I am happy to say that as of today, I am caught up! Caught up on laundry, cleaning bathrooms, dishes, vacuuming and many many other chores. Before when I was working full time, and cooking, and being a mom and a wife, I had the luxury of having a gal come help do a surface clean in my house once a week. Well I told my husband that is no longer necessary now that I am home. So I have been a lot busier with household duties that are outside the kitchen, but I have to tell you... it feels great! The other day i was wiping down walls in one of our bathrooms and the final result made me really happy. It is nice to have something done to your standards. I am not knocking the help I have had through the years. I am very thankful, but there is something to be said for the satisfaction you get from doing something yourself. I am happy to say that I will still be getting some help when company comes in from out of town. So I am still a little spoiled. It is considered "vacation time" for me. I will never get over the bliss of being a wife and Mom without having the overwhelming responsibilities of owning and running a company. To be given the blessing of this down time, I can never be thankful enough! It took me a bit to get into a routine. But now it is easy and I am blessed with an hour or two of downtime during the day where I can read, float at the pool, go to the beach, out with friends etc.. I have even been able to fit in my walks most mornings. Our big dog Maggie is a happy camper.
With the extra time I have been able to come up with a new versions of my son's favorite foods. Making them gluten free just serve's double duty for me so that my daughter can eat them too. Please enjoy these:
Gluten Free Sweet and Spicy Meatballs Recipe
inspired by Give Me Some Oven
2 lbs. ground turkey
2 tsp. sesame oil
1//2 cup gluten free breadcrumbs or tortilla chip crumbs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 TBSP minced garlic
1/2 cup thinly-sliced green onions
1 cup packed brown sugar (you can use agave for healthier version)
1 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon braggs amino acids or gluten free soy sauce
1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 tsp red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
In a large bowl, mix together meatball ingredients until well-combined. Shape into balls 2" balls and place on a greased baking dish.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until meatballs are golden on the outside and no longer pink on the inside.
While the meatballs are baking, mix together all of the sauce ingredients until blended. Add to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until sugar is dissolved and it had started to reduce and thicken.
Pour over drained meatballs and serve.
You can serve with toothpicks or over rice. I served mine over rice with steamed broccoli on the side.