Wednesday Night Dinner

My sister came over for Wednesday night dinner a few weeks go. My sister is a great cook, so I wanted to make sure I impressed her or at least made a worthy supper for her. I think I succeed and it was delicious! 🙂 All of this meal was gluten free.

All of the recipes are ones I found on pinterest and were very easy!

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Rosemary Chicken with Portabella Mushrooms-The Midnight Baker

This was rich and creamy, very easy to make. I wondered if adding shallots would add another texture.

Highly recommend.

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Roasted Lemon Parmesan Garlic Asparagus– The Recipe Critic

These were easy to make in the oven and the flavor was great.

Highly recommend.

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Steamed Baby Potatoes with Parsley Butter

I actually did this one a little different, I put my potatoes in my rice maker to steam them and I had herb butter in the freezer that I made last year. So there was a bunch of different herbs, but super easy and flavorful.

Highly recommend.

This was a great meal and leftovers were awesome. We put the chicken back in the pan and heated slowly.

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My sister plated her food perfectly!

Cheers!

-Blondie!

The Gluten Free Bible

We had our monthly dinner with our friends a few weeks back. Amongst all the painting and house stuff, I dug through my cookbooks to find a recipe. We had other friends in the area and they stopped by to check out the house. This was the first time some of our friends were seeing our house. It was also a good test on what people thought about the color we painted. It passed! 🙂

I found this recipe in my cookbook The Gluten Free Bible that Carl gave me.

This was another easy quick recipe. I used mild Italian sausage which gave it a lot of flavor. I would recommend this recipe as well.

I found more recipes and tagged them in the book to make at a later date.

 

It’s a Soup Kind of Time

The last month or so we have been busy with house stuff. So I have been trying to find recipes that are easy to make but last a few meals for us.

I found this recipe on Pinterest- Cheeseburger Soup from the Skinny Mom website.

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This was really easy to do and it was perfect in my Le Creuset. I doubled the recipe so we had some extra.

Carl really liked it. He said the dijon mustard and tomatoes were a great addition. I also made it gluten free by substituting a few of the ingredients.

I highly recommend this for a quick supper.

-Blondie!

Flowers, Chocolate & Cupcakes

We had a nice Valentine’s Day. We went to church, ran a few errands and then we cooked supper at home. Carl surprised me and we made shrimp scampi.

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Flowers, GF cupcakes and chocolate! YUM! Carl also made me a CD as well!

I think Valentine’s day is pretty cheesy. Why do we pick just one day to tell everyone that we love them, we care more and we are kind. Shouldn’t we really do that everyday.

Tell those around you that you love them and you care all the time.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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-Blondie!

Super Bowl Treats

I have to do a flash back to the Super Bowl Game last year.

We were in Punta Cana last year 2015 for the Super Bowl game. Now this year, we are in our new house. What a crazy ride in the last two years.

This year I was thinking of what to make. so we went with chicken wings and quinoa salad. 🙂

Crispy Lemon Garlic Chicken Wings Recipe I ate these, I would do a lot different. We were trying to figure out our new oven and it cooks crazy fast. But it was good, I would make a sauce or glaze to go over them next time.

Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe Carl ate these and he really liked them.

Quinoa Salad Check out my blog post where I chat about the quinoa salad.

 

We also made a pit-stop at Total Wine!

Here is the link to the Spooky Beverages, they are so good that I had to get three of them!

Cheers!

-Blondie!

New Recipes

Here are a few new recipes that we have tried and were good. Good enough to blog about! 🙂

What I look for in a recipe: flavor within ingredients, variety, color, easy and cook time

And gluten free and healthy

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The recipe was from Eating Well. Lemon & Dill Chicken Recipe Click link to see recipe.

I liked this recipe because it was easy and had lots of flavor. Carl really liked the dill. I wish I would have made it with the asparagus not green beans.

And yes, I like my divided plate. 🙂

The next recipe is one my sister made. When she came to help us move she brought a quinoa salad.  I wasn’t sure about quinoa and what do you eat with it. The salad my sister made was delicious and it has totally changed my feelings and taste buds. I set out to find a similar recipe and did a good job. I love all the flavors, colors and that it lasts about a week. It was a great lunch for me for a week.

