Danielle Walker’s Celebrations

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Food and celebrations always  go together in my book.  From the start of life to the end of life and everywhere in between.  And even with so many of the food restrictions that some people have because of their health or other priorities, Danielle Walker has made cooking for celebrations easier than ever.

While stocking a grain free kitchen takes money, if you are cooking for others with special needs, the effort will always be appreciated.

Danielle is an expert in the blog world of specialty diet cooking.  I just recently listened to a Happy Hour podcast with her that was helpful to understand how she started cooking this way.

I look forward to diving into this cookbook – the pictures make my mouth water!  I’m so thankful for storytelling and beautiful photos in cookbooks. Danielle gets it!

So, go ahead and pre-order this cookbook and get on it – especially if you have these special needs

Grain-Free 4-day Detox

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Grain Free Detox  A new month brings a new detox. These, in 2014, are going to be monthly challenges. When you’ve been cooking and baking as long as I have, you get in ruts. You need challenges in your kitchen. And when you are trying to lose weight (two babies back to back will do that to you), you also need something to spruce up those rice cakes (I’m really kidding – no rice cakes here).

So, what began yesterday, my husband and I will begin on a 4-day journey to experiment with new recipes and old ones – just nothing containing grains. Here are the reasons/challenges for this detox for me:

1. Grains have been my go-to the last few weeks. Since my raw detox back in the middle of January, I’ve indulged in muffins, cookies, pastas, sandwiches. This detox will get me out of the habit of instinctively reaching for bread.

2. I eat a lot of soups or salads in the winter – my main side for those is bread. I want to get out of that rut or realize I don’t have to have bread with soups and salads.

3. Breads really do create bloating in me. I can tell. Jeans fit tighter, they don’t like to zip the whole way. But, mostly a diet full of breads and carbs bloat my tummy more than anywhere else on my body. I want my jeans to fit better!

4. When you do a detox you practice self-control. I just can’t sneak a bite of my son’s granola bar or muffin at breakfast. I can’t eat a small handful of goldfish as I dish him some. I definitely won’t reach for those cookies at ministry events. Self-control, weight loss, less bloating, more vegetables and proteins. This is going to be a good detox. So what meals do we have planned? Broccoli Stir-fry Pork Sirloin with apples and sweet potatoes Pan sauteed fish with sugar snap peas Carrot-Ginger-Apple Juice for breakfast with some scrambled eggs. Spring Minestrone soup Tyson Chicken Tenderloins on salad. What else should we try?