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Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, Chicago 2013 April 15, 2013

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Hello again Friends!!

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I am so excited to announce that I have been given the opportunity to be an Official GFAF Expo Blogger!!  The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo will be in the Chicagoland area on April 20th & 21st at the Schaumburg Renaissance Convention Center. I attended this Expo last year, and I have never seen anything like it.  So many amazing vendors, so many amazing products, and so many amazing people sharing in their gluten free-ness.

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As many of you know, my kiddo was diagnosed with Celiac just under 2 years ago, so we are pretty well versed in the gluten free lifestyle.  As luck genetics would have it, I myself have just recently received my own Celiac diagnosis.  So my return to blogging is kick-started a combination of my need/desire to learn how to go GF as an adult and an amazing expo filled with answers.

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I think I am most excited to check out some of the classes being offered this year.  There are some really great topics this year, ranging from eating out safely to cooking for teens to autism and ADHD.  For a full schedule of classes at this year’s Expo, CLICK HERE.

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So….Who’s with me?  GFAF Expo or BUST!!!

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I missed you all, so happy to see you again…

Lizz

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P.S.  Be sure to check back here after the Expo for a special Gluten Free Friday with my review of the weekend.

 

Gluten Free Friday – Mushroom Cap Pizza March 23, 2012

Happy Friday Everyone!!

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I’m very happy to share this little Gluten Free meal we made a few weeks ago.  This whole thing came about after finding gluten free mini pepperoni by Hormel. Yay!  They are so cute!  Now it’s time to make mini pizzas with a twist….no crust.

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Don’t they look amazing??

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Ingredients:

  • Baby Bella mushrooms
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pizza toppings of your choice

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Directions:

  • Remove the stems from the mushrooms.  Feed them to your hungry kid.  Place the caps onto a cookie sheet, with the hole facing up.  I covered my sheet with foil, and gave it a shot with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Put a small dollop of pizza sauce into the mushroom cap.  Skylar asked for hers without sauce, and that worked well too.
  • Top with cheese and your choice of topping.
  • If you are like me and realize at this point that you thought you had Mozz cheese, but didn’t, you can always take string cheese (a staple in my house) and grate it. 

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  • Bake in a 400 degree oven until cheese is slightly browned.  Approx 10 mins.
  • Remove carefully, as the sauce is hot and can be runny.

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We ate ours as a meal, but these would make amazing appetizers too.

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I hope you enjoyed this twisted, gluten free, take on pizza!  I would love to know from all you other GFs out there, how have you gotten your pizza fix?  Do you have a crustless pizza?  Have you found the perfect GF crust recipe?  Please share!!

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Have a great day everyone!!

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Lizz

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St Patty’s Revisit March 15, 2012

Since we did so many St Patty’s Day projects last year (and I couldn’t finish my project for today’s post!), I thought I would show you some of those projects again. If you are looking for a fun last minute project, we have lots for you to try!

(just click the photo to see the original post with instructions)

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Make your own St Patrick’s Day shirt using freezer paper

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Make a leprechaun sundae

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Make a leprechaun trap

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Enjoy a St Patrick’s Day muffin tin meal

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I hope you found something you might want to try!

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Make sure to come back tomorrow for a special St Patrick’s Day themed Gluten Free Friday!

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

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Make a Shamrock t-shirt

 Leprechaun Sundae

 Leprechaun Trap

 St Patrick’s Day Muffin Tin Meal

 

Rainbow Fruit Skewers March 13, 2012

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This past weekend, Skylar and I were invited to a St Patrick’s Day party.  We love a good themed party, and we were really excited to join in the festivites.  When I asked what dish I could bring, I was given instructions to bring whatever.  Oh, the possibilites are endless!

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I knew there would be a lot of kids at this party, so I opted to make something on the healthy (and gluten free) side that everyone would enjoy.  And, of course, it must have a St Patty’s theme!  Enter Rainbow Fruit Skewers…

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Don’t those just make you feel like there’s a pot of gold somewhere close?!

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After choosing our fruits of many colors, I cut them into similarly sized pieces, then laid everything out for a bit so it wasn’t super super moist.

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I put them onto the skewers, and Voila!  A beautiful rainbow of a healthy treat!

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Stay tuned for more St Patty’s Day fun!!  If you want to see the fun things we came up with last year for this jolly green holiday, Click Herefor all of our St Patty’s Day posts.

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

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Gluten Free Friday – GoPicnic November 11, 2011

Welcome to Gluten Free Friday!!

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I have a really awesome product to share today, but let me backstory for a second…

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Did you read my post about the awesome Celiac Center Fundraiser at Wildfire?  No?  Well, check it out *here* if you missed it.  I’ll wait…….Okay, so one of the best parts from that night was chit chatting with the other folks at our table.  There was lots of tips being traded, and I did promise you that I would share them with you as I tried them out. So…

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One of the lovely ladies I met was Charlotte, who’s been writing a cute little blog called A Gluten Free Journey Through Motherhood/Wifedom.  One of her recommendations was a product called GoPicnic, that she discovered while on a layover in the airport.  She described it as a lunchable for grownups.  I was intrigued enough to look it up as soon as I got home.

