Sunday, September 30, 2012

And The Winner Is...

Jenni from Spoonful at a Time won the 100 Likes on Facebook Giveaway!!!

Yeah!  Jenni email me at and we can make plans to get the goodies to you!

I'm working on another giveaway for October!  Carrie Forbes' new cookbook just came out and I bought an extra one for one lucky blog reader!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Gluten Free Trip to the DC Area

This past weekend I took a whirl wind trip up to DC.  I lived in the DC area for a number of years  before I went to college in NC.  So when I go up there is it kind of like going home.   I was actually in DC almost two years ago visiting friends when I got my official Celiac Disease diagnosis!

I drove up Friday around lunch time with snacks packed!  Road trip food is key when eating Gluten Free.  You never know where you will be when hunger strikes so having food with you is the safest.  I even grabbed some GF cupcakes from Daisy Cakes as a gift!

Friday night I stayed with one of my best friends who is also a Celiac!  She lives in downtown Bethesda, Maryland.  After walking around and seeing all the fun shops and restaurants we ended up at Mon Ami Gabi.  We sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful fall evening.  They have an awesome Gluten Free menu and fresh GF bread!  Our waiter, Al, was very knowledgeable about the Gluten Free options.  He even said he had to fill out a special "yellow ticket" for us to let the kitchen know we were Gluten Free!  Love it!
I ordered a cheeseburger and fries while my friend ordered the GF French Onion Soup and the Butter Lettuce and Arugula salad.   They even put the fresh GF bread in the soup to make it Gluten Free instead of croutons!

 Check out my burger!?!  It was AMAZING!  I could have eaten two!  The flavor of the burger was great and the bread was perfect.  The fries are super thin and crunchy.
For dessert we split the Flourless Chocolate Cake - I would have licked the plate if it had not been a such a restaurant.

Here are some other Gluten Free restaurant options in Bethesda, Maryland.

Saturday we headed to Northern Virginia to meet up with some friends.  We ordered Gluten Free pizza from Naked Pizza in McLean.  Heads up this isn't a sit down restaurant.  It is a order your pizza and take it with you kind of place.  

 Right next door was a Sweet Leaf Cafe that also has a Gluten Free menu.  We enjoyed our pizza there.

The pizza was pretty good - not amazing but good.  It was the really thin cracker type crust.

Gluten Free Menus can be found at these restaurants in the Northern Virginia area.
Legal Sea Foods

Delight Magazine also has a great interactive map of Gluten Free restaurants in the DC area.  Check it out here.  

Happy Gluten Free Travels!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Gluten Free Menu Sept 24th

It seems like every week is busy around here!  Always something going on between the 3 kids, work and church. Which to be honest is how I like it.   

Here is my game plan for this week.

Sunday - Cheesy Skillet Chicken
Monday- Chicken Noodle Soup - altered to be Gluten Free
Tuesday Hamburger Helper Roni
Wednesday - Chicken with White Sauce
Thursday - Breakfast for Dinner
Friday - Grilled Chicken
Saturday - Meatloaf

Sides - veggies, mac-n-cheese, rice

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Gluten You Got Me - Twice!

Now that the twins are 10 months old and eating solid food eating out is easier and becoming more frequent.  This leads to fun filled dinners at restaurants where piles of food ends up on the floor.  This also leads to me getting Glutened!  Darn you Gluten!!

In the past four weeks we have eaten out at least once a week and I have gotten Glutened twice!  I'm not going to rag on these restaurants and scare you from ever going to them.  When in fact I might go to them again in the future, but I will be very careful with what I order.

The first incident was at a chain steakhouse that has a Gluten Free menu.  They offer appetizers, salad, main dishes and even GF desserts!  I had a salad, steak with mashed potatoes and a flourless brownie.  By the time we hit the car I new something was wrong. 

The second incident happened yesterday at another chain restaurant with a Gluten Free menu.  I ordered mini cheeseburgers - no bun and mashed potatoes.  Both items were listed as GF.  By the time we got home the Gluten was hitting me.

So why tell you these stories? Gluten Happens! And so does eating at restaurants.  If I were to stay home and make all my meals I would be safe, but that isn't realist.  I have three young kids, a job and life happens outside the home.   Sometimes Gluten finds me and I feel like a dog's butt.  Then I feel better and keep on going.  

My point is you can't live in fear of Gluten.  You just have to do the best you can, ask questions, educate those around you and read labels.  When in doubt don't eat it and always have snacks in your purse to get you through till you can find something safe to eat. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

My Gluten Free Week

It was another great and busy week here in NC!  The weather is turning colder and fall is coming.  I followed the menu except for deviating one day.

