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GF Pumpkin cake and my family adores me...

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Who knew it could be so simple? LOL! So, for those of you who don't know, my son has celiac. That means he cannot have anything with gluten in it. The common sources of gluten are wheat, barley and rye, but that is not an all-inclusive list. I believe the DH has it as well, but I cannot control his diet as well as I can my son's. He's an adult and makes his own choices.

Anyway, two weeks ago, when son and I went to the Gluten Free (GF) store, they had samples of pumpkin cake/cupcakes. They were SOOOO good! So, this week, we picked up one bag of the mix. Today, I mixed it up with pumpkin, oil and eggs. Not all that healthy, but it was DELISH!! It made two 9-inch round cakes and I frosted them with some frosting from a can. They were soooo rich that I almost couldn't finish my piece of cake (but only almost! LOL!). The whole family had a second piece for dessert (except me). That means there is one whole cake and one piece left. I suggested that I should take the whole cake to work tomorrow. In unison, and very loudly, my family nixed that idea! emoticon emoticon I guess that means they liked it!

So, next time I go back, I'm getting a couple of those mixes. I'm definitely serving it for Thanksgiving. Next time, though, I'll make the cream cheese frosting. Much better that way.

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BCGIRL74 11/9/2009 2:34PM
Here's a link to a blog with a lot of yummy gluten free recipes! emoticon

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KATVHALE 11/9/2009 11:24AM

  I also purchase Gluten Free cake mixes at our local health food market because DH is a diabetic and I found that GF stuff does not affect his sugar levels! I bought the GF Chocoltate Cake Mix and I made the Fat-Free Cream Cheese Frosting that you can find in the recipe section here on SP. This is now a regular part of our diet! It is really good and low cal and low fat. I recenlty purchased the GF Chocolate Pound Cake but I haven't made it yet....

You can find a lot of good, healthy stuff at Natural Food Markets; items can be pricey but when you are dealing with bad health, paying more sometimes is well-worth it!


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BKNOCK 11/9/2009 6:32AM

    Sounds delicious! I am glad that your family liked it!

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Girlie shopping is HORRIBLE for little boys!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Took my kids with me today for all of my errands (yeah, that's always fun!). Library, gas, ShopKo, GF Store and WinCo. ShopKo (in case you don't have one near) is a Wal-Mart type store, without the groceries and with nicer stuff and people. Took they boy there for bullets (nerf!) and the girl for a couple of shirts. Took the boy about 30 seconds to get two packages of bullets. Took the girl a tad longer...okay a LOT longer. Almost 45 minutes.

Imagine you're a 10-year old boy, stuck in the women's section of a store, for 45 minutes. Nothing to play with. Mean ol' Mama won't let you wander to the toy section to "just look" and sister is taking FOREVER! He actually behaved himself really well and only whined the last few minutes. But, by then, I was whining too! LOL!

Glad to be home. Oh, we did pick up the pumpkin cake mix stuff the we sampled last week at the GF store. Planning to make that and apple crisp tomorrow. Yummy!

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BKNOCK 11/7/2009 10:38PM

    sounds like a fun day! The dessert sounds better though.

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Lowest pay grade = most action items

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Man, what a fun (read NOT FUN) couple of days at work. My department is responsible for packaging silicon to make computer chips for various applications...from cell phones to servers. We work with other areas to communicate when certain packages will be ready for customers.

Somehow, a major customer was told we would be ready to go by the end of this year. We won't actually be ready until February...and that's pushing it!! Because of the miscommunication, there was a flurry of meetings the last couple of days, some of which I was not included in. However, for the ones I did attend, I was the low man on the totem pole (read "least pay") and the one with the most information on the project. At the end of today's flurries, there was a long list of action items. All mine. emoticon

I guess that means that they need me and plan to keep me employed for awhile longer, right? I'm actually okay with the action items. For one thing, since it's my project, I should be the one handling these items. For another, I like digging in and getting things done. And since I'm the one doing them, I'll know they are done right! LOL!

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GLOBALKEEWEE 11/10/2009 6:43PM

    This is why I decided to ditch being a Mechanical Engineer and get my I could dish out the actions!
(Didn't work.)

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BKNOCK 11/7/2009 9:01PM

    Hang in there, you can do it! Job Security is a wonderful thing right now.

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PINK-LADYBUG 11/7/2009 7:37PM

    “Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did.”

George Carlin gets credit for saying it...

