2013 archive

{WGF?!} Pamela’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

I’m excited that my first WGF review (WHAT the GLUTEN FREE?!) is a positive one. I will do my best to share the best-of-the-best GF products with you. I should know, I’ve been trying them since 2005! Without going into too much history here (I know, you want to read about the product review) I will give you a little insight to my Celiac diagnosis at the end of this post. I was diagnosed in 2005, so I’ve tried lots of crummy GF food and I’m happy to say that GF options have only gotten better since then!

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WGF: PAMELA’S CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MIX

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THE GOOD
Great texture. Huge square chunks of chocolate goodness. And all you need is a stick of butter and an egg. Sooo easy.

THE SAD
Can’t really say anything terrible here. I might cut back on the amount of butter, but it’s not a make or break for me. I also let them cook in the oven a wee bit longer: 16-18 minutes (never 12 minutes).
*Side Note, these cookies have never turned out the way they look on the package (blonde). They’ve always come out a deep brown color.


Being Diagnosed with Celiac Disease

In 2005 I pretty much thought I had Cancer. My skin was turning gray, I lost a bunch of weight, my brain felt like it was melting and I could barely keep my eyes open. My dear friend Suzanne laid down the law, she wasn’t going to talk to me until I saw a doctor for my ailing body.  I despise going to the doctor, so this was a really big deal. I finally went. I was tested. A lot. Finally after a series of 10+ tests, the results were in. My anti-gliadin panel came back. Here’s how it works:

Negative = 11
Equivocal = 11-17
Positive = 17+

My results came back with = 49
Yeah, kind of high.
No doubt, I have Celiac Disease.

Also, it runs in my lovely Scottish family: My grandmother, mother, aunt and cousins all have it. It’s interesting that it didn’t really hit me until I was in my 30′s!

I made drastic changes. I failed a lot. And after some time, I finally found my GF groove. It took a lot of trial and error. Back then, there really weren’t any yummy GF options. And gluten is a sneaky bastard. It’s freaking everywhere! I still get “glutenated” from time to time, but it doesn’t stop me in my tracks like it used to. You could say that I’m kind of a Celiac veteran now. If you have any questions about GF living, please don’t hesitate to ask. I am more than happy to share what I know.

 

Wooden Spoons with Attitude

spoons_2up spoons_paint I’ve been wanting to do this little project for a while. Of course, when I finally had time to do it, I couldn’t find the blue painters tape (and I know for a fact that there are at least 3 rolls somewhere in this darn house!). But that wasn’t going to stop me. After looking for 20 minutes, I finally decided to MacGyver the project and use invisible tape (and crossed my fingers that it would work). IT DID!

These spoons are so cheery and fun.

I think I’m going to make a bunch of them and add some words (any special requests?). If you’re interested in ordering some, just drop us a line.

DIY NOTES:
-I used acrylic paint and finished the dried product off with a high-gloss gel.
-These are not dishwasher friendly.
-If you are going to do this yourself, go easy on the paint! You don’t want it to get too gloppy. (yes, that’s a technical term).

 

Eating Alfresco

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It’s that time of year again in San Francisco….it’s finally Summer (in October). I’m looking forward to one more glorious evening where it doesn’t dip below 60 degrees after 3pm. I’m eyeballing the week by week forecast so we can enjoy one last evening in yard – hopefully with our recent lemon tree harvest!

 

Hot Glue and Fabric!

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World’s fastest bunting project. I am not known for my sewing abilities – not to mention patience. However, I am a master when it comes to hot-gluing things. This project took an afternoon and I walked away with one minor burn to the index finger. It has completely transformed the energy in my daughter’s room. She loves it!

 

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