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Happy National Coffee Day

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It’s National Coffee Day today!

I love coffee and don’t go a day without it. I’m partial to Starbucks and realize my delicious caffeinated friend can be a bit on the pricey side. While perusing Pinterest recently (oh how I LOVE Pinterest!) I came across a recipe to make your own Starbucks Frappuccino at home – for .32 cents. Say WHAT? Yup, you read that right. Someone figured out how to make their favorite drink at home for pennies. Smart thinking! Take a look and maybe you can start making your own and save some big bucks. I personally love all the pie charts and details this person put into this. They meant business. 🙂

So, have you enjoyed your favorite coffee drink yet today? I decided to treat myself to Starbucks new drink for Fall, the Salted Caramel Mocha. It was just ok. I love the salted caramel, but I guess mochas aren’t my thing. I don’t even want to think about how many calories were in that bad boy – I didn’t allow myself to see the nutrition info on the website when I grabbed the link above – HA! Oh, and not to mention that I completely spaced out and didn’t even stop to think about whether or not it was for sure gluten-free. I feel fine thus far, so I think it’s ok, but duh!

I’ve heard that McDonalds and other restaurants are serving coffee for free today. If you’re needing an afternoon cup of joe, check and see if anywhere near you is serving it up for free today!

Happy coffee drinking!

Cooking Shows This Week!

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Just a reminder that the cooking shows I previously wrote about are being shown this week and start today. Here is the list of shows and times again:

Mr. Thom Cooks GLUTEN-FREE – 2011 to air as follows on Cable Channel 19:

Monday, 9/26/11 at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/27/11 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/28/11 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, 9/29/11 at 10 p.m.

GLUTEN-FREE with “Chef” Thom – 2010 to air as follows on cable Channel 19:

Monday, 9/26/11 at 12:00 Noon
Tuesday, 9/27/11 at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 9/28/11 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9/29/11 at 7 p.m.

Gluten Free Cooking Show

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Are you connecting with others who are gluten free? Befriending the store managers at your health food store or making friends at a support group? I encourage you to start talking to others! If you’re in your grocery store’s gluten free aisle and browsing at the same time as someone else, strike up a conversation! I truly believe you will learn something new or be able to give a tip or suggestion and possibly make a difference in that person’s life.

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know a few of the ladies at the Kalamazoo Celiac Support Group. It’s always so fun to hear how others tackle their gluten free journey and to get ideas and tips from them. Someone in particular whom I have gotten to know has a really neat relationship with a local chef who has a specialty in gluten free cooking. She has actually partnered with the chef and produced two cooking shows that are going to be aired through Public Media Network on a local cable channel. I bet you haven’t watched a gluten free cooking show before! Neither have I!

For those of you who are local, I want to share the current schedule for each show and maybe you can check it out. Both shows are being aired during the week of September 26 (next week) at different times of the day.

Mr. Thom Cooks GLUTEN-FREE – 2011 to air as follows on Cable Channel 19:

Monday, 9/26/11 at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/27/11 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/28/11 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, 9/29/11 at 10 p.m.

Recipes include Pumpkin Pancakes, Stewed Apples, Pumpkin Black Bean Soup, Deviled Eggs with Ham, Spinach & Strawberry Salad, Spring Chicken Soup, British Burger, Asian Coleslaw, Red & Black Bean Salad, Peanut Butter Cookies. 

GLUTEN-FREE with “Chef” Thom – 2010 to air as follows on cable Channel 19:

Monday, 9/26/11 at 12:00 Noon
Tuesday, 9/27/11 at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 9/28/11 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9/29/11 at 7 p.m.

Recipes include Mashed Cauliflower, Chicken Wrap, Vinaigrette Dressing, Zucchini Noodles, Baked Banana Dessert.

I’m excited to watch and see the Pumpkin Pancakes and Baked Banana Dessert. And, I am really curious about the Pumpkin Black Bean Soup – never heard of that combo before! What are you interested in learning more about? Are you going to plan to watch at some point?

I Haven’t Forgotten About You!

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Hey everyone! I’ll be back blogging this week. Took a little time and now my head spins with things to share. Hope you’ll come back and read when the posts start coming!

Warning

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You might get a little hungry next week….recipes are coming!!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
(Lemon Coconut and Banana muffins)

FDA and Gluten Free Labeling

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I know, three posts in a day – who am I?

I just saw this on Facebook and had to share. I’ve read about the FDA re-opening comments on the regulations for gluten free food labeling a few different times, and this site that I am going to link to does a great job explaining and helping you know what you can do to leave a comment.

I’m going to be doing a little research into this and then thoughtfully comment soon. Will you do the same?

http://glutenforpunishment.com/2011/08/comment-on-fda-gluten-labeling-guidelines/

I’m Back!

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So, I am not a very good blogger. A good blogger would have had posts pre-written, or guest posts, or SOMETHING on her blog while she was on vacation. A good blogger, at the very least, would have said she was going to be on vacation and to look for new posts in a week. Sorry – I didn’t do any of that!

Yes, we were on vacation. More specifically, we had a stay-cation. We were home, but had plenty of fun taking day trips and just spending time together. It was wonderful. Can you believe summer is almost over? I can’t. I am not sure I am ready for all the routine and hustle and bustle of the school year. Thankfully, we still have the rest of this month to play and I hope we make the most of it!

I thought a lot about the blog and you while I was on vacation. I had things I wanted to write about, recipes I wanted to share. My hubby even said at one point, “this would make a great blog post”. I got to think quite a bit about the blog. It’s only been two short months since the blog launched, but it seems longer somehow. I spent a lot of time preparing for the blog to “go live”. I really built it all upon the idea of helping others and being a resource for other gluten free people. I think I approached it as more of an organization – a structured, almost formal resource. And, let’s be real, it’s just little old me, talking about what I had for dinner and what I’ve learned along my gluten free journey. Not much of an organization, eh?

So, as I thought about the blog, I feel like it needs to relax a bit. Do you feel that way? How is the site and what I am sharing coming across? Do you find things helpful? Do you want “just business” or do you think of me as your blogging friend? I have a handful of blogs that I read about food, design, home improvement…I read them because I like what they are about, but also because I like the person writing them. Have I ever met them? Nope. But, you kind of get a feel about who they are based on what they write about and how they write. Isn’t that the beauty of a blog?

The conclusion I have come to is that I need to let this blog grow and morph into what it’s going to be and not put myself into a box. I’ve struggled to write posts at time because I feel like I need to have some mind-blowing topic or well drawn out recipe to share (ok, so none of my posts fall into either of those categories, but you catch my drift, right?), but I am going to let that go. It’s ok if I post quickly that I have tried the new gluten free Rice Krispies (I have by the way – more on that later) and call it a day. So, here’s me loosening up. (shaking shoulders and rolling neck around). Can anyone here say Type A? 🙂

I hope everyone had a great week last week and that you’ll keep reading and walking the gluten free path with me!