Christmas treats

”Tis the season for baking ๐Ÿ™‚ We are having fun making treats and giving them away ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Candied Almonds 


1/2 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 TBsp cinnamon 

2 cups almonds 

Mix water, sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat. Add almonds and stir. Keep stirring until all of the water has evaporated – the pour the candied nuts onto a cookie sheet to cool.


They make great gifts – unless a 13 year old boy in your house, eats them all! 

Chocolate toffee candy 


I have been making this for over 15 years ๐Ÿ™‚ simple and yummy! 

1 1/2 cups butter

1 1/2 cups sugar 

1/2 tsp vanilla 

Cook in a sauce pan on medium heat. Stir continuously until it reaches 295 on a candy thermometer ( not any longer or it will scorch. ) 

Pour into a greased pan and top with 2 cups of chocolate chips. Let the chocolate melt and spread it. Sprinkle sea salt 

Cool and break up ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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Sweet Potato Nachoes

Gluten and dairy free


Peel and slice a large sweet potato thin – preferably with a mandolin to get them nicexand thin. Spray a pan that has holes in it ( I use an epicure chipster pan) and lay out the slices. Spray them again and sprinkle with seasoning – salt, pepper – I used the maple bacon salt from epicure. 

Bake at 400F until browning – watch carefully.

Top with taco beef or chicken – chopped onion, green pepper, salsa and then marble goat cheese.

Bake for 5-6 min till cheese melts 
Super easy and great substitute for our regular nachoes ๐Ÿ™‚ 

GF and Dairy Free Shrimp Alfredo

Another successful meal prepared by Mike!!! Geesh he must love me!!! 

AND I’m down 14 pounds – go figure!!! Woot woot! 
Ingredients

Rice pasta ( or which ever gluten free pasta ya like ๐Ÿ™‚ ) – 1 package will do 

2 TBsp avocado oil

4 cloves of garlic 

4 TBsp arrowroot flour 

2 cups of lite coconut milk ( you could use almond milk too ) 

Salt and pepper to taste 

4-6 TBsp nutritional yeast 

1/2 tsp garlic powder 

1/4 cup of vegan Parmesan cheese ( we couldn’t find this so I didn’t use any but I did sprinkle red pepper flakes ) 


1. Cook the pasta according to the package!! 

2. Heat up a frying pan on medium heat, add oil then garlic for a minute 

3. Reduce heat and stir in the arrowroot flour 

4. Wisk in the milk and wisk constantly to prevent clumps. Cook for about 2 minutes.

5. Transfer to a blender and add salt and pepper, nutritional yeast. Blend and taste and adjust accordingly. You want it to be cheesy and salty ๐Ÿ˜. Don’t be shy – the yeast does give it a cheesy taste.

6. Return to skillet and cook until thickened. Stir frequently and add more milk if it is too thick. 

7. Cook up shrimp till warmed through. Add to sauce with the pasta. 

You could add peas and veggies if you would like – I bet mushrooms would be great. ( I can’t have them anymore ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) 

Crockpot Pork Roast with Sweet Potatoes and Carrots

So we have a really busy week and in order to have healthy meals on the table… that I can actually eat, while on this gluten and dairy free eating plan …and no potatoes, corn or peas… we are researching all the time. Mike has been awesome and enjoys the hunt to so he organized this crock pot meal for tonight’s supper. It was blog worthy! 

Ingredients 

1 large pork roast ( 3 pounds with the bone in )

3 large sweet potatoes- peeled and diced 

3 large carrots – peeled and chopped 

1 large onion – chopped

1 cup of chicken stock 

Rub the following spices on the pork 

– 1 tsp dried oregano

– 1 tsp paprika 

– 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder 

– 1/2 tsp. salt

– 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Place a bed of veggies on the crock pot the place the pork on the veggies and put the rest of them around the pork – pour the chicken stock over and cover. 

Cook on low for 8-9 hours 

We purรฉed the veggies with some of the juice and placed the pork on top. Delish! 

Breakfast Sausage Rounds

You’ll never buy them in a store again! And the spice possibilities are endless but here is 1 version. This recipe made 50 sausage rounds ( each about 2 inches in diameter ) so we’ll be freezing them for upcoming weekend breakfasts ๐Ÿ™‚ the kids love them and I have to hide them from Mike lol.


2 pounds of ground pork 

Mix together the following spices and then hand mix them well into the pork 


2 tsp. dried ground sage

2 tsp salt

1 tsp ground black pepper

1/4 tsp dried marjoram 

1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

1 TBsp brown sugar 

Pinch of cloves

After mixed well, form into balls and flatten thin in a frying pan. Fry at medium heat until cooked through. Don’t forget to flip them 

The possibilities for spice mixs are endless, just remember – sage and marjoram are key and ya gotta have a little sugar and salt but try different peppercorns, sugars, spices with heat… so fun ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Bits and Bytes, Christmas candy and strawberry iceย 

Treats treats and more treats! 

It’s that time of year and although I have been going hard core gluten and dairy free… I do have 4 and sometimes 5 (Jaclyn qualifies as a family member ) who need treats for Christmas…. and with two snow days in a row…. we have had lots of time to get er done! So here are 3 great treats for the holidays ๐Ÿ™‚ (I’ll probably have to make more lol )

Bits and Bytes 


1 bag of pretzel sticks 

2 boxes of cheese sticks or nibs ( I used one of both )

1 box of shreddies

1 box of honey nut cheerios 

Mix that all up in a bigggggg roasting pan 

Melt 1 pound of butter ( I know right? It’s a lot – but it’s a big pan!! )

Add

1 TBsp  garlic powder

2 TBsp worchestire sauce 

2 heaping tsp onion salt

2 heaping tsp. celery salt 

Mixer up and pour over the bites ๐Ÿ™‚ toss around and then bake at 250F for an hour and a half – mix up every 1/2 hour ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strawberry Ice ( this is the kids absolute favourite dessert! ) 


Base 

2 cups of graham crumbs

2 TBsp brown sugar 

1/2 cup of melted Butter 

Mix it up and press it into the bottom of a 9×13 pan – bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes

Topping

1 big brick of cream cheese 

2 cups of white sugar 

Blend with a hand mixer 

Blend in 1 big tub of cool whip 

Fold in 1-2 cups of frozen strawberries ( really any frozen fruit will do but my kids prefer strawberries 

Christmas Candy

This is the candy from my childhood. My mother always bought a bag of this at Christmas time ๐Ÿ™‚ a very sentimental taste lol


We called them Barley candy – I have no idea why lol 

I got the tin candy molds at Scoop and Save… do NOT use chocolate molds! 

2 cups of white sugar 

2/3 cup of white corn syrup

3/4 cup of water 

1-2 drops of food colouring ( I have red and green paste and it rocks ) 

Mix the sugar, syrup and water in a sauce pan at high heat and keep stirring until mixture reaches 300F on a candy thermometer. Take off the stove and let it settle a bit till the bubbles stop. Mix in your colour to your desired shade and then pour into the moulds. 

Let things cool and pop those yummys out! 
Enjoy!!!