Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Clemetine candles

I thought you might all enjoy a craft that uses the fruit of the season.
Clementines... delicious and a crate goes so fast at parties.

to me this is romantic and beautiful. though you might find it enjoyable.

blogging tool

Thought you guys might like this little tool.
If you use another one and would like to recommend it, leave me a comment.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

professional reference - Web developer, quilter and textile artist

I thought I would give a quick reference here.
If you need someone to take care of web design or fabric design, then haley studios is your gal., The artist is someone I give great respect to, and from whom I garner great inspiration. Fantastic and timely work!

Friday, November 28, 2008

I can't give thanks for the greed.,0,167903.story

Hundreds of bargain-hungry shoppers stepped on a fallen Wal-Mart worker, who died Friday morning, after the crowd knocked down the store's front doors -- and the worker -- during the "utter chaos" of a Black Friday shopping melee, Nassau County police said.

Monday, October 20, 2008

don't give up

Butt Prints in the Sand

One night I had a wondrous dream, One set of footprints there was seen,
The footprints of the Goddess they were, But mine were not along the shore.

But then some stranger prints appeared, and I asked Her, "What have we here?
These prints are large and round and neat, But much too big to be from feet."

"My child," She said in somber tones, "For miles I carried you alone.
I challenged you to walk in faith, But you refused and made me wait."

"You would not learn, you would not grow, The walk of faith, you would not know,
So I got tired, I got fed up, And there I dropped you on your butt.

"Because in life, there comes a time When one must fight, and one must climb,
When one must rise and take a stand, Or leave their butt prints in the sand."

-Author Uknown

Friday, October 17, 2008

bless this food

Bless this food which might make mes sick, when I don't break bread with others.
Bless this food which I trust my friends and family made to nourish and sustain me.
Bless this food which I am about to receive.
Bless this food which I didn't watch being made and I myself didn't confirm is Gluten Free.
Bless me and this food, so that I may still take sustenance and hopefully someday, not have fear with each mouthful.

If someone didn't know I was Celiac, they would think I had an eating disorder. I stress about food and mistrust of chef's and friends that mean well, but don't check ingredients.

I stress about being a gracious recipient of food, and I stress about wasting what I don't trust.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Kindness breaks my heart

after a rough day, my boss took a break and went off to do errands. He stopped a local Small chocolate/confectioner factory/shop, and picked up three pieces of delicacy to cheer me up.

I almost cried at his kindness, except, two months ago, I stopped there myself, to check on gluten free options...
Oaks, does not have anything gluten free.
they dust the surfaces for everything they prepare, with white flour!

I graciously explained that he had been so truly kind and gratefully thought he was fabulous, but even though I wouldn't eat them, I couldn't accept due to them being so truly tempting.
I felt awful. truly awful, and yet grateful.
What dos a girl do to be gracious? I could have accepted them, but then I would have had contaminated candy, deliciously tempting me.. and god knows, I was stressed... there are moments of weakness that leave me stupid...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Muscian referral

This lady is amazing! Free spirit, and beautiful soul.
Please, if you are looking for something.. she might have the connection...

Monday, June 23, 2008

cookie recipe

Super nummy cookies.

From a friend of flutterby (quintina)
Flourless Almond Butter Cookies

One cup creamy Almond butter
One cup white sugar
One teaspoon baking powder
One egg

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Cream the Almond butter and sugar in a bowl, with a wooden spoon or by hand works best.

Beat in the baking powder.

Add the egg.

Mix until it is all well combined.

The dough will be sticky, so be prepared to get your hands messy. Roll some dough into a ball. (How big? That depends on you. I have found, however, that the smaller these cookies are, the better they hold together. Eat two instead of one!) Roll the ball into white sugar. Line a baking sheet, covered in parchment paper, with sugary balls of dough.

Bake in the oven for about ten minutes. You will know the cookies are done when they feel coherent, but still a little soft. Take the tray out of the oven and let the cookies rest for at least five minutes. Afterwards, carefully transfer them to a cooling rack. After ten minutes or so, they will have hardened and be glistening with sugar.

(If you prefer, you can use peanut butter instead, but I truly perfer the almond butter)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

CPR - getting involved

Compression Only CPR - The Latest Info

Based on scientific evidence, the Red Cross supports “compression only” CPR as an acceptable alternative when a responder is . ..… untrained …… unwilling …... unable …... or unsure …… how to perform full CPR … cycles of chest compression AND rescue breathing.

The Red Cross & the AHA hope that compression only CPR will save lives by encouraging bystanders who witness a sudden collapse of an adult to get involved and have someone call 911 & start performing chest compressions until help arrives or the adult shows obvious signs of life: breathing & movement.

All Red Cross CPR classes will continue to teach rescue breathing.

The following individuals will still need to take training which includes BOTH chest compressions & rescue breathing:

- those who take CPR training for certification to meet State & Federal requirements;

- lay responders in the workplace who have a duty to respond; and

- those responsible for infants & children.

Source -
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Thursday, June 5, 2008

company courtesy

Something I never got used to, was how much those without allergies or intolerances of food, are so intolerant.

I work in the medical field and still, I hear, the only lunch I am buying, since I can't be hassled with something else, is Subway.

Yes, my boss knows this leaves me out. He knows I am celiac and he still insists that I am an inconvenience. He insists that I show up for lunch with them and bring my own to still be part of the team, since I am the senior member of the Marketing think tank.

