Friday, May 25, 2012


Chips, but not the Usual

These are Beanitos.

Not corn chips.

Not tortilla chips.

Not potato chips.

No wheat.

No soy.

No gluten.

These are chips made from beans.

That's right.

Beans. Pinto beans.

And they are delicious!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Inés of My Soul

Book Review

Inés of My Soul by Isabel Allende.

I don't exactly know what originally inspired me to want to read this book.

I kept seeing it on the shelf in the large print section.

Then I saw some other books by Allende in the regular Adult Fiction section.

I read the description on the back cover.

I guess I just was intrigued enough to want to read this.

But I never picked it up.

That is, until after I made plans to go to Chile this summer.

Suddenly, this book had relevance. And it might even be advantageous to read it before I went on my trip.

Yes, now was the time.

I had to find out what I could learn about Chilean history before I visit soon.

Inés of My Soul

Gluten-Free Pizza - Take Two!

Friday Night, Pizza Night

We've never had a tradition of having a particular dinner the same night of the week, every week.

Like Friday nights being Pizza Night.

We've never done that.

But apparently lots of other families do. Like our next door neighbors.

Well, now the kids are asking for it. Asking to do the same.

Of course, for us, pizza isn't as simple as just ordering some for home delivery. I don't know of a place close enough to us that makes gluten-free pizza that will deliver to us.

So, we have to make our own.

And I'm not really sad about that.

I like making fresh pizza. It just takes some planning and a bit of time. Sometimes we have have both planning and time. Lots of times, we don't.

But since the kids were asking, we made plans. Not for every Friday night, but some Friday nights.

And this time, I had a pizza crust recipe waiting to be tried. I'd been wanting to try this new pizza crust for some time, but was really liking the first true gluten-free pizza crust that I fell in love with.

I was still smitten.

I wanted to try a new recipe, but was a bit hesitant. What if it didn't turn out as good as Ol' Trusty Gluten-Free Pizza Crust?

We'll never know if there is something better unless we try something new.

And the time had come.

Pizza with Gluten-Free Crust #2

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Buddha in the Attic

Book Review

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Ostuka.

I had seen this book getting publicity.

I was curious.

But then I discovered the author had written a previous book, When the Emperor was Divine. I wasn't sure if I should be reading that first.

So I did read that first. Just to be safe.

Now, I'm back to wanting to read Ostuka's second book.

And read it, I did.

At least I stuck to my guns and read the first book first.

The Buddha in the Attic