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There’s nothing like spending a rainy Sunday afternoon consuming lots and lots of delicious chocolate.  I’m enjoying homemade gluten free brownies and Silk Chocolate Almond Milk.  Delicious!

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Knitted Aviatrix Baby Hat

To make this knitted Aviatrix baby hat, I used blue, DK Weight yarn (Weight 3) that my brother brought me from Peru.  I believe that it is baby alpaca.

I used the pattern here.  It was a very good pattern, with pattern variations based on the yarn weight you planned to use, as well as different sizes for hats.  It also had a glossary with some explanations of techniques.  I did need to watch some YouTube videos, but the pattern recommended doing that.

This hat was knit on straight needles, and not in the round.  I think it turned out really well.

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I made the Rib-Eye Stir-Fry, Dan Dan Noodles, and Greens from Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes Cookbook.  This meal was delicious.

I omitted the Szechuan pepper, Chinese five-spice powder, baby bok choy, bean sprouts, cilantro, and scallions.

I used green beans instead of sugar snap peas, EVOO with chili powder instead of the chili oil, gluten free pasta instead of the egg noodles, gluten free soy sauce, and agave nectar instead of honey.

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Here are the basics of what I can and can’t eat:
No dairy for breakfast
15 g carbs at breakfast and snacks, 30 g for meals (including starchy veggies)
No white rice, white potatoes, or white bread
No corn or products with corn (that’s new)
No wheat (that’s new)  – includes bread and pasta
No sugar

I can have tons of meat and veggies.
I can have half a sweet potato, 1/3 cup brown rice, 1 slice of wheat-free bread, 1/3 cup wheat-free pasta, or 1/2 cup peas with a meal.  I can have 1 cup of winter squash, but I haven’t found a way to make it taste good yet.

I really love snacking on carrots, bell peppers, and drinking green smoothies (with kale).

I had a fantastic dinner the other night of two cheeseburger patties (no buns), carrots, and sweet potato spears.  I plan to learn to make a lot of easy stir fries, as I’ll be eating a lot of rice.

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In addition to being on a diabetic diet, I’ve been asked to go wheat free.  What’s your favorite wheat free bread?  Please leave a comment for me!

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Knitted Cowl

A cowl is like a scarf, but it’s connected in a circle.  That’s my definition, at least.

I got this pattern from Purls of Wisdom.  I used Lion Brand Organic Cotton Yarn, which is quite lovely.  I used size 13 circular needles.


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