Thursday, December 1, 2011

Galand, pillows and Banana Bread

The garland and I had a fight yesterday.  It was a pretty big one.  I almost had to just walk away, but then I realized how much I loved it and I took a deep breath and tried one more time.

It wasn't a bad day yesterday at all.  Lots of Christmas decorating and I love that but that garland did not want to go on the door.  I'd get one side hung and the middle would fall and then the middle would stay and the side would fall.  Then I got it up and plugged it in and you guessed it-lights didn't work.  So I took it down and restrung new lights and went to hang it again and the plug was on the wrong side.  That's where the deep breathing came into place.  Finally the garland was hung.

See the pillows on the bench?  I used a stencil to paint on the words, but I cut the stencil out backwards the first time.  Finally got that right and went to put the pillows in and they are just a little to big for the pillow cases.  They look ok as long as you don't pick them up!

So you can see why I was a little nervous when I started making banana bread last night.  Things weren't exactly coming off without a hitch yesterday.  But I really wanted banana bread and the bananas were ready to be used!

They were turning slightly black yesterday but I wanted them BLACK to cook with so I stuck them in the freeze.  It worked.

I let them thaw out and the smushed them up.  I actually only used the middle section out of 3 of them.  It was the least squishy.

This recipe uses Pamelas Pancake and Baking mix, NOT the flour blend.  This is more like bisquick.  It was quick and easy.

4 TBS of melted butter
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sugar or honey (I used 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup honey)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup smashed up bananas

Beat with a mixer until smooth then add

1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup Pamelas panacke mix

Mix again until smooth and pour into a greased loaf pan.  The recipe says a 4x8 loaf pan.  The smallest loaf pan I had was about 10 inches long and 6 inched wide but it worked fine. And yes I measured it with a ruler.  I'm a dork!

It is a very wet batter, but I could tell from looking at it that it was promising.  Bake it at 350 for about 40 minutes and your house will smell so yummy!

I could not have been happier with how this turned out.  It rose in the middle and turned golden brown.  If you don't normally bake GF you can't appreciate the sheer joy that comes from that, but trust me I may have done a little jig right there in the kitchen.

The edges got a little too brown but it was a small price to pay.  It was soft and delicious!  I can see that with a smaller pan it would have been a "taller " slice so I may bake it in mini poaf pans next time and there will be a next time!

Calorie wise I really think its not too bad either.  Only 4 TBSP of butter in the whole thing and the honey helps with the sugar issue although 1/2 isn't too bad.  So enjoy!  It's makes a wonderful breakfast. Trust me!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Trimming the Tree

 It's Christmas time!!  I love Christmas.  I love decorating and the music and the family and the happy faces, but I don't like to rush it.  Let's give Thanksgiving its due.  There is no Christmas music in this house until the day after Thanksgiving and garland and trees are a big no-no.  We feel strongly about this can you tell?  Anyway-Thanksgiving is over and it is time for CHRISTMAS!!  YAY!!!

Last night it was time to trim the tree.  We love this night at our house.  We have a good snack supper and play Christmas music and decorate the tree.  We laughed last night because we found the ornament that says "Our First Christmas 1994."  That was the only ornamnet we had that year.  I spent about $10, which was just about all the extra cash we had, on red Christmas balls at Walmart so it would look a little better.   We had so many ornament last night there was no room left for balls!  I Love seeing all the ornaments from years past!

My kiddos love having supper in the den and something about it t feels all warm and cozy so here is what our snack supper looked like.

Little Smokies

 Kind of weird ingrediants but oh so good!  Always check your smokies to be sure they are GF.  The chili sauce and the jelly make a great sauce.  Just dump them in a sauce pan and heat it all up!  Yum!  I had a friend tell me once that that was wierd and couldn't you just use BBQ sauce.  Yes, yes you can.

Cheese Ball

 My son told me the other day that he loved Christmas.  "I'm so glad" I replied, "What do you love most?"  Cheeseball, he very quickly replied.  Well ok then.

The orginal recipe calls for 3 lbs of cream cheese.  Thats alot of cream cheese but it makes several balls and is great for party season.  I made a smaller version for us last night.

1 Lb of softened cream cheese.
About 1 1/2 cups of grated cheddar cheese (pre shredded worked fine-I was tired)
Several shakes of Worshestershire
Grated onion to taste

Mix it all together with your hands and form into a ball and sprinkle with paprika, or as my daughter says "the red sauce." Serve with Fritos Scoops.

