Thursday, May 28, 2009

Gluten Free Cupcake from Starbucks

Starbucks has started carrying a Gluten free cupcake -  Valencia Orange Cake.   It is really good.  A moist orange cake topped w/almonds - sweet and tender.   It is individually wrapped to prevent cross contamination.

I surprised Grace with this at school during lunch one day - she was very excited.  Of course she didn't like it.


I think she would have liked it if it didn't have the almonds on it - she doesn't like nuts in her food.  She took them off the top but said it still tasted like almonds.  

I thought it was good - especially with coffee (go figure.)  It is exciting to have another mainstream option avaliable to people with Celiac.  




Sprouts has started carrying a "take and bake" Gluten Free Cheese Pizza.  It is DELISH!!!  It is an 8 inch pizza with a gluten free crust, good cheese that bakes perfectly in about 7 minutes and taste like a "real" pizza.

I asked Grace what she wanted to say about the pizza and she said "Tell them I don't like it.  I LOVE it!!!"

Skinny Minnie eats the whole thing.  THE WHOLE THING!  This kid never eats the whole thing of ANYTHING. 

This can be found in the "prepared foods" area of Sprouts and is under $3.  I have had the best luck by placing it directly on the rack (w/a cookie sheet on the rack below it to catch dripping cheese.)  Let it sit for a minute or two before cutting and enjoy.  

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Grace's First Holy Communion

What a BEAUTIFUL day!! The weather was perfect and is was simply lovely.

Grace had her first Holy Communion this morning. Granny, Grandpa, Aunt Renee, Uncle Mark and cousin Austin came to support her and we had a lovely time.

Aunt Renee got a lovely Pix for Grace to put her low gluten host in. Before Mass I placed the pix on the alter and unhinged the top for easier opening. Grace respectfully went up to communion with Father hands clasped then proceeded to question him if he had the gluten free host in his hands :) A little gutsy but I was proud that she practiced our "always ask" policy - of course it was. She was also proud that she didn't make a face while drinking the wine. Aunt Renee said she saw her take a healthy gulp!

Back to our house for a family lunch. Oh - the discussion about what to serve. Something easy to make, keep warm for a couple of hours while at church with out drying out and something that Grace could have that was gluten free, Sam could have that was dairy free and Aunt Renee could have that was beef free - brussel sprouts maybe?? Troy and I went to Central Market yesterday to look at options. Shortly after arriving a helpful "Foodie" told us of their Rotisserie Chicken sale (buy a chicken and get a free pound of cole slaw and a pound of potato salad - easy and inexpensive!) Perfect.

We had chicken (which I quartered an put in the fridge the night before then put on low heat before leaving for church), the salads, asparagus, a variety of fruits and some breads for the gluten lovers in the family. Everyone loved it.

Dessert - oh the dessert! The Victorian Flourless Cake from Central Market - yummy goodness coated in ganache. Devine. I placed rock candy around the base of the cake to "fancy it up" and everyone loved it.

She was beautiful, everything went off without a hitch and all and all a perfect day.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"The G Free Diet"

Elisabeth Hasselbeck was on The View yesterday talking about her book "The G Free Diet."  I know nothing about the diet - however Grace was excited to hear them talk about Celiac on TV and talk about all of the good foods you can eat. 

Friday, May 1, 2009

Gluten Corn Chex are here!

Gluten Free Corn Chex have hit our local Walmart!  I just found them at the store today.  We currently have Rice Chex and Corn Chex that are gluten free.  I am still waiting on the other flavors to come in. 

I have said it before but will say it again - I LOVE that General Mills has taken Celiac Disease and other gluten issues seriously and has provided us with a mainstream cereal that is also certified gluten free.