Hunley – Day 4 Part 2

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I mentioned the Hunley when I did the book review for The Girl on Legare Street written by Karen White. I shared a few of these photo collages in that post.

You can only visit the museum where they are restoring the Hunley on the weekends. So that’s where we went on Sunday afternoon.

Have you heard about the Hunley? It was a Confederate submarine that sunk an Union ship during the Civil War. After it sunk the Union ship, it disappeared.

No one knows what caused the Hunley to sink and disappear.

In 1995, it was finally found.

The Hunley was not brought to the surface until August 2000. All of the men were found perfectly preserved.

In 2004, they buried the men in Magnolia Cemetery. (Sidenote: My mother-in-law’s grandparents are buried in the same cemetery.)

They are currently trying to remove all of build up on the Hunley.

And they still don’t know what caused the submarine to sink. Here is a link to the possible theories.

I got to visit the Hunley in December 2000 when I went with my in-laws to Charleston. You could not actually see the Hunley just a model of the submarine.

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The first views of the Charleston Harbor.
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There was a cool display where they had silhouettes of the 8 men who had been on the Hunley when it sunk in 1864. The boys stood in front of silhouettes. The Wee One was way smaller than any of the men. However the Imaginative One was the same height as one of the shortest men on that mission.
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This is a model of the Hunley. As you can see how tight the quarters would have been. Plus how physically demanding it would have been to be on the submarine.
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The Hunley – It’s in a solution that is similar to Comet. It’s been in the solution for two or three years and will be in the solution for at least three or so more years.
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Some of the displays in the museum.
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More displays at the museum.

I would highly suggest going to see the Hunley if you are in Charleston. It does cost money to go into the museum. Just be aware of that.

I’m going to be taking a break on this blog series until the first Saturday in November. In October, I’m going to be sharing 31 days of gluten free foods so the entire month will be dedicated to just recipes.

When I return in November, I’ll be sharing photos from Sunday evening.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium and Zoo) Part 1

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Ropes Course and Zoo) Part 2

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Museum) Part 3

South Carolina Trip – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium once again) Part 4

South Carolina Trip – Day 2 (Greensboro Arboretum)

Mine, Mine, Mine – Day 3 Part 1

Finally the Beach – Day 3 Part 2

Sunday Morning Worship – Day 4 Part 1

September 27, 2017 in photos and a PSA

If you roll over the photos, there will be a caption.

6:00-7:10 Getting ready for work

7:15 – 7:45 Commute to work

7:45 – 3:45 Work. No photos will be taken of students.

My day consists of planning time, breakfast club, inclusion, lunch duty, and dismissal duty.

Breakfast club is when I pull students for intervention during their breakfast time. Two of my students thrive on breakfast club.

3:45 to 4:30 – Commute home

4:30 – 6:30 – Dinner and Relaxing

6:30 – 9:10 – Taking the Imaginative One to an evening activity – The Wee One was with his grandma.

9:10 And so the adventure is over . . . Tomorrow is a new day!

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Now onto my PSA for the night. As we were driving home from the next town over, it was pitch black. Luckily I had on my brights because there were two people walking along side/on the road. They were walking on my side of the road with their backs to me. One was wearing a black shirt. If I had not had my brights on, I would not have seen them. Please be careful when walking at night.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Mama’s Losin’ It

Pittsford, NY, Erie Canal, and Barnes and Nobles (Blog Post #6)

After we finished visiting Lake Ontario and the lighthouse, we travel to Pittsford so I could see the Erie Canal.

So what is the Erie Canal?  Back in the 1820’s, they built this canal to connect the Hudson River to Lake Erie.  It was a way of moving goods from one area to another.  In Ohio, where I live, there was two canals built – Miami Erie Canal and the Ohio Erie Canal.  The Miami Erie Canal is in the Western part of Ohio where I live.  Both of those canals connected the Lake Erie to the Ohio River.

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of September 25, 2017 (Gluten Free) with links

I’ve been lax about creating menu plans during September.  As a result, it’s been difficult to get food on the table.   Continue reading “Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of September 25, 2017 (Gluten Free) with links”

Gerry Brooks and Findlay Market

Wednesday was Hubby’s birthday.  We went out to dinner on his birthday and then celebrated with an outing on Saturday.  There is a YouTube sensation named Gerry Brooks.  He is a principal in Lexington, Kentucky.  He talks about teaching in the most hilarious way.   Continue reading “Gerry Brooks and Findlay Market”

Sunday Morning Worship – Day 4 Part 1

Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.

