Chicken & Broccoli With Garlic? Yes, With Beano!

I am participating in a sponsored campaign for Beano. I received Beano product and other compensation for for my participation. However, all opinions stated are my own.

dairy-defense-product.ashxI have always been one of those people who is prone to have a lot of gas when I eat certain things. It just so happens that a lot of those certain things that give me gas are also some of my favorite things to eat. Before I had surgery and acquired a colostomy, I just let things pass naturally. You know, in the night. But, after I got the colostomy, things changed. I still get just as much gas, but it builds up in the airtight colostomy bag, and makes it look like a big fat tick it is so tight! The answer, for me, is to take some Beano +Dairy Defense chewable tablets before a meal that consists of those gassy foods. I know that I can depend on Beano +Dairy Defense to give me the freedom to eat the foods I want without worrying about the uncomfortable and embarrassing symptoms they can cause.

Chicken & Broccoli with Garlic

Chicken & Broccoli with Garlic

One of my all time favorite foods is a recipe I created for chicken, broccoli, and garlic. The broccoli and garlic create a lot of gas. Whenever I ate this combination, I was really afraid that my colostomy bag would burst open in the night because of all the gas it caused. Now, when I prepare this meal for me and my husband, I take two of the Beano +Dairy Defense tablets right before eating. I keep the bottle of Beano on the table, right along with the salt and pepper shakers. Beano +Dairy Defense contains two natural enzymes that help your body break down problem foods, combining the gas prevention of Beano with a natural lactose aid for double protection. Here is my recipe:

Chicken & Broccoli with Garlic

1/2 lb chicken breast tenders

1 head of garlic

3-4 tablespoons olive oil

2 cups broccoli florettes

1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice Powder

2 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce

salt and pepper to taste

Cut the chicken tenders into bite sized pieces. Peel and slice the garlic cloves. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the chicken and garlic in the skillet with Chinese Five Spice Powder, salt and pepper. Stir and cook until chicken is cooked through. Meanwhile, steam the broccoli florettes in the microwave for 6 minutes. Drain, and add to skillet with cooked chicken and garlic. Stir well, and add soy sauce. Cover, turn heat down, and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve over rice or gluten free pasta.

Chicken & Broccoli with Garlic

Chicken & Broccoli with Garlic

 

 

 

10 Great Places To Go RVing

My husband, Fabgrandpa, and I started RVing in 1996. My sister, Linda, and brother-in-law had owned a folding camper trailer for many years, but I had never seen the inside of it. I just though it was a glorified tent. One day, Linda called me and asked us to join them on a weekend at a Corp of Engineers campground in north Georgia. We decided to go, but stay in a cabin on the lake. The rent for the two days that we stayed in that cabin cost four times as much as what my sister and her husband paid for a week of RVing in the campground.

Before my husband and I left to go home, we went over to look at their little RV. We were amazed that it was so comfortable, so roomy, and that it had an air conditioner! We went home and bought a folding trailer RV that week. Life as we knew it changed as soon as we bought that RV.

We were thrilled that we could go anywhere we wanted to go, and find a campground to stay in at a much much more inexpensive cost than staying in typical lodging like hotels, motels, cabins, and condos. We went RVing every weekend the first year, often going to the same Georgia State Park, High Falls. We soon discovered that we could go to an RV park near our home and go back and forth to work from our RV. Life was so good! We eventually sold our house and lived full time in an RV for more than 13 years. Here are some of the favorite places we went, in no particular order, that you just have to get out and Go RVing to as soon as you can. I know once you get yourself into an RV, you are going to have so much fun!

1. Mission, Texas

We traveled from our home in Georgia to deep south Texas in 1997, and stayed in our RV in this beautiful state park in Mission, Texas. The campground is now closed, but there are many RV parks in the area so that you could visit this park in the daytime. It is a birders paradise. We saw many species of birds that were so colorful! There are also native animals that we had never seen before such as badgers, Chachalaca, and river otters.

