As old as Liesel

Hello, everyone! My name is Jessica. Just thought you might have forgotten me, since it’s only been over a month since I’ve posted a single thing on here. 

So much has happened this summer! I’ve now been sixteen for a month, and only days after my birthday I flew to stay with Gretchen and her family (my first time flying alone!). Due to lack of computer time, two nieces, and one nephew, I have neglected this blog. I do remember I have one, quite frequently, and usually that thought is accompanied with a pang of guilt. But I’ve been having so much fun living life, I don’t have time to blog about it! πŸ™‚

And while I’m on this track: all Mommy Bloggers have my complete admiration. In the short month I’ve spent with the three munchkins who call me auntie, any extra time I might have had to blog (if I had had Internet access!) I wouldn’t have been able to, because of my own energy shortage. But somehow all these amazing mothers, including my sister, manage to share their creative output on their blogs far more often than I do! Those ladies are totally amazing.

So, my birthday! Well, it was quite the day. First off was a drive test. Which I failed. The greatest disappointment was that I couldn’t claim that I’d gotten my license when I was fifteen (I was born 10:15 at night). Let’s just say that wasn’t the best birthday gift in the world. But as of a few days ago, I am finally a licensed driver. I wasn’t all that excited about getting my license the first time around, so I was really looking forward to the second chance! Now I can lend a more empathetic ear to disgruntled DMV customers.

As you can see in the picture, I had a birthday cake! I was so excited to find this gluten free cinnamon apple cake recipe from Elana’s Pantry. It tasted like an apple cake, with the texture of pumpkin pie. I frosted it with a coconut cream frosting, although it ended up being more of a glaze. Probably using canned coconut milk like the recipe says would be beneficial. I also had some delicious coconut milk ice cream made with raspberries instead of spinach. 

Mom and I

My cousin Rebekah and I–we had a girls night, giggling and watching Sue Thomas together.

Gifts given to me by my wonderful family! The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Singing in the Rain, Cranford, Pride and Prejudice, a beautiful Miche bag, an African necklace, a Jamba Juice gift card, a journal, and the People magazine royal wedding edition. Since then, I received more thoughtful gifts, including several pairs of earrings (one lovely pair is from iSanctuary), my first piece of FiestaWare, some shirts, notecards, and a coffee gift card. I feel so blessed!

As my cousin Abbie and I were driving the other day, we listened to the Sound of Music soundtrack. When this song came on, I remembered how old sixteen used to sound. The Sound of Music Liesel seemed so grown-up to me. But now, I realize how young sixteen really is! I have so much to learn about life. But I think it’s a great age to be!

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rachel Grace
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 17:49:15

    First piece of FiestaWare! Dream dishes set! They are the best ever. πŸ™‚


  2. Samantha R.
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 21:59:57

    16 is a wonderful age: I'm sure you'll enjoy every moment!Sorry to hear that you didn't pass your test the first time. I barely passed mine the first time! It's a nerve-wracking experience no matter how well you really know how to drive. (I mean, a stranger is sitting in the car beside you, staring at you,telling you what to do and where to go!) =DThat cake sounds and look delicious!What a nice picture of you and your Mom together. And I love the on of you and Rebekah as well.Fun gifts!I, too, admire all the mommy bloggers. I don't know how they do it!


  3. Chantel
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 01:02:09

    So random: you and Gretchen always have cute shirts and I almost never find any! I think I just need to get some sort of copier that copies clothes and go through ya'lls' closets and copy your shirts in my size. πŸ˜‰


  4. DelightinginHim
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 15:10:23

    Happy belated 16th birthday! πŸ˜€ Looks like you had fun and yay for the cake and ice-cream!Don't feel too badly, a lot of people (including me!) don't pass their driving test the first time.


  5. ladyfelicity
    Jul 28, 2011 @ 17:46:28

    Happy belated birthday, Jessica! 16 IS a great age to be. I hope it's blessed for you … πŸ™‚


  6. rg23
    Jul 29, 2011 @ 18:48:47

    I was going to email you with my questions, but didn't see an email address anywhere. I noticed in this blog post (and others) that you talk about the "diet" you're on, and many of the things you make are gluten free. Can you tell me a little more about your decision to do this? I am quite interested in learning more about this way of baking & eating. Thanks!


  7. Jessica Elisabeth
    Jul 30, 2011 @ 05:35:55

    Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes! πŸ™‚ Chantel, thank you for the compliment on the cute shirts…Ross and Goodwill are our favorite places to shop, but it's a matter of "luck" as to when you'll find anything cute! πŸ™‚ Rg23, I started this diet at the beginning of the year, due to my eczema problem. Although I've tried various lotions and other remedies over the years, nothing seemed to help the eczema on my hands. So I started a diet outlined in a book called the Fungus Link ( which links many health problems to fungi in our diet. Basically the Phase 1 diet is no gluten or dairy or sugar, which can be quite a challenge at times. Gradually I am adding back a few more things, including oatmeal and rice, which has been so wonderful! For the non-dairy part of the diet, I substitute coconut and almond milk for dairy milk, and make things like coconut milk ice cream. As far as the non-gluten part of the diet goes, I'm still not very creative! πŸ™‚ One great website with lots of gluten-free recipes is Elana's Pantry ( Many of her recipes call for special flours, like almond or coconut flour, but those are quite expensive. So far I've mainly used oatmeal flour by grinding up oats in our amazing VitaMix. Sometime I'll try to write a post about some of my favorite recipes that I've found, including gluten-free yeast-free pizza dough, Clif bars, and several other things. It's definitely an exciting way to eat…I mean, you can't just go and grab anything out of the cupboard! πŸ™‚ The diet has majorly helped my hands, and I feel much better eating so healthfully (not that my family eats unhealthfully!). I hope this helps, and feel free to ask questions!


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