Gluten Free Spring Snack Mix Recipe

One of my favorite snacks to make for holidays and get togethers is Chex Snack mix. I usually have ingredients on hand, and the recipes are so easy. One of the bext thing about Chex is the many flavors they have that are Gluten Free. It can sometimes be difficult to find gluten free recipes, so if you have someone that is on a Gluten Free diet, this may be a nice little treat for them.

Just mix up a quick batch and put it in a nice container or treat bag and Wa La! You have the perfect Gluten Free Easter gift!

Gluten free spring snack mix

3 c. corn Chex (Gluten Free)
3 c. rice Chex (Gluten Free)
3 c. mini pretzels (Snyders has Gluten Free pretzels)
1 c. dry roasted peanuts (pecans or almonds also work great!)
2 c. pastel M and Ms (yes they are also gluten free!)
2 c. white chocolate chips melted (you can use more if you prefer more sweet taste)

Combine cereal, nuts, and pretzels in large bowl. Mix in melted white chocolate until lightly coated. Stir in M and M's. Spread on cookie sheet to cool. Enjoy!

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Learning to Garden, Disney Style

I have to tell you about our time behind the scenes of The Land at Epcot. I didn't know you can do this, but for $20 a person (or less if you're a passholder,) you can go behind the scenes of The Land boat ride to learn more about growing vegetable with hydroponics. You don't need a reservation. Just sign up at the desk outside of Soarin'. They have multiple times throughout the day.

My husband and I went on this 1 hour tour and it was so interesting! We learned about pest control using other insects. This method is so much better for the environment and supports the natural ecosystem. I got to carry a small container of ladybugs through the tour. At the end, I released them on the eggplants to help control damage from other insects.
Ladybug helps to control pests in the garden

You can actually buy ladybugs for your own garden to help control pests. They are shipped cold, which is how Disney stores them. When they get warm, they come right back to life, like a little bug coma.

The Cast member leading our tour was fun and knowledgeable. She taught us all about how the plants grow, and how they supply the restaurants in Walt Disney World with fresh produce. This includes giving fresh sugar cane to the gorillas in Animal Kingdom! We even got to try a fresh picked cucumber. It was yummy!

We learned about coffee and chocolate trees, as well as bananas and spices. This tree is a pepper tree. Each pepper corn will be taken off and treated to make either white, black or red pepper for seasoning.
Mickey shaped peppercorn tree
The peppercorns grow like berries on the tree. Once they are picked if not treated, they will all turn to black. You can then grind it up and put it on your table.

peppercorns
 
Along with gardening, and the secret to growing Mickey shaped vegetables, we also learned about fish farming (Aquaculture), aquaponics, and how Disney saved the American Alligator from the endangered list. It was a fun tour and I'm so glad I spent the extra money to do it.
 
Next time you're at Epcot and have an hour to spare, I would suggest doing this tour. If you're like me, you'll leave ready to grow your own vegetables with aquaponics!
 
 


Oprah and Deepok Chopra have a FREE 21 Day Meditation Experience!

Meditation has made a huge difference to my life. With Fibromyalgia, Psoriatic Arthritis, and spine damage, I have chronic pain and fatigue. Meditation, (and yoga) helps with this. With a few minutes of meditation, I feel so much better. Even on days where I don't have pain, I meditate to help with my mental focus. It really makes a huge difference! That's why I signed up for the 21 Day Meditation Experience.

If the thought of meditation makes you think of sitting cross legged while chanting nonsense and om, well, okay, that's one way of meditating, but it's not the only way. You don't have to go all yogi guru to strengthen your life through meditation. The great thing about meditation is that anyone can do it and it can be done anywhere.

If you're looking for a way to get a better control of your life, increase your energy, calm your nerves, relax, and get stronger mental focus, meditation might be just the thing.
Focus on the Peace around you.
Good news you can now join in on the completely FREE 21 day meditation experience with Oprah's Life Class and Deepok Chopra. Oprah is doing it so you know its got to be good, right!

There is one meditation and focus per day starting with Day 1's focus on security, followed by Day 2 Happiness. Each meditation is available for 5 days, so if you want to join you have a few days left. If you try it, I'd love to hear about your experience!

Sign up at http://chopracentermeditation.com/experience



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Calling All Amateur Pitchers, Disney Wants to Give You $1 Million!

If you know someone that can throw a mean fastball, you have to tell them about this! Disney is looking to give away $1 million to a fast arm.

In honor of the new movie, Million Dollar Arm, Disney will be holding a contest to find nine finalists. The nine finalists will get to go to the world premier of Million Dollar Arm in Hollywood, CA. At the premiere they will get the chance to throw 3 pitches for $1 million. Any finalist that throws 100 mph pitch will win the money.

Do you have what it takes? or Do you know someone that does? If so, here's what you do to enter.

On April 25th or 26th go to ESPN Wide World of Sports in Kissimmee, FL or Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA to tryout. If you can't get to one of those places, you can also enter in NYC on April 26 at Tribeca Family Festival.

3 finalists will be chosen from each tryout location and sent to the World Premiere. That's a heck of a prize on its own, even if you don't win the million!

Of course there are a few rules, you have to be a U.S. resident, and you have to be at least 18 years old. Get more info here including all the legal mumble jumble.

So, if your child is finally an adult, then get him or her to enter and all those weekends spent at travel ball tournaments might just payoff!

  I received no compensation for this post. I just think this contest and Disney are pretty cool!

Favorite Songs From the 2014 Country Music Awards #MusicMonday

It's Music Monday, and with last night's Country Music Awards, I can't help but have a little Country music running through my head. There were many great performances, and a couple not so great, but we can't all agree on everything, right?

Anyway, let's get our Monday going with some of the songs I like best from last night's award show.