Monthly Archives: June 2013

Journey Journal: Days 169-181

Day 169-171: Tuesday-Thursday, June 18-20, 2013

For the most part, we still stuck to our GF DF diet. We hosted Shepherding Group on Wednesday night, and I did a fruit, nut, and cheese tray (while avoiding the cheese…mostly) and bought a box of Publix’s oatmeal raisin cookies.

Day 172-174: Friday-Sunday, June 21-23, 2013

Friday was our semi-annual board meeting at the office, followed by a cookout. Bryan grilled the burgers and hot dogs for us and we brought some corn chips, buns, and drinks; someone brought condiments, onions, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, etc.;  someone else brought baked beans; and the host made potato salad, deviled eggs, and banana pudding. It was a lot of work, and I think everyone was ready for the weekend by the end of that week.

Saturday involved running by Starbucks on the way to getting my haircut–of course, I picked up my stylist’s favorite espresso drink as well! And I love my new haircut! Then we ran errands, and I hung out with my sister and her boys while Bryan helped shoot a wedding. After the wedding shoot, we went to a baseball game and stopped by some friends’ house to hang out for about an hour before crashing at home.

Sunday involved a wonderful morning service, followed by 2nd grade Journey Group–about Loving God. Then we went to Olive Garden with our young adult group (gotta love all-you-can-eat salad and soup for $6.95), followed by having them come over for the afternoon and evening. It was a really good time of fellowship.

Day 175-179: Monday-Friday, June 24-28, 2013

A long week with some late nights, but it was a very productive week. We still ate less gluten and dairy, but not totally GF DF. As we added the gluten back in slowly, I did not notice any issues; as for the dairy, definitely going to try to avoid it as much as possible going forward. On Friday, we had dinner with Bryan’s dad and he helped us with our materials list for our back room project. I  picked up Pizza Hut and stopped by the grocery store for this week’s groceries.

Day 180-181: Saturday-Sunday, June 29-30, 2013

Saturday involved cleaning, lots of laundry, mowing the lawn, and going to Lowe’s to pick out our windows and doors for the back room project! (We’re waiting till their sale starts on Wednesday to actually order though.) We hung out with our friend Carissa for a bit; I brought kale salad with crumbled bacon, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, and goat cheese with a bacon vinaigrette dressing…so yummy! We ate it with some thin cracker crisps! Delicious! Then Bryan went to play soccer while I finished the laundry and cleaning.

Sunday is morning worship followed by elder community groups–no Sunday School or evening service, just dedicated fellowship time and some good rest! Hoping to get back to the gym this coming week–I’ve been too busy for too long, and this heat is ridiculous, so I definitely want to be indoors, but I do need to get active again for sure.

The Beauty of Color: Wedding Flowers with Vividly Brilliant Hues

On June 15th, I had the privilege of creating flower arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages for our dear friends Sarah and Jordan’s wedding day!  Below are a sample of the flowers (pictures courtesy of Cariad Photography, David Siglin, and Melissa McKinnon).

Bridal Bouquet: pink peonies, orange ranunculus, white and yellow mini-roses, Bells of Ireland, green mini-hydrangeas, seeded eucalyptus, peach and pink snapdragons, peach hypericum berries, green lisianthus, and dried lotus pods. Wrapped in burlap and lace ribbon with pearl pins and a lock.

Another angle of the bridal bouquet…

Each of the bridesmaids’ bouquets had white hydrangeas and one or two elements from the bridal bouquet. The groom’s boutonniere had a key to match the bride’s lock on her bouquet.

Up close of the groom’s bout with yellow mini-rose, green lisianthus, and key to match the lock on the bride’s bouquet (picture courtesy of David Siglin).

Here’s the bride’s lock attached with peach pearl pins on the burlap and lace ribbon (taken on my iPhone).

Corsages with mini green hydrangeas, mini white roses, peach and green hypericum berries, and some fresh lavender from my flowerbed (picture taken on my iPhone).

Altar arrangement in honor of grandparents who could not be at the wedding–irises for one grandmother, spring flowers for another, and fresh fruit (blueberry branches, lemons, and limes) for a grandfather. Used extra burlap to tie in to the rest of the wedding theme. Same flowers as the bouquets, with purple delphiniums and orange calla lilies as well (picture taken on my iPhone).

