Sunday, April 27, 2014

Moving Sale

I am getting ready to close up shop for an extended break while we move to bigger and better digs. Sadly, I am unable to take new orders BUT ready to ship items are still available, and using discount code "MOVEIT" will get you 10% off. (No minimum.) Thank you for your understanding!

The current plan is to reopen next fall, but I am excited to see what life has in store for us. :)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Callum's Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken Fajita Marinade (Free of the Top Eight Allergens Dinner)

At least twice a month (including today) I lose this recipe and freak out. To the internet it finally goes, where nothing ever really disappears. Right?


3/4 cup olive oil
1 cup fresh lime juice (8-12 limes)
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, minced
9 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (May contain gluten and/or anchovies. Gluten-free and vegan versions are available.)
1.5 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons salt
2.5 teaspoons pepper

In a bowl whisk lime juice, cilantro, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, one tablespoon salt, and pepper. Whisking constantly, drizzle in olive oil. Measure out and reserve 3/4 cup marinade for serving. Whisk one more tablespoon salt into remaining marinade and add chicken; cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Remove and grill.

Notes and tweakings:

I use low sodium Worcestshire sauce and still omit the second helping of salt. The original recipe called for vegetable oil instead of olive oil, and 3 jalapeño chiles, stemmed, seeded, and minced. The marinade is enough to make a giant batch Sunday with leftovers for Monday. Don't forget to drizzle the remaining marinade in your fajita, because it's the best part.

Bon appétit!

Callum's Blueberry Pie Smoothie (Gluten, Dairy & Soy Free)


1 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana
3/4 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon golden flaxseed meal
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg

Blend. Bon appétit!

Callum's New Pork Marinade (Dairy & Gluten Free Dinner)

We just made this one for the first time last night, and it still needs a real name. Anyone?


1/3 cup gluten free soy sauce
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 Worcestershire sauce (May contain gluten and/or anchovies. Gluten-free and vegan versions are available.)
1.5 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons dried basil
1 teaspoon pepper
2 cloves fresh minced garlic

Combine soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, basil, and pepper in a blender. Add garlic. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds until thoroughly mixed.
Pour marinade over pork. Cover, and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Cook.

Notes & tweakings:

Originally from a steak marinade recipe, I omitted hot pepper sauce and dried parsley, and opted for black pepper over white. Recipe said you could refrigerate for up to 8 hours, but I don't think my kids would have eaten it with pork after 6.

Bon appétit!

Jason & Heidi's Summer Basil Turkey Burgers

We've been working on this one for a while. Here's the latest base version:


20 ounces ground turkey
25 fresh basil leaves, minced
1/3 large sweet onion, minced
1 egg
1 egg white
3/8 cup panko
4 cloves fresh minced garlic (Guesstimate for normal people who don't over garlic everything.)

Optional...cheese! We like to add Trader Joe's Freshly Shaved Parmesan, Romano & Asiago blend after we've set a burger aside for (dairy allergy) Callum.

Whisk egg and egg white in a large bowl. Add panko, basil, onion, and garlic. Add turkey, followed by cheese. Make patties and grill!

Notes and tweakings:
Without cheese I'd want to add something else to give it a little more oomph, but low registration sensory seeking foodie Callum doesn't seem to mind. While I normally buy 97% or 99% fat free ground turkey for everything else, for this recipe I aim for around 95%, usually mixing packages of 93% and 97% together. It needs a little fat.

Serves: Dunno. A normal family? I double the above for hungry boys and hope for a single small leftover burger.

Bon appétit!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Santa's Elves Have Food Allergies, Too

An adorable and customizable letter from Santa to children with food allergies.

Letter from Santa for your Child with Food Allergies

Thursday, December 12, 2013


An Etsy search for "peasant dresses" currently loads 13,787 listings over 250 pages. Egads! So I will slowly be adding ready to ship dresses over to my new Zibbet shop. (Soakers will remain on Etsy.) See you there!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cooking for Callum: Zucchini Spaghetti (Gluten Free Dinner)

I hate taking pictures of food, which is why I don't food-blog more.

