Yesterday was a rough day. With the sad news about James Kim, it was difficult to transition to celebration-mode. Yesterday was not only Eric's birthday but also my dad's. An eventful day, indeed. I actually thing that the sad news helped to make their birthday's more poignant, and although I was never able to really make it to the "celebration" mindset, I was grateful and happy to be able to share the special day with my husband.
Above is the organic, gluten-free, vegan cardamom chai cake I got for Eric's birthday. I made a gluten-free, vegan pizza with caramelized shallots and peppers for dinner. It was my first successful gluten-free baking experience, and we were both pleasantly surprised to actually enjoy the pizza. I didn't dare attempt to bake a cake, so I got this from a local bakery. It's so nice to live somewhere where options like this are available.
I have had a bit of a setback with my health, and I realize I wasn't being quite as vigilant about what I was eating as I needed to be. We (I) have now placed a moratorium on all gluten in the house. I didn't realize I needed to be so concerned about cross-contamination, or that I can't really "cheat" and eat a piece of bread. This is still all so new to me, and there is so much to learn.
I won't bore you with any more details about my illness. Instead, I'll show you some of the things I've been working on this week. I've made a couple more stockings:
I've also strung up the garland I made last year. I had to do a bit of adjusting and divide it into two garlands instead of one long one.
I STOL want to make a wreath for the front door with some of the greens I collected last weekend. I've been busy getting ready for the sale this weekend, so I haven't really had the time. It looks like the wreath will have to wait until this Sunday.
Be well everyone.