 And for dessert

This was hard and time consuming.  GF oreos dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with Christmas sprinkles.  Took like 3 minutes.  Ok 4, the chocolate had to melt in the microwave.  Awesome!  Festive, easy,  not "weird".  Hoorah!

The whole meal took less than 20 minutes to make.  I'm not saying it was especially balanced but it was a hit!

And the tree is trimmed.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A warm Home

WHEW!!  It has has been a crazy few weeks around this little house.  I've had a couple of big craft shows with my little business  over the last month and it has consumed me.  But I'm back and it's Thanksgiving and then it's Christmas and that means - it's time to cook!!!  I'm sorry for the lack of Thanksgiving recipes before Thanksgiving, But I'm going to give this blog some extra love over the holidays!  Now on with the cooking!

Like I said, we've been crazy busy the last few weeks and I've done very little cooking.  So yesterday I decided to get busy!  It was turning cold again (yea!) and was raining all day.  About 3:00 the kids and I settled into the den with blankets and warm chocolate chip cookies and a movie.  I would tell you all about the movie we watched, Nim's Island, but I slept through most of it.  A good nap on a Tuesday?  Heavenly-love a holiday!!!  After we finished the movie it was getting dark and was still a little rainy so we finished up the day with more warm, feel good, stick your bones potato soup.  Yum!!

Potato Soup

I like to cook my potatoes in my crockpot.  I put 4 large potatoes in on high for about 3 hours and they cook really good that way.  When they are done-just gut those suckers.  

In my dutch oven, but any pot would work, I put 1/4 cup flour (Pamela's) and 5 tbsp. of butter.  Melt the butter and flour together being careful not to let it burn.  Add 4 cups of milk and let it cook for about 5-6 minutes.  It will get nice and thick and will be a beautiful white sauce.

Ok, here is where my cooking gets annoying for those around me.  No measurements, just feelings.  You know-that much cheese just feels right.  Sorry!

Add "some" cheese to the white sauce.  It was about 5 oz. of shredded sharp cheddar.  Let it melt and mix in with the white sauce.  Next add in the potatoes.  I like to use my submersible blender to make it really smooth.  You don't have to that but I like the smooth texture.

Next add "some" sour cream.  This is how much I added.
About 1/2 cup
Stir to blend it all together and then add the bacon.  Yep, cheese, sour cream, butter and bacon-can't go wrong! This is what I use 'cause I'm too lazy to make bacon.

I used to dump the whole jar in the pot but then I actually read the label and that was about 11 pieces of bacon and even I can appreciate that that is a bit much.  So I use about 1/2 the jar.

Stir together and let simmer.  Stir often or the bottom will burn.  Once hot you can even turn the heat off and cover it and it will stay warm for a long time.

Serve it up and you get some happy people on a cold, rainy night

Shane and I love this!  I could eat it 3 meals a day.  Will likes it fine.  He ate it without complaint.  Jenny not so much.  I am a big "eat what's in front of you" mom, but this is what my baby girl looked like on Sunday.

She ate a grilled cheese.  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The one with the BIG party!

We had a big party at our house last weekend. How big you ask?  Guess. 

25 people? Nope. Guess again. 
75 people?  Nope. Keep going. 
100 people?  Getting closer. 
Our best guess is about 130 people. And by people I mean middle schoolers. At least 100 of those people were sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Yep. 
How did I end up with over 100 people at my house last Saturday night?  
Cue the flash back music. 
My 13 year old was in the middle schools production of High School Musical. He was Chad.  I'm so proud of him.  He did an awesome job. There are few things as satisfying as a parent than seeing your child in their element. Enjoying themselves, excelling at something, being with friends and being happy.  With a 13 year old than can be hard to come by sometimes.  
I was helping get some snacks set up for the kids before the show and was chatting with a friend as the kids finished up practicing the last number. I had not been to any of the rehearsals so it was the first time I had seen or heard any of it.  Out of the corner of my eye I saw the main character, a friend of my son, step up to sing and then went back to my conversation.  I heard the voice change to another child and thought to myself, "what a nice voice."  I looked up to see who it was and there stood my boy singing his heart out.  I couldn't even help the tears that welled up.  So very proud.
Here he is getting ready to head to the show.

