Thursday Thoughts

Good morning! Here’s a list of random things on my mind today:

1. I really want to get a tattoo, specifically an anchor to represent my favorite Bible verse. Hebrews 6:19: Hope anchors the soul. I have no idea where I want it or if I’d regret it 5 minutes and/or 20 years after it’s done.  

2. I’ve read three books in the past week. The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand. I either love her books or hate them, but I think this one goes in the love column. The book was 100% predictable, but sometimes, it’s about the journey. Cure for the Common Break Up was read in a day followed by Mary Kay Andrew’s Save the Date. All of them are recommended! 

3. Aside from reading a lot, another thing that I normally do during my off months is catch up on TV shows. I always fall behind during the regular seasons, soooo Nashville, Revenge, New Girl and I will be spending some time together soon. I used to love Scandal, but actually kind of don’t anymore. I’ll still probably get up to speed though! ;)

Have a good one!

4. I’m making exercise a regular part of my life these days– yoga is quickly becoming my favorite workout. I ordered a yoga mat off of Amazon and I just pull up different YouTube videos. Yoga with Adrienne is my favorite. As some extra motivation,  I’m bribing myself. If I exercise for 45 minutes a day, I can watch an episode of one of my shows (see #3). If not, I lose! 

5. The best hummus ever is Roots, specifically their Hot Chipotle flavor. It’s based out of Asheville and I tried it for the first time at the Gluten Free Expo in Charlotte this past spring. I grabbed a tub at Whole Foods and even my hummus hating husband agreed it was fantastic. #obsessed

6. I made the Portobello “Steak” Fajitas from the Oh She Glows cookbook and I couldn’t believe how good they were. I thought they’d be good, but they were SO flavorful and way more awesome than I thought they’d be.

 

Are Frozen Veggies Safe for Celiacs?

Last week, I got glutened off of something really stupid: Plain frozen vegetables. Cauliflower to be exact. My first thought: What?!?! I was completely baffled.

 Upon further investigation, I realized that the Wal-Mart brand plain, frozen vegetables may contain traces of wheat. I didn’t even think to check the back of the bag. It was just cauliflower! No sauce, no nothing. 

Normally, I hate calling brands out (sorry Wal-Mart), but I just wanted to throw out a reminder to all my Celiac friends to check everything, even the things that may seem “obviously” gluten free.

My personal thoughts are most frozen vegetables are fine. I’ve been doing this gluten free thing for almost 2 years and this is the first time I’ve encountered frozen vegetable glutening. However, it’s just one more reminder that I have to be even more careful about living gluten free in a gluten filled world!

Two Ted Talks Worth Watching

Do you ever watch something or read something that just leaves you feeling motivated and encouraged? These two videos will definitely have that impact on you! The first is from the Kid President.The wonderfully wise 9-year-old says to treat everyone like it’s their birthday. How awesome is that?! Take 3 minutes out of your day [...]

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Strawberry Orange Julius

Orange Strawberry Julius

Hey hey! If you’re reading this, I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend. I always forget to take pictures when I’m out and about with friends and family, despite the best of intentions to post Instagram collages and well-documented blog posts. Such is life!  To celebrate America’s birthday, we went to my [...]

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Chocolate Cream Pie

chocolate cream pie {gluten free}

Chocolate Cream Pie for everyone! There is a cafeteria style restaurant in the southeastern states called K&W and they serve stereotypical, heart clogging southern foods- country fried steak, fried okra, corn bread, biscuits, green beans with bacon, chocolate cream pie, the usual. Growing up, we’d sometimes stop in for lunch after church and I would [...]

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Gallo Pinto

Pinto Gallo

I love international and ethnic cuisine! Thai food is probably by favorite, but I’m game for any of it. I’d totally do a gluten free vegetarian edition of a Bizarre Foods from the Around the World TV series if the opportunity ever popped up. My nonexistent Magic 8 Ball says Outlook no so good on that [...]

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