Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter from Jack! Thank you Peeps for being Gluten-Free!

Easter is a wonderful holiday - celebrating Jesus' resurrection and creating special memories with our family.

Of course, it wouldn't be Easter without lots of sugar, cavity filled treats in the Easter basket and plastic eggs.  Filling the eggs with gluten-free goodies is pretty easy with the variety of gluten-free treats available.  From M&Ms to Tootsie Rolls to Hershey Kisses to Peeps - Jack is enjoying all of them!

Jack about to eat some Peeps!

Without these gluten-free goodies, the holidays would be pretty miserable for Jack. :(  Instead of dwelling on what's not gluten-free, it's in our best interest to focus on what IS gluten-free.

Life is too short to dwell on the negative, so here's to making gluten-free fun!

From our family to yours - HAPPY EASTER! :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Talk To The Hand! I'm Not Trying That!

So, we all know that kids can be picky when it comes to trying new foods, but there are some kids that are super duper picky!! One of those kiddos would be my son, Jack.  Yep, he's a picky one.  Doesn't try anything without a fight.  And he really puts his hand up and turns his head like the picture below.
Are you crazy?? I'm not trying that!

Life certainly has it's challenges! And Jack not eating vegetables or meats is mine!  If he ate vegetables, I would be perfectly fine, I could go without the meat.  My concern is Jack getting his iron that he needs.  When Jack was first diagnosed with celiac disease, he was also mildly anemic.  Since then, I've always been concerned about his iron intake.  I substitute with a multivitamin, hoping that helps with getting the iron and minerals he needs, but it's just not the same as eating greens.  In a previous post, I mentioned that I wanted Jack to try broccoli and he said, "No, it has gluten in it." So that's what I'm workin' with! Lil' Rascal...

So in the meantime, here's a few things I plan do to encourage vegetable eating:
  1. Pray about it - "Lord please encourage my son to eat his vegetables and listen to his mother." :)
  2. Become best friends with the Sneaky Chef and have her come over and make sneaky gluten-free recipes
  3. Try putting cheese on all vegetables maybe chocolate syrup as well
  4. Bottom line - Just keep trying...
One day Jack, you will understand the importance of eating your vegetables - one day my son, you will cave and the vegetable will conquer! :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Thank you Aunt Jaime and Aunt Sara :)

This past weekend, we went back to Indianapolis to visit family and friends.  It was a great visit!  It's always fun getting the kiddos together with their cousins.
We stayed with my SIL - Jaime - who is so generous in so many ways.  I appreciated her thinking of Jack and his dietary needs.  She even bought Gluten-Free Pantry - All Purpose Flour to make chocolate chip cookies!  She found a recipe for gluten-free chocolate chip cookies at (under Free Recipes you'll see Gluten-Free Cookies). I mentioned to Jaime how Jack needs to incorporate more vegetables into his diet, so she went to this website!
Now, the recipe called for White Bean Puree - hence the name Sneaky Chef, but it was kind of a process, so Jaime substituted with applesauce.  The cookies turned out great - probably the best gluten-free chocolate chip cookie I've ever had.  Thank you Jaime for taking the time to do some research.  I will definitely visit this website in the future to incorporate more nutritious foods in Jack's diet.

After visiting with my SIL Jaime, we went up to my brother's house to visit.  It was such a sweet surprise when my step-sister Sara came over with gluten-free brownies!  She used Pamela's Products Brownie Mix and added her own Ghirardelli chocolate chips!  That was so thoughtful! While Jack's cousins had blueberry muffins, Jack enjoyed his chocolate surprise!  

Jack (middle) with his sister Georgia (top left) and cousins

There's no doubt, family is important!  Having their support means the world to me and I'm sure, one day, Jack will be able to tell them how much he truly appreciates it.  Not only am I grateful for Jaime and Sara's gluten-free savviness, but I'm grateful for the rest of our family's support as well! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

When no GF cupcakes are around - you have to IMPROVISE!

Whether it's a birthday party or a special treat at school, I have to improvise and make something inviting and fun for Jack.  The creation below was for a birthday party.  Jack enjoyed it and it seemed to distract him from the other kiddos having cupcakes.  Kids love licking frosting off their cupcakes, so I wanted to make sure Jack could do the same thing with his cookies.

Cookies and Cream cookies with Frosting and Mini Chocolate Chips

Kinnikinnick - KinniToos Cookies
Betty Crocker Icing in a Can
Nestle Mini Chocolate Chips

With a gluten free diet, you definitely have to get creative!  My mother always said, "Kelly, you're creative in your on way." She would say this because growing up, my brother would be drawing masterpieces while I was busy "being creative".  That's what I get for my brother being the first born, took all my mother's art talent! ;)  So now, I've got to put my creativity to use for my son.  This is only the beginning - Elementary school is going to be challenging to say the least, but we'll get creative and make eating gluten-free FUN!