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Managing Behavioral Challenges With Building Blocks NW

April 30th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Building Blocks NW logo
I recently sat down with Shealeen Stabelfeldt, M.Ed., BCBA – owner of Building Blocks NW who teaches children with Autism, ADHD, to learn how to manage their behavioral challenges.  Shealeen uses her skills as a Board Certified Applied Behavioral Analyst (BCBA), for children ages 3-17 with behavior challenges. After chatting with her during the interview and seeing her with her own children, I can see she is very passionate about helping as many children and families that she can.   Shealeen, her husband and two children, recently moved to Bainbridge Island, WA from Winthrop, Massachusetts.
Shealeen has 12 years experience as a special educator in Washington, Wisconsin and Massachusetts.  She saw a need for special education in her community and started Building Blocks NW to support families living in Kitsap County and surrounding communities in Washington state. In addition to starting her business she is also homeschooling her children; Maia 6.5 and Luke 4.

Shealeen Stabelfeldt with kids

I asked Shealeen about Autism Awareness Month and what is the one thing that she wants the public to know about Autsim. Shealeen said “How kids with Autism may have difficulties with social skills, behaviors & communication but that they have something special about them that they do or love that makes them so much fun to work with.”  She mentioned, “One child who knew everything about ships, another who was such a lover she would hug complete strangers, another who collected buttons, another who knew everything about presidents!  I learn so much from these kids and I love learning so I am a great audience for them.”

We wanted to wrap up our chat with some thoughts for parents to think about In regards to her services that Building Blocks NW can provide.
  • Do you drive to Silverdale or take the ferry to Seattle to get ABA services for your child with Autism?
  • Wouldn’t it be easier to have someone come into your home and be able to watch and learn what a BCBA is doing so that you too can use ABA with your own child?
  • Do you want a collaborative team approach for your child?
  • Wouldn’t it make life easier having someone who lives on the island and already knows of most of the teachers, OT’s, PT’s, SLP’s, counselors, neurologists, etc who work with your child?
  • Would you like this someone who was a teacher for 12 years and could go into the school to observe and teach others how your child learns best?
  • Wouldn’t it be great to get rid of challenging behaviors so they can focus on learning?
  • Imagine how wonderful it would be to see your child play more effectively on the playground.
  • Do you want someone who can attend an IEP meeting with you or review an IEP to help you understand it better?
  • Are you considering private school?  Ever thought of getting a group of kids together and creating an ABA school just for them?
  • Are you homeschooling and would like some ABA added to your program a few hours a week?
For more information please contact, or
Shealeen via email to discuss any of the above ideas and ask how she can be of service to you.
Click on the link below to listen to my fun chat with Shealeen Stabelfeldt.

 Interview Shea Stabelfeldt pt 1

Next month we will talk about the increase in recommendations of the Gluten Free lifestyle for children with Autism, ADHD and Behavioral Challenges. 




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We Want Gluten Free and Non-Dairy Treats – Coffeehouse Challenge

April 29th, 2013 at 4:55 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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We Want Gluten Free and Non-Dairy Treats – Coffeehouse Challenge

Mocha with Coconut Milk - Coffeehouse Challenge

Ah yet again! I try to make plans with a friend to meet up for a chat over coffee.  As we discuss where to go, it seems that home is the only place where we can go to get a good cup of         Non-Dairy, creamy lusciousness for our coffee or latte and a safe Gluten Free treat … sigh …

I have decided to make a Coffeehouse Challenge.

We want Gluten Free and Non-Dairy treats at our Coffeehouses!                                                     It is time that Gluten Free Foodies and Non-Dairy consumers have a seat in the Coffeehouses too!

Let there be Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Hazelnut Milk and Hemp Milk!  These are healthier and creamier options than rice and soy.  If you are a Coffeehouse owner or manager, mIght I suggest contacting SoDelicious, Pacific Foods or Living Harvest -Tempt ?!

Non-Dairy Chocolate Hazelnut Milk - Coffeehouse Challenge

It is a dream for me to go into a coffeehouse and order a freshly brewed drip coffee with Coconut Milk creamer, an Almond Milk Latte, a Vanilla Hemp Macchiato or a                      Hazelnut Milk Mocha!

Coconut Barista creamer Gluten Free Non Dairy - Coffeehouse Challenge

 It would be lovely to order a specialty – Non-Dairy creamy frozen drink too! You know the fancy ones that most coffee shops make for various seasons.

