Monday, April 9, 2012
Monday Mumbling...
I hope everyone enjoyed some great weather and fun family time this weekend. Tony and I agreed that we would take it easy while still getting some work done. This was the last little bit before Spring Break was over for the boys. We ended up going bowling a couple of times since there was a Spring Break special and we had a great lunch with friends on Friday. We topped off last night with a few rounds of pool (which we don't play nearly enough even with having a pool table). It was definitely not a Spring Break filled with good times, but the boys got to do a few fun things and they got a lot of down time.

I have a crazy week ahead of me, but I'm really excited to get to the end of the week! I'm heading to Chicago for a business trip. A bit of exciting news for me is that I will be representing Bob's Red Mill at the Nourished Food Blogger Conference! You all know I love Bob's Red Mill, so I will be spreading the word on how great this company is!

I have been doing a little experimenting in the kitchen lately with a roll recipe I recently developed.

 I've been working with a grouping of flours and techniques recently to achieve a better gluten and dairy free roll.

These are crunchy on the outside while being soft and doughy on the inside.

These worked perfectly to accompany our ham, cheese potato (not for me) and fresh green beans feast on Sunday!

My meal was an egg white omelet smothered in nutritional yeast, fresh green beans and a couple of rolls!

Snackage later for Tony was ham and rolls!

The rolls turned out so well that Tony and I wanted to try it out as a loaf of bread.

My tester loaf was small, but it turned out perfectly! A little dairy free butter smeared on warm bread is seriously heavenly! I need to try it as a real loaf now. 

I took advantage of not having clients this morning and slept in a little. I'm trying to make sure I get a good amount of sleep these days. Knowing that the weekend is going to be a little on the crazier side, I'm trying to be smart and rest up throughout the week. So, coffee time, get the kids to school, eat some oatmeal, workout, shower, laundry, studying, pick kids up, cook, client meeting...time to get Monday going. 

Ever been to Chicago? Suggestions on things to do or places to go?

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 7:34 AM  
  • At April 9, 2012 at 8:26 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    Those rolls look incredible! I am jealous about your Chicago trip. Love love love Chicago and have been thinking about it recently. There is so much to do and see and so many amazing restaurants.

  • At April 9, 2012 at 8:45 AM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    can i come with you?? I would love to do a chicego trip. hehe.

    Yea for rolls and bowling.

  • At April 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM, Anonymous Kalinda said…

    Yay, I'm going too! I'll have to come say hi.

  • At April 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    Yummers! Have fun at the event! I passed up going this time - bummer, I didn't know you would be there!

  • At April 9, 2012 at 2:52 PM, Anonymous nicole said…

    those rolls look awesome! glad you enjoyed your boys and family during spring break!

  • At April 9, 2012 at 3:11 PM, Anonymous Paige @ Running Around Normal said…

    That is awesome, Sarena! Congrats:)

  • At April 9, 2012 at 6:22 PM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    Congratulations! I've never been to Chicago, but I've heard it's a lot of fun. Be sure to take time to get a picture of the bean!

  • At April 9, 2012 at 7:23 PM, Anonymous Kristina said…

    oooh, I hope you post this soon, the look of that roll is incredible. butter on fresh warm bread? pretty much the best thing ever.

    Chicago... I have only been for a layover. Jason has been a lot, having been in several bands in college and Chicago is one place they would travel - I just asked him for recommendations? He said blues clubs. I asked which ones? He said "the ones that look scary. don't go into a 'big' blues club..." ;) there you have it!

    CONGRATS! I love Bob. You should tell them you need a trip to the home office. :D

  • At April 9, 2012 at 10:21 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    ya for having fun in the kitchen, we have had not much time to play in the kitchen lately :( but it ok, we know we will get back there.
    and we love chicago, such a fun city. so much to do and see.

  • At April 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM, Anonymous Heather said…

    OMG, my mouth is watering looking at those rolls. Fresh baked bread is my kryptonite!
    My most favorite place in Chicago is Chicago Pizza Oven Grinder. They make the most awesome pizza pies! Just make sure you go early (and bring cash! - a lesson I learned the hard way). :)

  • At April 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM, Anonymous Cait's Plate said…

    Those rolls look absolutely FABULOUS!!

  • At April 10, 2012 at 6:36 PM, Anonymous Cait's Plate said…

    PS - Congrats! That's so exciting!! I've never been to Chicago but I'm dying to go!

  • At April 10, 2012 at 7:55 PM, Anonymous Jane said…

    So cool! I was sooo close to going to Nourished, and then I couldn't make it work out. booo! Have a fabulous time!

  • At April 10, 2012 at 7:55 PM, Anonymous Jane said…

    So cool! I was sooo close to going to Nourished, and then I couldn't make it work out. booo! Have a fabulous time!

  • At April 11, 2012 at 1:30 AM, Anonymous latest health articles said…

    Wow,This really great items ar made from egg.I really enjoy this blog with some delicious items.It really inspire me and guide some new things.This was a little fun with family.

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