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Monday, October 28, 2013

Your New Go-To Baby Shower Gift

I find that life is so much easier when you've discovered a great go-to gift giving idea. 
I recently saw this one at a shower and decided I would be giving this from now on.

Gift registries be damned!
We know what she really needs, right?

It's simple:
A cozy robe
Wrap them in a receiving/swaddle blanket

Mom is pampered 
Our job here is done

Monday, August 26, 2013

Knit Along With Me, Fall Is About To Be...

I've just returned from a week long visit to San Francisco. Sigh. I love everything about that town. Just about every trip for me means the start of a new knitting project. This time, a simple cap, because I'm getting antsy for fall's arrival. Want to join me?

Here's the Hurricane hat. I love the swirl.
Photo credit: lovehestia.wordpress.com

Click here for pattern

My yarn:
Malabrigo Worsted #247 "Whales Road"

Links to YouTube Tutorials I found helpful:

And, as always, I'll have this guy to keep me company (and make me jump every time he barks at randomness). 

Happy Knitting!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook for August

I've decided to take part in The Simple Woman's Daybook! It's a simple journaling/sharing project that happens once a month. For a year or so I've enjoyed reading the posts of other women and catching a glimpse into their lives. More connection via virtual voyeurism--I'm down! If you'd like to join there's a link at the bottom of this post. 


Outside my window...
We're visiting my mom in the East Bay. She lives in a condo. I'm up about three stories, sitting at her dining room table. The light is really great here near a sliding door. Outside, at eye level, is the top of a tree that has beautiful white blossoms on it right now. There's also one of those fake owls out there that are meant to scare away birds.  

I am thinking...
One of my oldest friends is in the middle of a 29-hour journey to Rwanda. I'm thinking about her constantly, hoping she is safe and admiring her courage. 

I am thankful...I'm not on an airplane for 29 hours. Been there done that:)

In the kitchen...
Breakfast has been cleaned up by my husband. It was also made by him. The dishwasher is humming along. 

I am wearing...
My favs: Black linen pants, a black tank top, and a brown sweater my grandma would have loved.

I am creating...
I'm guiding my mom through knitting her first hat. She lacks confidence so I can't wait for her to find out just how easy it is. 

I am going...
Today we are going to the Exploratorium in SF

I am wondering...
I'm wondering if the kids will notice if we go to a couple thrift stores while in the city. 

I am reading...
"Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter
"Help Thanks Wow" by Anne Lamott
 Everything written about adrenal fatigue

I am hoping...
A while back I read an article that discussed certain skills you should have completely mastered by age thirty. The one that's stuck with me is knowing how to end a toxic friendship gracefully. I hope I can teach my kids how to do this. 

I am looking forward to...
I'm anxious to get back in my workout groove once the kids start school.

I am learning...
I'm learning how to live completely within my means.

Around the house...
I've got to figure out a new place for the hamster cage to live. The office/craft room is NOT it.

I am pondering...
How will this school year go?

A favorite quote for today...
"The smallest gesture is better than the grandest intention."

One of my favorite things...
Sleep! I'm finally able to do it deeply again. 

A few plans for the rest of the week:
1. Best pizza in the whole wide world--Gay Nineties in Pleasanton, CA
2. Learn more new card games with my daughter.
3. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

A peek into my day...

Last time we'll be on the old Bay Bridge before it closes. 

To take part in the Daybook community, click here.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Homemade Tortillas (Gluten-, dairy-, corn-, and soy-free)

This recipe originally came from a woman named Megan who had a wonderful site called maidinak.com. From what I can tell it no longer exists. I'm so sad about this. She had wonderful allergy-free recipes. This was one of them. Luckily, I had copied it into a Facebook post last year so I/we can still enjoy it. Yay! Megan come back, wherever you are!!

Here's the tortilla how-to. Pretty much all ingredients (see photo) were found on the baking aisle at Mother's, my local healthy shmealthy store. These came out slightly thicker than normal flour tortillas but were soft--no cracking--and super yummy. We basically made big soft tacos. Healthy gorditas, if you will.


1 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup arrowroot flour
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1/3 cup garfava flour (that's chickpeas + fava beans)
2 tsp xanthan gum (or guar gum)
1 tsp GF baking powder
1 small squirt of agave (a little over 1/4 tsp)
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 T. olive oil
3/4 – 1 cup warm water 

2T. All vegetable shortening

Combine all of the dry ingredients, then cut in or work in the shortening using a pastry blender or a fork.

Add the agave and warm water, starting with 3/4 cup water and mix well. Continue to add water a little at a time until a soft, cohesive dough is formed. Think fresh play dough feel.

The only way I’ve been able to successfully form these tortillas into rounds is to use a gallon sized ziplock-like bag. Slice the sides of the bag, open it up, then lightly dust it with brown rice flour. Take a small amount of dough, form it into a ball, and place it in the center of one side of the flat opened bag. Fold the bag closed, then using your rolling pin, roll out the dough in between the plastic layers so that it’s a round disk. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but do try to get it as thin and round-like as you can. Gently peel open the bag, set the sticky tortilla on your open hand while you peel the bag away. Slap that puppy down on a lightly oiled, medium heated pan or griddle. Stay near and flip when you see bubbles up top and a little brown when you peek underneath. Pile them into a tortilla warmer or a warm oven. Do one at a time.

In between rolling out the tortillas, keep dusting the inside of your bag, otherwise your dough will stick to the bag and be hard to work with!! I got 7 decent-size tortillas out of this recipe.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator, otherwise they spoil very quickly.