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Rowena

Member Since 07 Oct 2010
Offline Last Active Oct 21 2013 07:54 AM
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#878256 Gluten-Free Bread Recos, Hated Udi's

Posted by Rowena on 05 July 2013 - 06:46 AM

Yes I agree, it could be that you've not gotten used to it yet, it tends to be an acquired taste, simply because we are so used to gluteny breads when we start eating gluten free that we expect it to be the same.  Personally, I prefer to make my own bread, because a) I know what's in it exactly because *I* put it there, B) breadmaking is relaxing c) most gluten-free breads come frozen (at least here they do) and freezing gluten-free bread does weird things to the bread c) I discovered the secret to making good gluten-free dough (of any sort really)  extra oil/butter and an extra egg.  (If you can have eggs)


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#689885 This May Sound Like Tmi But Whatever

Posted by Rowena on 05 April 2011 - 09:55 AM

So I was glutened recently, (had chili I made and froze, forgetting the chilis I put in it were not gluten free, so I rediscovered this), but I was wondering. Is it common to always have to go to the bathroom and/or feel like you are constantly wetting your pants when glutened?
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#667165 Celiac Being "over Diagnosed" According To My Gyn

Posted by Rowena on 11 January 2011 - 11:43 AM

I don't think its that they have no clue, especially doctors who are older. Its something that when they were younger no one really new about, and it was one of those things back then that was condemnation probably. But nowadays, the medical field has new and improved technology, and can find more stuff out. But as humans, its a natural tendency to be stuck in our ways. So what one doctor says can be deemed by another as overdiagnosis, merely because they don't want to change their thinking. (Plus once you have a diagnosis, doctors don't get money from you any more... ;) )
Not that I am saying that it's right. Because, hell, like I said before, in this day and age, our diets have become decreasingly heathy with a bigger reliance on processed food or fast food, or just plain go out to eat food because I don't feel like cooking. Which beyond Celiac, is the reason that a lot of people have more medical problems today. I swear that if people just ate better, they would feel a lot better and be less likely to get sick.

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#665592 Boasting Time

Posted by Rowena on 05 January 2011 - 11:47 AM

Cass~ Hahaha yeah, it told me I'm 44, (and I'm 21!) because of those awful balance tests. I swear a person with amazing balance can't pass some of those. Oh well. Whatever. It is helping me improve my balance all the same. Oh and yer a dancer? Its funny, you'd think dancers are the most graceful people, but a lot of dancers I know are the clumsiest people. Strange how that works out. (As for flat feet, hell yeah I do. Worst ones ever. If I so much as move them a milimeter the wrong way, I am writhing in pain)

FF~ Yeah, I at 5'2" was always around 110-115 lbs. Sometimes even less. And now I have been watching the pounds drop like flies the past three months. Ooh I am so thrilled. (And I've barely done any excersise or however you spell that infernal word)

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#663895 Kitchen Make Over Help

Posted by Rowena on 29 December 2010 - 04:09 PM

SG~ I love oxo brand!!!! that's the best brand ever. I swear every other brand wears down far too quick and far too easy.

Tupperware.... is that what is getting me? Hmmmm.... I never thought about it but I guess that could be why I am often sick after eating leftovers from my parents and in-law's houses...

As for cheap way of replacing things, something I have done is replace a little bit every time I go to the store. IE one trip I replaced my wooden wares. The next trip I replaced the spatulas. It doesn't seem to drain the funds as much if you do it in bits and pieces. Though it can be frightfully annoying at first...

Oh that reminds me... a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond is in order... I need to replace pans... and get a toaster... And a stepstool... and a million and one other things... Darn it, why do I only have 30$ in gift cards?

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#663636 I Am Tired Of It

Posted by Rowena on 28 December 2010 - 03:27 PM

On a related note, I have to brag about my coworker. Not that she is on a gluten-free diet or nuthing, but its same subject. I am so proud of her, she has lost 80 pounds and looks AMAZING! But even more astounding is the fact that she is off her meds and such for heart problems and things of that nature. (Not sure all the health problems she had) But everyone talks about her weight loss. I am personally more concerned about her health. Sure she looks good, but healthwise she is doing a hell of a lot better. That's what's important.
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#657048 Balance

Posted by Rowena on 29 November 2010 - 10:44 AM

"Celiac+Meals=Planning" I am so putting that on a banner and hanging that up in my apartment. It is clever. *grin* As for blaming it on the snow, you can bet your bottom dollar I did blame being late on that. As for why I didn't go with my gut... The fact our bank account is almost empty helped make the decision... Posted Image

