The Gluten-Free Way: My Way

The Gluten-Free Way: My Way

The Gluten-Free Way: My Way by Adrienne Z. Milligan and William Maltese
The Gluten-Free Way: My Way by Adrienne Z. Milligan and William Maltese

The Gluten-Free Way:  My Way

I co-authored and published this book with William Maltese.  The book was born out of my family’s lifestyle change to living gluten free in 2001.

After my husband and son stopped eating gluten, a whole new world of preparing food and tastes were opened up for us.  New grains and flours.  New products – some good, some horrible.

Some of my favorite recipes are included in this book.  These recipes are ones we eat often and our company tends to request when visiting.

If you are looking for a list of companies which sell gluten free products or make them, I have added those as well.

Are you looking for information on gluten free support groups?  Maybe you want to learn more about living gluten free?  Check out the list of support groups, as well as websites for further education, included in our book.

Our book is available on in print and for the Kindle.  You can also find our book online at Barnes & Noble for your Nook and in paper format.

If you like to sponsor local businesses, check out our favorite mill (and pick up a copy of our book) when you visit The Country Living Mills online store.

If you are on Facebook, we would love to have you join us on our page for all things relating to our book and gluten free living.  When you visit, please say “Hi!”

What is your favorite gluten free recipe?  Which store do you find the most gluten free products?  How long have you been living gluten free?


Note: The information in the book is current as of the last edit done by the publisher.  If you find something which is incorrect, please list in the comments so I can make a note of it.  Thanks so much!

Top Five Ways to Winterize Pipes

Top Five Ways to Winterize Pipes Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
Top Five Ways to Winterize Pipes Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

Top Five Ways to Winterize Pipes

I do not want to with frozen pipes bursting during the winter.  Do you?

It can fall to below freezing where I live at times during our winter.  The damage it causes, the mess created, the money to repair and replace, plus the huge inconvenience to my family is just not worth it.

Part of being prepared is doing the little things which can prevent bigger issues.  Winterizing the pipes in your home (or business) is one of those little things.  Winterizing may sound expensive and time-consuming.  It is not.

As I am not an expert in plumbing, I consulted with Andy of Andy Jahn Plumbing & Rooter for his expert advice on this topic.  Thank you, Andy!

Here are Andy’s Top Five Ways to Winterize Pipes

  1. When getting ready for the winter, always make sure each outside hose has been disconnected from the hose faucet.  If forgotten, do it as soon as possible.  As the cold weather turns to freezing, it is especially important to already have completed this first step.  Do not wait until the weekend to take care of this if you can.  It may be too late.
  2. Be sure to cover your outside hose faucets to help prevent them from freezing.  Purchasing hard faucet covers for three or four dollars each is money well spent to avoid thousands in damage and repairs.
  3. Check to see if you have any water pipes which are located in non-heated areas.  These pipes could be in the garage, attic, or crawlspace.  If you find pipes in these spots, you will need to insulate them as best as you can.  When heading to the hardware store, remember there are different sizes for pipe insulation [1/2, 3/4, 1 CTS (Copper Tube Size) and IPS (Iron Pipe Size)].
  4. If there are vent holes to your crawlspace, do not block them during the winter.  When you find water pipes near the vent holes, be sure to put extra insulation around them.
  5. Do you have any plumbing on an outside wall?  Keep the cabinet doors open to allow the warm air from within the room to be nearer to the pipes.  This extra amount of heat may prevent the pipes from freezing.  Running a little bit of water (a small trickle) may also help the pipes.

Do You Have to Winterize Pipes Where You Live?

As I mentioned, the area I live does not always get below freezing. Therefore, we do not winterize our pipes until the temperature starts to drop.

The winter of 2016-2017 has proven to be “one of those winters” where we have had days of below-freezing temperatures, a couple feet of snow, and ice everywhere.  As I have been writing this, it has continued to snow…

I hope this helps you become better prepared for the winter months.

Please share your experiences.


Hosting Your Own Awards Viewing Party

Hosting Your Own Awards Viewing Party
Hosting Your Own Awards Viewing Party

Hosting Your Own Awards Viewing Party

Disclaimer:  I did not receive any products or compensation for my publishing of this post.  The ballot shown above was provided by SkinnyPop as a fun way to promote watching the Golden Globes with friends.

The 74th Golden Globe Awards Show is upon us.  Since Jimmy Fallon is the host for this year’s show, I may convince my husband to watch it with me.  You can watch it on NBC from 8pm-11pm EST on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

I do not always watch the Golden Globe Awards show.  When I do, I like to watch for my favorite actors, TV shows, and films to win.  (I usually forget to watch the awards show if a football game is on at the same time.)

Have you been paying attention to this year’s nominees?  Who do you want to win?  Which films and TV shows do you consider award worthy?

Ideas for Your Own Awards Viewing Party

Have you ever considered hosting a party to view the Golden Globes? What an interesting idea!

We have friends and family over to watch the football games.  Why not the Golden Globe Awards show?

When I saw SkinnyPop’s fun ballot for the Golden Globe Awards show, I considered hosting a viewing party of my own.

Get Ready for Hosting Your Own Awards Viewing Party

Brynn at The Domestic Dietitian shares fun (and healthy) recipes for your awards viewing party.  Read more about she plans to Host a Healthy Awards Show Party.

What from Brynn’s post will you be incorporating into your own awards show party?

Your Awards Show Viewing Party – The Final Countdown

First, are you ready to have fun with your friends and family?

In addition to handing out the ballots to your guests, who do you think will score the most points?   Do you know which of your friends pays the most attention to the happenings in Hollywood?

Finally, enjoy the company, refreshments, and the show!

