Simple City Life

Monday, April 25, 2016

Excited to be back at the GF&AF Expo in Schaumburg! #gfafexpo

Gluten Free Expos

It's Owen and I's favorite time of the year! I really can't believe that it has been a whole year since our annual getaway. Where to? We are off to the Gluten Free and Allergen Free Expo in Schaumburg. Each year we head out for the weekend and spend special time together. Owen looks forward to this all year. We have a absolute blast together and Owen spends the day getting to eat all the samples he wants! It is such a joy as a mother to be able to spend this time with just Owen. He is such a special kid, watching him handle his Celiac is truly amazing. It has been exactly five years since he was diagnosed. I am so thankful we have been able to watch his little body heal and so very thankful to the amazing brands that have made being a kid with celiac much better. 
We look forward to visiting with Enjoy Life, Go Picnic, Udi's, Doreens, San-J and so many more! It is a absolutely fantastic event put on by some of the more genuine and caring people out there. If you know someone with food allergies or celiac, you must grab them and head to the expo together. Watching the sheer joy on this kids face it worth everything to me.  



I am so excited to see many friends and faces this year, meet new brands and most of all spending an amazing weekend with my middle man!

If you are interested in attending the Schaumburg Expo here is the details you will need:

May 14th and 15th
10am-4pm

Schaumburg Convention Center
1551 Thoreau Drive North
Schaumburg, IL
847-303-4100

I hope to see you there!

Courtney

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Enjoy National Breakfast Month with @Krusteaz Gluten Free!

Are you one to celebrate fun national days? I don't get in on all of them, but there are a few that are easy to jump in on, like National Ice Cream Day and National Guacamole Day. Now not only do we give a entire day to such fun things we even have a whole month to celebrate! Did you know that February is National Hot Breakfast Month? In reality, we hardly ever have a hot breakfast except on the weekends for breakfast. Typically we have our hot breakfast for dinner. 

This month I am celebrating Hot Breakfast Month with Krusteaz Gluten Free. Krusteaz has some delicious options for gluten free baking mixes. We love their brownie mix and were very excited to try out their buttermilk pancake, corn bread and blueberry mixes- all gluten free of course. As our nights tend to be super busy, it's really nice to be able to prepare a hot meal quickly. I love that my oldest has become such a great help in the kitchen and loves to take over the dinner preparations. Last night while she and the boys made pancakes and muffins, I was able to create a delicious breakfast dish. I wanted to test out using a corn bread crust for quiche. I have used several different crust variations over the years when it comes to my quiches, this however was my first time using corn bread!

Broccoli and Mushroom Corn Bread Quiche

1 package Krusteaz Gluten Free Corn Bread Mix 

1 Cup Chopped Organic Broccoli
1 Cup Chopped Baby Portabella Mushroom
1/4 cup green onions
1 T chopped garlic
salt and pepper to taste

6 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded Cabot Sharp Chedder

Make corn bread according to package. Put half of the mix into your greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 10-12 mins.

In a mixing bowl, mix the 6 eggs and 1/2 cup of milk. set aside.

While the corn bread is baking, saute vegetables until tender, add in garlic, salt and pepper. Remove corn bread from oven. Spoon vegetables on to the corn bread. slowly pour egg mixture over the top and return to oven. Bake 20 mins, top with your cheese and finish baking 10 mins or until the eggs are completely cooked.
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Considering my children will not eat anything related to broccoli, I simple enjoyed this delicious meal and have plenty left over for the week! The kids has their share of delicious pancake and muffins- a fine meal before a carb burning Taekwondo class.

Are you a breakfast for dinner family? We love having our "Brinner" nights and studies show we aren't the only ones!
What is you favorite breakfast food? 
Courtney


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tales of a canning jar addict. #stonyfieldblogger

I honestly can't you tell when it began, but once it started it was something fierce. Who knew a flat of glass Ball canning jars could bring one person so many opportunities? Years ago we we moved our house towards a toxin free environment. We tossed our plastic containers, baggies and moved forward with the goal in mind to live without plastics and waste. Around that same time we started canning. With so many jars around I naturally started to grab them for drinking out of, storing left over in and using them for school lunch containers. I soon discovered the variety of sizes available to me and things started to spin out of control. The choices are endless- wide mouth, pint, quart, jelly jar, quilted, heritage collection colors...it's endless!

I walked around my house this morning and took a few pictures of the many ways I use our canning jars.
 

Other than my boys obsession over creating collection jars, their second favorite way I use my Ball Canning jars is to make Grab & Go Parfaits. Last weekend we had to leave the house at 6am in order to arrive on time to the kids Taekwondo tournament. With Owens dietary restrictions, we are very limited on eating on the road. I have to plan ahead. I decided to make up a few of these parfaits for the kids to enjoy on the road. They take just a few minutes to make. After they are assembled, keep them in the fridge or cooler until you need them. These pictures below are make with three ingredients:
organic strawberries
Stonyfield Greek yogurt
LiveG'Free berry crunch granola from Aldi's.

Layer your fruit and yogurt leaving about a inch head space with your fruit on top, then add your granola. I like to have the fruit on top as it helps keep your granola crunchy! Grab a spoon and enjoy!


I know I am not alone in my addiction! What is your favorite use for your Ball Canning Jars? 

~Courtney