Saturday, April 13, 2019

Mesquita Bread, Gluten-Free from Portugal

Mesquita Bread, Gluten-Free Artisan Bread/Rolls from Portugal


Ok...so this isn't actually about Gluten-Free Travel.  But this is about a really great Gluten-Free bread or roll recipe from Portugal.  So that counts as travel right?
DRY INGREDIENTS
2  Cps Gluten Free Baking Flour Blend (extra for dusting)
½  Cp Potato Starch
½  Cp Tapioca Flour
1/3  Cp Cornstarch
½  Tbl Xanthan Gum
1 ½  Tsp Salt
3  Tbls Granulated Sugar
1  Tbl Active Dry Yeast

LIQUIDS
2 Large Eggs
4 Egg Whites
4 Tbls Oil
1 Tsp Cider Vinegar
1 ¼ Cps Water

BAKING DIRECTIONS
1. In a med sized bowl, measure all of the dry ingredients, except the Yeast.
2. Stir or whisk dry ingredients well.
3. Combine liquids in a separate bowl and mix or whisk well.
4 Warm liquids to about 120 Degrees, (20 to 30 seconds in Microwave)

BEFORE mixing the dry and wet ingredients together:
5. Lightly grease cookie sheet, use a Paper towel. Wipe off any excess.  If making bread then lightly oil loaf pan.
6. Coat a large cutting board or smooth surface with some additional Gluten-Free Baking Flour. Be generous, the dough is sticky to touch.  Skip this step when making the loaf of bread.
7. Sprinkle yeast over the top of the dry ingredients and pour liquid mixture over the top and mix with a wire whisk till it thickens, and then use a rubber spatula to finish folding it in 2-3 minutes until it is smooth. It will be soft and sticky to the touch.
8. With the spatula form the dough into a ball in the bowl you mixed it in using the spatula to slide the dough onto the floured smooth surface.
9. Sprinkle a generous amount of Gluten-Free Baking Flour on top of the dough ball.
10. Use some of the flour on your hands and push down, and smooth out the dough ball to about ½ to ¾ of an inch thick.  This does not need to be perfect and you do not want to handle the dough too much at this stage
11. Choose a glass or a plastic cup that has an opening about the size of the roll you want.
12. Use the glass or cup like a cookie cutter and press it into the dough, then place the cut outs on your oiled cookie sheet. Lightly cover the cookie sheet with Saran Wrap to prevent any drafts on the dough. Place cookie sheet in a warm area. Let rise until double in size,
13. Preheat oven to 375, remove plastic wrap from cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Rolls should be light brown on top surface and crusty when you tap on it.
14. Remove from oven and place rolls on a wire rack to cool.  Makes about a dozen depending on the size you choose.  Maybe only 11 if you can't resist a nice freshly baked roll with butter
TO MAKE BREAD:
1. Lightly oil a 9-x-5-inch loaf pan.
2. Scrape Dough ball into loaf pan, lightly cover with plastic wrap, and let rise to double in size. This takes about an hour. You do not need to coat the dough ball in flour for this method.
3. Pre heat oven to 375
4. Bake 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned and it should sound a little hollow when tapped on. If it is browning too fast then lightly place a piece of aluminum on the top.

5. Cool on a wire rack before slicing. Or at least cool enough that you do not burn yourself when eating it off the rack :-)

 CarolAnne Le Blanc




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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Vacation Rentals, Gluten-Free Safe

Vacation Rentals, Gluten-Free Safe


One of my favorite ways to travel or take a break is using Vacation Rentals. I always seem to travel with a troop…anywhere from 4 to 40 people…and we very seldom stay in hotels.  If we’re not on a Cruise Ship somewhere…we’re in one of these private homes.  From screened huts in Peru, to mobile homes in Florida, log cabins in Tennessee, thatched cottages in Ireland and even a castle in Scotland…Vacation Rentals are a great way to go!  They come in absolutely every size, shape and location you can imagine, from dirt cheap to as extravagant as you can dream, there are very few limits.

And the best part? My own kitchen!  Traveling Gluten-Free can be a real challenge at times and I love being able to prepare my own meals on occasion, on my own terms without worrying about someone else’s carelessness.  Yes, we do eat out when we travel.  But we also love to eat in as well.  I will admit travel with people who love food as much as I do really makes the trip so much more enjoyable.  And we all love to immerse ourselves in the local culture which means local food as well.

