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Marilyn R

Member Since 10 Aug 2010
Offline Last Active Nov 08 2014 08:40 PM

#841137 Being Pressured To Provide Food For Holiday Party

Posted by on 05 December 2012 - 12:57 PM

Hi Googles,

Sorry that your co-workers are giving you a big dish of guilt pie for the holidays.

You could take the easy way out and make Texas Caviar if you can tolerate legumes and night shades. (PM me if you don't find a good recipe in your budget.)

You could opt out, I had a co-worker who didn't believe in holidays, and she didn't bring anything or attend the holiday party. She stuck up for her beliefs despite peer pressure, so it might be worthwhile to think about why you don't want to participate and say "No thanks, due to health reasons I'm unable to attend." (Or you could say religious reasons, because you are in fact religiously avoiding gluten.)

The middle of the road would be to tell the person you've identified as the biggest gossip at work that you'd love to attend the party but don't want to have to confront everybody about what's in their dish and how they prepared it, because that would ruin the holiday spirit, Sadly, you'll be unable to attend, and hope nobody confronts you about it. Tell them you told them that because you know how sensitive they are to people's problems.

Good luck, stand up for your rights however you feel comfortable doing it, knowing you're doing it for your health.

((( )))
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#821020 Creamed Soups

Posted by on 02 September 2012 - 12:05 AM

That's actually a condensed version of her recipe. She's probably rolling over in her grave, but I was so excited to have cream of broccoli soup that wan't icky and didn't require all that much work. Then I got all excited about making creamed soups for casseroles and stuff. I'll post the actual recipe if you ask...
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#821017 I'm A Grandmother!

Posted by on 01 September 2012 - 11:23 PM

Yes, I can relate, but probably not in the fashion you expect.

Congratulations on having a Grandson! How cool is that?!!? Yay!

I am childless but find genetics fascinating.

I'm the youngest of 5 children with my mother being the gene carrier. I suspect that her father had celiac disease but that's never been confirmed. My maternal grandfather had 9 children and 40 grandchildren. My paternal grandparents had 8 children and 38 grandchildren.

None of my siblings have celiac disease, and neither have my cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts or uncles on the maternal side. I had 1 maternal cousin that died prematurely from MS, and 1 aunt that died in her 70's but she drank like a fish and never treated her breast cancer. (Big hx of breast cancer on the maternal side.)

On the paternal side, I had an aunt die of leukemia in her 30's, but the rest of my father's siblings lived long lives. Dad died at age 58 from lung cancer, but he was a heavy smoker.

I'm in my 50's. My mother lived until she was 87.

If I were in your shoes, I'd understand the worry. Mom felt horrible that I inherited this from her, but it didn't develop until I was in my 50's. I know a dietician that has had celiac disease since she was a child. She's in her 50's.

Anyway, there have been similar life expectancies on both sides of the family tree.

You'll be watching out for him and so will your DS and DIL. Enjoy the little miracle, and don't worry, that never helps. Think about buying him cowboy boots or a shovel, all those things boys love, instead. Congrats! Yippee!
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#821010 Not What I Expected

Posted by on 01 September 2012 - 09:36 PM

Welcome to the forum, Nicole!

You've been through so much, conquering a gluten-free diet will be so much easier in comparison.

Like NV'smom, I cook extras too, to either freeze or refrigerate. I'm not a menu planner either, and don't particularly enjoy grocery shopping. I've found a huge benefit from being gluten-free: you cut a substantial amount of time shopping by hitting only the meat, fish, produce and canned good sections of the store, sometimes the freezer section.

I'm glad your gastro worked you in and wish you a much improved quality of life!

Here are a couple of things that I've found helpful...

An indoor grill (The Indoor Grilling Cookbook" is fabulous and has many recipes that are quick and use things you'll have on hand or can substitute.) I got my copy at a thriftstore, so it may be out of print.

Boil some eggs every now and then. They're great to have when you don't feel like cooking but need some protein. You can make egg or tuna salad, or add them to a salad or just have one on it's own, make devilled eggs...and Salad Nicoise always cheers me up, which is just a salad somebody dreamed up with left over potatoes, green beans, tuna, chopped egg, some greens and a simple dressing.

