Just A Little While

Adventures of a wife and mother

May 31, 2016
by Allison
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Great Gluten Free Goulash for Stovetop or Instant Pot

Well my goulash this evening was so well received that my husband requested that I put it on our menu regularly.  So I don’t forget, here’s what I did.

Cooking time: 30min

Feeds: 6


1 lb grass-fed ground beef

1 medium onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

28 oz can diced organic tomatoes with liquid (Aldi)

24 oz jar Organic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce (Natural Value from Azure)

1 lb Goldbaums Brown Rice Pasta, Penne (Costco) (4 cups)

1 tsp. pink Himalayan salt

1 tsp.  minced garlic

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

In deep saucepan, brown beef with onions and green peppers.  Add all other ingredients and simmer 15-20 minutes until noodles are desired tenderness.  Add a little water (half a can or so) if needed to achieve desired consistency.  Serve with warm organic bread and shredded parmesan cheese.

Instant Pot Instructions:

Brown beef with onions and green peppers on “Saute”.  Add remaining ingredients plus two cups of water and stir together well.   Close the lid and cook 7 minutes (or half of the time required for your noodles on the package) on “Manual” with quick pressure release.

December 19, 2015
by Allison
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Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue Recipe – Allrecipes.com

This is our favorite BBQ chicken for sandwiches or with baked potatoes.  I skip the sugar and use Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce.  -Allison

Use your slow cooker to prepare this great twist on basic barbecue chicken. It is easy to prepare and the sauce also makes a great topping for baked potatoes.

Source: Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue Recipe – Allrecipes.com

May 16, 2015
by Allison
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Vinegar as Mosquito Repellant

With many summer days ahead, I am on a quest to live peaceably with Texas mosquitos.  I want to find natural ways to keep the little vampires from my family as we enjoy our time outdoors.  

First, I planted mosquito repelling plants around our front porch: citronella, lavendar, and marigolds.

Then I discovered they don’t like vinegar.  I placed a shallow bowl of vinegar on the back porch where the mosquitos are usually so thick you can’t open the door without letting some in.  Voila!  It works great.  We can stand on the back porch and no mosquitos.   

Next I tried repelling them from ME.  I have taken two tablets of Apple Cider Vinegar each morning with a glass of water for two weeks.  I have been sitting by an outdoor pool for three hours weeknights as the kids swim, and no bites yet.  


March 2, 2015
by Allison
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Crunchy Mama 101

For those who would like the idea of a cleaner diet and lifestyle, but the task seems overwhelming, I give you a simple start.

Crunchy Mama 101.


  • Buy organic only for the Dirty Dozen.  Learn more HERE.
    • Peaches
    • Apples
    • Sweet Bell Peppers
    • Celery
    • Nectarines
    • Strawberries
    • Cherries
    • Pears
    • Grapes (Imported)
    • Spinach
    • Lettuce
    • Potatoes
  • Read ingredients before buying.  If you don’t know what it is, don’t buy it.
  • Cook simple meals.
  • No nitrates in lunch meats or sausage.  Buy white fresh sourdough bread instead of whole grain (when you have time read Grain Brain).



  • When you run out of laundry detergent, buy Charlie’s Soap Laundry Detergent.  The big bucket will last a year.  Use OxyClean (or the generic) for stain treatment.  No laundry dryer sheets.

  • When you run out of Lysol or bathroom cleaner, buy castile soap (Target, Amazon, AzureStandard.com, etc.) and a bottle of Mrs Myers Clean Day All Purpose Cleaner.  When Mrs. Myers runs out refill with 3 Tablespoons white vinegar, 3 T castile soap, 20 drops essential oil (optional)( try tea tree, orange, lemon, or peppermint), fill the rest with water.

  • When your dishwasher detergent runs out. Make some.  You will still need a drying agent (e.g. JedDry).
    • 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax (Walmart)
    • 1 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (Walmart)
    • 1/2 citric acid (Amazon)
    • 1/2 cup kosher salt (any grocery store, Walmart)
  • Plug your wifi router into a “vacation” timer (like our parents used when we went out of town to turn on a light)(buy at Walmart or Target) so that is off during sleeping hours.  More on wifi and cell phones HERE.  Always have kids use cell phone on speaker to keep some distance from the phone.  Do not sleep within 5 feet of your cell phone.
  • Always be in bed from 10pm-2am and have a regular bedtime for the kids.  Read more HERE.



