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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Gluten-Free Easter Bunny Sugar Cookies

I was asked to make cookies for Jack's pre-school class this past week, preferably a bunny they could decorate for their Easter celebration. With spring break this week, their Easter celebration and the sugar high began earlier this year.

As you may know already, I recently used Pamela's Sugar Cookie Mix when I made valentine cookies - they turned out great, and I knew I could rely on the mix again.

I'm really sharing this post so I can show you my cute little bunny. The cookies turned out great and I was happy my son could have the same treat as his classmates.

I'm not a "bake it from scratch" type of gal.  The only thing I ever baked from scratch was Chocolate Chip cookies - following the recipe on the back of the Nestle chocolate chips bag.

I'm more of a "throw things together and hope it turns out great" type of gal. That's why I love chicken stir frys and crockpot dishes.

With having a 5 mo. old, 5 1/2 yr. old and 7 yr. old, I appreciate shortcuts and skipping steps 1-2 and 3 if possible! Pamela's mixes provides this for me and makes baking fun and stress-free.

Now, if I could just figure out what to get the kiddos for Easter - cookies??

Happy Easter and Happy Stress-free Baking! :)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Individually Wrapped Gluten-Free Fudge Brownies!



Okay, okay, I'll give my husband credit for this one...

So he went to the store one evening and came home with these brownies. He said, "I thought we might give these a try. They're individually wrapped brownies...they may be good to have on hand for Jack."

And my hubby made a good call picking these up! They have come in very handy when Jack has needed a special treat for a birthday party or school.




French Meadow Bakery makes these brownies and they can be found in the Organic/Gluten-Free frozen section. The best part about these brownies - they come individually wrapped. Why is this so great? When you need a last minute treat for school or birthday party, or you're needing a late night snack - this is perfect.  It thaws in just minutes and it's even better warmed up w/ vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup on top...I may or may not have had this at night after the kiddos go to bed. :)


Decorating the brownie for a pre-school day treat!



These brownies came in handy when I went to drop off Jack at pre-school and his teacher informed me they were having Little Debbie Heart Shaped Cakes for an early Valentine's Day treat! Usually, Jack's teacher and I discuss the upcoming snack or special treat for the next day - I'm not sure what happened, but I had nothing for Jack. So I went home, got a brownie out of the freezer and made Jack's own little heart shaped treat!  And back to school I went. He LOVED it! So for birthday parties, I usually make something like this as well.





I can't forget to mention that they are made with all natural ingredients. How about that?!

Ingredients:
Ingredients: Sugar, expeller pressed canola oil, eggs, potato starch, cocoa alkali processed, natural vanilla flavor, salt, xanthan gum, natural chocolate flavor.


I think you'll be pleasantly surprised how moist they are too! I really enjoy them myself - I think I eat most of them when they are in the house, but whose counting??

If you see these at the store, give them a try, you'll be happy you did!


Friday, March 1, 2013

"The Gluten Glitch" Children's Book - It's a Giveway!


YES, it's a GIVEAWAY! The Gluten Glitch is a must have for your gluten-free kiddo! Stasie John wrote a fabulous book! It's perfect to read to your child when he or she is feeling down about having to live a gluten-free lifestyle.  Although gluten intolerance and celiac disease are different conditions, this book can be comforting to all children who are on a gluten-free diet and who always have to eat differently.

The Book

Gideon feeling down about eating gluten-free

After Gideon's whole class gets special cupcakes shaped like farm animals while he has to eat one of his "safe" gluten-free cupcakes, Gideon feels fed-up with eating only gluten-free. Even with all the delicious gluten-free choices, eating differently is hard, and sometimes Gideon just wants the treats the other kids get to have.


Gideon thinking of ALL the yummy treats he CAN have!
Having to eat differently as a young child can be confusing for our children as well as frustrating. They may forget why they can't eat gluten because they haven't had symptoms in so long due to their gluten-free diet.





It's important to remind our children that eating gluten-free keeps them from having belly aches, itchy skin, headaches, fatigue and causing damage to their body. 

The best thing we can do for our kiddos is to remind them of ALL the things they can eat and to have a special night like Gideon has with his family - TACO NIGHT! Making sure our gluten-free children feel included always at home is very important.



Make sure to check out Stasie John's website: ieatdifferent.com. A portion of the profits from this book will go to FAAN (the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network) and the Celiac Disease Foundation. 

Now that you have read what this book is all about, are you ready for the GIVEWAY?? Two The Gluten Glitch books will be given away on Friday, March 8th at 5:00pm.  Two winners will be randomly selected at 5:00pm and will be listed here as well as contacted by email. Good Luck!


THIS GIVEWAY HAS ENDED. Thank you to all that entered! 

The 2 Winners are:

Holly Perona
Julie Mierl

Congratulations! I will be contacting you both by email for your address. 

I wish I had more copies of this book to giveway! It's a wonderful read! Head over to ieatdifferent.com and order a copy today!

Please stay tuned to Raising Jack with Celiac! We will be having more giveaways from Glutino and GoPicnic! :)

Thank you so much for your support!