2. Dahlonega, Georgia

This is a beautiful member owned RV park and lodge nestled in the north Georgia mountains. If you are not a member you can still camp there if sites are available. It is the perfect place to park your RV for a few days and enjoy the surrounding area’s many attractions. Go panning for gold, see the gold museum, and hike on the Appalachian Trail. Or take a drive through scenic mountain roads to Helen, Georgia and poke around in the unique shops selling German goods. Once the sun goes down, if there is no moon, it is the darkest place I’ve seen in Georgia.

3. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Yes, we were dressed up and sitting in the RV park next to our folding trailer. My youngest daughter got married in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. There are many RV parks and campgrounds in and near Pigeon Forge, and tons of things to do. This is one of the very few times we had more than two people sleeping in our RV. My son, his wife, and baby boy stayed with us inside, and my oldest daughter and her friend slept in a tent. Pigeon forge is the home of Dollywood, an Elvis Museum and gift shop, ATV trail rides, and much more. Watch out for all the brides and grooms walking around town in their wedding attire, too.

4. Verde Valley, Arizona

Along I-17 between Phoenix and Flagstaff Arizona, you’ll find Montezuma’s Castle National Monument. Ancient pueblos built into the mountain side, Sycamore trees beside the river, and Montezuma’s Well are so amazing to see. The Anasazi people lived here long ago, and left their mark on the area. Sedona, the Verde Valley Wine Trail, and the Verde Valley Archaeology Center should all be on your list of things to see in the area.

5. Meridian, Mississippi

We loved the Okatibbee Water Park in Meridian, Mississippi. The campground was on a lake, which provided fishing, swimming, and boating. In the city of Meridian, there is the Jimmie Rodgers Museum, the Highland Park Dentzel Carousel, and Dunn’s Falls. Or, you can just be lazy and enjoy the quietness of the woods.

6. Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree is located outside of Palm Springs, California, and has some really cool rock formations. There are also plenty of Joshua Trees, the plant for which the park is named. They are a type of yucca, and grow taller than a house. There are several campgrounds in this national park, and some can accommodate RV’s. They don’t take reservations, though, so it is first come first served. The scenery here is well worth the drive.

7. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

I absolutely loved the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania area. There was so much to see and do, that you really need at least two weeks here. Besides the famous Civil War Battlefields, there are many farms in the area. Go on a ghost tour and see if you can hear them. You can drive down almost any road and find a stand to buy fresh fruits and vegetables in season. Granite Hill Campground hosts two bluegrass festivals each year. It’s a short drive to Lancaster where you will be able to see Amish quilts, and maybe even an Amish horse and buggy driving down the road.

8. Urbana, Virginia

Located on the Rappahannock River, this RV park is so gorgeous! The dock boat has plenty of slips for parking your boat, and you can put crab traps in the water. Nothing is better than freshly caught and steamed crabs! We went for a day trip to an asparagus farm, and Norfolk is about 80 miles away if you want to check out some of the sites in town.

9. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon in Utah is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I loved the Hoodoos, and the red rock formations leading up to the park. You have to go.

10. Grand Canyon North Rim National Park, Arizona

If you have an RV, there is no other place in the United States that you must see during your lifetime. The Grand Canyon is magic. I had the privilege of living at the North Rim in my RV for five seasons. I saw it nearly every day, and it looked different every time I saw it. Shadows and sunshine, fog and snow, all make the formations in the canyon give up its beauty to the people who see it. Go RVing now, as soon as you can, and see some of the America you live in with a new perspective.

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New Famous Footwear Location In Suwanee, Georgia

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Famous Footwear has been in the Atlanta area for many years, with 15 stores around town. The 16th store, Suwanee, Georgia, is having their Grand Opening on July 23rd, which is this coming Wednesday!. The store, located at 3630 Peachtree Parkway in the Johns Creek Town Center, will be celebrating the opening with prizes, sales, and pecial in-store promotions every two hours:

 

  • A local shoe artist customizing shoes for customers from.
  • Drawings every hour from noon to 6 p.m. for a chance to win free shoes.
  • An appearance from popular local radio station, WWPW-FM 96.1, giving shoppers the chance to meet some of their favorite radio personalities.
  • A DJ spinning live music.

