Sunday, April 11, 2010

Rewind to Friday – A Birthday in Review

 

Thanks for all the sweet birthday comments, emails, tweets! You guys are the best…as always! :)

I have to say that I had a great weekend, and I started it out on the right foot…err…bowl on Friday morning.

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Birthday Banana Oats! In the mix: 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup vanilla light soymilk, 1/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats, 1/2 a banana sliced thin (KERF method), 1 tbsp. chia powder topped with cocoa roasted almonds.

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Deliciously creamy, pillowy gluten free oats that I enjoyed with a tbsp. of peanut butter.

Luckily this breakfast held me over until well after typical lunch time! For lunch I celebrated Salad Saturdays on Friday:

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Lots of crunch! Sans dressing because I didn’t want to even chance getting glutened! I wanted to feel my best for supper with these lovely ladies:

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Starting Left: Amber, Me, Jessica, Alex, and Amy

We went out to dinner in downtown Durham at Dos Perros. The food was fantastic! The service was horrible! Our server was rude and rushed us throughout the entire meal! She invaded our personal space and even moved personal belongings. Needless to say, I didn’t feel comfortable taking pictures. I can’t say that it will keep me from going back, I LOVE their food and have dined with great service in the past!

For dessert, I surprised everyone with an old recipe with a new twist!

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Gluten Free Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Stars! (And yes, I baked my own birthday cupcakes. But I love baking!!)

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The stars were a simple solution to a baking snafu. I had to bake a view of the cupcakes in their cupcake tins, but without the proper pan. They ended up running together into a giant cupcake glob. SO I salvaged as much as I could by cookie cutting stars!

And YES! Betty Crocker Rainbow Chip icing is gluten free! Just another reason I LOVE Betty Crocker!

All in all, it was an awesome birthday! Great food and great friends! If you follow me on twitter, then you know it got a little weird at the end of the night…but it was interesting to say the least!

The rest of the weekend has been relaxation paired with…cleaning! This coming Saturday is my very FIRST 5k…so any advice would be great!!

I also have a FUN giveaway planned for you guys mid-week. HINT: You won’t hate it, but gluten will!

5 comments:

Sightless Faith said...

Wow! I don't know you, but I am so proud of you!!!! I don't know that I have Celiac's disease, but 1in 4 has a gluten intolerance. I want more energy and think I could be intolerant to gluten. I've tried to go gluten free, but it's such a huge frustration to find SIMPLE gluten free recipes. I have a friend that completely went gluten free. If you want I can find you her gluten free brownie recipe, and avocado cupcake recipe. Let me know if you are interested!

Jen said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY APRIL!!!!!!!!

Farty Girl said...

Happy Birthday! Despite crappy waitresses, it sounds like you had fun. Those cupcakes look phenomenal. You are an artist!

I saw the dinner pics from twitter. Man, I would've loved to have been an ear at that table!!! That will be something to tell the grandkids about, no doubt!

Sweetpea said...

Happy Birthday! The cupcakes look so good.

Betsy said...

Wooo...Happy Birthday! I'm sooo happy you made those cupcakes, I looove them. Best recipe you've posted on this site EVER!! :D