Autism & GF/CF Links

We have been affected by autism in our own family. And after the diagnosis came in, I began climbing that learning hill, er, um, curve! Thankfully, there are so many online resources that can help in that climb.  Here are links to some of those sites:

Autism Speaks
TACA (Talk About Curing Autism Now)
Matrix Parent Network  (this is a local resource, but there is a lot of great universal information on their website)


Don't forget to check out some of the fantastic bloggers who write and share about autism and their families!

Adventures in Extreme Parenthood
Life is a Spectrum


And here are a few links to learn more about the Gluten/Casein Free Diet:

TACA (Talk About Curing Autism Now)
GFCF Diet:  Autism Diet Resource
Celiac.Com  (not GF/CF, but offers a ton of information about gluten free)


Allergy free bloggers have been one of my best resources for recipes, information, and community of people and families creating terrific safe food for their kidlets, themselves, and/or families to eat. 

Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom (She's an unbelievable resource for allergy free peeps!)
Bird is the Word (Proud Autism & SPD Mama and a kick to chat with on Twitter: @Birdakamaude)

And if you're on Twitter, make sure you connect with the woman who is connected to all that is gluten free, #GF, and keeps tabs on #GFCF as well, Dee Valdez, @GlutenFreeDee!

Of course, whatever your favorite search engine is, is a fabulous resource for learning new information!!  I seem to live on Google these last few years (and no, Google does not pay me in any way to say that........I just seem to have my own little addiction to information at my fingertips!! lol).


While Time Crafted is not necessarily a cooking blog, many people do "create" in the kitchen on a daily basis.  When we get creative in the kitchen, it is usually discovering new ways to make something that can be eaten by the whole family and is indeed gluten and casein free (among other dietary restrictions).  And we are most definitely crafting quite a bit of our time towards that creative endeavour.  Occasionally, it is so good (and I remember to take a picture!) that I want to share it with you!  So, while I will post those recipes (& ideas) on the main page, I will link back to them here:

GF/CF Pumpkin Bread
GFCF Chocolate Treat Advent Calendar Not a recipe, but a resource.
GF/CF/SF Strawberry-Banana Smoothie
A Keen Party with Quinoa & Veggies
GFCF Christmas Cookies & Apple Tart
Pioneer Woman's Shrimpo de Gallo, naturally GFCF & delish!
GFCF Pizza for Movie Night
Bethenny's Mock-A-Mole
I thought nothing could ruin dinner faster... Brussels Sprouts done delicious! :>
Pinterest Inspired: One Bowl Wonder
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken
Sushi Making Makes Family Fun  no recipe, but pics & hopefully inspiration! :>
The Little Red Bear across the Interwebs  links to a review I shared on GFCF, artificial dye/high fructose corn syrup free, organic gummy bears!
The Purple Orb Admittedly, I write stories more than recipes, but the ingredients are all there and both my kids gobble it up.
Yogurt Strawberry Parfaits & a smoothie too.  The parfait was made for dessert, but due to the ingredients, it would work for breakfast as well.


  1. This is so fabulous, Kare. I think it's what makes blogland so beautiful at its core. While we KNOW what a fantastic paper crafter you are {and ALWAYS wish to see your fine work! he hee!}, it's also great, learning more about you and some of the great discoveries you have made on this journey with Autism.... Pointing a creative lens towards these circumstances has got to be a key ingredient to your success. This is JUST a truly wonderful thing! {I'm SO proud of you!}

  2. Hi! Popping in and following from New Friend Fridays. I have a 3 yr old daughter with autism who is also GFCF. I look forward to reading your blog!

  3. hey, i love this tab!
    no dealing with the autism at our place, but definitely the GF diet for me.

    i'm not gonna lie, there are days i cheat & it messes me up. but i AM trying.

    many members of my family are celiac, so there's some experimenting going on in our kitchens all the time.

    here's a recipe my mom loved from her grandma that she tinkered with until it was perfectly GF but still perfectly edible! ;)

    Great Grandma Jessie Knowles Grow's Banana Bread ala Gluten-Free

    1/2 cup butter/substitute
    1 cup sugar
    3 eggs, beaten
    1 cup buckwheat flour (will make the batter dark but no taste difference)
    1 cup millet flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    2 Tablespoons buttermilk (or soy or almond or rice if you'd rather)
    1 1/2 cups banana pulp
    1/2 cup nuts of choice (shelled sunflower seeds are good)

    Cream together butter & sugar. Add beaten eggs. Add ingredients while continuing to mix in the mixer, suggest adding all small dry portions, milk, bananas, nuts and finally the flours. Pour into greased loaf pan (5 x 9) and bake 45-55 minutes at 350 degrees.

    The adaptations are butter/substitute (instead of shortening), the number of eggs (from 2 to 3), flour type (buckwheat and millet instead of wheat), milk (buttered milk instead of sour milk) and nuts (sunflower seeds for walnuts). No change in amounts of flour, milk or nuts. The change in number of eggs was to counteract the 'heaviness and grit' of non wheat flours. The boiled flax seed 'egg substitute' could be used instead of the eggs at approximately 1/2 cup measure.

  4. p.s.
    have you found this magazine yet?

    LOVE it. =)

    also, the cookbook titled "life tastes good again" is pretty fab. and i was friends with one of the co-authors' sister growing up. (betsy-she's a fun person) here's an addy for it...

    k, for reals though. have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Thanks for including me! Sharing resources is soooo important.


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