But Mama! I don't wanna! That's too much work! *chuckle* Yeah I know I really should put my lunch together ahead of time... (As for Wendy's, the closest thing to it is a McDonalds, and I hate McDonalds... Yuck. I much prefer the healthier alternative of Subway, which I can't eat my favorite thing there either...)
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#657046 Apple Crisp

Posted by Rowena on 29 November 2010 - 10:40 AM

hahaha, you wouldn't believe some of the things I have pulled off in my tiny kitchen (oh yeah, like my thanksgiving dinner I made... I am still in shock how I pulled that off)

Seriously though, it is a delicious recipe, and I highly recommend trying it. It really is simple for lazy folk like myself... Posted Image

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#657043 The Simple Things In Life

Posted by Rowena on 29 November 2010 - 10:35 AM

So my other thread I just created, Balance, reminded me of something I wanted to say. (There have been a lot of threads that fall under this category too that made me want to post this as well.) Anyway, I will make it known that I am a Mormon right now, because I will be referencing a talk one of my church leaders gave in a recent church conference. I think that his talk applies to all of us, Mormon, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Catholic, Protestant, and so on and so forth. Even those who have no religion could benefit.

But anyway, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselour in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, gave a talk/sermon, whatever you want to call it on making time for the the things that matter most. It really hit me hard as I relistened to it yesterday afternoon. He said, and I agree, that so much in our lives causes us to lose sight of what really matters. We are so in a rush and hurried to get things done that we tend to forget to spend time with our families, do our spiritual studies (if you happened to do that sort of thing), and just plain think.

An amazing thing he said was just this, (he is/was an airplane pilot so many of his analogies relate to airplanes) "Have you ever been in an airplane and experienced turbulence? The most common cause of turbulence is a sudden change in air movement causing the aircraft to pitch, yaw, and roll. While planes are built to withstand far greater turbulence than anything you would encounter on a regular flight, it still may be disconcerting to passengers.
What do you suppose pilots do when they encounter turbulence? A student pilot may think that increasing speed is a good strategy because it will get them through turbulence faster. But that may be the wrong thing to do. Professional pilots understand that there is an optimum turbulence penetration speed that will minimize the negative effects of turbulence. And most of the time that would mean to reduce your speed. The same principle applies also to speed bumps on a road.
Therefore, it is good advice to slow down a little, steady the course, and focus on the essentials when experiencing adverse conditions."

How true is it that life seems to go better when we slow down a little and take time to focus on the things that really matter most. Yesterday, it just felt good to slow down and take time to make dinner and read from the Old Testament in the bible with my husband. We then watched a movie and played games together, and I think it was a very wonderful day. I think in the rushed pace of our lives we do tend to forget what is important sometimes, if not quite frequently. Especially now as we enter the holiday season, I beg us all to remember to slow down and remember a) what the holiday season truly is about B) to focus on our families, our health, our spirits, etc...

Like Sahm-I-Am said in my balance thread, essentially, as Celiacs/gluten-intolerants and whatever else we may be, planning is key to our meals. I think it goes beyond that too.

Anyway, just thought I would share that...

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#657030 How To Overcome The 2Nd Wave Of Denial...

Posted by Rowena on 29 November 2010 - 10:08 AM

I been gluten free almost two months, and heck I have had a couple denial times. (Though I swear my husband has had more). But considering I have been sick non-stop for a year and a half before going gluten free, and before that I always had skin problems too, I just have to stop for one second and think.
"Hey Karen, (That's my real name, I didn't want to advertise it on the forum, but I am feeling a little more comfortable now.) don't eat that! NO! Don't do it! Do you remember how you felt before when you ate all that junk? Constantly down with stomach issues, or getting sick so easily. And look, your skin problems are gone. You don't spend so much time itching your scalp or with red legs and arms and just about everywhere you can think of. Yes you still have dry skin, but now you can actually stand to put lotion on. And as for your health in general, you have lost almost all the weight you gained in the past year. You have more energy. You love cooking again. So don't ruin it, you really are better."

Mostly my doubt comes in the form of, "Really? I can't eat that because wheat flour was in the air when it was made?" But my sickness is testament that cross contamination is a huge issue for me.

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#657025 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by Rowena on 29 November 2010 - 09:54 AM

HAWAIIAN HAYSTACKS. Man I love my crockpot. Makes working and being your stereotypical housewife so much easier.

