Good Things XIV

Prize Package

"Look! I got Episodes one through nine of BETTER WITHOUT!" he exclaims, as if BETTER WITHOUT is his favorite program.

“Look! I got Episodes One through Nine of BETTER WITHOUT!” he exclaims, as if BETTER WITHOUT is WOMBLES OF WIMBLEDON and he hasn’t seen it since he was a young boy in Budleigh Salterton.

Box arrive, addressed Bubs. Everyone assume must be XL box pump tubing, forget all about request care package University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. Inside huge burgundy-beribboned package: muesli, crackers, cold cereal, hot cereal, brownie mix, cookies, Bisquick, ciabatta, coupons, book, magazines, DVD, more. FOR FREE. So many things, arrives in box large enough make clubhouse for preschooler.

GF Cream of Mushroom Soup

All this plus GF Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Recommend! From the site: If you or your child has been diagnosed with celiac disease through a biopsy in the past 12 months, please send us an email from our Contact Us page. The package will contain all the materials and samples you need to start the gluten-free diet so that you can spend your energy getting well instead of looking for information. Please note we ship via UPS anywhere within The United States of America. Nice.

Good GF Spaghetti

Tried a few. Boys declare this one best. Bionature.

Enthusiasm. "Does this have carbs?" (Yes, tons.) "No, I mean, does this have gluten? Is this gluten free? This tastes like gluten."

Enthusiasm. “Does this have carbs?” (Yes, tons.) “No, I mean, does this have gluten? Is this gluten free? This tastes like gluten.”

Cauliflower Cake

(real recipe here)
2 lbs. cauliflower broken into 1-2″ florets, steamed until tender (30g CHO)
1T evoo (0)
1/2 yellow onion + 1/2 red onion, halved & very thinly sliced (15g CHO)
1t each caraway seeds, ground coriander, crushed red pepper, and salt, all mortar & pestled up together (0)
3/4 c chick pea flour (30g CHO)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder (0)
6 eggs (0)
1+ 1/2 c feta (9g CHO)



Directions: Anyone but me should probably read the real recipe at Eating Well, but these are my notes for my own (simpler & feta-y-er) cake.

Oven 350. Butter a 9″ springform pan. Cook the onions in the olive oil until very soft/beginning to turn golden brown. Stir in the pounded up spices and cook together for a minute or two. Stir in the cooked cauliflower and keep stirring until it’s all coated in the oniony spices. In a small bowl, whisk together the chick pea flour and baking powder. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Whisk the flour mixture into the eggs and beat until smooth. Stir in 1c of the feta. Mix the cauliflower-onion-spice mixture into the egg mixture and then pour/spread this into the prepared pan. Crumble remaining feta on top. Bake 35 minutes or until set in the center. 84-ish g CHO/whole big thing.

Life Without Dexcom

Not good thing. Not good at all! But bright side could be:

  • Oh my gahd we will be so happy when we have a transmitter. We will be. So. Happy
  • We have survived skiing-sledding-swimming-sleeping without Dex for over one week now with a sprinkling of not-too-terrible lows and maybe one semi-terrible high, and we (parents) haven’t slept very well but we also haven’t killed each other. Meanwhile the child has felt fine throughout, which I guess is actually the important thing even though when I am this tired, I do sincerely feel me being tired is the pinnacle of human suffering
  • I have been getting into dramatic snits over perceived marital slights like alleged blanket hogging on ice cold nights or why did you buy cheese? Did you not trust me to buy cheese? Great! Now we have like eight things of cheese…The bright side of snittiness is not absolutely clear, but I’m hoping to bask in its resolution when the transmitter arrives (in one day to three weeks) or not, in which case I will be revealed to be a permanently damaged super-bitch and will qualify for some kind of combined spa/mental institution
  • Bountiful opportunity to watch Breaking Bad


  1. Brandy · January 3, 2014

    I’m so very jealous over your GF box of goodies!!! That instant oatmeal on the table between the boys, ABSOLUTE favorite here. Monkey loves the flavour & the best part is the relatively spike free curve that results. Nice & gentle.
    On a side note……sooooo not cool that you’re still without your Dex. Fingers are crossed that it shows up a your doorstep VERY soon.

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  2. Sara · January 3, 2014

    That box is a very “good thing”!

    Their note makes it especially sweet (diabetes pun not intended until after I typed it)

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  3. Kay T. · January 3, 2014

    Here’s a visualization for you: every snitty-bitchy thing said that the other one doesn’t respond to is a brick in the foundation of your marriage. A very strong foundation. They say stuff like this can make your relationship stronger… if you don’t kill each other first. When you are both calm, make a pact to not hold the snitty-bitchy stuff against each other. You’ll laugh about it one day.

    “Some days, love is a decision.” Jeannette L., my beloved coworker. She was so wise.

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  4. fifteenwaitfifteen · January 3, 2014

    I am so addicted to my Dexcom & rely on it so heavily, I can’t imagine having to go without it as the parent monitoring the kid! You have every right to snittiness – I know I would be stressed out well beyond snittiness if it were me!

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  5. Ben · January 3, 2014

    Maybe Sarah Vowell’s radio story on “Living Without” can cheer you up!

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  6. Laddie · January 4, 2014

    Like fifteenwaitfifteen, I am addicted to my Dexcom and consider it to be life-changing and life-saving. At the same time when my transmitter died this summer and took two weeks to replace, I did feel somewhat liberated after recovering from my BG 37 on my first night without it.

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