A Few of my GF Favs

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Hi all!

So sadly I don’t have a recipe to share this Friday. I have a bit more tweaking to do before sharing. Here are my all time gf alternatives to traditional gluten items. I’ve made Gluten Free Noodles, I did mine as lasagna in my pasta roller. These had such a wonderful flavor, and texture. I personally think that the gf version is incredible! Also this Pizza Crust, I subbed half of the all purpose flour for sorghum. Guests often don’t believe it’s gluten free! Has a very nice “bread” flavor.

 

I have Buffalo Chicken Dip minus the Parmesan in the oven right now, I can’t wait to taste it!

Not Quite Bibimbap

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Hi everyone!

The husband and I made something really delicious for dinner last night:

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 I was inspired by this blog post about bibimbap and I just had to make it! I didn’t have all off the ingredients, much noticeably kim-chi. I can’t believe that I still have never had it. So here is how I made it.

 

At the bottom of the bowl was some brown rice. Did you know if you soak it for a few hours it have a much more pleasing tender texture?

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Anyway there was some spinach gomaezucchini & onions, pickled carrots, blanched home grown bean sprouts, Korean beef, all crowned with a fried egg and siracha sauce.

All of the flavors were distinct and yet went so well together, it was awesome. Ok now stop drooling and go make some yourself!

    

Hungry? You will be.

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Thanksgiving was a blast! We hosted the close by family this year(16 in total) at our house. It’s our first Thanksgiving and Christmas at our house and we certainly started with a bang 🙂 I didn’t get a chance to sneak any pics of the food in but I saw cameras flashing so I guess someone must have been taking pictures.

 

Curious about the menu?

 

~Apps~

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Goat Cheese w/Honey & Cracked Black Pepper

Fresh Cut Veggies

Lots of Fancy Crackers

French Bread

 

~Main and Side Dishes~

A 22# Herbed Turkey (I use the same technique as for my roast chicken but using a turkey size bag and upping the seasonings and veggies.)

Apple & Cranberry stuffing(I think it’s technically dressing when it’s cooked outside the turkey?)

Hubby’s Garlic Yukon/Russet Mashed Potatoes

Whole Berry Corn-free Cranberry Sauce

My Mom’s Delicious Gravy

Dad’s Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Grandma D’s Famous Dinner Rolls

Grandma D’s Chopped Salad

 

~Sweets~

Mom’s Pumpkin Pie

Mom’s Pumpkin Cupcakes

Cousin K’s Kuken (Pie crust with custard type filling, sometime with toppings)

MIL brought a Chocolate Fruit Tart

 

If I made you hungry I did my job well. Now I must get back to stealth spinning for a long awaited Christmas present that must be done this year.

Happy belated Thanksgiving and happy snacking.

Good Deal on a Buffet

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I love the super great deals where you get items for pennies, I really do. Most of the time though what I get are just plain good deals without using a crazy amount of coupons. Also jcpenney.com only allows 1 coupon code per order 😦

I’ve been thinking about getting a warming buffet for when we have parties that require hot food.

The one I got my eye on? The Bella Cucina Triple 1.5qt Slow Cooker. It has 3 individual 1.5 quart dishwasher safe stoneware pots with glass lids. No more guessing at what is inside without lifting the lid!

Original price: $79.99 Ouch, a little pricey.

On sale for $39.99 That’s half off people!

If you buy at least $10.01 more worth of items (preferably from clearance)

spending a total of $50 or more you can use this coupon: $10 off

Not too shabby, eh?

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Knit Circus Summer 2011

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These designs caught my eye and there are more fabulous patterns in the issue:

I love the Isis top. The curvature of the lace, the shape of the tank, the polo-type back, perfect for summer!

Fannette has this understated elegance that makes me want one in every color.

The Celebrity Tank also caught my eye. Lace edging, ribbon, ruffles and cute straps make this top a standout!

Cables & lace oh my in Titillating scarf.

The Spiral Star Baby Blanket would make a fantastic baby shower gift.

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Tarts & Primroses

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My favorite form of eye candy: desserts!

My cousin Natalya and I made these from this recipe at allrecipes.com for a clothing swap party.

Have you ever been to a clothing swap?

It was my first and it was so much fun!

Light, buttery with a bit of a tang, these were melt in your mouth fantastic.

This was super easy to do with my Pampered Chef mini-muffin pan and the mini-tart shaper.

After the tart shells were a light golden brown we cooled them on a cookie rack and filled them with a delicious raspberry/blueberry jam that Lexi and I canned last summer.

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I love primroses!

I baby this planter with leftover teabags about every other week, it really perks them up 🙂

This shot is 1 of 3 little guys that my mom potted up for me.

Fiesta Turkey Hamburgers

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I wasn’t feeling well last night so my hubby made these burgers with pointers from me 🙂

These extra moist and lean hamburgers are easily whipped up in no time! My favorite burger!

 

 

Burgers:

1 egg

1 egg yolk

1/3 cup salsa

1 1/4 pounds of lean ground turkey

Blend egg, egg yolk, salsa with a fork in a small bowl. Place turkey in a medium size bowl, pour egg and salsa mixture over turkey, mix with hands until well combined(turkey mixture will be very wet, this is crucial to having moist, lean burgers). Shape into 5 patties and pan-fry in a medium hot skillet sprayed with olive oil until internal temperature reaches 165 Fahrenheit.

 

 

Ranch Guac:

1 avocado mashed

2 T. Ranch dressing

salt to taste

Combine mashed avocado with ranch dressing, season to taste with salt. Chill until serving.

Serve on toasted onion hamburger buns, with Ranch Guac, sliced tomato, lettuce and choice of salsa of barbecue sauce. I often serve these with Crispy No-Fry Fries from the cookbook The Sneaky Chef(that’s where my extra egg white runs off to).

 

 

~*~Enjoy!~*~

Come on, really?

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Are you really going to knit fine gauge scarves for every friend who asks for a scarf? Why not do something equally stylish and a lot quicker? With only 120 yards and size US 11(8.00 mm) needles you will be done in no time! The pattern is super easy to memorize and looks a lot harder than it is.

 

Check it out on my pattern page, it’s free!!!!!!!!!!1

It’s on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/colorfulpurls/come-on-really

And Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#/pages/Colorfulpurls-Designs/270939780321?ref=ts