Monday, September 22, 2014

The Final Color

So a few of you voted and the winner is.....drumroll.....a tie!  The final color vote resulted in a tie between the coral header and what you see now- Gold and Blue!  Gold and blue, by the way, is a small tribute to my college team- Go Bruins!  So how did I break the tie?  I asked family members what they would vote for and they unanimously voted for the gold and blue.  They said it "popped" more than all the others and looked more professional.  I agree.  Love the yellow.  So the change is (almost) complete. 

The links to the icons should be up and running by Wednesday!

Thanks for voting!
See you tomorrow!

Blessings,
Lisa

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gluten Free Friday

It's Friday!

     Today, we're starting our new Gluten Free Friday series!  WOOHOO!  Our family has been EDUCATED on eating gluten free.  At first, let's be honest, gluten free foods were super awful for me.  Then I realized, packaged gluten free foods -just like all packaged foods in general- are just gross in their own little GMO, sodium and preservative filled world.  All this to say, we learned to eat naturally, make everything (mostly) from scratch and find many unique substitutes for our old favorites.  Two of us in the family get really sick when gluten enters the body, so we're really careful to keep them protected at all cost.  We have two toasters, a separate set of skillets that are GF only and enough quinoa, millet and brown rice to complete every side dish experiment.

     So why the big change? After months of painful stomach aches and doctors' appointments, we got the celiacs diagnosis.  We were thankful it wasn't more serious, but we're learning to live with celiacs and on occasion, the change to our lifestyle has been challenging.  We're doing it though, and we're finding more and more awesome foods to try in the experience. Thankfully, we also live in an area that is very health conscience and GF friendly. Yeah for over the top, healthy people!

     So lets start with a recipe that is a Lewisville favorite- Taco Tuesday. Yup, just about every single Tuesday we eat tacos. Our standard is seasoned ground turkey meat on corn tortillas, topped with cilantro, tomatoes and lots of avocado slices. The celiacs patients can't have dairy either, which is very common for those who suffer from this, so they eat our favorite without sour creme and (extra) cheese. The rest of us like all the above.

      Today's recipe brings a different spin on traditional tacos. Your family will love our version of taco slaw.

Here's what you'll need:
half a head of cabbage
1 carrot
1/2 cup cilantro
1/4 of an onion (red is best but I only had white)
1/4 - 1/2 cup olive or grape seed oil
salt, pepper, paprika to taste
2 garlic cloves
1 lemon or 3 limes juiced


Shred the cabbage

Peel then grate the carrot

Add cilantro

 Grate your onion (this is so much easier than chopping it.)

 In a separate bowl, mix the oil, seasonings and lemon juice. 
 Add the oil mixture to the slaw and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.  Longer is better though.

Top your tacos with the slaw and enjoy.  Traditionally, a slaw goes on top of white fish tacos, but fish tacos aren't to popular here.


Our entire plate is gluten and dairy free. The pinto beans are also home made as is the Spanish rice. 

Enjoy and Blessings,
Lisa

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tips and Tricks Tuesday

Don't forget to vote for your favorite blog color .................................................
Happy Tuesday!  Does it feel like fall yet?  I've been getting some fall craft and decor inspiration from pinterest in anticipation for the cooler weather coming.  With  all the fall decorating going on around here I'm looking forward to what's really important during this time - delicious soups, hot chocolate with (extra) whipped cream, college football, cozy fires, and family walks picking up pine cones. I just love fall!


In celebration of all the fall decorating we'll be doing, Today's Tips and Tricks will include some easy and inexpensive fall decor ideas from the Dollar Store!  Just love seeing all the beautiful, creative ideas that are so wonderfully inexpensive.

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So are you inspired now to dust your home with fall?

Blessings,
Lisa

Monday, September 15, 2014

Time to Vote!

     Okay everyone, it's time to vote! I've redesigned the blog but you, my dear readers, get to vote for the final color!  For the last four weeks you've seen the new header in different colors. Now you get to vote for your favorite.

      The winning color will be announced on the blog next Monday, Sept. 22 with lots of fanfare- cake, ice cream, DJ...okay that will only be here at my house- minus the DJ, but we'll all be celebrating!  That means every button, link and outline will also be changed.  You have until Saturday night to vote, so head on over to the side bar and vote!




Also this week, you can look forward to...

Tuesday- Tips and Tricks
Thursday- New design project! (You don't want to miss this one.)
Friday- Gluten Free Friday recipe

Time to vote!
Here are your choices




Can't wait to see what you choose!
Blessings,
Lisa

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tips and Tricks Tuesday

Happy soggy Tuesday to you all!  It's raining and fall has made it's appearance here!  Not gonna lie, I'm not ready.  I want a bit more sunshine and warm days.  Oh, I love my soup and hot chocolate on cold days, but those are inevitable here in the Rockies of Colorado. So a few more warm days would be much appreciated.

If you're new here, welcome to Lewisville!  Today is Tips and Tricks Tuesday! It's a good day to visit here.  I like finding simple solutions to everyday living and sharing some of my favorite tips with you all!  You can find most of these tips on my Pinterest Tips and Tricks board, where I'd also love to have you follow along.  There's always facebook and twitter, too.  If you want to pin these tips on your own board, just click {source} below each picture.  It will take you to the original source of the tip, and it's always best to pin from the original source.

Tip. 1- How many times has this happened to you?  You've smothered your biscuit in butter and a little "extra" butter and ready to add honey, only to find that your honey has crystallized. No fear, just heat the honey in a pan of water and the particles melt down.  Works every time.
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Tip 2. The moving cutting board is sometimes a problem here in Lewisville, but to help out the slippery situation, add a damp paper towel underneath to keep that board from moving.
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 Tip 3.  I do this all the time and people think I'm crazy.  Adding a paper towel in your chopped lettuce really does keep it from wilting to quick.  Try this.
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Tip 4.  I've always used two 9-inch cake pans to create filled decadent cakes for the family, but recently I've moved to springform pans that produce taller cakes.  To get that filling in there, here's a way to cut through the cake more easily than using a knife.  Dental floss cuts through soft food with clumping up.  Nice.


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And dental floss can also cut through soft cheeses and such..
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Tip 5.  This has become one of my new favorite items in the kitchen this year.  I have a daughter who loves to bake and we are constantly running out of muffin liners.  Parchment paper is a good alternative though it is more costly, I believe.   It's better than the alternative though, which is just pouring your batter into the pans and scrubbing them later.
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Tip 6.  And speaking of scrubbing those pans, all of mine need to be replaced because I didn't do something like this.  They are now beyond a simple scrub, but when those new pans make it home, I'll be sure to use parchment paper.
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So did today's tips and tricks help out in any way?  I feel like I always learn something new as I put these post together.  
Just a reminder, next week you'll get to vote on the main color for this blog. Be sure to visit on Monday and cast your ballot!


Blessings, 
      Lisa