Final Project

This blog is the result of an internet class that I had to take for my senior year to earn my four year degree in Business Management. For the final project in this class I have chosen to write this blog to answer a question that this class has sparked within me. Maybe the question and blog has been swimming around in my mind for some time now. I must also admit that will all honesty, this subject scares me a little. Here is my blog, here is my final project blog and here I am finally at the end of a long road.

The tide keeps on shifting and the evidence is clear, technology is always going to be one better than us humans or is it? Here I sit, I just turned forty years old. Technology has changed our world but none of us know how much until we really turn our pages backwards to the beginning chapters of our lives to see the progress or should I just say what it is, the change that has occurred. Where are our social interactions gone?

My life before the “rise of the machines” was great! We played outside with our friends, played with our pets, and we had neighborhood baseball, dodgeball, volleyball, bad mitten, anti-I-over, and basketball games. Went sledding on the local water hill. Found parks and cool places to dig for treasure. Pretending to make mud pies was a favorite and adding grass, weeds, rocks and spit was normal. We got dirty, we got exercise, and we were social. We knew where or what house our friends were at by whose bikes were sitting out front in the yard and we joined in!

I grew up with a phone that had a cord attached to the wall and now I have an IPhone sitting beside me on the couch. Most people that go out to eat or hang out just sit on their phones and do other social networking things other than talk to the real person sitting right in front of you.

I watched T.V.’s that had tinfoil as antennas just so we could faintly make out what big bird might look like in black and white.  Now we have instant videos, movies and music at a touch of an app right on our phones! No antenna needed! As kids and as families we would gather around the television that worked best and maybe watch a show, pop some popcorn and socialize. This rarely happens anymore.

The first time I saw a microwave, I thought the thing was going to blow my head up. I had no idea how a box could cook food. What a strange concept. Now to not have a microwave is impossible because how would you actually cook something then?

I took my first typing class on a typewriter, there were no computer labs. Now computer labs exist no matter what age you are in school and most kids learn how to work the computer and keyboard before they can even walk.  Computer classes don’t even need computer labs anymore and most can be done online. Once again, no social interaction.

I took pictures with a camera you had to load film into and change the flash bulb. I remember when polaroid cameras was the latest upcoming technology and how it was exciting to see the picture right away(after waving it in the air for a few minutes)and not wait for it to be developed! You guessed it, phones are our camera and there is no waiting for developing at all. Matter of fact, take a picture and just post it online in a matter of seconds! How simple but how sad. No more gathering in a living room visiting around an album of pictures or a handful of freshly developed glossy pictures, all we have to do is look at what they posted on Facebook with ourselves and no conversation needed.

The first home computer game I ever came into contact with was a computer called a Vick 20 where we had to put computer codes to make it do whatever we coded in. Now we see kids that are walking around with games on their phones, iPad, notebooks and then also they have systems that connect to the internet at home where they can play their friends but don’t have to be in the same room anymore.

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I remember the record player was hard to manage if you wanted to play a song in the middle of the album. Your brain just kept repeating “be steady, don’t scratch the record”. I was one of those sisters who accidently scratched my brothers Michael Jackson record even though I thought I could just listen to “beat it” one more time. Eventually, cassette tapes came out but that was after eight track tapes and I remember I sat for hours in front of my stereo waiting for my favorite songs to play so I could hit record and tape them on blank cassettes to have a collection of my favorites.  Once my collection was complete, I would get together with my friends and share the great songs. Now, we just download the music with our phone from iTunes which takes a matter of seconds not days and this is usually done alone.

I discovered the internet when I was in my twenties and that too plugged into a phone outlet. Now we expect wireless everywhere we go! The grocery stores even offer their shoppers wireless while they shop! Wow, what a concept! No more receipt books and receipt cards to share at dinner parties and social events, let’s just look that up on my phone in the middle of the grocery store to see what needs to be bought. What a world we live in now. If only some of you who are younger could understand this technology movement. It did not just happen in a waves, it hit like a tsunami!

The world became less social face to face. Where are our social interactions gone? The world has become a giant as social media has taken over our world. It is so much easier to text than call. It is much more convenient to play games on line than to have people over to play. It is much easier to share music, share pictures, share videos. The information that can be acquired can be astronomical and absolutely endless. The interactions between people is becoming scarce and scary. What is left really? The world needs social interaction with people, face to face interactions. We are all going to become introverts in the real world but online we can be something totally different, we can be socially extraverted. This is the reality of the world we live in. The next something is yet to come. The next something is socially unskilled.


