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Gluten Free pizza crust review

We have a WINNER!!!!

One of my co-worker’s husband suffered from a gluten allergy a little while ago.  He has overcome this and I lucked out and received the gluten free goodies that she still had in her pantry!! WOOHOO!

I have not been able to experiment in the kitchen like I would like to since we often get home pretty late from work and such.  With that being said I tend to try new recipes and ideas on the weekend.  I am happy to bring to you a Gluten Free pizza crust that is something even the hubby really enjoyed. 

The Namaste Foods, Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix turned out DELICIOUS!  It is wheat free, gluten free, dairy, corn, soy, potato, casein, AND nut free. Whew what an awesome find. AND the best part was that the bag contains enough mix for TWO different pizza crusts.  The Italian seasonings that were already included in the ingredients of this crust made it the best gluten free crust that I have ever had or made.  Typically the crust is just a plain combination of gluten free flours with zero seasonings.  I think that the seasonings are what won the hubby over also… he is a seasoning fanatic, the more the better! Plus, deep down inside I know Aaron misses the convenience of ordering a pizza for dinner when he just has the craving, maybe I can keep his cravings at bay by making this a regular occurrence for dinner!

We devoured the pizza before I took a pic, but I had mushrooms, hamburger, minced garlic, and spinach on my side.  Aaron had LOTS of mozzerella cheese, pepporoni, and mushrooms.  We both has tomato paste with italian seasonings on the crust before we added our personal toppings. 

I highly suggest trying this type of gluten free crust if you are looking for a gluten free pizza treat!

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Update on goals and life

WOW! Is all I can say about August!! Sorry it has been so very long since I have posted.  Life has not slowed down for one second the past few weeks, I mean this in all seriousness! I feel bad for not catching up with friends back in town, but we have

So what have I been up to? Anything and everything possible!

We worked on getting settled into our new home… I finally got everything put away that was mine. Aaron still has some work to do, but he hasn’t sat down one second either so I have not gotten onto him by any means.

As soon as we were situated in our house, we started to get the area suitable for our sheep.  This entailed putting in 240 t-posts for a new fence that we were/are putting up.  Not even kidding when I say we have been getting up and going to work and then rushing home to work on fence and sheep until dark.  A couple of Aaron’s wool kids have been hired to help. Thank goodness for them it has come  along way.  Two people working on 3/4 mile of fence just isn’t enough.  I have to send out a shout out of thanks to Dustin and Bailey Jo for working until 10:30 one night helping us to paint brand our donors and recip ewes… yes this was outside in the pasture/corral.  We ended up working by the light of our iPhone flashlights!! There just are not enough hours in the day with working full time and getting the sheep where we need them :-(!! Thanks guys for the help!

For my job as the events coordinator at the Law School I put on a three day orientation for the first year law school students. I literally had brusied feet by the end of the first day from running from one end of the building and back to keep things going.  I did everything behind the scenes, which was okay with me.  My boss did an AMAZING job up on the stage and the first year students seemed to really enjoy it. We had a lot of fun, food, orienting going on, and sponsors to keep on track. I learned a lot from this event, but life at work did not slow down there…

The bunnies were temporarily allowed to live in our backyard, we are dogsitting this weekend so they are back in the hutch.  They make me laugh sooo much.  They literally would sprint from one end of the yard to the other.  I think they were surprised their little legs still worked after being in a hutch just about their whole lives! Here is Mopsy enjoying the greens (the closed eyes and paw holding the stalk just kills me, she is in heaven!):

A couple of Aaron’s friends from A&M stopped by on their way through from California.  We hosted them and had fun, but I did not get caught up on sleep… actually I ended up worse than when the weekend started. I love visiting but 3a.m. is wayyyy too late to stay up for this ol’ girl. 

Then we had our faculty and staff welcome dinner at Cagle’s Steakhouse.  It was delicious AND gluten free.  Small world, the owner of Cagle’s came and talked to me for a very long time and long story short- Aaron and I met while working for Elanco Animal Health… and the owner of Cagle’s worked for Elanco years ago! Agriculture really is a small world!

The next evening we had our first year student reception in the Jone’s AT&T stadium. 

