Date Night Dinner Recipe: Pomegranate Pork Medallions #HeartHealthy


Date night doesn't have to be expensive or troublesome. Stay in this Valentine's Day with this simple yet elegant, tasty, restaurant-worthy dish.  Wanting to make something special for the whole family? My kids age 2-6  love this dish as much as we do!  This dish only looks complicated! Print Date Night Dinner Recipe: Pomegranate Pork Medallions #HeartHealthy   Ingredients 2 cups Mixed Berries w/ Pomegranates (Dole) found in the frozen food section (or equivalent fresh or frozen berries of choice) 1 pound boneless pork tenderloin (sliced into ½-inch thick medallions) salt/pepper to taste 1 TBSP olive oil 1 cup Pomegranate juice ¼ cup chicken stock 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 TBSP agave (or honey) Instructions Prior to starting, take pork out of refrigerator to rest for 15-30 minutes. Also, puree berries to prepare for sauce. I like to keep the pomegranates whole for presentation so I remove them before pureeing, but you be the judge. Heat … [Read more...]

Special treat for the holidays: #GF Minty Sandwich Cookie Recipe


It's funny how we often start out to create one thing and Then, you get inspired while in the process. That is how the minty sandwich cookies were born. Our oldest son, Dylan (the non-Celiac) said did you make us Oreos!?!  While not exactly like oreos, they are reminiscent of the beloved Oreos Ingredients: Cookie: 1/2 cup rice Flour 1/2 cup Tapioca Flour 1/2 cup Sorghum Flour 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 3/4 cup of melted Coconut Oil (or preferred oil) 1/3 c. applesauce 2 Tablespoons vanilla Filling: 2 cups White chocolate chips 3 TBSP. peppermint extract  (give or take depending on preferred mint strength) Red food color (optional)   Directions: 1. Combine Dry ingredients. 2. Stir coconut oil (melted), applesauce, and vanilla into dry mixture to create cookie dough.  3.  Measure dough by the tablespoon to place on cookie sheet. Roll into a ball. Use glass to flatten dough. 4. Place on … [Read more...]

Color, Click, Capture Photography Challenge – Week 2: Orange


Welcome to Week 2 of the Color, Click, Capture photography challenge hosted by East9thStreet, A Helicopter Mom, Nap Time Is My Time and Sunshine and Sippy Cups.  This week the color is orange.  Last week I had so much fun participating in Color, Click, Capture that it motivated me to find as many colors of the rainbow to keep working on my art.  Oklahoma hasn't quite decided if we are in Spring or Winter so I wanted to remember a less dreary moment.  I was out taking pictures of the boys in a local garden.  As adorable as the boys are, I could not stop from taking pictures of the garden too.  These vibrant flowers were captured on our anniversary trip to Riviera Maya This week’s photography tips comes from Emily Anderson of Emily Anderson Photography.  Emily has been photographing children and families in the Northeast Arkansas area for several years.  She has the patience of a saint and an impeccable ability to capture the most innocent moments. When photographing children, … [Read more...]

Attention Bloggers: Join Us for the 2012 Savory Summer Blog-Hopping Giveaway Event

  Measuring Flower and Graphoniac are hosting Savory Summer Blog Hopping Giveaway.  Visit here to find out more about adding  your blog to Savory Summer Event. Sign up is free and each blogger will host a giveaway valued at $25+.  Savory Summer will be featuring all things food and food-related that can be enjoyed during the summer. Basically, if it is something that a human being can eat, eat with, eat off of, cook, cook with, prepare food with…it belongs in this event!  Savory Summer is scheduled to begin on May 16, 2012, at 12:01 AM EST, and end onMay 30, 2012, at 11:59 PM EST. So go now to join the event!       … [Read more...]

@Smarties for an allergy-friendly Valentine’s Day: Love Hearts, Extreme Sour, & some for you …oh my!


4 years down the Gluten Free path and there is so much more for me to learn... Sending the boys to school was definitely one of the hardest decision I ever made.  Hunter has had pneumonia a few times thanks to gluten breaking down his immune system.  Before me, I had never really meant anyone dealing with food allergies or food restrictions at this level.  I find it funny how people talk about me like I am some SuperMom.  How do you do it? they say.  Like anyone else, I just do what needs to be done while trying to stay balanced between over-reacting & under-reacting. Friday afterschool, our oldest son walks to the car with this around his neck in celebration of 100th day of school, so what do I do? Fruit Loops are scary! He gets in the car. His younger brothers (both Celieacs) are mesmerized by the colorful necklace.  I take a deep breathe (while panicing in my mind).  Me: Dylan zip up your jacket, do not touch anything else, and do not give your brothers anything.  We get … [Read more...]

