Going Gluten Free

It’s a carby world out there!

My homeopath doc and I recently had a sit down wherein I was advised that, contrary to all my excuses and denials over the years, I really can’t manage everything with enzymes and probiotics. The sad truth is, I need to be gluten-free. She’s known it all along, but I have been resisting with every starchy fiber of my being. As an added bonus, I am also off all grains. And alcohol. And sugars. (for two weeks)

I died a little on the inside as she handed me a list of all the foods, and put a huge X through all the starch/carb/grains there were.  But when I reflect on how I have been feeling: sluggish, always tired, foggy headed, headaches… it is no real surprise that something’s got to go.

My friend, who is following a similar plan, rejoiced at this news and promptly sent me links to websites offering gluten-free, grain-free, and paleo-friendly recipes. Recipes and advice are flowing in from all over. So far, it’s been kind of fun and pretty tasty.

This week I made these paleo pancakes with banana and egg and baking soda. Super simple, and the kids loved them! Going to put some butter on the next batch.

Next I cheated with honey and whipped up a dozen of these grain-free Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins. Since they are all almond, I’ll have to pace myself! A moment on the lips, indeed!

Then, this: Because who can live on baked goodies alone? Not I.  No recipe here just sausage and veggies in an omelet that decided it wanted to be scrambled:

And on the advice of my friend, all the aging veggies that were sitting around wilting were corralled and cut up for roasting:

And then added to some broth and pureed in the pot to make this, which is so amazing to my deprived taste buds. If only I had some saltines to go with that, or a crusty hunk of baguette. *sigh*

I’ve been writing and reading a ton, trying hard to stay focused on my work – which should be getting easier as I make these changes to get rid of gluten in my diet. The good news is my doc is not a black and white kinda gal. She understand the needs of the weak.  So, I promise to be very very careful and only eat a few of the macaroons I’m fixing to whip up today. Got the ingredients all lined up:

I’ve been reading up on Paleo eating and I am pretty sure this is where I’m heading.  But for now, I am going to continue drinking tea and try not to obsess about what I’ll be eating next. Funny how that happens when you’re restricted.

If you have any great websites or recipes for me, I’d love the rec.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Hiya folks!

I’m in the final scenes of the Rewrite That Wouldn’t End and so I have not been blogging much as I try to remain focused and meet my deadline. But I have still been reading and thought I’d share this one with you. Good stuff! 

The lovely writing and strange content of the book aside, I thought the book itself was gorgeous. Nice paper, typeset and layout. A keeper if you love a pretty book!

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1)Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I started this book I thought it was so super creepy! The photos laced throughout felt dark and almost sinister in their way. Almost every one shocked me by bringing such a striking visual to the text as I read. I could feel the tension in my belly when it was time to turn the page and I knew there would be a new picture. *whew*

As the story progressed, it maintained the creepy feeling. But it was also quite charming and very exciting. I was on a quest with Jacob as he unraveled the mysteries of his grandfather’s life and deathbed confession. I felt for him and his plight to find himself along the way.

There was good and evil, and time loops, history, and war, and wights and birds, and peculiar children with awesome powers. All living on a weird little island populated by small town folk and a murky bog.

I highly recommend this book. I wonder if the author will continue writing stories using vintage found photos like this one. I hope so. Reading this was a unique adventure.

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Readings from Readings 2: A Review

Readings from Readings 2: A Review

The universe and you blog readers and twitter came together and answered the call I made last week asking for reading recommendations and I now have a stack of new and different things to enjoy! Thank you!

I have been given several new books from author friends, one book of poetry, and have a growing list of books to purchase. Yesterday, I finished reading this anthology of Malaysian work, which was passed along to me by a friend, and which I reviewed on Goodreads:

Readings from Readings 2: New Writing from Malaysia, Singapore and BeyondReadings from Readings 2: New Writing from Malaysia, Singapore and Beyond by Bernice Chauly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As one who is new to Malaysian writing and culture, I found Readings from Readings 2 a delight. The collection features prose and poetry of various lengths that were read at a live event by the authors themselves. I wish I had been present to experience that; the emotional range going on in these pages would have been something to experience in person.

Full of beautiful imagery as found in the poem ‘Kuala Lumpur Trilogy’, heart-rending tension in the story ‘Of Snakes and Flower Cars’, and the cold, sad calculation of ‘An Orchestrated Ending’, this collection brought my heart to my throat and then sailed me along on whimsy, grief, questioning and understanding. As an American I enjoyed glimpses at these foreign cultures as I related to so much of what is universal, regardless of culture, across the globe.

