Topsy Turvy

That’s what happened to my world these past few weeks.

Correction: that’s what happened to my FOOD world.

It has been weeks (or months?) since I last posted, but I guess raising a little one has a way of pushing everything else to the back burner. Add to that, school, holidays, moving, and my own long-awaited blood test results – Well, it is too easy to lose one’s self in this messy life.

At my appointment early July, I sat patiently as the doctor first showed me numbers:     > 7 – 10.

Okay..?

Then pointed to another number:  410. Conclusion? Apparently my body really hates gluten. (As a result, my body had not been absorbing iron, despite being on iron pills for 10 months) She told me I have celiac, and to start the gluten-free diet immediately, and sent off referrals to a dietition, as well as for me to get a biopsy done.

But… no gluten..? I’ve already been eating mostly dairy free, because of my dear daughter. But now, gluten? What about cookies? Cakes? Pies? Buns? Beer? Finally, I found myself asking, ” Is this… permanent?” To which the answer was yes.

And three days after this news, we headed on holidays. So, I packed a tote full of fruit, gluten-free bars and tostitos and hoped it would last me the 12+ hours of driving that lay ahead. Every restaurant was checked for a gluten free menu. Even the family we stayed with, researched and planned gluten-free meals for the week. (Bless their hearts!)

My husband is a foodie. So I felt bad that we couldn’t drop in on some trendy cafe or local up-and-coming restaurant. But like all those with celiac or allergies before me, you adjust. You adapt. You find what works and what doesn’t. What restaurants accommodate, and which ones are like 20 years behind still. 😛

For the most part, it’s just fine. (And our holidays were great!) But I know at future social gatherings it will be hard. I mean, I’m that person that hovers around the food! I’d get a minor complex at buffets because I would want to try a bit of everything.

More than anything though, I hope my daughter is not celiac. I’ve heard it’s genetic. ( Do correct me if I’m wrong!) Maybe I fret over trivial things, but I want her to grow up being able to use her great-granny’s recipes; to eat cake and pizza at birthday parties; to eat out and not have to ask for an ingredient list.

All that said, once the days get cooler, I hope to find time to bake again. Get a feel for the gluten-free flours that work, and those that don’t. Because let’s face it, gluten-free cookies from the store generally taste like sawdust! (Thankfully, not all gluten-free bread does! I like the Spiffy brand)

My hope is that I can take this obstacle and turn it into a challenge. Can’t find what I want or crave? Guess I’ll make it! 🙂

Do you have any favorite gluten-free recipes?

 

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Curry Beef Bowl

My husband loves to cook. He is fearless in trying new recipes, new ingredients, new spices. So I moved over and let him take reign of the kitchen most of the week.

But now, he’s back to school with modules back to back. From 8:30am until 9:30pm – sometimes later – he goes to work, then stays afterwards to do hours of homework. So back to cooking I go!

My tried-and-true recipe collection is seriously lacking though! I default to comfort foods like meatloaf or (dry) chicken and veggies. So I’m trying to up my cooking game! And then I found this curry beef bowl recipe on Pinterest yesterday (where else?).

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My husband does all the time, but I have never cooked with Indian spices. (A late bloomer, I guess?) But they sure are beautiful and fragrant and, well, this will definitely not be the last time!

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Turmeric, Curry powder and Ground Cumin. Look at that color!

I’m a little slow – and I have a child who has recently discovered her mobility – so this recipe took me about an hour. Otherwise, not hard to make! I’d give it 4.5 / 5 ⭐.

Here was my final product:

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My mouth is watering all over again. For real.

The best part? I have enough leftover to eat again for supper today! 😊

I’m always looking for new recipes. What are some of your favorites?

Beautiful Blooms

What I love most about the Spring season, is the fresh new colors! The inspiring array of pinks and yellows and aquas. What I hate most about Spring?

Reality. What I mean is, the dusty roads, the muddy, dead grass and brown, brown everything – brown everywhere. This town is at its ugliest in the spring. So, it’s nice to make things inside floral and lovely.

Hence, the floral monogram project! You can buy these lovely pieces from etsy for $80 – $130.

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I’m sorry, did you just choke? ‘Cause I nearly did when I saw the price. But my dear friend Pinterest showed me a better way. And it’s basically as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Draw letter on cardboard.

2. Cut out letter.

3, Cut and glue dollarama/ dollar tree flowers on letter.

Finished product:

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An S for my girl’s nursery! I’m quite happy with how it turned out.

And guess what I spent?

A whopping $6.00. Yup, Six. And now I have a little bit of Spring in my suite! 🙂

Mmm, Granola!

Lately, I’ve waded into the world of homemade granola.

Does this make me a… crunchy mama? I never realized how easy it is. And so versatile! You can eat as is; sprinkle on yogurt; throw in with fruit; eat as cereal, etc. Plus, there are endless varieties! I used this chart found on Pinterest:

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Or you can also go here:

http://www.recipetineats.com/homemade-granola-muesli/

I love that I know exactly what I’m eating. And, no added sugar!

I made mine with some leftover trail mix, raisins and chopped pecans. I’ve enjoyed it with apple slices, or a spoonful of peanut butter, or in a small bowl with almond milk. 🙂

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Spring Chicken!

Sort of.

