Thursday, June 25, 2015

Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake Bowls & GIVEAWAY

I had an idea. I wanted to do something fun with strawberry shortcake. I made a gluten-free version of strawberry shortcake in the past, and it turned out great...

But, this time around I wanted to get creative and make some type of bowl...and I did.  I came up with a recipe called Strawberry Shortcake Bowls, using Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix.  Below, I share this delicious, gluten-free summer treat with you, as well as a GIVEAWAY for Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix to 3 WINNERS!

Strawberry Shortcake Berry Bowls

Step 1:

(Recipe will make 6 berry bowls)

Following Pamela's Drop Biscuit Recipe:

1 cup Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix
1/4 cup shortening
1/3 cup plus 1 additional tablespoon milk


Preheat oven to 375°.
In a large mixing bowl pour in Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix and cut in shortening with fork or pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour milk into flour mixture while stirring with a fork.

Step 2:
See picture to the right. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Divide dough into 6 dollops. Placing the dough on top of each muffin mold, begin to cup dough with hand, forming a bowl. Form the dough over the curve of the muffin mold, going down less than half way. **Note: Do not spread dough too thin, especially on the curve of the muffin mold...when baking, it may separate. 

Step 3:
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Depending on your oven, check bowls at 8 minutes. They will be golden brown when done baking.

Step 4: 

Make strawberry mixture.  Slice 1 LB of Strawberries.  Add 2 Tbsp. of Sugar. Mash or use food processor. I used our smoothie maker - it's however you like your strawberry texture. You can also use a fork or your pastry cutter to mash the strawberries. My husband likes chunks of strawberries, so I always make sure to not mash too much. Refrigerator when done. 

Step 5: 
Bowls are done baking! Admire your creation! Let them cool.

Step 6: 
Create your Strawberry Shortcake Bowl.  I don't show it in the pictures below, but the strawberry mixture is under the ice cream as well.  Follow pics below to make a delicious treat for your family and friends, or just eat all yourself! :)

What you need:

Vanilla Ice Cream
Cool Whip
Strawberry Mixture
Shortcake Bowl
1 Strawberry to top

And if you want to try the drop biscuits instead of the bowls, this is what they look like below.

I love using Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix, not only to make this delicious dessert, but we LOVE her PANCAKES too! Did you know Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix is the #1 gluten-free selling pancake mix? If you haven't tried it, make sure you do!

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Thank you Pamela's Products for being a part of my first sponsored blog post. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions, pictures and recipe are my own. I will only do sponsor blog posts for companies or products that I have personally approved of and feel are beneficial to Raising Jack followers.  Sponsored posts will allow me to continue contributing to the celiac and gluten-free community as I do already, but will support costs that pertain to this website.

Friday, June 19, 2015

"The Gluten Free Cheat Sheet" by April Peveteaux

I received the new book, The Gluten Free Cheat Sheet and I wanted to share it with all of you.  I recently met the author, April Peveteaux at the CDF Expo this past May. I had the chance to chat with April and I just really enjoy her spirit. She's a fun, straight forward gal with a lot of insight on living with celiac disease and adapting to the gluten-free lifestyle. April also wrote the book, Gluten is My Bitch.
Just a few of the chapters discussed in the book.

This book is quite different from her first book, both great reads, and she still uses her sense of humor, but it's not so much as personal story as it is a "helpful" guide to going gluten-free.

A 270 page paperback book, filled with lots of gluten-free advice, recipes and more! It's also available on your Kindle.

It's perfect for a gift or a loved one that may be feeling overwhelmed about starting a gluten-free diet or even someone who has been living the gluten-free lifestyle for a while, but would like to try some new gluten-free recipes.
Just 1 of the 100 GF recipes in the book!

This book is available for pre-order for $13.19 ($14.95 regular price) and will be available 
on July 7th - order your copy here: The Gluten-Free Cheat Sheet: Go G-Free in 30 Days or Less

Monday, June 1, 2015

Crafted Gluten-Free Boxes - 50% off & GIVEAWAY!

At the Celiac Disease Foundation expo earlier this month, I had an opportunity to meet the family behind Crafted Gluten-Free. I enjoyed talking with Erin, her husband and daughter about their unique gluten-free monthly subscription boxes. Crafted Gluten-Free is different from the other gluten-free box companies because their subscription and specialty boxes feature more than just a random assortment of snacks—they include more substantial mouthwatering meal items and complementary items of condiments and seasonings as well. Most of their boxes contain 8-12 full-sized items, making them value-priced. And when you love something you try, you can easily purchase the individual item on their website.

