June 04, 2022

I'm Thankful for Grocery Stores that Carry These Food Brands

I've been busy. My kitchen and recipe box have been turned upside down. Last fall, I had several GI tests and consequently, I'm following 4 medical diets. A YouTube friend,  Possum Patty, calls it the Freedom Diet - dairy-free, fructan-free, soy-free, sugar-free, etc. 

Who in their right mind asks to have lactose and fructose malabsorption, GERD/gastritis, or gastroparesis? Not me. They came as a complete surprise. But I decided that the best thing about these overwhelming diets, are the abundance of products out there now for people with food intolerances and allergies. Food brand companies and grocery stores are finally getting it! You make or stock, I buy! 

So, while I have to make a few recipes at home from scratch with my new-to-me Kitchen aid stand mixer and oven, I felt like I needed to write down the food brands I've been enjoying. Told hubby that if it doesn't taste good, do you think I would be eating it? Nope! So this list is one that will be a post in progress as I try more brands and hope it will help someone else out there who is as clueless as I was in the beginning about what to look for. 

One piece of advice: READ THE INGREDIENTS! When you go shopping, you will need to read the ingredient list of EVERY product before you put it into your grocery cart until you establish your brands. What may be right for me, may not be right for your tummy and we learned, for instance, that even if it says GLUTEN-FREE on the package, it may be made with an ingredient that my body can't tolerate now such as chick-peas or nuts.

  1. A & W Sugar-free Root beer Drink Mixes
  2. Annie's Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese
  3. Bob's Red Mill (gluten-free grains)
  4. Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free Bread
  5. Rice or Corn Chex Cereal 
  6. Crazy Richard's sugar-free peanut butter
  7. Crunchmaster Chips
  8. Earth Balance Soy-free Margarine (red carton)
  9. ekSel Toaster Bags
  10. Enjoy Life Allergy-Free Cookies (recent recall -7-2022 )
  11. Fair-life Lactose Free Milk & Milk Products
  12. Frito-Lay Corn Chips
  13. Fody Foods (low-fodmap)
  14. Gimbal's Scottie Dogs Licorice (Peanut-free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, Kosher Pareve & No High Fructose Corn Syrup)
  15. Goodie Girl  Gluten-Free Cookies
  16. JOY Gluten Free Ice Cream Sugar Cones
  17. Katz Gluten Free Foods (Donuts, Yum!) 
  18. King Arthur Gluten-Free Flour
  19. Lilly's Stevia Sweetened chips and candy
  20. Modern Mountain Flour Company
  21. Pamela's Gluten-Free Graham Crackers
  22. Pillsbury Gluten-Free Cake Mixes
  23. Polaner Sugar-free All-Fruit Spreads
  24. Popcorners Popped-Corn Snack (Sweet & Salty Kettle corn - red package)
  25. Pukka Herbal Teas 
  26. Schar Gluten-Free Breads
  27. Silk Coconut Milk. 
  28. Stevia In The Raw (sugar-free sweetener)
  29. So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut milk yogurt & ice cream. 
  30. Sugar-free gelatin and pudding. 
  31. Tate's Bake Shop Gluten-Free Coconut Crisp Cookies (white package)
  32. TERRA Real Vegetable Chips

March 05, 2022

What Can I Give Him? I Can Give Him My Heart.


Video: YouTube

CARD: Queen


Completed therapy. Had 2 cataract surgeries and 2 endoscopies. Also had 2 Covid vaccines in July. And my 3rd one a month ago. Also, a CT scan, a flu shot, a mammogram, a shingles vaccine, two diets, and an ultrasound. 

Completed Teesha Moore's free art journaling classes on YouTube. 


Creating Joy with Art - podcast interview on YouTube with Kelli May Krenz. 

"People buy your joy! If you are happy, if you put your true self into something and it makes you feel good, it's going to make others feel good too." (Kelli May Krentz). 


Psalm 119:48 = I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees. 

Psalm 119:78 = May the arrogant be put to shame from wronging me without cause; but I will meditate your precepts. 

Psalm 119:97 = Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long!

Psalm 119:99 = I have more insight than all my teachers for I meditate on your statutes. 

Jeremiah 29:4-7 = Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you...Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers you too will prosper. 


"Out of these two only one can win, either you or your fear." (Muniba Mazari)

"You only have one trip: you might as well enjoy it." (Iris Apfel)

"Hang on to your good memories, for remembering brings healing." (Rev. Steve Weldon, Pastor of Hope Community Church, Andover, KS)

Bloom Where You Are Planted! 


I joined a #swapandglue with a YouTube friend named Linda Dee, so I've completed two art journaled collaged pages from the papers she has sent me. She's done her pages via video with the papers I've sent her, so I have been working on completing my part, however, I've had to put my thinking cap on, for One Drive is holding my computer hostage because it says I must buy more storage space. Since this isn't something I can control, I've tried the change the things I can, which is to make a shorter video and show what I have completed. The art journaled pages have these sayings. I also finished a Dolly page as well. 


I make every day count. No room for boring. 

This quote also came from Linda's junk mail: "Christmas joy flows both ways when you share a gift with a child in need." 

Dolly - Be a pineapple: Stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside! She is also wearing a medallion that says: How sweet it is! with the image of a pineapple. I found the sticker at the Dollar Tree. Her dress is a Pineapple can label and arms and legs from a woman's clothing catalog. 


My Oklahoma grandmother taught me to crochet, then my Kansas grandmother showed me Christmas cards framed in crochet, so I learned how to make them. I have the pattern on my craft blog (click here). 

My Kansas grandmother's middle name was Esther and my Oklahoma grandmother's middle name was Hester. Neither one liked their middle names. When I was pregnant with our son, I would tease them and tell them I was going to name my girl after them -- Esther Hester or Hester Esther. They were horrified that I would do that to their great-granddaughter. And then with a twinkle in my eye, I would tell them that I would be honoring them by naming my daughter after them. 

My husband's grandmother showed me how to par-boil bitter vegetables to get the bitter out. Take turnips for instance. She cut the stem and root ends off, peeled and sliced them, and placed them in a saucepan with water covering them.  She said to par-boil them in water for about 10 minutes and then drain them, and all the bitter would go down the sink with the water. Then she covered them with water again, boiled them until fork soft, added a chunk of butter to the water and removed them from the fire. They were good at special dinners such as Christmas. 


What Can I Give Him?
By Christina G. Rosetti.

What can I give him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wise man
I would do my part;
But what can I give him?
Give my heart.