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Gluten free, Kid approved, Sloppy Joes

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I have been having cornbread mix in the pantry for awhile now and Miss. K has been asking me to make it for over a month so today was the day I thought we needed something different to eat for dinner.  Our dinners have been a little boring and the same old thing over and over.

Here are the ingredients

1 Pamela’s gluten free cornbread mix  (made according to the instructions)

1 pound organic pastured ground beef
1 1/2 cups of organic ketchup
1 tablespoon organic garlic powder
2 tablespoons organic smoked paprika
Shredded mozerella

I placed a cast iron pan into a 375 degree oven and let it get hot.  As that was heating up Miss. K poured the cornbread mix into the bowl.

Then we add 2 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, 8 tablespoons of melted butter and 1 cup of water.  These are the same directions that are on the back of the bag.

Mr. H got to mix with a teaspoon spoon as it was the only thing that was clean.  Yup, I forgot to do my dishes this morning and all of my dishes were in the dishwasher. My kids love using non traditional things so this worked nicely.  Miss. K actually recorded a video of Mr. H mixing, you can view that here.  As you can hear in the video, Mr. A was not happy. He really just wanted me to sit down and snuggle him….don’t worry, he got his snuggles in 🙂

After the cornbread was all mixed together, I pulled out the cast iron pan.  Be careful because it is super hot.  I placed about 1 tablespoon of butter into the hot pan and made sure it covered the entire pan, even the sides.  Then I poured the corn mix into the pan and let it bake for 23 minutes.  And as usual, I found the kids licking the bowl.

*Tip: It is so much easier to measure out everything before you let them cook. Then all you have to worry about is how fast they pour the ingredients into the bowl.

While that was in the oven I started to cook the ground meat.  Mr. A was not a happy camper tonight but luckily Miss. K played with him so I was able to do these next steps without having to hold him.

*Tip: if you are like me and are not great at planning ahead you do not need to wait for you meat to thaw out before you cook it.  Place it into a pan with some water and bring water to a boil.  Make sure you flip the meat often and scrape off the cooked meat until all of the meat is cooked.

Once the meat is cooked, I drained off any extra water.

Then I added 1 1/2 cup of ketchup, 1 tablespoon of garlic powder and 2 tablespoons of smoked paprika.  Do you like my vampire spatula? The kids love when I cook with it.

Once the cornbread was golden brown I brought it out of the oven.  Then I placed the meat on top of the cornbread, added some shredded mozzarella and placed it under the broiler until the cheese was melted.

Miss. K and Mr. H both loved this and asked for it again so this is officially kid-approved.

I hope you and your kids enjoy this as much as mine did.

Fast, no cook, Gluten free, Kid approved, Peanut butter cups

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When I was little my Mom and I would make peanut butter bars that, in my opinion, were way better than anything you could find in the store.  My version is more like a cup but that’s only because I love the chocolate surrounding the peanut butter inside.

A side note, if you have peanut allergies this should work with cashew or even almond butters.

1 Cup gluten free graham crackers (I only had S’moreables but we also love Pamela’s)
2 1/2 Cup Organic Powder Sugar
2 Cups Organic Crunchy Peanut butter (or any nut butter)
1 stick of melted Ghee or Pastured Raised Butter
1 teaspoon organic vanilla
3 Cups of Organic Chocolate Chips
Avocado oil (or coconut oil)

First you start by having the kids put in cupcake liners in the cupcake pan (I borrowed my Mom’s pan today.)

Then put 3 cups of chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of avocado oil (you can also use coconut) then put in microwave for 20 second intervals until they are melted. Miss. K loved this part.

Once melted, put a spoonful of melted chocolate into each of the cupcake liners. Shake the pan from side to side to help coat the bottom of the liners. Then place in freezer. The kids did not help at this point because they kept wanting to lick the chocolate.

While that is freezing, Mr. H smashed the graham crackers into crumbs.  I only had the peanut butter container, it worked perfectly (don’t worry it was a plastic jar)

Once the crackers are smashed, place into mixing bowl. Then add butter, powdered sugar, peanut butter and vanilla then mix well.

Bring out the cupcake pan from the freezer and add a small scoop on top of the frozen chocolate. If you want a thick middle add more filling.

Then push down the filling to make sure you compact it down as much as possible. Miss. K’s fingers were perfect to do this.

Add more melted chocolate to the top then place back in freezer for at least 10 minutes.  Store any extras in the freezer.

Once these have been frozen for an hour and you would like to eat one, bring them out and let it come to room temperature or you can microwave them for 20-30 seconds or until the chocolate is a soft.

Enjoy

Kid approved super easy gluten-free carrot cake 

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My kids have a sweet tooth, what can I say they get that from me 😊 When they first were given carrot cake and they heard the word “carrot” they refused to try it. Once they finally tried it, they were hooked! We have been gluten free for almost 4 years and I have yet to find a carrot cake that is beyond amazing and like I remember…..until now! Thanks to Pamela’s I have found a super easy recipe that tastes uber scrumpious.

3 eggs beaten

1/2 cup oil (I prefer coconut or avocado)

2/3 cup water

1 bag of Pamela’s vanilla cake mix

1 tsp baking soda 

2 tsp cinnamon

2 cups grated carrot

Start by preheating the oven to 325 F.

Miss K  first started by grating the carrots since Mr. H had gone to the store for the baking soda I had forgotten.

By this time, Mr. H and Tobias had come home.  Mr. H beat the eggs then added water and oil and mixed the batter.

