Happy New Year’s Eve

Hey, y’all.

FINALLY.

The blog is back up and running. They got it transferred on the 18th but it’s taken until now for them to get it fixed where I could access my admin section to actually blog.

Hope y’all had a fantastic Christmas and holiday season.  🙂

(all baked goods made with gfjules flour except for the kolaches which were real for the rest of the fam)

All the usuals. Peppermint cookies. Cherry white chocolate chip cookies.  Prune kolaches. Tamales, enchilada casserole, cheese rice and beans.

Do y’all’s Moms give y’all retro toys from you childhood for Christmas? Mama B does. I love love loved Holly Hobbie when I was little.  🙂

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Now for the best news…y’all know I’ve been going thru so much hell the last 3 months with all the antibiotics but starting Tuesday…

KETO is back and I can’t wait.  🙂

You can’t even imagine how rough the last 3 months have been on me mentally and physically.  I hope that I will never have to go off of it again. 🙂

Hello, old friend. It’s been way too long. 😉

Ok that’s all for today.  Y’all stay warm and have a safe New Year’s Eve / Happy New Year’s Day (eat your black eyed peas) and I’ll see you soon. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Lesson Learned + Cherry Christmas Cake

Hey, y’all. 🙂

Did you have an awesome Christmas / holiday?

Things were kinda blah here.

First, the week leading up to Christmas I had to take Mama B to the ER late one night. It was all kinds of drama that led to us having to leave before she could be seen because the ER Dr at our Podunk hospital wasn’t covered under her insurance. If you know me in real life and live in our town…don’t go to the local hospital unless you’re like 110% sure you’re dying. Drive to SL or V and see some decent nurses / doctors.  There was this one nurse there that must be the sister of Satan (and that’s being nice). And believe me…she’s already been reported.  So anyway thankfully the urgent care at her regular Dr’s office was open super early the next morning. She got seen 1st thing and her temp was 104. The Dr. said if she’d waited any longer it would have been really bad.

So she was sick and then Sister B got sick and wasn’t able to come home. We ended up meeting her for lunch on Christmas Monday but she’s still not feeling all that great.  Feel better soon, SB.  🙂

We still celebrated Christmas.  It just wasn’t the same as if everyone had been healthy.

Made the real kolaches and pigs for the rest of the fam.

Used the roll dough I wrote about in this post to make me some celiac / paleo safe pigs and prune kolaches. These actually turned out really well. And they held up in the icebox too. I’m so impressed with this recipe.

Usual Christmas Tex-Mex meal. (Tamales / Enchiladas / cheese rice / beans).

So are y’all starting to practice y’all’s Russian. 😉

About that cherry rum cake.

Unreal.

I made my regular rum cake recipe using gf Jules of course (you can use any rum cake recipe) and for all of the water (just the water) in the cake and drizzling sauce I subbed cherry juice from a jar of maraschino cherries.  I drained the cherries really well and pulsed them in the food processor then dried them even more on paper towels and added them to the mix. I left everything else the same.  Mama B said this was the best cake I’ve ever made. 🙂

Amen.

My fav Christmas presents (so far)…a Rubik’s cube and a Salt Life sign / decoration for the back fence (it needs to be dropped down a little bit).  We’re starting to decorate the back fence with old vintage and cute signs.  When Rubik’s cubes were first a thing I got one for Christmas and played with it for hours on end. They had all those retro toys out for Christmas this year and it was one of them.  My other fav won’t come until sometime next week.  I’ll share when it gets here.  🙂

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A progress pic. Left pic was Christmas 2004 (in the middle of a 4 year lupus flare) and right pic was the day after Christmas this year. White bar across chest = no bra. Also…while my stomach is in no way flat that is not a bulge it’s the way the white shirt bunched up.

So…about the title of this post.  I took 4 days off plan for the holidays and while it was worth it in some ways it was horrible in others. In about 48 hours my pain level went from around a 4 to a 24.  My face bloated up.  I was itching like crazy.  It was awful. I had planned to stay off plan thru Monday (because we were meeting SB for lunch that day and it was a road trip) but I went right back on plan after Christmas day lunch.  It took a good full 3 days for my pain level to get back to somewhat manageable.

Lesson learned.  I just cannot jump on and off from no sugar / grains (even with celiac safe ones).  I have to find ways to make this livable.  And that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to figure out ways to make things I like so maybe I won’t miss them as much.  I did it when I had to go gluten – free.  I’ll do it with this too.  And of course I’ll share along the way. 🙂

Had to go out for lunch on Tuesday.  Saltgrass.  Caesar and Prime Rib. Forgot to take a pic of the steak but I cleaned the plate so you know it was delish.  This was a perfect back on plan meal. 🙂

Normally I wouldn’t post something with that many curse words in two sentences but I saw this and it is just so fitting right now.

