Thursday, March 4, 2021

Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month

Celiac Disease is JUST ONE of the (close to) 100 autoimmune diseases out there - here are just a few others:

Addison’s Disease, Amyloidosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Autoimmune Hepatitis, Behcet’s Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Endometriosis, Fibromyalgia, Graves Disease, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Interstitial Cystitis, Juvenile Diabetes, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Sjogren’s Syndrome , Ulcerative Colitis, Vasculitis and so on...

Unfortunately, autoimmune diseases like COMPANY. It's not uncommon to have MORE THAN ONE autoimmune disease.
And, when it comes to celiac disease, I want to share this from Celiac Disease Foundation: 
(Note: When I started this journey with Jack, 12 years ago, the number was 1 in 133 people worldwide)

It is estimated to affect  ** 1 in 100 people worldwide. ** 

Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications."

2.5 MILLION Americans are walking around with UNDIAGNOSED celiac disease.


Let's spread the word on autoimmune diseases.

For more information on getting tested for celiac disease, please visit: Symptoms and Testing

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Gluten-Free Roll & Cut Sugar Cookies For Valentine's Day

We are always busy baking around this time of year as my daughter's birthday is the day before. You'll find me in the kitchen baking cupcakes or cookies, most likely using Pamela's Baking Mixes.

A few years ago, Pamela's came out with her Sugar Cookie Mix, which we absolutely LOVE.

Super easy to make and bake!

What You Need:
1 Package of Pamela's Sugar Cookie Mix            
1 Egg
1 Stick of Butter (softened)
Parchment Paper
Rolling Pin

Preparation Time: 20-30 minutes

Bake Time: 8-10 minutes

Step 1: Pre-Heat Oven to 350

Step 2: Soften butter in bowl / Add Mix / Add Egg - begin mixing with a mixer or utensil. I ended up using my hands to bring the dough together. 

Step 3: Place dough on parchment paper.
Step 4: Place another piece of parchment paper on top and begin rolling out the dough.

Step 5: Peel off parchment paper and begin using your cookie cutters.

Step 6: Place on cookie sheet - I also lined the cookie sheet with parchment paper. And place in oven for 8-10 minutes. Always start at 8 minutes - you don't want to over bake - when they brown just a little on the bottom edges, they are done.   

Step 7: 8 - 10 minutes later, they are done and placed on the cooling rack

Step 8: Then it's time to decorate!! Yummy Valentine's Day Cookies ready to devour!! 

I will use this mix over and over again to make sugar cookies - it's easy make and delicious to taste!

Happy Valentine's Day!