Monthly Archives: March 2012

Pork…the other white meat.

So as I was doing my chores today and staring at the rain POURING down…I though, oh yeah, I have to think of what to make for tomorrow. Ugh.
If I had a family they would have to throw out requests or they would starve. :-/ me not so creative…
But being GF / DF you kinda have to make everything from scratch. bummer!
But…I do think food does taste better that way, even if I can’t just pop it in the microwave and *poof* healthy nutritious meal, ya right.
My only problem is that I’m broken after cooking… New spine please! N-E-Way..

Here’s what I made. It was really easy, but after doing laundry and my Pilates I needed a bit-o-coffee to help me through it. Man that couch would be nice to lay on right about now…if I had one. 😦 (But!!! I got a job and I start the 9th WOOHOO!!!!)

Ok for real, heres the recipe:

Shepherd’s Pie
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
1 pound ground pork (or substitute half with another ground meat)
1 cup beef or chicken broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon chopped fresh or dry rosemary
1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
1 cup frozen peas
2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup milk (or almond milk…tasted just as good)
Kosher salt to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil, then add the onion, carrot, and meat. Cook until browned, 8 to 10 minutes.
3. Drain the fat and add the broth, tomato paste, and herbs. Simmer until the juices thicken, about 10 minutes, then add the peas.
4. Pour the mixture into a 1 1/2-quart baking dish; set aside.
5. Meanwhile, bring the potatoes to a boil in salted water. Cook until tender, about 20 minutes; drain.
6. Mash the potatoes with the butter, milk, and salt. (I cheated, I used GF idahoan mix…but added potato flour to thicken it up).
7. Spread them over the meat mixture, then crosshatch the top with a fork.
8. Bake until golden, 30 to 35 minutes.

For the rest of the package of peas, add frozen green orbs to a lil water, add butter, salt, pepper, cook…
eat eat eat! molt, expand, repeat!!! 😛


I got this recipe from epicurious, modified it a lil, but please rate it at that link so others can enjoy the wonderful yumminess…really, the more reviews the more likely someone will try it. 😉

You can view the complete recipe online at:


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Tropical Fruit Smoothie

After wanting to drink coffee in the mornings so bad, (insomniac here), I got out of the habit of making my (very good for you) smoothies. :-/
So today I had to pull away from the coffee pot (well electric water boiler…I don’t use a coffee pot for just me). And decided to use the fruit that is over ripening in my fridge… Let’s hope it turns out good!!


So here’s what’s inside:
•1/2 of small cantaloupe cut up
•1 small ripe pear (adds sweetness)
•1/2 lemon (juiced, so it blends smooth)
•1 tsp of raw honey (surprising hard to find in Oregon!?!)
•1 hand size papaya (mine I found out was not as ripe as I thought, this was a new fruit for me to try)
•6 ice cubes (or half a tray)

Then blend on lowest speed working up to high, being sure to push down ice cubes while blending. (disclaimer: NOT with your hands! Use designated tamper tool).
Makes 2 glasses or one “supersized” glass.


I was surprised actually tasted as good as it did! The pear really added a nice touch and it’s not too tart from lemon.
The combo of lemon and raw honey is good for cold season too! Lots of Vit C and natural antibiotics going on in here!
Drink sloooowly…or you’ll get a brain freeze like me >< Ooooooo!
And be sure to put the sweetness craving birdie back in the cage or you're gonna have a battle on your hands! 😛

healthy quote from:

"Orange vegetables contain beta-carotene, a form of Vitamin A, which is great for eyesight and eliminating free radicals. The beta-carotene gives the vegetable its orange color.

Papaya contains digestive enzymes, which help break down some of the more difficult foods in our stomach, such as beans, dairy, and even meat. Due to the high fiber content, papaya also helps with constipation and even upset stomach.
• The one thing papaya has been known for around the world is its ability to prevent nausea, including morning and motion sickness if taken in the juice form.
Orange fruits and vegetables are a great way to battle off illness and disease. Combine them with a few servings of dark green vegetables and you have yourself a winning combination."

So I'm not a total meanie…I do let my birdie have the leftovers after I'm done. 🙂


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Never a boring day with a birdie :)

So as I started my pilates this morning I hear the cries from the other room “screech!” or as I like to interpret, “let me out of this cage! I know you are awake!!!” 😛
So I take him into my room and start doing my exercises…and he’s getting in the way, or gotta go potty…so this is not working. I just leave him on the edge of the trash can to wander freely wherever. Then I look back and notice where he decided to perch. “you better not make a mess on my wedges!!” 😛

If you wonder what type of workout I choose, search Blogilates or POP Pilates on YouTube. I warn you she’s pretty ENERGETIC! 😀

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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in A day in the life of Jeni


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True Birdie Happiness

So one way I’ve learned to keep my birdie happy is…let him eat the crumbs left over. 😛
He’s in birdie paradise! (the tropical kind) 😉
Oh and if you want the recipe of what he’s eating…it’s posted below. 😀


Zucchini Bread, Gluten Free
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Sugar
2 Teaspoons Gluten Free Vanilla
1 1/2 Cups freshly shredded Zucchini
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
3 heaping Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Gluten Free Flour mix* (I used Bob’s Red Mill AP)
2 Teaspoons Xanthan Gum
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts or Pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat eggs, sugar, and oil in a large bowl with electric mixer.
Add vanilla and mix well.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and xanthan gum.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir by hand to mix well.
Add zucchinni and chopped nuts and stir to combine.
Pour into a greased 9×5 loaf pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for 60 minutes. Until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Let me know what you think of it.
*You can use Bob’s Gluten Free All Purpose Flour or the following All Purpose Flour.

All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
1 Cup White Rice Flour
1/2 Cup Tapioca Flour
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
Sift all ingredients several times through a sifter to make sure that they are well blended. Use this flour mix as you would regular all purpose flour.

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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in A day in the life of Jeni


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Come on SPRING!


On Tuesday I woke up to this mess. It really does snow in PDX (even though it melts the same day it’s still considered snow).
Let’s hope this is the last snow this march and we can enjoy the cherry trees blooming in the Sunshine!!! (not the liquid type).
Hopefully once the rain dries up I can go for a bike ride and take some pretty spring pictures. :}

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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in A day in the life of Jeni


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New way of living…

New way of living…

So today my couch and dining room table went bye-bye and it’s been replaced by blue totes…for the moment. I’m hoping to get my Ikea items soon, it just requires something I don’t have at the moment…ya you guessed it’s them Benny’s.

Although I do like having more room in my kitchen after that huge table is gone! I was constantly tripping over chairs. So my new thing for now is arranging totes to make a couch and table, this is all in theory of course.

So what nursery has that money tree everyone talks about?
Well anyway, here’s some pics of the void, the totes, and my dream furniture….

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Posted by on March 3, 2012 in A day in the life of Jeni


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