Since Rice Chex went gluten-free, they’ve been a pantry staple in my house. The kids eat them for breakfast a few times each week, usually with some berries thrown on top for a bit of sweetness (and to get in an extra serving of fruit). But there are some pretty nifty recipes on the back of those Chex boxes, and I’ve given them a go here at Casa Flamenco–making a few modifications in the recipes to meet our GFCF needs.
I decided to try the recipe for Chex Muddy Buddies, and my kids went CRAZY over them. I’m sure that is due, in no small part, to the fact that they are very sweet. And what kid doesn’t like chocolate?
9 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 cup Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used unsweetened)
1/4 cup margarine (I used Earth Balance)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
In a large bowl, measure the cereal and set aside. In a 1-quart microwaveable bowl, microwave the peanut butter, margarine, and chocolate for about 1 minute; stir. Microwave about another 30 seconds until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Pour the mixture over the cereal and stir until all the cereal is coated. Take a BIG (2-gallon) zip-top bag and place the cereal in the bag. Add the powdered sugar, seal the bag, and shake until the cereal is well-coated–this would be a great job to give your kids! Spread the cereal mix on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and allow to cool and dry. Once completely cool and dry, store in an airtight container in your refrigerator.
I took Zoe and Ayden to Barnes and Noble (a.k.a my second home) to spend some of their Christmas booty, and we let out a collective cheer when we found this in the music and media section of the store:
Like many other children of the 70s, I sang along to my Schoolhouse Rock favorites every Saturday morning. Now in my late 30s (cough, cough), I still remember many of my favorites. Disney released this DVD, which–as the cover indicates–includes every SR song ever created. My kids and I have been singing ever since picking up this little gem. And it does my heart good to hear my kids singing “Interplanet Janet,” “I’m Just a Bill,” and “Conjunction Junction.”
Hi, my name is Flamenco Mom, and I am a snacker.
I reserve room for 2 snacks each day; I usually have one sweet snack and one savory one. And one of my favorite things to snack on is plantain chips. Fried plantains (both the sweet and savory kind) are a staple in Puerto Rican households, and they are seen in the regional cuisine of many Caribbean countries.
While at the Latin0 supermarket, I picked up a few bags of Chifles Plantain Chips, as well as Chifles Cassava Chips. Chifles Chips (pronounced ‘CHIEF-less’) makes a delicious, crispy chip that is not only good, but also gluten-free. Not only that, but they are certified kosher and low in sodium. The cassava chips are like a potato chip, but with an even crispier texture—oh, do I love that crunchy goodness. And the plantain chips are awesome; the company makes a garlic variety that trumps any sour-cream-and-onion or salt-and-vinegar chip I’ve ever eaten (those used to be my favorites before we went on this GFCF journey).
I checked the company’s website, and I found that Chifles Chips are available at many retailers in the South. A Tampa Bay company, they are expanding throughout the U.S.; so keep an eye out for them, they may be coming to a store near you.
Every now and then I’ll find a recipe online that is just outstanding. I gather up ingredients and give it a go; and all the components work together harmoniously to create magic. I decided to try a chocolate chip cookie recipe posted by Ginger Lemon Girl. I am not exaggerating when I say that these are some of the best cookies–GFCF or not–that I have ever eaten. In my life. And believe me, this mama has eaten more than her fair share of cookies.
The batch I made with the kids did not last but 2 days in my house. Before the kids return to school on Tuesday I’m going to make some more. Hopefully they’ll last long enough to make an appearance in their lunchboxes.
There may be something wrong with me: I have developed an unnatural attachment to a gift my very special Santa gave to me. Behold, the shoes:
You can’t hear me, but I’m squealing with delight over here. Cue the girly giggle noises! I know that they don’t look like the most practical shoes in the world, but they’re remarkably comfortable; and as a bonus, they make my giant canoe feet look dainty and feminine. Sweet! I also received this, which makes my hair smell good enough to eat. I’d say that I was a pretty girl girl this year, because Santa really hooked me up.
I thought about writing a year-end retrospective on 2008; instead I chose to do something along the lines of a photo essay (trying to channel some creative juices and share some family photos). So without further ado, may I present the Year In Review 2008:
Have a happy and healthy 2009!