We had a storm on Saturday night so it was humid when I got up on Sunday morning.

I was not able to get any sunrise photos that morning.

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Since we did not do a big grocery shopping trip on Saturday evening, Hubby decided that Sunday morning would be the best time to get it done. He did not want to run into the same traffic jam like the afternoon before.

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Right outside our beach house was a huge puddle. The reflection was wonderful. This is the house across from us.

 

Here is downtown Folly Beach on a quiet Sunday morning.
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The Wee One would “wake up” in the morning, remove his blanket from his bed, and then go into the living room to sleep some more.

When we were in Folly in 2009, I attended church at the Folly Beach United Methodist Church. I wanted to attend the church in 2013 but missed the service by an hour. This year I was bound and determined to attend a church service.

I was not the only tourist attending the service. There was a couple from Tennessee and a family from close to Berea, Kentucky worshipping at the church.

The congregation was welcoming. When we go back to Folly Beach, I am going to make sure I attend another service.

The one thing that stuck with me is the pastor singing “Who Am I?” by Casting Crowns before beginning his sermon. That became the theme of my early morning walks on the beach.

The church is absolutely beautiful.

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After I got back to the beach house, it was time for us to eat lunch before going to see the Hunley.

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The kids thought it was funny to use the glasses meant for alcoholic beverages for their lemonade. The Imaginative One picked the biggest wine glass.

Join me next Saturday for our visit to see the Hunley.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts:

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium and Zoo) Part 1

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Ropes Course and Zoo) Part 2

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Museum) Part 3

South Carolina Trip – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium once again) Part 4

South Carolina Trip – Day 2 (Greensboro Arboretum)

Mine, Mine, Mine – Day 3 Part 1

Finally the Beach – Day 3 Part 2

Irondequoit Bay and Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse (Blog Post #5)

My friend and I visit Lake Ontario and a beautiful lighthouse.

Lots of photos.

Join me on Wednesdays for photos from my trip to Rochester, New York.

After we got done at the zoo, we drove to Irondequoit, NY.  I wanted to see Lake Ontario.  Actually I had already seen it the year before when we drove from Niagara Falls to Toronto.  We didn’t stop on that trip to take photos by the lake.

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Finally the Beach – Day 3 Part 2

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We finally got to Folly Beach. It took us 20 to 30 extra minutes at the very end of the drive.

Folly Beach is a barrier island with only one road going in and out of town. Since it was Saturday afternoon, tourists were traveling to the beach for their vacations or local people were going to the beach.

We got stuck in the traffic because of that back up.

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The sign welcoming you to Folly Beach

Since we were the first of our family to get to Folly, we picked up the keys and headed to the house. When we got to the house, there were two vehicles in the parking area. We were confused until Hubby went into the house. The vehicles belonged to the cleaning ladies. Whoever rented the house the week before had left a mess. It was taking them longer to get it clean.

So what did we do while they were cleaning? We went out to the beach. The Wee One was anxious to get into the ocean.

A little bit later, my mother-in-law showed up with food for us to cook. It was interesting trying to figure out how to use a gas stove because neither of us had ever used a gas stove before.

We sent out Hubby to the local store to get butter, ketchup, mayo, and mustard because we didn’t have any of that in the house. He came back with everything but butter. He heard the b sound so he thought we said buns.

As we sat down to eat, my sister-in-law and her family showed up. Fortunately, she had frozen some butter and had brought it down. She saved the day because we were eating corn on the cob with our dinner.

The rest of the evening was spent unpacking, walking on the beach, and sitting on the porch.

Here photos from the beach that evening.

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We had to be careful on the beach because there were loggerhead turtle nesting areas throughout the area. The Imaginative One even said he saw the flipper imprints of a loggerhead turtle close to one of the nesting areas. So cool.

Join me next Saturday when I attend church at the Folly Beach United Methodist Church.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium and Zoo) Part 1

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Ropes Course and Zoo) Part 2

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Museum) Part 3

South Carolina Trip – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium once again) Part 4

South Carolina Trip – Day 2 (Greensboro Arboretum)

Mine, Mine, Mine – Day 3 Part 1

Seneca Park Zoo – Blog Post #4

Join me on Wednesdays for photos from my trip to Rochester, New York.

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, Molly and I went to the Seneca Park Zoo.

Hubby and I have a bucket list.  We want to visit an aquarium or zoo in every state.  Actually I want to visit the zoo or aquarium, he wants to geocache at the zoos or aquariums.  It’s a win win situation.

I was able to cross off New York of my bucket list when we went to the zoo.

