Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Turkey Meatballs

Since pinning is not working properly on Pinterest tonight and I don't want to forget the recipe modifications I made, this seemed like the best option. My modifications make this safe for someone with Celiac disease and on a low fodmap diet.

The Original recipe was found at: https://www.dashofjazz.com/slow-cooker-turkey-meatballs-marinara-sauce/

Modified ingredients:
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups Rice Chex, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/8 tsp Oregano
  • cloves garlic cooked in 2 tbsp of Olive oil for 2 minutes and then discarded, keeping the oil.
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 jar of Tomato Passata
  • 3/4 cup water

  1. In a large bowl, mix ground turkey, bread crumbs, chili powder until uniform. Form mixture into meatballs about 2 inches in diameter. (Makes 14)
  2. Place meatballs in crock of slow cooker. Add garlic oil, and spinach then pour tomato passata and water over top.
  3. Cover slow cooker and cook on low for about 3 hours on high or until meatballs are cooked through and tender.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Southwestern Rice Goulash

1 lb ground beef
16oz diced tomatoes
1/3 cup frozen corn
2/3 cup green beans (I used french cut)
1/2 tsp cumin
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup uncooked rice
2 cups chicken broth

1) Brown ground beef
2) Add diced tomatoes, corn, green beans, cumin, salt and pepper.
3) Add half the chicken broth.
4) Add uncooked rice and stir together.
5) Add remaining chicken broth.
6) Bring to a boil.
7) Turn down to simmer and simmer for 20 minutes.
8) Stir and serve.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Chili Pasta

I'm going to start out by saying this is not my photo, I found a stock photo of pasta with tomato sauce as a sort of place holder. Hopefully I'll remember to take a photo next time we eat this.

Last night I made Chili pasta for dinner. I basically took 2 recipes and smushed them together and got this. . .and my husband said "you have to make this again" so, despite the kids complaining because they hate tomatoes, I'm putting it up on this blog so I can find it later.

I'm on a gluten free, dairy free, low fodmap diet so if you don't have to worry about avoiding onions or garlic you could probably replace the tomato passata with tomato sauce.

8oz (half a bag) Rizopia rice pasta
1 lb ground beef
1/2 tbsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp kosher salt
pepper to taste
1 cup tomato passata
14oz diced tomatoes

1) Cook pasta.
2) When there is about 10 minutes left on the pasta start cooking the ground beef.
3) When the ground beef is browned add the spices, salt and pepper.
4) Add tomato passata and diced tomatoes.
5) Cook until the pasta is ready, worked out to about 5 minutes.
6) Mix in pasta and serve.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

First Day Recap. . .and more lunch. . .

So we survived the first day back to school! Yay!

I really hate the first day because generally speaking it feels incredibly unorganized and hectic. There are tonnes of parents and kids all squished into a small space together who are all trying to figure out who their child's teacher is at the same time through some lists that are posted to the wall of the school 15 minutes before the bell is scheduled to ring. Personally it makes me feel claustrophobic and I'm sure it doesn't do anything for my daughter's anxiety levels either.

On the bright side, we found our list relatively quickly this year and then E's teacher who she luckily recognized in the school yard.

AND. . .


The last couple of years it has rained on the first day of school and adding umbrellas to all this chaos seems to take crazy to a whole new level.

So, as for lunch. . .

The lunchable was mostly a hit. . .she loved the Kolbassa, the cheese string, apple sauce, popcorn, and juice box. Unfortunately her crackers some how managed to get soggy and she didn't find them very edible. We've decided to try something different for tomorrow. . .

So here goes. . .

For tomorrow's lunch we decided to go with meatballs (President's Choice Blue Menu Gluten Free) and mashed potatoes, baby tomatoes, a Black Diamond Cheese String, a strawberry Iogo yogurt, Tostitos corn chips and a Minute Maid Fruit Punch.

Hopefully everything will taste good by lunch time.

Guess we'll see. . .

Monday, September 4, 2017

Another School Year Begins. . .

Our eldest starts grade 3 tomorrow! It's hard to believe that, considering it feels like she just started Junior Kindergarten yesterday!  She has her clothes laid out for tomorrow, lunch has been packed and is waiting to add to her new backpack by the front door.

She went with a purple and blue American girl backpack this year, she said she didn't want a character, but she did choose a princess lunch box and found matching accessories, such as a pencil case and erasers, so she's not all grown up quite yet.

 The more she grows up the more I notice that she wants to be like her friends. A lot of them apparently bring Lunchables for lunch but Lunchables contain gluten and, due to her having Celiac disease, are not an option for her. So I did the next best thing. I made a home made "Lunchable" for tomorrow.  Her version may be a little bit healthier, though honestly I think it's debatable so don't feel bad if your kid is eating the name brand. lol

Our "Lunchable" knock off includes Rice Crackers (Hot Kid Brand), Piller's Turkey Kolbassa, Black Diamond Cheese string, Act 2 Microwave popcorn, President's Choice Strawberry Applesauce, and a Five Alive juice box.

