Wonderful ideas Takala. You also could wait a week or so and go out when the restaurants are not so busy. With the weather getting warmer you might want to think about a picnic in a park with everyone BYO food.
Congratulations and enjoy your celebration what ever you do.
I'm sorry your having such a hard time with family and friends understanding your health. Remember NO ONE can take advantage of you unless you let them. Take as much pre-made food as you can with you to eat, make meals and freeze them, pack in ice and travel keeping in mind your health is the most important thing and have an enjoyable Holiday.
I was just speaking today to my son, Christmas Eve has been moved to my brothers instead of my sisters. My sons response "guess you have to bring me a meal". He and my niece are Vegetarians, where ever we go I always bring several dishes for them. Last time my SIL had nothing for them to eat. That's why I always bring my own for them. This year Christmas Eve my sons girlfriend is flying in and she is also gluten-free. She is revealed to know our home is gluten free. Amazing how accommodating some family members can be, Thanksgiving my other sister when above and beyond to make sure I would not be CC in her home.
Have a wonderful holiday and plan ahead, don't worry about how they will feel if you don't eat their food, you are the most important one.
I've been growing my own. It's pretty easy and doesn't take up much space in the garden. That way you can use fresh in season which taste much better too.
Been growing my own for years, with a short growing season I dry as many as I can for the winter. I buy some fresh (expensive) during the Winter months if I need them. I also have McCormick in the pantry.
Add another Nerd to the list. Beside eating constantly (cracker, bread, etc) to get rid of the nausea I just kept blowing up like a balloon and might add not feeling any better (duh gluten). I'm 5 weeks gluten-free and have lost 10 pounds. I probably eat more now in the morning then I ever have, feel awesome and have a good outlook. Happy Thanksgiving.
D.H. Birthday today, didn't want to go out and be CC (only 4 wks gluten-free). Veal Marsala w/ mushrooms, mushroom risotto and shallot green beans. Best part was I brought Ice Cream (in lieu of cake) he went to our favorite Thai and brought me Pumpkin Mouse. He even asked to see the ingredients ( it is pre packaged and they just steam bath it so the ingredients label were still on it). What a great day.