Gluten Free Advocacy needs a KickStart

Can you imagine a completely gluten free kitchen where you can go on Saturday to cook and learn?  I love this concept and idea from Taylor at Gluten Away.  I just wish it was in Chicago.  No biggie, Florida is only a short trip for our family and would be a great weekend trip.  Gluten free and the Beach on the same day!  SCORE!  

But really this is real and I love it!  I am sharing below with you the information on the new Sample Saturday project. I just backed this project because I am passionate about teaching our children how to cook for themselves and showing them gluten free can be tasty.  This is what true advocacy looks like.  Please click on the link below and back the project too.

What is Sample Saturdays:
  • Themed gluten-free event held once a month in Tampa, Florida
  • 8 interactive stations for gluten-free food tasting and education (New every month)
  • Cooking station for recipe demos to show how to use the products
  • Attendees receive cookbooks, samples, and product info to find the products locally
  • People who can’t attend can watch live broadcasts of the event online

Our plan:  
Imagine a themed event where you can sample gluten-free products prepared in recipes, watch live cooking demos, receive a cookbook and products, and interact with a hundred people who are gluten-free just like you. Expos are a great way to do this. But with our Sample Saturdays, we give people the option to attend these events every single month in Tampa, Florida. If you don't live in the area, that's ok! We'll be broadcasting these events, live, for everyone in the U.S. to see from home.   

How Sample Saturdays Are Different:  
Sample Saturdays have eight interactive stations focused on tasting and education. We have a fully interactive kitchen where we show you how to make recipes using new gluten-free products.  Attendees learn how to use products in their day-to-day lifestyle in an environment that is social, interactive, and less overwhelming than traditional expos.  

Our Kick Starter Goal:
Our goal is to raise $7,500 to help fund this event space. All of the money we’ve used to get this started has come out of our pockets so any support that we get helps! If we do not meet our goal, it will not be funded. Donate here!

How YOUR Donations Will Be Used:  
Right now we currently have the space, design, products, and even some attendees in place! All we need now if YOUR help to get it done. Your donations will go towards building out our kitchen space. Counter-tops, kitchenware, lounging for attendees, and utensils is all that we need! Your donations will allow us to complete the idea that we started and get this event ready for gluten-free families in the area.

When is the deadline:  
Our first event is August 27th. We need your help to get this funding by August 14th. Every penny helps! 

What you receive for donating:
Depending on how much you donate, you can get the following bellow!
  • Donate $10+ = Get 3 Downloadable Gluten Free Cookbooks.
  • Donate $35+ = Get the first prize AND a Gluten Free Sample Kit filled with 20+ gluten-free samples.
  • Donate $100+ = Get the first 2 prizes AND give a month's worth of Sample Saturday tickets and 1 sample kit sent to a gluten-free child.
  • Donate $200+ = Get the first 2 prizes AND give a YEAR's worth of Sample Saturday tickets and $100 of samples to a gluten-free child.

Why is this important? 
Right now, this is a plan so close to being completed. It's one that's been an idea for so long, but now we finally have the space to get it done. We have no investors, we have no loans, we have no large stash of money sitting around. Every penny that has been put into helping the gluten-free community has come out of our pockets. Also, every penny that we have made has been put back into ideas like these to help the gluten-free community. We have not paid ourselves.
It's our goal to make Sample Saturdays not only a local event in Tampa, Florida, but an event that can eventually come to every big city in the U.S. An event where people can sample new gluten-free products every month, learn how to cook and bake with them, and most importantly, have a space that will make everyone feel safe and normal again. Sample Saturdays in Tampa, Florida is only the beginning. Donate and help us get it off the ground and we will eventually hope to get it to a city near you.

Our kitchen that needs funding to be finished on the left
Our build out design for Sample Saturdays
Our open space that will be filled with 8 booths for the event

Our front lounging space for attendees to interact in

SunButter Triple Ice Cream #glutenfree #nutfree #dairyfree #sugarfree

SunButter Triple Ice Cream was a winner!  I quickly want to share with you how we made it.

I was inspired by this video.  I changed the strawberry layer to SunButter flavored.  No allergies for Josi and it was safe for everyone.  Even sugar free!

You will need 9 ripe or over ripe banana's.  I found mine on the dollar old produce shelf.  Basically you slice the bananas and freeze them over night.  Then add to your food processor or chopper.  Add 1 tbs coconut milk or rice milk so the chopper does not get stuck.  

The vanilla has 1 tbs vanilla extract.  1/4 cup SunButter creamy for the middle layer and I used 1 tbs cacao powder with 1/4 cup coconut oil for chocolate layer.  No extra sugar or honey.  The ripe bananas are super sweet.