Recipe? Heck yes, I will post it...

Cut the chicken up into small cubes and toss into the crockpot.Chop up half an onion and toss that in. (The yellow onion that is out on the top shelf.)There are some cream of chx soup mixes in the cupboard. Take two of those (they are in little box like things) and put them in the crockpot.Add the rest of the open soy milk carton and the rest of the open rice milk carton to the soup and chicken mix. Add about an eighth of a cup of arrowroot starch.Spice with Salt, Pepper, Poultry Seasoning (not too shabby on the poultry seasoning)Turn crockpot on high, and then when you leave this afternoon turn it on low.(Don't forget to stir now and then... Especially after you put the arrowroot in)

Sorry I copied the recipe from my email when I sent it to my husband so its got more notes that I don't care to take out. (For the record you do not have to use soy milk, I personally prefer rice milk, but I had just a little bit left in the carton so I said use that too. Sorry I don't have exact measurements... I rarely do)

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#657015 Apple Crisp

Posted by Rowena on 29 November 2010 - 09:16 AM

So last night, in an attempt to prove that I can make an apple something dessert, I looked up a recipe for apple crisp and then altered it to be gluten-free. (And I added a couple ingredients too) You guys probably have a recipe similar to this if not the same, but I wanted to share anyway.

6 Granny Smith apples.
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp nutmeg

1 1/2 cups flour mix of your choosing (I used pamela's baking and pancake mix, as I am too lazy to make my own mix and I can't buy many flours in bulk at the moment.)
Just over a cup of white sugar (1 and 1/8 cup)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Just over a 1/4 tsp salt (its like 3/8 tsp)
two eggs
3 tbs butter melted.
A dash of vanilla

Preheat oven to 375.

I start by melting the butter in a bowl in the microwave (or however you choose to do it.) And while that is melting I combine the flour, white sugar, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Mix those dry ingredients together. Then when the butter is melted, I crack the two eggs into the melted butter and then put a dash of vanilla in with egg and butter. Beat nicely with a whisk. Dispense egg mixture into flour mixture, and mix well. (I use my hands and a fork, but whatever works for you.)

Then I do the peeling and coring and slicing of apples (I do them last so they are less likely to brown). I put them in a bowl. Once those are done, I put in the sugar and nutmeg, and stir.

Once the apples are mixed I put them in a 9x13 pan. Then I use my hands to sprinkle the flour mixture on top. Put in the oven and cook 30-40 mins or until top is golden brown.



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#657011 Who Survived Thanksgiving?

Posted by Rowena on 29 November 2010 - 08:54 AM

Well I had a million and one Thanksgivings. The one I made went well which included the following,
Curried Carrot Soup
Cornbread stuffing
Stuffed Cornish Hens (had a wild rice stuffing)
Cranberry sauce made completely from scratch
Cranberried Carrots
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
A mutilated apple pie (I am determined never to make pie again)

The other two thanksgivings were disaster. All I ate at my mom's house was potatoes and beans. Nothing else was safe. And I am pretty sure I got cc'd from it, because my mom had to remake a pecan pie that morning. At my MIL's house, she made gluten-free pies for me, but they did get me because she made all the pies at relatively the same time... So moral of the story, bring my own food next year.

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#656022 Cross Contamination: Reason To Worry This Much?

Posted by Rowena on 24 November 2010 - 12:11 PM

Yeah, it's getting overwhelming.



No worries, that's why we're here, we can help you get things sorted out. It's a lot to take in at first...
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#656006 Cross Contamination: Reason To Worry This Much?

Posted by Rowena on 24 November 2010 - 11:29 AM

As for dishes, I have only been married a year and a half and so we haven't even used all my dishes. So I did not get any new dishes yet. But like other's have said, you should replace anything that gluten can get stuck in. (It is nearly impossible to remove from such surfaces.) I myself requested a new toaster and new wooden spoons/spatulas for Christmas. I bought a few new wooden spoons to get me by until then, (And hopefully my parents will actually get them for me. The one time I asked for something, they didn't get it for me. And it was something I desperately needed.)

As for sensitivity, yes there are varying levels of sensitivity. Like for example some might find they have sensitivity to gluten products they put on their skin or hair or whatever. Topical Products. Others may not. I think you are right to take it slowly. The hardest thing to do is dive in all at once. And personally I think it makes it easier to miss the things you can't have if you dive in all at once. Obviously, you'll have to eliminate gluten foods entirely all at once but still.

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