*AMBER512's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%2AAMBER512 *AMBER512's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Six Year Sparkiversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241726 How is it even possible that I have been here for six years? <BR> <BR> Um, that's insane! <BR> <BR> Especially because I didn't even think about it this year. The news totally sprung up on me with an e-mail from SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> I have my Sparkiversary saved as a yearly appointment, otherwise I wouldn't have even thought about it. SparkPeople is just a part of my life now. It would feel wrong to not check in. <BR> <BR> Although, if you want a much better Sparkiversary post, pleas... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 14:42:56 EST (benign) Brain Tumor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157518 A lot has changed since I last posted on here! <BR> <BR> I have been to gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, general doctors and have now had a brain MRI. <BR> <BR> I'm falling apart y'all! <BR> <BR> Okay...I'm not from the South, so that probably sounds completely ridiculous from me. <BR> <BR> But here's what's up: <BR> <BR> I had a brain MRI last week and they found a small brain cyst as well as a tumor on my pituitary gland. You can visit my other blog for what this all means. <BR>... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 20:54:05 EST Thanksgiving Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146500 Is anyone else struggling to get back on track after Thanksgiving? <BR> <BR> I ate a ton of really awesome food and I really wish I could go back to the days of eating ALL.THE.FOOD. <BR> <BR> You can read my Thanksgiving recaps here: <link>www.foundmyspark.com/2012/11/23/than<BR>ksgiving-recovery </link> <BR> <BR> And here: <link>www.foundmyspark.com/2012/11/26/than<BR>ksgiving-again </link> <BR> <BR> Okay, I don't really wish I could overeat like I used to. But some foods are so ... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 22:23:03 EST Anatomy of a Panic Attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904902 I wanted to share my latest blog entry with you all in case you haven't seen it yet. I was really hesitant to actually post about my anxiety and panic attacks. But I finally did it. If you want to read it you can find it here: <link>www.foundmyspark.com/2012/05/30/anat<BR>omyofapanicattack </link> <BR> <BR> While I wouldn't wish that feeling on anyone else, I sort of also hope that I'm not alone in dealing with anxiety. Wed, 30 May 2012 20:38:43 EST I Am Good At Injuring Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4787547 Hi Spark friends! How is everyone? I haven't been so great. If you don't read my blog Found My Spark <link>www.foundmyspark.com </link> then you don't know what I recently did. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l928956278.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Isn't that pretty? I am apparently so uncoordinated that I can't even get up off of a couch without tripping and going headfirst into a coffee table. I'm classy like that. <BR> <BR> But besides injuring myself in ridiculo... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:15:19 EST 5 Year Sparkiversary - You Are Worth It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727825 Every single year my Sparkiversary seems to sneak up on me. I don’t think I have ever been fully prepared to reflect on the previous year. And to be honest, this year I have even less ideas as to what to say about it. I think I did a good job covering it after two years: <BR> <BR> <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=1778291 </link> <BR> <BR> Then again after my third year: <BR> <BR> <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j<BR>... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 20:38:44 EST SparkPeople's New Workout DVD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710873 It has been a really long time since I last updated this blog. So long ago that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years have happened since then. If you haven’t been reading my new blog <link>www.foundmyspark.com </link> , you probably have no idea what’s been happening since then. <BR> <BR> For a short recap: <BR> <BR> I had a great time with family and friends at the holidays and I completely injured my foot on New Year’s. I’ve done everything from sharing my favorite recipe (black ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 19:33:36 EST Emotional (over)Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4573015 Hey all. Sorry I haven't posted lately. I have just had a string of bad things going on. I think I'm up about three pounds because of way too much of this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l587781173.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Although I have been tracking the calories and I know I haven't actually overeaten by the 10,500 or so calories it would take to gain three pounds. So some of this must be some water weight. <BR> <BR> It's just been really rough this past week a... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 14:12:12 EST Stir Fry Help Needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4551076 I have been desperately trying to find a stir fry sauce that I like. I love stir fry, and I love the ones I've had while eating out at restaurants. But trying to find a restaurant with gluten-free friendly sauces has been next to impossible. So, I've been trying out different recipes and I still haven't found that one that makes me go WOW! