{Friday Photos — a girl. her mamasita. both love food. today will travel.}

Today is a good day, isn’t it?

The countdown is on … I leave for Denver on Tuesday! And you guys know how much I heart D-town. This is a super-special trip because my BFF just had a sweet little baby girl — and already has a little “bee” that I just adore, and we just so happen to be celebrating her 2nd birthday while I’m there. T-minus four days!

But before I jet out to the Rockies, the countdown (in hours) is going for a long weekend up north.

I can already hear Jungle Jim’s calling my name — you really should stop in and visit next time you’re in the northwoods.

But before I go, let me recap the week.

You know that smiling face — it’s my Mamasita!

That little trickster showed up at our Team Gluten-Free 5k on Saturday to SURPRISE me. And surprise me she did. (she had been scheming with the husband and my bestie Liesel for quite some time) They were like ninjas and showed up right before the race started — out of no where.

The icing on the cake? My mama got to stay until Tuesday.

She loves food as much as this girl, so we filled up on all kinds of GF goodness while she was here.

A couple smoothie breakfasts, lunch in Cedarburg at Vintage Cafe, and a night of grilling on the balcony — my guy can make a mean steak.

While we were out and about last week, we spotted the new Fresh Market in Fox Point. They stock some GF treats I have never even seen before. And they carry Jovial GF pasta. Get in there and check it out!

Before I sent my mama on her way, I introduced her to one of my all time favorite restaurants, Bunky’s Cafe in Madison. 

We shared the hummus plate, meat lasagna, and chocolate-caramel cheesecake. Go there. As soon as you possibly can.

Oh, and after the 5k last week, we fueled up on some Luna Protein Bars — the folks at Luna were kind enough to send some of every flavor for the group to try. I’ve gotten nothing but rave reviews this week, from those who tried them. (although I wish the ingredient list was just a tad shorter, I love that they pack in the protein — 12g — for each bar, and they keep me full longer)

Like days like today, when I’m camped out at Alterra on the lake for a meeting, catching up on emails, and popping in here before I unplug for the weekend.

(Chocolate Cherry Almond is my new fave) 

But before I go, here are some recipes you could be making this weekend for your Memorial Day picnic.

What are you up to on this long, holiday weekend? Any road trips planned? Or chilling at home?

Friday Photos Take 1: a peek into the pantry

Welcome to Friday Photos, a weekly feature here on Celiac in the City — you can read how it all started by clicking HERE.

Spending night and day on the couch last week, and still trying to recover this week has meant very limited time in the kitchen. Neither of us has had the energy to come up with something creative, let alone cook that creation.
I took a look at my phone this morning and realized I had not taken ANY food photos this week.
Now you know how sick I’ve been!
But I did wake up and snap this picture from our front window.
Hello, winter!
And boy have I been missing my kitchen — such an odd feeling to spend so little time in here this week. To reunite, I set up my laptop and camera at the kitchen table and settled in with a cup of coffee to come up with something to share with you this week.
I thought you might like to peek into our “pantry”. A little shout out to the kitchen area, the place we spend the majority of our time — tunes going, meats searing, Crispin flowing. (I just read on FB that there is a gluten-free kitchen “show and tell” going on with other bloggers as well… so I’m not the only one listing the kitchen as my favorite room in the house.)
I won this hand painted, water color print from The Gluten-Free Illustrator in a giveaway a couple of years ago — just beautiful! Check out her Etsy shop to see more of her talents.
It’s a simple kitchen, where the dishes soak and are then hand washed. (that will be first on our list of priorities for our new house — let the hunting begin!)
We are lacking counter top space here at our rental, but this is our “pantry,” one whole wall of the kitchen.
A look inside — top space is reserved for baking necessities and such and requires a little step stool to giddy up and grab the goods.
Let’s start with the lower level.
Two of our most overworked appliances — both from the KitchenAid family, whether it’s batters or grinding meat, smoothies or margaritas, they’ve got it covered. (and my legs have never looked more slim… would it be weird to use the mixing bowl as a mirror everyday?)
Quinoa is always on hand and I’m working on a new recipe to share with you. (Think pizza.) Popcorn is a snack I couldn’t live without. Are you a popcorn snacker too?
Hot tea pretty much saved my life this week — I carried a mug around to every class at work, trying to keep the cough at bay. Next to the Rishi Tea, is Ginger Lemon Girl’s Almond and Dried Cherry Granola. Another batch is in my near future. Check out that perfectly positioned Carroll Shelby’s White Chicken Chili KitIt really inspired this post. I knew it was going to be for dinner tonight, but I wanted to get started earlier than dinner on this post, (and then I had my GI appointment, so I ended up putting this on pause anyway… more on that later) hence the post on the pantry.
Oats and more oats — instant from Glutenfreeda and rolled oats from GF Harvest. And if we do have sweet treats in the house, they go in the Barnum’s tin. (Did you see our conversation on Facebook today? Any of the M&M’s candies could contain wheat now due to new production processes, so be sure to check every single label!)
Snack-central-station: Peeled Snacks, (wish I had some Pine-4-Pineapple left) Marcona almonds from Trader Joe’s and sour dried cherries make a lovely pair, and Jovial pasta is a staple pantry item now.
What’s up top?
We need to get that fondue pot down — maybe another fondue night at the farm. On the right is THE best waffle maker. Courtesy of some of my very best GFGFs at the surprise shower they threw for me this summer. Every single time we make waffles for friends and family, they have commented on how fantastic they are. It’s all about the waffle iron.
That is one heck of a cupcake carrier. Raise your hand if you love cupcakes like this girl. Oh yeah, I’m in good company!
Speaking of cupcakes, the key to a good cupcake is in the liner — so keep as many on hand as possible.
Flours, flours….
… and more flours.
So there it is. What did you think? What are your gluten-free staples in the pantry?
Stay tuned for Take 2 of Friday photos — coming up just as soon as “Brandon’s Chili” is done simmering — you didn’t think I’d finish off the week without a recipe did you?
See you after dinner!