Monday, March 17, 2014

GF Chocolate Chip Cookies

I got a random craving for chocolate chip cookies a couple of days ago.  And I wanted the boys to be able to help me make them, and subsequently enjoy them, of course.  So I searched Pinterest for some GF chocolate chip cookies. I ended up using this recipe from Andersruff.
 
Let's just say, my search for a good GF chocolate chip cookie continues. 
 
Perhaps I did something wrong, but this isn't even close, people. 
 

 
Anyone have a good gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe??
 
Please share!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Gluten Free Pizza

I was bound and determined to feed my family pizza last weekend.  We have pizza (usually in the Digiorno form) almost every weekend, but with the recent celiac disease diagnosis, pizza suddenly became a lot more difficult.
 
I looked at several recipes and ended up going with the following, from The Minimalist Baker:

3 c. gluten free flour blend
(I used 1 cup each of brown rice flour, white
rice flour, and garbanzo flour)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp sugar, divided
1 tbsp. yeast
1 1/4 c. warm water
1 tbsp. olive oil

Preheat oven to 350.  In small bowl, combine yeast and 3/4 c. warm water, at about 110 degrees. After about 5 minutes, sprinkle in 1 tbsp. sugar.



In separate bowl, combine GF flour blend, salt, baking powder, and remaining 2 tbsp. sugar. Whisk until combined.



Make a well in the dry mixture and add the yeast mixture.  Add olive oil and additional 1/2 c. warm water before stirring.  Then stir all together until well combined, using wooden spoon. (I failed to get any pictures of this step in the process - sorry!)

Lightly coat a baking sheet or pizza stone with non-stick spray and plop dough down. 
I'm not sure if the dough was supposed to be as sticky and blob-like as it was, but it was nothing even close to resembling the normal, elasticized pizza dough.




Using your hands and a little rice flour if it's too sticky, work the dough out towards the edge of the pizza pan.  Again, I forgot to take pictures of this step.  But like I mentioned above, the dough was super sticky, so I just kept coating my fingers with rice flour, and pushing the dough towards the edge of the pan.

This made a ton of dough.  I believe the recipe states it makes 1 and 1/2 pizzas.  (What?? Who makes a 1/2 of a pizza?)

Next time, I'm definitely going to divide it in half and make two separate pizzas with thinner crust.

But regardless.  I popped the crust in the oven and let it bake for about a half an hour.  Then I removed it, topped it with the usual, and somewhat boring, pizza sauce, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese, then popped it back into the oven for an additional 15 minutes or so to get the cheese all melty and brown.

This was the result.
 

 
Yep.  It most definitely tasted as delicious as it looks in this picture.  The texture of the crust was a bit different.  I compare it to the Jiffy box cornbread mix: more grainy.  But the flavor was awesome.
 
The crust was very thick.  I never have any trouble making it through two (or more....red face) pieces of pizza.  But I got through half of my second piece and I. Was. Full.  My husband said the same thing.
 
Again - another reason to divide this recipe into two pizzas next time.

 
All four of us ate this right up, and I can't wait to make it again - yummmmm!

 
2 year old stamp of approval = S.C.O.R.E.

 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Coffee.

I posted a few weeks ago on Facebook that the coffee I make out of my Keurig is very "meh."
 
I got several suggestions, and no matter what I do, it still seems to be "meh."
 
I'm going to break down and purchase some of the incredibly overpriced k-cups this weekend (we use a re-useable filter currently) and see if that helps.
 
But in the mean time, I've found the solution to weak coffee out of a Keurig:
 
Get an espresso maker!
 
I picked up a used espresso maker from a friend and my problem of weak coffee has been solved!!
 
I'm so excited to sip delicious coffee on Saturday and Sunday mornings!
 

 
Do you have any tricks for brewing amazing coffee out of your Keurig?
 
Do you have an espresso maker?
 
Any to-die-for coffee recipes you want to send my way??

