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Monday, October 27, 2014

A Glimpse of The Mad Hatter Tea party / Baby Shower I hosted last weekend

Sorry I am late in posting Pics - Here are some pics of the mad Hatter Pampering / Baby Shower I hosted this past Friday, I made all the decor ( except for the "We are all Mad here Banner that was made by Alpine Ridge Events  and THE gifts and such I wish i took more photos !!  more photos to come from other friends who took pics :)

But I am so happy I got the throw this for my very dear friend and Sister Rebecca in honor of her second daughters birth :D


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MENU :
Minted Pea and Lettuce Soup with a dollop of my Probiotic Yogurt
Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs
My Version Of Lo Mein
Winter Green Salad (butternut squash,beets,apples) with a Probiotic  Dijon Mustard Dressing
Bacon Wrapped Pineapple  (using my homemade organic brown sugar)
Flower Lemon Curd Tarts
Chard Wraps w/ Ginger Jalapeno Dipping sauce
Lemon Lavender-Thyme Sugar Cookies ( shaped into Carrots)
Gluten free Cherry Cupcakes Filled with Chocolate Ganache
HomemadeChocolate Vanilla Fudge (gaps and Paleo Friendly! )
My Mini SunButter Cups


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 This is the Topiary I made , THE Elements I have here are the Mad Hatter's Hat, The Cheshire Cat I hand stitched ,glass red hearts for :The Queen Of Hearts , and The Talking Flowers .


 The Beverage Table - Cherry Lemonade  - Mason Jars I made !  and of Course Tea!



 Bird Feeders I made our of China Tea Cups


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MORE PARTY FAVORS HANDMADE HEALTHY ORGANIC BODY SCRUB

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Did I mention it was a costume party too?
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Rebecca (Left) in her Classy Mad Hatter Get up &Me* (right) in my Malificent Steampunk Costume
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

JoAnna's Gluten free Chocolate Marshmallow Chunk Cookies W/ Vegan Version Free Of Many Allergens

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These cookies are dedicated to  my Bestie Rebecca G. and they are also her favorite ! Love you my friend & Sister. xoxoxoxo


These I am afraid to say are frightfully addictive !! I am so happy when i found "Dandies Vegan Marshmallows " Because they are not only gluten free, Free Of Many Allergens  , They are refined sugar free! Yes i know right! they are amazing !
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Photo taken from there FB PAGE - Dandies Vegan Marshmallows Facebook Page
They also were extra amazing this summer around the campfire ! Dont get me wrong My GAPS/PALEO Friendly Marshmallows are da'bom ! But they would melt pretty fast off the stick into the fire lol ( my refined sugar free GAPS/PALEO marshmallow recipe here JoAnna's Refined Sugar Free Tie-Dyed Marshmallow 's

This is an Instant Family Favorite , so after you make them please let me know by commenting below , I would love to see more traffic on here .

xxxxx
JoAnnaGlutenFreeChef
JoAnna's Gluten free Chocolate Marshmallow Chunk Cookies W/ Vegan VersionFree Of Many Allergens 


Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
1 cup of Earth Balance ( or coconut oil)
¼ Cup of Zevia in the Raw
¼ Cup of Honey
( Or Agave Nectar or use more Maple Syrup if Vegan)
¼ cup of 100% pure grade B Maple Syrup
2 tsp of 10% pure Vanilla Extract

1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp of baking powder
2 large eggs ( or 1 Duck egg)
( if vegan use 2 Tab of ground flax-seed meal mixed with 4 tbsp of warm water let set for 5 min or until “gummy “ consistency )

1 Cup Sorghum Flour
¾ Cup Sweet Brown Rice Flour or Teff or Millet Flour
½ Cup of Tapioca or Arrowroot starch
½ tsp of Xanthum Gum
1 bag ( or 1 cup) of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chip or Dark Chocolate Chips or Chunk 's .
1 Cup of Cut ( use scissors Dandies Vegan Marshmallow 's
( there fb page link here ___ >
In your Mixer I use a Kitchen Aid , Mix the earth balance and the egg or egg sub. Mix well , add the rest of your Liquids.

