Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Vacation - Memories for a lifetime

What is there in the world if you don't have family?  This is a rhetorical question because I don't know the answer to this.  We just experienced our first ever whole family vacation and celebrated our parents 49/50th Anniversary in Yellowstone.  I will never be able to thank my mother enough for coming up with the idea.  It took a lot of planning but was worth every minute. 

On top of Rendezvous Mountain.
We all stayed in one huge house and cooked breakfast and suppers most days to save on expenses.  We a whole bunch of fun things together.  We went on a chuck wagon ride where a steak meal was provided along with a real cowboy singing to his guitar.  We went to rodeo.  Some of us went white water rafting and the others took a scenic float trip down the Snake River.  We rode a tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain and probably the most fun thing we did was we hired a private bus tour of the lower portion of Yellowstone.  I cannot even begin to put into words how amazing our bus tour was.  Our guide was fantastic and everyone, young and old enjoyed his information.  I'll get his information and post it here. 


So what does the only Gluten Free/Paleo person do for meals with a group of 15 mouths to feed.  She packs everything she could need but within reason. 

I made my own trail mix with almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, brazil nuts, coconut chips and dark chocolate to have to snake on.

For the meal I was responsible for I served Pork Chops with Green Beans and Baked Potatoes.

For Breakfast I pre-mixed my favorite pancake recipe from Real Sustenance Extra Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes.  Just leave out all the wet ingredients and write them and the directions on the front of your baggie and you are ready for vacation. 


My Paleo pre-mixes ready to go on vacation.
I also packed a pre-mixed pizza crust and pre-mixed biscuit recipes just in case someone got the urge to order pizza one night I wouldn't be forced to choose to eat only veggies or stress my intestinal system by eating real totally unhealthy pizza (which still smells amazing to me). 

The best thing you can do for a Gluten Free vacation is make sure you take care of you.  Never count on others to remember your dietary needs.  You might not like their choices if they did anyway.  Throw in a couple of treats so you don't feel deprived, where it's your favorite GF candy bar and making some cookies to take with you for your own little piece of indulgence, try to plan for this so you don't go down a slippery slope of gluten laden snacks.  I made a double batch of my Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread for just that occasion, and I had plenty to share.  Recipe here.

Almost the whole family


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