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The Unrequited Unknown

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Unrequited Love. A familiar concept from literature, probably because its sting is a common human experience. Who has not deeply longed for something that was beyond their power to obtain?

Think back to adolescent infatuations. You are too shy to talk to the guy, so you spend your free time daydreaming about him. You imagine him saying "I love you," you imagine marrying him and having five kids and living by the ocean. The next day at school you find out he is dating the most popular girl in your class. Your self-esteem plummets and you think your self unlikable. "How could he not have noticed me," you think?

What the teen, getting used to her new hormones and floods of emotion, doesn't realize is that she was not in love with a person. She was in love with her idea of a person. She had formed an image of that guy in her brain, and desired what she saw there. She believes her happiness depends on his reciprocation. Unfortunately, this mindset prevails in many …

THE BEAUTIFUL

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My sort of slogan is: In search of the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. That is what I've determined to be my broad vocation in life. Those qualities are eternal, and I don't think could ever soundly be argued as negative. To behold what is true, what is good and what is beautiful, I believe, is ultimately a positive, soul-sustaining experience.

Take for instance confronting a truth, say for example, that one is gluten intolerant. Embracing that truth will lead to freedom, because that person will begin to feel better and be liberated from their sluggishness, brain-fog, indigestion and whatever symptoms the allergy presents. Whatever the analogy, truth always brings freedom.

Think about an act of kindness, an example of goodness, an altruistic move of a stranger to help you when you've been having a bad day. It inspires us, touches our hearts, reminds us that in all our toil, and suffering, reality is, as good 'ol Samwise Gamgee responded to Frodo's desperation, …

G&C Free: Muffins & Macaroons

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Well, after an attempt to post gluten and dairy/casein recipes for a week I sort of succeeded. I posted seven times, but not consecutively. Between trips to the cottage, family visits, preparing to move I consider that a success.

In any case, I shall continue my posts on the subject since I'm having an adventure baking away. And with Gems of Gluten-Free Baking that I bought at Costco, it's a great and delicious experience!

Firstly, Chocolate Applesauce Muffins:


Cocoa, Enjoy Life chocolate chips and applesauce are some of the ingredients that make these delicious and moist. I also halved the sugar, as i often do both because I don't like things very sweet and I think the rest of the world is sugar addicted, and because they still taste good but are healthier!
Secondly, Macaroons!

This field of these tasty cocoanut treats was slightly over-baked only because I think they were too small. They also became a bit drier than i think they were meant to be. Definitely need to be b…

G&C Free ~ Day #7: Enjoy Life!

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While trying to enjoy life to the fullest by spending time with people I love, savoring the beauty of nature, crafting and drawing and writing, exercising and attempting to eat well on my gluten and dairy (casein specifically) free diet I stumbled across something that makes this a lot easier...Enjoy Life!

Enjoy Life! is a brand of food products, I mentioned recently, with no gluten, dairy, corn, nuts, or soy...and a few other things I think...anyhow, perhaps the first thing one thinks when they hear that is that this food must be gross. But nothing could be further from the truth! Their cookies and cereals are really good.

I am specifically really loving their flax cereal...which I just ate for breakfast. The best part is, my picture looks pretty much the same as the one on the front of the box!


G&C Free ~ Day #6: From the Land of Saints, Scholars and Leprachauns, I give you...

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Irish Soda Bread!  And what a success! I don't know that I've ever baked bread before, and certainly not bread that has no gluten, dairy, yeast, corn, eggs or soy.

I bought a fantastic GF cookbook from Costco recently called gems of gluten-free baking: breads & irresistible treats everyone can enjoy. The great thing is Wendy Turnbull, the author, developed a gluten-free flower mixture that makes your baking so similar to the wheat variety that we're all so used to. Though I find, GF is always lighter, but maybe that's just me, being intolerant and all.

Firstly, her flour, which she calls GEMS flour:

2 3/4 cups brown rice flour
2/3 cup sweet white sorghum flour
1/3 cup  amaranth OR buckwheat OR gluten-free oat or teff flour
3 tbsp chickpea OR millet OR soy OR quinoa OR white/red/black bean flour

The two first flours are essential, the second two are up to you. Mix these together and shazzam! You have a gluten-free all-purpose flour. You can find all of these and t…

Artist Showcase

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I am so blessed to know so many wonderful artists among my family and friends. So I thought I would post some of their work.

***** Maximilian Haig My brother's drawings are amazing, if I do say so myself. He probably spent at least 5 hours a day drawing for as long as I can remember. An animator by profession, his characters are bold, with priceless facial expressions and stance. This video shows the recent flip book of his work:

See more at: Max's Art Blog
***** Candace Foy-Chabot One of my best friends, Candace and I went to high school together and took art every year. We always sat in the same seats across from each other. I hope it's not too much to say we also tied for top art mark in our graduating year. Candace is also an animator and illustrator. Her work is charming and clever: