Thursday, July 24, 2014

Planes Fire And Rescue - Race To The Rescue #REVIEW

The kids and I recently had the opportunity to preview Planes Fire & Rescue - Race To The Rescue.
It was adorable!!

Dusty takes on a new role in this movie out of necessity and becomes a Fire Plane.  Of course, he takes risks when he shouldn't and is as strong-willed as ever, but Dusty learns some important things about himself and how to work with others.  Good lessons for my kids ;)

Of course, my son LOVED the fire theme!!!!  We got to meet some fun new characters, while still enjoying most of the old ones as well.

My family highly recommends this movie to your family!  We had a super fun night!
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*Disclaimer: I was provided with free tickets in exchange for this review.  All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may differ from others'.
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Quinoa Chili - Gluten-Free and Vegetarian

I've been wanting to make a quinoa chili for a long time.  Sometimes, I just need to wait for the right inspiration to come in order for me to create just the right recipe ;)  This time, it was cleaning out my pantry!  LOL  Hey, whatever it takes!

This quinoa chili was delicious!  I didn't miss the meat at all.  There's a tiny bit of heat, but I wouldn't call it spicy.  My kids didn't say anything about it.  My husband mentioned how filling this was, and I have to agree.  Also, I wanted to mention...don't be fooled by the long list of ingredients.  There are several cans to open and some spices to dump in and not a lot of chopping.  It all comes together very quickly.  Give it a try! ;)

Servings: 10-12

15.5 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
15.5 oz. can Northern beans, drained and rinsed
28 oz. can diced tomatoes
16 oz. tomato sauce
12 oz. can tomato paste
3/4 cup onion, chopped
3/4 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup baby bella mushrooms, chopped
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 Tbsp. onion powder
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 bay leaf
7-8 cups water

Directions: (Use a 6 quart or larger slow cooker for this recipe)
Place the beans in the bottom of your crock.
Add in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste.
Next, add in the onions, mushrooms, carrots and quinoa.

It's time for all those wonderful spices!
Add in all the remaining ingredients, including the water, then stir.

Cook on LOW for 8-9 hours.
Serve and ENJOY!

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Moroccan Shredded Chicken - Gluten-Free

Ok, so I realize the picture you see blow is VERY boring.  I know.  But you know what?!  This is real life in our house.  Some nights, this is as "fancy" as it gets!  We're a real family, on the go and honestly, sometimes dinner is half eaten and I say "Crud!!  I forgot to take a picture!"  This was close to one of those nights, but I at least got something on a plate and took a picture!

Even though the picture doesn't do it justice, this was DELICIOUS!  I swear!  The spices were PERFECT and WONDERFUL!  You won't be disappointed!  Hopefully you'll have all these spices tucked into your cupboard somewhere and you can throw this together!  It's easy peasy!

Servings: 4-6

3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 cup no sodium chicken stock 

Mix the cinnamon, paprika, ginger, turmeric, cumin, salt and pepper together.

Place the chicken into your crock, then sprinkle the spice blend over the top. Add in the chicken stock. (Mine was frozen but it makes no difference!)

Cook on LOW for 5 hours or on HIGH for 2.5 hours.
Shred and mix back through the juices in the slow cooker.

Serve over rice, or however you choose.
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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Fiesta Lime Shredded Beef - Gluten-Free

As I was wondering around the grocery store, I came across the Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning.....the rest is history!

This meat becomes SO incredibly tender and just literally falls apart when it's done!  The flavor is amazing!  The Fiesta Lime seasoning is perfect.  It brings such great flavor mixed with the salsa.  Such simple ingredients...yet packed with so much flavor.  These are my favorite kinds of recipes!  Beware there is a lot of fat on the chuck roast, but it's really easy to separate from the meat.  I did it without a problem.

I served my beef over lettuce with lime infused Northern beans, fresh onions, salsa and sour cream on top.  It was seriously incredible!  This would be great in tacos, on enchiladas, on tostadas, in a burrito, on nachos, etc.

Servings: 10-12

3-4 lb. boneless chuck roast
4 Tbsp. Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup minced red onion
3/4 cup salsa (fresh is best)

Rub the Fiesta Lime seasoning all over both sides of the roast.

Add the onions and salsa on top.

Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours.
Shred the beef, separating the fat and discarding it.  Place the beef back into the crock and stir with all the juices.

Serve whichever way you choose and ENJOY!

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Simple Barbecue Pork Chops - Gluten-Free

You know when you walk around the grocery store....waiting for something to call your name because you have absolutely NO idea what you want to make for dinner the coming week?  Yup, that was me.  Wandering....around and around and around the grocery store.  LOL  I wound up in the pork section of the meat department, trying to find something not too expensive.  I came across pork shouder steaks which were on sale, so I bought those.  As I continued to wander aimlessly around the grocery store, picking up other things I needed, I found Mrs. Dash seasonings.  So, I picked up some Barebue Seasoning!