1. Let's eat already. (The above is last night's leftovers for lunch, and I'm hungry.)
2. There is nothing white and clean in my house for a proper backdrop without oodles of wrinkles or fold lines.
3. Lighting vs. my cheapo camera and the only thing I can do in Photoshop is crop.

Last summer I had the most amazing zucchini spaghetti ever at Farm & Table. Theirs had wine, and lots of it. Mind POOF! BLOWN. This is not comparable, and by that I mean non-alcoholic and kid friendly, but still super delish and getting added to our favorites. Recipe via Pinterest, which I am loving for food these days, as we are all just repinning the same stuff over and over which beats pouring through way too many bad hits in a regular ol' web search.

As mentioned in an earlier post, Alexandra's Summer Squash Spaghetti received our family's highest ranking of Olive not only ate it but has declared she loves it AND asked for more AND also ate the more she asked for despite being chock full of highly visible green stuff. She's 4, and with the exception of broccoli and peas has a thing against green stuff based on a bad experience with cilantro, but a single bite won her over. Yes, it is that good.

What's in it?

Gluten-free spaghetti noodles, olive oil, zucchini, garlic, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, fresh basil, parsley, cheese, and pepper.

Our notes and tweakings:

I was out of lemon and parsley (added extra basil) and omitted the salt. Recipe calls for grated Parmigiano Reggiano, but I substituted a leftover Trader Joe's "Freshly Shaved Parmesan, Romano & Asiago" combo that needed to be used. Next time I plan on adding more color with some pretty yellow squash. As leftovers I found it to be meh cold, so don't be lazy like me and give it a zap.

Find the full recipe and way better pictures here. Bon appétit!

Cooking for Callum: Grilled Pineapple Pork Chops (Gluten, Dairy & Egg Free Dinner)

One of Callum's earliest favorites, it's both sweet and safe for little ones under a year as it does not contain honey.  Three out of three kids in our family gobble it up, even when grumpy.  And it's fast!  Less than 5 minutes prep the night before, and then a quick trip to the grill.


1 (8oz) can pineapple rings, juice drained and reserved
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup (gluten-free) soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
pork chops (we do 2+ lbs, any cut other than super thick)
black pepper, when I remember

Dump pineapple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic powder in a large plastic zip-lock bag. Get your squish on until sugar dissolves in marinade.  Add pork, squeeze out any air, and refrigerate overnight, the longer the better.  Done!  (Making it same day, no matter how early, is not long enough.)

Next day remove from marinade and grill until browned and meat shows good grill marks.  Brush with marinade as it cooks, discard excess.  Grill pineapple.

Once again, we serve with my bff Trader Joe's 3 minute microwave brown rice (gluten-free) or Rice Medley (contains barley) + veggie and a salad.
Bon appétit!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cooking for Callum: Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken (Gluten, Dairy & Egg Free Dinner)

Pinterest crashed on me yesterday, right as I was getting ready to make one of our everyone-eats-it favorites. It was more of a bummer than panic, as I am quite adept at throwing my hands up in the air and declaring, "Chipolte!" (Callum goes bonkers for their guac -- it was one of his first eat out baby foods as we tried to figure out this allergy stuff.) Still, would have been sad, as what's better than coming home after dark from winter swimming lessons to a house that smells good from the garage?

Which is why I'm here now. Save a tree and jamming more things into a recipe box that doesn't close, or just blog the darn thing as I'd always intended...

The first time I'd only glanced at the ingredients to make sure I had everything on hand, not the actual measurements, so when I went to make it I sorta freaked. That is a lot of honey, a lot of ketchup, and a lot of low sodium (gluten-free) soy sauce! Not being much of a crock potter I didn't realize until later it was just for marinating purposes. Even when the kids get a hold of the ladle and drown their plates we throw more than 1/2 of it out for about twice the chicken. It's tablespoon(s) you'll ingest, not fractions of cups, but you probably already knew that.

