Shifting From Manager to Leader

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Rediscovering Iced Espresso

I have recently found that I am lactose intolerant. I prefer to say “I can’t have dairy” because people seem to hear lactose intolerant and think milk; however, I can’t have dairy in any form especially butter and anything rich. I thought at first it was the protein casein but I don’t have the symptoms which casein intolerance causes.

So I haven’t had many coffee drinks lately and it’s summer and I crave them! I have an espresso machine and a burr grinder specifically because I always loved them but with the consequences I face from the dairy, I was too scared to put my stomach thru the churning, cramping, highly painful event it causes.

Enter almond milk . . .sweetened vanilla. Beautifully, smooth, sweet almond milk.

Enter Costa Rica coffee bean . . .chocolatey, smooth, mild Costa Rican coffee beans.

Marry them and the love child is THE. BEST. ICED. COFFEE. EVER!

It’s like an iced mocha latte minus the chocolate! No cramps, no pain and no unhappiness.

Try it. You’ll be in love all over again. Enjoy the eye candy!


Washing cast iron cookware

Many people believe that cooking with cast iron is hard and everything sticks. I, on the other hand, am not one of those.

I don’t use cast iron for EVERYTHING but I do use it for many things such as breakfast sausage (any sausage), fried eggs and scrambled eggs are the main things that come to mind. What do these items have in common??? They are greasy or require grease/butter. Which brings me to the main reason for this blog, what is the best way to get that greasiness cleaned off? With Dawn dish detergent on the market, that de-greases everything from greasy fingers to giant oil spills in the Prince William Sound, you may think “that’s it!” well, no it’s not but… yes it is!

The trick? Don’t soak it. When you soak cast iron in soapy water it absorbs that taste which means the next few things you cook will taste soapy! and NO dishwashers – for the same reason, and iron spots.

Huh?? So don’t soak it but use it??? Yep!

This is what I do. I put the pans in the sink and run very hot water in them. I let them sit while I clean other areas as well as other dishes. Then I pour out the hot water and wipe it out with a paper towel. After I am done with all other dishes, I take my Scotch Brite Dobie Cleaning Pad (which scours without scratching) which already has soap in it from the other dishes and I clean it under warm running water. If it still feels greasy then I will add a drop of my Dawn to get that last greasiness!

I have been using these Scotch Brite pads for many, many years and I put one in my bathroom for cleaning the tub. They are excellent cleaners!!! I have been using Dawn since I have been a mom which is over 30 years! Somethings you just don’t skimp on 🙂


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Crocheted Baby Cocoon

I made my first baby cocoon!! Finished it tonight and I’m quite impressed by the way it turned out. I’ve been crocheting for about a year and a half and this was a goal of mine. I added a chain around the base of the hood; I got the idea from Pinterest but I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it. It’s not completely, completely done (I still need to add the baby’s name and edging around the hood but I was so excited to get it posted! I combined two patterns to get this one for the hood: and

this one for the body: for the body. I’ll post the finished product as well. 

Dreary Weather 

I’m in Duluth, Minnesota and it’s snowing. It’s cold and foggy. I’m ready to put my P.J.’s on and head to bed! 

Why does this type of weather do this to some of us? I often wonder  why some people have a hard time dragging themselves through the day while others have no adverse effect. Is it the same reason why those of us with arthritis are more painful when it’s cold or cold and wet than those with no arthritis. 

I asked my husband one morning, after he asked me why I was walking bent over, if he had any pain in his body. He answered with “once in awhile my feet hurt from standing at work”. I blinked and stared dumbly…that’s it?!? I have pain everywhere, everyday; yet here I sit in a cold, snowy state KNOWING it is the reason for my pain. 

Maybe someday I’ll retire to an island and then I can say “what pain”??


I was watching Dr. Phil this afternoon and at the end of the show they sometimes fit in a small story on someone; today it was a lady who has migraines so bad that her family can’t even plan anything. 

I too have migraines. I started getting them in 2007 after my breast cancer diagnosis but the never went away and only got worse!  At around the same time I was getting digestive problems such as bloating, gas, BIG gas, rumbling in my tummy, and I could eat but I would get full very fast! The doctors couldn’t find celiac, IBS, or lactose intolerances. 

In 2013 I had a migraine for about six months. I could feel it start from the inside and knew I had to get 800mg of Advil, and my Ruzatriptan migraine med and go on the bed in the dark and a cold towel for my head. Hours later I usually emerged looking like a bear out of hibernation! and then I’d have “remnants” of the migraine for the day so I had to take it easy. I kept a diary for a few months and found no common denominator, which was quite depressing. 

In August of 2014 I was out of town with my husband and because I also suffered from IBS type symptoms, I tried to plan for the three day hotel stay by bring easy things to store such as salad, apples, peanut butter etc. As we were headed home I realized that I hadn’t suffered with neither a migraine nor IBS symptoms!! Well it turned out that I didn’t have ANY dairy and little gluten foods….. I am sensitive to gluten thus giving me IBS symptoms and migraines BUT DAIRY! that stuff puts me out for the count! Stomach cramps, doubling over, bathroom visits AND migraines!!! 

So I started doing my own research and found the following: 

Our bodies don’t have the enzyme to break down gluten. Most of us can deal with it for life but some of us can’t so we start to display symptoms that matches all other common problems, thus it is hard to single out and a doc may give meds. 

Casein: Thus is in dairy and is typically the culprit not lactose. 

There is a product called Glutenease that I take before I eat anything and it has made a huge difference!! 

I still get migraines but they don’t rule my life!