Month: July 2015

Pizza Crust Mix

Pizza is something I took for granted before I was diagnosed. I didn’t love it when I was younger because of my dislike for tomato sauce and by the time I got to college I only had 2 years to truly appreciate all of its greatness.  That being said I work at a summer camp and handle delicious looking delivery pizza on a weekly basis and I am on the search of my life to buy/defrost/make from scratch the best pizza I can. My most recent pizza attempt was found at my local Fresh Thyme. Only takes a few minutes to make just mix 2 tablespoons of oil, 1 cup shredded cheese (optional), 2 eggs, and 1/4 cup  milk or water. Takes about 15 minutes to bake for a 14 inch pizza crust.  I put all of my ingredients under my cheese because that is how I prefer my pizza. This particular pizza was bacon, green peppers, white onions, fresh garlic, romano and mozzarella cheeses, and some garlic salt and ground pepper. I used Preggo Pizza Sauce. …

Busch Stadium | St. Louis

No matter if you are young and single or have a family, going to the ballpark is always fun but can be a challenge when you are trying to feed (and hydrate) a celiac or person with a gluten intolerance. I have been seeing more and more posts about awesome gluten free options at ballparks all over America so I thought I would do a little research on my ballpark, Busch Stadium, in St. Louis, Missouri. I looked online at their website and found where the stand with gluten free options was located. You can find that list here.  I have not been to a Cardinal’s game since I went gluten free so I was excited for the night. However, I am very glad that I ate before I went to the game because I would have been very hungry. I went on a journey across the stadium from my seats to the Farmer’s Market area where they claimed to have some gluten free options. The gluten free item was a small to medium sized …

Angry Orchard Strawman Farmhouse Hard Cider

I love my hard cider. I know that they are sugary and contain a ton of calories but I don’t care because they make me happy. Last Thanksgiving I had 1750 calories from Hard Cider alone and I don’t regret it one bit. Recently, I have been branching out and trying new ciders whenever I see them. I have my favorites and ones that I don’t like too much either but it is always fun for me to try something new. This week it was Angry Orchard’s Strawman Farmhouse Hard Cider. It comes from their Cider House collection that also includes Iceman and The Muse, which I cannot wait to find and try. I am no alcohol aficionado and I am not going to try to impress you with words I googled to sound like I know what I am talking about when it comes to describing alcohol so I will enlighten you with a little blurb from the Angry Orchard website about this cider: Strawman combines a distinct blend of juices from traditional culinary and …

I’m not a vegan but damn these cookies are good 

I have been trying* to ween myself off of purchasing things that are not essential to my diet and are not naturally gluten free. (*read trying but not doing too well) Except for a few exceptions like breakfast cereals and bars/chips and crackers. I am not a health nut. You will learn that quickly, but I have been trying to steer clear of eating 45 gluten free cookies a week like I did after I was first diagnosed. However, it had been a few months since I had a cookie at all and I saw these Gluten Free Chocolate Moose Dragon cookies by Liz Lovely at our local Fresh Thyme I thought I died and went to heaven. They are chocolate fudge rolled in sugar and potentially some sort of addictive drug because I could not get enough of them. I put it in the microwave for about 15 seconds and had myself a cold glass of milk alongside. My celiac-free mother even tried a bite and said she would ~consider~ going g-free for these …

Nora’s | Dogtown, St. Louis, MO

 If you’ve never been to Nora’s I need you to stop what you’re doing immediately and go now. (But not actually because they are closed this weekend and not open on Mondays) However, I do swear by this place. It may be because it’s the first place I ate out at after my diagnosis. My aunt has been a celiac for around 20 years and she took me here one afternoon to talk about my new diet and to support me through the difficult time. Or it could be because of how amazing their food is. I’m a huge fan of the hangover club, which admittedly I could use about three right about now. Yikes. If you click the picture of the menu below it will take you to their website where you can get even more information and the full menu.  If you’re wanting to try it out make sure you have plenty of time. Nora’s has indoor and outdoor seating but the place is not big and seats are limited. I’ve waited 45+ …

Welcome to my ~new~ blog.

If you know me then you would know that I had a blog during my undergraduate education after I was diagnosed. However, I would like expand the content and audience of my blog and that is where I am now. But first, let me give you a little more about myself than you can get from the “About” section. I am (almost – my birthday is August 6th) 22 years old living in the greater St. Louis area. I have a wonderful boyfriend who tries his best to understand my disease and tries even harder not to gluten me. I recently graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with my Bachelors of Social Work. I start my graduate school education August 17th at WashU STL. I will be getting my Masters in Social Work concentrating in Domestic Social and Economic Development and hopefully specializing in Policy or Management (or both). I am a book worm, space loving, silly lady with designer taste on a buried to my head in student loans budget. I enjoy binge watching TV series on …