I am one of those celiacs!! Yes, one of those… I am so sensitive, I cannot eat vinegar in any foods at all. So, my love of pickles broke my heart when I found out I could not eat them anymore!! I searched for years for a recipe that would provide me with this crunchy satisfaction in a pickle!! But to no avail, it was search I ended. It was hard to see other people enjoying the pickle with their delicious meals! I wanted a pickle on my gluten free hamburgers, I wanted a pickle to eat beside my gluten free loose meat sandwiches and I wanted a pickle to just snack on!! How was this fair?

Then one day as I was looking over the refrigerated items in the organic section of my grocery store, I spotted the biggest, best looking jar of pickles I had ever seen. I slowly reached for them because I just knew they would not be gluten free so I had no intention of being disappointed because my expectations were low. I picked up the jar, oh my gosh, “GLUTEN FREE” it said on the front!! Really? Yes? Maybe? My heart sounded out of my chest as I flipped around this big glass jar, hoping not to drop it, and sure enough….. there was NO vinegar in them!! What? No vinegar… I think my heart actually stopped at the thought of having a pickle!!! I put it in my cart, put an end to my shopping trip and paid for them immediately and raced home! I put them on the counter, heard the pop of the jar lid as I grasped onto it to turn it and BAM.. the greatest smell in the world came at me with a cloud straight from heaven!! I grabbed the biggest one, took a big bite as I was walking to the chair and sat with this delicious pickle as if it were the first time I had a bite to eat or had taste buds in 20 years!! Wow, it was insanely delicious!! The pickle, the simple pickle, who would of thought!! I love Bubbies Pickles!!!

Kosher Dills

A New Adventure

So this year, I have mentally taken on a new project. Notice I said mentally, because I guess that commitment could change. The mental commitment that I have decided to take on involves lots of fresh foods!! Yes folks, I am going to do the impossible, I am going to face the unknown, I am going to jump right in feet first, and I am going to dig it!! I am literally going to be digging up some dirt and planting a garden! My pans are large, they are ambitious, but I figure since I will be done with college, I will be able to take my time and plant, harvest and preserve my precious gluten free garden oasis!  So in my head I envision rows of peas, beans, potatoes, squash, cucumber, carrots, peppers, and tomatoes! Maybe even some watermelon? I am so excited to start this adventure. The best thing about this will be the outcome. With all the fresh vegetables that will be coming towards fall, it will be amazing to have fresh, gluten free, almost organic veggies to eat and cook with. It might be a challenge for me to figure out how to freeze, can and or store all these items but I think it is an adventure I am ready to take on! Being outside, one with nature, I could not go wrong! So wish me luck and hopefully I can post some delicious receipts I try with all these fresh garden vegetables!

Pacific’s Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato soup

Feelings of exhaustion are flooding me tonight. I lost track of how many hours I have actually worked the last two weeks plus keep up with school and add into the mix, not feeling well. It has been a rough few weeks to say the least. But still on these rough nights when I feel like sitting still and not moving a muscle I have to feed myself. My easy meal that will always hit the spot is this amazing Roasted red pepper and tomato soup from Pacific. All I have to do is poor it into a bowl and microwave it. Yes, it tastes a little better on the stove top but who wants to do dishes when exhaustion has taken residence. I add a side of Udi’s gluten free bread with some cheese on it to finish off the meal. It is simple, good and not as bad for me as some choices. The soup is great, Pacific makes all kinds of soups but not all are gluten free. Just some. This is one of the products that is not certified gluten free but I still can eat and it does not seem to bother me at all. So for those of you who want a little shift in flavor from Campbell’s tomato soup (which is not gluten free) to Gluten Free Pacific Roasted red Pepper and Tomato soup, you will be very surprised with the great taste! Have some, it will be a favorite!

Organic Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup

Meat sticks

Yesterday was a very busy day! Wow, I had to work in the morning and then had plans the rest of the day going here and there. It seemed as if the time went so fast, so fast indeed that I forgot to eat lunch! I realized this mistake at 1:30 pm in the middle of the landscaping department at Menards! Well, as you know, I just can’t go pick up a candy bar to tide me over, I would have to search endlessly for something that I could even eat. So off I went to the grocery isles. (did you know Menard’s has groceries?) anyway, tons of food for all the normal people. But I seen a few items that were gluten free but not something I dared to eat because I am so sensitive. Then I thought protein! I searched for the beef jerky isle hoping that they would offer gluten free brands. I was shocked!! Yes indeed they carried the best gluten free beef sticks ever! Kremers are the best! I eat that brand all the time and I have never gotten sick once. I trust that brand and I scooped it up, paid for it and boy did that satisfy my hunger better than a candy bar ever could! Great job Menard’s! Thanks for having a gluten free option! I then enjoyed the landscaping department much better!

