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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.





Simply Saturday

I wish. But this is moving day for Hannah. When Jerry and Ben get up we will head out to the storage buildings and get all of Hannah’s things – or at least what will fit in the Jeep and Tundra. There may have to be a couple of other trips made later on.

After three doctor trips yesterday, one which involved the taking of a biopsy from the back of Ben’s scalp we headed out to Natchitoches to eat an amazing supper with Rachel, her boyfriend, her roomie Katy, and our oldest daughter Jessica and her husband. Rachel put a roast in the crock-pot before she left for classes yesterday morning so it had been cooking all day. I have to say, and this is not just a proud mama talking, it was better than any roast I have cooked and I thought I had that down pat. She had put carrots in with it and then as another side, made stewed new potatoes. Amazing. Delicious – all of it. It was the first time we had seen her new townhouse and it is adorable. It looks just like where two artists live. Artwork everywhere and Katie’s parents provided a great amount of furniture and housewares. Katy collects mushroom things and the kitchen was so cute with all the mushroom mugs and things. Though they have only been moved in a little while, it was already very homey and comfortable. They even had a wreath on the door 🙂 I wish I had thought to take pictures.  Oh well, next time.

You be watching and waiting for a post of extraordinary length when I find something Rachel CAN’T do. I am going to write ALL about it! 😉 She is pretty freakin’ amazing. She paints, draws, and is a crazy-good photographer. And her writings – whoa – what??? Insanely good. I don’t know how a person does all the things she does, does them so well and doesn’t just burst at the seams with talent. You can teach people things and teach them to do them well, but then there are those people who are just naturally good at things and it all just comes so easy to them. Things other people work so hard to be mediocre at. Like baking. This is a cake she baked and decorated at 17 with no cake classes, no baking classes – nada. Just went for it. “Sure, I can do that.” And she did.


I don’t know a lot of 21 year old college students who could throw together a meal like she did last night after going to class – well maybe culinary students but you know what I mean.  I don’t know a lot of them that would want to, to be fair.  It really wouldn’t surprise me if she eventually went to culinary school.  I know she can’t see that ever happening, she’s in her Senior year and just wants to get this degree behind her and get out there and make a living doing her thing.  And she will.  You remember her name because one day you will see her art hanging in some amazing places.  It may be paintings.  It may be illustrations.  It may be photography.  But you will see it.  Maybe all of those things.  AND one day you will read something that blows your mind, and it will be hers.  One of her uncles (RIP) said once when she was maybe 4 or 5, after watching her draw, “Rachel is going to be famous one day.” Yep, wouldn’t be a bit surprised.  AND not only all that, she’s stunning.

427092_3288769822132_1570922000_nI stole this picture off her facebook page, so if I owe someone credit, let me know. I will make amends.

Easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

And like her sisters,  Rachel is a wonderful daughter, sister, aunt, friend…human being. I know I get long winded about my children but they are my life, this blog is about my life so thus this blog will, from time to time, be about their adventures.

So as soon as we can get motivated we are up and out of here for another busy, BUSY day.  And of course we have to get our stuff done and get back because LSU plays at 8 tonight.  Can’t miss that 🙂  I really don’t watch football, college or otherwise but Jerry likes it.  You all have a good weekend.

Love and Peace to you all.



Happy National Cookie Day! Cookbook Project Announcement!


If you will all send me your favorite cookie recipe with a photo if possible, I will put them altogether into a cookie book via PDF file and upload it so you can all have a copy.  Won’t this be fun!?  Come on let’s all make it happen.  So many times we get pumped about something and don’t finish it! Like where in the world is the round robin letter??? Or photos for November??? Not a one! Come on peeps help me out here! Send your recipe and photo to notquitejunecleaveratgmaildotcom. Of course you know to replace the at with a @ and the dot with a .

HEY I HAVE A GREAT IDEA! I tell you what, I will make this super easy.  December’s photo theme is COOKIES!  So send a recipe WITH a photo and you have killed to birds with one stone!  I will pick a winner from the cookie photos sent in! Can it be any easier?  Play along here…I need some inspiration! And let me bait you a bit more.  There will be a prize other than a very cool cookie book from Not Quite June Cleaver & Friends and a $20 Snapfish gift certificate.  I will throw in a one of a kind Not Quite June Cleaver Apron, handmade by yours truly.

The deadline is the same as the photo contest – last day of the month.  I will begin working on the cookie booklet as soon as the entries start arriving.  Then the first week of January I will announce the winner and finish up the booklet and and upload the pdf file so you can all have a copy!

Okay, there you have it! Let’s kick of December the right way!  Join the fun!  Have a great weekend.

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