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Monday, April 21, 2014

What's Your Celiac Disease Story?

We all have a story of how one was diagnosed. We all have a DIFFERENT story. Will you share your celiac disease story or your child's story with me for Celiac Awareness Month in May?

By sharing your story or your child's story, we can raise awareness! As you may know already, that's truly my passion and why I started this blog/website.  Jack, my husband, you or your child, are blessed to be diagnosed! BUT, it's so unfortunate for those children and adults that are walking around with an autoimmune disease they may not even know exists.


With celiac disease, the number of symptoms is endless...and everyone reacts to celiac disease differently, so if you share your story with me, then maybe someone will read it and say, "Hmmm, I'm experiencing those symptoms...wonder if I should get tested for celiac disease?" Let's help others get diagnosed and start feeling better!

SO LET'S GET STARTED!!

Simply click the survey link below and answer the 7 questions in as much detail as you would like. The more detail, the better. (I don't ask for personal info, just first name and age) If you have any questions, please email me at raisingjack@gmail.com

Click here to take survey

Thank you so much for sharing your story! Let's help the 83% of celiacs that are UNDIAGNOSED, GET DIAGNOSED!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Last Minute Gluten-Free Easter

Whether you are having Sunday dinner with just your immediate family or having your husband's brother's wife's family over to celebrate Easter, here's a list to make sure your Easter is gluten-free friendly and DELICIOUS!

Ok, ok, so mayybbeee I haven't baked a turkey or ham personally, I know, how old am I?? I know, BUT, I plan too, I really do!

I did take the time to find some delicious recipes that I hope to try and maybe you would like to try as well. They seem very simple and sound delicious. For me, with an 18 mo. old, 6 yr. old and 8 yr. old, simple and delicious is what this momma needs.

Here are some last minute suggestions for your GLUTEN-FREE Easter Sunday dinner that sound well, SIMPLE and DELICIOUS! :)

Sunday Dinner

Rosemary Baked Chicken
Photo from allrecipes.com



Main Course Options:


Deviled Eggs Courtesy of Foodnetwork.com
                      
                      Sides                                           
Baked Beans





We made these last year with Pamela's Sugar Cookie Mix


                    Desserts







Easter baskets for Jack, his sis and lil' brother.


Easter Candy

Cadbury Eggs
Tootsie brand candies 
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans



See, that sounds simple and delicious, right? We can do it! Ok, I'm telling myself, I can totally do it!

Happy Easter everyone!!



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April 12/13 - The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo CHICAGO 2014


Yep, it's that time of year again! I'm heading back to the GFAF Expo for my 3rd time! I can't wait to some new gluten-free products and meet new people.

I'll be hanging out at Pamela's Products table on Saturday, handing out samples of their new Figgies and Jammies along with some other goodies, so make sure to stop by and say "HI".

There will be 150+ VENDORS!! So that means, a lot of samples to try, coupons, discounted products available for purchase, authors, bloggers and more!

You can check out my previous GFAF Expo posts to get an idea of what's in store.

2013 GFAF EXPO

2012 - Couldn't make it...morning sickness :(

2011 GFAF EXPO Part I

2011 PART II

You don't want to miss this event! Get your discounted tickets today and I'll see you there!

GET YOUR TICKETS

*April 12th - 13th         *  9am - 3pm           * Schaumburg, IL

Thursday, April 3, 2014

3 Awesomely Delicious Gluten-Free Chicken Dishes

Today, I'm sharing with you, "3 super easy, better than restaurant, hubby approved" gluten-free chicken dishes. 

One was inspired by a restaurant dish, the other is my go to weekly recipe and lastly, a recipe my grandma used to make, that I now make gluten-free.

So get ready, your mouth may start watering... :)

Smothered Chicken with Rice and Lentils


This dish was inspired by a restaurant that I enjoy going to...usually it's smothered over a chicken breast, but I decided to cut up the chicken breasts.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 chicken breasts cut into pieces (depending on size of your family)
  • EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • Green pepper
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Shredded Cheese (Mexican Blend)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Lundberg's Lentils and Rice

Directions:

Add EVOO to sauce pan. Add chicken, salt and pepper - saute until cooked through. Set aside chicken - put on a plate with a papertowel. Add EVOO to pan and add veggies - saute. Cook to desired tenderness. Add Chicken, stir together and spread chicken and veggies out in pan. Sprinkle with Shredded Cheese. Turn off stove and place lid on pan. Cheese will melt. Do not stir in cheese. Once melted, it's ready to serve!


Loaded BBQ Chicken Baked Potato

Chicken w/ BBQ sauce ready to cook
in Crockpot for 5/6 hours
Ingredients:  

Crockpot:
2-3 Chicken Breasts
Favorite Gluten-Free BBQ Sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray's)
Cook on High 5-6 hours, until it easily pulls apart with a fork

Other Ingredients:

  • Baked Potatoes (Microwave)
  • Butter
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Avocado
  • Any of your favorite baked potato toppings!

Directions: Follow Crockpot directions above.  Microwave baked potatoes. Then top with all your favorite toppings and dig in!



Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

My Grandma would make this with me in mind when we would come and visit...I knew I was her favorite. ;) I've substituted the Cream of Chicken Soup my Grandma would use with Chicken Broth and Cream Cheese. Just like Grandma's, but now it's made gluten-free.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Head of Broccoli
  • 1 C. of Uncooked White Rice
  • Shredded Chicken Breast (I used left-over dark meat from our rotisserie chicken that we had the night before)
  • 1 1/2 C. Shredded Cheddar Cheese (I used 2 C., but I thought it was a little much)
  • 2 C. of Pacific Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 of 8oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1 C. Milk
  • Salt and Pepper
Directions: Cut  heads of broccoli off stems and put in microwavable dish with some water, cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 6 minutes. In sauce pan, add cream cheese and chicken broth. When the cream cheese has melted, add chicken, rice, milk, shredded cheese and drained broccoli. Salt and Pepper. Stir together, pour into 9 x 12 casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. 

There you have it, "3 super easy, better than restaurant, hubby approved"gluten-free chicken dishes.

ENJOY!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Gluten-Free Grab & Go Breakfast Muffins

Need a healthy start in the morning, but don't have time to scramble an egg or make an omelet? Well, I've got the answer for you!

My mom adapted this recipe, Grab & Go Breakfast Muffins, from Laura over at Ring Finger Tan Line. Thanks Laura for your sharing your recipe! A muffin packed with eggs and veggies to start your day off right is just what my husband (well, anyone of us) needs before he heads off to work.




  • 1 lb gluten-free sausage
  • 1 head broccoli, trimmed to florets and chopped
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 6 egg whites
  • 12 whole eggs
  • 1/2 c milk, 1%
  • 1/4 tsp dill
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4c parmesan cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 350.
Spray a muffin tin with olive oil spray.
Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat, and add the sausage. Stir and break apart with your spoon or spatula as it cooks. Cook until browned, 6-10 mins.
While the sausage is cooking, steam the broccoli. Place trimmed florets in a heat-safe bowl with 4 tbsp water. Cover in saran wrap and microwave for 4 min or until tender. Drain excess water.
When sausage is browned, remove from pan and set aside to cool. Leave juices in pan. Add mushrooms and cook for 6-8 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for 2-3 mins more. Remove from heat.
Look at all those veggies - my mom added red pepper as well.
Lightly beat eggs, egg whites, milk, salt, pepper, and dill. Stir in cooled sausage, mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes, and 3/4 c of the cheese.  
Mix it all together!
Pour mixture evenly into muffin tins ~3/4 of the way full. Use remaining 1/4 c cheese to top muffins.
Ready to go in the oven!

Bake for 20-25 min

Here are a few changes/additions my Mom made: 
I also increased the seasonings.  I probably put in almost 1 tsp of salt, some pepper and added a touch of cayenne pepper, tsp of cumin and 1/4 tsp of mustard powder and a touch of nutmeg.   After sauteeing the mushrooms, tomatoes and red pepper (mom added this to the recipe), I drained the excess juices.  I put all the 3/4 c of cheese in the egg mixture.  Then sprinkled more on top of the egg mixture and baked.  They will keep about 4 days in fridge. I microwave them for about 13 seconds.  I froze the rest of them.  It makes at least 30 muffins.  Great for a quick breakfast and I would hope the little kids will like them too. 

Kid Friendly version:
Stick to the basics: Try shredded cheddar cheese, sausage...Jack won't touch these with all the veggies. But if it was just eggs and cheese, he would be happy dipping it in ketchup.

Thanks Mom/Grammie for sharing this with us over spring break! BTW, we miss you already! 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Raising Jack's 100th Blog Post Celebration and GIVEAWAY!

It's been 3 years since starting Raising Jack with Celiac and WOW, how time flies...have I really written 100 blog posts?? Well, yes, yes, I HAVE! 

I'm having an AWESOME GIVEAWAY to THANK ALL OF YOU for tuning in and seeing what Jack has been up to or what new gluten-free recipes I've managed to create or destroy. ;)

I started this blog with hopes to help others on their journey with celiac disease, especially parents of children with celiac disease.  I hope it's doing just that and I look forward to having this website for a very long time...I mean, Jack's only 6 yrs. old - I got a lot more raisin' to do!

SO, LET'S CELEBRATE!!

Since I've been blogging for 3 years, I've decided to have 3 GRAND PRIZE WINNERS! But, wait, there's more!! There will also be 4 ADDITIONAL WINNERS!

The 3 GRAND PRIZE WINNERS will receive the following Prize Pack:
  • 1-year Subscription to Living Without Magazine
  • Living Without's Best Gluten-Free Cookbook


Living Without Magazine is filled with TONS of resourceful information. I look forward to receiving every issue.

I did a review on the Best Gluten-Free Cookbook - very pleased with it's contents and layout!



  • 4 Packages (1 pkg. of each flavor) of Pamela's BRAND NEW Figgies & Jammies 
                                            Blueberry        Strawberry
Raspberry       Mission Fig

They're soft, chewy and larger than your average fig newton. Pamela really has provided a new gluten-free treat that everyone will surely enjoy!
Make sure to visit Pamela's and read more about them...