We have one rule when we travel…we never eat, shop, or explore anything we could do at home. That means when we shop for Gluten-Free food we stick to local as well.  And it’s a lot easier than you’d expect if you eat real food…fresh fruits, vegetables & proteins. I’ve also found that countries outside the U S are truly much more Gluten-Free safe than I had imagined.  I still use my Triumph Dining Cards all the time…even when grocery shopping and I can’t read the labels.  And yes, we were able to find a Gluten-Free Haggis in Scotland…but I won’t tell you what I thought about it, you’ll need to find out for yourself.

Generally, the kitchen in our Vacation Rentals have been pretty clean and neat.  There is NO maid service but they do have a cleaning crew go through the house from top to bottom before you move in and then again after you move out.  So the kitchens have never really been a problem for me.  The first thing we do upon arriving is inspect the house, find our bedrooms and begin making a note of items we’ll need to shop for.  Usually tops on the list is soaps & paper products for the kitchen, bath and laundry. 

I check out the kitchen.  Glass is my friend!  I love finding glass and ceramic dishes, glasses, cups, bowls and baking pans!  When in doubt…wash it out!  Plastic gets shoved to the back of the shelf…I don’t like using it.  Pots & pans take a ton of abuse so I inspect them closely.  Scratches, dents, unknown burnt bits…those get shoved to the back of the shelf as well.  If I have to, I’ll purchase my own trusty fry pan to use while I’m there and then simply leave it behind when I’m gone.  I absolutely dislike aluminum…but if needed I’ll sacrifice my dislike and purchase aluminum baking/roasting pans and foil…simply to protect myself.  I’ve also been known to convert the entire kitchen to disposables if absolutely nothing in the kitchen is safe to eat from.

Can this get expensive?  Perhaps.  But not so much when you consider my share of renting the house can be as little as $10.00 a night!  You probably won’t find any hotel that cheap…and if you do you might not want to walk outside alone. And if eating unsafe food puts me into a hospital in a foreign country…well, I don’t think that's very cost effective either.  So I consider the costs for my Gluten-Free safety and put those right into my travel budget too.  And since we all eat the same food we all share the food budget as well.

When we shop we like to stock the kitchen with only the basics.  Good simple things that can be converted easily into a tasty meal.  Here are some of the basics we shop for, you'll need to adjust according to your needs - Bacon, Broth, Butter, Chicken, Chips, Coffee, Creamer, Dish Soap, Dried Fruit, Eggs, Fresh Fruit, Fresh Vegetables, Garlic, Hamburger, Hand Soap, Juice, Milk, Nuts, Oil, Onions, Paper Towels, Pepper, Potatoes, Rice, Salt, Sausage, Tea, Toilet Paper, Trash Bags, Snack Bars, Sugar.


Breakfast foods…since we normally don’t leave the house without a good hearty breakfast first.  Snacks…don't forget stuff that’s not too tender and can easily be thrown into a backpack or purse for the day.  Drinks…I’m sorry, I don’t begin my day without my coffee.  Basics...salt, pepper, onions, garlic, oil, butter, etc.  We try to stay away from processed foods...UNLESS...we find something particular to the location that is clearly marked Gluten-Free. Normally, I don't eat that sort of thing at home, but on vacation or a break I love to indulge and try new things.


I never leave the house without eating breakfast first...and I always carry something with me for our day out.  Others may stop and eat whenever, wherever they want...for me it's not so easy so I make certain I'm prepared. Dinner is always a planned event, whether we shop and make it at the house, or find a restaurant in our travels where we can all stop and enjoy a great meal.

Oh...and if you were wondering...the pictures on this page are all Vacation Rentals we've used over the years :-)  They're easy enough to find if you can Google.  In the U S use the key words "Vacation Rental" and the location you're interested in.  Outside the U S use the key words "Self Catering" along with the country you want to search.