Bouts with green pom-pom mums, green hypericum berries, and thin white ribbon (picture taken on my iPhone).

Bout up close (picture courtesy of David Siglin).

Instead of corsages, the mothers carried nosegays. The mother of the bride’s is on the left and matches the bride’s bouquet; the mother of the groom’s is on the right and matches the groom’s boutonniere (picture taken on my iPhone).

Last but not least…the tossing bouquet… (picture courtesy of David Siglin).

This wedding was so much fun–maybe my most fun wedding yet–because of ALL of the brilliant, vivid colors! The bright pinks and corals were so pretty! And even though the pink peonies are expensive, they were worth every penny! And I had fun having my sister help me with the bouquets the night before the wedding.

Are You a Fisher of Men?

This was a compelling clip. As a Christian, am I actively sharing Christ? Or am I just part of a religious club? Am I more concerned about discussing Christianity or about seeing souls saved and lives changed for the glory of Christ? Do I focus on the fellowship or on Christ and His Mission? When was the last time I shared the Gospel of Christ with someone–a neighbor, a classmate, a coworker, a friend, the restaurant server, or grocery cashier? This video is thought provoking and worth the watch…

Here are some more thoughts: Do I attend church to “get” something or to “feel good” about myself, or is church a place to worship Christ together with other believers, to encourage one another, and to edify one another (which may also mean the occasional rebuking in love with a spirit of truth and grace) so that we might grow together in Christ and that Christ might be glorified? Am I living out the Gospel or just being another “consumerist Christian”–showing up to church on Sundays…and even on Wednesdays, making sure I make an appearance at church suppers and special activities; but then walking out the door as if I’d never been inside? When I leave the church doors, am I forgetting the body of Christ? Or are they a part of my day-to-day life? Do I go about my  life–at work, at home, on vacation, running errands, whatever–as if I am in the same rat race that the rest of the world seems to be in? Am I too busy bickering and debating with my brothers and sisters in Christ to realize there’s a spiritual war going on all around us? Am I allowing my heart and mind to be changed by the Word? Am I impacting others around me for Christlikeness? I have one life to live–how am I using it for Christ? Am I using it for Christ? Just some food for thought.

Journey Journal: Days 162-168

This was one of the all-time busiest weeks of the summer between prepping for two conferences for work, working through the database upgrade project, and arranging flowers for a wedding this weekend. But it was a good week!

Days 162-164: Tuesday to Thursday, June 11-13, 2013

Breakfast was mostly GF Chex cereal and almond milk or soy milk. Lunches consisted of either soup or salad or leftover pork and rice mostly. We still stuck to the GF DF diet. Tuesday, we prepped the notebooks, nametags, and materials for the Pastors’ Conference coming up on Friday and got that all boxed up. Wednesday night, I made stopped by Hobby Lobby and made sure I had all the supplies I needed for this weekend’s wedding flowers. Thursday we prepped the FX-VB conference materials for Saturday’s conference; that afternoon, I picked up the flowers from Carlstedt’s wholesale florist–I even got some discounted calla lilies and purple stock that will be excellent additions to this colorful wedding! And I grabbed a bunch of seeded eucalyptus for good measure.

Bryan’s been experimenting with pork tenderloin and chicken using apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, fresh garlic, sage, salt and pepper as a marinade. He made it with some sautéed Brussels sprouts and served it over rice one night–fantastic!

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Day 165: Friday, June 14, 2013

Today was the Pastors’ Conference in Virginia Beach and it was a success from everything we heard–about 30 attendees! After a full day of work, I headed home for a quick dinner of spicy shrimp and grits and then started on the flower arranging! (Pictures to come in a separate post…stay tuned…). I used white and green hydrangeas, pink and green hypericum berries, green pom-pom mums, Bells of Ireland, pink and peach Snapdragons, coral and yellow and white mini roses, purple stock and irises, green lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus, orange-yellow calla lilies, bright pink peonies, orange ranunculus, and lotus pods! Quite the combo! My house smelled like a florist shop! (and felt like a cooler! Brrr…)

Started the flowers while Bryan cooked doing the reception flowers first (simple white hydrangea stems in blue mason jars). Then started on the bouquets after dinner… My sister stopped by for a couple of hours to help with the bouquets–it was really nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of and she was especially helpful with the mother-of-the-groom’s nosegay. Bryan made us a snack of teriyaki chicken strips (protein to keep us going through the night). Love that guy! He checked in on me about every hour until around midnight, when he went to bed so he would be able to drive me to the wedding….gonna be a late night!

