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About wifeandmomofceliac

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  1. My husband and son were glutened Christmas Eve. The meal had been catered. All the right questions were asked, but apparently not the right answers. My daughter was fine, so that narrowed down the culprit food. We of course have contacted the caterer. My poor little one is only 13 months old, so has no idea why he feels so bad.
  2. My family has always done cornbread stuffing. Now we make cornbread from scratch instead of Jiffy, and it is even better. Make cornbread, add a can of corn (pureed in blender first) for nece texture and flavor to your cornbread mixture. While cornbread cools, chop celery, green peppers, and onions. Crumble the cornbread. Add salt and pepper. Add in equal amounts of veggies (about a half cup each for a 9X12 pan) to crumbled cornbread. Mix well. Press into pan. Pour chicken or turkey broth over top to soak thoroughly. Now either stuff in turkey, or just bake in pan. It will not be dry because of all the broth.
  3. No matter the reasons, it is not BAD to keep your child away from gluten. No one ever got sick from NOT eating gluten. Better safe than sorry, at the very minimum. I also have a baby that does not tolerate gluten. We have not bothered with tests. We ran our own. He ate gluten, he got sick. He does not eat gluten, he is not sick. Okay by me. He is gluten-intolerant. Diagnosis by Mom. (Luckily in my case, confrimed by Dad, and supported by at least some supporting family members). Good luck. Stick to your guns.
  4. Well, Cracker Barrel is certainly not the easiest place, but not the worst, either. Remember, they have breakfast all the time. Think eggs, fruit, grits (double check), bacon, (not the ham, I think). I also think they have a prime rib that may be okay. I am going from memory there. And green beans and corn. Try to focus on the CAN haves, instead of the can nots.
  5. Okay, so I AM the gluten eating spouse. My husband and 2 kids are gluten free. And yes, I occasionally make mistakes. Last week, while making 2 pots of oatmeal (one Irish Oats for the gluten-free crew, and one Quaker for me and third child), I stuck the wrong spoon into the Irish Oats to stir. Oops. I did realize it immediately, though, and refrigerated for the gluten eaters to have the next day. The down side was that I did not have time to make a second pot, so the gluten-free crew got stuck with cold cereal. (Humble apologies, muttered repeatedly). It does, however, make me feel better that my gluten-free husband makes at least as many mistakes as I do. He has gotten better recently. But it took a long time for him to have the fortitude to ask the necessary questions when going out to eat. His attitude was that he was an adult, and the consequences were his to bear. When I pointed out that not only does his family need him to be healthy, but his daughter needs him to set an example to speak up for herself, he made the change. And this really has helped our little girl feel more comfortable about making sure her needs are met. (Our littlest one can't speak up for himself yet, but he'll have a good example when he is older.) Good luck to all. Michelle
  6. My daughter would roll on the floor and scream while holding her belly (age one to almost two) before going gluten free. Her pediatrician (who had been out on his own medical leave that whole time) was told that we had tried the BRAT diet (lots of toast and Cheerios, yikes) over and over during the past 9 months, and just seemed to get worse everytime. "There is something wrong with her! Please help!" So he told me to put her on his "crazy diet" for 3 days and call him back. We did, she showed amazing improvement. He said keep her on the gluten free diet 6 weeks, and bring her back (unless she relapses before then). When we went back, the results of that trial diet were all he needed to say she is gluten-intolerant. That was 6 years ago. She is happy and healthy, now, and through all this we figured out that her dad and brother are also gluten intolerant. We do not know if they have celiac or not. We don't care. All we need to know is that they are healthy as long as they follow the diet. I reiterate the recommendation to try the diet. I like the suggestion that the whole family try it. I have yet to talk to anyone that tried the diet, and did not feel better off gluten. Good luck. Michelle
  7. My son loves the Gerber Wagon Wheels. We have not seen any reaction to them. (But we all know if he manages to snag a single Cheerio at day care!) So, I hope that helps you figure things out. If your son cannot have the wagon wheels, Heinze makes a gluten free rusk (brittish word for teething biscuit) that my son also loves. We quit getting them a little bit ago as he has been able to add so many other things into his diet (due to age, still can't have gluten). Point is, I do not know what grains are in it. I remember it being Tapioca, but I don't know about corn. If you are interested in them, you will have to either find someone who travels to England, or a store that can get foods imported from England, because Heinz will not ship them to you. Good luck.
