Fathers Day Get Your Grill On Meal Plan

FATHERS DAY-GET-YOUR-GRILL ON - MEAL PLAN- AND GIFT IDEAS FOR DAD

There is something about Fathers Day and a home cooked dinner on the grill. {Kind of makes me wish Mothers Day was in June/July} I just love a good grilled dinner.

I have gathered up our “Fathers Day Get Your Grill On Meal Plan” and because I adore you of course I’m sharing it! Plan ahead and save yourself the stress of “what’s for dinner”.

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Fathers Day Get Your Grill On Meal Plan

These Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs from Cooking Classy just look scrumptious. Pineapple, red onion, peppers, and chicken in a hawaiian bbq glaze. We will be substituting the soy sauce in the glaze with Eden Foods Organic Tamari.

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As soon the weather breaks my kids start asking for corn on the cob – I mean, come on think about it there are not many foods one can safely pick up, eat with your hands, and your mom won’t yell at you for doing so. I can’t really blame them for loving it.

While this grilled corn from Eating On a Dime does look amazing I am not entirely sure if we will use the aluminum foil method or not. We may actually opt to soak the husks and corn in cold water as we normally do. We soak the corn for several hours and then grill the soaked corn still in the husks placing the whole thing directly on the grill {it is usually our referred method as it locks in a great deal of flavor from the husk} but, this foil idea would certainly save on clean up and prevent the burning of ones hands upon peeling the hot husks off.

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We love cole slaw! ColeSlaw is incredibly easy, economical, and can serve a crowd with minimal effort. While, I could certainly cut/shred all of the cabbage myself – I have recently taken a liking to the bagged premixed cabbage {I know shocking, right?! Remember work smarter NOT harder}. The bagged cabbage from our local grocer is fresh, tastes great, inexpensive, and a whole lot less messy {yes, even with the use of our food processor}.

If you still prefer to shred your own and have not tried using a food processor I  highly recommend it!! The pieces of cabbage will be evenly shredded and it will save you a whole lot of cutting.

Homestead Cole Slaw Recipe - quick-easy-great for summer dinners - and backyard- bbq

Homestead ColeSlaw Recipe

Homestead ColeSlaw Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 bags Deli Fresh ColeSlaw Bagged Mix (we use Fresh Express)
  • 1 Additional Bag of Purple Cabbage Shreds
  • or use 1 Head Green Cabbage, 1 Head Purple
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 Carrot Shredded
  • 2 16 oz Marzetti ColeSlaw Salad Dressing

Instructions

  1. Carefully add cabbage to large mixing bowl.
  2. Thinly slice the onion and then add to bowl with cabbage
  3. Shred 2-3 Carrots into the same bowl as mentioned above
  4. Add 1.5 jars of Marzetti Coleslaw Salad Dressing and gently toss.
  5. Refrigerate for approx 15 minutes to blend flavors
  6. Serve and Eat {add salt and pepper as desired}
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Our kids will be over the moon excited to sink their teeth into this Gluten Free Strawberry Short Cake. Basically a gluten free biscuit {gf flour, salt, milk, baking powder, and salt} What the Fork Blog uses xanthum gum but, I will omit this as I try not to use a lot of the ‘gums’ in my baking/cooking – from my experience I have found most recipes come out just fine without it.

Fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream – I can almost taste it already. Another perk to Fathers Day in June…FRESH Strawberries! Good thing at My Happy Homestead we love our Dad!

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Easy Homemade Gluten Free Bread Recipe

There is something about homesteading and homemade bread that just seem to go hand-in-hand. Making homemade bread has been a ‘longtime dreamy’ goal of mine {think Little House on the Prairie dreamy}. However, when our family went gluten-free that once dreamy homemade bread making mom vision I had kind of went out the window with our new living circumstances.

Well, my friends – I did it! I finally found a homemade gluten free bread recipe that not only tastes great, it’s quick, easy, inexpensive, approved by mom, and our four little monkeys. I have tested the recipe several times to assure its success and, without fail it has worked. Now, that said humidity can definitely fool with the consistency of the dough but, in the end the result was the same – homemade gluten free bread goodness.

I have made it with a pre-made gluten free flour mixture {like Bob’s Redmill} and my own flour mixture blend {equal parts sorghum, tapioca, and brown rice flour*} While, I do prefer my own flour mixture over the store bought the result was basically the same. I personally find the pre-blended mixtures always a little bit more unpredictable as most of them contain xanthum gum.

