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Don’t freak if you take a look around and posts have disappeared into the abyss of the internet. There’s a chance of updates happening more frequently, so I’m tossing the non-food posts.

I’m still alive, obviously.

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Is this on?

I’m still here, I’ve just been more busy than I like. We still haven’t finished unpacking the last couple of boxes, the fickle summer weather has started (hello hurricane season, goodbye anything that resembles human sleeping patterns), I just had my 3rd Humira injection (which is somewhAt kicking my ass, although my joints dont hurt much anymore) and my toddler turns 2 next week. Oh, and the dishwasher drain hose is connected to..NOTHING!! That plus an infected finger (thank you Humira) means Hubs is stuck doing dishes by himself, by hand. So not much cooking, really. Microwaved Amy’s meals.

….TOO MUCH!!

Someone needs to find me that magic wand that makes things go away so I can cook. At least the rain. Alas, no such wand exists. So, sleepy time until the weather clears.

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Moving!

To a new apartment, that is. We’re almost finished. Today is the last push, moving in our pets, the last of the kitchen supplies and our toiletries, and moving the router so that we’ll have a wireless signal. Sleeping on an air mattress (that deflates multiple times in a night) the last week has been rough on me, so I’ve sleeping ridiculous amount.

I’ve also been informed my my physical therapist that I’m not allowed to lift more than 5 lbs to waist height, 3 lbs to shoulder height, or 1 lb above ngmy shoulders. The severe impingement in both shoulders has just been undone, and I can now work with pulleys to build up muscle, but any lifting will damage the tendons and ligaments. I can’t even walk the dog or lift the Bug. If I had been following these restrictions the past month (if someone had informed me of them >.<) I probably would have been able to start resistance training much sooner.

The good news! My new kitchen is twice as large as my old one. The fridge is bigger, the oven is standard size instead of compact, I have more than double the cabinet and counter space, and thanks to the washer and dryer hookups and a very generous grandmother-in-law, we have a brand new washer and dryer.

While some people may be of the opinion that our larger, cheaper apartment isn't in the best neighborhood (emphasis on hood), our building isn't in the middle of a giant parking lot, like our soon-to-be-vacant apartment. Bug will be able to play outside without being in danger of being hit by an idiot speeding through a badly designed parking lot with too few spaces and not enough visitor parking. I can walk the dog and go for a run without going all the way to the park or navigating tons of through- traffic. And what little carpet there is in the apartment isn't stupid indoor/outdoor crap (have I mentioned how much I hate carpet?), and it's not even in our room. My brother can have his carpet. Blechh.

I'll try for more of an update in a few days when the new apartment is unpacked more.

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Still Alive…

      I’m still here, just sick again. I’m getting better and I’ll post a proper update soon.  Other updates might be sporadic, however, since we start packing and moving next week, and I start Humira in a week or two.

       Hopefully I’ll be sick less often once I wean off of prednisone, especially since it really sucks when I give walking pneumonia to Hubs and to my brother, and they both neglect it so long that it incubates to full-blown kick-your-teeth-in pneumonia. Even moreso when I get bronchitis before Hubs even finishes his antibiotics.


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What do y’all think?

My ability to cook and to post has been stymied by many different things lately. Some are simple and can be overcome with creativity – small kitchen -giant wooden cutting board on top of stove for prep space.
Husband hogging the laptop- download WP app for iPhone that I use for everything anyway. Crazy Louisiana weather making RA flare so badly I don’t want to stand for more than 5 minutes ate stretch – Tuesday is my labwork and the PPD to confirm that I don’t have the dreaded consumptive lung (which I don’t, but they need it on paper and via my bullseye-free arm), and after that I get to start biologic injections, and hopefully wean off of prednisone.

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Bad Weather Blows

Literally. It blows. As a result, I’m stuck in a nasty rheumatoid flare-up. I haven’t really been able to cook, and my internet contact has been limited to checking facebook and blogs on my iPhone on the couch or in bed. And being a cat pillow. I have a kitten on my chest right now.

I love the food here, but I really hate Louisiana’s climate.

Edit – Oh, I almost forgot – My doctor just informed me this past Friday that the cough I’ve had for nearly a month and thought was just a nagging cold is actually walking pneumonia. I’m on meds and getting better, but I forgot how much mycin antibiotics knock me out. Whomever said when it rains it pours wasn’t lying.

