Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Five Years Ago.

Five years ago today my sister and I got to witness some baseball was a day I will never forget.

Yes, that is right....we were there 5 years ago when Mark Buehrle threw his perfect game! 

What else has been going on this week - Monday was TACO NIGHT! I always forget how much I love tacos until we are sitting at the dinner table eating them. I LOVE taco bell, but it seems like Taco Bell is out of my diet now so thank goodness there is the option for homemade tacos...which are so much better. And thanks to Aldi we were able to make HUGE tacos. 

Last night Kyle's parents came to visit us and see the new place - it was nice to show them around our new place. And with his parents visiting we also got a trip to Red Lobster. I had never been to Red Lobster before Kyle and I started dating and let me tell you I was falling in love with those cheddar biscuits...and now there they go again...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend Recap (7/21)

Happy Monday....right?

This was such a relaxing weekend I just didn't want it to end. It was the first weekend in awhile that Kyle and I did not have any major plans. 

Friday night started out at the The Cheesecake Factory - like I had mentioned before I was very nervous about going out to eat but it turned out okay for the most part. The Cheesecake Factory had a different menu for gluten free so while still a little nervous I did feel better about ordering off that menu. The only down side was there is only 1 cheesecake offered gluten free and its the Godiva chocolate cake cheesecake. Its a combination of flourless cake and chocolate cheesecake and that is just TOO much chocolate for this sadly I had to pass on dessert. 

Saturday morning was an early one for me I had an oil change at 8:30 which turned into my dad picking me up from the car dealership because it turned out my brakes needed to be fix. Awesome. 

My dad and sister just got a new Vitamix (so jealous) and when we got there my sister was in a cooking frenzy so I helped her make some homemade jelly...I haven't been back yet to pick up my portion of it but if it is good I'll put a recipe up and it is in the works

After that my dad and I ran some errands including the farmers market and getting lunch at Augustino's - where again my anxiety kicked in about eating out but to my surprise my favorite deli also has a gluten free menu and I was able to have an american sub on gluten free bread! 

Dinner was then made in the crock pot - I LOVE my crock pot and then off to the grocery store where I was over the moon to find all the goodies are our local Ultra Foods.

Sunday was just a whole lot of unpacking and organizing the new home until it was time to head to my dad's for Sunday family dinner - smoked ribs....yum yum yum 

Thursday, July 17, 2014


I have to say being 3 weeks into the new diagnosis of Celiac Disease has had its ups and downs...I'm supposed to be going out to dinner tomorrow and I am already getting anxious about if I am really going to be able to eat or if I should just eat before and not eat when we go just seems like eating at home is so much easier but I don't want to have to miss outings with my friends just because I am scared to eat because I am going to get sick.

I am LOVING the fact that there are easy meals to make and that some labels are so easy to read - I know in one way I am VERY lucky that I got this diagnosis now and not 5 years ago. I cannot even begin to think what it must have been like 5+ years ago for people who have this disease.

We weren't able to have that pasta that I talked about last night for dinner...I wasn't feeling great after the dietician appointment so Kyle made himself dinner and I just wasn't in the mood for anything. But I am ready to have to tonight and it's things like this...

makes me know that I am going to be okay with this meal....and what a meal it was...

Thank goodness I took some out before we started eating to have for lunch tomorrow because we went to town on this and there was nothing left. I am so thankful that Kyle is not a picky eater and he is okay with the changes that I have had to make to my cooking. He really is something special. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Big News

I have been MIA for the past few days because Kyle and I officially moved in together last Sunday. So moving,packing and unpacking has been taking up a lot...and I mean A LOT of our time.

For the past year an a half I have been "living" with Kyle at his apartment but I was also spending a night or two home with my dad and sister now that she is home from college. But after seeing a few places we finally found an amazing townhouse that we just couldn't pass up. This is a really exciting time for me as I have never lived anywhere besides my dad's house or the dorms/sorority house while I was in college. I had never done a big move or this whole unpacking thing...we are still working on the unpacking but things are coming along and I am VERY happy.

On another note - I left work early today because I had an appointment with a dietician at the hospital. I was really looking forward to this appointment I thought I was going to get more insight on what I can and cannot eat or at least some ideas or direction on what to eat. But that is not what I got. I walked away with a handout that I could have printed online and no more knowledge then when I had walked in....not a happy camper.

Okay, back to unpacking before I am trying out a new gluten free pasta and sauce. Hoping for a good dinner!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Lots Going On....

So, I started this blog a few months ago not really knowing the direction I wanted to take it - what my focus was going to be. I thought many times that my life isn't interesting enough to write about daily or even weekly - I go to work, I come home and make my boyfriend and I dinner, I relax and get things ready for the next work day. What would I write about that people would want to read? So I wrote a few posts and then....stopped.

