It’s the little things…

Adjusting my eating to gluten free and tweaking my recipes is a learning experience…I learn something new everyday and make mistakes!!

Coconut flour tastes good and it’s good for coating chicken but I have not been able make a good pancake recipe. It looks like I may need to mix nut flours. Many of the g/f items on the market contain white grains like rice, quinoa, and corn. I’m trying to avoid/limit these grains.

So, when my hubby came home with a little gift for me (Gluten Free magazine) I was deeply touched. It is often the little things like this that help make this process easier.


Life in Purple…

Knitting with Cotton, making a few dishcloths on-the-go, enjoying Springtime blooms by the water fountains and munching on my new snack bars.

Life is Purple.


Shades of Pink…


It’s Peony Season and we get to enjoy the vibrant colors and fragrance of this beautiful bright Fushia flower.

Working on another Pink Pussy Hat, using #8 needles. This amazing color is “Manic Pink”. I love working with this soft extra fine merino wool = luxurious.

Great find…had to share!

Zorees handbag

I was looking for and found a large, light weight carry-on bag… it’s waterproof and a very reasonable price on Amazon: $15.99. I packed so much into it on a recent flight and managed to zip it up. I love it so much that I’m using it as my day-to-day handbag. I bought the Purple and Black. I’m considering getting the Navy, and the Pink for Spring & Summer.

See link (below) for more:

Charity knitting …

WIP Wednesday…on my needles.

I switched it up this week and started using large needles… making a garter stitch throw (in Oatmeal) that will  go to charity. There are enough projects my Stitch & Bitch work on, this one is going to: The VA Nursing Home.




























Nature’s Path G/F Waffles

my way of eating. I’ve been gluten free for 1 month now …thanks to the book “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis.

I never knew how toxic and damaging gluten can be. I’m appalled and infuriated about the entire “healthy whole grain” movement that suggests this is supposed to be healthy. 😞 No, all wrong!!!!

I was experiencing many of the symptoms of celiac disease and while I was never diagnosed by a physician the symptoms I was having have gone away hmm….

Reading just halfway through his book I immediately dropped gluten from my diet. It’s not easy but it’s doable requiring effort. Fortunately, these days we have so many options and tools to help. There is an app (of course) The Gluten free Scanner… use it at the grocery store (and your pantry) to scan the Upc label and it will tell you whether the product contains gluten. They also offer an expanded app to include even more products for $3.99 but so far, the free version works for me.

I found these g/f Pumpkin Spice waffles at Target for $2.99…they have a few other flavors too. I eat it like toast, butter & cinnamon. I occasionally add a drizzle of pure maple syrup = yummy.

Now, if only all pizzeria’s would offer gluten free….☺

Spring blooms…

Some of the beautiful Springtime blooms in Washington, D.C.



Be the one…

Anyone can find the dirt...Proverbs 11 27

There is way too much “dirt” out there these days. Way too much division and judgment.

Find the Gold.


I’ve stocked up on my spices for the Winter. Purchased them on Amazon but it can easily be found in your local supermarket shelves. I prefer Organic/good quality spice.

Tumeric is great for combating inflammation in the body too. I add 1t of Tumeric and add a few dashes of Black Pepper (it helps to boost the absorption of curcumin), Cinnamon & Ginger and steep it all for 7 minutes with my tea bag.

There are a number of ways to sneak Tumeric into homecooked meals like. I cook Latin foods which already use a lot of spice so adding Tumeric to: brown rice dishes, beans, stews, roasted chicken, meatloaf/balls, soups, eggs, potatoes, tomato sauce… – just about everything is easy.

Christmas in Westchester, NY

A real treat listening to the sweet sounds of :  ‘Angelica Women’s Choir’ every Christmas.

The Winter Fest Christmas Market in downtown, White Plains, NY is a Seasonal favorite with reasonably priced crafts, jewelry, gourmet foods. Vendor I love are an Organic tea ‘tea gevity’ and ‘Mind Body & Bath’, I love their handmade soap and essential oils.

Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas time is here…

Colorful throw


Working on: A solid granny square colorful throw on my hooks. It’s for a charity project that will go to a local family shelter. My Stitch & Bitch makes hats/gloves/scarves, etc. to donate every December.

A fav: Bigelow Spiced Chai tea+ a winning protein bar & my Crochet. 🙂


It’s smelling a lot like….


Made several batches for storing in the freezer. I’m hoping to make enough to get us through Spring – when the Farmer’s Market starts again. I have still have another week to pick up more for my final batch for the year.

You’ll need:

  • Large bunches of Cilantro – must be washed thoroughly to remove soil
  • Red/Green/Yellow Bell Peppers, can add sweet peppers too
  • Garlic
  • Onions (Red/Yellow)
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • Food Processor
  • Zip lock bags for storing and freezing

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Fall Season


I love Autumn.


Here in NY we did not see the usual bursting colors of bright Gold or Red leaves this year – not enough cool weather nor rain. But, it’s Fall.

I started a nice cozy, bulky cowl ,in this beautiful Green. Housed in my new Sheep project bag. I’m using #11 needles and knitting in the round, knit, knit, knit, knit…


The Farmer’s Market is winding down for the Season. I’ve stocked up on Cilantro and Red & Yellow Peppers …going to try my hand at canning small jars of Sofrito….we’ll see how that goes!


The Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival

Always a great time up at the Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival. This is 5th year going …I always have blast. We carpool up there with some of my Stitch & Bitch chicks.

We go early, walk a lot, chow down a yum falafel & shop, shop, shop!

Going out to PR

I’m sending boxes via Priority Mail, 2-4 day…idk. My first box was full of canned foods, soups & crackers is still on it’s way out to friends in Puerto Rico. Still waiting, one week later to confirm arrival. It’s going to a PO Box too so it ought to be there by now but the USPS web site still shows it as “on it’s way”.

Some additional items I’ve collected, from friends are waiting to go out. I have a bunch of cleaning supplies which they no doubt need. I hear mold is growing on whatever walls still standing.

I’m so very grateful to a group of my friends who are sponsoring this family and others.

The situation is so dire over there. I heard that folks are becoming depressed…ya think!? No power, food or water.



Jazz Fest – Paquito D’ Rivera

A fun night listening to Paquito D’ Rivera Quintet.




So many of us are a nervous wreck  because of this crazy weather – either going through one of these Hurricanes, having lived through a few, knowing many who live there and have not evacuated. WHEW!!! – one huge exhale at a time. It feels like one long Hurricane! My prayers are with all in the path of these storms.

I’m glad I have my fiber projects to work on – it sure helps with anxiety.

My Stitch & Bitch are working on a charity project making blankets for:

I am stitching away on these 8×8″ squares.



Neat find for organizing…

I’m always in search of simple and better ways of organizing. Space is limited, and my hobbies want to take over!! Not only yarn, but jewelry & beading, acrylic paint supplies and sewing stuff. I need to contain my crafts and found these neat units I purchased online @ Reasonably priced @ $109 for the larger 16 ct and approximately $65 for the 8 ct unit. The boxes/cubes I selected are good quality. I love that the unit (the 8 ct one) can be turned horizontally and used that way or standing upright. The boxes/cubes hold quite a bit too.

The units are heavy which is why I gladly paid the delivery charge.

While I did not assemble them, friends of ours completed all three, in less than an hour.





Miss you, mom.

                                                             Eternal peace is yours.