I find peeling potatoes very boring but have discovered that you can watch a movie while peeling them, it just takes a little scheming (vs. planning). You need a pot for the spuds, a bowl for the peels, the bag of taters, a peeler, your couch, a movie...

Then you boil the potatoes, mash some of them and save others for breakfast or lunch. Leftover mashed potatoes are great microwaved or as the topping for shepard's pie.

You will soon be over the worst of it and ready to steam forward.

Wishing you well,

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#819927 Chebe Revisted

Posted by on 26 August 2012 - 06:24 PM

I've been a big fan of Chebes bread mixes for pizza crust, breadsticks, flatbread. I guess I'm lazy but mixing all those differnt flowers and then having stuff turn out ptretty yucky turned me off of bread.

I lived fine without it. Tonight, however, I had a big craving for bread. For you in the know, the only bummer with Chebe is it doesn't get brown, has low eye appeal, and the middle is squishy.

Tonight while I was mixing up the batter, I heated the oven up to 400 degrees and stuck a well seasoned cast iron skillet in there. I patted out 4 rolls and 2 breadrolls in the meantime.

My oven shelves were situated at next to the highest and next to the lowest.

I took the piping hot cast iron skilled out of the oven and loaded my six pieces of bread in it. I cooked it for about 18 minutes on the low oven shelf, flipped them, and cooked the bread on the upper shelf for another 10 minutes, removed them and stuck them on a rack to cool.

They're the bomb!

They key with Chebe's is not adding more liquid. It should be crumbly. If you use a soft cheese vs. a hard cheese, cut down on the liquid called for. If it's humid, you don't need as much liquid. Start with maybe 3/4 of the liquid called for and start mixing and kneeding with your hands.

Anyway, I'm really happy with the results and thought I should share.
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#812198 Uhhh Really?!

Posted by on 19 July 2012 - 06:10 PM

I put a hex on them until I got past the anger stage. My hexes never worked but they made me feel better about jerky family or friends. B)

Here's a super secret. Just cross your fingers under the table toward the offender and officially give them a dirty look. And carry on. Have fun, eat and drink heathy and hex the heck out of anybody who says that's not right. They're not right.
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#802774 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 11 June 2012 - 07:43 PM

Now you behave yourself, Marilyn! You hear?

I'll try to, but I'm not good at behaving myself. Long history of not doing so.

P.S. We had pizza tonight.
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#802445 What's For Dessert Tonight?

Posted by on 10 June 2012 - 06:43 PM

Grilled mango (used the George Foreman) and a little dark rum sauce (brown sugar, dark rum and lime juice reduced) over vanilla ice cream. :P

Thanks for the thread. It's like the hokey pokey. Isn't desert what it's all about? xxx
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#802130 How To Lighten Dh Scars On Face?

Posted by on 09 June 2012 - 03:54 PM

Dear Rose,

I'm a Merle Norman convert. Their Sport foundation is the bomb. It covers anything and you don't feel like you have gunk on your face. I work in outside sales in the subtropics and it works for me. (It covers ugly Lupus "wolf bites" for me.) It's gluten-free. Just make sure to let it dry completely before putting a top on. If it's wet, it stains your clothes.

Hope you have a Merle Norman near you. Once it's on, it's on. Survives sweat, rain, even baking soda sand blasting when your dental hygenist gets down and dirty!

I never wore foundation until I got Lupus, btw. I wear it for work and special occasions now. Hope that helps. B)
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#801886 Fustrated

Posted by on 08 June 2012 - 07:43 PM

Hi Robert, and welcome to the club!

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#798781 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 27 May 2012 - 06:15 PM

Sorry, I meant to say NOT joining, still can't do the edit. I think it's a browser issue.
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#798778 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 27 May 2012 - 06:09 PM

WB Love! We're just back from a trip too. My DP talked me into buying a 24' very used mobile home. I had 100 reasons why we shouldn't buy it, he had 101 why we should. Number 101 was "We need an adventure!!!!

