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Gluten Free Friday – Orange Teriyaki Chicken and Shrimp November 18, 2011

Filed under: Food,Gluten Free Friday — Lizz @ 8:01 am
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Last week for Muffin Tin Monday, I showed you our Deconstructed Stir Fry.  Part of that meal was Orange Teriyaki Chicken and Shrimp.  It was utterly scrumpcious and utterly gluten free.

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Ingredients:

  • 2-3 chicken breasts, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, tails off and thawed
  • 1/3-1/2 cup of gluten free teriyaki sauce
  • 1/2 large orange (or a splash of orange juice)
  • 1-2 tablespoons sesame oil (or cooking oil of your choice)
  • Rice of your choice
  • Vegetables of your choice

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Directions:

Add oil to skillet or wok and warm up over medium/high heat.  Add chicken and brown.  If you are using pre-cooked shrimp, you can wait until chicken is almost completely browned before adding it in.  Then add the teriyaki sauce and the juice of 1/2 an orange.  Simmer covered until chicken is cooked through and the shrimp is warmed.

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You can add vegetables into this dish, or keep them on the side.  Serve over rice and enjoy.

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If you missed our post from yesterday, we did a special event called the Improv Cooking Challenge.  We made gluten free Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes, and they were amazing!!  I wanted to make sure to mention them for Gluten Free Friday, since the original post was required to be on a Thursday.  I hope you have a chance to check them out.  They are a perfect gluten free alternative to Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.  See it *here*

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Lizz

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Gluten Free Friday – Roasted Dill Red Potatoes November 4, 2011

Welcome to Gluten Free Friday!

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I’m doing something a little different for GFF today.  I am re-posting something I made a while ago, because I think it deserves to be a part of this segment.  This is one of my favorite side dishes.  It’s really easy to prepare, and it’s always a hit.  Plus it now carries the added bonus of being gluten free.  Let’s get roasting!

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Ingredients:

  • Red Potatoes
  • Butter
  • Dill
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt

 

Directions:

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Start by cleaning and quartering your potatoes, leaving the skins on, and place them in a single layer in a baking dish.

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Melt some butter. When making a smaller batch like I did, 1/3 to 1/2 of a stick will do. If you’re doing this for a large group, use a 9 x 13 dish and a full stick. (hey, nobody said this was going to be healthy!)

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Pour the butter over your potatoes.

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Stir to make sure each potato is coated.  Now, cover with your spices. Since this is a throw together type of recipe, I don’t have exact measurements for you. I just make sure that each piece gets a little sprinkle of everything. Don’t be shy with the dill.

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Roast them in the oven at 400 degrees for approx 50 minutes. Start checking for done-ness around 45 minutes. You should be able to pierce them with a fork easily.

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Voila! I keep mine on the light side; personal preference. If you like yours more well done, just leave them in a little longer until you get the browness you desire.

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I love making these because they take 5 minutes to prepare, and then I can just leave them until they are done. Plus, they make the whole place smell amazing!

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I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!  Have a great weekend everyone!

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Lizz

 

Gluten Free Friday – Stuffed Peppers October 28, 2011

Filed under: Food,Gluten Free Friday — Lizz @ 12:27 pm
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Welcome to Gluten Free Friday!

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I’m sure some of you have been missing us…right?  Well, I was traveling, then followed that up by getting sick.  I’m finally feeling better, and finally ready to get back to some bloggin’!  I have a yummy meal to share with you, that will not only satisfy your GF eaters, but everyone else too!  Stuffed Peppers!

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(My apologies for a blurry picture. Bad Blogger!)

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I remember eating these when I was a kid, and I love them, but I will admit…I actually don’t like peppers.  Yeah I know that’s weird.  I just eat the insides, but it doesn’t taste the same if it’s not baked inside the pepper.  Plus it’s fun to dig your food out of a pepper bowl.  I guess it’s good to have a pepper lover with you that will eat yours.

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I made these with the awesome Mara.  Well, really she made them while I took pictures and offered up my daughter for help.

