April 2015 - Simply Samantha
dairy free

Dairy and Gluten Free Pasta Alfredo

9:30 AM

I miss non-gluten free food sometimes. One of those being creamy sauces that you can get on your pasta. I am so envious when my husband (who is not fully gluten free) decides to treat himself to a heaping bowl of pasta alfredo at Olive Garden. I just give him the stink eye across the table as I eat my gluten free BLEH meal.

I found this VERY simple Pasta Alfredo recipe and it was a hit with the hubster.
It doesn't taste exactly like Alfredo, but its pretty dang close.

You can also add any veggies or protein you would like to your pasta too.
We added some broccoli and leftover chicken to ours.
Author: Simple Vegan Blog
1 clove of garlic
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup cauliflower (100 grams)
¾ cup almond milk (175 milliliters) *I used Silk Cashew Milk*
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
½ tablespoon lemon juice
A box of gluten-free uncooked spaghetti *I used Ancient Grain quinoa spaghetti*

Cook the minced garlic with olive oil until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes.
Add the almond milk and bring it to boil. Add the salt, pepper, chopped cauliflower and cook until it's soft, about 7 minutes.
Transfer to a blender and add the nutritional yeast and lemon juice. Blend until smooth.
Cook the pasta al dente according to package directions.
Drain the pasta and pour it into the pan with the sauce. Stir and serve.

 love how simple this recipe is.
However, I will say I have a love/hate relationship with Gluten Free pasta. I love the taste but I hate that if you cook it just over a minuet longer then needed it will get clumpy (hence the not so pretty picture of my pasta)

But, It tastes delicious so thats all that matters ;)

Happy Eating, Friends! 


Things people never tell you

10:27 AM

Over the weekend my husband and I had the privilege to be in our friends wedding. It is definitely different being on the other side of the isle seeing that I was the bride at the last wedding I attended. It was weird but fun watching my friend go through all the same experiences and emotions that I did. I definitely now have even more respect for my bridesmaids seeing all that I probably put them through now that I have been on their side.

I sat with my dear friend as she had her hair and makeup done and started talking about marriage and all its fun and not so fun stuff. We giggled as I told her there are a lot of things that people don't tell you what interesting things happen when you get married. I guess its just so you can figure it out yourself, but I also think it is good to know what you are getting yourself into. ;) 

So without further ado, here is a list of things I think young women (and men) should know about marriage.... 

1. Within in the first couple of days you will find out who is the bed hog. *points to self*. Steve got to a point that within the first week of being married he started sleeping with his own blanket and gave me the comforter. We still sleep like that to this day.

2. Chores suck even when you are married. Especially when there is only two of you and you start bargaining and divvying out chores. I can pretty much clean most of the house but I hate cleaning the shower and putting dishes away so Steve does those. 

3. Family and Friends will assume you have more time now that the wedding is over and your are married. 
Nope. Things just get busier and even though you live with each other now you still feel like you don't get enough time together. 
I think that is probably one of the hardest things for me to hear is when people tell me that since I live with my husband and I "see him all the time" that I should have more time to do other things and go out with friends. When in all reality I don't see him all the time and we still have to make time together outside the time we spend at home. Because home is home and the time together there isn't the same as going out.  

4. Your husband will figure out when its "your time of the month" very quickly. He will learn the signs and be able to prepare himself with chocolate and sympathy. 

5. The embarrassment of farting, blowing your nose, and coughing up icky stuff will go out the window within a couple of months. You will soon find yourself farting on each other for pay back. As gross as it is....

6. NO ONE CUDDLES AFTER ..... well you know.. 
The movies lie. 

7.  Men just don't listen sometimes.
And as women we will annoy our husbands by talking to much.

8. You will see your significant others best and worst and thats ok. Just remember their worst doesn't define them. Only their best.

9. You will bicker about stupid stuff. My favorite argument that Steve and I have ever had was over ice cream.

10. Having someone there to hold you when you need it, to love you at your worst, to wake up too even though their back is turned, to get you a roll of toilet paper while your sitting on the toilet, to text you every day, and to laugh with is the most amazing thing in the world. 

