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EnD oF sUmMeR gArdEn.......Or Is iT fAll?

It seems the growing season has extended....due to this warm, I might even say HOT weather.  The tomatoes and peppers are ripe and ready to pick, the apples are coming off the trees!  I am ready for fall though, give me cool mornings and a blustery day so I can sit by the fire and read a good book.
 Granny Smith apples make the BEST applesauce.  I am making my sauce sugar free this year by using Stevia!


Bell Pepper
Cherry Tomatoes


Crazy HOT PEPPER....who planted that?????

Garden Bounty

The sad sagging tomato bed.

Halloween and Thanksgiving decoration.


Puzzling Behavior

How many times have you tried to get your young child to eat their meal?  I have lost count and become so frustrated that I was determined to do something about it.  This idea popped into my head one day.....
*one 25 piece preschool puzzle
*child who doesn't like to eat
*a meal

Follow the pictures for the flow of events........
 My youngest isn't the most cooperative eater, and usually puts up a HUGE fuss during the meal which makes everyone else at the table a little on edge.
What I am suggesting here is to reward each bite of food with a puzzle piece.  As they gather more pieces with each bite they can start putting the puzzle together.  Soon they forget that they should be putting up a fight with each bite, and instead can't wait for the next bite to get another piece to the puzzle. 
I stopped reminding her that she had to take a bite of food for a puzzle piece and she just kept eating on her own.  At one point I was afraid I was going to run out of puzzle pieces!
She got so excited near the end because she saw her prize so near. 
The prize was a COOKIE! 
I figure that this worked so well because it broke up the long process of eating into small bites with little rewards along the way.  She even ate her salad. 

OTHER VARIATIONS : You could say each piece is worth two bites.  You could make your own puzzle up with a picture of the dessert you were having that night so it is almost like a guessing game.  This Puzzle game could be used for good behavior at the table, practicing table manors.  You could extend this idea with older kids by having them earn puzzle pieces for good behavior throughout the day and completing the puzzle for a prize at the end of the day


Product Review = Gluten Free Mama Mixes

As my family and I have traveled on the gluten free journey we have tried many gluten free products.  I have been amazed at the complete failure of a few mixes and recipes and been so happy at the success of others.
Today I would like to bring you two mixes by Gluten Free Mama.  These mixes are gluten and wheat free.  They do have almond flour in them so beware if you have  a nut allergy. 

Gluten Free Mama's Pancake/Waffle Mix

The mix is very easy to assemble, you only need 3 eggs and1 cup of a milk of your choice.
The one step I have never seen before was to separate the egg whites and whip them then fold them into the waffle mix at the end.
 Fold the whipped egg whites into the mix.
The waffles are light and fluffy and pretty tasteless, which is most like a white wheat waffle if you ask me.  This is a perfect replacement for a white wheat waffle! The carb count is pretty high at 21g per waffle.  It looks like you could get three batches of 8 waffles out of this mix.

PANCAKES from the same mix

 These pancakes were super easy to make.  The only things you need to add are some eggs, milk and oil.  They turn out SUPER fluffy.  The carb count is along the same lines as the waffles = 21g per pancake.  These reheat well when lightly toasted in the toaster.  They taste and behave like a typical wheat pancake!
and now for yet another mix from

I have been on the search for a good pizza crust mix since the day we first decided to go gluten-free.  Well I think this is it.  It behaves like a wheat dough without cracking and falling apart. 
Ingredients needed: water,milk of choice, egg, and cider vinegar.
This crust is SUPER easy to roll out!
You bake the crust in the oven until it is just about done then add the toppings.
 Top your pizza with any cheese of choice or no cheese at all.  I personally LOVE mozzarella and bacon pizza! This is one of the best pizza crusts I have tasted in a LONG TIME!  This mix wins favor in the non-gluten-free crowd.

The carb count is pretty high at 25g of carbs per slice if you make two small pizzas and divide it into 16 pieces.