Who Would Of Known??

I was told today by a friend that the easiest cookies have three ingredients and bonus, they’re Gluten Free!!

1 Cup Peanut Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg

Mix together and let sit in fridge for one hour.

Bake in preheated oven at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes.

I even made the x’s with forks in the middle. Just like my grandmother did.

Enjoy. If you burn any like I did pass them off as Cajon Peanut Butter cookies.

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Gluten Free Fried Green Tomatoes

Want a great Fried Green Tomato? Do it the simple way:

Green Tomatoes (or pickles)
Low Fat Milk
Gluten Free Fried Food Batter
Garlic Salt & Salt and Pepper Mix for seasoning. I love a mix by Pinch Me Seasonings who I found at my local Farmers Market.

Simply slice tomatoes, soak in milk, and cover with batter/season mix. You then fry them until a nice shade of brown, lay on paper towels to drain the oil, and enjoy once cooled. Simple, easy, and GF.

Enjoy!!

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“Let’s Get Physical” Weight Loss Challenge Week 1

Today marks the completion of Week 1 of the “Let’s get Physical” Weight Loss Challenge.

I had an up and down kind of week.  For starters…..

  • My little girl turned 12.  This meant baking cupcakes, a mini cake, and a chocolate chip cake. (I ended up having two cupcakes, yep I’m being honest here)
  • There was extra toasted onion GF Matzo in the cupboard.
  • My husband brought home Blackberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.
  • Disneyland was forcing guests to eat Mickey Sourdough bread.
  • Pizza bites were shoved down my throat.

So that being said I went up a couple of pounds this week at the beginning but I lost it and actually lost 1.2 lbs. this week!  Go me.

How did I change things…..

I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.  I’m supposed to eat low glycemic because of this and avoid the evil three….

  1. White Potatoes
  2. White Rice
  3. Pasta

This being said I went Gluten Free in February and because I thought gluten was making me sad too but turns out if your Ferritin is super low as mine was it can cause all sorts of lovely things but still I ate gluten free.  Doctors said Gluten Free would be good for PCOS but it’s very expensive and so my husband and I talked and when I wasn’t struggling with this extra “Liam” weight I ate differently so this is Pre Liam…..

I ate mostly sugar free, lots of protein, lots of veggies (the good ones that are low glycemic) and good fruit’s too.  No more bananas or oranges and a lot of gluten free items are made with corn or white rice both no no’s :(

I change things and this worked!  I feel better too!  I can eat as much of the three items listed (protein, veggies, fruit) and still feel good.  I can have low glycemic pasta or other things once or twice a week and not late into the evening.  I also found a large bottle of Voss water that holds 28.74 ounces of water.  Two of those is already 57.48 ounces plus add ice and little glasses of water.

My gem of a find this week is I started juicing.  My amazing friend gave me a juicer and I had this book “The Top 100 Juices” to turbo charge your body with vitamins and minerals and low and behold there was a recipe for a juice that was great for women with PCOS.  Yep!!!

Apple, Grape, Pomegranate Juice

4 Apples

25 Seedless Grapes

1 Pomegranate Cut in half

That’s all I needed for a yummy drink!  Good for me too filled with fiber and high water content and it’s great for weight loss too!  Win Win!

I wasn’t perfect this week and I received in the mail Pumpkin Bark yesterday but I feel strong.  You notice no exercise this past week well that changes today or I will attempt for it to change and to be honest about my growing exercise or lack there of.

Until next week!

 

Gluten Free Beignets!!

I’ve been craving Beignets and I don’t know why but I know I needed some ASAP.  So, I went to Food Networks recipe by Paula Deen and swapped out regular flour for Gluten Free flour.  I also didn’t have shortening so I used a bit of butter.  They came out great!  It’s nice to know that just swapping a few things can turn something I can’t have into something I can.  Living with the PCOS and not having Gluten at all has been tough at times but I’m getting better at cooking for myself and not feeling deprived.  Unfortunately, or fortunately I can’t have a lot of sugar either so this really is a treat for me.