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(No, she doesn’t have some sort of weird disease…she still has face paint on from Superhero Club…which is an awesome idea by the way…)

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If you have ever read Mara’s blog, What’s for Dinner?, you probably know that with Mara, measuring is optional.  Yeah, she’s that good.  Me, I need some structure in order to cook well.  So without the benefit of an actual recipe to follow, I will be speaking in hypotheticals and -ishes a bit, and leaving the measurements up to your discretion.

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First, you will need to cook up some rice of your choice (we used brown rice).  Cook it just enough that it’s not hard, but don’t over cook it.  Then you will combine these things in a bowl:

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1 lb ground beef (uncooked)

Rice (cooked)

Diced onion

Garlic powder

Oregano

Salt

Tomato sauce

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It should look something like this:

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Next, cut the tops off 4-5 peppers, and remove all the seeds.  Fill each pepper with the meat mixture, and pack it tightly.  Top with a little more tomato sauce and some parmesan cheese.  Place into a baking dish where you can stand all of the peppers upright-ish.  I promise they will try to fall down.

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We baked ours at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

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(See? I told you they want to fall down!)

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And we chose to make a little corn too.  Add a little extra sauce to the plate, and voila!

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Yum Yum Yum!

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Have a great weekend everyone!

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Lizz

 

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Guest Post: Gluten-Free Friday: Apple Cider Fritters October 14, 2011

Filed under: Gluten Free Friday,Guest Posting — Lizz @ 7:00 am
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Hello readers of A Little Bit of This & That! I’m Mara, Lizz’s heterosexual life mate and BFF as well as the writer of the blog What’s for Dinner?. You may have heard of me before, or seen Lizz and my various shenanigans through the course of her blog, including the Twilight party, pizza night, making cupcake bites… the list goes on.

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So, when Lizz put out a call for guest posts, I of course volunteered. Then Lizz said “Hey, why don’t you do Gluten-Free Friday?!” And I was… apprehensive. I very rarely make gluten-free treats. Ok, that’s not completely true. I make gluten-free food all the time, just not for the sole reason of it being gluten-free. I don’t have any sort of gluten intolerance, nor do I toy with cutting out gluten for the sole reason that it’s “trendy.”

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However, as you know, Lizz’s daughter Skylar was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease, and I love being able to help in any way that I can, being the “food nerd” that I am.

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Then, I asked my friend Mindy at work, whose 2-year-old daughter was also just diagnosed with Celiac disease, if there were any treats she’d like me to try to make since she’d get to bring the leftovers home.

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She said “Pie. Or cookies. Or really anything!” So I went with it.

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I couldn’t handle making pie crust on a Thursday night. My rolling pin had touched far too much gluten for me to roll out cookies. So I went the more “anything” route. These are reminiscent of Lizz and my trips to the apple orchard over the years, and really, the sole reason for visiting sometimes!

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First, I made sure to thoroughly clean my mixing bowl, dough hook, cutting surface, knife, and measuring cups as these fritter bites will be actually fed to someone with Celiac.

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I used a mixture of certified gluten-free oat flour and white rice flour to create the base of the batter, as well as some other key ingredients.

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Below you’ll see the step-by-step directions, and please keep in mind these can be altered to suit your kitchen. No mixer? Use a whisk and bowl! Don’t want to fry? Bake the batter in mini muffin tins!

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First, proof 1 packet of yeast in 1 cup of apple cider.

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Then, after it’s foamy, add in 2.5 cups of oat flour and mix well. It will get quite sticky.

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Add 3 eggs (or 1 egg and 2 egg whites, either will work), then mix well. Also add in 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce and 2 Tbsp. of canola oil.

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Then, add in one cup of white rice flour and mix well.

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Next, add 2 Tablespoons white sugar, 1 Tablespoon cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons nutmeg

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Finally, stir in one large chopped apple.

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Allow the batter to rest and rise about 30 minutes, then heat oil to 375*F (or pre-heat the oven to 375*).

