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zarfkitty

Member Since 21 May 2007
Offline Last Active Jun 21 2012 10:04 PM
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First Gfcf Christmas -- Gluteny Gifts

18 December 2007 - 09:35 AM

I haven't posted in awhile... mostly because we're rockin' and rollin' on our diet and I'm uber-busy. But I really need a gluten-free friend today!

I just received a $40 gift certificate to California Pizza Kitchen as a Christmas present from a mother of a student where I teach. Luckily I didn't have to open in in front of her or the student, I would have no idea what to say!

ALL of my students know that I'm gluten-free because I make them clean up extra after having a gluteny snack (this is high school and they always have some snack to nibble on from home). The kid in question even said he pitied me that I can eat "real" pizza. I guess he isn't the kind of kid that tells his mom everything.

Anyway, $40 is a generous gift and I want to be happy and thankful, but instead I just feel sad and left out. I've already researched my CPK menu options and I can't say it's too exciting (unless anyone has new information to add!). I might re-gift the card after sending a vague but grateful thank you note to the family who sent the gift.

Why CPK?!?!?! Why not PF Chang's? The universe hates me. This is my first Gluten-free Casein-free Christmas and I didn't expect to get so easily bummed out over a stupid gift card...

School Carnival Nightmare

20 October 2007 - 02:56 PM

I'm so angry!!!

We went to our daughter's school carnival today. We were having a really great time (face paint, dunking booth, moon walk, etc). I was working her homeroom's booth while she and her dad walked around to enjoy the fair.

All of the sudden, there was a rush of boys and a bunch of white dust where they were waiting in line. One of the homerooms was selling "snow balls" which was about a 1/4 cup of all purpose flour tied in a paper towel "baggie." I didn't know yet that it was flour.

I walked over to the snow ball booth to ask them what they were made of, and they said "Just flour. Nothing dangerous." I let them know that to my family it was actually very dangerous.

I looked around the playground, parking lot, and field. There were expended snow balls all over the place. There was an endless supply of snow balls yet to be sold. I decided we needed to leave right away.

Please tell me I didn't overreact. Unless it rains between now and Monday, I'm even worried about recess on the playground. There was flour EVERYWHERE. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! Don't people know that wheat is a top 8 allergen let alone a danger to people with celiac? I'm writing a letter as soon as I figure out who is in charge of such decisions!

Thanks. I needed to vent.

Whole Foods 365 Brand Gluten-free Cookie Mix

22 September 2007 - 05:01 PM

I'm not sure if it's news here or not (probably not!) but Whole Foods has released a 365 gluten-free dry mix line. When I heard about it, I popped over to my nearest Whole Foods and picked up one of everything, except the sandwich bread mix because it has dairy.

I made and served the chocolate chip cookie mix to gluten-eater guests this evening. It was a very user friendly dough that was easy to work. And the cookies themselves were tasty.

I'm excited because the 365 versions of mixes are about a fifty cents to a dollar cheaper than the specialty brands at my local store. I've also got pizza crust mix, white cake mix, chocolate cake mix, brownie mix, muffin mix, and pancake/waffle mix. All in the name of experimentation, of course! As I try the other mixes I'll report again!

-Shannon in Austin TX

Mystery Glutening

16 September 2007 - 10:38 AM

So I'm in the midst of a glutening as is my DD. Here's what's been different (only Friday had anything different about it):

My husband and I teach high school. Last Friday's pep-rally was in the auditorium, which is a really big room (at least as big as a big city movie theater room). We were standing at the back wall of the auditorium, keeping kids from going in and out the back door. DD had just arrived from the elem. school and was with us.

The funny "spirit game" of the week was a relay where kids had to root around with their faces in flour looking for bubble gum. There were four teams and each team had a big roasting pan full of white flour up on the stage. There were clouds of flour dust hanging in the air after the game, but only down in the stage area. One of the "victims" walked right past me to change clothes, though. I didn't see her coming or I'd have gotten waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay out of her way. Maybe I should have left the room completely when I realized what the game was but I thought I was far enough away.

The other possible culprit was powerade (I thought it was gatorade). I know that Coca Cola claims all powerade is gluten free according to codex. Has anyone else reacted to powerade? It was the lemon flavor.

Both situations seem to be far fetched in causing a glutening, in my estimation. Or maybe I'm being naive about the flour dust. I'd really like to hear opinions.

-Shannon

Banana Flax Blondies

15 August 2007 - 11:54 AM

My daughter and I made this up as we went along today. It was really good!

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 brown bananas
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup gluten free flour
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1/2 cup cornstarch
pinch of salt
1 tsp xanthan gum

Cream together shortening and sugars. Add bananas and mix well. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix until moistened. Bake in a 9x9 (or similar) brownie pan on 400F for 25 minutes.

Let cool. Cut into squares.

These really held together well for me and weren't "crummy." If you cut them into 16 squares, each square is 141 calories with 6 grams of fat. So, not very healthy, but at least you got some flax!