Further Adventures in Grain Avoidance…

Yes, I have been going on a lot of Adventures lately. Lols  😉

Everything in my life is an Adventure… 😀

Adventures in Homeschooling, Adventures in Foodie Fun, Adventures in Illustrating, Adventures in Writing, Adventures in Artying, Adventures in Photography, Adventures in Exercise…..Wow!  I should film a Docu-Adventure of my life and put it on Youtube!!!   😮

I’d be a Sensation!  😮  😮   Lols 😉

Okay, So back to reality and my Adventures in Grain Avoidance.

Currently our family is going thru a time of Extremely Low Fundage…as in no dough, zilch mula, nada cash, nope on the monies.  🙂

It is that lovely time of the year known as tax season… we are Very behind…again.  Maybe someday we will be ahead and I will be pleasantly surprised when our accountant emails us with our tax information. 😀

Until then, I will just dream. 🙂

Anyhoo, we are on an Extremely tight budget….not a problem if I could just get cheapo crapola food for everyone at our local cheapo stores and Not Have to buy stinking organic and non-GMO Everything!….but that is not the case…Sigh.

So, this week and the last couple weeks, I’ve been stressing out about how I will cut the food budget.  Sigh…again.

The Randomkids and I started writing a weekly menu and that has helped some, but this week we are getting down to the gritty of the nitty gritty and we are coasting on fumes coinage wise for food for the fam. :/

So, I’m breakin out All the stops and actually Baking again. :O

I used to bake ALL of the time…Homemade granola, cookies, bread, tortillas, I even tried homemade noodles.  You name it, I was pretty much up to try it out…probs fail, but I’d still give it a go. 😉

That All changed when I started having reactions to grains.  First it started with wheat, then rice, then pretty much everything…sometimes it’s so severe I can’t even touch the grains…I’m of course in that type of reaction mode currently….so baking is a painful and annoying process. 😦

So, back to the story.  I decided that in order to help curb our food budget I would bake cookies and make Granola again for brekkers and possibly even try my hand at bread again….maybe. 😉

Well, it has been a slow process. :/

Yesterday I made pancakes…made with rice flour, it wasn’t toooo terribly bad.  My wrists and hands only ached for a few hours and I had the Randomkids deal with the dishes so I had minimal time spent actually handling the grain itself. 🙂

But today we are making Oatmeal raisin and Oatmeal craisin cookies….I’m a bit nervous to tell ya the truth.  Oatmeal is way closer to wheat then rice is and two nights ago when I made pizza toast for my peeps, I had to ask my Randomkid oldest to come down and help me.   As soon as I picked up the bag of bread my wrists and hands hurt so bad I couldn’t bend my fingers.   Weird! 😮

So, today I am Extremely nervous.  The Randomkiddos already assured me that they will do Everything.  Love those guys. 😀

I’m gonna give it a go and see what happens. 🙂

Well, I’m off to see the wizard…no, just kidding…I’m off to get my day started.  Have an awesome sauce kinda day today fellow blog travelers. 😀 😀

TTFN,

The Bluemoon Thinker  🙂

P.S.- Any of you have any Adventures in _________  …..fill in the blank.  😉

Wanna share?  Leave a line or 2 in the Comments below as per usual.

Later Taters! 😀

More Foodie…Fun?

Ok, here we go with another Food post….I know, but it is Seriously hard to find yummy stuff to eat that’s healthy. There is only so much salad and meat variations that I can come up with. Oy!  :/

So, here’s my salad combo for tonight’s supper. *Sigh*

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Yes, it looks pretty yummy, but I had the same thing for lunch…only with deli meat. *Double Sigh*

My doctor said that I can start introducing grains into my diet, but I’m not convinced. Lol
Soooo, sticking with the veggies and meat…… Yuuuuuuum. 😉

Maybe I can come up with something yummilicious for tomorrow that is Not salad and meat.

Eggs and meat maybe??  Lol 😀

TTFN,
The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- I tried my Fave dessert from Barnes and Noble, and got a migraine… 😦
I’m gonna try it again in a week, hopefully it wasn’t my yummy treat. *Triple Sigh*

Foodie… Fun ?

Time Comsuming Breakfast

Wow!  I know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but must it also be the longest to prepare??  😮

Because of the whole non-grain thing, I have to make more,”complicated,” breakfasts. Gone are the days of a quick bowl of oatmeal, cereal, toast and sun nut butter, etc. Now I actually have to take the time to make a meal.  Oy!  Time, you say?  What is this time you speak of??  😉

So on today’s menu.  An egg, burger, and cheese omelet, turkey bacon, and homefries.

