Stuff I Like or “High Fives”

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I’m terrible at titles, so whatevs. This is STUFF THAT I LIKE and HIGH FIVES TO ALL!

Before we begin, I solemnly swear that this will not turn into a mommy blog. I am a mom, it’s awesome, no denying that. Being a mom is not my one and only. I like stuff that is not baby-related, and apparently even though I was supposed to check my interests at the door when the Squish rolled into my life…I’m a rebel and I refuse. There are some awesome baby-related items that make our lives easier, more colorful, or have helped the Squish so I will feel free to mention and adore them along with my latest food obsession.

 

1.) Audible.com

I love reading, but the days of sitting for hours and devouring a long book are kind of over. It’s all good, because I can now listen to those really long Lord of the Rings-type epic 900 pagers and get to tune out the 12 and a half chapters where they slowly and painfully describe ancient swordmaking. I’m sure there are lots of people out there (cough: Husband) who are spellbound by those descriptions, yet I feel no shame for not listening to the boring parts and swooping back in when the best buddies go out adventuring together and save the world. I’m currently listening to the 3rd book in the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. Each book is roughly 25 hours long. Yup. That’s twenty-five. Hours. This series is really fun to listen to, and Brian and I actually talk about these books in depth like REAL ADULTS.  (even though he already finished the series on his commute, yet still attempts to talk to me about these books as if he doesn’t know how it ends.)

2.) Skiphop Water Bottle

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BABY ALERT! If you don’t care…just scroll right by. The Squish was taught by our awesome feeding specialist how to drink from a straw at like 7 months old. I then became obsessed with finding her the perfect water bottle with a straw. She loves the hedgehog, they are $6.99 a piece, and you can get them at amazon.com, Target, or Baby’s R Us. It’s possible that we named it “Hedgie” and she does a little dance when we give it to her.

3.) Ipad Mini

The mom in me is like “MAKE ALL THE THINGS ABOUT BABIES” and I’m trying you guys, I’m trying. I need to work sometimes, so maybe sometimes I cue up Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on the Ipad mini, set it somewhere in front of the Squish, and see how much work I can get done in 26 minutes. It’s also awesome for traveling, since I can download The Proposal and watch it in the car and not bother the husband while he drives. This is how we like it. I don’t bother him, he doesn’t mention my slight infatuation with Ryan Reynolds. It also fits in my purse…and NO I haven’t forsaken my purse and thrown all my belongings into the diaper bag. The very idea.

4.) Trader Joe’s Popcorn with Herbs and Spices

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It’s $1.99 for a bag and you can eat it in the car on the way home from TJ’s with zero guilt. Can I make herb popcorn at home? Yes. Does it taste as good as TJ”s? No.

Get some. You won’t regret this decision. Actually, do what I do and just buy 2 or 3 bags.

Apparently they sell it on Amazon now.

Edit, as I was doing my final edit of this post, the Husband brought me a bowl of this delicious snack. Keeper? Yes.

5.) The Honest Co. Diapers

BABY ALERT! If you don’t care…just scroll on by.

We were in a fight with Target diapers. They turned on us. It was not pretty. We had to go out of town unexpectedly, all the cloth diapers were dirty, and the disposables we had were basically toxic to her. I spent the money on a box of the Honest Co.  expensive diapers, hoping they would help the Squish with her ish. They did. The lovely people at Honest sent me a super awesome coupon and I got a bundle of diapers and wipes for suuuuuper cheap. A bundle includes 6 packages of diapers and 4 packages of wipes, and you save over $20 when you subscribe to the bundle. This is a fantastic fit for us, since we cloth diaper at home and use disposables at night and when we go out. These are the gentlest diapers and wipes, and the designs are super freakin’ adorable. This company is for real, and for us it is worth the investment to have products that we know are safe and gentle. If you want to save $10 on your first order, click here! 

6.) Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

I crave this soup. It has a chicken broth and coconut milk base and it tastes way different than you imagine. It almost has a cheesy taste to it, and it’s imperative that you get fresh basil to put on the top. Make a ton, freeze it, and hoard the leftovers. It’s one of those recipes that tastes a million times better the next day, especially when you mix in the leftover rice and just let it sit. I’d imagine that it would pair really well with millet too. We added sausage to the leftovers last week and it was ah-mazing.

 

What are you high-fiving lately?

 

Bonnie B.

Cooking G-Free with Bonnie B. // Millet Pizza Poppers

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As we have discussed previously, this is totally MY blog and I’ve decided to share not only my fabulous portrait sessions, wedding photography, and online portfolio with you, but also share other things that I’m up to. I’ve been eating mostly gluten free and dairy free for a few years now, and people are always asking “Ew, so like what do you EAT?!” or getting frustrated because I’m totally a “look in pantry-glance at recipe-make something up” kind of cook and can’t really share my secrets because I don’t pay attention.

Well, I’m trying to be less selfish and more shareful this year so I’m paying more attention to my cooking and making a good effort to remember what I made and how I made it so I can share my “recipes” with you fine folk.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or nutritionist. I eat this way because gluten and cow dairy make me feel bad and cause all sorts of uncomfortable, but not life-threatening symptoms. I cheat sometimes and eat stuff with gluten, and I also eat goat or sheep dairy products regularly. It’s totally your responsibility to check and make sure that ingredients are safe for yourself or the delightful, brave individual you are trying to cook for.

Disclaimer #2 I am not a food photographer. I took these photos with my iPad mini (don’t judge) and edited them with A Beautiful Mess app. My kitchen is 60 years old, is very dark, and taking photos with an iPad is really difficult. If you want to hire me for a fabulously fun portrait session in a field of wildflowers then I’m your girl. If you want to hire me to take beautiful photos of your supper, I am not that girl. I do however, thoroughly enjoy eating food and skipping the part where I take a photo of it.

I adapted this recipe from this recipe and also this one. Millet is a staple in our diet and we often use it in place of rice. You can buy dried millet in the bulk section of Whole Foods and it’s a good value. Locally, the Grain Mill in Wake Forest carries it as well. (PS, if you buy in bulk, make sure you take it home and store it in an air-tight container)

Gluten-Free Millet Pizza Poppers

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked millet (click here for info on cooking millet)
2 large eggs
1 clove garlic (crushed in garlic press or minced)
1/2 cup chopped kale or spinach (frozen is good)
1 cup chopped pepperoni or salami (or hey, whatever meat you have)
1/4 cup chopped fresh tomato
1/2 tsp seasoning salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried crushed oregano
1 tsp dried basil OR 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
Optional: your choice of cheese or cheesy product to melt on top

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Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a muffin pan with your choice of oil or spray. You should do this first because I forgot to spray my pan in the batch shown in the photos and it was less than awesome trying to get them out. Mix the ingredients together in a bowl, using a fork to keep it from sticking together. Spoon the mixture into the muffin pan and fill each cup. Compress the mixture a bit by pressing down lightly with a spoon. Bake for 15-20 min until the top and sides look a bit crispy. If you want to add cheese to the top, take them out about 5-10 min early, add the cheese, then continue baking.

Let the poppers cool a bit first, then remove them by running the edge of a spoon around the sides and scooping them out.

Dip them in pizza sauce, pasta sauce, or our personal favorite: mayo and siracha.

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That’s it! You can double the batch and have enough for lunches or play with ingredients and make it more like breakfast food. You can also use quinoa instead of millet if you prefer.

BONUS: you can grind millet in a coffee grinder and make millet flour for baking. Way less starchy than white rice flour and one of my favorite wheat flour alternatives!

If you have any questions, leave the them in the comments section and I will do my best to answer them. Thanks for being the best!

Bonnie B