Ramona here! I'm so excited to get to post to you all today! First let me start by thanking my AMAZING pests for all their hard work and their awesome posts! They love planning and plotting the next surprise for you all, and I appreciate them so much! I LOVE having them on my team!
Many of you may or may not know that I have Celiac Disease. I was diagnosed in February, but I have 2 children who were diagnosed first. It basically means that our bodies can not process gluten or anything with gluten in it. It's an autoimmune disorder, not an allergy, which comes with all the other fun autoimmune things! For example, before my 10 year old son was diagnosed (at age 9), he began developing an allergy to everything. He was suddenly allergic to every type of nut, to most fruits, several vegetables, etc. It started to get to the point that everytime he ate, he would break out in hives and have to use benedryl. I was so worried about what that would mean for his future. He also had lots of stomach problems and with my 2 year old already diagnosed with celiac, I took Mitchell in to see if he had the same. His test came back borderline, which the doctor said probably meant positive and we should put him on a gluten free diet. We did and within six months, all the allergies went away. He can even eat nuts again, with no problems. But, his body was just in attack mode because of the celiac.
So, this has led us to a life and a diet free of gluten. For those that don't know (because I didn't until I had to) gluten is the thing in wheat that makes it thicken and stick it all together. So, if you've ever made homemade bread and you knead it. It's to activate the gluten that you need to knead it. But, I've also learned that it's in everything, including some baking powders! Seriously, it's amazing! Eating out is a pain, no more Chinese food, because it is in all the sauces, no more Italian food (for obvious reasons) and many other things are affected by cutting out gluten. Before you begin to feel sorry for us, though, I have to say that I don't mind at all! I have found many ways to duplicate things at home and just make them gluten free! I even made pizza a few weeks ago and it was pretty good! More and more companies are taking pity on us Celiac's and releasing more and more gluten free products, so life is good! As we get ready for Thanksgiving next week, there are a few things we'll just skip (like the stuffing) and some thing we will make ourselves, gluten free! This is a simple recipe, but here is how I make gravy, without using wheat!
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I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are leaving town on Tuesday to go visit all of my family in Nevada. I'm very excited to spend the time with them. I won't be on much, because I won't have a computer with me, however, I have prepared a few holiday goodies for all of you and my awesome pests will post them for me, while I'm gone!