Category: DIY

Gluten-Free Buttermilk Biscuits

I have taken to a certain gluten-free flour blend that seems to mimic white flour very well. With it, I’ve made a variety of muffins, chocolate chip cookies, biscuits, and pizza dough. It’s far less expensive than the specific kits by Bob’s Red Mill, but those were what I started with to learn how to best bake gluten-free.

I stumbled across Jeanne’s book, Gluten-Free Wishlist, in my local library. I love how she has worked hard to replicate gluten-free baking without adding in nut flours or bean flours that can change the taste dramatically. Continue reading…

Adventures in Eating Gluten and Egg Free

Deciding to go gluten-free wasn’t an easy decision to make, that is, until I tried gluten not once, but twice, at the end of the 8Safe Elimination Diet. Once I felt that pain and discomfort, choosing to avoid gluten became a lot easier. We’ve been busy around these parts enjoying snacks and slowly cleaning out our pantry in order to welcome the new changes to our household. Continue reading…

A Gluten for Punishment

On Friday, I decided to make homemade pizza just as I used to before going on the elimination diet. I knew gluten bothered me, but while I am absolutely adamant about not eating eggs again anytime soon (nor baking with them), I just wanted to try gluten and wheat one.more.time.

The pizza was probably the best I’ve made in as far as I can remember. The dough came out perfect, the most amazing rise and flavor. The sauce was another homemade entity that was flavorful and delicious. The topping was just your basic mozzarella with seasonings. It was glorious and I savored every bite. The family enjoyed it, except for Crab. He never seems to like pizza much.

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I may be going Gluten Free. Forgive me.

Gluten was the biggest test of the 8Safe program that I was looking forward to. It was the culmination of the entire program and would either keep the door open to a bunch of delectable goodness or close it over for a while (or permanently). I had high hopes that I would be one of the few to suffer no ill effects; just as I had thought would be the case with eggs. Boy, was I wrong.

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Being Frugal Gives You Back Time

When it comes to an invitation these days I ask myself two questions before I respond:

Would I be happy to say yes if this were tomorrow?

Often, it’s easier to say “yes” to an event or responsibility that’s far in the future. I fall into the trap often agreeing to something only to dread it the day or hours before having to show up.

Now, instead of agreeing to everything and back tracking, I wait and decide if it were tomorrow, would I be happy to go?

Would this person expect me to come and need my help?

I wouldn’t want to leave someone in a difficult spot, so if it’s something another person would need my help with, I will more than likely offer my time. Continue reading…