Thursday, February 27, 2014

March Goals

Holy wow - it's March!  I'm certainly hoping to start seeing the crocuses popping through the frozen ground and seeing spots of green, but I'm told that March is one of the snowiest months over here in western South Dakota, so I'm not holding my breath.  Hmph.
 
But regardless, as usual - it's the start of a new month, which always fills me with feelings of excitement and rejuvenation.  A chance to set and work towards new goals.
 
Here's what I want to work towards this coming month:
 
1) Get taxes done.
Ew.  No explanation needed.  Necessary evil.
 
2) Buy fabric and start/make good progress on a quilt for our bedroom.
I want to decorate our bedroom in orange and gray, and am planning on making a chevron quilt.  Not sure how it will actually turn out, but the quilt in my head is adorable!!!
 
3) Buy glass canisters to hold all of my different gluten free flours, and put cute vinyl labels on them, using my Silhouette Cameo.
 
4) Buy ingredients to make said gluten free flours and start experimenting with gluten free cooking and baking.

And that should be enough to keep me busy in the coming weeks!

What about you? Anything you're working on? What would you like to accomplish this month? How would you like to challenge yourself?
 

Friday, February 21, 2014

We're Moving!

If you're a regular follower here, you've probably noticed my lack of posts lately. 
 
I'm sorry, my good people.  Life has been very busy and hectic.
 
BUT!!!  We are moving from our apartment into a rental house on the other side of Rapid this weekend, and I hope to share it with you, and post lots of little decorating projects that I've got running around in my head.
 
 
 
 
It's nothing fancy, but that doesn't mean we can't turn it into a little place that we love.
 
I'm excited about the house, and excited to share it with you over the next few days, weeks, and months.
 
Happy weekend!

GF 4 the T1D w/CD

Fun title, right?  How many more acronyms can we use when we are speaking of our Jameson?
 
If you weren't able to decode my cryptics, that title would mean "Gluten Free for the Type 1 Diabetic with Celiac Disease."
 
We got a positive result from the biopsy two weeks ago. 
 
I expected it, but it still stung a little bit to get that phone call.
 
But whatcha gonna do, besides move on and learn to adapt?  That's exactly what we did 15 months ago when we got the T1D diagnosis, and it's exactly what we'll do now.
 
There are tons and gobs of gluten free recipes out there, and I've already loaded up my Pinterest board with lots of them!
 
Matt has been in Minneapolis all week, he just got home last night.  We are moving from our apartment into a rental house tonight and tomorrow.  So no gluten-free diet *just* yet.  Too much chaos going on.  This whole process started 6 months ago, and I've had the hunch for almost a year.  A few more days isn't going to be the end of the world. 
 
But next week, once we are mostly settled in the new place, grocery shopping and meal planning is going to take on a whole new meaning.

This is our official before picture, taken on Wednesday evening, and put on my instagram page.  I couldn't help but notice the red rash on his booty, as well as the 7-months-pregnant-looking belly.  I hope both of these things - and the chronic diarrhea and tummy aches - will be a thing of the past here very soon.
 
Hope you all have a great weekend, friends!

 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Jameson's Upper Endoscopy/Sigmoidoscopy

Yeah, I don't fully know what those things mean either.  I just know his intestines were biopsied to test him for celiac disease.
 
Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease have a high correlation to each other, unfortunately.  His labs may come back negative for celiac, and that would be great.  But it doesn't mean he won't get it in the future.
 
But regardless, the tough morning (that turned out to be not that tough) is behind us!
 
As are most procedures requiring general anesthesia, this was a fasted one, meaning Jameson could have nothing to eat or drink after midnight.  That stinks for any young child, but especially a Type 1 Diabetic child. 
 
We recently got a CGM, which I don't think I ever posted about because life simply will. not. stop. for me.  But we did get a CGM which has been an awesome tool when the $80 sensor actually wants to stay attached to his skin, but I suppose that's another post for another day.
 
I was waking up periodically through the night last night keeping an eye on blood sugar, and he was pretty high all night, which isn't uncommon for him.  I gave him some insulin at 4 am, before I left for the gym, and when I got back at 6, he was still in the upper 200's, so I gave him a bit more.  That 2nd dose brought him down to around 135 and holding steady, and I felt good about that.
 