Well while I have been away the past month and a half has been crazy but I think it has given me a direction that I want my blog to go in and hopefully someone will read and find it helpful or maybe relate to what I am dealing with is my story.

In the past month and a half I have been to the emergency room 3 times, countless doctors appointment, more blood draws then I thought were possible - all coming back with the same answer "we don't know what is wrong with you - the blood work is coming back fine. It is probably just a virus that will eventually go away" I took a medical leave from work and finally went and saw a GI specialist. It was there I was told I would need an endoscopy and colonoscopy - which okay no big deal if I could keep anything was I going to do that prep?

Turns out I was able to and had the procedures done - after four long days of waiting my doctor finally called and told me that the colonoscopy came back normal but that my endoscopy showed sings of Celiac Disease and that I needed to have one more blood test to confirm. What because it would have been too easy to have done that while I was IN THE HOSPITAL?! Okay, fine, I will go have my blood drawn again. But that also I needed to go complete gluten free. There is not medication that he could give me it's just a complete diet change....okay great.

He told this to a girl who eats peanut butter toast every morning for breakfast - the girl who loves a cold beer on a summer day - the girl who loves sandwiches, pasta, muffins and bagels. What did he mean I needed to go complete gluten free?!

So that is where I am at on this journey right now. The blood test came back positive for Celiac Disease and when my doctor told me this he also added that my numbers were VERY HIGH (said in a stern voice) - I have an appointment with a dietician in a week an a half but until them I am on my own....

So, I have figured out my direction - welcome to my gluten free world - what I'm eating, how I am dealing with this new lifestyle, the ups and the downs. It's might to be a rough ride but it should be interesting.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Fun Fact Friday

It's been a crazy week and I cannot believe it is already Friday so I guess I am going to be going over the week in my fun facts...

1. The weather here on Monday was finally spring like so we were able to fire up the grill for the first time and it was so great to be able to eat gilled foods - we made brats which are my favorite. 

To go along with them I tried out a new to me recipe - I am not a huge fan of mushrooms but we had extra so I knew I needed to use them. I am still working on this recipe and want try it again before I post it buuuut they were yummy! 

2. In a couple weeks I am in a wedding for one of my sorority sisters and I had to pick my shoes up from David's Bridal - I got lucky because they were in about a month early

3. I am so happy Giuliana and Bill are back on E! and I am so excited for them that they are going to be trying to have another baby! 

4. On Wednesday nights I go have dinner with family friends - this week I brought Frozen with me because they had not seen it yet....I do not think they liked it as much as I enjoyed watching it for about the 8th time. I LOVE THAT MOVIE! 

5. I was on my own for dinner Thursday night and at my dad's house so this is what I came up go to meal....

6. That's all I have for now...I have a big weekend ahead of me. It's my friend Alyson's bachelorette party (pink shoe wedding) and I cannot wait to see some of my sorority sisters!! 

Have a good weekend! 

Monday, March 31, 2014

First Weekend Recap

HAPPY MONDAY and my FIRST weekend recap...

I was staying at my dad's a few nights this past week with Payton while he was out of town so after work I went to his house and got to cuddle with this guy for awhile...

...a great way to start the night. 

After that I was heading out to meet some friends for drinks at World of Beers because my friend Elise's husband had a gig there. I had never been there before and not having a lot of knowledge or need to drink craft beers this could be why. My typical beer of choice is Bud Light or Bud Light Lime (call me crazy), so the world of craft beers is somewhat overwhelming to me. The first beer I got was really good but the second I was not so much a fan of BUT it came in a pretty cool glass....

Saturday was pretty low key - my dad got home from his business trip and we ran a bunch of errands and then I caught up on some shows on our DVR while waiting for Kyle to get home. Kyle is a technician for Comcast so he works Wednesday - Saturday and the hours can be LONG. Lucky for me Saturday night he was home on time so we decided to have date night and go to Flat Top. I have only been there twice now but that bread you can add on....OH. MY. GOODNESS. I fell in love. 

Sunday was probably my favorite day this weekend - we actually had a WONDERFUL spring day. My sister (KC) goes to college down in the city, she is a senior and her boyfriend (Nick) plays baseball for the school and he is a pitcher. Today they had a double header and he was pitching the first game so we went to watch and man oh man was it the perfect day for a baseball game. And what a game did we get to see. At the end of the first half of the first inning our team was winning 10-0 - lucky for Nick he did not have much to worry about the whole game. His did awesome and so did his team - the bats were on fire today. They won 27-5 and the second game 13-5. 

The rest of the day was spent just relaxing and getting ready for the work week to come....