Monthly Archives: January 2012

Recipe Review! Pamela’s cookies!

 

Today we made Pamela’s Chocolate Chip Cookies!

( Made with Pamela’s Baking and pancake mix)

The recipe calls for 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips, but we used 1 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 M&M’s.

(Recipe is on the mix package)

They were much better than Pamela’s brownies!

 

Lilah’s cousin Turner came over and helped bake them! and of course he helped munch on them too!

over-all they were easy, fast and tasty!

 

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Valentines ~Jar of Hearts~

Here is a fun and yummy valentines treat!

I made this for a few friends yesterday and they loved them!

The Heart Cakes are made with Pillsbury’s Funfetti Cake (CONTAINS GLUTEN),

Then Cut into heart shapes and frosted with my home-made marshmallow frosting.

Lilah was sleepy, but awake enough to play with some felt hearts!

Happy Valentines-Preping from Lilah and I!!

Thursday’s Chocolate Torte-ous – Recipe

Today Lilah and I made and enjoyed our Gluten free Chocolate Torte =)

And here it is!

I am by no means a good cook, or a great baker.

However when it comes to my Torte, I have to toot my horn a little *Toot toot!*

it was rich and delicious!

Lilah was a little afraid of it for some reason, but once she had it in her mouth she loved it!

 

Make your own Chocolate Torte-ous!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups Ground Almonds

1/2  Cup Milk Chocolate Chips

1 Swiss Miss Chocolate pudding cup

4 Large eggs

1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar

 

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350*

You can buy ground almond meal  *or make your own* I made mine by blending whole almonds.

Crush chocolate chips and add them to almonds in a large bowl.

add sugar and pudding cup as well.

crack eggs and separate whites and yolks into separate bowls.

add yolks to almond mixture in bowl and mix everything together well. (should come out to a brownie consistency)

Whisk egg whites until they are bubbly and foamy, then add to the mix, and stir in well.

pour mix into a greased or non-stick 8-inch square baking pan.

Bake for 30 min -or until fully baked, poke with a toothpick to be sure.

let cool, and enjoy!!

yumm!

A Moment in time…..

Although my posts have been about being gluten-free,  I am also a photographer, And i would like to share the shoot that i had today with you.

The theme was “He’s Back!”

Jillian waited for the train to arrive…..

He has arrived!!

The long-awaited…..

“Distance is to love like wind is to fire…it extinguishes the small and  kindles the great!”

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Snow is falling!

Today was the first snow of the winter! and that means cuddling up, grabbing a book and sipping on some hot cocoa! Which leads us to the best G-free hot cocoa mix (and best in general.) Swiss miss!

When its cold and icy out there is nothing like de-frosting with a cup of hot cocoa.

We had fun making snow balls and eating marshmallows!

But its a bit too chilly for little bears to come outside!

So she enjoyed her marshmallows at a nice warm distance!

we are looking forward to sledding, snow ball fights and gluten-free winter goodies!

Spotlight!

There are not very many cereals that are naturally Gluten free, and the ones that are made to be gluten-free are expensive!

Our family’s favorite cereal just happens to be naturally gluten-free, cheap, and delicious!

Although it doesn’t have much nutritional value per say,  it is defiantly a fan favorite!

Malt-O-Meal’s Fruity Dino Bites

 

Any kid is guaranteed to love them!

 

I know mine does!

 

Thats the way the cookie crumbles.

Lilah has been feeling terrible today and of course, I have been feeling terrible that I just can’t make her feel better. unfortunately I cant cure an ear infection, but I can cure a sweet tooth!

So today she tried Pamela’s G-free Mini chocolate chip cookies

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She loved them! The vote was unanimous! We loved Pamela’s cookies! These cookie were better than any Chips Ahoy! cookies i have had, and the best part is they are gluten-free!

They make for a great grab-and-go snack!

 

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Stop loafing around!

we are on a quest to find the best store-bought G-free Loaf of bread.