We will be making more of this in the coming weeks of summer!  Winner Winner and Taster Approved. #kidApproved

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Funding Safe Food for Your Family

Happy Monday. I hope your Monday is totally Rocking! This will only make it better.
I have 2 things to share with you today. 
1st: Tomorrow night we are hosting a very special webinar. Please register now and plan to join us for 20 minutes. This is very dear to our hearts.
The more we are at live events and talk to the gf community the more we hear about the struggle just to afford safe food for your family. It is a real struggle for those close to us and at the Schaumburg GFAF event this past month, we learn that there is a waiting list at the food pantry in South Barrington of families waiting for allergy free food, like gluten free and peanut free for their kids. This broke my heart and even more, hit home for us the need our community has when it comes to feeding their kids food to help them stay well. Food free of allergens. This is why we are having a special event this Tuesday night.
This short Webinar may be CRITICALLY IMPORTANT for your family and will be presented by Mr. Majid Zafer a leading consultant in the Chicago area. We want to take the opportunity to show you a way you can AFFORD THE FOOD YOUR FAMILY NEEDS to keep your child safe! As a family with food allergies we know first hand the cost of the weekly FOOD NEEDED IS MORE EXPENSIVE. Gluten free and Organic groceries can cost up to 60% more money than traditional popular American brands. Your child's health is important to us at GF Mom Certified and we want to introduce you and share with you what we have learned from Mr. Zafer.
Note: Mr Zafer's time is limited and there is limited (virtual seats) line space, so please register now.

You'll be on and off the conference within 30 minutes and of course will have a value gift for the first 40 people that register!
Register Here - Do this Now, from your phone.

2nd: This Saturday I will be in Florida at the Gluten Free and Healthy Lifestyles Event.  Super Excited!  Who do you know in Florida.  I want to me them! We will be sharing our GF 101 training on the seminar stage.  ​Here are the details.

We will chat tomorrow night.  Happy Monday thoughts your way! 
p.s. Watch the SunButter website for my newest recipe! with the most awesome video ;-)

The Minneapolis Recap - Whoa What a Show!

Are you ready to take a spin through the last GFFA Fest in Minnesota with me?  The event was held in downtown Minneapolis and the city is truly a food mecca.  I loved it!  But then again I am a foodie.

Always need your official expo photo!  Look a gluten free donut!

These were just a few of my favorite brands I saw.  I have to tell you Lillie loves the Way Better chips I brought home more than the other bean chip brands.  Yeah for being corn free! 

This was a new and creative booth. State Farm was allowing attendees to make their own aprons and heat stamping on the spot!  Coolest concept at the expo award! 

We love our fans!  Did you stop and get a picture with me?  This is Theresa and she came all the way from Chicago!  

My daily expo snack!  #eatFreely saves me from starving.

You need to try this!  This is banana's with Smudge from Freedom Foods.  Nice little dessert for the afternoon. 

Ok have you tried the bean noodles yet?  We brought home some of the chickpea fussoli and it was great!  Girls loved it. Need to get some more! 

This is Jaimie from SunButter.  Watch the SunButter website this week for one of my newest recipes using SunButter! 

Do you recognize Jules?  If not, meet Jules from GF Jules.  One of my top flours and it works in all the GF Mom Certified recipes too!  We test it! 

Supper on the road is always exciting.  This is Common Roots and we loved it!  We actually kinda closed down the restaurant.  Check out the food! 

Pan Seared Carrots

Homemade Hummus and Non-GMO Corn Chips

Minnesota Grass Fed Burger with veggies and hummus.

This bakery was right down the street from Common Roots, so we had to visit French Meadow Bakery and YES I had to have the cake! 

I did share the slice with a great friend. 

Sunday morning hotel breakfast!  Just add hot water and celiac safe!  So good!

Check out GF Jules new packaging.  I love the brown bags of flour!  

My favorite! Wende from Enjoy Life!  

These were the winning most Awesome New product from the event! Freedom Foods Snackers!  Individually packets of dry cereal.  The girls are in love and we are out already at home.  I need to get 2 cases next time! 

These are must haves for event weekends! Water and Probiotics.

I was really excited to try a vegan gluten free cupcake from Nadia Cakes.  The cupcake was super moist and reminded me of a brownie.  The frosting taste just like at home.  Winner! GF Mom approves.

That's a wrap!  Here is Erica from Celiac and the Breast at the end of day 2.

So we are off again on adventure the next 2 weekends!  Watch for post of food on Instagram.  

See you in Sarasota Florida on June 25th!  Details on our event page.  Click at the top for Events! 

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Complimentary Gluten Free Education.. You In?

