and, bam.

Ahhh! Thanks to this amazing comment I now have the magic of embedding my treasuries into mai blogggg. Still have some html lernin’ to do to make it mo prettier, but, yay!

Treasury: ‘special little snowflakes’ by racharypants
a festive collection of all things winter and party

$6.00

$7.00

$18.00

$14.00

$32.00

$39.00

$175.00

$35.00

$48.00

$4.50

$30.00

$56.00

$42.00

$55.00

$49.95

$3.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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etsy treasuries

source: wishdaisy's Etsy shop

I have become obsessed. I have always loved looking at Etsy treasuries other people put together, and for some reason I just Could not figure out how to make one myself! And then I saw the “Create a List” link on the Treasuries page, which was probably pretty prominent this whole time..

And now I can’t stop looking for stuff to put into cute little collections! I have not put the amazing sparkly magenta elephants into any collection yet, but it’s going to happen.

I wish there was a way to integrate my treasuries into my blog.. Maybe there is and I don’t know it? Will have to settle for links till I figure out a better way. They’re all holiday related so far, but someday I might branch out..

special little snowflakes

christmas picks

handmade kid stuff

Are you in my Etsy circle yet? Add me if you want!

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streaking, day one

just a raccoon in a suit, no big deal

My friend Amber said to me yesterday, “I’m thinking of trying to streak in December.” Amber is famous for saying things that are 100% true but also 100% misleading.

Amber is not planning to run naked anywhere. She’s planning a running streak, as in, running at least a mile every single day during the month of December.

This is definitely one of those challenges that makes my eyes light up with anticipation of following through on something so “doable” as running just one mile (or more if I want!) every day. I am endlessly optimistic each time something like this comes up, no matter how recent my last follow-through failure has been.

With that said, I boldly state with fist on desktop that I am going to run at least one mile every day in December. Today is Day 1 and I haven’t failed yet! I ran this morning! How about that. It was my turn to walk the dog so I got geared up in my oh-shoot-I-need-to-do-laundry cold weather running ensemble (respectable stuff as yet unwashed since Turkey Trot, so I was thankful for early morning darkness, given my improvised combo of pink thermal leggings under raggedly cropped yoga pants).

Brady was not as excited about running as I was, but I’m pretty sure we ran at least a mile, and also walked about a mile. And then I had to walk a mile (briskly) to the metro because I missed my bus, so, I’ve got some mileage in today, I’m calling Day 1 checked off. Shazam.

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recipe: pumpkin pancakes

Okay there’s really no reason for this post because all the info is basically back here in my original pancakes kapow recipe (see variations at the bottom of that post). But. But. These are so goooood, they need more attention than a footnote. Even though I can’t even eat these right now, you should. Somebody should. Unless you’re all pumpkin’d out after T-Day, in which case, save this for next fall.

Who am I even kidding, sick of pumpkin… You’re gonna want to eat these every weekend.* Or even every day? How are they so good as leftovers, cold with nothing on them?? HOW?

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. white flour
  • 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 2 T. wheat germ**
  • 2 T. flax seed meal
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spices (more or less depending on your taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 T. maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 c. almond milk (if you need to be dairy free; otherwise regular milk is good, or a combo of yogurt/milk/water/whatever you like)
  • 1/2 c. pumpkin puree
  • 2 T. vegetable oil (sometimes I just do 1 or 1.5 and it’s fine)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Sift flour (and if your baking powder is clumping like mine always does, sift that too, or grind it back to fine powder with mortar and pestle, otherwise it won’t work properly (hat tip: sister Sarah)), then wisk together with other dry ingredients.

In a separate (large) bowl, beat egg. Add all other wet ingredients and wisk to mix. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir until combined, but don’t overdo it. If it’s too thick, add a bit more milk.

If you have time, let the batter rest a bit before making pancakes. These actually make a much nicer evenly brown colored pancake but I didn’t get any pictures of the prettiest ones.

