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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.

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Happy Day

Caroline

acrylic markers · acrylic painting · art · art journal · art studio · art therapy

It’s been awhile

It’s been awhile. Where have I been? Not in the studio, sadly.

There were things to be taken care of that was not a pleasure to deal with.

BUT…

This week the focus is painting, crafts and anything creative.

This morning, I walked my dog, did yoga, and started painting.

I’ll be starting work soon. I’m working from home today. I really need to make that a permanent position.

Here’s what I’ve been doing this morning..

More to come…

Happy Day

Caroline

Etsy store is open:

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acrylic painting · art · art journal · art studio · art therapy · rock art · Uncategorized

Painting Rocks

This morning, I decided to paint rocks. This is something I like seeing other people do, but I never really had an interest until now. Why?

Well, long story but I needed to find something to get the negative energy out of my home and around my home. I have not felt safe because like some neighborhoods, there are people who are hateful.

I asked someone what can get rid of negative, she said the evil eye. Instead of buying something, I decided to paint these rocks I found.

Painted rock:

Need rocks, clean them, prime them and put a protective coat on it for outdoor ones, acrylic paint.

Outside looking in:

Evil eye: here’s what I found about it.

The evil eye brings bad luck to the person it is directed to for reasons of envy or dislike. It’s usually in blue and green colors for spiritual protection.

Happy Day

Caroline

acrylic markers · acrylic painting · art · art journal · art studio · art therapy · book · painting

The Creative Formula

It has been awhile since I posted about The Creative Cure, by Jacob Nordby. (it’s been a long few weeks, no time to read) I have included chapter 7 and chapter 8 in this post.

Chapter 7 he writes about the creative formula. It was enlightening to read and brought me to a place of “Wow, this is just what I need.”

Here is a review:

Imagination +feelings/intuition +story=action/results

pick something you want to do, Here is my creative formula: “what would I love to create?”

being an artist who sells art:

imagination: going into the art studio. I can smell the turpentine, paint and hear the brushes on the canvas.

Feelings/intuition: excitement, overjoyed, “in my element”

story: If I make more time to be in the studio, then I can creative more art and can be creative daily.

Actions/results: Finished canvases, more to paint and enjoying the outcome of how my life can change.

Why do we need a creative formula? Because it helps with our dreams. It helps with a plan to make dreams be part of our life (steps to make it happen. And it can help us when we are stuck. it can provide a way to see how we might be sabotaging our dreams.

He explains with this formula, the progress and reality of the dreams happening the action, the resources and people to help and strategies will appear. All because you kept focus on the creative process.

He includes a personal discovery assessment in the book. He writes that writing in a journal daily along with meditation and relaxation and the personal discovery assessment can increase clarity to bring your dreams into reality.

Chapter 8 is a review and recap of the book. It reminds us of what we read about what if…?, socialization, the creative formula and living the life that is nature to you.

I will be taking time to do the personal discovery assessment on my own.

This book was insightful and I can see myself going through it again, taking time to do the exercises and continuing to write daily in a journal.

If you ever find yourself unsure of your creativity and intuition, read this book.

Happy Day

Caroline

More art has been posted to Etsy:

Shop link:

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baking · cooking · dairy free · gluten free · gluten free muffins · soy free · Uncategorized

I Did It!

Six months ago, I seeked help with my digestive issues and physical health from an acupuncturist. It was life changing.

I have been gluten free dairy free and soy free for 6 months. Looking back, there was a feeling of dread if this way of eating would be worth it.

The cabinets and refrigerator was cleared out. Food donated to the church and off to grocery store to find “food”

Today, there are times I have challenges shopping. For the most part my list is about the same. Lettuce, green onions, fruits, fruits and fruits, vegetables, vegetables and vegetables. Some gluten free chips and cookies. And chicken and fish. No dairy.

What do I miss the most. The convenience of eating anything without thinking much about what is in it.

What am I craving now? Lasagna. I have not even attempted to eat or make it.

It was worth it. The progress I’m making in my life again is an amazing feeling.

Here’s what I made today:

Gluten free dairy free blueberry muffins

  • 1 3/4 cups measure-to-measure king Arthur gluten free flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 3/4 cup blueberries

Mix flour sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center.

In another bowl combine egg, milk and oil. Add egg mixture to flour mixture.

Bake 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes

Tonight’s dinner is a chicken burger with salad and pineapple.

  • 2lbs ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • pepper
  • 6 slices pineapple.

