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Proud to Bee Gluten-Free!

Proud to Bee Gluten-Free!

It was a beautiful day. The sun shone above and the weather was perfect as 65 plus members of my gluten-free support group, Gluten Intolerance Group of Tri-Valley, marched for gluten-free awareness and pride. There were huge smiles and puffed up chests as we proclaimed our pride in reclaiming our health and well-being by removing gluten from our diet. There isn’t a member in my group that won’t boast about the miraculous difference this diet has made in their life or the life of their child and yet this lifestyle can be challenging at first for the newly diagnosed…thus the...

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Cabbage Three Ways Gluten-Free Part Three

Cabbage Three Ways Gluten-Free Part Three

Cabbage Soup Last but not least is my cabbage soup recipe. Does anyone out there remember the cabbage soup diet? All you had to do is eat cabbage soup all day and you would lose weight. We all thought it had some magical properties about it but what we were doing is just cutting out all processed foods and sugar from our diet which naturally resulted in weight loss. I would eventually pass out and have to be revived with a burger from McDonald’s (this was the 70’s and 80’s, mind you). I am a protein person. If I don’t have adequate protein in my meals, I can get...

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Cabbage Three Ways | Gluten-Free | Part Two

Cabbage Three Ways | Gluten-Free | Part Two

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Above you see my mom’s world famous stuffed cabbage rolls. I converted the family recipe to gluten-free and no artificial flavorings or seasonings. My used to use Accent (MSG) in quite a few of her recipes. A quick note to my VEGAN FRIENDS: Below you will see photos of the ground meat version of this recipe. Hold tight, if you scroll down, I also offer a vegan version of this recipe using beans. Preparing the Cabbage Rolls I decided to use ground lamb for this recipe since I am trying to be more conscious of rotating my meats and using ground turkey, chicken,...

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Gluten Free | Carrot Cake | Dairy Free Cream Cheese

Gluten Free | Carrot Cake | Dairy Free Cream Cheese

Really yummy gluten-free carrot cake!                       The cake started to lean to the side after sitting at room temperature. If you want to do a “layer” type cake as seen here, I suggest you keep the cake refrigerated at all times.  You can also do a sheet cake or cupcakes to avoid this problem. Tofutti brand cream cheese contains soy but would yield a firmer cream cheese frosting that may be less likely to cause the layers to slide. Gluten Free | Carrot Cake   Save Print Ingredients 2 cups Better Batter Multi-Purpose Gluten-free Flour 2 cups organic granulated sugar...

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Here comes Peter Cottontail…

Here comes Peter Cottontail…

Sweets for your little Easter sweetie… One tactic I have taken with Sammy’s Easter basket is to focus on toys, books and movies more than candy.  We are very fortunate although that are now many great companies offering gluten, dairy and dye-free candy options. I have listed some below.  Most of them require online shopping so get your orders in now. Sammy’s dairy-free chocolate Easter bunny from last year. Premium Chocolatiers   I’ve bought this chocolate egg the last couple of years. It dairy and gluten-free. MooFree Original Organic Egg Here is Go Dairy...

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Autism affects you too…not just the 1 in 42 boys diagnosed

Autism affects you too…not just the 1 in 42 boys diagnosed

When I saw this newly released statistic I cried….not only for the children but for the 1 in 42 mothers, who just like me five short years ago, received the news that their child has autism. I remember feeling like I was free falling into a deep black hole.  You can read more about that day here: Sammy and the day of his autism diagnosis.  I knew very little about autism at the time but I knew for sure our lives would never be the same. I now know that what seemed like at the time a devastating turn of events, took us on a journey that would forever change our lives and actually ended...

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