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Gluten Free Pizza

August 9, 2010

Because my first attempt to make gluten free pizza was a total flop, I was a bit apprehensive about trying again. Back in mid-July, I came across a recipe for gluten free pizza on Julia’s gluten free blog (in Spanish) and I decided to try it that very same day.

It was perfect! Fabulous! Loved it!

I increased the recipe just a bit because it wasn’t enough for my pizza pan, but I left the ingredients list with the original quantities. Here it is before going into the oven:

Ingredients:

1 cup Gluten free flour (I used a mix of corn and rice), plus more if needed
1/2 cup Water (the original recipe calls for room temperature water, but I’ve had more success with ice water for things like crusts; try it both ways and see what works for you)
1 envelope Yeast
1 1/2 t. Olive oil
1 1/2 t. Vinegar
1 t. Xanthan gum
Salt

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients. Add small additional amounts of flour if needed to reach the right consistency. Once you’ve got the dough ready, place it in an oiled pizza pan and press it into the pan with your fingers. I gave it a light roll out with a wooden dowel that fit inside the pan.

Top with your favorite sauce, ingredients, and cheese. I used goat cheese, since that’s what we digest best.

Bake at 450°F/225°C for 12-14 minutes, but keep an eye on it to determine the proper length of time.

Enjoy!

Here it is coming out of the oven:

Green Film Fest

August 5, 2010

Buenos Aires is about to host a Green Film Fest. I already discussed this on my other blog, so I don’t want to repeat, but they’ve got a great lineup that I want to share.

All links go straight to each movie’s page on the Green Film Fest website, where info is in Spanish. Each page includes a trailer to the movie, though, which is in English. You can check those out to see which films you want to start with. I’m going to assume that most of these movies are out on DVD in the Northern Hemisphere by now.

I’ve only seen the first two on the list, and loved both of them. If you haven’t seen any of these movies, try to check out at least a couple. It’s always useful to learn a little more about how to be sustainable.

Enjoy!

Sometimes, You Just Need a Chief Privacy Officer

August 4, 2010

I have, little by little, been unsubscribing myself from things I never subscribed to in the first place. And deleting old emails that forward to the emails I actually use today. The spam level is reducing…slowly.

The day before yesterday, I unsubscribed to this email from a clothing company, received confirmation of my unsubscription, and then received another email yesterday from the same company. I can only hope that was an email that was already scheduled to go out and that they’ve really taken my email off their list.

But, at the bottom of the email, I found the following text: “Please address questions regarding our privacy policy to our Chief Privacy Officer, xyz Madison Avenue, Floor x, New York, NY 10022.”

And I thought, “CHIEF PRIVACY OFFICER?!” Please. You’ve got to be kidding me. You mean the corporate internet lawyer.

Because I can’t believe a clothing company actually keeps a Chief Privacy Officer on hand for all those pressing clothing privacy concerns. Though I could use a CPO myself to handle all my unsubscribes.

Feel Good Friday: Old Friends

July 30, 2010

Here’s the info if you want to join in:

Step 1:
Pick one of these prompts and write about it on your blog!  You can:

  • Just make a list. List 5 things that made you really happy this week. No matter how bad or boring you think your week was, I bet you can find 5 things.
  • Write about something that happened to you this week that really made you smile.  Was it your child, husband, or maybe a complete stranger did to you?
  • Write about something that YOU did for someone else that really made them happy or laugh.
  • Is there something you treasure so much that every single time you look at it, it brings you happiness?  Post a pic and tell everyone about it.
  • Having a hard week and can’t find one good thing about it?  Well then, what is your happy place?  What do you think of that makes you happy? A past vacation?  A childhood memory?  We want to know!

Step 2:
Head over here and link up with Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets.  Then go and read at least one other blog and leave them a comment to make their day brighter.

Step 3:
Have fun.  Feel good.  Smile.

Then, start looking for all of the good things you can write about for next week!  Once you start looking for the “good”  you will find it everywhere!

Here goes…

I’m writing on Thursday evening, since I’ll be offline all day tomorrow…meeting up with one of my sophomore year college roommates who I haven’t seen in almost ten years (I think), and is visiting from São Paolo, Brazil, where she’s been living this past year. We met up last when I was living in Tulum, Mexico…and I can’t even remember when it was!