Famous Footwear recently launched their new mobile app which gives Rewards members 15 bonus points just for downloading, makes redeeming Rewards points even easier and gives shoppers access to exclusive mobile offers. The Famous Footwear app is available for download today on Google Play and iTunes or simply by texting APP to FAMOUS (326687) to get a mobile link.
Famous Footwear has more than 1,100 stores nationwide as well as an e-commerce site, The chain offers consumers more than 100 nationally recognized brands through its retail stores and website, including Nike, Vans, Converse, Sperry, Skechers, Naturalizer, Steve Madden, madden girl, Franco Sarto, adidas, New Balance, Roxy, Circus by Sam Edelman and Carlos by Carlos Santana. Famous Footwear is also a proud national partner of the March of Dimes.

Don’t forget to get over to the new Famous Footwear Store on July 23, 2014, to join in the fun and maybe win some free shoes!

Gluten Free Chile Rellenos With Arla Dofino Cheese and Hatch Roasted Green Chiles

I received product from Arla Dofino Cheese in exchange for this post. All opinions and the recipe are mine.

Arla Dophino

Arla Dofino

Since I had a bunch of those delicious Hatch Roasted Green Chiles left over and already thawed out, I was trying to figure out what to do with them. I certainly did not want them to spoil, they were too good to have to throw away! So, when I received my coupons from Arla Dofino to try some of their cheese, I decided to get some Creamy Havarti and use it to make some home made chile rellenos.

Gluten Free Cheese & Beef Hatch Roasted Green Chile Rellenos

Gluten Free Cheese & Beef Hatch Roasted Green Chile Rellenos

Now, I have never made a home made chile relleno before. I have never even eaten one in a restaurant, even though we lived in south Texas for two and a half years, and traveled extensively in the southwest United States for about five years. My husband is a big fan of them, though, so I took to the internet to search for a gluten free recipe to use. I found many, and modified a version of them to use the ingredients I had on hand. I think that my version with seasoned ground beef, Arla Dofino Creamy Harvarti Cheese, and my Hatch Roasted Green Chiles turned out suitable for serving to an Aztec King.

The meat stuffing

The meat stuffing

I started out with cooking up the beef stuffing. For this recipe, which made 6 medium sized Chile Rellenos, I used a half pound of ground beef, some garlic, chipotle pepper, and cumin. I cooked the meat until it was well browned, and poured off the grease.

The fluffy egg white batter.

The fluffy egg white batter.

While the meat was cooking, I mixed up the batter. I used my stand mixer to beat the egg whites until they formed very stiff peaks. Then, I added some Glutino Baking Flour Mix into the yolks, and folded that into the egg whites. This made a very light batter that stuck to the chiles like glue.

The chiles ready to stuff

The chiles ready to stuff

You have to be careful while you are stuffing the chiles, because they will tear and make a mess. Be sure to have your cooking oil heating in the pan before you get started assembling the chile rellenos. You need to put them in hot oil as soon as they are coated with the batter.

Cut the cheese into strips about 1/4 inch thick.

Cut the cheese into strips about 1/4 inch thick.

To assemble, I put a couple of tablespoons of the beef stuffing in first, then added a “log” of cheese on top of that. I carefully pulled the sides of the chile together to close it up over the filling. As soon as I had it closed up, I plunged the whole thing into the bowl of batter, covering the whole thing, then immediately into the frying pan.

They smelled so good while cooking!

They smelled so good while cooking!

Cook the stuffed peppers in  hot oil until browned on one side, then flip over and cook until the other side is browned. When you remove them from the oil, place them on paper towels to drain before serving.

Ahhhh! they turned out perfect!

Ahhhh! they turned out perfect!

Gluten Free Chile Rellenos with Arla Dofino Creamy Harvarti Cheese and Hatch Roasted Green Chiles

1/2 pound ground beef

1-2 garlic cloves

1/2 teaspoon Chipotle chili powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon salt

4 ounces Arla Dofino Creamy Harvarti Cheese

3 eggs

2 tablespoons Glutino Gluten Free Baking Mix

6 Hatch Roasted Green Chiles

1 inch of cooking oil in hot skillet

Place the ground beef, minced garlic, Chipotle powder, cumin and salt in a medium skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until meat is browned well. Drain off grease from pan, set aside.