When Molly and I got there, there were a bunch of school buses at the entrance.  The zoo is small so it was crowded.  Plus the animals seemed to be turned around so we saw a lot of animal butts.

Here are photos from the visit.  These photos are not in the order that I took them.

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The original zoo building
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African decorations and the totem pole
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Polar Bears
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Penguins
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Otter
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Olive Baboon
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Lion Exhibit – There was no lion in the exhibit.
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Greek Salad – The best salad I have ever found in a zoo.
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Tiger and a Goat
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Elephants
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Eagle Exhibit – The ducks live in the exhibit
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Eagle statue
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Baby orangutan
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Clockwise – From top left to bottom left – Rhino, Duck, Poison Dart Frog, Lemur
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From left to right – Alligator, Gecko, Wolf

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African decorations
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Flowers

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Join me next Wednesday for our visit to Lake Ontario.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Flight 93 Memorial – Part 2 – The Memorial

After we got done with the Overlook and museum, we drove down to the Memorial.  It was over 90 degrees so a walk from the Overlook parking lot to the Memorial was going to be unbearable.

The Imaginative One stayed in the car while I went out to the Memorial.  One of the park rangers was telling stories of some of passengers and how the plane just missed the elementary school by mere seconds.

The memorial was wonderful.  Each individual on the plane was given a individual wall on the Wall of Names.

There is a 5 ton boulder where the impact left a hole.

Click on this link for more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial.  If you get the chance to visit the memorial, I would recommend you visit it.

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Have a magical day,
Traci

Flight 93 Memorial – Overlook and Museum – Part 1

If the plane flew for another 3 or so seconds, it would have hit the Shanksville Elementary School.

Last year, I shared my 9-11 story. This year I’m going to share my photos from visit to the Flight 93 Memorial.

Shanksville, PA is located 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh on the Lincoln Highway. The Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental roadway connecting New York City to San Francisco. The Imaginative One and I drove on the highway for 70 miles. It was twisty and turny throughout the drive. The views though were worth the drive. I wish I had photos of the some of the places we saw while driving on the highway.

We saw Fort Ligonier, a replica of the French-Indian War fort. It was so cool. We also drove past a castle and a giant joker. At one point, we were 2,640 miles above sea level.

This post is not about the Lincoln Highway. It’s about the Flight 93 Memorial.

The Imaginative One and I were traveling to Hershey, PA so I decided to make a stop at the Flight 93 Memorial.

Tears flowed from my eyes as I walked along the flight path to the overlook over the field where the plane went down.

It was a surreal and beautiful place. If you ever have the chance to go there, please do.

Today I’m sharing photos from the Overlook and the museum. Tomorrow I’m going to share the actual memorial.

I’m not to write any descriptions about these photos. I’m going the photos tell the story.

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Join me tomorrow for the actual memorial photos.

Have a magical day,
Traci

P.S. Remember those who were brave enough to save a town and a school full of children.

Homemade Gluten Free Brownies

Ever since late January, I have been eating a mostly gluten free diet.  When I eat gluten, it messes up my body.  I get headaches or my energy level tanks out.  It sucks because it mostly with desserts.  Your body truly does change after turning 40.  Mine gave me a year and a half after my 40th birthday to change it’s chemistry.

I also have to be careful with the amount of dairy I eat because it causes me to get stuffed up.  Do not even talk about ice cream because I cannot eat it AT all.  It messes up my body or causes me to break out.

On Friday night I was craving brownies so I looked for a gluten free recipe.  You would not know these brownies are gluten free at all.  All I can taste is the fudgy goodness without feeling like crap afterwards.  Win!  Win!

Oh and afterwards, I was so tired from my busy work week that I crashed on the couch while the family was watching a movie.  I only got to taste the delicious brownies.  I may have eaten some brownie for my breakfast on Saturday morning.

For the recipe, visit my Food Journey blog where I post my gluten free and dairy free recipes.

I have other gluten free brownie recipes on this blog if you want to check out those recipes:  vegan black bean brownies and No Bake Turtle Walnut Brownies.

Happy eating,
Traci

P.S.  What are some foods that you used to be able to eat that you cannot eat anymore?

 

Mine, Mine, Mine – Day 3 Part 1

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Today we are going to visit the Reed Gold Mine in Midland, North Carolina. It’s located about 30 minutes away from Charlotte. Best of all, it’s free except for the gold mining which was $3.21 per pan.

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I often take photos of the boys when they have to sleep in the same bed on vacation. The Imaginative One was actually awake but pretended to sleep.

