Thursday, October 9, 2008


Since I was diagnosed with a wheat intolerance about 8 months ago, dinner can be a challenge, since most everything contains wheat. However, with some research and gathering lots of information for available products, I have made the transition to wheat free, gluten free very well. Many of my old recipes can be changed to accommodate wheat free products that I find at my local Sprouts Grocery Store. Even baked goods offer a wide range of products. In fact, the pumpkin cookies I shared for the tea party birthday post was actually a sugar cookie mix all natural and wheat free, gluten free.

This recipe, "Straw and Hay" is an old favorite from the book, Quick Cook by Southern Living 1986. I simply substituted the pasta for gluten free and the rest is the same. Add a tossed salad and you have a very delicious and great fall season comfort food dish.
I have made this for company many times and it always is a hit. Thought I would share it for you to try.


You can use light whipping creme instead of the regular creme and double the noodles to replace the spinach noodles if you prefer. Whether you make this as stated in the recipe or gluten free, it tastes the same. Delicious!

Sharing a few new pretties from the studio.
This first is called "Keepsake Cottage" and it is a design I did several years ago. This time I adapted it to the wonderful wood box I found a couple months ago on a treasure hunt. It can hold lots of special treasures and will be available closer to Christmas in my ebay shop.

This next treasure is called "Nested Bowl" hand painted on an old silverplate bowl with lid.

Lastly, I designed this rose on canvas called "Mother's Window Rose" in honor of my mom. When I took care of her in my home, while she was very sick, I planted a rose vine outside her bedroom window so she could enjoy the pink roses she loved so much. This is the original and will be offered in prints soon in my etsy shop and also ebay.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope to see you again soon. Till next time, Blessings and Blue Skies~ Celestina


Gone said...


Everything is so pretty! I just love your roses!!

The recipe sounds good too...I have copied and saved use sometime next week.


Kathy said...

Your dinner recipe looks wonderful. I can imagine how difficult it must be to eat gluten free! As always, your painting is spectacular, Celestina!
Have a delightful weekend...Kathy

Kris said...

What time is dinner? Looks YUMMY!!

The artwork is as beautiful as always.


Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Celestina!

Oh your artwork is so beautiful! You are the master of my favorites, birds nests and roses!! The wooden box is so adorable, the little cottage is the sweetest thing!

I think I may have to try your recipe. I love anything with peas in it.

Hugs, Sherry

Thank you for your sweet comments about my painting! Your words are so encouraging to me!!

Anonymous said...

Celeste, special diets are a challenge, aren't they. I'm trying to do low fat and at home - no problem. But eating out....who knows what they put in the food.

My favorite in your pictures - the bowl and lid! The bird's nest with the flowers in it - I've never seen one with a floral touch - special!


Connie said...

Looks good to me, sweetpea! Your roses are evolving nicely also......

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

As always,everthing you make is gorgeous.Thank you for the recipe.My daughter found out she could not eat anything with soy,so I know you are both trying for replacements.Good luck with that.Hugs Marie Antionette

Jennifer said...

Celeste,I love your painting they look so pretty.I just love the one you did in honor of your Mom its is so very pretty.Thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet comments.Hugs,Jen

Unknown said...

What beautiful things you paint. I just love this box too. I am sorry that you have a food allergy, something both of my girls had from very young. They were both allergic to corn...OMG everything is made with corn syrup, especially back in 1988. But we managed, and it caused us to eat healthier.
Have a lovely weekend.

Unknown said...

Celeste, I want, no, I NEED that treasure box!!!!!!! It doesnt really NEED to make it to eBay, does it?? LOLOL! Just kidding, but I do need it!

I didnt know you had wheat intolerance! I am so sorry! But it looks like you have found some wonderful foods and I am so happy for that!

Love you sweetie,

Unknown said...

What a beautiful painting in honor of your sweet mom Celeste! It is the most beautiful rose I have ever seen. It looks so real. You did a beautiful job on that!!

Much love,

Nélia Botelho said...

Como vai Celestina?

Por aqui continua tudo sempre tão encantador!
Venho desejar um óptimo fim de semana

Rhondi said...

Oh my goodness, I didn't know you had a wheat gluten allergy. That is a challenge. Our young grandson has a milk allergy so I know how difficult it is when you have to check all the labels and find new recipes.
All the pieces you painted are just beautiful! I love every one.
Hugs, Rhondi

Mary said...

Hello Celeste, Thank You for the visit:) The pasta looks great...
Your paintings are Beautiful as always. Love your Tea Pots. I have only a few from family. Mother told the story of her drainboard falling and breaking all her newlywed china!
The memory rose is lovely. My Mother was sick also, when she was able would pull a weed in my flowerbed.
Have a great week. Hugs,Mary:)

Kim's Treasures said...

Your meal looks and sounds delicious! I'm so glad you have been able to adjust to the diet well. I have often wondered if it would be hard for those who need a gluten free diet.

As always, your artwork is sooo beautiful! You sure have some talent!

Have a great day!

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Celestina, Thank you for stopping by. Your new pretties are beautiful. I love the keepsake box, gorgeous. And I was touched by your, Mother's Window Rose. How nice to honor your mother! Sounds like you have grasped the wheat intolance and turned it into a yummy experience. My mom, when I was young, had issues with wheat or yeast. I cannot remember, but it used to make her face break out and she would have irritable mood swings along with bad migraines. Have a great day. hugs, Ellen

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Celestina,

I love your "Keepsake Cottage" definately one of my favorites and all your other beautiful paintings as well. It is always a treat to come here and see what you have been up to. : )


Unknown said...

Hi Celeste,

This recipe looks delish. Did you always have a problem with this or did it just pop up out of nowhere? It sounds with a little adjusting that it's fine. Love your art pieces the box is so pretty.

Gone said...

Just thought I'd stop by and say you doing? Hope everything is well with you!!


Gone said...

Good Afternoon...

I'm glad you stopped by to take a peek at all the beautiful roses. No, I wish I could say we grew them all...but didn't!

Hope to see you again, soon.

bee'nme said...

Ahhhh Celeste, it's always such a breath of fresh air to come here! I ordered your tea cup ornaments..I will be so tickled to get those...they are adorable!! But hey, you made them, so 'nuff said!

Love all your new beautiful!! Thanks for the sweet treat of your site...hope you have a glorious weekend!!

Hugs and Blessings,
Becky S.

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

I can't imagine how difficult it must be to live without wheat products. Some say that it's a much healthier lifestyle, though.

Your work is so beautiful. You paint the prettiest roses! I was just in your Etsy shop and everything looks so pretty.
Patricia :o)

vickie said...

Oh, that recipe sounds wonderful!
Love the beautiful rose. Beautiful post, Celeste.

CIELO said...

Hi Celestina.... pretty pic and pink rose... I love it! Hope you are doing great.



Rue said...

Hi Celestina :)

Your work is really beautiful!

I'll have to make that recipe soon!...yum!!


Just Between Us Girls said...

Dear Celeste,
I love all the items you are creating on Etsy. The spoons and ornaments...ooh my gosh...everything you do is WONDERFUL. Love it.
Have a great Wednesday.

Anonymous said...

Oh How cute I want to live there!The birds nest are darling too! I have acustom order and have not painted on canvas for so long ..I forget how to create the background!?
Thank You for inspiring feedback today.

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..