It’s been a while since I’ve posted something on here.
My husband, AJ, was in a motorcycle crash a couple of weeks ago. Thankfully he is in one piece, but he did sprain his thumb, has lots of bruising, and also fractured and tore ligaments in his ankle. He had an MRI done today, so hopefully we’ll know by tomorrow if he is going to need surgery or not.
It’s amazing how such a little accident can teach you all sorts of things about love, family, and friends. AJ hasn’t been able to do much of anything by himself. He’s on crutches and is in a plaster cast up to his knee – with orders from the doctor to not put any pressure on his injured foot at all. I am so thankful to all of our friends and family who have called to check on AJ, or to see if we need anything. I truly love my husband. I am a lucky girl, and we are blessed to be surrounded by people who love us. =)
AJ’s accident could have been much worse. The reality is I could have lost my husband; I am very grateful God was looking out for him and protecting him the night of his accident. Thankfully, we spent the money on really good riding gear when AJ first started riding his motorcycle. It was worth it. I’m convinced he probably wouldn’t have a foot right now if he had not been wearing his riding boots.
Would anyone like to buy a 2006 Buell Blast? I’ll sell it to you for $5. It’s only missing a few blinkers, a mirror, and has a few scratches. It still runs perfectly. The title clearly states AJ or Megan… and AJ can’t even run after me to stop me if I try to sell it! $5… that’s all – it’s a STEAL!
On top of AJ’s injuries, we’ve had family in town, and I’ve also been going through some of my own health issues with my arthritis. I now have arthritis in both of my Achilles tendons. I’ve come to the realization I need to start getting better within the next few months or I need to give in and go on Embrel, Humira, or some other drug along those lines. I don’t want to, but I’m feeling like I don’t have a choice anymore. Who wants to live their life with the fear of rupturing one, if not both of their Achilles tendons? Not me – that’s a major injury. My girls need a mom who can be active with them, especially now their daddy is injured.
I haven’t been able to do much of anything this summer, including simply mowing the lawn or gardening. I can’t run, I can’t kick a soccer ball around with my daughter, and I can’t even pick my strawberries that are growing on the hill in front of my house because it’s at an incline. One wrong roll of my ankle, and SNAP… I’d be done.
I have a good friend who also has psoriatic arthritis who is a huge support for me. It’s nice to have someone else to compare notes with. Anyways, I ended up going to see her ND, Dr. Babij, a few weeks ago. One last try to control this disease naturally before I give in to genetically engineered meds. Dr. Babij decided to do some blood testing and to have me allergy tested for 96 different possible food allergies. I have another week to go before my test results come back. I am anxiously waiting. I’ll keep you all posted on the results and what Dr. Babij says during my follow up appointment.
Even though I haven’t posted many recipes online as of lately, I’ve still been baking quite a bit. I’ve made several attempts at making gluten free brownies. Each batch turned out more like cake than brownies. I’m not a cake-brownie fan. I like my brownies ooey, gooey and downright SINFUL! Stay tuned… it’s a work in progress!
In the meantime, I’ve come up with a berry cobbler recipe that is gluten, corn, potato, nut, and cane sugar free. It’s probably not your typical berry cobbler, but for being free of everything… it rocks – and it tastes good too.
For the Berry Mixture:
8 cups mixed frozen berries (I used blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
1/2 cup organic agave nectar
1/4 cup raw honey
2 TBSP fresh lemon juice (about the juice of 1 lemon)
1/3 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup sorghum flour
1/3 cup arrowroot
Pull your berries out of the freezer 1 – 1 1/2 hours before baking and put them in a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining “berry mixture” ingredients. Mix gently, being careful not to crush the berries. Set aside to thaw and to allow the flavors to blend. Stir every 20 minutes until baking time. The berries won’t be completely thawed when you put them in the oven, but all of the ingredients will be warmed up enough to be well blended.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F). Bake berry mixture for about 25 to 30 minutes in a greased 13 x 9″ baking dish. When the mixture is bubbling around the sides of the dish, remove from oven and drop the biscuit dough by heaping spoonfuls (about 12 spoonfuls) all over the top of the berry mixture. Place baking dish on top of a large cookie sheet covered in tinfoil (to catch spill over). Bake for another 20 – 25 minutes, just until the tops of the biscuits are slightly golden brown on top.
Let cool for at least 15 minutes before enjoying. Good warm or at room temperature… with or without dairy free ice cream!
For the Biscuits:
3/4 cup sorghum flour
3/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/2 tsp guar gum
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup cold organic butter (or vegan margarine such as Smart Balance or Spectrum Organic Shortening)
1 TBSP organic agave nectar
1 1/2 TBSP raw honey
2/3 cup unsweetened rice milk
Combine dry ingredients, including the lemon zest. Cut in cold butter using a pastry knife, until mixture resembles the consistency of peas and cornmeal. Since I have arthritis, I let my Kitchen Aid do the work for me. My hands can’t handle the constant motion of a pastry knife. Add the remaining wet ingredients and mix until just blended.