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Mar 25, 2012

Southern Style Oven Fried Chicken

Southern Style Oven Fried Chicken


  • 3 ½ cups of Glutino Gluten Free Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1-1/4 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts, split or 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together breadcrumbs and spices. Reserve.
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together the egg whites and the buttermilk.
  4. Dip each piece of chicken in buttermilk mixture then roll in breadcrumb mixture, coating well. Press lose crumbs into the meat.
  5. Place each piece of chicken on a no-stick cookie sheet (or lightly oil a baking sheet).
  6. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden, turning once halfway through baking. Serve warm

Gluten-Free Canberry Dessert

Gluten-Free Cranberry Dessert with Pretzel Crust


1st Layer
2nd Layer
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup whipped cream or Cool Whip
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
3rd Layer
  • 1 3 oz box Raspberry Jell-O
  • 32 oz (2 cans) cranberry sauce
  • 2 cups water


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mix ingredients of the 1st layer together, and press into the bottom of a baking dish. Bake for approximately 8 minutes, and let cool.
  2. Mix the ingredients of the 2nd layer, and spread over the 1st layer crust once it has cooled.
  3. Bring the 2 cups of water to a boil, and mix with the other ingredients of the third layer. Let cool. Pour over the second layer.

Mar 22, 2012

Texture Books

Create a Texture Book
 Children explore their sense of touch by classifying textures
  • different textured materials
  • large sheets of construction paper
  • glue crayons
  • scissors
  • stapler
Children will use observation, classification, and language skills to explore objects with different textures.
Let kids explore the objects in their baskets for a while. Encourage to feel objects again and help them find words to modeling descriptive language: "Look this one feels soft and smooth. Can you find another one that feels soft and smooth."
1. Have the children group objects that feel similar together like ribbon and yarn. As they work discuss the items and ask how they are alike?
2. Some children may want to be "texture scientists." Give each child an object then ask them to search the room for a similar textured object, or an object that feels the same. This activity can help children practice comparative thinking.
3. Together, sort the textured scraps into similar piles. Then invite children to make a collage. Each textured item on a separate page. 
4. Review the book together, asking children to describe and compare the textures. Invite children to dictate decribing their pictures.
Are children able to group textures in more than one category, such as "soft and bumpy?" 

Books: The Usborne books: That's Not My... (dolly, car, monster, etc.) Love these books because they discuss many different textures, they're sturdy and fun.   

 I really appreciate my art trays because they help keep the mess down. The boys did great with this activity and I know they wanted more to do.
We used yarn, shredded paper, ribbon, twigs, cotton balls, and burlap twine for our textures. The leaves didn't make it through the experiment ;0
The boys took turns gluing the textures into their collage books.


Twice Exceptional!

Twice Exceptional Children Overlooked

“Too often the strengths and interests of Gifted-Learning Disabled students are either unrecognized, seen but ignored, put on hold, or are irksome because they are the wrong talents for conventional school achievement.” − Susan Baum and Steven Owen

Please read entire article. It should only take a few minutes and its totally worth it. Whether an educator of any kind, a parent of a special needs child, or just a parent of 'normal' kids- YOU will at some point come in contact with kids like this. Rather then ignoring them because of discomfort, fear, or lack of information on the subject, you will come into contact with them- Whether at a restaurant, the park, the mall, or maybe they're a boy or girl in your kids' class. A seed of awareness is all it takes to make known what it barely known to most people but it will make a world of difference. 

Mar 21, 2012


Breakfast: Chocolate Chip Muffins
  • 1 box Gluten Free Pantry muffin mix
  • 6 Tbsp softened butter
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp gluten free vanilla
  • 1 cup milk (we used coconut) 
  • Add-ins: 3/4 cups of dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips or other ingredients
Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tins with muffin papers. Beat together butter, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in mix and milk. Fold in chocolate chips. Spoon batter into muffin tins. Bake 16 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. May be frozen. Makes 12-15 muffins.

Gluten Free Pantry have a lot of different mixes. Everything from pancake mix to brownie mix to scone mix which is this one. I decided to add chocolate chips mostly because I didn't have a good fruit to add. 
 The kids really enjoyed these. In fact, there were only 4 left from the dozen so I think that's a good sign. They are very light and fluffy which was surprising to me because most the items I've made thus far have been very heavy and thick. So these were a nice light option that I think I can add to our overall foods list.
 Add I add were birthday cupcake sleeves but still these muffins nicely separated from the them.

