had lying around. We even swap the image out with seasonal art, so the frame itself stays on display year round, while the art piece inside changes seasonally. We picked this biblical one!
If you like this post, or try one of the crafts, leave us a comment in the comment section below!
My grandparents often prepped this easy, inexpensive meal called creamed peas on toast. Most of us have heard of it, or even enjoyed it. As a young child, I always wondered where on earth they came up with it. Years later, here I am crafting a dairy free adaptation of it so that my family can enjoy it guilt free. Wouldn’t have predicted that one. Even funnier yet, it’s a recipe that features real, whole peas nonetheless. 🙂 hah ha
Well, their recipe loaded up on butter and wheat flour back then, obviously two things we don’t enjoy anymore. What I do still love about this old fashioned recipe however is that it is fast, yes, yet additionally it can actually be quite filling too! With our adaptation, we even like to add ham to the cream sauce to transform it into “creamed ham and whole peas on toast”(if vegetarian or vegan however you obviously wouldn’t). It turns out quite nicely! P finished his plate clean. This recipe does not HAVE to be dairy free either. If your diet allows for dairy, well then simply use organic butter or ghee and organic cow’s milk.
Make it? Tag your photos #3wholepeas so we can see what you’re up to! Made it with different dairy free alternative? Would LOVE to hear what you used!