In this northern city, there has been some confusion as to what season it is. It’s Supposed to be Spring, but instead, it is a grey, snowy day. Guess today is as good a day as any to try my hand at some homemade chicken stock! 🙂

I found a simple recipe here:

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_chicken_stock/

I already had the carcass from a previously bought roast chicken. (Sometimes you just need to leave the cooking to someone else!) Now, to add the water, vegetables, and salt ‘n’ peppa. (Love me some brightly colored veggies!)

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The recipe didn’t call for it, but I added a few small cloves of garlic as well. Fingers crossed it isn’t a deal-breaker!

Six hours later, and voilá!

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Mm, Mm, Good!

 

 

I ❤ Cookies!

In all shapes and forms. Chewy or crunchy. With or without milk. Nutty, fruity, gooey, decadent…                              I’m already salivating.

However, due to this wonderful yet, limiting thing called breastfeeding, dairy, for now, is off the menu. Bye bye late night chocolate indulgences!

But my sweet tooth would not be silenced. As I often do, I was perusing Pinterest, when I came across this – (a cookie I feel less guilty about!) – trail mix cookies! You can find the recipe here:

http://celebratingsweets.com/oatmeal-trail-mix-cookies/

I used a trail mix consisting primarily of dried fruit, which I chopped a little smaller, and threw in some pecans. My favorite part is the yummy chunks of cocunut that were in the mix!

I also tried this recipe a second time with HALF the sugar – the dried fruit and honey kept it tasty, but I think I’ll keep to the orginal amount when I make them again. 😉

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* Note: I found this recipe makes about 12-16 cookies; maybe a little less, if you like bigger cookies. 🙂

The Sleepwalker’s Wife 2.0!

20170415_154140(0)Okay. I’m not new, and I’m not exactly better. Yet.

But, I’ve decided to reboot this blog. It has been years since I last wrote, plus I want to take on a new direction. While I hope to still share some reflections, I want to also dive into the world of crafts, upcycling, Pinterest and the like!

On a side note, I now have a little blessing that keeps me busy, so posts may be a little sparse at first! But I hope you’ll still follow along with me. 🙂

Looking forward to making some changes. There’s a world of possibilities out there, friends, big and small! 😉

 

Love languages

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A friend recently posted this picture depicting the 5 Love languages. I’ve wondered myself – How best do I feel loved? And, how do I show others that I love them?

After more thought, I now wonder, how should I show others that I love them? That is, do I take the time to learn the love language they “speak” and then communicate in that way to them?

What’s your love language?

There Might be Plenty of Fish in the Sea, but I Really Like the One Next to Me

I came across this post today.  It is a very interesting read. I’m glad to be done with the dating scene. Our marriage is not perfect, but we learn as we go. And I find that every day, I really do love my husband more and more.However, I also find that any restlessness or bitterness I might feel, in part, comes from too much social media; comparing myself to others and seeing what I don’t have instead of counting the blessings I do have.

Life is too short to be a grumpy cat. Turn off the social media, smile lots and be thankful.

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You’re All a Bunch of Hypocrites!

Myself included.

There seems to be so much judgement going around lately, I can feel myself becoming desensitized to it. If we’ve got a scoop on someone; if we’ve got evidence of their imperfections, we relish with evil glee in sharing it with the world.It is even more fun to contrast what someone says, with what they do. Because, of course, we are not guilty of having done that very thing ourselves in the past, and thus it is delightfully rare to find such a specimen who does so.

My frustration derives from the observation that, those who throw around the word “Hypocrite” most frequently, usually do not hold themselves to the same, (or even a different) standard, yet take it into their hands to deem one as not respectable, a “douche-bag”; and to twist the accountability card, claiming the individual in question to have said one thing, and then to have done the opposite.

My question is, who hasn’t?

Who hasn’t run into work or class late, apologizing to the glaring boss or instructor saying ” I’m sorry, it won’t happen again!” but then ended up being late again sometime down the road?

Who hasn’t said ” I don’t really drink”, then had a rough day and downed much more than they should have?

Who hasn’t said “I’ll call you!” and not done so?

Who hasn’t said “Picking your nose is gross!” then waited until they were alone to do that very thing?

Who hasn’t said “I’m religious” or ” I believe in _____” and NOT broken at least ONE rule of said religion/belief?

If you have never been guilty of any such thing, I applaud and admire you.

Now, Have you ever called someone else a hypocrite? Why?

If I have a friend in the church, who I know to have the same beliefs as myself, and hear that she is doing something contrary to these beliefs, should I, as one who knows and understands her beliefs, talk to her and confront her about these things?
Yeah, probably.
The Church for me, is a place full of other broken people, lifting up and encouraging each other, because we know no one is perfect. We know everyone falls; we know everyone makes mistakes. But because we are on an equal playing field, we can hold each other accountable.

When I hear someone say “They’re a Hypocrite!”, I can’t help but think, who are you to determine that? How can you hold someone accountable to their supposed beliefs, when there is seemingly none in which you yourself are to be held accountable?

I get it –

We just want to believe in people. We want to trust that, when they say they do or do not do something, they mean it.

However, instead of turning into gossips, can’t we just talk to that “hypocrite”? Can’t we lovingly say. “Hey, I don’t mean to sound judgmental, but I thought you said you didn’t drink?” Maybe we would learn something we didn’t know before. Maybe we’d find out we had actually heard wrong. Maybe they would say it’s none of our +#$% business.
But I think attempting to understand, is a better way to love people than to smack a label on them and shove them aside.

Wouldn’t you agree?

Or no?