When I got home, I got right to work getting dinner ready for the next day!  I grew up eating pork chops weekly!  Some weeks, we had them 2-3 times.  My dad LOVES them.  I'm pretty sure we kept shake n' bake in business.  No, seriously.  We were never without it and never had our pork chops any other way.  I didn't even know you could make pork any other way!  In fact, when I was in college, I remember eating at my husband's parents' house and they were having applesauce with their pork chops.  I thought it was REALLY weird and asked if they had any barbecue sauce instead.  HAHAHAHA!!!  So, I threw my pork steaks in my crock with some Mrs. Dash barbecue seasoning and a tiny bit of water and hoped for the best.

These porch chops were awesome!  We all loved them and cleaned our plates!  My husband's only complaint was "why didn't you make more of them?!"  Whoops!  Guess that's a good complaint to have!

Servings: 4

2-3 lbs. pork shoulder steak
2-3 Tbsp. Mrs. Dash barbecue seasoning
1/4 cup water

Place the pork shoulder steaks into your crock and coat them on both sides with barbecue seasoning.

Pour in the 1/4 cup of water and cook on LOW for 5-6 hours or on HIGH for 2.5-3 hours.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

BLAZE Pizza Giveaway WINNERS!

Thank you to all who entered to win Blaze Pizza Pizza Passes!

The following the winners of my 2 free Pizza Passes.
Barb Lauzon
Kimmy Stephen

The winners have been emailed and have 48 hours to respond of a new winner will be chosen!

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Alison Elle Edible Art

This cake had ALLLLLL the moms talking at our son and daughter's recent birthday party!

This cake was EVERYTHING I asked for and SO MUCH MORE!
Alison is an INCREDIBLE artist!  Seriously, in-cre-di-ble!!!!!!

My son was in absolute "awe" when he set his eyes on this cake!  "Look at my fiya twuck cake mamma!  And fiya man Sam's on my cake!"  He was elated!!!!
It was SO much fun listening to my little guy (3) ramble on and on about his cake!  We had his birthday party at a place called Jungle Java and we saw very little of his during his birthday party because he was so busy playing!  When he did come back over to us, he wanted us to show him his cake.  He would just stand and stare at it, and continue to tell us everything about it!  It was adorable!

Alison has been baking as a hobby for years.  She found herself spending every weekend making cakes for friends (and their friends!)  She decided to open a little cottage bakery.  With tons of encouragement from family and neighbors, she started Alison Elle Edible Art in 2012.  Perfect name right?!  Edible Art?  That's exactly what she does! She said she is "amazed at how quickly this business has grown" and how many wonderful customers she has "had the privileged of serving over the past two years!" She's truly a very humble artist!

 Specializing in custom cakes and cookies, she enjoys consulting with customers to decide on a design that will complement their event beautifully. She loves including whimsical touches that make each creation special! I know our creation was beyond incredible!!!!!

All baked goods are made to order in her Lake Orion home. Customers may contact her by email at, by phone at 317-828-3344, or through her Facebook page, Alison Edible Art

Pricing is based on the size, structure, flavor and level of decoration of each unique cake.  She is always happy to offer a quote!

*Disclaimer: Alsion offered to make Gavin's cake for free in exchange for this post and for facebook advertising.  All opinions here are entirely my own and may differ from others'.
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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Cajun Shredded Chicken with Sweet Potatoes - Gluten-Free

I love anything spicy!  No, really, I do!  You can ask my husband.  When I was pregnant, EVERYTHING gave me acid reflux, yet I craved spicy even more.  My husband even took throwing out the things I had just bought to keep me from getting acid reflux and complaining!  LOL  I'll never forget the day he threw away my Fire Cheetos!  I was so mad!  Hahahahaaa!!

This shredded chicken wasn't all that spicy, but it had the flavor I was craving!  This was SO simple to throw together and a delicious and easy complete dinner.  The pineapple was a complete last minute addition and it was perfect!  The sweet potatoes were incredibly sweet and delicious as well.  You can serve them on the side, or on your salad.

I served my shredded chicken over lettuce, but my husband and kiddos had it on nachos!  They loved it!  

Servings: 6-8

2-3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning
8 oz. can crushed pineapple
1 Tbsp. honey
1/2 cup water

Place the chicken in your crock and coat each side with olive oil and Cajun seasoning.

Place the sweet potatoes on top and then pour the can of crushed pineapples and all its juices over the top along with the honey.

Add the 1/2 cup of water and cook on LOW for 5-6 hours, or on HIGH for 2.5-3 hours.
When the chicken is cooked, remove it, shred it, then stir it back through the juices in the crock.

Serve whichever way you choose and enjoy!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Italian Sausage Stew - Gluten-Free

Yummo!!!!!  This "stew" was absolutely delightful!  So flavorful, light and just plain delicious!
You know it's good when the kids eat the whole bowl, right?!
And did I mention they added "Wow, Mom!  This is good!"????