Ok. That’s all for now. Y’all have a great / safe New Year’s Eve / Day weekend and I’ll see you soon.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas

Hey, y’all.  🙂

How was your Christmas Eve Eve?

Just kidding. I’m totally in the Christmas spirit. 🙂  Bottle not needed…but totally appreciated. 😉

Presents are (mostly) wrapped. 🙂

Not kidding about this one at all.  We had the air on 65 earlier today.

Since we last met…

More baking

Candied Cherry Christmas cookies.  I make these every year.  This year I used gfJules flour and this dough was unreal.  I seriously would have been happy with just a bowl of dough. 🙂

My Mema’s pots and pans out on the stove plus sugar-y butter-y prunes?

That’s right…it was Christmas Kolache making day. 🙂

That’s Papa B helping me roll the pigsHe was so proud and wanted me to take a pic. 🙂

Those were all real wheat.

I played around with some gluten – free dough for me but it didn’t turn out.

So I did this with it…

That’s right I said to myself, hey you don’t have nearly enough to do today why don’t you make some scratch puff pastry? 😉  LOOK at those layers.  That’s all gfJules flour.  No weird added ingredients just straight up flour, sugar, salt, milk, yeast and butter.  I rolled a few hot dog wieners to test it out. Plus I filled a couple little squares with the left over prunes.  I have some dough left over in the freezer that will hopefully soon become the crust for the chicken pot pie I’ve been craving.  I’ll let y’all know how it turns out.

I really can’t say enough good things about gfJules so far.  I’m liking it a lot. I don’t know what has changed with cup4cup or if it’s just something that changed with my taste but since having to go back to gluten – free for good something just tastes off with it. No matter what I’ve used it in…it’s made me gag.   I was torn between trying a few different gluten – free flours and so far I’m really glad I decided to give this one a try.

Made some more peppermint cookies.

Took Mama B to pick up the Tamales.  Test tamal in the car of course. 😉

Finished the night with my second fav Christmas movie…Love Actually.  🙂

Just a little reminder for dealing with difficult people this weekend. 🙂

Merry Christmas. 🙂  Y’all have the best day if you celebrate…or a great / safe weekend if you don’t and I’ll see ya next week. 🙂

 

Baking All The Time

Hey, y’all. 🙂

How’s the countdown to Christmas going in your part of the world?

Over here it’s been lots of…

First I did a blind flour taste test with the fam. Testing out gfJules and comparing it to my beloved cup4cup. I’m impressed. It’s made some good eats. 🙂

This…

Became this…

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Gluten – free Irish Soda Raisin Bread  (using my own recipe)

Then this…

Became Eggnog Cookies.

Didn’t get a finished pic. Sorry. They were baked then filled with eggnog icing and topped with red / green Christmas sprinkle shapes.

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Then this…

Martha’s Pate Brisse

Became this…

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Gluten – free Pecan Pies

Then this…

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Became this…

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Doesn’t that look like an alien face?  Or that gross salmon patty / cracker concoction our mom’s used to make with that grody canned salmon that had bits of bones and stuff that looked like eyes.

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Mama B’s side of the fam, do y’all remember how Meme always had King Leo peppermint sticks long before you could get them everywhere?  Now they have the Peppermint bits for holiday baking. I was so happy when I saw them. 🙂

I wasn’t even planning on making peppermint cookies but had to add some to the to-do list as soon as I saw the peppermint bits.  It ended up being a good decision. These are the best new cookies I’ve made in ages.  And they were actually a mistake.  I accidentally used much less flour than I’d planned on using so they became these crispy almost lace type cookies.  They were such a hit I’ve already made another batch.  I know I said I wasn’t going to put a bunch of recipes here but I’m gonna put this one at the end of the post.  Y’all know the drill from the old blog…recipes after the music.

Randoms

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That’s gluten – free y’all.  Look at the fold on that tortilla (it’s wrapped around my hand). I used gfJules flour and it made the best gluten – free tortilla I’ve ever had.  I used my own recipe.

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Gluten – free holiday cupcakes from Gigi’s. That peppermint mocha one (red – pink icing) was unbelievable. This was the first time I’d ever tried their gluten – free cupcakes.  Call me a fan.  🙂

Running around wearing leggings as pants. 😉  Aren’t those adorbsies?