IMG_1582 Black Bean and Quinoa

I found this recipe off of Pinterest- Superfood Black Bean & Quinoa Salad Recipe 

What I did differently, I added red onion, feta and grape tomatoes.

This was awesome and so fresh. It would be hearty with adding chicken, I will do that next time.

I definitely recommend either of these recipes and the best thing is that they are both gluten free.

-Blondie!

 

 

Coming To A Close…

I would like to think I’m a pretty patient person, but waiting to hear if you are approved to close on a house is HORRIBLE! We weren’t told until the Friday before we had closing. We were scheduled to close on Thursday January 21, 2016. Most people said it would be pretty good if we could close in 30 days from when we put in our offer, apparently that doesn’t always happen that smooth. We wanted to be out of the townhome prior to January 31st so we didn’t have to pay rent for February and then we wouldn’t have to start mortgage payments until March 1st. The week before closing is when all my co-workers and friends decided to tell me all the horror stories of their house experiences. NOT COOL and it only made me more anxious. I was relieved when my signature was on the last page.

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We closed on Thursday January 21, 2016 and had all the papers signed by 10:00am that morning. We have great families and friends. One of my sisters came Thursday with the big suburban, you don’t know how much they hold until you pack them full. She also helped me clean the kitchen so everything was all clean and ready for my mom to put all the kitchen stuff away. We made 4 trips total on Thursday. We brought Arie and his stuff that night to let him be there without the distraction of everyone else.

The next two days were crazy busy, we were up by 5:30am every morning, packing and moving boxes. Carl’s parents came on Friday morning with both vehicles! We were able to pack a lot in both vehicles. My friend came to help move all the precious wine making things-very important plus we packed our vehicle. We got a lot moved that day, my friend was on her game and started unpacking kitchen boxes to get stuff in the cupboards-thank goodness, I would have been lost! lol My parents showed up later with lots of yummy food for all of us to have lunch! Which was nice to have our parents there. My mom started really helping to unpack the kitchen was beyond helpful and my Pa and Carl were looking at what they were going to need from Menards. Then we went back to the townhome and finished getting everything ready for Saturday for the movers. I was really sad on Friday night because we were leaving a place where we had lots of memories, we loved our neighbors and our pond.

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On Saturday morning, the movers were coming to move all of our big stuff/furniture. It was really nice of my parents to come Saturday morning as well! The movers rocked, they had all of our stuff packed up and moved to the other house and unpacked in just under 4 hours, so our quote and final price was much cheaper! 🙂 We did more unpacking, two of my other sisters showed up to help. One helped set up the beds and make them, the other was awesome and cleaned all of our bathrooms. My brother showed up later and helped Carl with wiring a few things for the computer for his work.

 

We are beyond blessed and thankful for all the help from our families and friends. Now to get settled!

-Blondie!

Mama if that’s movin up, then I’m movin out- Billy Joel

The last month, was nothing short of quiet; that is a LARGE reason for my absence. Carl and I had been looking at houses on and off for the last year, which felt like forever. We found a house that fit us so we put an offer in in mid December. The house had been on the market for a few months and it’s winter here. So the odds were in our favor.

This house was exactly what we were looking for: 4bd 3ba, just over 2,000 sq ft, a fenced yard, open layout and close to work

Friends with kids kept saying  a house with 3bds on one floor is a big deal for having kids. We had a hard time finding a master bedroom that had a master suite was hard to come by. We wish the yard was a tad bigger with acreage; however, we have one of the bigger lots. It is a quiet neighborhood, which we like, close to highways and literally EVERYTHING! We can get to any store or place within 10 mins or less. That is a big change because in our last home we were at least 20 mins from the nearest highway. We are much closer to family, friends and my work, which is a huge plus.

Arie, was very unsure of what was going on with all the packing and moving of boxes. He definitely knew something was up.

Here are a few pictures.

We literally moved up, north of the metro and moved out; as Billy Joel said it best!

Stayed Tuned for many house photos!

-Blondie!