Taking the full measure of life

Entries from July 2008

28 and Growing

July 27th, 2008 · 28 Comments

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Tags: fruits of my labor · sturm and drang · summer

Next Week’s Meal Plan (with miscellaneous notes on food allergies and weight loss)

July 21st, 2008 · 7 Comments

I’m finishing up this week’s meal plan while I sit in the cute little coffee shop that’s catty-corner from my office.  It is so pleasant to come in here (with my new laptop!) and take a break with some good music, a tasty hazelnut-milk latte, and a couple of the yummy little peanut butter cookies […]

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Tags: locavore · meal planning · summer

Easy-Peasy Flourless Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

July 21st, 2008 · 13 Comments

You may have seen an easy cookie recipe floating around the interwebs, particularly around the gluten-free interweb circles, that involves simply peanut butter, eggs, sugar, and chocolate chips.  I first saw the recipe on Mary Frances’s blog a while back.  I can’t eat eggs, and I was curious whether the cookies would work with an […]

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Tags: allergen-free recipes · dessert · vegetarian

Fresh Mint Ice Cream (Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan, Cane-Sugar-Free)

July 18th, 2008 · 52 Comments

To me, one of the greatest joys of summertime is homemade ice cream.  I love ice cream in general (how many people don’t?), but homemade ice cream holds a special place in my heart.  The slightly-softer-than-storebought texture, the depth of fresh flavors, the anticipation-generating wait required–homemade ice cream is a glorious part of summertime living. […]

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Salt-Kissed Buttermilk Cake Recipe . . . with no eggs, gluten, or dairy

July 16th, 2008 · 13 Comments

When I saw Heidi’s gorgeous, raspberry-topped buttermilk cake photos, I knew immediately that I had to make the cake.  I planned to make it this coming weekend, but once I’d purchased the raspberries, my mind kept gravitating to where the berries sat in the refrigerator.  After a nap yesterday afternoon and a simple meal last […]

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This Week’s Meal Plan: No Gluten! No Eggs! No Dairy! No Soy! (Or . . . Same as Always)

July 14th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Still moving back into my routine over time. I get to add exercise back to my life this week! Here’s hoping I can get back into my former routine with relative ease.  I still get sore easily, but the doctor gave me permission to push back a bit now.  (I also plan to get a […]

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A Gift

July 12th, 2008 · 11 Comments

I’ve been feeling quite burned out at work lately.  Partly, it’s just the nature of any job over time—I don’t know anyone who works and doesn’t go through bouts of wondering whether the benefits are worth the drawbacks from time to time.  My burn-out is also partly because in my job, in order to do […]

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Tags: gratitude · locavore

For the Love of Wine & Friends

July 9th, 2008 · 17 Comments

Despite the lack of energy that surgery brings, extrovert that I am, I knew I would be seriously jonesing for some company by two weeks after the date, so we planned our fifth monthly wine-tasting party for July 6th.  Every month, I mean for us to take extensive photos of the food and wine so […]

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Tags: allergen-free recipes · dessert · locavore · meal planning · summer

Good Things

July 3rd, 2008 · 11 Comments

The curves of my legs (I’ve certainly always enjoyed the function, but appreciating the form feels good.) The meals my husband has made me while I recuperated. (It used to be that if I asked him to do anything beyond boiling water, he would get a panicky look in his eyes. These days, he can […]

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Tags: gratitude

Giving Hurt Its Due

July 1st, 2008 · 22 Comments

Exasperated, worn out, upset, sad. Angry. I had surgery on my lower abdomen 8 days ago.  The surgery went an hour longer than was planned, so by the time I was awake, my doctor was performing another surgery in another operating room already.  The nurses jolted me awake, gave me my clothes to dress in, […]

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