My amazing family and friends at the Lupus walk! It’s difficult living with thisdisease but knowing you have all this people to back you up when you need it, is priceless! Thank you everyone so much! I love all of you :)!
A special thanks to all the munchkins in my life! They keep you going when no one else can!! :)
As anyone in my family knows, I am know for my chocolate chip cookies… the full of gluten and delicious kind so I was determined to come up with a delicious gluten free counterpart… and I did! Here is the recipe:
1 box of Cherrybrook Kitchen GF yellow cake mix (if you used Betty Crocker it does NOT come out the same)
1 pckg of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips (they are GF!)
1 stick butter
2 teaspoons McCormick vanilla extract (I know McCormick is GF)
DO NOT follow instructions on cake mix box!
Combine dry cake mix, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract in a bowl. Mix well. The dough should be thick like cookie dough. Next, add chocolate chips and fold into dough.
Usually I put the dough in the fridge for 15-20 min to make it less sticky, while oven is preheating to 350 degrees F.
Next, drop rounded teaspoons onto cookie pan and bake for 10-12 min or until edges turn SLIGHTLY brown. Be careful not to overcook - otherwise cookies will come out hard.
Next, remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool on tin foil or cooling rack.
*If these are done right you can put them in a tupperware and they will be soft for days!!!
I swear, my husband ate them and didn’t even know they were GF! They are so good!
Unfortunately, I have only had this recipe work with the Cherrybrook Kitchen GF yellow cake mix, the Betty Crocker was a disaster.
A picture began circulating in November. It should be “The Picture of the Year,”… or perhaps, “Picture of the Decade.” It won’t be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the U.S. paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it.
The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother’s womb. Little Samuel’s mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner’s remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.
During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby. As Dr. Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon’s finger. Dr. Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile.
The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The editors titled the picture, “Hand of Hope.” The text explaining the picture begins, “The tiny hand of 21-week-old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother’s uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life.”
Little Samuel’s mother said they “wept for days” when they saw the picture. She said, “The photo reminds us pregnancy isn’t about disability or an illness, it’s about a little person” Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 percent successful. Now see the actual picture, and it is awesome…incredible….and hey, pass it on! The world needs to see this one.
So I have kinda been on and off this gluten free bandwagon. First when my gallbladder went haywire I tried it out until they figured out it was my gallbladder causing all my painful digestive symptoms. So once the gallbladder came out, I gave up! I thought I was cured!
Now I’ve read a lot online about gluten free diets possibly helping control lupus and arthritis symptoms. What an amazing thought - maybe I can control everything through food and possibly someday eliminate all this medication from my system. These medications that suppress my immune system, cause weight gain, acne, hair loss, mood swings, you NAME IT. Medications that are supposed to save your life but at the same time wreak havoc on your body.
July of this year I had started going gluten free but I was tempted with pizza and brownies and I cheated!! The rest of the summer I spent eating MOSTLY gluten free but as anyone who knows a gluten free diet - it’s all or nothing.
So this October I vow to be completely gluten free. Last October I did something that changed my life forever - I married an amazing man I am proud to call my husband. This October I am going to do another thing that may change my life forever - eat for my health. Eat gluten free to eliminate the weight gain, acne, terrible fatigue, joint pains, headaches, etc. etc. Because I deserve to feel better! And I’m gonna do it! And it’s not for lack of support - my family is amazing. So I know I can do it!
And here on my blog I am going to post delicious recipes and products that are gluten free! Because another thing I want to prove is that gluten free doesn’t have to be boring and tasteless! I promise you that!
* To all the ppl out there suffering from lupus and other chronic conditions: do not feel I am insinuating that a gluten free diet is a cure all for anything. This is my personal journey and I do not suggest anybody doing anything without consulting their dr first!
Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words:
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.
I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.
Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, ‘To Meredith’ in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, ‘When a Pet Dies.’ Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:
Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away.
Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.
Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find. I am wherever there is love.
Don’t say you’re too busy to reblog this.
Jeez.. This literally made me tear up. Blah.. I’m such a softy some times. There are such good people out there.