Grandma’s Gluten Free Turkey Stuffing

Christmas is just around the corner. Literally. I can’t believe it. I’ve been running around the last couple of days like crazy trying to get my last minute stuff done. I don’t know why, but this year I’ve been behind since the beginning of December. Perhaps it’s hubby’s fault. Yeah, it’s his fault! (I’m just kidding honey!) He’s been away for work and back and now he’s away again. This whole thing of him being gone for a 4 or 5 days at a time is a little difficult to manage at times. But, I’m doing my best. And, it seems around Christmas time there is just extra stuff to do. Like holiday shopping and wrapping. Not to mention, kids’ Christmas concerts, parties and gatherings. Oh yeah, and let us not forget, decorating, cleaning house and oh yeah, baking?!?! I always ask myself why do I put so much pressure on myself to get everything done? Seriously, who’s going to know if I don’t? Just me. Right? Just me. Why is it that women just want things perfect for large holiday gatherings? Seriously, why do we always put so much pressure on ourselves? I know that every woman around me is the same. Always wanting things to be perfect, but in reality, who’s gonna know the difference? I know that I just want my little family to be together for the holidays, not to have a perfectly decorated house, a meal made to perfection or anything else. I just want to be together. So, whatever gets done, gets done I guess and whatever doesn’t, well, that’s okay too. I will be hosting Christmas dinner this year and I know that even though the days leading up to Christmas are super busy, I will make a point to carve out some time to spend with my family. Continue reading “Grandma’s Gluten Free Turkey Stuffing”

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Jenny’s Gluten, Dairy & Soy Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies

We’re already a week into December and I’m still trying to get things done. The first order of business should be to get my shopping done, but sadly I keep procrastinating. In past years, I’d be at least 70% done by now, but this year I am having a hard time getting started. I do about 80% of my shopping online, which should make me want to do it even earlier, considering shipping time and costs and all. Hubby and I have agreed to take a new approach to Christmas this year. We’ve decided to get back to what Christmas really means and to not go overboard on Christmas gifts for our children. It’s an easy thing to do, going overboard. So, this year I found something on Pinterest (yes, I totally love Pinterest!) that would help me to really narrow down my gift giving – not like I don’t love giving to my children, but Christmas has become so commercialized and I want them to understand what it’s supposed to be about. I had them fill out a letter saying what they want, what they need, what they’ll wear and what they’ll read. A little difficult for a four year old, but I helped her out quite a bit. The boy loved doing it and it was really a challenge for him to come up for a couple of things that he really wants instead of listing off a thousand toys that would be just forgotten about anyway. Our kids are blessed to have toys, games and books already, and we’re trying to teach them that there are children out there that don’t have those things, let alone food, clothing and shelter. It’s tough for a child to understand all the complicated aspects of life, but we’re trying to teach them this lesson. So instead of going over the top with our kids we will be giving less to our own kids and then giving to those less fortunate.  As the old saying goes It’s far better to give than to receive. So, hopefully at the end of this Christmas season our kids will understand to be grateful for the things they have instead of always wanting and asking for more. And, as adults it’s just as important for us to remember that as well. That being said, I’m sure that my shopping will come together in good time and I’ll still have plenty of time to just enjoy the season with family and friends. But, really, let’s be honest I’d better hurry up! Continue reading “Jenny’s Gluten, Dairy & Soy Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies”

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