Last minute Allergy Friendly Puppy Chow Recipe #SuperBowl


Whenever attending events, I always like to provide a gluten free treat. However, you want something that is allergen friendly as well as crowd friendly.  While the choices of nut butters can be overwhelming, I absolutely cannot resist the taste of Sunflower Seed Butter! Here is my twist on the well-loved Puppy Chow ... Ingredients: 1/2 c. Sunbutter (or other nut butter available) 1/4 c. butter 1 c. chocolate chips 1 tsp. vanilla 9 cups Rice Chex 3 c. powdered sugar* Directions: 1. Combine Sunbutter, butter, and chocolate chips until melted. Then, add vanilla. 2.  Put Chex in large bowl and pour chocolate mixture over it until thoroughly combined. 3.  Place powdered sugar in ziploc bag  (or covered container). Then, add in chocolate covered Chex mixture. Seal container & shake until evenly coated. 4. Enjoy! *If you cannot find gluten free powdered sugar, substitute a homemade version of 1/3 c. granulated sugar & 1/2 tsp. rice flour combined in food … [Read more...]

@drinkmayesa Healthy Chocolate to help you maintain healthy resolutions & a chance to get 6-pk


Sponsored by Every year we make different goals to help us become healthier.  The problem is if we don't plan ahead or make feasible plans to achieve our goal than we just get discouraged.   Product Description  Can chocolate and good health go together? It sure can when you drink Mayesa! Made from organic cacao, and full of antioxidants along with Omega 3 & 6, this chocolate drink is also soy-free and dairy-free. The "Mint" flavor is also gluten-free. Mayesa is a healthy chocolate drink for children and adults alike. It’s rich, it’s delicious, and it’s Good for you! Mayesa is made from organic cacao (the purest form of chocolate). We blend hemp protein, rice and select spices for an indulgent and satisfying taste experience. We provide you with a tasty source of fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin D and antioxidants. Our product is dairy free, lactose free, gluten free, has no cholesterol and no trans fats.  Cacao and hemp have been used for centuries … [Read more...]

Color, Click, Capture Photography Week 1 Challenge: Red is the color of…


Welcome to Week 1 of Color, Click, Capture photography challenge hosted by East9thStreet and 4 other blogs! The color this week is RED. Red is a powerful color. Visually it just commands "Look at me!" and when wearing it you can't help feeling more confident! As I am coming back from my blogging break, I am working on making both my personal life and professional life better. It seems perfect that my favorite color is week 1 for Color, Click, Capture since I am wanting to perfect my photograhpy skills. I have become addicted to taking pictures. Of course, most of them are for my eyes only. Personally, I have been a nail biter for *gasp*gasp* over 20 years. It has been one of those addictions that drove me crazy, but I just couldn't stop. I had an incredibly stressful 2011, which makes me that much more proud of being a recovering nail biter! Anyways, red is the color that helps encourage my photography addiction while helping me beat my nail biting addiction... 4 mos. of "sobriety" … [Read more...]

@GerberLife & @RIFWEB launch Project Open Book ($25 Snapfish GiveAway too) #momsparkmedia


Education is an important aspect of parenting that starts at birth.  As a higher-educated mother of 3 kids, college is something that often crosses my mind especially with my monthly reminder of student loan payments.  I grew up one of four siblings, so I learned a bit about being responsible.  However, due to my family's  income, I didn't qualify for financial assistance.  I had to pay for my college education by student loans. I would never wish that on my kids.  Please read on to learn more about Gerber Life College Plan, Project Open Book, and how you can enter to win a Snapfish giveaway for all those precious moments! About Gerber Life Insurance Company, founded in 1967, provides affordable, industry-leading juvenile life insurance and other financial products to young families.  It is Gerber Life’s mission to be the brand parents and grandparents trust to help them achieve financial security and protection for their families at every stage of life.  Throughout the United … [Read more...]

Use @bootstroot to eliminate unsightly bunching during these cold winter days


  There's nothing like a nice pair of boots in the winter.  If you are the practical type, they keep your jeans from getting dirty & wet when it is raining or snowing.  However, they also just look quite trendy with jeans on the inside of the boots. I will not deny that my biggest setback is that I am a perfectionist. No matter how skinny my jeans are, I can't seem to keep my jeans from bunching when I try to wear boots & jeans together. If I am going to spend the day analyzing myself then I often don't step out of my comfort zone.  Introducing Boot Stroot... Description: Cuff, Wrap and Strap your way to no bulges and no bunching when you wear jeans with boots. Our revolutionary product allows you to quickly and easily cuff boot cut jeans, normal flare jeans or straight leg jeans and slip into boots without uncomfortable bunching or unsightly bulging. The Boot Stroot holds your pants in place so your jeans never ride up your leg!  Stand, sit, dance or run; … [Read more...]