Tangy Grilled Chicken and Cheese Sandwich – Gluten Free

Gluten Free Sandwich

I am fairly certain that lunch is the single most difficult meal to plan, and execute. You can only eat so many ham sandwiches, and salads. I mean….kids can eat the same food day after day for a long period of time, but I for one cannot. Every now and then I like to spice it up a bit, and surprise the kids with something a little bit more fancy then just ham and mustard. This sandwich was such a hit, they were begging for it for dinner too. I don’t get too many mom wins….this felt like a great achievement.

On a cold winter day, there isn’t really any other lunch I can think of, that could bring as much comfort as grilled cheese and tomato soup. Any sandwich can go from okay, to awesome by simply grilling it. This sandwich is no exception. My daughter (Buggy), absolutely loves this sandwich. It is so simple and so full of flavor.

Tangy chicken and cheese sandwich

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 slices of gluten free bread
  • Butter
  • 1 slice of colby cheese (or your favorite cheese)
  • 1-2 Tbls of BBQ sauce
  • Grilled chicken, cut into thin slices

On medium heat, melt the butter in a skillet. Place one slice of gluten free bread in the pan, top with the chicken slices (they are best if heated first). Add the BBQ sauce on top of the chicken. Top with a slice of cheese and the second piece of bread. Toast each side until golden brown and everything is heated through thoroughly. Cut in half, and enjoy!

Tangy Sandwich

Amazingly Sweet, Banana Muff-Cakes with Buttercream Icing

Is it a Muffin or a Cupcake? Banana Coconut Cake with Buttercream Icing

(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free, Vegan)

Banana Muff-Cake

Being grain free isn’t so bad really….but every now and then I get an intense craving for something deliciously sweet. Whether you want to make a healthy muffin for breakfast, or a special dessert…this muff-cake is perfect. The icing is optional, but oh’so yummy!

This recipe is egg free, vegan, grain free, dairy free, and gluten free. It has only a few ingredients but tons of flavor. This is NOT a dense cake, it is extremely moist and fudgy which I think makes for a perfect breakfast option.

MUFFIN/CAKE INGREDIENTS:

6 bananas

1/2 C olive or coconut oil

2/3 C sugar (coconut or granulated)

2 Tbls gluten free vanilla

2 Tbls milk (almond, coconut, etc)

1/2 C coconut flour

1 tsp baking soda

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12-14 muffin cups with paper liners.

Beat together the oil, sugar, vanilla and bananas. Add the milk, flour and baking soda. Combine well.

Evenly divide among the muffin cups. Your amount will vary based on the size of your bananas. My batch made 14 cupcakes.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until they begin to golden on top. They will never get dense, but shouldn’t be “wet”.

Remove the muff-cakes and let them cool. Meanwhile begin the icing if you wish to top them with buttercream frosting.

Banana muffin cupcake

ICING INGREDIENTS:

1/2 C Dairy free butter

2 tsp gluten free vanilla

2 C gluten/corn free powdered sugar (Wegmans sell this)

2 Tbls milk (almond, coconut, etc)

DIRECTIONS:

Beat the butter with your mixer for a few minutes before adding the sugar (if you want a fluffy icing). If you just want a little bit of icing on top, like a cinnamon bun or something, you can just add all of the ingredients and butter-knife it on top. Once the muff-cakes are completely cool, top with your icing. Serve and enjoy!

Banana muff-cakes with buttercream frosting

How to effectively have quality time with your kids…even when you’re too busy

Making quality time with your kids

As a busy mom it can begin to feel like a defeating and impossible task to actually have quality time with your kids, when you have such a crazy busy life. But how can we grab snippets of perfect and make those little crumbs of our day, be what our children hold onto forever?

The hardest part is overcoming the mental defeat. When most people think special quality time, they think they will need an hour, or significant block of time to make it happen. But what if you focus on 10 minutes? Just 10 minutes to make a memory with your child… 10 minutes to pray together, to sip a cup of tea, or just be silly. If you look at it in terms of 10 minute increments it suddenly isn’t nearly as daunting.

Kids don’t know how to create quality time, though they positively crave it… regardless of what they may tell you. If you can have some sort of mental plan, that after dinner we will spend 10-15 min talking, playing a “what was your high/low of today” game, or even just offer praise to your kids where praise is due… this will be a great starting point to naturally building in quality time with your kids.

Mom Life

Sometimes, we think we have less time than we actually do. How much time are you needlessly spending playing games on your phone, checking Facebook, Pinterest, etc. Though these things aren’t bad, if you can try to limit yourself on those things to make time for that 10 minute QT session with your child or spouse, how much more fulfilled will you both feel?