So if this is your experience, you are not alone. You are not asking too much to have them make one more step to accommodate you. If they are buying lunch and you are willing to bring your own, it would stand to reason that you get reimbursed for the comparable cost of your meal.

So stand strong and don't hang your head. This behavior is too common and honestly, there are times that it is inconvenient to be Celiac but moreso, they would never want you to really join them in Wheaty-evil which could/would cost many sick days.

Think, is there a better way to do things? How do you solve the problem?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Oats - Gluten free remedies

One of my favorite treats as a child were the oatmeal cookies grandma made. She tried to make treats that were at least somewhat from good ingredients. Brown sugar instead of white sugar, sometimes honey and raisins. But my favorite? Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, with walnuts. LKarge walnut chucks!
I found a recipe that sounds delicious, and some sources of wheat free/gluten free oats.
for the cookies

and pulled from the gluten free girl website today, 6/2/08
The gluten-free awareness is now so much more enormous than even three years ago that we have a plethora of oats choices for us. Here are just some of them:

Gluten Free Oats - Bob's Red Mill

Laura Scudder's Oats Rolled Wheat And Gluten Free

Gluten-free Oats from Wyoming

Cream Hill Estates in Quebec, Canada

Gifts of Nature in Montana

Only Oats from Saskatchewan, Canada

I'm sure there are more. If you know of any other reliable growers, please let us all know in the comments.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo.
Challenge of the day. How do you not eat yourself out of stress?

Find rich food that actually provides the spiritual and nutritional values you are seeking. Don't go for the diet cracker and hope that it will satiate you.

Try to use portions that will allow a good taste, adequate nutrition, and yet not be overwhelming in calories.

check out the lemon/poppyseed recipe on gluten free girl's blog.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Check out this recipe

a new light bulb. A few years ago, when I hurt myself quite badly (pulled all muscles on the right hand side of my body from thigh to just under the right ear, front and back) I became more gluten sensitive and blue cheese as well as brie, became forbidden.
I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Gluten free girl, and she wrote about blue cheese needing to be gluten free... sigh... yup, I missed that one.
so please check her strawberry recipe out.

*^#$^#% HOW MUCH WATER!!@##$%

Spring and then summer are around the corner, I thought I would remind you - hydrate!

The recommended dosage is 1 oz of water per 2 pounds of body weight.
So: weight in pounds /2 = how many ounces you should drink.

if you want a conversion from ounces to liters, type in "##oz in liters" to the google search bar, the calculation will automatically come up.
200 pound person would enter: "100 oz in liters"
100 US fluid ounces = 2.95735296 liters

Measurement reference:
Bottled water that is about the same size (height) as a bottle of soda/pop, a retail fridge for a quick drink is usually 20 oz.
1 1/2 pints 900 ml 3 3/4 cup
1 3/4 pints 1 litre 4 cups (1qt)
2 pints 1 1/4 litres 1 1/4 quarts
2 1/3 pints 1 1/2 litres 3 US pints
3 1/4 pints 2 litres 2 quarts

Tricia tidbits pulled from books and sites.
It is possible to lose a pint of liquid each day just exhaling. (

If you are looking for recipe and other conversations of measurements, please check out this neat site.

Friday, April 25, 2008


Are you going to be grilling out soon?
I sure hope to be cleaning the grill and then toasting marshmallows.
I recently found that Fireside Marshmallows, Campfire marshmallows and Rocky Mountain Marshmallows are all made b the same company as the Aldi marshmellows, and

"Thank you for your letter inquiring about gluten in Aldi's Toasty Puffs Miniature Marshmallows.

This product contains no gluten or alcohol derived from wheat, either as an ingredient or processing aid and is casein free"
check the Celiac forums and you will find the same. (source

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

My Workers still use public transportation

Okay at work today, we were having a great time working the Biggest Baby Shower (Appleton). Sometimes you have to just stop taking everything so serious, and just skate.
This is why I love the job, I use an antique Radio Flyer AKA Little Red Wagon, for work equipment transport, and I get to work with people that knuckle down and work hard, but also want and need to have fun.
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we all hit a 404 web page not found

This one made me laugh and realize sometimes there is still humor in the computer world that is worth sharing with the rest of the frustrated web surfers.

Sometimes you have to get a little mud on your tires

As the saying goes...sometimes you have to get a little mud on the tires.

Friday, April 18, 2008

the morning is best when

The morning is best when you enjoy the first kiss and the first hug.
The morning is best when you actually like the temperature of the bedroom when arising.
The morning is best when you know you are going to get something done.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

New Life a new you?

I started this blog for a few reasons.
I will talk a bit about my professional life.
I will talk a bit about my life as a Celiac.

I want to give people the 5 r's of Celiac disease and a little bit about my life.

I will commonly use one or more of these five labels in my postings.

Recipes: the Celiac and their friends/family are always looking for traditional or other options.

Resources: Where and how I got my information.

Reliable Sites: I found alot of useful information, but sometimes, I found the information just doesn't make sense or it was unreliable, so I will post about both the reliable and what I trust, as well as sites I have found that I don't agree with, nor trust.

Research: Forward movement in healing and possible if ever cures.

Referrals: sometimes I refer you, the reader to another great source of information because I just found a gold mine!

Remember, please, I respect that not every Celiac is the same, and truly, I expect the same from you. I will try to give healthy information with ethical decisions and choices. I plan on this being a place of healing and undoing the chains of frustration. Respect that intent.