Planting season

Kneeling down the smell of rich loamy soil fills my senses. Then a sweet warm smell over takes it, as I pull a bright orange carrot from the ground. Satisfaction wells up inside me as I view the rewards of my hard work and patience. My mouth waters because it smells as sweet as I know it will taste! * sigh* Perfection, there is nothing better than eating veggies that were in the soil less than an hour ago.

There has been so much rain lately that it has been hard to get into the garden, but we have finally hit a dry patch! I am taking full advantage of it, believe me 🙂 My lettuces are coming up, I’ve planted more varieties, along with cabbage, kale, broccoli, onions, scallions, shallots, garlic, cucumber, zucchini, and squash. Our old garden has already been filled, and now we are starting to enlarge it! We still have to plant green beans, swiss chard, sugar snap peas, potatoes, radishes, parsnips, turnips, more squash, tomatoes, peppers, and I’m not sure what else.

My dear friend from Satisfied Belly has been coming over to help in the garden. It has been a huge blessing for me, and when the veggies start coming in it will be for her as well 🙂 I enjoy listening to the girls giggling and playing. They take breaks and come over to see what we are doing or to help. Andrew toddles after them enjoying their antics, however he spends most of his time next to me in the garden. I, on the other hand, spend too much time having to make sure that he isn’t eating the dirt he is digging up. Oh well he’s a typical boy and seems to enjoy every minute of it!

In addition to expanding the garden we are making other changes as well. I’ve expanded the herb garden adding new herbs to enjoy. Some of the seeds that I’ve panted are coming up and I am itching for them to be big enough to pick. We have also planted 2 pear trees (my mother’s day gift) and we will be planting a blackberry and blueberry bush this week as well!

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New Adventures in Food-Part 2

Discovered a local cup-cakery that was apparently apart of food network’s cupcake wars. I don’t know if they won or not, but those cupcakes were the best!! To make it even better was they sell gluten-free cupcakes 🙂 Since the last time I posted I’ve tried to make a gluten-free Quiche crust. That didn’t turn out so well 😦 so I made a crustless Quiche which turned out great!

I have been reading more and learning a lot. So here is the kicker…I need to start eating gluten again! I am finally starting to feel better. I’m still run down, but I no longer feel like my head is foggy. The problem is that I have learned some more things that have given me cause to be concerned that perhaps I may potentially have celiac disease. I’m not really concerned with it, because I will be going gluten-free no matter what, it just means that I will have to be even more vigilant about gluten. So what is celiac disease? Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease triggered by gluten. Unfortunately all too often people do not know that they have it, even if they try to get help it often gets misdiagnosed. Then they are fed a bunch of medicine that treats the symptoms, not the actual problem. This can lead to more serious diseases. So due to family history (and my history) I feel I definitely need to find out if it is an intolerance or celiac. Unfortunately the testing won’t give accurate results if I am not eating gluten. So back to the gluten until I can get in and have my blood drawn. For more information about celiac disease or gluten free cooking check out my new links!

New Adventures in Food

So since the last time I posted there have been some changes that I have made in my life. I have been soda free for several weeks now (yea!). I found that drinking cold water helps wake me up. I have also been drinking tea, herbal coffee, and lemonade as substitutes when I really just want a soda. I want to reduce the amount of sugar in my diet, but first comes first. I’m not the kind of person that can tackle several new challenges at once. Now that I have got the soda thing under my belt, the next big thing is to go gluten-free.

So what is gluten you may ask? It is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, spelt, rye, etc. Where can it be found? Well obviously bread, bakery items, pasta, soy sauce (unless labeled otherwise), some salad dressings, marinades, and basically most pre-package food. These grains are considered great “fillers” so you have to watch it, even if it says that it has no wheat, it may have dextrin in it, which is a form of gluten. Unfortunately it can also be found in makeup and medicine.

Now why am I going gluten-free? No this is not just a fad, it is going to be a lifestyle for me. I have rosacea, migraines, and some digestive issues. When I started researching what could cause all these things, there was a common theme that I found throughout all of these things and it is gluten. I am not saying that I have celiac disease, because I don’t believe that I do. I do believe that I have an intolerance to gluten.

So now I am embarking on a new adventure learning how to cook with new flours! For pasta I am buying tinkyada or sometimes deBoles (rice). Now I have to warn you there are a lot of rice pastas that are out there and they don’t taste very good and get gummy. These pastas (when cooked to al dente) are great. I have been using them for over a year now as I have a friend that has already made the switch to gluten-free. I am currently working on a new recipe for lemon coconut muffins. I have a few tweaks that I need to make, but should hopefully be posting soon!