Category Archives: Gluten free

just another minion monday

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Glutens made me happy today.  No not because I ate them.  I would NEVER. DO. THAT.  But because I made MINION CUPCAKES!!!  Despicable Me Minion Cupcakes!!! Unfortunately they are of the evil gluten-filled species, because GF Twinkies have yet to exist.  I used the recipe from this site: http://mylitter.com/recipes/minion-cupcakes-from-twinkies-despicable-me/.  I don’t know whether you necessarily need a recipe but rather some time, excitement and important supplies: Twinkies, candy eyeballs, frosting, cupcake mix.

I have been biting at the bit to make these bad boys.  I was working on convincing my five-year-old niece to switch from a Hello Kitty birthday to a Despicable Me party theme.  This week is Surgical Technologist Appreciation week at work and I figured this was a good excuse to make them, instead of, well uh, just really wanting to make children’s movie character cupcakes. 🙂

I made it easy on myself and bought the eyes, already blue frosting, Wilson’s Glitter Gel and Betty Crocker cupcake mix. Word to the wise: let the gel set for a good while or your minion eyes will start dripping (this happened) and you will be finishing your minions at 5:30 am.  I also recommend buying two things of frosting to make sure the minions have enough to stick to.   I’ve seen rumors of GF Twinkies on the Internet, so maybe one day these minions will evolve into the gluten-free variety. (Who knows, maybe they will be healthier?)

Until then, I had the pleasure of Twinkie aroma during my 30-minute drive to work to fill my belly.  I enjoyed making them so much that I didn’t care and my coworkers were definitely pleased today!!

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My cheater blue frosting…too lazy to mix food coloring 😉

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Look at how happy they are! The one-eyed ones are my favorite!

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BEEDO BEEDO BEEDO

best boyfriend ever

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I have been telling the BF that next time we head to New Orleans that Gluten Free Nation is a necessary stop. He had a convention there this week and surprised me with some treats when he got home!!

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Snickerdoodles: I wish they would have been softer, but they were still delicious. Made as a good crush-in for ice cream. Brad gave these two thumbs up.

Chocolate cake balls: my favorite! Chocolaty goodness. Didn’t like the blue sparkles or fondant rose on top.

Multigrain sandwich bread: the BEST bread I have had yet. It says to keep in freezer and warm up slices as needed…maybe this is what I am doing wrong with my bread?!? I usually buy Udi’s because its the cheapest. Its made with Timothy flour (and tapioca) which I had never heard of. A quick Google search tells me its a European cereal grass. Hmmm. Maybe that’s why it tastes better.

Price: Brad said that my treats were about $23. So normal gluten free prices 🙂

Since I have started GF, I am more careful with my sweets and savor/save them. Before, I would eat a whole pack of Oreos in one sitting, now I eat one cookie and save the rest because GF baking is so expensive. Guess I am more thankful now that I am GF.  Mehhh I would rather have glutenous snacks abounding in my house, but it is what it is!!  Brad definitely made my day (and week when I can have cookies/sweets for a few days!!)  He even asked about bread shipment to the house in Austin—which is possible!

sharing a yummy recipe

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My boyfriend found this delish recipe for quinoa pizza bites online…his gluten free finding skills are improving 🙂 I must share because they are so quick and easy to make. (And healthy!) I think I have already memorized the recipe!

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Its a wham bam thank ya ma’am recipe. Would be good for kiddos or parties too.

The recipe is at http://fitsuccess
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This weekend I celebrated two holidays:  Mother’s Day and my Bachelor’s in Nursing graduation, so Brad and I made a “Tour de Mother’s Day” and drove to Arlington (its in the DFW area) on Saturday for the festivities.

I don’t know why but especially when I am out of Austin, I feel the need to Yelp/Google if there are any gluten-free bakeries.  It just seems a waste of travel if I don’t find something new.  My travels this time led me to I Heart Muffins in Hurst.  It said “dedicated gluten free bakery” on the Facebook page, but I still felt the need to verify this by email before trekking across the Metroplex.  Sure enough, its really dedicated. LOL.

We made it there about an hour before close so picking were kind of slim but PLENTY more than I could get anywhere normal.

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These were my goodies for the day (from 12 o’clock):  Apple Cinammon Muffin, Peanut Butter Cookie, and SNICKERS CAKE!!  I promptly ate the cake in store and Brad ate the cookie after I got a bite.  The cake was DELICIOUS and gooey and worth the drive.  I saved my Apple Cinammon Muffin for the next morning, but it was equally enjoyable with little pieces of apple and just the right amount of cinnamon, not too overpowering.  For those that live in the DFW area, the bakery even makes loaves of gluten-free bread.  I asked about shipping the bread but that wasn’t available yet.

The rest of the afternoon preceding the graduation was pretty comical:  we couldn’t check into our hotel until 3 (graduation was at 4), Brad had to buy a new shirt at Jos A Bank since his was wrinkled and we had nowhere to iron it and a new pair of jeans since apparently our terrible cat Barf peed on them when he was laying his clothes out at the house.   I ended up getting dressed in Jos A Bank and putting my makeup on in the car.

