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I'm a glass-half-full type of girl. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, grave's disease and celiac disease in 2010 and life-altering allergies in 2013. I believe having a positive attitude is the only way to live with dis-ease. I also believe that life doesn't have to be PERFECT for it to be WONDERFUL. Dis-ease is expensive, so I live a frugal yet healthy lifestyle. This is just my blog; my day-to-day story.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

'Tis the season! I've been baking a lot and experimenting with different gluten free recipes. Good thing my A1c won't get checked for 2 more months :) Last night, I made chocolate truffle brownies, white chicken chili and turkey wild rice loaf. Tonight, I'm in the process of baking Mexican Wedding Cakes. That's the picture you see, fresh out the oven. I'd show you a picture of the brownies, but, um, well...

It sure would be nice to have someone to share all my holiday food with. Not sure why God blessed me with mad cooking skills but no hubby. You want to come over for dinner??? Cooking for one is not much fun. My co-workers will get to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I love cooking, so the extras just go into the freezer.

Learning to cook gluten free has been both fun and challenging. Things bake differently, and sometimes taste differently (texture-wise). But I have begun to suspect that God gave me this particular illness (Celiac Disease)to serve as help and inspiration to others. I can't tell you how many people at the food co-op I've approached when I realized they were buying all gluten free foods. I've met so many newly-diagnosed celiacs that need encouragement, and I've made new friends. One even had a daughter that was just like me- a T1 and a Celiac.

There's a certain comraderie that comes with finding another T1 or another Celiac, and an even stronger bond if they have both. It's like an unspoken fist-bump when you see someone wearing a pump and they see yours, too. Or you see a gluten free frozen pizza in someone's cart, and know no one else would be paying $10 for a personal pan sized pizza unless they had no other choice. It makes me feel happy to develop these bonds with others, even if they are strangers I'll never see again.

This is a time of year when you can feel really lonely, for many reasons, but this year I don't. I feel encouraged, empowered, and hopeful.


  1. I'll come over!!!!
    seriously, Yesterday I tried to make my famous biscotti but gluten free and it was a complete and utter failure. I had to re-make it with regular flour which means everybody else gets to enjoy it but me.
    Learning to bake GF sucks!

  2. Baking gluten free can really suck, but there are a few flour blends that tend to work really well (Bob's Red Mill & Kinnikinick all purpose) though it is really a trial and error thing, which does mean more waste unfortunately till you figure it out. Some people also opt to make their own GF flour blends (check out this link from my blog www.glutenfreeedmonton.com) http://www.glutenfreeedmonton.com/2011/01/gluten-free-flour-options-celiac.html

  3. This is awesome!!! Knowing you makes me more aware of GF stuff and inspired to try things now and then. Without celiac, I don't see myself going 100% GF ever, but I am willing and interested in trying it out. (I really hope that doesn't sound insensitive - I don't mean it that way; I mean I want to learn!)

  4. You're so amazing! And you know, I'd be happy to come over and share your cooking with you! I'd love to see how you create these wonderful things and learn all about it! Love you!

  5. What a great post, and thank you so much for sharing this. You're absolutely right, about the camaraderie that exists in these communities of ours. I want to offer a pump-bump just knowing you're on the other side of the laptop. We'd love to share in your kitchen creations, but will have to indulge through the online world! Hope everyone enjoys.