What's in it?

Chicken, salt and pepper, onion, garlic, honey, ketchup, (gluten-free) low sodium soy sauce, olive oil, and red pepper flakes.

Optional: Cornstarch, sesame seeds, and scallions.

Our notes, tweakings, and sides:

We, and by that I mean me, (the rest have learned to adapt), are crazy onion and garlic people, so I double both. I love Sprouts Orange Blossom Honey. I use 3.5-4lbs of chicken and I skip thickening it all up at the end with cornstarch because, whatever, I say it's done already. I omit the salt, as I don't think it's needed. The sesame seeds are easily left off for allergy sensitive folks, like our guy Callum. Sometimes I forget the scallions. Don't do that! Scallions are onions, too! Nom nom.

To keep it quick we add my bff Trader Joe's 3 minute microwave brown rice (gluten-free) or even better Rice Medley (contains barley) and broccoli steamed à la microwave. DONE.

Three out of our three children get excited when this is what's for dinner, and it's brought us back out of a sick of chicken slump. Bam!

Full recipe at The Comfort of Cooking. Contains honey = not for children under one year of age.

What else am I loving on Pinterest these days? Grilled Artichoke Pesto Zucchini Bites, which I hope to try tomorrow night. Our newest favorite, bloggy review forthcoming, Zucchini Spaghetti, has received our highest ranking of (4 years old and suspicious of all green food + hates pizza* + many things pasta) Olive not only ate it but has declared she loves it AND asked for more despite being chock full of highly visible green stuff. Whisper with me now, "Great white buffalo."

(*Contains no pizza.)

Cooking for Callum: Balsamic & Apple Cider Vinegar Mushrooms (Free of the Top 8 Allergens)

We currently have three happy to eat anything mushroom eaters in our family of five. One of these days I'm sure Callum (21 months today!) will revolt along with his big brother and sister, but right now he super digs these. Double up if you love mushrooms, this only serves 2+ little sides, just right when you have mushroom leftovers hanging around.


1.5 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
4oz fresh mushrooms, sliced (I was desperate this last time and ended up buying Baby Bellas from Target, and they were gooooood!)
2.25 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon water

Sauté garlic in olive oil for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not brown garlic. Add mushrooms and cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and water. Cook 2 minutes. Season with pepper.

Yummy hot or cold. Bon appétit!

Adapted from

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Baking for Callum: Almond Meal Banana Muffins (Gluten, Dairy, Soy & Peanut Free)

No oil, flour, or butter.  Yes almonds, baking powder, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and bananas.  Cocoa powder optional.

I love simple.  And delicious!

Updated to add: The sound of my abused food processor sends my husband off the deep end. It doesn't bother me, he says, because it has already robbed me of hearing. I now use half of a 16 ounce package of Trader Joe's "Just Almond Meal" which is even better and lazier.

Find the full recipe at Honest Fare.

High Altitude: No changes made at 5490.

Friday, January 25, 2013

International Postage Rate Increase Tomorrow

New USPS postage rates go into effect 1/27/13 with HUGE rate increases on small international shipments, including Canada. The shipping on a single item in most cases is...gulp...doubling, or worse! I will be adjusting my shipping rates on ready to ship items to reflect the increase for sales after Friday, 1/25. Domestic rates will see little to no change.

Bummed? We are, too.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Baking for Callum Review: Trader Joe's Gluten Free Brownie Baking Mix (Dairy, Soy, Corn, Peanut & Tree Nut Free)

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Brownie Mix is amazeballs. I've read tons of bad (and older) reviews of these brownies online and all I can figure is that recipe has been changed or they were left in too long. Even my picky husband agrees -- fantastic flavor, perfect texture, and only a hint of that gluten free taste.