Of course, the hubby wanted some too so I made double my normal amount….well, triple…the hubby is a big eater, not that he ever gains weight… That is def. fodder for another post! Lol

Anyhoo, so for those of you who read any of my Random drivel… in an earlier post, I hinted at my foodie freak tendencies…Is it done enough? let me get out my food thermometers… Oh my gosh someone left the fridge door cracked open for 15 minutes? Throw ALL the food AWAY!! 😮

Okay, so I admit it.  I am a Foodiefreako-germaphobe. That’s not a real word obviously, I just came up with it, in fact my spell check is going zonkers right now….take that spell check! Mwahahahaha!!

Where was I? Oh, yeah. Foodiefreakogermaphobe… I’m extra careful with my foodie prep, well as compared to other normal people that I see cook food. 🙂  But because of the Foodiefreako in me I tend to overthink everything when I cook.
Aaaaaand because I hate doing dishes and the Randomkids have a round about way of “getting” to them to actually oh I don’t know…. Clean the flippin dishes so we actually, have clean plates, cups, utensils, and pots to cook with!!…I tend to cook as much as I possibly can out of one pot or pan.

So this morning started with me cooking the bacon, for normal people they would cook it according to package directions…9 minutes…me, 20-25 minutes..what? I like to know it’s done, AKA browned or blackened a bit. Lol

Then I put in my omelet after floating my eggs, drying them off, then mixing all my premade and cooked goodies into it…those things took time to finish up too but I’m not including that in my Brekkers Tale…

So, there I was, patiently waiting for the omelet to finish, when I suddenly realized I had forgotten all about the potatoes waiting in the microwave to be turned into homefries.

My hubby was gonna be late for work, a watched omelet Never cooks, and I needed to make the difficult decision…do I use another pan or not…tick, tock, tick, tock… Cue zoom in to biting nails.

I mean heck it was Bad Enough that I was baking the hubby’s toast directly on the oven rack!!! 😮  Oh the humanity!!
I never do ANYTHING like that, that is the hubster’s M.O. ….I find it horrifying, I mean what has been on those racks? We’ve only lived here for a year! What did the previous tenants and owners Do in the oven? The food needs to be safely on something, a cookie sheet, parchment paper, aluminum foil, anything!!

But, soon I calmed myself and figured… Hey, I wasn’t going to eat the toast, and he would normally do it anyway if I wasn’t there, soooo just go with it.

Okay, back to my Breakfast Tale…

There I was looking at the omelet that just would NOT bake!! and the homefries staring at me, just waiting to be made.  So I did what any other self respecting foodie cook would do, I gave in and pulled out another pot! 😮   ~Duh, Duh, Duhhhhhhhhh!!   😉

But, it was all cool, I cooked up the homefries, the omelet Finally got done, and I plated it all up.
The hubsters plate was sooo full he had to doggie bag half of it to work. LOL   In yo face, Subway and McD’s lunch… you Won’t be visited today! Ha!

Aaaaaand as a bonus, I was able to reuse the homefries pot for hot dogs at lunch. 😀

Stay tuned for,”Adventures in Suppertime Preparations,” coming to a blog post near you.

😉 😀

TTFN,
The Bluemoon Thinker 🙂

P.S.- Any of you out there in internet land have a Brekkers or Lunchfest Tale of Amazement, Whoa, or Meh to share?
Drop me a line or more in the comment box.

Happy foodie fun! 😀

No More Grain…

Yes, you read that correctly.  I quit grain Cold Turkey! 😮

My family has a loooong list of allergies, food related and otherwise so I figured how hard could it be? 😀

Actually, I had no choice.  For some strange-oid reason I started reacting to grains.

At first it was a bit of tummy problems with wheat…well, let’s just say when we were out and about if I had to go I’d be like, “Drive husband, drive like the wind!  Quick it’s a McD’s!” …*grabs the wheel from the passenger side to help him turn faster*… Jumps out, pushing small children and old people out of the way….You get the idea.    #^^’#

So, I Obviously cut out the wheat.  I switched to rice and limited amounts of oatmeal.  That seemed to have worked wonderfully well until I started getting Ridiculous pain in my wrists and joints. It was horrible!  I couldn’t open anything, twisting open a container…forget it.  Popping open tupperware lids…I would just sit there and wonder how long it takes a person to starve to death…Upside-I’d lose weight. 😉

I went to my doc, talked to some friends, and decided to give up grain.  It worked!  No more pain!  Yay, me. 🙂

Of course all of this happened right before Thanksgiving.  Thankfully…Ooo, no pun intended, lol…I had already started experimenting with no grain recipes at the end of October, so it wasn’t too horrible having no grain during the holidays.

