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GOOD, NUTRITIOUS, GLUTEN FREE FOOD

This is a post that finally came down to the result of a whole lot of frustration.  I would like to show case wonderful, delicious, food that is GLUTEN FREE.  Most of it, GLUTEN FREE NATURALLY. There is so much negative hype/nastiness out there these days about Gluten Free this, Gluten Free that, Gluten Free […]

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VACATION AND FOOD AND A PUZZLE?

Every January we take a 1 week vacation to our lovely West Coast Gulf Island - Salt Spring Island, B.C. at a cabin on the lake. (next year we are planning 10 days!) We arrived to a frozen tundra of 7 degrees below Celsius (very cold for our West Coast) This is a picture of […]

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GLUTEN FREE UPSIDE DOWN PEAR GINGERBREAD CAKE

This cake was a delightful festive dessert.  If you love the flavors of gingerbread this is a cake for you.  It would be lovely for Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas and your house will smell divine while it is baking.  Apples would work nicely here too. We have just come into pear harvest in our area […]

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VACATION AND COOKING WITH KITCHEN BASICS AND MUST HAVES

We recently had a week vacation - a lovely cabin on the lake at one of our Gulf Islands.  We love the cabin with its rustic charm, a cozy big fireplace, a kitchen (most important!) and beautiful lake views. Over the years, I have learned what to bring as usually the kitchens are quite small, […]

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RAIN

We have had the most glorious summer.  Hot sunny weather - the best we have had in 8 years living on our West Coast of British Columbia. The nite I wrote this post  it poured down with rain. I can't believe I have actually missed the sound of rain falling. (we get a ton of […]

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OUR SWEET GIRL IS GONE

It is with much sadness in my heart to say that our beloved dog Tara has left us for a better world.  One where she is free from illness, free from any restriction or discomfort. I have been debating these past few days whether or not to do this post...but then DH dug up these […]

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CHRISTMAS 2012

Happy Christmas everyone!  This year we will be having a quiet Christmas. We will be having the traditional Turkey Dinner with all the fixin's on Christmas Eve....or more commonly known in our household as "Danish Christmas".  Family will arrive for the day and evening - one of my favorite times of the year. I wanted […]

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MISSING THE KITCHEN

Wow.  Have I ever been missing my kitchen.  After these past few months of working hard with my new company....I needed desperately needed to get back into the kitchen. The above photo is 14 cups of nourishing, vitamin packed, healthy Turkey broth.  Thanksgiving in Canada was Oct. 8/12. The turkey had been sitting in my […]

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THE RESTORATION PROJECT IS COMPLETE

TA....DAAAA IT IS FINISHED!  This old dresser turned out to be even nicer looking than I thought it would.  My DH was very surprised! What I was most happy about was purchasing Low VOC/Odorless stains.  I have to say, stain has come a long long way baby!  Near as I can tell we found there […]

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A RESTORATION PROJECT

With a whirl wind of a summer, and a busy fall, it often feels like there are not enough hours in the day.  It is hard to believe we are now in October....where did the summer go? Although I must say September was a most beautiful month.  Cool mornings and evenings, then hot afternoons.  Perfect […]

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A BUSY GIRL'S CHEATER DINNER

Mercy....life has been crazy busy, too much going on, too much to learn and too much to absorb.  But you know what?  I am one happy girl despite all of this craziness. Since I have been asked...now for some personal information... Back in 2001 I worked for a company that I loved, providing Mobile Spa […]

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SWEET CHILI BASIL CHICKEN

See this ohhh soooo lovely photograph of deliciousness?  This photo was taken with this: Yes...DH brought home a new camera - what an awesome present!  It has all kinds of fancy options...I have not even used the camera yet.  He kindly took all the photos for this post.  I am in a huge learning curve […]

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OUR ANNUAL WEEKEND GETAWAY AND A NEW RECIPE

We have recently had our annual Weekend Getaway to Salt Spring Island - a little bit of paradise.  We once again stayed at The Cottage Resort, and with the warm weather finally here, we got to swim in that gorgeous lake - it was fabulous!  One of these summers I so want a full week […]

