Friday, January 25, 2013


I have babies on the brain.

Today was the March for Life in Washington DC. I wish I could have been there.

Tomorrow I get to go to a baby shower for my newly married brother-in-law and sister-in-law. Our boys are going to have a blast racing around the house with all of their cousins. I am so looking forward to it.

Our baby in the family is going from the tumble weed phase of getting around the room to actually crawling every now and then. I love it. Babies are precious.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Gluten Free Cafe Chocolate Chip Cookies

I tried a gluten free chocolate chip mix to make some cookies. Lets just say they aren't very good. The box says All Natural and while I used real ingredients (butter, organic egg, and whole organic milk) they did not.

Raw the dough tasted a little strange and the texture was weird. I baked them and noticed a distinct lack of aroma. Usually when I bake the whole house smells like it. This did not fill my house with smells (good or bad).

When I removed them from the oven I noticed they looked like oatmeal cookies when you use quick oats.

I took a bite and realized what exactly they smelled and tasted like, sawdust. Yuck is all I can say. My toddler will eat them and ask for more but I think that's the sugar talking.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Is it Paleo?

I found this on Twitter. It's a good chart.

Little Boys Are So Cute

Don't you want to gobble them up?


So, I finally got around to testing myself after eating a Yam. Not good. My blood sugar levels go up just as much with a white potato and bread. No wonder I'm not losing weight.

I need to stick to leafy green salads with some protein for lunch. Dinner will be pretty much the same but without the root vegetables.

I need to figure this out before Lent so I can go hard core paleo (no more dairy, sugar, or out of season fruits). That will be a mighty sacrifice for me. I hope I do well.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Ah Book Club

It was so much fun tonight. It feels like ages since I spent time with my friends, even though we do this once a month, and next month now seems so far away.

Growing up, I used to babysit for the neighbor who would go to Bunco. I didn't understand the game, still don't, but I thought it would be fun to go to a party like that. Then I heard of book clubs but I never thought that was interesting because the books looked dumb.

In 2011 one of my best friends suggested starting a book club. I thought, what the heck, let's do it. I am so glad I did. I didn't care for the first book we read, The Help. The second book was my favorite, Anne's House of Dreams. Then we read The Hunger Games (and all the rest in the series). Next came Wuthering Heights, wow that was good. Then we read The Princess Bride, which I really like. And these past three months we've been stuck on a book called Cartoon Eyes from a local author. I still didn't finish it, too boring. Finally, we are moving on and we get to read Call the Midwife. I've been following it on PBS and I can't wait for season 2. I love a good story.

I think it is very important for people to get together as a community. Book clubs are just one way. We need contact with others, especially with those we trust.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Some interesting results

We're all different. We react to foods in different ways. My husband got me a glucometer for Christmas to help me with my health. I found that the way my body reacts to be slightly different than what I expected.

1. My body is doing a good job at controlling my blood sugars.
2. Potatoes spike my blood sugars worse than bread, but not by much.
3. Bread is pretty bad on my blood sugar levels.
4. Fruit doesn't spike my blood sugar, but after two hours I become hypoglycemic.
5. Bacon is my friend. My blood sugars remain stable and even improve over time.

The fruit surprised me. I didn't know it would do that. No wonder I feel famished after eating fruit. And just an FYI, I can polish off 5 lbs of mandarines from my parent's tree (organic with no pesticides) in less than an hour and still want more.

As I use this little tool, I wonder what else I will discover.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Fashion fun

I really enjoy Project Runway. I'm not that enamored with the effeminate nature of many of the men and the butchiness of some of the women, but that's not why I watch the show. I love the creative process these people have to go through. The challenges are so fun and really force the designers to think outside of the box with a very limited amount of time to put their idea together.

It was a toss up during the latest episode as to what design I liked most. Uli's dress was flowy and flattering. Joshua's dress was modest, feminine and cute. I really liked the 1950s cocktail style he used.

I didn't care too much about Emilio's dress simply because it looked badly constructed.

Anthony Ryan's dress was awful. The worst thing you can do to a woman is give her a uni-boob. Ugh. And they thought the dress was fabulous. I don't get it. Maybe it looked better in person.

I know from personal experience that if you are bustier wearing a strapless empire waist dress is going to make you look huge and all uni-boob. Bustier girls like me usually prefer our chest to be separate and two in the bust department. Anthony Ryan should have put her in a wrap dress that separated her bust, thereby reducing the appearance of excessive mass. She would have looked much more comfortable too.

End of my little rant. I hope I see better dresses from him in the future.