Sunday, May 30, 2010

update on GF reviews

We found the Betty Crocker Devil's Food Cake mix and Brittany made it for tonight. I just had my first bite and mmmmmmmmmmmmm. DELICIOUS! You would NEVER know it is Gluten Free!!

Kaedra's After 5/30/10

Kaedra's before 5/30/10

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Gluten Free Reviews

Betty Crocker has come out with some gluten free products.  Usually we make things from scratch, but since going gluten free, it has been harder (and more expensive) to make things from scratch.  Because of that and because it is always great to see more products that I can readily eat, I was very excited to see Betty Crocker's new dessert mixes on the shelf of ALL of my usual grocery stores.  Not only are the mixes Gluten-Free they are also made in a gluten free processing facility.  What a relief for those that are very sensitive to gluten.

So far the four mixes they have are: Brownie Mix, Cookie Mix, Devil's Food Cake Mix and Yellow Cake Mix.  We have made the brownies several times now -- VERY YUMMY!! and made the Yellow Cake mix -- very good.  We have not tried the cookies yet and we have been unable to find the Devil's Food Cake Mix.

On Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Page they have many recipes to make with the mixes as well, which will greatly increase my dessert repertoire! I have to say, you could not tell that these mixes were gluten free.  They would definitely be able to be served to anyone who likes a yummy dessert!

On their box (and on their page) they also include the story of why they have added gluten free products to their line.  I find it encouraging that they are branching into GF and hope that other companies will as well.  It is also great that the mainstream stores are carrying the GF products now. It is very helpful to not have to shop at a specialty store to be able to buy things I can eat and enjoy.  I am sure that Betty Crocker, by having a gluten free line, is helping to bring awareness to store buyers that GF consumers are willing and excited about buying GF products at the stores they regularly shop.

As a side is important to know that the cake mix only makes ONE 8x8 cake. If you are wanting to make a double layer cake or a larger cake you will need to buy two boxes.

As a "newbie" celiac, I am still in the "trying things out" stage.  I have tried Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix and I really liked it.  We have used it to bread Marsala Chicken (turned out okay but I think it needed more breading) and we made muffins.  Yummy for the tummy muffins. They came out wonderfully! I can't wait to try out more recipes with the mix.  

We also tried Pamela's Chocolate Cake Mix. Although I have heard RAVE reviews about it, I did not like it - it was very bitter to me.  We had a small glitch while making it, which may have caused the problem, so we are going to try again. The problem being - the GF products are rather costly to keep trying them out.

Before becoming GF I frequently had pasta. Pasta was one of my favorite easy and quick lunches to make on school days.  I had tried some low carb pasta a few years ago when I was on the Atkin's diet.  I did not much like the pasta and have been happy not to try it again.  However, being a pasta fanatic, I couldn't stay away. This time I bought some quinoa pasta.  I tried it the other night and wasn't too impressed.  It was rather tasteless. It did, however, have a good texture and wasn't bitter at all.  I may try it again with a different sauce or in a dish with a lot of taste.

For the most part, I find it easiest (and cheapest) to just stay away from any bread-type products.  It is nice, though, to be able to add a few items to our menu that are "bready."  It is especially helpful to see that the grocery stores are starting to add more and more GF products.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Focus of prayer

Reading a book by Joyce Meyer called The Power of Simple Prayer
I have been copying some quotes and this one really jumped out at me:

"I no longer focus primarily on prayers for my "outer life" (my circumstances, the activities I am involved in, the things that happen around me). I now pray for my inner life (the condition of my heart, my spiritual growth, my attitudes, and my motives). As God has taught me to pray, I have learned that my job is to pray to be strengthened internally and to ask Him to help me live out of a pure heart from the right motives; and His job is to take care of the externals."

May 20

On her way to KCMO for surgery

Sunday, May 16, 2010

May 16

Songs written and sung by Emily

Friday, May 14, 2010

May 13

Lunch with friends! Far-away friends just travelling through the area!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Photo of the Day

Love books, love the library, love reading dates! :-)

Monday, May 10, 2010

May 10

Blessed that we weren't hit by severe weather!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Francesca Battistelli - Beautiful, Beautiful (Video)

May 3

Birthday Girl!!

Saturday, May 08, 2010

May 8

Nature park with my kiddos. I really love nature.

Friday, May 07, 2010

May 7th

Bouquet of buds from hubby. Can't wait to see what they bloom into!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

May 5

Blessed that Jacob has gone before us. Blessed that he is awaiting us.

Jacob 2010

From Evernote:

Jacob 2010

What are little boys made of?

        I am forgetting
        I can't remember what time he came
        Or holding him in my arms
        Or whispering his name.        

This old man, He played seven....

          I don't remember how much he weighed
          Or how long he measured
          Or how I ever let them take him away
           From the only moments with him I would ever treasure            

Frogs and snails and Puppy dog tails

           I do remember leaving the hospital empty handed
           I remember lying on his grave and yelling at God
           I remember the teeny tiny casket
           And wondering what I did to deserve the rod.          

He played knick knack up to heaven.

            Hard to imagine it has been
             seven years that have passed
             It seems like a lifetime
             Or just the day before last

With a knick knack paddywhack
Give the dog a bone

             He is real and walks among us
             Daily on his siblings' lips
             How he looks, what he does
             Debated and decided
             Why my heart continually rips

This old man goes rolling home

              But unanimously he is perfect
               Unblemished and sin free
               My only blameless child
               Living with Christ for eternity.

That's what this little boy is made of.            

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

May 4

Leftover party hats

May 1

Thankful for: Mommy Ears to catch 3 year olds trying to get to the
yummies on top of the frig (and their sister cheering them on!)

May 2

Friends to share birthdays with!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

April 30

Sibling cuddles

Photo of the Day

Tents in the living room.