Heck, an iced coconut or hazelnut milk mocha would send me to the moon!

 While we are on the subject, how about adding a wrapped Gluten Free bakery item from a Pacific Northwest Gluten Free and Vegan company such as Jodee’s Desserts in Seattle or Petunias Pie’s and Pastries in Portland, Oregon?!! There are so many small businesses that would love the extra wholesale business!  Contact me if you need help finding a Gluten Free bakery in your area.

Did you know that the Gluten Free product market is the fastest growing segment in the food industry?   It is expected that the Gluten Free market is going to surpass $4.2 Billion this year!!! That is an enormous segment of the market that coffeehouses are missing out on if they choose to ignore this challenge.

In the meantime, I guess we will meet at my house and enjoy my home brew and favorite homemade Chocolate Almond Cupcakes. 

GF Chocolate Almond Cupcake - Gluten Free Dairy Free Coffeehouse Challenge

 We want Gluten Free and Non-Dairy treats at our Coffeehouses!

If you are up for the Coffeehouse Challenge this is what you need to do

  • add Non-Dairy milks – Coconut, Hemp, Almond or Hazelnut to your beverage menu
  • add Gluten Free bakery items prepared in a Gluten Free kitchen and wrapped to keep them safe from cross-contamination 
  • send me the name of your coffeehouse and address or website – across the US is great!
  • I will post it on this blog, update it and share the information with everyone
  • If you are a reader and you find a Coffeehouse that serves one of these Non-Dairy milk alternatives and/or Gluten Free treats, send me an email and a picture if you have one.  I will post it and share it!

Please email Lisa

I look forward to hearing from you!


Ok so I have some updates from the Seattle area.

Coffee and Specialty Bakery – Pike Place Market 1500 Western Ave – everything is Gluten Free and they offer Almond and Hemp milk to make the BEST coffee from Illy!

Better Living Through Coffee aka BLT Coffee – 100 Tyler Street, Port Townsend, WA – Awesome Organic and sustainably grown coffee.  Their coffee is so good event the decaf is awesome! They offer a few Gluten Free and Vegan cookies and Tamale pie, Organic coffee and coconut milk and almond milk.




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Gluten Free French Toast with Dried Cherries, Almonds, Coconut and Honey

April 19th, 2013 at 10:05 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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GF French Toast with dried cherries almonds

I decided today that I need a good, hot and hardy breakfast to kick start my day. This weekend breakfast is a well earned treat.

I woke up starving for a BIG HOT GLUTEN FREE BREAKFAST!
This is how I put it all together … for a single serving
So Delicious Coconut Milk Unsweet
Earth Balance Non-Dairy Non-Soy butter
1 egg
Nielsen-Massey GF vanilla
1 thick slice of homemade Gluten Free bread
dried cherries
chopped almonds
coconut flakes
Mix an egg in a bowl with about a tablespoon of Coconut Milk, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Dunk the slice of Gluten Free bread into the mixture and turn over to allow it to absorb. Put some butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the soaked slice of bread into the pan and cook on both sides for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat. Put 2 frozen sausage patties in a microwave safe bowl with a paper towel on top and cook for 1.5 minutes.
Put the Gluten Free French Toast on the plate and top with dried cherries, chopped almonds, coconut flakes. You can use any dried fruit – cranberries, strawberries, blueberries, apricots. You can also add any of your favorite nuts and seeds – pistachios, walnuts, pecans, cashews, pumpkin seeds. I like to add either local clover honey or blackberry honey to make everything glisten and just slightly sweet. Total prep time is 10 minutes. Try to get a bite with everything on it…don’t forget to pour an icy cold glass of coconut milk!

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Got a Gluten Free Question? Ask Lisa, Gluten Free Foodie

April 18th, 2013 at 9:42 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I get emails and questions all the time.  I thought I would start to share some of the questions that I get with you.  This is a very common question that I get all the time …

I am just not interested in my Gluten Free diet anymore. Is it really that bad if I have Gluten every once in awhile? 


Well Sara, it isn’t about cheating on a diet.  If you have Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance – living Gluten Free is a choice that you have to make.  You have to commit to learning everything you can about ingredients, preventing cross-contamination and what questions to ask when you are dining out. The Gluten Free diet is the ONLY way to heal your body and to stop destroying your body when you eat Gluten.  Your symptoms should go away once you have been on a strict Gluten Free diet.  

