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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter‚ĄĘ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 17 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 169 posts. There were 17 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 16mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 25th with 137 views. The most popular post that day was Food for Goofs.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for gluten free white sauce, gluten free breakfast casserole, slime, rose, and gluten free noodles.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Food for Goofs February 2009


Xanthan Gum vs. Guar Gum April 2009


No Noodle Lasagna Recipe January 2009


Borrowed Breakfast Idea – Gluten Free Breakfast Casserole February 2010


Green smoothie pants and still smiling. April 2009

January 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

Double Check

Don’t forget to update your readers. It is national blog posting month and I’m spending more time at during November. Come visit me over there.

My main computer is on the fritz again so food posts will have to wait. I have recipes I’d like to share but at the moment they are stuck. ūüė¶

See you soon.

November 14, 2009 at 6:39 pm 2 comments

Going going- I’ll be back!

Okay so it is snowing today and I’m feeling a bit humbug.

I will be back though. I’ve got a few ideas/ recipes to share but at the moment they are stuck on the hard drive of a rogue computer. Grrr!

Until then come visit me at Blog Schmog. Submit your adventures in turning lemons into lemonade on Friday for Fu-get ABout it Fridays (F.A.B.)! Fab in the ‚ÄúFabulous I‚Äôm getting another cup of coffee before I tie myself to a rocket headed for the moon‚ÄĚ kind of Friday. Is anyone out there that can relate? Its where moms, grandmas, dad’s, grads (anyone really) unite to laugh in the face of permanent marker art and mom jeans!FabF1

October 29, 2009 at 11:16 am Leave a comment

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program…

¬†I’m moving!

This blog will remain and I will post food here but for the rest of the random fun please update your readers and blogroll adding

A couple of weeks back I posted the poll “More or less, what should I blog about?”.¬† Though I put it in the form of a question I did it to confirm a hunch I had.

It boils down to this…

My foodie friends say, “bring on the food.”

My¬†photography friends say, “bring on the pictures.”

You get the picture…

So here’s what I’m going to do:

I will occasionally post recipes here at  and will change the name from Blog Schmog to Gluten Free 4 Goofs to reflect the food emphasis.

Blog Schmog is moving to and we will continue there where I am leaving off here with pictures, stories, gardening, occasional crafting, homeschooling and my journey of faith.

My passion is in encouraging others to follow Christ while looking on the¬†bright side of life.¬† And when we don’t feel the warmth of the Son because circumstances cloud our perspective, I hope to seek together the promises in God’s word until he has made his glory known.¬†

In short I am on a joy journey and hope you will find nuggets that will give you hope and peace through our Abba Father.

Romans 5:3-5

We also have joy with our troubles because we know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character and character produces hope. And this hope will never disappoint us because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts. He gave us his love through the holy spirit whom God has given to us.

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Thanks are due my little sis Callie for helping me to get over my conspiracy notions and just blog what I love! ūüôā¬† I started out thinking no one would read my blog if¬†they didn’t “get” something.¬† I also am strange about who might read so if you are a crabby person, don’t give me grief, I might self destruct! Lol! I’m totally kidding, I’m not that easily offended.¬†

Actually now that I think about it that is outrgeously wierd.¬† I want to draw readers by providing recipes “a service” but I don’t want people to read? What am I duel enrolled in the oddity club?

October 15, 2009 at 11:28 am 1 comment

New Page:

I’ve just launched a new page to catalogue the stories that so many of you enjoy. Check out “Long and Short of it”.¬† I hope you find it easier.

Thank you for your encouragement and let me know if you have suggestions on ways to make my blog easier to navigate. What you like and can’t find, what you don’t like and are bugged by ūüôā

September 19, 2009 at 10:37 pm 9 comments

The Long Long Story- Short Version

IMG_4327Where to begin?

Lost horses?

My internet boyfriend?

Life in the long long trailer?

It’s a story about control. A story about learning to give up the illusion of control. This is my testimony written and documented as a “stone alter” to remind me where I’ve been. Equally it’s the story of my ever growing love for my husband a memoir for my children, a written legacy. It is the story of their parents and more importantly the story of the Lord’s unending provision.

It is not always a pretty story and I haven’t attained all that I’ve reached for throughout the years but thank the Lord I haven’t been given what I deserve! He is a good God, giving good and perfect gifts but sometimes that did not include the very things I had my sights on. The desires of passionate moments faded away and in their place my Jesus has given me a full and passionate life.

How about I start with the short version.¬† Remember, Jessie doesn’t do short so I will give it my best shot!

