Posted by J on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Filed under: ,
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Almost 11 years ago my 5-year-old cousin (really second cousin, but we all just call ourselves cousins) passed away due to complications from Leukemia. He was diagnosed at age 3. Whenever he was allowed to have some time out of the hospital his parents and himself would come visit with us because we lived close. It was the first time I was ever really around a "sick" person. I never thought he would pass away, it just didn't occur to me that this little innocent child would have to suffer through all that pain and time in the hospital to not come out the other side. He never even got to go to school, drive a car, kiss a girl, it's so unfair that children get sick.  it's still raw and it's something that I don't think I'm ever going to get over. After he died was when my entire world shifted, my brother stopped believing in God, I started being afraid of everything and gave birth to a little boy who I was planning to give up for adoption on the day that my cousin was buried (my cousin passed away Dec 9, he was buried Dec 13, and my son was born that day).

One of the little girl's in my daughter's 1st grade class is going through treatment for leukemia, her name is Emily. This is her second relapse and she's moved on to experimental treatments to try to get her back into remission so she can get a bone marrow transplant. I don't think I need to tell you guys how much her story reminds me of my cousins'.

They (the mom and her husband) are living in Philadelphia right now and staying at the Ronald McDonald house, that is 4 hours from here and their homes, their jobs. I asked her if it would be okay if I tried to raise some money for them and since I'm able to run fundraisers through Scentsy I sent one up for them and posted the link on facebook, I'm going to post it here tooFundraiser for Emily 

A link to news report with Tom, Emily's dad talking about her treatment

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Posted by J on Thursday, March 15, 2012. Filed under:
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My scentsy warmer sitting pretty in the kitchen
I'm now selling Scentsy. Honestly, I've wanted to sign up for years but just hesitated and a couple of weeks ago I just decided to go for it! I love the products so I figured why not give selling it a try. I hope no one is getting upset with me by my posting Scentsy info on Facebook, I do it only once a day but honestly people write so much odd stuff on there I'm sure no one is really noticing/paying attention.

Of course my first customer was my mom :-) I did a basket party for her and dropped off a basket at my Grandma's house where everyone seems to gather one the weekends. They had Grandma sniffing everything as well and she really enjoyed it too.

So if anyone would like to place an order, have a party, or would just like more info on the product feel free to contact me. I also have website where you can order!

I mean look how cute this stuff is!

Now it's Thursday and that means it's Taco Night so I need to go get that ready since the boys (hubby and son) will be home from basketball practice shortly!

Gluten Free SCD Legal Coconut Flour Waffles!

Posted by J on Monday, March 5, 2012. Filed under: , , , ,
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Straight up coconut flour waffles, no fancy stuff, no extras, just waffles.

Yum.  I've been craving these for years.

1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 eggs
1tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tbs coconut flour
2 tsp oil
2 tsp honey

Plug in your waffle maker to preheat and gather up the ingredients. Add everything to a bowl in order, just dump it all in. Mix using a whisk until everything is combined. 

Once your waffle iron is ready scoop out some of the batter into the middle of the waffle iron and sort of spread it to the ends. This batter is runny so it will be very easy to over flow your waffle maker! I usually use about 3 tablespoons of batter per waffle but this is vary by the size of your waffle iron. Close the lid and let the waffle maker do it's thing.

Spread the batter around the waffle iron

Remove with a fork, be careful not to burn yourself that sort of ruins the day if you do that first thing int he morning.

For toppings I added a few slices of -real- butter (SCD legal) and honey which I heated in the microwave on high for 30 seconds.



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So the past couple of days I've been obsessed with waffles. Seriously. The best compliment came from my father, of all people, he walked out into the kitchen and I was chowing down and he said, "wait...are those gluten?"

Zing! Of course they weren't but I was super happy that I was asked.

I also keep forgetting that I can eat butter. I haven't had it in so long since I thought I was lactose intolerant since 2005 (I am not by the way) but since I had been avoiding it I just continued to do so. Just these past couple of months I started eating it again and I really enjoyed dipping my shrimp in a mix of garlic on butter on New Years Eve!

Recipe for the waffles coming shortly (as soon as I'm done typing it up and uploading the photos) really excited about this one because it's just plain straight up waffles no cinnamon, no extras, just super yummy (gluten-looking) waffles!

Gak is back? - a random musing.

Posted by J on Sunday, March 4, 2012.
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I saw a commercial on TV a couple of times in the last couple of days that seemed to suggest that it is.

I had one container of this, and I remember it feeling neat but it also smelled bad, sorta like glue and food coloring which is probably all that it is. I can see buying some of this for my Eldest since he's become a super hard to shop for tween. I wonder if it still smells like that? Hmm.