Happy Hump Day,
I have planned 2 online seminars with Elizabeth Gronert – check them out and you can register here:
The first is this Thursday, I mean tomorrow! These are purely educational – not promoting. You may have a few friends who could benefit from attending and it would be a way for them to meet me and get to know me. They will find this valuable information if they are gluten free and/or have allergies…or from Elizabeth who will be discussing concerns about #1 toxins and poisons, #2 skin issues. Open to our customers, family, friends.
Details, details...​
Gluten Free 101 and Gluten is Hidden in More Than Food
June 9, 2016
8 pm
Location: Online
Join us for this double bonus educational class. I will be covering Gluten Free 101 from what is gluten to how it can affect your life and how to start to protect yourself at home. Our Bonus class is taught by fellow Gluten Free advocate and my friend Elizabeth Anthony Gronert.
“Gluten is Hidden in More Than Food!” While serving the Gluten & Allergy Free Community, Elizabeth Anthony Gronert has learned many are still plagued with external and internal symptoms after eliminating gluten & allergens from their food. In this interactive presentation, Elizabeth will illuminate the numerous places where gluten, allergens, toxins and even carcinogens are hidden in our everyday consumable products. Many with auto-immune issues, skin problems, sleeplessness, low energy, pain and cancer are unintentionally sabotaging their wellness. Learn how to look and feel better while having peace of mind that all you bring into your home is safe for you and your family.
Let's educate the world around us! Please share the invite to the class with your circle. 

#GFFAFest Today in Minneapolis

Good Morning,
I know it is super early.  I get excited the night before and expo. Sleep what is that.  I am actually writing this and heading to the gym this morning. 
Today is the start of the Minneapolis GFFA Fest at the Convention Center.  The doors open at 10am.  Our booth is down past the second row.  
I was excited to see many of my favorite brands setting up yesterday. Including Freedom Foods, Enjoy Life Foods, Gluten Free & More Magazine, The Sauce Goddess, GFJenna from DoTerra, WildTree, GF Jules, and so many more.  There are some of the Gluten Free Rockstars in town too Like myself, Haha!  No really there is Taylor Miller, Erica Dermer and GF Jenna.  
Remember you will want to bring a cloth grocery bag with you to collect your goodies and even a few dollars to take home your favorite products at a discount.  I love expo discounts. 
Make sure to stop by our table for a hug and photo!  
Details, details...
June 4 – 5, 2016 10am – 4pm
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN

Details and Registration –
Please share with your social media friends! See you in Minnesota! 

The Enjoy Life Road Trip #EnjoyLifers

Recently we took a road trip to the corporate offices of Enjoy Life Foods (Thank you Miss Kathleen for the invite and @Celiachashigirl for setting it up)

With Enjoy Life Foods' offices in Chicagoland it really was not a far drive, although with 3 little girls who absolutely love the safe food Enjoy Life Foods creates it was an epic adventure.

We loaded up our wagon and were off to see where all our #eatfreely treats and mixes come from.  Do you spy Angela, Celiac Hashi Girl riding shotgun.  She flew in from California for the GFAF Expo this year and we had a grand time while she was in town.  

The entrance to the Corporate Offices, where all the marketing and social media chatting occurs.  

Franki has visited in the past with Will and wanted to show me right away where she had signed the magic wall. The magic wall is a whole wall painted with dry erase paint.  I loved reading the messages from other Enjoy Lifers.  Very inspiring.  The idea the employees can read thank you notes and notes of true praise each day is awesome.  We may need a magic wall in our own house to encourage each other. 

Did you know they are a supporter of Autism Hope Alliance?  I did not and found this exciting to learn. 

We met Miss Amy and she gave the girls special treats manufactured for Disney. Including chocolate bars and seed & fruit packs. They got all excited.

Look at Goofy! 

Are you ready for the secret tour?  Here we go! 

This is the Enjoy Life Foods break area complete with refrigerators, microwaves and massage chairs. 

The view is really cool and you can watch the airplanes coming into O'hare from the space. 

Josi getting her relax in.

These are just some excited little girls who want to grow up to work at Enjoy Life Foods! 

Joel was so great meeting with us and even showed us the sample room. I learned from Joel the new manufacturing facility in Indiana is going to provide an additional 200 jobs. This is truly awesome and show we all really love the Enjoy Life Foods products.  Incase you have not heard about the new factory.  Here are the details from Crane. The new facility is opening this August and has a grand opening in September for us bloggers and food lovers. (Road Trip anyone??)

The sample room was the little tasters favorite spot in the whole office.

She found all her favorite products. 

Big Thank you to Enjoy Life Foods for allowing us to visit! 

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