Posted by Ethne~
Hey dudes! I hope you all had a very nice Thanksgiving!
We are a week into the gluten-free/paleoesque/good-for-you (a/k/a GF for short) diet and I'm here with a report. It wasn’t a true GF week because I wasn’t 100% strict on Thanksgiving, though I also tried to keep the kiddos from gorging on gluten items too. Full-time job almost.
Cooking out of my new cookbooks has worked out ok. One thing I noticed is that the one lady’s paleo crock pot recipes are often 6 hour timing, which is shorter than my work day, so my Asian chicken cooked a little longer than was called for. It was edible, but I bet it would’ve been better had it been cooked just 6 hours.
|Homemade sweet potato fries; bacon-mushroom hamburgers with cashew-flour buns.|
|KD likes her sweet taters. I'm using up our Heinz ketchup then will try making my own. I made a BBQ sauce from scratch for those burgers and it was REALLY good.|
Target and Cub have great GF sections. I’m finding most of what I need between the two stores and Target especially even has boxed-type dinner sides and lunchbox items that are really nice for the work week. Still, there are a few things I haven’t found that I’m going to have to go to Whole Foods for. (I didn’t end up getting coconut aminos – huge debacle – but did find GF soy sauce, so I got that instead. If we were strict paleo, soy wouldn’t work.)
Thanksgiving we tried to keep the girls on track with the holiday snacking (ie, meat, cheese, corn chips, salsa – just no crackers), but then we didn’t go nuts over them having some stuffing and gravy at dinnertime. I easily scraped the crust off their pumpkin pie and they couldn’t have cared less.
So not perfect, but a good college try for week one.
As to any noticeable changes, I can’t say I’ve seen anything crazy different, though the girls were with Grandma and Grandpa yesterday and they reported an awesome day – having had a completely GF weekend. So we’ll see how week two comes along.
On a few other notes, for Thanksgiving, I made a beautiful scalloped oyster dish – recipe originally from bff Steph and adopted with love by my dad – but no one loved it here. It might be one of those that you have to grow up with and/or you have to be an oyster lover (like Dad) to appreciate.
|It turned out beautifully|
I went Black Friday shopping at 1am on Friday with my sister, Whit. I didn’t go on Thursday because I find it completely wrong that the stores open on Thanksgiving. Since they had done so, by the time I was shopping, the stores were a ghost town, which was kinda nice – and I managed to find a lot of what I was looking for.
We also decorated the house for Christmas. These pictures aren’t very good from my phone, but I wanted to show a few anyway. I love this season – and we managed to keep family and Jesus’ birthday at the forefront. We worked Santa in too – he’s the holiday celebration representative for children!
|All sorts of fun family ornaments!|
|Santa and the nativity all together. I made the little candle mat. The girls told me they like all the homemade things I make. Melt my heart!|
Have a great day!