December 31, 2014
by Allison
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Better than EZ Bake for budding bakers

My daughter (age 7) asked for an EZ Bake oven for Christmas. She is capable of following a recipe and baking except she can’t safely reach to use the wall oven. In lieu of the EZ Bake I ordered her a quality toaster oven. She has made muffins, cookies, and even pizza! I even like this little oven for toast or warming up leftovers. Be careful and wear oven mitts, it does get HOT! This really is an easy oven, especially since my daughter is doing the cooking. My only loss is a little counter space. Don’t forget to order the small size pans.



December 29, 2014
by Allison
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Supermodel Smiles with Damon Braces

Well, one of my children required braces because of severe crowding and having teeth that shifted when a baby tooth was pulled early.  She had severe damage to her baby teeth from acid reflux before going on the GAPS diet.  Not a problem anymore, but MyoBrace is not effective if teeth are pulled prematurely.

I wanted her to have a big supermodel smile and for her overbite and crowding to be corrected.  I had her evaluated (age 9) at a traditional orthodontist and a Damon system orthodontist.  The traditional orthodontist wanted to use two stages of braces.  The first stage with a lip bumper and a palate expander, and later a second stage of braces for alignment of all the adult teeth.  The Damon system orthodontist wanted to use a lip bumper without braces, then a Herbst appliance  to extend the lower jaw (correct the overbite), and then align with braces.

After seeing pictures of the results from both doctors it was clear.  I wanted the Damon system.

  • No teeth pulled
  • Fuller smiles
  • Less time in braces
  • No elastic ties, easier to clean.
  • Fewer appointments.

Already I am impressed with the changes in my daughter’s face and teeth after two years with a lip bumper (very easy to keep clean and wear).  She will be wearing the Herbst in a month.  We use Dr. Anderson in Katy 281-578-0008 (the Scholtens sent you), and there is a nationwide list of providers on the Damon braces website.

December 29, 2014
by Allison
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Straight teeth without braces… Myobrace

A good friend introduced me to Myobrace at just the right time (treatment starts as early as 6 years old).  What a wonderful alternative to braces for many children.  Kids just wear what looks like a sports mouth guard while they sleep and an hour or two during the day, and the teeth align correctly.  It is surprisingly easy for the kids to get used to sleeping with the MyoBrace.  At first it would fall out when they fell asleep, but a few nights of putting it back in while the kids were half asleep was all it took to get them used to it.   Two of my kids have had marvelous results with this system.  You can read all about it on the MyoBrace web site HERE.  Our MyoBrace dentist is Dr. Tim Gutierrez, DDS at Katy Family Dentists (832) 200-1273 (the Scholtens sent you), and there are a list of providers on the MyoBrace web site.

December 29, 2014
by Allison
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Organic face care for tweens and teens.

Avalon Organics Refreshing Cleansing Gel

Nothing makes me read labels like my children.  My oldest daughter is a tween and we needed to start a regular skin care routine, so I started searching for a solution.  After evaluating a number of orgainic products we tried Avalon organics skin care line.  It was affordable, had good reviews, and came in fragrances we liked (citrus or lavender).  For my daughter it is once a day wash with Avalon cleansing gel and moisturize with coconut oil (or the Avalon Oil Free Moisturizer).

I ordered from Vitacost.com.  Use this link and get $10 off an order of $30.  They have the full line of products.  Walmart in Katy, TX also carries the citrus cent products, as well as HEB.

December 13, 2014
by Allison
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Veri Organic Low-Calorie Cola Review

I love cola, but not the ingredients. Veri has a place in my refridgerator now. It tastes like a lightly sweetened cola with only the slightest Stevia aftertaste- hardly noticeable. 60 calories. ( purchased at HEB Katy)

Ingredients: sparkling water, organic cane sugar, organic lemon juice, organic caramel color, organic flavors, and organic stevia leaf extract.

Non-GMO, Organic

I think I will try their other flavors soon.


December 13, 2014
by Allison
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Natural Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap Recipe

Natural hand soap can be hard to find and rather expensive. Make your own quickly, and add a couple drops of essential oil to make it even better.

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup organic Castile soap (scented or unscented)
1 T organic Sunflower oil (moisturizing)
2-4 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Combine ingredients in the soap pump. Shake gently to mix and enjoy. Makes 1 hand pump of liquid soap.

Warning:  Very liquid.  May shoot out and get you from some dispensers.

Essential Oil ideas: buy from me  HERE

Peppermint (refreshing)

Wild Orange or Lemon (joyful)

On Guard (immune supporting)





Find Castile soap at: Target, Whole a Foods, azurestandard.com

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