• August 21, 2013

    Gratitude

    If you’re reading this, you probably live in a world not all that different from my own.  A world where the things you want are readily available.  A world where things like education and clean water are considered basic human rights.  A world where it’s easy to get wrapped up in what you want, what you need, and what you think you deserve so much so that you start to feel entitled to those things.

    It’s easy to fall into that sort of thinking when you don’t ever actually want for anything of substance.

    In recent years, I have become more aware of this feeling of entitlement in our culture as well as in myself, and it scares me.  Believing that we are entitled to everything we want, when we want it, how we want it makes us selfish and demanding individually and as a culture.  Somewhere along the line, entitlement has become a way of life and selfishness stands out less and less as unusual and unacceptable.

    In an effort to walk away from that mindset and the way it makes me feel, I and going to dedicate some of my blogspace to things I am thankful for.  Things that are blessings in my life which I could not earn or buy.  Things that I take for granted, but without which, my life would not be so full or happy.

    Today I am thankful for:

    Courage, no matter how small, to try something new and put my thoughts out into the world.

    The support and love of friends and family, without whom I would not make it through the day.

    The adorableness of corgis and kitties who enrich my life and fill my heart with joy.

    Ollivander

  • August 14, 2013

    Cook it up!

    Sausage-and-Veggie-Pouch

     

    Another passion I have is making and eating delicious food.

    Delicious, gluten-free, food.

    I am not a band-wagon-weight-loss-fad-diet-gluten-free-by-choice kind of girl. I don’t eat gluten because if I do, it will kill me. Or, to be slightly less dramatic, it will do things that will kill me eventually. So when people tell me “how hard it must be” and how they “could never live without doughnuts and spaghetti” and how “it must be so nice to have such a petite frame and thin waist,” all I can do is shake my head. What a mess fad dieters have made for the rest of us.

    All of that aside, I have spent eight years teaching myself how to stick to a gluten free diet. I was lucky to be diagnosed with Celiac before leaving home to attend university, but a tiny dorm room with no kitchen is NOT a good way to be introduced to the gluten-free lifestyle. I have since invested in a nice, large kitchen and have become much more organized and willing to experiment until I get it right.

    From time to time, I will share some of the recipes that make me happy. I’m actually working on a little cookbook for friends and family who panic when they know I am coming to visit because they are so afraid of poisoning me. Their concern is sweet, but there are so many simple, inexpensive, gluten-free meals out there….

    It took me plenty of time to figure it out, but there are options and it is possible.

    Today’s recipe was inspired by this: http://www.hy-vee.com which I found via pinterest.com. I’ve adjusted it a little for this post… and every other time I make it. Honestly, you can’t really mess this one up, just get whatever veggies you like, get some sausage, put it all in foil, and cook it up! For all you type A’s out there, however, I’ve made a recipe:

    Sausage and Veggie Pouch

    By Erin Published: August 14, 2013

    • Prep: 15 mins
    • Cook: 20 mins
    • Ready In: 35 mins

      Another passion I have is making and eating delicious food. Delicious, gluten-free, food. I am not a …

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. IngredientsGather ingredients.
    2. Ingredients 2Wash your veggies and cut everything into bite size pieces.
    3. Open-PacketCombine the pieces in a length of foil along with olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, salt, and pepper to taste.
    4. Closed-PacketSeal the foil up as tightly as you can to ensure juices and food stay on the inside of your foil packet while cooking.
    5. GrillingToss it on the grill for about 20 minutes and flip the packet 10 minutes in.
    6. On-a-PlateServe hot.

    Pro-Tips:

    1. Usually we use two of each ingredient. This time we used veggies grown in a real live garden, not purchased from a grocery store… so they were much bigger than usual. We also added the eggplant for the first time to give it a try (delicious, by the way). What I’m saying is this: you don’t necessarily want to use my photos for your shopping list; unless you’re cooking for a small army. Seriously, I won’t have to cook anything else for at least 2 more days.
    2. This recipe can easily be adapted to be vegetarian or to incorporate things that are in season and so on.
    3. Don’t over-stuff the foil! It’s tempting when you have so many delicious veggies in front of you, but if you fill the packet too full, it will rip open and leak all over everything. Ask me how I know.
    4. When grilling this, it’s good to be very careful when flipping the packets. As mentioned above, the foil is fragile and the contents are a little heavy. You may be tempted to use oven mitts or fancy grill stuff to flip your packet. Instead, and this may sound a little weird but, I highly recommend using welding gloves! They make you feel like a grilling superhero.
  • August 7, 2013

    Learning Curve

    Ok, so, today I had planned to impress and astound with a beautifully simple and yet oh-so-delicious recipe blog post.

    That is not this post.

    This post is me giving myself permission to learn.  I know this blog thing isn’t perfect and probably never will be… and that’s ok.  However, I do want it to be good… or readable at the very least.

    Here’s what that has to do with my no recipe recipe day:  I realized nobody wants to read a blog about food without the almighty picture of the food that was made.  Then I realized I can’t post pictures until I learn how.  And Photoshop.  Apparently all pictures on blogs have to be photoshopped first.

    *sigh*

    This weekend, when I can trick myself into thinking I have more time, I will be learning about these things.  Which makes today’s post pretty lame.  But next week will be better.  So… there are tradeoffs, right?  I’ll get there someday.

    The important thing is to start and to learn and to forgive imperfection.