Monday, June 13, 2011

The Baker Lady ditches gluten.

This past week I had the honor of making my cousin and her best friend's high school graduation cake. It was my first, oh my am I supposed to continue to be the baker lady AND be gluten free? As always, I found a way.

I'll admit to a little sticker shock after hitting New Season's for supplies, but it wasn't too bad considering the treat. I used a recipe on Gluten Free Yellow Cake. It is delightful. I wouldn't lie. Not about cake. It was also very simple to make. I only made one tier gluten free, so the other's were traditional cake recipes. I'm happy to report that even gluten free folks enjoyed it, though.

Xantham gum is expensive, but essential. Or so I'm told. I had good luck with the cake, so I'll stick to it. My next adventure will be bread. I'll let you all know how it goes.

Relaying For Life.

I mentioned previously that I will be participating in and guest speaking at RFL Eugene. Here is my link:

Sunday, June 5, 2011

So far, so good.

Today was day three gluten free. I even survived my first BBQ! So far it's been great! I have plenty of options to choose from and haven't been hungry once. I'm feeling great and am cautiously optimistic that this could be the key to a lot of my issues.

Tomorrow I am rewarding myself with a manual corn tortilla press. I've really enjoyed white corn tortillas, but buying them fresh with no preservatives adds up. I think they'll taste great and will be much more cost effective. Corn tortillas are SO easy to make, it just doesn't make sense not to do it. I'm pretty excited. Yeah, I may be old and nerdy.

So, some of my favorite things to eat so far have been:

homemade avocado and cucumber rolls with tamari and wasabi.

Snyder's Gluten Free Pretzels and cheese.

More to come...

Friday, June 3, 2011

NOT leaving well enough alone...

That's right. This mama is NOT going to leave well enough alone. While I am feeling a LOT better than I have in a long time, I feel like there is still something 'off' and am not completely happy with my level of health. There are a number of symptoms that are really bothering me and I think I have found their cause. Gluten. I am not trying to jump on the bandwagon of a fad diet here. This is a medical issue that I'm trying to correct. So, this Mama is ditching the gluten.

Today was my first day g-free (almost). It went much better than I expected. I did not feel deprived or hungry...or awful, except for a little issue with a Luna bar (not g-free) that caused some blech this evening. I feel quite great, actually.

Today's Menu:

Coffee with Vanilla coffeemate
Luna bar (not Gluten free)

Snyder's Gluten free Pretzels and colby jack cheese
Rice cake with natural peanut butter

Banana Chips

White corn toritilla quesadilla with colby jack
frozen chocolate banana for dessert (mmmmmm)