Oh, How I Love that Smile! – Recipe: Turkey and Goat Cheese Wrap

Today was a special day for a special little boy.

Ethan lost his 7th tooth.  That tooth has been bothering him for weeks.  He kept pleading with us to pull it.  And, each time we would try, he would get so excited, hoping that we would finally put him out of his tooth misery.

Today, Gabriel told me that he thought that it was really ready.  Sure enough, it was hanging by a thread.  Usually, I break out in a cold sweat when I am chosen to do the tooth pulling.  Not today.  Today, I knew that I could do it. I had a special little boy counting on me, after all.  So, it was with that confidence that I gave that little tooth one little pull, and it was out.

Ethan did not even know it.  His eyes were covered.  He loves me, and he believes in me.  But, he knows that the pain of my children is not something that I take lightly.  Bless his heart.  He knows me.  Sometimes I think that he can see right into my soul.  Oh, how I love him.

Now that his tooth is gone, he can eat more freely again, which should make him ready to bite into his turkey and goat cheese wrap for lunch tomorrow.  But, if I know my Ethan, he will be much more interested in showing off his missing tooth, excited about the little thing that caused such a big celebration in our home today.

Turkey and Goat Cheese Wrap

Turkey and Goat Cheese Wrap

This is an easy, simple, and healthy school lunch. And, it is so flexible. You can add whatever toppings your child likes. Serve with some chips and fruit, and you have a complete lunch ready in no time.


Gluten-free wraps

Vegan cream cheese

Season salt (MSG-free)

Turkey breast

Goat cheese


Pickles, sliced

Honey mustard


  1. Heat wrap in microwave for about 30 seconds to soften it.
  2. Spread the cream cheese on the wrap, and season it slightly with season salt.
  3. Add the turkey breast, goat cheese, lettuce, pickles, and honey mustard.
  4. Roll up, and cut in half.


Football Fever – Recipe: BBQ Beef Sliders

I had a busy day, and while it is often easy for me to get caught up in my to-do list and what I need to get accomplished for the day, I am trying to remember that there is a time and a season for all things.

A time to work.

And, a time to play.

Today, my girl wanted to play.  I had promised her a mall date, and I could not handle the thought of disappointing her.

So, while she patiently waited for me to do some cleaning for the arrival of our new washing machine, I sprinted through a house-cleaning session.

Note – The arrival of the new washing machine brought great excitement to the house.  It is all about the simple things.  Even without the picture, I think that I will look at that washing machine from now on and remember the look of excitement on their faces as they watched the first load of clothes spin around.  Priceless.

Then, she eagerly helped me make cookies for some very special teachers.

I was so glad that I stopped to smell the roses for my mall date with my little girl.  It only lasted an hour, but it was the best hour of my day.  To sit across from her and see her smile was the definition of peaceful, joyful contentment.  Watching her share real rides on the machines at the mall with a little girl who was just pretending to ride the rides was heart-warming.  It is those moments that I value the most about being a mom.  Yes, the house needs to be cleaned and meals need to be prepared, but the time that I take to spend with my littles is what I will remember 10, 20, 30 years from now.  I know that I will continue to do all of the daily and weekly things that go into taking care of a home, but I also know that there will be more mall dates in our future, too.

So, the reason that I was hurrying so much to get everything done today is because I knew that something special was on the agenda for tonight.  We are a huge football family, and, after many months of waiting, college football season has arrived.

I try to do things to celebrate game days.  Even though our team is not playing tonight, I wanted to do something special to kick-off the season.

I put together a quick and easy meal for tonight. Since I had planned to just celebrate football season on Sunday when we play, I had not planned a celebration dinner for tonight.  I started thinking about what I had on hand, and I immediately new what I wanted to do – BBQ Beef Sliders.

BBQ Beef Sliders

BBQ Beef Sliders

The rolls (sliders) were very slightly adapted from the "Favorite Rolls" recipe in Gluten-Free Cooking Made Easy



Roast, cooked and shredded - I used this recipe. We had it the other night, so I had the leftovers in the refrigerator. I think that this one would be a great one to try, as well.

BBQ sauce



1/2 cup lukewarm water

2 teaspoons yeast

2 tablespoons sugar plus 2 teaspoons sugar

1 1/4 cups soy milk

2 cups brown rice flour

1 1/2 cups tapioca flour

2 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum

1/2 cup potato starch

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup canola oil

2 eggs


  1. Place the shredded beef into a pan.
  2. Add some water and BBQ sauce, and simmer for about 30 minutes. The amount of beef, BBQ sauce, and water that you need is according to your preference. The water just helps thin it out a bit because the BBQ sauce is so thick.
  3. Sliders
  4. Preheat oven to 170 degrees, or “warm” setting.
  5. Place warm water in a small bowl and sprinkle yeast and 2 teaspoons sugar onto it. Set aside.
  6. Microwave milk for about 1 minute, until hot.
  7. Combine flours, 2 tablespoons sugar, xanthun gum, potato starch, and salt in a large bowl or in the bowl of your mixer.
  8. Add yeast mixture, warm milk mixture, oil, and eggs into dry ingredients. Beat at high speed for 3 minutes. The dough will be more like muffin batter than a bread dough.
  9. Place foil liners in a cupcake pan. Scoop a generous amount of the dough into each liner using an ice cream scoop.
  10. Turn the oven off, and put the muffin pan inside to allow the rolls to rise. Let rise for approximately 20 minutes for rapid-rise yeast, and 30 minutes for regular yeast. Remove rolls from the oven.
  11. Turn heat up to 375 and bake for 20 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and take out of the foil liners to cool.

We cut the rolls in half and spooned some of the BBQ beef inside.  They were delicious!

Nonna made these adorable shirts for the littles.  They will wear them tomorrow for College Colors Day.  For us, it will be Maroon Day!

Gig ‘Em!