Anyway.... I had volunteered to help with the cast party and had not heard if anyone had taken the helm yet so I asked the director if she needed someone to organize.  She did and so I did.  Now let me say, I do love to plan a party.  It doesn't stress me out and I enjoying doing it. In the past we have had cast parties at restaurants or church gyms.  This was a large crowd so I opted for the church gym route.  We could play music, the kids could run around.  Easy peasy.  Except for the fact that that Sunday appeared to be the Sunday for banquets in the city of madison as every gym in town was unavailable.  We live in Madison, Mississippi. There is no shortage of church gyms. Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian. We tried them all.  No luck.  I received many emails encouraging me just to call the local pizza place, order a cake and call it done.  And therein lies the reason I ended up with 130 people at my house.
This is my son's last musical at the middle school.  I was in charge of the party.  No way I was planning a party with pizza and cake and that's it.  He can't have any of that. He would probably just roll with it and have good time but my conscience just wouldn't allow it.  So we had it our house.  And it was a blast!  Just ask my neighbors.
We did have pizza and cake, but we also had GF chocolate covered pretzels and GF chocolate chip cookies and GF cake balls and my friend Jill made GF party mix that was so good. 
I didn't really panic about having that many kids at my house until they all lined up on the stage at the end of the show.  Holy smoke that's a lot of kids and then after, "Thank you and goodnight" one of the kids grabbed the microphone and hollered, "Now let's go rock that cast party!".  As we came around the lake to our house and  car after car was  streaming down the street Shane said, "It looks like field of dreams! Except they are all coming to our house!". 
We played the High School Musical movie on a big screen outside.  We lit the fire pit and they roasted marshmallows and put away a ton of food.  They all cleared out within 15 minutes of the stated ending time and parents hung around and helped break down tables and clean up.  Nothing was broken and nobody called the cops for which I was grateful. It was a a really great time.
Here is a picture of the backyard.  Its not a very good picture but you get the idea.

This is Will and his friend Avery who was also in the show.

The moral of the story is this.  You do what you have to do for your kids and sometimes that means a big ole fat party at your house.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Heavy Heart

This post is not about food at all.  Or maybe it is.  Food is a big part of any family.  It's Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's muffins on Saturday morning and that one thing your mama makes that makes your heart warm because she made it just for you.

My heart is heavy this morning.  It's been heavy all week.  Our community has had a tragedy over the weekend.  Three young lives lost.  Three.  All at once.  I didn't know those boys or those families but I know lots of people who do know them.  And we are sad.  Their funerals are this morning and my first thought this morning was of their mammas.  How do you do that day?  How?

The worst thing that has ever happened to me was the loss of my Daddy.  It was sudden and unexpected much like these boys.  I would never compare the loss of my Daddy to the loss of a child.  It is light years of difference, but last night I kept thinking about my Grandmother.  He was 55 years old when he died.  She was 85.  But you know what.  It didn't matter.  He was still her baby boy and the pain was immense. They never stop being your babies.  You never stop worrying for them and about them.  But worry gets us no where.  I will admit to some extra worry this week.  When Will rode down the driveway on his bike Moday morning to go to school my thought was, "Please come home this afternoon.  Please come home and eat all the cookies I just bought and text your friends and answer every question I ask with a shrug and a "Uh."  Please. "

I have been praying for these families all weeks.  What do you pray?  I don't know.  And thats ok.  The Bible promises that the spirit interecedes for us when we don't know what to say.  I have prayed for peace that passes understanding to guard their hearts and minds.  I know that sometimes our thoughts and the fears in our hearts can overtake us.  I pray for a peaceful mind and a peaceful heart which is not possible in times like thiswithout the grace of Jesus.

And I have prayed for my children.  And if I'm completely honest I've prayed,"Dear Lord, please don't let this happen to me."  But that is not what I need to be praying.  I am praying that their lives will honor Him.  That they will love the Lord with all their hearts and minds and souls.  That they will love others and that others will see Jesus in them.  That their lives will be bring honor and praise to him.

And from what I have read and heard that is what these boys lives have done.  Even in death.  That is the hope of Jesus Christ!  First Corintians tells us that although we don't understand right now one day will see face to face!  We will see God's plan in total.  We will see Jesus face to face.  We will see our fathers and husbands and children.  We will see them and we will see them while we all see Jesus.  