Do any of you have anything that you found out happened in marriage that you didn't know would happen? 
I feel every month I find out something new. 

baby pool

Friday Favorites

11:40 AM

LC and Minnie Mouse:
I didn't think it could get any better after her creation of the Cinderella collection for Kohls, but it is. Lauren Conrad is creating the most adorable Minnie Mouse collection. I can already tell I will want most of it. The only question I have is "Where do I sign up to be a Blog Ambassador for the LC Collection?" lol

Tea Chart:
I love this little tea chart. I drink tea whenever I am feeling even a little bit ill. Whenever I get "glutened" I drink some Chamomile Tea and it works wonders. I'm personally not a fan of peppermint tea but I'm thinking I might need to give it another try because I've heard it is good for sensitive stomachs.

Baby Pool:
I think buying a baby pool for our pup was the smartest thing I did this weekend. I am very thankful for the sweetest target lady that went above and beyond to find me one seeing I haven't been able to find one for weeks! When we first adopted him, we did not think Bruno liked the water. But on our first trip to the dog park he followed a fellow dog into the water and has been addicted ever since. Its a great way to drain his energy since we are gone most of the day. He's pretty good about not being too destructive in the yard with the pool. Most for the time he just runs laps then lays in the pool. He's our personal source of entertainment.

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Weekend WrapUp

11:38 AM

I hope your Easter Weekend was full of fun celebrating our Risen Lord!
I went from having absolutely no candy in our house to having ALL the candy and chocolate. Now I have to make sure thats not all I'm eating.

I've been known to eat a couple Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs in one sitting.

I attempted to take some pictures of Bruno with a string of Easter Lights I had but, as you can tell, all he wanted to do was bite them.

 Weekend WrapUp

I also manage to get some decent pictures of us in our Easter finest. I felt like I was pulling teeth to get Steve to stay in his church outfit for the photos.
But Hey, can you blame me for wanting to show off my handsome husband. Its not like he gets a lot of facetime here on the blog and on social media.

Weekend WrapUp
I had a lot of comments on this dress. It is from Cato (sadly I can't find it online). I haven't been in that store in years but I think I am going to be a more frequent costumer after I found this gem.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter for of love and celebration! 

dairy free

Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna

9:02 AM

I love some of the recipe's Damn Delicious comes up with. I wish I had more time to create great dishes like her's. I saw this recipe and knew I HAD to try it. Looking at the recipe I noticed it wouldn't be too hard to substitute and make it gluten free and *somewhat* dairy free. It is also a great meal you can make before hand.

Since I was only feeding Steve and I, I cut the recipe in half. However, if you look at the original recipe you can see it serves more.

Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna *Gluten Free*
6 GF Rice Lasagna Noodles 
1 (6-8oz) package of whole milk ricotta 
1.5cups of mozzarella cheese 
Parmesan Cheese (I loved the Sargento Artisan)
Parsley (optional)

For the Sauce:
4TBS of butter (I used Earth Balance)
1 clove of garlic minced
8oz of cremini mushrooms (my favorite :) ) 
1/2 onion, diced
4TBS of Bob's Red Mill All Purpose GF Flour
1.5 Cups of Milk (I used Silk Cashew Milk
1/2 of dried basil
1/4 of oregano
Salt and Peper to taste. 

Side Note: You can see above how I made it *somewhat* dairy free. I don't have an allergy to dairy like I do to gluten but I do like to eliminate it in my meals when I can. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

To make the sauce, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, mushrooms and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.

Gradually whisk in milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in basil, oregano and nutmeg until fragrant, about 1 minute; season with salt and pepper, to taste; set aside. Add more flour if it doesn't seem to thicken up correctly. I had to. Its gluten free flour so you might need more then normal

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook lasagna noodles according to package instructions.
Spread mushroom sauce onto the bottom of a 7x11 baking dish; top with lasagna noodles( i say about 2 noodles per layer), ricotta cheese, spinach, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan. Repeat with a second layer. Top with remaining noodles, mushroom sauce and cheeses.*
Place into oven and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until bubbling. Then broil for 2-3 minutes, or until top is browned in spots.
Let cool 15 minutes. Serve, garnished with parsley, if desired.

My husband sadly missed out on this meal (he was not sad.. he doesn't like mushrooms lol) so I decided to try to freeze the leftovers. After much googleing I decided to freeze each slice individually. I wrapped each piece in plastic wrap and placed them in sandwich bags. 
They are easy to thaw and warm up.

Happy Eating Friends