Category Archives: Gluten Free

Checking In – Gluten Free Diet – February 21 Update

I have been trying to avoid gluten for 3 weeks now.   For the most part, I’m doing a pretty good job with it.

Then there are the times I screw up unintentionally and end up with either my stomach hurting or a headache.  It’s usually a headache that occurs which is a pain.

  1.  Steak and Shake – I found a list of gluten free foods on the web.  I ended up with the biggest headache after eating it.  People had commented on the post there is a possibility of cross contamination with the shake machine.  Next time I won’t order the milk shake.
  2. My granola – I read the ingredient list over and over again.  I missed the fact there was malt barley in the granola.  Once I realized it, I stopped eating the granola.  I ended up with a slight headache and stomach ache afterwards.  (My mom took the bag of granola so I wouldn’t waste it.)
  3. Soup – I ordered a corn chowder at a local farmer’s market.  It had roux of flour.  Luckily once I figured it out, I took it home and Hubby finished it.  I still ended up with a headache afterwards.



I’ve also had some successes with eating gluten free.

  1. We had a progressive dinner for Valentine’s Day through my church.  I ate and ate that night.  They had a lot of gluten free options.  I ended up eating meat and cheese and veggies for my appetizers.  Barbecue for my dinner minus the roll.  And chocolate dipped cherries and strawberries for my dessert.  I was worried I wouldn’t be able to eat anything.
  2. Our belated Valentine’s Day dinner – We went out to bd’s Mongolian Grill.  I highly suggest it if you have a gluten allergy.  They label which sauces are gluten free and will cook your food separately in the kitchen.  The soups and desserts are not gluten free so be aware of that.  I ended up eating a shrimp and steak stir fry with lots of veggies.  I used their sweet and sour sauce and brought my own gluten free soy sauce.  We went to Cold Stone Creamery for my dessert.  I got a mint chocolate mix in without the brownie.  I loved the fact I had a great meal out without a headache afterwards.  (It also helped I got to see one of my former students while we were out.)

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The next step is to see a doctor about this gluten issue.

Have a magical day,

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

With chocolate cats ready to be dunked
With chocolate cats ready to be dunked
With chocolate cats ready to be dunked


I love chocolate chip cookies.  Actually I like most cookies.  You might say cookies are my weakness!  I mean dessert weakness.  This dip reminds me of a chocolate chip cookie .  Best of all you, you don’t have to bake cookies to get the deliciousness.  🙂

Now the question is, what should I dip into this yumminess!  I’ve been dipping chocolate cat cookies from Trader Joe’s.  Tomorrow I’m going to try dipping my sliced apples in the dip.  That sounds absolutely divine.

Side note:  Have you ever had someone obsessed with your food choices.  I eat in my classroom and have a limited time to eat.  Today I was running late getting to eat because I had to print some papers and then talk to two other teachers.  I was finishing my lunch when my four students came in for social studies.  They were intrigued with what I was eating.  They would have  been shocked to find out what was in the dip.  (My students have seen my lunches many times.  Fortunately most of the time it’s something fairly healthy.  This way I can be a good role model for them.  One is concerned that I don’t eat a lot of meat.  I eat meat but it depends on my mood whether I eat a lot meat or not.)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1-1/2 c. chickpeas or white beans (1 can, drained and rinsed very well)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. nut butter of choice – I used almond butter.
  • up to 1/4 c. of milk
  • 2/3 c. brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. chocolate chips
  • 2 to 3 tsp. oats


  1. Add the ingredients except for chocolate chips and milk to a good food processor.
  2. Blend the ingredients – streaming into milk until desired considency.
  3. Remove from food processor cup.  Mix in chocolate chips.
  4. Put in the fridge overnight.
  5. Enjoy with apples, graham crackers, or just eat by the spoonful!

Printable Recipe

Happy Eating,


I have an obsession with granola.  I love trying new flavors.  We were at Whole Foods yesterday and I was checking out the granola’s there.  The Imaginative One had to tell me to step away from the granola area because I didn’t need to buy too many of them.  I just love eating them with either plain yogurt or almond coconut milk for breakfast or with my lunch

Here’s my newest find:



It’s delicious@