Category Archives: Family Treasures

A Sleepover Tradition

When I think of childhood sleepovers, one thing comes to mind – Fried Pizza Dough. This is a something that my grandma made for my mom when she was a child during her sleepovers, and is a tradition my mom carried on. While it may not be a healthy meal, boy is it good!
I haven’t made this is years. However, since I had left over Bob Red Mill Pizza dough, I just had to try it!

I’ll take you step by step. First round the dough and be sure to poke a small hole.

After, heat vegetable oil in large pan

Place dough in fry pan. Let fry until golden brown. Turn to other side.

Place on paper towel to get rid of excess oil.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy.

This is probably the unhealthiest meal I have made in a long time, yet it was so good. Despite regretting my choice after (I tend to not do well with fried foods, and will probably not make this again for this reason), it brought back many fun memories of sleepover breakfasts, and I am happy I was able to try it again.

Patience is a Virtue

One thing I have learned as I continue on my gluten-free journey is you need to have a lot of patience. Not only with yourself, but your family, and the entire gluten-free process.

First have patience with yourself: After my diagnosis, I was so happy we had finally found a cure for my illness, and was ready to take the steps to restore my health. Like so many others in the community, beginning this journey was a bit of a rocky road for me. Their were a lot of ups and downs and mistakes were made, yet deep in my heart I knew things would get easier. One of my biggest struggles was despite knowing that GF foods would not make me sick, I associated food with horrible stomach aches, and was so afraid of getting sick again. I had such a food fear. This is something that I never thought I would have to deal with. Am I where I want to be no, but am I working on it yes! I have come along way in this entire process, and am so happy for that. I know it is easier said then done, but sometimes I find the best thing to do is to literally take two steps back and look at where I was, and where I am today!

Second be patient with your family: When I first went GF my mom was my biggest supporter. She was always on the look out for new GF products, helped me when we went to restaurants, and always made sure I had something to bring when we had a family function. Though she still is a great support, I am now beginning to find my own voice in the community!

On the other hand, it took my dad and brother a little while to understand, and accept the GF process. In the beginning, I did not think that they took the whole notion of cross contamination seriously (like so many others). This frustrated me a lot, but with time they have really began to understand how important this process is for me, and are even more open to trying GF products! I will be the first to admit, at times I did not handle some situations as well as I could of and got mad and frustrated at them. I have realized the best thing to do in these moments is to take a deep breath; this is a change for the entire family, and takes time for everyone to adjust.

Finally have patience with the process: I have come to realize that there are going to be people that question what I am doing, but in the end being GF makes me feel a hundred times better, and that is all that matters! This is a life changing process, give your self time to adjust, and most importantly have patience with the process. There is a lot to learn, but  YOU CAN DO IT!

Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I did A LOT of baking over Easter weekend, and wanted to share another great recipe with you all. My crunchy chocolate chip cookies are loved by so many. These are my favorite cookies that I made in my pre-gfree days. Now with Jules GF flour it is once again possible to make these cookies! No longer do I have to watch others indulge in a past time favorite.

Candice’s Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies
3 1/2 c. of Jules GF Flour
3 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1c. Earth Balance
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. evaporated cane juice
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. vegetable oil
1 1/2 c. gluten free corn flakes
1 1/2 c gluten-free oats
1 (12 oz) pkg. chocolate chips

Mix flour, soda and salt. Cream butter and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture, alternating with oil, until all is thoroughly mixed. Stir in corn flakes, oatmeal and chips. Chill dough for an hour, or over night.

Preheat oven to 350* drop dough by heaping tbsp, 3 inches apart on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake 12 minutes, until golden. Cool on Rack. Cookies Freeze well.

It’s a 30 minute Gluten-free Meal!

The 30 minute meal was inspired by Rachel Ray, and as a college student who cooks every night is a concept I love! This past week when I was home on spring break my mom made her own 30 minute meal. This meal was so good, and you would of never have guessed it only took her 30 minutes! She made a lemon seasoned flounder, which was amazing and full of flavor. Cooking the fish with the lemon allows for a great blend of flavor! Listed below are the ingredients you need to make this dish.

Lemon Seasoned Flounder
Flounder
1 egg
Flour ( I would recommend Jules or Garbanzo Bean Flour)
Butter (We used Earth Balance)
1 Lemon

Dip flounder in egg, and then coat in flour. Set aside. Thinly slice the lemon. In frying pan, melt a small amount of butter and place flounder and lemon slices in pan to cook. Cook until fish is lightly browned.

Meal is great with vegetables, along side a salad, brown rice or pasta.