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Marvelous is my Crock Pot

It’s funny. When most people go on break they have a lot more time to blog, more interesting recipes to post, and generally, are just way more active in the blogging community.

I apologize.

I am not most people.

I looked forward to Christmas break so much, thinking that it would be just the reprieve I needed, just the “thing” that would allow me to step back, reflect on what I was doing, and overall, a good time to do nothing.

Suffice to say, this time off has been all that and more. Hence the reason why I’ve not been doing very long posts, and haven’t been as up-to-snuff in commenting and responding to comments as in the past.

One thing that you may have also noticed; however, is that all of the recipes and food that I have posted, I haven’t actually eaten.

Red Velvet Trifle

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Mexican Wedding Cookies

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Cinnamon Rolls

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Ya… NO. If I had even attempted to eat one of these delicious-looking desserts I would have been keeled over in pain for days. Literally.

Instead, I’ve been eating soup.

Lots of lots of soup.

It’s called GAPS, which stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. GAPS is a healing protocol created by Dr. Natasha McBride that helps fix and “cure” a variety of symptoms with a variety of causes. For me, I’m following GAPS because I took one too many antibiotics in the past 18 years of my life. My gut is unbalanced. It’s “leaky.”

And a leaky gut, along with a gut flora out of balance from antibiotic overuse, can cause stomach distress as well as food allergies.

The way to fix it? Broth and meat from grass-fed, all natural sources. Fermented veggies like sauerkraut. Organic vegetables. Probiotics.

And that would be why I’ve not been posting any pictures of my food lately. Not exactly exciting or picture-worthy. But I started this blog to show how I am dealing with my food allergies, and this is it. I’ve only been following this protocol for maybe a week and a half and I feel so much better. And yes, it could be because I’m basically eating meat, broth and vegetables. I mean, who wouldn’t feel fine on those things? The difference is, I’m eating FAT. Not a lot, and not nearly enough as I should, but I’m eating FAT, and my stomach is not hurting.

But, who to thank for this quick turnaround of my previous stomach distress?

Well, of course the marvelous doctors, and my marvelous parents who have bought all of the food required. Also…

Marvelous is my crock pot.

Without it, none of this would be possible!

My crock pot is currently cooking a whole chicken, which is both unappetizing and would most likely appall all of my vegan/vegetarian readers and make them unsubscribe immediately. So, please excuse the stock photo.

I eat so much food now! In the beginning I ate a whole chicken and its broth every single day. Now, I eat about half that, plus a lot of peeled and cooked squash.

There is never a second where there’s not some delicious-smelling food cooking in my crock pot. It’s kind of nice not having to worry about what to eat when my family members are getting ready for supper (like the cookies, trifles and cinnamon rolls above).

That’s it for now though! I plan on sharing about my progress with GAPS as I go through the different stages (I’m currently moving from Stage 1 to Stage 2 now).

Also in my future is babysitting tonight for some family friends on New Years Eve. Three to Ten…

I just keep on telling myself: Money. Money. Money.

Ha. No, really, it’s not going to be too bad. I’ll definitely blog about all of the fun stuff we do tonight. And there is obviously going to be a lot of fun stuff!

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Is there any kitchen appliance that you want to thank and give a shout-out to?

Have you eaten much soup so far this year?

What are your plans for New Years Eve? I’m sure you all will beat me on excitement.

Twas the Morning of Christmas

Twas the morning of Christmas, when all through the house. Not a kitten was stirring, not even a mouse.

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The pastries were waiting all snug in their beds,

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While visions of gooey goodness danced in their heads.

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Then out of the silence there arose such a clatter, I jumped from the bed to see what was the matter.

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When, what to my wondering ears should appear, But a ringing alarm clock saying Christmas was here!

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With a call to our parents, so efficient and quick, we flew down the steps to our presents from St. Nick.

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As I drew in my excitement, and was hurrying around, Down the staircase my brother flounced with a big bound.

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He spoke not a lick, but went straight to his work, And we passed out the presents with a smile and a smirk.

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And with the start being close, and my dad giving the signal, we all said, “Here it goes!”

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And I went through the day with events of delight.

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Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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Thanks Jenn from Peas and Crayons for this week’s WIAW party:

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What is your favorite Christmas story? I really like The Christmas Carol and the story of the three wise men.

Favorite gift this year? Too hard to decide… I’ll get back to you on that one.

Most delicious food? I only had soup, but the butternut squash variation was my favorite.

Great family story to tell? My brother, being the animal lover that he is, fed this large stray dog sour cream and onion chips, and slices of ham while we were getting lunch set up.