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Tonight’s Dinner Invention- dubbed Pan of Yumminess by my daughter :)

Not sure what to call this one- Fried Sprouted Rice & Quinoa?  Here’s what it is, you think up a name.  Whatever you call it, it’s tasty and was a huge hit with the entire family.

First I pulled out the rice cooker and put in 2 cups of truRoots Sprouted Rice & Quinoa blend with 3 1/2 cups of water.  Set it on the white rice setting and started with the rest of the dish.

I pulled out with my big fry pan and sautéed some chopped onion and minced garlic with a few tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

As that sautéed over medium heat, I chopped the veggies.  A stalk of broccoli, 1/3 of a head of cauliflower, 8-9 mini carrots, 2 stalks of celery, 8 mushrooms, 1/2 bunch of kale chopped and a handful of chopped cilantro.

I started by adding the celery and carrots to the saute.  Broccoli and cauliflower followed, then the mushrooms.  I added 1/4 cup of water, 2 HerbOx vegetable bullion cubes, 1 tbs SanJ Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) and covered the pan so the veggies could steam a little.  You could keep this dish vegetarian/vegan OR do what I did and add meat. We had some left over pork shoulder roast so I chopped that up and added it to the mix along with the kale.

Then I used a microplane to add 2-3 tsp of fresh ginger.  I peel my ginger root and then store the whole thing in the freezer.  The microplane is so sharp you can just grate off as much as you need from the frozen root and then throw the rest back in the freezer.  Then I added the sprouted rice and quinoa blend, and did a scrambled egg on the side of the pan and mixed it in just as it was almost cooked. (like traditional fried rice) Stirred it all together, added another tablespoon or so Tamari, and topped with the chopped fresh cilantro and sesame seeds.

Dinner done- 1 pan, and the rice cooker.  About 20-30 minutes start to finish.

Summary of Ingredients:

2 cups truRoots Sprouted Rice & Quinoa Blend (this is my favorite but you could do rice or plain quinoa), 3 1/2 c water  cooked on white rice cycle of a rice cooker.

1 stalk broccoli chopped, stem and top

1/3 head cauliflower chopped

2 stalks celery chopped

8 mini carrots (or 2 regular carrots) chopped

7-8 mushrooms chopped

handful of cilantro chopped

1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds

1/4 cup chopped onion

3-4 tbsp minced garlic

1 egg beaten (optional)

1/4 c water

2 HerbOx vegetable bullion cubes (gluten-free)

2-3 cups pre-cooked meat (optional) pork, chicken, beef

2-4 tbsp San-J Tamari (gluten-free)

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Broccoli-Quinoa Stovetop Bake

Went to make a broccoli-quinoa casserole today that I’d seen on Pinterest (,  in the interest of time and avoidance of mayo (shudder)- I invented something new and quite tasty.

Cook in rice cooker on white rice setting: (you can do this on the stove top if you don’t have a rice cooker)

2 c quinoa

4 c water

4 vegetable bullion cubes (chicken would work too)

Other ingredients:

3-4 stalks of broccoli, cut into small bite size and smaller pieces (I used the tops and stalks)

6-8 mushrooms sliced

2tbs minced garlic

1/4-1/2c shredded parm

1/4-1/2c sour cream

In a large pan saute the broccoli, garlic and mushrooms in a little butter or olive oil and .  Once they start to soften, add the cooked quinoa to the pan.  Add sour cream and mix into other ingredients.  Add most of the parmesean.  I have to admit I wasn’t measuring so I’m guesstimating what I used.  You should get a kind of thick casserole like consistency.  Sprinkle a little extra parmesan on top and cover pan.  Let it sit on low heat so the parmesan melts and the mixture has a baked consistency 5-15 min.

Serve and enjoy!  This was a handy way to work extra veggies into the dinner.  The kids loved it.


Gluten Free Bagels!!!!

My family has found some store-bought bagels that we love, Udi’s (  However time and budget dictate that there has to be a home cooked alternative.  Anyone who has embarked on a gluten-free adventure knows that baked goods are challenging to say the least.  That is why I was so excited today when came up a recipe that resulted in a bagel that tasted good!

I truly believe the secret to these bagels lies in the flour.  Manini’s Gluten Free Multi-Purpose Flour.  If you haven’t discovered Manini’s for yourself, you must check them out-  They make an entire line of flour mixes and pastas.  Everything is incredible and tastes “normal”.  In fact, better than “normal”.  But back to the bagels… Here is the recipe.  If you try them I’d love to hear what you think.


2 1/3 cups Manini’s Multi-Purpose Gluten Free Flour Mix

3 tablespoons dry milk powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) instant rise yeast

2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

1 egg, at room temperature

2 egg whites, at room temperature, plus 1 egg white

1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees), plus 1 teaspoon water

Approx 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds (optional)

You’ll also need:

Nonstick cooking spray

Parchment Paper


Waxed Paper

**To mix I used my bread machine on the dough cycle (not the full cycle-just as a mixer), but you could use and electric mixer or stand mixer.

**Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Turn the oven off once it reaches temperature.

1. Place Flour, Milk Powder, Salt, Sugar and Yeast in mixing bowl.  Mix to combine ingredients.

2. While continuing to mix add Butter, Egg, 2 Egg Whites and  1/2 c Water.  Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to incorporate all the dry ingredients.

3. Divide dough ball into 8 pieces.

4. Prepare baking sheet.  Cover with parchment and sprinkle with cornmeal.

5. Roll each dough ball into a seven inch rope and then securely pinch the ends together to form the bagel shape.  Place formed bagel on baking sheet.

6. Once all bagel are formed, lightly spray waxed paper with cooking spray and place over the top of the bagels.  Place the bagels in preheated oven that has been TURNED OFF!  Allow them to rise for 40 minutes.

7.  Just before the bagels are done rising, fill a large sauce pan with 4″ of water and add the 2 tsp. of sugar.  Bring the water to a boil.

8.  Pull the bagels out of the oven and turn the oven back on, Preheat to 400 degrees.

9. Place four of the bagels into the boiling water.  After 30 seconds, flip the bagel and boil on the other side for 30 seconds.  Remove bagels from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and place back on the parchment covered baking sheet.  Repeat with the remaining four bagels.

10. Whip remaining egg white and 1tsp water until frothy.  Brush onto bagels.  Sprinkle Sesame Seeds on bagels.

11. Place baking sheet in oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Allow to cool and enjoy!

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My Gluten Free Adventure

In an attempt to improve the allergies of my kids we’re going gluten free.  I’m finding it’s a series of trial and error and I’m learning to cook all over again 🙂  I hope to share my finds to make this adventure a little easier for all those families out there who are trying to do the same thing.

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Just another manic Monday…

This morning started off with a bang.  I woke up at 4:30 am having a panic attack.  So many things to worry about, I must need to wake up extra early to get them all in.  Wouldn’t be too terrible if it weren’t for the fact that daylight savings was yesterday so it was really 3:30.  I tried to fight it for a while but realized that was silly.  Got up and started getting ready for work.  My heart was racing like I was running for my life but my head was in a fog.

Shower- check; hair-check; partial make-up on- check; okay time to start waking kids.  My oldest first.  He barely rouses.  I crack his blinds to let some light in.  We talk, I move on.  Baby crying down the hall.  Go in and he says he needs a bath, that he hurts.  Hmmm… doesn’t sound promising.  “Hold me, I need a bath.”  Poor sweet baby doll.  I tell him I need to wake up his sister first.  “Allright” and he cuddles into my side as I go about my rounds.  Middle child, again it’s like trying to wake the dead.  Evidently I’m the only one with a panic disorder this morning.  Back to the oldest.  He’s out like a light again.  Wake him up and set down baby boy so I can grab the loaf of bread out of the bread machine.  The recipe I used called for what I think is too much  yeast.  The loaf looks like a chef hat.  Delicious yes, handy for sandwiches, no.  Great.

Bath is still being requested so I re-cuddle little man into my side and go off to find my husband so that I have a second pair of hands.  He two is suffering from Daylight Savings Spring Ahead.  I think he sprung into a wall because he’s incoherent and he kinked his neck in the night.  Back to baby girl, she is at least awake but not getting out of bed.  Back to the oldest, he’s sound asleep again.  In the meantime my poor patient little boy is cuddling and asking telling me he “needs” a bath.  Husband stumbles out and offers to trade bath for me making coffee and finally little man is on his way to the water.

Breakfast for two, start to pack lunches, coffee, snack for baby girl’s snack time.  I get called away to grab a towel for my bath boy.  He’s still not acting right but I try not to worry and focus on getting everyone ready to go out the door.  I have a client this morning so I need to make sure I look put together.  I finish my make-up, inspect the baby’s mouth which he says hurts, set him up in my bed to watch a little TV  and throw some clothes on.  My daughter is still changing outfits and it’s time to be in the car.  I’m just grabbing my laptop and Blackberry from the nightstand when the baby who is on my bed starts throwing up.  It’s everywhere.  All over him, all over his special blankets, all over my comfoter.  Great.  Thankfully it’s my husband’s day off.  (at least I’m thankful, I don’t know how he felt about it right then)  Back to the bath, blankets in the wash, bedroom sprayed with a liberal quantity of Lysol and then I blow them kisses and hustle the older two out to the car.  My poor husband who cannot turn his kinked neck and the puking baby left to fend for themselves.

I console myself with the fact that at least I still have a fighting chance of getting the kids to their schools on time and try to tell myself that I’m not a horrible mom for leaving my sick baby.  Drop offs go smoothly, traffic isn’t so bad, I still feel like I have a racehorse in my chest but maybe today will turn around.  Get to the office, visit with my co-workers.  It’s all good. I know I look ok, I don’t think I have any barf on me.. ahhhhh…. 