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GoPicnic meals are literally a meal in a box.  And just as Charlotte described, they are very similar to lunchables, but with a few major differences.  First of all, they are a healthier, more natural meal choice.  I also noticed that they did not need to be refrigerated, a huge bonus in my eyes.  While not all of their meals are gluten free, they do have 6 GF options.  They also have vegan, vegetarian, and kosher meals.  Awesome!

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Now, it’s a little hard to see in those small pictures, but the top left-hand corner of the box is where you will find those all important words, “Gluten Free”, if that particular meal is as such. (or vegan, or kosher, ect.)

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After getting all excited over the possibility of a quick on-the-go meal for Skylar, I checked the store locator to see where I might find them.  To my surprise…Target!!  I thought for sure it was going to be a hard to find, but nope. 

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And check out that price tag!!  $3.99!!  My biggest complaint about GF foods is how expensive they can be, and these puppies aren’t much more than a regular lunchable.  I stocked up, and brought them home to show Skylar.  She was so excited, and we even used one to eat in the car on our way to the circus.  (To be honest, it wasn’t her favorite, but she did choose the hummus one first, which I think requires a bit of an adult palate.  I am very confident that she will like the other two, as they are things she eats on a regular basis).

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I have really missed the ability to just run over to the nearest fast food joint to grab a quick bite.  These things are great to keep in the car for emergencies, since they don’t require refrigeration.  (Although, this is Chicago, and our winter temps will keep anything frozen in a car!!)

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So, have any of you found a great on-the-go meal option yet?  Care to share?  Leave a comment and let us know what you’ve found.  Let the recommendations flow!!

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Have a great weekend everyone!!

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Lizz

 

Muffin Tin Monday – Halloween Revisited October 17, 2011

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As I am currently in sunny Florida for a conference, and was unable to do a Muffin Tin Meal before I left, I thought it would be fun to show you our Halloween MTM from last  year.  This way, if you were looking for some fun ideas for this year’s tin, this might help!

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This was and still is one of my absolute favorite tins we have ever made. 

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Top Row (Left to Right): Forked Eyeballs, Noodle Brains, Worm Burgers

Bottom Row (Left to Right): Spider Web Soup, Mummy Pizza, Monster Mouth

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Eyeballs – coat doughnut holes with melted white chocolate.  Add a milk chocolate chip for the pupil.  When cooled and hardened, use a tube of red decorating gel to create the veins. 

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Brains – These are simply Ramen Noodles.  I never make them as soup.  I drain the water, leaving just enough to keep them moist, add a little butter and the flavor packet.

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Worm Burgers – These were very simple.  Nilla Cookies, dark chocolate frosting, and gummy worms. 

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Spiderweb soup – tomato soup, right out of the can.  The web is made with sour cream.  Put the cream into a ziplock bag, and snip a very small piece of the corner.  Using the bag like a piping bag, make a very small circle, another circle around that one, and a third around that.  It should look like a bullseye.  Hold a tooth pick in the center of the bullseye, and pull outwards through all 3 circles.  Do this all the way around.  The end result will be a perfect looking spider web.  This is much easier to do than to explain.

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Mummy Pizza – Take half of an english muffin, and cover with pizza sauce.  Place olive slices (with a bit of green pepper in the center), where you want your eyes.  Use a mozzarella cheese stick to create the bandages.  Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until the cheese is nice and melty.  (Next time I would leave a little more space between the cheese strips in order to see the bandages better)

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Monster Mouth – This is an apple quarter with the center cut out for the mouth.  The teeth are almond slivers.  Very simple with a big result!

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Since I already posted this tin last year, I will not be officially submitting it to Muffin Tin Mom’s site.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t go check out all the awesome things going on over there anyways!

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Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

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Have a great week everyone!

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Lizz

 

Muffin Tin Monday – Finger Foods October 10, 2011

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For this week’s muffin tin, it felt like we really needed something simple and easy.  We decided to make a meal of all things you can eat with fingers or food picks.  It was fun to figure this one out.  Here’s what we came up with:

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Top Row (left to right): cucumbers with ranch, frozen black cherries, watermelon gummy rings

Bottom Row: GF barbeque almond nut thins, pepperoni and mozzerella picks, grapes

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Skylar ate every single bite!  Success!

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The crackers she had were new for us, and they were really tasty.  These almond nut thins come in a variety of flavors, and make a great crunchy snack for anyone who needs a GF treat.

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I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tin.  To see some of the other great tins that were made this week, check out Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

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Have a great week everyone!

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Lizz