So, let me just say this....apparently I was seriously blind to the turkey sausage at my local grocery store for months.  No, seriously.  It's been there all along, but for some reason, I expected it to be in a package like the ground turkey or ground chicken.  I have NO idea why.  LOL  It was in a the majority of the sausage they sell....EXCEPT, it was by the ground turkey....NOT the rest of the sausage, so that must have been what threw me for a loop!  LOL  Anyway, crisis averted.  I now know where it is and shall buy it with great pleasure! ;)

My "secret ingredient" in this "stew" is the Basil Essential Oil!  WOW!  It gives this soup and EXCELLENT pop of flavor!  2 drops!  That's it!  It was one of my freebies last month so I'm making good use of it!  I'm in LOVE with my Essential Oils!!!!

So, this "stew" is super easy to throw together, so there should be nothing holding you back from it! It's chock full of good-for-you things and it really doesn't take very long to put in your crock.  So, get going, find that lean Italian sausage (LOL) and give your family a dinner they'll thank you for and you can feel good about!

Servings: 6-8

28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup onion, chopped
3 sweet peppers, diced (I used one red, one yellow and one orange)
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
6-7 cups low sodium chicken stock
1 lb. lean ground turkey sausage
2 drops Basil Young Living Essential Oil (or 1 tsp. dried basil)

Pour the diced tomatoes into your crock.

Add in the onions and sweet peppers.

Next, add in the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.

Add in the Basil Oil.

Pour in the water
 and crumble in the sausage (uncooked.)

Cook on LOW for 6-7 hours of on HIGH for 3-3.5 hours.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

BLAZE Pizza Review and GIVEAWAY!

I don't get too excited about eating out these days.  Since I've been gluten-free, I actually kind of dread it.  I have to hound the wait staff, the cooks....double, triple check.  It's kind of a nightmare, frankly.  I was recently invited to check out Blaze Pizza in Royal Oak with some of my fellow Michigan Bloggers and I REALLY didn't want to pass up the opportunity, BUT, I hadn't chanced pizza out since being gluten-free.  The only pizza I've eaten, I've made myself or bought from the gluten-free frozen section.  So, I went into this blogger event, thinking I'd probably leave either hungry or "glutened."

Guess what?!  I DIDN'T leave hungry and I DIDN'T get "glutened!"  Hallelujah!

So, let me tell you about my experience from the eyes of a "gluten-free'er'"

 First, you get in line.  It's a bit like Chipotle.  Menu board up on top and lots of fresh ingredients down below.

Rest assured, ask immediately if you have a gluten allergy or just a preference.
They pressed my dough in a separate place and had a separate vat of sauce on the far right from which they ONLY use for gluten free pizzas.  They also put your pizza on it's own special black mat.  They change gloves and are very careful.

They then stick your pizza into their giant oven until it is done.

When they took it out, I did have to ask them to turn the paper over on my tray because other pizzas had passed over the top and crumbs had fallen.  Do be aware of this and don't be afraid to ask.  I wasn't and they were not at all offended.

Your pizza is then cut with a separate pizza cutter.

Look at this beauty! This right here is the Red Vine pizza with applewood bacon added to it.  It was AMAZING!

I also tried the Beet and Goat Cheese Salad.
It was wonderful as well.

Because the staff at Blaze Royal Oak is amazing, they brought out a Veg Out Gluten Free pizza for me to try as well.
It was SOOOOOOOO good!!!  I can't tell you which I liked I guess I better go back and try them again just to be on the safe side! ;)  LOL

You see, all the other bloggers were able to try Blaze's only dessert option, the S'more Pie.  Great, except that didn't do me any good.  Sooooooo, I "suggested" (strongly) that they should have a S'more Pizza on their menu.....and that they should test it out right then and there and make me a gluten-free version without the graham cracker cookie!!!!
So, they did!  LOL!!!  Ask and you SHALL receive!  Right!?!!!
I'll tell you, they were TOTALLY not prepared for this....they had no butter or anything to put on the crust, so it was dry.  BUT, pizza dough with chocolate and marshmallows on it?!!!!  COME ON!  AMAZING!

Here is me and Amber of enjoying our dessert pizzas!

The prices at Blaze are awesome!  There is no pizza over $6.95 and limitless toppings!  Who can go wrong with that for a fresh pizza?!  And can see how big they are!

I have to say, I was OVERWHELMINGLY impressed with Blaze Pizza in Royal Oak.

They gave me some swag that always makes us happy!
(The rarely seen Mr. Comerford!)

Blaze Pizza Royal Oak is located at 
112 S. Main St.
Hours: 11 am-11 pm. SUN-WED
11 am.-3am. THU-SAT

So, you want to taste some BLAZE pizza for yourself?!

I have FREE PIZZA passes to give away!
I will take 4 winners and each will receive 2 FREE PIZZA passes!
All you have to do is comment below on WHY you would like to win these and leave an email address so I can contact you if you win!
*ENTRIES DUE MONDAY, APRIL 20 at 11:59 p.m. EST!*

*Disclosure: I am posting this review and giveaway of my own free will.  Blaze was kind enough to invite several bloggers for a free dinner, but did not expect anything in return, just the hopes we would love it and want to tell others about it.  They did give me free pizza passes to give away as I saw fit.
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