Sometimes it’s hard to follow along with what fad the kids are into this week… but despite hating getting your hands dirty… get glue, shaving cream, food dye, borax, and make putty with your kids. It may seem silly, but suddenly you are part of their world and maybe if you’re really lucky…even a little cool too.

 

How to Sell Stuff Online

Tips and Tricks to Get the Most Money and Fewest Headaches

tips and tricks to selling your stuff online

There are many great websites that you can utilize to sell your stuff online. Craigslist, Ebay, Facebook, are a few of the most popular. Here are a few very important tips and tricks to get you the most out of your sale.

  1. Include tons pictures. The more pictures the better. Each website is different with this, but pictures tell a story and cannot be denied. If there are marks on an item or a flaw of some-kind, posting photos of the flaw, instead of just writing about it, are very helpful to the prospective buyer.
  2. Give too many details. It sounds funny but you really can’t be too detailed. People want to know EVERYTHING about the item listed. Make sure if it’s a book, you look through it for markings. If it’s an article of clothing, check it for marks, stains, tears, etc. Find the original site that sells this item new, and copy the description and add your own description as well, since your item is used. Tell the pros of the item you are selling and why you liked it.
  3. Start with a fair price. You can go a little higher than what you are actually hoping to get for the item, but for Facebook groups and Craislist, try to stay right around that price and stick to it. Offering to give a small discount for multiple purchases or to refund any overages the customer may have paid for shipping costs… are great ways to get people to take the final step and agree to buy. Paypal is the best method for checkout, and can even be used for local purchases, though cash is nice too.
  4. Research your competition so that you know you are competitive. Sometimes this can work against the bottom line, but then sometimes you realize people are selling 10 year old homeschool curriculum packages for the same price you were going to list your nearly brand new package. Always check the competition so you know what the market is. For most items, the general rule of thumb is for used items people are looking to spend about half of what you paid. If you can get more than that, awesome, but for most things, about half off (or less) is probably where you need to be pricing your items. This of course varies depending on what you are selling.

Best Places to Sell Your Stuff

Websites – Craigslist, Ebay, Facebook Groups

Selling your stuff online - mom tips

Gone are the days where you either had to go to a flea market, or have a yard sale to sell your unwanted items. Now there are a handful of great options depending on what you are selling. We will break down the most popular ways to sell your stuff online.

1.) Online Yard Sale Sites (Facebook) – It couldn’t possibly be easier, than simply joining your areas online Facebook yard sale site. They have them for nearly every city and town in the country. Most require you to apply and then get approved by admin. This process takes a few minutes to a few days, depending on the group. Online yard sale sites are fantastic for kid items like clothes, shoes, strollers, high chairs, bikes, outdoor equipment…think stuff you really wouldn’t want to ship. Security is a bit better than simply using Craigslist because you can see the person who you are talking to, and view their Facebook page, friends list, etc. That is comforting, when with Craigslist all you have is a weird CL email address, and absolutely no clue if the person is actually a serial killer.

For this type of sale, you will need to PM or private message with those who are interested. This is where you would give out your cell phone number or address (if you are having them come to your home). Many people prefer to meet at a gas station, grocery store, or somewhere public, just in case.

2. Craigslist – While it feels a bit outdated, thanks for FB groups, it is still a legit option for selling items too large to ship. Items like furniture, vehicles, appliances, etc. A good rule of thumb with using CL is to meet in public if at all possible. Tell the person upfront that you will not be carrying cash, and they should have exact change. Always bring someone along with you, and try to get the person to talk to you on the phone first, if possible.

3.) Ebay – Is so nice because you have access to the buyer/seller’s profile and their rankings. This helps to know if they have swindled someone before, or done something unworthy of your business. Ebay is a great place to buy/sell electronics, books, specific items you are looking to get either new or used or hard to find. Ebay does charge fees, and so does PayPal. You will want to be sure that your listing is worth it after the fees, and shipping costs. With lower priced items, that can get tricky and it is easy to get burned and actually lose money.

4.) Facebook Groups (Photography groups, homeschool groups, hobby specific groups) – If you have something very specific to sell to a certain group of people, (ie Sonlight homeschool curriculum) using these very specific groups is a great way to get right to your target audience. You can use Paypal as your payment method, which has a small fee, but is worth the peace of mind to your buyer. Media mail is a gamble…avoid it if possible and just pay for the more expensive, trackable, insured shipping. It only takes getting burned one time to make you realize why media mail is so much cheaper.

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