Finally, we made it safe and sound to College Park Center at UTA and I got to the staging area for all of us RN-BSN bridging students.  It was quite interesting to graduate with a class of 400+ people whom I had never met due to the online setup of classes.  I made friends with my neighbors and we discussed the best/worst classes, where we were all from and our future plans in nursing.

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This is my double Maverick face: my BSN is my second degree from UTA 🙂

I was quite impressed with the changes the University of Texas at Arlington has made to their campus in hopes of becoming a Tier One school.  College Park Center was amazing with the Jumbotron and stadium style seating.  Brad was even able to find a bar to kill time at on campus.

We hit the road back the next morning to see both of our moms.  My mom and grandma are in Waco and requested we bring them kolaches from Czech Stop in West on the way home.  This is probably the gluten-free person’s nightmare:  smell of sweet dough rising, all kinds of kolache from cherry to sausage ones and cupcakes too.   I don’t know why but sometimes I ask Brad to let me smell his glutenous eats.  Maybe it seems like I have eaten it through my nose. Or I’m a masochist.  I think it just makes me feel like I am participating in normal eating.  I was very glad at this point I had saved my apple cinnamon muffin, because while Brad devoured his hot chubbie with cheese, I wasn’t giving him dirty stares.  For those without allergies or intolerances, it is a CRIME to go through West, Texas on IH-35 and not stop.

We scooped the treats up  (along with a fruit plate for me from Walmart) and enjoyed some conversation with the family for a couple hours before heading to see Brad’s mom/Spurs game.

My weekend reminded me of this quote by Gordon B. Hinckley:

“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to just be people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail journey…delays…sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling burst of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.”

My weekend didn’t project to be a blissful one, but Brad and I laughed through the delays and silly mishaps, ie. cat pee. After all, it’s not everyday that you get to graduate with the largest nursing graduating class ever from UTA.  🙂

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Find of the day: $5 Bloody Mary mix!!

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mcclure's bloody mary mix

(And its gluten free!!!) Take that Zing Zang with your wheat gluten!! Zing Zang had been my favorite up until I went GF.  Hopefully this will be a good replacement!!

They have some pretty yummy-looking, all GF and Kosher potato chips and relish also at their website:  http://www.mcclurespickles.com/.

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Gluten for Punishment

I have recently become obsessed with cozy mystery books, especially the ones involving foods.  I half joked to my boyfriend that I should write some myself and name it “Glutened to Death” or something equally as silly.  I know the names are corny but they crack me up.

Well, I googled gluten-free cozy book and what do you know—one is coming out in May. 

Excerpt from Barnes and Noble that made me giggle: 

“Toni realizes that this half-baked killer isn’t just trying to get her to close shop—he’s trying to make sure that she’s made her last gluten-free cookie…forever.”

I am literally laughing out loud.  I can’t wait to find out who killed the wheat farmer.  LMAO.  And on the bright side, I won’t have to convert the recipes in the books to GF, the book comes with GF recipes. 

 

gluten-free cowpies

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I love KIND bars.  I eat two a day when I am working: one for breakfast and one for a 3 p.m. snack during my 12-hour days.  I have found a Nature Valley brand that I like that is about $4 a box for six.  I still find myself wanting a cereal bar at work though and that’s where Brad’s purchase of a “Mexican KIND bar” comes in. 

One of the gas stations near the house has these double-sized nut bars AKA palanqueta mixta.  The ingredients read: sugar, raisins, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and corn syrup.   I thought that sounded easy and I could throw something together and make my own cereal bar with some Honey Nut Chex, peanuts and chocolate chips.

Putting the bars together wasn’t bad, I just mixed the ingredients with corn syrup and sugar and pressed them down into the pan, stuck them in the freezer to solidify.   I couldn’t decide what to do with the chocolate and wanted to try and do a chocolate covered bottom of the bar.  Melting the chocolate chips was tricky and maybe the heat from the oven started melting my corn syrup, but everything got messy quickly.

What I’m left with is two “bars” with chocolate on the bottom, a few that I tried to make into a Chex candy bar of sorts and some small pieces I just tried to get chocolatey.   The chocolate started to get too thick and what is left now looks like a giant turd in my pan.  Ahh…well the surviving bars/pieces are now in the fridge to cool.  My “cowpies” have to be tasty–how can sugar not taste good? 🙂  Even if they are ugly.  And look like poop.

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Here’s what I used if you want to attempt this (and probably do it better):

2 cups of Gluten-Free Honey Nut Chex

2/3 cup chopped peanuts

1 tsp sugar

1.5 cups of Karo corn syrup

1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips (although after the turd incident I think that maybe the large bricks of melting chocolate would work better)

Mix the corn syrup, Chex and peanuts together and add sugar.  Press down firmly into 11×7 baking pan and flatten out.  Place in fridge or freezer to harden at least two hours.  I put mine in the freezer. 

Take out hardened mix and cut into bars.  Start chocolate chips or baking chocolate in medium pan, stirring constantly to prevent burning.  You can coat the entire bottom of the bar or coat entirely for a candy bar sort of feel.

Any suggestions to the recipe would be awesome!!