|Gluten Free Cupcake tower from Bobby's 1st birthday|
Our family is so fortunate to have some very amazing friends who want to take care of Ceci and I and make us feel so special and loved. We have had the good fortune of celebrating birthdays of our friends children lately and I was fully prepared to provide food and cake items for Ceci and I to eat at the parties. I have been shut down on all accounts by some wonderful women who want to take care of us, it's been so nice to go to parties and not have to bring our own food.
At the beginning of the year we attended Joseph's birthday where his Mom, Bonnie went out of her way to find a bakery with gluten free cake and bought a few slices for Ceci and I to have at the party. It was delicious it had layers of chocolate cake and chocolate mouse, and was coated with a rich chocolate gouache. So good, but I think it was a bit rich for Ceci, no problem, more for me! I think she was more excited about getting a cup of lemonade with her lunch anyway. It was really nice to have a special piece of cake that I didn't have to bring to the party.
Last week we were invited to another birthday party for Bobby, and were told not to bring any food at all for ourselves. I was unable to go to the party but Tim was happy to take Ceci and go celebrate the occasion. Tim told me that Bobby's Mom, Jaime, made a huge pan of gluten free baked ziti, one of Ceci's favorite foods. Ceci proceeded to consume two large portions all by herself, and probably would have tried to eat the entire pan if Tim hadn't kept an eye on her. Jaime also made a beautiful cupcake tower of all gluten free cupcakes! She used Cherrybrook Kitchen's Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix for the cupcakes, which are also peanut free, a very happy thing for us. The cake was nice, not to sweet which is perfect for a cake. Jaime isn't quite sure of the brand of frosting she used, but that isn't the most important part. The most important part is that Ceci LOVED them and has been talking about the beautiful cupcakes ever since and how much she liked eating the sprinkles.
We are so lucky to have friends who want to take care of us, work hard to build their awareness of gluten free food, and provide us with safe yummy things to eat. I remember my mom bringing things to school and parties for me to eat because there was no other way. We live in a very happy time, and are beyond fortunate to have the friends we do. I can only hope that other people out there with celiac/gluten intolerance are so lucky, it's a wonderful feeling!