  • Lastly, a unique 24 x 5.5" hand-crafted masterpiece from FONTBLOCK - what's that you ask? It's an awesome, creative business that uses fresh-sawn hardwood along with clean typography to make cool decor - like the one below! To get more of an idea, make sure to visit their Facebook page.













The 4 Additional Winners will receive: 
  • 2 packages of Pamela's Figgies & Jammies

TOTAL OF 7 WINNERS TO CELEBRATE RAISING JACK'S 100TH BLOG POST!


All you have to do is ENTER BELOW & you could be 1 of the 7 winners!

I LOVE using Rafflecopter, it really makes the giveaway, easy, fair and introduces readers to other businesses who have generously donated their products to this giveaway. Did I mention, FONTBLOCK is my brother and SIL's business. :) 

Please know, that all winners are chosen randomly, through random.org. 

Thank you for participating and here's to the next 100 posts!

GOOD LUCK and I hope to see you back here real soon.

Giveaway ends Friday, March 21st at 12:00pm.

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Thank you everyone for participating! 

WINNERS HAVE BEEN RANDOMLY SELECTED AND NOTIFIED BY EMAIL.

GRAND PRIZE WINNERS:
RENATA S.
JESSICA H.
MARGEY D.

ADDITIONAL WINNERS:
ALLISON S.
MARK-TERESA B.
JULIE M.
MARY-RON J.

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LOTS TO SHARE from the GFAF EXPO Chicago 2013

 
  I Went, I Saw, I Sampled, I Blogged! 


As you know from my tweets and my posts, I attended the Premier Gluten & Allergen Free Expo in Chicago this past weekend and it was AWESOME! Sooo many vendors - so many new products to try and on top of that, I met some wonderful new friends!

The EXPO was PACKED!

From ScharUdi'sGlutinoEnjoy LifePamela's ProductsFreedom FoodsGluten-Free Mama, Go PicnicCrave Bake Shop and Smart Flour to name only a few - the place was hoppin'! Everywhere you turned there were people lined up to try new samples or old favorites.

TONS of Samples!


SO, WHAT PRODUCTS DID I TRY:

Schar - huge fan of their Honeygram crackers!
Udi's - new granola bars and tortillas 
Enjoy Life - Plentils chips!
Freedom Foods - Awesome Cereals!
Gluten-Free Mama - Almond Flour and Cocunut Flour!
Go Picnic - 8 gluten-free boxes to choose from!
Crave Bake ShopBaking Mixes from Cupcake Wars!
Smart Flour - Pizzas (coming soon) - YUM!

Kyra, Owner of Crave Bake Shop














Seriously, so many vendors, I couldn't list them all, but I'm so thankful for the opportunity to try samples and bring some home to Jack!

Ok, ok, so it wasn't just an awesome taste-fest, I also met some FABulous peeps!         Let me introduce them to ya: 

Keeley and Me! She's the best!
Keeley Mcguire: Keeley is a Gluten-Free and Nut-Free Lunchbox Extraordinaire - packing lunchboxes for her "Little Miss" on a daily basis. Keeley's blog will come in very handy with Jack starting Kindergarten in the Fall. Making lunches fun, makes it more enjoyable for Jack and makes momma feel good too!  http://keeleymcguire.blogspot.com/


Vegetarian Mamma: Cindy Gordon, is raising her two kiddos vegetarian as well as vegan due to her youngest son's allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, soy, gluten and dairy. Check out her Gluten-Free Fridays! She's so fun - love her! :) http://vegetarianmamma.com/


It's Pam - I'm a Celiac!

I'm a Celiac: Pam Jordan is a Celiac and a busy momma of three, living gluten-free! She has an easy to follow cookbook of family approved gluten-free dishes that you will surely love! Head over to her site and take a look!  http://www.imaceliac.com/


Our Life as an epi Family: Meet Lauren Kossack, a momma raising two cutie patootie little boys with severe food allergies. Hearing her stories of her son's reactions were scary, I couldn't imagine seeing a child having trouble breathing due to a food allergy so severe! Visit Lauren and find out more about her family's story at: http://www.epifamily.com/ 
It's Erica - Celiac and the Beast!


Celiac and the Beast: Erica Dermer is one cool chica! She was diagnosed in 2009 with celiac disease and has a fun, sassy site filled with reviews on gluten-free products and some super cute tshirts for adults and kiddos (see Jack and his Sis below in their new tees). Visit her at: http://celiacandthebeast.com/

It was a blast meeting these lovely ladies and I look forward to crossing paths again soon!

New Tees for Jack & his Sis



Last but not least, I would like to say thank you to Jen Cafferty! She brought the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo to life! It's a FABULOUS, well orchestrated event! Thumbs up Jen! Keep up the good work! You and your staff are doing amazing things for the gluten and allergen free community!

Didn't make it to Chicago?? No problem! Check out Secaucus, NJ and Dallas, TX coming in September and October!