Lunch: Mac n cheese (Quinoa style)
  • Box of Quinoa Mac n cheese
  • Milk (soy, cow, coconut, almond)
  • Celery
  • Peanut butter
  • raisins
 Unfortunately only two out of my three kids liked this lunch. All like the ant on a log but the mac n cheese version wasn't exactly what I expected. The cheese tasted a little to salty and even a little grainy. Oh well probably won't be a keeper for my master list. I would say however that I would like to come up with my own version of a mac n cheese for the boys and a dairy free option too.
I didn't think it tasted that bad but I definitely had to convince my boys to eat it. This is the first GF item they haven't liked.

Snack: Yogurt and Gluten-free granola
  • 2/3 cup of organic vanilla or strawberry flavored yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of granola   
This was super, quick, easy, and delightfully delicious. The boys ate it up. 
Dinner: Baked Penne San Remo and Salad
  •  15oz. Brown Rice Penne Pasta cooked and drained
  • 26oz.Can of Tomato sauce (only use 13oz)
  • 1 lb of mild Italian sausage cooked and drained
  • 1 cup organic Italian mixture cheeses (Mozzarella, Provolone, Parmesan, Ricotta)
  • Italian herbs Oregano and Basil (pinch)
  • 6oz diced organic tomatoes
  • 3 Tbsp dollops of Ricotta cheese
 For Salad:
  • Spinach
  • Tomato
  • Green and Red bell peppers
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 1 Packet of Italian salad dressing spice pack 
Directions: Preheat oven to 425. Boil noodles according to directions on box. At the same time cook sausage in a large/deep frying pan. Once done add 1/2 jar of tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and Italian herbs to frying pan. Mix well. Cooked on med-low heat until noodles are done. Once noodles are done, strain and add them to frying pan. Toss and mix well for about 5 minutes. Then pour mixture into oven safe bowl and sprinkle cheese on top. Add 3 dollops (Tbsp sized) Ricotta cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. 
Dressing: use a grocery story dressing container. Fill balsamic vinegar to V line, add water to W line, add EVOO to O line add in dressing packet and shake well then serve. Serve with salad and bread if desired.

This is seriously a great dinner. For the tiny queen bee (because of the dairy allergy) I only gave her the mixture for the bottom of the bowl. 
Scarfing it down!
Did they even taste it?

Unfortunately I seemingly lost the preparation photos for this dinner. Perhaps my oldest child deleted them in an attempt to view them. Not sure but the kids loved this dinner and so did mom and dad.

Happy Eating!

Mar 20, 2012

Breakfast: Pancakes
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 3 Tbsp. Tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup potato starch
  • 4 Tbsp. dry buttermilk powder
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar substitute (I used cane)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 tsp. Xanthan gum
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 cups water
  • cinnamon


  1. In a bowl, mix or sift together the rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, dry buttermilk powder, sugar substitute, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum. Stir in eggs, water, and oil until well blended and few lumps remain.
  2. Heat a large, well-oiled skillet or griddle over medium high heat. Spoon batter onto skillet and cook until bubbles begin to form. Flip, and continue cooking until golden brown on bottom. Serve immediately with condiments of your choice. 
Snack: Rice cakes
A quick snack like rice cakes it great for busy moms. They're light but take the hunger edge off just enough to make it to lunch. My kids love them and so do I and yes they are GF.
Lunch: Chicken Noodle Soup
  • 8oz. Dry Egg noodles
  • 2 cooked and cubed chicken breasts
  • 1/2 lb. whole baby carrots
  • 1/2ib. celery diced
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 32oz. Organic chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp. rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. bay leaves
  • pinch of pepper
  • pinch of salt
 Boil chicken until it begins to fall apart. Then in large stock pot warm up chicken stock then add carrots, celery, onion and spices. Once chicken is done add it to soup stirring continually. Then add egg noodles-follow cooking directions for egg noodles. Then throw in a few bay leaves. Serve.

Dinner: Tacos
  • 12 all corn taco shells
  • green leaf lettuce cut up
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • sour cream
  • salsa
  • 1 ripe avacado
  • 2 lb. of ground turkey
  • chili powder (the more the hotter it is/I use at least 1 1/2 Tbsp)
  • cumin, dash
  • lemon pepper, dash
  • onion powder 
  • garlic powder
  • Red Hot hot sauce, couple squirts
  • 1 4oz. can diced green chili peppers
   In a large frying pan cook and chop up ground turkey when almost cooked add a 1/4 cup of water and spices (chili powder, cumin, lemon pepper, onion/garlic powder). The more you add the spicier it will be. When done fill taco with meat and any other veggies, cheese, sour cream, or salsa you like. Enjoy!
My recipe is a little different from hers because I don't always have the time to fry up the corn tortillas but both are great!
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