I did miss things like potatoe filling and gravy…I forgot I could have substituted white beans, xanthum gum, or potatoe starch in order to make the gravy.  :/

But I have had a ton of fun trying new recipes out.  I am allergic to nuts so it’s made the whole searching for grain free recipes a bit harder, but I Looooooove me some Pinterest.  So if I find a recipe that looks promising but calls for something I’m not cool with right now, I search for replacement ingredients. 😀

Here’s one I’ve never tried before.  I took all of our leftovers from the week.  We had beef barbeque, garlic green beans, baked potatoes, and I made turkey bacon.

I took all the leftover ingredients and mixed them in various ways, mixed up a few eggs, shredded some cheese, and cut up the bacon.

I placed the various mixes in different casserole dishes poured on the egg, cheese, and bacon pieces and sprinkled Parmesan over all.

They each came out different, tasted delish, and Most Importantly passed the Family Likee Test. 😀delish

Yummo!!   (^.^)

By the way, I discussed Cloud Bread in a previous post, but haven’t had a chance to try it out yet.  Anyone out there in internet land tried their hand at this recipe?  Or do you have any other yummo grain free recipes to share?  Please drop me a line in the Comments below. 😀

TTFN,

The Blue Moon Thinker 🙂

PS- Remember we’re all in this together.

And without Pinterestin’ ideas & Google I’d probably starve. 😀

 

 

 

The No Microwave Oven Challenge….

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Well, as I’ve said in a previous post.  We rent.  I Looove our rental and I really like our landlords, they are very nice people and take really great care of their house.

That’s Extremely hard to find.  We should know, we’ve been renting for a looooooong time. 😀

Anyhoo, this AM when the husband went to make his morning tea, the microwave turned on as usual and did its little spinny thing, But after 3 whole minutes… No heat.  His glass was as cold as when he first put it in the microwave!   Never, to be deterred, my husband turned it on for 2 more minutes…a total of 5 minutes cooking time.  Nothing, Nada, Zilch.  So, I called the landlord and they will be out to replace it ASAP.

Now, in the meantime, I got to thinking.

A year or so ago, I had chatted with the husband about the idea of going without a microwave.  It’s not really that great for ya anyhoo.

Well, we kicked it around a bit and then proceeded to chuck it right out the door.  After all, with all the kiddos food allergies I already cook enough stuff from scratch.

The microwave is a time saver, energy saver, and on crazy days, helps me be less on the Cray-side of life.  So, I let the whole idea float into the oblivion of my mind.

BUT, Now, I have the chance to take the NO Microwave Oven Challenge.

Soooo, I’m gonna try it out….at least until the new microwave is installed. 😉

Hey a girl can’t quit cold turkey All the time, right?!! 😀

Have any of you ever taken THE Challenge?  If ya have OR even if ya haven’t drop me a line or two in the Comment section down below my  incoherent rambling and let me know how ya did  or if you’ve ever given any thought to embarking on The NO Microwave Oven Challenge!….I feel like there needs to be an echo on the end of that…Allenge…Allenge…Allenge.

Lol

TTFN,

The Blue Moon Thinker 🙂

Allergies, Allergies, Everywhere…

Random Thought of the Day 2

Allergies are normal part of every day life, right?  Our household is full of random allergies.

Allergies to peanuts, wheat, corn, night shade veg, most storebought cleaners, and the list goes on.  My favorite allergy, and I’m being sarcastic here, is the hidden allergy.  You know the one that hides in plain site as you amble along in life until, whammo!  Surprise, you’re allergic Aaaand reacting!  Oh, joy.

Havin’ one of those surprise, you’re allergic times today.  I ate at a Restaurant that we always eat at, you know that place where you’ve Never had a problem before. 😉

Well, I guess they started using something different in their cooking…you know that old line too…anyhoo, of course we didn’t put two and two together until we’d been eating the leftovers for two evenings!  Of course, typical of the sneak attack allergy.

You go around enjoying what you eat and then bam, it doesn’t like you anymore and that’s fine, cause the feeling is mutual bucko!

So, here I am on a perfectly wonderful Monday morning, when I should be working on school or I don’t know at least get a day in.  But no, I’m laying in bed with a pounding headache…you remember the Bugs Bunny cartoon with the kid with the hammer…”I wanna Easter Egg, I wanna Easter Egg.”…that’s me getting pounded on.

My face is hurting, cause of course my sinuses are puffy and the back of my head aches like Krazy!

Well, no more awesome food from that place anymore, thank you random cook for changing the way that you always made your recipes before. 😦

Back to eating at home for me….sigh.

TTFN,

The Blue Moon Thinker  🙂