Thursday, March 31, 2016

Nothing much to say

No major updates to give you. I didn't make anything new. No new recipes to share that I can think of. It's the end of March and I am grateful. March is one of my least favorite months.
See you in April.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Gluten-free Irish Soda Bread & review Green Lotus Cafe

Sorry for the late post, all 13 of my followers. It's been an insanely busy week. But here we go!

Here is another of my favorite recipes by Karina over at Gluten Free Goddess: Irish Soda Bread, paired w/ potato cabbage soup which I have not made, yet. The only substitutions I made were flax egg instead of actual eggs and currents instead of raisins. I have made this recipe before and it always come out great. This time it was a bit wet after 30 minutes, so I baked it for another 10 minutes and let it sit in the oven with the oven off for a few minutes. It was so good! I had some for breakfast a few days in a row.

I am writing this post from the Green Lotus Cafe in Hyannis, MA. This place is a little gem. How have I missed coming here for 3 years?! I had to get up early this morning to help a friend and I was settling on Starbucks for breakfast, when the internet reminded me of this place! Green Lotus is so freaking good! 
I came stumbling in right around opening and took a gander at the menu. Sandwiches, tea, bubble tea (!!), soups, and salads. Vegan options, gluten free options, smoothies and green juices! Plus Gluten free and vegan blueberry muffins and chocolate chip cookies right at the counter! Sold me on a Quick & Simple breakfast sandwich (egg, cheese, tomato, hold red onion, dijon mayo on Canyon gluten free bread).I had to throw in a chai with almond milk, of course. And a Nutella Blast smoothie for later. 
Oh yes, this place gets 5 stars. Absolutely fabulous. I'll definitely be coming here again. 
Go check Nate and his crew out at 349 Main St,Hyannis, MA.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Failed pretzels, awesome applesauce cake, and other updates

This weekend I attempted to make gluten-free soft pretzels. The pretzels were an utter disaster that ended in rage and me throwing the whole mess away....something I will have to try again later. I found the recipe through Gluten Free & More magazine (recipe is here).

Sunday night I didn't feel like eating much so I made a box of Annie's Organic Gluten Free Vegan Elbows & Creamy Sauce (product info). I was expecting mock mac & cheese and that is not what I got. Instead it was a weird concoction of sweet potato, pumpkin and starches, which I didn't find appetizing. I will go back to the Daiya's Cheezy Mac (product info) for sure.

I did, however, come back from the pretzel debacle to make an amazing applesauce cake, that my gluten-eating partner really enjoyed, as well as my coworkers. The recipe comes from Karina over at It's Karina's Gluten-free Applesauce Crumb Cake with Cinnamon and my, oh, my is it FANTASTIC. The original recipe is here, please go get it and make it yourself. The only thing I substituted was flax egg for eggs, as I ran out of eggs...oops! And I used a brownie pan. But seriously, make THIS.

In other news, University of Massachusetts at Amherst rejected my application for their 2nd Bachelor's in Nursing program. That sucks, but I am STILL on a wait list for 2 other schools, so there's hope.

Our bearded dragon, Ms. Fred, who was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection and metabolic bone disease, is doing just great. In fact she laid an infertile egg the other day, so I set up a dig box for her.

That's it for now. Look at pics below. Love, love, love, K

Cake Heaven

Ms. Fred

Mr. Milo

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Paleo Thin Mints, poetry & dragon tales

Hi folks. Yes, this is a day late...although I wrote half of it yesterday.

First, I made Paleo thin mints. Recipe is from Elena's Pantry recipe here. They didn't turn out exact, as the chocolate chips I had were NOT melting, much to my dismay. I tried melting in the pan, then in a hot bath, then in the no avail. Eventually I wound up adding hot water (BY MISTAKE) and that worked well to thin out the chocolate. I was using Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chips (info here.). The bag I was using expired in January so I'm not sure if that is it or not. BUT, they turned out VERY yummy.  :) Sorry, no photos were taken. I will be making these again.

Second, I wrote a poem yesterday, inspired by Amanda Palmer's latest song, Machete. Please go listen to it here.The poem is called FINE. It's on my deviantArt account which is woefully neglected. Again go here.

Thirdly, our (rescue) bearded dragon, Fred, is ill. She has an upper respiratory infection and Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD), but she is being treated. Thankfully these are not life-threatening and although there isn't a cure for MBD, there is treatment. MBD is basically osteoporosis for dragons. She has a good life though and is very well cared for. Below are some pics of Fred.

Fred in the carrier. 
Stretched out @ the vet. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Late post...Kite Hill cream cheese

Sorry about this being a late post. I don't have anything specific in mind and yesterday got very busy.

Yesterday we voted in the primaries, here in MA, which I did. I did purchase some Kite Hill almond cream cheese which I sampled this morning. I smeared it on 2 Van's Gluten Free blueberry waffles and topped it with peach preserves from NC and it was quite delicious. I like it better than the Tofutti and it doesn't have soy!
Here is the list of their cream cheeses. I've only found it at Whole Foods Market here on the Cape.

I'm updating this at work, so I'm off for now. I'll have a better blog next week! Til then... Love, love, love.