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LEARNING TO MAKE ORGANIC GOAT FETA CHEESE

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a class on the art of making Organic Goat Feta Cheese, at a local farm in our area - Sacred Circle Farm.  This was an educational day, let me tell you.  This lovely farm raises Sannen goats, chickens, ducks, geese, 4 dogs, a number of cats and a […]

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A YOUNG TALENTED CHEF IS GONE

I just learned today that Anthony Sedlak suddenly passed away on July 6/2012.  At the tender age of 29, Anthony was an up and coming talented Canadian Chef.  He was the Food Network Star of the shows THE MAIN, AND FAMILY COOK OFF, to name just two of his many accomplishments. Such a tragic loss, […]

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HOMEMADE VEGETABLE COCKTAIL - A HEALING JOURNEY

As I may have mentioned previously, years ago when healing from Celiac Disease I made the choice to heal naturally. I have never done well with medication of any kind, including aspirin! I wanted to get vitamin packed nutrients from vegetables of all kinds. We bought an inexpensive juicer and at that time regularly made […]

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THE HEAVENLY LOBSTER

This pot of fresh Atlantic Lobster looks divine, does it not?  Sigh....wish this was sitting on top of my stove getting ready to be a meal.  Sadly, it is not. My dear Dtr. and her boyfriend are back East in Halifax Nova Scotia visiting his family.  And yes, they are about to sit down and […]

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INTEGRITY AND GRATITUDE

This is a post about wonderful Gluten Free Food.  This is a post about what I love most about people: Honesty Integrity Coming from your heart Being who you are regardless of what others might say or think Steadfastness - loyalty to your lifestyle, to your family and friends, in other words not "buckling" to […]

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EARTH DAY: ROASTED FENNEL CARROTS ZUCCHINI - ORGANICS AND BEES

EARTH: Earth Day is around the corner. Since Earth is our source of life, dedicating a day to our cosmic home once a year seems only fair. Each year, I try to make the effort of observing Earth Day.  Although, I do try to make a conscious effort every day. In Canada, we celebrate an […]

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CELEBRATION

This week is a celebratory week. First, it is my DH's birthday around the corner. One of his most favorite Gluten Free Meals is: Gluten Free Fish and Chips. We had this most delicious dinner the other night - homemade Tartar Sauce, homemade Ketchup and a side dish of Coleslaw.  I have to say, it […]

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BEACH DAY IN FEBRUARY!

It is hard to believe, but we actually had some sunny, warm weather.  (although, it is now back to rain) Recently, my favorite sister Janet, mentioned how she would love to see our West Coast Beaches.  No way could I refuse this request....so this post is for you Janet - with love, from the other […]

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SNOW DAY

This is what we woke up to this morning - a good 10 inches of snow with more to come today and tomorrow.  Don't think I will be going anywhere for the next few days.  Our main road into Victoria is covered, and icy!  They are advising people not to travel the roads unless absolutely […]

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IT'S A CAT'S WORLD

This post is long overdue.....we have had these pictures in the camera for ages, since August actually, so I finally got around to doing a new post on our "critters". We are ruled by our critters.   We are softies, mushes, oh yes....marshmallows.  Lord help us...we can not rescue another critter be it a dog or […]

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SHE'S ALIVE, ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING

No recipe to day folks.  My brother-in-law Gerry, sent me this you-tube video, I absolutely just had to share. Bless your heart Gerry! I watched it three times, and it touched me to my core.  Not a video to share with wee little ones, however, a video to share world wide with everyone else.  I […]

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LIEBSTER AWARD AND AUTUMN PUMPKIN PE

My friend Karen at Heal Balance Live very graciously bestowed the Liebster Award to me. A kind and thoughtful award indeed.  Thank you Karen - you touch my heart, I hope one day some how, some day we may meet, I have a feeling we could be really good friends!  If we don`t meet, you […]

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING CANADA!

