Gluten Free and PEEPelicious!! #recipe

20140417-170726.jpgThe people at Peeps candy wanted to know if I wanted some delicious PEEPS to use in some fun recipes. I racked my brain to find something unique and luckily, my friend sent me this Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies {flourless, no butter}

I loved the idea of a cookie being without butter and flourless because the candy itself is gluten free. And since it comes on a chocolate mousse then creating these cookies without chocolate chips and placing the chocolate mousse ones as they come out of the oven worked out perfectly!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Mousse PEEPS.

Prep time 5 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 15 mins

Thick, chewy peanut butter oatmeal cookies made without butter or flour. Delicious! (They originally
Author: Monique of Ambitious Kitchen
Serves: 20 cookies

1 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter (not natural)
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
2/3 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if desired)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup chocolate chips or 2 packages of CHOCOLATE MOUSSE PEEPS


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. In small bowl mix together the oats and baking soda; set aside.

3. In a large bowl beat peanut butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth, about 3 minutes. Mix in dry ingredients with a wooden spoon, then gently fold in chocolate chips (if you choose to use them)


4. Roll cookies into 2 inch dough balls and place onto cookie sheet 2 inches apart, then BARELY flatten the top of the cookie with your hand. The dough should be pretty sticky so if you find this method annoying, simply use a cookie scoop to drop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet. The cookies may not be as round in shape and perhaps a bit thicker, but that’s okay, they will still be delicious. (I used the scoop!)

5. Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes and remove when edges barely begin to turn a golden brown. The cookies may look a little underdone, but they will continue to cook once you remove them from the oven. Top with Chocolate mouse PEEPS as soon as they are out of the oven. Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie dough. Makes 16-20 cookies.

The chocolate PEEPS melt just slightly and don’t lose their shape. And they are so adorable!




Banana. Split. Cake.


Meaning you can make this cake on the fly. The super fly. (giggle)

ok, ok, I’ll stop. So, here it is:

Whatcha need:

*A box of chocolate fudge or other rich chocolate cake mix. (in other words, not milk chocolate)

*A tub of whipped topping ( similar to Cool Whip.)

*Chopped nuts, really well-chopped, your choice (I used walnuts)

*Fresh Strawberries, 2 cups diced/ crushed (drain most of the liquid though) and about 10 sliced in half

*Chocolate fudge topping (Magic shell is a fun choice if you can find it)

* About 6 fresh Bananas (not green but no spots)


Create the chocolate cake based on recipe in round pans. Once baked and cooled, slice in half. I can usually get two decent rounds making four layers total with room to trim if needed. You want the cake layers as flat as possible, cuz there’s gonna be a lot stuff on them. :)

Banana. Split. Cake. omg.

Layer 1: Place one of the layers on wax paper or foil (makes it easier to transport.) Start placing banana slices on the cake in one layer, don’t overlap. Scoop whipped topping on top. Sprinkle nuts. Place another cake layer over first layer.

Repeat layer 1 instruction above but add diced strawberries on top on whipped topping. (If you look at the pic above, I used slices of strawberries in between the layers. It looked great but made for a messier cake then it needed to be. Trust me. Go with the diced or crushed)

Add next layer with bananas and whipped topping. Add last layer and scoop a heap of whipped topping. Arrange sliced strawberries like the picture above. Sprinkle nuts over topping and finish with a chocolate fudge topping drizzle.

That’s it. Told ya it was easy.

You can also make the cake ahead of time and assemble prior to taking it to a party where you will receive many ooohs and aaaahhhs.


Goodbye, Nuts & Bolts. Thanks For Sharing Your Recipes

Despite trying SO VERY HARD to maintain nutsandboltsinthekitchen, I just can not. So I’ll be putting all the previously published posts here on therobotmommy so they may live on forever. Thank you to all that subscribed to my sister site. The good news is all of my recipes while be posted on trm. ALL OF THEM!!!

the Mac and Pig

Remember the Pulled Pork Sammie with Ginger Slaw??

I still had pork left over and had to eat it quick. Don’t need anyone to getting sick.

Hey…that rhymed!

Anywho, I figured I could make tacos per hubs’ request but I still have French rolls left, lots of cheese and time.

