About Me

Greetings world! My name is Abby and my husband is Jacob. We live a quiet life in small-town Iowa. Since I was born, I’ve had food intolerances. The most recent one surfaced in October 2010 as Celiac Disease. As such, we’ve had to make a “few” adjustments in our life. I thought people like me, might like to discuss experiences with adjusting, dealing with family, and recipes that actually taste good. As of August 2011, I was diagnosed with autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis).

I will try to post new recipes and pictures (when available) of the food we regularly eat. I don’t post anything I haven’t personally tried. If you have questions, comments, or concerns about anything posted on my blog, feel free to post a comment and I will respond to you as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours). I also have a lot of experience with breakfast food and desserts, but don’t always post them. If you’d like to have information on this, let me know and I’ll be sure to share it with you.  I also have a word document indicate “safe,” “questionable,” and “unsafe” foods for those intolerant to gluten. I’d also love recommendations or exchanging recipes. If you have a recipe that has gluten in it and would like it to be “safe”, I’d be more than happy to experiment with it until it is “right.”

If anyone would like to get in contact with me please don’t hesitate to send an e-mail to mrs.abby.maples@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Twitter (@UrbanFarminGirl).

A few random facts about me:
* I have my masters in public health and have primarily worked as a public health microbiologist.
* I am a registered EMT.
* Currently, I work for Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids as a histologist.
* At one time, I was a professional caterer (four years) and a bartender (2 years). Needless to say, I LOVE food!!
* I am active in my church and have a personal relationship with our Father, God.
* My parents live 45 minutes away; my sister 2 hours away. Jacob’s parents live in 1,000 miles away … in Texas.
* I paint, knit/crochet, garden (organic), and do photography.
* I also enjoy volunteering in the local area (animal shelter, church, etc.)

My intolerances and/or allergies include: barley, fructose, hydrogen peroxide, lactose, latex, mannitol, maltitol, sorbitol, soy, sucrose, rye, wheat, and xylitol. For those who do have allergies or intolerances, I highly advocate wearing a medical bracelet. If something happens to you (e.g. car accident, etc.), the medical team needs to know what will help or hurt you. I wear my bracelet all the time (except when sleeping). If you are looking or thinking about getting a bracelet, I recommend Creative Medical ID. They work with you and make sure things are done correctly. I’ve purchased several bracelets through them.

Thanks for visiting!

One Response to About Me

  1. Pamela says:

    I met Abby last weekend and really enjoyed talking with her about gluten-free conversions of fave foods. Submit a recipe you’d like to see a gluten-free version of and she’ll take the challenge! Thanks, Abby!

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