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Hooray! Our third book made it to the publisher! This book is perfect for a “newbie” to the gluten-free lifestyle, but has useful information for those who have been living gluten-free for some time.

We cover the various emotions that can be experienced once you switch to a gluten-free lifestyle – relief, fear, panic, denial, self-pity, anger and acceptance to name a few. These emotions are normal and you may experience them more than once – I know I have during the past 2 years of gluten-free living.

We talk about brain fog and bodily functions. Yes, bodily functions. I have learned, from personal experience, if you have Celiac disease you need to be able to discuss “bodily functions” with others. It can be such a big part of the Celiac lifestyle!

We discuss the challenges faced by different age groups – infants, children, teenagers and adults. Each age level has their own unique set of challenges with the gluten-free lifestyle.

Also covered in this book is the 504 Plan for school-aged children and the steps you need to take to start a 504 Plan with your child’s school.

Our book has a retail price of $18.95, but you can order our book – at a discounted introductory price of $15.00 – at with delivery expected between Dec 22 and New Years (sorry, holiday shipping is slower than normal).

We are also offering a bundle package of our new book, along with our two previous books for the low price of $35.00 if ordered through our website. This is a great deal – $51.00 in books for $35.00!

“Don’t Feed Me – Gluten-free, dairy-free Cooking” (regular $16.95)

“I Can’t Eat Your Treats – a kid’s guide to gluten-free, casein-free eating” (regular $14.95)

To order the bundle package, visit our website order page at:

We were a vendor at the Iowa Celiac Conference in Okoboji, IA yesterday (10/1/11). We had beautiful weather for our 4 hour drive from St. Paul, MN. I took two excellent helpers with me to the Conference – Carter, my 10-year old grandson and Josaphine – my 6-year old granddaughter. Both are Celiacs. Josaphine also has a casein allergy.  They were both diagnosed 2 months ago, so living the Celiac lifestyle is still new to them. They are old enough to realize there are foods they will never be able to eat again. But they are also old enough to see that there are gluten-free alternatives for all of these favorite foods. Their little sister, Aivah, was diagnosed with Celiac disease and a casein allergy three years ago, so the gluten-free, dairy-free lifestyle isn’t new to them. They have lived WITH IT for three years. Now, they LIVE IT for themselves (well, Carter only lives the gluten-free lifestyle because dairy doesn’t bother him.) However, it’s one thing if you need to be careful about what you little sister eats so she doesn’t get sick. It’s quite another thing when YOU are the one who gets sick from eating the wrong foods.

I thought it would be a good experiece for both of them to meet other people who live with Celiac disease and to realize that Celiac disease isn’t something only our family has. There are many, many people who need to eat the same foods they do. There were quite a few adults at the Conference, but there were also children and a few babies. In addition to meeting other Celiacs, my grandchildren were also able to listen to the speakers. They listened to Dr. Joseph Murray, MD who specializes in researching celiac disease or gluten sensitivity and enteropathy (diseases of the intestinal tract) in Rochester, MN. Dr. Murray specializes in researching celiac disease or gluten sensitivity and enteropathy (diseases of the intestinal tract). His studies intersect with programs in the Mayo Comprehensive Clinical Cancer Center and the Clinical Research Unit.

They also listened to Amber Kastler, RE, LD. Ms. Kastler graduated from Iowa State University and joined the Hy-Vee in Fort Dodge, IA as a Dietitian in 2010.  She is a resource to newly diagnosed people, helping them understand the disease and how to manage it. She had a very informative presentation about gluten-free foods. If you live near a Hy-Vee grocery store, you may want to check with the store dietician. Hy-Vee seems to be very involved and informed with the gluten-free lifestyle.

One of the break-out sessions was lead by Betty Bast. She was the co-leader of the Waverly Area Celiac Group for more than 20 years and today remains active as the state coordinator Her daughter was diagnosed with Celiac disease at the age of 6-weeks. That was 46 years ago. Betty is very familiar with the gluten-free lifestyle – most of those years during the time when gluten-free options were few and far between. Betty invited On the Wings of Hope to be part of her break-out session and introduce our book “I Can’t Eat Your Treats” (our children’s book to help children explain Celiac disease to others in a language that children can understand). Our own personal “Food Fairy” (Josaphine) and Carter learned that there are other children who need to eat the way they, and their two sisters, eat. Our thanks to Betty!

There were many vendors at the Conference – some we were familiar with such as Udi’s (we LOVE Udi’s) and Chebe, and a few that were new to us – Midwest Health Foods in Spencer, IA, Gluten-Free Made Simple and Fahlstrom Farms. (Check out Fahlstrom Farms at – their products taste great!)



I have to admit, summer is finally gone. The air is cool and there’s a crispness in the air. I put away the shorts and sandles, today and started thinking about winter coats and boots. Brrrrr! I’m not ready for the cold and snow, just yet. I’m going to enjoy the beautiful fall days as long as I can. And enjoy not having the air conditioning OR the heat on. The colder weather always puts me in the mood to bake . . . something. I made a nice big pot of homemade chicken vegetable soup last night. It warmed the insides and tasted great!

