Spring rolls…a yummy GF treat!

Christine and I made vegetarian spring rolls for dinner tonight, and they were oh so yummy! I actually found the spring roll wrappers at our local Kroger. I had no idea how to use them though, and I asked my friend, Cindy, and she told me to soak them in water first, but not too long or they get too mushy. I still needed some direction on how to actually wrap the spring rolls, and, of course, I found a video on the internet. We stuffed ours with rice noodles, lettuce, cilantro, carrots, avacado, and sliced ginger. I also found a recipe for a peanut dipping sauce, and while it was good, I think that I’ll try another one next time. If you have a peanut sauce recipe that you love, I’d sure love to have it!

I also wanted to share this recipe for Frosted Banana Spice Cake that I made last night. I didn’t make the frosting for it though, but I can’t believe that it could be any more delicious that it was. We are bare naked cake eaters over here though, but it really was awesome! It is gluten and casein free, but I would have devoured this whole cake even before I was GFCF, it’s soooo good and so moist!

My camera is fried. If I had it I could show you how beautifully they turned out. Pretty good for our first try we thought. ;-)

I am hoping that Santa has a new digital camera for mama this year. I hate not being able to take pictures and videos of my babies! Wah!

Off to bed! Love one another~Yvonne


November 20, 2007 at 12:02 am 2 comments

Back to the blog and gluten free…

I’ve gone gluten free. I’ve said “adios” to gluten, sayonara, bon voyage…you get the idea!

I am almost two months into my gluten free lifetstyle.

Why gluten free? The story goes like this…

My nephew, Eli, is on the autisic spectrum. Many kids on the spectrum have benefitted from going on “The Diet” (gluten free and casein free~ a.k.a.~ GFCF). My sister decided to give it a go and see if it made a difference for Eli, and lo and behold…she started seeing some pretty dramatic changes in him. Within days he started trying to use words he had never used, he only 3 or 4 until then. He also was more in the “here and now” and not in his own little world, and many of his stimming behaviours lessened. It was pretty amazing!

I decided to try Joshua on “the diet” and see if I could see any differences in him. Not near as much as Eli, but I do feel he has a bit more focus and his diarrhea has subsided.

Then my sister decided to do it, and well, we always do the same things, so I had to do it to! I started researching the signs and symptoms of gluten intolerance and was just blown away at how many of them I had! I definitely had to try it out!

After one week, I felt clearer headed than I had in a very long time, I had more energy, the joint pain I had experienced for the last year was GONE, and the diarrhea and bloating were so much less. Two weeks later, the intestinal stuff was also GONE! I felt so alive. At that time my anti-depressants, that I have been taking for 7 years ran out, so I decided, after talking to my family and asking them to keep and eye on me, to try and go without them and see what happened. I was shocked that after a couple of days of not taking them, I was not huddled in a crying puddle as I have been after previous attempts, instead I felt wonderful. It’s been two months now and I feel just wonderful, more me, more free, than I have in either decades or my whole life, I can’t decide! :-)

The only negative that I have noticed from going off of my “meds” is that now that I am not taking something with an anti-anxiety med, my old buddy acid reflux has come to visit. I think I get going and going during the day, running around doing my busy mom stuff, and I feel like I forget to breathe sometimes, or breathe as shallow as you possibly can and get by. I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone but me, but that’s the only way I can think of to describe it. I find that I actually have to remember to take deep breaths, breaths that are cleansing and relieving. I also have discovered ginger and peppermint tea as a way to help my reflux. It’s really soothing to my stomach and seems to help. I am just starting this and read that I should drink a cup after each meal. I’ll update on how that’s going in a week or so.

That’s my story. I could sing, Sound of Music style, from the highest mountain top, how good I feel. Lucky for you, no sound comes through the blog, or you’d be plugging your ears and running about now! Aren’t you glad I’m back now? :-)

November 19, 2007 at 12:04 am 2 comments

It was fun…

I am leaving my blog, for a very long while, maybe forever…I will still be helping Joshua out with his blog: Pooh Bear’s Adventure’s, but the time of the personal blog is over for me. Life is just too busy, good busy, crazy busy, but busy.

I have enjoyed meeting many new friends in the bloggy world, and appreciate all the prayers and support that you have all given me over the last two+ years. I am going to be cutting back on all blog reading also, but I will definitely drop in and say hello now and then!

Keep on loving one another!~Yvonne

I’ll be trying my best to keep us with these precious “babies” of mine! :-)

May 25, 2007 at 12:15 pm 8 comments

Finally…some new videos!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

My favorite two are the third and fourth from the left.  Joshua has been working hard to pick things up with a pincer grasp, and he’s getting sooo good at it!  He’s also been practicing his hammering skills on his pound a ball toy, he really had a tough time hanging on to the hammer in the beginning, but now he has a death grip on it and can is actually starting to raise him arm and lower it in a hammering motion.  I am so proud of him and how hard he is willing to work!  He amazes me daily with his wonderful attitude!

Love one another!~Yvonne

April 26, 2007 at 10:02 pm 4 comments

Joshua and his new buddy…

Here are some pictures…notice the second picture;  Joshua has taken Happy’s puppy teething keys and Happy is watching him chew on them.  Anytime the puppy leaves those keys alone for a second Joshua jumps on the opportunity to chew on them himself.  Happy thinks Joshua is a litter mate at this point.  I wonder why?  :-)  We are really trying to break the puppy from licking Joshua’s face though, Josh is none too crazy about it!

April 25, 2007 at 9:41 am 1 comment

Mercury warning!

Because everyone is now being urged left and right to buy “green” CFL bulbs I wanted to link to this article: CFL Bulbs Have One Hitch: Toxic Mercury that I think everyone should read.

My sister first told me about the bulbs having mercury in them at dinner last night. She has a friend who put one in her daughter’s room, it broke, and she heard about the mercury and called a government agency to find out what to do…her daughter’s room has had to be sealed off from the rest of the house and it is going to cost them $2,000 to have the room properly treated to get rid of the mercury!

We have put one of these bulbs in the fixture on our front porch, but no other’s so far. I have to say, I don’t think I’ll be installing any others, even though I’d like to save the planet as much as the next mom, that is until I get some more information that convinces me otherwise.

April 23, 2007 at 7:23 pm 2 comments

The first meeting…


April 21, 2007 at 10:47 pm 4 comments

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