Gluten Free Sausage Meatballs

So my mother in law recently made a wonderful recipe! Being a person who has celiac disease I am often trying to find new gluten free meals for myself that don’t take up a lot of time.

So I wanted to share her recipe!

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I unfortunately did not take any pictures of the process or the outcome but let me assure you these taste amazing!!!!!  Make sure you note as making these the bisqiuck is the gluten free kind.  Hope you all enjoy!

 

XOXO Mommy Alicia

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Updates on setbacks and planning..

I know, I know I had fallen off the earth for a bit. So a few weeks back our computer broke that had all our pictures and videos on it etc. I’ve been patiently waiting for my husband to fix it so I can add more blog posts. I have made sooo many great gluten-free recipes that i have wanted to share with pictures and steps.

So in the meantime, I have been busy planning out a few things. We are going to plan a day trip coming up in February to Lincoln, NH to see the famous Ice Castles I keep hearing about. I’ll be sure to take many pictures and post. I originally wanted to stay over but its only a 2.5 hour drive so our current plan is to head out early grab breakfast on the go, and just spend the day out there, and have dinner after the ice castles and head home.  Fingers crossed my kids will be as patient about it as possible.

I am also in the process of planning a trip to Hershey, PA. Hershey has been on my mind for a while….what vacation hasn’t?!  It’s about a 6 hour drive, but let me tell you those hotels are not cheap. Back in the beginning of December I saw a few cabins from the Hershey campground cabins open for the week we wanted to book. The deluxe cabin had full showers and toilets so we wouldn’t have to share. Mind you i have nothing against shared community showers and bathrooms…having a private one is better for us because we have a sleepwalker who gets up often to use the bathroom. Unfortunately once i logged back onto the website those cabins were sold.

So we started looking into the other Hershey hotels and that is a pretty penny to stay there. Over $300 a night, and because our smallest will be 3 even though he is the size of a tiny 2-year-old, the hotel wants us to use two rooms. In fact all the area hotels are saying that. I guess that’s what you get for having more than two kids now a days!  I figured honestly we could get away with one room since he is so small still but apparently not.  We will see how this all works out. Our plan isn’t to go there until June when the kids are done with school. I will keep you all posted with any deals I might find.

Of course as I’ve been sitting here planning that my kids and I are dying to head back to our favorite place…DISNEY!  I tell you though that is getting to be very expensive. I am currently hoping to go sometime during the summer in 2018. It seems so far away but comes so incredibly fast. My husband isn’t sold on going back so soon yet. 😦  I also found out if we wait until 2019 and go back then that my daughter will be charged as an adult…who knew at age 10 your considered an adult! I swear they should raise the limit to 13.

So as I’m in the process of just checking out prices. I keep comparing the Disney world site to the DVC rental store. I heard about them that their prices are great for families with more than 5 people in it. Their prices are still higher than i would like to admit spending, however for a family of 5 you can stay in a studio or villa for cheaper than booking straight through Disney. The only downside is that the tickets are not included.  We also decided we would drive down next time. As much as I would love to just fly if we drive we can extend our stay a little bit and be able to have relax pool days.  So far my top three places are Animal Kingdom Lodge 1 bedroom or studio, beach club studio, or Polynesian studio!  I’ll delve into this more in another post.

In other non travel news here are a few family updates. We decided this year in 2017 our main focus would be our living room update, and all outside projects.  We are gearing up for some very busy weekends. My son just took his karate test and passed, and received his orange belt. My daughter is getting ready for her first ever solo dance competition this coming weekend. Her and I are both nervous nellies. I will be spending my birthday on Sunday watching her dance.  I’m hoping my husband doesn’t get stuck working the weekend so we can celebrate my birthday with some take out from Wright’s chicken farm!

So that’s my update for now! I’m hoping int he next few days I can put together some awesome new recipes we tried out!

Time to get the kids ready for school! (We have a 2 hour delay)

 

Xoxo Mommy Alicia

Happy New Years!

I have been doing a lot of thinking about resolutions. Every year I tend to make some sort of resolution but you know what? Why bother?? I would rather make plans or goals to focus on certain things. I want to try not say this is it..this is what we are doing and that’s that!

So 2016 was not a bad year for us. Everyone has their ups and downs especially myself. This year I have struggled with my weight, gaining about 15 pounds since last june, watching my little two-year old go in and out of hospitals for 6 months with ear infection, one after the next and finally getting tube surgery. I however had so many more ups than downs! We were able to take a trip to disney in january (even though the kids got a stomach bug), we had many short few day vacations to great wolf lodge, Caonobie lake park and north Conway ,NH, and Kennebunkport ma. My kids are excelling in school and have many friends. I am truly blessed and grateful!

2017 lets bring it!  My tentative plan is to pray and hope that god blesses us with another healthy child. If it is not his plan that I shall continue to focus on my weight. I do not need to be toned or have hard rock abs! I would love however if it is not gods will for more children that I am able to work on losing weight the healthy way and finding the time to eat right and work out as best as I can. I would ideally love to lose 30 lbs but that’s definitely a hard goal!

Another thing I would like to do is focus on myself. I want to focus on what will and can make me happy. I have spent the past wonderful 7 years focusing on everything for my kids, and I promise to continue to do so. I would also love to focus on writing… my children’s books, my recipes for celiac purposes as well as our endless  lists of house projects. I am a pinterest addict! It has given me so much inspiration. Anything little to improve the house would be amazing.

I hope to spend less time worrying about nonsense and things that are not preventable. (im sort of worry wart!) Life is so short that you never know what card will be dealt your way.  As I focus on myself, I hope to plan more fun day tips with my kids and just enjoy the year as it is. Time certainly does fly by.

So with that little new year vent, I wish you all  safe and happy new years!

XOXO Mommy Alicia