Monthly Archives: January 2014

Dairy-Free Corn Chowder

During the eighth grade, I had several health issues pop up. I suffered from anxiety attacks over minor things, had a doctor diagnose me with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and discovered some food allergies. Among these food allergies, I became sensitive to milk. I have become more intolerant to lactose over the years and learned to adapt recipes to accommodate this dietary restriction.

Last year, I stumbled across this recipe from Adventures of a DIY Mom for corn chowder. I tweaked it a little to fit my own cooking style and lactose intolerance. Try out my dairy-free version:

Corn Chowder
2 c. water
2 c. chopped potatoes
1/2 c. finely shredded carrots*
1 clove minced garlic or 1 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper

(*Hubby and I don’t really care for cooked carrots, but we’ll eat them in soup if they are shredded.)

Cook until tender, then add:

1/4 c. flour**
2 c. milk substitute (I use unsweetened almond milk)
1 can corn

**I like to sift my flour over the pot while slowly stirring to prevent my flour from clumping. When the soup has thickened up nicely, I will set aside half the soup. I then melt a cup of cheddar cheese into the rest of the soup for my hubby.

Enjoy this delicious soup during these cold winter days!

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My Fierce Little Dragon

Here in the Midwest, we had one of the largest snowstorms in years last week. The wind chill at the beginning of last week reached a dangerous -45F but warmed up to a balmy 40+F. Sadly, the heat wave this weekend melted most of the snow, leaving only the pathetic remnants of a snowman army and puddles of slush to remind us of the days of freezing cold, driving restrictions, and playing of board games. 

I managed to start and finish a new crochet project during the temperamental Midwestern weather. I stumbled across this pattern by Lucy Ravenscar on Pinterest more than a year ago. I finally worked up the courage to try it the past week. Besides the end of the tail, I feel pretty satisfied with the results. Lucy has made the pattern available as a free download on the knit and crochet website Ravelry. Feel free to leave comments about my dragon below.

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A Year of Crafts

Even though I only started this blog back in October, I spent the entire year crafting. I thought I would share with my readers some of the things you missed.

Kangaroo I made for my niece.

Kangaroo I made for my niece.

Fingerless mittens to keep hands nice and warm.

Fingerless mittens to keep hands nice and warm.

Stegosaurus I made for a cute little boy.

Stegosaurus I made for a cute little boy.

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