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Looking for delicious GF hamburger buns for your July 4th celebration?

What a great GF hamburger bun!

What a great GF hamburger bun!

Look no further. I have the best hamburger buns around! Order today. They  freeze well, and i’m not baking again for two weeks. Most of the items on this week’s menu (cookies, cakes, bread pudding, brownies) freeze well and are the perfect addition to your July 4th celebration!

See http://violettegf.com/whats-baking/ For selection.

Send orders to cupcakes@violettegf.com

 

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More News. . .

I will no longer be selling at Darwins , including the bread they use for sandwiches. It was a short marriage, but as I started spending more time there I came to realize that the store was simply too busy to truly accommodate the needs of carrying Gluten Free products. They don’t have the space during peek hours to have a truly dedicated area for Gluten Free, other than perhaps a tiny space for a couple cookie items. No one on the staff has a gluten allergy, and they haven’t been trained to really appreciate the mindset that is necessary when dealing with health based allergies. I spoke with the owner about these issues, but the reality is that owner doesn’t manage that store, and that store is making so much money he doesn’t want to mess with things. Why change something that isn’t broken, is his attitude.

I think the concept of sharing can work in a less frantic, more owner involved place. So I’m continuing to look. In the meantime, I will continue to bake to order.

Thanks for your patience, and for understanding.

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Hashimoto’s as my personal Guru

I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune thyroid condition. When i was diagnosed with celiac 10 years ago they never told me that I was likely to get another autoimmune disease, although experts know this. In fact, I think I probably had Hashimoto’s first and then got Celiac. I’ve been sharing my experience with Hashimoto’s a bit on FB and thought i’d share here as well.  The piece on Anxiety i wrote about a month ago. Fast forward to today and the paragraphs on Peace.  Information is the best tool for healing, so i’m sharing!

ANXIETY. Do you sometimes (or often) have low level anxiety? By itself or sometimes alternating with low level depression? ME TOO. Guess what? Mine was TOTALLY food induced.

About a year or more ago, I realized that i was waking up every morning anxious about everything that had to be done. Even when on vacation, i’d wake up anxious about nothing — until my mind grabbed on something to be anxious about. I decided enough was enough and i prayed to the Universe for help getting to the root of my anxiety. Haha, be careful what you pray for. I’ve spent the last year unwinding health issues i’ve probably had for decades, and eventually getting diagnosed with Hashimotos –an auto immune thyroid condition. (I also have celiac, which could have been caused by undiagnosed Hashimotos!) With Hashi, one goes back and forth between hypo and hyper thyroid. (Has a scientific name, but i’ll use “thyroid.”) Hyper often causes anxiety and Hypo often causes depression. Hashimotos is triggered by something — for most people usually food. The bottom line for me is that dairy and chocolate (yes, very sad to say) trigger anxiety and hyper, and gluten, soy and commercial cellulose trigger hypo and low grade depression. When I avoid these foods, i don’t have either anxiety or depression (even if i have something to be anxious or depressed about! Instead i feel calm and able to face the problem.) If you have anxiety or depression, try keeping a food journal to see if certain foods are triggering your moods. Find a good, progressive Dr. Or pray for help. . . and be prepared for what comes.

PEACE.  It has been 6 weeks since I’ve eliminated all my core auto-immune triggers, and the biggest benefit has been an all encompassing sense of well-beingness and peace. Daily and continually. It is not that I am not facing problems, it is that my perception of problems (big and small) has shifted. Whereas before I often felt like a deer caught in headlights, now problems can feel even a little invigorating, as I shift into problem-solving mode.

For 30 years I’ve been on a spiritual quest, seeking out methods and healers – yet I confess, nothing has helped me find peace more than getting to the core root of my autoimmune disorder. I know now that for years my body has been at war with itself – attacking my organs like a thug in my own personal neighborhood, creating an emotional reaction inside me that felt akin to PTSD. When we don’t perceive the war inside us, we attribute our feelings to the world outside. I thought I felt the way I did because I was a highly sensitive person, or because I was an introvert, or because the world was an inherently sucky place.  The truth is that I am highly sensitive and an introvert, but that’s not why I was feeling so off. And yes, life can often be sucky, but I have found that once I began to feel at one inside myself – instead of divided by the war of my autoimmune reactions–that regardless of the lemons life hands me, I am okay.

Wholeness – I am no longer pieces of self vying for my attention and fighting each other to survive in a hostile environment. I am a family of parts working together. Feeling content.

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June 9th Re-opening!

imagesBig news. On June 9th , Darwins LTD  at 1629 Cambridge St, in Cambridge will become my retail outlet for  product from  the  weekly What’s Baking Menu. I will be working on site as baker and chef curator of the GF display cases.

Come on in to get some gluten free goodness, and stay for breakfast, lunch or an evening snack. Lots of street parking (relatively speaking).l

Special orders will still be taken via email (cakes, catering orders,  or regular orders from the What’s Baking Menu) at cupcakes@violettegf.com for pick-up at Darwins.

This coming Weds-Friday, we will be offering free samples of one delectable dessert a day — mini cupcakes, cookie or crumb bar bites. Come on in and say hello.

Welcome back!

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Be first and get 1/2 doz assorted cookies!

I’m trying to get people to sign up to get my newsletter rather than on FB which charges me to show my posts. So i will be offering little deals only via newsletter.

This week, be the first to order and get 1/2 dozen assorted cookies. Be the 10th to order and get two free cupcakes.

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Orders due tomorrow and Bread storage tips!

GF sourdough baguettes

GF sourdough baguettes

Don’t forget orders are due by tomorrow!

I’ve been making these crusty loaves of sourdough and i researched how to keep them fresh AND crusty. As it turns out, the best way to keep bread fresh is in a bread box. I’m kicking myself,  because i’ve always used a bread box until i moved into a small apt and had no room. So i started putting my bread in the fridge. Which apparently, is the fastest way to stale bread. Short of a bread box (or freezing), you should leave crusty breads in a paper sack on your counter or in a drawer, and soft breads (like Challah) in a plastic bag in the same place.

One caveat of this is that GF flours mold FASTER than wheat, so you can’t leave it out in a warm, moist kitchen because it will mold faster than other breads (which it will do anyway, but will be even faster in a warm, moist environment.)  So find a cool, dry place to store your breads (like a bread box). My old one i got at Target for under $30. It had a metal roll top and wood bottom. My friend i gave it to says it works FAB. Actually i know that because whenever i visit her i use that bread box and my bread does last longer. But i thought it was because she lived in a hot dry place, and her kitchen is on the colder side.  But it is also, actually the box — that’s why they invented bread boxes, I guess.

Anyway, the moral of this story is the fridge is the fastest place to stale bread.  Who knew?  And don’t forget to get your orders in!

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Looking for a soft sandwich bread?

grilled cheese on GF Challah

grilled cheese on GF Challah

 

Grilled cheese on GF challah! From a customer who said: Grilled cheese. Crispy brown and melty. Magnificent and delicious!

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Job posting at Cornucopia Institute (virtual job)

Looking for an “early career job” in a field you can feel proud of? Cornucopia Institute is looking for a Communications and Development Assistant to Champion Organic Farming. See job listing below. Note, Cornucopia is in Wisconsin but the listing says the position is  virtual. http://www.cornucopia.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Communications-Development-Assistant-job-description-final.pdf

I’m sending this out because i know a lot of peeps have peeps looking for jobs! This sounds like a fun one!

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