That’s the part that is hard. The time.
You either have too little or none.

This particular night I had time. And what sounded good was Mac & Cheese with the pork. On a sandwich.

So, I grabbed elbow pasta, flour, milk and….

Crap! I’m out of butter!! How am I going to make roux for homemade mac & cheese now?!?

Off to the Internet…Google searching…
how to make roux
how to make roux without
how to make roux without butter

I found a site that created a roux with only milk and flour and it was super easy

Take 1 cup of milk and put it on low. While the milk is heating, combine a 1/2 cup of milk and two tablespoons of flour. Whisk the milk and flour really well- no lumpiness
Once the milk is warm, add the milk/flour combo. Whisk again well.
Increase heat to medium. Add salt and pepper about a tablespoon each. Once the milk is bubbling, start adding cheese.



The key is patience and no distractions.
Tell your kids that they need to play in their rooms. You can burn this sauce very easily. I did before and oh god the smell. Learn from my saucepan in the garbage.

Once your milk on the stove is thickened, start adding cheese.

I recommend a hearty cheese not something soft like Brie (although adding a slice of Brie to the sandwich would be pretty awesome)
I used provolone, cheddar and added about 5 shakes of Parmesan cheese for my Mac and cheese.

start boiling your water for your pasta now

Start tearing the cheese (if its shredded, that works but not necessary) and dropping in by the handful. Don’t be impatient and throw it all in. Allow it to melt thereby making a creamy sauce.

add pasta to boiling water

Drop, stir. Drop, stir until you have added enough cheese that it strings when you pull a spoon from the mixture. I probably used about half a block of cheddar and 7 slices of provolone.

Is your pasta ready? Drain really well and add to cheese sauce. It should look like this:


Add more pepper.

Take a heaping spoonful of pork and mix it in your favorite BBQ sauce. Heat in a saucepan or, as I did, a covered bowl in the microwave.

Slice French rolls and place on greased flat pan. Or BBQ grill. Toast to a yummy golden color.


French roll
Spoonful of Mac & Cheese




If you aren’t crowned Cook of the Year, after this then ……stay tuned for even more awesome recipes. It’ll happen by summer’s end.


Pulled Pork Sammies with Ginger Slaw

I consider this the recipe that will bring this site back from the dead.

One post a week? I might be able to manage that.

For summer, I love sandwiches. Make them big, make them into sliders, go nuts, get creative and impress your friends. These sammies make great sliders.

I DID NOT take this recipe from a magazine or another blog.
Kinda proud of that. This is allll me. My brain created this. Who knew?

Pulled Pork Sammies with Ginger Slaw


1 to 2 lb pork shoulder (bone in is GREAT but not necessary)
Trim fat and put the trimmed part up in crock pot. Pour about 2 inches of water in the pot. Add crushed but whole cloves of garlic (I also use dehydrated garlic chips in a bind)
Rub salt, pepper, cumin on the roast.
Crock pot on low for 12 hours (yep, you may have to turn it back on. I ran mine from 8pm to 8am then warm until I served for lunch. If you plan to serve it later, keep it on low but add more water)
It should fall apart. Do not add sauce but more pepper and cumin before serving.


Pre made/ packed cole slaw WITHOUT dressing

Then add this dressing:


If you can not find it, an Asian ginger salad dressing will do.
Mix one 12 Oz bottle to a bag of slaw.
Cover with foil. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour.

FOR WASABI MAYO (optional, but oh so yummy)


Mix mayo and wasabi to taste. It won’t turn green green and a little wasabi goes a long way.


I brought French rolls from my local grocery because they were still soft when toasted on the grill. If you toast on a flat pan, use plain mayo on the bread beforehand. Trust me :)


Mayo (not too generous)





Now, serve these and take ALL THE CREDIT!! But let me know if everyone loves them!


If you have a substitution or alternate way to create these, let me know!!

Sopa De Albondigas TRM style

I have no Spanish/Latino/Central American/Hispanic background BUT I swear that Albondigas soup is the cure all for whatever ails you. That and Menudo. I can’t make Menudo…yet

This recipe started out so simple and has evolved through the years. It’s crazy how this can be original to your tastes.

