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Mar
05
2014

A belated welcome to March!

I read blogs and I see such creativity and beauty and honesty.  That’s what I want you to see when you come here.  It used to be.  I used to have some really great things to offer.  What happened?  No, I am really asking.  What happened?  NotQuiteJuneCleaver is just sad.  Not me, NotQuiteJuneCleaver but this blog NotQuiteJuneCleaver.  Sad. Sad. Sad.  Neglected.  And I miss what it used to be.  So, change is in order I suppose.  This blog is not magic.  It cannot change itself.  It cannot write itself.  It can’t read my mind.  So I suppose it could be said that it is my fault.  I mean, if we are assigning blame.

I think my state of mind, of being is reflected in the last two years of blog posts – or the lack of blog posts.  At one time I had as many as 20K hits a week.  Unbelievable.  Well I suppose I could just say that was yesterday, this is today and close up and go home.  But I don’t want to. I want to create and share.  I want to write and share.  I want to be a part of this big old world that has been made smaller by bloggers.  We can meet for coffee and conversation without traveling across the globe.  We can make friends that we would never have had the opportunity to meet.  Sometimes we even have the opportunity to meet new found friends in person. Sometimes with mixed results.  But our lives are made richer all the same.

I miss doing interviews and bringing women I admire to you, my readers.  I miss doing contests and giveaways.  I miss doing reviews of good (and bad) movies and books.

So with all the changes my life has seen in the past two years, NotQuiteJuneCleaver got left behind.  I feel really bad about that.  Honest and truly.  So…here we go again – I hope you will continue to check in, subscribe to my blog, comment when you can and I hope to bring lovely things to you again and again and again.

HAPPY MARCH! This month will bring great changes to my life.  A move to the city.  WOW.  I still can’t believe that.  ”Tis true.  The movers will be here on the 20th.  Lots and LOTS of things to do before then.  Lots of giveaways will result.  March will be a very busy time for me so I am going to approach a few old friends to see if they would guess blog for me to not only bring lovely things to you but to help me get back in the groove.

Much peace and love to you all and thanks for stopping by.

Mar
02
2014

Bright Lights Big City!

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Last post I told you changes were brewing.  I wasn’t kidding.  And how!  We are moving our happy selves to the city! Yep! That is happening.  Over the next 6 weeks or so we will be embarking on a huge adventure.

We have lived in this little country cottage for over 17 years.  And Jerry and I have lived in the country for well over 30 years.  So there are going to be adjustments but you know, it’s just time.  With my ongoing health issues and his travels for work, it just makes sense.  The time is right.  And the majority of our family lives in the area we are moving to.  I am going to give you a little tour now of our new digs.  There will be more on all the particulars later but for now I wanted to share with you this most exciting news.

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Okay, there you go – a few pictures. I WILL be back, I promise.  Likely with some CRAZY give aways!  It is past time for me to pare down my collections.  Aprons, cookbooks, etc etc.  So I hope you will stay tuned.  Subscribe to my blog feed and you won’t miss a thing!

Feb
03
2014

The Winds of Change

Well as some of you know I have become one of those bloggers. The kind where you come here and the post you see is at least two months old.  Shame on me!  But an apology would seem pretty ridiculous now.

Many of you already know a couple of years ago when I found myself still sick after doing all the things my allergist said to do, a gluten test was the next step. Well lo and behold…go tell it on the mountain!  I was gluten sensitive.  Who knew?  It’s a pain in the butt and initially I gained weight because I bought and ate EVERY SINGLE gluten free cookie, muffin, bread, baked good I could get my hands on.  I wanted to try them all.  I wanted my days as a foodie not to end in a battle with gluten.  I have learned a lot since then.  A. Lot.

But the battle broke my blogging spirit.  I couldn’t feel sorry for myself, gorge myself on processed gluten free baked goods and find the energy and “want” to write for my blog.  I don’t know if I am back there as of yet.  BUT after my plunge into the gluten free world, my daughter found her psoriasis was tremendously better when she removed gluten from her diet.  So there you have it…I had a real reason to learn more, develop and change recipes to suit not just me.  Honestly, it is just too hard to cook another whole meal for one person.  But give me a kid of mine needing a special diet and that is a different story.  OF course I can cook two meals at once. Absolutely.