I suggest talking to your doctor if you are continuing to have symptoms.  

I would like to offer some ideas to kick-start your Gluten Free diet.  Luckily for us it is Spring and Farmers Market season is upon us! I highly suggest going to your local Farmers Market and talking to  your farmers in your community.  Fresh local food is a great way to savor more than just your meal but to connect with your community. 

I picked up some fingerling potatoes from Secret Springs Farm and made them tonight for dinner. Wash them and make sure they are completely dry.  This will help them crisp up.  Add some olive oil to a roasting pan, sprinkle some sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, rosemary, thyme and oregano.  I like to add a few shakes of paprika. Put the lid on and place the pan into the preheated oven – 375 degrees.  It should take approximately 45 minutes. Carefully take them pan out of the oven – there will be steam when you remove the lid. 

Gently toss the potatoes and add 1-2 chopped fresh garlic cloves.  Toss a bit more.  

Place the pan back into the oven, without the lid for 5 minutes.  

Serve with your favorite Farmers Market Vegetables, eggs or meats if you desire.

I went this past weekend and met up with some friends and my favorite new farm on Bainbridge Island. 

Please help me welcome – Secret Spring Farm.  Be sure to say hello to Maia and her husband Erik when you see them at the market. 

Good luck Sara and please let me know what you find at the Farmers Market.
Everything is so fresh and flavorful the hardest part will be choosing what to buy.
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Gluten Free Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

April 18th, 2013 at 1:00 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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GF Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies plate

I am going to let you in on a little secret.  I made some Gluten Free Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies the other day and served them to people that thought they were homemade.  Well they were … kinda of … I made them in my home!

Ok, silliness aside, sometimes you just need to make a Gluten Free treat fast and Pamela’s Products are perfect for that.   I made it my own by adding a few extra ingredients -

 I added 1 tsp of cinnamon

1 TBS GF vanilla

1 cup dried cranberries

 (or your favorite dried fruit that you have in your pantry)

1 cup chocolate chips

If you like your Oatmeal cookies to be softer, add an extra egg – 2 eggs total, and just follow the directions on the bag.  The Oats in the mix are certified Gluten Free.  I can not tolerate Oats even GF certified Oats.  So I had the perfect opportunity to have a group of hungry                ”taste testers” ready and waiting …

GF Oat cranberry chocolate chip cookie up close

Let’s just say that the cookies were gone in no time!

The ladies were more surprised that the cookies were Gluten Free.  The phrases I heard hte most were …

“Ooh so soft and flavorful!”

“Really? Gluten Free?! No way!”


They all wanted the recipe and I said read all about it soon!

Well, ladies if you are reading this …


Pamela's Products Oatmeal GF Cookie MiX


This mix would also make an amazing crumble on top of a cobbler or ice cream!

Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookie Mix is one of Pamela’s Products newest baking mixes.

I want to thank Pamela’s Products for sending this sample.  Although I was not able to actually enjoy the cookies, I know that my taste testers were very, very happy!



UPDATE – Enter Pamela’s Products – Rock Your World Contest – to win a bag full of Pamela’s Products!

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Snack Time – Smoked Salmon Pâté

April 11th, 2013 at 3:51 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Seasoned Smoked Salmon

Smoked Salmon Pate is a favorite around our house. So easy to make and it is a perfect snack to serve with Gluten Free crackers or fresh Gluten Free bread.  Break up some of your favorite Smoked Salmon and make sure it is Gluten Free.  Some Smoked Salmons may use soy sauce as a seasoning, caramel coloring or gluten containing seasonings.  Please read the label carefully and when all else fails, call the company and ask! Thank goodness most companies add – Gluten Free right on the label to make it super easy for us to feel safe to eat and serve. You will need just a few ingredients for this very easy recipe.

Smoked Salmon Pate 

1 cup Gluten Free Smoked Salmon – broken up, into small pieces and de-boned

1 – 8 ounce package of your favorite cream cheese

1-2  TBS Tabasco sauce – make it as spicy as you like

1 TBS Mayonaise

1 TBS chives dried or fresh

1 TBS lemon juice

1 large clove chopped garlic

1 tsp dill dried or fresh

1 half chopped red onion

Add all of the ingredients to your food processor and pulse until all the ingredients are incorporated and smooth.

Put the Smoked Salmon Pate into a bowl with a tight sealing lid.

