Sunday, December 21, 2014
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
I'm home for Christmas this year, and was left in charge of decorating. So I got new stockings for the three humans in the house (couldn't find any cute dog stockings or else I would have gotten some). We have camouflage for my dad, red sparkly ruche stocking for my mom, and a satin-frill topped high-heel boot for me.
My decorating style can be summed up in two words: Hobby Lobby.
Monday, December 08, 2014
2 eggs (I used organic eggs)
1/3 cup Stevia for Baking blend
1/4 cup softened butter (I used organic stick butter)
1/4 cup shortening
2 cups Bisquick Gluten Free mix
1. Heat oven to 375°F.
2. In large bowl, mix together eggs, Stevia blend, butter and shortening.
3. Add Bisquick and mix until dough forms
4. Drop biscuits on cookie sheet that has been sprayed with Pam.
5. Sprinkle the top of each cookie with cinnamon.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- This makes a cake-like cookie that is slightly sweet, but not too sweet. Tastes yummy with a cup of bitter black coffee!
- If you have never used gluten-free flour before, the unusual texture of rice flour vs. wheat flour may catch you off-guard at first. I like it though.
- Usually snickerdoodles have a crisp texture, and have sugar sprinkled on top. These are a little different than the traditional snickerdoodle.
- My goal was to make something tasty that was (1) gluten free, (2) sugar free, and (3) used as many organic ingredients as possible. I realized after making the cookies that the Stevia Baking blend actually DOES have some sugar in it, but it is far less than I would normally use. I doubt shortening is a healthy ingredient, but I had no alternatives for that one.
- Stevia is natural … no artificial chemical sweeteners for me. (Fact: I gave up Diet Cokes on August 1, 2013.) These cookies have all natural ingredients.
Benefits of eating low-sugar, gluten-free foods:
- Reduces pain and inflammation for those suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, heartburn, or intestinal ailments like Celiac disease. I was in constant pain until September 17, 2013 when I stopped eating wheat and sugar products. The pain went away overnight.
- Besides all the things you already know about sugar, did you know that it feeds cancer cells?
In China, I had no access to Gluten-free Bisquick or Stevia for Baking. For me to eat gluten free and sugar free, it meant a diet of meat and vegetables. That kind of diet helped me lose weight and reduce my pain tremendously.
However, since I'm in the U.S. for Christmas this year, and have access to a few more specialty ingredients, I thought I might make a batch of cookies -- ones that are not too bad for me -- to help me get in the Christmas spirit. I don't plan to make or eat them often, but it's certainly nice to have at least one recipe to turn to when the cookie mood strikes!
(By the way, I had no intention of being the organic, gluten-free kind of person, and was more of the type to make fun of those who were. I'm now of the opinion that there is really something to it.)
Monday, November 17, 2014
Mimi is in the car traveling to Shanghai.
She loves to look out the windows while in a car.
Back in the car now.
Her super huge carrier didn't leave much room for comfortable sitting.
She might not have napped in the car had she known she'd be sleeping so long on the flight.
Out of the car, into the cargo terminal.
And … apparently she is not too happy about it.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change," she surely uttered at this point in time.
Door closed, cable ties secured, and just to be sure, netting goes over the carrier.
I like the triple security measures.
Mimi calms down and takes it like a real trooper.
Mimi had a travel buddy! Another small dog like her was in the two-tone tan carrier (Mimi's in the blue one). Both traveled in the cargo section for the long flight from Shanghai to San Francisco. They aren't allowed in the passenger cabin due to their large size.
Mimi attempts a jail break. She's got to at least give it a try.
And then they took her away.
The guy wearing the backpack is wearing nicer clothes because he can afford them. He is the dog agent, and he charged so much money in this racket that he probably could put a down payment on a house after shipping two dogs on one day.
Time for the conveyor belt.
Bye little Mimi.
It takes a village … quite literally it seems.
There she goes!
One more glimpse.
It's going to be all right Mimi!
And at this point, my Chinese friend's heart surely breaks as Mimi backs out of sight. Thank you God for good friends who took care of my dog on short notice, for two months and a week. My friends helped take care of her every time I left on a trip, so they've been part of "Team Mimi" for years. One friend did all the customs and health paperwork for Mimi's trip, and did it well. I think my Chinese friends like her almost as much as I do, and it was a sad farewell for them to see Mimi go. It must also be somewhat of a relief to have the responsibility off their shoulders.
We can only speculate what happened between the above photo and when she arrived in Dallas, but stay tuned to see what happened in Dallas!
I didn't plan to be home for the holidays, but since I am, I plan to soak in all the holiday spirit I possibly can. I took my mom to a local annual event called "Mistletoe and Magic," where local booths are set up to sell clothing, gifts, furniture and food.
Soon we were crowded out of the dog area (by other dog lovers).
Here's my mom!
When the other folks left, we went back for another visit with the doggy.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Mimi the dog child is currently enroute to the airport in Shanghai. Her flight leaves a few minutes before midnight Central/Texas time this evening. I hope she won't be frightened as she travels alone, completely unaware of what's going on and why. Won't she be surprised when she hears my voice at DFW tomorrow?!
Monday, November 10, 2014
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
My Grandmother Wilson used to live in this end apartment.
Way back in the late 50s or early 60s, my family lived in the light blue house. The brown house belonged to my uncle and his family, and they lived there for their entire lives, or at least the rest of their lives after I was born.
Here is the First Baptist Church. My parents got married there in 1955.