July 30, 2011

Vegetable Garden




This is my second year growing a vegetable garden. I have learned a lot and still have many things to discover.



Currently, my garden consists of potatoes, strawberries, miniature lettuce, garlic, red onion, tomato, carrots and chives. I definitely plan to branch out and add more next year.




As you can see, many of my plants are in container's. I  actually started my garden while we still had a deck in our backyard. It has since been removed and we are left with a luscious grassy yard. 


Next year I hope to improve the garden by learning more about harvesting properly as well as pest prevention.



I love my garden. It really helps keep grocery costs down and it's quite relaxing to take care of.

July 28, 2011

Product Review: Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cookie Mix

This was my first time baking with Betty Crocker and she did not disappoint! The cookie mix is beyond simple. All you need to do is add butter, vanilla, an egg, and stir. Baking time is about 8-10 minutes depending on your oven.



 For me, this cookie mix brought back memories of regular home-made cookies. They are chewy with just the right amount of crumble! Betty Crocker has proved that Gluten Free does not have to be taste free. The cookies are so marvellous that you may have to hide them from any non Celiac's in your home. I guess that can be both a good thing and a bad thing.  It's great that I finally have cookie's worthy of sharing. Although,how much sharing I want to do is debatable


 The mix is made in a dedicated Gluten Free processing facility.Thumbs up! It  will be available across Canada by August of this year.

Awesome pros:
The mix has chocolate chips in it. Talk about value for your buck.
Easy to make and quick to bake
Minimal additional ingredients required

July 25, 2011

Beat The Heat With A Smoothie




Today called for smoothie's to help us beat this heat! I went with what I had on hand for this recipe but there are many substitutions available at the grocery store.


Recipe:
2 1/2 Cups Frozen Mixed Berries 
(blackberries,blueberries,raspberries & strawberries)
2/3 Cup Milk
1Cup Apple Juice 
4 frozen Yoplait Minigo 


If the mix seems too thick, feel free to dilute it with water or juice.
This recipe made 4 "Popsicles", 3 drinks and filled an ice tray.
On a side note.... Frozen Yoplait Minigo's on their own make a delicious treat as well.

July 21, 2011

10 Things On A Thursday

Some staples in my Gluten Free pantry
In no particular order....

  1. All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  2. Tapioca Flour
  3. Corn Starch
  4. Quinoa Flakes
  5. Milled Flaxseed
  6. Bread Mix
  7. Muffin Mix
  8. Bob's Red Mill Hot Cereal (GF)
  9. Cooking Oil/Spray
  10. Pancake Mix

July 18, 2011

Thank - You General Mills Canada!

Some month's ago, I had sent an e-mail to General Mills Canada. I inquired if and when their Gluten Free line, that is in America, would hit Canadian shelves. Unfortunately, at the time, they  were not able to give me any confirmed information on the subject. Then last week, I received a wee package in the mail. I could not believe it! I knew by this point that Chex had already hit the shelves here and Betty Crocker is soon to follow suit. Still, this surprise was and still is pretty darn awesome! I was not expecting this at all so I am quite thankful to General Mills Canada for thinking of myself and probably many others as well.

Some companies really do care <3

Super excited to try the Cereal and bake like I've never baked before when Betty Crocker gets here :)

July 14, 2011

Cold and Creamy Potato Salad





I ended up playing "Iron Chef" in my own kitchen the other afternoon. Just wanted something different, but needed to use ingredients already on hand. Fresh potatoes from my garden, frozen veggies and random condiments resulted in Potato Salad. I should play around in the kitchen more often because the dish turned out so creamy and delightful.


So here's the rundown, I ended up writing the ingredients and how much of each after I was satisfied with the taste of the dressing. I could be a tad off on certain amounts, but I'm sure with a simple taste test it will be easy to adjust.

10 mini Potatoes Cubed
1/2  Cup Mayo
1/4 Cup Sour Cream
1/4 Cup Honey Dijon Mustard
1 Cup Vegetable Medley
1/2 Cup Red Onion Chopped 
3 Hard Boiled Eggs
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Top with Tortilla Strips



* Vegetable Medley - I used a baby blend of Carrot, Peas, and Baby Corn. 
* I did not have any Paprika on hand so I will probably add some next time around
* I used "Fresh Gourmet Tortilla Strip's". These added a wonderful texture and a nice flavour combination.



July 11, 2011

Cupcake Fun....With Sprinkles!



Nothing says Summer like a delicious, moist cupcake. A cupcake I felt the urge to make at 10:30pm for some reason. The mix is from Well & Good. They are an Australian company with distribution in Canada and America. The sprinkles are a playful touch and they add a nice crunch.What a tasty idea. As you can see I really went to town with them. Being that it was really quite late by the time these creations were ready to be iced, I opted not to use a piping bag. I think they still look cute....but next time I will use said piping bag for some extra cuteness. ;)


This is the third product I have tried from Well & Good. The mixes are consistently easy to make and they taste AMAZING!


I have to say that this is definitely something I will gladly buy again!!!The kit includes icing & sprinkles.... a first that I have seen for any available mix here. Plus, how cool is that?!


I'm looking forward to the rest of Well & Good's line making it's way to Canada. Two of their products that I cannot wait to get my hands on are the Sponge Swiss Roll mix (sounds heavenly!) and the Crusty Bread Mix which you can make pita bread out of!


Check out their Facebook page for more information as well as pictures http://www.facebook.com/pages/Well-and-Good/123101024401689

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