Chill for 30 minutes to one hour in the refrigerator.

As I always say … let it meld! 

Serve Smoked Salmon Pate your favorite vegetables – carrots, celery, snap pea pods or with non-flavored Gluten Free crackers.  This is a nice snack to serve in the evening with drinks while dinner is cooking in the oven. It also makes a great snack mid-afternoon with a light salad and a crusty Gluten Free roll.  This recipe can be stored in the refrigerator in a bowl with a tight sealing lid for 2-3 days. If you are having a party I highly recommend making it the day before so it has time to meld.

Making Smoked Salmon Pate


P.S. As soon as I made this everyone ate it before I could get another pretty picture of it served on the bread and crackers.  Yes … it is that good! You may want to make extra!  As soon as I get more Smoked Salmon and make more I will be sure to take picture before letting anyone gets the first bite.  Stay tuned …



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BARN Cooking Up A Kitchen – Public Meeting

April 4th, 2013 at 1:43 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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flyer for BARN Kitchen Public Meeting

 BARN Cooking Up A Kitchen – Public Meeting

April 8, 2013 7:00-8:30 PM 

Bainbridge Island Public Library

Join us for this Public Meeting to learn more about BARN Kitchen.

We are in the planning stages and we want your feedback and ideas.  Please come prepared to share your thoughts with us. Are you interested in creating special foods – preserves or jams, catering, teaching or taking cooking classes, making special meals with groups?

What is BARN? 

BARN is the Bainbridge Island Artisan Resource Network, a community shared working space for artisans including woodworking, fiber art, jewelry making, metalworking and a      commercial kitchen space.  The BARN will be a intergenerational place that will serve as a hub for the Bainbridge Island community to create art and experiences in a shared space.

I am proud to say that I am part of the planning committee for the BARN Kitchen.  I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful community that is building a creative space together.  A project that values the ideas and needs of the people within the community that will be the melting pot for creating. I can’t wait!  - Lisa 

We look forward to seeing you at

 BARN Cooking Up A Kitchen – Public Meeting

April 8, 2013 7:00-8:30 PM 

Bainbridge Island Public Library

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Maninis Gluten Free nominated for Best of 2013

March 28th, 2013 at 12:47 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Maninis Gluten Free nominated for Best of 2013 by Triumph Dining.  Maninis Gluten Free is based in Seattle, nominated for their Fresh GF Pastas Flour Mixes.

Maninis GF Pasta logo

I am so excited for Maninis Gluten Free – a local Seattle company that has been in business for two years, is nominated for THE BEST OF GLUTEN FREE NOMINATIONS 2013 by Triumph Dining!  Maninis Gluten Free has been nominated for their GF Fresh Pastas and GF Flour Mixes.  I love all of their products and voted for them!

Maninis GF Fresh Pasta Kale Peppers

I am such a fan of Maninis Gluten Free products because it is a local Seattle family.  A family that has created wonderfully delicious and nutritious products, developed ten years ago when they found out that their 5 year old daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  Maninis Gluten Free products were developed by a the parents – the mother a mathematician and the father a chemical engineer, of the 5 year old girl.  Over the years additional family members realized that they have sensitivities to Gluten as well.   It is a family run business with true heart behind everything they do.

Maninis is the only Gluten Free company that creates  FRESH GLUTEN FREE PASTA  in a dedicated GF facility, no rice, no beans, no dairy, no soy, no peanuts or tree nuts, no fish or shellfish. Made with ancient grains and uses fresh, local, 100% cage free eggs.

You can order their products online or check their website for retail locations.  Local chefs love Maninis Gluten Free products they are serving fresh pasta in their restaurants!

If you have not tried Maninis Gluten Free products, trust me when I say this …                       you will not believe that any of their products are Gluten Free when you taste it.  You will look like a rock star in the kitchen when you use Maninis Gluten Free products! 





Lasagna Sheets 

Maninis Fresh GF pasta pkg

Maninis GF 5 flour mixes

Maninis Gluten Free flour mixes are also nominated! I love all of the mixes and use every day to make Gluten Free pizza dough, bread, rolls, cakes, cookies, pies and more! 


bagf 2013 nom badge

It would be really great to see this local

Seattle Family and Company win this award!

Vote Now! Maninis Gluten Free Fresh Pasta and Flour Mixes nominated for Triumph Dining Best of 2013 Awards.

