Tag Archives: personal

Gluten Free, GAPS Saturday Breakfast

I’m making good on posting more pictures and here is my first one. I did have to play with the levels a little in Photoshop because as I’ve said my camera just doesn’t like me.

Don’t you just love feeling special? That’s how I felt last Saturday when we had bacon and pancakes.

I am a pancake kind of girl. Love them, and bacon… let me count the ways. But we can’t have bacon on GAPSâ„¢ – trust me, I’ve tried it and it doesn’t work.

We love bacon in our house and where we bought our pig once was doing bacon with honey and all GAPS “safe” ingredients. It sounded like heaven. We bought the bacon. We weren’t quite sure we could have it, but not quite sure we couldn’t.

It tasted great, but after eating it for a month or two I began to see a return of some of my symptoms. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t gone through it myself. Turns out smoked meats are a no. I don’t understand all the whys or reasons, but I can say don’t question it. For some reason it does make a difference.

So, how did we get the bacon in the picture? When we bought our last hog we had them give us uncured bacon. Nothing done to it except sliced and packaged.

We cook it in a pan just like regular bacon except we salt and pepper each batch. It tastes really good and makes me feel so special and wonderful that I can have bacon.

Does any food you can eat make you feel special?

BottlesUp Giveaway Winner!

BottlesUp Glass Water Bottles
Hi everybody. I know I’m a day late in announcing the winner of the BottlesUP giveaway, I’ve just been really busy. And even though I wish everyone who entered could have won one the winner is…

Drum roll please.

Comment #24 – Tiffany A.

Congratulations Tiffany! I will be emailing you shortly to get your address so you can receive your glass water bottle.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated and to BottleUp for hosting the giveaway.

Winner chosen with Random.org.

Homemade Hand Lotion Recipe

Somtimes my hands get dry. Chapped and cracking. They can occasionally be so dry they feel like they’re on fire.

At last I have found a lotion that works!

photo by me

It’s a Homemade Hand Lotion Recipe I found over at A Sonoma Garden. I’m so glad that Kendra posted this recipe – it’s been a skin saver.

Some of the best things about this recipe are:

  • It doesn’t need water so it can last for a really long time.
  • You can choose what essential oils to put in it to easily change the scent.
  • You can mix and match your favorite oils.
  • You can easily 1/2 or 1/4 the recipe for smaller recipes.

Best of all it would be the perfect Christmas gift in an adorable mason jar, tied with the bow.

This is my recipe (based on Kendra’s):

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp shea butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp beeswax
  • 1/8  tsp Vitamin E
  • 10 drops of sweet orange essential oil

I put it in a double boiler and warmed it until all the oil and beeswax were melted. Then I let it cool on the counter and poured it in a jar once lukewarm.

It works great, but there are two things I want to change. I would add more essential oil. The sweet orange I put in it was too soft a scent. And I think next time I might try doing 2 tbsp of shea butter rather then coconut oil or adding just a little bit more beeswax.

This is the best lotion recipe I’ve ever made and I love the fact that it has so few ingredients and I can pronounce all of them.

This post is linked to Fat Tuesdays.

Arm and Hammer Baking Soda Update Post

My top article on Gapalicious for the longest time has been the one on Does Arm and Hammer Baking Soda Contain Aluminum? It seems like this is a popular question.
Arm and Hammer
Well I’ve learned two things from the wonderful comments by people on that post. First Arm and Hammer may not treat their animals in a humane way when testing their products. Truthfully I haven’t looked into this yet, but once I do I will let you know what I find out.

The other thing I realized was I forgot to link to where I found some of my information. Boy, I feel stupid when I do that, and unfortunately I clean out my bookmarks pretty regularly and so I had lost it. But worry no more! I have found the link I was looking for.

So without further blabbing here is the link to a forum discussion I had found comparing Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda versus Arm and Hammer (it’s what got me started looking at it). And this is the quote that caught my eye:

A lot of their stuff can be pricey, you can get decent prices on flour…

This is a reply I got from Bob’s,

Thank you for your email. Very few manufacturers use Aluminum in their baking soda today. This was previously not the case. Most baking soda’s are made, they are not natural, as ours is. I do not have information about other company’s products, but have attached information on ours.

ØAluminum Free- most baking soda now days does not have aluminum. **we used to get asked this question a lot back when other co. had aluminum in theirs. So we added it to our labeling ** we may consider taking it off.
ØSodium bicarbonate (Nahcolite- NaHCO3) is naturally occurring in northwestern Colorado.
ØOther companies chemically produce baking soda by creating a chemical reaction between soda ash and carbon dioxide.
ØA closed loop process leaves the community and its surroundings virtually untouched. In the process, water is used to extract the sodium bicarbonate and no chemicals are used. Nothing else is added to it so it is naturally free of gluten and aluminum.
Not like arm & hammer baking soda- our products are cruelty free.

Thank you for your interest,

Quote from Mystic~Mama
Hopefully that helps everyone who wondered where I got some of my info from, and don’t worry next time I plan on linking to other places before I post! :)

BottlesUp Glass Bottle – Mom’s Review

Okay, I told you my Mom’s review would be coming today and here it is. I asked her the following questions:
Green Glass water bottles
[faq_question]What do you think of BottlesUp Glass Water Bottles?[/faq_question]
[faq_answer]I like them very much. They’re beautiful and make me smile.[/faq_answer]
[faq_question]What is your favorite feature?[/faq_question]
[faq_answer]The silicon grips and lids. It’s really hard to choose because of course I like glass, but I really like the silicon features.[/faq_answer]
[faq_question]What do you like least about them?[/faq_question]
[faq_answer]I was afraid it would be a little bit big or heavy. But it isn’t as bad I thought it would be. I use it a lot.[/faq_answer]

My Mom and I also hope that BottlesUp will create other sizes of glass bottles and we look forward to using ours for a long time.

Do you have any questions you would like answered by my Mom and I about the glass water bottles? Leave your question below and we’ll try to answer it.

By the way head on over to my Review of the BottlesUp Glass Bottles and see how you can enter a giveaway to win one for yourself!