Monday, September 17, 2012

Ways To Connect

I just wanted to do a quick update on the ways to connect with Home Ec. with Mel.  If you look just above this post you'll see the awesome banner with all of the links.  Let's go through them.

Blog Frog - Blog Frog is an online community.  If you join my community you can post on the forums and your blog posts will show up under the blog post tab.  It's a great way to get your blog posts in front of others. I'd love to chat with you there.  I get a notification if anything new is posted.

Facebook - Come stalk me there. :)

RSS Feed - Let's you subscribe to Home Ec With Mel so you never miss a new post!

Flickr - See what's coming out of my camera.  It may not be crafty or food but it's always fun.

Google+ - It's fairly new and I'm still finding my footing on it.  I'm always up for adding someone to a circle.

Pinterest - Find out what inspires me!

Twitter - You can stalk me there too.

I have YouTube up there but haven't used it yet. 

Email - you are more than welcome to email me at craftingtodo at gmail dot com.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Halloween Costume Round Up

It's almost time for Halloween.  I've been scouring the internet for the best handmade costumes.  It is my hope that one of these will be on you or your little one in a few weeks.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Goldbaums Gluten-Free Giveaway and Review

Remember a few months ago when I reviewed Goldbaums Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cones?  Well they are doing a raffle for $200 of gluten free food!!!  How awesome is that?  I think it is amazingly awesome, $200 of free food is great for anyone.  How do you get in on it you might ask?  Simply click here and fill out the simple form.  It is as easy as that.

Now for the review!  When I got the ice cream cones I also got some pasta.  I'll admit I was leary of the pasta on looks alone.  They look great and normal in the photos but, they have this odd slightly green look when they arrived.

Here's the thing though the color was no indication of how good this pasta is when it is cooked.  When it was cooked the odd color went away and the flavor and texture was spot on.  I didn't do anything "special" with the pasta.  Mac & Cheese and pasta salad was made with the elbow.  I did two batches of spaghetti and one turned out right and the other didn't.  The one that didn't was ALL MY FAULT.  I didn't follow the package directions which is key.  When it says to rinse the pasta do it.  

Cooking the pasta was different than traditional pasta.  You bring water to a boil, add salt and a tablespoon of oil.  Then you add the pasta and cook 3-5 minutes and then take it off the heat and cover it.  You then have to let it set about 15 minutes for it to finish cooking.  Rinse and then use as you would traditional pasta.  

Don't forget to enter the raffle to get some of this great pasta for free!  If you can't wait or aren't the lucky winner you can purchase Goldbaums Pasta from Amazon.  Remember purchases from Amazon via a link on this site helps keep the site going.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Crack Revisited

I really like dips at parties.  I can control the dippers to make sure they are gluten free and if I only have gluten free dippers no worries of CC.  They are a familiar item which means no one will ever go "Oh it's different".  Plus they are quick and easy.  This is still one of my most popular posts to this day.

Crack (Hey I didn't name it lol)

Photo From Plain

I had seen the potato casserole made from this dip on Pinterest and decided to go for it.  We tried the potatoes and they were good too.  Last December I made this dip six times.  It's that big of a hit.  We ate it with corn tortillas chips.  I made a few variations of it last year.  I did it with pork bacon bits, turkey bacon bits, and the pink fake ones.  Did you know the pink fake ones are vegetarian?  I didn't until my husband told me.  My favorite was the pork bacon it seemed to have more flavor but the turkey wasn't bad.  I didn't like the pink fake ones at all.  They became a little odd but my father in law enjoyed it and that's what mattered.  I didn't make him a full recipe, I just mixed the dip with out the bacon bits and then took his out and add the bits to each bowl.  Again that's the secret when entertaining with food restrictions what can you quickly and easily do to include everyone.  It took a whole extra ten seconds and another dish, nothing in the grand scheme of party food making.  

Cheddar Bacon Dip (a.k.a Crack)

16 oz sour cream
1 packet Ranch dressing mix (Hidden Valley is Gluten free)
3 oz bacon bits (in the bag not jar) (Oscar Mayer is gluten free)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Mix together and refrigerate 24 hours. Serve with chips and/or veggies.

4x6 Printable Recipe 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Planning A Party - KISS

My first "party" after I started cooking gluten free was Thanksgiving.  I almost cooked myself to death.  Why you might ask?  I thought I needed to make two versions of just about everything plus I misjudged the amount of food we could eat.  There were seven us to eat dinner that year.  I made one turkey, two gravies (I do this every year though), mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gluten free green bean casserole, regular green bean casserole, regular stuffing, gluten free stuffing, gluten free pumpkin muffin roasted veggie stuffing,  gluten free pumpkin pie, regular pumpkin pie, gluten free chocolate pie, and gluten free chocolate pie.  Not only is that just a ton of food for seven people to eat it was a logistical nightmare.  There was the obsessive cleaning and separating to stop cross contamination.  There was the oven space needed, the shear volume of food to shop for and buy, not to mention the needed refrigeration space.  I quickly realized I didn't need to do all that to still have a wonderful dinner or any party for that matter.

From garyknight via Flickr

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