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On more than one occasion, Carl and I have been watching tv or just lying in bed and he would say, “Is that thunder?”. Nope. It’s my belly. My tummy grumbles have been getting a lot worse and when I went to the dr. last week she suggested I go gluten and dairy-free for the next six weeks and then we will re-assess and see if it needs to be permanent or if I can put some stuff back into my diet (so long, bread and cheese!). I also gave up soda…again.

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This is my replacement. It’s water with cucumber, lime, and lemon. It’s pretty tasty but it doesn’t have the fizzy kick that I enjoy with my diet dr. pepper. I’m thinking of doing this with sparkling water and seeing how it tastes.

Since I’m forcing myself to eat healthier, I thought I better get back to my workout routine that I’ve been avoiding for about 8 months. I’m back to kickboxing.
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This morning it felt like I was the punching bag. I totally barfed (I made it to the bathroom) and when I came home I felt like I was going to vomit again so I just rested on the bed and luckily Carl was still home so I had him peel me an orange so I could get something in my stomach. I think the problem was I vomited at the beginning of class and then continued on and my body was like, WOAH THERE PARTNER! It’s been hours since the class and I’m back to my normal self now so I’ll be back for the punishment later this week.

So if you see me around town and I look super cranky, you now know why.

Baking Bread

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Once we were home from France, we became acutely aware that our local baguettes just weren’t going to cut it. I checked out a book from our local library called, Artisan Breads at Home (at Home with The Culinary Institute of America), and decided to try my hand at making our own. This book had several good recipes and after a trip to Whole Foods to get malt syrup, we got started making the Poolish. That is the process of starting the yeast to ferment the night before baking.

Baking the bread took some effort. It was a full half-day experience. It wasn’t all hands-on during that time, but I had to stay pretty close to home because there were a lot of time sensitive steps to go through.

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The result was worth it. This is my first batch from the book. This book uses a few different calculations and I’ve found in subsequent batches that the most accurate is using the weight. Some of the volume measurements are off. Luckily, I have a good food scale that allowed me to do that.

When it came down to the fact that I wanted my own book on artisan bread banking, I looked at a bunch at the library and bookstore and settled on buying Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day, as it seemed a little more user friendly and had more recipes I was interested in. I’ll definitely keep you all posted on my favorites from that book.

Well, I’ve done it. I started my new website and I’m ready to show it off to the world. It’s called Real Food Really Good and it is full of recipes that are WAIT FOR IT…… real food that’s really good! I’m also going to tell you how you might win a $100 gift card to Amazon.com!

You can read a little more in depth about why I started this site on the about page, but suffice it to say, I needed to get real with my food. I’ve spent too many of my years eating junk and feeding junk to my family. I wanted to do better. So I am.

I’m still working on getting a lot of the “bad stuff” out of my diet. It’s a work in progress. I just hope you all enjoy the recipes I put out there and will try them with your own families!

To kick off my new site, I’m giving away a $100 gift card to Amazon.com. I’ll be choosing someone randomly from my FB fans and newsletter subscribers.

If you want to be my FB fan, click here.

To subscribe to my newsletter, click here. The newsletter will be sent out once a month and will include a special not-yet published recipe and some deals.

If you do both, you have double the entries!

I will still be updating this site at times but I will be posting more regularly over there. I hope you’ll come over and join me!  The drawing will be held on my birthday, April 11th! You have just over one week to be eligible for the drawing.

I’d really like to get the word out about my site. If you find it useful and worthwhile, would you mind sharing it with others?  A tweet? Some pins on pinterest? A blog post? Anything will help and I certainly appreciate it!

I love to read books about food. I just finished one yesterday called, “The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry”. It’s about the author’s desire to graduate from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She gets laid off her corporate job, uses all her savings, and pursues her life’s passion. I love books like this! You could probably put this book in the same category as Julie & Julia but I enjoyed this one so much more (less whiny & more cooking).

This book made me want to drop out of life for a while and go study cooking abroad.  Actually, it would only be a week and I would probably want to go HERE (better start saving the $1800 + airfare).

Have I mentioned that I’ve been working with a trainer and have been strictly counting calories for a few weeks now?

And now I’m reading about how to make the most perfect puff pastry and onion soup gratineed with about a pound of luscious cheese?

It’s a bit dangerous but so far, I’ve managed to stay within my allotted calories each day but one (I went over by 140 calories on Christmas but that was it!). It’s been doable, I’m not starving, and technically I can eat whatever I want (like the 160 calories I took in of candy from the Jelly Belly Factory). It helps to have my trainer monitor all of my food. If I eat 400 calories in licorice, he’s going to call me out on it (ahem, Christmas).

So, for now, I’ll just read about the decadent, butter-rich food from France and dream about spending a week in Mexico learning how to cook some traditional dishes.

Pass the carrot sticks.

 

First week of WW and I’m down 2.8 lbs. I’m actually kind of surprised because I had a big emotional eating binge-fest last night at Texas Roadhouse. But, I was pretty good the rest of the week. Hooray for flex points, right?