Then he sifted the Pamela’s vanilla cake mix, baking soda and cinnamon. Then we mixed it until blended

Then Mr. H added the carrots. And Mr. H and Miss K took turns mixing it.

That’s it! I only had a 8×8 pan so I poured in the batter and let the kids lick the bowl.

Luckily they used their fingers instead of their tongues, which they have been known to do. While they did that, the cake baked for 46 minutes (or until the toothpick comes out almost clean.) Once it’s out, let it cool before you add frosting.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

4oz of cream cheese

1/2 cup butter

2 cups powdered sugar

1-2 tsp vanilla extract

Start off by making sure your cream cheese and butter are at room temperature. But if you are like me, you have forgotten this step so to the microwave they went until they were soft. I sifted in the powdered sugar, this is important as I think it makes a fluffier tasting frosting.

Then I added the butter and cream cheese to the sugar.

Now Mr. H and Miss. K thought the magic school bus on tv was more exciting than making frosting and Mr. A fell asleep while I was holding him so I do not have any pictures after this point. But mix until smooth. Then add in the vanilla. If you want a mild vanilla flavor then add just 1 tsp but if you want a stronger vanilla flavor then do 2 tsp.

Once the cake is cool, add the frosting (you can double the frosting recipe if you like tons of frosting).  Then eat up! I will have to hide this cake to keep my husband and kids from eating it all.

What would I do different?
I would have split the batter into two 8×8 pans and made a two layer cake with cream cheese in the middle as I think it would have tasted a bit better.  Or I would have done cupcakes.  Note the cooking times will be vary depending on what you decide to do, what I did was about a 2-2.5″ cake so it needed longer to bake.

Disclosure: I originally found this recipe on the Pamela’s website. I just omitted a few items.

 

Fox Light Box Craft

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When I went shopping for my kids for Easter I came across Fancy Fox Light and instantly started singing that annoying song, “What does the fox say?”  I knew that Miss. K would love it as she loves crafts and that darn song.  She is very artsy.  She lasted one day before wanting to dive into it.

The kit includes:
The lamp
Paper
Glue
And a paint brush

 There were other kits but this was the only one she could decorate. We may have to get the other kits for future fun.

My kids dove right in, because well there’s glue involved.  Mr. H lasted a whole 3 minutes, which is a record for him as he is not that into craft projects that do not explode.


I noticed adding glue directly to the brush was the easiest way to spread the glue evenly.  Miss. K had a lot of fun and it turned out so cute.  And she now has a fabulous new addition to her room that not only is functional but something she decorated which just makes it that much better.

I also liked this lamp kit over some others as this uses 2 AA batteries rather than a plug-in.  Miss. K and I had a lot of fun decorating this together.  I love doing special projects with my kids and I was able to spend some just mother/daughter time with her today.   Today was a great day.

Goodnight 🙂

Kid approved gluten-free cupcakes

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Our family is organic, gluten free, dye free and artificial flavor free.  My kids love to bake, but I  have not mastered how to bake gluten-free from scratch….yet.  We have tried numerous gluten-free products over the years but we have come across the Pamela’s brand and my kids love it.  This brand is so good that we have served it to people that are not gluten-free and they love it as well.  And with kids this mix is so easy to do.  My dad’s birthday was the other day so the kids wanted to make him cupcakes.  We just moved into a small apartment so I do not have all of my cooking things but we still made it work.

First I got everything measured out for the kids

Now comes the fun part, letting the kids go crazy with putting it together.

They went so fast I could not keep up with my pictures

This next step is optional as the cake without any added flavor is still yummy.  But we wanted to do something different this time.  I portioned the batter into two different bowls and let the kids add 1 tsp of vanilla  in one bowl and 1 tsp of orange in the other bowl.  After some mixing and then letting the kids lick the bowls it was time to scoop them into cupcake wrappers and into the oven.  We made some frosting which I will go over in another post.  My Dad likes cupcakes without frosting so we made sure to keep some without frosting just for him.

As you can see, my cupcake pan has not made it’s way to our temporary house but that is ok because we made it work.  I will get more pictures the next time we bake.  Mr. H loved the orange and Miss. K loved the vanilla.  I hope you and your family enjoy these as much as we do.

 

It’s spring! Let’s plant those seeds

It’s springtime and do you know what that means? It means sunshine, more time to spend playing and exploring outside AND it means planting your garden.

I have come to realize that the only way that I can get my kids excited about vegetables is to plant them and let them eat directly from the garden.

Today was the day, it wasn’t too cold out and there was a break in the rain and my kids needed something to do that was outside.   I grabbed the biggest bowl I had and unloaded 3 dozen eggs into it, with the help from Mr. H.   Thankfully, he did not break any (win one for mom).   So now, I had 3 egg cartons. I had the kids spoon some dirt in them.

 

Then I let them pick out what they wanted to plant.   I had spinach, lettuce, carrots, green onions, peas and yellow squash on hand from last year.   And SURPRISE they wanted to plant everything I had.   Awesome!

So I made a little hole for them to plant their seedlings in and they went to town.  Miss. K is the only one pictured as Mr. H is super fast and I was too busy trying to keep him entertained and he is not wanting his picture taken at the moment and I am trying to respect that.

Since this was a last minute thing I did not have any cute or fancy labels, so I just wrote on the side of the egg carton.  If you are like me, last minute ideas usually happen all the time.  Maybe in the near future I will make some cute and fancy tags for our seedlings but for now this will work.

They had fun and they got a little dirty and it took all by 10 minutes to do.  Now all we have to do is sit back, water and watch our seedlings grow into food and then maybe, just maybe my kids will want to eat them.