Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

So have you heard the news yet?

General Mills will be debuting Gluten-Free Bisquick (and a few other items 😉 ) at the Celiac Disease Foundation’s Annual Education Conference and Food Faire in Los Angeles, on May 15, 2010!

I am still speechless (shocking, eh? Don’t worry, it won’t last for long. 😀 ) that this is actually happening so I will direct you over to Anne Steib’s article on Celiac-Disease.com so you can read it in more detail.  Anne is another one of my favorite bloggers, check her out at Gluten-Free Musings, I love her honesty, her spirit and her courage, and I think you will too.

The famous yellow box. I wonder what the gluten-free package will look like??

I grew up on Bisquick.

Bisquick Pancakes, Bisquick Biscuits, Bisquick Strawberry Shortcakes, Bisquick Impossible Pie Casseroles; you name it, my mom made it.  It was one of the products I missed most after my diagnosis 5 years ago (my 5 year diagnosis anniversary is actually this Thursday, April 29, 2010…woo-hoo! 😉 ), as that neon yellow box was an integral part of growing up for me.

Being diagnosed with celiac disease at age 31 meant I would never again eat the foods of my past… mainly, my mom’s “home cooking.”  That actually had a lot to do with my 3 years of “cheating,” before I finally sought help to come to terms with my diagnosis; but I will save that for my “About Me” page I will finally have up next month (it’s been difficult to write because I have evolved so much over the past 10 months that I have been blogging. What I write today, may not be entirely accurate tomorrow!).

I have long since moved beyond the “need” for food nostalgia (note that I didn’t say “want”), but the very idea that the day has come where Bisquick will again be an option (albeit, a GF option), almost moves me to tears.

That being said, I have made many homemade gluten-free versions of Bisquick over the years but the product that I think has come closest, at least in my memory, is Better Batter’s Gluten-Free Pancake and Baking Mix (I hadn’t been to the Better Batter website in a while, since I buy it in bulk (and am well stocked)… have you seen their new site? Very cool Naomi, I love it!!).

I have been using the Better Batter GF Pancake and Baking Mix for a few months now in those old Bisquick recipes from my youth.  One of my all-time favorite Bisquick recipes is the Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake, and the following is the original recipe that my mom always used to make, with my tweaks in red.

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Streusel Topping

1/3 cup Original Bisquick Mix (I used the Better Batter GF Pancake and Baking Mix)

1/3 cup packed Brown Sugar

1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

2 Tbs. firm Butter or Margarine (I used 1 Tbs. Earth Balance)

Coffee Cake

2 cups Bisquick Mix (again, I used the Better Batter GF Pancake and Baking Mix)

2/3 cup Milk or Water (I used Skim Milk)

2 Tbs. Sugar

1 Egg

  • Heat oven to 375° F.
  • Grease 9-inch round pan.
  • In a small bowl, stir streusel ingredients until crumbly, set aside.
  • In a medium Bowl, mix coffee cake ingredients until blended.
  • Spread in Pan then sprinkle with streusel topping.
  • Bake 18 – 22 minutes or until golden brown.

I can imagine my mom enjoying this with me, in another life perhaps. 😉

I’ve also decided to launch a new campaign…

My all-time favorite cereal (I am not sure that anyone will even remember this cereal from the 70’s/early 80’s), was actually a cereal made by General Mills, called “Buc-Wheats.”