I arranged a sweet deal for our guests, I had the stadium unlock two suites so that students could watch the Texas Tech football team practice! SWEET!! I might have been a little excited also! 😉

Aaron unfortunately missed out on all of the evening events because he was building fence 😦 😦 I completely understood and just wanted the fence done so we could have our life back…

This past weekend we had more company. Another of Aaron’s friends was judging a sheep show in Lubbock on Saturday.  You actually might remember seeing this good looking couple at our Rehearsal Dinner:

We had a great time visiting on Friday evening.  Last time they came up Aaron was on his Walk to Emmaus and they were stuck with just me to entertain them.  Poor souls I know ;-). Jake, Lauren, and Aaron took off Sat. morning for the show and I went back to the Law School to host another event.  After the event was over with I took Lauren around to shop in Lubbock. This was the first time I had been shopping in AGES! Then we all met back at home to regroup and then came back into Lubbock for dinner at Las Brisas… YUMMO! Unfortunately they had to leave Sunday morning… cannot wait until they are closer and we can go visit them! It made for a really fun weekend and the first time we didn’t work on the fence until dark since we started.

We are still working on the fence in the evenings.  I felt bad, we were the first ones to leave Life Group this Wednesday night.  We had to get all of the sheep in for the sheep shearer.  We ran around the pasture in the dark and such until about 10:45p.m. and then brought a load of them up to the barn.  Last night when I got home it was a VERY welcome sight though to see sheep up by the house. I am getting used to this life and feel blessed to have this opportunity… Aaron and I are both exhausted and looking forward to this weekend. We do not have anything but fence building and sheep work planned BUT with not having to go to work for three days I have faith that we can get a lot accomplished.  If anyone wants to come help you are more than welcome to 😉 jk I would not subject you to that. You could come see some of our animals and new family members though…

Aaron LOVES all of the toads around our house… there are a lot. Almost every night when we wrapped things up, these guys would greet us as we went into the house.

Aaron also was very thankful to have found this guy on the side of the road. Can’t you see how excited this little boy my husband is after I said he could keep him?

AND… just so you know- Aaron is sooo proud of all of our animals and such. For his PowerPoint for his first day of teaching he had a whole slide dedicated to Introductions of our animals. Haha it made me laugh, my husband is still a little kid at heart. Probably the reason why is he so good at teaching and connecting with freshmen students :-)!

Soooo you might ask how my goals are coming…

I have gotten a TON of sheepercises in.  I have lost FOUR pounds as a result of literally working morning to night. The only dessert I have had is the one bowl of homemade ice cream that Aaron made.  I am too tired to even think about eating more than what a typical meal is so I have not worried about it.

I have talked to my family a little more than normal while I am driving back and forth from work.  I talked to my Grandma Fry yesterday and she was sooo excited to hear that I am going to be back in Indiana next weekend for Leslie’s wedding. Sadly though I don’t have vacation days so I will only be there for the wedding, rehearsal dinner and then Sunday morning.  I will make sure to stop on my way to the airport though to see all of my grandparents. My Mom told me when Grandpa Fry heard I was going to be back that he wanted to grill out ribeyes and have a celebration.  It broke my heart because I won’t be there for a dinner to be able to do that. I miss my family sooo much! I did get all of the antique Fiesta that my grandparents gave me from their 71 years of marriage put into my pie safe:

Grandma was very excited to hear that we were enjoying it.  I have a LOT of things in my home from my family and it makes me smile to be surrounded by such nice things! My Grandpa White made me a lot of furniture growing up and we are happy to have it in our home.

I just need to do a HOME post for you guys so you can see everything!

Anyway, that is all I will bore you with for now… I will leave you with a snapshot of a sunset that I took while we were building fence.

Chicken Enchiladas: New Gluten Free Recipe

I took this recipe from Pinterest.  Thanks to the Budgetsavvydiva, I found a winning recipe with some minor alterations.

They are called The Best Chicken Enchiladas. I would have to agree with her on that! 🙂

Grocery list:
10 soft corn tortilla shells (warmed up slightly in the microwave so they are pliable to wrap up)
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
2 cups shredded cheese (I omitted the cheese because I am not a cheese fan and Aaron didn’t want additional cheese without him adding it himself)
3 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. Corn Starch (I used about 3 times this much to get it really thick)
2 cups chicken broth
1 Clove of Minced Garlic
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt and Pepper
1 cup sour cream Fat free plain Chobani greek yogurt (my healthified alteration)
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon of lime juice
1 bag of spinach
 
Get busy:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9×13 pan.