I asked Jesus into my heart when I was five.¬† I can still remember it in vivid living color!¬† My Daddy and I were sitting on the carpeted landing of our three story, turn of the century home in downtown Coeur d’Alene (Core-duh-lane, it’s French).¬† My mom fondly recalls how I would tell¬†complete strangers¬†my address¬†pluckily including¬†the¬†“downtown” part in my montra!¬† There is a different feel in “downtown” and even as a¬†five year old I knew it.¬†

Each block had¬†a dozen¬†or so quaint old houses. Huge oak and maple trees lined the street yawning with their branches over the road, touching in the middle creating a canopy of glistening leaves in the spring and summer.¬† Those same trees with swelling roots had pushed up the sidewalk in places but people didn’t mind, they just bumped their baby carriages around the crevasse and went on their way awestruck by the sheer beauty of their surroundings.¬† We had one such tree but it sat back off the road, almost close enough to climb into from the window at the landing where we sat.

I would sit with¬†Daddy and press my little nose against the glass to watch the Robin’s nesting and caring for their young.¬† Year after year the same family would return to the cradle in that old maple to gather twigs.¬†¬†Weeks would pass and the mother would¬†lay¬†thumb sized, speckled blue eggs.¬† She would¬†sit patiently while father, with his beautiful red breast, would flutter off busily caring for¬†her until the chicks had hatched, and then they both would busy themselves caring for the young.¬† Sometimes I could¬†see the¬†sharp¬†beaks¬†stretched out from fuzz topped heads¬†blind and helpless, waiting for morsels of¬†goodness. ¬†

I’ve often thought of those brilliant birds¬†as an allegory for how God¬†places us¬†here on earth then watches, drawing us while His truth grows inside us ready to burst through the shell of selfishness into a realization that He is the one true King.¬†¬†Jesus provided a way for us to get out of our mortal shell and really live, then he carefully feeds and cares for us through His Word (spiritual food) and¬†the fellowship of¬†believers as we mature into strong God fearing individuals.¬†

But I’m getting ahead of myself and my story is getting long!

Sitting there that day watching the Robins with my dad I asked probing questions about life and our existence.¬† Soon he could recognize that the Holy Spirit was working and he asked if I would like to have Jesus in my heart!¬† My own heart picked up it’s pace as I pondered the magnitude of this decision.¬† As much as a five year old mind could I understood that I could not get out of that shell alone. I needed Jesus.¬†

Daddy prayed with me and covered me with his protection and guidance for the time being.  I understood the Father because I had the example of my own Daddy and I wanted to grow up to be like him. 

Thus began my journey and consequently my life!

July 21, 2009 at 10:31 am 8 comments


It seems so soon, but this is my 100th post!¬† Who knew I would get hooked on the blogging business! ūüôā¬† I thought in celebration of my “100 post birthday” I would attempt to think of 100 tidbits about me.

Here goes!

100 random things about me!