Drop by rounded tablespoons into the hot oil and cook about 4 minutes, flipping once.

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Drop the hot fritters into a dish with a mixture of white sugar and cinnamon (I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/8 cup cinnamon) and toss to coat.

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Stack artfully and admire your handiwork.

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Gluten-Free Apple Cider Fritters

Ingredients

Fritters

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 packet instant dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 large apple, chopped
  • oil for frying

Cinnamon-sugar topping

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cinnamon

Directions

First, proof the packet of yeast in the apple cider.

Then, after it’s foamy, add in the oat flour and mix well. It will get quite sticky.

Add the eggs (or 1 egg and 2 egg whites, either will work), then mix well. Also add in the unsweetened applesauce and canola oil.

Then, add in the white rice flour and mix well.

Next, add the white sugar,cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Finally, stir in the apple.

Allow the batter to rest and rise about 30 minutes, then heat oil to 375*F (or pre-heat the oven to 375*).

Drop by rounded tablespoons into the hot oil and cook about 4 minutes, flipping once.

Drop the hot fritters into a dish with a mixture of white sugar and cinnamon (I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/8 cup cinnamon) and toss to coat.

If baking:

Drop the batter into prepared muffin tins and bake at 375*F until done, about 12-15 minutes. When done, brush the tops of the muffins with apple cider, then dip into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

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Enjoy these gluten-free bites of fall!


 

Gluten Free Friday – Southwesty Crock Pot Chicken September 23, 2011

Filed under: Food,Gluten Free Friday — Lizz @ 11:57 am
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Welcome to Gluten Free Friday! 

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And…Welcome to the first day of Fall!! Hurray!!

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Today I have another yummy crock pot meal to share with you that I found over at The Larson Lingo.  I stuck with the same ingredients, but since the lovely Mel mentioned that it was a little soupy, I made a few modifications.  Mainly, I thawed the chicken first.  This gave me the chance to trim it as well.  So anyways…let’s get to it!!

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs of chicken breast
  • 1 8 oz. brick of cream cheese
  • 1 can of corn (drained)
  • 1 can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 can of rotel (optional: slightly drain)

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Put everything into the crock pot.  (You cannot see it, but the chicken is under all that yummyness)

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Cook on Low for 6-8 hours.  Stir halfway through.  About 45 minutes before you are ready to serve, shred the chicken and return it to the pot.

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We chose to serve it over brown rice, but I think this would be amazing on nacho chips too.  Season as you see fit.  If you like a spicy kick in your food, you could add a little hot sauce or chili powder.

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It does look a little beige because of the cream cheese, but don’t let that fool you.  This is bursting with flavor!

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I was expecting lots of leftovers, but we all went back for seconds so there was just one little container to put in our fridge.  Looks like this meal will grace our tables again in the near future!

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Have a wonderful Fall weekend everyone!!

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Lizz

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Gluten Free Friday – Magic Milk Straws September 16, 2011

Welcome to Gluten Free Friday!

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I have a fun little thing to share with you today.  I recently came across a fun new(ish) way to drink milk.  Magic Milk Straws!

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So what’s so magical about straws?  Well, these straws have a little surprise inside…they actually flavor your milk as you drink it!  So fun!

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I had found a ton of 6 packs in a wide variety of flavors (including some I would have never thought of like wild berry and chocolate peanut butter), but I loved the idea of this family pack, which offered us 4 basic flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla, and Cookies & Cream.

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I couldn’t wait to get these home to share with Skylar.  And, as always, she didn’t disappoint.  She jumped around and immediately asked for a glass of milk.  You want a little dairy?  No problem!!

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We opened the box, and got a nice surprise: they are all individually wrapped.  That could be so nice for lunches or traveling.  Then we got to inspecting.  We found that the straw is filled with little flavored balls, and it has a sort of valve at each end to keep those in while the milk goes through.

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(oops…forgot to use a vanilla straw for this pic!!)

