Sunday, March 27, 2011

gluten free is cutting edge...buckwheat rules I just got three boxes of the buckwheat flakes in the mail after ordering them online since I could not find them in any of the stores I frequent. BUCKWHEAT BUCKWHEAT BUCKWHEAT...who knew I was on the cutting edge...yes!!!!!!!!! PS just made up buckwheat chicken broth soup...took 1/4 cup cream of buckwheat cereal added to a can of Swanson chicken broth and salt, pepper, powdered garlic and powdered onion...microwaved in big covered bowl for 4 minutes...yummy.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Back to buckwheat this time hemp pancakes

I have such a great time experimenting with my buckwheat cooking and is my latest.

Blueberry buckwheat pancakes with hemp milk

I cup buckwheat flour

I 1/2 cups hemp milk

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. sea salt

2 generous squirts-2 TB of Agave syrup

1 TB olive oil

2 TB tapioca flour

Whip up and cook on medium (a little towards the med.-high range will brown them) lightly greased griddle, cool on wire rack. I bag up the leftovers and use for pancakes or flatbread at a later date.

I put a large spoonful of frozen blueberries on a plate and pour real maple syrup over them, microwave for a minute and top with two pancakes...oh man, it is like I am having a fancy dessert...I LOVE IT! You will too.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Making Music

Having a wonderful weekend with our three sons around...they are making music together and that makes our lives more exciting. Our youngest is going to college for sound engineering/music production so the brothers created six original songs and are recording them this weekend.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bored with blogging about buckwheat

I know...I bore family is bored with me talking about buckwheat...and I am bored with blogging about buckwheat...BUT, my reality is that buckwheat is my saving substance...whether I ingest cream of buckwheat or buckwheat pancakes for breakfast and buckwheat bread or flatbread later on, I am thankful for buckwheat since I am staying clear of grains and buckwheat affords me the ability to have a pancake, have some form of breadlike product...and kasha is my new ricelike side dish...oh don't forget homemade noodles...what fun they are for me to life has become all about buckwheat but I am bored with blogging about it so I am taking a buckwheat break.

I continue to take my thyroid med in the evening and it works out very nicely for me... it helps me to not eat in the evenings. So hurray!

I found out my disease might attack my pancreas some day (if it is not already doing that) so I am pleased that I have not had candy since last September. Aren't I a paragon of virtue. LOL

Welllllll even with all the eliminations,I continue to be overweight...I lost ten pounds and am keeping that off but I am obese...I need to lose about 50 pounds...soooo more exercise is needed and perhaps upped dose of thyroid meds (very slow metabolism)...and less food, but like today I had a bowl of cream of buckwheat, a salad at Wendy's, corned beef and cabbage and carrots and one small potato for dinner...doesn't seem to me like overindulging...ok...pity party over...back to being bored with buckwheat but loving my acceptance of having Hashimoto's disease and thyroid disease and that I will never have candy (gluten, eggs, soy, dairy,yada yada yada etc etc etc) again. Life is amazing when you find control over what you need to find control over. I can do theeeeees!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Blueberry Buckwheat pancakes

I might already tried this and blogged about it but thought it blogworthy....I made blueberry buckwheat pancakes and I think I forgot to put oil in them and they were fine.

one cup buckwheat flour
1 tsp. BP
1/2 tsp. salt
2 TB tapioca flour
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
2 TB. agave syrup
1 cup frozen blueberries

I sprayed the medium heated griddle with light oil and voila...cooked one side...flipped them and cooked the other side and doused them with real maple syrup...yum~

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


In my ongoing love of all things buckwheat I tried a recipe for kasha burgers that I found at check it out...KASHA BURGERS WITH KASHA SAUCE...oh yeah, of course I adapted mine...I used buckwheat flour for the flour and did not use soy sauce, added garlic powder and pepper instead...I sauteed sweet onions instead of scalions.
They look like is incredible how much...and they taste delicious! I am going to melt some Daiya cheese and pour a little Imagine portabello mushroom soup over mine...oh soooooo good.