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l347245520.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm still looking.... So I'm asking, SparkFriends, do you have... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 15:40:10 EST It's Been Awhile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4543528 Hey all! I have not forgotten about my Spark friends. I've just been blogging more often over at <link>www.foundmyspark.com </link> . It's fun having my own blog site, but I wanted to share some yummy things I've been eating. <BR> <BR> Overnight Oatmeal, Apple, Greek yogurt, Chocolate Peanut Butter <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l959119027.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tofu! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l510205497.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Smoot... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 14:36:29 EST SparkPeople Cookbook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4521406 Has anyone seen the ads for the SparkPeople cookbook? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l195798060.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If so you might have seen someone in those ads...ME! My story is included in the SparkPeople cookbook and I couldn't be more excited. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l803765675.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have even started my very own blog at <link>www.foundmyspark.com </link> Please excuse the horrible layout/look. I'm sti... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 19:55:06 EST Homemade Banana Ice Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4508748 Confession time: I do not always bathe in chocolate and peanut butter. I know, I know, if you have read my blogs recently they have definitely taken on a sweeter tone. Sweet as in CANDY! But I promise I do eat other things. They just aren’t as tasty as chocolate… <BR> <BR> And I think I figured out why my “recipes to try” folder has exploded. Ok, it hasn’t exploded yet, but it’s bursting at the seams! If e-mail folders had seams…. <BR> See, I don’t like the idea of making up a huge dis... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 14:26:53 EST Candy Failure : Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4484879 Before I fully get into my blog, I just wanted to send a thank you to everyone who congratulated me on being in the SparkPeople cookbook that comes out on October 4th. I’m excited (and really nervous) about it and can’t wait to see how the whole thing turned out! I’m even considering starting my own blog to allow more than just SparkPeople users to see and comment on my random musings. Still researching how to go about it, but thank you all for your help in my weight-loss success! I love ... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 15:08:41 EST Featured on Daily Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4472004 Hmm did anyone happen to notice this blog today on Daily Spark? <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=ord<BR>er_the_sparkpeople_cookbook_today </link> <BR> <BR> I happened to recognize someone on there! ME! Crazy. <BR> <BR> Yup, on October 4th the SparkPeople cookbook is coming out and I'M going to be in it!! It feels like I was interview yeeeaars ago, even though it wasn't quite that long ago! <BR> <BR> Thank you to all of my Spark friends who have encouraged me, lifted... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 16:58:17 EST Experiments in Candy Making http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4454776 Surprise, surprise, it’s been awhile! I can’t seem to ramble on about myself on a regular schedule. But hey, at least I don’t post so much you get sick of me, right? <BR> <BR> The dairy-phase out is going pretty well. I have successfully cut out all dairy…except for Greek yogurt. Yeah, I can’t seem to quit the stuff. Especially since I can’t seem to get enough protein without it. Being a vegetarian, I especially need protein because I am not getting it from too many traditional comple... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:18:44 EST Banana Cake + The Great Dairy Phase Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4385306 I typed up this entire blog and then came to find that everything had disappeared! That’s always fun! So now I’m going to try to recreate everything I just said. <BR> <BR> Bullet Points: <BR> <BR> I have been slowly phasing out all of the foods that offend my stomach, intestines, and body in general. This has led me to cut out: <BR> Gluten, soy, onions, whey, quinoa, xanthan gum, almonds and now has led to me attempting to phase out dairy. <BR> <BR> It’s quite an impressive list! In fa... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 15:06:47 EST Summer Means No-Cook Eats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4372778 For future reference: When you are making a smoothie, make sure the lid is on VERY well. Otherwise you might do this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l815281887.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Smoothie all over the counter, all over the base of the blender, and all down my front. Basically everywhere EXCEPT for in the cup. Fun, right? <BR> I won a contest a while back on Averie’s blog <link>www.loveveggiesandyoga.com </link> for NuNaturals Stevia. <BR> <BR> <img src=... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:13:51 EST Clafoutis: A Patriotic Treat, New Recipe & Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4342735 I hope you had a great Independence Day (or just a great Monday for those living outside the States)! <BR> <BR> I had a pretty relaxing day, with just a few errands to run. I knew I wanted to try to make some new recipes and make something really yummy to enjoy while I sat back to the view of illegal fireworks from my balcony. <BR> <BR> For some reason, every year more and more people around me drive up to Washington to purchase fireworks. I would assume that people would want to save the... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 14:13:20 EST Beans and Greens: Eating For My Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4326194 Last week I got it into my head that I wanted to try eating gluten again. Why after all this time? Because I was seriously curious if I could possibly handle it in small doses. I had the test done; I know I don’t have Celiac, so I wouldn’t be massively endangering my health. <BR> <BR> So I gave in to the temptation and I got an ice cream cone. Except for some heartburn, I seemed pretty fine. This planted an evil little seed in my brain. I was then determined to see if I could handle a... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 15:11:12 EST Vegan Cheesecake and Thyroid Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4295954 Ever since my doctor finally acknowledged that I do have hypothyroidism, things have been going a bit more smoothly for me! I am now on some medication that will hopefully kick-start my hormones and get them back into gear. <BR> <BR> I have had a few questions about what symptoms I was having to make me feel so horrible, and while I *attempt* to keep my complaining to a minimum, it wasn’t always easy. <BR> <BR> I actually have thought I had thyroid problems for years, because I had a good ... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 14:06:14 EST More Brownie Pictures : Because you need them ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4280690 So it has been exactly one month since I have posted anything. I have thought about it, but just haven’t felt up to it. My body has decided to continue to rebel against me in any way that it can. I have seen my doctor and specialists so much the past couple of weeks and I still have two more appointments this week. <BR> <BR> It’s frustrating when you know something is wrong with your body, but you just can’t figure out what the stinking problem is! So I haven’t been really experimenting ... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 13:00:03 EST Little Poo Ball Pictures : Brownies Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4214555 I was thinking the other day “I wonder what people will eat.” Seriously, there are so many shows that depict people eating some pretty gross-looking stuff. And yet they will say it’s not bad or even delicious. <BR> <BR> Well the recipe I have to share with you today is amazing. In fact, thinking about it makes my mouth water because it was so good. However, you’ll also notice that the recipe doesn’t have the best look. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1... Fri, 6 May 2011 13:19:30 EST Banana Cake: Celebrating Gluten-Free, Recipe and Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4198780 It’s almost May, my absolute favorite month. It starts to get warmer, the farmer’s market near me finally opens, oh and it’s my birthday month! May 12th, mark your calendars. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I love my birthday, I always have. I don’t always love what happens on my birthday though, as I have an annoying habit of getting my hopes up. I get super pumped and for some reason I always think whatever I’m doing is going to be 100 times more fun than it actually turns out to be. <BR> <BR... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 14:07:42 EST Recipe Flops : Pictures of my Failures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4179420 We have all had flops in the kitchen. At least I hope so! Otherwise I am very alone in this. Actually I know it’s not an uncommon thing, even Gena at <link>www.choosingraw.com </link> has had her share of flops <link>http://www.choosingraw.com/on-recipe<BR>-failures/ </link> <BR> <BR> So until I have my latest recipe ready, I thought I would share some of my more tragic attempts. <BR> <BR> First off was a single-serve brownie I attempted to make gluten-free. I swapped all-purpose g... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 13:55:35 EST Comfort Food : Smoothies and Dips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4168065 It has been a busy week. Although I can’t even figure out with what exactly. Being sick seems to make everything take three times as long. So with dishes, laundry, work and babysitting I’m mostly just ready for a nap. <BR> <BR> When I’m feeling run down I try and up my produce intake. Green monsters definitely help with that. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l274502589.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In the mix was: <BR> <BR> 1/2 a banana <BR> 1/4 cup strawberries <BR> 2... