Sunday, February 16, 2014

Comfort Food?  YES!

Wait a minute!

How can I have things like Drop Biscuits and SawMill Sauage Gravy and still maintain a "wheat free" diet??

Well, I've told you already, but I'll tell you again!

Pamela's Bread and Pancake Mix!

It is wheat free, glutton free and tastes WONDERFUL!

I made these today to take to Sunday School and they were well received.  The photo you see is all that was left!  There were 24 drop biscuits and 1 1/2 quarts of Saw Mill Sausage Gravy.  YUM!

What started this all off was yesterday morning as Doug and I were enjoying our breakfast of …..WAFFLES…. I asked Doug if he would like me to try the biscuits and gravy idea.  He was all for it!  So, here you see my creation.  Perfect for a Sunday morning "brunch".

I am NOT affiliated in anyway with Pamela's company, I am just so very grateful to have found something that we can make that isn't to complicated and expensive.

Doug has been sharing this new eating program with his co-workers and they've been asking questions.  He in turn calls me and asks for the answers.  It is so neat to share this with our friends and family, but our family, mostly our daughters, haven't come around to our way of thinking on this.

I have an idea for supper on Monday night.  I think I'll make Spaghetti.  I have some gluten free noodles but I'm thinking of using my Spaghetti Squash instead.  We've done that before and really enjoy it.  And, I plan on making some Garlic Drop Biscuits to go with it!  Yum!

I told Doug yesterday that I wanted a Bread Machine.  I put it out on my page on FaceBook and within a few minutes a dear friend replies that she has one and would be glad to give it to me when she returns home from her vacation next week.  I could wait!  But, Doug couldn't!  So after much prompting, off we went in search of a bread machine.  I found a nice one at WalMart (yes, I know I said I hate that place but the one  in Peachtree City is clean and not as crazy as most) and brought it home.  I just put in a mix to enjoy tonight.  Doug, bless him, is about to perish for a sandwich!

"But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God."  Matthew 4:4

Blessings~ Kat

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentines Day 2014  

A sweet (pardon the pun) holiday.

Like most "holiday's" a trumped up commercialized reason to spend money.  I enjoy them, these "holiday's" but the aren't Holy Days.  Did you know that the word "holiday" actually means "Holy Day" ?

To quote a friends oft used phrase, "I said all that to say this", every day with my love, is Valentine's Day.

Sappy, right?  Yeah, but true.

He asked me a week or so ago, "What do you want for Valentine's Day?".  Now don't go off on him, we've been married for 37 years!  The man is no fool, he knows to avoid crisis, ask questions!   

My response?  "Baby, every day with you is Valentine's Day, so why should this one day be any different?

Now I know you all are looking at this quite differently than I am.  You're thinking in terms of "gifts", goodies as it were.  Okay, I have a question for you.

How do you top this:
I want a Kitchenaid Mixer, you know the ones that cost $399,00?  He says, "Mama, if you want a mixer, go get it."
I say something is pretty, he says, "get it!".
 I say, in passing, "that would be nice for the house."
Next thing I know, we have it.
The man is way yonder to good to me in the "stuff" or "gift" department for 365 days a year.  You just can't top that.

 So, "goodies or stuff" is not what Valentine's Day is all about to me.

Doug riding The Dragon Tail August 2012

To me, Valentine's Day is a day to smile at young love, trying to get it right.  A day to smile at the memories of youth.  And especially a day to look up in prayer at God on his throne and say, "Thank you Father for this wonderful man in my life." and let him hear you do it.

Now children, get about it.

Blessings~ Kat

Monday, February 3, 2014

I can has Waffles!?!

As you know, I've embarked on a healthy food plan.  

The first thing you should do when you begin a new food plan is purge your pantry!  

Purging our pantry is never a fun job!  It can be painful giving away, or in some cases throwing away, perfectly good food.  

I know some people that give themselves "time to use up all the stuff in there" and folks, that just doesn't work.  You never finish so you really never start!  I have found the best way to do it is to just do it.  Start at the top and work your way down.  

Here we go:

  • 1.  Gather boxes or bags to put the items that you are giving away into.  Food banks will love you.  Just make sure that the items donated to them are in date and unopened.
  • 2.  Drag your trash can closer to the pantry so you can toss the item in and not have to stop and ponder it.
  • 3.  I found that the best way to do my purge was to set my timer for 15 minutes and my iPod on my favorite playlist.  Then just get to it.  Don't think about it to hard, reading the ingredients will take you a minute but don't stop!  Check the ingredients against the list you printed from the link below:       When the timer goes off, step back and look at the pantry shelves.  You'll be pleasantly surprised by how neat and tidy it looks and not as bare as you thought it would be. 
  • 5.  Take a 5 minute break.  Drink a glass of water or just sit and look at your pantry and envision how great it is going to be having it neatly arranged and not be a mine field any more!
  • 6.  Continue by restarting the timer for 15 minutes after your brief break.  Keep repeating as   many times as necessary to get the job finished.  

Now, what on earth are we going to cook???  I know just how you feel!  I asked the same question.  That afternoon, after finishing up my pantry purge, I went shopping at my favorite store.  Kroger!
They have a great "healthy alternatives" section.  I want to share a really wonderful find with you!!

Go to this website:

There you will find so many great products!  I bought mine at Kroger.  They have a lot of the items on her website in stock.  I have only tried the Baking and Pancake Mix pictured but I LOVE it!  

I enjoy making Waffles.  Up till now I'd used another baking mix (I won't name it, you may have a box in your pantry) and I enjoyed them.  After using Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix I would never go back to the other one even if I could!  The waffles were so light and fluffy!  They had a wonderful tastes and texture.  I did enhance the recipe slightly by adding a few drops of Vanilla Flavoring to the batter but that is the only thing I changed.  Delightful! 

I made them for breakfast the Saturday after I purchased the mix and my husband, Doug, so enjoyed them that he was excited this past Saturday when I suggested them again.  

The link above has so many interactive pages, recipes, videos, products and useful information that you will enjoy cooking again.  If you're like me, you can get overwhelmed by all the "new" information about cooking without wheat products, and you just might not be inclined to do it.  Believe me when I say,  it is so very much worth it.  Not only for your own health, but your families health as well!

God's Blessings be unto you all as you go about your day.  May He place your angels on high alert to keep you and yours safe out and about through out this day and on.

~ Kat