However, today I wanted something sweet. I need to keep that sweet tooth satisfied, while still trying to eat healthy. I took stock of the ingredients I had on hand – which wasn’t much in the way of variety. I always have my gluten-free flours and xanthan gum on hand, but I needed something new, something different – something I could make with the limited ingredients I had on hand. The refrigerator held a few carrots – nope, I  made carrot muffins last week. In the drawer were a few green apples and 3 grapefruit. There had to be something I could make with those. The cool, fall days remind me of apple picking. Moist, spicey apple muffins sounded good. But what about the grapefruit? A muffin recipe requires some type of liquid, right? Why not substitute grapefruit juice? Well, if I didn’t try I would never know.

I cut the two of the grapefruit in half, put a fork in the center and squeezed the juice out. I move the fork back and forth when I’m squeezing the juice out so I can get the pulp, too. Truthfully, this was kind of a “by the seat of the pants” type of recipe. Trial and error. Since grapefruits are sour, I knew I needed to add a little more sugar to the recipe. Apples go with cinnamon; oil and eggs are a must. Well . . . the recipe was a success!

If you don’t care for grapefruit, you could substitute orange juice – or cranberry juice – or lemonade (ooh, that sounds different!) – or milk, etc. etc. Let your imagination run!. I hope you enjoy your muffins.

Apple Grapefruit Muffins – Gluten-free

1 cup rice flour

1/2 cup tapioca flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp xanthan gum

3 eggs

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup grapefruit juice

2 cup peeled, diced apples (I like mine diced large so I get an actual bite of apple)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan, or place muffin liners in pan.

Beat eggs on medium speed until creamy. Add sugar and beat until light yellow, about 2 minutes. Add oil and grapefruit juice. Mix on low until blended. Add dry ingredients and mix on low, scraping sides of bowl, until well blended. Add xanthan gum and mix on medium until batter thickens, about 2 minutes. Stir in chopped apples. Spoon batter into muffin cups. Muffin cups should be 3/4 full.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until top springs back when pressed lightly. Enjoy!

!! Back to School Special !!     ~~ $22.50 ~~

 Our “Back to School Special” includes:

 1 -“I Can’t Eat Your Treats” children’s book (regularly $14.95)

 1 – Insulated Food Carrier (regularly $10.95)

 2 – Celiac Awareness Wristbands (regularly $4.00)

                   (A $29.90 Value)

Help your child explain Celiac disease to their classmates and friends. Our children’s book, “I Can’t Eat Your Treats” is the story of 4-year old Aivah, who has Celiac disease and a casein allergy.

The bright, colorful photos are combined with a story that is easy for children to understand. This book also includes 10 kid-friendly gluten-free, casein-free recipes and a “Notes for Parents” section that discusses Celiac disease, gluten, casein and possible symptoms. This is a must-have book for classrooms and daycares.

13-year old author, Morgan Paulsen, wrote this book to help her sister, and other children with Celiac disease, explain to others why she needs to eat “special” food to stay healthy. Since this book was published, Morgan and 2 more of her siblings have been diagnosed with Celiac disease. There are now 4 Celiacs in the same family.

Our “Back to School Special” includes our reusable, fully-insulated, durable  food carrier. The bright color stands out and lets others know there is something special inside. The carrier clearly states “Allergy Free” to warn others about the dangers of cross-contamination. These bags are great for children’s school lunches, traveling, sleepovers – anywhere you need
to provide safe, allergy-free food.



Our colorful silicone wristbands are fun to wear and help to raise awareness of Celiac disease.


Visit our webpage at to learn more and to place your order, today.


To celebrate, On the Wings of Hope, LLC will donate 10% of all profits from the sale of each or our products (Cookbook, Children’s book, Celiac Awareness Food Carriers and Celiac Awareness Wristbands) to University of Maryland Baltimore’s Center for Celiac.


“Don’t Feed Me – Gluten-free, Dairy-free Cooking” – This book is perfect for those who are new to the gluten-free lifestyle. It includes explanations of gluten-free flours, cross-contamination and 120 easy recipes from breakfast to breads, main meals to sweets. ** Originally $16.95 – May Special – $12.00 **



  • “I Can’t Eat Your Treats – a kid’s guide to gluten-free, casein-free eating” –12-year old author, Morgan Paulsen, wrote this book to help her 4-year old sister Aivah, who has Celiac disease and a casein allergy. This full-color book is a great learning and teaching tool, to help explain to others why people with Celiac disease need to eat “special” food and what happens when they eat the wrong food. ** Originally $14.95 – May Special – $10.00 **


  • Celiac Awareness Wristbands – Help to raise Celiac awareness by wearing a colorful wristband. Available in green/white or multi-color. ** Originally $2.99 – May Special $2.50    Or purchase 3 for $6.60 (normally $7.50) **


  • Insulated Food Carriers – There are times when you need to take allergy-free food with you –school lunch, sleepovers or traveling. The bright color alerts others that the contents are special and the food is allergy-free. This bag is reusable, fully insulated, waterproof and mildew resistant.  ** Originally $12.95 – May Special $9.95 **


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