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 14:32:49 EST Almond Bars, Guacamole, Black Bean Casserole. Combine at own risk ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4141538 Hey! I hope you’ve all been doing well. <BR> <BR> My camera and my computer are still fighting, so I’m wondering if I needed to take a break from all of my dessert recipes. I have no idea what that has to do with my technical difficulties, but I’ll go with it. <BR> <BR> My favorite recipe is black bean casserole. I ate it for dinner last night, I plan on eating it for dinner tonight, and if Aubrey let me, I’d probably eat it every night until I felt like I’d scream if I ever saw it again... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 13:36:07 EST No-Bake Date Bars : Gluten-Free Recipe and Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4129351 Hello! I meant to write a blog about going to the Better Living Show in Portland last weekend, but then my camera decided it didn’t feel like getting along with my computer anymore. Or the computer decided my camera wasn’t cool. Either way, they aren’t getting along so I had to get the pictures off of my camera in a roundabout way. <BR> <BR> But, despite those problems I made probably the best thing I have eaten in a LONG time. These date bars: <link>ohsheglows.com/2011/03/28/5-ingredi... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:39:46 EST Cookie Dough Blizzards : Homemade, Gluten-Free, and Delicious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4110728 I can make a delicious salad. I love beans, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and gluten-free grains like quinoa and brown rice. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l561993405.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The burrito bowl from my last blog definitely works well with plain Greek yogurt, by the way. <BR> <BR> But sometimes all I want is something sweet. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l741077569.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That, my friends, is a homemade, gluten-fre... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 18:08:39 EST Burrito Bowl Recipe & Pictures : Oh the colors! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4090980 Hello! Just a short blog today to share my latest tasty meal. <BR> <BR> I love it when my meals have a plethora of colors. It makes me feel like I’m eating super healthy when I try and hit every single shade. This dinner has to be the prettiest thing I have ever made! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l920516798.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That would be a burrito bowl inspired by the free one I got to try at Chipotle. Well I guess since it was a buy one – get one free ... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 14:47:58 EST Cake for Breakfast? - New GF Recipe with Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4073277 Hey it’s been awhile! <BR> <BR> I discovered a new blog over the weekend thanks to Angela’s Vegan Recipe Link Love. Check out the latest one here: <link>ohsheglows.com/2011/03/05/recipe-lin<BR>k-love-march-5/ </link> <BR> <BR> She has been posting vegan recipes from numerous bloggers. Which is how I discovered Averie’s blog, Love Veggies & Yoga. <link>www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> A lot of her stuff is gluten-free, which is perfect for me! After searching thr... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 13:16:07 EST Gluten-Free "Minestrone" Salad : Recipe & Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4028239 I am shocked and excited by how many people have read my four-year Sparkiversary blog. I am so glad that I found this amazing website. I don’t think I can fully explain how much it has helped me! I know I would not have reached my goals if it weren’t for the people I have met here, the food and fitness trackers, and the articles and blogs that have taught me so much. <BR> <BR> And now, since you all are so amazing, I need your help! I have been sliding back a bit into some old habits and... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:50:33 EST Quinoa Crunch Casserole : Recipe & Picture Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4004115 WOW! Thank you all so much for your kind and encouraging comments on my last blog celebrate FOUR YEARS here at SparkPeople. You rock! <BR> <BR> It had been awhile since my last blog. I thought I was still recovering from my intestinal biopsy as I had felt awful afterwards, but I apparently had the stomach flu! It lasted much longer than I had anticipated, so I wasn’t getting into the kitchen to make anything more exciting to share with you than one of these. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 13:20:43 EST Sparkiversary - What I've Learned with Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3998179 So it kind of snuck up on me. SparkPeople informed me that today is my Sparkiversary. It’s funny because a couple of weeks ago I knew it was coming up and thought, “hey that’s pretty cool!” And then it’s today and I have nothing planned! <BR> <BR> But FOUR years ago today I joined SparkPeople and my life changed. <BR> <BR> I went from eating this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l60589646.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A typical Amber meal involving bread, starch, and wai... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 13:39:41 EST Recipes : Supplement to Beans, Veggies, Grains blog. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3934690 Since I have gotten some messages and comments requesting the recipes from my last blog, I decided to do a little digging. I have posted a few previous blogs that contain some of the recipes, so I’ll post links for those. <BR> Some are recipes and some just sort of came together with what I had on hand. I know that some were inspired by recipes I have seen in magazines or online, so I don’t claim to be some sort of recipe-creating genius. And while I think they are all delicious, I don’t a... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 19:08:46 EST Picture This: Beans, Veggies, Grains, Oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3933715 As I recovered from my biopsy plus complications I got pretty lazy with my cooking. It seems like the easiest gluten-free meals include a combination of beans, veggies, and some sort of grain or starchy vegetable. <BR> <BR> I’m eating more quinoa, brown rice, and potatoes than ever before! And yet, I’m not complaining! I am working on building up an arsenal of meals to choose from, and they all seem to border on this same theme. I have also become very aware that my favorite beans happ... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 13:59:32 EST Doing What Works For YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3901264 *This previously scheduled food blog has taken a detour while the author is recovering from an intestinal biopsy and a gluten-full diet* Bear with me ;) <BR> <BR> I was recently looking up the calories for a cinnamon roll that I enjoyed while I was eating my “gluten-full” diet. I noticed that one of the items was listed as a “cinnamon HOW COULD YOU roll.” Or something to that effect. <BR> <BR> It got me thinking about how I’ve always said that everyone is different. What works for me is... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 18:00:47 EST Biopsy Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3891072 Hello! I'm just posting a quick blog since I have to get to bed. My biopsy is bright and early tomorrow morning! <BR> <BR> Today was my last gluten-full day. And boy did I enjoy it! I ate a couple of thick slices of pizza and the softest, chewiest cinnamon roll in the entire world at a buffet for dinner (among healthier items, I promise, lol). <BR> <BR> I am definitely going to be in pain tomorrow, but then I am DONE with gluten. You can keep it away from me! I hope and pray that ever... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 00:15:18 EST Gluten: The Currently Necessary Devil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3850891 I don’t know what you believe, but I have determined that the devil to my insides is gluten. I don’t know whether or not I am sensitive, intolerant or have Celiac, but it’s not good for me! Unfortunately I have to eat some every single day until January 5th. <BR> <BR> Why would I do this to myself? Well I am having blood work, genetic testing, and an intestinal biopsy on the fifth and in order for all of that to be accurate I am on a gluten-full diet until then. <BR> <BR> I have been bac... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 14:02:40 EST New Recipe & Picture Time: Black Bean Burgers (gluten-free) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3845602 Hello! I hope you all have been well! I wish I could say I’m doing well, but I have been back on gluten for awhile until my biopsy. Let’s just say….it has NOT been fun. Only a little bit each day and yet every single horrible symptom is back. <BR> <BR> I’m still eating mostly gluten-free and my meat hatred continues. What’s one to eat? Black bean burgers! I had to switch up my usual recipe as it contained flour. <BR> <BR> Old Recipe: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 13:42:27 EST Recipe & Picture Time: Caitlin’s Cheeseless Pasta Bake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3836432 If you have been reading my blog for awhile now you might remember that one of my favorite bloggers is Caitlin of Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful. <BR> <BR> <link>www.healthytippingpoint.com/ </link> & <link>operationbeautiful.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> A few of her recipes are on my list of ones to try (which is pretty long at this point). She has a ton on Healthy Tipping Point, but I was most intrigued by her Cheeseless Pasta Bake. <BR> <BR> <link>www.healthytippin... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 13:38:51 EST Recipe & Picture Time: Gluten-Free Banana Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3827724 I have a backlog of recipes and pictures that I have been sifting through. While I thought I was busy the rest of the year, I realized that once November hits I am swamped with seemingly endless housework and holiday hoopla. <BR> <BR> While I still feel out of my element when it comes to gluten-free cooking and baking (does this stuff ever get any easier?) I am starting to find some recipes I enjoy. And I also wonder how long I have until I can stop complaining about having to go gluten-fr... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 13:51:47 EST Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie : Recipes and Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3812114 I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> It was an interesting experience for me since I wasn’t even sure what I would be able to eat. Having to be gluten-free and not in control of the menu is a bit nerve-racking. It turned out that the only thing I could eat was the bean salad that I brought. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l240303354.