Friday, August 22, 2008

The Relationship Tag (tagged by Michelle)

Are you:Single/Taken/Engaged/Married? 110% taken!

If you are single, do not answer any more questions.

Name 10 things you like/love about your significant other:

1. He is SOO funny!
2. He is extremely motivated and smart.
3. He is talented at so many things! He can be Mr. Fix It, Mr. Computer Man, Mr. Chef, Mr. Business Man, or Mr. Sports Star! He's very well rounded.
4. He doesn't forget about the little things. He opens all my doors for me (because he wants to!), leaves me notes on the mirror before he goes out of town, gives me unexpected gifts, brings home balloons and wine as a surprise for gluten free anniversaries! Even after 3 years!
5. He knows me better than I know myself.
6. He totally gives in to all of my whims.
7. He eats my gluten free food and I know that he is so proud of me.
8. He stands up for me.
9. He likes my family!
10. SEXY SEXY SEXY. And he is totally a cuddler. :)

What do you guys do on dates? We go on dates?? Haha. We're both so busy all of the time, that I really just enjoy a quiet night in where we watch tv or movies.

Are you crazy about this person? I am absolutely wild about him! He is the best thing to ever happen to me and he is the love of my life. I've never been so happy.

Is this person crazy about you? Yep, and he shows me everyday! :)

In general, name 10 things that turn you on:

1. Strong, muscular build (what I like to call, "the baseball player body")
2. Humor, sillyness
3. Intelligence
4. Motivation
5. Respectfullness (is that a word? lol)
6. Sappy love notes! (He always writes really good long ones in cards because he knows I LOVE it!)
7. Stability
8. Desire for marriage and day!
9. Outgoing personality
10. Compassionate and understanding

Tag one person: Anyone who wants to do this!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Obsession times 3

So I am currently a slave to 3 food obsessions: Tuna and crackers, strawberry yogurt, and a new one....tomatoes. I cannot get enough tomatoes. I walked by some awesome Roma tomatoes at Sprouts, they looked so good that I bought 3 and couldn't wait to eat them. I didn't want them on sandwiches, on my bunless burger, nothing like that. I wanted to slice them up and eat them by themselves. That's very uncharacteristic of me. I ate them pretty much right away and was constantly aching to go back to Sprouts to get more. I am so obsessed with tomatoes right now that I bought a tomato plant. Seriously. I even named it Tommy the Tomato Plant.

I made this tomato and feta salad today to feed the beast that's living inside me demanding more tomatoes. Here's what it looks like:

YUM. So here's the basics of what is in it. I just kinda eye balled it so I don't have exact measurements to give you. I just add a little more of what I like and add a little less of what I don't.

Organic grape tomatoes, sliced in half
Feta cheese, cut into small chunks
Parsley, minced
Basil, minced
Red onion, chopped
Olive oil
White wine vinegar
Fresh ground pepper
Kosher salt (not a lot because the feta is rather salty itself)

Throw it all in a bowl, stir carefully, and enjoy! My only suggestion is to go easy on the onions, unless of course you are a big onion lover. I am not, and I added just a smidge too much tonight.

I googled tomato cravings today because I was thinking that maybe my body is trying to tell me that I was lacking some nutrient that tomatoes offer. I haven't found much yet, but I am going to keep looking. I did read something about it being linked to iron-deficient anemia...there was a case of a woman that ate 6-10 whole tomatoes a day for a long time, then once she started treament for iron-deficient anemia, her tomato craving went away. Hmm..something to think about.

Why can't my body just crave multi-vitamins?? Maybe then I'd remember to take them consistently. Lol.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Strawberry cake!

So I have been dying for strawberry cake ever since I saw this recipe at Gluten Free Mommy. Man, that looks so incredible. But let's face it, I'm lazy about 98% of the time. I wanted the quickest way to a similar result. So I made it up.

I bought this Glutino white cake mix. I hadn't tried it before so I thought, what the hell. I followed the directions on the box, then added 2 tablespoons (or so) of strawberry jello mix to the batter. I stirred it up, poured it in the pan, and baked it!

It smelled amazing while it was baking. It even looked incredible:

I stole some Pillsbury Cream Cheese frosting that my mom had in her pantry. Thanks Mom! P.S. Do NOT buy Betty Crocker frostings...they have wheat starch.

I eagerly frosted the cake up!

It was about half a second later that I was digging out a slice.

Holy cow, right? Well, it was really good! It was really, really sweet though so go easy on the slice! This was a pretty small serving (since it's late) and I couldn't even eat the whole thing. The strawberry flavoring isn't over powering, it's just enough to make it's presence known. I might try a different frosting next time, I think that's where the sugar overkill lies.

Overall, I am very pleased with this recipe. It was extremely easy and didn't turn out sucky! Woohoo!

A sneak peek of what is to come!

I am making strawberry cake tonight! Here is my very pink cake batter!

Details to follow once I finally get to sink my teeth into it!

Kinni-Toos Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

I was very excited to (finally) find these chocolate sandwich creme (AKA oreo-like cookie) cookies by Kinnikinnick when I was walking around Whole Foods one day. I had heard of them and was dying to try them. I LOVED oreos, oh my goodness. I'd dunk them in my milk until they were falling apart and then I'd devour every last crumb.