Separate two eggs, placing two egg whites in mixer bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Beat on high speed until egg whites form stiff peaks.  Place the two egg yolks and one whole egg in a small bowl. Add the Glutino Gluten Free Baking Mix, and stir until well blended. Fold into egg whites. Set aside.

Add cooking oil to about a 1 inch depth in a large skillet. Let it heat up while you get ready to stuff the peppers.

Carefully open up one chile, put in a tablespoon or two of the ground beef mixture. Add one of the cheese strips on top of the beef. Carefully pull the sides of the chile together. Dunk the stuffed chile into the batter, making sure it is covered completely. Immediately place the stuffed, battered chile into the hot oil. Repeat until all of the chiles are in the skillet.

Cook until golden brown on the first side. Flip them over, and cook until the second side is browned. Removed from oil, and place on paper towels to drain until served. This makes 6 chile rellenos.

Gluten Free Cheese & Beef Hatch Roasted Green Chile Rellenos

Gluten Free Cheese & Beef Hatch Roasted Green Chile Rellenos

I served these with black beans that were simmered with the left over ground beef stuffing. My husband loved them!

 

 

 

 

Get Ready For The Pool With Cute Paul Frank Gear

 I received product from Paul Frank and Saban Brands in exchange for this post.

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These cute items from Paul Frank can help make your beach or pool time more fun! The big Skurvy beach towel with some polka dots feels soft, and is absorbent too. Take it with you to lay out on the sand, or for drying the kids off. Paul Frank “Skurvy” Skull Beach Towel is available at Amazon.com for $16.70 and is eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime!

Skurvy Beach Towel

Skurvy Beach Towel

Snack time on the go is easy, too, with this reusable, washable snack pack. These items are easy to clean, dishwasher safe and mean no more disposable baggies or cups! Snack away with this fun kid items! I know my adorable grandson, Parker, loved the ones I gave him. He played with his Julius Jr. Tumbler all day!

Parker loved his Julius Jr. Tumbler

Parker loved his Julius Jr. Tumbler

The Snack Pak and Julius Jr. Tumbler are available to purchase at Zak.com.

Paul Frank Snack Pack

Paul Frank Snack Pack

The Paul Frank Reusable Snack Bag comes in a set of three for $20.97. The suggested retail price for the Julius Jr. Tumblers is $9.99 for a set of two.

Julius Jr. Tumbler

Julius Jr. Tumbler

 

The Gluten Free Haralson Support Group

All set up!

All set up!

The first meeting of the Gluten Free Haralson Support Group was on July 10 at the Tallapoosa Library. I was so nervous that no one would show up for the meeting. I got there about an hour before it started so that I could get things set up. I had some membership forms that I made up so each person who came could fill them out. There were two door prizes with slips of paper for the attendees to write their names on and drop in a bowl.

 

door prize sign up

door prize sign up

I had tons of samples, t-shirts, and coupons for free product from several gluten free companies. It was such a great feeling to know that the companies supported me and the gluten free community by sending their products. Thank yous to Amy’s; Pamela’s; Van’s; and Triumph Dining! Being able to share the goodness with the people at the meeting meant a lot to me. Thank you so much!

There were tons of samples and coupons!

There were tons of samples and coupons!

We all introduced ourselves, told a bit about ourselves, and talked about how long we had been eating gluten free. We had a couple of people who are very new to the gluten free life, and that made me feel so good that I made this support group happen.

Teena, Rhonda, and Keenan.

Teena, Rhonda, and Keenan.

The next meeting will be on August 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Tallapoosa Library. We will be bringing our cookbooks, recipes, and books about gluten free subjects to that meeting, to share and help each other learn more about gluten free cooking.

Debra and Dottie

Debra and Dottie

If you are gluten free and live in west Georgia or east Alabama near Tallapoosa, please make plans to come to the next meeting. I will have a few more gluten free samples, and another door prize to give away! I hope we can double the membership next time and have 14 people come!

Sam won one of the door prizes. He has not started eating gluten free yet, but wants to learn more.

Sam won one of the door prizes. He has not started eating gluten free yet, but wants to learn more.

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