Monday was the hubby's Birthday and we had sausage and peppers following by strawberry cake

Then it was stir fry night.  I love my $4 wok from Ikea.  If you have a chance buy one - makes cooking stir fry so much easier!

I picked up a jar of Nutella during my last grocery trip.  I have been enjoying it on toast and waffles for breakfast this week!  Chocolate in a spreadable form - ummm YES!

Our deviation from the menu was dinner at Red Robin.  I heart being able to eat a cheeseburger with a Gluten Free bun and fries.  

I have a non- GF friendly conference this week and a flight coming up in a month.  So I wanted some on the go Gluten Free meals on hand.  I turned to GoPicnic to meet the need.  They don't have to be refrigerated and they are a complete meal in a small little box.  The price isn't bad but shipping is expensive so if you can find them in a local store buy them.  They have GF and gluten versions.

Saturday we had friends over for a cook out.  Love grilled chicken!

Sunday night we visited a local restaurant for dinner.  They did have GF bread available for sandwiches and said they could grill a steak on foil to avoid cross contamination.  I decided to go with a salad and baked potato to be simple.

This week is full of work, a conference, and chasing kiddos.  I'm also heading up to DC for a quick trip Friday and Saturday.  So if you have any GF suggestions for Northern VA, DC, or Maryland I'd love to hear them!

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Strawberry Cake Made Gluten Free

For some reason my husband's favorite kind of cake is strawberry with white icing.  His favorite ice cream is vanilla but he doesn't like the kind with the black spots.  I know - strange.  So when his birthday rolled around this week I made sure he wanted his usual strawberry cake.   Instead of making a  Gluten filled cake for him and the toddler to enjoy while I missed out I decided to make a Gluten Free strawberry cake we could all enjoy!

I made this super tasty and moist cake by adapting this recipe to make it safe.  

What You Need:
1 box Betty Crocker Gluten Free white cake mix
1 box GF strawberry jell-o
1/2 cup cold water
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
3 tbsp GF flour
2 cups chopped strawberries - fresh or thawed frozen are fine

Betty Crocker GF icing of choice

How to Make It:
Heat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease and flour 9 x 11 pan.  (You could get fancy and make two rounds but I'm not that cool.)  Mix together jell-o and water.  Using a mixer combine all ingredients.  It took about 2 minutes to get everything incorporated together.  Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool completely and then decorate!
Can you tell the toddler was in charge of the sprinkles?

The Result:
An amazing Gluten Free strawberry cake!  It is super moist and had tons of flavor.  I will warn you that it is pretty sweet.  I have munched on the cake for the last two days even having some for breakfast!  Shhh - don't tell the kids:)  The real strawberries add great flavor and texture without being slimy.  I'm sure you could make it without the strawberries if you didn't have any on hand.

So go ahead - have you cake and eat it too!  Even if it is strawberry!

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Gluten Free Menu - Sept. 10th

Here is my plan for what we will eat this week.

Monday - Hubby's birthday!!!  Sausage and peppers from my Gluten Free Freezer Meal post.  This is one of his favorite meals and often I cook it in the skillet if I don't plan ahead.  I'm also making a GF strawberry birthday cake!  I'll let you know how it goes. 
Tuesday - Chicken and Veggie stir fry this is a good way for me to get the toddler to eat her veggies!
Wednesday - Pork Loin in the slow cooker
Thursday - Pasta Bake
Friday - Pork Chops
Saturday - Friends coming over so we will grill out!

Sides - veggies, mac-n-cheese, rice

Don't forget to sign up for the 100 likes on Facebook Celebration giveaway!

Fun Southern Edicate
In the South if you have people over to eat and you will prepare the meal outdoors we call that a cook-out or grilling out.  It is not called a bar-b-que.  That is a food group down here!  Bar-b-que is slow cooked meat with amazing seasoning and sauces that come with cole slaw, hush puppies and beans.  So if you come to the South and say, "Hey, come on over for a bar-b-que!"   We expect slow cooked pork shoulder not grilled chicken!  Just a little Southern edumacation for you!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Blog Makeover and a Giveaway

I'm a Celiac has had a makeover!   We have a new blog design, Facebook cover and Twitter background all from Sweetie Baby Designs.  Leslie was super to work with and I'm uber happy with the result!  If you need any social media design work done check her out.

