Sunday, June 1, 2008

A Menu, A Blogging Event, and News!

Please welcome my newest cousin Gracie! She was born last week! Isn't she beautiful!

You probably noticed I've been posting less frequently as of late.

Life gets busy and sometimes priorities must be rearranged.

I've also felt the need to only post recipes that truly work well. You see, I want you to have success in your gluten free kitchen, especially when you do me the honor of trying one of my recipes. It's a sincere compliment for you to take the time to print out a recipe and make something that I have shared.

I feel at times I've been in a hurry and I've shared recipes that actually needed a bit more tweaking before being posted. So, I hope you will bear with me as I try to simply post what I feel are my best recipes. Meanwhile, If you have a recipe to share with me (
and I'm always seeking out new ideas) please feel free to email me at gingerlemon_girl at yahoo dot com.

I have several things to share with you today. First being the menu for this week. With our crazy work schedules, we are eating simple, VERY frugal, usually one pot meals or salads. Here is what we will probably be eating this week:

The actual ingredient of the week is cabbage, and hopefully soon, I'll be posting my new favorite coleslaw recipe! But this week we won't be eating cabbage and I'll be serving asparagus for my mom-in-law!

Gluten Free Menu Swap Monday - Asparagus

Visit Gluten Free Mommy for more gluten free menus this week!
You can also find great meal plans and menus at Org Junkie's Menu Plan Mondays!

Spinach and Swiss Cheese Quiche
Green Leaf Salad

Quick Chicken Stir Fry with Brown Rice -or-
Tuna Salad Sandwiches with Fresh Fruit

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches on GF Sandwich Bread
Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Feta Cheese

Day off from work and Michael's parents coming over --
I'll be preparing a GF, low-residue meal for Michael's mom

GF Macaroni and Cheese
Lemon Baked Salmon
Steamed Pumpkin
Asparagus tips with white sauce
Dessert: Vanilla Rice Pudding

Taco Salads -or-
Baked Potatoes with Homemade Chili


Baked Goods and Breakfasts
Karen Joy's Allergen Free "oatmeal" breakfast cookies (AWESOME!!)
My Favorite Gluten Free Sandwich Bread


I'll be hosting this month's "Go Ahead Honey It's Gluten Free" blogging event, started by Naomi at Straight into Bed Cakefree and Dried.

The theme for June 2008 is: One Pot Meals!

That means casseroles, cassolets, crock pot meals, salads, soups, stir fries, etc... have fun and find something your kids will love!

I LOVE one pot meals! The easier and simpler the better! These meals are great for my husband and I because it means less clean up, quicker meals, and often enough food for several meals.

Please post about your favorite one pot, kid friendly meal by June 21st and send me an email at gingerlemon_girl at yahoo dot com. Please include a permalink to your post, a picture of your meal, and tell me a little about your recipe! I will post a roundup on Monday June 30th!

Just to give you a few ideas, here are several of my favorite one pot meals:

Nan's Skillet Dinner
Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Primavera
Fire Roasted Beef Cacciatore
Fresh Vegetable and Seafood Stirfries
Michael's Chicken Pot Pie


This Month's AWESOME Gluten Free Grill will be posted very soon!
Please stay tuned!


Gracie on her way home for the first time!

My ship must have come in! I have NEVER won in a contest or drawing before (EVER) but I was informed today that I won TWO!

  • Many thanks to Rachel at Wheat Free Meat Free! I won her monthly cookbook giveaway for June! She will be sending me a copy of the book below and I cannot WAIT to receive it! Thank you so much Rachel!

  • Many thanks to Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness! I won her recent contest for a recipe containing gluten free oats! She's sending me some wonderful gluten free chocolate and you better believe I'll be eagerly awaiting my mail for that! Thanks so much Cheryl!!

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  1. Congrats on your big wins! I've made another batch of your apple oatmeal bars, this time with a few blueberries thrown in. I left out the baking soda (because I seem to react to it) in the second batch, and that worked okay. I'm glad to have a tasty snack to grab when I take a break from gardening. I'm so happy to be feeling good this summer, that I'm putting in really long days.

    This is truly a winning recipe!

  2. Kay - Thanks gal!! I enjoy those bars too! I guess I should actually post about them on the blog so everyone else can enjoy them as well! ;-) I'm glad you were able to leave the baking soda out successfully!!

  3. What a cutie! Those cheeks! You know I'd be commenting on that sweet babe!

    And congrats on your win! You totally deserve it. You're a great food blogger - you really care about what you're making!

  4. Pretty please can I have the quiche recipe? We love quiche and I haven't made one in ever so long.
    Enjoy that sweet little niece of yours.

  5. Hi Sarah!
    Quiche is one of those wonderful dishes that I normally just "wing", or just make with whatever ingredients I have on hand. I made a gluten free pie crust from Bette Hagman (look in my recipe archive under the bakery section for the post) and for the actual quiche I used 3 eggs, about 1/3 cup condensed milk, about 8 oz. of defrosted, drained spinach, 3 slices of swiss cheese --cut into squares, salt pepper, and added some turkey lunch meat to this one since I didn't have any sausage or bacon. I mixed all those ingredients up and pour them into the slightly baked pie crust. Then I thinly sliced grape tomatoes and placed them on top for color. I baked the quiche for about 45 minutes on 350 degrees. Yum!! Enjoy!

  6. Thanks for linking to my breakfast cookies! I'm so tickled that you like them.

    Do soups count as one-pot-meals?

  7. Congratulations on your beautiful new niece, Carrie. She looks just like a fairy child plucked out of the cabbage patch in time for this week's cabbage Menu Swap Theme!

    I look forward to another round of Go Ahead, Honey, It's Gluten-Free and will get my thinking cap on and some cookbooks out to come up with a good recipe. Thanks in advance for hosting!


  8. Karen - Soups ABSOLUTELY count for one dish meals! This is the perfect time for those wonderful summer cold soups! I wish my husband liked them!!

    Rachel - I'm honored to host! I can't wait to see what people come up with!! Thanks for the sweet compliments on my cousin! She is cute as a cabbage patch kid!! ;-)

  9. Gosh Carrie, I the same way with my posting lately. It seems like I've been inside all winter and now that it's warm the yard is calling. And May is so busy with graduations and holidays.

    Your new cousin is just beautiful. And if you didn't know this already, I make two of your one pot dinners on a regular basis. I love Nan's skillet dinner and I also tried the cheese chicken pasta. My son loves that one. I love dinners I can put in one pot and call it good!

  10. What a cutie! Congrats on your new cousin (I think my nephews came home from the hospital in those same adorable little hats), and on your double win! (I felt the same way when I won your giveaway! :) We just had quiche here last week- I'm partial to using mashed potatoes for a crust, I like it much better than the bread-like crust. We fill it with cheese, tomatoes, and broccoli and pour a blend of eggs and milk over it. It's super easy and delicious. Oh, and the dog never complains when we give her the extra mashed potatoes.

  11. Heart heart! I am so thrilled to have a savory meal blog event, I can't even tell you. What to make, what to make.... hmmmm...


  12. She's a doll! Absolutely gorgeous, Carrie!

  13. Carrie - Your little cousin is so very sweet. Congratulations on winning the cookbook and the recipe contest.

    I'm thrilled with your theme for Go Ahead Honey It's Gluten Free. I can't wait to look at some recipes I have to see which one I'll make for this. Thanks for hosting this month's challenge.

    Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go