CarolAnne Le Blanc



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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Dedicated Celiac Safe, Bakeries & Eateries

Dedicated Celiac Safe, Bakeries & Eateries

This list is constantly changing and being updated as new suggestions are received.  We're not interested in advertising...we're looking for first-person recommendations only.  These are supposed to be retail locations but we do recommend you contact them first to be certain they have public hours of operation.  Updated: 5/2/18

AL - Liberated Specialty Foods, http://liberatedspecialtyfoods.com
AL - Mason Dixon, https://masondixonbakery.com
AL - The Funky Muffin, http://thefunkymuffinbakery.com   
AR - Dempsey Bakery, http://www.dempseybakery.com  
AZ - Gluten-Free Creations, http://www.glutenfreecreations.com  
AZ - Got2B Gluten-Free, Http://Www.Got2bglutenfree.Com  
AZ - Gourmet Girls, http://www.gourmetgirlsglutenfree.com    
AZ - Jewels Bakery & Café, http://jewelsbakeryandcafe.com  
AZ - Jewel's Bakery and Café, http://www.jewelsbakeryandcafe.com  
CA - 2Good2B, http://www.2good2b.com  
CA - Breakaway Bakery, http://breakawaybakery.com
CA - C Casa, http://myccasa.com   
CA - Chop Street, http://chopst.com  
CA - Erin McKenna’s Bakery, https://www.erinmckennasbakery.com  
CA - Farmers Kitchen Café, http://farmerskitchencafe.com  
CA - Grease Box, http://www.greaseboxoakland.com  
CA - Inn on Randolph, http://www.innonrandolph.com  
CA - Karma Baker, https://karmabaker.com
CA - Katie’s Bakery, https://katiesglutenfree.com
CA - Kirari West Bakery, http://www.kirariwest.com  
CA - Mariposa Bakery & Café, https://www.mariposabaking.com  
CA - Oceans & Earth, https://www.oceansandearthrestaurant.com  
CA - Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, http://picapica.com  
CA - Pushkin's Bakery, https://pushkinsbakery.com
CA - Pushkin's Kitchen, http://pushkinskitchen.com
CA - Rising Hearts Bakery, http://www.risingheartsbakery.com  
CA - Royal Tea & Treatery, http://royalteatreatery.com  
CA - Sensitive Sweets, http://www.sensitivesweets.com   
CA - Starry Lane Bakery http://www.starrylanebakery.com  
CN - Cocoa Beans on Corydon, https://www.cocoabeansbakeshop.com  
CN - Odells, https://www.odellsgfcafe.com  
CO - Aime’s Love, http://www.aimeslove.com  
CO - Coquette's Bistro & Bakery, http://www.coquettesbistro.com  
CO - Gluten Escape, http://theglutenescape.com  
CT - Dee’s One Smart Cookie, http://www.deesonesmartcookie.com  
CT - Swoon Gluten-Free Bakery, http://www.swoonglutenfree.com  
DC - Rise Gluten-Free Bakery, https://www.riseglutenfree.com  
FL - Big Mike’s Bakery, https://www.bigmikesglutenfree.com  
FL - Craft Kafe, http://www.craftkafe.com  
FL - Epiphany Gluten-Free Bakery, http://epiphanyglutenfree.com  
FL - Erin McKenna’s Bakery, https://www.erinmckennasbakery.com  
FL - Fresh First, http://www.freshfirst.com
FL - Fresh Kitchen, http://www.eatfreshkitchen.com  
FL - Hale Life Bakery, https://www.halelifebakery.com  
FL - HillBilly Farms, http://www.hillbilly-farms.com  
FL - Island Gluten-Free Bakery, http://www.islandgfbakery.com  
FL - Joey's Home Bakery, http://www.joeyshomebakeryglutenfree.com   
FL - Kara Lynn's Kitchen, https://www.facebook.com/karalynnskitchen  
