Welcome to this adventure that I’ve been contemplating for a while: a blog about gluten- and dairy-free recipes and crochet patterns.
You’re probably wondering what these two pursuits have in common. The answer is that they’re two of my biggest creative passions.
I love to cook — especially with my husband, Kirk — but out of medical necessity I have to avoid gluten and dairy. So over the years I’ve developed a repertoire of GF/DF recipes, as well as methods for adapting regular recipes to remove the gluten and/or dairy but not the tastiness.
I learned to crochet when I was 11 (no, I’m not going to tell you how long ago that was, other than to say I’ve been crocheting for multiple decades) and I love it not only because it’s a way to produce something beautiful and unique that lasts, but also because I experience the process as relaxing and meditative.
Today as I was setting up this blog and all its related social media, it occurred to me that embarking on this venture is a little like moving into a new house. After a lot of dreaming and planning I finally selected an address — a domain name that reflected what I’m trying to do, that spoke to me and that was still available (not an easy task, especially the availability part) and then acquired it, moved in, got the utilities set up and started unpacking boxes and arranging furniture.
I have lots of recipes and patterns I’m looking forward to sharing.
Now I’m finally in the house, and I think all the utilities are set up, but I feel like I’m surrounded by unpacked boxes, the windows are covered by sheets and there’s nothing on the walls. I’ll be working on that. I have lots of recipes and patterns I’m looking forward to sharing. One of the first things will be the pattern for the crocheted cocoon cardigan I promised to the good people at the Heart Hook Home Crochet Community on Facebook, who have been so supportive as I’ve run ideas by them. I’ve got some solid, go-to GF/DF recipes I’m eager to share too.
I hope that you don’t mind that I’ve invited you over before I’ve got the curtains hung up, and that you won’t mind if I rearrange the furniture a bit before I finally get settled in here. I’m very excited about this adventure, and I’m very glad you’re with me.