Not to go against anyone’s tradition and I’m not trying to piss off your Tia but I have made this soup my own.

BASIC INGREDIENTS for Albondigas Soup:

2lbs ground beef or turkey

1lb Italian sausage mild or hot (be aware that the spices used can crank up enough heat so chose wisely.

Leftover cooked rice (about two cups)

Garlic cloves (3)

One onion rough chop

Olive oil or butter

1 tablespoon of each spice (or more or less to taste): cumin, chili powder, crushed red pepper, kosher salt, ground pepper, onion powder.

Squash (any kind. I used zucchinis)

^^^ all roughly chopped.

Bottle of favorite salsa
Chicken stock (one box or three cans)
Enchilada sauce (about a cup) or LEFTOVER TACO BELL SAUCE (any flavor)

Oregano flakes

Cilantro (Rough chop. About a half a bundle)

Garnish: sliced avocado and tortilla chips

ALTERNATIVE: add jalapeño slices.

To make the meatballs:

Take sausage out of casing. Mix together with rice and ground meat with hands. Add spices (all of them) and mix again. Form balls about 1/2″ in size. Set aside.

Add olive oil to bottom of Dutch oven or big stockpot. Hit medium heat. Once hot, sauté garlic cloves and onions until translucent. Add chicken stock. Refill container with water and add that too.
Let simmer until boiling then drop temp to medium low. Add meatballs slowly.

30 minutes on low.

Add salsa, sauce, veggies and more water. Finish with oregano and cilantro. Top with more cumin and pepper if you desire.

Simmer for two hours before serving.

Add garnishes and serve with warm tortillas.



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Listen To Me (And Other Awesome Writers) At Listen To Your Mother

 Normally, I can not wait to boast or brag about things that I’m blessed to be involved in. Because, honestly, I might be bragging but I’m crazy humbled deep down inside to be selected for ANYTHING. YOU LIKE ME!!! YOU REALLY LIKE ME!!!

And I’m so late with this post because the brag worthy event is less than three weeks away…

I’m one of  the 13 cast members for the 2014 Listen To Your Mother show!!!

Raise your hand if you are familiar with the show that has been giving people (not just moms) a microphone to tell their personal stories.
For those of you with your hands down, the LTYM show is an expression of motherhood; the amazing, the heartbreaking and the oh-so-very real. Cast members are chosen by a producing panel through audition and are synced up together in a way that seems like magic is happening before your eyes.

Here are some of my personal favorites from past shows:

See if you recognize this lady….


And this lady…


I could post video after video of what this show is about but the truth is….you should just go.

Tickets for the Orange County show are available here.

and the information for shows near you are here


Go….take your mother. Take your best friend. Take your wife.

Laugh. Cry. Rejoice motherhood together. I’ll see you there.




Farts & Poop & “Firerrhea”

Mom, I think I have Firerrhea!”

oh god oh god oh god

I walk into the bathroom and fully expect that this parenting experience will only result in agony and giant nose grenades.
Luckily, I discover nothing in or around the toilet that looks or smells anything like how I have built up “firerrhea” being in my mind.

CMON!! You thought it too! Once you read the word “fire-rrhea“, (as my sweet faced daughter so lovingly put it) you pictured an explosion that made any diaper change that involved a 3 month old (the time you introduce solids) or the time you left your child to use the toilet and they discovered feces finger painting WAS NOTHING IN COMPARISON TO THE REAL LIFE HORROR MOVIE YOU WERE ABOUT TO WITNESS IN YOUR NEWLY RENOVATED BATHROOM!!!

At least, that’s what I thought.
Honey, that sounds like the worst thing ever!“, I say as I head toward the bathroom.

I’ll be okay!


I enter the bathroom wishing that I was wearing a hazmat suit and then…. It hits me…

My daughter just says “Firerrhea” because she’s still learning those big 5-point words. There’s no “fire” and by the look of it, peering down into the porcelain bowl, there’s no diarrhea either. Just nasty, little rabbit pellets of sulphur bombs.
Is your tummy upset?

Not anymore, mommy.

You feel better? No more fire?

Yeah. I guess I just had big poop and farts, mom. Does that mean I’m like my brother?

No, sweetheart, it means you are turning into Daddy.