Celiac Disease Awareness Events! #CDAM16

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month.  Are you excited?  I am!  I am excited to share and advocate for kids with celiac.  I have lots planned for May.  You are going to love it!  

Here is a quick video with the highlights - watch it now.

The details and the plan:

May 1st - #GFFAFest in Columbus, OH 10-4 

May 2nd - GFAF Expo Chicago Ticket giveaway starts

May 9th - "I licked it, so it's mine!" Kids T-shirt giveaway starts

May 14th & 15th - GFAF Expo Chicago 10-4

May 18th - Gluten Free Living Workshop at Prospect Heights Library 7 pm

May 19th  - #GFFAFest Minnesota Ticket Giveaway starts

May 21st - Cross Contamination Seminar at Wiseway, Crown Point, IN 10 am

May 23rd - GFree Everything But Food Chicagoland event 7 pm

May 24th - "Stop Poisoning Your Kids at Home" Cross Contamination Webinar 8 pm

May 24th - Amazon eCookbook Sale all GF Mom Certified ebooks .99 cents

Now I need you to do 2 things.  

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for daily reminders and Celiac Facts

I will be posting Celiac Facts to Twitter and Recipes to Instagram through out the month of May.  

YOu ready for all this! 

This is the shirt we will be giving away!  I know you have someone who would needs this! #tasterApparel

If you need this shirt NOW just get it 
and get remember your taster too! 

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Get Your Smoothie On!

Smoothies those magical morning starters.  If you follow me at all on social media or Youtube you already know I'm a smoothie girl.  I believe in the healing power of a smoothie and the benefits of just good clean food.

I made a few smoothie video's for you today, incase you are just stuck or really need to know how to make them.  I will also highly suggest Elyse Wagoner's book Smoothie Secrets Revealed.  Elyse goes into the power behind the food and gives you several ideas and recipes.  Here is a link to the book. 

The key ingredients to any great smoothie include a nut milk or coconut milk, frozen fruit, fresh fruit, veggies, flax or chia seeds, probiotic and a banana or avocado (yes you need good fat)

Here is the probiotic I open and add each day. Just Thrive Probiotic. 

Click the picture and order some for your morning smoothie or pick up in our store. 

Here is the ingredients for my daily routine.

And the how to make the smoothie in steps. (ignore the noise from the playroom, some of us have morning energy prior to our smoothie)

Ok now go make your morning smoothie! Take a pic and tag me!  

I want to see the smoothie love 

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Gluten Free is coming to Columbus

The Columbus Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest is quickly approaching. I want to make sure you are ready.  If you live in the Mid-West or even Canada you need to drive on over for the weekend.  

You ask what is there to do in Columbus?  

Well duh! The Gluten Free Fest! 

Honestly the last time I was in the Columbus area I was in 6th grade and helping out at church build site with my grandparents.  We lived in my grandparents airstream for the summer and my grandpa was the build site captain.  I remember learning to spray paint because all the roofing nails needed to be red to match the roof.  I also remember breaking my little finger, which is still smaller than my other. And,  remember grandma letting me get my first perm. Remember, that big hair we all wanted.

Back the the Fest….  

The Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest is the largest expo of it’s kind in the Columbus area. Whether you’re thinking about going gluten-free or you’re a gluten-free pro looking for new products and ideas, the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest has something for everyone.  With over 75 exhibitors, you’re sure to find tons of tasty food to sample that satisfy any appetite.  PLUS, you admission also gets you into any of the seminars and cooking demonstrations going on all day!!
Get your tickets now! (Use code ‘10OFF‘ to save 10%. But hurry,
this code is not valid for long!)
This event is presented by Enjoy Life Foods and run by Gluten Free & More magazine so you know it’s going to be good.  The two-day event gives you chances to learn from experts – including editors of the magazine – watch cooking demonstrations by world class chefs and of course, taste tons of awesome gluten-free foods (dairy-free and nut-free also being showcased).
It’s a one-of-a-kind event you won’t want to miss, so get your tickets now!
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Sunday, May 1, 201610am to 4pm each day
Ohio Expo Center
Lausche Building
717E 17th Ave
Columbus, OH 43211

I want you to join me for donuts too!  No really gluten free donuts.  I will be cooking on the demo stage each day starting at 10:30 in the morning teaching you how easy it is to have safe donuts.  Yes! you can eat donuts again, you just may need to cook them yourself or share the recipe with your kid who loves to cook.  Details Here I will also be sharing the recipe with everyone who comes to learn.

