A Place for Puppycat!

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A post from Kelli–

Believe it or not, one of the first things that I was looking for when we moved was a place that we could put Puppycat’s kennel.  I had originally wondered about the garage, but when I found out it wasn’t heated or cooled, I quickly crossed it off the list.  I then was maybe thinking the laundry room, but when we got to looking at it, there wasn’t really a place that would fit well.  I looked at a few other places but couldn’t quite figure something out so I ended up just throwing it in a corner until I figured out where I wanted to put it for good.

I left it for a few days and finally got around to cleaning out the dining room.  When I looked at everything, it turned out that there wasn’t really an obvious place to put the kennel, but it didn’t fit too bad where it was.  I ended up leaving it where it was.

Another of my goals in moving to the house is to do a little bit more decorating.  After I went through a few boxes of decorations, I ended up gathering up a few things that relate to dogs and decided to hang them on the wall by the kennel.

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There are a few things that I still want to do to the “Puppycat decorations.”  I need to get a picture of her added to the frame.  I also want to find a little shelf to put above the three bottom things so that I have a place to put a few of my little beagle figurines.

My favorite part of them all is the Dog Lessons for People cross stitch that I made.  It’s the first thing that I cross stitched and I can see that there are a few places that I made mistakes, but the most important thing that I learned is to keep going and work to get it finished.  I learned the basics and it has really been something that I am glad I put the time into learning as I have really had a fun time doing it.

My favorite part of the saying is “love unconditionally and be a best friend.”  I sure have found that in Puppycat!

 

From the Gluten Free Girl

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Ever since I’ve found out I can no longer eat gluten, I’ve been struggling.  It’s gotten better as I learn more about gluten and what foods to watch out for, but it seems like I’m always looking for “new” things that I haven’t had for a while because I haven’t been able to find a gluten free option.  Like I said, it’s gotten lots better as people needing gluten free food increases and more food companies and restaurants are expanding their menus to include gluten free options, but in the middle of nowhere, there are still usually just one or two (at most) options.

Yesterday, I needed to make a grocery run as I haven’t really bought much as far as groceries go since we moved.  I knew that I was going to need to get lots of things and needed to go to a couple different stores (certain ones have better tasting or cheaper items).  I decided to head out east about a half an hour or so which is not where I normally go.  I really wanted to go to an Aldi’s but needed to go to Walmart too, but Aldi’s was my first priority.

One of the reasons that I like Aldi’s so much is that their prices are extremely reasonable.  Also, they carry their own line of gluten free products that actually tastes pretty good for being gluten free and their produce seems to last twice as long as any other stores and usually it’s half the price too!

While I was strolling through the aisles, I was grabbing some beans as chili is on the list of things to make for supper in the next week or two.  Usually, chili beans is something that I struggle with.  You wouldn’t guess it, but many times the beans have tomato paste in them which commonly uses flour as a thickener.  Although it doesn’t say that it contains wheat, if it doesn’t say gluten free, I won’t touch it (I’ve been burned on “chancing” it a few times).  On a whim, I flipped the can over and…

Chili Beans (225x400)You guessed it!  GLUTEN FREE!  Wahoooo!  I was pretty excited!

The other thing that stinks about not being able to eat gluten is that you usually can’t try anything new or fun.  Very rarely do I get a choice as far as what kind of oreos to buy.  The Red Velvet ones?  Forget it!  Not here!  I was so excited that I could get these, that I ended up checking out a few other things in the store and found out that their spaghetti sauce is also gluten free as well as their butternut squash sauce which is supposed to be similar to spaghetti sauce.  Believe it or not, all of the items below are gluten free.  And the best part is that I didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg for them either.

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So if you are ever looking for anything gluten free, I highly recommend finding your nearest Aldi’s store.  They don’t  have the name brand things, but if you are okay with an off brand at an amazing price, you will be set!  And their produce is AMAZING too….and that doesn’t have gluten either!

 

 

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