In a sauce pan – melt the butter and stir in corn starch and cook for one minute. Add broth and whisk until smooth. Keep over heat until it bubbles and becomes thick. Stir in greek yogurt, garlic powder, lime, salt and pepper. Do not let it boil.
Pour a little bit of sauce on the bottom of the pan to keep the shells from getting hard when cooked.
Fill tortilla shells with shredded chicken (I also added some spinach leaves to each wrap to get some greens in)
I just added some spinach on top of mine since I didn’t know how well Aaron would receive spinach in his Mexican food. Also put the leftover chicken on top of his side, (hence the chunks).
Pour the rest of the mixture over enchiladas.
Top with any cheese you might want
Bake for 25 min or until the insides are warm.
Yes, I might have dipped out a little sample while waiting on Aaron to get home from delivering sheep 😉

Crossfit Farmer’s Walk Inspirational Blog

Today, Carrots ‘N’ Cake blogged about her Crossfit WOD. The WOD was called the 1 mile farmer’s walk They walked a mile with the heaviest weights they could. I suppose they were trying to replicate the hard walks that some farmers have to make?

The thought of this just gave me flashbacks of me days growing up. During chore time I would climb up the ladder to the hay mount (the hay mount is where we stacked 50-75 pound hay bails on days ranging in temperature from 90-100+ degrees). Once I would climb up the ladder I would grab as many hay bails as I needed and then throw them down onto the ground. Then I would carry one… sometimes two (depending on how heavy they were) out of the barn and into the lot that we had cows and calves to feed. Then I would go back and do it all over again.

I am sure MANY of you that grew up on a farm know exactly what I am talking about. Did you know you were sort of doing a Crossfit type work-out? Yeah, me neither… Come to think of it, a lot of what farmers and ranchers do on a daily basis is a Crossfit type work-out that we do to be able to feed the world!

For those of you who have never heard of Crossfit, here is a good description of what it is and what a WOD is.

Just to list a few examples of a typical farmer’s day that could be a WOD:

Scenario: Cattle are out and in the neighbor’s field or on the road. So you sprint back and forth hearding cattle back into the pasture by yourself as cars whiz by and continue to scare the cattle away. Once cattle are back in pen you run to the shed/barn and grab fence tools and get to work fixing the fence or digging a new post hole to replace a broken post.

WOD:

  • Sprint forward and side to side for 15 minutes (could really be more if cattle won’t cooperate)
  • Jog half mile
  • Pick up 25 pounds of weight (could be more depending on what fence equipment you need)
  • Jog back half mile with 25 pounds of weight
  • 10-15 kettleball swing (depends on how deep of a post hole you have to dig)
  • Jog back another half mile with 25 pounds of weight

Scenario: Using a shovel and a wheelbarrow to clean out pens. (This was my typical job every couple of weeks for my sheep pens and daily for my calf pens)

WOD:

  • 20 lb kettleball side swing
  • 100 lb sled push for 400 yards (could be longer depending on where you are dumping manure and bedding)
  • 100 lb power clean (to dump to wheelbarrow)
  • 10 lb. sled push for 400 yards
  • REPEAT 5x (typically a lot more if you are cleaning the whole barn)

Scenario: Riding the wagon to bail hay

WOD:

  • 1 Box jump, just up (to get on the wagon)
  • 25 50-75 lb. power cleans as quick as you can
  • 1 Box jump, just down (to pick up the bail of hay you didn’t get to fast enough, so it fell on the ground)
  • 1 50lb. power clean (to get hay on the wagon)
  • REPEAT allllllll day, until wagons are all full and the hay is bailed. Then you will move onto unloading onto hay elevator and stacking in hay mount.

These are just a few things that are done by farmers and ranchers to provide us food and fiber, that could also be a WOD, they exert physical labor on a daily basis. Is this possibly why generations ahead of us were in so much better health than people these days with desk jobs? My grandpa is 93 years old and still gets out and works on the farm daily. WOW!

The CRAZY thing about being a farmer/rancher when compared to Crossfit is that in Crossfit you can pick your level and life weights according to the weight you WANT to. When a job has to be done, a farmer/rancher does NOT have a choice. The job has to be done by them no matter how big or small.

Remember, where would we be without farmers? NAKED & HUNGRY!!! Thank you to all the farmers and ranchers out there!

