Recipe: Tuna Patties

After being in a eating-rut, I finally made a recipe off my pinterest board and it was superb!

And in true Stacey-fashion, I didn’t follow the directions all that well, so….

I used parsley instead of dill, doubled the broccoli amount, halved the quinoa amount, used olive oil-based mayo and not traditional, and friend them in leftover bacon grease instead of coconut oil (I’m allergic to coconut and I love bacon – true southern woman so I have leftover bacon grease in my frig). 

These are truly delicious! I could have eaten the entire batch but tried to control myself so I could have some left over for lunch tomorrow. 

Recipe: Gluten-Free Beef Stroganoff

I am obsessed with this recipe ! Beef Stroganoff has been a favorite of mine for years, dating all the way back to Mom making the hamburger helper version growing up.

I did make some modifications so I’m going to write out the recipe below but the modifications were made because I didn’t have some of the ingredients the first time I made it. 🙂

1 package of mushrooms (pick your favorite kind)
1 white onion
1 lb. of ground beef, browned (you could use any kind of ground meat)
1/2 cup of white wine
1 cup of plain greek yogurt
onion powder
garlic powder

I sauté the diced mushrooms and white onion until almost done. Next, add the browned meat and mix in. Add the wine and yogurt. Sprinkle the onion and garlic powder over the top of the skillet. Stir and let simmer for approximately 5-10 minutes. Serve in a bowl.

Some people following the paleo diet will still cook with wine and will eat yogurt and some people won’t. It’s personal prefernce. I’m not sure what you could substitute for these two ingredients in this recipe however.

You could add quinoa or any noodles you want to to make this more of a “true” beef stroganoff recipe but the flavors don’t need it (and neither does my waist line). Enjoy!

Recipe: Depression-Era Cake

My niece turned one back in February (still working on writing the post about her birthday party and my world-wind trip to Dallas) and my best friend (her mom) used this recipe for her cupcakes. I wasn’t the only person at the party that is gluten-free and a couple of the other party animals are also egg- and dairy-free so this recipe is perfect.

The recipe originated out of the Great Depression and world wars when people didn’t have eggs and milk to be able to cook with. It uses vinegar and water reaction (could be a pretty cool cook experiment to do with small children) to make it fluffy. We made the gluten-free version into cupcakes which turned out fabulous! I’ve since made this recipe three times because it is so easy and allergy-free. Enjoy!

Recipe: Paleo Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

I am a table leader for the membership class at church for 9 weeks which has given me a great opportunity to try some new recipes. There are a couple people at my table that are gluten-free and dairy-free which makes paleo recipes intising.

After pinterest-ing for much longer than is healthy, I decided to try this recipe. It was really good! I didn’t have any leftovers after class so I’m assuming everyone else thinks it’s pretty good too. I actually followed the recipe for this one (probably because it’s measure, combine, and dump) with my cooking time being closer to 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Recipe: Sour Candy Grapes

I found the original recipe here for sour candy grapes via pinterest. Go figure.

I’m a table leader for the membership class at my church (Redeemer Fellowship). It’s a 9 week class that focuses on what the church does and does not believe. People take it with the intent to then write down their faith story, start volunteering at the church, and sit down with one of our pastors to discuss their life. At the end of the process you become a member of the church. It’s pretty lengthy (especially in comparison to other churches I’ve been a member of) but I think it accomplishes a church community that serves each other and is sheperd-ed by our team of Elders.

Each week, the DNA table leaders help facilitate the discussions that take place during class and strive to develop some community. Optionally, they bring the snacks. I had seen this recipe on Pinterest for a long time now but had never tried it. I figured I would let me table be guinea pigs.

They loved them! (and I did too)

I used green grapes, washed them, patted them dry, and rolled them through fruit punch and sugar-free lemon jell-o mixes. After about 4 hours in the refrigerator, they were funny looking but very tasty.

I did have a few leftovers which I froze and ate for dessert the next night. I prefer the frozen ones, personally.

These snacks are perfect if you need a quick fix for an activity or have someone who has severe food allergies. The kids hanging around at church definitely loved them too!!

Thursday Night Clams

Warmer weather, Thursday night without any place to be, great wine in the wine rack, and a trip to Costco leads to some experimenting in the kitchen for dinner. I had the windows and doors wide open at my house. Music drifting through the cool evening air. Candles lit. Home alone. Leggings and a tshirt. Barefoot. Bliss.

I stumbled upon The Domestic Man this week and figured I would try out a recipe. I chose his post on Littleneck clams which Costco had last week. Living in the midwest means good seafood is rare. I really don’t eat seafood at restaurants around town because usually doesn’t taste so good. Yes, I am one of those snotty people who can taste the difference in seafood that has been previously frozen. I still eat it. I just don’t want to pay to eat it at a restaurant. Costco had littleneck clams flown in that morning from Boston. I was in for trying.

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The recipe is so easy and I didn’t make any modifications.

Warning: I sliced my finger open on one of the clams since I wasn’t paying attention while I was washing them. I was paying attention after that, of course! It didn’t dampen how good the recipe is 🙂

I used a bottle of Ruffino pinot grigio that I had picked up several months ago at a wine tasting at Cellar Rat. The recipe also tasted so good that I ate all the clams myself while drinking the rest of the bottle of wine which watching the CrossFit Open 14.3 announcement. I rounded out the evening by watching the new episode of Scandal at a friend’s house.

