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Gluten Free Spaghetti with Veggies

This is a gluten free and dairy free spaghetti dish. Great for lunch and dinner.

Ingredients

  • Gluten free spaghetti
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Nutritional yeast

Boil water and cook spaghetti until it is to your liking. While it is boiling saute the mushrooms and garlic. Add tomatoes until the skin peels off. Set aside and pour olive oil in another pan and saute the spinach.

When spaghetti it done. Mix all ingredients together and add some nutritional yeast.

Place basil on top as a decoration.

Serve with a salad and gluten free bread.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Gluten Free Lunch and Dinner Ideas

Lunch

Eating gluten free and dairy free has helped me to be more inventive with my meal ideas.

Today I made a plate of cucumbers, tomato cut in wedges, guacamole and gluten free crackers. With hot tea. Then I had a few gluten free Oreos.

Dinner

The new Dutch oven was used, along with the new pans. They cooked this meal wonderfully.

Make rice. Then cut in slices zucchini and yellow squash and cut red onion in thin sliced. Saute with salt and pepper. Then add the mushrooms.

Then cook the shrimp. I used frozen cooked shrimp. I put cold water on the shrimp before it was heated up. I put butter in the pan. Then later I added coconut aminos for added flavor.

I put a sliced avocado on the side along with watermelon and cantaloupe.

Happy Day

Caroline

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30 Drawings of Mandalas

Drawing Challenge

This challenge is to doodle 30 mandalas. Why, you ask? Just for fun, and to get myself focused on art and creativity again.

I am working out of a hardback sketch book, 8″ x 11″ using a black pen and crayons, color pencils or gel pens. This is something I can do before I go to sleep. Resting my legs under my weighted blanket after a long day. With my work schedule, taking care of my pets and resting my body, I won’t be able to finish these in 30 days. The outcome will be having 30 doodle mandalas.

I started drawing this evening. Here is my rheumatoid arthritis hand. Swollen, puffy and joints are in pain from all the drawing.

The completed drawing will be posted later…

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · dairy free · rheumatoid arthritis · simple life

Blueberry Muffins

This is the first time using this mix. Very easy to make, with eggs, milk (I used almond milk) and oil. It suggests add-ons and gives the amount. I used blueberries since I had more than enough in my refrigerator.

I recommend to use this mix. It is simple and easy for anyone needing gluten free and dairy free products. But it is also simple for those with autoimmune and chronic pain to make. The time standing in the kitchen is only a few minutes.

Blueberry muffins were fabulous. The texture of the mix reminds me of using all-purpose flour. This mix is gluten free and it has a sweetness to the mix. Definitely will buy this mix again!

Happy Day

Caroline

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A Review of Meals this Week

My diet consists of gluten free and dairy free and soy free. I have an autoimmune illness, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

On Monday, tuna, chicken BBQ and chicken burgers were prepared. Rice and roasted vegetables were also prepared.

An order from Whole Foods Market was made. They have the best gluten free and dairy free products, that I can not find anywhere else. Plus they deliver, so it’s easier to order there as my work schedule can be difficult to get to a grocery store.

I did not have a dessert every night. I finished the cinnamon muffins last night. The gluten free homemade biscuits were starting to loose it’s freshness so I had to toss those.

A spinach smoothie was made for Breakfast, along with eggs, avocado on toast and left over veggies were warmed up.

The refrigerator is now empty of this week’s meals.

This evening, I’ll make dinner. It will be a salad and a baked potato.

Tomorrow I work, so I have the chicken soup and tuna thawing. I will make those for dinner when I get home from a long day at work.

I’ll have to eat the grapes today for a snack. I also got out of the freezer the gluten free brownies I made the other day. And today I’m going to make blueberry muffins. Blueberry muffins will be my breakfast for tomorrow along with fruit. I’ll post the gluten free blueberry muffins.

Meals

Happy Day

Caroline

art studio · art therapy · autoimmune · etsy · gluten free · rheumatoid arthritis

Where am I? What am I drinking?

If you have been following this blog, you would know I have had some intense times living in my townhouse community.

I was ready to move 2 weeks ago, then it hit me, the financial issue of another 30 year loan as I am wanting to quit counseling in the near future. So I decided to stay at my house and update the bathroom and kitchen.

Those hostile neighbors need to just get over it.

Anyway, the tension, fatigue, uneaseness about life caused a huge amount of swelling from rheumatoid arthritis. But my eating habits have been anything less desired.

When I first found out I had a gluten intolerance and dairy and soy intolerance, my diet change over night. Seriously, over night.

I was told to drink bone broth daily. And eat anti-inflammatory foods.