Now that the 1980’s seemed to have regurgitated all over the department stores and General Mills is a gluten-free super hero… maybe, just maybe, a reincarnated “Buc-Wheats” (that is gluten-free, of course… hey, I am not launching a cereal campaign that I cannot benefit from!).  Just replace the wheat with something else (corn or rice will work fine), replace the malt flavoring with molasses and manufacture in one of their dedicated facilities and we will be good to go! 😀

Oh Lordy Pete…I love those old commercials! 🙂

Two quick things I want mention; if you haven’t heard about the “30 Days to a Food Revolution” being hosted by Diane over at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang, it began today with a great post by Shirley Braden of GFE – Gluten Free Easily. Check it out and get involved for a chance to win some great prizes and learn some healthy new recipes! You can also “Like” The W.H.O.L.E. Gang on Facebook (is it just me or does that not roll as well as “become a fan?” 😀

Also, there is something really cool about to start… The Gluten-Free Challenge. If you have a friend or loved one with Gluten Sensitive Enteropathy (GSE), why not spend a couple of days walking in their shoes?

I did an EE (Eosinophillic Espophagitis) challenge a few years ago in support of one of Sam’s old playmates who had the disease. I ate nothing but chicken, sweet potatoes and grapes for an entire weekend. It was such an enlightening experience for me to better understand what someone else has to go through each and every day for the rest of their lives… 2 days was nothing in comparison. It really changed my life in the sense that it brought me greater awareness of the challenges other people face and instilled a level of compassion I had never known before. I am now thoughtful about making sure all children that come into my home for a birthday party, play date, etc. are made to feel like a regular kid by being able to eat what everyone else is eating. This is how I really became aware that young kids don’t care about the food itself… they really just want to play and eat what their friends are eating, Sam ate raw sweet potatoes sticks (to mimic carrot sticks) for years, just because his little friend did! 🙂

I am working hard at getting Sam to understand that he is different, but you know what? We all are, and that is what makes life interesting and fun. There are times though, when it feels good to sit at the table with our loved ones and be able to fully enjoy a celebratory meal (like the holidays) without having to watch with an eagle eye for a rogue bread crumb that may land on your plate. When I sit down with my parents, sisters and their families for a meal, I am not fully engaged in them because I can’t be while I am watching to make sure my son and I stay safe.

Of the roughly 1,095 meals a year we all consume, would 6 gluten-free meals be that big of a sacrifice? You might just find a few great new recipes that are naturally gluten-free to add to your mealtime! 🙂

I want to leave you with an excerpt from the Gluten-Free Challenge website that I think sums it quite perfectly:

Why have a Gluten-Free Challenge?

Living gluten-free can feel isolating, but it shouldn’t. We believe that if we invite our gluten-consuming friends and family to join us at the table, we can all enjoy a delicious meal together. Our goal is not to change everyone to a gluten-free diet, but to simply show our gluten-consuming friends and family that they can enjoy our food with us. We believe that everyone who to takes this challenge for their gluten-free loved one, will find that eating together is more enjoyable, easier and less stressful.

Box Tops for Education $25 Grocery Card Giveaway Winner

I used a Random Number Generator to pick the winner of the $25.00 Grocery Gift Card to use at any of the Kroger Family of Stores, courtesy of General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

And the winner is…

Carla Pullum!

Congratulations Carla! 😀 I will email you to get your shipping information.

Thank you to everyone for participating in this giveaway! It was nice to find out that I was not alone in not knowing much about the awesome Box Tops for Education Program! For those of you that already participate in the program, you ROCK! It is people like you that truly make a difference. 🙂

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a 12-pack of individually wrapped brownies from Crave Bakery, they are delicious!

Box Tops for Education and $25 Grocery Gift Card Giveaway!

Up until yesterday I did not know much about the Box Tops for Education Program offered by General Mills. I was diagnosed with celiac disease when my oldest son was only 1, then he was diagnosed with CD right after he turned 5… almost a year before entering kindergarten, so I never had the chance to get acquainted with the program, let alone participate by buying the products that support the Box Tops for Education Program.

Then came the big gluten-free “game changer,” when General Mills made the decision to reformulate some of their products to be gluten-free, like most Chex cereals (R.I.P. Strawberry Chex), as well as introducing the Betty Crocker line of Gluten Free Dessert Mixes. I had noticed the Box Tops for Education coupon on the gluten-free products I had begun to buy, but I had no idea what to do with them!