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It was a perfect Thursday evening.

Recipe: Blue Buffalo Chicken Soup

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I found the original recipe on Pinterest here. I’m not super good at following directions so I left out the orzo and didn’t substitute anything in its place which is probably why mine was a little bit more runny than the original recipe. The recipe made enough soup for me to eat 5 different meals. It was a great recipe to make on the weekend and eat the rest of the week!

Adventures De Madre

My mom’s week trip to Kansas City was extremely busy which is no surprise. My mom doesn’t really know how to sit still. Let’s see if I can recap her trip:

Monday – I went to the office for work in the morning so she went and walked at Loose park, ate breakfast, cleaned out the tall closet to the left of my refrigerator that I’ve been ignoring since we moved in, showered, cleaned off my front door (it was very dusty), and swept my porch before I came back home at 1pm. Then we drove out and picked up my antelope which was finally done at the processor in Wellington, Missouri. On the way back to KC, we stopped in Lee’s Summit to look for a sewing machine and fabric. We found an awesome place to get some called Fabric Recycle which is right next door to El Maguey which is the best mexican food I’ve eaten in the Midwest. This meant we had nachos and margaritas for dinner.

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Tuesday – we walked in Loose Park and drank coffee in Starbucks in the Plaza before stepping in Barnes & Nobel and Pottery Barn on the way home. After showering, we went out shopping for a sewing machine and some household items. Tuesday night I have Gospel Community so I left Mom at home to play with the sewing machine we bought. By the time I came home, she was already frusterated with the one we purchased and wanted to take it back.

Wednesday – took the dreadful sewing machine back and went to the Bernina store. The owner showed us several models and Mom ended up buying a Bernina 135 that was used.

It makes 25 stitches and has a semi-automatic button hole maker. It is a very nice machine! I am truly blessed to have parents that want to invest in activities I’m interested in. (It also helps that my mom sews a tremendous amount). It had to be serviced so we didn’t pick it up until Friday morning.

Lunch was at BRGR which has a great gluten-free hamburger bun. Mom was in heaven, see picture below…

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My mom helped me hang pictures and art all around our house Wednesday afternoon. She has such a good eye for where and how to hang things (my parents have a tremendous amount of art in their house). She’s also really good at being helpful while hanging things. My Dad wants to make sure everything is exactly square and measured but my Mom wants it to look correct to the eye when the ceilings and walls aren’t straight. It feels amazing to have things hung on the walls again!

My friend Melanie stopped by the house for a couple glasses of wine. She and my mom were telling all kinds of crazy funny stories. It made my heart incredibly happy to have them both at my house.

Thursday – I went into the office for a half day and Mom worked on cleaning my house. She ended up finding the dryer line to the outside was full of lent (from previous renteres/owners) so she stood on her head to clean it out. (She’s also pretty ingenuitive since she duct-taped straws to the end of my vaccumn cleaner to suck it up instead of spending money to call an industrial cleaner). Apparently we were pretty close to having a house fire…

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Post dryer rescue was a tour of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Mom is an artist (photography and fiber/quilting/sewing) so she loved it! The sculpture garden is also a top-of-the-list KC attraction.

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Dinner was at Cooper’s Hawk Winery on the Plaza which has an amazing GF menu!! They have several locations across the country but it was absolutely, hands-down, the best GF menu I’ve ever ordered off of! Dessert was great, as was the Malbec…

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Friday – dinner was so good we went back for lunch after picking up my new sewing machine. Then we got down to business – Mom taught me how to make dresses for Haiti (blog post coming soon with instructions).

First Fridays is the first Friday of every month so Mom and I met up with several of my friends for drinks at Snow & Co before walking around looking at art. I really enjoyed her getting to know my friends. I’ve never listened to her opinion of my friends in the past (little bit rebellous) but I am listening this time around…she’s always been right in the past.

Saturday – we got up early, swung thru Starbucks for coffee and made a bee line for the River Market’s City Market Farmer’s Market (how many markets are really needed in a title? haha). We bought flowers, pumpkins, spaghetti squash, tomatoes, spices, garlic, kale, and green beans. I must have made a statement about wanting to learn to can green beans or how much I loved the canned green beans my grandmother used to make because we brought home enough green beans for 10 pint cans worth and 2 quarts for dinner!! It was awesome for Mom to teach me how to can (post coming later on that one too). See picture below of the start of the process.

IMG_2170[1]We shopped in West Bottoms antique dealers since Mom is such a fan of that too. It was a great time and I ended up with a great couple of buys. I can’t tell you what they are yet since I’m giving them as gifts 🙂

Saturday afternoon my friend Lee came over to learn to sew (with a free lesson of how to can green beans) which was a lot of fun! Mom then made chili and cornbread for my roomate, my friend Brad, her and I to eat for dinner. By the time we had cleaned up the kitchen and finished sewing I was completely exhausted! I hope I have as much energy as my mom when I’m her age.

We did can the leftover chili as well (which I’m eating while writing this):

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Sunday – we ate breakfast at eggtc and then went to 9am service at Redeemer Fellowship. The preaching was good but the people sitting around us talked too much for my preference which was frusterating. Mom showed me her pictures from all her international travels this summer (Ireland, London, and Norway) before I took her to the airport to fly home.

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It was a crazy busy week but I loved it! We’ve already got a list going of what she wants to do the next time she comes 🙂