I want to apologize for my lack of posts. To be honest, 2013 threw me a curve-ball. After months of health problems and medical tests, I was encouraged by a specialist to see a naturopath. Under his care, I finally learned there were a whole slew of foods causing me issues.
For the most part, I think I have done a pretty good job at taking this well. Although, I will say this, if you have family or loved ones you frequently invite into your home for meals that have food allergies or sensitivities I strongly encourage you to take the time to provide a couple of things they can eat so they feel included. (There is nothing like watching everyone around you sating their hunger on the appetizers you cannot eat while your stomach is growling and you are praying the main course will soon be ready so you can eat the meal you prepared and brought along for yourself...)
I have missed the Daring Cooks and Daring Bakers Challenges. At the moment, I am focusing on finding healthy meals that exclude all dairy, gluten, eggs, oats, rice, bakers yeast, beef, pork, honey, sugar, artificial sweeteners, bananas, blueberries, and the list goes on...
On the bright side, ever so slowly, my stomach is healing. I've dropped more lbs than I care to mention (I have no doubt cutting dairy, gluten, sugar and honey played a big role in that!). And, best of all, I have had a lot of time to work on crazy quilting - my favorite hobby. If you are interested, my projects may be viewed on my first blog, Living My Dream at http://monkeyandmutt.blogspot.com/.
Eventually, I hope to learn enough to be able to adapt the meals in the Daring Kitchen Challenges so they fit my current dietary guidelines. This month's Daring Cooks Challenge looks amazing! It is called Arancine, and it looks quite tasty. To see for yourself, CLICK HERE.
I hope 2014 is an incredible year for you!