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Parmesan-Basil Turkey Muffins (Gluten Free)

During renovation you  begin to expect things to go wrong. Murphy’s Law holds true here I think! If anything can go wrong, it will! LOL and it has! But….my wonderful, amazing, dedicated husband has made me so extremely happy this morning!!! Today is the day I get my oven back!!! That means that I can cook again!! I’ve been having cooking withdrawals the last week….I even resorted to making my delicious dark chocolate no-bake cookies yesterday (yes, microwave cooking!). Yup…dug out my dishes and got started, then realized my almond milk had gone bad since I haven’t been cooking, so off to the store to get some! Like I said…Murphy’s Law! LOL. Anyhow they got made and are delicious!! That helped scratch my itch to bake, but…. I’m pretty excited to be able to have my stove top and oven back! And I even get a little counter space because I have a glasstop stove! Score!! This will make things so much easier for me! I was starting to get worried I would run out of things to eat, plus I’m really getting sick of eating the same thing every single day!!! I’ve got some reallllly good recipes I want to try! I missed blogging too! I LOVE being able to share my recipes with all of you!

So time for a little kitchen update…. The ceiling is up and about half the recessed lighting is in! Half the hardi-backer is down on the floor. The electrical is done except for the stove and under cabinet lighting, which will be done this morning!! Then we can get the sheet-rock up on the walls! I’m hoping by this time next weekend, we’ll have the walls and ceiling done and textured and painted too!! Then the floor…..that’s gonna be a long process! We’re also still trying to decide on a back-splash. There’s so much that goes into it, color, design, pattern, type of stone, etc! Any suggestions? It’s coming along though! Super exciting watching  (and helping of course!) it come together!

So….on to the main course here! LOL. I made these little bad boys right before my kitchen went down and they’ve been a life saver! I eat them plain without any sauce or anything, but that’ s just because I cant eat tomatoes! Hubby on the other hand had one on pasta with sauce and cheese, as you can see here. It looks a lot prettier with the sauce then my plain boring little meat muffin! They sure are tasty though! And they freeze and reheat really well too! It only makes 6, and the muffins will be FULL! So if you need more, just double it up! Or buy one of the 3-pounders at Walmart and make a huge batch and freeze! I do that a lot since it’s so much cheaper….make these or my tasty 30-minute meatballs! Those have been handy having on hand too! Now that my stove top will be up and running I can finally have some pasta again to go with!! Can’t wait to start cooking again! Stay tuned……and enjoy! 🙂

Parmesan-Basil Turkey Muffins (Printable Version

Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

1/4 cup onion, diced

½ tsp minced garlic

1 tsp parsley

½ tsp basil

2 eggs

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

salt & pepper

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in a Kitchenaide mixer, and mix until well combined. Roll into 6 balls. Place balls in greased muffin tin. Bake at 375 F for 35 minutes or until a thermometer reaches 180F or higher. Run a knife around muffins before removing muffins from tin. Top with tomato sauce, basil and parmesan cheese if desired.

A New Kitchen in the Making!

It’s finally, FINALLY here! I have been planning and designing and saving money for my brand new gourmet kitchen for 2 years now! I am NOT a patient person… so this was very hard for me! This project is a total overhaul, thank goodness for our amazing family and friends for their help! We’ve completely gutted my kitchen and old dining room from the studs out, both inside and out! We’re combining the 2 rooms to make one huge kitchen complete with a center island and breakfast bar, plus a nice office area! Yesterday and today were demo days…I am completely exhausted and my house is covered in dust! LOL. The walls are gone, the new windows and doors are in with new headers. Most of the ceiling is gone and has been re-framed to support the combined rooms, the layers upon layers of old flooring has been ripped out and we are replacing the sub-floor. The new sheeting and siding on the exterior and the hardybacker for the floor will be laid down soon. Still working on the new plumbing and electrical and we still need to get a ceiling put back up! It will be nice to have lighting again! Haha. It’s a good thing we have tomorrow too! With 5 trips to Home Depot and 2 trips to the landfill so far this weekend, and it’s an old house and full of construction “surprises,” it’s been more than a little crazy! It’s like going back in time seeing all the hideous layers of flooring and wallpaper, etc. Glad its gone, and we’re getting a fresh new start! So….. THAT is why I haven’t posted all week! I apologize…I’m usually much more consistent in my postings, but I was frantically trying to get as much cooked and frozen ahead of time. I will be without a working kitchen for between 2-3 weeks! And the whole thing won’t be finished until probably around 6-8 weeks! I don’t mind a plywood countertop for a little while if it means I can cook again! I made double batches of everything and my freezers are overflowing with muffins, granola bars, casseroles and a whole array of other easily frozen things! Having food allergies, I can’t just go grab some fast food for dinner…..so I did my best to stockpile my gluten free goodies ahead of time! LOL. I tried to make some new things too so that i would have some new recipes to post during my cooking dryspell…. but just a heads up my posts will be fewer and a little further in between for a few weeks. I’m sure as most of you enjoy cooking as I do, a new gourmet kitchen is well worth the wait! I’m SOOO excited I can hardly stand it! Which reminds me….I better get back to work! Lots and lots to do….it’s gonna be another long day! Stay tuned on the progress…..and I will have some new tasty recipes for you soon! Next up….Strawberry Rhubarb Coffeecake! 🙂

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