The first time I made them I left them in a handful of minutes too long and made delicious little rocks. Remove them as soon as a toothpick comes out clean, not a minute longer. I substitute applesauce and Canola Oil for Vegetable Oil, each time a little less oil for a little more applesauce, and they are still so good that next time I will try ditching the oil altogether.

What you will need for brownies:
1 bag of TJ's Gluten Free Brownie Baking Mix
1 egg
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil (or 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce and/or Canola Oil)
1/4 cup water

High Altitude: No directions provided. For my home, approximately 5,500 feet above sea level, bake time increased by 5 minutes.

Bon appétit!

Also included on the bag a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies I have not tried.

What you will need for cookies:
1 bag of TJ's Gluten Free Brownie Baking Mix
1 egg
1/4 cup oil
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp xanthan gum
2 tbsp water
1/2 cup gluten free chocolate chips
1/3 cup raisins or craisins
1/3 cup chopped nuts (optional)

TJ's Gluten Free Brownie Mix Ingredients: Organic Evaporated Can Juice (Sugar), Sweet Brown Rice Flour, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Tapioca, Flour, Arrowroot Flour, Sea Salt, Xanthan Gum. No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Baking for Callum Review: Gluten Free Rice Krispie Treats (Dairy Free)

My husband had refused to accept baked goods made from rice into his heart. (And couscous. He is really bothered by cous cous.)

That was until I made Kellogg's Gluten Free Rice Krispie Treats.

"They taste the same!" my husband exclaimed with little boy delight. Uh, yeah. The nice people at Kellogg's tweaked and tweaked until the ingredients were simply three: brown rice, sugar, and salt!

The funny thing is I had never made Rice Krispie treats for my own family and probably never would have if it weren't for my search to find an easy little something sweet for Callum.

The recipe is on the box. Note: the box is yellow instead of blue. It took me like 3 stores to figure that one out in my sleep-deprived state, so you're welcome. I sub Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks for the fat. The best part is that all the ingredients needed (cereal, butter substitute, marshmallows*) have enough of a shelf life that they can be kept on hand for unplanned celebrations so our little guy is never left out. Of course they can be frozen for up to 6 weeks, too, if you don't eat them all. Ha, as if!

*Some marshmallow brands do contain gluten.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cooking for Callum: Roast Chicken with Balsamic Bell Peppers (Free of the Top 8 Food Allergens)

A mother can only cook two dinners a night for just so long! Our youngest, Callum, has multiple food allergies and a severe gluten intolerance. At 16 months, he'll still eat just about anything we put in front of him, as long as it doesn't try to kill him, and he hasn't seen it yet that week. (Callum's Cardinal Rule: No leftovers!) The other challenge in finding Callum-friendly fare is that it must pass the test of four other family members, including our very picky Olive, and have ingredients I can pronounce. My goal: omit basic allergenic foods without whack-a-doodle alternatives.

This recipe, my friends, passes all our tests!

Cooking Light's Roast Chicken with Balsamic Bell Peppers

(Don't forget the gluten free chicken broth and soy free alternative to cooking spray.)

We pair it with Trader Joe's Frozen Brown Rice (3 minute microwave pouch is my bff) and French Green Beans. Maybe there's wine for mom, too.

While this recipe predates our little guy, it still has his name all over it. One night back in September of 2010 I made this, one of my absolute favorite quick and easy meals, and found it so repulsive that I dumped my share onto my husband's plate and proceeded to have ice cream for dinner. It was my husband's "What's up with you?" and the kids "No fair!" that prompted me to test for pregnancy the next morning. Hello, Callum!

Bon appétit!