Makes enough for 2 people plus maybe a couple extra pancakes. I doubled it to feed 3 people and had way too many, but seriously these are so good cold, you won’t mind having leftovers.

*I know I know, there are those of you that actually hate pumpkin! still shocks me. but I think you could sub a different pureed squash and it would still work. zucchini pancakes? anyone?

**you can reduce the amount of flour by this amount or just add it on top; may need more milk to compensate if you don’t reduce flour amount.

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just because I know you’ve been wondering…

…I was not super enamored of the whole colo-endo experience. A lot of people said it would be a breeze, you’ll sleep through it, the colyte you have to drink really isn’t that bad. Well no actually most people agreed the colyte stuff is pretty gross. And it was. But that whole part about how I’d sleep through it..! Lies.

I think because I had the upper endoscopy first, I didn’t have enough sleepy juice in me to get through the colonoscopy, and apparently nobody was overly concerned by my waking up mid-procedure. I want you to try and just imagine what it might feel like to have a tube snaking around through your intestines, biting off tiny samples for later biopsy. It feels pretty much exactly like you think it would. Unless you didn’t think it would be uncomfortable at all. In that case, add a few sharp stabs and pinches here and there.

Minor consolation was getting to watch the action on a big screen in front of me. It was like an episode of Nature.. You know because they’re always showing episodes where a snake with a camera on its head is chomping on the inside of a worm.. Eww, too far?

Anyway! Mildly traumatized, but over it now. My healing process was enhanced by about a million percent when I got home from my procedure and started nomming the crap out of this:

Do you know what this is? You might say, a fruity bouquet! But you’d only be half right. This this a lactose- and gluten-free delicious bouquet of food I can eat, that was delivered at the order of none other than la zanosaurus, famous for many things but on this blog, most famous for my trip to her farm. Fruity bouquets send her into giggly fits apparently, and for her generous sense of humor I am eternally grateful.

Huge thanks are Also due to my mother, who drove me to the medical center, sat there for a couple hours while I was probed, drove me home, and other amazing feats as well. AND thanks to Zach, who took over my care in the evening and waited on me hand and foot, since I could hardly lift my head from the arm of the couch, much less prepare food for myself. He has gotten so much practice at that “in sickness” bit..

But(t) anyway.. the initial finding from the scope was that I have a lot of inflammation in there basically, but they won’t really know anything until all the samples are biopsied, which won’t be done till maybe next week. So in the meantime, I’m back off gluten, and continue to be off lactose. Which made Thanksgiving baking and eating a little different, but not bad at all – since my father-in-law is allergic to gluten, there was already going to be a certain amount of things safe for him, and then everyone went out of their way to make things lactose-free also. MIL’s wild rice stuffing = most amazing thing ever holy moly. I made a lactose-free versions of my pumpkin soup and duchess potatoes, as well as a gluten- and lactose-free pumpkin pie (recipes coming soon maybe), so I think all I really had to turn down were the rolls and gravy. All in all I had a really fabulous thanksgiving – maybe more on that later!

I have apparently skipped over the prime of life and jumped straight into my mid-70s, if my new penchant for sharing unsolicited medical details is any indication.. (sorry) It’s ok, Zan and I will just hang out with our elderly friends on the library board. I’m gonna go start shopping for a red hat.

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you’re gonna put what where?

Good news: I get to go back on gluten (still no dairy) for the next 2 weeks. pancakes! pasta! etc!

Bad news: I’m now scheduled for a double-doom, tube-in-both-ends kind of day, later this month. Endoscopy AND colonoscopy. bing bang. I mean it’s not that big a deal, I’m going to be knocked out, won’t matter much to me since I have to do that electrolyte flush just as much for one as both. Just sort of unpleasant to think about..?

But for now I’m focusing on the good news, going to drink myself some real beer and eat some delicious pumpkin pancakes (made with almond milk of course). Maybe not at the same time. Maybe.