In a separate Bowl combine all your dry Ingredients ( except the Marshmallow 's and the Chocolate .
Mix Thoroughly and slowly add to the wet ingredient's , once combined add the cut up marshmallow 's One at a time throw them in so they don't CLUMP up and then add your chocolate of choice .

I use a small Ice Cream Scoop to make my cookies last longer in my big family but you can use any size you want for your size cookies of choice, Bake for 10 min or more depending on your oven , Cookies are done when toothpicks comes out clean with no dough on it .

JoAnnaGlutenFreeChef

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But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:29-31 NKJV



Butternut Squash & Apple hash (Gluten free, Vegan, Free Of Many Allergens

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  yes ill take a better pic next time I make it ;) I served the hash with :
My Rosemary - Honey Apple Mustard Pork Roast w/Roasted Carrots and Onions , and Butternut and Apple Hash . and gluten free Gravy .







Okay it was one of those nights dinner was fast approaching and I was pressed for time what to make and did not have allot of ingredients on hand and Only had 1 Butternut Squash and I had quite a few apple from our Apple Trees then I thought Man Hash would be good but perhahps a more Paleo Version. So here it is.
Butternut Squash &  Apple hash


1 Medium Butternut Squash ( I am sure you can use Acorn Squash and so forth), Peeled and grated.
2 Large Tart Apples , peeled and gated
2 garlic cloves , minced
2 Tab of chopped Lavender Thyme ( or regular )

Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper


Optional :
¼ cup of Finley Minced Shallot or Onion
1 Tsp of Nutmeg

Using your Food Processor and Your Cheese Grater attachment , grate your peeled squash and apples . Set aside in a bowl.
Mince your garlic and onions or shallots if using and your Thyme.

In a large pan add olive oil ( or coconut oil) about 2 tab or more depending on the varying size of the squash not sure how many cups u will end up with . :) Turn to Medium heat and add the garlic and shallots or onion, start to brown those , then add your grated apples and squash, add your Thyme and Nutmeg if used.
And Cook until the grated squash and apples have a golden hue to them , or I love getting them browned like “hash” is suppose to be like a hash-brown .

Serve and enjoy !
#Vegan
#Glutenfree
#AllergenFree
#Nut&Peanut-free
#DairyFree 
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2009-2014 JoAnna L McGarvie

Monday, October 6, 2014

Bittersweet 19 Years of Using Young Living Essential Oils , Time to say farewell........................



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Bittersweet, 19  Years of Using Young Living Essential Oils, time to say farewell........................

Yes, you read that right..............totally bittersweet. I don't know how to describe it but it is like saying goodbye to a 19 year old friend. Essential Oils have always been a very important part of my life! If it was not for them I don't think I would be here today. When I was born I was very very sick all the time and was finally diagnosed with Lupus at Age 3. After that I did not receive any care until age 14, when my best friends mom (bless her heart, her nick name is Marmee like in Little Women), a dear lady who holds a very special place in my heart, convinced my mom to take me to a naturopath and start using Young Living Essential Oils. I had always been interested in natural supplements like going out and foraging and making my own salves and so forth. When I got introduced to the oils, it was like spending hours with an old friend. My body responded well to them and before you knew it I was tending to my own siblings and mom using them along with homeopathic remedies :). So, to say the least YLEO has been a part of my life for a very long time. I even remember the day I became a distributor to help others and get the oils for cost.


