Happy Birthday Hannah!

My baby girl is 9 today!  Where has the time gone?  I can’t believe she is going into 4th grade in just a few short weeks.  We will be celebrating by cooking out with family & friends and lots of gluten-free goodies!  Hannah does not have Celiac, though she does carry one of the genes associated with it.  She gets screened once a year and so far, so good!  Speaking of which, I believe she is due for her test!  We got a little distracted this summer with her broken arm & surgery. 

Baby Hannah, just a few hours after she was born:

Hannah and I just a couple of weeks before she broke her arm:

Hannah did want a traditional cake from the bakery, but I will also make a gluten-free dessert for Jon & I – brownies, I think.  I have a box of Betty Crocker’s GF Brownies beckoning to me, so I think I will add that to my to-do list or see if Jon would like to make them.  He has become quite the baker lately.  The rest of the food we will serve will be gluten-free – baked beans, grilled chicken, salad and chips & salsa. 

Don’t forget to enter the GF Bisquick Giveaway in honor of Hannah’s b-day!  The giveaway runs until Monday at midnight

Gluten-free Bisquick Giveaway

In honor of Hannah’s 9th b-day tomorrow (she will be 9), I am going to offer a fun giveaway!  Gluten-free Bisquick is a versatile mix that can be used for pancakes & many other baking needs.  Though Hannah doesn’t have to eat gluten-free, she often does because that is how we bake & cook most of the time.  A true testament to this product is having a picky 9 yr old girl who doesn’t have to eat it, endorse it.

My sister, Regan, and Hannah.

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Organization or Lack Thereof

Since school starts in roughly 20 days, I thought it would be time for me to attempt to get organized.  I get these crazy thoughts a few times a year.  I love the idea of organization, I just can’t seem to put those ideas into action.  I like to call what I have going on “organized chaos”.  More often than not, if you ask me to find something, I know exactly where it is.  Don’t ask me how, I think I have an odd sense of where I last saw a particular object.  Just like my memory for phone numbers, though I don’t seem to use that like I used to now that everyone is in my phone under their name and I rarely dial numbers anymore. 

I have tried numerous to-do lists – both online and off – with little success.  I have several calendars – Google (which syncs to phone and iPad), kitchen wall and “Mom’s” calendar notebook.  I have a notebook where I can handwrite to-do lists and a whiteboard in my kitchen for lists.  I have observed several things about my methods:

  • I have too many options – I need to choose one & stick with it
  • I have too much stuff even though I throw away a lot.  Hubby calls me a hoarder – LOL – I am a long way from a hoarder.  He is just a minimalist and keeps nothing.   I like to have mementos from my kids.
  • I come by this honestly.  I found out when venting to my mom the other night that she is the same way and has gone through the same thing.  Thanks, Mom!  Winking smile 
  • I need someone to set it all up and take away all options but one. 

This has frustrated me to the point that my latest notebook is now title “Kim’s Attempt at Trying to Get (and Stay) Organized”.  I figured with the kids starting back to school that I needed to do something.  I have a ton of paperwork for school and all extracurricular activities.  Not only do these need to be filled out, but kept in order so they can be found & turned in when due.  Yes, they expect me to hold onto them for a period of time.  Yikes! 

What do you do to stay organized?  Do you use online task/list methods or old-fashioned paper? 

Make sure to check back tomorrow….fun gluten-free giveaway that will run all weekend and end late Monday!


Review: Estrella Damm Daura Gluten-Free Beer

I have heard many a good thing about Estrella Damm Daura gluten-free beer, but had been hesitant to try it because it is made with barley malt.  ACK!  Everything I had ever read on Celiac Disease and the gluten-free diet said to avoid barley malt at all costs.  Then I talked to another gluten-free blogger, Tiffany Janes, and due to the processing, the gluten is removed from the beer, much like that of Mike’s Lite Hard Lemonade.  There is less than 6PPM of gluten in this beer.


I was able to find the beer at Raisin Rack, a local health food store.  I was excited to try it out, as I had heard that it tasted most like “normal” beer.  I chose a day when I didn’t have much going on the rest of the night or the next morning, just in case I reacted to the beer.  Not only was I fine, but I loved the beer!!  The flavor reminded me of the days when I could drink any beer that I chose – I loved Amstel Light – and while this isn’t the same, it reminded me a lot of some of those flavors.  While I always enjoy a good beer with a burger or pizza, I drank this alone so that I could truly experience the flavors.  I will definitely be purchasing this beer again. 

Some more info on the beer & process:

Estrella Damm Daura is the result of a long collaborative research process between Damm and the CSIC (National Scientific Research Council) gluten unit, using the most advanced technology. It is the first beer in Spain to guarantee a gluten content below 6 ppm (products with a gluten content below 20 ppm are suitable for people with coeliac disease).

Estrella Damm’s research and strong social commitment have made this breakthrough possible, which comes as excellent news for all those with coeliac disease.
It comes in the classic four-pack 33 cl. glass bottle format, and the label is clearly marked with the international gluten-free symbol for people with coeliac disease.

