My Winter 2019 Hygge Challenge

Thanksgiving is over and I now have 8 batches of Turkey Carcass Soup in my freezer.  (I actually ran out of freezer safe containers!)

I’m reflecting on my words for 2019.  Comfort. Connection. Confidence.  They all served me well as guides through the year.  I’m using both my Passion Planner and Leone’s Shining Year Planner to finish up this year and start visioning my 2020. I am on the hunt for a word for 2020 and paying attention to the ones that cross my path often. This Words for the year2018 is a good list of words to choose from when deciding on a theme word for the year.  I have done this for a number of years now.  I also have made a vision board the last few years. I have in the past created a vision board on my own, or with an amazing group of friends.  My vision boards have also helped guide me through the year focused on my goals and values.

I have started my “Winter 2019 Hygge Challenge”.  Carving out a few minutes each day to feel comfort in my space.  What I like the most about Hygge is it is the intentional slowing down and savoring the comfort of what you are doing.  Three years ago my word for the year was Zest.  This is what I wanted, the intentionality of action.

I am spending my Hygge moment today with Aldi’s Candy Cane tea.  One of the things I am allergic to is tea  Yes everything fro the tea plant.  This makes warm winter drinks a treasure hunt.  I like plain peppermint tea and drink it often. This mint tea blend with the addition of cinnamon and chicory makes a lovely tea to spend your Hygge moment savoring.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are starting to enjoy some Hygge moments of your own.

Thanksgiving 2019 Gluten-free, Milk-free, Peanut-free, Tree Nut-free, Soy-free and mostly Nightshade-free (Also what is at Woodman’s for Thanksgiving)

I have finished my menu planning for our Thanksgiving dinner. This year it will be mostly traditional foods.

A big turkey from Trader Joe’s. Stuffing made from Walmart’s gluten-free white bread. Rolls made from teff flour. My kids favorite chocolate pie. The salad may change to Brussels sprout salad, but then I would need to change my roasted vegetable.

I’m really looking forward to the leftovers. I love Turkey Dill Salad. A whole cup of dill in one salad.

I went to Woodman’s this week and they had many products for your milk-free, gluten-free Thanksgiving.

Earth Balance Soy Free Sticks
Earth Balance Soy Free Sticks

They had the Earth Balance Soy Free Sticks.  I had not been able to find these for awhile.  Whole Foods (the one by me) had stopped selling them.

I was excited to see these creamers.  Last years list of 100 things included start drinking coffee black. The switch was not as hard as I expected and now I don’t feel as bad about the brown sugar I put in my oatmeal.  I used the vanilla creamer in a chocolate frosting I made for a friends birthday cake and it was amazing!

Woodman’s carries so many good brands for those on a gluten-free diet.  I had not seen the Aleia’s brand stuffing that so many people were asking questions about in the gluten-free groups.  I was happy to see that it was also free of milk.  (It does contain eggs.)

They had some of the Enjoy Life holiday cookies.  The Kinnikinnick Gram Style Crumbs would be a great shortcut for making pie crusts.  Full circle Market Organic Gluten-Free Fried Onions were a good find too.  It has been hard this year to find the Aldi Gluten-Free Fried Onions so it is great to have an alternative.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Plan for Thanksgiving 2019 Part 1 (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree Nut-Free, Soy Protein-Free and Nightshade-Free Holiday Meal Planning)


Thanksgiving is late this year.  This would usually be the week that I start cooking, baking and purchasing a fresh turkey. But I have one more week!

In may of the gluten-free face book groups people have been looking for holiday recipes so I have been sharing my green bean casserole recipe .

I am making my usual holiday menu.  With lots of extra for leftovers for the weekend and for the freezer.

There are lots of questions about stuffing.  I have been to Trader Joes and Aldi.  Both of their boxed stuffing mixes contain milk so I will not be using them but I do think they are a great option for those new to the gluten-free lifestyle.

Aldi Live G Free Stuffing 2109
Aldi Stuffing 2019
Trader Joes Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix 2019
Trader Joes 2019
Trader Joes Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix 2019 Ingredients
Trader Joes 2019 Stuffing Ingredients

I use an old stuffing recipe and sub my favorite gluten-free bread.  I’ve always used untoasted bread, torn into bite size pieces.  Last year I used Walmarts gluten-free bread and will use it again this year.  I made garlic bread with Canyon Bakehouse’s Mountain White last night and have some left over.  I may make a small batch of stuffing with this as the base if I have some extra time today or tomorrow. To see if it makes a better stuffing base.

Today I am making a batch of Chicken Bone Broth – in the Pressure Cooker.  I made lots of chicken wings the other day so I would have plenty for a batch of broth to help get me through making all the sides for Thanksgiving.

My menu includes a salad, corn casserole, a big turkey, roasted brussels sprouts, cranberry fluff, and a chocolate pie dessert that I make with Daiya Cream Cheese (contains nightshades) for my kids.  On my list of 100 things for 2020 includes making my own dairy-free cream cheese that is nightshade free.

How are you preparing for Thanksgiving? What is on your menu?

Oatmeal in the Pressure Cooker or Instapot (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy Free, Egg-Free, Tree Nut-Free, Peanut-Free, and Nightshade-Free)

I really am a creature of habit.  I have oatmeal almost everyday of the year. Yes, hot and hot coffee. When I am traveling I bring along oatmeal packs or eat BoBo Bars.

I had been making batches of oatmeal in the slow cooker until I found that you can make it in the pressure cooker.  It’s easy and fast (under 30 minutes).

I usually make enough for 5-6 days.  Having a breakfast that I just need to heat up makes my mornings go smoother.

My favorite oatmeal to make this way is Bob’s Redmill Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats.  I like to use a one to one ratio for the Oatmeal, one cup water for every one cup of oatmeal.  I usually make a batch of 3 cups of oatmeal which gives me around 6 servings.

I store it in a container in the refrigerator and take some out each morning.  It would work too to store it in glass single serve containers to be reheated individually.

I add a non-dairy milk, cinnamon and brown sugar to enjoy each morning. With hot coffee of course.

Oatmeal in the Instapot

  • Servings: Approx. 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Oatmeal in the Pressure Cooker from


  • 3 cups Oatmeal (I use Bob’s Redmill Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats)
  • 3 cups Water


  1. Put Oatmeal and water in the Instapot or pressure cooker.
  2. Set the pressure cooker to 8-10 minutes on the rice setting.
  3. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then open and enjoy!

I store in the refrigerator and take some out each morning to have for breakfast.  It could also be stored in single serve glass containers to be heated up in the morning, a little bit more time saved in your day. – Susan