Thursday, May 26, 2011

Surviving a Vacation Gluten Free

Last week we were able to get away with some friends for the week and go to the OBX.  That is the Outer Banks in NC for all you non-southerners.  We had 10 people in a big house right on the ocean.  It was wonderful!

This was my first week long vacation as a Gluten Free eater.  I was kind of worried about the trip because A- I can't just eat anything and B - I'm pregnant and I eat A LOT.  What it ultimately came down to was planning!

My friend (the mom of the other family) did a great job of meal planning.  My plan was to get GF options that would go along with the meal everyone else was eating.  Once we got to the house I dropped off the toddler and went to the local Food Lion (grocery story) to get what we would need.  

Some of the essentials I brought or purchased included:
- Gluten Free Bisquick
- Chicken
- GF Sandwich meat
- GF yogurt
- GF cereal
- Brown rice pasta
- GF pasta sauce
- GF salad dressing
- Lettuce
- Eggs
- GF Chips / snacks
- GF frozen pizza
- Nuts
- GF Mac-n-cheese

We stayed for 6 nights and only went out twice!  One of those meals included Five Guys!  SOOO good!

Junior Bacon Cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato - no bun!  The amazing fries are fresh cut and Gluten Free!

The other night out included a trip to a pizza place.  I baked my GF pizza before we left and took it with me.   I was able to enjoy pizza with everyone else!

The week was a success as a Gluten Free eater!  I felt like I was able to eat food like everyone else and didn't get hungry.

This gives me hope for future vacations.

What are you Gluten Free travel tips?

Monday, May 23, 2011

I'm a Celiac Announcement

I know I haven't been blogging as much lately but I have a very good reason.  

Here are some hints:
- I'm super hungry all the time
- I'm super tired all the time

Still not sure?
- I'm napping during my lunch break

How about a picture to help?

We are pregnant and will be adding two babies to our family this fall!  

So that is my excuse for being a lazy blogger lately.  

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Book Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to JENN from My Mema's Way!  You are the winner of the "Mommy, What is Celiac Disease?" Book giveaway!

Please email me with your contact information and I will get the book mailed to you!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce Review

The average store or restaurant soy sauce has wheat in the first 3 ingredients.  This means one - it isn't Gluten Free and two - it isn't real soy sauce!

Gluten Free soy sauce is one of the first condiments that I purchased when I first went Gluten Free.  I was pumped when a marketing company sent me a bottle of San-J Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce to review in honor of Celiac Awareness month!  One of my favorite sauces!

First - it is REAL soy sauce
Second - it is certified Gluten Free!

The company doesn't just make Gluten Free Soy Sauce they also make Asian Cooking Sauces,  Salad Dressing, and Rice Crackers.

My most frequent use for the soy sauce is for Chinese take out or I carry it with me to restaurants.   If we are going out to eat and going to be getting Asian food I take a little container of it with me!  I order my meal without sauce and add my GF soy sauce!
Steamed Chicken and Veggies (no sauce) then I add Tamari!

I have also used the sauce as a marinade for chicken and with my chicken fried rice.

Since it is REAL soy sauce be aware that you don't need to use as much as you normally would of the other brands.  A little goes a long way!


Monday, May 16, 2011

Guest Post on Gluten Free Birmingham

Jenny from Gluten Free Birmingham is on vacation this week and I was super honored when she asked me to write a guest post for her!

Please take a minute and visit Jenny's site to show her some I'm A Celiac Love!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Gluten Free Road Trip Food

We are heading out for a family vacation with friends to the OBX (Outer Banks, NC).  We use to go on lots of road trips as a kid and I always loved the grocery trip right before we left because my parents would let us buy junk that we normally didn't get.   My sister and I would be loaded down in the back seat with candy, chips, and Mad Libs - remember those?!

On a Gluten Free diet my road trip foods have changed some.

Here are my Gluten Free Road Trip Foods

- Chex Rice Cereal
- Popcorn, IN Popcorn
- Lay's Stax
- Fruity Pebbles Treats
- Pumpkin Chip Muffins (I made these this morning!)

So, what are your favorite Gluten Free Road Trip Foods?  What can't you live without?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Gluten Free Pear Cobbler

For Mother's Day at my mom's house I was responsible for making the ham and dessert.  Since finding out I have Celiac Disease my family has been super supportive and have tried really hard to have food I can eat available.  Dessert is still a tricky one, so I volunteered to make something I could eat.

I decided to make Peach Cobbler with my brand new Jules Gluten Free Flour.   So I packed everything up I would need to bake it when we got there and off we went.

You'll notice I said I wanted to make Peach Cobbler but this recipe is for Pear Cobbler.   When we got to my mom's and I started putting everything together I noticed once I opened the SECOND can that the peaches looked funny.  It wasn't until then that I actually looked at the cans - PEARS!  Time to improvise! So I changed up a few ingredients and made Pear Cobbler.  It was a first for all of us but super tasty.

What you Need:
- 2 cans of Pears
- 1 cup GF flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 box of raisins
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon

How to Make It:
Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Put drained pears into 8x8 dish and sprinkle with raisins.  In a bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients.  You may need to add a little more milk if the batter isn't wet enough.  Pour batter over the pears.  Bake for 35-40 minutes or until top gets brown.  Serve warm with GF ice cream!