I did not take this picture. I had some pictures that were on Ol' Bessie (my late laptop, RIP) that B took and I was waiting to use those to post this review. But we might not be seeing those pictures anytime soon, or ever. So pre-fab picture you get.

I got home, I poured myself a coffee mug of milk and I anxiously opened this package. I was SURE that these were going to be life-alteringly (is that a word, lol) amazing. I took a bite of the cookie to try it sans milk. Ick. Maybe it'll be better dunked in milk? 5 seconds in the milk and it was crumbling. Shoot. I quickly stuffed it in my mouth. Double ick. The taste is like eating granulated sugar mixed with cocoa power. The texture was crumbly, extremely light (like there was nothing to it), and gritty.

Yuck. Yuck. Yuck. These were gross. I couldn't even bring myself to eat a second one. Blah. How disappointing.

I have been a bad, bad blogger...

I have a good excuse, really!

My laptop totally crapped out about a week ago. Died. I liked that laptop too. Needless to say it was unexpected and I had to go buy a new one because I start up school August 18th. So I begrudgingly gave up my typical gluten free shopping budget in favor of a new laptop. Lol, I kid I kid.

Here's what I got:

Yes, it's red. And yes, it's pretty freaking sweet. I was a little angry about it the first couple of days because I didn't want to have to buy it. But I sure do like ol' red now that I got her.

My love, B, is out of town right now so I am going to catch up on my blogging! Hooray!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Craving! Need opinions..

Ok, so I am totally craving Strawberry Cake. However, today I am a lazy baker and I do not want to put a lot of effort into it. Pre-boxed items are my life savers.

So here is my question to you. I need opinions on how I can make a Strawberry Cake using a store bought gluten free cake mix.

Here is my thought: I was thinking about buying a white cake mix, then maybe adding a few tablespoons of strawberry jello mix to it. Do you think that would work? I can't decide if that will come out funky or not. Or even if that will give it enough strawberry flavor. I'd hate to get all siked up for it then it come out shitty. And I definitely do not want all the trouble of mixing several flours and ingredients and all that other time consuming, messy stuff.

Any suggestions?

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sandwich Love

"I feel like I just found out my favorite love song was written about a sandwich."

Everytime I hear that line in 27 Dresses, I think, "You know, I probably would write a love song about a sandwich." Sandwiches used to be my absolute favorite. I would eat at Subway nearly everyday for lunch. Anytime I went to a restaurant, what did I get? A sandwich. It is something I have deeply missed since going gluten free.

It's no secret that gluten free bread can sometimes be...not worth the time and effort you put into it. When I first went gluten free after diagnosis 5 years ago, my mom and I baked bread after bread after bread and all of them were equally disgusting. I thought I was going to die. It was probably one of the main reasons that I failed so many times. I NEEDED my sandwiches.

So, I gave up on the hope of bread. I stopped trying. I walked by the frozen breads and bagels at the store. I overlooked gluten free bread recipes. Why bother when all they do is disappoint? I started making "pseudo-sandwiches." I would take lunch meat, cheese and tomatoes and wrap them in lettuce. They were awesome, but always lacked the satisfication that comes with eating it on bread. I tried to make wraps with brown rice tortillas, but the tortillas aren't soft enough so they didn't fold well.

I recently decided to give everything another try. I found bagels and english muffins that were delicious! All they really needed was a really good toasting. Could bread be the same? I bought some different bread mixes, and have waiting to try them because my poor hand mixer just can't handle bread dough. Allie over at Sorry, I can't eat that told me to try this bread mix because of good results she's experienced with it. She assured me that it was really easy and it wouldn't cause my hand mixer to have a meltdown.

It always helps knowing someone else has tried something and liked it. So I was excited to try this! She was right, it didn't get much easier than this! 3 cups of mix and 2 cups of milk was all it took! My hand mixer (bless it's little overworked heart) had a bit of trouble (the dough kept climbing up the mixers) but overall, did well. A couple of minutes of mixing and it was ready to go in the oven!

This is my loaf when it came out of the oven:

A little misshapen and overdone on top, but hey, I'm no Martha Stewart. We couldn't even wait until it cooled until we tried it and started making sandwiches. It's really good! You don't really need to toast it, but that's how I prefer it, so we did.

The edges of the crust burnt a little before the rest of the slice was fully toasted, but oh well. Here is my finished sandwich:

That, my friends, is a beautiful sight. My hands were shaking because I was so hungry and so anxious to put this wonderful work of art in my mouth.

I added some Stax to the side (they are labeled gluten free. If you don't know, Pringles are NOT gluten free, but these are just as good, if not better) and my meal was complete!

All I have to say is, I can die happy now. This sandwich was truly satisfying. So much so, I kept making that contented sigh afterwards. The bread does have kind of a funny smell and a little bit of a sweet taste, but nothing that can't easily be overlooked. You can't even tell once you have all your sandwich goodies on it.
Thanks for the suggestion, Allie!