Friday, March 21, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Neat Spring Recipe...for Kids!

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I thought these would be fun for kids. Maybe to celebrate the
first day of Spring? Or for a party?
Easy too!
Make your fav cupcake recipe.
 Mound vanilla icing high, and cover in sprinkles. Snip leaves from taffy tape.
Then insert Lollipop! :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Cornstarch for your Chocolate Chip Cookies!? Yep!

Cookie dough
I recently learned about a secret ingredient that will produce the most delicious, fluffy, soft chocolate chip cookies ever--CORNSTARCH! Just  use cornstarch in your dough. The dough itself ends up looking exactly like ice cream and the texture is out of this world.
Sample recipe--I haven't tried this one....I usually use the one off the back of the Nestle bag and just add the cornstarch.


  • 3/4 cup  unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup  dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup  granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1  1/4 cup  semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and mix on medium speed until fluffy and light in color. Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. On low speed, slowly mix into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be quite thick. Add the chocolate chips and mix for about 5 seconds until evenly disbursed. Cover dough tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days. Chilling is mandatory for this cookie dough.
  2. Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  3. Once chilled, the dough will be slightly crumbly, but will come together if you work the dough with your hands as you roll into individual balls. Roll balls of dough, about 1 Tablespoon of dough each, into balls. Bake for 8-9 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges. They will look extremely soft when you remove them from the oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet. If the cookies are too puffy, try gently pressing down on them with the back of a spoon. They will slightly deflate as you let them cool. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.
  4. Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. Baked cookies freeze well - up to three months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well - up to three months.
Makes about 2-2.5 dozen cookies. Do not drop dough onto warm cookie sheets.  Allow cookie sheets to cool completely between batches. Baked cookies freeze well - up to three months.  Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well - up to three months. Bake for 1-2 extra minutes (do not thaw).

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Stroll in the Park...

A stroll in the park yielded these pics for me today on my
way home from physical therapy...
Didn't want to miss the photo-op that the snowstorm provided!

Delicious Kale Chips Recipe (Gluten free and gaps legal)

Homemade Kale Chips

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I haven't tried these--but plan to this week. My mom made them over the weekend and really liked them. I want to do these, and the Zucchini chips too! Let me know if you try them! (or, if you've already tried them!)


How to Make Awesome Kale Chips

  1. Turn oven on to 350 degrees**.  When the oven has been preheated, turn it off.  Seriously, this is the trick!
  2. Get a bunch of kale – you’ll need more than you think.  They shrivel up quite a bit once cooked.
  3. Break it up into pieces about the size of your palm.  Use only the leaves.
  4. Put into a bowl, sprinkle with olive oil and shake. (I will probably use coconut oil)  You don’t need a lot of oil.  I read somewhere that it’s best if you massage the oil into the leaves.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil.
  6. Spread kale evenly.
  7. Put into warm oven.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes.  You can just check in on them.  If they’re crispy, they’re done.  They should be a bright green with little to no brown.  Brown = burnt.
  9. Sprinkle with salt.
*You can also sprinkle w/parmesan cheese after they come out of the oven
Link to nutritional information on kale chips
**Here’s the trick: turn the oven on to 350, let it heat up, turn it off, and then put the kale chips in.  The oven stays hot and the kale chips cook slowly, without being scorched.
Homemade Kale Chips

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Baked Zucchini Chips Recipe (Gluten-free and Budget Friendly)

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This is a budget friendly gluten-free recipe!
(easy too!)

Baked Zucchini Chips Recipe


  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Zucchini thinly sliced (1/8 inch)
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Farenheit
  • Line Cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Slice Zucchini very thin and lightly coat with olive oil
  • Bake for 2 hours, rotating cookie sheet after 1 hour
  • After 1 hour and 30 minutes, check your zucchini every 10 minutes to avoid burning
  • Remove from oven and place zucchini on cooling rack
  • Serve warm or cool
  • Store in airtight container

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Want a great idea for your Sugar Cookies!?