I know this is a little heavy for a food blog.  But it's on my heart.  We had a big weekend with a HUGE party at our house and that post is almost fifnished but it just didn't seem right to post about a party when the people around me are hurting.  Tomorrow.  For today pray for these families.  Pray for your children.  Love the people around you.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Crankiness, spaghetti and watching your mouth!

Everybody at my house was CRANKY Monday night.  Well, actually everybody but me.  I was just fine till everybody else started being cranky.

I mean I realize that Jenny had a biography to write and that she did all the research herself and had half the rough draft done and had not actually asked for any help but that was no reason for her to get snippy with me when I announced I was NOT doing that report for her.  No reason at all.

I realize that my husband had been fighting a cold for 3 days and had to go to a Boy Scout meeting and lead a patrol of boys even though his boy couldn't go.  I still don't think that was reason enough not to hang on every word I said as soon as he walked in the door.

I know that Will had had a combined total of about a million hours of play practice when he got home from school Monday night at 9:00.  I realize that he was still staring at a lot of homework and had to hand me a not so great math test grade.  But was that really enough reason to say, "Mom, please!" When I tried to explain that I did in fact know how felt to get a *!@ grade on a math test.  Yes I did and let me tell you a story.

I sent one to bed, one to the showers and Shane went to TRY to read a book.  And I cleaned the kitchen and stewed.  Yep I did.  You do it too.  You know you do.  Please tell me you do.  Clean the kitchen and think about all the things you do for these people.  Well, I stewed just long enough to walk into our bedroom and ask my husband and I quote:  "Why is it that as soon as I stop handing out chocolate chip cookies everybody around here turns on me?"  Ok.  So I might have been a little cranky too.  It took just long enough to get back to the kitchen to say that again in my head and turn right back around and apologize.  Lesson: Don't stew and watch your mouth!!

I did do one thing right Monday night though and that was time the spaghetti right.  Spaghetti is touchy sub ject around here!  My son, the one who doesn't like chocolate and peanut butter, also hates spaghetti.  So when he was diagnosed with celiac to sweeten the deal I promised he would never have to eat spaghetti again.   However, spaghetti is my crazy picky daughter's favorite food.  She eats plates full.  When she was diagnosed I promised to make sure she could still eat spaghetti.  We have a pretty strict eat whats made for you rule around here so every now and then poor Will stares a plate of spaghetti in the face and chokes it down.

But this week he had play practice every night so we ate spaghetti and he was none the wiser.  Just for you GF people out there this is our favorite GF spaghetti.

It's Hobson Mills and for some strange reason at my Kroger it is over in the diet section near the vitamins.  It keeps it shape well and doesn't turn to mush.  We like their macaroni too.  Just a tip though. It is kind of slimy when you first drain the water away so I run the tap really hot and then spray it off before adding to the sauce.  

Oh.  And here's another tip.  Watch your mouth and know who the cranky one really is!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Something's Fishy!

It's biodiversity week at my daughter's school.  Yeah.  I didn't know what that meant either.  Ok.  I'm still not sure what it means except they got to go fishing in the pond today!

I love our school.  Look at that little pond.  Did your elementary school have a pond?  Mine either!  Here is another picture.

She did pretty good too!  Look at this monster fish!

Squint!!  I promise it's there!!  
She would want me to tell you she caught 13 fish total.  All catch and release of course because there were 54 kids out there today and that's gonna happen again tomorrow and the next day.  Those poor little fish are gonna be tired by Friday.  It was almost as if they were trained.  All the kids caught a bunch.  The hooks were barely in their mouths.  They just let you unhook 'em and throw 'em back.  They were great sports about the whole thing which make me feel kind of bad about what we had for supper tonight.

Yep.  Fish.
Fried fish.  And it was good.  Even Jenny had seconds and that never happens.  Maybe she was feeling victorious.

This is one of those kind of made up recipes so measurements are approximate.

Started with 2 eggs and some lemon juice in a bowl and some flour (Pamela's), cornmeal and seasoning on a plate.  About 1/2 cup of cornmeal and 1 cup of flour and just seasoning to taste.  I used salt, pepper, season salt and garlic powder.
*****Be careful when buying cornmeal that it is straight up cornmeal and not a cornmeal/flor mix like Sunflower.  Mine was just plain old Kroger brand.

And of course you need fish.

