Thursday, October 21, 2021

Gluten Free and GOOD! Oat Muffins

You know it's good when your husband steals two of these fresh out of the oven and he HATES anything "gluten free".  I didn't tell him they were also oil and butter-free and dairy-free. 

Gluten Free Oat Muffins 

In a small bowl mix:
3 cups oat flour (I used Bob's Red Mill) or make your own with oatmeal and a blender 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1 teaspoon baking powder

In a larger bowl mix:
1/2 cup honey
1 cup almond milk
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt

Blend wet and dry adding a Tablespoon or two of water if batter is too thick.  Let sit a few minutes then place in a 12 tin muffin tin sprayed with non stick spray or use muffin tin liners.

Bake in preheated 350F oven for 14-16 minutes.  Do NOT overbake or they will be crumbly.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Some Pampering Products from Scotland - Just What the Doctor Ordered

Larelei's idea of a "ruff" day.

After a rough year (my Dad passed away) and I had a stint in Intensive Care with a Sepsis infection that tried to take me out, (so glad they didn’t tell me it had a 30% mortality rate until AFTER I was discharged), I was in the need of some pampering.

So for today my friends, some beauty finds I splurged on from Scotland I’m half Scot (bio relatives from Strathclyde) so I have an affinity for the land and its people and was truly pleased with these purchases.

 First, we have some Natalie Grace Cosmetics from Scottish bridal makeup artist Natalie Grace.

Inspired by brides, the colors are breathtaking (even if you’re not getting married anytime soon). The lipsticks are incredibly smooth and long-lasting with a satin finish and I LOVE the glosses. They're not sticky and they last longer than most glosses I have tried.  My favorite just to wear alone is called “Romance” a beautiful pink shimmer infused with shea butter to keep the lips soft all day.

It pairs great with the two lip colors I selected “Kiss the Bride” (the perfect matte pink) and “She Said Yes” along with a lip liner.  There are also some collagen eye masks (great for those early mornings when you want to look like you got 8 hours of slumber), lip scrubs, and highlighters for the face (you don't need to be a bride to have that special glow). All are certified cruelty-free.

With beautiful packaging (Chanel quality packaging at half the Chanel price) I’d be proud to give any of these sets to a bride or a favorite glam girlfriend who loves beautiful color and care.  Free shipping with orders over $60 and they DO ship to the United States!

 Next is Ishga Skin Care.

From their website (I can’t say it better)

On a faraway isle, near the northwest coast of Scotland, we’re using an ancient secret to create award-winning natural skincare, using the life-giving power of the sea to restore the skin and the soul.

This paradise is a world of myth and legend, and an age from stress and strain, where clear Hebridean waters cleanse golden sands to wash problems away.

ishga is derived from the Gaelic for water. The Hebridean islands speak an ancient language too. The ocean is their heartbeat, a source of infinite abundance with the ability to heal and rejuvenate. Hand-harvested seaweed yields vitamins; minerals; amino acids; anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids, and we combine them with local spring water to harness over 86 vitamins and minerals.

Our scientists use a bespoke, natural process to create a truly unique range of organic skincare with the most remarkable anti-aging, hydrating and skin-renewing properties. Light base oils such as sweet almond or jojoba, essential oils like rose geranium or lemongrass, and nourishing moisturizers including cocoa and shea butters, glide blissfully on and balance, nourish, smooth and repair.

Across the world, ishga’s luxurious, regenerative, vegan skincare products are transforming more and more people’s skin, to make them look healthier, younger and more radiant.  Everyone will notice the change in yours - trust ishga, it’s our little secret.

I loved this line. The feel of the product, the clean scent, and how it leaves my skin. . worth the indulgence for me right now, especially the facial serum. I also loved the exfoliating mask followed by the beauty oil – like a trip to the spa.(I use their Uplifting Body Spray on my pillow at night). They have a distribution center in the US so your order will arrive promptly, hand-packed with care. A product I ordered was not available in the size I wanted and I immediately got an email explaining why I had received the more generous-sized product instead (not going to complain about that) AND they also sent a free full-sized hand cream with my next order by way to thanks.  THAT's great customer service. They have travel-sized products, pretty enough for your dressing table as well as candles and spa sets – perfect for a holiday gift for a loved one. Free Delivery on all orders in the US.    (if link doesn't work cut and paste into your browser window)

Wednesday, November 18, 2020


I'm waiting for my yogurt treat.
Did you notice I was waiting for my yogurt treat?
Still waiting.
Did you notice I'm still waiting?
Heavy sigh.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Official Launch of New Book Tomorrow.

 The official release is tomorrow. Get your copy now for just .99 cents. My story "Lessons on Loss" is included which details my last days with my brother who died in his mid-fifties from aggressive cancer. "And we talked, late into the nights, sipping a finger of whiskey, the sound of the wind chimes he crafted as a hobby tinkling from outside. We did not talk of his days under the ocean as a Submariner or my days aloft as an airline pilot. He talked about how much he missed our Mom and how he hoped Dad would live to be 100. We shared our memories, especially those as we ran as children along the edge of the waters, along the rim of the earth as though we and we alone, were its inhabitants and guardians. We talked of those days along the shores of the water, the floors of the forest, the things we unearthed, rocks and sticks and shells, and even occasional bone and brass. Some of those things found their way home, others were left where they lay, left as future treasure."

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Brigid Update - Watch Out for the Flamingoes!

Sorry I've been offline for a while.  I developed a serious staph infection in my left foot (scratch that went rogue).  I'm on the mend but it's been a tough 8 months with two hospital stays and a couple months on antibiotics which ruined my gut to the point I'm still puking 2 times a day or having dry heaves.  Hang in there everyone.  (and please buy a copy of  my latest anthology
) so I have Chardonnay and chocolate through the winter.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Gluten Free Pasta My Husband Will Eat

I've been sick the last week with Cellulitus in my left ankle after a scratch got a bacterial infection.  So my husband has been cooking for me.  The doctor said to eat low fat while on the high doses of antibiotics.  Last night he made a vegan pasta dish with gluten free pasta.

What was the real surprise was the pasta was gluten free and he actually liked he. A lot.  He hates 90% of all gluten free stuff.  It had a great taste and texture and is really high in protein. I can't wait to try their plant based mac and cheese.