After the Show and Party

So how did hosting your own awards viewing party go?  What was your favorite snack brought by a guest?  Did the guests have fun voting with the SkinnyPop ballots?

Did you enjoy hosting the party?  Are you already planning next year’s event?

Please share your hosting experiences in the comments.  I love hearing how other people entertain and what they choose to serve.


P.S. While this post is tailored to the 2017 Golden Globe Awards Show, the ideas and suggestions for food, activities, and decor can be applied to other award-themed parties or events.

Splash into Summer Giveaway


Summer is almost here!  It feels like it was just the holidays, doesn’t it?

What does summer mean for you and your family?  For us, we love grilling hamburgers and corn-on-the-cob on the barbecue.  We try to visit extended family.  My boys have Scout Camp and High Adventure.

I wanted to share my love of summer with you, my readers!  This giveaway is all about having fun this summer!  We are giving away two swimming pools as well as one slip and slide.  Talk about staying cool all Summer long!  Keep reading to find out how to enter for your chance to win!

  • 2 winners will win a Summer Escapes 15′ x 36″ Quick Set Round Above Ground Swimming Pool with Filter Pump System (Retail Value: $120.00 each)
  • 1 winner will win a Slip & Slide (Retail Value: $25.00)

This Giveaway will run from 6/1 – 6/14 11:59 PM EST. Make sure to complete as many of the entries below as possible for the BEST chance at winning! We also have a bonus entry you can do every single day! (Bonus Entry: Tweeting a message about the Giveaway!) No entries are mandatory.

Enter below and Good Luck! (This giveaway is NOT being sponsored by Summer Escapes)

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Chances of winning vary based on the final number of entrants. Giveaway ends June 14th, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified by email on June 15th, 2016. Each winner has 48 hours to respond or they may forfeit prize. My Momma Taught Me will be responsible for prize fulfillment. If you have any questions, please contact

Amateur Radio Operators are Hams

Amateur Radio Operators are Hams

Some People are Referred to as a “Ham”

Amateur Radio Operators are often called Hams.  To find out more about why the term “Ham” is used, see this explanation including this definition: “Ham: a poor operator; a ‘plug’ (G. M. Dodge; The Telegraph Instructor).”

Amateur Radio is across the Globe

Amateur Radio has a worldwide presence and has been for decades. It is for use in wartime and moments of peace. Amateur Radio allows communication between different time zones, countries, and continents.

Amateur Radio is a life long skill. The process is free to study, free to use (though there is a cost for equipment), and there is no charge to get the license from the FCC.  There is a license exam fee and the current cost is $14-17 in my area. This fee helps offset the cost of exam materials.

Amateur Radio can be a Family Activity

Amateur Radio is fun to do with my family. I have had my Technician license since June 2007. My husband obtained his Technician license in July 2007 and later upgraded to the General class license. His last upgrade was to the Extra class license on 18 October 2011.

Our oldest son took the exam for his Technician class license on October 31, 2009. My oldest and I are studying for the General exam. Our fifteen-year-old passed the Technician exam in 2018 (when he was 14). Our eight-year-old (when he was seven) also attended the class with the then fourteen-year-old. He did not take the exam as he was not ready). He is continuing to study for it as is our youngest, who is seven.

Jonathan on HF Rig Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan Amateur Radio Operators are Hams
Jonathan on HF Rig Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan Amateur Radio Operators are Hams

{The above photo is of my husband, Jonathan (KE7OLE), working on an HF rig at the Mt. Tahoma Technoree during Jamboree On The Air (J.O.T.A.) on October 15, 2011.}

Three Amateur Radio Licenses in the U.S.A.

Each license allows certain bandwidth privileges. Ham radio allows you to talk to a neighbor, a spouse driving on the way home from work during the evening commute, or to talk to others around the world.

Sometimes, Amateur Radio operators are able to talk with an astronaut on the International Space Station. This opportunity is available when the Space Station is overhead and an astronaut is on the radio waves.

Amateur Radio is a sought after way to communicate as Hams offer a way to instant, reliable, and constant form of communication after a disaster. Amateur Radio operators work with FEMA, American Red Cross, AREAS, RACES, and other organizations in the supporting role of providing communication abilities.

Communicating across the Ocean

Here is an example of how Amateur Radio allows communication between people miles apart or even over the ocean.

Recently, my husband was on his HF (High Frequency) rig (another term for radio equipment) and was tuning in to the 15 meters band. He came across an operator that was on the battleship USS Missouri ‘Mighty Mo’ (BB-63)! They were doing a Club event on the HF bandwidths.

Our boys thought it was cool how there were Hams on the USS Missouri. They were excited he was attempting to talk to a Ham operator who was aboard a ship.

When I heard an operator from the KH6BB USS Missouri Battleship Radio Room say, “here on Battleship Missouri in Pearl Harbor,” I was super excited! Why? Years ago, when the USS Missouri was in port at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyards, my family and I were able to go tour it. I have pictures (or my mother does) of me on the vessel as well as the polo shirt that I purchased while onboard.

Here is a close up of the polo showing the 50th Anniversary logo design:

U.S.S. Missouri BB-63 Polo Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan Amateur Radio Operators are Hams
U.S.S. Missouri BB-63 Polo Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan Amateur Radio Operators are Hams

When our family is able to go to Pearl Harbor, I will be sure to schedule with the “Mighty Mo so that my husband, myself, and our boys can visit the Radio Room and use the radio from the USS Missouri.

What’s Your Call Sign?

Do you have your Amateur Radio license? If so, what was your reason for obtaining it? If you have a Ham license from another country, please share. We love talking to Hams around the world!

This was originally on my site. As of March 15, 2016, this post now lives here on Gluten Free Preppers. This post was updated on April 20, 2019.