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We learned how to make Sushi!

Recently, Ia20160127_20003520160127_200233n and I attended a cooking class on how to make your own sushi at home. It was amazing! Not only was the food delicious, I realized just how much of an art form preparing sushi could be.

 

First, we were instructed on how to prepare sushi rice at home in a rice cooker. We then tried our hand at preparing maki rolls and hand rolls (the original sushi), which is harder than it looks! We learned about different flavor pairings, and even tried broiled eel (unfortunately, it was pretty gross… but we tried it!).

 

The class was informative, fun, and engaging. I highly recommend taking a cooking class by a professional chef if you’re interested in learning how to make a particular kind of food at home that can be considered harder to master on your own!

 

Happy cooking! 🙂

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Grocery Haul: Under $35!

Frugal Gluten Free GroceriesInterested in learning how I got all of these tasty, gluten free groceries for under $35.00? Read on for my frugal, simple ways to save money on your next trip to the grocery store!

Where I shopped:

Walmart Express on Chicago St.

How I stuck to my budget:

  • I made a grocery list prior to leaving the house and kept to it.
  • I made sure that every purchase I made was going towards making a particular meal I had in mind that I’d already planned on preparing.
  • I bought quite a few canned goods. They are very affordable and keep well, often times for a few years or more if they have not been opened or damaged.
  • I chose versatile ingredients that show up in many of the meals I make, such as bell peppers, garlic, green onions, and rice.
  • I was aware of what we already had stocked up in our pantry, fridge, and freezer before I left, ensuring that I didn’t buy anything we didn’t need.
  • I allowed for one treat-type purchase: turkey bacon :). It was only $2.98!!

Other tips that you can use in order to save money on your next grocery bill are to:

  • Read the weekly flyers and be aware of the sales at your store of choice.
  • Be open to shopping at a few different shops for different items. I like to buy canned goods and certain veggies at Walmart, and then head over to Whole Foods for fresh herbs, avocados, and noodles.
  • Consider using coupons to cut down on the cost of your favorite items. Some stores offer in-store coupons, or you can search online and request coupons through the mail.
  • Another way to save money is to buy certain items in bulk, such as vegetables and fruit. You can clean, cut, and refrigerate or freeze them for on-the-go use.

Thanks for tuning in! I should mention that all of these groceries except the 3-pack pizza crusts in the front of the picture are gluten free, as Ian does not have to eat gf crusts like I do. I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments if you have any other great tips on how to save money on your grocery bill. 🙂

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Thanksgiving: Gluten Free Style!

Thanksgiving Gluten FreeSo, Canadian Thanksgiving just happened this past weekend. Even though we’re in Chicago, Ian and I celebrated by roasting a chicken, mashing potatoes, and preparing a large batch of stuffing: all free from gluten of course!

This was my first Thanksgiving being diagnosed as celiac, and I was unsure if I’d be able to find a good stuffing option (because it’s obviously one of the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner, am I right?!).

Luckily, Ian found a savory, awesome recipe online that we carefully recreated in our kitchen. It honestly made the apartment smell amazing!

We also prepared gluten free gravy and mashed potatoes with a twist. I added in a bit of low fat sour cream, a hint of cheese, and a handful of green onions to mix up this old favorite.

After a few hours of cooking, the chicken was finally ready to eat. Although miles away from our family back in Canada, we enjoyed a lovely, festive Thanksgiving together.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? What challenges have you faced and overcome by eating gluten free around the holidays? Share in the conversation and post something below! Happy Thanksgiving! 😀

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DIY Fire Starters

Winter is fast approaching, and for some, this means breaking out the fire wood and starting a warm fire in your fireplace, or enjoying a campfire outdoors before it’s too cold and your buns freeze off! Read on for a quick and inexpensive DIY to make your own fire starters at home.DIY Fire Starters

Materials

Cardboard egg carton (please DO NOT use plastic egg cartons for this project. They are terrible for the environment, especially when set on fire!)

Dryer lint (yes, there is a use for this stuff!)

Candle wax or coconut oil

 

What to do 

Start by taking your cardboard egg carton and cut out each individual egg cup. Next, add a bit of the dryer lint into the cups. Finally, melt down your wax or coconut oil in the microwave and pour a bit over the lint and into the egg cups, creating a seal to ensure the lint won’t escape. Make sure you leave a bit of the lint exposed, though. This is the part that you’ll want to set fire.

Place the finished egg cups into your fire pit, nestled under a few logs. Light the starter by igniting the exposed lint which will catch and melt the wax or oil, creating more fuel for your fire.

Enjoy 🙂