Archive for April, 2011

Gratituesday: Her Children Call Her Blessed

My Grandma and Me

Last week I said goodbye to a very special lady.  My Grandma was the epitome of the Proverbs 31 woman.  It is no surprise to me that the minister who spoke at her funeral referenced the chapter several times.  I had already planned to do so in this article.

My Grandma was more precious than rubies (Proverbs 31:10).  “When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness” (Proverbs 31:26).  There was no one more kind and gentle than my Grandma.  Well, she was gentle until she passed out her famous “horsey bites” to us grandkids, giggling all the while! 🙂

My Grandma never raised her voice, yet she had a way of calming even the most hyper child.  My brother had a severe case of ADHD. It was so bad that he was “asked to leave” the private school we were enrolled in.  It seemed no one knew how to handle him, except my Grandma.  She would sit down and speak to him in a soft voice.  It was so quiet it was almost whispering.  She’d ask him to sit in her lap.  She would tell him how special he was.  She would tell him how much she loved him.  She would tell him how proud she was of him.  It was like a magic spell.  He would sink into her lap and turn into a sweet loveable child.  It wasn’t just my brother who she made feel special.  Everyone she met felt like they were her favorite. 

My Grandmother was a hard worker (Proverbs 31:17).  Like the Proverbs woman, my Grandma was a gardener and a gifted seamstress.  She would work day and night to help make ends meet.  She never sat idly.  If she sat to watch TV with us she brought her handiwork or peeled and prepped vegetables for her vegetable soup. 

My Grandmother was extremely frugal.  We would try to give her practical gifts such as Tupperware but she would insist we return it.  She felt her recycled cottage cheese containers worked just fine.  The last time she was able to fix my children something to eat she served them mandarin oranges (one of their favorites) in a lid from a Dairy Queen sundae. 

My Grandma was exceptionally generous.  If you complimented something in her house she would wrap it up and send it home with you.  You could not visit her without her trying to feed you.  She was an excellent cook so this was generally appreciated.  A gentleman shared last week that she supported him financially on many mission trips.

I am truly blessed to have had such a virtuous woman in my life.  My Grandmother loved the Lord with all her heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37).  She taught me to pray.  She taught me to be modest.  She taught me a few hymns.  But what I am most grateful for she did not teach with words.  I am most grateful for the example of her life.  Her life was full of the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (Galatians 5:22).  My Grandmother never preached from a pulpit.  She didn’t travel the world as a missionary.  My Grandmother lived a humble life spreading the love of Christ mostly from her home.  How grateful I am for such an example of God’s love.

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Easy Pulled Barbecue Chicken in the CrockPot

(No, that is not an allergy-friendly bun!  I forgot to take a picture of Bella’s bunless chicken.)

Last week we said goodbye to my Grandmother.  Lots of people came in town for the service.  I didn’t have a lot of time to cook but wanted to have some real food to eat.  I made super easy barbecue chicken and my signature green beans .  Usually I try to buy free-range, locally raised chicken, but for the sake of cost and convenience I bought a bag of Kroger brand frozen chicken tenderloins.  This recipe is super easy to double and feed a crowd.  In fact, I tripled this recipe for my family.


Easy Pulled Barbecue Chicken


  • 2.5 pound bag of frozen chicken breasts or 3 pound bag of frozen chicken tenderloin
  • 1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce


  1. Dump the entire bag of chicken in the crock-pot.
  2. Add a 1/2 inch of water to the bottom of the crock.
  3. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.
  4. Drain the chicken and shred with a couple of forks.
  5. Dump the entire bottle of barbecue sauce in with the chicken and mix well.
  6. Turn the crock-pot back on low until heated through or flavors blend.

You might also enjoy Barbecue Potato and Crockpot Beef Stew and Mashed Potatoes.

This post is part of Tempt My Tummy Tuesday and Tuesdays at the Table.

Photo Credit: stu_spivack

Shop at Sam’s Club Free This Weekend!


Try us free - Shop Sam’s Club and with no upcharge during the Spring Taste of Sam’s Club Open House. Friday, April 15 - Sunday, April 17 - 11 am - 6 pm* Non-Members Welcome


This weekend Sam’s Club is having their Spring Taste of Sam’s Club event.  Shop Sam’s Club and with no upcharge Friday, April 15 – Sunday, April 17.  If you sign up for a new membership during this time you can get a free recipe book in store or a free $10 Sam’s gift card online.