Now the downside to all of this is all the prep work that it took and clean up.  I think it’s much easier to have this prepared for me when I go to Down Town Disney with the kids.  They really should have a gluten free option because boy this was a lot of work but worth it because I’ve been craving it for about a month.

Stay tuned for more yummy GF goodness!

Gluten Free Beignets! Yum!

Day 7 ~ Week 1 Down

I’ve completed Week 1 of The Weight Loss challenge. Top 10 things from this week:

1. I need to eat more. I don’t think I’m losing weight because I’m not eating enough. With the Gastric Bypass and eating less I know I’m not eating enough and filling up on ice and ice water all the time.

2. Money is a huge motivator.

3. It’s a breeze to do crunches now.

4. Walking six miles in flip flops is not a good idea, ever.

5. I had pizza tonight. Gluten Free and mostly just the cheese & toppings. It was a individual pizza and I had yummy salad with oil/vinegar dressing. Didn’t finish it all but it was yummy & Dominos starts selling Gluten Free next week.

6. Ice is my craving

7. It’s nice to connect with the other women doing this challenge.

8. I’m not crazy diet Kat yet.

9. I’m actually afraid of my weigh in tomorrow.

10. Looking forward to Week Two!!

So that’s it. I’m exhausted and ready for bed. Stay tuned for tomorrows weigh in where I share my weight with anyone who visits my blog.

Gluten Free Matzo Ball Soup….Take 2

In my attempt to enjoy Passover with the rest of my husbands family as he enjoys Easter with mine……

I’ve decided to make it my quest to create the perfect Gluten Free Matzo Ball soup.  Today was take 2.

I purchased some Gluten Free Matzo type crackers.  Overpriced at $12 a box but worth it so my daughter and I can enjoy some soup too.

Ingredients needed for my gluten free version are as follows:

  1. 4 Gluten Free Matzo that can be ground up (the best you can) to a one cup mixture.
  2. 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil (it asked for vegetable oil on the box of the original matzo ball soup.) Use what you like.
  3. 2 Eggs
  4. Garlic Powder & Mixture of Salt/Pepper

Mix the oil and eggs together using a fork and then add the matzo you have ground up. Once they’ve all been mixed together stick in your refrigerator for 15 minutes.

During this time get your soup ready.  I use water and then add a veggie soup mixture to make mine but use what you’d want to make soup.  Add vegetables to make it even more of a meal.

Once the 15 minutes is up and the soup is boiling roll the mixture into little balls and add to the soup mixture for 20 minutes (the box says) yet I say 30 minutes. You can turn it to a medium heat at this time.

It’s not your typical Matzo Ball soup mix but was very yummy still and a great alternative which will get even better each time I make it.
Enjoy!

After Much Thought…..

I’ve decided that a blog, a real blog that’s all mine, linked to me is where to begin.

I’ve got many ideas for things to do from home so I NEVER have to enter the “Corporate” world again.  Yes, I was good at Human Resources, Figuring out systems, and not getting any sleep BUT I’d love to get more in touch with my creative side.

Crafting now is a must & I LOVE anything vintage!  I’m also Gluten Free for about two months now and listening to Doctors so I’d love to get more creative with yummy Gluten Free cooking and share my secrets.  I’m also a mom of two.  A Tween girl (11 years old) and a Toddler boy (21 months) and the adventures in motherhood can be exciting, trying, and so rewarding at times.

In a Nutshell I’m going to grow this blog, Keep up with it, & Make it my job.  I’m so lucky to be a Stay At Home Mom now yet I can’t stop volunteering or always on the go.  This will help me to mellow out a bit and I’m really looking forward to it.

I hope that you enjoy this blog over time as it grows into something I really enjoy and not so much a job (learning to create a blog is interesting).

Until next time…..