My name is Ashley McLaughlin and this is my blog, Edible Perspective. To learn more about my journey head on over to my about + FAQ pages. I'm thrilled that you stopped by. Enjoy!

  


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Baked Doughnuts For Everyone: From Sweet to Savory to Everything in Between, 101 Delicious Recipes, All Gluten-Free

 

Friday
May202011

birthday day

Thanks for all of the sweet comments and birthday wishes to my mom.  She read all of the comments and was so excited. :)

I didn’t do too much today, especially from being up SO late Thursday night figuring out the blog issues.  There are no boxes to unpack, walls to paint, or floors to be scrubbed here either.  It’s nice to have a little break from the house madness!

After my parents got home from work, we went to see my Grandma.  She was JUST as surprised as my mom and so excited for me to be home. 

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We chatted for awhile and then headed out to dinner.  Tomorrow night we’re going out with the whole family, but tonight it was just my mom, dad + brother.

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3 generations!!

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For dinner we headed to E. 4th Street, in downtown Cleveland.  This is such a happenin’ part of town.  I loved it!  This street is full of unique restaurants and bars.  The weather was gorgeous today, so the area was packed. 

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We headed to The Greenhouse Tavern for dinner.  The menu is eclectic to say the least!

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It was such a fun area for snapping photographs.

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There’s dad again with the camera.  I’m not sure what he plans on doing with this stellar video footage of us standing around.  Perhaps he will start a blog? 

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I just love the mission of this restaurant.  They are all about quality of the food, the environment, local sourcing, etc.  They’ve even implemented quite a few sustainable design strategies within the restaurant.  I’m all about that!

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The atmosphere inside, was unique.  The servers were casual, in company designed t-shirts.  It was a finer dinging menu, with a very relaxed, hip feel. 

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The menu took a while to digest.  There were a lot of unfamiliar foods and a few crazy meat-based dishes.  They actually had one vegetarian + gluten free dish, and it turned out to be delicious. 

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After dinner we took a few more photos, since it was still light out!

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Such a fun night with the family and so much more to come!

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Tomorrow is cake baking day!  I’m going to make my mom’s outstanding 7-up cake recipe and also try a little gluten free baking!!  We’ll see what happens. :)

Ashley

Friday
May202011

the best surprise ever

While maybe a few of you knew, due to my excited tweets over the past few weeks, I just arrived home in Cleveland, OH!  My plan was to surprise my mom for her 60th birthday, which is today.  It went off without a hitch!!  Well, except for when my dad almost blew it the other day!!  My operation surprise planner himself!!  When talking about where to eat for her birthday dinner, he told my mom he checked with the chef at the restaurant to make sure I would have something to eat [GF + veg]!  However, somehow he was able to back track and have her believe it was for a trip home I was planning to make this summer.  I threw her off more by saying things like, “why would I come out right now when you’re coming next week to Colorado???”  and “How could I possibly come home with all the house stuff going on here!!”  She bought it!!  What she also found out last night is that now she gets to fly back WITH me to Colorado and get two full weeks of mom/daughter time. :)  Happiness all around!  So here is how things went down last night.

Flight departure: 7:05pm

Flight arrival: 12am [3hrs + 2hr time gain]

Flight delayed due to weather: 8pm

Real flight arrival: 1am + 1hr car ride home – My very kind brother picked me up from the airport!

2AM – Me at the front door, called my mom and obviously woke her up! 

me: “HI mom!!!”

mom: “HI…” confused

me: “I just wanted to call and say happy birthday!!”

mom: “oh…okay…thanks” still confused because of how late it was

me: “What are you doing?”

mom: “sleeping…”

me: “Oh, well do you want your first birthday present??”

mom: “umm, okay..” tired + confused

me: “COME TO THE FRONT DOOR”

mom: “WHAT!  HUH???”

me: “Come to the front door!!!”

mom: “What??? You’re here?? NO…you can’t be here…HOW could you be here???”

me:  “Come to the front door and check!”

mom: “WHAT?? Huh?? No way!!  How did you get here???”  confused + excited voice

me: RINGING DOORBELL for proof!!  Dad has video camera on mom in the bedroom!

mom: “WAIT you’re here??? For real??? Oh SHIT!” drops phone..puts robe on [my mom is not the swearing type! haha]

Mom walks out, dad is video taping!!  Lots of gasping ensued!

mom: “ohhhhhhhh my gosh!!!!!!!! How did you do this?? I’m so confused??  You were coming all along??  You really tricked me!!  I really believed you weren’t coming since I’m coming next week!”

…and then it went on from there.

There was some squealing from the mom, and some mother/daughter dancing that always happens when I come home.  It’s sort of like a waltz/polka and involves funny singing noises.

Then she starts talking about my comforter dilemma!!! Hahahaaha

When she finally went back to the bedroom to go to bed [she’s a speech pathologist and had to get up early for school!] I could hear more squeals of excitement to my dad and her saying “but there’s nothing she can eat…I don’t have any gluten food!” :)

Too cute!!

But mom…you had just what I wanted.  Steel cut oats!!  I also found quinoa pasta!! :)  There were lemons, for my daily lemon water and even some local eggs to mix into the oats.  Don’t need much more than that!

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I wasn’t sure whether to eat breakfast or lunch because I wasn’t up until noon, EST.  I was up last night until 4am trying to fix my blog again.  It crashed due to a CPU problem.  Again!  Fingers crossed that the problem was solved this time! 

I went with breakfast….obviously. :) 

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Pecans are DEElicious!!!  It’s been too long since I’ve had them.  One of my favorite nuts!

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1 egg mixed in, cranberries and a nice big glob of PB! 

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Feels good to be home!

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Do these photos look familiar??? :)

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My parents hung some of my Etsy prints in the kitchen!!  I just saw them hanging for the first time.  Pretty cool!! :)

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I couldn’t be more excited to be home for my mom’s birthday and to see the rest of my family.  The only thing that would make this better is if Chris was here with me!!!  Okay and maybe the crazy dogs. :)

 {happy birthday to my mom}

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Thank you.

For all that you do.

All of your support.

All of your love.

All of your advice.

Your hugs.  Your phone calls.  Your cries.  My cries.  Our laughs.  Our silly kitchen dances.  Your pouting every time I leave Ohio.  Your thoughtful care packages.  Your backwards smiley faces (:  Your still not being able to send a text message. ;)

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I love and appreciate it all and feel so incredibly lucky!

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You are loved by ME, more than you know.

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HAPPPPPY WEEKEND!!!

Ashley