This Thanksgiving will be one with lots of food, shared with loved ones.  Monday, October 10th is Thanksgiving Day in Canada, it is also my sister Tia's birthday - Happy Birthday Tia - we love you!  (Tia and her family live in Calgary Alberta - and we do miss them!) This post is all about […]

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A HEARTWARMING STORY

Well, there is no food post today, however, when I watched this youtube video my sister in law sent, I had to share.  This heartwarming, lovely true story moved me to tears - happy tears. Get out the kleenix tissue, especially if you love cats and horses.   This story has gotten a lot of […]

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THE BEST, YES, THE BEST HOT DOG I EVER ATE!

Never in a million years did I ever think about doing a post on the "Hot Dog".  Never.  But, there is a story here, there really, really is. The very first time I tasted a hot dog, was on my 10th birthday.  My brother and I are one year apart, by a few days.  My […]

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GLUTEN FREE LIFE, AND LIFE WITH A PRINCESS CAT

This is her Royal Highness Princess: Miss Lily.  What is she waiting for?  Well, the dog's water bowl is only half full.  Absolutely unacceptable.  Miss Lily will sit like this for 15 minutes, erect stature, questioning eyes....Hello....do you realize I have been waiting, do you, do you??? Then the other day, I washed our dog's […]

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A MOST SINFUL SALAD REVISITED WITH A NEW OPINON

Normally, I would not do a post on a recipe that has already been posted.  Here is the thing....this salad has a story, and now some history, so I just had to share. To start from the very beginning, this story began one nite last year when DH and I went out for dinner.  A […]

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DAY THREE - OF OUR GETAWAY WEEKEND

With our last day on Salt Spring Island, we decided to take in the Foxglove Organic Farm Tour/Festival.  A gorgeous day awaited us.  You can check out their website here. Here are a couple of pictures of the main house - sadly, we could not take photos of the front of the house as there […]

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DAY TWO - OF OUR GETAWAY WEEKEND

Day two.  The weather got even better - thank the heavens, because the guys were playing an outdoor venue.  Well, semi lightly covered, but still an outdoor venue.  Will have to get pictures next time...dang...none of them turned out! We spent the day visiting a few of my favorite stores on the Island - always […]

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WEEKEND GETAWAY

We had the most lovely three days on Salt Spring Island - good food, beautiful weather, great music, and it was wonderful to see some of our friends we have not seen since last year.   The ferry ride from Swartz Bay in Victoria B.C. is about 35 minutes to Salt Spring Island. Once we arrived […]

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THE FARMER'S MARKET AND A TASTE OF HEAVEN

When shopping at our local farmer's organic market, (just down the street), I always leave with a smile on my face.  Bless their hearts - especially with the challenges they face with our very strange, crazy West Coast weather. One of my favorite summer side dishes is a simple saute of zucchini, tomatoes, yellow or […]

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FLOWERS IN THE GARDEN, AND PROGRESS WITH MISS LILY

Looking at the flowers in the garden today, I could not resist taking a few photos.  I always forget what the name of this lovely flower is.  Commonly seen in many bouquets, this started as one single plant that has spread to an area of now close to three feet.  I love it when that […]

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IN THE GARDEN, AND SLEEP DEPRIVATION

See this Hobbit House?  Okay, I know it is a birdhouse.  But I like the sound of Hobbit House better, don't you?  I want to climb into that tiny hole and sleep for three days.  Seriously.  Although, I think the caterpillar on the roof, might beat me to it. You see, I have always had […]

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GARDEN TOUR

WhooooHoooo!  We have heat !  How long have we waited?  Can you tell I am a wee bit excited?  And yes the garden got planted last weekend despite cold rainy days. But now we have actual sunshine with the added bonus of heat.  We honestly were beginning to wonder if it would happen at all.  […]

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TAGGED! WANT TO JOIN IN ON THE FUN?

The lovely Janet from NineHundredandSeventyTwelveRecipes tagged me!!!  I did participate in a tag not so long ago, so rather than tag my lovely blogger friends again, I invite any and all who would like to participate...to please do so and spread some fun!  So, here we go... 1) Do you think you are hot? Terribly […]

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STAYING WARM AND MORE SNOW!