Easy Homemade Gluten Free Bread Recipe

Easy Homemade Gluten Free Bread Recipe

Easy Homemade Gluten Free Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 61/2 Cups Gluten Free Flour
  • 11/4 Tbs. Active Dry / or Quick Yeast
  • 1 Tbs. Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tbs. Honey
  • 3 Egg Whites*
  • 1 Whole Egg *
  • + enough water to make 31/2 cups*

Instructions

  1. Put the egg whites and egg in a liquid measuring cup. Add enough water to the measuring cup so that it measures 31/2 cups total {your eggs will be on the bottom/ water top}
  2. In a stand mixer use the paddle or hook attachment {I have used both with success} carefully blend your flour and yeast on low. Add the salt to your flour mixture.
  3. Blend all the dry ingredients for about 30 seconds {until well blended and smooth}
  4. While mixer is on low speed - slowly add your egg/water liquid mixture.
  5. Once all liquid is added - turn on 'high' speed for 30seconds-1 minute
  6. The dough will look a bit sticky {that's ok - remember this will not be like all the dreamy bread recipes you see on TV this will look and feel more like a biscuit}
  7. Transfer dough to a food storage container with a lid - cover the container but, not air tight {I crack our lid a bit} allow the dough to sit at room temp for approx. 2-3 hours. The dough will rise slightly.
  8. You can then choose to use the dough or store in the fridge for later (stores up to 5 days)
  9. Ready to bake? Lightly sprinkle parchment paper with a little gluten free flour and dust the dough lightly as well. Scoop out 1 lb piece of dough {one batch makes approximately 3 little loaves for our family} Refrigerate the remaining dough for future use in the days ahead.
  10. *Remember this dough will not be stretchy like you may be envisioning. Place your lightly dusted dough ball on the parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit for approx another 30 minutes -1 hr.
  11. Preheat baking stone in oven at 450 degrees. Put a pan of water in the bottom broiler tray or bottom rack to help create steam - thus not drying out your bread.
  12. Once the dough has finished resting - carefully slash the top slightly and slide the loaf on the preheated baking stone. I use a flexible cutting board to slide mine in the oven.
  13. Bake for 40-45 minutes {upon testing knife should come out clean}
  14. Let cool to room temp before cutting {I typically will start our bread dough at lunch to have it ready for dinner}
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We have been using this recipe for several weeks now with amazing results and I am sure you will find the same. It makes a great sandwich, toasts nicely, and stores amazingly well. The crust can be a bit hard at times but, the inside is moist and not dry like most store bought gluten free breads.

 

Let me know in the comments below if you make My Happy Homestead gluten free bread and  tell us how your family liked it.

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Best No Cook Play-Doh a Multi-Sensory Learning Experience

 

Best Ever No Cook Play Doh, Play-Doh DIY Recipe- Approved by mom and easy enough for kids to make themselves - get your kids in the kitchen and start creating After years of buying store bought play-doh, and many play-doh recipe failures. I think we have officially stumbled across the best no cook play-doh recipe ever. We use play-doh both during read loud time and for busy bin free play.

 

I have found when children are able to keep their hands busy during read aloud time they are more likely to pay attention with their ears and less likely to want to speak over me; thus, making our time together much more enjoyable and productive.

While play-doh can be messy at times – it is still my preferred messy, fun activity {especially over glitter glue..}   Play-doh is great for fine motor development. The malleable properties make it an excellent choice for building hand strength and pre-writing development. It can be squashed, rolled, chopped, poked, and shredded allowing for hours of endless imaginary play.

Check out just some of the creations our kids created in our time together this week. Everything from play-doh pizza’s, ‘sugar’ cookies, to snakes, snails, and turtles –

Best No Cook Play-Doh a Multi-Sensory Learning Experience Want to make their open ended play-doh play time even more exciting? With a few simple supplies you can create an expansive play-doh tool box at a minimal cost. Here are some of the play-doh tools in our box;

    • small toys {dinosaurs, fish, farm animals}
    • straws
    • rolling pins
    • egg cartons
    • sea shells
    • buttons
    • plastic letters and numbers
    • popsicle sticks
    • plastic spoons, forks, and knives {you can omit this of coarse…our kids are a bit older now so I am comfortable with their ability to use them safely}
    • plates/bowls

 

Each of our children are typically given a tray with their selected dough color {they are encouraged to share}. I then, place a ‘tool box’ of supplies in the middle of the table for community use. They play and I read to them. When you add open ended play items to their dough experience the imaginations explode. {Encouraging them to create things they hear in the story is also another great way to ‘test’ their listening and comprehension.}

Want a multi-sensory experience? Flavor up your dough by adding any of these –

  • pumpkin spice
  • cinnamon
  • essential oils
  • ginger
  • oregano

Make it pink, blue, and yellow too…we use plain old food dye but, you can try any of these too I’m sure with an equally good result…

 

Add some texture –

  • rice
  • sand
  • glitter
  • tiny pasta
  • sequins
  • pebbles

Want to try the recipe we use?

Best Ever Play-Doh Recipe

The Best Ever Play-Doh Recipe

The Best Ever Play-Doh Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups of Flour {I have also used gluten free}
  • 1/2 C Cold Water
  • 1/2 C Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Oil
  • Food Coloring or Powdered Paint

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in the bowl {with hands. Keep kneading until it is just the way you want it. Too dry? Add a little more Oil. Too sticky? Add a tablespoon of flour until it feels perfect. You will now add any additional texture items or spices to your play-doh. Store in an air tight container or zip-lock bag for future use.
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Best No Cook Play-Doh a Multi-Sensory Learning Experience