Saturday, December 22, 2012

Peppermint Bark

This recipe is actually really easy. We just got some white chocolate baking chips, and some peppermint candies, or candy canes. The we crushed the candy canes with a hammer in a Baggie. We sifted the smaller peppermints pieces out and kept the bigger pieces out for later. We mixed the small pieces of peppermint in with the melted white chocolate and then spread it in wax paper. Sprinkle with big peppermint chunks and cool in fridge.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Crock Pot Split Pea Soup

I know split pea soup is one of those foods that you either love or hate. But for some reason I'd been craving it lately, but I've never made it before. I had some left over ham from dinner the night before so I improvised on a recipe and threw it all in the crock pot :) It turned out pretty well.

8 oz dried split peas
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
2 cups chopped ham (also any left over ham juice you might have from cooking it previously)
1 onion diced
2 carrots peeled and diced

Cook the onions with a little oil, garlic and salt, I also added the carrots too. Then throw everything in the crock pot and cook for 4-6 hours on high. Season with Salt and pepper to taste! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mom's Granola

This recipe is from my dear mother... as you can see we share a lot of recipes:) I love this granola because it's so simple, but you can also add as much or as little extra that you want! It's also delicious with yogurt and chocolate chips as a dessert :)

13 Cups Organic, or GF Oats
Put this in a LARGE bowl
Also add any chopped nuts, coconut, seeds, raisins etc that you may like. 1-2 cups of each

In a small saucepan heat through (not boil):
1 C water
1 C oil (I use mostly olive oil with a little coconut oil)
1 C Honey or Sugar
3 tsp vanilla
2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 225
Pour heated mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to coat. (you can let it stand for about 2 hours or so if you want to engage the sprouting process of the oats). Spread on 2 cookie sheets. Bake for 1 hour or more, till slightly toasted. Stir every 20 mins.

Christmas Treat Tips

Every Christmas I want to give away Christmas treats or baked goods to people but I don't want to cook with gluten and I don't want to give away my expensive gluten free stuff. So here are a few ideas for some treats you can make that require little or no gluten contamination of your kitchen.

  • toffee
  • meringue cookies
  • fudge
  • chocolate dipped pretzels (just don't eat any yourself, unless you make GF ones!)
  • peppermint bark
  • candied nuts
  • layered bars (you can use GF or regular graham crackers, just smash them up in a baggie and your won't have too big of a mess if they contain gluten)
  • No bake cookies
  • Homemade granola
  • Rice Krispie treats
  • and of course CHEX MIX!! yay!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Glutard girl can't resist a chex sale!!

The picture says it all. 24 boxes total at $2.00 a box, .... You really can't beat that. Hopefully I'm set for the whole year!

When we got home from the store we realized they had overcharged us by over $20! So my awesome husband went back and got us our dough back! :)