  1. I’ve been to Japan twice
  2. I’m terrified of bees
  3. I like zz-top
  4. I play flute (haha)
  5. I wanted to play trombone but the teacher said my arms were too short.
  6. I always wanted to have 4boys
  7. God gave us 3boys and 1 girl
  8. My little girls real name is Davie.  Matt and I picked her name while we were dating NOT after our 3 boys.  She has the same initials as my best friend and mom which is a promise I made to my best friend in the 6th grade.
  9. I love antiques
  10. I used to say I would live CA over my dead body
  11. Thankfully I’m alive after living in CA 4yrs
  12. I learned to drive a horse and buggy in Chino CA
  13. I designed and physically hand drew the  plans to the house we now live in.
  14. I like sunflowers and stinky daisies (weeds really)
  15. My husband and I met when I was on vacation- we lived 1700 mi apart.
  16. My husband and I courted online (yikes!)
  17. My first car was a “horse”- my grandpa’s Ford Pinto
  18. My third car was also a “horse” a Ford Mustang (I still have it)Mustang
  19. On that subject my Mustang “introduced” my husband and I.¬† More on that later.
  20. I have lived in Alberta Canada
  21. I like to collect rocks
  22. I speak some Japanese
  23. I understand some Spanish (my husband speaks Spanish)
  24. I’m most happy when I’m busy
  25. My love language is quality time
  26. I am terrible at bowling
  27. I hate pink
  28. In highschool my nickname was “Nick” (don’t ask)
  29. In highschool I played basketball (pretty funny for being only¬†4’11”)
  30. I can play about 10 chords on the guitar (slowly)!
  31. I play a little piano
  32. I like to write songs on occasion
  33. I was assistant band director for 1yr
  34. I can’t play violin
  35. I taught violin class
  36. I’ve never been a bridesmaid only a “matron”
  37. I was in a wedding in Tokyo Japan
  38. We fit all our possessions and two vehicles in the moving semi when we left CA
  39. My sis lived with us when she was 16, I only had one child of my own then.
  40. I did Pampered Chef before going gluten free
  41. My favorite item of clothing is jeansMy Jeans
  42. I have had 4 home businesses since I’ve been married and made about $4! Hehe
  43. I had my first son in a hospital, assisted
  44. I had my middle two sons in birthing centers with midwives, unassisted
  45. I had my daughter at home
  46. I was homeschooled when I was a kid
  47. I attended public school when I was a kid
  48. I attended private school  when I was a kid
  49. I only moved once as a kid (you do the math, haha)
  50. I went to school to be a teacher
  51. I went to school for music
  52. I homeschool my kids
  53. My kids attend public school (ask me if you care)
  54. My husband teaches public school
  55. As a kid I couldn’t wait to move away from “small town America”
  56. As a grown kid I couldn’t wait to get back to “small town America”
  57. I like trucks
  58. I think buying a dog is dumb
  59. I have a purebred illegitimate CoonhoundWillamina
  60. I’ve had pet rats- two “boys” we were told -they had babies!
  61. I’ve had guinea pigs
  62. I’ve had pet snakes
  63. I’ve had a pet parakeet
  64. I’ve had a pet tarantula (really my brothers) he escaped into the wall of our house, my dad had to remove the trim and wait for him to come out.
  65. I’ve had a pet hedgehog (really my sisters)
  66. Right now I have 18 pets
  67. I sponsor a child in Guatemala
  68. I worked at McDonald’s (4 different stores)
  69. I like to run
  70. I hate to ride bikes (my boys love it!)
  71. I like motorcycles
  72. I am the only one in my family with a motorcycle endorsement.
  73. I am the only one in my family NOT to own a motorcycle of my own.
  74. My favorite school subject is English
  75. ¬†My least fav subject was History (my Hubby’s fav- History)
  76. If I hate a food it is probably the texture
  77. I can’t help but touch different fabrics and textures when I’m shopping.
  78. I don’t really like to shop much
  79. I love yard saleing
  80. I was going to be a vet when I grew up
  81. I don’t consider myself grown up- I’m 30
  82. My favorite color is green
  83. My real name is Jessie – not Jessica
  84. I’m named after Jessie Colter– though my dad recently discovered that her name appears to be spelled Jessi
  85. I’ve been a lifeguard
  86. I love  backpacking/ camping in the boon-docks!
  87. I lived 11mo in a camping trailer with two/three kids
  88. I lived one winter with no running water.
  89. I lived through one winter with no working potty, pregnant!
  90. My favorite time of the year is Autumn
  91. I tried learning how to shoe my own horses (I can only do it when the ground is soft otherwise the hooves are too tough!)
  92. I have had stitches in my head
  93. I could get lost in a round room
  94. I love to ride in the mountains alone – yeah that’s smart eh?
  95. I used to compete and  jump horses
  96. I grew up in the city
  97. I don’t have any carpet in my house
  98. My favorite wedding gift (besides my wonderful husband) was Fiestaware- thanks Grandma
  99. I don’t jump on bandwagons- that’s why I “don’t blog”
  100. Most importantly I am saved by grace through faith!

July 14, 2009 at 11:00 am 15 comments

Wall of Promise

I just notice I’ve had double the “comments” via spam than I have¬†from real caring people!¬† Ha what a bummer. I do SO appreciate and enjoy your real, honest and even challenging comments!¬† Thanks for getting me hooked on blogging.¬†

This is for those of you who are real living breathing people!¬† My wall of promise…

This is the wall in my living room/kitchen, a song and verse to remind me of God’s love. The Bible says to write God’s word on the doorpost of our homes and hide it in¬†hearts.


verse2Song for the day:
“Your love oh Lord, reaches to the Heavens, your faithfulness stretches to the sky! Your righteousness is like a mighty mountain, your justice flows like the oceans tide. I will lift my voice to worship you my King. I will find my strength in the shadow of your wing.”

Adapted from Psalm 36:5-6 by one of my all time favorite bands!

Listen here!

In order to do this in your own homes you do not need to be an artist or great with a paint brush, I promise!

I repeat, no paint! It is not permanent so go hog wild!

All it is is contact paper and a die cut stencil.  Woo hoo! Leave me your favorite verse and if you make your own wall of promise link back here so I can see your pictures.

Have a Christ filled day!

July 7, 2009 at 11:29 am 17 comments


I was convicted this week that I need to change my perspective on change.

I am a lover of all things old and have a constant longing for “the good ol’ days” which we all know never really existed.

We found old pictures in our storage unit and I was looking through them with this “Aw man, where has all the time gone” sort of lament when I realized all that has changed!¬† All the wonderful blessings we have been given, all the new things I’ve learned and just how far we have come.¬† Matt and I have grown so much¬†in our marriage.¬† We are no longer the insecure, suspicious and frightened kids we¬†once were trying to figure out how to get along with someone in such close proximity.¬†¬†¬†We are now more of a team, a united front, not afraid to disagree or share our disappointments.¬† I know that his love is safe not contingent and not tied to¬†a number of flower pedals or dollars spent.

