It been so long since I've posted something, that it probably will have probably taken me longer to figure out how to do things on here again then to actually write this post. Such is life.

So... 2014 so far.

I had high hopes for this new year, I was going to start it off with a clean bill of health, a good job, and a the majority of Gaps winter line in my closet.

January brought me a new niece, new bedroom decor (can we just take a minute to talk about how long it took my to find velvet euro pillows. I mean, is it really too much to ask for?) and big dreams. I was planning a trip to Italy (finally!) contemplating various career path possibilities (mostly rather impractical) and feeling hopeful about starting a new chapter.

February rolled around, and brought me a cold. Then a stomach bug. Then pneumonia. Then a re-trigger of a disease I thought I was done with (as much as I could be anyway).
February was rough.
March was just as bad.

April has been much harder then I would've liked it to be. I struggle through the days, and crawl right into bed when I get home. I am completely exhausted from these last couple of months.

I've mentioned before about my diagnoses of P.O.T.S., and some day I'll explain it all to you in greater depth but for now dear readers, just know that I am not giving up on this blog. I have really loved this little space of mine, and I will continue on sharing with the world. I am working on a few new recipes, and stories to share; I am just very limited in my time and energy at this particular moment. :(

In the mean time: feel free to follow along on all the various social media outlets! Links over there >>>

Love you all!! Kiss-Kiss!


Lets Catch Up

Please forgive me for the lack of posting lately. So much has been happening! Last we spoke, I was just catching up on Turkey day in time for Christmas. Well, now its time to catch up on Christmas, New Years, and everything else.

Please also forgive these sad, unedited photos.

 >>>Christmas eve dinner, and party snacks.

 >>>Brown paper packages tied up with strings! Inside: Chocolate macarons, homemade marshmallows, and fresh caramels.

 >>>Hunger games gingerbread men, to continue the tradition of years past movie characters in the form of cookies.

 >>> My little tree finally went back in the box this week, just in time for the crazy 90degree weather. Where is my winter!

 >>>First Sunset of the year!

 >>> Date with my boys to see Frozen. Boy number 1 was there too, if you were wondering.

 >> And last but not least, My new niece! Little Emma was born just a few days into the new year, and is cute as can be.

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Does anyone even still care about Thanksgiving?

Well too bad if you don't. 'Cause here it is anyway.

 Now that that is settled, we can get on with the Christmas holiday.

1 week!!


Gluten Free Apple Crumble

Thanksgiving is tomorrow!! Yippe-i-o!
I am so ready to eat some yummy food, watch the parade, and eat more food.
You with me on that one? 

After stuffing your pie hole with savory, heavy foods, it eventually becomes to stuff that hole with actual pie.
And by pie, I mean a crustless crumble, because who needs more carbs after all that?
Not that I wouldn't love more carbs in my system, but mostly likely my gut won't appreciate it very much.

Like the rest of this weeks post, there is not much of an actual recipe involved with this apple crumble.
Slice and peel up some apples, add a little sugar (maple or brown!) and top off with a flour/butter mixture.
Ta da! Apple crumble.

For four ramekins of apple crumble, here is what I measured out:

3 red apple, peeled and sliced
2 tblsp maple sugar
toss together lightly, and lay in ramekin.
For crumble:
3/4 cup GF flour
4 tblsp DF butter, melted
1 1/2 tblsp maple sugar
Fork in melted butter to flour until lumps formed.


and a Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Chicken Noodle Soup

This is a post about homemade chicken noodle soup. 
I file this post under Thanksgiving leftovers, because you can make this same soup with a leftover turkey carcass, as you would with a chicken carcass.
Also, the word carcass is gross and creepy.

This is another one of those meals that we always had after turkey day. It went Thanksgiving thursday, casserole Friday, and soup Saturday. Always and forever.

To make this soup, you need just a few things-and you can add or subtract whatever you want, no problemo. 
To make a stock, you simply put the carcass in a large stock pot with water up and bring to a boil. I just know at which point in my pan to fill to, but its probably about 6-8 cups of water to my one chicken. You probably would need a bit more for a turkey.

I like to let the water stew for a few hours, to fully flavor the stock-but thats up to you and your time constraints. 

Once you water is hot and boiled, pull the carcass out, and pull apart as much meat off of it as you can. This part is gross. I could become a vegan like *that.*

Once the meat is off, throw it in the stock. 
Next comes the veggies.
Cut a half an onion and about 4 stalks of celery into small pieces. Saute in a small amount of oil, until slightly translucent. Then toss it in the pot.

Chop up about 4 whole carrot sticks, a cup of green beans, and 2 diced zucchini's and toss them into the pot.

 Let the veggies cook a bit, then add about 2 cups of gluten free noodles.
Serve warm with a sprinkle of sea salt!



Thanksgiving Leftover Croquettes

Sooooo, I'm Dutch. I have a whole bunch of leftovers from Thanksgiving left.
What am I to do?!
Make a croquette of course!

What might making a leftover croquette involve, you may ask.
Not much.
A croquette is simply a fried ball of mashed potatoes and meat. Since we have have mashed potatoes, turkey, and stuffing left over, why not use them all right?

So heres what you do:
Mix a tablespoon GF flour with 2 cups cold mashed potatoes, then take a little bit and flatten it like a pancake. Add a dollop of stuffing in the middle, and a few shreds of turkey. Fold the potatoes back over the filling, and roll into an oval.
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You can make them however large or small you want, I made them exceptionally large for no other reason then that I was too lazy to make a bunch of little ones. But, I would prefer little bite size, appetizer sized ones.

After you've put the balls together, roll them in bread crumbs, then in a raw scrambled egg, then in bread crumbs again. (p.s. I used crumbled Rudi's stuffing mix for the bread crumbs.)
Next, drop them on hot oil for about 3-5 minutes, or until outsides are golden.
Try not to let your oil get too hot, to where you scorch your first item into the frying pan, thus turning the oil black for all future use.
Frying things is not one of my special talents.

The outsides of these little snacks should get nice and crisp, while the insides stay warm and velvety.

Stay tuned for more Thanksgiving recipes!


Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole

I know, I know, Thanksgiving hasn't even come yet-but it's time to dive into the leftovers.
For me on this special Thursday, I tend to spend all day cooking up a storm, only to barely eat anything once meal time comes around. Seriously, I'm not ever actually hungry on Thanksgiving. 
What that tends to mean, is that we have a mountain of food left over. 

Growing up, my mother always made a leftover casserole the day after Thanksgiving. Its almost as tradition, as the traditional meal itself. All thats needed for this casserole, is your main leftover ingredients. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. 
When I was little, as I have stated before; I was not a stuffing fan. So with this meal, there was a lot of groaning and whining served up as well. I usually was left eating around the stuffing, to get the mashed potatoes and meat that were untouched by the stuffing. I'm not sure how I ever made it through childhood...but obviously I've changed my tune on stuffing ;)

 To make this casserole, Layer accordingly:
Top with gravy, and bake in 350degree oven for 30-40 minutes.
Thats it! All the hard work has already been done the day before!

And keep tuning in for more leftover recipes!