Here are a few things I regularly buy from Sam’s:

Hershey®’s Cocoa – 23 oz. canister $6.18
Sue Bee Pure Clover Honey – 5 lbs $10.93
Uncle Luke’s 100% Pure Maple Syrup – 32oz $13.28
Arm & Hammer® Baking Soda – 13.5 lb. bag $5.98
ARGO® Baking Powder – 60oz $5.78
Fleischmann’s® Instant Yeast – 2/16 oz. bags $4.68
Members Mark Bath Tissue, 36 rolls $16.98
Nature’s Delite Premium Basmati Rice – 15 lbs. $11.48
Large Containers of Spices and Seasonings $3 – $5
Dairy products for my dairy loving kids

Mega Swag Bucks Friday!

Every Friday is Mega Swag Bucks Day (MSBD), which means better odds of winning BIG Swag Bucks.  Are you swaggin’ yet?  Swag Bucks is a search engine that gives you points every time you search online.  You redeem your points in their store to buy all kinds of goodies.  My favorite thing to buy is Amazon gift cards.  I find Amazon has the best price on a lot of allergy friendly foods.  When I combine the deal with a free gift card, I get giddy!  Go here to get started today.

Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe (egg-free, wheat-free, dairy-free)

I made this cake for Bella’s birthday.  It was a hit with all the chocolate lovers.  It is dense and moist.  Bella enjoyed her cake with a side of coconut milk ice cream.

Chocolate Fudge Cake



  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.  Grease an 8X8 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients.
  3. Add wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips and pour batter into pan.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Let cool and ice with your favorite chocolate icing.

You may also enjoy Hot Fudge Cake swimming in chocolate sauce and Two Ingredient Pumpkin Bread with Apple Cider Glaze.

This post is part fo So Sweet Sundays and Allergy Friendly Friday

Gratituesday: Happy Birthday Bella!

Last week my baby turned four.  Four!  Where has the time gone?  This “surprise” child has been such a blessing.  She is sweet and lovable.  She gives the best bear hugs.  She is LOUD!  She is by far my most demanding child but her ability to cope with the constant pain and itching of severe eczema amazes me.  Her acceptance and discipline of her allergy free diet inspires me.  She is growing up.  She asked “Mommy, since I am not a baby anymore can we get a new one?”  Little does she know, she is still my baby and will always be my baby.  Happy Birthday Bella!

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How to make oat flour in the blender

Welcome $5 Dinner readers!  I’m so glad you stopped by.  Real Food, Allergy Free features recipes that are free of the “top eight” or eight most common food allergens.  All our recipes are egg, dairy, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish free.  For more allergy-friendly snack ideas like Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins click here.

I love oats!  They are high in fiber and protein.  They are proven to help lower cholesterol and fight heart disease.  They are extremely versatile.  We enjoy them as a traditional porridge, granola, granola bars, pancakes, waffles, cakes, muffins and other baked goods.  I love how baked goods stay moist with oat flour.

Baking with oat flour can be really affordable if you make your own.  All you need is a blender.  Just toss some rolled oats (aka oatmeal)  in the blender and blend until you have flour.  Easy as pie!  It takes about 2 ¾ cups oats to make 2 cups of flour.

Note: Many people who cannot tolerate wheat cannot tolerate oats.  Oats are technically gluten free but some people still react.  The jury is still out on why.  If you have issues with gluten it is recommended that you purchase certified gluten free oats or avoid oats all together.  We are blessed to be able to tolerate most oats.

Photo courtesy of suavehouse113.

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$2.00 OFF 1 Kentucky Legend Ham or Turkey Breast, or our NEW Premium Bacon

$1.00 OFF 2 Hanover Gold & Silver Line Frozen Vegetables

$1.00 OFF 1 McCann’s Irish Oatmeal product (not certified gluten free)

$1.00 OFF Power of Fruit Frozen All-Fruit Bars

$1.00 OFF 1 Truvia Sweetener

$0.75 OFF 1 Chex Cereal

$0.50 OFF 1 can of Diamond Crystal Sea Salt

$0.30 OFF 1 can of Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt

$0.30 OFF 1 FRENCH’S Classic Yellow Mustard

1 Free bottle of Ujuice when you buy TWO (2) Bottles of Ujuice


Don’t forget to double check the ingredient list on the product label!

Mayonnaise Recipe (Egg-Free, Soy-Free)

This is one of those recipes that has changed my life.  I cannot believe how easy it is to make!  Even my Hellman’s loving hubby gives this mayo a thumbs up.

¼ cup grapeseed oil
¼ cup water
½ tsp lemon juice
½ tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp rice flour
1 tsp arrowroot
½ tsp xanthan gum
½ tsp honey
¼ tsp dry mustard
½ tsp sea salt

Blend all of the ingredients until it magically thickens up.  It takes my Bosch blender less than 30 seconds on medium high.  Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.  This recipe makes about ½ cup of mayo.

This recipe is based on a recipe found in Cooking Free : 200Flavorful Recipes for People with Food Allergies and Multiple Food Sensitivities.  Thanks to adventures of a gluten free mom for sharing.