Going Gluten Free

So with January almost over how many of you are still sticking with your New Year’s Resolutions? Do you even make them? I’ll admit…I kinda hate failing…so…I tend to not even make any. Because, you know, I feel better about myself if I don’t give up on something I never start 😉

Well this year Josh & I decided to try some things to improve our health. Not really a New Year’s Resolution, but maybe it qualifies since we started on that glorious first day of January. 

I met with a functional medicine doctor last fall and he suggested that I try going gluten free (and dairy & soy free, but one thing at a time, people!) to see if that would help my headaches. And according to him, it would at least help me feel a lot better even if it didn’t change the frequency of my headaches. Well I kinda dug my heels in for awhile…hello, give up pizza? Are you crazy?! I mean, no one in their right mind volunteers to do that!

But as the holidays rolled around and I decided I needed something to kick-start some weight loss this year I thought, why not? I’ve tried (what feels like) EVERYTHING else to help my headaches, with no success, why not this? So, here we are…28 days into January and still avoiding gluten. We, because, well, Josh is good at being supportive 🙂

And you know what? It isn’t that hard. I know, no pizza?! But…that’s the crazy thing. I’ve had pizza twice in those 28 days!! Sure, I paid $3.99 more than everyone else around me to have a pizza about half the thickness…but still, it was pizza, and it was good! 

Because of the culture we live in and the way the health fads are these days, there are gluten-free options everywhere. It is easy to find restaurants that will accommodate you. Sure, they might charge you a pretty penny to do so, but most of them are willing. Some even have a full menu just for you 😉

And you can even buy gluten-free flour. Lots of different kinds actually. So that Slonaker tradition of waffles? Yup, we’ve had those. And they’re good! You guys, this is what’s surprised me the most…the substitutes actually taste good!! Most of the time when you try substitutes I feel like they suck. You know, the textures off or you can really taste those beans even when they swore you wouldn’t! I have been pleasantly surprised with the substitutes we’ve tried so far.

That’s not to say it isn’t painful to pay $13.99 for a bag of pancake mix the size of my hand…there may have been tears…so you know, its not all great. But I’m just saying, at least if you’re going to pay that for it, it does taste good!

The most exciting part for me is that I’ve found a ton of new recipes, thank you Pinterest. I have actually really enjoyed finding, planning & cooking meals this month. Which I must admit is kind of a change for me. It’s usually such a chore or even something I completely ignore until 5:30pm rolls around and then I’m scrambling to try and putting something edible together!! But something about wanting to find healthier options for my family, that also taste delicious, has brought a fun new challenge to the every-tiring task of feeding my people.

I will gather some of my new favorite recipes together and do a post soon! And I promise, you’ll like them even if you’re not eating gluten free. And many of them can even be adapted to include lots of extra gluten…if that’s what you prefer 😉   

Any of you eat gluten free? We have a couple friends that do & honestly I’ve learned a lot about it just from sharing meals with them over the years. If you have any great recipes or ideas I’d love to hear them!!

<3 Michelle

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

The classic chocolate crinkle cookie. Yes, this cookie is typically considered to be a Christmas cookie, but after making them yesterday I beg to differ!

I had every intention of making these cookies over the holidays, but I could not find an extra second. I am sure you can all relate that the “best time of the year” is also the busiest time of the year! Stay inside and lock the doors, the stores are crazy! Thank God for Amazon Prime, am I right? 

Christmas time is such a special time of year for me. Especially now that I have a little one to share the magic with. It always goes by way too fast and a part of me just wants to hang on to the holidays just a little bit longer. Lets be honest, you still have your Christmas tree up and you are seriously considering decorating it for Valentines Day! I guess making these cookies was my attempt to hold on to the holiday season just a little longer. I would be that person with my tree still up if it wasn’t for Bradley trying to destroy it every 5 minutes! 

These cookies are a perfect combination of  brownie and a cookie in one bite! So here’s what you need. 

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Yields 20
Chocolate cookies
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Cook Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
147 calories
22 g
28 g
7 g
2 g
1 g
38 g
42 g
18 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
38g
Yields
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147
Calories from Fat 60
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
10%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 28mg
9%
Sodium 42mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 22g
7%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 18g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
3%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  2. 1 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 1/2 flour
  4. 2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  9. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. 1. Sift together your dry ingredients in a medium bowl
  2. 2. Mix your wet ingredients in a large bowl
  3. 3. Pour your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients. Adding about 1/3 of the dry stuff at a time and letting it mix completely before adding more
  4. 4. Cover and chill dough for at least an hour up to overnight
  5. 5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  6. 6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and pour your powdered sugar onto a plate or shallow dish
  7. 7. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, scoop about 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of cookie dough directly onto your plate of powdered sugar, and then role the dough around so it gets covered in sugar, you can then easily form into a ball and place onto cookie sheet. (My first batch I formed a dough ball before I put it in the powdered sugar and it was a sticky mess!! Learn from my mistakes!)
  8. 8. Bake cookies for 10 minutes, the cookies should look like they have cracks. Then let them sit on the cookie sheet for 5 min before you transfer to a cooling rac
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The finished product! 

