How to make Christmas fun for coeliac kids

Christmas is about fun, tasty treats that we can all eat. Just having coeliac disease doesn’t mean you should miss out. I’m making sure Christmas fun for coeliac kids still happens.

It doesn’t matter if they aren’t perfect. Perfect isn’t something I aim for.

They need to be fun, entertaining and tasty.

And importantly, achievable for anyone who wants to have a go. Because that is what it’s about, having a go, getting stuck in and trying. If we don’t try, we don’t know.

We’re too used to people looking, pointing and criticising. Who cares?

It doesn’t matter if the snowman’s arms are wonky, falling out or strangely disappeared. It matters that you & your coeliac child had a go. That you laughed, maybe cried, but ultimately had fun.

I’ve had my fair share of disasters too. Last week my bright idea of putting my choc chip cookies in a mince pie tin didn’t quite go to plan. They exploded, looked dreadful, tasted great, but ultimately looked bad. But, baking is experimenting. I gave it a go, it needs refining, but will work, one day. Plus icing can cover up lots of faults. It’s important that you just have a go. Give it a try, even if baking isn’t your strong suit. You just never know. It’s important you show that to your kids.

Making fun Christmas treats for coeliac kids

So here’s my Christmas booklet. Something to help fill some quiet moments before Christmas. Choose from Snowman or Reindeer cupcakes or Santa or Reindeer gingerbread cookies. Recipes to bake and instructions on how to recreate treats of your own.

Just remember to put the eyes closer together for the reindeer cupcakes – too far apart and you’ve got buffalo!! I’m creative, I didn’t say I was arty or got it right! Put the eyes closer together! That’ll work just fine.

Maybe it’s your first gluten free coeliac Christmas. It’s our 6th. Time has flown. It’s 6 years since my daughter looked like she was one of the walking dead. She was so deathly pale. Which has ultimately led us here, doing what I do now in my ‘spare time’!

It’s a year since I launched my book on Amazon to help parents. That was a crazy ride and just an idea. I’ve nearly sold 250 books in total this year. Almost 150 of the kids book Coeliac Survival Guide for Kids and 100 of the parents book ‘Coeliac disease & your child, what every parent needs to know‘.

Not bad for someone who was told they were ‘too capable’. You bet your bottom dollar I am, and next year it’ll be even better, as I learn more & more.

I can help you, a fellow coeliac parent, as I live through what you live through each day. I’m just 6 years ahead. I might make it look easy online sometimes, but there are days I’d like the world to stop too, take it all away, fix it and let me just be. Let my daughter do what she wants, when she wants.

But it is what it is. It’s our challenge. And we manage it well, helping others to learn and manage too.

I never wanted her to miss out. Our family traditions needed to remain although they had to be gluten free. Our Ikea gingerbread houses we used to have had to stop and I found the best way to create a gluten free one. I learnt what you need, how best to do it & how to ensure it all stuck properly. If you are wanting to build a house, then click the link below for the best recipe, instructions, template and top tips on how to accomplish it. I’ve done it the hard way, and now know the easy way!

Make & build your own gluten free gingerbread house
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My Christmas booklet is 40pgs long! Yes 40. It’s got recipes for easy gluten free cupcakes, vanilla or chocolate, and how to create snowmen or reindeers. Then you’ve gingerbread cookies shaped like a heart or gingerbread man, BUT then converted, turned upside down & recreated as reindeers or Santa! The choice is yours.

The 40pg booklet includes steps on how you can Plan & Prepare, Communicate and Action making the whole of Christmas making it so much easier.

And some activities, colouring, dot to dot and a word search so that you might, I say, MIGHT just get to sit & put your feet up with a cup of tea. We can all dream!

For more hints and tips come follow me on Instagram or Facebook.

Make your Christmas easier. It doesn’t need to be hard, our first Christmas was a trying affair. Watching food being passed like a hawk. We learnt, and can help make your Christmas easier too. I’m even taking my air fryer if we go on a trip – yes, I’m that crazy!! But needs must and it minimises my worry and risk of cross contamination.

Click the link below, grab your booklet today & get baking. You won’t regret it! It goes up to £12.99 after the weekend!

I promise.

Nicky

Gluten free bonfire cupcakes

Let’s have some fun! Got a bonfire party? Then lets makes some gluten free bonfire cupcakes with this free pdf guide.

Got your favourite gluten free cupcakes recipe? So get busy baking, whip up a storm in your kitchen making some gluten free cupcakes. To create the bonfire cupcakes, grab the free pdf guide (link below) to make some fun gluten free bonfire cupcakes!

Something fun for all the family to get involved with. When making your cupcakes, if they’re plain vanilla, add some orange zest to liven them up.

Grab a few key ingredients, butter, icing sugar, food colouring. You might have it in your kitchen already.

Making your own cupcakes is good fun. Imagination is key, especially this time of year when shops begin to get tasty looking goodies in.

Be sure to check the labels of items you purchase & make sure they’re gluten free and safe for a coeliac.

