Home Economics Later In Life

March 3, 2010 5:07 pm

Today is day four on the new gluten free diet for the kids. We’ve had to replace all of their staple food items with gluten free substitutes. Since most store bought gluten free products taste like ass on toast, I’ve had to be creative. I’m not complaining though, at least there are store bought options we can buy. Gluten free living has come a long way in recent years.

Since we’re still dye-free, it makes things doubly hard. Wonder why I haven’t found time to blog much lately? I’ve been spending countless hours researching gluten free recipes and reading up on how to make food more palatable. I’ve been logging hours baking, something I’ve never done before. My laptop screen has a thick dusty coat consisting of types of flour I never before knew existed. But it’s for my kids and that makes it all worth it.

So far, I’ve successfully followed several “from scratch” recipes that have produced items like bagels, waffles, cupcakes and bread. You should have seen me, the bagel recipe I made had like fifteen fucking ingredients in it. I’m a super baker, yo. I’ve been ordering baking items from Amazon in bulk, settling in for a new life of gluten free living. I’m sure my friends and family think I’m nuts for embarking on this gluten free adventure but it is what it is.

I turned 33 today. My double digit birthday, 33 on 3/3. And although I don’t feel any older, I have recently noticed that I am. I barely recognize myself anymore, who is this person in the kitchen baking recipes from scratch? I even ordered a KitchenAid mixer. An appliance, and I’m actually stoked to start using it. Last month I bought a sewing machine and am signing up for sewing classes soon. This isn’t me, this is my mom or my grandma, I don’t bake or sew. Well at least, I didn’t.

While the kids were at school today, I baked a batch of gluten free cupcakes so that the kids can sing to me. It’s funny how even my birthday revolves around those pesky little bastards. I don’t mind though, it’s fun to see the excitement on their faces when they help me blow out my candles. The funny thing is, my eighteen year old self would be appalled at the person I’ve turned into. Cooking and sewing? Gave up my career to raise a family? How Donna Reed of me. The truth is, I kind of enjoy it though. I like knowing what ingredients are in the foods my kids are eating. It’s a challenge to learn how to bake and sew without poisoning my family. And if the need to actually poison them should arise, I will be more than qualified to get the job done.

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  1. Ginny Marie

    My aunt just gave up gluten this year after she found out she was allergic, and she feels so much better! I hope it works for you and your kids!

  2. Ginny Marie

    I forgot to say Happy Birthday!

  3. Maureen@IslandRoar

    Oh, I love your line about your knowledge helping you poison people!
    I think most of our 18 year old selves would be shocked to see the people we’ve become.
    I’d say you should be proud as hell for all you’re doing for the kids right now!
    Happy Birthday! xo

  4. Ruby

    Happy Birthday Casey!! Good luck with the gluten free endeavor. I’m interested to hear what changes you see…

  5. Captain Dumbass

    If my 18 year old self even opened his mouth I’d kick his ass sideways.

    Happy Birthday.

  6. Michele

    Happy Birthday you little Suzy Homemaker, you. I’m so proud.

  7. Jenni

    Good for you, sister. I hope the diet is going well.

    I love my Kitchen Aid mixer. I basically live and die by it.

    I also often look at myself and can’t believe who I’ve become. It’s not someone I ever expected to be, but you know what? I love it. I love who I am today.

    And happy, happy birthday. I hope you get your wish.

  8. Mrs. C.

    I ate a gluten free brownie once. Wish I’d had some ass on toast to wash the taste out of my mouth..

    Happy birthday to you, and yay for all you do to make your kids’ lives better!

  9. Jamie

    Double digit bithday hum? Well I will never see that one since I doubt I will live to be 331. Not that I would WANT to.

    “Ass on toast” – my GMIL will love that one.

    Happy Birthday!

  10. Jamie

    Oh, and the KitchenAid mixer is the bombdiggity!

  11. kat

    whoa whoa whoa.. its your birthday…


    and throw me a super baker 15-ingredient bagel, yo.

  12. Melinda

    I’m new to your site, Happy Bday!
    Not sure why you are going gluten free but good luck with that and becoming a domesticated mama!

  13. Keely

    Happy birthday!

    I’ve recently become a vegetarian, yoga-practising, uncaffeinated recycling nazi, so yeah, I feel your pain.

    My 18-year-old self is trying to poison ME, but she doesn’t have the skillz.

  14. ck

    Happy Birthday, Casey! I’ll be catching up with you on 33 in the fall.

    PS: We’d better watch our backs. Our 18 year-old selves will probably be trying to get beer so they can pelt our lame asses with the cans.

  15. Bano

    “It’s funny how even my birthday revolves around those pesky little bastards.”

    LOL! Dude, you had me rolling on that one!

    If I found myself baking and sewing, I would be thinking the same thing…like, um, who took over my body and WTF is going on? But I wouldn’t doubt getting to that point after Baby arrives. I hear they make you want to do things for them because you, like, love them and stuff. πŸ˜‰

  16. Bano

    And of course I forgot to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  17. K

    Happy Birthday!

    Good luck with all the new projects.

    I love my kitchen aide mixer. It makes life so much easier.