Client’s arrive and they are so excited when they see me because I’m “PREGNANT AGAIN! ” But no- I’m not…. I’m just fat.  So after that awkward moment they ask about the scar on my chest where I had malignant melanoma removed in October.  “WOW- they really butchered you!”  Great, I’m a fat pregnant looking woman with a butchered scar.  Yeah me!  Glad I took the time to try to look presentable.  This is shaping up to be a stellar day and it’s only 10 am.

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Revise the Saturday List

Well the morning is progressing. Add: random calls from clients about 20-year-old alcohol; and cleaning purple marker off the dining room wall and two-year old. Oh- and of course breaking up fights due to the middle child waking up and her brother asking her to help him clean up a mess they made.

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Yes, it’s Saturday.  I used to love Saturdays but now it ranks somewhere near 7th in my list of days. 

To my kids Saturday should be fun and action packed.  Ideally to me it would be as well.  However the reality is that Saturday is that day that I try to pack all the things I couldn’t get done during the week into.  My husband works Saturdays and then has Sundays off.  As a result I feel like I should get all household chores and errands done on Saturday so that Sunday can be more of a fun family day.  Due to my status as the Inadequate Mother, I usually fall short of this goal.

Saturday is the day I try and sleep in a bit, to be greeted by a house that looks like it was ransacked.   It seriously looks like someone came in, wearing very dirty boots and upended the place.  The kids, while I make them help, are less than perfect in the cleaning department and often greet Saturday chores with a huge amount of disdain.  My middle child is vocal with her disdain.  Whines, cries, picks fights with her brothers.  It’s lovely.  My eldest child just moves as though his veins are filled with molasses.  Sometimes I actually look for the slug trail behind him.  It’s downright painful to watch.  The youngest loves to pick up but he’s two.  So as quickly as he picks it up, he pulls two more things back out.  Painful to watch as well.  But I digress.  Perhaps a to-do list would get me going.

1. Finish cleaning the kitchen.  Right now it’s “husband clean”, I’d like it “visitor clean”.

2. Bathrooms, glove up, chemical up and try to scrub the “rest stop” look out of them.

3. De-clutter and dust.  Sounds simple enough but you haven’t seen this place.

4. Floors.  Hard floors and carpet both need attention.  I did a sweep last night to prep for this but you’d never know it.

5. The Wreck-Room.  No, I know most people spell it Rec Room.  Rec just doesn’t do it justice though.

6. Find decor for my Mother’s 60th Birthday Party.

7. Help my sister find wedding accessories and decor.

8. Clean myself up.

9. Figure out dinner and get it going.  Tonight is a rare event… I’m actually going out with my husband.  Pretty cool, yet it shortens the work day.

10. Work on taxes of three people.  Need to do mine too but that’s a whole other story.

11.  Laundry…. there is always laundry.

12.  The yard.  To be fair, this is always on the list.  It’s a huge project that we’re trying to do in baby steps.  I am truly Inadequate in this department.  I dream of the day it starts looking beautiful and not like we’re the white trash family on the block. 

13.  Monitor the homework progress of my oldest.  He was sick for a week and the trimester ends this week.  As a result he has an unreal amount of homework on top of a normal week of unreal quantities of homework.  He is an amazing and intelligent child, however he is easily distracted and time management is not something he has mastered.

14.  Plan a couple of fun tasks for the kiddos so they don’t revolt.  If the sun doesn’t get drown out I’m sure there will be multiple requests to go to the park too.

Hmmm… that doesn’t look so bad…  It’s only 9:40 now, I’m sure I can tackle all this by 5.

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Hello world- am I alone?

Today was the day where I snapped and now here I am on a blog site.

It was a day much like any other except I checked my son’s school newsletter to see what time an afterschool function was. While trying to find the information, there was a list thanking all the parents who had helped with the most recent fundraiser for the school. “That’s nice” I thought as I looked down the list of names. It was a big list too! We have so many wonderful families doing so much for this tiny private school. Probably a half of the parents at the school were listed. But wait, where was our family? I looked again, and again, different names? Nope- not there. We donated a bunch of items and spent the better part of five days working on getting them organized and listed for the project. Nope- we’re not on there.

Part of me thinks- no biggie, who cares, I didn’t do it to see our name listed in the newsletter. The other part of me though is stuck on the fact that the person who organized the even dismissed me in an email the other day and this feels like an intentional snubbing. Frustrating as the time spent to do the work for this project really had to be carved out.  Laundry didn’t get done, rooms didn’t get cleaned, sleep was missed, any working parent knows what I’m talking about.

 Am I paranoid? Am I stuck thinking about something meaningless? Probably.. However this is just the latest in a decade long+ string of events that demonstrates to me that for whatever reason I don’t fit in with the “PTA Mothers” and they aren’t going to let me forget it. I don’t know what gene you have to be born with to get into the inner circle of school acceptance but I seriously don’t have it. I forever am on the outside looking in. Not included in parking lot conversations, not invited to participate, having volunteer hours ignored and unappreciated. I simply am out of sync with the rest of them mom’s. I try to let it roll off my back but it seriously makes me crazy. I try really hard to be involved in things my kids love. With three children spaced five years apart, I can’t always give unlimited hours but I try. What am I doing wrong?

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