This is what we woke up to this morning - February 23, 2011.  This is looking out my kitchen window fortunately with a steaming hot cup of coffee in my hands.  Each winter, these past few years, we have been getting more and more snow.  I can remember growing up and not seeing any snow […]

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REFRESHING TUNA SALAD

This is the second of a few posts - some days ago I did a post about wanting to eat less carbs - less bread, pasta, rice throughout the day.  Well, the first day was a disaster.  I got called into work at the last moment, and quickly threw together a sandwich for lunch, plus […]

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SALAD DRESSING RECIPES

My DH created this page for me compiling the different salad dressing recipes I have made so far.  I originally had them listed under Sauces, Marinades and Salad Dressings.  The problem with that, as my dear daughter pointed out, is it brought up the salad name, not a specific salad dressing.  Much to her frustration, […]

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CURRIED CHICKEN SALAD - and DIETS?

There is much talk these days in the blogging world about diets.  Paleo, SCD, Primal, Macro-Biotic and the list goes on.  I see much I like about each and every one of these diets. Could I do one or the other? Probably not.  However, at this stage in life, or rather, ahem, age in life, […]

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HUEVOS RANCHEROS

This lovely, delicious Huevos Rancheros is becoming a once-a-year tradition.  So delicious - and  even better - it was cooked for me!  Every year, my best friend, Sophia, makes this yummy meal for me.  While living in the heart of Texas she earned the nickname, "Tequila Sophia", where she fell in love with Tex-Mex food. […]

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SEASON'S GREETINGS AND HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCE

It is hard to believe Christmas is here, it arrived so fast, didn't it?  This Christmas marks the first year I have ever made homemade Cranberry Sauce.  I was not going to post it, but DH insisted.  You see, I'm just not a cranberry sauce fan.  Never have been.  I thought I might like it […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT ABOUT CHRISTMAS

This is a hard post for me to do.  I sit here, asking do I hit that publish button? Gluten Free Girl and the Chef have done a recent post about Christmas.  About Christmas and the appreciation of food.  Also, putting forth the idea of giving to food banks, giving to the hungry.  Then Shauna […]

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WINTER, AND STOCKING THE FRIDGE

We got back to the Farmer's Market, twice in one week - to stock up.  So happy we did, as it was their last day for the season, and once again they are predicting snow overnight and tomorrow. Actually, right now it is howling wind outside and cold! (we did have a sprinkling of snow […]

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REAL FOOD

This was some of the fresh foods that came from my garden this past summer.  We did not have a great summer, so I feel lucky to have gotten what we did grow.  There was fresh herbs, Italian Flat leaf parsley, Rosemary, Thyme, Mint.  We also had fresh Lettuces, Kale, and Swiss chard.  Plus a […]

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WATERCRESS SALAD

Watercress is a green sent from the Heavens.  It truly is.  In our neck of the woods, we do have somewhat similar weather to that of various parts of Britain.  We get rain.  Oh yes, we get rain. Watercress loves water, of course.  So why then is it so hard to come by the beloved […]

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END OF SEPTEMBER - WONDERS OF NATURE

We have had incredible rains, wind and cold weather.  Unusual for our neck of the woods.  Normally our Septembers are hot during the day, cool in the early mornings and evenings.  This is unusual.  Something else unusual, I have never seen before are these: These mushrooms sprouted a week or so ago, after heavy rains.  […]

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OLIVE OIL

And A  Silly Story To Share..... I meant to do this post back in May, when this was actually going on....but I had too many other posts that I was excited about...hence, this post is late!  Now here we are in September, and it has started again! We have a forest behind our neighbors house....which […]

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GLUTEN FREE CHICKEN POT PIE

Well, the rains have come.  Actually it has been more like Monsoons!  And dark and cloudy out too.  Just the right kind of cool weather for comfort food....Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie.  This was a huge pie - we will be having leftovers tomorrow, so you can always scale down to make a smaller pie.  […]

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A PROUD MAMMA

When I think back on the years, my sweet mother-in-law comes to mind.  She is now 93 and going strong!  Years ago, when our children were 12, 11, 9, and 8…. We had a lovely visit with my mother-in-law.  I don’t remember her exact words, but they were something along the lines of once a […]

