Gluten Free Pillsbury Funfetti – Cream Cheese Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting!

When you get diagnosed with celiac disease or find that you have other gluten intolerances, one of the first thing that goes out the window is the fun of ready made cake mixes suitable for children’s parties.  Like Pillsbury Funfettis.  You lose the ability to quickly run to the store, grab a box, and put together something moist, juicy, decadent simply.  That isn’t to say that you can’t do those things… it’s merely to say that doing so gets harder.

When you bake gluten free, you worry about the texture.  Is it going to fall apart when I bake it?  Is it going to make it more than 2 hours without getting hard?  Is it going to be like eating cotton balls?  And most of the time, you can count on it not making it to the next day (my Apple Cake makes it several days…). 

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Gluten Free Apple Cake

Confession:  I had never had apple cake before.  My husband, being the import from Germany, has plenty of memories of his mother and grandmothers making Apple cake.  We were channel surfing and saw this gluten recipe go by and he immediately decided he had to have it.  We’ve been baking gluten free for a little while so it didn’t take much to see that there wasn’t a ton of substitutions needed for this recipe.  We love using Schar’s Universal Mix It flour blend.  It comes out perfectly and keeps getting better every day!  We’re still eating a piece a day three days later!  A gluten free feat to keep so well, I think.  Here’s what he did to make a yummy gluten free apple cake.

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Change and the Interference of Choice

I wish I could describe change like a babbling brook.  Water flows gently, quietly, relaxingly down the water bed and disrupts the whole environment around it.  The rocks cannot hold on, the fish continue to swim, and all the creatures around the water come there for a drink.  It is nature; it is natural.  It is the change that keeps the ground renewed.

Change in our own lives, however, is not particularly gentle, quiet, or relaxing.  The subtle disruptions of the water do not extend to our own lives and we are often left with a large feeling of disruption, of chaos.  Why is this?

Enter choice.  Unlike the river of water that has no choice other than to be what it is – we’ve been given this beautiful yet fundamentally frustrating option to be whatever we want to be.  To choose whatever we want to choose.  Choice.

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Gluten free Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Pie style

I have a confession.  I’ve never made cheesecake before.  Not once.  In fact, last week was the first time I had even ever made a Key Lime Pie (and that actually came out pretty tasty).  But when I found this recipe for lemon blueberry cheesecake bars on Only Taste Matters… I got excited.  I got excited but I’m also pregnant…

So as I started on her recipe, I went on autopilot.  I started building myself a pie crust using my Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Graham Cracker Crumbs.  In a pie pan.  Her recipe is for beautiful yummy bars.  Well, then it was too late and I had to adapt. 

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Gluten Free Fad – Is it Hurting or Helping?

Walk into most grocery stores these days and you will find a whole (albeit small) section dedicated to “Gluten Free Foods.”  Not only this – but you will also find gluten free foods still scattered throughout the store.  Maybe strategically done by the grocer so you’ll buy more.

You’ll find cookies, and flours, and breads, and brownie mixes.  You’ll find cereal, cereal bars, and sweets galore.  Forget the fruits and vegetables.  You have your own aisle dedicated to replacing all the things you haven’t been able to eat on this new celiac buzz.

A research paper done by Lee, Ng, Zivin & Green reviewed the costs and variety of gluten free products available in several types of grocery stores and noted that (what we all know) gluten free products were twice as expensive as other wheat-filled products and was impacted by type of venue.

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Quick, easy, and tasty! Gluten Free Raspberry Coconut Macaroons.

Here’s a quick, easy, light summer recipe with lots of flavor!  I was surprised how well this one turned out —  My husband doesn’t love coconut and certainly won’t normally take a macaroon and even he was sneaking them from the kitchen counter on me. These are also easy to get creative with – add some lemon, add chocolate, add/take away other flavors pretty safely.  These stayed soft for us for several days – but be sure to bag them or put them in a container!  Gluten free products don’t keep in the air quite the same way as their gluten filled counterparts.

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This is your Brain. This is your Brain on Gluten.

We don’t fully understand the immune system.  We recognize, realize, and know that it is a defensive system; it sees a threat and attacks.  It senses a virus and alarms sound, “Intruder! Intruder!”

It raises body temperature to make the environment unlivable for viruses and bacteria.  It releases histamine, fighter cells, white blood cells and so many others in effort to regulate the body system and maintain homeostasis.

What happens when the immune system stops seeing invaders and begins to see itself as the invader?  This is the simplified version of what happens in the celiac.  Gluten comes in, spurs a response, immune cells go crazy and attack the person with celiac rather than the gluten.  The average person consumes 10 to 50 grams of gluten per day.  The FDA label guidelines for gluten free products is a gluten allowance of less than 20 ppm.  A celiac reacts to less than 20 ppm – what is happening in the undiagnosed celiac?

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Raspberry Lemon Morning Yogurt Muffins – Gluten free, of course!

I am always looking for an excuse to bake something.  My husband will eat one or two pieces or items at most and I’ll balloon up too fast if I eat a whole batch.  This recipe was simple, quick, tasty, and enough that I can save a few and send him to work with the rest.  I also think these make perfect breakfast muffins and can be heated up in the morning for 15-20 seconds to get a nice soft out of them.  Hope you enjoy!

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IT’S A GIRL!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled celiac related posts… for an announcement:

IT’S A GIRL!

If you’ve been reading any of the other posts, the Baby part of Two Celiacs & A Baby has been a he/she or it combination. We had decided from the beginning that we wanted to know the sex and yesterday, we had the ultrasound…

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