Let’s be real….
I’m terrible with recipes. I start with one but always end up tweaking it along the way.
So, here’s my attempt at Chicken Soup (I was super excited to use swiss chard, cabbage, oregano, and thyme from the garden)*1 onion, diced
*4 chicken thighs
*8oz chopped mushrooms
*1 cup carrots, chopped
*handful of swiss chard, chopped (or replace with any green: kale, spinach, cababge)
*herbs: garlic salt, pepper, oregano, thyme
*6 cups chicken broth
*1 cup cooked rice
Saute chopped onions & chicken thighs until chicken is mostly cooked and onions are starting to caramelize. Dump in chopped mushrooms, diced carrots, chopped swiss chard/cabbage/spinach, and 3-5cloves garlic. Stir for a few minutes and then add chicken broth, rice, and seasoning (I like salt, pepper, oregano, and thyme) and let cook until carrots are soft.
While at a birthday party yesterday, the host surprised me with these special, little gems so I could be included in the birthday fun. Since Whole Foods brand white bread and pie crusts are two of my very favorite things, I was super excited about these cookies.
These just go to show, you can’t be good at everything. Sorry Whole Foods, these were not a win for me. While they were soft and full of chocolatey flavor, they had more of a bread taste and consistency. They reminded me of the Udi’s muffins you find in the freezer section. A little too heavy and lacking in the sweet department. They weren’t awful, but definitely not winners in my books.
Now, back to that gf & dairy free white bread- it is the perfect bread for grilled cheese or any toasted sandwich and the Whole Foods brand gf pie crust is just as good as homemade.
Its Spring Break here in Orange County, so my kids and I set off on an adventure. Turns out we had the best of luck today, with the best weather, best outdoor fun, and the greatest new gluten free discovery.
We ventured to Clermont to Southern Hill Farms for u-pick blueberries. Florida is 100 bajillion degrees 364 days of the year, but today was 70degrees, blue skies, and a nice breeze. The staff was so friendly they felt like family and the kids had an AMAZING time selecting the biggest, juiciest blueberries. It should also be mentioned, that in mid-March this is crazy early for blueberries, but they have a special variety that produces early and it made for the most amazing spring adventure. Lets be honest the end of May/early June is just too damn hot to be traipsing through a sandy farm with toddlers. So we picked our 4 pounds of blueberries, sipped our ice cold blueberry lemonade, and brought home a jar or homemade blueberry jam & local honey.On the way back to Apopka, we met up with a friend in Winter garden for a picnic lunch outside Plant Street Market. I’d recently found a bakery in Winter garden that had gluten free cupcakes, so as the kids started to burn out on fun, we cranked it up a notch grabbed a freshly roasted latte from Axum and ran down the streets for cupcakes.
Now-when I first saw The Tasty Trend(@thetastytrend) on instagram, I thought it was a bakery that also had a few samplings of gluten free items BUT BOY WAS I WRONG! We drove past the place and finally found it nicely tucked in a shopping center behind the Winter garden library. They had a tiny sign out front and a very minimalist approach inside. There are no tables to dine or decor to impress, but none of that is needed once you feast your eyes on ALL THE GLUTEN FREE GOODNESS! There were easily a dozen different flavors ranging from your plain jane Vanilla to Maple bacon. My (gluten loving) friend tried a sample and couldn’t resist. She grabbed a half dozen while I stood with my mouth open. I mean, as a gluten free diner, I NEVER have this many options. I also knew if I ordered a dozen I’d eat them before I got home. I have zero will power and its a major problem for my waistline.I sampled the Bacon maple which was amazing. I’m a chocolate fan, so I purchased others, but the cake was unbelievable moist and carried a nice strong maple flavor with crumbles of bacon both inside and on top. I finally calmed myself down and told myself we’d be back, after all we are frequent shoppers at the Winter Garden Farmer’s Market.I settled on a Boston Cream and a Cookie Dough cupcake plus a chocolate chip cookies for my begging 4 year old. All the cupcakes were moist and the frosting was perfect; packed with flavor but not overly sweet. The cream in the Boston Cream was delicious and covered with a nice thin layer of chocolate ganache, but the Cookie Dough won my heart. Typically when I see gf cupcakes, its vanilla or chocolate. But this was a chocolate chip vanilla cupcake topped with cookie dough frosting, chocolate chips, and cookie crumbles. It was so delicious! I felt guilty eating it because it tasted to moist and full of flavor to be gluten free. (Clearly I’ve been let down by bakeries before).Looking for something fun and non Disney in Orlando? Check out Southern Hill farms or spend a day wandering through Winter Garden. Its super bike friendly, has a splash pad for the kids, and with Plant Street market and the Farmer’s market, its my favorite place to spend a beautiful Saturday! With this new gem, I may have to go to Winter garden throughout the week. I mean look at that menu. Watch out Chocolate Covered Strawberry! I’m coming for you 🙂
A great dinner doesn’t always have to be fancy. Since having kids I’ve found some of our best meals are the ones that take very little prep. We were out of town all weekend and the kitchen was looking a little sparse. 20 minutes after getting home, dinner was ready and on the table.
- Slice and saute squash in olive oil (about 15mins)
- While squash is sauteing, boil gluten free pasta
- Cut up (precooked) sausage and toss in with the squash and allow to heat through.
- Drain noodles and mix all together with salt, pepper, and oregano.
This gluten free pasta cooked up so well! Grab a box from Publix or use this affiliate link to have amazon ship it to you: Barilla Gluten Free Pasta, Penne, 12 Ounce