Friday, February 26, 2010

Just Sleuthering About

I was wandering around the Living Without website today and found a page containing a nice list of Substitution Solutions. Handy dandy! I am on the magazine's mailing list and they sometimes send out cover options to be voted on; this time the foods on the covers look am wonderful. The cheesecakes are gluten and dairy free, but I am wondering if they will have eggs. I think it would be tricky getting the texture without them.

Play-Doh the Dilemma - continued from this post.
I have started teaching a preschool Sunday school class, and I am trying to come up with things to do with those little kiddos. It has been a huge challenge for me and though each week I have managed to fill the time, I find the need for some ready-at-hand activities for them. There is a little girl in the class who is a celiac, so I have been trying to come up with gluten free fun. Yesterday I did some intense searching and discovered that Prang has no gluten in any of their products! They have a modeling clay, which can take care of the Play-Doh issue and they also have a nice variety of finger paints. Those are two activities that little kids love to do and I am very pleased.
Note: The photo is of my daughter when she was a preschooler. Neither she nor my son have gluten problems so far and I pray this continues to be the case.

I also contacted Bonnie Bell, as I had seen on a list somewhere that they have some gluten free products. Interesting that they included some non-gluten-containing grains in their list, but I would rather they were overly cautious and any one of those grains could be cross-contaminated, depending on their source. I am quoting parts of their response here:

"The following Aspire Brands/The Bonnie Bell Company, products can be used by people afflicted with Celiac disease. They do not contain any gluten containing grains: wheat, barley, rye, oats, amaranth, teff, millet, spelt, and quinoa."

This is their GLUTEN FREE LIST:
10-0-6 Lotions
All Colognes
Lip Lites Sponge On
Sponge-On Sparklers
Shower 2000
Eye Shades
Nail Lacquers
Cosmic Cheeks
Lash Tints
Glimmer Gels
Glitz N Go
Liquid Lines
Pressed Powders
Lip Burst
Lip Frosting
Lip Shake
All Mascara
Gel Bronze
Glimmer Bronze
Lip Glam
Face and Body Sparkle
Liquid Lip Smackers
Skittles Liquid Lip Smackers
Eye Pencils and Definers
Sponge on Glitter Gloss
Lip D'Votions
All Click It Colors
Glimmer Lights
Liquid Star Shine
Lip Definer
All Vita Gloss Balms and Sponge On
Blushing Gels
All Loose Powders
Cream Concealer
Jello Lip Balms
Kiss This Gloss
All Squeezy Lip Smackers (Clears and Shimmers
All Rolly Smackers
F'Lip Juicees
Get GLowin' Eye and Face
Ice Creamies Sponge On
Dazzle Dust
Kiss of Color
S'Whirly Shimmer Gloss
All Vitamin Water Lip Balms and Rolly's

They also sent an list CONTAINING GLUTEN - DON'T USE THESE!!!

Original Lip Smackers
Sun Smackers (Including Clip N Go
Megastar Lip Smackers
Kool Aid Lip Smackers
F'lip Styles
F'lip Glosses
Lip Lites Glossy Tint Balms
M&M Lip Smacker Balms (New Formula with Castor Oil)
Dasani Balms
Pinky Lip Smackers Balms
Skittles Lip Balms (New Formula with Castor Oil)
DPSU Lip Smackers
All Starburst Lip Balms
Color Kiss Lip Balms
Lip Smackers w/SPF

Candy, Candy, Can't-dy
My friend Sarah (of my Sarah Bakes Again label, as well as the mother of the preschooler in question in the Play-Doh discussion above) and I were directed by circumstances to a discussion on a really important bit of information that all who are seeking to avoid gluten for themselves or their loved ones. Just because a candy bar is safe in its normal size, it does not follow that it is safe in all forms. Miniatures usually have gluten, so check with the company before you chew! Also, candies that are usually safe can contain gluten in their holiday form; check, check, check!

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