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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Gluten Free Thanksgiving 2009

Originally posted 11/26/09


Now doesn't that look like a blustery day to kick off Christmas? Well, today wasn't like that. Instead it was a perfect sunny day in the 70's.

Last Thanksgiving (2008), we were waiting for an endoscopy to confirm Sugar's celiac dx. We had just gotten the call that her celiac screening was positive...and I knew in my heart it was true.

I remember wondering if we'd ever have a normal holiday meal again. She was officially dx on 12/19.
As a result, our Christmas dinner was...um...lacking.
No stuffing, no dinner rolls, no gravy.

BUT OH WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES!

This morning I made some gluten free cinnamon rolls for breakfast.
(I substituted the flours with Jules Gluten Free and omitted the Xanthan Gum)

We were really on the fence about what to do for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Since Jason just had surgery, it was hard to plan much. Our neighbor, Morningstar, invited us to her house and it really worked out well! It was good for Jason to walk around the block in the fresh air, but, at the same time, we were close enough to pack up dessert and come home when his pain medication wore off. Thanks, Morningstar :)

Ah, but there was still that celiac thing...

And some sneaky turkey gravy (made using Jules Gluten Free GF flour).
And some crockpot apples. (I threw in some fresh cranberries just for fun -- YUMMY!)

Oh, yeah. And some fried rice.

FRIED RICE? Yes, I know. But it's our family tradition.
You see, Jason is 50% Japanese.
When we first got married, I asked Jason what kinds of Thanksgiving dishes
I could make for him that would remind him of his childhood.

Wontons.
Duck.
Noodles.

Ummmm....okay....

"THOSE AREN'T THANKGIVING FOODS!" I said.
To which he replied "Who said? You asked and that's what I grew up with."

Point taken.

And so, my friends, 9 years later....we still have fried rice with our Thanksgiving meal.


(Of course we've had to modify it by using gluten free soy and teriyaki sauce, but it's all good!)

Mr. Rose had a rotator cuff repair (along with a few other shoulder issues taken care of) the day before
 Thanksgiving, 2009

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While I'm happy to share our experiences with what works, and what doesn't work, for the management of Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease in our house, please do not mistake anything you read here for medical advice. Decisions regarding your/your child's health care should be made only with the assistance of your medical care team. Use any information from this blog at your own risk.