Then Hubby decided to jump on the bed so he could wake up the Wee One.

We were located down the street from the University of North Carolina. Once I realized we were driving past it, I could only take one photo of a random building on the campus.

So what is the Reed Gold Mine? It’s actually the first place in the United States that found gold. Gold was found in 1799, 50 years prior to the California Gold Rush. In fact, there are many former gold mines in the Piedmont area of North Carolina.

I thought of the Pocahontas song,

We went on the self guided tour of the area.

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Walking to the underground area of the mine – Such a beautiful area

Here is the inside of the mine:

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The Wee One did not want to go in the mine but changed his mind.

We enjoyed checking out the Upper Hill of the mine area. It’s above the underground mine so we had to be careful because there is still some open shafts. Fortunately there was signs reminding us to be careful or there were fencing around the open shaft areas.

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We decided to have an impromptu photo shoot in front of the 1895 Stamp Mill.

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This is the 1895 Stamp Mill. A family from Springfield, Ohio decided to try to revitalize the Reed Gold Mine. They did find some gold but were not successful.

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Some signs and equipment on the land

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After exploring the mine, we panned for gold. Actually I watched the boys and Hubby pan for gold. They allowed me to get on the other side of the trough so I could get photos.

We found two gold flakes worth a few dollars at most. Still it was a cool experience.

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After we got done at Reed Gold Mine, we traveled down to Folly Beach.

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Taking photos at the Welcome Center to South Carolina. I love how they used the frame prop.

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Random Shots

Top – Outside the welcome center – They did not want to take the photo. I told them that one day they will appreciate it. The lady in the next swing said “Yes, you will.”

Bottom Left – They had Google Maps on a big screen.

Bottom Right – The Imaginative One was bored of my taking photos.

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Taking photos in front of the South Carolina map

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Beautiful flowers outside the welcome center

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The BBQ chicken wings and fries that the Wee One and I shared from Zaxby’s. Yum!

Join me next Saturday where I’ll finally be on Folly Beach.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium and Zoo) Part 1

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Ropes Course and Zoo) Part 2

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Museum) Part 3

South Carolina Trip – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium once again) Part 4

South Carolina Trip – Day 2 (Greensboro Arboretum)

Celebrating Tanya’s 40th birthday

We didn’t think about where we were going to release the balloons. If we had only moved to the other end of the deck, we would have been okay.

3. Write a blog post inspired by the word: rise.

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Sunset at Canandaigua Lake (Blog Post #3)

“Join me on Wednesdays for photos of my trip to Rochester, New York.”

After going to the mall, we went back to Molly’s house.  Her husband cooked us P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps for dinner.  Yum!

Even though we wanted to go to Scoops for ice cream, we were too full.  That did not stop us from going to see the sunset at Canandaigua Lake.

Did you know that Humphrey Bogart had a summer home on Canandaigua Lake?  I found that piece of trivia.

Canandaigua Lake is known for their historic boathouses.  People cannot live in the houses.  It’s more of a garage for their boat with a little living space.  They are not allowed to have running water in the boathouses.

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Walking around the Canandaigua Lake Historic Boathouses (I was talking about the Red Lighthouse in Holland, Michigan.)

Molly and My Shadow – What a great way to get a selfie.  LOL!

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Various signs at the pier

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Views of the Lake and Pier at Sunset

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After we left the boathouse/ pier area, we went to the public park area.  There was an anatomically correct horse statue called Hanging Hoof.

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They had started to build a hotel but the hotel ran out of money.  It’s now a shell of a hotel.  Our running joke was that Molly was going to make me stay there because I could not pronounce Canandaigua.

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More signs near the hotel area

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I have more photos of the Canandaigua Lake area that I’ll share in a future post.  We had a picnic lunch there on Sunday afternoon.

Join me next Wednesday for our visit to the Seneca Park Zoo where I got to cross visiting a zoo in New York off my list.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Flowers Galore – Day 2 Part 5

Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.

Today we’re visiting the Greensboro Arboretum. We only saw a small portion of the arboretum. The arboretum is 17 acres with 3 different entrances. We went to the Ashland Drive entrance with the parking lot across the street.

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Mongolian Beef Sheet Pan (GF option)

Since I’m eating mostly gluten free, I haven’t eaten any Chinese from a Chinese restaurant since late January.  If I want any Chinese type food, I have to make my own or just lucky like I did in June when I found gluten free Asian food at the Wegman’s hot bar.

So there has been more Chinese inspired meals at my house lately.

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