FREE Spices from my favorite spice company!

Penzeys Spices has a brand new website that is really simple to use now. They are offering a free 1/2 cup jar of any of there spices (excluding Saffron) with any $5.00 purchase. These make really awesome Christmas gifts and wedding gifts. My cabinet is full of Penzeys Spices. They are also great at answering allergy questions.

Come and get your coupon for FREE 1/2 cup jar of Penzeys Spices.

Here are a few of my all time favorites!

Cake Spice, I use this in my oatmeal, Amish Baked Oatmeal and pancake/waffle batter.
Ground Caraway Seeds, I use this in my pork recipes
Italian Sausage Seasoning, I use this when I buy fresh ground pork and make my own breakfast sausages.
Buttermilk Ranch, don't let the name fool you, there is NO buttermilk in the seasoning. I use this to make dairy free salad dressings and dips. This is also really good sprinkled on mashed or baked potatoes. And super yummy sprinkled on baked chicken breasts.

I like how I can buy small or medium sized bottles or I can buy a larger size bag. I buy the Cake Spice and the Buttermilk Ranch by the bag full!

Stop by Penzeys Spices website or one of there brick and mortor locations. I've been to a few of the locations and love all the recipes that are sitting out by the spices. Like them on Facebook too!


Thanksgiving Freebie

My awesome pals over at TheOldSchoolHouse have a wonderful Thanksgiving freebie just for you!

"Come celebrate Thanksgiving with The Old Schoolhouse® and our friends who have been gracious to share their Thanksgiving products with you! It’s time to relax and enjoy the holiday season as we prepare our hearts and minds for all that we are thankful for. These gifts include everyone in the family – with suggestions on meal planning, activities for the young (and young-at-heart), ideas for creating great Thanksgiving memories and even recipes.
Take some time to enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with your family, friends, and loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving from The Old Schoolhouse® and our friends!"

Let me know how you use these freebies in your home this festive season. Can't wait until Thanksgiving, this will be the first year in over 20 years that I will get to spend Thanksgiving with my Mother. Can't wait!
p.s. Later this week I will share my Gluten Free turkey and stuffing recipes with you all.

Freshen Up Your Homeschool Today!

Those dreary days of winter are coming upon us! Does your homeschool need freshened up?

One of my favorite homeschool sites is The School House Teachers website. For one low prices you get preschool-12 grade, classes, videos, lesson plans, fun stuff like guitar lessons, art techniques for the lower grades. And tough stuff like biology and algebra for the upper grades.

I have been a member of Schoolhouse Teachers for several years and there is always something new! There are classes that your student can take and they even explain how to give credits for high school for the upper level classes. If you hop around in your homeschool like many of us do, there are archived lesson plans, so no need to be tied down to the computer each day.
Don't just lay there!! Do something fun in your homeschool!
Something that I have liked about Schoolhouse Teachers website is that I have always felt comfortable letting the homeschooled young man freely surf their website. He has actually learned a lot just by goofing around on the site during his free time. Remember the cool think about homeschooling is that our kids learn even when they are having fun! They just don't know that they are learning, because it's fun!

What are you waiting for? Shake things up and freshen up that homeschool of yours!


p.s. The guitar lessons have been GREAT for the Homeschooled Young Man.

Carve Out Some Time For Pumpkin Goodies!

I've been doing some beeboppin' around today for My Let's Get Cooking Series brings you fall time goodies from Gluten Free Homemaker's blog.

Pumpkin recipes galore including:
Gluten free and dairy free pumpkin pie!!
Pumpkin Sheet Cake
Pumpkin Waffles
Pumpkin Chili
Paleo Pumpkin Muffins
and many more!!

What are you waiting for??

Jump on these recipes and take the chill out of your home with some baked goodness from Linda's blog.


~Let's Get Cooking Series~

During my Let's Get Cooking Series, I plan to beebop and hop around the net to some blogging sites that I frequent and give you some tips and tools to find great gluten free recipes to make your home life easier in the kitchen. As a wife, homeschooling mom, daughter of a Mother who lives nearby who needs constant care, I lead a busy life. I know that your life never stop either!

All the recipes in this series can be made either gluten free or with gluten, so don't run away if you are one of my readers that is NOT gluten free.

So the Let's Get Cooking Series is kicking off today with some AWESOME recipes from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures. Hop on over and check her out! Tell Lynn that Moe sent you from Adoptive Mom Home Schooling An Only Child blog.

40 Ground Beef Recipes
Lynn's Kitchen Adventures has some wonderful meals that could be easily made gluten free. Stop by her blog and  check out the 40 recipes that she has on there.

Taco Soup photo from Lynn's Kitchen Adventure blog
We are pinching penny's right now in our household due to my husband being hurt at work and ground beef tends to go a long way in recipes. I plan to make a number of these in the near future.

Many of these recipes look like they could be easily changed to gluten free and also look freezer friendly. Easy swap outs would be regular noodles for gluten free noodles. I think that these recipes will be easy enough for a Gluten Free newbie to try out and enjoy.

Lynn also has a Gluten Free button on her site for more recipes. Always check your ingredients and make sure that you are using gluten free.

Warm up with a nice hot meal on the cheap!

 Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

Pumpkin + Fall = BAKING

What The Fork Food Blog has this incredible looking recipe for Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese frosting.

Now if you are dairy free don't cringe!! You can make this with some yummy dairy free cream cheese. I am going to make this tomorrow and I will post my thoughts on it. I can't wait to take the damp chill out of the house with a cake baking in the oven.

I've looked around Sharon's blog and WOW!!! Tons of yummy looking treats on her blog, many look like they will freeze great for holiday baking too.

Check her out!

p.s. As we move into the holidays and get busy, please be watchful as to what you eat and cook with. Even though you are busy, don't make careless mistakes that will make you sick. Keep gluten free snacks with you and when you are out on the town, check the restaurant menus before you step through the door or go through the drive thru. Did I tell you that Red Robin is my favorite place now? No!! They did not give me anything for saying that, but I will tell you that there is nothing like their French Onion Soup (ask for gluten free and make sure they hold the croutons and bread) and an order of fries (fried in a dedicated fryer!) I would say that the soup rivals Panera Breads or St. Louis Bread  Company's gluten filled french onion soup.

YUMMY Fall Gluten FREE Recipes

As you have read, my focus has been on getting the new homeschool year planned out and week I will share how our first week of homeschool crashed and burned, yet was profitable for the Homeschooled Young Man.

As I was taking a much needed break from life, I came across this wonderful website from My Gluten-Free Kitchen...YUMMY is all I can say. I printed out several of her recipes and plan to make them this week. I just love the fall time of year! I want warm, soft foods like casseroles and Michelle over at My Gluten-Free Kitchen has just the recipes.

Here recipes are all gluten free, but some of her links to other websites/blogs do not have gluten free recipes, but many of them that I looked like could be easily made gluten free. Such as replace soy sauce with gluten free soy sauce or replace noodles with gluten free noodles. All easy fixes so check her out!

Just a few recipes she offers up
Buckeye Brownies
Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Visit Michelle and enjoy some wonderful fall recipes.