These are the ramblings of a self-described wheat, grain and gluten-free “gourmet girl” that loves to cook and eat good food. I love creating and sharing recipes and photographing “beautiful food”. In July 2012, I eliminated wheat, grains and added sugar from my diet and rediscovered real, whole fresh foods again and effortlessly lost 65+ pounds. Join me in my wheat, grain and gluten-free journey. See how easy it is to enjoy grain free gourmet, one meal at a time! Welcome to my blog. Enjoy!
Today was a beautiful day here. It was bright, sunny and warm with a pleasant breeze. This morning, I slept in late -- until almost 10:00 am, giving me about 13+ hours of sleep! While it sounds like a lot, it only helped make up for Thursday night's complete lack of sleep! Our little dog, Spike, who is a Bichon Frise, was up all night pacing, fidgeting and whimpering when touched with any pressure. I laid on the floor with him for over 3 hours Thursday night and was able to get him to sleep as long as I was petting him and soothing him. When my body couldn't take lying on hardwood floors any longer after 3+ hours, I tried making a spot where I could sit up with him on the floor -- "no can do". It was obvious that he would be going to the vet Friday. Meanwhile hubby and I did not get any sleep whatsoever Thursday night, but fortunately for hubby, he had the day off Friday -- I had to work and felt like a zombie all day long. I figured Spike had a tummy ache or something wrong with his back (he had back surgery 6 years ago). On Friday, our vet told us it was his back again...and as my eyes filled with tears -- he told us that thankfully, at this point, it doesn't appear to be serious like it was last time when he needed surgery. They gave him a pain shot, steroids and muscle relaxers and they will check on him again next week. Last night I actually fell asleep without any dinner from complete exhaustion and slept over 13 hours until this morning. You don't appreciate sleep until you don't get any...and then you get plenty -- the difference is amazing! So, tonight, I was ready for dinner! We picked up a couple of porterhouse steaks and grilled them. I sauteed some sliced fresh mushrooms for my steak and made my Yellow Cheddar Squash Casserole and green beans with almonds to go with our steaks. Hubby had a baked potato with his. The meal turned out great and I have enough of my steak and sides leftover for my lunch tomorrow, too. When I made my squash casserole, I added extra cheese to the topping as well as a little more cayenne, salt and black pepper to give it a little more kick. It turned out delicious. The recipe for my squash casserole is embedded in the link above. Enjoy!