Day 166: Saturday, June 15, 2013

Finished all the bouquets, nosegays, and the altar arrangement around 1:25AM! Just waiting to put ribbon on the bouquets till the last minute. I was really nervous about the altar arrangement, but I ended up really liking it!! Finished the 18 boutonnieres around 3AM and headed to bed for a few short hours.

Back up around 6AM and jumped straight into the 14 corsages. They went quickly and smoothly (much faster than the bouts for some reason). Finished that around 7:45AM and wrapped the bouquets with strips of burlap and lace ribbon, pinning with peachy pearl pins for a rustic touch of elegance. Finished around 8:30 and ran upstairs to get ready for the wedding. Packed up the car and drove almost an hour and a half to the wedding in Walhalla, South Carolina.

Stopped by Chik-fil-a for a breakfast of oatmeal and fruit with coffee (cheated and put half and half in my coffee for the first time this month–didn’t really help the coffee taste any better though, unfortunately; that’s probably the last time I’ll get CFA coffee–sorry. :/ ) I’m not sure if the oatmeal was 100% GF DF, but it has to be pretty close.

The wedding was at a beautiful chapel at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Dropped off the flowers and got the ultimate compliment from the bride: “These are more beautiful than anything we ‘pinned'” (love the Pinterest reference).  YAY!

Dropped off the reception flowers and headed back to the church for the wedding. Stopped by a Chinese restaurant for some lunch in Seneca. It was pretty good, even though I think there was some wheat in the wontons–oops. Still, overall we did pretty well for being out of town and not having many options.

The wedding and reception were both beautiful and very sweet! So happy for our dear friend Sarah and our new friend Jordan! They are a wonderful, godly couple! After the wedding, we drove home and I pretty much crashed. It was a long but wonderful day!

Day 167: Sunday, June 16, 2013

Wow–tired! Started with a bowl of Chex and a banana…and coffee!!! Church was fantastic! And the kids were really responsive as we talked through Seeking God as a response to learning the ABC’s of who God is and what He’s like. Rested in the afternoon and had another wonderful sermon in the evening, followed by having about 5 young adults over for dinner after church. It was a special time of getting to know some brothers and sisters in Christ who are becoming new friends. I just love the body of Christ!

Day 168: Monday, June 17, 2013

Another kinda crazy day–complete with getting caught in a downpour as I ran a work errand. 🙂 Chex and coconut milk for breakfast, banana and almonds for a snack, Thai rice noodle soup for lunch, and then home for an amazing dinner with new friends Dustin and Megan from church. Dustin is one of the deacons assigned to our elder community, so it was good to get to know them better! And they are GF DF too, so we had fun experimenting with them. Bryan made chicken thighs with his apple cider vinegar and lemon juice marinade, and at the very end, he drizzled the chicken with honey to help it brown up and caramelize! Really nice addition! He roasted some broccoli and cauliflower with garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, and a dash of orange juice; and I made a mixed greens salad with strawberries, walnuts, and honey mustard (with some honey goat cheese on the side). For dessert, I did my peaches and cherries sauté with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, and topped it with honey-toasted oats and almond slices! We drizzled some vanilla coconut milk and espresso balsamic vinegar over the top at the end too! Thankfully, they enjoyed our experiments…and we had a really nice time fellowshipping. Finished the day with a french press of coffee, an episode of The Chew, a little blogging, and a good book. And tonight, the word on my mind as I head towards bed is “thankful.”

Journey Journal: Days 159-161

Days 159: Saturday, June 8, 2013

This weekend was all about replacing the soffits and facia on the house. Here’s a picture of Bryan and his dad and brother Chad working:

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On top of that, I worked through the night Friday night with some visa issues (had to be up at the same time as the other side of the world)…so…to pass the time, I decided to try this GF DF Donut Recipe. I’m not sure I agree with the “pillowy soft, fluffy” part of the description, but overall they turned out okay.