  8. In my church, the priest is unable to offer a gluten free host. However, there is an extremely low gluten host that is approved by the Pope. It is made by the Benedictine Sisters, and my church orders them for several members of my church. They have a separate ceborium (spelling?) and a disignated station that persons requiring the LG host go to. It is usually the same Eucharistic Minister at that location, and she recognizes my family, but if it is someone else, the person receiving just quietly states that he/she needs the special host. This arrangement has been found to be acceptable in our situation. We also have a very large church, but they really do get to recognize those of us with special requirements. Look at it as a way to get to know others within your church. Michelle
  9. I am afraid that I do not know of a pre-made crust. The good news is that I also am not great in the kitchen, but I have a crust recipe that is easy, and fantastic. I served it at Thanksgiving, and no-one could tell. They actually started hollering when my gluten-free daughter started to take a bite, because they were sure that she was getting a piece of the wrong pie. So, if you have Bette Hagman's The Gluten Free Gourmet Bakes Dessert, it is the Vinegar Pie Crust using Feather Light Flour Mix. But, if you have any of her books with the featherlight flour mix, just substitute that in your former favorite crust recipe. If you need the actual recipe, let me know, and I will get it to you. Michelle
  10. A couple of ideas, here. 1 - Contact a local support group for celiac (if you have one), and people in the group will probably have some feedback. 2 - make a few phone calls. Try to talk to the doctor if you can, to see how familiar he/she is with celiac. 3 - In the Tampa area, I took my daughter to Dr. Michele Weinsett, a pediatric gastrointerologis. She has treated numerous children with Celiac, and we were very please with her professionalism. The child we took to her tested negative, as it turned out (although we did already have one child diagnosed by her pediatrician). Dr. Weinsett's response was encouraging, not condescending (which we have experienced elsewhere). Do not tolerate a doctor that treats you as though you are "nuts". You are a concerned parent trying to help your child. I really hope you are able to find someone that you feel comfortable with close to home. Good luck. Michelle
  11. Check out the thread on Thanksgiving for more detailed info, but apparently Butterball is gluten-free. To re-iterate what others have said, do not use the pre-packed gravy or stuffing mixes, and do not buy a pre-stuffed turkey. Good luck.
  12. To agree with Ellen, get your son tested, or at least see if removing gluten from his diet has an effect. My daughter, though never diagnosed with autism, was "displaying autistic behaviors" from age 1 to 2. At age 2, my genius pediatrician said to get her off gluten. I thought he was nuts, but tried it anyway. We noticed a diference after only 3 days. And within a period of months, she was a whole different kid. This is not to say gluten free will "cure" autism, but it can't hurt it either.
  13. Dessert ideas? Yeah, I have dessert ideas. I do a mean Pumpkin Pie. I follow the standard recipe for filling, substituting cornstarch for flour (its only a bit and has not apparent effect). For the crust, I use a crushed pecan, brown sugar, and butter mixture if there are no nut allergies attending. Otherwise, I use a crushed Gorilla Munch cereal, brown sugar, and butter mixture. Both are excellent. Same crust ideas for coconut pie, and pecan pie. My sister made a pumkin/caramel cheesecake with pecan crust that was great. She is supposed to send me the recipe, which I will be happy to share. She has also made it crustless for occasions with nut allergies. (good, but lacking something, probably would not do again). If you like rice pudding, that is easy to do gluten-free. I recently tried Betted Hagman's Master White Cake. If you like cakes, it is quite good, even to gluten-eaters. I have had such success with gluten-free desserts, that my family has put us in charge of pies for all Thanksgiving gatherings for the past 4 years. I don't mind, because my family really does get it, and will serve an entirely gluten-free meal, complete with cornstarch gravy, and gluten-free dressing (no stuffing of birds in our family anyhow), and even gluten-free green bean casserole. This is all for my hubby and daughter (really for hubby, cause daughter has zero interest in the food, anyhow). Can't tell you how lucky I feel after reading some of the posts here. We do know how you feel though, cause hubby's family is not quite there. We will stop by to visit them after the meal.
  14. I second the recommendation for the Mater White Cake from gluten-free Bakes Dessert. Yummy, and holds up quite well.
  15. My son's first birthday is today, and I wanted a gluten-free cake to serve. I have had great success with Kinnikinnick Chocolate, but no other flavors. I did not want to give my one year old chocolate, so I decided to once again attempt the elusive yummy white cake. I turned to my Bette Hagman's Gluten Free Gourmet Makes Dessert, and tried her basic white cake recipe. WOW! My non-gluten-free daughter says it is the best cake she has ever tasted, and it doesn't even need frosting! I alos thought it tasted wonderful (I also am not gluten-free, except at home). So, I will be serving THAT at his birthday celebration with the whole family and friends over this weekend. Thought I would share, for anyone looking for a good cake idea. Michelle
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