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Should I or shouldn't I?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

So I have to go to a birthday party this Saturday for my husband's niece and nephew. My MIL asked me to bring brownies. Now, do I make brownies from scratch (all I would need to buy is flour, but what would I do with the rest of it?), make brownies from a mix, or try a GF brownie mix? I read some reviews for Betty Crocker GF brownies and most say they can't tell the difference. I was going to do the brownies from scratch, but then realized my flour was bad so I need to go shopping either way. I'm really leaning toward the GF ones so I can eat something, but I'm normally not a fan of brownies in the first place. However, they sound good right now. Nobody needs to know, but I want to make sure the brownies are really good because these people are hard to please.

I did find a good GF pizza, which really surprised me. I've had buns by the same company and couldn't eat them because they tasted so bad. I've also had GF pizza at a pizza restaurant that was ok, but not great. The pizza I tried tonight was a keeper. Too bad they cost so much, but I don't eat that stuff a lot so it's ok.

There is no doubt in my mind that I have a gluten issue. I thought I was completely GF but started having stomach issues again. Of course my first thought was that I was pregnant. Then I noticed that the enzyme pills I have been taking to help digestion have wheat in them. Never checked the label. Boy did I learn my lesson. I thought I was going to have to go home sick from work today, and then I realized it was from the gluten I accidentally consumed.

I really hope I can make it to the GF food fair this weekend. That's more important to me than the birthday party. One of my coworkers helped me sign up on a celiac website that is supposed to send you a box of GF foods. She signed up as well for her dad so now we are just waiting to see what happens.
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NINJA_SMOO 8/17/2012 11:05AM

  If you have a gluten free flour blend you already like, I would sggest making brownies from scratch using that. I have been using gluten free flours in my baking and none of my family has noticed a difference.

Of course, if you want to avoid the brownies and give yourself an exta reason to stay away from them, maybe just go knock on a neighbour's door and ask to borrow a cup or two of flour so you don't end up with a huge bag of something you don't want or need at home.

The gluten free food fair sounds pretty cool :)

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SOKKERNUT 8/17/2012 9:07AM

    My MIL has made me the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownies and they are really good and I am a brownie person, sine I with my health issues I have to be on a GF and non-dairy diet. I can tell a huge difference.

Hope you can make it to the GF fair. Good Luck this weekend.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/17/2012 1:43AM

    I don't think it's worth the risk of having a reaction from touching the flour to make it from scratch. I suggest either using a store-bought mix (and subsituting applesauce for the oil to make them healthier), making the GF brownies, or doing 1 pan of each.

I would suggest either visiting the GF food fair first or setting an alarm to leave the party on time to make it to the fair. Or you could take a short break from the party to go to the fair then come back afterwards. This is important to you (as it should be) so you should make certain to do it. The birthday party can be visited before or after, but you have no control over when the food fair is.

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RAVENSOUL69 8/16/2012 9:51PM

    How many people will be at the party? If there will be a decent amount of people I'd make two pans of brownies...one with regular flour and one gluten free so you can eat also. Just explain the difference to the hostess when you arrive and then enjoy yourself there knowing that you can have a brownie also!

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MACMOM57 8/16/2012 9:03PM

    Try the gf I hear they rant bad. Hope your feeling better.

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PHATPAT18 8/16/2012 8:50PM

    Make whatever pleases you and save me a piece, Saturday is my birthday too.

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