Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Post in which I tell you everything. (Within reason of course.)

Today I'm dual posting.  (Which incidentally, I realize that I do a lot!)  I'm posting photos with a recipe at the end, (which I've also been doing a lot of lately since I'm winding my way into the gluten free world) and an update that I thought I should share... being this is my blog after all. (giggle.)

For those of you who have been following along for ages, you may remember me saying something around six months ago, about throwing my back out.  It healed up mostly, but over time it's just ached and ached.  It has seemed like the littlest thing would tweak it and hurt for days.  (I'm normally kind of a baby so no one took much notice of my whining-which I totally understand, given the circumstances.) As they began running tests for my liver issues and the subsequent vitamin B deficiency, shots, anemia, and the removal of gluten, my doctor revisited the whole back hurting topic.  He decided to do some x-rays and guess what?  I have arthritis!  (I know, right?)


(***Disclaimer, the authors of this blog understand that arthritis is no laughing matter for the general suffering public, and can actually be a serious condition.  If you or someone you love is suffering from arthritis pain, you are advised to see your nearest health care provider immediately.  And maybe go slather yourself with some BENGAY®.***) 


You see, the minute I found out, I started laughing because this was not at all on my 36 year-old radar.  And then... I got off the phone and began texting and calling all of my peeps, who in turn spent the next six hours emailing, texting, and calling me with obnoxious quips about Cymbalta and Bengay, not to mention calling me, "old lady" and reminding me not to miss Bingo and be careful driving after dark.  In fact, when I texted Alli this morning to ask if she wanted to raise Arthritis awareness with me and do a fun-run in December, she immediately agreed, suggested we dress up my dog, and wear matching tee shirts for our "team photo."  (I suggested that our shirts say, "I heart arthritis," but then later realized it might not exactly be the message we wanted to send.)

I swear.  I have never laughed so hard.  Let it be noted, I've got the weirdest pack of peeps on the planet.  (I wouldn't have it any other way of course.)

Which brings me to my point, because of course I've got one.  I've shared stories of my grammie with you guys in the past- joked about her green and blue shag carpet, laughed about her beehive hairdo and silk pillow, shared stories of my inherited kitchen chairs and how they were covered with turquoise pleather, and howled with laughter every time I remember that she custom-ordered a macrame chandelier for her kitchen, when I was a little girl.  She is an original.

Anyway, I was sitting at her kitchen table as a teenager (obviously, long, long ago) and she confided her new cure for arthritis to my mama and I.  She said, "Darlin' here's what you do.  You get nine white raisins- they've got to be white- and soak them in a shot of rum.  Then you eat them every single day.  It has to be nine."  Then after a pause where my mama and I bit our lips and avoided eye contact, my grammie conspiratorially patted my hand and whispered, "Personally, I'd just as soon toss those raisins and just kick back that rum."  Which is hilarious in and of itself, since my grammie still calls any alcoholic beverage a "toddy." 
 I gave her a glass of wine once while I cooked some Italian food, and she sat in my rocking chair smiling and thanking me for the delicious little "toddy."

So... in closing, I suppose it's not the worst diagnosis in the world.  If all else fails, there's always raisins and rum.  Ha!

Gluten-Free Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bites. (created for tonight's company!)
Gluten-free pie crust, refrigerated pie crust, (I used a box mix because I was rushing.) or your favorite pie crust.
1 1/2 cups finely diced apples, ( threw mine into a food processor) sprinkled with 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp lemon juice
My Salted Caramel recipe can be found, here
 *Press a small ball of pie crust into mini muffin pan, and press gently up each muffin cup. Make sure it's not too thin or they will break when you pop them out.  (If you're worried, just use a liner in each muffin cup.)  To center of each muffin cup, add a tiny dollop of salted caramel sauce, and top with spoonful of apple mixture.  Bake 350 for 25-30 minutes or until pie crust is done.  Let them cool for a bit and then gently run a butter knife around each one and they should pop out easily. 
 Once cool, drizzle with a little more salted caramel sauce. (This is optional of course, but tell me... why would you opt out on that?)

(**FYI**  I just listed the last of my "give thanks" napkins, found here.  Once these are gone, I won't be making any more this season.)
Enjoy!!

33 comments:

  1. that is so funny {not the part that you have arthritis, that is a bummer and i hope that doing all this gluten free and getting your body healthy will help you} but the funny part is that i too have heard nine white rasins and a shot of rum, probably from my grandparents but i can't remember. the older generation is so very wise...i'd take her advice ;)

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  2. Oh man! These look delicious!

    I love the story, but I am sorry that you have arthritis...although rum soaked raisins do sound like fun, I wonder why it has to be nine!

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  3. So sorry about your Arthur-itis (that's what one little old gal I know calls it). I hope those raisins do the trick! Nine, remember...nine! ; )

    That recipe looks super yummy! I really want to try it, but I'm lacking the gumption in my late preggo-ness to do much extra baking. Hmm...maybe one of the kidlets can whip it up?! Oh yeah!!

    **hugs**
    Carmen at Old House Kitchen

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  4. I can almost beat you... I had to get my gall bladder out at 19! Oh and my honey, he just turned 30, is getting hearing aids on Friday. Cheers to the young but feeling old crowd!

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  5. You are hilarious!!! You sound so much like me...I am so young...33 and have so much wrong with me...my jaw, my back, my knee, everything has gone wrong and having babies just threw everything off the edge!! Oh well, I still claim to be young even though my hubby thinks I am going to fall apart one of these days. ha! Oh and where in the world did you get that cute milk jug in one of the last pics!?

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  6. Ha, totally heard about the raisins before, although I was told you can soak as many in as much rum as you want, as long as you eat 9 a day!