Then came along this giveaway, courtesy of General Mills through My Blog Spark; and after checking it out further, I now know how the program works and have been amazed by all the brands that participate!

It is actually a really cool program, click here to go to the Box Tops for Education FAQ page to learn the details. You basically clip the Box Tops For Education coupon off of eligible products and send them to your school’s Box Tops For Education Coordinator. Don’t have a school aged child? What about grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends or even supporting a school in a low income area where you live? You can enlist friends and family members to sign up online to support your school. It doesn’t matter where they live, anyone can support any school that participates in the Box Tops program. If you are already buying some of these products anyway, why not put in a little added effort to help support eduction? 😉

There are also many non-food items that are in the Box Tops for Education program, like Kleenex, Ziploc storage bags and containers, Hefty waste bags and disposable tableware (like Zoo Pals!), and (this is what kills me, because I have been up to my ears in diapers for the past 6 years, and I just wish I had started saving a long time ago!!) Huggies line of diapers, wipes and Pull-Ups training pants! Click here for a complete list of eligible products.

Do you have a “Family Game Night” in your house? We do, and I just read that certain HASBRO games can earn Bonus Box Top points. I just bought Sam the Sorry Sliders game and it qualifies for “Bonus” points. Click here for a list of participating games.

You can also visit the Marketplace section of the Box Tops for Education website for special deals, discounts and current promotions to earn even more Box Top points!

Not all food items that are eligible for the program are gluten-free. You can visit LiveGlutenFreely.com to see all of the food products from General Mills that are gluten-free. By the way, General Mills has added more gluten-free products to their list and there are now over 250 of them!! 😀

It’s hard to believe that the simple act of clipping coupons has raised over $300 million for our kids’ schools. Now you can earn even more money for the school of your choice because from now through March 18th, the Kroger Family of Stores is giving you the chance to get even MORE Bonus Box Tops!

All you have to do is register at www.RewardYourSchool.com and select the personalized offers that you would like to receive. Once you register, you will automatically receive 5 Bonus Box Tops just for signing up! You will also receive custom offers for bonus box tops for purchasing participating General Mills Products. The offers you select will then load onto your Kroger Shopper Card to be redeemed once you purchase the items. The great part is there´s no clipping! The Bonus Box Tops will automatically go straight to your chosen school. Just remember to scan your card when purchasing the participating items.

Here are the details of the offer:

  • Get 3, 4, or 5 Bonus Box Tops when you buy the corresponding amount of participating General Mills Cereals:
    • Participating cereals include Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs, Cookie Crisp Sprinkles, Trix, Reese´s Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Golden Grahams, Kix, Fruity Cheerios, Dora the Explorer, Honey Kix, and all varieties of Cascadian Farm.
  • Get 3, 4, or 5 Bonus Box Tops when you buy the corresponding amount of participating Yoplait Kid products:
    • Participating products include Yoplait Kids Yogurt Drink, Yoplait Go-GURT, Yoplait Kids Lowfat Yogurt, and Yoplait Trix Lowfat Yogurt.
  • Get 3, 4, or 5 Bonus Box Tops when you buy the corresponding amount of participating Pillsbury products:
    • Participating products include 8 ct. packages of all varieties of Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits, Pillsbury Grands! Cinnamon Rolls, Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls, Pillsbury Flaky Twists, and Pillsbury Sweet Rolls.

JUST REMEMBER, if you are buying for someone on the gluten-free diet, be sure to check each product’s gluten-free status first! Just because I have posted this on my gluten-free blog, does not mean all of the products listed above are gluten-free!! And just in case you are wondering if Pillsbury has suddenly started making gluten-free “pastries in a can”… NO they have not! 😉

After March 18th the Bonus Box Tops program at the Kroger Family of Stores will expire, so act quickly to take advantage of this offer.