FL - Sara Fay Farm, https://sarafayfarm.com  
FL - Serendipity Café, http://myserendipitycafe.com  
FL - Stacy's Gluten-Free Goodies, http://www.gluten-free-goodies.com  
FL - The Bald Strawberry, Http://Www.Thebaldstrawberry.Com  
GA - 2B Whole Bakery, https://www.2bwhole.net
GA - Gluten-Free Cutie, https://glutenfreecutie.com
GA - Good Karma Coffee House, http://www.goodkarmacoffeehouse.com  
GA - Marilyn's Gluten-Free Gourmet, http://marilynsglutenfree.com
GA - Sally's Bakery, http://sallysglutenfreebakery.com
HI - The Maui Brick Oven, http://mauibrickoven.com  
ID - Gluten-Free Galaxy, https://www.gfgalaxy.com
IL - Brightwok Kitchen, http://www.brightwok.com  
IL - Cassava Chicago, Http://Cassavachicago.Com  
IL - Sweet Ali’s, http://www.sweetalis.com   
IL - Sweet Natalie's, Http://Sweetnataliesgeneva.Com  
IL - Wheat’s End Café, Http://Www.Wheatsend.Com  
IN - Core Life Eatery, https://corelifeeatery.com  
IN - Suzy's Teahouse & Bakery, http://www.suzysteahouse.com  
KS - Park Grounds Coffee House, https://parkgroundscoffeehouse.com  
KY - Annie May’s Sweet Café, http://www.anniemayssweetcafe.com  
KY - Gluten-Free Miracles, http://www.glutenfreemiracles.com  
KY - Wheatless Restaurant, http://www.wheatlessrestaurant.com  
LA - For His Temple, http://forhistemple.com  
LA - Truly Free Bakery & Deli, http://www.eattrulyfree.com  
MA - A Better Choice Bakery, https://abetterchoicebakery.com  
MA - A New Leaf, http://www.anewleafvitamins.com  
MA - Duke's Bakery, http://www.dukesbakery.com   
MA - Mother Juice, http://motherjuiceboston.com  
MA - One Dish, https://www.onedishcuisine.com  
MA - Red Bandanna Bakery, https://theredbandanabakery.com  
MA - Serenade Chocolatier, http://www.serenadechocolatier.com
MA - Something Sweet without Wheat, http://somethingsweetwithoutwheat.com  
MA - Sweet Chances, http://www.sweetchancesgf.com  
MA - Twist Bakery & Café, http://www.twist-bakery.com  
MA - Violette Gluten-Free Bakery, http://violettegf.com  
MD - One Dish Cuisine, http://onedishcuisine.com  
ME - Tripps Primal Farm and Kafe, https://www.tpfak.com  
MI - Renee's Gourmet Pizzeria, http://www.reneesgourmetpizzeria.net  
MI - Rumi's Passion Gluten-Free Bakery, http://www.rumispassion.com  
MI - The Little Mustard Seed Café, http://www.thelittlemustardseedcafe.com
MN - Bittersweet Bakery, http://www.bittersweetgf.com  
MN - Mixin It Up, http://mixinitup.org
MN - Sassy Spoon, http://www.sassyspoonmpls.com  
MN - Sift Bakery, http://siftglutenfree.com
MO - New Day Gluten-Free, http://newdayglutenfree.com  
MO - Nourish Cafe & Market, https://nourishcafemarket.com   
MT - Gluten-Free Prairie, http://www.glutenfreeprairie.com  
MT - Lot G Café, https://lotgcafe.com
NC - Bimberibon, http://bimberibon.com  
NC - Fresh Levant, http://freshlevant.com  
NC - JP's Pastry, http://jpspastry.com
NC - Primal Food & Spirits, http://primalfoodandspirits.com
ND - Mehl's Gluten-Free Bakery, http://www.mehlsbakery.com
NE - Evolve Paleo, https://evolvepaleochef.com  
NH - Bite Me Cupcakes, https://www.bitemekupcakez.com
NJ – Cave, https://www.cavebistro.com  
NJ - Squirrel & the Bee, https://www.squirrelandthebee.com  
NJ - Wildflour Bakery/Café, http://www.wildflourbakery-cafe.com  
NY - Colors NYC, http://www.colorsrestaurantnyc.com  
