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Happy National Celiac Disease Awareness Day!! September 13, 2013

September 13th is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day!!

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I am so glad that more and more information about Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance is getting out there, because (LISTEN UP PEOPLE!!) this is more common than you think. While it may seem like eating gluten free is a fad (okay, admittedly in some cases it is), there are so many people out there that are in for a lifetime of GF living. If a fad means that more and more companies are opening their eyes and making products that are safe for my family, then I say bring it on!!

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Crazy right? Most people who have Celiac don’t even know they have it. There are hundreds of symptoms, and it’s not always the obvious cause for someone’s issues. That’s why awareness is so important, because one quick little blood test might change someone’s whole quality of life.

So, what is one to do on this day of awareness? Well….

  • You could brush up on your current events. Did you know the FDA just passed a ruling regarding Gluten-Free labeling? I found a webinar happening on the 18th that will go over all the details. Check it out *HERE*
  • If you don’t have Celiac, but know someone who does, maybe today is a good day for a big hug. We Celiacs deal with a lot on a daily basis, but love and kindness is always gluten free. =)
  • You can dole out some information about non-food gluten issues (which I will now do). Many people don’t realize that Celiacs have to be careful about gluten in medications, toothpaste, and even make-up! Thankfully there are places out there trying to take care of us in this area too, like Red Apple Lipstick (my new fav makeup company). I had the privilege of meeting them at the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, and not only are their products AMAZING, (and they got me to wear lipstick. RED lipstick) they are basically the sweetest people ever. Check out all the really interesting information on their page. Even if you are not GF you will probably never buy regular makeup again after reading what’s in it. You can thank me later.
  • You can share your favorite GF food with people who have never tried it before. I will be bringing in a treat for my staff, who always complain that I talk about the GF foods I make, but never bring anything in. Well, perhaps they will like this…….

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Gluten Free Banana Cupcakes with Brown Butter Frosting!!!

I found this recipe on Betty Crocker’s website (This could also be a good thing check out today…Betty has a massive list of amazing GF recipes). I’ve made these cupcakes a few times with great response from everyone that eats them, and I found that The only deviation i make from the recipe is that i use a box and a half of the cake mix. I was immediately draw to this, because we love brown butter around here. If you don’t know how to make brown butter, *this recipe* describes how to do it.

So tell me friends…..What are you going to do for National Celiac Awareness Month?

Lizz

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St Patty’s Revisit March 15, 2012

Since we did so many St Patty’s Day projects last year (and I couldn’t finish my project for today’s post!), I thought I would show you some of those projects again. If you are looking for a fun last minute project, we have lots for you to try!

(just click the photo to see the original post with instructions)

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Make your own St Patrick’s Day shirt using freezer paper

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Make a leprechaun sundae

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Make a leprechaun trap

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Enjoy a St Patrick’s Day muffin tin meal

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I hope you found something you might want to try!

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Make sure to come back tomorrow for a special St Patrick’s Day themed Gluten Free Friday!

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

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For you Pintrest fans out there, if you are loving what you see, click the link below to pin your favorite project(s):

 
Make a Shamrock t-shirt

 Leprechaun Sundae

 Leprechaun Trap

 St Patrick’s Day Muffin Tin Meal

 

Guest Post: Gluten-Free Friday: Apple Cider Fritters October 14, 2011

Filed under: Gluten Free Friday,Guest Posting — Lizz @ 7:00 am
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Hello readers of A Little Bit of This & That! I’m Mara, Lizz’s heterosexual life mate and BFF as well as the writer of the blog What’s for Dinner?. You may have heard of me before, or seen Lizz and my various shenanigans through the course of her blog, including the Twilight party, pizza night, making cupcake bites… the list goes on.

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So, when Lizz put out a call for guest posts, I of course volunteered. Then Lizz said “Hey, why don’t you do Gluten-Free Friday?!” And I was… apprehensive. I very rarely make gluten-free treats. Ok, that’s not completely true. I make gluten-free food all the time, just not for the sole reason of it being gluten-free. I don’t have any sort of gluten intolerance, nor do I toy with cutting out gluten for the sole reason that it’s “trendy.”

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However, as you know, Lizz’s daughter Skylar was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease, and I love being able to help in any way that I can, being the “food nerd” that I am.

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Then, I asked my friend Mindy at work, whose 2-year-old daughter was also just diagnosed with Celiac disease, if there were any treats she’d like me to try to make since she’d get to bring the leftovers home.

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She said “Pie. Or cookies. Or really anything!” So I went with it.

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I couldn’t handle making pie crust on a Thursday night. My rolling pin had touched far too much gluten for me to roll out cookies. So I went the more “anything” route. These are reminiscent of Lizz and my trips to the apple orchard over the years, and really, the sole reason for visiting sometimes!

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First, I made sure to thoroughly clean my mixing bowl, dough hook, cutting surface, knife, and measuring cups as these fritter bites will be actually fed to someone with Celiac.

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I used a mixture of certified gluten-free oat flour and white rice flour to create the base of the batter, as well as some other key ingredients.

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Below you’ll see the step-by-step directions, and please keep in mind these can be altered to suit your kitchen. No mixer? Use a whisk and bowl! Don’t want to fry? Bake the batter in mini muffin tins!

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First, proof 1 packet of yeast in 1 cup of apple cider.

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Then, after it’s foamy, add in 2.5 cups of oat flour and mix well. It will get quite sticky.

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Add 3 eggs (or 1 egg and 2 egg whites, either will work), then mix well. Also add in 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce and 2 Tbsp. of canola oil.

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Then, add in one cup of white rice flour and mix well.

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Next, add 2 Tablespoons white sugar, 1 Tablespoon cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons nutmeg

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Finally, stir in one large chopped apple.

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Allow the batter to rest and rise about 30 minutes, then heat oil to 375*F (or pre-heat the oven to 375*).

Drop by rounded tablespoons into the hot oil and cook about 4 minutes, flipping once.

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Drop the hot fritters into a dish with a mixture of white sugar and cinnamon (I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/8 cup cinnamon) and toss to coat.

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Stack artfully and admire your handiwork.

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Gluten-Free Apple Cider Fritters

Ingredients

Fritters

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 packet instant dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 large apple, chopped
  • oil for frying

Cinnamon-sugar topping

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cinnamon

Directions

First, proof the packet of yeast in the apple cider.

Then, after it’s foamy, add in the oat flour and mix well. It will get quite sticky.

Add the eggs (or 1 egg and 2 egg whites, either will work), then mix well. Also add in the unsweetened applesauce and canola oil.

Then, add in the white rice flour and mix well.

Next, add the white sugar,cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Finally, stir in the apple.

Allow the batter to rest and rise about 30 minutes, then heat oil to 375*F (or pre-heat the oven to 375*).

Drop by rounded tablespoons into the hot oil and cook about 4 minutes, flipping once.

Drop the hot fritters into a dish with a mixture of white sugar and cinnamon (I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/8 cup cinnamon) and toss to coat.

If baking:

Drop the batter into prepared muffin tins and bake at 375*F until done, about 12-15 minutes. When done, brush the tops of the muffins with apple cider, then dip into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

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Enjoy these gluten-free bites of fall!