Our first buy was Ener-G White Rice Loaf

While I prepared Our Grilled cheese sandwiches,

Lilah Prepared a loaf of her own!

After a few test runs we found that eating Ener-G White Rice Loaf straight out of the bag, is a no-go! It is a weird crumbly consistency that kinda powders in your mouth.

But we also found that it is delicious when grilled, or toasted! in fact I could not notice any difference from regular flour grilled or toasted bread.

Our search will continue to cut the crust and find the best loaf! To be continued….

G-Free Recipes!

This is the first of many G-Free recipes to come. I will share recipes for naturally gluten-free meals as well as reviewing gluten-free products.

Cajun Bell Sauced Chicken

You will need:

2 Chicken breast

1 tbls Cajun Seasoning

1 tbls Black Pepper

1 half red bell pepper

1 half orange bell pepper

1 half yellow bell pepper

2 tbls water

(these measurements will allow for 2 servings.)

Start by cutting the  bell peppers into small squares.  Add bell peppers, Cajun seasoning, Pepper, and water into a blender or food processor. Puree contents until they come to a smooth sauce consistency.

Pour sauce into a skillet and add chicken.

Cover chicken completely with sauce.

cook for 10-15 min on medium heat or until cooked thoroughly.

*Serve with Zatarain’s G-free spanish rice *

Product Review: Pamela’s products  Chocolate Brownie Mix

1st you will need a helper!

This one is mine, helpers may vary 😉

Next you will need :

1 Large Egg

1 package Pamela’s Chocolate brownie mix

1/2 Cup vegetable oil

1/4 Cup water

Mix all together,  bake!

Final Product:


Over all they were moist, but left a funny taste and gave us heart burn! definitely not a first choice for deserts! but we still had fun making them!

Wheat Eater

Food is not something that I thought about regularly. It had never been something I sought out for comfort, or to satisfy cravings. It was just there and I needed it to stay alive. I never understood the shows that portray food as some sort of euphoria to be sought after and conquered. watching other people eat in cooking shows has always made me squeamish. I don’t want to see an overweight man tear into a 5 pound burger. Saliva and chewed meat falling onto tables is less than appetizing.  But more than that, I found that eating became painful and unpleasant. it seemed that anything I ate, I would be regretting within the hour. I had debilitating pain in my stomach. The pain had gotten so bad that I had passed out more than once. I  threw  up often from the stress that the pain was causing my body, And spent thousands in doctors bills trying to find out the root of the problem. First I was told i had IBS (Irritable Bowl Syndrome). I was told to eat only foods that were high in fiber, fresh fruit, and vegetables. I Began this diet, eating mostly whole wheats and grains with fresh produce as prescribed. after one week of this I couldn’t take it any more. This diet had helped nothing and at best made it much worse. My doctors basically told me it was all in my head, and I was tiered of forcing my father to take me to the doctor’s office for the past 3 years.  And so I gave in instead of fighting it. I decided I would do my best to work around it. in high school when it began hurting  I would spend full hours in the restroom trying to cope with the pain, weather I needed to go to the bathroom or not. I missed several class periods.