NY - Donna Marie's Eastside Bakery, Http://Www.Donnamariesbakery.Com  
NY - Erin McKenna’s Bakery, https://www.erinmckennasbakery.com  
NY - Friedman’s, https://www.friedmansrestaurant.com  
NY - Kith & Kin Bakeshop & Bistro, http://kkbakeshop.com
NY - Senza Gluten, http://senzaglutennyc.com  
OH - Bake Me Happy, https://www.bakemehappygf.com  
OH - Cafe Avalaun, http://www.cafeavalaun.com  
OH - Cherbourg Bakery, Http://Www.Cherbourgbakery.Com  
OH - Daboro's, http://www.daboros.com  
OH - Sinfully Gluten-Free Sandwich/Pizza Shop, http://www.sinfullygf.com
OH – Sonny Marie's, http://www.glutenfreesonnymaries.com
OH - Soodles Bake Shop, https://soodlesbakeshop.com
OR - Angie's Gluten-Free Kitchen, http://angiesgfkitchen.com  
OR - Back to Eden Bakery, http://www.backtoedenbakery.com  
OR - Corbett Fish House, http://www.corbettfishhouse.com  
OR - Eats and Treats Café, http://eats-treats.com   
OR - Gluten-Free Gem, http://www.glutenfreegem.com  
OR - Harlow, http://www.harlowpdx.com  
OR - Hawthorne Fish House, http://www.corbettfishhouse.com  
OR - Kyra’s Bake Shop, http://www.kyrasbakeshop.com  
OR - Liberated Baking, http://www.liberatedbaking.com  
OR - New Cascadia Traditional, http://www.newcascadiatraditional.com  
OR - Petunia's Pies & Pastries, http://petuniaspiesandpastries.com  
OR - Prasad Cuisine, http://www.prasadcuisine.com  
OR - The Gluten-Free Place, http://www.thegfplace.com  
PA - Ali's Marketplace, http://alismarketplace.com  
PA - Gluuteny Bakery, http://www.gluuteny.com  
PA - Happy Mixer Bakery, https://www.thehappymixer.com  
PA - The Gluten-Free Oven, http://theglutenfreeoven.net
RI - Eva Ruth's Specialty Bakery, http://stores.evaruths.com  
RI - Sans Gluten Artisan Bakery, http://www.sansglutenbakery.com
TN - Benefit Your Life, http://benefityourlife.com
TN - The Health Factory Paleo Café, http://www.healthfactoryknoxville.com  
TX - Guaco Taco, http://guaco-taco.com
TX - Tea Thyme Cafe, http://itsteathyme.net  
TX - Unrefined Bakery, http://unrefinedbakery.com  
TX - Wild Wood Bakehouse, http://www.wildwoodbakehouse.com  
TX - Wilderwood Restaurant, http://www.wilderwoodrestaurantandbar.com
TX - Xoco-Latte Bakery & Chocolatier, http://xoco-latte.com  
UT - Zest Kitchen & Bar, http://zestslc.com   
VA - Anna B’s Gluten-Free Bakery, http://www.annabsglutenfree.com  
VA - Happy Tart, http://happytartbakery.com  
VA - The Green Cat Café, http://thegreencatva.com  
VA - Tio Pablo Tacos, http://www.tiopablotacos.com  
VA - Triple Oak Bakery, http://www.tripleoakbakery.com  
WA - Capital Cider, Http://Capitolcider.Com  
WA - Coles Cafe & Bakery http://www.colesbakeryandcafe.com  
WA - Devour Specialty Baked Goods, https://www.facebook.com/DevourW2   
WA - East Vancouver Fish House, http://www.corbettfishhouse.com  
WA - Ghostfish Brewing, http://ghostfishbrewing.com  
WA - Nourish, http://www.nourishsequim.com  
WA - Nuflours Bakery, Http://Www.Nuflours.Com  
WA - Thrive Café, http://generationthrive.com  
WA - WOW Baking, http://www.wowbaking.com
WI - Blooming Lotus Bakery, http://www.blbmke.com  
WI - Happy Bellies Bakeshop, http://happybelliesbakeshop.com  
WI - Molly's Gluten-Free Bakery, http://mollysglutenfreebakery.com
WI - WauwaTikis, https://www.wauwatikis.com