Many, many bosses get credit for living it...

emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/7/2009 7:38:21 PM

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DOINFINE 11/7/2009 3:39PM

    He is the Potter and we are the clay. I learned that lesson the hard way, being the low man on the totem pole myself. I just did my best and thanked God for job security! Hope things turn out better than expected for you! Work hard and leave the results to God!

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GEEMAWEST 11/7/2009 12:33AM

    Low man on the totem pole always does the most work, gets paid the least and is the most valuable.

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Parent Teacher Conference - UGH!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Man...I hate these things! And I don't hate them for the reason you might think. Every time I go in to talk to my kids' teachers, they have nothing but good things to say about my kids. They are smart, dependable, responsible, well-behaved, kind and overall good kids. Not to brag...but...I know! LOL! One of my big goals as a parent is to teach my children how to behave, and especially be good for other people (babysitters, teachers, etc.). For the most part, I've been successful in that goal. (Okay, maybe a little bragging) emoticon

Tonight was no different nor did I expect it to be. The reason I don't like these things is that it feels like a waste of time for both the teacher and me. Once a year isn't so bad, so we muddle through. Some good news (at least to this enginerdy mom) is that my son is in sixth grade math (he's a fifth grader) and he has three options possible at the end of the year, depending on how he does during the year and on the ISAT test at the end of the year. One - retake Course 1 (the course he is in now) and probably skip Course 2 in 7th grade. Two - Take Course 2 in sixth grade. Three - Skip Course 2 and go onto 8th Grade Pre-Algebra in sixth grade. His teacher said that if he continues to do as well as he is now, he may be the only child that has option #3 recommended to him. emoticon I told him what his options were, but not that he may be the only one. I also emphasized that he would have to work for option wasn't a given. He was pretty excited about the idea of taking math at the same level as his sister (three years his senior!). What can I say, I know how to motivate my kids! LOL!

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DOINFINE 11/6/2009 11:11AM

    Be proud of yourself for raising such good kids. You must be giving them the right amount of love and discipline! Keep up the good work! Glad to hear it!!

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BKNOCK 11/6/2009 6:24AM

    I am glad that your son is doing so well because I know a lot of kids that really suffer with math! You are doing a great job raising your kids and I think those conferences tell you that!

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CALIMAN1 11/6/2009 12:48AM

    Barb, congrats on raising your kids well! Seriously, that is award worthy...ya done good, sis!!!! emoticon

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RENA1965 11/5/2009 11:38PM

    I hated them too because the teacher was a old fart and didn't understand the ADHD/Asperges my son suffered. Ashame, my son is very intelligent at his new school, the teachers out there just don't recognize the boy being described on the report sheet (they are used to getting kids written off this way) lol...
My son is a joy to have around, does as asked, follows even in german classes even if he sucks at it (his own words), key word is he is willing to sit there and try now! Having positive people asking him what he means about stuff locked the door up to more positive attitude! Some teachers just earn a buck like everyone else, but their heart isn't always where kids can feel it..

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Day 5 with no Diet Pepsi?

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Heck no!! LOL! I had one for breakfast, just cos I could! LOL!

Okay, okay. I did have three cans of DP today. Before this four-day hiatus, I would have had the three cans (maybe four) PLUS a liter of DP with lunch. So I count today as a success. I will continue to turn to water and tea as first choice and make DP a sometimes drink. But I did find out that if I tell my self I can't have it, I won't. I might eat the house, but I won't wash it down with Diet Pepsi! LOL!

Thanks to all for your support during this horrendous challenge! I appreciate the words of encouragement and I'll keep them in mind as I continue this battle with the evil DP monster!

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BEETH52 11/6/2009 12:29AM

    I am addicted to Mountain Dew! Eithe regular or Diet then Live Wire. I used to drink a 12 pack a day now I'm down to 3 cans. emoticon

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MARLOU4 11/5/2009 1:11PM

    Drinking diet carbonated drinks is an addition of mine too. I learned to only drink one a day by treating it as my cocktail hour and just sit an enjoy it. Good luck on your challenge. We salute you.

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DOINFINE 11/5/2009 12:39PM

    I only allow myself one diet root beer a day and sometimes I even forget to have it! This would be a tough challenge for me.
Be proud and loud for your successes. emoticon

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BKNOCK 11/5/2009 6:38AM

    How did that first sip taste? Glad you survived your challenge! Maybe your next challenge should be no soda for a week! That stuff is really not good for you.

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