Family, Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Miscellaneous, Recipes

Two Gluten-Free Fruit Salads to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner:

Here are two gluten-free fruit salad that are sure to be a crowd- pleaser at Thanksgiving.

Both of these fruit salads have a different flavor, but they are both delicious.

Let me know if you end up making one of these tasty fruit salads, I would love to hear!

First, our Delicious Pink Berry Salad.

What I love about the Pink berry salad is that it’s sooo easy! The salad is made up of only 4 ingredients and the flavor is amazing!

Our second fruit salad is the Lila’s Banana/Pineapple Fruit Salad

This recipe is named after my grandma Lila, who made this tasty fruit salad all the time. This recipe is naturally gluten-free and it’s delicious.

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Family, Good Reads, kids, Lifestyle

Children’s Book Highlight of the Month!

My children absolutely love the book: “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates,” by Ryan T. Higgins.

This book is creatively written and it always makes my kids laugh.

Even more, as a mother I love this book because it’s a reminder that we should “treat others how we would like to be treated.”

As we are all going back to school, this is a great book to incorporate into family reading time.

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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A Parenting quote to always remember …

When I saw this quote it struck me.

This quote reminded me that often times, I need to give my children a chance to voice how they are feeling.

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Is this a hard one for you to remember as a parent too?

You’re not alone.

My goal is to remember to let my children share their thoughts and feelings more.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Delicious Gluten-Free Cheesy Potatoes

My entire life I have loved these gluten free cheesy potatoes!

As a young child I didn’t love potatoes but even the , I would always eat these tasty cheesy potatoes.

It’s a simple and delicious recipe.

I use cup4cup flour but really, any gluten free flour will work.

I hope you add it to your family favorite recipes like we do!

Gluten free cheesy potatoes

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For Cheese sauce combine:

4 Tablespoons butter (melted)

4 Tablespoons gluten-free flour

2 cups of milk

1/2 jar of cheese whiz

peel and cute 8-10 potatoes.

Instructions:

  1. Create cheese sauce then set aside.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Prepare potatoes by peeling and slicing.
  4. Transfer potatoes to a 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  5. Pour Cheese sauce over top of sliced
  6. Pour 1-2 cups of shredded cheese over top.
  7. Cover potatoes with foil and cook at 350 for 45 minutes.
  8. Take off foil and place potatoes back in the over for 10 more minutes or until fully cooked.
  9. Enjoy!

Here is the step by step video on how to make these cheesy potatoes :

Gluten free Cheesy Potatoes
https://youtu.be/hrQzPfr0S3g

Until next time!

Christy Lee

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Flashback To Time Well Spent On A Cruise…

Flashback to 2012 with me…it’s crazy to think that was an entire decade ago!

Just me and my parents went on a Canadian Cruise.

My mom had always wanted to go on a Canadian cruise.

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I was single, and they invited me and I was in!

I had never really thought much about Canada or seeing it…but goodness it was beautiful!

This picture is of my dad and I in Montreal, Canada:

(PS-Isn’t My Dad such a handsome man?! He has the kindest heart and I am so blessed to be his daughter. And of course my mother is an angel. )

I have some of the fondest memories of this Canadian cruise.

This cruise was so peaceful and fun.

I truly loved the amazing memories made with my parents.

I am so glad I took this chance and opportunity to go on this vacation with my wonderful parents.

I wish I could go again and take my husband and kids along now too.

Maybe one day!

What vacation do you look back on with fondness?

I would love to hear!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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A Quote That Sums Up Motherhood For Me/Funny

Is this not the truth?

Maybe it’s just me, but I relate to this 100%!

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Enjoy the motherhood journey.

And keep your chocolate stocked:)

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Baby, Family, kids, Lifestyle, Relationships

What This Picture Tells Me…

I came across this picture on my phone, and I froze.

I looked carefully.

Inspected the photo, and realized it was from about July of 2020.

Not quite 2 years ago, and oh, how things have changed.

Cade 4, Makell 3, Taya 10 months

All 3 of my children are much smaller, wearing different clothing sizes.

My girls have different hairstyles due to their lack of hair that was yet to grow in.

My son hadn’t been to public school yet.

No one could tie their own shoes, and all of them needed my help getting dressed.

There was no pressure of homework and learning to read, the focus was more about playing and having fun.

No one was looking right at the camera, because they didn’t know.

I remember some days thinking, goodness, I wish they were a bit more independent …getting in the car to go anywhere was so, very hard.

