Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thankful

Thanksgiving dinner has been eaten and I will admit it was not a gluten free Thanksgiving...

We fell of the wagon..not really, it wasn't helping, the gluten free diet, and though I may still try to cut gluten in the house 100% gluten free we will not be...whew I feel better now.

We had a great time at Mom and Dads for Thanksgiving LOTS of food and a fun game of scrabble. I would show you pictures to prove it but I forgot my camera.

Today was the BIG parade here in Marrowbone, no it's not quite as big as the Macy's Parade but close...not really..but it was big for Marrowbone. The fist picture is of our beloved "Bean" a local here that loves this community and has always organized the parade...Bean had a stroke a few months ago and hasn't been out much, but here he is riding in the sleigh...so glad to see him.




Mom and Dad were in the parade here they are riding the Veteran's float (I think Daddy ate more candy than he threw to the kids..)




And just a few more Pictures...I love the Marrowbone Parade..I'm so thankful for the people in my community, I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. Blessings!






M

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Life Changing

We all have events in our life that change us, make us step back and realize that life as we know it is no longer how we "knew it" such a life changing event that when we look back we could not imagine what life was before....

Fifteen years ago was my life changing moment, it was when I held my firstborn for the fist time....I remember thinking "My life will never be the same"

And it hasn't.

I can't say it has always been perfect

or fun

or happy...

But it has always been better

blessed

a gift...He was a gift sent to me, that changed me forever...and I love him more than I can say.

Happy 15th Birthday Chad Allen! I love You!

M (Mom)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gluten Gluten Go Away

I have searched tirelessly on the Internet for gluten free food trying to read and reread labels, it really can be overwhelming..I mean you are talking to the homemade bread queen here. So a few days ago I called a friend that goes to church with us and she has been on a gluten free diet for awhile now she gave me hope that I could do this and not have a nervous break down in the process. Her Husband is a chef and he can help with converting recipes so they are gluten free, she even gave me her cell number which I have on speed dial so when I am grocery shopping and have a question I can call and ask her. She did inform me that Captain Crunch cereal was something we could eat because it was made from corn (Praise The Lord, something sweet!)It seems bread isn't out of the question except I have to use rice flour and alter a few other ingredients so i guess I'm gonna have to learn how to make that..and the gravy...well It's not completely out I just have to use cornstarch instead of flour..now if I can just figure out how to make biscuits without flour (grin)
The bottom line is I want my Husband to get well, and If Dr. K thinks this will help I'm willing to rid my cabinets of flour, wheat gluten packing products and replacing them with Rice Flour, Almond Meal,Arrowroot Starch, and Xanthan Gum which I have no idea what they are or how to use them but I'm willing to give it a try...

Need I remind you that Thanksgiving and Christmas is coming up..Which would be my favorite time to bake so I'm already trying to figure out how to make Gluten free stuffing and convert my Grandmas recipe for Jam Cake.Blessings.

M

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Adding and taking away

So over the weekend we have added a new addition to our "farm" her name is Callie Lou, actually it was two for the price of one day because Callie Lou is soon to have a colt we are thinking January or February...This is Husbands new past time cause Callie Lou belongs to him...Ask me if he knows anything about horses? Uh no...not really but he loves this horse and she seems to love the farm so I guess that means she's a keeper here's a few pictures





And now for the taking away part....

Dr. K spoke with Husband today after church and ask him to try a new diet to see if it will help with his crohn's disease, he ask him to try it for two weeks sounds simple enough hu?

Well it's a Gluten Free Diet...far from simple in my house.

When I started looking this up on the internet I found out that gluten is in viturally everything...Like:

-Bread
-Muffins
-pastry
-pasta
-pizza
-lunchmeat
-gravy (give me a break..we live in Kentucky gravy goes on everything)
-anything wheat or rye

And
-toothpaste
-lip balm

And the big kicker...playdough...Husband was really upset when he found out he could no longer eat Playdough (grin) just kidding..But who knew? Gluten in Playdough!

So tomorrow I will attempt to plan out a menu for the next few weeks that is gluten free, wish me luck! Blessings!

M

Monday, November 9, 2009

Kids..you gotta love them

I have heard the sound of motorcycles nonstop all weekend, quick flashes of boys flying by the window at one time there were 6 boys...six motorcycles all zipping through our yard, lots of noise...
videoSo I sent them across the road to the farm...behind our grumpy sweet kind neighbors house (grin) to ride til there little heart's were content. Today after the kids got home from school this is what I saw when I looked out of the kitchen window
videoThat would be my 9yr old Cassie Marie riding her brother's bike...she has never rode before and the boy's thought it was time to teach her...at lest they remembered to put a helmet on her. And then I couldn't resist I had to video my oldest on the same bike being silly (he almost died when he saw I was video taping it...he's way to big for this bike, he is so silly!

video

And he will so kill me if he knows I posted this video..(GRIN)Blessings!

M

Friday, November 6, 2009

I apologize to those of you who visit my blog and have seen no new post this week, I have had "blogger block" all kinds of things stuck in my head that I just couldn't seem to put words with...Let me start with Husband is doing good he has been home this week and will go back to work Monday, my blood pressure is still up and down but better, in the midst of all the other things going on around here Tony's Son Kane is now living with us that makes TWO 15yr olds in the house now (I may need a little prayer) with all that has went on around here in the past month and believe me it has been a month packed full of twist, turns, drama, and LOTS of prayer I feel like God is trying to get my attention (grin)
I have come to the realization that there are some things in life that I have to step away from and learn to live with, there are others that I have to change my attitude about and ask God to help me with and above all trust God and know that he has a plan. I realize more than ever that way to often I let the days go by without realizing how blessed I am...I have a business that in the midst of a crumbling economy is thriving, I have a roof over my head, a Husband whom loves me and tells me that at least 20 times a day, kids who are healthy and family whom I love and adore...My blessings way out number any problems. WHEW...I feel much better now.

M