Summer Scrapping

Monday, June 16, 2014
   My goal this summer is to be creative. That means scrapping, card making, trying a few new recipies, and making some resources for my TPT store. I decided to start with scrapping. It has been far too long. 

   I usually start with my oldest photos. Not  this year. I started with the most recent, that I have printed. In no particular order, here are my creations from yesterday and today. 

Random photos from the day of Prom. 

Her Halloween door and jack-o-lantern.  

Her 18th birthday, a subdued event. 

Our attempt to take senior pictures. The wind won and all we got were outtakes. 

Thanks for looking. :)

Birthday Cards

Saturday, March 22, 2014
put away my new stuff from SU! today. Which meant I needed to shuffle some stuff around. I went through my scrap box and paired papers with card stock. Then I set about making cards. 

My work flow is simple. Use Pinterest to search for cards made with a particular stamp set. Save the image. C.A.S.E. the card. 

Today's theme: Happy Birthday. 

All the cards are a mixture of retires and current SU! and a variety of papers. 

Lasagna: GF Style

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
One of my favorite foods is lasagna. An ooey-gooey, cheesy lasagna. I recently found gluten free lasagna noodles by DeBoles. 

I use a bread pan for lanagna since there are only two of us now. I only used the noodles for two layers. The box suggests making sure the noodles are completely covered. I had three layers of meat and cheese to make sure there was plenty of liquid for the noodles. Since I love lots a cheese, I didn't mind the missing third layer of noodles. 

Here is the pan all ready to go on the oven. I baked it for an hour. It was delicious, extra cheesy perfection. 
There was enough for lunch today. It was even better the second day.

Add this to the list of GF foods that taste just the same. Score!!

Gluten Free

Sunday, January 26, 2014
I am now part of the gluten free community. I have been tested for Celiac, early in the days of finding a 'cause' for my daily headache. It came back negative.

Fast forward 4 years and I am reading more about the other symptoms of gluten intolerance and decide to go gluten free for a month and see how I feel. It took three tries for me to get to the month mark. The second time I made it three weeks and had some pizza. Then I had a really bad week for head pain (I still have a headache of some degree or length 15+ days a month, but that is a long story for another day) I started to think about both times I ate something with gluten and realized both times were followed by noticeable head pain.

I gave it another try. I made it through the Christmas holiday season without a cookie or roll. I knew I needed to test my theory one more time. Last weekend we went to a favorite Italian restaurant. I had wonderful garlic knots and pasta. Followed by a day of noticeable head pain. That was enough to convince me... gluten is a trigger that can/will increase my head pain.

Of course this week I was ready to throw in the proverbial towel. The headache just wouldn't go away. I didn't eat any bread, pasta, etc... Then I read a blog that mentioned Pringles are made with wheat flour. WHAT???? I didn't read the label. I know potato chips aren't a health food, but who puts wheat flour on potato chips. Apparently Pringles do. Thus explaining why my headache stuck around.

Being gluten free isn't easy. It is easier than it was just a few years ago. Since I am not grain free, I still eat rice pasta and use rice flour blends for baking. I am learning about GF baking, it takes some fineness for sure. But I will keep plugging away at it. I have found some great bolts with recipes and tips to help with this transition.

Here I go into a new venture in the journey called life. Until next time.

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