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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Cornmeal Cheddar Muffins

After over four years of eating gluten free you'd think I'd have this baking thing down pat.  But no, it still feels experimental and I still make the occasional thing that is only good for the compost pile.  Then there are days like today when I bake and it turns out much better than expected.

The recipe comes from the book Gluten-Free Baking by Richard Coppedge. I bought the book very soon after changing my diet to eliminate gluten. I remeber being very frustrated with the system of flour blends that they use, and the fact that some of the ingredients were almost impossible to find. The book ended up unused on the shelf. Now, almost five years later, I'm a bit more relaxed about the flour blends; I'm pretty comfortable making substitutions.  Judging by how these turned out, I should probably give Mr. Coppedge's cookbook another chance.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016


Yes, it's a groundhog.  It's Groundhog Day.  I'm almost embarrassed to post this picture.  I think it's pretty crappy, but that's ok.  I have always thought of myself as a creative type of person even though I don't see myself as skilled in any particular medium.  Then there are the days (months, seasons) where I seem to have no creativity in me and there are no photos, no drawings, no sparks, and no ideas.  I've been in that funk for a while now. I wanted to get out of that rut, but I wasn't sure how to.  Then I got an email from an art store about their project to get people to practice their art every day.  You don't have to be good, you just need to practice something everyday.  Practice is something I can do, and I'm hoping it will spark some new, fresh, creative ideas.  So this was today's practice.  A pencil crayon drawing of a groundhog.  I think it's kinda crappy.  After I finished it I googled "how to blend pencil crayon" and realized that I should have looked that up before I made the drawing. Duh.  That might have helped. Or maybe not.... It's been a long, long, long time since I've done any drawing.  I don't think you'll ever find my stuff in a gallery near (or far from) you, but I'll keep practicing.  I'm not sure I have an audience for this blog anymore, if you see this please give me a wee bit of encouragement, or tell me to keep practicing (I'll understand).

It's good

I found this un-published blog post.  Well... it was just a photo.  I decided it was worth posting.  The photo was taken a while back; there's no kayaking going on around here yet, but those days are coming back again soon.  I can't wait.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sugar Overload

We had a book themed shower at our house over the weekend.  Can you guess the book?