Mix all ingredients besides pineapple. Form into patties. I use a cast iron grill pan, cook until brown.

Add pineapple on top of burger and serve with a salad.

Happy Day

Caroline

art · art journal · art studio · art therapy · knitting

Chevron Seed Stitch

A simple short post about the next knitting stitch…

Chevron seed stitch- it’s very easy good for a beginner

Multiples of 8 (cast on 32 for a scarf)

Row 1- P1, K3, P1,K3

Row 2- K1, P5, K1, P1

Row 3- K2, P1, K3, P1, K1

Row 4-P2, K1, P1, K1, P3

Repeat until the end. Then cast off.

This is going to be a scarf. If I run out of yarn I can easily make a headband. Time will tell.

See more of my art on: Etsy shop- 4pawsartstudio

Happy Day

Caroline

art · art journal · art studio · art therapy · meditation · yoga

A Day of Rest

Today is my day off of work. I’m in need of a little rest. Unfortunately, the late afternoon I will need to go to the store. Have to look for sheds and a tree to plant.

Morning, I take my time getting up. Feed the cats and dog. Take the dog for a little walk. Have my hot tea with Goji berries in it (helps immune system and fights inflammation). Sometimes a few knitting stitches might get done. Sometimes I’ll lay down again.

Then off to my studio where I have my yoga mat. Usually a 15 minute yoga practice for the morning is my choice. Just enough to wake my body up.

After a walk with my dog, I’ll make a smoothie.

This morning a fruit smoothie sounded delicious.

When I buy fresh fruits, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and bananas, sometimes I’ll put them in the freezer to save before they spoil.

(bananas need to be cut in small slices, set on a cookie sheet and put in freezer for a few hours or overnight. Then transfer to a freezer bag.)

Fruit smoothie

  • 2/3 cup of frozen berries
  • 1 whole banana
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • 1/2 cup or more pineapple juice

Put all in the blender. Pour in a glass. Enjoy.

Today is the start of me using a water bottle with times on it. It helps to remember to drink water throughout the day and ensures you get the amount you need.

I have Edema in my legs. The swelling and inflammation is causing it. The blood tests do not show it’s from other organs complicating anything. Unfortunately I hold onto water fluid especially in the summer. But it’s the entire year I have this. I wear compression socks in the fall and winter. But it’s too hot in the spring and summer to wear them. Part of the problem with Edema is water fluid is from actually not having enough water, so the body holds onto it. (Unless you have congested heart disease etc) please I’m not a doctor so follow what your doctor’s recommends.

Here’s my water bottle.

I spent some time in the studio this morning. All the 8″x8″ canvases has the first coat of paint on it.

It’s lunch time… I’m not very hungry. Lunch will consist of rice cakes-salt free, peanut butter, banana , and water

I ended up with a headache. Could be a sign of a storm coming.

I’m now on the sofa, going to take a nap. And do some knitting for the remainder of the day.

I took out frozen gluten free barbeque chicken I made a few weeks ago…that will be dinner with a salad.

Just never know when chronic illness and rheumatoid arthritis changes things on you.

Happy Day

Caroline

art · art journal · art studio · art therapy · book

More on The Creative Cure

“…ask yourself what you can do to get creative with your creativity.” Pg 131

Chapter 6 has some great thoughts about creating a space to be creative.

  • Space-what is your space like? friendly? Declutter needed? Music? Lighting? Color of room, books, artwork, plants, rugs etc
  • Time– time of day, “honor this time as scared and let those around you know that you won’t be available.”
  • Ritual-“…transform ordinary moments into focused, sacred time that builds meaning and honors the inner creative self.” Mark beginning and end of your creative time. (List of ideas are included on page 140)

He wrote about forming a creative group which would be a support for each other, allow time to be creative together, trade ideas, help each other and be accountable for the creative work.

On page 134, Jacob Nordby shares an exercise, that includes a few good questions.

  • What creative practice would bring more joy into your life? There’s a list on page 128-129 that is helpful to answer this question.

My answer: sewing and textile art, knitting and crochet, painting, growing a small business

  • What is the smallest habit that could bring me toward this practice?

My answer: Experiment with painting techniques, find new knitting stitches to learn, learn more about weaving and start gathering supplies to make a quilt and/or dolls.

This was my favorite topic to read in this book. Very helpful.

Two more chapters to read, more posts to come about this book.

Happy Day

Caroline