When the World Falls…And Then Gets Back Up Again

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I’ve had so many swirling thoughts about the tornado that ravaged my state.  I’ve never said on AO where I live in Oklahoma, but I will say this: we were close to the tornado.  Fifteen minutes away. May 20th.  I was home with the stomach flu that day.  I turned on the TV because the […]

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We’re Okay

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I know I’ve been silent on my blog lately.  It’s been a busy season for my business.  I’m coming back soon with some big surprises for Accidental Okie and Swoon Designs. But I wanted to let you all know that we’re okay.  The horrible tornadoes that ravaged Oklahoma were too close for comfort – just […]

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Sorry!

I know, I know!  Where have I been? It’s been a question I’ve been getting a lot.  You loyal fans and friends, you are demanding some more blog posts. So, here’s the deal. It’s spring and I have about 1,000 jobs with my business, Swoon Designs.  So I’m making graduation announcements, doing wedding quotes, a […]

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The Dreaded Elimination Diet

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Psst – thanks everyone for voting last week for the recipe to save.  The quiche won.  Look for the recipe soon. I thought about naming this post Just Kill Me Now or something like that.  But the reality is that the more I’ve thought about our elimination diet and the more research I’ve done, I’m […]

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Rock the Vote

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As you probably know, my recipes are step-by-step with lots of photos.  Why?  Because I think step-by-step recipes are super useful and uniquely suited to the blogging medium.  Also, I hope that many gluten-free newbies read my blog and are less intimidated about jumping head first into the world of g.f. cooking. But sometimes, I […]

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My Hero

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It’s no secret that The Professor and I have cats. There’s Pippa.  She’s the oldest.  We got her after our four-month old kitty Lucy tragically escaped and was hit by a car.  We named her Pippa after a poem by Robert Browning about a girl named Pippa who goes on a long walk and encourages […]

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Budget Binder (And Free Printables)

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My reluctant budgeting continues. The first time I met with my budget mentor Pat, we talked about the benefits of the cash system.  Money can seem theoretical when it’s electronically zipping out of your debit card.  A few dollars here and a little stop at the store there, and you’ve unknowingly blown your budget. So […]

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Gluten-Free Meatloaf Cupcake Recipe

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Meatloaf, like Brussels sprouts and kale, has enjoyed a culinary renaissance in the past years. Meatloaf cupcakes are one such incarnation.  They’re cute and trendy, and have the perfect amount of sauce coating topped with fancy mashed potatoes.  Serve them at dinner parties where you will wow your guests and eliminate the hassle of cutting […]

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The Uncomfortable Budgeter

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Several weeks ago, I was the guest blogger at Lark and Bloom.  I wrote about my adventure into the world of budgeting and my journey of becoming a budgeter.  Well, a reluctant budgeter. After a month of trial and error, I have some things to share in the coming days, but in case you missed […]

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Happy Birthday Miss Elizabeth

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Two hundred years ago this week, those famous words were published. Happy Birthday Miss Elizabeth Bennett.  Happy Birthday Jane and Mr. Bingly and Mr. Darcy.  Happy birthday to the salacious Mr. Wickham […]

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