Saturday, January 28, 2012

Gluten Free Poppyseed Chicken

This is what we had for dinner tonight and I was quite pleased with how it turned out! I grew up eating traditional poppyseed chicken made with ritz crackers, but needed a gluten free adaptation.

Here's how I did it:
Poach, and shred 4-6 chicken breasts (you want to have enough chicken to fill your casserole dish, I use a smaller dish do I only need 4).

Mix together:
12 oz box of pacific natural foods cream of chicken soup (GF)
8 oz container reduced fat sour cream
3 tsp poppyseeds
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1-2 tsp herb de Provence seasoning

Combine mixture with shredded chicken and place in greased casserole dish.

Crush 2-3 cups of corn chex (again, you may need more if making a large batch). Add 1/4 C melted butter. Sprinkle this mixture on top of casserole.

Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350. Remove from oven when bubbly and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

We usually serve over rice or mashed potatoes. I like to double up on my starches. :)

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Microwaveable GF Cake in a Mug

I've seen the "cake in a mug" recipes all over pinterest, but never a gluten free recipe. I decided to make my own last night and it was delicious! The beauty of this concept is that you can customize it to your liking. Add peanut butter, coconut, vanilla, etc. It's also the perfect portion, no more huge cake pans to tempt you into the night! Next time I will definitely have some icing on hand to throw on the top for extra enjoyment.

Here it is:
1/4 C. GF flour of your choice
1/4 C. Sugar
3 TBS. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. xanthan gum
1 egg beaten
3 TBS. milk
1 TBS. vegetable oil

Mix dry ingredients in mug of your choice (I used one of my beloved Starbucks city mugs). In a separate small bowl mix wet ingredients. Add wet to dry, mix well. Microwave on high 1 1/2-2 minutes. Top with ice cream or frosting and enjoy!

(not the best picture ever, but you get the idea)

Friday, January 13, 2012

12 things to do in 2012

1. Go to Ireland.
2. Write a will (smart, not morbid).
3. Take Liam to the zoo.
4. Go on 12 dates with my hottie husby.
5. Go camping with the Cummings'.
6. Go on a family hike.
7. Wash my face before bed every night.
8. Cook, or try, 5 new foods.
9. Go to a show at the Ryman.
10. Find a play group or day out program for Liam to be involved in.
11. Make 5 things I've pinned on Pinterest.
12. Write snail mail/send packages to those we love.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012


We are home from an incredible week in Colorado visiting family and friends. It is always such a treat to just get to share life with our extended families. If you live near yours, be thankful!

(landing in Denver) 
I didn't take tons of pictures, I was busy enjoying myself, but I did have tons of fun!

(elk in Estes) 
Liam had a great time playing with his cousins and getting loved on by grandparents and aunts and uncles.

(a moose at the visitors center in Estes) 
Ryan and I got to cash in on some grandparent babysitting generosity and spent our first night away from Liam. We stayed in a condo in Estes Park, ate delicious food at the Stanley Hotel and saw, "We Bought a Zoo," (new favorite movie) without rushing to get back to relieve a sitter...divine!

(beautiful drive into the mountains) 
We ate at all of our favorite places: Blue Parrot, Swing Thai, Little Man, Udi's, (new fave) Snooze, and even got to have Barb's meatballs!

(great am cocktails at snooze) 
We even got a little snow while we were there! Liam loved getting hit in the face with snowflakes. We took it one step further and ate ice cream in the snow! So fun, so cold!

Our trips home are always too short, but we are so thankful for our time to visit! Thanks for making time for us, all you Colorado people! We love you very much!

(Grami and Papo love)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Liam's first haircut

Grami got to cut Liam's hair for the first time today! Sadly, Liam was not very excited to see his baby curls go. His tears and wails were quite humorous. Such a silly boy!

Mommy also got "a little off the top."

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Monday, January 2, 2012

In case I ever have a bad day...

I will watch this video. Such a sweet little love! We were trying to pack to go on vacation and Liam discovered the fun that can be had with two suitcases! So funny! It's shakey because I was shaking with laughter.

YouTube Video

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

15 Months Old!

Dear Liam bird,

It is so hard to believe that you have been with us for 15 months already!  You are such a joy, and we love learning and growing with you!

You had a check up with Dr. Davidson the other day and we were excited to hear about your growth.  You currently weigh 24 pounds, 13 ounces which is in the 50th percentile. Your height of 31.75 inches is also in the 50th percentile.  Your big coconut of a head, however, is in the 75th percent!

It's no wonder that you are growing so much, you can definitely put away the food!  You drink about 24 ounces of whole milk throughout the day (4 sippy cups), and eat three quite large meals.  I am always amazed at how much you can eat.  For example, at Cracker Barrel last week you ate 2 scrambled eggs, 1 whole biscuit, a half-dollar sized piece of ham, half a glass of yogurt, and the top of a blueberry muffin--that's a lot of food!  We are so happy that you eat well and continue to be adventurous with food.  You love fish, lentils, cornbread, black beans, yogurt, cheese, clementines, breakfast casserole, pumpkin pie, and arrowroot cookies!

Your one year molars are trying to come through and with them they have brought some temper fits. We have always known you to be strong-willed, you got a double helping of that, but you have started to head butt us when you aren't particularly thrilled with something.  We have started referring to you as "grumpy-old-man-tooth-face" when you exhibit this behavior-- it is often cured with oragel, or teething tablets which we are thankful for.  Despite the grumpiness and obvious pain, you are still sleeping your normal 14 hours at night.  We have been trying to figure out your new nap schedule though, sometimes you still need two naps, but more often than not you are are just taking a 3 hour nap in the afternoon.

At fifteen months old, you are still taking your precious time with walking.  It will definitely be on your terms, little buddy.  You can more than adequately get around by crawling, creeping, walking behind your walker, or climbing.  Yes, we need to have you fitted for a harness, you successfully climbed the spiral staircase (with my hand constantly on your tushie) the other day!

Liam, we love to hear your sweet little voice.  You say, "mama," "dada," "book," "hi," "baby," and "nigh nigh."  You prefer to speak in your little made up language that sounds like French at times.  Your intonation sometimes makes it seem like you are saying complete sentences, we will sit around and translate for you so that you feel like you're a part of the conversation.  So cute!

You are still our little observer, when you see something new you will watch it for a long time.  If you get a new toy you have to turn it over and over inspecting it and then you quickly figure out how to play with it.  You absolutely love books, you will sit for a long time just pulling your books out of baskets and flipping through them.  You love any "touch and feel" books and "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See."  You also adore all of the "Little People" that you have acquired.  They get loved on and driven all around your room.  You have such a sweet heart and love to share with Gus.  You will try to put anything in his mouth: food, books, toys, teethers.

We are so thrilled to be your parents, Wiggs.  You have no idea how much you bless us everyday with your sweetness, kisses, and smiles.  You are so much fun to hang out with, even when you are challenging we wouldn't trade a second!  We can't wait to see what this year holds for your development and growth, you're more of a little boy every day!  You are loved, cherished, and treasured, my sweets!

Love you forever, and ever,