Catfish nuggets.  These are bite size nuggets that I bought in a huge bag and keep in the freezer.  I rinsed them off really well and let them dry before frying.

Dip fish in egg and then dredge in the flour mixture.  I do all of them at once and line them up on a baking sheet.

Heat a few tablespoons of oil and when its hot fry a few pieces at a time for about 3 minutes on each side depending on how thick they are. 

Drain on a paper towel and serve hot with ketchup.  We weren't even polite.  They just picked them up with there fingers and dipped and ate.  

And just because I can here is one more picture of Jenny fishing!

Not  a bad way to spend the morning!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Friends Rock

Friends are awesome.  They totally are.  As my 10 year would say, "They are the bomb diggety!"

Friends and food go together really great!  Here are some of my favorite friend and food memories.

*About a week after my daddy died I got a nasty stomach bug.  I remember being curled up on the floor of my brother's old room at my mom's house and thinking the world was probably coming to an end.  It all just hurt so bad.  And then I went home and my friend Jill had come to my house and plugged in her crockpot full of yummy roast and my house smelled like home.  It smelled like maybe the world wasn't going to end.  I still remember the way that roast smelled.

*My friend Trina makes a killer buttermilk pound cake and at Christmas she makes it in little loaves so you don't feel so bad when you eat the whole thing and tell your family you're sorry that Mrs. Trina was too busy to make pound cake this year.
I got my favorite dressing recipe ever from her also and I'm determined to make it GF this year.

*When I had my first baby I was in labor for like 6 years and when it was all over I was so hungry and my sister in law (who is also my friend) brought me a bacon spud from McAllisters and it was the best thing I ever ate!!!  Truly.

*I was a newlywed during my last year at Samford.  There was only one other girl in my classes that was married and we bonded that year while trying to make homemade gingerbread houses to make out little humble homes perfect for Christmas.  They really weren't edible and they were less than perfect but we loved being domestic together and it is a sweet memory.

*My friend Stacey sent me a link to this recipe awhile back and it has become a favorite.  Gluten free rolls that are soft and yummy and actually good!  Yea for Stacey!  She's the bomb diggety!!!

Brazillian Cheese Rolls
courtesy of Our Best Bites (great food blog)  

Here is what you need

Tapioca flour is the only wierd thing in this recipe.  You can find it in GF section of your grocery store.  It's not hard to find and as far as GF things go not too expensive.  

The hardest part of this recipe is this.

Yep.  It's that easy.  I had pregrated cheddar and I totally used it!

Into the blender, yes the blender, put 
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup Tapioca flour

I put the flour in last to keep it from getting all stuck on the bottom.  Pulse this all together and then add 1/4 cup of each kind of cheese.  I used parmesan and cheddar.  Whatever you like works.  Pulse just a couple of times to get the cheese all mixed in.  You end up with this.

Yea.  Looks gross but keep going.  Here is the most important thing about this recipe.  Grease the mini muffin pan and grease it good.  Spray your heart out with non stick spray.  It'll break your heart if you don't.  Once sprayed, pour the mixture into the muffin pan.  It comes out nicely to 24 mini muffins.  Don't fill them too much.  these things grow!

These are a little too full.  
Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.  You don't want them brown just golden.  Wait till you see this!!

I told you they grow!!  The are kind of hollow and chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside.  This is not a modified recipe, it actually uses the tapioca flour so it turns out right every time which is so nice. They are truly delicious!!!  They are also addictive.  I wasn't going to even eat one because I can't stop after one, but I did.  And then I ate 5 more.  Yep.  Five.

So thanks Stacey for the recipe.  You are the bomb-diggety.  Whatever that is.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Funnel cakes, Cotton Candy and Weight Watchers

Guess where I went this week?
I'll give you hint.

Ready to ride!
This is my daughter Jenny and her best friend Isabelle

Isabelle came home with this!

Jenny came home with this and for the record I paid $5.00 for her to play the game to win this little animal that I would have overpaid for at the Dollar Tree.

They served these.

and we stood in a long line to buy these.

Yep!  We went to the Mississippi State Fair.  My 13 year old was with me too and he had a friend with him as well.  I don't have any pictures of them because once I bought that arm band and handed him $20.00 I didn't actually see him again for a few hours.  He did hug me though and say thanks.  Totally worth it!

