Friday, December 31, 2010

Before and After

My friend, Corley, has been telling me for a while that I need to share my before and after pictures on my blog. Last year on New Year's Eve, I decided that I was going to make a resolution to get healthy. Specifically, to take my tush back to the gym and to lose the 30 pounds that I had gained. Little did I know that those 30 pounds would only be the beginning of me getting healthy. And I certainly never would have expected that 30 pound goal to become a 65 pound reality. The emotional acceptance of having a gluten intolerance has been the hardest part of this last year, but there is no bread good enough to make me consider compromising how good I feel now.

*Oh, and thanks to Corley and Matt for helping me with my photo shoot. It was great fun. :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

White Chocolate Holiday Mix

Even though this is a gluten-free recipe, I still can't eat it because it contains dairy, corn and soy. I gave some to my boyfriend, Stephen, to try. Of course, he said it tasted good. But I can just never tell from his feedback. Finding out that one of his coworkers took the majority of it from him, definitely reinforced that it's a good snack.

White Chocolate Holiday Mix

3 c air-popped popcorn
2 c Rice Chex
4 mini candy canes, crushed
1 c white chocolate chips

Mix together popcorn, Rice Chex and crushed candy canes. Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave for an additional 15 seconds. Stir until all chocolate is melted. Pour chocolate over mixture. Mix well, using your hands, to coat. Spread mixture out on parchment paper to let chocolate harden.