Tag Archive | gluten free

Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Cake πŸŽƒ

Here is a super easy recipe for pumpkin spice cake using a box of gf yellow cake mix, a can of pumpkin, 1.5 T pumpkin pie spice, and 1.5 T cinnamon.

Simone mixed the ingredients…

…. And baked it for 30 minutes at 350β€’.

(As with most gf cakes, it’s a heavier, denser cake than none gf)


You can frost it or just serve it with ice cream πŸ˜‹


Cheerios… GF for real? or just really close to being GF?!

As his mother, I can tell when my little Eli has been glutened!

Basically he cries over everything and thinks everything is terrible 😦

(This picture is of him happy of course… I didn’t want to embarrass him by taking a picture of him sad!)

Once I realize that he has eaten something not gluten free… the next question is –


It was exactly what I was thinking about when I saw this while scrolling through Facebook.

What! Seriously! Cheerios aren’t quite safe for the sensitive?


Eli has been so excited to about cheerios being GF… and he’s eaten like 100 bowls…since yesterday!

I have been googling the facts… and since it’s a brand new process and product, there wasn’t a whole lot on it concerning people’s experiences with eating it.



My opinion for MY son:

Cheerios are not gluten-free enough for my son. Β They can pull out all the wheat they can from their oats, but obviously, the damage is done...

*I would love to hear from other’s about their experience with gluten-free cheerios.

* I know, I know… Stay away from packaged food!

I have been so happy with being able to have corn products in our life that we have gone off the deep end!

Time to focus on real food again! 😊

Welcoming corn back into our kitchen

Our youngest son has been on a gluten free and corn free diet for years now…


Although we have tried reintroducing gluten into Eli’s diet


… it occurred to me that we hadn’t tried reintroducing corn/ corn derivatives back into Eli’s diet.

We went slow… Just starting with simple things like salt and citric acid and xanthum gum.

This Trader Joe’s lollipop was Eli’s first piece of candy in FOREVER!

SUCCESS!! There were no reactions!! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

We got braver and tried organic corn chips and food made with corn starch…

But the real deal was when Eli ate corn on the cob!

There were shrieks of joy when he ate popcorn…

Eli happened to have his well doctor’s visit and she was so happy that we had taken the risk and had Eli try corn. Β She also wasn’t surprised that he still can’t eat gluten, she said more and more people are finding that gluten affects their health in one way or another. She also assured us that his gluten sensitivity is not a sign of an underline issue… He’s a healthy “headstrong” 5 year old boy!

Naturally, grocery shopping has become so much fun! Β 

There are SO many options of food to eat! LOL- I feel like a kid in the candy store!!

I even reorganized the kitchen pantry using some new-found vintage Pyrex bowls!

Yes – that is a whole entire shelf devoted to sandwiches!

One of my first blog posts was about trying to love my kitchen despite the frustrations of a restricted diet.


I happily accept that my kitchen is 1/2 gluten free!

I feel like a cook unleashed, a baker unchained… a mother with cooking options!!

Gluten Free Garlic Bread

This is the EASIEST gluten-free/ corn-free garlic bread ever… and the YUMMIEST!!

We got home late last night from a swim meet and the kids were starving!!!!

We stopped at Aldi and bought a cheese pizza for the older three kids but we had to get creative for a pizza-like food for Eli.  

We were out of sauce but I did have a good crust recipe that I made up… So I immediately got to work in the kitchen – and came up with something delicious!!!


Recipe and instructions:


1/2 cup potato or tapioca starch

1/2 cup sorgaum flour

2/3 cup milk

2 eggs

1t sea salt

*mix together and pour into a well greased 11×7 pan.

*bake at 425 for 15 min

While the crust (bread) is baking prepare the oil and garlic mixture.

Grate about 3 cloves of garlic into a bowl.  Mix in 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.

  • Take the baked crust (bread) out of the oven and brush the garlic – oil mixture on it.
  • Grate your favorite cheese on top.
  • Put back into oven for 10 more minutes.

Eat and enjoy!!



I’m not sure if this counts as a mistake or a learning experience.

…by now most of my readers are probably familiar with our diet: gluten-free and corn-derived free. 

We adhere to this strict diet as a family  because foods containing such ingredients affect my youngest son on an emotional level.  He becomes depressed, anxious, and impulsive.

We have been gluten free for 2 1/2 years and corn free for 1 1/2 years.  That’s a really long time in food years… Almost an eternity!

Anyway… My son was doing so well and he was getting older and maturing and acting so well and so happy 😊

So, the temptation was there and it became so great! Perhaps my son was cured of his food allergy or food intolerance or whatever you want to call it…

So, he got a veggie (homegrown lettuce!) sandwich on WHEAT bread. He was so happy… Ecstatic is more like it!  Everything seemed great…

I had visions of making him bread and cake and pizza and leading a typical allergy free life…

Premature thinking…

My poor son was an emotional wreck today.  I’ll keep his transgressions to myself to keep his dignity, but the whole day has been off 😦

And I know it’s my fault!

I gave him a nice long nap this afternoon! 

I’m brewing some dandelion tea (with some lemon for taste) to aid in digestion.
And I’m vowing to keep feeding my little Eli the fresh, organic  fruits, veggies, and beans he deserves!


A gift for the animal lover

Eli is a dog lover!

He wore a puppy outfit that I found at Goodwill for $2 almost everyday for 6 months! He only stopped because he outgrew it!

A friend from church noticed his love of puppies and wanted to make him a special gift…

(This was over a year and a half ago and I still tear up at this picture! It was such a sweet gesture during a hard transition to becoming  gluten free)

She had seen a picture of Eli in his costume on Facebook, so she printed it out along with a homemade label that said PUPPY CHOW.

She glued the label onto an empty glass jar (probably a pickles or jelly jar). Then she added her homemade gluten-free chex-mix “puppy chow”.

He still has the jar and he fills it with treats.

It would be fairly easy for anyone to make this kind of gift!

  1. Find out the child’s favorite animal
  2. Find a cute picture of the child and a picture of the favorite animal 
  3. Try looking through old magazines for animal pictures
  4. Think of a cute name like Puppy Chow or Kitty-Cat Food, or Bunny Treats…
  5. Glue the label and pictures onto the jar.
  6. Secure and waterproof with packing tape 
  7. Hand wash only!!! Do not immerse in water!
  8. Fill with a food the child can have
  9. Make a child happy by giving the gift to them 😊

Homemade Mulberry Jam

Last year, the kids and their dad collected mulberries from the back yard. Β Then… they made mulberry jam!

This year… the kids have free range to make the jam themselves!

First – they collected the berries. Some they picked off the tree but most they just picked off the ground.

Next- they washed them and put them in a small pot to boil.

Andre began smashing the berries with vigor!

The jam simmered for another 20 minutes… And it was done!

… And it tasted delicious!!

Mulberry Jam πŸ‡

I didn’t even bother putting it in a jar because I made some gluten free biscuits to eat it on – and knew it would be gone shortly.

(And I was right)

Gluten Free/Corn Free Recipe

(I tweaked a recipe I had been using Β and the results are fabulous – I foresee more buscuits being made)

1 1/2 C Sorghum Flour

1/3 C Tapioca Starch

1/3 C Coconut oil

2/3 C Milk

1 egg

2 T maple syrup

1t cream of tartar

1/2 t baking soda

1/2 t sea salt

The batter is loose and sticky Β so I used a small cookie dough shaper to make the buscuits.

The finished buscuits:

The kids loved the jam so much that they went outside and picked another bowl of mulberries!