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Caterpillar Crawl: October 2017

Happy Halloween!

It’s the end of the month and I barely have any links for you. Not because there haven’t been great reads out there, but because I haven’t had time to read them.

Funny how I thought finishing my master’s degree would make me less busy. Ha ha.

But I have been finding a little time to have fun. Fuzzers and I hosted a Halloween party over the weekend. We may or may not have purchased a few too many pumpkins. Oops.

Fuzzers made a great big pot of his famous chili. (The recipe is secret.) I made this red lentil Thai chili and these chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting, both of which are gluten-free and vegan. They turned out great and were big hits!

These cupcakes though…

I dressed as:A couple of the guys at the party wanted to know which princess I was. I understand that gender shapes our experience of culture, but I was amused nonetheless.

But seriously, I’ve wanted to be Belle for Halloween pretty much every year since the last time I was Belle…which was kindergarden.


Did you do any fun Halloween celebrating over the weekend? Any plans for tonight? I’d love to hear about it!

In the meantime, here’s that handful of links I assembled. Hopefully I’ll have something a bit more substantial at the end of the November.


Low-FODMAP Recipes

Low FODMAP Peanut Hoisin Sauce from Fussy Fodmapper. I love hoisin sauce, and I love peanut flavor in Asian dishes, too. 🙂

Low FODMAP Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips from Fun Without FODMAPs. What’s your opinion? Is pumpkin better with chocolate or without chocolate?

Savory Potato Waffles from Low Fodmapper. I need to figure out how to use the grating function on the food processor because man these look good! (Addendum 10-30: I figured out the grating function. Now I just need to make the waffles!)

Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Quinoa Breakfast from Cotter Crunch. I’m there.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Gingersnap Crust from FODMAP Everyday. I knew there was an important reason to buy that springform pan. Now I know what that reason is!



6 Common FODMAP Mistakes from FODMAP Life. #6–don’t stay in the elimination phase too long! Two to six weeks is plenty.

Can FODMAP Intolerances Change Over Time? from A Little Bit Yummy. Yes. It’s quite possible to experience a change in sensitivity over time.


Recovery & Health

When You Feel Out of Control Around Food from Naomi Why: Roots. Having a moment of feeling out of control around food doesn’t make you a bad person. Naomi gives some great thoughts on how to respond to these moments.

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  1. Thai chili sounds amazing, and those cupcakes look delicious! Also, love that you dressed up as Belle. She’s one of my favorites. The fact that some guys didn’t know who you were dressed up as made me giggle.
    Dying to make that pumpkin quinoa! And the cheesecake. Basically all the recipes.
    And thanks so much for sharing my post. I so appreciate your support and encouragement. <3

  2. Emily says:

    Belle!!! You are so beautiful in that dress Joyce. And it’s so amazing to me that you are working on your master’s degree; I LOVE seeing my friends growing and learning and pursuing learning.

  3. Cora says:

    Just as funny as how I thought finishing school would make ME less busy…
    Yeah. Not even the slightest.

    Isn’t the grating function on a processor the funnest thing!? I was literally astounded when I discovered it and what it does. Let that be your accomplishment of the month if nothing else!

    You guys hold a mean party. I’m quite jealous of everyone that got to go. Never too many pumpkins.

  4. Kaylee says:

    What fun Halloween plan!! Also, you make a great Belle! Crazy that they couldn’t guess who you were though. *siiiigh*

    Yes to all those fall-y recipes!! Seriously, the grating function on the food processor is LIFE CHANGING.

  5. Kat says:

    I love your dress!! You looked absolutely stunning 🙂 And I’m so glad that those cupcakes turned out well. Though I have to say, your frosting skills are amazing!!

    1. Joyce says:

      Ha! I wish I had amazing frosting skills. All you do for the spiderwebs is draw concentric circles with colored icing and then run a toothpick through them 🙂

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