  • So Ted Cruz doesn’t understand that the Princess Bride is about open hearts and love?  The fool who stood on the senate floor reading Green Eggs and Ham while trying to stop a vote on universal health care?  Y’all know…Green Eggs and Ham….the book with the message of not hating on something until you’ve ya know…actually given it a chance.  I doubt that horrible man has actually read his child a bedtime story…ever but in the unlikely event he has he’s either too dumb to understand the message in a pre school level children’s book or…oh never mind there’s really no other explanation for that.  So yeah…totally not surprised he doesn’t understand Princess Bride either.

 

  • Note to Kyler Murray (former potential future Texas A &M quarterback) The amount of bullsh.. people are willing to put up with is always always directly related to how good you are at your job or life or whatever.  Sure you were a pretty good high school football player. Guess what?  This state is FULL of dudes sitting around their garages telling stories about being pretty good high school football players.  No big deal.

 

  • Note to his dad Kevin Murray if the stories are true and you seriously told Aggie boosters they should treat you the same way longhorns treat Earl Campbell?  When I get thru dying laughing…it’s not hard to see where your petulant child got his overrated sense of entitlement.  Not hard at all.  Y’all don’t let the door hit ya.

All day…e’ry day, y’all.  🙂

That’s it for today from my little corner of the internet.

See y’all soon with more baking.  🙂

White Chocolate Pudding Peppermint Cookies

Ingredients

2 sticks room temp Butter

3/4 cup Brown Sugar

1/4 cup granulated Sugar

1 (3.4 oz) package Hershey’s White Chocolate Pudding

2 large Eggs

2 tsp Vanilla

320g Flour (about 2 1/4 cups loosely packed)

1 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

1 bag White Chocolate Chips

1 cup Peppermint Bits  (or any crushed peppermint)

 

Directions

Ok first some notes…these are extremely temperamental. Don’t try these if you don’t have the patience or the time to baby them.

They are really thin and crispy.

They spread A LOT and you need to take them out of the oven while they’re still a little soft. Let them firm up about 3 – 5 minutes and then carefully get them off the pan and onto a cooling rack where they should finish firming up.  Mine stuck a little both times…using different well sprayed pans.

They are totally worth the effort though. 🙂

All I did was…

Put all the dry ingredients plus chips and peppermint bits in a bowl.

Made a well and added butter, eggs and vanilla.

Then mixed it all with my hands.

I used the smallest cookie scoop and left plenty of room between each cookie.

Using that small scoop half the recipe made about 35 cookies.

I baked them 8 – 10 minutes on 325* but my ovens run hot so I have to lower temps all the time.

Know your oven. 🙂

Again I want to reiterate that small scoop of dough spreads out to a regular cookie size when baked.

 

Also…I didn’t make these using a cup measure.  As always I weighed out the flour so I can’t say how it will turn out using cup measured flour. But if you keep it loose and don’t pack the flour it should be ok.

I made one batch using  cup4cup and another using gfJules.  Both worked great. I think I liked the Jules best though.

Christmas Recap

Did y’all have a nice Christmas holiday / long weekend?

With the exception of Sister B informing us that she likes One Direction 😉 ours was really nice.  I was so sick but still managed to throw together a pretty good day. 🙂

We all wore fun Christmas T-shirts to get us in the mood.   I threw in the requisite Uggs…just because.  They were a gift to myself and this is the first week cold enough to wear them.

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Yeah, I know they’re a pretty dumb buy for someone who lives in such a warm climate but I don’t care. 🙂

Plus, I’m already planning next year’s Christmas week and they’ll be plenty appropriate.  Wink wink rest of the fam.  😉

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I finally got a picture of the tree where it looks it’s true color…bright red.  This was seriously one of my most favorite trees ever.

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Parts of our Tex-Mex meal (before serving).

Tamales…refrieds…queso…enchilada casserole…cheese rice.  Lime sherbet punch in a cute Santa mug.  🙂

It was a very nice day with family topped off with a night of Christmas light looking.  When my Mema was alive…every Christmas Eve night we’d pile into the car and go driving around looking at lights.  As we got older she’d either buy us wine coolers at the convenience stores (yes…as we drove around) or we’d bring our margaritas with us from home.  This year I was on too much medication to drink but me and Papa B ate rum cake as we were riding around.  We joked about how we used to drink our liquor…and now we eat it.  😉   (We did the light looking thang with Meme too…minus the alcohol…so it’s just really important to me that we keep up the tradition every year.)

Anyway…I finished my antibiotics and steroids today and I am finally feeling better.  I have a massage scheduled for Wed and then I’m looking forward to starting a fresh new year.  I spent the majority of this year sick and medicated…I’m so very ready for a symbolic fresh start.

Hope y’all had a Merry Christmas and that Santa brought you everything you wanted.  🙂