Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Gluten-Free Final Specials: The Final Roundup (And A Little Update On My Life)

Well, September came and went, and as seems to be the case these days, everything happened in a blur. Just snapshots in time. Preparing for my move to Seattle, finally getting on the plane, and starting school left little time for anything extra. But making life simpler for me this month were a special group of bloggers: my Gluten-Free Fall Specials guest posters. As many of you know, being away from blogging creates a stress all its own. The rhythm of writing, cooking, and taking photos keeps me sane, and the idea of my blog languishing without me for a month was more than I could bear. So eleven lovely ladies stepped in and took over for a month, creating tempting fall recipes and sharing their stories with us all. I owe them a huge thank you for helping me to keep my head this month, and for providing me with a new list of recipes I can't wait to make.  I'm sure you enjoyed these recipes as much as I did, and I hope you'll come back and leave a comment letting us know if you tried any of these tasty treats.

Sweet Potato Doughnuts: Gluten-Free Flavorfull 
Vanilla Protein Chai: The Crazy Kitchen
Masala-Spiced Adzuki Beans with Brown Rice: Tasty Eats At Home
Granola Bars and Breakfast Tips: The Gluten-Free Homemaker
Oatmeal Marble Squares: Gluten Free Easily 
Curried Sweet Potato and Pea Wraps: City|Life|Eats
Blueberry Explosion Muffins: Veganlicious
Flat Bread: Living Free 
Individual Flourless Apple Crisp: The Messy Chef 
Baked Pumpkin Cranberry Rice Pudding: Ginger Lemon Girl 
Basic Pancakes: The Daily Dietribe :)  

Lemon Squares (Dairy-free, Refined Sugar-Free): Z's Cup of Tea

And as for me and the jumbled month of September? Here are a few lot of those snapshots to show you where I've been:

I baked a really ugly, but very yummy cake. 

Luckily, practice makes perfect.

Or in this case, practice made lopsided perfection. 

Hey, it was gluten and dairy-free. I get points for that, right? 

Oh well, I learned that cakes aren't my thing. 
I really prefer cookies anyway. 

I went to a beautiful wedding 
which is where the lopsided cake came into play
and where I obsessively took photos of rose petals and wine glasses.

Moved to Seattle (really to Kenmore)
and into a house with a pear tree and two apple trees in the backyard.

Took in the Seattle sights.

Walked around like a tourist with my camera out.

Started to fall in love with the Northwest.

Check out the birds camouflaging themselves on the train tracks.
As my mother's daughter, I should know what those birds are
but I don't.

Came a bit too close to this train for my own comfort.

I'm pretty sure this was the moment I decided I love Seattle.

Or perhaps it was this one.

And finally, 
last week I began classes at Bastyr.

And that is the end. 

By which I mean, the beginning.


Eimear said...

The birds are little ringed plovers:) As a cake girl rather than a cookie girl, that cake looks yummy!

fartygirl said...

OMG You make ME love Seattle!!! Canicometoo???

My first cake looked like that too... there is a secret photo of it somewhere in my blog... the icing looks like soup falling off the cake!!1

So wonderful to hear that you are loving Seattle. Isn't it so inspiring to start over sometimes? Enjoy your new life, dear! :)

Aubree Cherie said...

Beautiful photos Iris! Sounds like things are setting down and that you're loving it out there - GREAT! Wish I could join you, it looks so beautiful. Best of luck to you with your studies and such. I know you'll great though :)

~Aubree Cherie

Valerie @ City|Life|Eats said...

It was such a pleasure to be part of your guest bloggers this month - and I love your update on Seattle. It really seems like a wonderful place.

quantumbiologist said...

Actually, those little birds are killdeer. Little ringed plovers only have one collar stripe.

Iris, you make Seattle look like a dream.

Alea said...

I am so excited for you! I think your cakes look delicious! My daughter took 1rst place and judges award with a lopsided cake - it really is all about the taste!

Beautiful photos!

Ricki said...

What a lovely post! I know the "life-is-a-blur" feeling all too well. But how exciting that you have this new beginning. . . in such a GORGEOUS locale! Your photos are beautiful. In fact, I'd say that CAKE is beautiful! Lopsided is unique, lopsided is refreshing, lopsided is a stunning shade of pink. Yum!

Maggie said...

Perfect Iris. Amazing pictures (I would've GLADLY eaten some of that cake) and I absolutely love how you closed this post. It's perfect!

Zoe @ Z's Cup of Tea said...

How wonderful, Iris! These kind of things make me want to visit, or perhaps live, in Seattle someday. So many beautiful things. :)

The lopsided cake also looks good - and agree with Maggie, would have gladly eaten it! I've only made one layer cake, which was really good and that I plan to debut on my blog eventually. It was my brother's birthday cake. It's really simple, too. Not complicated at all.

And, again, it was an honour being part of your series! :)

Grace said...

Beautiful pictures! You are very good...if you weren't my maid of honor I'd ask you to photograph my wedding...

saxifrage said...

Lovely post, Iris! The cake looks delicious, and your photos are stunning. And I, too, love that last line. Beautifully written ;-)

hunterslyonesse said...

Beautiful pictures, Iris! The Pacific Northwest really is unlike any other place. I'm glad you're enjoying it! And that cake may not have been the prettiest, but it sure looks good!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Yes, those birds are killdeer. We have then in Texas too (which is actually surprising, given that the climates are so dissimilar). Gorgeous photos. I especially love the tree trunk. And that cake looks tasty, even if it wasn't gorgeous!

Miki said...

Wonderful post, Iris. So glad you're loving Seattle. I fell in love with it when I was there too. I have a really cool friend there you should meet if you want. I'm settling back into SF after a long road trip and getting back on my gluten/dairy-free diet, so I'll be checking back in on your more :)

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Such a great post, Iris! I love your sentiments and all your photos. We're big fans of killdeer here, and love how they pretend to be hurt if one accidentally gets near their in-ground nest. They detract your from their eggs and babies. They are so sweet!

Hope you're loving Seattle/Kenmore! I'm so awed at all you are doing, my dear!



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