Am I crazy? Not a chance. It’s the gluten.

I read a story today online about a young  girl who experienced similar problems to what Mr. O did before we started this gluten free journey. My heart went out to that poor child, her Mom and the rest of her family who lived in their own little gluten “hell”. I can tell you first hand that it’s not a place you ever want to experience. Especially with a child. We did and no matter how trying or difficult our gluten free life can be, we are not going back there. Ever. Period.

Oliver was the most precious baby. He had beautiful, big brown eyes. I remember him looking up at me right after he was born and I was smitten. He was gorgeous. We were so happy to have this healthy, amazing baby after waiting so long. I was instantly in love. But being in love doesn’t change the fact that Mr. O’s life was full of trying moments from the get go. He was a crier. He cried a lot. No, I mean A LOT. I remember sitting up for hours and hours at night with him, rocking in a chair and pacing the floor. Continue reading “Am I crazy? Not a chance. It’s the gluten.”

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Gluten Free, Dairy Free Waffles

Easter is just around the corner … literally. I think I woke up this morning and had to give my head a shake. I looked outside to see the snow falling down like crazy. Snow? Easter? Yeah, they don’t exactly go hand in hand. My little Miss C had the best line of all. Leaving Grandma’s house she was shouting “Merry Christmas! Happy Easter!” The things that kids say and think of is so funny. I am hoping that the snow stops soon … goodness it’s the middle of April! But, either way, Spring will come sooner or later, but it looks like it will be later! Oh well, such is life, right?

When I think of Easter … I think food. Well, and family. But, mostly food. When we first went on this gluten free journey, holidays such as Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving just seemed scary. And, to be honest, not appealing. Since Mr. O was the first one trudging down the gluten free path, I didn’t ever want him to feel left out. Even though he was only 2 1/2 years old I made a promise to myself that he would never feel excluded from anything. Isn’t that what every mother wants? To watch their children grow up and just enjoy life. I never wanted him to feel different from other kids. Continue reading “Gluten Free, Dairy Free Waffles”

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Mouth-Watering Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ah, quinoa. I have to admit, I used to be a hater, but now I’m a lover. I guess I just never gave the poor quinoa a chance before. Quinoa is a great option for people who have celiac disease or gluten intolerance. It’s delicious as a side, in a salad or in your baking. What I love about quinoa is how good it is for you. There are so many reasons why it’s so good for you, but the biggest factor for me is the protein content. Quinoa has been called a superfood and I would have to agree. I have grown to love quinoa any way it’s prepared. Mr. O isn’t so fussy about eating it, but when I use it in pancakes and cookies, he doesn’t know the difference. I love that I can sneak it to him and he doesn’t even know that he’s eating it. Oh, the power of a Mom. Miss C on the other hand is like me. She could eat it by the cup, cooked and topped with a dollop of Earth Balance Soy Free Spread. Of my two kids, Miss C by far is the more easy going child and the one that would just about eat anything that I put in front of her. Sometimes it takes a bit of convincing, but not usually. Mr. O, on the other hand, is pretty strong willed and opinionated when it comes to food. Continue reading “Mouth-Watering Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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Jenny’s GF/CF Butternut Squash Soup

Where does the time go? It seems as if I don’t have enough time these days to get everything done I want to in a 24 hour period! Seriously, I just need a few extra hours each day! I’ve heard that it just gets busier as your kids grow. I can’t wait!

Miss C is recovering beautifully from her recent tonsillectomy. Although, now she’s got a bit of a head cold, but I’m sure that this will pass quickly. She is sleeping so well at night and is eating everything that I put in front of her. It will be interesting to see if she grows a lot now that her tonsils are out. She did have a lot of trouble right after the surgery. She’d be up in the middle of the night for hours and hours. Just awake. Not in pain. Not complaining about anything. Just awake. It brought back so many memories from when she was little and I used to have to sit in the rocking chair with her all night long. She just was awake. Wide awake! I always found that bizarre and I was just too exhausted to be able to pinpoint it to any one thing in her diet. Continue reading “Jenny’s GF/CF Butternut Squash Soup”

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