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recipe: flourless peanut butter cookies

Yep, food again. But this is glorifying what I can eat instead of whining. Progress! :)

I adapted this from a recipe I found SOMEwhere. Sorry cannot remember the series of links I followed to find this, no credit for youuuu mysterious gluten-free cookie baker.

Ingredients

  • 1 c. natural creamy peanut butter (recommend Trader Joe’s for cheapest natural pb)
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • a few tablespoons sugar in the raw, or regular white sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg

Preheat oven to 350.

Blend together peanut butter and 3/4 c. sugar; beat in baking powder, then mix in egg until well combined (I don’t use blend/beat/mix terms in a technical way – I did this all by hand with no real distinction between stirring/beating/mixing. Hand mixers/kitchenaids not necessary).

Roll into dough balls with your hands, then either dip or roll in sugar (depending on how much extra sugar you want on the outside), and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Gently press dough balls with a fork.

Bake ~10 minutes. Allow to rest on cookie sheet for a couple minutes, then move to rack to cool. Makes about 30 small cookies (if you’re interested: approximately 75 calories per cookie, according to the SparkPeople recipe calculator).

Note: I originally tried making a half batch with chunky natural pb and brown sugar.. did not work! the flavor/texture turned out okay but the dough was basically soup (m-e-s-s-y). kind of miraculous that they formed up into actual cookies. If you want to try subbing in different things like agave or honey or something, let me know how it goes!

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something not food related

SOMETHING FUNNY HERE

Ok every time I’ve been tempted to post something to my blog this week, it’s been about food. The weird food I’m eating in an attempt to avoid gluten and dairy, or the food I’m lusting after that I can no longer (for the time being) eat. I imagine if it ends up being that I am #glutenfree4life this blog will degenerate into a GF recipe catalog and sometime-support-group. Maybe I’ll start a new blog. Or I won’t because there are already a billion gluten-free blogs out there (but I will anyway because like that would stop me). But despite the content of this entire paragraph, this post isn’t about food!!

I really only meant to say, Alyssa linked to ANIMALS TALKING IN ALL CAPS on twitter earlier this week and I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING. There’s some strong language on there kids, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Here are a couple of my favorites. Have a nice evening. :)

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bad news bears (..walter mathau..)

Every once in a while I have what I like to refer to as butt problems. Before you run screaming from what is sure to be a hugely TMI post, that is as graphic as it’s going to get (you are still welcome to run screaming actually, this is kind of a weird post). I only mention it to explain why I recently went to the doctor and had blood work done.. I’m not dying or anything, but.

I might be lactose intolerant. AND/OR allergic to gluten.

Generally I’m a pretty happy person I think, I roll with the punches.. Cheese monster that I’ve always been, still, I’ve been off dairy for a week now and only whining a little bit. But this morning I got a message from my doctor saying one of the gluten allergy tests came back positive and she’s referring me to the butt doctor to investigate possible celiac disease.

Cue wailing.

I may be overreacting a tiny bit. I won’t even know for sure until I hear back from the butt doctor (sorry I keep calling him the butt doctor. he’s not actually a proctologist, he’s a gastroenterologist. but butt doctor is more fun/easier to say).

I’ve been feeling a little better being off dairy for the past week, and as sad as I was to be lactose intolerant, I was so relieved it wasn’t a gluten thing. What if it’s BOTH? I guess if I can have dairy back, I can handle being allergic to gluten. My father-in-law and I will have garbanzo-flour-pizza parties, we’ll have a ball.

But if I’m not allowed dairy OR gluten.. I’m probably going to become pritty hard to live with for a while. Juuuuust fyi.

But don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted.

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sometimes work is ok

My job is basically to get people to not drive alone to work. We promote biking, walking, transit, carpooling, etc. Today we got to go out on an organized group ride, full of VIP county people, biking advocacy group leaders, police, etc., on a local trail to a nearby urban district.

I took a bunch of pictures and was going to share and then I thought I’d better not, I don’t really want to attract the attention/ire of my employer or the VIPs pictured. So! Here are a couple of scenic shots for you – may you find routes so pretty to travel this fine weekend.

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