Where do I start…..
I spend most of my time with my 2 girls, Grace (13) and Faith (11). My husband works, a lot! I am fortunate enough to stay at home with my girls. Our days are filled with homeschooling, baking, cooking, and taking care of all the animals that we have on our small farm (horses, chicken, cats, dogs, and occasionally a cow or two).
I started this website as a place to put all my recipes that are gluten free. My youngest, Faith, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease when she was about 3. At that point, I had to learn how to cook all over again. Especially, baking! I will never forget the first time I went to the grocery store after she was diagnosed, I was in tears looking at everything on the shelves and reading labels. I felt as though there was nothing I could buy or make that would work for her. We live in a very rural area and at that time gluten free foods were not an option out here. Even today, it’s sparse. Long story short, I went home, did some research and figured out what to do. I began experimenting. I got books on gluten free cooking, substitutions of foods, flour, etc…slowly, and having many failures I came up with my own flour blend to use for most of my baking. I still use this blend today in most of my cooking. Now, there are numerous flour blends that you can buy that work wonderfully, and I do buy some, not many of them, but a few here and there.
When Faith was diagnosed, we also found out that she was not only allergic to gluten but most of what gluten was replaced with in foods. Potatoes (sweet and white), rice, yeast, the list goes on and on…..now I will say that today she is able to have a few things that contain potato flour or starch, but she cannot have fries or white potatoes. She can also have brown rice and she can handle a little bit of white rice in mixes, but she cannot eat just white rice. I believe the one allergy that really surprised us, was coconut. Yes, she is highly allergic to coconut. Prior to us finding this our, we were a family that would go to our local donut shop and get coconut donuts! Yes, I was feeding my daughter coconut donuts the whole time, not knowing she was allergic to every single thing she put in her mouth. We have come a long way since then. Today, she is a very vibrant young girl, about to turn 11. She’s in gymnastic and loves playing volleyball. She also shows goats and rabbits (I think those are a few animals I left out at the beginning), yes I lose track of what we have out here!!!
My other daughter, Grace, is 13. She is my farm girl. She loves everything farm and wants to do it all. She loves her cattle and her horses. Horses especially! She spends most of her time on the back of her horse/horses. She has a show horse, Gator. We spend most of our summer traveling around the countryside with horse trailer in-tow. When she’s not showing she’s trail riding, out in pastures on her other horses having fun. She is also a very talented musician. Grace plays piano and flute.
Anyway, as I said earlier, we live in a very rual area. We drive about 3 hours to the nearest city, where we all enjoy shopping. Fashion in our household is hugh! My husband loves his suits and ties, my girls love to go to their favorite stores and me, before I stayed home I worked. I was a clinical psychologists. So I wore nice suit pants, dress, and shoes oh, let me tell you….I have a major love of shoes. Even though I stay at home I still have a love of shoes, boots (cowboy), booties, flats, UGG boots, oh how the list could go on and on. You name it I got it!
So not only will you find recipes on here, but you are likely to stumble upon things about fashion, shoes, chickens, horses, cows, and numerous other things. It’s never a dull moment around here.