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Everyday Classics | Gluten Free Cookbook | Review and Giveaway

Everyday Classics | Gluten Free Cookbook | Review and Giveaway

This is my dream cookbook…gluten, dairy, egg, soy-free and…family oriented. I am so excited to review this cookbook. I have been following Lexie’s Kitchen for some time now and am thrilled to say, I love her new cookbook. My family has already asked for the chicken and rice casserole again. I was hoping it would last for two meals and it did not (I’ll have to double the recipe next time). I decided to try the following recipes: Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken and Rice Casserole, Whipped Coconut Cream, Chocolate Pudding and, for the holidays, the Spritz Cookies. Chicken pot...

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Gluten Free | Roast Beef | Yorkshire Pudding

Gluten Free | Roast Beef | Yorkshire Pudding

  Many years ago when my older children (now 20 and 21 years old) were young, another parent told me their tradition of preparing and sharing a meal at least once a year that honored their family heritage. Since my children are not too familiar with their deeper roots as we are true blooded Americans (a mix of multiple ethnicities), I had to research the most common genetic thread. The one that I have found common on both sides of my children’s ancestry is English. My fifth generation grand father, Richard Pounder (later changed to Pounders), is believed to have landed in the Baltimore...

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Candy Cane Cake Pops | Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Dye Free

Candy Cane Cake Pops | Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Dye Free

I love making cake pops for gifts. Kids love them and they are super easy to make. I posted about Easter cake pops in 2012 which I made for Sammy’s preschool class. They were a big hit. For Christmas this year, I decided to make cake pops again but with a holiday twist…sprinkled with crushed dye-free candy cane. To start, I used Sammy’s favorite cake mix, King Arthur Flour (featured above). It’s gluten, dairy, soy and nut-free. Be sure to let the cake pops cool completely before dipping them in chocolate. The chocolate can be easily melted in the microwave. Just heat...

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Your Gluten-Free Holiday Toolbox

Your Gluten-Free Holiday Toolbox

I remember very vividly the terror, the sadness and the grief of facing my first Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner…gluten-free. For me it wasn’t just the gluten. I had done a full elimination diet and come to learn in the process that I’m sensitive to gluten, dairy (specifically cow’s milk), soy, sugar (and carbs in general), eggs, flaxseed and canola oil, just to name a few. I think this just about knocks everything off my holiday buffet table. Holiday dinners and other social events can be very challenging for someone with food sensitivities. For centuries so many...

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Lunches Kids Love – Cookbook Review and Giveaway!

Lunches Kids Love – Cookbook Review and Giveaway!

All parents need creative meal ideas. It’s amazing the hoops I jump through to get this kid (Sammy) to eat healthy food and to understand the importance of eating nutritious foods for optimized health and brain function. For us, this eating style is a lifetime choice. We are genetically predisposed to food sensitivities so this is our reality every single day. I love it when a blogger and/or cookbook author helps me along the journey. Tracy Griffith nailed it with her creative, hands on cookbook for kids, Stealth Health Lunches Kids Love Irresistible and Nutritious Gluten-Free...

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Sammy’s Gluten-Free Lunch Box

Sammy’s Gluten-Free Lunch Box

Only a few fleeting moments… For only a few fleeting moments they stay like this…in restful slumber…precious, sweet and fairly easy to feed. I breastfed all my children so the first six months of their life were simple when it came to food…no bottles to wash, no formula to prepare. It was simple and easy for me. Even once they started on solids, it wasn’t too bad. Now, when it came to changing Sam’s diet at 2-1/2 years (after his autism diagnosis), which included removing gluten, dairy, soy, egg, color dye, all additives and preservatives and switching to...

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