And yet, I look at this, and I want to cuddle these little ones again.

Yes, not quite two years have passed and they have grown so much.

Two of them are much more independent.

One has been in public school, one is going to school this fall, and another wishes she was in school.

Yes, time is a thief.

Children are such a blessing, in all phases.

All phases of motherhood is filled with trials, but all phases are full of blessings and joy.

My goal from this sweet, simple picture…

Is to love a little longer, and embrace all the moments.

Time pushes onward, too quick, and too fast.

Enjoy those moments as they come mama.

For they truly sneak by too fast.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Gluten-Free Sunday Dinner Ideas!

One of the harder parts of the gluten-free lifestyle is coming up with an entire meal that is gluten-free.

I want to help you to make your gluten-free lifestyle easier.

Below is a gluten-free dinner idea for you to enjoy with family and friends.

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Main Entree: Gluten-Free Hawaiian Haystacks

Side dish 1: Gluten-Free Banana Pineapple Salad

Side dish 2: Veggie tray of carrots, cucumbers, olives and broccoli

Dessert: Gluten-Free Lemon Lush Dessert

And a Tasty Gluten-Free & Alcohol Free Drink: Cherry Limeade Drink

woman eating on cooking pan
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Hopefully you enjoy this meal plan!

Let me know what other meals you would love to see on here.

Enjoy cooking!

Until next time,

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Easter Isn’t Just About the Eggs and Bunny, it’s About Christ’s Resurrection.

When I asked my 6 year old son what he has learned about Easter he said “Easter Isn’t Just About the Eggs and Bunny, it’s About Christ’s Resurrection.”

My heart was happy knowing that there was a deeper meaning to Easter.

A deeper meaning that impacts all of us.

Christ’s atonement, His crucifixion, He suffered greatly for each one of us.

Why?

Because He loves us.

Our family this Easter Sunday

He had all power to stop his pain and suffering, and yet, He knew he had to endure the deepest and enduring pain and anguish… so that through His atonement we can have the chance to live with Him again.

And yes, we know our Savior was resurrected. He lives.

He continues to be there for us all if we but reach for him.

Yes Easter is much, much more than eggs and bunnies, it’s about remembering our Savior Jesus Christ. Remembering that he suffered for us all, and that He lives again.

Happy Easter to all!

And my hope is that we remember this often, not just on Easter.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle, Relationships

Our Little Love Story/ Part 2

So I left off letting you know that I had met Brad at a birthday party…when I asked a mutual friend about him she said he wasn’t the “settling down type.” Which I still wasn’t sold on.

I did make sure to facebook stock him and think “he’s a cute guy.”

And that was that.

Life moved on.

I was finishing my last year of grad school while teaching full time and life was busy!

Fall of 2013 was full of planning my final thesis paper which would be due in the next 8 months, and I had many projects and papers to read in the mean time.

At this point in life, I was going on dates, but I hand’t met “the one,” and I knew at this point in my life, I needed to focus on finishing my degree…while still making sure to be a successful middle school teacher.

My social life had changed quite a bit.

I worked from 7am-3 pm, drove home to relax for an hour. Then would start studying or doing homework for a few hours, I’d hit the gym, eat dinner, then the same thing the next day.

Me with my dad on a trip to Canada Summer of 2013

On Wednesday I would go straight from work to Weber State University for classes until 10 pm.

Life was going along just fine.

And I had somewhat forgotten about the cute boy I met at the birthday party months ago.

Until…..

One Sunday, I had gone to church and there was a new girl in our ward.

I had only had this happen one other time in my life.

But I had such a STRONG feeling that this girl needed to be my friend.

Call me crazy, but I was drawn to her.

She was kind, she was beautiful and sweet, and very intelligent.

At the time my logical brain said “Christy you can hardly hang out with the friends you have, between work and grad school.”

However, I couldn’t shake that this awesome girl, was meant to be a good friend.

And sure enough, this new friend Whitney, became one of my dearest friends.

We clicked. There was no drama, she was kind and easy to get along with.

We had a lot of things in common and it was just a nice “break” to be around her.

My friend’s name was Whitney, and little did I know that being her friend would make such a big impact in my life.

She is still a dear friend to this day….and because of her, I officially met my husband.

Moral of the story, don’t shake those feelings or promptings you have.

God is in the details and He is always looking out for us in so many ways.

More to come ….

xoxo,

Christy Lee