Monday, March 7, 2011

Coconut french vanilla creamer...and yoga

In keeping with my coocoo for coconuts theme I tried So Delicious Coconut French Vanilla creamer...oh my...yummy! I am so excited because I am trying desperately to avoid dairy and casein but most non-dairy creamers have casein added...the other ones...not good (for my tastebuds). I am loving this product for my decaf coffee and spice tea. CHA CHA CHA!

On another good news note...I started doing yoga and I like it. I bought a yoga dvd and tried it...bought the yoga I am all set...with Hashimoto's disease it is important to not get stressed out, it seems to bring on manic behavior and Hashimoto quiets me and forces me to look inward and calm down. So yahoo yoga. I used to think it looked boring, but nope. I like it! Soften your eyes, keep them closed and look at your nose...and concentrate on inhaling and exhaling. Love it!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Feeling good in the eliminating foods neighborhood.

Last night I made beef stew and yes I did eat some of the chunks of potatoes...and what did I thicken the broth with? tapioca flour. It was delicious.

Today I made some buckwheat pancakes that I can eat as pancakes or use as flat bread. I made them with coconut products this time since I no longer am using nuts or nutmilk...scroll down through my blog for the buckwheat pancake recipe and this time I used 1 TB coconut sugar instead of 2 TB of another sweetener...and I used unsweetened coconut milk for the liquid and coconut oil for the might say lately I have gone coocoo for coconut! LOL

I had a tube of Jimmy Dean's sausage and missed having sausage gravy so I fried the package up, chopping it down as it cooked on medium and thickened it with a little tapioca flour and of course.....UNSWEETENED COCONUT MILK...coocoo!

I put some of the sausage gravy over a pancake and was in hog heaven...yummy!

So grain free; gluten free; dairy and casein free;egg free; soy free; except for apples, fruit free; refined sugar free, caffeine and alcohol free;except for herbal, tea free; nut free; tomato free; very limited potatoes; occasionally some rice; raw cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower free... me is happy to be...Hashimoto's and hypothyroidism will not keep me from feeling the best I can feel.

So many debilitating symptoms are gone from my life now. I can not remember when I had a cold, or flu, or fever, or stomach upset... got the big diseases,I do, but the common ones...bye bye. I know these eliminations work for me.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

One day at a time...

I know for almost 58 years I have on and off again realized that we need to live our lives one day at a time, but yesterday I had that revelation once again and wanted to blog about it.

I received two books in the mail that I had ordered...two books on hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's ... I will report the names and authors of the books in a future blog, my reason for mentioning them is day at a time...learning and absorbing information about disease and conditions is a slow process, at least for me. I read and take in just so much each time...but yesterday I was on the right path again...I wrote down what I ingested and today I am doing that too.

Eliminating substances does matter to many and I know it matters to me, it is the difference between feeling well and feeling poorly.

I had a good day, a good sleep, and felt less foggy and more one day at a one is always the day I am in, not negative one or two or three...but day one.

Let your days make you happy and looking forward and not backwards.

I leave with this thought...(the beginning of an essay we had to write in high school)...TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF OUR LIVES...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Buckwheat pizza grilled cheese

The guys were having grilled ham and cheese on rye and I thought it would be a good night to try baking the buckwheat pizza at NOURISHINGMEALS.COM. I mixed the dough and spread it on a large cookie sheet. I baked it 15 minutes then I put Daiya mozzarella flavored cheese and ham slices on top and then more cheese on top of the ham and baked it for another 10 minutes.
What I did after it cooled a little was cut it up and put one rectangular shaped slice on top of another so it resembled a sandwich. It was delicious and the leftovers were bagged up (see pic) and frozen to thaw at another time when I feel like having ham and cheese.

YUM YUM! Grainfree is not hard at long as there is buckwheat flour available.