Great idea for sugar cookies!!
I thought this was great! I already have dessert dishes that I could why didn't I think of that!?
don't they look elegant!? Great for a ladies tea...

Friday, March 14, 2014

Homemade Snickers Bars

Homemade Snickers Bars I

Homemade Snickers Bars
[recipe from Nikki, who lightly adapted it from and old Taste of Home recipe]
makes one 9×13 pan
bottom chocolate layer
1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter
Thoroughly grease you baking pan. Melt ingredients together in a saucepan or microwave, then pour into the baking dish and spread until even. Let cool and harden completely.
nougat layer
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cup salted peanuts chopped, roughly chopped
1 tsp vanilla extract
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in sugar and milk, stirring until dissolved and bring to a boil. Let cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in fluff, peanut butter and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Turn off heat and fold in peanuts, then pour over bottom chocolate layer. Let cool completely.
caramel layer
1 14-ounce bag of caramels
1/4 cup whipping cream
Combine ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Let melt, stirring occasionally, until smooth – this took about 10 minutes for me. Pour over nougat layer and let cool completely.
Top chocolate layer
1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter
Melt ingredients together in a saucepan or microwave, then pour over caramel and spread until even. Let cool and harden completely.
Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving, then cut as desired. These can stay at room temperature, but they do get gooey. I like them refrigerated best!
Note: for best results, buy one of the half-sheet aluminum cake pans at the grocery store. That way, you can pop the entire square out and cut from there!
Homemade Snickers Bars I No, not a gluten free recipe, but you could probably adapt it!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Reese’s Bottom Cheesecake!

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Reese’s Bottom Cheesecake!
(NO, this recipe is not HEALTHY, AND, IT IS NOT GLUTEN-FREE)
However, this is floating around facebook and I thought I'd share it with my
friends who don't use Gaps and Gluten-Free recipes....

1 Box of JELLO instant NO-Bake Cheesecake Mix (Feel free to make your own no-bake Cheesecake)
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (one per each Cheesecake)
1 Cup of Mini Chocolate Chips..for sprinkling on top.
Approx. 1 Cup of Graham Cracker Crumbs (either store bought, or you can crush your own..or use the enclosed bag of crumbs from the boxed No-Bake Cheesecake Mix)…for sprinkling on top.
Paper Cupcake Liners
A Cupcake pan

Mix up the no-bake Cheesecake according to the box directions..or make your own fav recipe…
Drop one Peanut Butter Cup down into each paper liner and pour the Cheesecake Mix onto it…
Into the fridge to chill for at least one hour!
Sprinkle them with the Graham Cracker Crumbs and/or Chocolate Chips!
Serve those sweet surprise bottom Cheesecakes up…
Reese's Bottom Cheesecake cups Reese cup on bottom of cupcake tin Mix together cheesecake mix and pour on top, let chill and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs or mini chocolate chips. Yum!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

White Bean Chili (Gaps Legal and Gluten Free)

White Bean Chicken Chili - gluten free, GAPS Legal

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White Bean Chili

Serves 8, or 4 with lots of leftovers!
2 tablespoons butter or ghee
1 whole medium onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 Anaheim chilis, seeds removed, diced
1 pound white navy beans, soaked overnight and drained
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups filtered water
1 whole Jalapeno, Sliced
1½ teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Sea Salt to taste (start with 1 tablespoon)
1 cup yogurt
2 egg yolks
3 cups cooked chicken, diced
½ pound grated Monterey Jack cheese
Yogurt for Garnish
Guacamole (optional)
The egg and yogurt mixture thickens without using flour.  If you are not on SCD or GAPS, you can use cream in place of the yogurt.
In a skillet over medium heat (or in a large pot if using a pot to make chili- I use a crockpot) cook the onion and garlic in butter until soft. Add the rest of the ingredients through Sea salt. Cook in the crock pot all day on low, or 4 hours on high.  After the beans are cooked through, 20-30 minutes before serving, stir in the chicken.  Whisk the egg yolks into the yogurt and stir the egg mixture into the chili as well.  Add Monterey Jack cheese to the pot just before serving and stir to melt.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Gluten Free Crustless Spinach Quiche Cups

