I discovered during my recent elimination diet that gluten free grains were contributing to my stomach issues. That means that for the most part I’m leaving grains like oats, rice, and corn out of the array of foods I consume on a daily basis, and experimenting with grain free flours like quinoa, buckwheat, coconut, and tapioca in my baking endeavors. I’m still indulging occasionally, like with the gluten free Mickey waffles I had last weekend in Florida or maybe a bit of rice when I go out for a good sushi dinner. But 90% of the time I’m on the grain free bandwagon, and that means saying goodbye to the baked oatmeal cakes that I featured on the blog throughout my first year of recipe sharing. I still make many of the flavors using quinoa flakes rather than oats, but I thought I’d throw a spotlight on them now since they won’t be making appearances in my WIAW posts anymore!
This May seems like it really flew by, with a highlight reel including the end of law school, time with friends and family, some awesome runs, fun new recipes, and treats while out on the town. On Monday we will be ushering in June, so although there’s still a full weekend left (including a 10K race for me tomorrow!) I figured it was high time for a recap of this month.
On May 6, I took my last ever final exam of law school. After four years of high school, three years of college, and three years of law school, it’s all over. I could hardly believe it when it happened. It felt so surreal. And on May 21st, I graduated! I went through commencement with my family in attendance, wearing a ridiculous outfit and loving every minute.
Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend. Mine was pretty great, filled with delicious food and relaxing fun with friends and family. It started early for me – since I had my last final exam on Wednesday, I was able to take the train out to Connecticut early and beat the Friday evening rush. Metro North is okay as far as public transit goes (comfier than the subway, at least; I can’t pass judgment on any other metro area systems since it’s the only one I really know!) Normally a train is just something to take out of Grand Central, but if it’s daylight I sometimes leave from the Harlem station since it’s also convenient from the Upper East Side. That morning, it was sunny and bright, and you could see all the way to the new tower on Park Avenue that’s taken shape over the past several months.