We got to the hospital, he was doing remarkably well for not being allowed anything to eat or drink, and got checked in and in his little hospital gown, and we were waiting for him to be taken back.  Then the good old CGM started vibrating and alarming, signaling that he was dropping at a fast rate.  Grr.  I kept an eye on him, and sat with him, trying to keep him entertained. 


He would not stop sticking his tongue out all morning!


 
 
During a space of about 10 minutes, I could see the hypoglycemia happening.  His expression changed and kind of became far away.  He got really whiny and said, "Momma, I'm whoa (low)." That was the first time he's ever felt the symptoms of a low, so this was very encouraging!


This is the face of low blood sugar, people.  Time for Glucagon.

 
 I checked him 4 times (because I kept getting different numbers), but he ended up being 68, which isn't even terrible, but does require attention.  The anesthesiologist came in to talk with us and I advised him of the situation, and he told me they'd be taking him back within minutes and would put dextrose in his IV.
 
Well, a half an hour later, I was furious.  I found out later than the anesthesiologist had to run up and do an emergency C-section, but it didn't change the lack of urgency I saw happening.  Low blood sugar is serious, people!!!  Any time I'm in a hospital or non-endocrinologist office, I'm amazed at how little people know about Type 1 Diabetes.  When I was administering the glucagon, I heard one nurse say to another, "Her son has low blood sugar, so she's giving him some insulin." *Facepalm*
 
Anyway -- fortunately, he was staying right around that 68 level, (I was checking constantly), but I flagged an RN over and asked him what the plan was, because I was told a 1/2 hour ago that they'd be taking him back within a few minutes.  He re-assured me again that they'd take him right back, but at that point, I mixed up the glucagon and gave him a mini-dose to bring him up a little bit and ensure he wouldn't drop any more. 
 
As luck would have it, they came in to take him to the room right after I gave him the glucagon, but hey - better safe than sorry!  I was allowed to walk with him to the procedure room.  We all stood there staring at the CGM for about 5 minutes (all of the nurses and doctors were fascinated by it), hoping for the blood sugar to keep rising, then the anesthesiologist suggested they just get started and give him a dextrose drip.  So I smooched him, turned on my boot heels, and walked out with a stone face.
 
Then I cried.
 
I cried for a few seconds when they took Hendrix to get tubes in his ears in 2010.  I was good to go with they took Jameson to get tubes in his ears in 2012.
 
But 2014 got the best of me.  I was worried sick about his blood sugar, and couldn't keep my emotions in check, darnit!  I texted my parents and my best friend, and let Matt know what was going on. 
 
Then, as quickly as they'd shooed me out the door, he was back, all knocked out cold on his bed!  The gastroenterologist said they'd gotten several good pictures and took quite a few biopsies, and they'll call me in a week.
 
Jamers didn't wake up right away.  I smooched his face, held his hand, and rubbed his head.  He finally came around, and immediately started pulling at his IV.  He wasn't about it.  So they took it out right away.  I got him sitting up and drinking juice. 

 
Both Hendrix and Jameson just cried and cried when coming off anesthetic when they both got their ear tubes, so I fully expected more of that.  But not a tear was shed!  He was confused and disoriented for about 3 or 4 minutes, then started jabbering away, being his crazy little self!  We were monitored for about 20 minutes, then got dressed and went home.

Looks like he's crying, but he was just trying to talk in his confused state!
 
He was such a rock star today.  Everyone kept commenting on how well-behaved and calm he was through everything.  I couldn't be more proud of him.
 
Now, we wait to see what the results are.  I will not be surprised if he is positive for celiac.  But I will be relieved if he's negative, of course.  At the same time, if he's negative, that leaves us without answers as to why his abdomen is always severely bloated, he has chronic diarrhea, and also chronic stomach cramps. 
 
We shall see.  But for today, we're glad the procedure is over and we move on with life and cross whatever bridge the diagnoses does or doesn't bring us to!
 
Have a good week, everyone!