I have a confession to make.  Not to boast, but I am an awesome mom and an amazing wife.  I try to be as attentive and supportive as humanly possible with friends, family members, and even random strangers.

But I totally suck at taking care of myself.

In the three years since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I’ve eaten many bowls of cereal for dinner.  Why?  Because I didn’t take the time to plan a gluten free meal for myself.  Kids fed?  Check.  Husband fed?  Check.  Celiac fed?  Not so much.  In a weird (need a therapy session) way, I’ve treated “me” as though I didn’t deserve to be made “special” meals.  I didn’t enjoy food any longer and I was punishing myself for having Celiac Disease.

Until now…

The inception of this blog back in May 2007 really opened my eyes.  I have learned so much from the huge number of gluten free people on-line.  I was amazed at the creative, mouth-watering, gluten free recipes and wanted in on the action.  I feel as though I am finally coming into my own.  Cooking and baking is now enjoyable (even cathartic!).  It is my personal challenge to make not only a delicious gluten free meal, but a meal that rivals (and trumps) a glutenous one!

After three years and too many cereal dinners to count, I am feeding and nurturing myself.  It feels pretty darn good!  It may have taken me some time to realize, but I am so going to kick gluten’s posterior region!

With force.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Bread (and Muffins!)

3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1 1/2 teaspoons orange extract
1/4 cup sour cream (I used low fat)
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white rice flour
1 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1/2 cup almond meal
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup mini cinnamon chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, puree, orange extract, sour cream, canola oil, agave nectar, and brown sugar. Using a sifter, sift white rice flour, tapioca starch, almond meal, and sorghum flour as well as xanthan gum, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add into mixing bowl. Stir until combined and then fold in mini-cinnamon chips.Divide batter into four mini-loaf pans (or 24 muffins). Bake 30 – 35 minutes (until tester inserted in the center comes out clean).