Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter 2013


Happy Easter 2013! 

I never pass up a chance to celebrate with brightly colored decorations and candy. This year we opted out of the mayhem of an egg hunt at the resort for an hunt in our apartment. The colorful plastic eggs filled with jelly beans and starbursts found their way into every corner around midnight for  the morning hunt.

The golden egg contained an Easter Jackpot coupon for an Easter Bunny and a building set called Plus Plus from Gift Hero. The gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate bunny made by Indie Candy was from G-Free NYC.

When the kids had had enough candy, they turned the starbursts and jelly beans into an art project creating these miniature candy baskets. 









Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Amaranth Cereal with Berries and Coconut


Amaranth is a great alternative to eating oatmeal everyday. This ancient grain was a dietary staple for the Aztecs. The small seeds contain more protein than any other gluten free grain and they are an excellent source of calcium and magnesium. Amaranth can be sticky, so I like to mix in nuts, dried fruit, berries and coconut as well as almond milk.

To cook amaranth, combine 1 cup amaranth seeds with 3 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.

Serve warm with pecans, blueberries, goji berries and dried coconut. 

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Friday, March 15, 2013

The City Sparkles

 
The city sparkles at night. I am usually doing dishes...or putting them away. Tonight I made Irish Soda Bread and Lemon Cornmeal Scones for a second grade St. Patrick's Day celebration. It is 12:26 am--way past my 10:30 bedtime. Unfortunately, my oven temperature was completely off and my dishwasher had no power and a puddle of stagnant water in the bottom which made baking and cleaning up slightly challenging. I did remember that Rebecca Reilly, who teaches a gluten free bread baking class at the Natural Gourmet said that bread had to bake to an internal temperature of 200 degrees. That was a big help since my 375 degree oven was 425 at one point and 300 a few minutes later. It is nice to be done. Ready for tomorrow. Ready for the the dishwasher repairman to come.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Yesterday was Rare Disease Day 2013--a way to raise awareness for the many rare diseases that most people have never heard of  unless they know someone who has been affected. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is one of those diseases. It is a heartbreaking diagnosis because there is no cure for Duchenne which affects 1 in 3,500 boys.  According to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, 
"Duchenne results in progressive loss of strength and is caused by a mutation in the gene that encodes for dystrophin. Because dystrophin is absent, the muscle cells are easily damaged. The progressive muscle weakness leads to serious medical problems, particularly issues relating to the heart and lungs. Young men with Duchenne typically live into their late twenties."
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy has created a film which gives an overview of Duchenne which is on youtube...


To learn more about the symptoms of Duchenne visit here. To make donations to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy visit PPMD.