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Living Gluten Free…or at least close to it

In case my life couldn’t get any more interesting, I have been having issues eating bread/wheat products. Whether I buy whole wheat bread or make my own pizza crust, I just odn’t feel good after I eat bread-y stuff. Do I think I”m gluten intolerant? No. Why, you may ask? Because I only have a problem here and there, but overall, (and I’ve noticed it more since eating clean and not eating bread carbs a whole lot) I get really bloated and feel sick for quite a while after eating whatever it is I ate that was made with flour. Mostly it’s bread, muffins, pizza crust, etc. I have not had an issue with say cookies or treats like that, but I also don’t eat as much of sweets in one sitting as I would bread.

So, not I’ve been on a search to find healthy alternatives for bread products. (burger buns, noodles,..you get the idea

A while ago, (on Pinterest, of course) I found a recipe for cloud ‘buns’, made with cottage cheese and eggs. ….Really? How could cottage cheese and eggs replace buns?  It’s protein. Not carbs. It didn’t add up in my head. But not long ago, I tried it.

I was making some Crockpot Ceascar Shredded Chicken,  (note to self: crockpots work better when turned on) and only had four burger buns to use for my hubby and two kids, and not enough time to make my own rolls. So I was off to make these for myself.  The recipe said to make them and store them overnight, but I didn’t do this and they were still yummy. I’ve made them twice now and the second time they seemed to turn out a little better. So, if you’re not sure at first, try them again, you may be surprised!

I managed to fit 10 on one pan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cloud ‘Buns’ (adapted from Food.com)
Yield: 10 rolls (5 sandwiches)

3 eggs, separated
3 Tbsp low-fat cottage cheese
1 packet sweetener
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. (you might need two cookie sheets, depending on how big they are)

Separate eggs. Put egg whites in bowl of stand mixer and egg yolks in a blender.
To the egg yolks, add the cottage cheese and sweetener; blend until smooth.

To the egg whites add cream of tartar and blend until they form stiff peaks

Carefully fold egg whites with the yolk mixture.

Spoon the mixture onto the lined cookie sheet. They should be about the size of a McDonald burger bun.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden. This may take more or less time, depending on your oven.

Let cool completely before storing in an air tight container or ziploc bag.

Note: I used these as burger buns and they worked great!

This has nothing to do with the buns..he’s just cute!

 

Perfect golden color!

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Breakfast of Champions

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Saturday morning: I wake up at 6:30 due to my three year old. So I’m instantly wide awake. My mind is thinking about all the things I have to do today. The boys are going with G & G to Bay Beach. A place with all sorts of carnival rides minus the creepy carnival ride operators. There’s a train (which my boys will die over), little boats and cars for them to ride in, bumper cars (whiplash waiting to happen), a giant slide (I’m sad about missing this), and Elvis’ favorite roller coaster! (the name of the coaster escapes me at the moment, but still, we got Elvis’ favorite roller coaster!)
So what, you may ask, are my husband and I doing while our boys are out galavanting around with the Grandparents?
Well, we ran some errands, ate some lunch, and then got ready for a friends wedding!
First, my shopping trip. I wanted to take advantage of some deals at Copp’s/Pick’n’Save and use some coupons to take advantage of double coupon days. Double coupon days are when you cand double coupons up to $1.00 in value. So I had a 40 cent coupon for yogurt and got 80 cents off instead. I also had some $1.00 coupons for almond milk, coffee, and some cheese. My big deal of the day of Kraft shredded cheese. It was 99 cents per package if you bought 5 or more packages. I also heard if you bought 10 packages, a coupon for $10 off your next purchase of 10 Kraft items. So what did I do? I went back and bought 10 more packages of cheese.
You may be thinking ‘What on earth does she need 20 packages of shredded cheese for?’
My answer: if you knew my husband, you’d understand. Born and raised in Wisconsin. In fact, we still live here and love it.
Lunch was Chipotle. Amazing! Nuf said.
The wedding we went to was on…wait for it….a Boat! It was a wedding cruise! Four hours of being on the Foxy Lady in the grand ‘ol bay of Green Bay! The home of the Green Bay Packers. Brats, beer, and cheese! (okay, sorry for that little rant. In just proud of where I’m from!)
So, back to the wedding. It was beautiful. Nautical themed with blue and yellow all over! They even ‘tied’ the knot..literally. hey used an old rope from another friend of ours’ sailboat. It was pretty cute. All of it was perfect!

Derek and Rachel, you two are one cute couple and I wish you all the best! Love you!

So, I guess the moral I’d the story is.. eat a good breakfast..it can lead to a great day!
Happy Labor Day Weekend!