The first step (proofing the yeast) smelled right, but as soon as I added the GF flour, it just smelled weird to me (maybe it’s because I used the Bob’s Mill brand?). It rose fine overnight, but I needed a good bit of extra “flour” to roll/cut out on Saturday morning. I couldn’t get the center donut hole cut out because they were a bit too sticky, so I made some larger and some smaller circles.

While waiting for the donuts to rise, I made cooked up some bacon and eggs and tossed together a mango, peach, and kiwi fruit salad…and pressed some good Columbian coffee! (I definitely needed it after going to bed at 1, getting up at 3, 5, and then 7.) Meanwhile, the donuts rose again just fine, but not as much as regular flour donuts.

Time to fry, but it took a lot of oil to fry. My canola oil didn’t smell right (I must have fried something in it before). So, I used olive oil. The larger “donuts” turned out mostly like fried biscuits. They seemed to soak up oil more than regular doughnuts, so they were kind of greasy and more like grainy funnel cake. I ran out of olive oil and tried a few in some Crisco I had hanging around (I do not recommend that). When that soaked up, I added the leftover bacon fat from breakfast and fried up the little donuts–those were actually the best ones.

This is a very time consuming recipe, and I will probably not take the time to make these again. My brother in law said, “GF DF donuts are pretty good! It’s like I said… you just need something to carry the grease and sugar.” 🙂 For the record–my GF friends LOVED them…and I admit they were much better the next day! If you make these though, don’t just drizzle the icing…triple the icing recipe and actually glaze them. I think if I ever make them again, I’ll just spray a griddle with cooking spray and fry them up like pancakes…since that’s basically what they turned out like.

While I was working on the donuts, I also started lunch for the guys: Carnitas, Black Beans, and Yellow Rice. I doubled the recipe for the pork and used canned black beans and just added spices instead of making them from scratch. Served with corn tortillas and fresh lime wedges. Yum! Really hit the spot for the guys after working so hard all morning.

After lunch, I went outside and helped in the yard for a bit. We worked till about sundown. Thank goodness for the boom lift or we would not have gotten done in time. For dinner, we had more carnitas and rice with lime. So good! Then headed to bed very exhausted! We definitely burned a lot of calories!

They got the top of the house finished today–will have to finish the porches’ soffits and facia tomorrow. Here’s a sort of “before-and-after” picture (bottom is the old green; top is the new bright white).

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Day 160: Sunday, June 9, 2013

Up at 6. Breakfast by 7, then back in the yard. Stopped around 10 to get ready and head to church. One thing God reminded me of this weekend was that (like a house) it is best to work on the root problems instead of just covering them up (i.e., deal with sin directly, confess it, repent, and follow God instead of just masking our problems and “looking good” on the outside). Even home repairs can point us to God if we allow them to. Another lunch of carnitas on corn tortillas. This time we served them with baked sweet potatoes and stewed cabbage. After lunch, we were in and out of the house (between rain showers) to finish the job before having to return the lift. So thankful for Bryan, his dad, and his brother Chad for doing this major project! It was hard work but so much fun to see the guys working together again…and doing it ourselves allowed us to save over $1000 on this much needed repair. Here’s a picture of working in the rain:

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Stopped for a bit around 3:30 for coffee with my friend Shannah. So thankful for her testimony of God’s grace and growth. For dinner, Bryan made up some beef curry–our new comfort food.

Day 161: Monday, June 10, 2013

Very tired waking up this morning, but got up around 6:30 because we had to take the car to the shop for a recall–at least that was free. Bryan dropped me off at work. On the way, we swung by Publix for breakfast. I grabbed hummus, baby carrots, two bananas (and a yogurt for him, since he’s not doing the dairy-free part). Hit the ground running at the office…with a cup of coffee, fortunately. Got our database project finalized! (Praise the Lord I had/got to learn SQL last year with my previous job! It was literally the key to making this project work.) Making great progress on this week’s events: Pastors’ Conference on Friday and FX-VB on Saturday–hoping to assemble the packets tomorrow! Picked up the car and came home for a dinner of fried eggs and leftover rotisserie chicken and steamed spinach over some leftover grits. Watched parts of a couple episodes of “The Chew” (a cooking talk show). We discovered our favorite new snack is Gluten-Free Honey Nut Chex. So yummy!

