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Ideas For (Relatively) Easy Nut And Dairy Free Xmas Baking

10 December 2014 - 06:01 PM

I'm trying to decide what to make for Christmas. I tend not to make a lot because, to be quite honest, I eat it - way too much of it.  I do want to make  afew fun foods for my boys this year. We are gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free.  I use coconut milks and earth's balance in lieu of dairy so I can make substitutions if you have a good idea.


All I have planned so far are brownies, cinnamon buns ( from Notme! http://www.thebaking...or-rolls.html),and some loaves (banana and pumpkin).  My mom is doing gingerbread with my boys (bless her).  Fun cookies or squares that kids would like is what I mostly want.


Thanks  :)

Old Foods You Miss And New Foods You've Discovered

07 December 2014 - 03:26 PM

It is the holidays and my thoughts turn to food!  :P  I've been gluten-free for a couple of years now and the holidays got me thinking about what foods I miss (it isn't many) and what new foods I have discovered.


I miss my Grandmother's sweet dough cinnamon buns the most.  I have experimented in my baking and come fairly close to replicating them but it is not quite the same.  If I think about them I can remember the smell, taste and texture perfectly. MMMmmmm.


I also miss really good beer. I used to enjoy heavy beers like stout.  Green's gluten-free beer is the best gluten-free beer I've had so far, but I miss a micro brewed stout or seasonal beer.


I've discovered more foods than I've lost. Going gluten-free and dairy free forced me to find new foods that my boys would like.


Coconut flour - I love coconut flour. It is heavy but there is so much flavour and nutrition in it.  Coconut milk and cream... and coconut yogurt.  I wish we could grow coconuts up here.


I also use a lot of flax, chia, and hemp in my baking. My desserts are almost nutritious. LOL


My appreciation of eggs also grew.  Best breakfast food around IMHO. Nuts are the centre of one meal a day too.


I've learned how little gluten is actually required in a good meal.  Honestly, I don't miss wheat. I just miss convenience foods when I'm busy or traveling. That's it.


Anyone else?  :)

First Day Of Sledding This Year!

02 December 2014 - 05:01 PM

My boys were invited to a sledding party today.  It was perfect. We had about 8 inches of snow this week and it warmed up to -7C or so, so the kids just needed snowpants, mitts, a toque and a sweatshirt.  Beautiful!


I love going out and playing in snow.  It's just one of those things that an always make me happy.  :)  Plus the kids are young enough that they liked sledding with a mom.  LOL


Just feelin' happy.  Had to share.  :)

Time To Lose

26 October 2014 - 01:54 PM

I'm making myself a weight loss thread.  I need to keep myself accountable and doing it in public may help.  LOL ;)


When I first went gluten-free in June of 2012, I lost some weight.  I was mildly overweight but I carried it pretty well on my 5'8" frame. I think I was around 175-180lbs when I was diagnosed. In the first few months lost a good 15 lbs without even trying, and was a happy size 10-12.  I was eating junk too because I felt a bit deprived - my way of showing myself that I wasn't hard done by.


My weight went up and down by a few pounds over the next year but then I started on some mild steroids and my weight shifted up a tiny bit.  Then at almost 2 years gluten-free my steroid dose increased for a bit and then my doctor stopped one med cold turkey.  My weight went quickly right back up to close to 180. Yuck.


I am also guessing that this weight gain may partially due to my healing.  I think after 2 years gluten-free, my intestines are absorbing more food than before because I really have not increased my food intake that much... I think. LOL


I am weaning off the last steroid and wanting to lose a good 30 lbs.


This week I am getting rid of junk food that I would eat, taking measurements and making my plan.  I think Halloween will be a good day to cut sugar and gluten-free treats from my life. I will  make some changes!


I'll check back in here and record my progress periodically.  Any comments are always welcomed.


Halloween Candy Lists

14 October 2014 - 10:23 AM

An article with some links to list for gluten-free Halloween candy was posted in our Publicity and Publications forum that I thought I'd re-post here in case some of you didn't see it. This is largely second hand info so check the packages to be sure it is safe






These are American lists so my fellow Canadians will have to double check their labels, and be aware that American Smarties listed are the same as our Rockets, and not the wheat containing Nestle Chocolate Smarties that look like colourful M&M's.


I let my boys eat whatever safe candy they wish on Halloween and then they keep 10 candies (I allow the bags with a few items to count as one LOL) and the rest they trade in for a small coveted toy, or they take it to the local dentist who buys it back according to weight.  This way they don't feel bad when they can't eat many of their candies (we have a nut allergy in the house too).