Seek These Things

a blog discussing Celiac Disease, & the Gluten Free Diet, Books, Parenting, Politics, Religion, Pets, Product Reviews, and whatever else catches my interest

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Mixes September 29, 2009

We tried the new Betty Crocker GF Brownie mix. It was pretty good. It’s mostly sugar. I’m sure my hubby will want to make it again.


Restaurant Review – Red Rooster Waffle Company August 28, 2009

Red Rooster Waffle Company

7742 Campus View Dr West Jordan, UT 84084-5838 – (801) 280-4074


They are so good. Kind of a cornbread flavor.


Disjointed August 13, 2009

It’s been so long since I added a new post I feel like I am going to explode. I’ll try not to trip over myself as I jump from item to item.

Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, and Narcolepsy, Oh-my!

First, that lack of energy I’ve been feeling for a while that makes me sleep more hours than my baby; well it turns out it might be some kind of sleep disorder. I’ve worn the Oxygen monitor and slept in the just-try-and-sleep-with-all-these-wires-glued-to-your-head bed and waited a week and called my doctor and they “just got the test results this morning and we haven’t had time to review them.” Okay, I said, call me as soon as you review them. That was days ago, and in the meantime I’m supposed to take an anti-depressant that makes me super sick just so I don’t fall asleep in the afternoon. I’m a bit frustrated.

Disaster at the Outback Steakhouse

Second, C. and I went to the Outback restaurant to celebrate a special occasion. Let me warn you that if it is not on their GF menu, it is NOT Gluten Free. Our waiter made the mistake of telling us that because the Thunder Brownie is on the GF menu, the Thunder Brownie Drink was also GF. That was a big fat LIE of ignorance. It must be cross-contaminated the way it is made because it made C. sick. Also, despite the fact that C. ordered a GF meal, without the sauce (as specified on the GF menu), and the waiter claims to have punched in GF twice when he put in our order, the gluten-sauce still came out on C.’s plate, spilling over the sides of the cup onto his meat. And the waiter, to my astonishment, just picked up the sauce cup like that made it all better. He must have admitted the mistake to his manager when we started trying to clean the sauce off C.’s plate with one of their good napkins. The manager was very nice. She had her staff prepare another entree for C. But by the time it came out, I had finished my meal, which would have been cold if C. hadn’t insisted I eat it.

Read Any Good Books Lately?

As a matter of fact, yes I have. I am just finishing the Enola Holmes series. It’s considered teen fiction. I consider it grown-up without being vulgar. It has a definite feminist undercurrent, not to the detriment of the novels. All preaching regarding a woman’s place is done in character by the characters themselves.

I’ve also read How to Write a D*** Good Mystery Novel by James N. Frey (rhymes with guy). In it he talks about writing a journal entry in the voice of your character to understand their motivations better. His workbook heroine was sentenced to hard time for a crime she didn’t commit, on the testimony of her boyfriend who got a plea deal for his testimony against her. In prison she found a higher power, and is trying to live a peaceful life. In the journal entry she tell us what she would do if she ever ran into her x-boyfriend again. She answered honestly that she didn’t know what would happen and she hopes to never find out. I was amazed by how well Frey knew his characters limitations and I plan to use many of his techniques in my own writing.

Another Personal Note

This time about living arrangements. I am still with the in-laws, but there is an end in site. Recently we took our house off the market. We are in the middle of a refinance. And once we do, we should be financially capable of paying for food again instead of spending all our money on credit card debt. I admit I have mixed feelings about this. I’m going to miss living with my Mother-in-law. Unlike the stereotype, she and my husband have very similar personalities so we get along swell. And it’s nice to have her offer to spend 10-20 minutes with the baby while I fold laundry or take a shower.

Pro Term Limits

Also, I heard someone, I’m almost positive it was Dave Ramsey, on the radio say that the only way to get the Fair Tax Passed is to get Term Limits passed first. I am so ready for tax reform. I hate April 15th. So now I’m pro Term Limits. I hope you will be too. We so badly need tax reform.

Social Poverty & My 22-cents on Nationalized Health Care

So we got a letter from the Social Security office letting us know that for every $1.00 we are contributing to Social Security, we can expect to get $0.78 back. How about I let the govm’t just take the $0.22 cents now and let me invest my $0.78 in my Savings Account at 0.5% interest and at least I’ll have made my 22 cents back in 50 years. I could use that money when I am 80.

My grandmother attended a centenarian celebration at the state capitol and I plan to attend one there, too. Hopefully without Nationalized Helath Care, because if I cannot trust the government with a $1 for 30-odd years, how can I trust them with my health?


A.K.’s Milk-Free Horchata (GF/CF/Vegan) June 16, 2009

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A.K.’s Milk-Free Horchata (GF/CF/Vegan)

  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup white rice flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  •  1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsps cinnamon

Combine 3 cups water, the rice flour, almond flour, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large pitcher. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth, squeezing out all the liquid. Dispose of the solids and add the sugar and additional water to the liquid. Serve over ice.


A.K.’s Spicy Tomatoes and Peppers (GF/CF/Vegan) June 8, 2009

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A.K.’s Spicy Tomatoes and Peppers

  • 1 sweet yellow onion
  • 1 green Anaheim pepper
  • 2 colorful bell pepper
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning

Saute diced onions and peppers until the onions are transparent. Remove from heat. Mix in diced tomatoes and seasoning and let sit for 5 minutes. Serves 3.


A.K.’s Smashed Radish Cucumber Salad (GF/CF/Vegan) June 4, 2009

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A.K.’s Smashed Radish Cucumber Salad

  • 1 bunch of radish
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 tsp ev olive oil
  • 1 packet stevia
  • salt to taste

Trim the radish and thinly slice. Smash the slices with the bottom of a heavy glass. Peel the cucumbers and thinly slice. Marinate the veggies in the dressing in an air tight container or plastic baggie in the fridge for at least 1 hour.


A.K.’s Roasted Cauliflower Popcorn (GF/CF/Vegan) May 30, 2009

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A.K.’s Roasted Cauliflower Popcorn

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • dash of salt

Preheat oven to 400-degrees. Trim the cauliflower to bite size florets. Coat the florets in oil by shaking them in a plastic baggie. Spread them thinly in a baking dish and cook for 1 hour, turning every 20 minutes. The browner they are, the sweeter they will taste. Sprinkle with salt when you remove them from the oven. Serves 3.