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  7. I was just telling someone today that I have arthritis. Fun, isn't it? :( I've not heard the nine raisins myth, but maybe I'll try it out! :) Those cute little pies look delicious! Keep your chin up, girl! :)

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  8. uh your grandma may have been on to something! now why didn't i think to text you an old lady jab?? i need to get on that teasin' wagon!! hope your mind doesn't go next. that would be awful;)

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  9. Sara, I got the milk jug from our grocery store if you can believe that! That dairy makes the BEST bottled chocolate milk EVER. My family is addicted to it. You are supposed to turn the bottles in and recycle them... but yeah... I don't always. I kind of like to have a few around for flowers and water, etc.

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  10. You never fail to bring a smile to my face. I like Biofreeze way better than Bengay. You should try it: )

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  11. thanks for making me hungry! yum!!!

    rum raisins, huh? my grandpa used to suggest a shot of brandy for everything.

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  12. You just wanted to join the arthritis club didn't you? It's a joy, let me tell you. I bring the average age at the rheumatologist down by a lot. Sorry friend, no fun. I do a little team at that same walk/run every year. Hopefully I'll get to see you before then.

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  13. Yeah Brie, I totally forgot!! Okay so I'm thinking we need to have a group photo for our respective teams! Allison will love that.

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  14. grammie sounds like good people!
    cheers to grammie & her rum & raisins & hot toddies!
    or cold ones for that matter.
    bummer on the arthritis. ugh.
    but my goodness those carmel yummies look like they'd heal anything that's aching!

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  15. I am so glad you were able to get a diagnosis on your aches and pains. I am quite interested about the glutten free and how that works with arthritis. I will have to email you about that.
    Your grammie had quite the senses of humor. Love those kinds of family stories. They just make you smile and remember that person even more fondly.

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  16. These look AMAZING! I am bringing dessert to our small group next week and one of the girls has to eat gluten free, so this recipe is PERFECT! Can't wait to try it. Thank you so much!
    p.s. sorry about the arthritis...I have to admit it made me giggle :)

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  17. This makes me smile... I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis about 12 years ago. I would always smile and giggle inside when MY grandma sat ME down at HER kitchen table and told me what and what not to eat. I thought for sure these were some silly remedies from the Philippines. It took a few years, but I finally saw a naturopath who gave me the same advice! Thanks to a little help from God and my grandma's remedies, I'm completely off the shots I use to take twice a week. You might want to try your grandma's raisins...

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  18. i love that you can laugh at thing that others (read: I) would sit and moap about. Either way I hope your back treats you well and doesn't give you too much trouble :) Also....I think this is the perfect fall recipe! Where do you get gluten free pie crust already made?

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  19. Ok, gonna make these FOR SURE. Thanks for the great photos too--I can almost taste these.
    Oh, I have Arthur-itis too.

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  20. Reese and Leigh- I found it at my grocery store- it was called "Gluten Free Pantry" and it was actually really good. (Not as good as my mama's pie crust recipe that I've been using for years, but still good... passably good.) :)

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  21. um... so i totally wish i was your company. that sounds amazing and your granny sounds like a hoot!

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  22. Gotta love our funny Grannies! ;)
    The recipe looks great.

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  23. i just told my hubby the other day, you know you are getting old when you can't wait to get home and slather on some Ben Gay and get in bed!! and I love when my kids come in the room and yell "what is that smell?" Seriously though, sending God's healing power your way!!! xoxo

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  24. Mmmm those look good.

    I don't have arthritis YET but I was in a car accident a few years ago and the seatbelt cracked my sternum. My doctor pretty much said there's no way around me having arthritis there one day. Not looking forward to that.

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  25. aw, yeah. I found it! :) YUM, Sasha!! And Gluten free so we can all eat them! woot! I'm making these for sure!

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  26. OH MY GOSH - arthritis....no laughing matter...but then you said Bengay and I laughed....and I think your grammie and I would have a great time!

    those bite sized apple salted deliciousness.

    xoxo

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  27. I have just discovered your blog and have just been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis at 42, so similar jokes have going on with my friends AND I am doing an elimination diet, gluten free and the rest! if only I could eat dairy I'd love your caramel tarts ... They look great. Definitely cant eat raisins though ... They dont agree with me!
    Loving your blog! And hoping your arthritis doesnt really trouble you till you're good and old!

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  28. Thank you for posting such a good fall/salty/sweet dessert. Baking in the oven right now and smell amazing!

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  29. I have just discovered your darling blog today - and am going to jump in with a little bity suggestion. I have 5 fractures and 3 compressions in my back. (roller blading and trampolining >the age of 50). My back aches constantly. BUT. I have a Dr. that prescribes Oxaprozin....or it can be called Day-Pro. Google it. It is simply a GODSEND. A Miracle drug. Check it out. I am now back to being a real human being again. I hope it will help you too. I share this info every chance I get. Now back to those delish apple thingees.

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  30. My Grandmother's arthritis cure was VERY similar, but she used regular raisins soaked in Gin and she had nine in her cereal each morning. Other than the raisins and her Rum Cake, she never touched alcohol ¦}
    Good luck and take care. Bio-freeze is much better than Ben-gay IMO.

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  31. My Grandmother's arthritis cure was VERY similar, but she used regular raisins soaked in Gin and she had nine in her cereal each morning. Other than the raisins and her Rum Cake, she never touched alcohol ¦}
    Good luck and take care. Bio-freeze is much better than Ben-gay IMO.

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  32. My Grandmother's arthritis cure was VERY similar, but she used regular raisins soaked in Gin and she had nine in her cereal each morning. Other than the raisins and her Rum Cake, she never touched alcohol ¦}
    Good luck and take care. Bio-freeze is much better than Ben-gay IMO.

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