CarolAnne Le Blanc



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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Let's talk Toilets! Gluten-Free Travel

Let's talk Toilets!  Gluten-Free Travel


Before I leave on any vacation I do a little research first.  Of course, what can I eat is always a big one…especially since we enjoy experiencing the foods particular to wherever we roam.  I do draw the line at bugs and raw proteins though, even if two of my travel mates occasionally enjoy a taste.  I also research toilets and bathroom etiquette. My travel mates think that’s pretty funny…but they’re not ashamed to take advantage of my research, trust me. Am I obsessed with toilets? No, I’m not.  But living with Celiac Disease all my life, two pregnancies and being born without ‘outdoor plumbing’ as my Mom called it, I’ve learned to pay attention to where the toilets are.


Here in the States public restrooms are pretty easy to find.  There are rest stops along the highways…and Fast Food places are always an easy stop.  Grocery Stores are too. Gas stations…if the doors are outside you’ll need to go inside and ask for the key. Stores and Shops…you may see little signs in the front window stating restrooms are for customers…just become a customer and you’re good.  Hotels and Motels are options for emergency stops…the bathrooms are usually right off the main lobby…perhaps near the pool area.

PAY TOILETS:  I can’t remember the last time I saw a pay to go bathroom here in the States.  But I’m certain there are still a few around. They used to be just simple coin meters placed right on the stall doors.  At large festivals and fairs you’ll often see Bathroom Attendants with tip jars.  Show them you’re glad to have a clean place to stop by putting something in their tip jar.  And don’t be too surprised if you see them put their hand out for you.  They’re actually trying to earn a living by cleaning up after you. And trust me, at some of these large events that's a lot tougher than you might realize.



In other countries you may be asked to pay a few coins to use the facilities…don’t be a stingy tourist.  It’s possible that attendant is trying to earn a living to put food on the table at home.  If you see little packets of paper offered…take one.  Toilet Paper or Paper Towels…it generally means that item is not available inside.  These are the times when it becomes very important to carry your own toilet paper and antibacterial wipes.  Depending on the country you’re visiting you may be able to find a toilet…but on occasion not much else.  Be prepared.
CRUISE SHIPS:  Their main goal is your comfort and safety…they want you back…so clean, easily accessible, toilets are just about everywhere.  On board, in customs, in port, on excursions…finding a bathroom is generally not a problem.  The further you get away from the ship things may begin to change a bit…but don’t be afraid to ask.  Touristy areas can be very accommodating…again, they want you back.




TO FLUSH OR NOT TO FLUSH:  That is the question. There are still many places in the world where the indoor plumbing is not designed to handle anything more than human waste. So flushing the used paper is taboo.  If that’s the case you’ll often see a small sign on the door (if there is a door) and a trash bin right near the toilet. If you forget to toss the used paper and end up flushing it instead, don't panic. But do try to remember the next time.

ALWAYS GO BEFORE YOU GO:  In many countries businesses frown on people wandering through just to use the bathroom.  So a good rule of thumb whether you’ve been shopping, eating or drinking at an establishment is to always use the facilities before you leave.


SQUAT OR SIT:  Yes, this is the option depending on the country you’re visiting. I remember as a child wondering about the footprints I’d occasionally see on the toilet seats at the Shopping Mall.  Some countries use raised commodes, or toilets, while others still prefer squat toilets that are truly not much more than a hole in the floor with places on either side for your feet.  Even if you’re lucky enough to find a familiar raised commode don’t count on there being a toilet seat. We spent two weeks in Peru from Lima, to Cusco, to Aqua Caliente, to Puerto Maldonado, and back to Lima. Everywhere we went it was the same...no toilet seats...in restaurants, in market places, in stores, even in the eco lodges. It didn’t matter the quality of the establishment – we were taking our chances when visiting the restrooms.


So remember…just because you’re comfortable using whatever system you may have grown up with, doesn’t mean the rest of the world is the same.  Be prepared to be flexible, make adjustments as needed and certainly don’t let any minor inconveniences spoil your trip.  You’re on vacation to enjoy yourself…not worry about potty time.  With two bad knees I’ll never use one of those squat toilets…so you won’t see me traveling to any country that uses them.  But that would certainly never stop me from traveling to any other country…and yes, I actually used that toilet in the Amazon Jungle. Notice the small trash bin nearby? And no I did not forget to flush...we were in the middle of the Amazon Jungle.  No plumbing...just an occasional bucket of water to clear the pipes.  And in spite of that it was an absolutely amazing trip!  Next year I guess I'm going to learn how to use a Bidet.  I've never used one before but apparently they're in the house we rented in Portugal.


I remember visiting a friend once who was very proud that her home had indoor plumbing.  On the second floor no less!  Turned out it wasn’t much more that a toilet with a piping system that connected to the outhouse in the back yard…and a bucket of water!

Now if you really want to talk to someone who is obsessed with toilets check out the Toilet Guru!

CarolAnne Le Blanc


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