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gluten free fatty


Full.  Stuffed. Filled to the brim. Grateful.  That is how I would describe me after the GFAF expo in Dallas a week ago. (Yes I realize I am late on this…blog came second to the paperwork involved in buying a house!!) I conned my boyfriend into accompanying me to the Glutenfreepalooza as he so lovingly called it.  The food sensory overload kicked in after visiting about two booths!  So many vendors and snacks to try, I can’t possibly name them all!!  I will simplify and mention my favorite moments/foods of the weekend….

1. This sticker from Way Better Snacks.  GF IS MY BFF!!!  Also their Red Pepper chips were delish (and the samples I got I didn’t even to eat thanks to the BF, which means they are awesome because he isn’t GF).



2. These cinnamon rolls from Sevierly Good GF. Moist, sweet and did not taste GF.  AT. ALL.  They are available on the website for $7.50 for the mix.  Chocolate brownie was also stellar.  BF also gave this two thumbs up.


3.  Getting to try products that I normally am too cheap to buy just in case they taste nasty.  For example, Kinnikinnick Foods donuts and bagels.  I have been eyeing these bad boys at Sprouts for months but haven’t been able to fork out the $6 for donuts.  I tried them at the expo and am sold!  I think that’s the glorious part of the whole thing; getting to the opportunity to try foods and decide if you like them before paying hard earned money.


(Forgive my god-awful camera skills, I was probably shaking with excitement from eating these!! Also I feel like a weirdo sometimes taking bazillions of pictures)

4.  HOLY CRAP cereal.  The company welcomed us to the expo and gave us a free bag of the non-GMO, GF goodness.  I would give you my review of the stuff, but the boyfriend also ate the entire bag of Dragon Blend.  He’s a meat and potatoes, favorite food is Tombstone pizza kinda guy, so him eating the whole bag says it all.  It’s full of protein, fiber and omegas and made with fruit, buckwheat, chia seeds and hemp hearts. MMMMM.



5.  Getting double snacks because I brought my boyfriend to fill his bag up too. 🙂 I had to buy a plastic bucket to put all my snacks and goodies in at home. So far, I’m loving the NoGii Chocolate Coconut the best.


6.  Leaving the GFAF Expo early to meet this sweet angel!!  🙂  I got to visit one of my besties, Abigail afterward.  (I really didn’t want to take that sticker off!!)


Can’t wait to do it again next year!!


just another minion monday


Glutens made me happy today.  No not because I ate them.  I would NEVER. DO. THAT.  But because I made MINION CUPCAKES!!!  Despicable Me Minion Cupcakes!!! Unfortunately they are of the evil gluten-filled species, because GF Twinkies have yet to exist.  I used the recipe from this site: http://mylitter.com/recipes/minion-cupcakes-from-twinkies-despicable-me/.  I don’t know whether you necessarily need a recipe but rather some time, excitement and important supplies: Twinkies, candy eyeballs, frosting, cupcake mix.

I have been biting at the bit to make these bad boys.  I was working on convincing my five-year-old niece to switch from a Hello Kitty birthday to a Despicable Me party theme.  This week is Surgical Technologist Appreciation week at work and I figured this was a good excuse to make them, instead of, well uh, just really wanting to make children’s movie character cupcakes. 🙂

I made it easy on myself and bought the eyes, already blue frosting, Wilson’s Glitter Gel and Betty Crocker cupcake mix. Word to the wise: let the gel set for a good while or your minion eyes will start dripping (this happened) and you will be finishing your minions at 5:30 am.  I also recommend buying two things of frosting to make sure the minions have enough to stick to.   I’ve seen rumors of GF Twinkies on the Internet, so maybe one day these minions will evolve into the gluten-free variety. (Who knows, maybe they will be healthier?)

Until then, I had the pleasure of Twinkie aroma during my 30-minute drive to work to fill my belly.  I enjoyed making them so much that I didn’t care and my coworkers were definitely pleased today!!


My cheater blue frosting…too lazy to mix food coloring 😉


Look at how happy they are! The one-eyed ones are my favorite!

minion cupcake


Yummy toast



Look at this little guy: a squishy huggable stuffed toast!! And I can’t even eat (normal) toast but he looks so happy!

He’s part of a line of comfort snuggled, including a cupcake, bacon and eggs, even a stuffed cup of joe available here.

Gluten free girl hugging stuffed toast = irony. I suppose at least he is safe!!  Perhaps it’s the forbidden fruit theory, we want what we can’t have, which explains this adorable headband I bought from Etsy that my boyfriend informed me looks like wheat crops….