I believe in Karma. and all the while I never understood what I had done to deserve the excruciating pain i was feeling every day. When I turned 17 and started having serious relationships with boys, I felt vulnerable. My condition was something that I kept private and that I didn’t understand, so how could I expect any one else to deal with it? Boys came and went, until  I was 19. I found someone who understood and cared enough to encourage me to continue the effort to finding a solution. he stood by me and held my hand through the pain and discomfort. The journey to finding a solution began with a Dr. Chalkabarty.  He ran hundreds of tests, took samples, did procedures and along the way I found out several things. first I found out that I had a spastic colon. this explained some of the pain but I didn’t feel like that was the answer I was looking for. next I found out that I had severe internal swelling. this also made sence with how i felt. and after that I found out that I had Endometriosis, and he felt that I would have trouble conceiving a child. he informed me that receiving a series of shots over a 6 month period would reduce that size of the endometrial tissue and may increase the likely hood of getting pregnant. Not being able to have a child of my own was a devastating thought. He informed me that the masses were almost completely covering both of my ovaries, and to consider trying to conceive earlier rather than later.  I began getting a monthly shot called Lupron. it gave me horrible side effects. rashes, migraines and joint pain were just some. but it was worth it. mean while the doctor found one last thing that may have been causing my pain. I had a twisted colon. Having a twisted colon is a complication that can cause serious conditions. he then scheduled a procedure to untwist it. unfortunately the procedure went horribly wrong when i woke up in the middle of the action in excruciating pain. the nurses quickly subdued and sedated me. and after all was said and done he had successfully untwisted it. however only days later it became twisted again and he said that there was nothing that could be dont to fix it. Once again I had given up. two years had passed of being poked and prodded and finally I had my answer… and there was nothing that could be done. If reverse Karma was real, I hoped that my pain would pay off later.

As luck would have it, it did. on my 21st birthday I sat at home with my close friends unwrapping gifts at the diner table. one of those gifts was a pair of pants. they were blue denim boot-cut maternity jeans. I was 2 months pregnant with a baby girl. It wasnt planned. But it was welcomed with open arms. Today my daughter is 9 months old. I often sat up wondering if she would be put through the same pain when she is older. would we spend years searching desperately for a solution to end her pain? I thought I would never be able to avoid it for her, or steer her clear of it, I would only have to wait and see if if effects her.

My older sisters and I are very close. But i still found it embarrassing to talk with them about my situation.  They knew it was their and that it bothered me. but they didn’t know the great lengths that I had resorted to in order to avoid it. I stopped eating out all together. I stopped eating at friends houses. I ate while out of the house only as a last resort and had every restroom stop mapped out in my head before hand. I hesitated go anywhere I was unfamiliar with for fear of having pain with nowhere to go.  I dreaded long drives and unplanned trips. even going grocery shopping had become a stress factor. When my sister Kristal came to visit us during christmas break, my not eating quickly came into question. and naturally they became concerned. I stressed how long i had been looking for a solution and that they believed it was my twisted colon and that there was nothing to be done. But Kristal has always been a computer wiz and truly believes that anything can be solved using Google. I have to admit I had spent many hours scouring the internet looking for some sort of a cure my self with no relief. but Kristal did it with such determination and grace that I couldn’t help but be intrigued with the information she was finding. She asked me a hundred questions about my health and what sort of pain it was causing.

Finally she looked at me and said “I think you have Celiac disease.” of all the crazy different ideas doctors had thrown at me, I had never heard of that one before. she told me it was basically a gluten intolerance and that it causes almost all of my symptoms. it sounded plausible, but how would I know if that was what was wrong with me ? she told me that all i would have to do was to stop eating foods that contained gluten. and if my symptoms improved in the next week, I would know.  at this point I was willing to try just about anything to get back to a normal life. especially if all that it would take was avoiding something as simple as gluten.

That is of course until I realized what exactly gluten is.   Gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat, Rye, Barley and other grains. which just happens to be almost everything at the grocery store. the obvious things are of course bread, cakes and trail mixes. but nowadays wheat is added into everyday products. for example Baked beans, pastas, salad dressings, anything with flour, candy, tortillas, cereal,  and hundreds of other products. in fact it became a kind of hunt searching for things that I could eat. but after two weeks of eating a gluten-free diet I can gratefully say that my sister Kristal with her PhD in google, has ended  pain that I have been living with  for the past 12 years. And even though I am allergic to all of the yummy breads of the world, I am grateful for the time that I had with them. I am grateful to the boy who stood by me for hours outside of gas station bathrooms for the past three years and to my sisters who wouldn’t stop pestering me about not eating. Now, I know that there is something that I can do to prevent my daughter from experiencing the pain that I had. from now until the day I find out that she is not gluten intolerant we will continue to be gluten-free together .