Callum's Turkey Meatloaf (Dairy & Gluten Free)

A mother can only cook two dinners a night for just so long! Our youngest, Callum, has multiple food allergies and a severe gluten intolerance. At 16 months, he'll still eat just about anything we put in front of him, as long as it doesn't try to kill him, and he hasn't seen it yet that week. (Callum's Cardinal Rule: No leftovers!) The other challenge in finding Callum-friendly fare is that it must pass the test of four other family members, including our very picky Olive, and have ingredients I can pronounce. My goal: omit basic allergenic foods without whack-a-doodle alternatives.

This recipe, my friends, has passed all our tests and become a family favorite!

Dairy & Gluten Free

For a family of five with two growing boys, I usually make a double recipe. If we're lucky (and have enough sides) there may a measly slice or two left for my husband's lunch the next day.

1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 large sweet onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1-1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (we use Lea & Perrins which is gluten free)
1/3 cup fat-free reduced sodium chicken broth (clicky here for a list of gluten free brands)
4 tablespoons ketchup, divided
1-3/4 pounds ground turkey, 97% lean
3/4 cup dry breadcrumbs (I make ours from Udi's Gluten Free Soft & Hearty Whole Grain Bread)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add onion. Stir for about 5 minutes, or until onion is soft. Add garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, for 1 additional minute. Add Worcestershire sauce, broth, and 1 tablespoon of ketchup. Stir. Transfer to a large bowl and cool.

Once cooled, add basil and oregano. Stir. Add turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, egg white, and remaining salt and pepper to mixture in bowl. Mix well.

Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with non-stick oil or soy free alternative. Mold turkey on foil into loaf form, and brush with remaining ketchup. Bake at 375 for one hour or until meat thermometer reaches 170 degrees. Allow meatloaf to stand 5 minutes before serving.

Another favorite ground turkey dish: Sloppy Joes!
Be sure to check ingredients on tomato paste, as some are not pure tomato and use wheat as a filler. (Walmart's Great Value brand, I'm looking at you!)

Wednesday night we'll be trying From Scratch to Plate's Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup. I'm so excited because it's the first creamy soup recipe I've found that doesn't use nuts as a thickener and looks like something everyone will enjoy. I love me some slimy mushrooms, so they'll be jumping into the pot, too, along with a bit more veggie. Just don't tell Olive!

Bon appétit!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Homemade Costumes of Holidays Past: Dipsy

Me & My Teletubbie Hubby, 2009

Late October here is hot during the day, and cold at night. We bake at the school carnivals, and then freeze trick-or-treating. I would have loved to add sleeves and pants for a full-body effect. Bonus: since it is not sized, we've been able to loan it out to friends. Yay!

Sewing Notes:

I started with the adult tomato costume pattern from Simplicity 6192 (© 1983) for the body.

While the tomato pattern called for felt, I chose fleece and backed the lower half with iron-on interfacing for a little stiffness. I ended up using two panels instead of three, and still had to shave down the width. The television screen is pleather. The simple elastic waist allowed us to stuff 25 gallon plastic bags full of packing peanuts for girth. Lightweight, but "HOT!" according to my husband. And, of course, fun for hugging.

I'm also seeing Angry Bird potential here.

I used Simplicity 2829 (© 2008) for the skull cap. (I believe this pattern is still available in stores, although I was not able to find it on their website.) Dipsy's aerial is stuffed with venti-length Starbucks straws taped together.

Next time, 2011's Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. To be continued...

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Save 10% when you buy 4 or more in-stock & ready to ship items, including sale and clearance. (Sorry, no special orders.) Use code "10off4" during Etsy checkout.

xo Heidi

Thursday, May 3, 2012

300 Fiesta Sale

Modern Olive hit 300 sales on Etsy this week. Wheee! Celebrate this weekend with coupon code FIESTA15 for 15% off on in-stock and ready to ship items. Valid through Sunday 8pm MST.

Thank YOU!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Garden 2012: Carrots

I got a little overzealous weeding this morning and accidentally pulled these little guys as well. Hooray color!

Now that they come in purple Olive has decided that the oranges ones must be okay, too. Score!