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That would be garbanzo beans, black beans, kidney beans, onions and cilantro mixed with a red... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 13:01:26 EST New Recipe & Pictures : Pumpkin Enchiladas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3801932 I'm currently sitting in my apartment because I am iced in! The main roads seem to be fine, but actually getting TO them is a problem, especially since my car doors are iced shut! I'm thinking about baking some gluten free treats to warm up! But before I try some new recipes, I decided to share one that I tried recently! <BR> <BR> This last week I tried pumpkin enchiladas and it was inspired by a recipe I saw somewhere, but sadly I can’t figure out where I found it. <BR> <BR> I have actu... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 13:48:56 EST Recipe and Picture Time: Black Bean Casserole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3790102 I have posted about my black bean casserole before, but lately it seems to be all I want to eat! I am beyond obsessed and I am seriously considering seeking professional help. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Okay, not really. But it is so flavorful and was surprisingly easy to make gluten-free. All I had to do was swap the flour tortillas for corn ones. I have never been a fan of corn tortillas, but with all of the other flavors I can’t even tell the difference! <BR> <BR> <img src="... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 12:30:18 EST Recipe + Picture Time: Cinnamon Cake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3780080 Hello! I know I haven’t been posting as much now that I am trying to figure out FUN, tasty recipes that take into account my food preferences and now intolerances! But I have been cooking and baking and finally have a recipe I really want to share with you. <BR> <BR> I wish I remembered where I found it, but I bet I was inspired by this recipe <BR> <link>www.elanaspantry.com/cinnamon-apple-<BR>cake/ </link> <BR> <BR> It is gluten-free, vegetarian and can be made vegan. Although if y... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 17:51:51 EST There's more to life than beans and rice... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3764232 ...but I think they are tasty. Especially with pico de gallo. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello! I wanted to let you all know how I have been progressing on this gluten-free stuff. <BR> <BR> First off though, I have been lying around on the couch for the past two days with a temperature of 103. I could sometimes make it move down to 101, but it kept jumping back up. I turned to my best friend for advice. (Having a bit of trouble with my health insurance right now!) She has been sick s... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 13:27:38 EST Is gluten-free your way to be? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3726469 Okay, I’m not really sure how to start this, but let me just apologize for being M.I.A. lately! <BR> <BR> So where have I been? <BR> <BR> Well, a lot of places…and nowhere all at the same time! I have been alternating between feeling sick and being in pain for years now. I have gone from being on my parent’s health insurance, to not having any, to being on my husband’s, to losing it, to finally having some again! This last round of doctor visits has finally yielded a possible answer. <... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 17:02:34 EST Check it Out : My Pics at Portland VegFest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3652041 I had a GREAT Saturday! Got to go out to Sweet Tomatoes with my husband, had a fun time at church, and got all of my grocery shopping done for the week at the farmer’s market and New Seasons. <BR> <BR> But before all of that we went to the Portland VegFest! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l92050047.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you are in the Portland (Oregon) area, check out the second day of the Portland VegFest today at the convention center! (More info here: <lin... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 13:45:11 EST Pictures to Salivate Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3647051 I have been super busy lately, so I haven’t been trying as many new recipes as I used to. But here are a few pictures of my latest food adventures to tide you over. <BR> <BR> Banana Soft Serve (yes this is an old picture, but come on, YUM!) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l507089069.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Homemade Hummus <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l211114366.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love Sweet Tomatoes <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:41:01 EST Roasted Veggies - Aren't these pretty? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3615696 I keep reading and hearing about how wonderful roasted vegetables taste and yet the amount of time they need to cook has put me off from trying them. (Often 30-50 minutes in the oven!) <BR> <BR> Well, I finally decided to do it and go all out! <BR> <BR> First up I bought some eggplant. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l613465646.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I sliced them, and then drizzled on olive oil, salt, pepper, and a mix of other spices. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 16:29:33 EST