Updated June 23, 2017.
When Cat McMahon is not in the kitchen cooking up mouthwatering recipes for GlutenFreeHomemade.com, she is on the road photographing nature’s amazing wonders for RoadTripExplore.com. Her cat, Dodger, is the inspiration for CatsStories.com.
Author of the RoadTrip Explore! guide book series, Cat McMahon is a wordsmith who enjoys outdoor discovery, culinary exploration, her cats and making memories with her family.
Cat McMahon lives in a craggy wilderness off the slopes of the Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest, USA.
"I’ve struggled with health issues from the time I was born. My baby stories are filled with, 'she spit up again!' I caught every virus, fungus and bacterial infection that came along, and then some.
My school days were spent getting sick, trying to catch up on school work before the next bout, and trying to physically keep up with my peers. Though I was cheerful, I struggled to maintain my grades and to excel, only to get sick again and again.
And my tummy was always upset.
Sunday mornings were the worst. We had pancakes or waffles with syrup, and then we were off to church. I'd sit in the pew after Holy Communion, my stomach roiling. Not knowing any better, I thought everyone’s stomach was upset by all the 'Holiness' in the Communion, a normal state of being so 'blessed'.
Not until 1997, after six months of total health collapse, was I diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and many allergies, including gluten intolerance.
For me, the diagnosis was devastating, because that left me with next to nothing to eat.
As a Home Economist with a minor in nutrition and food science (nutrition is a hobby with me), I was gravely concerned about lacking the vital nutrient rich foods I needed in order to heal. Worse still, I was too sick to cope; there were no energy reserves to call upon to help myself.
How was I going to learn to cook all over again, let alone cook two different menus for each family meal?
I remember finding my first gluten-free cookbook. I clung to it like my life depended on it; in a way it did.
While it took the better part of a year to learn how to cook again, and to develop a small repertoire of family pleasing recipes to ease the strain on the dinner hour, the insurmountable challenges paid off.
By the end of that first year I had regained about 85% of my health, and in time more recovery came as I relentlessly battled my other chronic health issues.
Fast forward decades into the future . . .
One moment I was fine, working at a full-time job I loved, completing studies to advance my career and caring for my family.
Before the day was out, I was dying from complications of a killer flu. I danced with death for over a year.
Life as I had known it had changed forever.
Unable to resume my career or previous lifestyle, I was lost on the trail for the first time in my life.
Facing this vast unknown was a risky challenge. My reality was each day might be my last.
Life is terribly and wonderfully precious. . .
. . . and I held on tight to that determined spirit, to never give up, to 'hope', and the desire to make my life beautiful.
In my lifetime I've been very blessed to experience the reality of 'dreams come true' several times, one of which is GlutenFreeHomemade.com.
Following the major life altering illness, my husband suggested I take up writing again. I dusted off that dream after having shelved it for decades while getting on with the business of nurturing family life.
So, I dove in.
I asked myself, “If others can do it, why can’t I?”
My gift to share was adventure, thus RoadTripExplore.com was born.
I threw in my penchant for cats, CatsStories.com, and thought I might help others by sharing some gluten-free recipes I developed over the years, GlutenFreeHomemade.com.
By doing something every day to achieve my dream, persevering through learning curves, overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges, and disregarding naysayers . . .
. . . in a year’s time I published a website and a YouTube channel; created business and marketing plans; drafted two book manuscripts, completed research for two more, and published two eBooks. Before the end of that year, I published those books in paperback, and created and marketed a calendar featuring my photography.
To my surprise, I have a worldwide audience and my books have been purchased from folks in countries all across the Earth."
"These look so good, Cat! I can't wait to make them :)" --AliceRose55 (Chocolate Crinkles)
"Something like this is definitely going to be make this Xmas!" --GiGi Eats Celebrities (Pumpkin Bars)
"This looks and sounds amazing! I'd love for you to share it at . . . " --Elle Kirschenbaum (Pumpkin Bread Pudding)
"Wow. That's a super artistic presentation! My hubby likes meatloaf, but really love your idea of potato frosting." --Vicki Ewell (German Meatloaf Muffins)
"This looks so good, can't wait to try it! I haven't had a good crumb cake since I turned gluten free, looks like that will be changing soon." --Cricket (Blueberry Buckle)
"Love this post!!!! I think I'm going to make those maple muffins & add pumpkin!!!! I'm ready for fall!!! --Pati Clark (Gluten-free Muffins--Key Recipe to Magnificent Muffins)
"Classics never go out of style." --@GlutenFreeOana (Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies--Key Recipe to Amazing Cookies!)
"These look great! I find it really interesting that you use [nutritional] yeast in them. Never seen that done in my neck of the woods. I'll have to give it a try!" --Amelia Cronic (Sweet Gluten Free Cornbread Muffins)
"What a wonderful egg and cheese recipe :D Worth Reading!" --Sargento (All Natural Eggs and Cheese are Gluten Free Wonders!)
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