You know where I’m going…

The stress of being on the HOA board and my job got to my mental health…I wasn’t eating healthy. I was just eating.

I went to the kitchen tonight and got bone broth out, warmed it and poured it in a cup. As I write this blog, I am sipping it. It’s really not that bad it’s kind of tasty.

Afterwards I’m going to have some watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew with water. My acupuncturist who I haven’t seen in a several months, told me to eat foods that release water retention.

This evening I have been knitting the shawl which is really an oversized scarf.

Tomorrow my plan is to drink bone broth in the morning as I did in the past. It filled me up in the morning where I was not hungry. I will then bring green tea to work.

If I snack I’m going to be bringing one of my gluten-free snacks or dried fruits with me to work. And since I might not be able to get lunch tomorrow as my car will finally get work done I will have a salad with vegetables and fruit for late lunch/dinner.

I think being back on this diet with bone broth everyday will help decrease the swelling from the rheumatoid arthritis. It will help the swelling from edema and it most likely will help me not feel so tired. Lately the chronic fatigue has been the worst since I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance dairy intolerance and soy intolerance.

It has been proven by scientists and medical providers that stress causes autoimmune to flare. I have no doubt about the proof of that as I live with it daily. I am hoping getting back on track with my diet and lifestyle change will put me in a better mood and help me lose the water retention.

And then maybe I will feel ready to get back into making more art and doing yoga daily. I want to feel happy about my life.

Happy day

Caroline

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Sunday Painting

I have not been posting for awhile. Simply because I needed a break. Most of my free time has been cross stitching. My goal is to finish Derby by February.

Also my hours at work has increased slightly as new clients are calling. I have a goal to pay off some bills this early part of the year. I will need to consider buying a car later next year.

With that being said, I decided to not move. It saddens me but I need to focus on my long term goal. The long term goal is to not work as a counselor in my 60’s, and find other work to do. Or to work from home full time in 5 years. If I got another 30 year loan, then I would have no choice but work more hours and for a longer time.

Therefore, I am staying at my townhouse. And plan on finishing updating the bathroom and kitchen.

Since it is getting colder out the neighbors have stayed inside. I’m looking forward to the cold months ahead because there’s less chance my neighbors will harass me. (I am being harassed because I’m on the HOA board) trust me we made positive changes, gave owners more freedom. Someone people are just mean and hateful and don’t want others to have freedom and happiness.

Sunday, I finished a column on Derby early. I decided to close up the house early and found my way to a canvas. Afterwards I did yoga, read the Bible and read some paragraphs about chakras. Then I went to bed at 8:30! I have been exhausted and really need the sleep. I hope this extra sleep will decrease the inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis.

Here’s the beginning of the painting. I believe it will change drastically. It might not even look like this next time you see the update.

I have items on Etsy shop. Paintings and knit headbands and scarfs that’s great for the winter.

Below some examples of what’s in my Etsy shop.

Etsy shop: Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · etsy · rheumatoid arthritis

Gluten free chicken meatballs

Something new to post A new recipe at 4pawsartstudio….

Since I began the gluten free, dairy free, and soy free lifestyle it’s been slightly challenging to make some changes.

For instance, dairy free sour cream yuck, but Kite Hill is the best one.

Dairy free cream cheese, I’m still looking.

Bread? Everyone on gluten free diet knows bread is irreplaceable. Canyon is the best and can be found at target and whole foods. But there’s others that can be bought through their website which I have not tried. But heard they have less sugar and more healthier and actually tastes like bread.

Back to the gluten free, dairy free chicken meatballs..

I used a recipe from Pinterest and converted it to gluten free and dairy free products.

Here’s the recipe

1 pound ground chicken-or turkey

1 egg

1/2 cup gluten free breadcrumbs

1/2 cup dairy free parmesan

2 tablestoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

black pepper

additional seasoning-Italian seasoning

combine all ingredients and mix together. Roll into small balls. I made this in a crockpot. Put the setting on high, spray crockpot with olive oil, add dairy free butter to the bottom of the pan-a few small slices, add about 1 tablespoon of water to the crockpot before placing the meatballs in it. Cook for about 3 hours. stir halfway through to prevent from burning and sticking, may need to add additional water to the crockpot.

I made a salad with these meatballs. I do not care for gluten free pasta. Having an Autoimmune illness, Rheumatoid Arthritis, I need to eat mostly anything that will help flush out the fluid my body retains.

Salad recipe:

green leaf lettuce

mixed salad greens

dandelion

green onion

apple cut in cubes

lemon salad dressing

mix together and enjoy

Reminder: 4pawsartstudio has art and knitting products for sale on Etsy.

https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

Happy Day

Caroline