General Mills, through MyBlogSpark, has provided me with a $25 gift card for use at any of the Kroger Family of Stores (for my fellow Albuquerqueans: Smith’s is a Kroger store) to giveaway to one of my readers. What a great way to get a jump start on collecting bonus box tops!

To enter this giveaway for a $25 grocery gift card, just leave a reply to this post, answering one of the following questions:

Have you participated in the Box Tops for Education program for your child’s school? If so, how has your child’s school benefited from the program?

OR

If you are like me and were unaware of exactly how the program worked or didn’t know of all the different products/brands that participate in the program, is this something you could find yourself getting involved in (even if you do not have a school-aged child)?

I will pick the winner using a Random Number Generator on Friday, February, 19, 2010.

Good Luck! 🙂


Gluten-Free Lunch Box Finds

I was very excited to find a couple of things while at Costco the other day. Last summer, I found some Fruit Roll-Ups called Simply Fruit at Target, and bought a box. I was bummed when I went back for more and could not find them… anywhere! I was starting to think I had imagined the whole thing because I could not even find them online!

Well, as I was approaching the checkout line at Costco, I looked up and there they were!

No artificial colors!! Yea! 🙂

For a complete list of General Mills Gluten-Free products (OVER 200!!), click here.

By the way, Kim over at Gluten-Free Is Life made a post of a Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Dessert Mix sale going on at Amazon.com. Click here to check out Kim’s post. The sale prices are valid until February, 28, 2010. I am going to stock up because I start my next cake decorating class this week!!

Speaking of Kim and her blog, Gluten-Free is Life, you really should subscribe to her blog. Kim is my go-to source for a lot of gluten-free product and restaurant reviews. I do not do near the volume of reviews that Kim does since my blog is mostly recipe based. Kim also writes the gluten-free column for the Columbus (Ohio) version of the Examiner. Kim also now writes for Celiac-Disease.com! And I thought I was busy… 😀

Getting back on track…

I also found some cute little pepperoni’s!

Okay, it is not exactly a “healthy” food choice… so we will be using it as a once a week treat, rather than an everyday staple! 😉 The Hormel Pepperoni Mini’s come in a 17-ounce package at Costco and cost $6.79 each. I bought a couple and put them in my deep freezer to thaw out as needed!

Now if only I could find the Hormel Pepperoni Mini’s in the Snack Pacs!

For a complete list of Hormel’s Gluten-Free Products, click here.

Gluten Free Giveaway

I am so excited! I am a new member of the MyBlogSpark program and I just received my first free product to review AND do a giveaway on my blog!

I received the following items from Betty Crocker (General Mills) to review:

Sam was so excited when we received this package. I like to keep some of the Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks on hand to throw in Sam’s lunchbox every now and then, he loves it when he “can be like all of his friends.” These are one of the few mainstream items that he can have because they are labeled Gluten-Free!

Sam particularly likes the Fruit by the Foot (he flipped out when we found the Franken Berry and Boo Berry Fruit by the Foot back during the Halloween season). My boys also really like the Fruit Gushers. Sam and I have been playing with the Pick ’em Up sticks and he loves it, especially when I lose! I have been reminiscing on some of my favorite games as a child: Uno, Checkers, Connect Four and a fun game called Hawaiian Punch.

The “Simple Joys” prize pack includes 2 packages of Betty Crocker Fruit-Flavored Snacks, a retro Pick `em Up Sticks game, a light-up yo-yo and a classic Frisbee.

To enter this contest, follow the instructions below:

1.  Leave a comment & tell me what your favorite game was as a child – did you like to play Pick ‘em Up Sticks?  Frisbee?

2.  Tweet about this post and include @adventuresgfmom.

3.  If you don’t have a Twitter account, blog about this post & link back.

Good luck!  This contest will end Thursday at midnight. Winner will be announced on Friday.

