Thursday, May 26, 2016

Reception/ Tasty Thursday

Tasty Thursday
Last Friday night was the graduation of my youngest daughter's boyfriend. So we attended a standing room only gymnasium event. After a 55 hour work week, my feet can't take that anymore so we took a seat elsewhere and waited until the commencement was over to attend the reception. No photos of that but I have to give kudos to this rural school that allows use of classrooms for receptions for individual families. Such a nice idea!  Our apologies to the family that we didn't eat their delicious-looking treats as we have to keep gluten cross-contamination forever in the back of our minds. It was an honor to be invited to attend both events and we want to say 'Thank you'.
In honor of the couple, 
I'd like to share a little romantic music I'm particularly fond of lately.

Portrait Photo Credit: Cassandra Marie Photography

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Crisis Averted/Tasty Thursday

We found these in the freezer section Tuesday night. I had a feeling that my menu plan for Thursday was about to change. And I was correct.

 I would like to ask Udi's to do some forethought on the readability of this panel of information. I can see that UPC code really well, hint hint. One part I will decipher for you; 135mg Cholesterol. Ug! 
It figures. So I didn't eat the half bag serving. Saved myself from a little guilt.

This is the part where there could have been a major crisis. I have to admit I was in a hurry and tried using my superhuman strength. To a fault.
The eldest daughter was casually observing and decided to hand me some shears. I think she was more worried that the contents would end up for the dog and we'd have to have soup....or hot dogs.
 But all's well that ends well and we enjoyed this new offering from the Udi's gluten free line of convenient frozen foods. I have not been paid to endorse this product. I'm just sharing a little bit of Stephanie's Stuff on this return to Tasty Thursday

Saturday, May 14, 2016


Where in the world would I be without my Best Girls?!
Just want to take a second to give them some well-deserved recognition.
Lori and her boys. 
Currently in Tennessee. Miss your face!

Marty and a recent reunion. Such a happy day :)
Currently from Louisville, Kentucky. Thanks for letting me know how to 'properly' say Louisville. ;)

Rachel and Kirsten.
Couldn't be any prouder of you two!

And of course there's Mom and Sis. 
I'll always be thankful for your love and support.

I have a theme going on here you probably don't know unless you know all of us.
It's Faces of Strong women. I'd put these women in politics any day and there'd be
 no racism, no starving babies and world peace.

'Call us' whoever wins the U.S. presidency. We have some great pointers.

Check out some other Photo Challenge entries here.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part/ Tasty Thursday

Yesterday, I jumped the gun and posted a preview on Facebook of our Cooking with Kids activity for the week. Couldn't help myself.
They have such a good time. Even if it were real mud, they'd have just as much fun. 
But it was not real mud.
We made a 'pie' together.

We even adapted the recipe to create our own Gluten Free version.
The recipe only calls for 1/3 cup of flour so it was pretty easy to use the g-free equivalent.

It's really a glorified brownie with fudge topping instead of an icing. We also chose to use non-dairy whipped topping from the freezer section due to the price of whipping cream. Have you seen the cost of a pint of that stuff lately?? Oh. My. Goodness!!
The freezer variety was on sale for 88 cents. 
No homemade whipped topping today little dearies. Sorry.
Honestly, the waiting is the hardest part.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Ron's Chicken and Potatoes/ Tasty Thursday

Tasty Thursday

There are so many good dinner ideas out there and my husband found us one this week. It was a good thing he felt ambitious because I've been drowning in prepping for the annual A to Z April Blog Challenge over at my other blog. Maybe next month you'll have a look-see. There'll be 26 opportunities to view something from A to Z.
Back to the dinner....
Rachel rolled up the bacon .

I Highly recommend a splatter screen for the chicken and bacon frying portion. Flavor will be an awesome combination though, I promise!

A couple before and after of the new potatoes cut in half. Added in onion and
some of these little numbers, seeded and sliced.

The end result, Ron gets best husband award for this delish meal.

Have a wonderful Thursday!!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Bless You and Yours/ Tasty Thursday

As this St. Patrick's Day approached, I spent some time cookin' up some traditional foods. Not necessarily because we are big celebrators of this holiday, but because we actually like them, grew up with them and hadn't had them for awhile.

Cut up and seasoned and ready to cook soaking up that chicken broth in our pressure cooker.

Chili Cheese Brats, (YuM)
Cabbage and Potatoes
Potato Soup
Tasty Thursday this year falls on St. Patrick's Day giving me a chance to bestow a little blessing on each of my readers.....

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

Thanks to all for reading!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Prelude/ Tasty Thursday

Little did you know that my last blog post was foreshadowing our latest adventure. 
Tasty Thursday this week is a peek at our family dining experience at Lidia's Italy Kansas City.
They have a nice selection of Gluten free items for our 1/2 of the household who have intolerance for Wheat, Barley and Rye.
Grilled Octopus with Warm Potatoes, Caper, Red Onion, Gaeta Olives GF
Our appetizer was shared with 3 of the 4 of us. Not everyone wanted to try this unfamiliar seafood. When you live in the farmbelt, it's hard to warm up to this type of option. No mozzarella cheese sticks available here. Time to insert here that I did try it. Yay me :)
with Rock Shrimps, Asparagus, Peas, Favas
This was my meal choice. I've watched Lidia's PBS episode where she makes Risotto. Could. not. resist.
The shrimp were abundant and I truly enjoyed every single bite. I wanted to share a taste with everyone but it was not safe for that 1/2 that I mentioned before. We have a cookbook of Lidia's and I do believe I will try making a variety that everyone can eat sometime soon.
This was a gorgeous restaurant with doors open behind me letting in fresh air. Loved the atmosphere! This dinner was a wonderful way to prelude the concert at The Midland to see Kacey Musgrave.