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Christmas on Crack, Pancakes, and Swollen Nuts. | Speedkin

Christmas on Crack, Pancakes, and Swollen Nuts.

GAPS Intro, Day 6.  I missed a couple of days since the last GAPS Intro update but there was really nothing worth mentioning. It’s up & down as to how we’re feeling day to day but, overall, we’re improving.  My swelling everywhere has really started going down.  I’ve lost a bit over seven pounds so far.  I can really move water weight around — up to ten pounds each day when I’m eating crap.  Once I get the worst of the swelling down, the weight loss should throttle way back to a reasonable rate.

We’re easing into Stage 3 right now.  Yesterday, we added in pancakes — a mixture of eggs, winter squash, and nut butter.  They were okay — a definite treat as far as something different being added in!  This morning, I made them without the nut butter and we all liked them much better except for Charlie.  Knowing my issues with nuts, I’m going to be very, very careful for a while, holding them off to a bare minimum as long as I can to allow more healing.  But, the things you can do with nut flours will really open up what I can make for treats which will really help with the kids’ morale.  Steve brought home a couple of three-pound bags of raw almonds from Sam’s last night.  Per the Mighty Internet, I soaked them overnight, dumped & rinsed this morning, and am soaking again for the rest of the day, to dump & rinse again this evening.  I’ll then put them in the dehydrator at a low temp for 24 hours or so, then finish off with roasting.  That process should remove/neutralize a lot of the offending critters *crossing fingers* so we can eat them with less issues.  After some gentle experiments with them to see if we react okay, I can grind them into flour and make occasional — but much appreciated! — treats.  That’s the grand plan anyway.  Cross your fingers & toes for us!  Side note:  Nuts really swell up when you soak them!  Of course, it makes sense and I expected it but I was surprised at how much swelling there was.

We moved ShowTime in with Oatmeal yesterday.  Those two were going at each other through the fence so we figured, what the heck, the more, the merrier, right?  So that makes three does that will be bred in the same month.  That’s going to make for a very busy April & May!

We still don’t have any Christmas decorations up and, honestly, I have no idea where to put the tree this year.  We’re rearranged the living room to allow for maximum seating (and plants!  Heh.) which leaves no tree space.  On the other hand, we no longer have a tree.  Our big fake tree we’ve had for years finally bit the dust last year.  We do have a few smaller ones so maybe I’ll work some sort of miracle today and find space for a couple of those.  I’d like to get some outside lights up this year, too, now that we’ve moved the dog pen and have regained our front porch.  Hmm, I’ll have to send Steve digging through the basement tonight to see what we have in the outdoor light department.

Speaking of outdoor lights…  Holy crap.  There’s this house that turns on their outdoor lights every year, religiously every night.  They’ve framed the house with lights stringing from the eaves to the porch railings, even on the garage.  But, good grief, they’re butt ugly!  There’s plain white on part and various multi-colored on other sections with no rhyme or reason.  Even worse, they have them all on the blinking setting — but not at all timed!  Not that I’m some sort of Christmas decoration expert by any means but, dang, this particular house causes epileptic fits!  I think each little section of lights is on a different timer and each timer is set to a different — and random — interval.  Imagine Christmas as an Angry Rambo on Crack — that’s what these lights are.  And they’re out in the middle of flat cornfields so you can see it for.ev.er.  Seriously, these lights cause an instant and overwhelming rage-filled trance in me.  Yeah, rage-filled trance.  I never knew there was such a thing.

And on that note, I’ll close.    ;-)

10 Responses to “Christmas on Crack, Pancakes, and Swollen Nuts.”

  1. LeAnn Moyers December 1, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    You make me tired just reading about your chores.

    • Diane December 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

      Meh. I’m actually pretty lazy this time of year. You should see my chore list in spring & summer, though!

  2. Gail Curry December 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Love the Christmas light ending – laughed my butt off

  3. Gail Curry December 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    oh, and you should see my Cotton and Dovey! OMG they are PREGNANT! getting wider than a house really fast!

    • Diane December 3, 2012 at 9:59 am #

      Nothing says success like waddling goats!

  4. Hollie December 3, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    I have your tree problem solved…go buy a tree..a real little pine tree…sense this is your first year in Mo. give it a name after one of the kids, use it for your Christmas inside and then everyone go out and plant it…Do this every year and befor ya know it..each kid will have their own tree, to decorate each Christmas for the birds to enjoy with yum yums during the winter.

    And where is the Polar Bear Plunge gonna be at…?

    And we won’t be attending the WAA program this year, have too many other stuff going on…

    HO HO HO


    • Diane December 3, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      No thanks to having evergreens planted on the property. It might stem from my immense hatred of cedars but I don’t want any of them here. We chopped down every evergreen on the place when we moved in. LOL

      Polar Plunge will be in Hannibal at the dock where that touristy boat cruise docks, downtown, if you know what I’m talking about? I can find out an exact address if you need it.

      Thanks for letting me know about the WAA! Way too many irons in the fire here, too. Sheesh.

      Oh, I have something for you… :-D

      • Hollie December 3, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

        4 me? easy now…don’t get my heart all excited…I’m not a well women ya know.

        and yes, I know where that plunge is…before the bike we boated….a fat lady in a bee-key-knee while loading the boat and yelling, MOVE I DON’T HAVE INSURANCE !!! does tend to get ya more space to get it loaded on the trailor…much to Vern’s dismay………………..LOL


        • Diane December 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

          Yep, for little ol’ you! Don’t get too excited. It’s not much, just made me think of you. (And you’ll probably kill me for loading you up with more crap after you’ve thinned down from the move. :-P


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