Anyone else want to confess to totally messing up a recipe and having to improvise?

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? Book Review and Giveaway!

Trying to explain Celiac Disease to adults can be difficult at times, trying to explain it to children can seem impossible!  I have two 6-year old nieces who don't understand why I can't eat their birthday cake or why my hamburger bun looks funny.  My 2-year old daughter is too young to notice that mommy doesn't eat the same foods as she does.  But as she gets older and starts to notice things I will have to tackle the explanation of Celiac Disease.

When Katie contacted me about reading her book I was super pumped!  I had been looking for a simple, straightforward and positive way to explain Celiac Disease. 

Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? is a story of how a mom tells her daughter that the daughter has Celiac Disease.  She addresses issues like cake and ice cream at birthday parties and snack foods.  It provides simple answers that a child would understand.  The book even explains what gluten is and how it hurts the body.  She does a great job of describing Celiac Disease without going over a child's head.  The book focuses on the positives of eating Gluten Free: "our whole family will be healthier than ever now", "I know we can do it because we're a great team", and "you're very lucky, because your doctors figured it out early enough so your body can heal itself".   The book even has a helpful resource page with Gluten Free brands Katie uses for her family!

I look forward to sharing this book with my nieces and my daughter as she gets older. 

If you are looking for a way to explain Celiac Disease to a child this book is an amazing tool to help you.  Celiac Disease can seem limiting and hard at times but if you can help your child focus on the positives you can keep a smile on their face.

In honor of Celiac Awareness Month, one lucky reader will get their very own copy of Mommy, What is Celiac Disease?

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Make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry!
The winner will be selected using on May 22nd.  

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Charlotte Gluten Free Expo - Part 2

Here are more fun details about the Charlotte Gluten Free Expo!

There were over 1,000 attendees and 70 vendors!  There was a ton to see and taste!  The variety of food was surprising.   There was everything from pizza, to bread, to desserts, to cereal, to pasta, to granola, to ice cream, to complete meals, to vitamins, to baking mixes, to beer, and pimento cheese!  There was defiantly something for everyone!

Custom Choice Cereal was there!  Love these guys!

 Udi's was there!  They had cookies to sample and sandwiches made by Jason's Deli.  They even had their new hamburger buns for display!  I had to squeeze one to make sure it didn't feel like a brick, it didn't!  Can't wait to try one!

Against the Grain was there with their tasty pizza.  They really do have good frozen pizza!

 Chelbe is a company I had never heard of before.  They have dry and frozen dough mixes for bread, pizza crust, focaccia bread, and breadsticks.  They were sampling their Cheese bread mix and it was amazing!  I bought a box!

The hall was packed with vendors and people.  It was so great to see so many Gluten Free people and have so many good food options!  I told my hubby how comforting it was to be a part of this community!

To read about the Expo Highlights go here.

Carrie from GingerLemonGirl did an awesome job reviewing the Expo here.  I was one of the lucky ones who got some of her Chocolate Chip Cookies - Super Tasty!

The Expo also offered cooking classes and Celiac information sessions!  If you are able to go next year - it is well worth the trip!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Celiac Awareness Month

May is Celiac Awareness month and there are a TON of things going on and a lot of good deals to be had.

1 in 133 
There is an awesome group of Gluten Free leaders in DC this week for the Gluten Free Food Labeling Summit.  It is a big deal!  Go here to donate and sign the petition.

Amazon up to 30% off
Amazon has a lot of Gluten Free foods discounted in honor of Celiac Awareness month. Check out the full list here.

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
Here is their Celiac Awareness page with tons of information!

Gluten Freeville
Their ultimate guide for Celiac Awareness Month

Keep checking our blog for recipes,  reviews and giveaways this month!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Charlotte Gluten Free Expo - Part 1

Saturday was the Gluten Free Expo in Charlotte, NC.  It was awesome!  This was my first GF expo!  I was really looking forward to trying new GF foods and meeting other GF people and bloggers.  There is so much to tell so I'm breaking my review into 2 posts.

The best part of the show?  Meeting these two wonderful Gluten Free Bloggers!!
Jules, Carrie and Me
You all know Jules from her AMAZING Gluten Free Flour and books.  She is also building the worlds largest Gluten Free cake this week in support of 1 in 133!  Carrie Forbes you may know as Gingerlemongirl!  She is a Rock Star Gluten Free blogger who comes up with super tasty recipes!

It was so fun to actually meet fellow GF bloggers and people I read about every day through Twitter.  It was like seeing old friends, even though we'd never met before.

Now to the FOOD:
Here are my favs:

Cupcakes - Cupcakistry Their red velvet cupcake was beyond awesome!

Pasta / Noodle - Posana Cafe This is a restaurant in Asheville, NC.  Their fettucini alfredo - WOW!

Pizza - Fuel I would almost drive 2 hours to one of their restaurants for this pizza!  Their Gluten Free dough was fantastic!

Random Food Find - Feel Good Foods Asian-style Chicken Dumplings.  These were crazy good and tasted like fresh steamed dumplings!
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