Tom’s Bugles

Remember Bugles? The cone shaped corn snack? The little chips that were so cool to put on the tips of your fingers and pretend like they were a witch’s fingernails? Okay, maybe that was just me 🙂  Tom’s Bugles, which I found at my local gas station a while back, are Gluten Free! The manager of the convenience store will order a case from her supplier for me because I cannot seem to find a place to buy them online, in fact when I called Tom’s, the lady did say that you cannot order them online. So, if you are lucky enough to live in an area that sells Tom’s brand snacks, or are road trippin’ and stop at a convenience store and happen to see them…go ahead, relive a childhood memory (yes, I am 35 and will still try to put them on my fingertips, although they don’t fit so well anymore!) the Bugles are gluten free!

I called the phone number on their website, 1-800-99-LANCE and the lady said that Toms Original Bugles are in fact gluten free!

DO NOT confuse Tom’s brand Bugles with the General Mills Bugles…the General Mills Bugles have wheat in them. Hey, maybe General Mills will reformulate their Bugle chips someday!

Bugles-Original-Flavor

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Kix Cereal is now Gluten Free

January 9, 2010 Update on Gluten-Free Status of Kix Cereal:

As I am always gaining new insight and perspective on the gluten-free status of foods, I have grown more leery of just reading ingredient labels and making a decision based on the ingredient knowledge I have and the information I read on a label. I am learning to “ask the next question.” As a celiac myself and the mother of a celiac child, it is my own personal responsibility for assessing the risk of a certain food for me and my son. That being said, I emailed General Mills to inquire why Kix cereal is not labeled gluten-free (like Chex) when there is no apparent gluten-containing ingredient on the label.

This is the response I received:

Dear Ms. Kelly:
Thank you for contacting us about gluten in Kix cereal. General Mills offers several products that are labeled gluten-free.  Please check the package label for the gluten-free statement on the front/side/back of the package.  Only products that can be verified to be gluten free will be declared as gluten free on the label.  It is important to check the product label each time you purchase a product because it has the most accurate information about the product in the package.
Because we constantly strive to improve our products′ quality and nutritional value, the most up-to-date product information is on the package the product is purchased in.  For that reason, we do not distribute product information lists as they could quickly become outdated.
For products not labeled gluten free, we will always declare gluten containing ingredients if they are added to the product.  If the ingredient declaration lists wheat, oats, barley, rye, or derivatives of these grains, then the product contains gluten.  Examples of derivative ingredients include: malt, barley malt, organic malt, semolina, Durham, triticale, and spelt.  We do not include gluten containing ingredients in the ′Natural Flavors′ or ′Spices′ on the product ingredient list.  If there are gluten ingredients in our products, those ingredients are always clearly listed.
If there are no gluten- containing ingredients listed in the product ingredient label, but the product does not make a gluten free claim, it is because we cannot fully assure that this product is gluten free.  While we have not added gluten-containing ingredients, factors such as sourcing, conditions of manufacture, etc. do not allow us to provide the full level of assurance that a gluten free claim requires.
Additional information regarding gluten may be obtained by contacting your health care professional or:
Celiac Sprue Association/United States of America, Inc.
PO Box 31700
Omaha, NE  68131-0700
402-558-0600
Or toll free:  877-CSA-4-CSA  (877-272-4272)
We hope this information is helpful.
Sincerely,
Leah Giovanni
Consumer Services

Original Post:

I just read a post on the Silly Yaks Yahoo Group about Kix Cereal no longer containing oats!

As with the Chex, be sure to read the ingredient label first to make sure the package has the new ingredient list and is not the old formulation.


Kix Cereal No Longer Contains Oats

Posted by:

Sun Jun 28, 2009 4:44 am (PDT)

According to the General Mills website, oats have been removed from General Mills’ original Kix; the cereal now contains gluten-free ingredients.

Gluten Free Philly has more info:
http://glutenfreephilly.blogspot.com/2009/06/just-for-kix.html
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