This week I will be getting my big girl packed up to go on the fifth-grade trip.  It is a 4 day, 3 night away trip where they will be dog-sledding, snowshoeing, orienteering, learning about early settlers, etc., etc., etc.   It is a lot of fun and a big right of passage for the kids.  My daughter’s packing includes not only extra wool socks and mittens, but all the gluten and dairy free food she will need to keep fueled up with all the activity.  I will not be going on the trip, so this will be the first big trip with out extra mommy back-up supplies…  I am trying to make it as simple as possible for everyone (especially my daughter).  Fortunately (at least for us), she is not the only kid with allergies or other health issues going, so the facility sent a really nice comprehensive menu to the teachers for us all.  Woo-hoo!  Gotta love that!  This week’s menu will have several things from the menu from her trip so that I can pack a serving for her to take up north.  That makes getting ready for her trip easy-peasy on me and the budget!  At the bottom of this entry you can see the menu for the trip which I will update though out the week as I pack my daughter’s alternative.


Check out Laura’s Menu Plan Monday and see what is on everyone else’s plate.  Asparagus Thin is hosting the Gluten Free Menu Swap this week, so head over for some yummy GF menus.  Thursday I will be back to join Slow Cooker Thursdayafter a couple of weeks off (turkey sloppy joes) and Friday come on back for Gluten Free-zer Friday (I think cinnamon rolls will be profiled this week as I need them for my daughter’s trip).

Gluten Free Menu Swap Mondayorgjunkiempm1


Also, have any of you lovely gluten free people out there done the 3-day walk?  I am going to an information meeting about it this week and am wondering about the logistics of FOOD.  I can pack my own, not a big deal, but I don’t know if I want to haul 3 day’s worth of food around for 60 miles…  or can I bring a cooler that can go with my stuff, or….   well, you know, all that jazz…  I will be checking out more information on that at the meeting, but anything you may know about the food situation first hand would be great!  Thanks!


Monday:  Secondary School day off (elementary school has school)/orchestra

   Apricot Pork Chops (boneless, thin cut), quinoa, green beans (set some beans aside for trip)


Tuesday:  Piano lessons

   Taco Salad (set aside some filling for trip)


Wednesday:  mommy volunteer in elementary school library/3-day walk information meeting

Roast Chicken, roasted sweet and yukon gold potatoes, salad (set chicken legs aside for trip and some roasted potato mix aside for trip)


Thursday:  Mommy help in kindergarten class

Turkey Sloppy Joes, Gluten and Dairy Free buns, Salad (set aside some filling and 2 buns for trip)


Friday:  Mom Bible study/small group

  Pizza and salad (make one personal-sized pizza for trip)


To do in the kitchen:  Bake and freeze:  banana muffins (I have squishy bananas, and it’s a good snack for the trip), bread sticks, cinnamon rolls, (maybe brownies and pumpkin cookies also if I don’t have some in the freezer, but I think I already have some frozen.  Yay, me!)


To do this week:  Help daughter pack for trip, work on upcoming class, work on next e-book, work on blog recipe links, work on daughter’s sweater, regular house cleaning-type stuff (blah), work on younger daughter’s closet (it’s crazy in there!), put in typing hours (gotta earn some GF dough to help bring home the gluten-free bacon!), start training for 3-day walk, work on garden plan…   Figure out how to warp space-time continuum…


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Menu for the fifth grade trip (you can see where the gluten and dairy free changes need to be.  I will also have her bring her own fruit, veggies, etc. – so she doesn’t have to worry about cross contamination, and so none of the adults get all stressed out.  It is so much easier and safer in the long run.):

I will update this through out the week as I pack my daughter’s alternative, so you can see how we replaced the meal with one of her own.

Day one:

Lunch:  Soup, Sandwich, Cheese Chunks, Watermelon, Cucumbers/Carrots, Pumpkin Bars, Milk/Water


Dinner:  Chicken Fillets (I am assuming these are breaded…), chips, coleslaw, fruit, veggies, milk/water


Snack:  Rice Krispie Bars/sugar Free Koolaid


Day Two:

Breakfast:  Eggs, Hashbrowns, Cereal, Fruit, Milk/Water


Lunch:  Spaghetti (Meat and Meatless), Bread sticks, Tossed Salad, Veggies, Fruit, Brownies, Milk/Water


Dinner:  Sloppy Joes, Chips, Corn, Fruit, Veggies, Milk/Water


Snack:  Orange Dream Bars

Day Three:

Breakfast:  Pancakes, Sausage, Fruit, Cereal Milk/OJ


Lunch:  Chicken Legs, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Bread & Butter, Fruit & Veggies, Desert, Milk/Water


Dinner:  Tacos & Fixings, Chips & Cheese, Fruit, Veggies, Milk/Water


Snack:  Orange Dream Bars and Sugar Free Koolaid


Day Four:

Breakfast:  Cinnamon Rolls, Carmel Rolls/Twist, Oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins, Yogurt, Fruit, Milk/OJ


Lunch:  Pizza, Tossed Salad, Chips, Fruit & Veggies, Dessert, Milk/Water