Gluten Free Chicken Strips and Pumpkin Muffins

Our Celiac Support group is meeting tonight and we are supposed to bring copies of a favorite gluten free recipe. I’m taking the chicken strip recipe with me, and thought I would include it and our favorite muffin recipe here! Enjoy!

Gluten Free Crispy Chicken Strips

10-15 chicken tenderloins ( I use Trader Joe’s frozen)
5-7 cups GF square cereal (Rice/Corn Crunch Ems)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup ground pecans
olive oil

Crush cereal to semi-fine crumbs. Stir in brown sugar, ground pecans (I use coffee grinder for this), and salt pepper to taste. Dip thawed strips in olive oil, then coat with crumb mixture. Place in greased glass baking pan. Bake @ 375 deg. for 30 min. (These measurements are guesses as I made this up and never really measure – hard to mess this one up!)

Monday GF Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
(We always have muffins on Monday mornings!)

2 1/3 cups GF flour blend (I use rice/tapioca/potato starch blend)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

1/2 small can pumpkin
1 cup milk (soy/rice/almond OK)
1/4 cup canola oil
2 eggs
GF chocolate chips
vanilla (optional)

Mix together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and stir until blended. Spoon into muffin pan and bake @ 350 deg. for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar before baking if desired. Makes 1 dozen – can easily be doubled.

Heavenly Houseguests

We are being blessed with our second round of four different sets of house guests this summer! This is Tallie – the 14 year old daughter of a friend of ours from Oklahoma. She came for a week, and we had lots of fun! This is us at Yankee Candle – always a stop on the Krumrey tour of the area. We also visited Boston, Nahant Beach – she’d never been to the beach- Shelburne Falls, and Mt. Sugarloaf. Tallie blessed us with her smile, her politeness, her passionate faith, her babysitting, her gratefulness, and her sock-matching abilities! (I had a basketful of unmatched ones that she conquered!) And who could not love a girl who can quote and Anne of Green Gables and Little Women!

And this is “Miss Riggs” – my beloved Spanish teacher, friend, mentor, and sister in Christ – who also happens to love Anne and Jo, Beth, Meg, and Amy! She arrived Sunday afternoon and brought the biggest Texas thunderstorm us New Englanders have ever seen with her! We spent the day talking about her recent mission trip to Uganda, her trip to Ethiopia a couple of years ago to meet one of her Compassion International children, and our planned trip to Ellis Island for Thursday where we will meet up with another former student of hers and friend of mine from 5th grade – Mike. Miss Riggs recently re-created and re-enacted the Ellis Island experience at her middle school and now she wants to see it in person! We finished the day with a walk into town and ice cream at Bart’s. We are always blessed by her visits and stories.

Off to the Printer!

Last Tuesday (July 10) we sent the book- the files on CD as well as the hard copy – to Bookmasters in Ohio! It felt so great to be done and have it out of my hands – finally! Today they called to say they had received it, that it looked good (i.e. no formatting problems), and was ready to go to press! They will do a “pre-flight” of the book for final proofing, and then go forward with printing 1000 copies. Now I’m working on the finishing touches of a web site where the book can be ordered. The sight will be when it is up and running.

All finished up and minutes from being mailed! Yea!

Crosswalk Youth Camp

We just returned from a week at Gordon College in Wenham, MA – Crosswalk Camp put on by the Baptist Convention of New England. There were 400 kids – 7th-12th graders- from all over New England. Robert was the Camp Pastor for the week. The theme this year was The Holy Spirit. This was his fourth year to be Camp Pastor and fifth year to be on the camp staff. We love going to this beautiful campus and living in the dorm for the week – 3 bedroom suites with a kitchen and living area! The kids favorite part of the week is eating in the cafeteria – french fries twice a day for a whole week! I had to substitute some entrees with gluten free versions, but the cafeteria chef was very helpful, and cooked us plain chicken and beef tips a couple of nights.
Robert did an incredible job preaching six sermons, and the Lord used them in the lives of many teens.

The other silly theme for the week was The 80’s! So, here are Kory and Cooper sporting mullets – a favorite hairstyle from that era. We also did aerobics each morning Richard Simmons/Jane Fonda style, and had daily briefings over the Hill Street Blues theme song. There were lots of leg warmers and bright plastic beads and earrings – what memories!

Kory was old enough to be a camper this year! He had a blast being in his own Bible study and choosing his own “track time.” He chose competitive sports, so every afternoon he spent two hours rotating between the sports of football, cricket, ultimate frisbee (very big in New England), and soccer. He’s also old enough to smell like a boy and came back to the room each day and went straight to the shower!

It was a great week – full of fellowship, worship,fun, and the presence of the Lord!