Microwave CAKE!

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As she enjoyed her cake tonight Joanna exclaimed “I love microwave cake!”

Yes, we made a bundt cake in the microwave and it turned out great!

Less than 10 minutes, gluten free from a box, with a good texture, you’d never guess it was gluten free or cooked in the microwave.

Somehow I’ve become a Tupperware fan in the last couple of weeks.

The Stack Cooker can be used for lots of things, but so far I’ve only tasted cake made in it. Based on the cake I told Morgan I thought it’d be cool to have one. As I shared my wish list of items with him, he expressed that maybe an easy way to makes cakes isn’t the most healthy option for us right now. And, while that may be true, it was super yummy and convenient!

So, if you’re looking for an easy way to make desert, or brown ground meat, bake casseroles or potatoes, you can shop for your own stack cooker online 🙂

 

 

 

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Excited about Tupperware

IMG_20180612_172942916.jpgWe spilled about half a box of this spaghetti earlier this year. The design of the box doesn’t include a way to close it, so we picked it up upside down and spaghetti went all over the floor. So, I’m really excited about my new Tupperware container that will not only keep it fresh, but also keep it from spilling all over the floor!

I purchased this container at a party my friend had recently. There were so many other things in the catalog that I wanted that I decided to go ahead and host a party. Crazy, huh? We have so many toys/books/and other random clutter to handle before Thursday it’s a bit out of control.

The other item I was really intrigued by is their MicroPro Grill. You put food in it in the microwave and it comes out tasting like it was grilled. I was really skeptical, but it was good! I’m looking forward to the fajitas that are on our menu for this Thursday night.

If you’re here in Edmond, feel free to join us Thursday night at 6:30. If you can’t come and are interested in seeing about ordering something, let me know and I’ll get the link for you 🙂

The sad star

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Stamp given at cafeteria because “I have no money”

Our kindergarten wanted to eat school lunch today. So, I checked online to be sure there was still money on her lunch account. Lunch is $2.85 and she had $3.55 on her account. So, I figured all was well she didn’t need any money today for lunchtime.

She came home with the above star stamp. She says she got it in the cafeteria because “I don’t have any money.” She still received the tray lunch she wanted, but had this stamp as a conversation piece all day.

Other students asked her about it and wanted to know what it was for. She said it made her sad to tell them it was because she didn’t have any money.

There has to be a better way.

So, I wasn’t there to see what happened or what was communicated. But, I am here to see my 6 year old crying about this whole scenario. And, that makes me kinda mad. I checked ahead of time to be sure she had enough to cover her lunch. So, I don’t understand why this happened. I haven’t received any prior notification telling me that she’d be given a stamp based on any sort of balance.

And, to make it all worse, she didn’t even eat the lunch. The menu said “Burger” it was a actually a cheeseburger so the bread she doesn’t like was stuck to the melted cheese, which was stuck to the burger and she didn’t like it. So, we’re here at home with her asking for snack after snack since she didn’t eat the lunch that resulted in the sad star stamp 😦

We found a gluten free boxed mac and cheese we like!

This one is the winner! The one adjustment​ was that we used 2 tablespoons of milk instead of 3. And, we all 3 liked it. 

With several of the others the kiddo is the only one really enjoying it, when she asks for more I just give her whatever is in my plate because I don’t really want it. Not when this one, I ate my serving and got her seconds from the pan. Yay!

Excited about growth


See all that green? Good things seem to be happening out here!

We have had varying levels of “success” each summer with our garden. So far this year is looking good. There are even lots of green beans on that plant (hmm, that made me realize I don’t know how to know when they’re ready to pick – guess it’s time for some research)

In addition to enjoying the yummy food, I love that the garden is a family project. My dad helped shop and plant the plants, Joanna got to plant a few things and she prayed over it all, asking God to bless us with lots of good stuff to share. Morgan gets to help with the watering. And we all enjoy the produce!

Here’s hoping the weather and pests cooperate and the plants yield lots of good stuff to share. 

Thankful!

It’s so cool to see our kiddo excited about breakfast. These are the 2 eggs she picked this morning. 

She loves looking at all the choices and then telling me why she picked the one she did. 

Today it was all about the beauty. She selected these “because they were beautiful!”

I’m so thankful for our friends that share these eggs. We really appreciate it. Thank you!!

They’re yummy too 😋

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Gluten free cookie success

A friend stopped by recently with a bag of gluten free flour. While that may not seem life-changing to you, for us it was a big deal. This flour is designed to use instead of regular white flour without adding anything special. That’s a big deal because I’d been reading recipes that including mixing a couple different kinds of flour and xantham gum together to get “flour” to use in gluten free baking. Besides seeming like a lot of work, I don’t even know where to buy xantham gum 😦 This bag does all the mixing and you just use it instead. Yay.

Our first attempt was my traditional chocolate chip cookie, following the long-tested and approved Toll House recipe. These were ok, but still different. They had a hint of that gluten free grittiness we’ve found in baked goods. So, it was like eating a long-time favorite that just wasn’t quite right.

Our second attempt turned out to be more enjoyable. We made Pioneer Woman’s Monster Cookies. These turned out great! Going into it I thought it may be successful since there was a smaller amount of flour in relation to the other ingredients. Adding oatmeal and crispy rice cereal seemed to help out with the texture issue. We followed the recipe as written with the addition of a handful of butterscotch chips and white chocolate chips. The end result is YUMMY! This one is a winner!

The flour is available several places, my friend found it at Sam’s. But, if you’d like to skip going out in the cold, it’s available at Amazon too.

Working with Daddy

Our girl is pretty excited to be learning our holiday traditions, and this is one of the best. Making chocolate fudge with Daddy. 

We have a divide and conquer strategy with holiday treats. I do the baking and Morgan does the fudge. It works out quite well. 

The temperature finally dropped here today so we’re celebrating with gluten-free chocolate chip cookies and fudge. Yum!

I love that Morgan finds ways for J to be involved. She’s totally enjoying getting to help him. 

Potato Soup Success

Tonight’s dinner was a success! Not only did all 3 of us like it, but it tasted really good to Morgan. He’s had a rough food day due to having to avoid gluten, so having something that was satisfying for him was awesome.

It seemed blog-worthy so that I can find the recipe again :). Here it is. I followed it pretty close, except I left out the cilantro, had only 1/4 pound bacon (instead of a pound), used half and half instead of cream, and used gluten free multipurpose flour. Wow, that doesn’t sound so close after all.

In any case, we all enjoyed it, maybe you will too.

Heat and chocolate don’t really mix well

Tonight after J went to bed I opened up our fancy bag of chocolate popcorn for a fun snack while we watched a couple shows on Netflix. And, I was surprised.

Do you see all the melted chocolate on the bag? That’s supposed to be on the popcorn.

Yep, I ordered it to be shipped to Oklahoma in August, it should have crossed my mind that it may not make it to us in great shape. But, they sold it. What a reminder that the extra shipping charge and packaging that See’s adds for warm weather shipping is totally a good idea.

So, if you’re thinking of ordering something that could melt, you may wanna wait if it’s still summer, learn from my experience 🙂