To see where you can find Estrella Damm Daura near you, click here

Have you tried this gluten-free beer before?  What did you think? 

GF Crock Pot Meal–Pulled Pork and a Review

I don’t think that I have ever shared (or I can’t find where I did) how I make pulled pork.  It is probably one of the easiest meals that I make.  The hardest part is making sure that the pork is defrosted.  I seem to struggle with remembering to take meat out of the freezer.  Either I forget to take it out, or I take it out & forget it is in the fridge.  I can’t seem to find a happy medium.  I know that some people put frozen meat in the crockpot to cook, but I don’t like to do that.  I have a weird raw meat phobia and need to make sure that pork is cooked properly (i.e….not necessarily to any specific temperature, but until my brain says it is done).  Told you it was weird.

The cast of characters for my pulled pork is 3 items:

  • pork loin roast, chops or tenderloin
  • 1-2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • BBQ sauce of choice (this week it will be Guy Fieri’s new line)


  1. Season pork with salt & pepper.
  2. Pour 1-2 cups of distilled white vinegar (I have also used apple cider vinegar when I ran out of white) into crock pot.
  3. Place pork in crock pot & turn on “low” for 8 hours.  Leave the lid closed.
  4. Read some more information about Guy Fieri’s new BBQ sauce line.  You should have plenty of time to read this while your pork is cooking away in the crock pot.  Winking smile

Among the new Guy Fieri barbeque sauces:

Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbeque Sauce: Sweet & Sticky – Guy’s sweet, sticky

Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce rocks on just about anything. Smoky bourbon,

sweet brown sugar and a hint of spicy black pepper create off-the-hook flavor

that’s a perfect compliment to everything from beef to chicken, pork and seafood.

Gluten free.

Carolina #6 Barbeque Sauce & Marinade: Mop & Slop – Guy’s Carolina #6

BBQ Sauce & Marinade is the perfectly tangy and versatile “mop & slop” sauce.

Apple cider vinegar, sweet brown sugar and a little bit of cayenne pepper heat is a

rockin’ combination to be slopped right on pulled pork or used as a marinade or

baste for any grilled meat. Gluten free.

Kansas City Barbeque Sauce: Smoky & Sweet – Guy’s Kansas City BBQ Sauce

is your traditional, go-to sauce that you’ll dig on just about everything. Sweet,

smoky molasses, a hint of apple cider vinegar and a little black pepper heat will

rock everything from beef brisket to chicken wings or anything else you can

throw on a grill. Gluten free.

Note: Guy Fieri has also introduced a new Pacific Rim Barbeque & Wok Sauce which is

not gluten-free.

Once the 8 hours has passed, the pork is ready to be drained (or just remove from the liquid carefully, it will fall apart easily).  Shred the pork with 2 forks & toss with your choice of BBQ sauce.  I usually let the kids decide which sauce they want.  They are both fans of the ‘Sweet & Sticky’ – go figure!  I liked that one, as well as the other two.  The ‘Mop & Slop’ was also good on salmon and the ‘Smoky & Sweet’ was great on my Sunshine burger & sweet potato fries.

Guy Fieri’s three gluten-free barbeque sauces are available in 19-ounce bottles for a suggested retail price of $4.29.

Guy BBQ Gluten-Free

Eat your BBQ pork any way you choose.  We like the pork on gluten-free rolls, corn tortillas, salad, baked potato (or sweet potato) or even over pasta!  Get creative – as Andrea says “Play with your food!”.

***The Guy Fieri sauce were provided to me free of charge to review.  The opinions stated in this post are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything. 

Weekly Menu Plan–August 1, 2011

Welcome to August!  I can’t believe that it is that time of year again, the time all parents wait for – BACK TO SCHOOL!  My kids go back in 23 days, but who is counting?  Jon will be a sophomore and Hannah a 4th grader.  This makes me feel old.  How can I have a son that is in 10th grade?!  Where is my baby boy?  This is Jon 15 years ago:


Now he is talking about getting his temporary driver’s license in approximately 2 months.  Talk about a fast way to turn a mom’s hair grey!  Hope he passes his test the first time, something his mother, grandmother, grandfather & aunt all failed to do.  Yes, that is right, my parents and sister, along with myself, all failed our driver’s tests the first time around.  Enough chatter, on with the menu!

Sunday – Salmon, brown rice, steamed veggies & salad (got some Coho wild salmon on sale from Whole Foods last week – it was excellent)

Monday – Rotisserie chicken, roasted beets, turnips & sweet potatoes and salad

Tuesday – Tacos, refried black beans, corn & salad

Wednesday – BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, roasted zuchinni, baked potatoes & salad

Thursday – Breakfast for dinner – waffles or pancakes, fruit & turkey bacon

Friday – Make your own pizza

Saturday – Grilled chicken & burgers, baked beans, corn on the cob and fruit salad

Weekly Recap:

Molly Woo’s new gluten-free menu impresses

Does a gluten-free diet in athletes improve performance?

Review: Cooking Light cookbook

Review: O’Dough’s Flax pizza crust

Gluten-Free at Naked Pizza


Hope you all have a great week!!  Smile


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