Tuesday, November 2, 2010


It has been cold here, and I am trying to get my body used to it. I actually love cold weather. I know, I am weird :). I do miss all the fresh produce from the garden. We are eating the last of the tomatoes and peppers that I picked. Almost all the leaves are off the trees now, so winter is getting closer. I can't believe it is November already!

As we get near Thanksgiving (is that even possible that it is almost that time???), I am brainstorming for gluten free/casein (dairy) free/soy free (gfcfsf) ideas. One thing that we eat every year at Thanksgiving that isn't gfcfsf is green bean casserole. I found a recipe online for gluten free condensed cream of chicken soup, and gluten free condensed cream of celery soup. I decided to try it, and modify it a bit to make it gfcfsf. First I tried the cream of chicken. I made it and OH..MY..WORD...the stuff was insanely good. Like, waaaaay better than Campbells condensed stuff. This past week I decided to give the cream of celery a try. It was better than the cream of chicken! Jeff tried it, and was so bummed that we weren't going to be eating it for supper that night (I ended up freezing it)! He said it tasted even better than Panera Bread's cream of broccoli, which was a huge compliment since I adore Panera's cream of broccoli soup. I also found a recipe online for gf french fried onions, so now I can make green bean casserole!

I started making a hair album, with pictures in it of updos that I can browse through. I did it to try and overcome the latest hair rut I was in, where I was wearing my hair the same way every day. I have 3 new favorites. I had them in my other hair book with hand-drawn sketches, but hadn't really tried them. After trying them, I love them! Here are pictures of the three.
The first one is from a lady on the Long Hair Loom named Harpgal. It is a super easy braided updo, and stays put all day! I really like how it looks too. Dressy, but easy.

This one is called "The Masara", and is from a girl from Youtube named Torrin Paige. She has some wonderful updo videos on Youtube. This one is a bit crooked :(. Oh well.

This last one was from the movie "Ever After" with Drew Barrymore. I found the instructions online somewhere, but never could figure out how to do it. I finally worked on it and figured it out, and loved how it looked!


Face to the Sunshine said...

Your hair is so beautiful! I like all three of your new do's. : )

April said...

I love your hair pictures, Jen... really love the braided bun. My braided bun is too small so I never wear it that way. My hair is so fine that it just shrinks up when braided and put up. But yours looks magnificent. I need to get out of the updo rut myself though. All I do are cinnamon buns and my messy workout updo that was on my blog recently. I really could be a bit more creative if I'd just put a little more time into it.

Your recipes sounds great and I need to get on the stick and do more experimenting. Now that I'm retired, I'm slowly trying out new gluten-free things. I've had a few successes, but haven't nailed a good sandwich bread yet.

I've been cold all day! It's not that cold here today (mid-50's) but it's extremely windy up on this hill and makes it feel colder than it really is. I love the wind though. And I don't mind winter as long as I can stay warm! :) Mainly, I love the change of seasons and wearing different clothes and cooking different things. All the changes are nice.

Jules said...

Your updos look lovely. I need to try Harpgal's braided bun. I've never been a fan of braided buns on me because I don't like to wear an elastic next to my scalp all day but from memory, this style doesn't require that.

Love, love, love, the last style. Is that rope braids either side or something more complicated?

Jen said...

Face to the Sunshine - Thank you!

April - thanks! I actually got the pictures in the mail for the album, and put it all together yesterday. I think it has helped the motivation factor so far. Hopefully it will continue. You will have to let me know how the Vitamix bread works for you. I do have to say that it is a bit of an acquired taste, eating gluten free bread. Not that it is bad, but very different from wheat!
We had our first snow today, so it is definitely feeling like winter :)!

Jules - Your memory serves you right :). Harpgal's braided updo doesn't have any elastic near the scalp. You just braid your hair like a normal braid, put a hairstick near the top of the braid, and wrap it around. I had to pin mine to keep it from moving, but once I did, it stayed very well. You can also do the same thing with 2 braids. Just do them very close together, and then do a chinese bun with the braids. No elastic near the scalp! The last updo is rope braids. You rope braid as you go, taking small sections and adding to them. It took me awhile to figure it out. If I get more time, I will try and post the directions. Thank you so much for the sweet compliments!

SchnauzerMom said...

Those updos look very pretty, you did a great job.

Jen said...

Thank you SchnauzerMom!

Kelly said...

Wow, love those updos!