Sunday, October 2, 2011

Alarm Free

Happy Sunday, all!  Has everyone been enjoying a great weekend?  Mine’s been more low key than usual which is just fine by me.  Yesterday and today I actually got to wake up naturally, read; NO ALARM!  I seriously can’t remember the last time I was able to go to bed without setting my alarm.  It’s not even that I sleep late, it’s just SO nice wake up on my own, ya know?? 
It’s definitely been a lot cooler lately, this weekend in particular.  Only 6*C right now!  I was hoping to go another few weeks before starting the furnace up, but we cracked yesterday and started it up.  I’ve also been using the oven as a heat source.  Yesterday after groceries but before Noah’s hockey game I baked another batch of granola from Quinoa 365:IMG_6401
I love that this makes such a massive amount (7 cups) of granola!  And we all like it, so it never goes to waste.   Sarah helped me out with another recipe from the book:IMG_6456 She seems to be developing a real interest in the kitchen, so I let her do most of it for me.  I only had strawberry jam so we used that instead and the bars turned out GREAT!IMG_6458 The quinoa flour *almost* makes it taste like there’s peanut butter in the crust.  Noah actually thought this and I didn’t try to change his mind.  ;)
Breakfast yesterday was a big stack of pumpkin pancakes topped with blueberries;IMG_6438 How absolutely delicious does that look?  I could go for another stack right now!  HAHA  I had one rice tortilla left in the fridge so I decided to fill it with some eggs.  I cooked a big handful of spinach, added some turkey deli meat (GF) then poured in about a 1/2 cup of Egg Beaters. When it was just about set I added some goat gouda w/ chilles:IMG_6454 Then wrapped it up!IMG_6455
I don’t know that I’m too fond of the rice wraps.  They taste fine, but tend to get awful hard which in turn makes them crack.  Hmm….For dinner I made a BIG batch of homemade butternut squash soup which was served with plain Greek yogurt and grated mozzarella:IMG_6439 Soup just never photographs well, does it?  I had some toasted rice bread on the side for dipping.  YUM! 
Sarah is trying out for a volleyball team here in town so a few tryouts have been taking place.  IMG_6427
I know; just what we need right?  Another competitive sport in the house!  But I firmly believe in giving my kids every opportunity out there that they show an interest in.  This may make for a busy life right now, but when you think of it, at 12, I really don’t have many more years left with her before she leaves for school and what such so it’s a small price to pay. 
Let’s see….not much more to report.  The gluten free thang is still going well.  Like I’ve said before; I’m sure there is still some gluten in my diet, but the bulk of it has been removed and I’ve been feeling better.  It’s really only been 7ish weeks and I was told to give it at least 4 months to *really* see results, so I’m gonna stick with it for the time being.  On that note, I have a delicious salad waiting for me to eat for lunch!  Talk soon!
Bye for now!!!


  1. The food looks good! I have never tried making my own granola but I should.

  2. Glad youre having a relaxing weekend! Those pancakes look awesome (again)! I think its fantastic that you let your kids try a variety of activities-i hope to do the same with kaylin

  3. waking up alarm free is really really good. I did that this weekend and feels sooooo good!
    love your food, specially the pancakes and the wrap! yum!

  4. Ah, doesn't it feel great to wake up without an alarm! I got to do that today too, because all week I've been waking up at 4.30...gah!

    And good luck to Sarah on her tryouts!! My parents were the same way and even though they were crazy busy with all our sports, they wanted to experience it all!

  5. Glad you got to sleep in a bit! :)

    Your eats look and sound good, and I'm glad that you are feeling better!

    And you are so right, times may seem very hectic right now, but they do grow up really fast...

    Have a great week!

  6. I've owned that cookbook for probably a year, and you have made infinitely more recipes than I have! Good on ya - now I know which ones to try ;)

  7. There is NOTHING I hate more than having to wake up to an alarm clock! lol! So I'm glad you had a day without one!! I don't even wear a watch ... I just go with the flow! lol!

    Those rice wraps suck... lol! They are hard & taste cardboard'ish... not a fan either obviously. ;) you'd be better off making your self GF Crepes or something for a wrap. At least they bend... lol!

    I love that you're always trying new recipes, etc... By the time I'm done cooking & cleaning up after my troop, I don't even have the energy left to eat sometimes, never mind trying new fabulous recipes! lol! I envy you that!!

  8. Glad you had a nice and relaxing weekend. Those pancakes look beyond amazing!!!


  9. Ooooh I want that quinoa cookbook!! Those recipes look incredible.


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