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WEEKEND GETAWAY AND A LAKESIDE COTTAGE

We had a lovey getaway, on Salt Spring Island.  It was quick, and busy as DH was playing music two nights, back to back.  But I love it there - any chance to go and I grab it!  The first night, we ate dinner at the outdoor seaside Restaurant where the guys played.  I ate […]

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VISION AND A GORGEOUS COFFEE TABLE PROJECT

Oh how I wish I had “before” photos!  This project was a vision in my mind back in Sept. 2009.  Then I began the project in Jan. 2010, before I had a blog, hence no photos, but I will do my best in retelling this story. In Sept. 2009, at one of the Heritage Homes […]

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COOKING FOR ONE, AND A FANTASTIC GARDENING BOOK!

Just look at that plate of goodness!  For those of you that are not shellfish lovers, just pretend they are not there and only look at the gorgeous organic veggies.  This was soooo good.  I think from start to finish, it took maybe 20 minutes?  And clean up was a snap.  My DH is away […]

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UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

If someone had said to me 10 years ago, we would own a dog, and 4 cats, after our children moved out of the family home to start lives of their own, I would have said: "you are out to lunch"!  Well, here we are.  It began with her: Let me introduce you to Tara.  […]

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MID JUNE IN THE GARDEN

I love to watch Mother Nature Work her Magic.  With these series of flower pictures, I am amazed, because I did not plant a single one! The Snap Dragons and the lovely Cottage Mallow, were carried in the wind, from one side of the garden to another.  The Snapdragons, I had growing in a large […]

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THE EdGe - A RESTAURANT REVIEW

(Can not believe we forgot our camera!  This picture was taken with my cell phone, and so does not do justice to this most amazing meal) I have wanted to do this post for some time now, and realize I have been stalling on this one.  Why? First, I am not a writer and second, […]

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CHICKEN, AND SOME RESEARCH

. For The Love of Chicken.... Before I delve into this post...some information.  I am a Certified Massage Practitioner, Reflexologist, and a Yoga Teacher.  If there is one thing I have learned in the years of my Practice it is how incredibly different each body is.  What works for one body, may not work for […]

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REFLECTIONS....AND GOOD FRIENDS

DAY OF REFLECTIONS…… One day last week…..I thought of friends we had not seen in a couple of years.  Low and behold….the phone rings…..they are here!  So we were able to get together.  This lovely couple resides in Northern California….so our opportunities to visit are not as frequent as we would like…..it was so nice […]

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WHAT DOES EARTH DAY MEAN TO YOU?

EARTH DAY, 2110, APRIL 22ND Yesterday was Earth Day, April 22, 2010.  People,…I am not political….hell, I barely know how to do a blog….I’m a 52 year old woman with a voice,…a conscience…a story……and a question.  Do I have the answers….sadly, no.  My kids are grown, I work part time (wish it was more…but with […]

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GLUTEN FREE FLOURS

GLUTEN FREE FLOURS IN MY KITCHEN Wow…gone are the days when all you could find in health food stores was white and brown rice flours….maybe tapioca starch, if you were really lucky.  Now a days there is so much more available!  Bless the Gluten Free Food  Gods….we need you!!! I use a variety of gluten […]

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Getaway Breakfast and An Embarrassing Moment

Why does it always seem when you go away for a mini holiday you eat more???  We had huge breakfasts...I'm talking big! I always pack my gluten free pancake premix - so those are easy to whip up when we are away.....but there was bacon, eggs, sausages, pan fries......I guess you get the picture! GOLDEN […]

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OUR GETAWAY, DAY 3

On our 3rd night of our Getaway …. We decided to go out for dinner.  Wish I could say it was good……it was horrible!  So disappointing, and last year it had been fabulous!  Well, we won’t do that again….we did discover another place we will definitely try next time!  So, after dinner, we headed back […]

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Thank You!

It is with warm heart felt thanks….to all of you out there in the world,  for your kind encouragement and help in getting this Blog “happening”!  It has already been my first week – huge, huge, learning curve…..lots of mistakes along the way…..but making progress!   It really has been fun! Now…..my typing fingers will take […]

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