There is snow in the forecast…..a great time to make soup!

We are expected to get a snow storm over the weekend and that means SOUP!

I hope to have both pressure cookers going most of the weekend making Chicken Bone Broth and a vegan version with just herbs and veggies.

Besides shoveling I will enjoy some of my January 2019 Wish List there will be lots of hot chocolate, fires in the fireplace, and a walk in the snow.

I am simplifying my holiday decorations and plan to spend some of this long weekend going through some of the Christmas and Valentines decorations. Today I am dropping off a load of things I have already sorted and decided to donate. Then off to a grocery store or two to pick up the ingredients for the multiple batches of soup.

Enjoy the snow!

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Thanksgiving Inspiration 2018

I’m a big fan of Pinterest.  I love looking trough all the food, plants and sometimes silly cat videos.

I worked this weekend on the rolls I want to serve this year for Thanksgiving (recipe coming soon.)  This week I am trying to find a salad I think my kids might try.

This week I will finalize my menu and start my shopping list.  If there is anything I can get this week (nonperishable items) I will shop for them this week.

I’m still debating on my main coarse.  I like turkey because them I can make the prettiest sandwich salad ever. Turkey Dill Salad Did I mention it uses a WHOLE CUP of dill!

If you need some inspiration for you Thanksgiving menu look at my Thanksgiving board on Pinterest.

What are you cooking this Thanksgiving?

 

 

or have questions about converting an existing recipe to a “safe for you to eat” recipe

Woodman’s, Buffalo Grove – It’s Finally Open! (Allergy Friendly Grocery Shopping)

This morning I went to Woodman’s in Buffalo Grove.  Their Grand Opening is Saturday, but they are open for business as of yesterday afternoon.  There were still some holes on the shelves which I am sure will be filled by Saturday.

I have been hearing good things about the selection of allergy friendly products at Woodman’s for years now, but there has not been a store conveniently located to me.  Last weekend while visiting friend in Wisconsin I stopped by a Woodman’s near their house to check out the selection.  They had some products, it was crowded, I was tired.  In the end I came away overwhelmed and anxious about the selection.

When I arrived this morning I entered the door to the store that enters into the bread and bakery section.  They had Sweet Ali’s and a few other brands in this section.  I did not find any Udi’s or Canyon and started to panic.  This place was known for having all the best gluten-free brands. They had to be here.

What I discovered was this Woodman’s has a dedicated Gluten-Free Section!!! Plus two dedicated refrigerated sections for dairy-free milk and yogurt and another for dairy-free cheese.

Here are some of the selections…

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Look at all that Canyon Bakehouse and Schar selections.  They even had the long-awaited Hawaiian Bread!

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The Gluten-Free frozen bread selection is pretty good too.

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Almost any Katz product you wanted!

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Our favorite Kinnikinnick cookies in new packaging.

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The elusive Diaya cheese sauce only pouches.

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Free2b Sunflower cups.

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And our favorite Yummy Earth Lolly Pops, which are an essential in our house for the winter months.

They truely had the best gluten-free and dairy-free selection I have seen.  The one brand I could not find I believe was operator error and I’m hoping on my next trip to locate.

Welcome to the neighborhood Woodman’s.  -Susan B.

Cranberry parfait

I can’t resist Trader Joe’s Cranberry sauce. I by it every year and try to find a new recipe to use it in.

This year it was Cranberry parfaits. A two ingredient recipe, cranberry sauce and yogurt.

It makes a pretty pink color if you mix it up. It was a great lunch addition to use up Thanksgiving leftovers.

The soup freezing game changer.

I could make a batch of chicken bone broth a week and it still would t be enough for my household. I had been using freezer bags but was loosing one or two bags full a month when thawing them out in the fridge.

The last two batches I made I froze in Ball jars with plastic lids. What a game changer. Getting the soup into the jars was not as messy as trying to get it in the freezer bags. The one going to remember is you do need to make sure they are room temp before putting them in the freezer. Both batches have worked great!

Do you have a favorite way to freeze your homemade broth? -SB