Two Problems …Solved

Who knew I would end up being a full-time baker…well not really, but I feel like it.  We’ve made sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, 2 different types of granola bars and bread.  I guess it doesn’t really sound that bad, and don’t get me wrong, I like to cook and bake, but I think I’m on overload.  I got my mixes all ready in the freezer, borrowed a bread maker, stocked up on GF ingredients and what happens, I bake and bake, and then I eat and eat.  The gluten free cookies and granola bars especially taste great.  I just can’t put them down.  I have to tell you that I have a sweet tooth anyway, but with freshly baked goodies in my kitchen I don’t stand a chance.  So my remedy…Raisins!  I HATE raisins.  I know that sounds like a really strong word for a dried grape, but I just really don’t like their taste and when one get sneaks into your mouth on accident and then get stuck in your teeth and then you taste over and over for about a half hour.  Yuck!  I hope I don’t get any bad feedback about my dislike of raisins since I live where grapes are gown and raisins dried all around me, but they just aren’t for me.  Enough ranting…I have now added raisins to almost everything I bake.  Logan likes them, I don’t, problem solved!

So one down, one to go…my other issue is a cruise my family and I are going on.  We are going to Alaska for 10 days in a couple of weeks.  I figured I would bake ahead of time and just pack a bag with cookies, bread, granola bars, etc.  Well, I just found out that customs won’t allow anything that’s not store bought, factory sealed on the ship.  Well, what to do now.  I’ve been in contact with the nutrition coordinator for Princess Cruise lines on and off for a couple months asking questions and this one just got answered, but on the good note, she informed me that they will have GF bread, pizza dough, cookies, desserts, etc on the ship for Logan.  They told me we would have to eat in the main dinning rooms to ensure we get GF and Peanut Free dishes and there wouldn’t be cross contamination, but that’s no problem.  I figured the buffet was out anyway unless I was just getting a piece of fruit or a yogurt.  I figured for snacks I would just bring Chex, rice cakes and maybe Fruity  Pebbles.  The rest, fruit and yogurt, I can grab on the ship.  I have to say I was pretty worried at first about not being able to bring our own goodies, but I think it’s going to be OK.  My mom, has been on a cruise since she was diagnosed and told me they were really good about working with her, but she didn’t contact anyone ahead of time or anything.  I have to say I’ve been really impressed with their information, willingness to accommodate, and warnings about where to allow Logan to eat and not eat.  I guess I’ll let everyone know how things turn out when we get back, but I think they will go smoothly.  Who knows, Princess Cruise Lines, may end up being a CD’s best vacation solution.  Problem solved…I think…