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My Life With Joe - Ramen Noodles Are a Poor Girl's Best Friend

My Life With Joe
Unless you’re gluten free.

In an attempt to get my allergies under control, I decided to go gluten-free in the off chance that it would help. It has not. It has, however, made me want to eat Chinese food, pizza, and Keebler cookies in large quantities. I have continued to torture myself by depriving myself of these essential foods.
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The Gluten-Free Experiment
When I write this, I have been gluten-free for one week. Seven torturous days. The worst part of this experiment is that I need to find a good ramen noodle substitute. Who cares about Chinese food, pizza, and Keebler cookies. Where is the ramen???
All those substitutes that you find online? Not so good for the ramen noodle addict. If you, too, are an addict, and you have a good substitute to share, please help a girl out.
When I was a little girl, my favorite snack after school was … a bowl of ramen noodles. I dumped some lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and whatever veggies were on hand. (Radishes were my favorite.)
I ate it whenever I didn’t feel good, too, like it was some magical potion of yumminess. What’s not to like about it? It’s fast, it’s cheap, and it’s versatile.
Did I mention that it was cheap? With the rising cost of food, you can always count on good ol’ cheapo ramen. How it hasn’t really increased in price since I was a little girl is … scary. (But delicious.)
I love ramen so much that I’m contemplating on creating an entire website dedicated to different recipes.
I literally could eat this everyday. You know those questions people ask? “If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?” It’s ramen.
Ramen isn’t very good for you, though. And it contains gluten.
I also found out that gluten-free food … big surprise, here … isn’t as tasty as the gluten form. Take out the gluten, take out the flavor.
This is seriously bumming me out. I could use a tasty bowl of ramen noodles.
The Book Promos
Ribbons of Death by Edita A. Petrick is absolutely free! Carter is an intelligence officer on a strange quest to Montana … where he has to put down his gun and pick up a book … to solve this one!
We’re light on the group promos today. The first is April FREE non-fiction books. I am participating with Joe’s homemade dog treats, which is free.
Next is the Woman’s Touched By Magic giveaway. Everything here is where women pack a magical touch. Even more than we already do. :)
I haven’t had a lot of time to dedicate to my websites, but some new posts are coming soon! For the sewists among us, I am creating some new patterns to throw up on the site (and for you to download). I did write up 40+ crafts for Mother’s Day.
I’m now reading The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. My friend and I watched Annabelle Creation on Netflix. It scared the daylights out of both of us.
With love,
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Maureen Gil
Maureen Gil @authormgil

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