It was an adventure. We went camping with a club the people we bought the RV from belong to and I caught a lot of flack about not eating their food or showing up for their planned food functions.

DP made smoked ribs with mu homemade Adobe sauce tonight. We ate after I woke up from my little three hour nap, I slept like a zombie in my big little house (It seemed enourmous after the RV, and my bed felt so good!) We had grilled sweet potatos and Redneck Caviar with dinner and those kicking ribs, along with Tostito's scoops.

Over dinner, I said to DP "People say stupid things, don't they" Reply: "All the time" I'm gonna start letting the stuff things people say roll of my back, that's what I learned from camping. That, and those side awnings are a major PIA to get down. We're not going to join the camping group, I had forewarned the organizer that I wouldn't partake in group eating events and why. I felt no need to repeat why during the course of the weekend. She didn't say anything then, but when I told her last night why we we're joining, she said, "Sorry, we're a very food oriented group".

I told her I already belong to a food focused group. Thank God for you folks, I've learned so much from you. :D B) ;) ((( )))
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#796084 Discoid Lupus

Posted by on 16 May 2012 - 12:26 PM

Here's my story about Discoid Lupus, another autoimmune disease. I had patches on my skin, one on my cheek, another on my nose. They didn't itch. My dermatologist thought they might be skin cancer and biopsied both spots over the course of four years. Then I got this spot on my left lower earlobe that just itched like crazy! It didn't go away forever, and I tried every topical ointment in the world on that spot on my ear and I still just wanted to itch it. And itch it and itch it!

The dermatologist didn't "think it was anything". Discoid lupus is easily treated, the new improved derm gave me an rx for a steroid cream that you apply 2 x a day for two weeks, stop, then only apply when you have a flare up.

According to the Lupus Association of America, Lupus is a disease first reported in the 13th century by a physician who called it Lupus, greek for wolf, because the skin lesions appeared to be wolf bites.

It took me over 5 years to get diagnosed. It usually takes about 4 years. So I'm sporting long sleeves and long pants in the subtropics, but feeling better.

I'm glad to know I have it, I can take precautions now. (My flip flops are stained with sunscreen, but they're still working, and so am I).

If you ever have a sore (usually on the earlobes, nose or cheek) that doesn't heal, and/or has tiny white scales on the edges, consult a dermatologist. They have to do a deep biopsy to get it properly diagnosed (puncture for the ear, not possible for the nose, consult a plastic surgeon for the cheek.) If anybody wants advice on sunscreen, send me a PM. I have it down!

And if ya'll would wear purple on this Friday, that would make me happy. It's to increase Lupus awareness, which is why I am posting this.

Two of the lesions didn't itch. They were just ugly and didn't heal. The one on my ear I swear was going to drive me bonkers with the itch. That's why I changed derms.

I have one on my chest now, it's small. I recognized it only because of the white crusty edges.

So long story short, beware of white crusty edges if they itch or not. B) And I don't think it hurts to take SUV protection seriously. (I ignored that advice my whole life.) :ph34r:
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#795850 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 15 May 2012 - 06:11 PM

We had chicken enciladas and gaucamole tonight with nuked Mission cornchips and sharp cheddar cheese. I think I'm stuck Cinco de Mayo! I'm making homemade ancho sauce right now.

Glad you'll be wearing purple cougie! xxx :( That' being a friend, babe!
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#795562 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 14 May 2012 - 06:58 PM

I made ground chicken Hawaiain meatballs adapted from Pioner Woman's blog for Meatballs with Pineapple and Peppers.

My breadcrumbs were Udi's sandwich bread that has been in the freezer for over a year, whirled them up in my mini food procesor. I followed the :D rest of the recipe pretty closely. I stuck a piece of parchment paper on the cookie sheet before freezing those little balls. (They were prone to stick. Anyway, they came out great! :D

Hope everybody will wear purple this Friday, it's for Lupus awareness. I'll be sporting purple. I
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