Monday, July 11, 2011
Dinner, Lunch and Gluten Free Hush Puppies!
Where in the world did this weekend go? It went way too fast, that's for sure! We had something going on all weekend. I'm not complaining since Saturday was an incredible day spent with all of our family here and then time at the lake with my boys. The illustrator and I cooked lunch that day for everyone. It was a great day that I never wanted to end. 

Then Sunday was another family day celebrating two birthdays in the family. First though, we had some family business to deal with...

My oldest, Jay (who will be 13 in a month from tomorrow) decided he wanted to cut his hair off. This is a shot of him just about a year ago (on his birthday)...

(his hair was actually longer than this at the start of yesterday)

This is the new Jay! I loved the longer hair, but as a parent, you have to let your kids have control of some things...his hair, his style. I think he looks good this way too! He looks so long and tall now. I don't know why, but he does! It freaks me out a bit (in a good way) because he looks just like the illustrator at this age...cute as a button!

Now, dinner...also known as lunch here, was a huge fish fry with fresh catfish caught by my father-in-law and gluten free hush puppies made by my mother-in-law and myself. Sunday ended with a late night swim with the boys at the lake. Another great day!

(I like how the illustrator put the obligatory piece of cucumber on his plate! Ya gotta get those veggies in too!)

My mother-in-law asked if I would help her out with the hush puppies since she wanted to make a gluten free option for the illustrator and his sister, both of which have celiac and haven't had hush puppies in years!

My mother-in-law picked up a bag of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix so we decided to play with it! These came out perfectly!

They are crispy on the outside...

dense and moist on the inside with a hint of onion and sweetness from the mix!

Gluten Free Hush Puppies
 (makes about 20-25)

1 package Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix
2 eggs
1 cup almond milk
1/3 cup Smart Balance Light, melted
1/4 cup dried onions
oil for frying

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until everything is evenly mixed together. The mixture will be thick (you can roll it in a ball). Drop a scoop about 3 TBSP in size into the hot oil and fry until golden brown turning occasionally to make sure they brown evenly. Drain on paper towels before serving. 

Tomorrow...we talk dessert!

What do you call it...dinner or lunch? I call dinner the meal at the end of the day, but my in-laws call it the meal in the middle of the day. Apparently both are right though...

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 5:00 AM  
  • At July 11, 2011 at 5:14 AM, Anonymous melissanibbles said…

    I like the addition of the cucumber. Hey, it's something right? Catfish is so delicious. I'm drooling!

  • At July 11, 2011 at 6:10 AM, Anonymous Jess@HealthyExposures said…

    If they call lunch, dinner....what is dinner? Supper? I'm not picking, I'm just curious! haha. Here, dinner is the meal at the end of the day, lunch is in the middle ;)

    The hushpuppies look awesome! I've actually never had them before and I don't think I realized they were cornbread-like, either. I do love me some cornbread, though ;)

    And I'm glad you got lots of family time in. And I love how you let the boys make their own decisions regarding hair and style ;)

  • At July 11, 2011 at 7:07 AM, Blogger Fallon said…

    I never knew hush puppies were made from corn bread... or is that just because they are gluten free? FYI I never had hush puppies before ;)

  • At July 11, 2011 at 7:13 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    I LOVE hush puppies! It's probably the cornbread factor- I really love it.

    And I think the new 'do is great for summer- he'll be so much cooler in the heat now. Good choice! :)

  • At July 11, 2011 at 7:24 AM, Anonymous Madeline- Greens and Jeans said…

    I call it lunch, but a lot of the friends I had growing up who lived on farms called it dinner!

  • At July 11, 2011 at 7:53 AM, Anonymous lee said…

    If they call the middle meal dinner, what to do they call the end of the day meal?

    Jay's hair looks good! He looks a lot older than he did in the first pic.

  • At July 11, 2011 at 8:18 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    My great grandmother called the last meal of the day supper. I can't remember if she called lunch dinner though. I used to LOVE hush puppies when I was a kid.

  • At July 11, 2011 at 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    Ooooooooh, how I love a good hush puppy :-) These look awesome!

  • At July 11, 2011 at 9:20 AM, Anonymous Gina @ Running to the Kitchen said…

    He's grown a lot in the past year! The hush puppies look great.

  • At July 11, 2011 at 9:27 AM, Anonymous Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said…

    Those do look perfect. Sounds like a great weekend. I love when weekends are busy but with fun things like spending time with family.

  • At July 11, 2011 at 9:37 AM, Blogger Lisa said…

    Love the hair cut! He's such a, I mean...he's so handsome and grown-up! :)

    The hush puppies look awesome. I know they would be a hit around here too...

  • At July 11, 2011 at 9:49 AM, Anonymous Cait's Plate said…

    LOVE the shorter hair cut!! :)

    Those hush puppies look unreal. I'm going to have to pick up some of that Bob's Redmill and make those very very soon :)

  • At July 11, 2011 at 9:58 AM, Anonymous Kristina @ spabettie said…

    so is the last meal then supper? my best friend and her family call it that too... and I was always confused. :)

    I have not had a hush puppie since college - I spent a summer in the south and as a vegetarian, I ate many of those! yours sound fabulous, I may have to try them!

    look at cutie with a new hair cut!! he looks great!

    have a great week, Sarena! off to vote again...

  • At July 11, 2011 at 12:18 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    Sounds like an amazing weekend, Sarena! Mine went way too fast, also. :)

    I love the haircut - cutie indeed. :)

  • At July 11, 2011 at 12:37 PM, Blogger gfe--gluten free easily said…

    You son looks much more mature now, but still cute as can be. I bet the new haircut is easier, too.

    Love fried catfish and hush puppies, plus French fries. And chances are that I'd have a cucumber slice or two on that plate as well. ;-)


  • At July 11, 2011 at 12:48 PM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    I have never heard of lunch being called dinner... but I'm all for it as long as the food is still good. :)

    Those hush puppies look great. Do you think you could bake them?

  • At July 11, 2011 at 5:40 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    i have a true love connection with hush puppies so the GF version just makes my heart complete.

    your boys are so handesome!

  • At July 11, 2011 at 8:14 PM, Blogger Kelsey Ann said…

    i really need to try frying! i've always wanted to make chips, but hush puppies would be pretty fabulous to try too! the skin/outside of these is perfect, and the inside still looks soft :)

    xoxo <3

  • At July 11, 2011 at 9:07 PM, Blogger Czesia said…

    I love hushpuppies, but haven't had a good one since I left Georgia in 2008. boo. I should make some, with your recipe! Thank you! My family has always called lunch dinner, and dinner supper. If that isn't too confusing to understand haha! I really dislike the word supper!

  • At July 11, 2011 at 10:07 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    YUMMY!!! We grew up with hush puppies, been years since had one

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  • At November 21, 2014 at 5:01 PM, Anonymous Sierra said…

    I just made these. The flavor is really good. My only recommendation is to add about 1/4 cup more almond milk. They are a little drier than I would like. I added honey to them for a really good flavor.

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