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I could go on and on about how cool I think these are, but really, there’s just one person’s opinion that matters.  So, Skylar, what do you think?

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Ha!  She really does love them, but drinking out of a straw is one of two things that I think nobody looks cool doing.  (the other is running with a backpack on)  What does look cool?  Magic Milk Straws in a muffin tin meal!  Did you see this one from last week?

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(If you want to check out all of our muffin tin meals, *click here*)

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So why did I use an entire Gluten Free Friday post to talk about straws?

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See that?  Gluten Free!  Right on the package.  As Skylar and I now say, those are our favorite words to see.

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Have you found a fun GF treat you would like to share?  We would love to hear about it!

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Thanks for stopping by for Gluten Free Friday!

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Have a wonderful, yummy, chocolatey/strawberry/vanilla-y/cookies & creamy/wild berry/chocopeanutbuttery milky day!!

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Lizz

 

Gluten Free Friday – Celiac VS. Happy Meal September 9, 2011

When we found out that Skylar has Celiac Disease, we immediately started researching where she would be able to eat.  Just because a food is naturally gluten free does not mean that it hasn’t been contaminated.  For example, french fries are basically just potatoes, and therefore gluten free.  When you get them in a restaurant however, there is a very good chance that they are going to fry them in the same oil as breaded foods, i.e. chicken nuggets.  Now those fries are no good.  When I heard about all of this, I very specifically sighed over the fact that I could never really treat my daughter to McDonald’s again.

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All kids love this place.  We as parents know that it’s not the least bit healthy, but for a special treat, why not?  And what’s the best part of going to McDonald’s for a kid?  Yeah, it’s the prize in the happy meal.

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(I miss the old-school box, but they come back every once in a while)

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I try to not eat things in front of Skylar that she cannot eat, so when it comes to a MickyD’s craving, I do what any caring loving mom would do.  I sneak over there when I don’t have her with me.

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On my last sneak mission, I saw that the toy in the happy meal is a key chain with a Twinkle Toe shoe on it (sneakers made by Sketchers that are just covered in glitter and jewels).  Skylar has been begging for a pair, but I just can’t justify the price ($35-$50?!?!  I’m dying to find a good sale or coupon).  Pair a mini Twinkle Toe shoe with Skylar’s love of key chains, I knew she would LOVE to have one of these.

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But I can’t order a happy meal with no kid.  I mean I could, but I’m there for a Big Mac and large fry people!  So I finally worked up the courage to ask if they would ever give one away.  The nice lady I was speak with said she couldn’t do that, but they do sell them for 90 cents.  What?!  Less than a dollar to make my kid’s day?  You got it!!

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Once they gave me the bag with the toy, I had a thought.  Who says my kid can’t come to McDonald’s anymore?  If we are going with others, or even for the occasional party, why not bring our own safe food, and stick it in the bag for her.  Now she can still get the McDonald’s experience, without the stomach pain and GI issues that would surely follow.

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This may not seem like a huge revelation, but it really was exciting for me.  I will do anything I can do to make my daughter feel normal, and this whole concept of being able to buy McDonald’s toys works for me.

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So there you have the little tiny shoe key chain (whose jeweled toes light up) that made my daughter squeal with excitement.  She waited so patiently so I could take a few pictures, before running off to add the key chain to her backpack.  And she didn’t even ask why there wasn’t any food in the bag. 

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Happy Girl = Happy Mom

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Oh, and check out this fun little bonus…

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Stickers, a code to add Twinkle Toe Shoes to your mPal (Don’t know what that is yet, but it looks like some sort of online character you can create), and a 30% off coupon for real Twinkle Toe shoes!!  Looks like this little sneaky trip to McD’s might result in a little girl getting the shoes she wants so desperately.

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So, for those of you with gluten free kids, what sort of things do you do to help them feel like they aren’t missing out on anything?  I’d love to hear about it!

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Have a great Twinkle Toes weekend everyone!!

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Lizz

 

 
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