So what is with this post you ask ___________? Well, I can no longer afford to buy them. It is sad I know and something I have wrestled with for a long time. I just need to be realistic and me, the #ThriftyMom #OneWhoMakesSomethingOutofNothing, has to face the truth - they are more than my poor pocket book can handle. I know their prices had to go up as did everything else, along with their shipping tax on top of already high shipping :(. Anyway, I am NOT here to put YLEO Down at all, but I did tell you I would explain why. Let’s just say prices 20 years ago have escalated to great proportions lol (trying to find humor in this). I love YLEO and always will and I encourage everyone to use them if they can. But I also need to be practical and I am NOT AN OIL SNOB; yes I said that. I have been using YLEO for 19  years and I have to say I have come across quite a few oils snobs lol! “Oh this brand is better, no mine” and so forth lol. To each his own. Please use what works for you and I will use what works for me and mine and my pocket book!! ;)

Now no fear, I have found a company to replace them that is more loving with my already tight budget. It’s called Heritage Oils. Not only am I helping a fellow mom out but also a Christian gal! That makes me happy and makes this transition alot easier.

Here is her Statement of Quality: http://heritageessentialoils.com/quality.php )

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And are you allergic to a particular oil in a blend? No fear, she will even make a blend for you if you request it.

She also has a cross over chart! For example, if you want Thieves, she makes her own blend of that called
Plague Defense.

I have to admit I have always shied away from posting stuff like this. But on occasion I will visit a blog and see that this seems normal. I am just discussing this with you as if we are sitting at my table sharing a pot of tea and enjoying some of my Gluten free allergen free Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Cookies ;) hehehe.
So let me know if you want to see posts like this in the future and I will try to commit to Once a Week Posting , One Recipe a Month.
DEAL ______________?
Who's with me ____________________?

My best advice is to continually learn, educate yourself, and try other brands. You never know what Treasure's you’ll find! Your welcome, I not only done my re- search but have also went out and asked people who use them , They say they are amazing!! :D
JoAnnaGlutenFreeChef

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****I am in no way Paid to or Endorsing a Product , I am just sharing what I am using for personal use, Always Consult Your health care proffesional before using anything that may be contrary in use with your prescriptions.



But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:29-31 NKJV








Monday, June 9, 2014

Photos of The Boxed Dinner ~Mother's Day Edition ~

I hosted the first week of June with my Bestie Rebecca ! It was allot of work but allot of fun!
I Love Adore doing things like this!!
 I try to host Tea monthly ...... with Different Themes 
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this event was hosted in my shop.


THE MENU FOR THIS EVENT :

Tea and Boxed "Dinner"& Gift Exchange @ JoAnna's "Mother's Day Edition “

Host's : JoAnna M. & Rebecca G.
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everything is gluten free , nut and peanut free, dairy free, refined sugar free and More!
(except for the Cobbler that is gluten free though! ) Everything is GMO FREE, and Organic if possible and even from My Garden!

Boxed Dinner Contains :

Ham – Roasted Potato Duck Herb-ed Egg Kish
Arugula Pesto Salad topped with Idiazabal (sheep cheese)
Chard Wraps with an Asian Dipping Sauce
Van's BBQ Chips
Fruit Salad with a Lemon Basil Dressing
1 each of JoAnna's Awesome SunButter Cups!

The Tea Table
Coffee
Tea
Lemonade
Gingersnap Spice Cookies

Lemon Vanilla Cloud Cookies
Apple Carrot Orange Citrus Spice Cake


***more photos to come from my friend Rebecca , I custom made these beautiful headbands too I dont have a photo yet.......



My Bestie Rebecca made these custom coffee cozies




 We had a small gift exchange too it was fun!! :)
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2009-2014 JoAnna L McGarvie

My Garden (Sneak Peak) & HERB GARDEN 2014


Here is a little Sneak Peak of my Veggie and Herb Garden ♥
A.K.A. Dubbed as " Maleficent " Garden ( hehhe my herb garden i have been told looks a bit like Maleficence's garden, Squeeeeeee ! :D
I love #Organic
#Heirloom
#GMOFREE gardening , especially with my Kiddos !!
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I used most of it for my boxed dinner event so there is not that much left lol
COPYRIGHT AND ADVISORY
COPYRIGHTED: JoAnnaGlutenFreeChef&HealthEnthusiast All images & content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission or posts. ALWAYS link back to my blog. NEVER COPY AND PASTE. There is a SHARE Button to share posts and recipes , or Share directly from the link, Thank you.
2009-2014 JoAnna L McGarvie