Choclate Crinkle Cookies (450x800)

The cookies should be soft, but firm enough to hold on to and they should taste like chocolate heaven! If they don’t then you did something wrong. These cookies are gorgeous! Look at that contrast!  

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I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and you’re starting your new year off right! Do yourself a favor and try these cookies. Chocolate is a year round flavor!  

Here are a couple pictures of Bradley sledding for the first time! 

 Snow

Sleeping

Sledding

As you can see he was thrilled!! Yup, he fell asleep… 

<3 Justina 

 

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Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year!!! Wow! How is it already 2016? That just doesn’t seem possible!

We hope you had a wonderful Holiday weekend, doing whatever makes you happy — and of course recovering from the food coma that is the last couple weeks of December! 

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We sisters actually threw a New Years Eve party this year! We had so much fun putting it together and thought we’d share some pics with you guys.

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We have to start with the photo props…because that’s what all parties must have these days 😉 I mean, why not, when they’re so much fun?! We actually took the lazy route this time and ordered these props and background. Find online, click order, open box 2 days later and wa-la. Instant party fun. Now that’s my kind of party prep!! Who’s with me??

Photo Booth Props | all3sisters.com

We decided on a theme of black, white & gold…because what’s New Years Eve without a little sparkle?! Luckily for us Jac’s house has LOTS of those colors already…so we really didn’t do much decorating.

NYE Welcome | all3sisters.com

We had lots of fun coming up with black, white & gold food…and of course a few extras thrown in for good measure 😉

NYE Food | all3sisters.com

What’s more gold than goldfish?!

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The best way to add gold to your food? Gold glitter sprinkles!!

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I have a cookie set from Williams Sonoma that lets you create messages in your sugar cookies. Admittedly I don’t use it very often, but this seemed like the perfect occasion! Who doesn’t love a cookie that’s also spreading good cheer?

NYE Cookies | all3sisters.com

These might be my favorite ingenious pinterest find of the night. Mini tuxedos!! Seriously, how cute are these? Just a Ritz cracker, a triangle of our favorite white cheese and a little olive bow tie. Adorable! And so so simple!

Tuxedos | all3sisters.com

While the tuxedos were my favorite “look” on the table…these pretzels…oh man, these pretzels…why is chocolate and pretzels such a delicious combo? Seriously, I don’t even like pretzels…but throw some chocolate on them and they are divine!! I could’ve eaten the whole platter myself! And probably did eat about half! Eek! :/

Dipped Pretzels | all3sisters.com

We had some golden pineapple to help cleanse everyone’s palate 😉

NYE treats | all3sisters.com

How do you make 7 layer dip fit your theme? Just keep whatever color you’re looking for on top! Olives it is! Resting on a bed of white cheese, of course.

Taco Dip | all3sisters.com

Cute food | all3sisters.com

White chocolate dipped Oreos, covered in gold glitter. It doesn’t get more festive than that!!

Oreos | all3sisters.com

And then of course there’s the bubbly for that midnight toast! We just added blackberries to the champagne or sparkling cider to give it that little extra glam 😉

Champagne | all3sisters.com

Jac’s Christmas tree even fit our theme?! Apparently this girl was made to host New Years Eve parties!! It’s official: same theme, same place, next year!

NYE tree | all3sisters.com

We had a few fun games planned for the evening and had them in separate boxes so every hour (9, 10, 11) we opened a new one and had a completely new activity to enjoy!

NYE games | all3sisters.com

At 9pm we started with a 2015 pop-culture trivia game. Our winner got 30/40 right! Not too shabby!! 

At 10pm we had a “never-ending” saran wrap gift. There was a scarf, hat & gloves in the box that had to be worn by the unwrapper. Everyone passed a die, trying to roll a 5 to get the chance to start unwrapping! If you’ve never played a game like this before you should try it. It’s hilarious just to watch, let alone participate! The saran wrap addition was a first for us, but we’ve done it many times with actual wrapped presents. The key is to get big obnoxious gloves so it’s extremely difficult to unwrap. Especially when you know someone else could roll a 5 at any time and take it away!! (You can also try to roll doubles…you know, if you can find 2 dice ;))

At 11pm the box included noisemakers and Happy New Year tiaras. Because that’s what ringing in the new year is all about!!  

PhotoBoothFun | all3sisters.com

 

Of course we topped it all off by watching the ball drop!!

Welcome 2016. Here’s to new beginnings, new adventures and a new baby!!

<3 Michelle

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