Anyway.  Not only do they serve Fried Oreos, they serve these:

These were the cause of many frowny faces at past state fairs.  How stinky to watch everyone walking around eating funnel cakes, and fried oreos and twinkies and chicken on a stick and all you can eat is the roasted corn.  Now I love the roasted corn but you know when your 10 years old-not so much.
It's a funnel cake you want.  So it's a funnel cake you get.  At home at least.

This was a simple recipe.
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
2 Tbsp sugar
1 1/4 cup flour (Pamela's)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder

Beat the egg and milk.  Mix dry ingrediants in a seperate bowl and slowly add to milk/egg mixture.

I put the mixture into a squeeze bottle.  I actually cut the nozzle down to get a bigger hole to squeeze the dough through.

This is not a pourable batter.  Defiantely a squeeze out of the bottle batter.  No way it would flow through a funnel so I went this route.

Heat a couple of inches of oil in a skillet and then squeeze the batter into the oil.

That's a weird picture, but trust me it's yummy!  They don't take long to get golden brown.  Lift out of the oil onto a paper towel covered plate and cover with powdered sugar.

I turned around to get some more out of the oil and when I turned back around I found this:

So....Success.  No frowny faces, lots of love.  Life is good.

And just so you know I actually looked up how many Weight Watchers points Cotton Candy is.  It is 5 points.  Ate it anyway.  Totally worth it!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ridiculous Groceries

So I went to the grocery store this evening and bought a ridiculous amount of groceries.  Totally ridiculous.  Seriously it was the kind of trip where people are staring at you while they try to look like they are not staring at you.  Where single guys with beer and pretzels in their carts openly stare in wonder that people need that much food.  Where 6 people start to get in line behind you but then do the slow back out while scanning for any open register.  Where the 25 year old who finally ends up in line behind you and has sushi, a bag of apples and mineral water in her cart openly stares in disdain at the cheetos and fruit roll ups on the belt and you know she's thinking how glad she is that she will never be like you.  Whatever sweetheart.  Here's my number.  Call me in 10 years.

That kind of grocery trip.  The cashier asked me how long that much food would last.  A month? She asked.  I didn't have the heart to tell her I'd see her same time, same place, next week.

I started to take a picture but my phone had died and it's probably a good thing.  It was embarassing.  The poor bagger couldn't keep up.  The cashier was already to 2 people behind me and he was still bagging my groceries while I stood there telling him "No 2 liters with the chips please."  He reached for a second cart and I said,  "Oh, no way I'm getting two carts.  We are making those groceries fit!"  I will not be a 2 cart girl.

There are a couple of reasons for the massive amount of groceries this week.
1) I bought a whole lot of 2 liter drinks.  I normally don't buy any 2 liters, but these were nearly free with the coupons I had and party season is quickly approaching and I figured having extra drinks on hand was a good thing.

2) There was no food in this house. I mean the cupboard was seriously bare.  I usually shop on Mondays, but this is a super crazy week and it just had not happened.  I went to pack Jenny's lunch this morning and I was out of the thing she likes for lunch-pepperonis.  I sent her on to school and made a swing through the Kroger later and took them to the school in bag.  Here is the really bad part.  I walked into the office and put on my best mom face and said, "Here is part of Jenny's lunch she forgot."  Why did I do that.  Cause they need to think I'm super mom-that's why.

3) And lastly I hit a deal!!!  A super deal!!!
Udi's is a great GF brand.  My kids love their cookies.  Some people swear by their bread.  My kids like it OK.  The pizza crusts are pretty good too.  Not like homemade but good in a pinch.  I found all of this on the "Oops we made too much" stand.  My Kroger has it kind of hidden over by the milk case but I know it's there and every now and then you can find Udi's stuff on it and boy did I tonight!  Look at the regular price on the cookies.

Are they serious!!  There are about 8 cookies in that tub!!  Not happening!!  Everything Udi's was regularly $5.99.  Now for exciting part!
That I can do!!!  I got 5 Tubs of cookies!!!  I also got pizza crusts for $1.50 and that loaf of six dollar bread???

Not even kidding!!  My GF bread was cheaper than the loaf of regular bread I bought for my husband!!
Exciting stuff at the Kroger this evening!!

So my ridiculous trip to the grocery store was worth it and everyone is so happy there is food in the cupboard and I can pack full lunches tomorrow, and that's good because I can't go back in the office and fib about her lunch again.  The Shame!!!