Splendid Split Pea & Ham Soup

Baby it’s cold outside. I mean really, awfully cold. It’s so cold that I walk around dreaming of -15 and of how amazing that would feel on my skin. Even my kids are longing for warmer weather so they can go and play outside. It’s definitely not fun to even consider going out in this cold. As I was quickly rushing around the house this morning, trying to get Mr. O to school on time, I heard that it was -45 with the windchill. What??  How is that even humanly possible? The thought of “why do I even live here”? went through my mind. 🙂 So, on these cold days what’s better than to warm up with a bowl of your favourite soup? This is one of my favourite soups. It’s full of intense flavour and it’s not watered down. It isn’t quick to make, but it is definitely worth the extra time! Continue reading “Splendid Split Pea & Ham Soup”

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The BEST Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free PIZZA!

I have longed … I mean longed for a gluten free pizza that I really, really loved. (Am I the only one?) When I first went gluten free, I used to really miss the taste of fluffy, gluten filled pizza. I really like anything on my pizza … but I really LOVE a thick, fluffy crust. If you can relate … then this is the post for you.

Have you ever tried a Domino’s gf pizza crust? Yeah, it’s just plain disappointing. It’s thin, dry, crusty and most often burnt. I used to get sucked in at first, but then I realized 1. the chance of cross contamination is HUGE! and 2. it’s not that good! My kids have never had Domino’s crust, so they don’t have much to compare mine to, but I don’t think they’d like a thin, dry, card board-y tasting crust … just a hunch! 🙂 My pizza crust is super good and it’s even fluffy! Can you imagine?? I’ve made this countless times … seriously, I think we have pizza once every two weeks. If you ask Mr. O what his favourite food is he’ll probably tell you gluten free pizza! It’s good fresh out of the oven or cold for left overs the next day … that is if you have leftovers! This recipe will make one 12″ pizza. I always use a pizza stone, so if you don’t and it doesn’t turn out, I can’t help you out! I love my pizza stone because it cooks evenly and the pizza is always, always cooked to perfection. If you also need this pizza to be dairy free, as we do, I opt for Daiya mozzarella cheese shreds. Continue reading “The BEST Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free PIZZA!”

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Gluten Free Rice Krispies Squares

Happy V-Day everyone! I hope that your V-day is full of love and appreciation!  Mine has been. I spent the morning at Mr. O’s school helping set up a Valentine’s celebration for the kids and parents. It was so much fun and Miss C was such a good helper. She was excited to be at his school for the morning, mostly because she thought she would be able to go and sit in his class and be a big girl! Not yet Miss C! It was fun to see Mr. O with his class mates and friends. His Kindergarten teacher is amazing and she is so supportive of him. She is always telling me what a smart little boy he is and how well behaved he is in class. I love to hear that! It makes me so proud to be his Mommy! So back to Valentine’s Day, if you have allergies you know just how hard these “holidays” and events can be. I mean, they are all centred around food and candies and treats of all kinds! None of which Mr. O or Miss C can have. I once used to dread these holidays, but now I don’t! I used to dread them mostly because I was sad that neither of the kids could have the treats and I didn’t want them to feel left out. Now with Mr. O at school, it can be somewhat of a challenge, but he’s very understanding of what he can and can’t have and he does just fine. So does Miss C. Mind you, I always have something for both of them of equal “value” in the treat world. So today at his Valentine’s Party Mrs. T (Mr. O’s teacher) decided to have cute little “skewers” for them to munch on. They consisted of marshmallows, strawberries and rice krispies treats. Continue reading “Gluten Free Rice Krispies Squares”

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Jenny’s Gluten Free Banana Bread

Okay. Yet another week has passed and I’ve been busy in the kitchen when I can spare a moment. This recipe is also near and dear to my heart. It comes from my beautiful Mom as well. She was definitely an amazing baker growing up and so we had lots of treats to choose from. Of course it wasn’t gluten free, but not to worry I’ve got that covered. Since being on this allergen free journey, I’ve had the opportunity to help or convince … whatever you want to call it, some family near and dear to me to go gluten free. One of those people is my Mom. You see, my Mom also suffers from a few of the ailments I did before I went gluten free. Chronic diarrhea (sorry to share that with the world Mom … forgive me?), bloating, gas pains, hypothyriodism, and high cholesterol … just to name a few. So, in the last 6 weeks or so, she’s finally made the plunge to be gluten free as well. She tells me she hasn’t cheated and I’m so proud of her for that. It’s a hard road, and if you’re doing it, you know just how hard it can be. She says she feels better and that her tummy problems seem to be disappearing. So, I keep encouraging her to stick with it to see how she feels in the long run. I’ve also managed to convince both of my siblings, both brothers to give it a shot as well. They are both stubborn people, so this was a hard one to accomplish. 🙂 Yes, if you’re both reading this, you are stubborn! I am so very happy that they are atleast giving this gluten free life a shot. For me, being gluten free has been the best decision I’ve ever made. Continue reading “Jenny’s Gluten Free Banana Bread”

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