Corn Dogs

With the warm weather making its way into our neighborhoods it makes me think of all the outdoor adventures and fun that is waiting around the corner. I am so excited to spend time outside! This excitement brought cravings for certain foods that I have not had for a long time. When you think of warm weather, I think of the fair, I think of food!! Who doesn’t right? One of my favorite fair foods would have to be the fabulous corn dogs! However, I just can’t walk up to a stand at the fair and expect them to have gluten free anything. Two weeks ago while I was shopping, the local groceries freezer isle caught my eye. I could not believe what was seeing, gluten free corndogs!!! I grabbed one quickly to examine the product box and make sure that I could eat these. Yes, (I even said that out loud in the store) I could have them! Fabulous. With anticipation I cooked one and I have to say the first bite into this delicious golden brown food on a stick was amazing. My mind instantly went to the fair and I closed my eyes and imagined the smells, sounds and excitement. As if I was standing in the middle of a busy fair grounds enjoying the distant days of being normal again. Thanks to Applegate’s gluten free corn dogs, I felt normal again! Now, I have to admit, I am addicted!


Looking forward to a great Easter dinner tomorrow!

I am looking forward to a great gluten free meal tomorrow! First of all it is hard to believe that time has flown by as fast at it has. Easter is already here! On the menu for tomorrow will be our most favorite holiday meal of all! Ham, potatoes, gravy and let’s not forget the apple and pumpkin pie! I am pretty sure that this feast will keep me filled up for days with leftovers overflowing my lunch bag at work!  Usually a meal that is gluten free has its price tag but I just happened to get a free ham. Our grocery store has a ham card and when you buy groceries at the store, you earn ham stamps. You earn one ham stamp per ten dollars spent. It takes a lot of ham stamps to fill up the card to get a free ham but since I spend well over the amount normal people would spend, I usually can get a card filled up pretty fast! Sometimes the offerings are not gluten free but this time I hit the jackpot!! The ham was gluten fee and also the price was free!! I was so excited that I finally got a break from the hefty prices of having to buy gluten free! Yay for me!

So tomorrow as I am eating my gluten free ham, it will taste just that much better knowing that it was free. I might also have to add that the pies are free too, my parents just happen to be amazing at baking gluten free goodies and they also happen to be retired so I am pretty lucky to benefit from this! I can say without a doubt that this will be one of the best!!

Gluten Free Shampoo

Not only do I have to not eat gluten but also I cannot use any product whatsoever that has gluten in it. This had become a major issue when I was first diagnosed with celiac disease since makeup, hair products, lotions, and body care products have gluten in them. It is surprising what is derived through gluten and put into many products.  With a lot of searching and trying out different products I have come to few products that I use and have come to rely on for my health and safety. The Shampoo and Conditioner I use are Andalou naturals age defying. It is a great shampoo and conditioner, I love this product and I have the healthiest hair I have ever had! You don’t have to use but a dab to wash your hair and it leaves it free and clear of residue. It is a great, fresh and natural smelling product for anyone looking for hair products that are safe!Treat Thinning Hair

Traveling gluten free

Let me begin with a simple truth, traveling is a challenge when you are gluten free! As I sit here writing this, I am in a hotel room. Yes, I have a fridge and microwave in my room which helps out with eating and a must have when you are traveling but packing food is a challenge. Most of my packing consisted of coolers and bags of food! Mostly gluten free crackers, bread, cheese, summer sausage, beef sticks and yogurt. Very easy food to store and travel with but not good to eat all day every day for a week.

In my adventures of traveling, instead of searching for the nearest restaurant to enjoy and because there is rarely a place with a gluten free menu I can order off of that I  don’t get sick, I do a search for a local Target or Walmart! When traveling I have found that I can usually find a decent assortment of Udi’s gluten free options in their freezer section.

On this trip, Walmart was the closest and easiest to get to and I was so excited to see that they had my favorite Udi’s frozen dinners! How perfect! I get to eat actual meals on my trip! Delightful!!

I recommend Udi’s frozen meals to everyone! They are terrific!


Let me say again, as I reference my previous post, I love to find comfort food! This weekend was an amazing weekend of great food for me!! Friday started off with some wonderful seasoned steaks from McCormick on the grill, served with a mushroom risotto just to die for (real cream in the risotto, yum)!! Here is a youtube video on how to make the risotto! Just use all gluten free products and you will have a great dish!

On Saturday, We made a nice homemade Chili! We started off with a box of cook simple Chili mix in a box. We added hamburger, stewed tomatoes, onions and a ton of extra chili spices to kick it up a notch and make it all hot good and nice! The box of chili we used was certified gluten free and was very easy and very delicious to eat!! We added some mozzarella cheese to the top and we enjoyed it to the last!   It is so easy and very delicious!! Enjoy both of these!!