Journey Journal: Days 154-158

This week, breakfast mostly consisted of either kiwi or mango, almonds, and coffee with coconut milk. Occasionally I’d have a bowl of GF Chex Cereal with coconut milk too. For the first week of GF-DF June, we did pretty well! And I didn’t really miss bread or flour that much at all.

Day 154: Monday, June 3, 2013

  • Lunch: Leftover Stirfry (teriyaki chicken with jasmine rice, carrots, mushrooms, daikon, and broccoli)
  • Dinner: Curried Beef + Rice + Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower
  • Dessert: Coconut Milk “Ice Cream” with Banana, Peanut Butter, Cocoa Powder and Vanilla – so yummy!

Day 155: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

  • Lunch: Leftover Curry, Broccoli, and Cauliflower
  • Dinner:  Spinach Omelets
  • Dessert: Leftover Coconut Milk “Ice Cream”

Day 156: Wednesday, June 5, 2013

  • Breakfast: after last night’s dessert, I put the “ice cream” in the fridge instead of the freezer and ate it for breakfast–it was thick and creamy like chocolate pudding but healthy like a smoothie!
  • Lunch: Salad with Dried Dates, Slivered Almonds, Grape Tomatoes, and Celery Seed dressing
  • Dinner: Made Homemade Hummus with Spinach wrapped in corn tortillas

Day 157: Thursday, June 6, 2013

  • Lunch: Layered Corn Tortillas with Leftover Hummus, halved grape tomatoes, and sliced bell peppers
  • Dinner: Grilled Lemon Pepper Salmon + Coconut Lime Rice + Mango and Red Onion Salsa

Day 158: Friday, June 7, 2013

  • Lunch: Leftover Salmon + Coconut Lime Rice + Mango Avocado Salad
  • Dinner: Picked up a Rotisserie Chicken and made a quick batch of Warm Red Potato Salad (sometimes you just have to cheat)

Journey Journal: Days 152-153

Day 152: Saturday, June 1, 2013

Day One of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free June! So far so good. Started with breakfast of a two-egg omelet with roasted tomatoes and garlic and caramelized onions, a glass of orange juice, and a press of coffee with coconut milk. During the morning, Bryan and some of our guy friends helped out on a yard work project at Frontline Missions. So to thank them for their hard work, we grilled them a lunch of teriyaki chicken thighs and shrimp, and grilled pineapple. I tossed together a spinach salad, and they shared a loaf of sourdough bread from Simple Gifts–Old World Artisan Breads (made by our friends Dave & Cathy Miller–I did not have a piece because I knew if I said “I’ll start gluten-free tomorrow” that tomorrow would never come). After lunch, the guys played a game and I took a nap. After my nap, I went on a 5 mile walk/run. It was just what I needed to get my mind ready for worship on Sunday. Then for dinner I heated up some leftover steak, caramelized a red onion, and threw it into some corn tortillas with some spinach. Then I cooked up a sweet potato with some garlic, thyme and tarragon.

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Day 153: Sunday, June 2, 2013

Grabbed a banana and some orange juice on our way out the door for church. For lunch, Bryan made us “breakfast tortillas” with scrambled eggs, sautéed spinach and mushrooms, salsa, and bacon in corn tortillas. Delicious! Did a workout video for about an hour. Then for dinner, we made a chicken teriyaki stir-fry with jasmine rice, carrots, mushrooms, daikon, and broccoli (I topped mine with a little bit of chopped cashews). We steeped a pot of Oolong tea and turned on some classical music as we listened to the raindrops and rumbles of thunder outside. A good ending to a good weekend.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Month of June!

For the last several months, I’ve been weaning myself off of dairy products–milk, cheese, ice cream, butter–all of it! And I’ve felt tons better! (And I mean TONS!) For instance, normally, I have horrible seasonal allergies, and this year was supposed to the worst in three years for our region–but being off dairy, my body was able to fight the allergens and I only had to take an allergy pill about three times all season! On top of that, my stomach has felt better. I didn’t even realize I felt bad, but those couple of days that I would add it back in as a “test,” I definitely felt it. So, I have noticed a beneficial difference, and–as much as I can–I’m going to try to stay off of dairy for good.