  18. Karen @ If I Could Escape

    Happy birthday and consider yourself tagged, challenged and memed over on my blog!! =)

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  20. Sprite's Keeper

    Happy birthday, Casey!
    I completely understand the turnaround in lifestyle, with the baking and all. And now get to be extremely jealous of your KitchenAide.
    Let us know how the gluten tooten life is going!

  21. Suzicate

    You are an awesome mom. Happy birthday! I’m glad you don’t make the kids eat “ass on toast”…too funny,

  22. Shangrila

    Happy, Happy Birthday, bay-ay-beeeeee! I think that you’re an awesome mom (even if you ARE a year younger than me, which makes me cranky.) And for the record, if my teenaged self met me now, she’d throw herself from a cliff. But then, she was stupid!

  23. Mrsbear

    That 18 year old version of you might have been leaner and younger, but she didn’t know squat about squat. I know mine could’ve used a beating or two. Hooray, on the Betty Crocker-iness. (Gluten Free version of course.)

    A birthday, huh? Weird.

    Hope you partied like it was 1999.

  24. Pammie

    My 18 yr. old self had visions of 6 beautiful kids and baking cookies everyday. However, my 31 yr. old self knows to buy the cookies already done and knows that having 6 kids would be like shooting yourself in the foot.

    Happy Birthday to you. If you’re anything like me, my kids are the only people who ever remember my birthday and they’re also the only ones who want to celebrate it too.

  25. Sheila

    Happy Birthday! The 33 year old you would kick the ass of the 18 year old you!

  26. Brenda

    Here’s the thing about ass on toast. Your taste buds can easily be retrained to live without the crazy sugars and crap that we were brought up on. I, too, cook most of my kids meals from scratch. No, I am not super mom – I am super CHEAPO mom, and have learned to make simplistic meals from minimal earthy ingredients on the cheaps. My kids are little (2 1/2 and 13 months) so they don’t know any better! My husband may argue with me, but his doctor won’t. Good for you (again and again), Casey, for all that you do for your bunch.

  27. Kirsty

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY Casey!!!! Hope you’re a complete success with this whole gluten free endeavor you’re embarking on. My 18 year old self wouldn’t have anything to do with me now, but I could definitely kick my 18 year old self’s ass so it balances out. lol Tis funny how we change from thinking about what party we’re gonna attend to those are nice curtains *sigh*. Ach well, we still ROCK even if it is the sewing machine. lol

  28. Kristen @ Motherese

    I’m new to your blog, but couldn’t resist the urge to say happy birthday, from one 33-year-old to another.

    I admire you for trying the gluten-free thing. I was on an elimination diet last summer when my baby was having trouble with my breast milk. It was a challenge to say the least, but it sounds like you have the humor and spunk to make the best of it – and lots and lots of bagels!

  29. Erin@TheLocalsLoveIt

    Happy Birthday! Kudos to you for embarking on this journey. It really sounds like you’re enjoying it.

    I love reading about it…

  30. Cara

    Happy birthday, Casey!

    Serious props for embarking on this whole gluten/dye free diet. I’m totally intrigued by it & can’t wait to read more.

  31. Lin

    Happy Belated Birthday, Casey!! Gees, where have I been?? Sorry I missed it and I hope those cupcakes were good and the birthday singing better!

    Welcome to the “Officially a Mom” club. It’s not the birth that makes you a mom–it’s all that cupcake baking and sewing that puts you over the edge. And making sure that life is about them. πŸ™‚ Isn’t it fun, though? well, some of the time??? πŸ˜‰

  32. b

    Just found your blog minutes ago —
    GlutenFreeGirl — a blog about, yes you guessed it.
    Best wishes

  33. Mad Woman

    15 ingredients? Holy shit woman! I can barely manage to poor powder out of a box and add water!

    Happy Birthday!!!

  34. Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings

    Happy Belated birthday. I don’t why I didn’t see this post. Where is my head? Up my…well, anyhow….what are you doing for those kids is awesome! Go girl!

    I’m cutting out all corn after an asthma attack last week. wow. What a pain in the butt. No corn syrup, corn starch, etc. And that stuff is in everything!!!! Argh! My husband said he and our son will eat from now on and I can eat air because it is the only thing without corn! πŸ™‚

  35. becky

    I don’t know how I missed this. Happy Late Birthday! And the new home ec you is awesome!

  36. Deemarie

    Heya!! I’m so late coming back to the party… I hope all is going well. Happy Belated Birthday!! I’ll get to meet you in August!!!! And I have a friend who’s been doing the gluten-free thing for 2 years now. Let me know if you want me to get some sites and stuff. I know she found some places to order flour that was cheaper than in stores.

  37. Tina McDaniel

    Sometimes, life just sneaks up on you and you think WTH is THAT person? The one who can leave the house without spending nine hours on hair and can wear pajamas to the grocery store? The one that actually enjoys sewing Halloween Costumes and the one that finds Gluten Free as an ADVENTURE and not a HOLY SHIT.

    Good luck to you….and congrats on finding a new age of change and a skin that you like fitting into. πŸ™‚

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