Thank you for taking the time to vote!



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Gluten Free Breakfast Cereal is Back!

March 27th, 2013 at 9:30 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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This is one of those simple pleasures that I love waking up to in the morning.
Enjoy Life Foods Flax Chia Cereal with Berries

Gluten Free Breakfast Cereal is back in my morning routine and in my favorite bowl.  I love it with non-dairy milk or yogurt.   Want to make it even more satisfying? Add some little extra favorites – fresh or dried fruit, shredded coconut, whatever you like!

Enjoy Life Flax Original with Bananas berries

ELF Flax Cereal with Yogurt Dried Berries Coconut

I am a big fan of Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Flax Original and Crunchy Flax with Chia cereal. Enjoy Life Foods makes it easy to eat Gluten Free and Allergy Free anytime of the day, especially in the morning! Little crispy balls that make anything crunchy when you add them to your favorite milk.  I love it served with coconut milk or hemp milk.  Cereal is so fast and easy it only takes a few minutes to put it in a bowl and add your favorite toppings.

I love Crunchy Flax with Chia so much I enjoy it anytime of the day. It really is a great treat to take with me on the ferry. I just add all the fruit or toppings to a container with the non-dairy milk or yogurt and then put the cereal in a separate container.  When it is time to eat, I sit back, savor my treat and enjoy the view of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Crunchy Flax Original and Crunchy Flax with Chia is the perfect way to start your day and it is so satisfying.  Check out the nutritional facts that makes it a great choice to start your day.

Enjoy Life Foods cereal nutritional data

Enjoy Life Foods Flax with Chia cereal

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Gluten Free Jelly Beans, Gummy Bears and Gummy Swirls

March 11th, 2013 at 6:38 pm by Lisa
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Gluten Free Jelly Beans, Gummy Bears and Gummy Swirls, OH MY!

Easter is just around the corner and nothing is more perfect in the Easter Basket than something Organic and natural from Surf Sweets.

Surf Sweets Easter Medley fruity bears, gummy bears, gummy swirls jelly beans Organic Natural

Surf Sweets Easter medley

These are the best Organic and natural candies that are made with natural colors and flavors from fruit juices.  Surf Sweet candies are made in a dedicated Nut-Free facility and are Gluten Free, Dairy/ Casein Free, No Corn Syrup and No GMOs.  You can feel good about giving your children (and yourself) Surf Sweets anytime.  Kids like to eat candy, so when they just want to be a kid, feel good that you choose Surf Sweets because they also have 100% RDA of Vitamin C.  Surf Sweets are actually good for them. We won’t tell them if you don’t.

Spring Mix Organic Jelly Beans

Spring Mix Organic Jelly Beans

I love Surf Sweets Spring Mix Organic Jelly Beans especially around Easter. I love to put them in little serving dishes when guests come over to the house.  They look like a pretty little edible bouquet of fresh blossoms!  The Spring Mix comes in 6 flavors – Tropical Punch, Lemonade, Mixed Berry, Pineapple, Tangerine and Watermelon! Not only are these Organic Jelly Beans Gluten Free but they are Vegetarian as well.

Surf Sweets Gummy Bears are an anytime favorite at home or on the go!

Surf Sweets Gummy Bears are an anytime favorite at home or on the go!

I’ll bet you have fond memories of gummy bears as a kid!  I know I do.  We used to lick the back and stick them on our collar and wear them all day around school.  It was what the “cool kids” did! I remember bringing a bag of gummy bears on field trip days and sharing my bag with everyone.  I loved all of the flavors but especially the red ones! The bag never lasted past the bus ride to our destination that morning but we all sure had fun with our gobbling up our gummy bears.  Such a fun kid memory.  I think that is why I pick up a bag when I see them at the store every now and then. I like to have them around to put in my picnic bag or for a road trip.  I make sure to buy the Surf Sweets because they are Gluten Free, Organic and natural.  I want the best, no guilt treat and maybe I just want to feel like a kid for awhile too!

Tell the Easter Bunny to check out the Surf Sweet website to find the closest store to buy them locally or contact them to ship directly to your home.  I buy mine Whole Foods Market, PCC and natural food stores. I am a real customer.

Thank you to Surf Sweets for sending me a Spring package of treats pictured in this post.  The opinions expressed are solely mine.  Thank you to Surf Sweets for following my blog all these years!

Hoppy Easter!



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