Mmm headbands and stuffed toast. Delish.



I have been a terrible terrible blogger.  But during this terrible blogger time, I have became a better nurse.  I took a new position as an operating room nurse in June and started a six-month internship through the various specialties.  So instead of working 3-12s a week, I am working Monday-Friday 6:30-3:00 pm.  I have less of my bored-Melinda-go-crazy time and have fallen into more of a normal routine (I actually have one!). 

So unfortunately, I find less time to blog because I am cooking dinner, trying to study my surgeries for the next day, washing clothes, bla bla and crashing at 9 pm because I am already exhausted.  Anyway, life in the OR is a completely new experience and has definitely challenged my nursing skills and confidence.  But I do love learning something new EVERY SINGLE DAY and I mean EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Sometimes I learn so much, my brain is flooded!! I’ll share a few things I’ve learned in my short time in the operating room…

1.  Always clamp your tubing before spiking giant bags of solution or you will shoot solution across the room like a water gun!!

2.  The operating room is notorious for glutenous things (bring lots of snacks!!)

3. That circulating nurses do a lot more than people give them credit for

4.  You can skip the gym after working ortho, prepping extremities and holding them until the solution is dry is plenty of weightlifting.

5.  That we should spend an entire day just driving stretchers around. It is much harder than it looks.

Lastly, since the change to a “normal person” schedule, I understand wholeheartedly the importance of celebrating Hump Day and Friday.  🙂 You’ve got to smile halfway through and when it’s over for the weekend. 

On that note…. HUMP DAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


pretty thai for a white guy

I was hanging out at Moontower Saloon (a chill little outdoor bar in South Austin) and unexpectedly found a gluten-free trailer.  The bar is located on Manchaca past Slaughter and is packed every time we go and has been known to have cars parked along the road.  South Austin was really hurting for a neighborhood bar and Moontower has that relaxed, outdoor, “I’m at a bonfire party” feel.   They opened last October-ish and I know that summer nights there will be awesome.

 I, of course, gave the guy I ordered from the second degree about whether it was ACTUALLY GF.  Turns out the owner is gluten intolerant and the only thing that has gluten is their rolls for sandwiches.  Apparently they used to serve GF rolls also but they were too expensive.  Not a surprise to me…since bread is $7 a loaf. 

Anyway,  the sweet potato fries with Sriracha ketchup are delicious (and are only $3!!) I was kind of surprised by the mint on top, not exactly my favorite flavor with the fries.  But hey you can pick that off if you don’t like it!   I enjoyed the gouda cheese quesadillas (on corn tortillas of course!).  It is a pleasant surprise to be able to order “bar food” from a gluten-free trailer–I felt like a normal person!! 🙂


best boyfriend ever


I have been telling the BF that next time we head to New Orleans that Gluten Free Nation is a necessary stop. He had a convention there this week and surprised me with some treats when he got home!!


Snickerdoodles: I wish they would have been softer, but they were still delicious. Made as a good crush-in for ice cream. Brad gave these two thumbs up.

Chocolate cake balls: my favorite! Chocolaty goodness. Didn’t like the blue sparkles or fondant rose on top.

Multigrain sandwich bread: the BEST bread I have had yet. It says to keep in freezer and warm up slices as needed…maybe this is what I am doing wrong with my bread?!? I usually buy Udi’s because its the cheapest. Its made with Timothy flour (and tapioca) which I had never heard of. A quick Google search tells me its a European cereal grass. Hmmm. Maybe that’s why it tastes better.

Price: Brad said that my treats were about $23. So normal gluten free prices 🙂

Since I have started GF, I am more careful with my sweets and savor/save them. Before, I would eat a whole pack of Oreos in one sitting, now I eat one cookie and save the rest because GF baking is so expensive. Guess I am more thankful now that I am GF.  Mehhh I would rather have glutenous snacks abounding in my house, but it is what it is!!  Brad definitely made my day (and week when I can have cookies/sweets for a few days!!)  He even asked about bread shipment to the house in Austin—which is possible!

Find of the day: $5 Bloody Mary mix!!


mcclure's bloody mary mix

(And its gluten free!!!) Take that Zing Zang with your wheat gluten!! Zing Zang had been my favorite up until I went GF.  Hopefully this will be a good replacement!!

They have some pretty yummy-looking, all GF and Kosher potato chips and relish also at their website:  http://www.mcclurespickles.com/.