Gluten Free Crustless Spinach Quiche Cups!
Gluten Free & Crustless Spinach Quiche Cups! Ingredients: 1 (10 oz) package fresh spinach, 4 eggs, 1 cup shredded cheese 1 (8 oz package) mini-bella mushrooms, 1-2 Tbsp, heavy cream or half-and-half (optional), Salt and Pepper, to taste
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 A little coconut oil, butter, or olive oil (for cooking the mushrooms)
1 (10 oz) package fresh spinach (I used the baby)
4 eggs (if the yolks are quite small I use 5 eggs)
1 cup shredded cheese of your choice
1 (8 oz package)  mushrooms, chopped

1-2 Tbsp, heavy cream or half-and-half (optional)

Salt and Pepper, to taste
*Variation - , try asparagus or bell peppers with the spinach. Also, add some onions to the mix. I add some when I do not use mushrooms.
Preheat the oven to 375F or 190C.
Heat a little oil in a large skillet. Saute the mushrooms until they are soft, about 5-6 minutes. Set Aside.
Place the spinach in a deep pan or in the skillet that you used for the mushrooms. Add a little water, 1/4 cup should do it. Using medium heat, cook the spinach just until wilted, about 3-4 mins. Use either your hand or a spatula to pack in the spinach. Drain the excess water really well (especially if you decide to use frozen spinach instead).
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until combined. Add the cooked mushrooms, spinach, cheeses and cream (if using) to the eggs. Mix well. Season to taste. 
Divide evenly among the 12 muffin cups. The muffin tray was slightly bigger than usual so I only filled about 10 cups-this was a flexi-muffin tray. (However, if you don't have this pan, don't fret, either just use muffin liners or grease your muffin pan.)
Bake for about 20-23 minutes, or until it's well set and a tester/toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Leave in the pan for a few minutes or just until it's cool enough to handle. It was so easy to remove them from the pan! They practically pop-out!
Sprinkle with a little more cheese on top, if desired.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Gluten Free Grain Free Jack Chicken Sandwich

Gluten Free Grain Free Jack Chicken Sandwich
Makes 4 sandwiches
Recipe by: Christi Silbaugh

For sandwich bread:
1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp garlic salt
olive oil

For Sandwich Filling:
1 onion
1 red pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 boneless skinless chicken breast, or 6 tenders
1 tsp italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded jack cheese
For Greek Ranch:
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp parsley
1/4 tsp dill

Start out by making your healthy gluten-free, grain-free bread.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Chop the cauliflower florets into chunks and steam them in a steamer or on the stove until slightly soft for 15 minutes. Place in a ricer or grate.
One large head should produce approximately 3 cups of riced cauliflower. The remainder can be used to make additional pizza crusts immediately, or can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Prepare your baking stones, you will need 2, by topping with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, stir together  cauliflower, egg, Parmesan and Mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, stir.
Transfer to the baking stone or sheet, and using your hands or spatula, pat out into sandwich bread shape
Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven.
Now it is time to stir together your greek yogurt and spices to make a healthy creamy yummy ranch spread for your sandwich. Simply add yogurt and spices to a small bowl and stir. 

Next cook up your chicken. 
Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a skillet. Salt and pepper your chicken and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Cook over medium high heat until done. For me it was 5 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the other side. Set aside and chop up your red pepper and onion.
Mince your garlic. Add oil, onion, red pepper, garlic, salt and pepper to a skillet and cook until the onions are translucent. Just a few minutes. I like them to keep a crunch.
(I will be leaving out the peppers because they don't agree with me)
Add your jack cheese. 
Cut up your chicken and assemble your sandwich. 
Spread some greek ranch spread on one side of the cauliflower bread.
Top with desired amount of lettuce.
Top the other sandwich piece with 1/4 of the cheese, pepper, onion mixture.
Top with chicken.
Put both sides together, and serve!
The bread keeps in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 days.