With pride, fear, faith, duty, family, nature, and awe at the ‘quiet miracles’ that go on unseen in the world … Readings from Readings 2 is a gem among books which should be read and reread over time.

You can get it on Amazon here.



I’ve just dug into Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children as I mentioned here, and I have to say the photos inserted in the chapters make the story a bit eerie and exciting. I am totally hooked. I’ll let you know what I think when I’m done. Whenever I turn a page to find a photo I get all creeped out. I haven’t felt this freaked since I was a kid home sick from school, all alone at our apartment in the Bronx reading Salem’s Lot circa 1982. Every single noise made me start.

I just updated my goodreads and found that I totally blew it on my reading goal for 2012. I am sure I’ve read more books than I recorded… oh well.  This year I will take better care to document, lol.

2013 – the word of the year is: FOCUS!

War Horse on Stage – just wow.

So I totally promised myself I’d get back on a schedule with my blog and start posting on M-W-F. I got off to a roaring great start on Monday! And yet here we are on Thursday and I only got one post this week. Oh well, I resolved long ago to let this blog happen as inspiration comes and try my best to maintain some semblance of a routine. Darn inspiration…

I could have stayed up late last night and shared the amazing experience I had, but by the time I got home there were weights hanging from my eyelids and it was all I could do to switch on my electric blanket before drifting off to sleep.

Anyway… last night I saw this:


source: http://www.warhorseonstage.com/photos

I knew before I went that I had the capacity to fall in love with a puppet. From my early days with Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street and Sherlock the Squirrel on The Magic Garden, and, of course,  The Muppets.

But I wondered how they would pull horses off on stage. I’d seen photos of these horses and I wasn’t sold. They look so… skeletal. But holy smokes, people – nothing could have prepared me for the emotional ride that is War Horse. Heart-wrenching story aside, the puppeteers managing all the animals in this production blew me away.

It is in Denver, CO at the moment. If you’re nearby, you should try to get tickets. It isn’t sold out for some insane reason. Take that as a sign meant only for you. I am in awe remembering how the gangly foal puppet of Joey caught my attention early on, and then the life-size Joey just knocked me back into my seat. And Topthorn. And Albert.  *sigh*

And the singing… haunting.

The story of a boy and his horse, his father and the war is powerful. The production, simply magical. The puppeteering so masterful that I started to not see those fully-grown adult humans who were standing right on the stage.

The whole show is just amazing. My friend and I choked back our emotions as the stunning display just kept on wowing us.


Whatcha reading? Seeking good reads.

Whatcha reading? Seeking good reads.

*Peers at your shelves for some good reads*

David Sedaris was in town recently, and while I was unable to score a ticket to his show, his proximity made me break open Me Talk Pretty One Day which is just a fave. Of course I had no choice but to read Naked when that was done and line up the rest of his books in my queue.

While perusing my shelves, however, I found that I am running out of things to read.

Out in like a month is Miriam Forster’s City of a Thousand Dolls. WEEEEE!! Truly, I have been dying for the release of this book since I did not win ANY of the ARCs or anything. I thought you had my back, Miriam. Whatevs.

This book comes out in early February and to celebrate, Miriam is having a huge month-long giveaway!  Check out her 30 Days of Bookery here. Add “City” to your reading lists and get in on the action at Miriam’s blog.

While out with my family bowling a paltry 115 yesterday, I popped into the book store to peek at the shelves and grabbed this:


I love the cover. Creepy floating girl, you had me at your tiara. I’d
heard that this is one book that should be read in paper format. With
the letters and photos that are included within, it does not make a good
kindle read. So, color me pleased that it was front and center when I
arrived and practically jumped into my waiting clutches. I have not flipped through to see the photos. Must. Resist.

Then I have planned a re-read of Ender’s Game, followed by the unabridged audio of Justin Cronin’s The Twelve, the sequel to his amazing The Passage – which you must read/listen to if you have not. The audio was terrific. All this while I toil to finish Game of Thrones Book 5 – A Dance With Dragons.

For those of you who have read GoT book 5, did you feel, like I do, that it does not actually pick up where book 4 left off? I continue because I really love the story… but I feel like I missed something.

Calling all book recommendations! 
 I would love to hear about good books you’ve read or listened to lately. I read just about any genre.

Happy Monday folks!