Here are my tips for the weekend:

1. Wear your gym shoes
2. Bring a re-usable cloth grocery bag for samples and purchased products
3. Bring some cash or your debit card for purchases of your favorite products at a discount
4. Bring a notepad and take pics of the new products you love, so you can remember
5. Pack some protein for snacks, many of the samples will be high in carbs

Free Ticket Time!

p.s. I hope YOU Win! 

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Chocolate... My Super Secret

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The secret and winning recipe.  These are gluten free, egg free, dairy free and awesome! Truthfully I have been holding on to this recipe like it was gold or something. The base cake is the one I used in the Master Chef audition and the same one you all saw over and over on my Instagram.

This recipe is not my normal 30 minutes and done. The extra time is all worth it.  Turn on the music and get your baking on!

This recipe even has my new cake flour blend included, another secret.  The blend is corn free along with being top 8 free. 

Cake Flour Blend
  • 1 Cup white rice flour
  • 9 Tbs arrowroot starch
  • 9 Tbs brown rice flour
  • 9 Tbs tapioca starch
  • 6 Tbs potato starch
  • 1 Tbs xanthan gum
Shift together and store in a sealed container.  I like to use a canister or wide mouth ball jar.

Vegan Double Chocolate Cake

Makes 36 cupcakes or 3 9-inch layers
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate chips
  • 2 cups cake flour blend
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup grape seed oil or melted Earth Balance
  • 1/2 cup aqua faba, shaken to slightly frothy
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Prepare cupcake pan by inserting cute cupcake wrappers.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Mix Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate and hot coffee in small bowl and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Shift together flour blend, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. Add sugar and oil to stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment and allow to mix on medium for 5 minutes.
  6. In small bowl mix coconut milk and lemon juice, allow to sit for 3-5 minutes to curdle slightly.
  7. Scrape down side of mixing bowl. Turn mixer to low and frothy aqua faba 1/4 cup at a time. 
  8. Add melted chocolate mixture.
  9. Add vanilla extract.
  10. Scrape down side.
  11. Add 1/2 cup flour mixture followed by 1/2 cup of milk mixture. Repeat ending with flour blend.
  12. Mix until just blended.
  13. Fill cupcake liners and bake for 30 minutes. Cupcakes will be sponge when done.
  14. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Vegan Chocolate Mousse Topping

  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 2 tbs powder sugar
  • 3 tbs cocoa powder
  1. Placed seal cans of coconut milk in fridge overnight. Without shaking open cans and scoop out the thick cream. Add thick cream to cooled stand mixer bowl.
  2. Fit mixer with whisk attachment. Add powder sugar and mix on high for 2 minutes until thick.
  3. Fold in cocoa powder and refrigerate for at least 60 minutes. 

Cherry Frosting

  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance
  • 1/2 cup palm shortening
  • 3 cups powder sugar
  • 2 tbs coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup cherry preserves

  1. Beat Earth Balance and shortening together on high. 
  2. Turn mixer to low and slowly add the 2 cups of powder sugar.
  3. Scrape down sides and add milk and preserves. 
  4. Add remaining powder sugar until frosting comes together.  If the frosting is to soft add 1/2 cup more powder sugar. 

  • Double chocolate cupcakes
  • Vegan chocolate mousse
  • 1 cup cherry preserves
  • Cherry frosting
  • Cherries
  • Sprinkles
  1. Place cherry preserves in piping bag fitted with tip for filling and yet big enough the cherries do not get stuck.  
  2. Place cherry frosting in piping bag fitted with frosting tip. 
  3. Insert cherry preserves into center of cupcake by sticking frosting tip down about 1/2 inch inside of center of cupcake.
  4. Top each cupcake with 1 tablespoon of mousse and spread to sides with knife.
  5. Place cupcakes in fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
  6. Remove from fridge and top with cherry frosting.
  7. Add cherry to the top of each cupcake and a few sprinkles.

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Bacon Balls

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These little bacon balls are amazing. I kinda ate the whole pan.  You have to make these.  They are grain free, egg free and dairy free. Oh and did I mention so GOOD!!! 

For the meatballs:

  • 1pound grass fed ground beef
  • 2 tbs ground flax
  • 1 tbs liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 10 slices thick-cut bacon, sliced in half crosswise

  • For the sauce:
  • 1 ½ cups cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup ketchup, organic sugar free
  • ¼ cup coconut palm sugar or honey
  • 1 tbs crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ tbs kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

  1. Directions:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine beef, flax, liquid smoke, salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika; mix by hand.

 Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top.

  1. With wet hands, roll the meat mixture into 20 golf–size balls. Wrap half a slice of bacon around each meatball and place on the wire rack with the seam side down. Bake for 20 minutes.

  1. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat and stir until sugar dissolves.

  1. Spoon 1 tablespoon of sauce over each meatball. Bake for 10 minutes. Spoon another tablespoon of sauce over each meatball and bake for 10 more minutes.

  1. Remove baking sheet from the oven and let meatballs cool on the rack for 5 minutes. Serve with extra sauce on the side for dipping. Don’t forget the toothpicks!

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No Peeking Beef

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Do you ever have one of those days where you just want comfort food?  Growing up in the Mid-West my comfort food was beef and potatoes.  Today's recipe is a healthier version but still the same great taste of braised beef.  The technique is one many use, but the ingredients make this beef one of the best for a gluten free family.  Hubby even said it was amazing and kept asking what was in it as he was sure it could not be just simple ingredients.

The cool thing is you can throw everything in one pot and pretty much stick it in the oven and forget.  Your house is going to smell amazing, so be ready to resist the temptation to peek at the beef as it cooks.

Time to get cooking! 

No Peek Braised Beef

  • 2 lbs - sirloin beef tip or stew meat, cubed - I always use organic grass fed beef, trust me there is a difference
  • 1 pkg mushroom soup (Mayacamas Fine Foods gluten free dry mix) mixed with 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup beef stock or 1 cup hot water and 1 Massel beef cubes (I used the 7's)
  • 1/2 cup red wine or whatever you have on hand will do
  • 1 cube Massel beef cube, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pint cremini mushrooms or a mushroom mix
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.
Add cubed meat to a dutch oven.
In a large bowl mix the remaining ingredients together and pour over the meat.
Add mushrooms, shallot, garlic and thyme and stir to coat. Cover and bake at 300 degrees for 3 Hours. NO PEEKING!!! Do not open the lid until done.

Serve up with some rice and veggies.  You will have fans asking for seconds.  

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Enjoying Easter even with food allergies! #eatfreely

Josi getting in on the tasting - egg free sugar cookie dough made with Enjoy Life flour! YUM

Are ready for your little bunnies this week?  With Easter coming we took the chance to do some Easter baking recently using Enjoy Life Foods products.  We invited Kathleen a great friend and newly deemed family member over and got busy making a mess.  

I love that even with multiple food allergies Enjoy Life Foods products work for everyone!  When I say multiple I really mean it. - Gluten free, dairy free, corn free, egg free and peanut free.  

I tried to have the decorating area's set for when the decorating squad arrived.  I love to pull out the table leaves and give everyone a space all their own. (this also helps with allergy safety)  Basically put down a huge table cloth, you can shake out later.  Set each station up with their own tea towel or parchment paper you can easily roll up and toss, when you are done.  Make clean up so much easier.

I had 8 sugar cookies for each person to decorate along with all the sugar sprinkles, Enjoy Life mini chips and little bento containers to hold the sugar for each person.  I love to make up each person an egg free royal icing in a pastry bag too.  This gives the kids practice with icing and hand-eye control.  
Some of us love to still squirt icing directly into our mouths. (right Lillie?)

We baked up the Enjoy Life brownies in a 1/4 sheet pan with parchment paper.  Once cooled we cut out Easter shapes with the larger cookie cutters.  Then topped with royal icing.

Look at these cute bunnies! 

Just let the icing dry for 3-4 hours and you can wrap them up individually to give away!  Great idea for a class room treat that is allergy safe! 

These beauties are vegan.  This is my German Chocolate cake made with Neat Egg and baked on a 1/2 sheet pan.  Kathleen from Soul Food Heals mixed up a batch of corn free paleo frosting and got to making these crowd pleasers. Imagine the flavor... german chocolate cake topped with coconut frosting, espresso chocolate drizzle and toasted coconut.  Really popular little bunnies.  

Franki stole one of these to give to our neighbor because she want to give Mr. Hart a special treat.  I found it interesting that she picked the super adorable rabbit to walk across the street.  He really enjoyed it.  

What are you waiting for?  Go grab some Enjoy Life Foods mixes and get your Easter bunnies hopping in your kitchen! 

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