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About A Full Measure of Happiness

So my blog,A Full Measure of Happiness, is my declaration of several truths about me: I love food, I love to eat, I love my body, and I love to be healthy. The more I decide to believe it, the more true it will be. My blog really marks the journey in which I am truly trying not to judge my self-worth by how skinny my arms look in my Facebook pictures, or by how small my jeans size is, or how few calories I can consume in a day.

I refuse to torture my body and my mind.

I want to have fun and cook food that is delicious and celebrates our bodies the way they are and the way they can be. On my blog you’ll find me trying to cook comfort food that is good for both my body and my spirit, experimenting with new grains, veggies, and recipes, and of course, making treats for those days we need a splurge. I’m trying to make healthy eating into a lifestyle, not a diet plan.

You can find me at, or on I loved doing the grain mill challenge. Having a grain mill gave me the freedom to experiment with a variety of flours that are normally very expensive and difficult to find. I also undertook the challenge at the perfect time--my sister-in-law began eating gluten-free, and this gave me a reason to try baking with new ingredients. The WonderMill is fast, efficient, and easy to set-up and take down. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in exploring grains other than wheat for baking.

Cornmeal Crusted Steak

The WonderMill ground corn really, really well.  One of the easiest things I was able to grind so far. On the coarse setting: cornmeal! Perfect for baking–or making steak? Cornmeal Crusted Steak 1 T ground cumin 1 T ground chili … Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Buttermilk Biscuits

In the next installment of my experiments with gluten-free cooking, I decided to try my hand at biscuits. Buttermilk biscuits, of course, because I think even dirt would taste pretty good baked with buttermilk. Gluten-Free Buttermilk Biscuits (adapted from Gluten Free Canteen) … Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

As I’ve said previously, my sister-in-law is eating gluten-free, and it’s been a new experiment to try baking foods that she can eat.  I’ve had friends before that ate strictly gluten-free, so I was already prepared about how much hard … Continue reading

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Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix

My sister-in-law recently found out that she has to eat gluten-free, and as a fun way to experiment with some new baking techniques and also enable her to be able to, ya know–eat–when she visits, I thought I’d make a … Continue reading

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Banana Brown Rice Muffins

Necessity is the mother of invention, they say. Whoever “they” are. I decided that I wanted to make a banana corn muffin, for a sweet breakfast treat with some grit to it, but–alas–we had no more cornmeal (or whole corn … Continue reading

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