I was excited to receive a box from them and share all the yummy gluten-free goodies inside with the kiddos. I received the "Kid's" Monthly Subscription - which is obviously geared towards your child's taste buds.

More gluten-free goodies underneath this top layer of goods!

Crafted Gluten-Free offers 2 Monthly subscription boxes, your choice between the regular "Monthly" or "Kid's" Monthly box. They also offer "Themed" Gift boxes which are AWESOME!! They cover everything from the Kid's Overnight Party Box, Ultimate Cookie Box and the Summer BBQ Box, just to name a few!

Here are just a couple of the items from the Kid's Subscription box I received:

Edison's Quinoa Pasta and Cheese - this was DELICIOUS! My husband and kiddos APPROVED!

Bumbalooza's Gooey Oatmeal Bar Mix with Fat Toad Farm's Caramel - gooey YUMMINESS!


Crafted Gluten-Free is offering Raising Jack readers 50% off on any subscription using Promo Code: Crafted50  

The promo code will take 50% off the first month of either the adult or kid's subscription. The subscriptions are $59 month to month (automatic billing- cancel anytime), and 3, 6 &12 months each increasingly discounted based on length of commitment. The code takes $29.50 off any order for a subscription be it month to month or 3, 6 or 12 months.

Link to Crafted Gluten-Free below...but FIRST, enter the GIVEAWAY!! :)

The Giveaway is for a (1 time) Monthly subscription box, which will include:

TWO family dinners: Make a pot of hearty award-winning white bean chili that pairs great with the crunchy Vermont cheddar crisps or make THE best crowd pleasing mac n' cheese (add some savory artisanal truffle salt and say hello truffle mac n' cheese!). Dig into snacks like our highly addictive Chicago mix popcorn or our premium quality steak jerky that will satisfy every palate. Recharge with our peach ginger or macadamia chocolate chip energy bars that are super tasty and healthy.

Thank you for entering!! Below, when entering giveaway, it says "Visit", but if you haven't "Liked" Raising Jack or Crafted Gluten-Free, I would greatly appreciate it! :)

GOOD LUCK and check out Crafted Gluten-Free Subscription Boxes and use code --> HERE

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sweet Faces of Celiac Disease: Meet Sage

Sage is 17 years old and was diagnosed with celiac disease          at 14 years old. 

What symptoms were you or your child having before being diagnosed?

Over the next several weeks this cycle continued. She would feel hot, nauseated, have heartburn and feel generally miserable. We thought it was a reflux thing since I've got GERD so we started her on Prilosec but after a couple of weeks it still wasn't better. She was missing a lot of school and her grades were starting to suffer. On top of all of the GI complaints, she was now having constipation and diarrhea and her joints were really hurting her, especially her hips and knees. I took her to the doctor and he agreed that her symptoms seemed consistent with reflux and gave her more Prilosec and tested her for h. pylori, which turned out to be negative. He sent us on our way and said if she didn't feel better in a couple of weeks that he'd refer us to the pediatric GI doc. She missed more school and then she started having numbness in her hands and feet, difficulty concentrating and her teeth got really discolored. I knew that something was up and after 5 days called the doctor back and asked for the GI referral.

Any other family members diagnosed with celiac disease?

Yes - her mother and sister.

How has your life or your child's life changed since being diagnosed?

She feels so much better now that she is gluten free! Her only lingering symptom is joint pain. She is very diligent about being 100% gluten free! She is happy, well adjusted, smart, kind, cheerful, funny, driven, talented and amazing flutist.  This year she competed in Distinguished Young Women where she was named 2nd runner up and was just named as the drum major for her high school marching band!  She will be a senior next year and has set the lofty goal of becoming first chair in the All-State band.

Being that 83% of those with celiac disease are UNDIAGNOSED, what are some ways we can encourage more awareness of the disease and its multiple symptoms?

I think that it should become standard practice for all GI doctors to screen/biopsy for all patients who are having an EGD (upper endoscopy). They are already there and if this came into practice many more would be diagnosed. I would have been diagnosed 5 years sooner. That's a lot of misery and damage to my bowel I could have avoided.

Thank you mom for sharing Sage's story! I'm so happy to hear she is feeling so much better and ready for her Senior year of high school! Good luck Sage - it's sounds like you're a fighter and won't let anything stand in your way! 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sweet Faces of Celiac Disease: Meet Kaydee

Kaydee is 11 yrs. old and was diagnosed     with celiac disease at 9 yrs. old. 

At what age was your child diagnosed with celiac disease?

9 yrs. old

What symptoms was Sarah having before being diagnosed?

Kaydee had horrible stomach aches almost every day during the fourth grade. Nausea, constipation, eczema, failure to thrive, brain fog, depression and anxiety were also problematic.