 

 

These muffins were a big hit with Caleb! He can’t get enough of them…and I’m glad to give them to him! I used a basic muffin recipe and then added the extras with what I had on hand.

GFCF Anytime Muffins Recipe

  • 2 1/4 cups gluten-free all purpose flour mix (I used 3/4 cup brown rice flour, 1/2 cup potato starch flour, and 1/4 cup tapioca flour)
  • 1 tsp xantham gum (unless your GFCF flour mix already has it in there)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar (I used Sucanot)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1 cup grated apple
  • 1 cup gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line your muffin tins.
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together.  I pureed all of the fruits & veggies in my blender and then added them to the dry ingredients. Next add eggs, oil, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.
Fill your muffin cups about 3/4 full.  Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
This recipe made 24 muffins.
Store muffins in the refrigerator. These also freeze well. I placed half in the refrigerator and half in the freezer.

 

 

Looks like I’m back to talking about food. But first…let me give you an exercise update. After my bout with pneumonia, I’ve had a hard time getting back to exercising without wanting to die for lack of oxygen. I went on an almost 6 mile bike ride last week (I probably should have only done 3–but I thought I was much, much better) and I started doing yoga in the evenings with the kids (the kids don’t really participate–they just get on their mats and make a lot of noise). Today I started going back to kickboxing. I had been once a few weeks ago and realized that I wasn’t quite ready for that kind of workout yet. My doctor agreed and kind of chastised me for even trying it. But, I’m back, and today’s workout went well.

Because I hadn’t been working out, I could feel the pounds creeping back. I decided to join Weight Watchers (again!) to help me keep track of my eating. I haven’t even finished my first week yet so it is still pretty new but I really like the new Points Plus program. It has kept me from eating out so much for lunch and I’ve been preparing some awesome food for my family.

Speaking of my family, we decided to put our son on a gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet. Yikes! I didn’t jump on the “Let’s cure autism with this diet” bandwagon back in the day even though I have no doubt that it has helped a ton of kids and families. I’d read several books about it and it didn’t seem like that was something we needed to do in Caleb’s situation. On impulse last week, I picked up “The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook” at the library. Many of you that know my son personally have noticed his “Darth Vader” breathing style. This book specifically mentions that AND that it could potentially help with digestive issues (Caleb is chronically constipated and often poops his pants—he’s 8–it’s not a pretty thing). I was sold. I was going to ease him into it gradually but I tried a few items out on him and he liked them so I decided to just go with it and he’s been GFCF since Saturday. We’re going to give it a solid effort for 2-3 months. If we don’t notice any changes, I’ll add those items back into his diet.

What does this mean? It means I have to cook ALL OF THE TIME! I feel like I’ve barely been out of the kitchen for the past couple of days. I’ve also been a regular at the grocery store stocking up on all sorts of new ingredients (Xanthan gum! Tapioca Flour! Potato Starch!). I’ve also been a Google search fanatic (does carob bean gum have casein? GFCF crockpot recipes!).

Are GFCF recipes something that any of you would be interested in if I share them? What about Weight Watchers friendly recipes?

It’s really all I’ve been doing or thinking about for the past several days.

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All of my posts this week were about food with pics taken from my phone. I’ve been a bit food obsessed lately. Anyway, this is a sandwich I made with toasted Italian bread, double creme brie, and gala apple slices.

It was terribly delicious and I thought about making another for breakfast this morning.

Tonight or tomorrow I’ll be making a cucumber coconut bisque and I can’t wait to try it!

Corn!

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We are participating in a group garden and Carl and I planted the corn. We also mulched it and prayed really hard that it would grow and be delicious.

It did and it is!

This weekend we went out to harvest our portion and I’m cooking it up for dinner tonight! We will also have some left over to freeze. Working in this garden has been a great investment of our time and (a very little) money. My fridge is also full of carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, squash and green beans. I have garlic drying and a small stack of onions. And, that was just from this week!

We’ll be eating well for a while, that’s for sure!

Are you wondering how I’m doing with the cleanse? Well, let’s just say that it isn’t going like I had planned but I’m still pretty happy.

I started doing the full-on cleanse last Saturday. On Tuesday I went out to eat with some friends and designated it a “cheat” day. I didn’t go overboard–I had soup & salad. But, then that night, I went on a serious emotional eating binge involving some Pizza Hut pan pizza. That was the night of the tornadoes ripping through Oklahoma and being just miles away from hitting all of my family members in two different cities. I was a bit stressed.

I regretted it the next day. I was super sick for the first half of the morning. I felt horrible. My body turned on me. I got the point.

I’m back on the program.

This is the kind of food I get to eat for lunch.  This is a chicken & quinoa salad and it was absolutely delicious. Who needs pizza? Not me!

I’m starting to add a few new things into the diet to see how I react to them. Slowly, but surely, I’ll be able to have a full-range of foods to choose from and much healthier habits than before.

I still can’t believe I’m not craving soda. It was kind of my thing and now I couldn’t care less.