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Gluten free IKEA

Gluten free cake with tea? Yes please. Really good creamy with chocolate gluten free cake? Thanks very much indeed. I’m sure they have food too, like I think the vegetarian meatballs are gluten free… But I was a bit preoccupied.


Happy Fourth of July!!

We made a gluten-free chocolate cake using the Simple Truth gluten-free mix and homemade coffee buttercream frosting before piling on the M&Ms. 

Happy birthday, America! 

We’re enjoying the day off. And barbeque. And cake.
Hope you’re having a great day wherever you are.

Gluten-free blueberry coffee cake thanks to My Baking Addiction.

This gluten-free blueberry coffee cake recipe is so outstanding, with fresh berries and a cup of tea, it totally made my day. 

Here’s the recipe and thanks so much to the author.

The recipe is perfect with the exception that you will need to allow for a very long baking time more on the order of an hour and 10 minutes or so. But the top is buttery and the inside has a texture you rarely find in a gluten-free cake. I used Trader Joe’s gluten free baking flour and added xanthan gum. I also mixed the flower with the xanthan gum all together and then divided it for the crumb topping.

Grapes are in season!

Oh summer, you are killing us with your early heat. But then again, we planted these grapes a few years ago and we have never yielded such an amazing crop. The winter rains really helped… We’re enjoying the fruit wallet really lasts which is while it’s in season! Watermelon, berries and peaches, woohoo!

But we will be willing to give it up to get under a hundred degrees pretty soon.

Thank you, fruit season

… And no thank you, early summer heat.

Dinner. Because how else can I balance out the freshly baked cookies?

What to eat at Starbucks

Starbucks Coffee Company

The official drink of The Voice, and my husband. They should have a platinum card for guys like him.

There’s a lot out there about what NOT to eat, but how about a post about what constitutes a good choice?

Starbucks has a lot of food and drink with under 400 calories, which is a good caloric neighborhood, beverage included, when you’re making a stop to fuel up.  If you’re watching your calories, it’s a good idea to choose a beverage very, very low in calories (iced tea with one packet of sugar or one pump of sugar, coffee with one sugar and a very small hit of cream) if you’re having a snack.  I would keep the snack at or below 200 calories; you need to save room for other healthful foods throughout the day.

I will assume you are looking for a drink and a nibble…

  • First, remember that whipped cream adds 45-100 calories depending on the size of the drink.  If you want whipped cream, the obvious choice is the smaller-sized drink (the short with whip is 45, give it up: a grande has 60 calories for the whip and is more realistic).
  • Each pump of syrup adds a teaspoon of sugar, which is about 20 calories.  Caramel drizzle adds 15 calories, and chocolate adds just 5.
  • Protein/fiber powder adds 30 calories and is entirely unnecessary (only adds one gram of fiber?!  Let’s have bakery instead!).

Beverages (200 calories or less):

  • Iced brewed coffee or tea.  Get it without the added syrup, or just one pump, and add milk or soy milk.  If you add the milk, and choose nonfat and Tall, it’s 80 calories.  If you’re feeling spartan, a plain iced tea or coffee contains 0 calories.
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If ya can’t beat ’em, feed ’em.

While I’ve been sitting around thinking about whether refried black beans would taste all right rolled up with sour cream and a little lettuce with


This is not Ms. A, but an unreasonable facsimile.

a flatbread jacket for her lunch, the kid was busy deciding that she would take off her beloved nail polish and get her health certificate so she could work in the very cafeteria where she normally won’t bother to eat.

After balling up the little health certificate and another necessary paper in her backpack, her homework folder, the dining table, and a random pocket, Ms. A finally delivered it to the cafeteria in exchange for a hair net, gloves and a little apron and 25 trays of hamburgers.  And free lunch.

Both of which she thoroughly enjoyed with the exception of the frozen apple cup.  Must they?  Would applesauce not have worked?  Ah, well.  She loved it so much that she says she’s going to finish up September as a cafeteria lady.

Clean hands, free lunch and a good work ethic?  I’m down with that.

Now, if she could just remember to put the homework back into the folder and then into the basket at school we’d really be cookin’ with gas.

p.s. – today Ms. A came home with the observation that among the elementary school population, roughly 99% of banana eaters start off their dining experience by making a bananaphone call, usually to the person standing directly behind them.  She also observed that the phone calls remained hilarious and nonsensical all the way to the last diner.  The cafeteria ladies were less amused, shouting, “Let’s go!  Let’s go!  Move the line! Take the bread or the banana [you can take both, but you have to take at least one of the two],” though the obvious choice was the banana, since it came with free minutes.