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ashlee's mom

Member Since 25 Aug 2004
Offline Last Active Feb 20 2006 09:29 AM
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In Topic: Gluten Accident At School On Friday

20 February 2006 - 06:36 AM

This is a little off topic, but my husband and I have been discussing the possibilities of home schooling our kids just through 2nd or 3rd grade, whenever they get a good hold on the diet and accidents like this are less likely. anyone else had these thoughts? We've never thougth about home shooling before, but the health of our daughter is poor due to her heart and we wonder if it wouldn't be better all the way around. any suggestions?



Hi, I homeschool our daughter. We really feel is is the best option for our family, not just because of celiac disease, but it certainly makes that easier too! My suggestion would be to see if there is a homeschool group in your town, talk to other parents and decide if this is something you are interested in. I would be happy to answer any questions for you as well. My dd is 6 and in first grade. She is happy and outgoing (as most homeschool kids are that I know- socialization is not the problem it is made out to be!) and learning wonderfully.

Michelle

In Topic: Fast Food Freis - Who Is Safe ?

14 February 2006 - 09:00 AM

Well, I just sent a Thank You e-mail to Chick fil-a. They aren't in our town yet, but I can hope they come to, and I will make sure we stop by when we are out. I figure it is important to make sure they remember how many customers depend on their gluten free menu!

In Topic: New Mcdonalds Story...

14 February 2006 - 05:20 AM

Wow, I just saw all this on Yahoo last night. Thank you SO much for pushing this issue so much. Of course my 6 YO was devestated to learn she couldn't eat there anymore. I will have to make more fries and hashbrowns at home, but that isn't the real issue. That was one "normal" thing she still had! I get so mad knowing that for these past 2 years she has been gluten free and we have been SO careful, we have still been giving her gluten! We didn't go there all the time, but it was a nice "quick fix" when we needed one. So much for a "happy meal"!

So what can I do to help y'all get the word out?


Michelle

In Topic: How Long Before Height/bone Age Is Caught Up?

23 March 2005 - 12:45 PM

My daughter had her bone age test done when she was almost 4 and it showed she was just over a year behind I believe. At the time we were taking her to an endocrinologist to check for growth hormone since no one thought it was possible to be celiac disease. She was actually diagnosed about 6 months later though. She has been gluten-free a year now and has gained about 12 lbs and grown 3-3/4 inches. I remember that the weight did come back before I saw anything in height. I think the body has to build back up a bit so the growth is a bit slower. She is now just over the 50th percentile for weight, but still just barely over the 10th for height. Everyone tells me it just takes time and she will catch up. 2 years seems reasonable, I hope she is caught up that soon!

Michelle

In Topic: Biscuits

25 February 2005 - 04:42 AM

I was VERY impressed with these biscuits! They actually rose! The texture is still a little different from wheat biscuits, but they were the best we have tried so far! I got the recipe from Shari Sanderson's Incredible Edible Gluten Free Food for Kids. We use a lot of things from there! I use a Kitchen-Aid to mix it all. The dough did come out very dry, so I added enough milk so that it would all stick together. As for other intollerances, I will let you make whatever changes you need to.

Biscuits Supreme

1 cup rice flour
2/3 cup potato starch flour
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoonbaking soda
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup margarine or butter
2/3 cup milk or substitute

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

I just throw it all in the Kitchen Aid and do the milk last. Like I said, I have found I need to add a bit more, I couldn't tell you how much, just enough so it sticks together. Then I mold the biscuits by rolling them in balls and flattening them a little. I put oil on the cookie sheet and flip them over so both sides are coated. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

I plan on continuing to see if I can make more adjustments to make the texture a bit more like wheat biscuits. I will try adding a bit more xanthan gum, or perhaps an egg.

We keep them in the freezer and heat them up as Ashlee wants them. They keep great that way and taste fresh every time.

Good luck,

Michelle