I am still alive even though¬†I lived in a state I claimed I¬†would only live in¬†“over my dead body” and yet I learned things there, made friends and enjoyed many parts of living there.¬†¬†Beyond that it has given me a greater appreciation for why I didn’t want to live there and makes me appreciate the differences, not taking for granted the place I had always known.

I am older now, not always wiser but I see in both Matt and I a quieter peacefulness that comes with time.¬† We are more contended. I am still always striving but I dont’ have to be running around from this game to that, finding out where all the “cool kids” are.¬† I can spend days at home with my family and be happy.¬† We are also more compassionate and though I didn’t understand this before, passion has become a deeper shade of purple.¬† It’s not a blinking, fleeting obsession it is a strong and solid force that drives our pursuit to be more like Christ and therefore able to love deeper and more fully!

I’m beginning to embrace change.¬† Ask me again next week and I will be back struggling with the facets of change that challenge me and make me uncomfortable but today I am happy for the leaves on the trees and the tall tall pines that are a visible product of change.

As I drove around the lake yesterday with the windows down I could breathe.  I could suck in deep breaths of glittering water and cut grass, I could even smell the sun on the bark of the evergreens. 

Change- my enemy, my friend!

June 30, 2009 at 12:25 pm 5 comments

Three Blogs Meme

Karen at Only Sometimes Clever made up this meme quite some time ago but I’ve been thinking about it ever since and just needed a little time before I was “hooked” enough to have¬†an arsenal of¬†blogs to tag!¬† So, now that I’m fully engulfed, here goes.

Rules Schmules: (that’s my two cents!)

There are no official rules, but if you choose to do this meme, please link back to me out of kindness (and so I can read your response)!  Oh, and try not to name the same blog twice.

Three Blogs I Read Every Day Without Fail:

None, but here are the three I read nearly every time I’m online. This feels like confessions! Ha!

  1. Only Sometimes Clever
  2. Fire and Salt
  3. Pioneer Woman (I enjoy the plain english photo tutorials)

Three Blogs That Have Been on my Blogroll the Longest (to the Best of my Faulty Memory):

  1. Pig in the Kitchen
  2. Only Sometimes Clever
  3. Karina’s Kitchen

Three Blogs on my Blogreader or RSS Feed That Aren’t (Yet) on my Blogroll:

  1. Gluten Free Taste of Home
  2. Gluten Free Good Life
  3. Gluten Free Gourmand

The Three Newest Blogs Added to My Blogroll and/or Blogreader:

  1. Gluten Free Easily
  2. Celiacs in the House
  3. The Whole Gang

Three Bloggers Who I Wish Wrote More Often:

  1. ¬†Oh I don’t know
  2. I’m not one to talk but in reading other blogs
  3. I don’t like it when I can’t keep up! Dumb, I know

If You’re Interested in ________ , You Should Read These Three Blogs:

  1. ¬†Living with AlzheimersBob’s Blog¬†(Bob is an X-CIA who¬†retired after learning he had early onset Alzheimer’s, he and¬†his wife write about their¬†journey. I began reading his blog after my¬†dad was diagnosed¬†this past¬†Dec.)¬†
  2. Coping with the loss of an unborn childMoms 4 Life Blog (have tissue handy, Heather candidly takes you through the journey of trusting God after the loss of her unborn son Sawyer)
  3. Homeschooling Sonlight Blog¬†(A homeschooling blog written by a father. No I don’t entirely use Sonlight since in my state we have a “charter” option for homschooling that I participate in¬†but I do use much of the same curriculum that Sonlight recommends/sells)

If I’ve included you here, consider yourself tagged.

June 18, 2009 at 8:00 am 3 comments

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Sourdough Update

Many of you have been checking back for results on my sourdough creation. At the moment it is still a science experiment, but a happy, bubbly experiment. Never fear, recipes will be here! I did make a beautiful, moist and delicious loaf of sourdough using yeast and a myriad of other ingredients but I'm still trying to create something more user friendly. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a starter on the counter that you could add 4 things to and have a loaf of bread by dinner? Mmmm! Attempt #1 - rose well but resulted in a dense chewy blob Attempt #2 - rose ok but was thin and lifeless then fell and another dense (not so chewy) blob Attempt #3 - to the dogs! Attempt #4 - A sourdough pancake success see post under what's for breakfast gluten-free goof? Ongoing - I've tried several more times and am going to try a completely different approach on the bread starting this week. (Mar 18). My sourdough is still happy on my counter and it makes great pancakes but it's a lot of work just for pancakes. Keep checking! April Update: She is still kickin and I'm still workin on a yeast free, gluten free sourdough loaf! May Update: My sourdough "pet" has been dried and retired until next baking season. I've traded her in for a hotter model, the BBQ! :)
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