As I am embarking on this new journey. I am compiling and reworking all our favorite recipes to be gluten and allergy free.  Sound like fun? Naw.  Not to me either. Sounds a lot like work.  But it is necessary and useful and someone out there who finds my blog may actually be able to use some of my findings.

Many of my recipes will be vegetarian as well since I am sensitive/allergic to many meats. Yep, you can be allergic in a dangerous way to meat.  Crazy?  Yep.  I think so too.  But it is so.  And as of late have felt really compelled to cut out all meat. I know, I know, I sound a bit like a bandwagon jumper on-er.  But that really isn’t the case.  I am trying to get well. There won’t be recipes with “meat substitutes” made from soy products because even if I weren’t deathly allergic to soy, I have many other reasons why I wouldn’t eat it.  If you are interested, just google “soy dangers”. You will find stuff on both sides of the argument so you can draw your own conclusions.  But even if I didn’t have my reasons for not eating it and even if it wouldn’t kill me, in my opinion,  it looks and tastes disgusting.

The blog may continue to be boring for a while but I am going to do my best to get back to writing some, sharing some and making things fun around here again.

So NotQuiteJuneCleaver is going GLUTEN FREE. All my old GLUTEN FULL recipes will be archived and available.  Eventually.  Catching up takes way more time that just hitting delete and starting over!

I am going to leave you with a list of my food allergies so you will sort of know what to expect.  And I am  going to try to prove to all of us that it is possible to eat well, make food that tastes great and not kill yourself in the process.  We’ll see how it goes.

How does this happen that a person becomes allergic to so much? My body hates me.  That is my only explanation.  Be prepared to be wowed.


Things that should never pass my lips, in no particular order:

GLUTEN – absolutely NO gluten Period.  The End. Forever.  And Ever. Which makes the listing of grains redundant but I will add them to the list anyway.

  • whole wheat
  • buckwheat
  • rye
  • barley
  • peanuts
  • watermelon
  • soy
  • almonds
  • shellfish
  • cantaloupe (one of the things I miss the most)
  • beef

Things that should be avoided or not combined with other foods that are on the list so as not to pile it all together and cause a reaction.(vegetables on this list are less likely to cause a problem if cooked/nuts – I try to never eat them)

  • green peas
  • lemon
  • orange
  • grapefruit
  • coconut
  • white potatoes
  • tomatoes – fresh
  • sesame seed
  • walnuts
  • hazelnuts
  • celery
  • cottonseed (Crisco)
  • mushrooms
  • yellow squash

And I can have these things but must I watch for reactions – sometimes the first reaction is my ears and face get really red and feel hot – fun fun fun:

  • corn
  • oats (can have gluten free oats – oats processed in a gluten free facility)
  • chicken
  • strawberries (I have noticed a real reaction to these lately)
  • peaches
  • sweet potatoes
  • tomatoes cooked
  • green beans
  • onion
  • garlic
  • cashews
  • sunflower seeds
  • seedless grapes
  • mustard
  • lettuce
  • rice
  • cow milk
  • eggs
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • cabbage

How am I still so round you ask??? I can have all the chocolate my heart desires! And I can also gorge myself on tuna (I hate tuna), pork, apricot, pear, raspberries,  apple, pineapple, black pepper, vanilla, baker’s yeast (if I can find a grain I can eat), coffee (YAY), cinnamon, pecan, turkey (I don’t care for turkey), lamb (not a big fan but a good fresh lamb chop is okay – just okay), avocado, oysters, plums and olives. And by carefully reading labels tons of gluten free baked items.

AND – big news – my thyroid has turned it’s back on me now.  Could explain some of the weigh but not all of it I am quite sure. Oh yeah, and I was spayed a few years back and that certainly hasn’t helped matters.  Add to ALL of that fibromyalgia and RA and that is a cocktail of obstacles to weight loss that is hard to swallow.


For someone who loves food as much as I do, it is very difficult not to eat whatever I want that won’t actually kill me. But I always pay and swear I will never eat it again – just ask my kids! It’s a sort of joke…”There she goes. Watch, in 30 minutes she will swear she will never eat that again.” LOL


Okay, enough about me – I have to get busy.  I promise you though, with all my might, I will try to make this a fun place to visit again and again and again.  Just give me a little time to get it together.  Keeping it together may be a bigger task but I will do my best.


Namaste!

Susan

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