Saturday, July 30, 2011

MMMMM!! Treat weekend

 Bread is a precious comodity in our household.  Being gluten free definitely limits our choices... not to mention the fact that MOST GF bread is just plain gross.  I bake a lot, but it's nice to pick up a loaf at the store like a normal person.  Being that this weekend is Kaitlyn's birthday, I wanted to do something special for breakfast today.   Pancakes aren't too difficult, but I'm out of baking mix.  When I found not one, but TWO loaves of Udi's Gluten Free Bread on clearance for $0.99 I went nuts.  FRENCH TOAST!!!!!!!  Something we NEVER have.  If I wanted to make french toast I would either resign myself to paying $5.99 for a loaf of bread, or I would have to bake at least one extra.  I was stoked.



I couldn't believe it.  Udi's makes the best gluten free bread (next to mine of course).



Typical ingredients... egg, milk vanilla (vanilla is another thing that you have to check gluten on.. not one I thought about when we first began!!)



Gluten Free bread can tend to make a very soggy French Toast.  Taking a cue from my mother-in-law - (who batters and fries her french toast- yummy, but makes me SOOOO sick) - I added a bit of Tapioca starch and rice flour.  Gives the egg milk mixture just a bit of substance and adds a nice toast when done.



The finished product... topped with homemade Cinnamon-Maple syrup and just a tad powdered sugar.


Yummo!!! :-) Thank you Udi's!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

ok ok...WWIW

After trying to avoid it for many, many weeks.... I'm finally linking up and joining The Pleated Poppy for "What I Wore Wednesday".    This was something started to get us SAHM (stay at home mom for those of you that aren't in the IN :-P ) types out of our typical uniform of sweats and t-shirts.  I have to say, for me personally, this is also a challenge to lose that weight that is to blame for the depletion of my available clothing choices!!  So, here is my first post... this is what I am wearing today.  :-)



Can't get away with that being me can I???  Aren't they cute?  After seeing mom do the crazy thing of taking a shower and actually put on something other than a bathrobe, they decided they wanted to get dressed up too.  My sons question... "Where we goin'?"...... Boy is this a necessary challenge!!!


My 4 yr old kindly took my pictures... and Axl decided he needed to be seen too.  
Nothing special I know... but at least it's not quite work out gear right???
Capri's and top- Sears


This is what I like best about the top... It's a fun surprise.  Makes the typical post shower bun a perfectly acceptable "style" for this top!! :-)


Wow, that's flattering..... guess that's what I get for having a 4 yr old photographer right??   

OK, so since this is my "I'M GOING TO DO THIS" post, that's it for now..... tune in next week for more.....
if you dare ~ <3 L

Monday, July 25, 2011

My last year of youth

29.  That is my age as of today.  Next year I will be 30.  Most of my friends are 30.  What happened?  I swear when I went to bed yesterday I was 23.  Oh well... I choose, get that???  I CHOOSE to revel in my age.  I can pass for 21..barely.  Most people think I'm about 18.  I like that :-)  In another 10 years I will like it even more.  I'm excited to turn 30... that means I'll actually be smart about something, right?  Maybe it will mean that I'd better GET smart about something!  Only thing I don't like about my age??? Stuff doesn't go away like it used to.  Like those pesky pounds.  I used to hate my grey hair.  I'm kind of digging it now.  We'll see how long I keep up with that attitude!  Phil and I went shopping today.  Went into a store that I kind of like... trendy, but not crazy.  I decided that if I've worn in once in my life I probably shouldn't be shopping in a store that sells it as "new".

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Trying....

Okay, I'm trying to earn an Ipad for Kaitlyn.  I say "earn" and not "win" because it is just that.  I'm not in a contest, I'm just working with a jeweler who makes Autism awareness stuff.  If we sell 60 pieces for her she will give us an Ipad.  So.. how can you help us????  Purchase something!!!  There is a necklace and a keychain that retail for $20 a piece.  That's not so much is it??  For those of us that know me, you've likely heard me go on and on about how much I want to get Kaitlyn an Ipad.  I would use funding for it, but since it can be used by other members of the family, I'm not allowed.  I can use funding for all the apps I want to put on it though.  So help me!!!  Everyone needs a keychain in their life :)


The Puzzling Piece Ipad Challenge
The Ipad challenge is about enabling children with autism to reach their fullest potential with technology while raising awareness.  Sixty pieces sold puts an Ipad in the hands of a child with autism!
GIVE a gift that gives back to the kids!
Visit www.thepuzzlingpiece.com & order yours!  Please make sure to add the name of the challenger (Lydia Palinkas) when you place your order!!!







Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sometimes I wonder

I wonder a lot of things honestly.  I wonder why bakeries create cupcakes with frosting that causes my children to poop blue.  I wonder why my kids can be so fantastic at someone else's house but the second they set foot under my roof they become the monsters I know they really are.  I wonder why I hate exercise so much... though partly I can say that it's definitely more fun when there is someone doing it with you and no little kids tripping you!!!  I wonder why my NO is less effective than daddy's.  I wonder why people choose to use products and consume food that is pumping bodies full of chemicals..  More than that I wonder why we allow companies to produce such harmful things!  But my biggest wonder... one that I ponder on a daily basis.  Why do I have a blog?!?!?!?
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