I added some new tabs on top of the blog that highlight recipes, blogs I love and how to get a hold of me.  The new design also features a sponsor section.  Please check out the companies that support I'm a Celiac and go the contact page if you are interested in being added!

We also hit 100 likes on Facebook last week!!!  To celebrate I have put together a little giveaway.

What's up for Grabs

1 I'm a Celiac t-shirt
1 box of Bloomfield Farms All Purpose Baking Mix - my fav!
1 box of Bloomfield Farms Loaf Bread Mix
1 labeled 7.5 cup plastic container to hold your GF flour - I made it!

How to Enter

1.  Follow this blog and leave a comment saying you are following (1 entry)
2.  Follow @ImaCeliac on Twitter and leave a comment saying you are following (1 entry)
3.  Like I'm a Celiac on Facebook and leave a comment saying you liked the page (1 entry)
4.  Link to this giveaway through Facebook and leave a comment saying you linked the giveaway (1 entry)
5.  Link to this giveaway through Twitter and leave a comment saying you linked to the giveaway (1 entry)

6.  Leave a comment about what you enjoy most about being Gluten Free (1 entry)
7.  Sign up to receive posts via email and leave a comment saying you signed up (1 entry)

That means 7 chances to win!Make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry!

The winner will be selected using on September 30th!  

This giveaway is sponsored by ME - it's because I love you:)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Daisy Cakes Gluten Free Cupcakes

Daisy Cakes in Durham rocked my world today with some amazing Gluten Free cupcakes!  Here is how it went down.  It was 9 am and I had just dropped the toddler off at playschool.  The twins and I were headed to Duke for a doctor appointment.  I did a quick google search on my phone for Daisy Cakes and placed a call.

DC:"Daisy Cakes.  How can I help you?"
Me: "What Gluten Free options do you have today?"
DC:"Well, for you - I will make some!  Let me make sure I have the batter." 
Me: at this point my heart stops!
DC:"I have the white cake batter!  How many do you want?"
Me: Heart starts beating again- "THREE!  You are awesome!" (I think I may have been yelling at this point)

DC:"Give me an hour"

So the twins and I roll in around 50 minutes later.  One of the ladies asked what she could get me.  I told her I had called about some Gluten Free cupcakes.  Turns out this wonderful woman is Tanya (the owner) and she is the one who I talked to on the phone.  She had just finished my cupcakes!
Tanya - my cupcake angel

I ordered fresh orange juice to go with my tasty treats.  After paying, Tanya took pity on my as I tried to hold both babies, my coveted cupcakes and my juice so she offered to help carry my goodies to the car for me.  Such service!

The result from this grand aventure was three white cake cupcakes with raspberry icing and white chocolate pieces on top.  I ate one in the car and was blown away.  It tasted like a cupcake!  No strange texture or flavor - just cupcake!  I have eaten two already today.  The third one won't make it past lunch tomorrow!

Daisy Cakes is more than a bakery they are also a cafe serving brunch, sandwiches, coffee, and tasty looking Gluten filled treats.   If they do not have any Gluten Free cupcakes available you can eat their French Macarons.

They also have a fun story.  They first started out in an airstream trailer named "Sugar" and sold their cupcakes during the Saturday Durham Farmer's Market.   Before I was Gluten Free I frequented Sugar!  Once their following got big enough they opened a store.

So if you are in Durham stop by and see what they have available!  You may get lucky and score some Gluten Free cupcakes!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Chicken with White Sauce - Slow Cooker

Slow cooker meals are such a life saver for us.  With both my hubby and I working and juggling 3 young kids it makes life so much easier to use the slow cooker.  I can put everything together during the morning nap and viola dinner is ready just in time.  This is a simple recipe for chicken with a basic white sauce.  Some versions I have seen are called Chicken Stroganoff.  Since there aren't any veggies in the slow cooker you can always steam some on the side.  If you do not want it to be as creamy only use 1/2 a packet of cream cheese.

What You Need

2-3 chicken breasts
2 tbsp butter
1 packet GF Italian salad dressing mix

1 box/ can GF cream of chicken - I use Pacific
8oz cream cheese

How To Make It

Cut up chicken and put in slower cooker with butter and dry Italian mix.  Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2.  YES - that is all, do not put in the other ingredients yet.

About 45 minutes before time to eat mix in the cream of chicken and cream cheese.  Turn up to high and let it mix together.  Stir it and you are done!

You can serve it over GF pasta and rice.

The toddler loves this meal!  She calls it chicken and white sauce with noodles.  This is part of our regular rotation of meals.
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