Portobello Mushrooms PIZZA: New Gluten Free Recipe

Utilizing some inspiration from Pinterest we made some awesome Portobello mushroom pizzas. We both love the mushrooms in just about anything and have not had pizza in ages. At least this girl has not since the honeymoon. So I was pretty stoked to be able to have something like pizza!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

Grocery list:

Portobello Mushrooms (we bought a large container of them at Sam’s which had 5-6 in them)

Red Gold Tomato Paste

Italian Seasonings

Ricotta Cheese

Meat toppings (I used cooked hamburger and the hubby used pepporoni)

GET BUSY:

We ended up washing the mushrooms with some water and finger grease (I just rubbed off anything that look questionable, with my finger). Then we placed them on a baking sheet to bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees.  I looked at some different recipes and some just had you put toppings on and warm up and some had you bake beforehand. We were glad we did bake them beforehand also so that when we went to eat the mushrooms they were soft and easy to eat.

After you bake them for 15-20 minutes remove them from the oven and drain off any liquid. Then spread on tomato paste and sprinkle with desired Italian Seasonings. Add some cheese of choice (ricotta was mine) and the meat toppings.

Sorry for the awful picture, I promise to start using my Canon Rebel instead of just snapping them with my iPhone!

Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until everything is nice and melty warm.

ENJOY!

Bucket List for the rest of 2012

The year has already flown by and there is less than half of it left. With this in mind I have decided that I need some of you to hold me accountable to some items that I want/need to accomplish before 2013 arrives.

1. Try a new recipe and share it with all of you at least once a month (realistically I would like to try a new one every week… we will see)

2. Work out at least 4 days a week, every week… real goal is 5-6, but I am being realisitic- sheepercises will have to suffice somedays 😉 This includes:

  • Running/walking from the house to the pasture (approximately 1.75-2 miles)
  •  Sprinting from the gate to the pin
  • Unloading feed (50 lb sacks of feed definitely will help keep my arms toned)
  • Holding sheep in a choke hold between my legs so Aaron can give a shot, take a blood sample, or just to look at it (Hello thunder thighs!)
  • Running around trying to corral the sheep. This equals a lot of agility and being quick 😉 otherwise the sheep will get past me and away from the flock
  • Other moves as necessary to get the chores done 🙂

3. Try out a few different restaurants and give you some feedback on their gluten free menus.

4. Create a cute Christmas card pose/scene for our very FIRST Christmas card! I have a couple ideas, just depends on the weather and such.

5. Complete my Christmas shopping well before Christmas! Goal is before the middle of December. I already have a few people checked off my list 😉 Am I good or what?

6. Get all of our new house made into a home! This is top priority for me. I have waited my whole life to be able to decorate my home and make it a welcoming place for friends and family to come visit… and a nice place for us to come home to after working all day. I know with a full time job, working out, cooking meals, and other responsibilities that my house will NOT be spotless at all times and have accepted this. At the same time I want to get as much organized as possible so things are at least in their place on a regular basis. I still have some of my favorite possessions in Indiana and cannot wait to get them someday.

7. On that same note- motivate my husband to file away his items and to NOT pile things up. This might or might not be achieved in this lifetime 😉

7. Keep in touch with my friends and family- this is something I struggle with. My close friends and family know I do NOT like talking on the phone. While I do call my grandparents on a pretty regular basis and my Mom daily, I feel like there are still some people I would like to reconnect with and make sure they know how much I love them and miss them.

8. Limit my dessert intake. I have been really good about NOT eating dessert. I have been wanting to eat more “clean”. Which means no processed foods, added sugars, etc. I have been making it a goal of mine and have made some minor changes in addition to just not allowing myself to drool over a yummy item long. I have been filling my fridge full of apples, kiwis, squash and tomatoes fresh from the garden, a few bananas (very high in sugar so I have limited my intake), berries, fat-free plain greek yogurt, quinoa, and then also packing nuts and leftovers for lunch so I am not left with a growling tummy.

9. Read some books I WANT to. Now that I am done with school and research I have time to read for myself. I have purchased some books, some I left in Indiana for my Mom to read and others I have and just need to sit down and read. I really want to read Drop Dead Healthy. I have read some book reviews over it and am intrigued. Both copies at our local libraries are checked out… so I will finish reading the book I am currently on, which is the 3rd book in the Mark of the Lion series.