Being safe is key when your child has coeliac disease, meaning you spend your time reading and rereading labels & avoiding cross contamination. If this gluten free lifestyle is all new to you and your family, if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed & scared, my book for parents can definitely help you find your feet – grab your copy here!

If you make some, then tag me in a picture or two.

For more hints and tips on how to manage life with a coeliac child, follow me on Instagram or Facebook. I understand, as my daughter has the disease too. Let’s help each other.

Nicky

How to have a coeliac safe Halloween

How to have a coeliac safe Halloween? Yes, it’s something else to think about when you are already overthinking everything else. So how can you make Trick or Treat easier for you & your coeliac child this year?

You need my top tips on how to manage a safe, happy Halloween when you are out Trick or Treating. Because a bit of planning is everything!

You don’t want to be scanning sweets whilst their out having fun, asking can I have this, can I eat this, pulling at your coat.

You’ll want to know now what you need to know!

How to help your coeliac child at Halloween

Maybe last year was a normal ‘Halloween’ for you & this is your first with a coeliac child. No worries about what they’d pick or cross contamination let alone ingredient lists.

But now they’ve a special gluten free, coeliac diet.

And that means being safe, reading labels, avoiding cross contamination. If this is all new to you and your overwhelmed & panicking, my book for parents can definitely help – grab your copy here!

But with Halloween coming, going out on to Trick or Treat and pick sweets from cauldrons and buckets, how will you get through that and keep your child safe?

I’ve got what you need to get you ready, organised & prepared. Without fuss, fear or tears!

My top tips help remove the overwhelm for the big event. You’ll ‘fly’ through it without any problems at all. Easily.

From 3 simple steps, your Halloween evening, party or Trick or Treat fun can be easy without worry or fuss.

The 19pg booklet includes steps on how you can Plan & Prepare, Communicate and Action making the whole of Halloween so much easier.

Not to mention including the only cupcake recipe I use, for you to make the easiest, fluffiest and tastiest gluten free cupcakes ever! Plus, now I’ve added the instructions on how to create Spooky Spiders as well as how to make monster choc chip cookies too. And to help you further there are a couple of activities for the kids – colouring and a Halloween wordsearch. That’ll keep them busy and give you a breather for 5m to sit and have a tea!!

For more hints and tips come follow me on Instagram or Facebook.

Make your Halloween easier. It doesn’t need to be hard, our first Halloween wasn’t great. We learnt and can help make your Halloween so much easier too. Click, purchase & download straightaway for £5.99 and you will fly through the whole of Halloween easily.

I promise.

Nicky

Make your own Gluten Free Gingerbread House

Make your own gluten free gingerbread house? Are you mad?

It’s too hard, I don’t bake

I don’t know how, I can’t

You can!

Make your own Gluten Free Gingerbread House

DON’T PANIC!!

It’s that time of year parents start searching for gingerbread houses to make with their children. To make fun, happy memories.

But what if you’ve got a child with coeliac disease who needs to be gluten free? They aren’t just on a shelf to buy, ready to build at home

You simply have to do it yourself. But don’t worry, we can do it together.

I learnt – and you can too! Even if you aren’t a baker!!

If you can’t get your hands on a ready made gluten free gingerbread house – fear not, I’ve got you covered. I’ve a step by step guide to get you from A to B easily.

It’s not too hard! It’s just melting, mixing & cutting out. Then ‘gluing’ it back together!

It doesn’t need to be perfect. It needs to be FUN!

What you do need is a solid base to build it on, some royal icing (bought or made) and plenty of suitable gluten free sweets – jelly tots, skittles, chocolate buttons, marshmallows – whatever it is that your child likes best to make a gingerbread house look simply STUNNING!

Purchase & download your guide here – grab your essentials and you are ready to go. It’s a fab way to spend a weekend, slowly creating and crafting your masterpiece. But make sure you’ve everything ready to go – it’s easier that way.

It doesn’t have to look picture perfect, it should be fun and you can join in with a regular Christmas activity by building your own special memories.

It’s one of our favourite things to do!

Grab your guide here – which has everything you need to know.

Next time you are in a supermarket grab a cake board to stick it all onto. You can even cheat and buy a tub of royal icing so you don’t need to mix it up. No judgement here. We’re all busy and we need help on some occasions

Gluten Free Gingerbread House

If you’re new to having a coeliac child, welcome to the club. It’s an overwhelming beginning. Take a look at my book options – it’s an easy read, helping parents just like you manage & find your way. The Amazon reviews speak for themselves. Grab your copy here direct from Amazon.

Any problems with your pdf guide, drop an email to admin@glutenfreelittlecook.com

Remember, it doesn’t have to be picture perfect, we live real lives, it should be fun, and doesn’t matter how long it takes to create. That’s the fun part! 

Come follow me on Instagram or Facebook. With lots of fun Christmas bakes easy to do with the kids!

Grab your copy in time for Christmas!!