I thought I would miss cooking with butter, but between olive oil and coconut oil, I really don’t miss that too much. I thought I would miss cheese, but I’ve noticed that I am enjoying the flavors of different fruits and vegetables and grains on their own without it. Having said that, the one thing I’ve missed the most is probably mac-n-cheese…but I only miss it when I see someone else eating it. So, I found this recipe that is pretty much like it but uses cauliflower, dijon, nutritional yeast and garlic for the flavor instead, and I used soy milk instead of milk. It’s not quite the same, but it’s enough the same that I don’t feel like I’m missing out…and it’s has quite a bit fewer calories than its original counterpart!

In the meantime, I’ve also had quite a few friends find out they are not only allergic to dairy but also allergic to gluten. So, rather than go to an allergist, I thought I’d run my own experiment. This month, I’m going to try to be dairy-free AND gluten-free, and see how it goes. Now, for the record, I have nothing against dairy or gluten or wheat, and I believe God gave us all things richly to enjoy! But, we also live in a fallen world–and that means our bodies have weaknesses, including allergies for some. Plus there is research that suggests the nutritional content of our food is significantly different from that of our Old Testament ancestors. Needless to say, I am one of those flawed, fallen creatures with a weakened body. No, I’m not sickly or anything. In fact, I’m pretty healthy, but I want to be as healthy as I can be and be a good steward with the body God’s given me–flawed as it may be. So, I’m trying to fuel it with the type of fuel it needs and runs best on (kind of like not putting gasoline in a Mercedes Benz when it needs diesel to run best).

One thing I’m learning is that having allergies doesn’t have to be a death sentence…or a death sentence to enjoying good food! I love pure, raw, unadulterated produce! As close to the earth as it can come! And I’m not sure I would have figured that out without experimenting with these foods apart from the common allergens. I’ve also learned that cooking for those with food allergies can be a means of hospitality and care for my brothers and sisters in Christ or as a means of showing love and grace to unbelievers I come in contact with.

So, I’m starting by compiling recipes! One list I came across that seems to have a good smattering of recipes in different categories like breakfast, breads, side dishes, desserts, etc., is from Gluten Free Goddess’s blog. It has quite an extensive assortment. Another thing I did was create a board on Pinterest for GF-DF (gluten-free, dairy-free). Feel free to follow it, as I’ll keep adding new recipes as I come across them.

Screen Shot 2013-06-02 at 10.22.48 PMJust look how colorful some of these recipes are!! Yum! I can’t wait to try them!

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And I found these helpful, snapshot, meal-planning ideas on Pinterest too:

Do you have a favorite gluten-free, dairy-free recipe? Share in the comments, please! And enjoy the journey!

Journey Journal: Days 149-151

Day 149: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Breakfast of berries and peaches topped with granola. Lunch with salad, topped with curried ground beef, bacon, hard boiled egg, carrots, red onions, honeyed almonds, dried cranberries, grape tomatoes and homemade honey mustard dressing. After about a month off, I finally made it back to iVIVA today! I’ve missed it! Dinner of leftover tuna pasta with peas and a side of leftover baked beans. For dessert, I had a frozen lime fruit bar.

Day 150: Thursday, May 30, 2013

Started with a breakfast of granola, blueberries, and soy milk…and coffee, of course. Lunch was another salad (same as yesterday). Had an afternoon snack of a Green Goodness Smoothie from Bolthouse Farms. Went to iVIVA again after work–my favorite part is definitely the sauna. Then I made a dinner of steak (seared on the stovetop then broiled in the oven – recipe here), caramelized onions, penne pasta with marinara and goat cheese, garlic green beans with roasted tomatoes. Finished the evening with some decaf organic coffee with coconut milk.

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Day 151: Friday, May 31, 2013

Grabbed a quick bowl of Kashi cereal before heading out the door for work. Lunch was leftover steak, green beans, and pasta. For dinner, we decided to splurge and ended up at Pizza City before taking an evening drive.

I am going to try to do gluten-free and dairy-free for the month of June, so it was nice to have one last splurge before May ends. I’ve definitely noticed a difference since being off of dairy (though I will still, obviously, eat it occasionally–as pictured above).

Beginning tomorrow, I’ll be looking for all kinds of GF-DF recipes! I’m starting here: http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2008/09/gluten-free-casein-free-recipe-index.html. And Bryan even agreed to do the gluten-free part with me (he still won’t give up his cheese and butter unless he’s cooking for me). So, wish us luck!