A Bun (or cupcake) in the Oven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No, its not me that expecting, but pretty much every other person I know. Seriously. It’s like another baby boom around here!
So, in honor of these babies (and my best friend, in particular, who is on her third baby in 3 years! ) I made some cupcakes! She finds out what she’s having next week, so I couldn’t make just pink or just blue, I HAD to make both!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She didn’t want chocolate (I know, a prego lady that doesn’t want chocolate? What’s up with that?) So I chose funfetti with pink and blue sprinkles, and per her request, Raspberry Buttercream frosting, which I found out does not pipe well… *sad face* (see recipe below for reason why)
And since the raspberry frosting turns out pink, I added some blue sprinkles to the top! These are just cutest baby-themed cupcakes I’ve ever made (not to mention the only baby-themed cupcakes I’ve ever made) And they taste great too!
I decided to use a new funfetti recipe, and although its quite similar to the last one I used, I think I like it a little better. The cupcakes turned out soft, were shaped well (at least most of them were), have great flavor, and the recipe is pretty easy. And I am all about easy!
Happy Baking (to the cupcakes and the babies!)

Funnfetti Cupcakes with Raspberry Butter Cream Frosting
(cupcake recipe adapted from Annie’s Eats)
Yield: about 24 cupcakes

1 cup milk, divided
6 large egg whites
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 3/4 cup cake flour, sifted
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
12 tbsp (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup multicolored sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the cupcake pans with paper liners. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup of the milk, egg whites, vanilla and almond extracts. Whisk to blend. In a larger bowl (I used my KitchenAid mixer) combine cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix briefly on low speed to combine. Add butter and mix on low speed until the mixture resembles wet sand. Then, mix in the remaining 3/4 cup milk, then increase to medium speed and beat for about 90 seconds more. With the mixture on low speed, add the egg white mixture in three additions, mixing for about 20 seconds after each addition. Scrap the sides of the bowl as needed. Gently fold in the sprinkles with a spatula.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cupcake liners. Fill about 2/3 full. Bake about 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in the pan briefly, then transfer to a cooling rack  to cool completely before frosting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raspberry Buttercream Frosting (from MyRecipes.com)

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup fresh raspberries (I used frozen this time, and I think that’s why it didn’t pipe well), washed and dried
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
16 oz pkg powdered sugar, sifted

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat (I used the whisk attachment, because I like the consistency it makes the frosting when complete), beat together butter, raspberries, vanilla, and salt, until creamy.
Add the powdered sugar in two additions (I do this to avoid the ‘cloud’ of sugar that will poof when you start the mixer)

Frost your cupcakes any way you’d like!

Wilton Tent Sale = Heaven on Earth

I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I had traveling to Woodridge, Illinois for the annual Wilton Tent Sale at the beginning of June. It was amazing. Fantastic. Heavenly. (besides the rude man who thought I was going the wrong way down the aisle. Sigh) So besides that, I had more fun than I could possibly imagine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obviously this was not the tent. I was so excited when we got there that I didn’t take any pictures of the actual tent!!

This tent was close to a mile long with 5 rows of wonderful, discounted Wilton supplies. From baking pans to sprinkles to frosting tips. It WAS Heaven on Earth. There were a few things that they were out of already when we arrived around 9:30am and they opened at 8! I don’t really know how to explain it other than incredible.

Here’s are a few pictures from our day 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were way to excited to going! (and no, we did not intentionally match that day, we are just that good)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our wonderful ‘drivers’. (hey, they offered to drive us down there and listen to our chatter and giggles for the whole 8ish hour ride there and back) Beth’s hubby, Andy is on the left and my hubby, Arron is on the right 🙂


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had no idea that  you could see the skyline of Chicago from where we were in Illinois. I thought this was so cool (I don’t get out much)  So while we were driving home I had to try and get a picture of it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We even got caught in a real Chicago area traffic jam! Oh the fun!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were planes flying right over the highway when we drove by O’Hare Airport. I also, have never driven by that airport. It was pretty exciting for me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since we had nothing that we really had to get back for, we decided to stop at the Jelly Belly ‘Factory’ (I use the term loosely. It was really just a distribution center). It’s located just inside of Wisconsin. And who doesn’t love Jelly Belly’s!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The building even lives on Jelly Belly Lane!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s right. We took the tour 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jelly Belly’s were hanging from the ceiling in the waiting room for the tour. There were some cooler ones hanging from the ceiling while we were on the ‘train’ during the tour, but we were told not to take pictures during the tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also had to wear these lovely hats..you know, to keep out hair out of the processing. Don’t they make a cute couple!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had to steal one picture during the tour. We came across these flamingos!!!! How could not take a picture?

That concludes my picture tour of our day.

If you choose to check out the tent sale next year, I would suggest making a detailed list of things you really want. I didn’t and did buy some stuff that I really wanted, including a Wilton Master Tip set  so I can not pipe just about anything!! (after I practice a lot, anyway.)

I also purchased some fun Zebra print and hot pink candles, cake platter, and cupcake liners for my sister’s upcoming birthday. That will be fun!

I hope you enjoyed reading about our day as much as I enjoyed writing this and remembering everything!!!

Thank you and God Bless!