Hopefully it's as much of a hit as my 71/2 year old expects. She's quite excited for lunch tomorrow and of course nervous and excited to start a new school year.

We'll find out officially at 8:45am tomorrow who her new teacher will be. Here's hoping it's a good one!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Pepé Le Pew

Have you ever woken up to a smell so horrible that your eyes are watering and you're gagging and trying not to vomit but you just can't pinpoint what it is?

That's what happened to us last Wednesday morning.

At around 6:00 in the morning on Wednesday I awoke to a smell. It wasn't at all what you'd expect a skunk to smell like.  In fact I immediately assumed something was burning. It smelled like burning rubber and I looked everywhere to find the source. I also checked our smoke and carbon monoxide alarms because I couldn't understand if something was burning why nothing was going off.

I woke my husband and together neither of us could find any evidence of something melting or burning so we assumed the furnace must be malfunctioning and, concerned, we turned off the furnace, took the kids and the cat and left.

From my parents' house, where we ended up staying for 3 nights, we called a furnace repair person who went into our stinky house and came out to announce that he thought we had a skunk.

Apparently skunk doesn't smell like skunk when it's a direct hit. It smells pretty much like death and it's a very difficult smell to get rid of.

On Thursday the skunk family was found under my next door neighbour's house. Unfortunately, living in a townhouse, we share a wall and both her place and ours smell the same.

So far we've washed all of our clothes, sprayed all the furniture down with skunk smell removal spray, placed bags of charcoal and bowls of vinegar around the house, and wiped things down with hydrogen peroxide.

It is getting better but the smell is not gone and we're lucky that this is a warmer week because our windows have all been open while the furnace is on.

Looking on the bright side, I've never had so many conversations with our neighbour.

We may actually bond over this experience.

But I won't go as far as to thank Pepé for that. . .not even close. lol.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Day at The Fair

Heavy Horse Show at the Fair

I can remember going to the fair practically every year as a child. I looked forward to it.  I loved going on the Scrambler and the Dragon Rollercoaster and popping balloons to win a prize.  The balloon pop was my favourite game. I usually played it twice.

I remember fair food, sitting on the grand stands watching some kind of cow or sheep show while eating a pile of french fries with a french fry fork.

By the end of the day we were tired, sometimes cold and wet, and as we got older, actually pretty cranky. I'm not sure if we were always cranky by the end of the day but I can remember as an early teen that my parents always bought too many ride tickets and kept pushing us to go on more rides so they didn't go to waste. Unfortunately they'd buy the "deal" and by our teens we were more interested in playing carnival games rather than going on a tea cup ride.

Still, as a mom, I find joy in the fair.

I really don't have an interest in riding on the Dragon Rollercoaster or the Scrambler any more, but I do love the look of glee that was on my daughter's face today as she experienced the fair for the first time.

She went not knowing what to expect. In fact, she told me she was worried that it wouldn't be fun. I guess I didn't hype it up enough. haha.

She's 5 1/2 now and 43 inches tall so she was finally tall enough to ride something. We told her we weren't sure how many rides they would have for kids her height and as we entered the midway she started to get concerned.  She kept picking big kid rides, standing beside large rulers to measure herself and finding out she wasn't quite there yet. :)

However, as we turned the corner we found the Kiddieland area and I got excited. haha.


She IMMEDIATELY started picking out things she wanted to do. She wanted to play all of the games. She wanted to ride all of the rides. She wanted all of the prizes. She was a little excited!

We took a twirl around the Kiddie area and made a plan then bought some ride tickets.

First she went on the Dragon Rollercoaster. She wasn't sure if she wanted to or not as it looked kind of "scary" but she would go if Daddy would go with her and my husband agreed to ride with her off they went.  When she came off she was jumping up and down and smiling.  It was "SO MUCH FUN!"

The rest of the rides she was able to go on by herself - a carousel, a flying dog, a flying bee, and the spinning strawberries. I've never been a fan of anything that spins so she must take after my sister or her dad when it comes to that department. I couldn't even watch lest I get sick. haha.

Bee Ride

After that she settled on playing the balloon game.  She won a butterfly but begged us to let her play again. So she came home with a stuffed giraffe. She played twice of course. I couldn't say no.

Before leaving the midway she climbed the fun house with Daddy. We debated sending her on her own but we had only 4 tickets left and it took 3 and assisting parents could get in for 1 ticket. I'm not sure if she needed the assist but we were a bit concerned that she might get scared at the top and it's not like my husband complained. I don't think he minded climbing in there at all. :)

Then we checked out the giant pumpkins (300 something lb winner!) before heading to the car.

A good day at the fair. :)