What will you find on my blog? Well, I have a lot of interests and I wear a lot of hats. I have been married for 38 years to my husband Jack. We have 2 grown children, Brandon (and his bride Emiko) and Katelyn (her husband of 11 years, Daniel and their two boys ages 6 and 9). We all live within 1 ½ to 2 hours of each other, so we get to spend time together pretty often, which is wonderful.
I was diagnosed in Spring of 2018 with a condition that makes it medically necessary for me to be gluten and dairy free. I was pretty upset when given this news (ok, I burst into tears when I got home from the doctor’s office – cheese and baked goods make life worth living, right?) but I have spent this last year realizing how very blessed I am and learning all I can about special diets, healthy eating, and living mindfully. I have researched foods and ingredient lists, and realized that many of the foods available that are gluten and dairy free are full of ingredients that I don’t really want in my body.
Now, I have never been a food purist. I enjoy cooking, but with an ultra picky husband and kids, and a busy schedule, store bought foods were quick and easy, and usually pretty tasty. Plus, eating fresh, homemade foods were often more expensive than generic brand foods, and we had a pretty tight budget during most of the time our kids were at home. As I’ve gotten older, and have had more time, I’ve gotten more interested in healthy eating, but still I chose live blissfully ignorant about the items in the ingredient lists of many foods. I mean, really, what you don’t know…. I would go down the bread aisle and gaze over at the Hostess section, part of me wanting to reach for the Ding Dongs while no one was looking, and the other part cringing – I used to feed that stuff to my kids?!?!?!
When I started having to look for gluten and dairy in foods, I began to see ingredients I wasn’t too thrilled about, and I knew I needed to find a better way, for me at least. Then I started realizing that others may benefit from the successes I was having with the foods I was preparing. In this blog, I will discuss that journey, the ingredients that I can’t eat, won’t eat, and how to be make gluten free, dairy free foods that are healthy, and actually taste good! I’ll share recipes and stories that I have collected/adjusted along the way. And, if you’re interested, I’ll share my adventure in starting my own business, Good Food Dear Friends (find me on Facebook), in which I prepare these tasty treats, as well as herbal teas, that I sell at our local farmer’s market, in Huntingburg, Indiana.. I’ll also discuss future plans to try our hands at homesteading (yes, there will be chickens!!) and what I learn as I delve into herbals medicinals, a long held interest of mine. That’s where the Holland Girl Farm comes in. But more on that later.
Hope the summer of 2019 finds you in good health, sharing Good Food with Dear Friends. Until next time…