10. Do something spontaneous… enough said. 🙂

What are your plans and goals for the rest of the year??

What I am loving right now…

1. We are about to move… which means that I finally will have a permanent address to make a return address stamp for myself.

I am loving this stamp

Isn’t it just the cutest and most simple return address stamp you have ever seen?!? Okay… it is to me at least 🙂 Aaron picked this one out from the three top options that I had sent him.

2. CHOBANI Conversion!!!! 

 I just love me some healthy eating… the hubby does NOT… and doesn’t need to know my sneaky ways of making sure what I fix him is healthy 😉 I have subbed in Chobani for sour cream in my new favorite enchilada recipe!! (I promise to share later)! The first time I made it he was wowed by how delicious they were. He asked what was in the white sauce on top because it was especially yummy good. I told him he didn’t need to know 😉 Try it… I promise you will still love your healthified dish! I currently have three containers of the large Chobani in our fridge. Last time I looked for it at United, Amigos, AND Sprouts it was nowhere to be found. Alas, I had  to go find it at Wal-Mart where GET THIS: TWO of the cartons I grabbed were TWO WEEKS EXPIRED!!! Thankfully I noticed before I checked out.

3. Circuit work-outs 

You might believe that a typical circuit looks pretty easy… TRY IT! I did one similar to this the other day with 30 seconds of jumping rope in between each move and was DRIPPING sweat within the first five minutes. It got my heart rate pumping and my buns were sore for days! I wore my compression shorts just so I wouldn’t walk like a weirdo! It is the perfect thing to do at home without equipment or a cardio machine to keep you on track. I am planning to do another circuit tonight. I have not worked out all weekend… boo! 😦 There is a lot to be said about the endorphins I get from working out.

4. Once we move I will get my CRAFT on like it’s my job! Check out how cute this wreath is.

 It is just my style and something that will keep me busy in all my free time when I am not working sheep.

5. Scripture and devotionals! I have been working on a devotional book that Holly suggested A Heart that Can Break

I purchased the book, but have not been able to attend the first two get togethers/group discussions because of sheep work and then being sick. I have REALLY enjoyed delving into details that I have never taken the time to read about and also getting a new perspective! I have learned that if I have more of a goal and some assignments that I will read and challenge myself in ways I never thought of. Stepping outside of my comfort zone while reading the Bible has been great. I look forward to continuing to work in this workbook.

6. Thinking about my next trip home! What we (Kristen and I) deem our “triplet” and best friend for practically our whole lives is getting married early September. I cannot wait to go home to help Les celebrate her marriage to Brent! I still cannot believe that we all are old enough to be married and graduated, seems like just last week we were playing cards on the showbox and making up secretive nicknames for the cute boys in the cattle barn 😉 YES, we were that cool!

Isn’t she BEAUTIFUL… inside and out! I cannot wait to see her as the beautiful bride and to try to help her as much as she helped me. AND to indulge in one of our favorite treats again together (ice cream and custard is just a whole lot better with my favorite girlfriends)!!

Leslie and Brent 🙂

7. My new ewe… J-squared now has a pair of ewes. (My tags have J2 on the back of them for Jessica Jennings… Aaron surprised me and actually made my own tag! I love it and my ewes.  The first ewe I got is 1112. Aaron couldn’t think of a good Christmas gift, so he gave me one of his very best ewes. I was able to choose which one, so with Gabe’s help we picked out one that we thought was the best. She is going to be bred this year and I cannot wait to see what her little lambs look like! I will keep you posted, don’t worry.

Yesterday, I added 1216 to J2’s flock pair, since three make it a flock haha. 🙂

Last year in September for a week straight I met Aaron at 6 a.m. to go give shots to his and his Dad’s ewes in the embryo program… even on my birthday. On the way to give shots that specific day my Dad called and wished me Happy Birthday and everything… Aaron forgot it was my birthday until he wrote a check later that day. Nice, I know! I also helped lamb out ewes the first year we were dating and then again this past lambing season. Nothing like waking up going down to the barn in the dark every couple hours to check sheep and then come back in and stay awake fearing you missed something and going right back down. I really enjoyed helping knowing that the embryo program I helped with was producing results that we could physically see in the form of little lambs… ADORABLE

 

Sorry, I am not making a top 10 list… just wanted to give a quick overview of the things that make me 🙂