Category Archives: Fabulous Friday

Fabulous Friday: Gluten-Free Playdoh

This post is a throwback to my old blog. Feels good to be creating again!  

For those of you who don’t know, after several different diagnoses and a surprisingly wide range of symptoms, including all the digestive issues we’ve had, three of the 5 of us have been forbidden to eat gluten by our physicians. 

Now although Playdoh is not a food, it is made out of wheat flour. And we learned the hard way that 3-year-olds like to lick their fingers while playing with Playdoh, which is enough to…well, let’s just say that it was unpleasant. So Playdoh, one of the sheer joys of childhood, had been off limits for the past 4 months. 


Until now. 

This Playdoh is awesome – it is pure white when you make it, so it turns the vibrant colors you see here. It has a fantastic texture and is so easy to make. It travels fantastically and made for a great distraction on our recent 8 hour car ride to visit cousins

Gluten-Free Play Dough Recipe – taken from Celiac Family


1 Cup White Rice Flour

1/2 Cup Cornstarch

1/2 Cup Salt

1 Tbsp Cream of Tartar

1-1/2 tsp vegetable oil

1 Cup Water, hot but not boiling

Food Coloring, as desired



1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium pot.

2. Add the vegetable oil & water, and mix thoroughly.

3. Heat the pot on the stove over low heat for about 3 minutes. Stir frequently with a heavy spoon.

4. When the dough starts to stick together,  change consistency, and pull away from the sides of the pot, turn out the dough onto something you can stain (we used cookie sheets). Let it cool briefly until you can knead it with your hands.

5. Knead well, adding more cornstarch as needed, until you have a nice, uniform consistency. Add food coloring and knead into the dough until you get the color you desire. Gel colorings work great. 

NOTE: Add more water or cornstarch after cooking to adjust consistency, especially after adding food coloring. Be careful not to over cook (no more than 5 minutes) – it will get crusty and hard. I accidentally added a bit too much water in mine and had to cook a little longer to make the right consistency. If you double the recipe make sure you use a pot with large surface area on the bottom – I didn’t and it got hard to stir. 


And, for those of you in need of a chuckle (especially if you have to be GF, too), check out this hilarious video on How to become Gluten Intolerant



This Fabulous Friday Post is brought to you by some of my BEST costumes:

IMG_2548-1 IMG_2536These are from Le Nozze Di Figaro at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The Costume and Wig people are FABULOUS!
IMG_2508 IMG_0382 IMG_0697 Incase you ever wanted to see what I would look like as a boy. These are “Pants Roles” where women play the roles of pubescent boys. Yep, Scary.


These are my costumes from my summer at Santa Fe. Incase you wanted to see me as a blonde and… a Deaconess.

IMG_2058 Not sure how old age will suit me… but my friend, Bevin, will look great as a ghost! This was from Arizona Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor.

These last costumes are from my time thus far at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The first is from my Debut as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. The fun pink and orange one is from Wagner’s Parsifal. I was a Flower Maiden. The Green crazy one is from the Family Opera we performed, The Magic Victrola. My nieces were able to see that show! The final one is from my summer production of Le Nozze Di Figaro. I have a pretty fun job!

IMG_9629 IMG_1190

Fabulous Friday: Silence (and a Smoothie)

I had a Fabulous Friday post all ready before I went on my retreat. But after the retreat, a post on playdoh just didn’t seem fitting.

Because what has really made my life fabulous this week has been silence surrounded by a landscape that is prancing toward fall. I loved wandering among the silently welcoming sisters of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey who honor and respect the nature that surrounds them and the fruits it produces.

In honor of simplicity and fall, I thought I would share another way to prepare the abundance of squash that seems to explode into our kitchen this time of year. Last week, I discovered a delicious, simple, healthy smoothie that celebrates fall. And the girls actually begged me to make it again!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (adapted from this recipe by Whole Foods Market)

Serves 2 adults or three little stinkers

  • 1 cup of some sort of squash puree (I used leftover spaghetti squash with much of the liquid squeezed out)
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup of some sort of milk
  • 2 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup (more or less to taste)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 5 ice cubes (we skipped this)
  • Chopped pecans to sprinkle on top (optional – we also mixed our pecans with gluten-free graham crackers and ground flax seeds to add a pie crust-like flavor and texture)

Throw ingredients into a blender or food processor and mix. Go sit outside on a beautiful fall morning. Enjoy in silence. 🍁