Thanks again to all my readers for visiting my corner of the world. I didn’t write as much in 2013, but I still had popular posts. Wondering which ones were read the most? Think you missed one? Here are my top 5: Continue reading
Over the summer I had the chance to taste test Enjoy Life Foods’ new Decadent Soft Baked Bars. These bars are a step above Enjoy Life’s other bars–they have a drizzle of frosting on top. My boys and I enjoyed the bars…a lot. Continue reading
I have some good news for you–this pudding is yummy and it’s easy to turn the original recipe into a GFCF delight. The bad news is, it’s easy to make into a GFCF delight! You will want to make this often. Continue reading
Many special needs families don’t get to church.
Some can’t make it–their child just can’t leave the house or handle being at church. For others, they tried, and it didn’t work. What makes me really sad is that there are many families who have been ostracized from their church due to outspoken actions and attitudes or subtle hints that they’re not welcome.
My church is not one of those churches. Over the last year I have watched how they reach out to the five families with kids on the autism spectrum. I excitedly ponder the potential as we grow and expand our ministries.
This summer was Community Bible Church’s first-ever Vacation Bible School (VBS). Prior to this, they did not have their own facility to host such an event. I didn’t volunteer to work during the week because I didn’t know what my husband’s schedule would be. I did get there four out of the five days, and it was very exciting. I watched through the eyes of a special needs mom, and this is what I saw that my church did right…. Continue reading
Just because you’re on a gluten-free diet doesn’t mean you can’t use recipes that call for bread crumbs. I have come up with various alternatives. It’s fun to mix-and-match them. Experiment and see which flavors you like with various meats. I’ve used these with pork, chicken, fish, and in meatloaf. When you are using this as breading, add in some Mrs. Dash or other spices to add flavor.
Choose from the following, depending on your family’s tolerance:
- Rice Chex
- Corn Chex
- Gluten-free pretzels
- Glutino gluten-free bagel chips
- Enjoy Life Plentils
- Potato Chips
- and of course, gluten-free toasted bread crumbled
The therapeutic part is smashing them all up in a freezer bag to make them crumb size (A regular baggie will not be strong enough to withstand the smashing.). You can even get your kids in on the action! If you have folks that are sensitive to texture, you may have to skip the smashing and put these things in a food processor for a finer crumb.
I’m sure there are other ideas out there. What do YOU use for gluten-free bread crumbs? Leave an idea in the comments below!
Today I have another fantastic resource for you from Future Horizons! Lisa Lewis, Ph.D., has written some insightful materials about the effects of diet on children with ADHD, autism, celiac, food allergies, etc. Future Horizons has put two of her popular books into one volume–Special Diets for Special Kids: Volumes 1&2.
Here’s what I love about this book: Continue reading
I have a confession. I miss Cheetos. Yes, I know they have no nutritional value. Yes, I know they’re not good for me. I still miss them from time to time. That, and Bavarian cream donuts with chocolate frosting.
But I digress.
Once on Twitter I made a comment that I missed Cheetos, that I wanted a crunchy cheesy snack. Enjoy Life Foods’ Chief Marketing Officer Joel replied, “Just wait, we’re working on something new.”
Oh, the suspense!
Then I got The Email…”Would you like to test these for us?” Are you kidding? Of course!
When the Enjoy Life Foods box arrived (which Dr. J has been able to identify and read for over a year), I opened it in the leasing office where I picked it up. I thought, why not have a taste test with folks who don’t HAVE to eat gluten free (or some other special diet). Enjoy Life Foods sent me one bag of each of the four flavors–Light Sea Salt, Garlic & Parmesan, Margherita Pizza, and Dill & Sour Cream. Three non-food allergy adults tried them, and they all liked them! Margherita Pizza and Garlic & Parmesan were the winners of that taste test.
Do you know what I love about Enjoy Life Foods besides the fact that they ask me to taste test for them? I love that they listen to their customers. I’ve left notes on their Facebook wall, and they reply! I’ve had conversations on Twitter with their Chief Marketing Officer (yes, he’s working on getting Meijer to carry my favorite product!). I’d say that’s good customer service.
But, enough of that. You want to know what we tested! Continue reading
The wonderful folks at Enjoy Life Foods sent me another great product to test: Not Nuts Seed & Fruit Mixes. If you are not familiar with Enjoy Life Foods, their products are free of the eight top allergens, which is awesome for those of us whose kiddos are super sensitive to some of those allergens!
When I opened the package, I wasn’t sure I’d get my super picky Aspie to try the mix–too many new things at once, especially things that look a lot like things he doesn’t like. However, he does enjoy testing products, and, drum roll please, the Mountain Mambo mix has Enjoy Life Foods’ mini chocolate chips in it! So, we started with that, and I managed to get Dr. J to try it. That was all for him (he’s been anti-raisins for a while now, so any dried fruit is out of the question!). HOWEVER… Continue reading
Thanks to Jan May for submitting this recipe! You could easily make this GFCF. Here are her notes:
Here is a yummy creamy chicken and broccoli soup with tarragon recipe that is comforting and filling! It was passed down from my mother-in-law who was in the catering business. I make it for my family and we all love it! You can switch out the vegetables or add different ones as you like. Portobello mushrooms are incredible with this! Sautee them first in butter before you add them.