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Thankfulness

We had a relatively quiet Thanksgiving. We didn’t travel, we stayed home and made our yummy food. We did an easy turkey breast in the crock-pot. We still had all the sides and were quite stuffed by the end of the meal… and then the next day and the next day.

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Ezra took one bite of cheesecake and gagged and then shuddered when it went down finally. Apparently he isn’t a fan of cheesecake.

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He really just ate the cranberry sauce, nothing else of what was cooked

Sabrina in front of our Thankfulness tree

Sabrina in front of our Thankfulness tree

Dave’s parents came for a short visit on Friday, the kids both love having their grandparents visit. Sabrina loves that someone is here that is happy to pay her more attention.

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She is happy to be sitting and reading with Grammy

On Friday we decided to officially ring in the Christmas season an...

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Lulu’s Milestones

Almost 10 months and our very active, happy baby is happily doing everything she’s supposed to do.

Crawling: About a week ago Lulu started to inchworm places. She would bring up her knees and propel herself forward – stopping herself from face planting with her hands. And then she does it again and again and again. And sure enough, she slowly gets where she wants. Today she figured out the alternating hands/knees crawl. And then I took a moment and looked around and realized that I need to BABYPROOF. I’m seeing my house in a whole new light – I’m seeing every single safety hazard! AHHHHH! Other than cupboard locks, baby gates, and outlet covers – any other suggestions??

She also loves to stand and pivot back and forth from parent to toy...

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Food Adventures and other occurances

It’s a good thing that I LIKE to cook. I enjoy finding new recipes. Creating new recipes. (re)Trying vegetables (I’m talking to you, brussel sprouts, beets, and cauliflower). Viddy and I are doing a … healthy eating plan/nutritional readjustment/diet.

Pretty much, we’ve cut out all sugar and grains for 6 days of the week and then Saturday or Faturday we eat WHATEVER we want. Well, almost whatever we want. I want a asiago cheese bagel from Panera, but my celiac tummy forbids it. So, Faturday means Stewarts orange cream sodas, chick fil a french fries, popcorn, carbs, carbs, carbs, and sometimes cake.

It hasn’t been too bad. Other than when I see a Chick-Fil-A and I cry a little inside when it’s a weekday and I can’t get french fries. Or when I’m on Pinterest (follow me!)  and all I see is b...

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Chocolate Banana Flax Muffins

I found and then adapted this recipe during the first few weeks I was home after my c/section. Let’s just say that the medication I was on for pain had a side effect that was… um…. causing me to think about adding more fiber to my diet. Hence, flax seed muffins.

These are gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free. AND they taste GREAT! Or else I wouldn’t eat them.

Preheat your oven to 375.

3 mashed Bananas (very ripe, of course)

1/2 cup honey

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix OR 1 1/2 cups Flour (regular for all you gluten people out there or a GF mix like Bette Hagman’s Featherlite mix)

1 cup milled flax seed (I get mine at Costco)

1 tblsp cinnamin

1 tsp baking soda (do not use if using Pamela’s)

1 tsp baking powder (do not use if using Pam...

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Cravings

KFC fried Chicken

Bagels with LOTs of cream cheese

Bread

Corn Pops Cereal

English Muffins

There is one thing all of the above have in common: Gluten.

Gluten is baaaaaaaaaaaaaad for me. Very bad. For the past almost 4 years I’ve eaten gluten free I really haven’t had any problems with ‘craving’ gluten. Sometimes I miss things: like danishes and donuts and just buying regular bread from a regular grocery store, but it really hasn’t been too bad. I’ve adjusted well. I eat more healthy and I have fun baking new things.

Insert hormone-fest known as pregnancy. Hormones control cravings. My hormones are all sorts of out of whack. I cry at 30% of the country songs on the radio. And I crave gluten...

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In which I plead and beg… while on a Soap Box

Dearest family, friends, neighbors, citizens, and human beings,

Eat More Vegetables. Not cookies, fast food that doesn’t decompose, or breaded deep fried things. Not Snickers bars, pickled things, or Hungry Man frozen dinners. Not ice cream, hamburgers, oreos, or white rice.

Vegetables. Roasted squash with parmesan, steamed carrots with honey and pepper, sauteed spinach with garlic, sweet potatoes, legumes, cucumbers drizzled lightly with Italien dressing. Asparagus roasted with balsamic vinegar. Zucchini sauteed with soy sauce and garlic.

Pound for Pound, vegetables are cheaper than meat. And you will live longer.

Meat is good, Carbs are good. Fat is good and necessary. Fruit is wonderful. Vegetables will help you live a long and healthy life...

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Going Gluten Free…Mostly

Many people have asked me if it has been hard switching to a gluten free lifestyle.  In fact, I asked myself that very same question on our first date when I picked a restaurant specifically based upon its ability to cater to her dietary needs.  She was ordering chicken marsala and I was ordering a pick fat plate of spaghetti.  The first thought that occurred to me as I dove into the sumptuous gluten-ridden dish, could I give this up?  Could I give up the grain that had given me so much over the years?  The grain that had been to every family dinner and every family picnic.  The grain that had been there with me on my trip to Europe, to my life in Chile, to college at BYU, and home here in VA.  Could I do it?

Have you seen Stephanie?  Of course, for this rockin’ beauty it was never ...

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