A is always getting together with old friends. As I write this, he’s off playing soccer/football with friends from high school. Last month, we met up for dinner with some other high school friends of his. He has other high school friends that he sees on an almost weekly basis.

It’s one of the advantages of living in the same place you grew up in. I can’t say the same for myself, because I’ve lived in so many places. Though, all of my own friends have also moved around so much, that even if I lived in the same town where I grew up, there wouldn’t be many friends left to hang out with.

So, here’s to meeting up with old friends!

How often do you get to see friends from long ago? How do you keep in touch with friends?

Happy Friday and happy weekend!

How to Be Eco Friendly Even After Death

July 29, 2010

Are you disturbed to think of all the cementeries around the world? Hills and hills of rolling green (and probably fertilized) grass? All those coffins taking up space underground? Check out this blog post from Green Life on Eco-Friendly Burial Options.

Did you know about biodegradable urns and coffins? Nitrogen freezing as an alternative to cremation? Natural woodland burials?

Death is never an easy subject to bring up, but it’s going to happen some day, so check out these eco friendly burial options at Green Life!

Feel Good Friday: 37

July 23, 2010

Here’s the info if you want to join in:

Step 1:
Pick one of these prompts and write about it on your blog!  You can:

  • Just make a list. List 5 things that made you really happy this week. No matter how bad or boring you think your week was, I bet you can find 5 things.
  • Write about something that happened to you this week that really made you smile.  Was it your child, husband, or maybe a complete stranger did to you?
  • Write about something that YOU did for someone else that really made them happy or laugh.
  • Is there something you treasure so much that every single time you look at it, it brings you happiness?  Post a pic and tell everyone about it.
  • Having a hard week and can’t find one good thing about it?  Well then, what is your happy place?  What do you think of that makes you happy? A past vacation?  A childhood memory?  We want to know!

Step 2:
Head over here and link up with Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets.  Then go and read at least one other blog and leave them a comment to make their day brighter.

Step 3:
Have fun.  Feel good.  Smile.

Then, start looking for all of the good things you can write about for next week!  Once you start looking for the “good”  you will find it everywhere!

Here goes…

Wednesday was my birthday. 37 years old, in case you were wondering. I had a great day! A is fabulous about making birthdays extra special. This year, we started with my “pre-birthday” on Tuesday. We went out for breakfast, and in the afternoon we went to pick out two of my presents, and then got takeout Armenian food for dinner, which A picked up on his way home from work. (In case you’re in Buenos Aires, and love Sarkis, but can’t stand waiting in line to get a table, or can’t stand the huge, noisy dining room, you can order meals to go, ready to pick up after 9 p.m.)

The 21st was a great day! Lots of fun, and good food all day long! I made an exception to our generally wheat-free diet with some whole wheat pancakes and real maple syrup for breakfast. A had never had pancakes before (can you believe that?!), so it was fun to share them with him (he liked, them, of course). The rest of the day was fabulous!

Thursday afternoon, A took me to the yarn district here in Buenos Aires for my “post-birthday” (which in case you didn’t know is on Scalabrini Ortiz between Córdoba and Corrientes), and I got two skeins each of two kinds of yarn. We went to about six different shops, and they all had such beautiful things!

And I finally found Manos del Uruguay yarn, which is absolutely gorgeous, and actually seems easier to find in the US than here in Argentina! Apparently there’s only one yarn shop that carries it here in Argentina, despite the fact that Uruguay is right next door (actually, right across the river). I had looked it up online before we went, so I knew where to start out.

What I didn’t know about MdU, and learned this afternoon on their label, is that the company is a nonprofit, and is made up of 17 co-ops of rural women that work to spin and dye the yarn, and knit and manufacture the garments they sell (they also sell sweaters made from their own wool). The idea behind the company is to generate jobs for rural women, allowing them to work from their pueblos without having to move to the city. If you knit or crochet, and you can find MdU yarn in your area, please support this project! It’s a fantastic idea.

Happy weekend, all! Hugs!

2012, in case you were worried…

July 21, 2010
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And do you say “two thousand twelve,” or “twenty twelve?”

Just wondering…I see it as “dos mil doce.”

:-)

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