Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Recipes I Can't Wait to Try....Pumpkin Pie

So for Thanksgiving I tried the pumpkin pie recipe from over in my links... It was wonderful! I couldn't figure out what I was going to do for a crust, then remembered that I had some GF Bisquick, and sure enough, found a recipe for a GF Bisquck pie crust online. The pie turned out delicious! I think the next time I make it, I will try it without a crust at all and see how that turns out! Check out the recipe!

Friday, November 18, 2011

My first gluten free Holiday season...

I was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease about three weeks ago, so this will be my first Holiday season being gluten free...Everyone brings different gluten-FULL dishes for our
get-together, so I've been searching for great GF dressing and gravy recipes, and yummy desserts too. I'm going to attempt some of these jewels and just take them along with me to our family Thanksgiving. I also found this list of holiday tips at

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Muffins in the Morning...

This morning I used King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Muffin Mix to make some yummy muffins! I stirred some blueberries into the batter too. The muffins turned out great! My 4 yr old LOVED them and hubby ate two! I will definitely be making these again, and trying different fruit in them...maybe strawberries next time! YUM :)

Unbelievably Fabulous Fruit Dip

This is a recipe for fruit dip that I have used for years....I was so thrilled when I discovered that the only two ingredients in it were GF! It's so delicious, sometimes I just eat it with a joke :)

As always, double check ingredients for yourself if you're GF :)

1 jar Jet Puffed Marshmallow Cream
1 block Philadelphia Cream Cheese or 1/3 less fat Philadelphia Neufchatel

Put the ingredients in a bowl and combine with a hand mixer. Mix till combined and smooth. Serve with faves ~ strawberries and pineapple!

The original recipe uses the full fat cream cheese. The 1/3 less fat recipe is oh so yummy too though :)

Potato Soup

Over the years my mother-in-law has passed down a few of my hubby's favorite recipes.  This is one she shared with me years ago.  Super simple Potato Soup!

4 potatoes peeled and chopped into small/med pieces
1/2 of an onion diced
celery salt
carrots diced (optional)
salt and pepper
1 stick butter
4 cups milk
Real Bacon Bits
Grated Cheddar cheese

Place potatoes in a large pot with onion and add water till potatoes are just covered.

Add a few dashes of celery salt and then salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes I add carrots too at this point, it's up to you, yummy either way!

Cover pot and bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat until potatoes are very soft and water has cooked away. I usually cook about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, till potatoes are mushy... Watch it carefully, if potatoes cook too long they will stick to the bottom of the pot.

Add  butter and milk and a little more salt and pepper to taste.

Cook uncovered over low. Heat till soup is warm and has thickened to your liking. I also like to add in some bacon bits at this point to give extra flavor!

Top the soup with grated cheddar right before serving.

Going Gluten Free

Three weeks ago, my Dr called with the results of my blood tests....fairly certain that I had "Celiac Sprue" as he called it. Now, I knew what this was only because the chic on "The View" has Celiac Disease...shoot, I even bought her book 5 years ago thinking just maybe I had it too...I cooked one GF meal, and trashed the book...ironic, huh? Even so, after his call, I cried....and cried....and cried...for, oh, about three days... partly out of grief for all the food I thought I would never be able to eat again, and partly out of fear about what could happen if I didn't follow the GF diet. I know, three days of crying....maybe a bit dramatic. But I LOVE good food....I had no idea what I was going to do....I felt LOST!

I began searching the internet for any info and recipes I could find....and it began to seem not quite so scary....By the time the results came back from my follow-up test, I had already accepted it and so here I am, two weeks gluten free...

So I am searching sites, checking ingredients, and learning as I go, one meal at a time....This blog is an attempt to organize all things gluten free...This way, everything will be in one place which will hopefully make learning to be GF a little easier...and if it helps someone else along the way, then that's icing on the gluten free cake :)