Tuesday, June 30, 2009


I go out of town and missed 1000! :)

Thanks to those of you who visit and those of you who have commented. I hope you have come away with something you can use.

When Grace was diagnosed in November of 2008 we were blindsided! How in the world would we do this??!!! A few months later we have surprisingly figured it out and honestly - it just isn't "that" hard.

We went to the Sprouts sale and stocked up on Grace's favorite snacks. The lady checking us out asked "Are both of them gluten free?" "Nope - She is gluten free and he is dairy free. It is a big pain when we eat out." We both chuckled. It is a pain when we eat out - not only is she limited by what she CAN eat but she is limited by what she WILL eat. If it were not for cheese and cereal she would waste away. That said she is a good sport about trying new things (usually) and is a good sport when she is in a position where her choices REALLY are limited - like a pizza party, a restaurant w/limited choices, surprise cupcakes at school etc. Thankfully w/a "little" pre-planning (snacks at school, brown bags when we go out etc.) it is very doable.

Thanks again! Please keep your comments coming - I would love to learn from you guys.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Brownies, ummmm brownies

We tried the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownies today. VERY easy to make (eggs and butter)and really good. The batter was REALLY thick - I mushed it flat with my hands. They are very rich and super sweet - that said... they tasted like BROWNIES! Real honest to goodness brownies. Brownies you can take to a pot luck or birthday party. There was none of the grit or raw flour taste with some mixed baked goods.

I will keep a package of these on hand for parties or a rainy day for Grace. The nice thing is these should freeze well - I wrap them in waxed paper and keep in the freezer - she can take them out and have one whenever she wants one.

Friday, June 26, 2009


I was in Keller (Tx) tonight and stopped by the Kroger's there. They had the Betty Crocker Cake, Cookie and the Brownie mix!!! Grace was so excited.

I looked for the mix by the other brownie mixes but it wasn't there. It was in the cake mix area but the mixes were together (instead of the GF cake mix by the cake mixes, GF brownie mixes w/the other brownie mixes etc.) The boxes were yellow - different than the other Betty Crocker mix boxes. They were about $4.50 per box.

Grace is looking forward to trying them - I will let you know how we (she) likes them.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Gluten Free on sale at Sprouts!

We go here pretty often since it is right by my parent's house. This is where we get the take and bake GF pizzas, chocolate crispy rice bars and crackers. What I love about Sprouts is they have little tags (green - I think) in their aisles stating "Gluten Free." It makes GF things - such as cereal, cookies, crackers etc. - MUCH easier to find. They also have an excellent selection of fresh chicken sausage (various flavors) which are all gluten free! We had the Brats last night and they were excellent!

The fine print says "all tagged gluten-free grocery and frozen grocery products, plus select items in other departments, limited to quantities on hand."

Needless to say we will be heading there this week!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Celiac Joke

What do you call a gluten free joke?


It made us giggle. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gluten Free Betty Crocker Baking Mixes!

I am SO excited!!  Betty Crocker has come out with some gluten free baking mixes!!  Yellow Cake, Devil's Food, Chocolate Chip cookie mix and Brownies.    

These should be in mainstream grocery stores this month.  They are made in a gluten free processing facility, their canned icing will also be labeled gluten free in a couple of months.  I am so EXCITED!

It does state that they will be a little more expensive than the regular mixes - but less expensive than traditional GF mixes.  My friend read a review where they did a blind taste test (not telling that one was regular and one was GF) and the GF products did really well - in some cases better.  

Thank you Betty Crocker for doing this.  We now have an easy and affordable option for school parties etc. without having to make a special trip to a specialty store.  YEA!!