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gluten free fatty

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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).

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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.

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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.

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(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.

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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!!)

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Can’t wait to do it again next year!!

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just another minion monday

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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!!

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

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

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BEEDO BEEDO BEEDO

Yummy toast

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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….

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Mmm headbands and stuffed toast. Delish.

slacker

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i want moore cookies.

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Farmers Markets always intrigue me. I love to see the local art, foods and what people in town are actually producing.  The only one I have ever been to is down south off Ben White, the Sunset Valley market.  I was unimpressed and a little let down.  The vendors were sparse and a couple were even rude.  (Maybe they were having a bad day?)

I’ve been wanting to check out some of the other options in town and since Brad owed me one for going on a float with all boys and being the DD; I figured it was my best opportunity to drag him along. 

We tried to go by Barton Creek, which is at the mall near Mopac but realized it was only offered there on Saturday.   Google led me to the HOPE Farmers Market on the east side on Fifth and Comal.  The market is open from 11-3 on Sundays.

It had the quaint little market feel and most of the shops were under shade which is a plus since it’s already 100 degrees by ten o’clock.  (Sunset Valley is on a parking lot).  I was pleased to find lots of gluten-free options and THE BEST COOKIES EVERRRRRRRRRR. 

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My purchases: 

1.  One-Pound Honey from the Austin Honey Company, $10.  The honey is a good deal for the size and tastes good.  I try to eat honey to help with allergies; anything to help in the Allergy Capital AKA Austin. 

2. Poblano pepper and Muenster cheese tamale,  The Gardener’s Feast, $3.  This was my lunch that day.  Everything is fresh, organic and gluten-free.  I picked this flavor because it was on the spicy side.  🙂

3.  Fresh veggies, $2, I forgot what the place was called.  But I thought gosh these are small, but oh wait they are homegrown instead of juiced-up veggies. 

4.  My cute head sash, $2, from the Citywide Garage Sale (Brad got dragged there also on Sunday mwahaha).  This is also a fun event, its pretty much a thrift store/antique store on steroids.  Furniture, baseball cards, dishes, linens, you name it they have it, $5 for entry per person plus parking at Palmer Events Center.  The next one is July 13-14.

NOW THE BEST COOKIES EVERRRRRRRRRR…..

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Sorry the picture was in my lap in the car on the way home.  Because otherwise the picture would have been of empty cookie bags.  Seriously.  They are that good.  Brad said they don’t even taste GF, which I think is the greatest compliment for GF bakery items.  And he’s had the Lucy’s cookies and other bakery stuff I have brought home. 

The lemon cookies were lemony without being overpowering and the chocolate peanut butter cookies tasted like Reese’s cups but cookie-style.  Soft and not crumbly, these are the best gluten-free cookies I have ever put in my mouth.  We ate them all before we ever got home.

The cookie representative (I think it was the owner from looking at the website) said they were working on a storefront for online sales. 

So go to this website: www.moorecookies.com and bookmark it right now! Because I swear you will want these cookies later. 

sharing a yummy recipe

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My boyfriend found this delish recipe for quinoa pizza bites online…his gluten free finding skills are improving 🙂 I must share because they are so quick and easy to make. (And healthy!) I think I have already memorized the recipe!

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Its a wham bam thank ya ma’am recipe. Would be good for kiddos or parties too.

The recipe is at http://fitsuccess
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Aside

This weekend I celebrated two holidays:  Mother’s Day and my Bachelor’s in Nursing graduation, so Brad and I made a “Tour de Mother’s Day” and drove to Arlington (its in the DFW area) on Saturday for the festivities.

I don’t know why but especially when I am out of Austin, I feel the need to Yelp/Google if there are any gluten-free bakeries.  It just seems a waste of travel if I don’t find something new.  My travels this time led me to I Heart Muffins in Hurst.  It said “dedicated gluten free bakery” on the Facebook page, but I still felt the need to verify this by email before trekking across the Metroplex.  Sure enough, its really dedicated. LOL.

We made it there about an hour before close so picking were kind of slim but PLENTY more than I could get anywhere normal.

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These were my goodies for the day (from 12 o’clock):  Apple Cinammon Muffin, Peanut Butter Cookie, and SNICKERS CAKE!!  I promptly ate the cake in store and Brad ate the cookie after I got a bite.  The cake was DELICIOUS and gooey and worth the drive.  I saved my Apple Cinammon Muffin for the next morning, but it was equally enjoyable with little pieces of apple and just the right amount of cinnamon, not too overpowering.  For those that live in the DFW area, the bakery even makes loaves of gluten-free bread.  I asked about shipping the bread but that wasn’t available yet.

The rest of the afternoon preceding the graduation was pretty comical:  we couldn’t check into our hotel until 3 (graduation was at 4), Brad had to buy a new shirt at Jos A Bank since his was wrinkled and we had nowhere to iron it and a new pair of jeans since apparently our terrible cat Barf peed on them when he was laying his clothes out at the house.   I ended up getting dressed in Jos A Bank and putting my makeup on in the car.

Finally, we made it safe and sound to College Park Center at UTA and I got to the staging area for all of us RN-BSN bridging students.  It was quite interesting to graduate with a class of 400+ people whom I had never met due to the online setup of classes.  I made friends with my neighbors and we discussed the best/worst classes, where we were all from and our future plans in nursing.

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This is my double Maverick face: my BSN is my second degree from UTA 🙂

I was quite impressed with the changes the University of Texas at Arlington has made to their campus in hopes of becoming a Tier One school.  College Park Center was amazing with the Jumbotron and stadium style seating.  Brad was even able to find a bar to kill time at on campus.

We hit the road back the next morning to see both of our moms.  My mom and grandma are in Waco and requested we bring them kolaches from Czech Stop in West on the way home.  This is probably the gluten-free person’s nightmare:  smell of sweet dough rising, all kinds of kolache from cherry to sausage ones and cupcakes too.   I don’t know why but sometimes I ask Brad to let me smell his glutenous eats.  Maybe it seems like I have eaten it through my nose. Or I’m a masochist.  I think it just makes me feel like I am participating in normal eating.  I was very glad at this point I had saved my apple cinnamon muffin, because while Brad devoured his hot chubbie with cheese, I wasn’t giving him dirty stares.  For those without allergies or intolerances, it is a CRIME to go through West, Texas on IH-35 and not stop.

We scooped the treats up  (along with a fruit plate for me from Walmart) and enjoyed some conversation with the family for a couple hours before heading to see Brad’s mom/Spurs game.

My weekend reminded me of this quote by Gordon B. Hinckley:

“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to just be people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail journey…delays…sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling burst of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.”

My weekend didn’t project to be a blissful one, but Brad and I laughed through the delays and silly mishaps, ie. cat pee. After all, it’s not everyday that you get to graduate with the largest nursing graduating class ever from UTA.  🙂

double maverick