Any other family members diagnosed with celiac disease?

After Kaydee's diagnosis we were able to conclude that her older brother also has celiac disease.

How has Kaydee’s life changed since being diagnosed?

She still struggles with headaches. The difficult part has been the emotional aspect. Not being able to participate in parties, school activities, not being able to go out to eat. She feels alone and recently she said its said realizing she will never be able to have the foods she loved. We are still trying to get her health back. It's a long and difficult process...

Being that 83% of those with celiac disease are UNDIAGNOSED, what are some ways we can encourage more awareness of the disease and its multiple symptoms?

I think schools need to be educated in this disease. It needs to have the same respect as something such as diabetes. My daughter has been left out of school activities and bullied. I really feel teachers and school administration needs to go to some sort of training. The lack of education and compassion is upsetting.

Thank you mom for sharing Kaydee's story. I'm sorry to hear she is feeling bummed, but I hope she is feeling so much better and her headaches will subside soon. This is when our role comes into to play and we have to be the POSITIVE, uplifting support system for our children. One day, maybe sooner than later, she will embrace it and teach others, even the bullies, about this disease that affects 2.5 million people. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sweet Faces of Celiac Disease: Meet Ashlee

Ashlee is 5 1/2 yrs. old and was diagnosed with celiac disease at 4 years old. 

What symptoms were you or your child having before being diagnosed?

Ashlee's symptoms started at 3. It took us almost 9 months to get diagnosed. The biggest symptom was one day when she couldn't move; it took 2 hours for her to be able to move. She went to the doctor 40-some times in that 9 months. The doctor kept giving my daughter antibiotics claiming she had UTIs and I wasn't sure that was the real reason for her pain especially because she kept complaining of stomach aches. I brought up my husband's stomach issues (he had bleeding ulcers a long time ago) in hopes it would lead us down another path - and it did, at the children's hospital with a GI doctor where she was diagnosed (off the charts) that day! They don't think she had ever digested her food. Looking back, I realize she also had a protruding belly that we missed.

Any other family members diagnosed with celiac disease?


How has your life or your child's life changed since being diagnosed?

She is so much happier. She no longer visits the doctor several times a week. She no longer complains about stomach pains (unless she is glutened which is rare - she now projectile vomits when glutened, too). She doesn't enjoy being "different" from her friends but they seem to enjoy being like her and often claim they have to eat gluten-free too; it's pretty cute. She will start kindergarten in the fall and we know a new journey awaits.

Being that 83% of those with celiac disease are UNDIAGNOSED, what are some ways we can encourage more awareness of the disease and its multiple symptoms?

I talk to people about celiac disease constantly whether through my blog ( - click the giant Celiac Disease button) or on Facebook. We participate in the FARE Walk and we teach people at school, church, anywhere we go. People are just so unaware; most are willing to listen if you just take the time to explain to them. I think it does help that I have a child with it. 

Thank you Mom for sharing Ashlee's story. Being persistent and doing everything we can as parents to get our child on the right path to being healthy is all we can do! Thank you for raising awareness of celiac disease and I'm happy to see Ashlee smiling! :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sweet Faces of Celiac Disease: Meet Ryan

Ryan is 6 yrs. old and was diagnosed with celiac disease 
at 18 months old. 

What symptoms was your child having before being diagnosed?

Belly pain, failure to thrive (he stopped growing at 9mo.), irritability, the foulest smelling diarrhea ever several times a day, which lead to horrible diaper rash, he was sick with colds all the time and rarely slept through the night.

Any other family members diagnosed with celiac disease?

Nope. No one.

How has your life or your child's life changed since being diagnosed?

Ryan's life has changed for the better.  He feels great now and is a happy, well adjusted kindergartener.  My husband and I have had a much harder journey.  Initially, we knew nothing about celiac or gluten nor did we know anyone who did.  We had to research and figure out everything on our own.  Four years later, we have it down.  We are not able to be as spontaneous as we used to be but that's our life.  I have channeled the energy I used to spend worrying/being upset into our local CDF chapter.  It has been so therapeutic for me to help others on their gluten-free journey.

Being that 83% of those with celiac disease are UNDIAGNOSED, what are some ways we can encourage more awareness of the disease and its multiple symptoms?

Social media can be great to reach those who may not be exposed to celiac otherwise.  I posted a list of the more random symptoms on my Facebook page one day and a friend contacted me for more info because she has several of them.

Thank you Mom for sharing Ryan's story - what a cutie, I mean, handsome young man. ;) Keep advocating and helping others - like you said, channeling the negative energy and worry into helping others, is very therapeutic!