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Bi-winning!

Sorry I haven’t posted part two yet, I was hit hard by a manic episode the day after my last post and have been trying to get my sleeping schedule back to something resembling that of a normal person’s ever since. I try to avoid the Internet when manic, I don’t think anyone wants to read Charlie Sheen-like rants. At least not on a cooking blog, anyway. We’re off to visit family who, sadly, does not have Internet, so, I will do my best to finish the posting tomorrow.

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Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, part 1

My brother's favorite breakfast.

Biscuits. Moist, fluffy, and slightly chewy. Drop biscuits, specifically. I’ve never been a fan of rolled biscuits. They never seem to break apart like they should when homemade, and I can’t stand the store-bought layered biscuits in a can. The layers just weird me out. I keep expecting to find a bug between the layers.

No, I’m not saying there are bugs in the packing plant for companies that make layered biscuits in cans. I’m saying I have terrible paranoia and food that has layers that can hide things makes me think it has something to hide.

Like bugs.

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A Little Something

Mrrrph. I’m going to make every effort to post the biscuits and gravy over the weekend, along with the lemon scones and cranberry cream cheese icing, but I can’t promise both, if anything, right now.

My brother has discovered that even with using disposable hose tips and “being a dick”, as his friends put it, about not sharing his hose, it’s still quite easy to catch a cold at a hookah bar. It’s even easier to give said cold to the sister you live with, and her toddler. Since I’m on steroids, the cold (likely RSV) is really beating me up. My daughter is also getting cranky and sniffly.

So, until I’m better, enough with the sick talk. Here’s a photo of what you have to look forward to. Make sure you have white rice flour, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, and either xanthan or guar gum or psyllium husk (Metamucil) and flax meal. I’ve found that psyllium and flax work better together than on their own. Also, cranberries, cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar (gluten free) and either a pastry bag or a ziploc with a tiny hole cut out of the corner.

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Good night for now, I’m going back to bed.

❤ Windi

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A Change of Heart

Blogger is…interesting. I like the extra features and the ability to customize the look and feel more than I can here, but I’m just not feeling the love for it. I don’t like the interface or making changes, and I don’t like their version of the Dashboard. Also, paid features are better here, and I’m buying my domain name next week.

So, it looks like I’ll be staying here.

Sorry this isn’t a food post, but keep an eye out, I’ll be posting my take on Gluten Free Biscuits and Sausage Gravy sometime this week, and maybe some Cranberry Lemon scones.  No, scones are not Cajun by any means, but I make awesome GF scones with frozen cranberries (dried are yucky for baking IMO), and cranberries don’t get enough baking love.

Also, always getting paired with orange and bran?   BLECCHH!!

Just letting you know up front, this is not a ‘health food’ blog. I do not guaranty that any recipe I post will be low-fat, low-carb, low-cholesterol, or low-anything, with the exception of gluten, and in that case, by low I mean none. What I do guaranty is that when followed with a good bit of faithfulness and the right cookware (seriously, you can’t just use any old pot to make gumbo), the recipes I offer to you will produce good food. I do like to use whole grains as often as possible when baking, but if a healthier whole grain flour just doesn’t taste as good in a biscuit as white rice flour, I’m not using it again. I looove using agave nectar – when it tastes better (or when baking for my diabetic uncle). I try not to use starches too often, but sometimes, they’re needed.

That doesn’t mean I drown everything in butter and bacon. I use canola oil when possible (GF flours are none too forgiving, and don’t seem to like canola all by its lonesome), but butter and shortening give better results, as does coconut oil. I do not cook the recipes I post every day; in fact, I only cook traditional Cajun meals once or twice a week. Vegetables are queen in my kitchen and on my dinner table.

What this does mean is that you, dear readers, get the tastiest things I create. You don’t get the baked potatoes zapped in the microwave and sprinkled with Slap Ya Mama and margarine because I’m too tired to cook anything else. Or tomatoes and hummus. Or a salad, or a green smoothie. You can do that easily on your own. You don’t need a Cajun with Celiac disease to help you out.

But you just might need help with a gluten-free chicken and andouille gumbo. Just give me a bit until the weather settles back down. It’s supposed to be January, but I’ve had my air conditioner running for 3 days now, and 75 degrees outside is sooo not gumbo weather.

❤ Windi

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