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Mini Gluten Free Pumpkin Pies with Graham Cracker Crust

November 24th, 2010 at 3:45 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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The power has been off the past few days because we have had a major snow storm throughout Washington state.  The temps are in the teens right now! The power aka HEATER, STOVE etc. went back on just a few hours ago. I quickly made the most important part of Thanksgiving meal ... Gluten Free Mini Pumpkin Pies with Graham Cracker CrustsNot sure that we will have a turkey tomorrow but at least we have pie! I made a Gluten Free Graham Cracker Crust out of homemade Graham Crackers that I made over the summer.  Do you remember when I said, don't throw those away put them in the processor and freezer bag and freeze them for later use?  Well today is the day! Get them out! This will make 6 - 8 Mini Pumpkin Pies 2 cups Gluten Free Graham Cracker Crumbs homemade or Kinnikinnick S'morable (Gluten Free Graham Crackers crumbled up in a food processor) or just get the Gluten Free Graham Cracker Crumbs 3/4 cup of dark brown sugar 1 stick of butter Put the GF Graham Cracker crumbs into a bowl with the dark brown sugar.  Melt the butter in the microwave.  Add the melted butter to the bowl and use a fork to mix well. Spoon out the crust mixture into ramekins approximately 1-2 tablespoon in each.  Put the ramekins on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 3 - 4 minutes.  Take them out of the oven and add the Pumpkin Pie mixture. Pumpkin Pie Mixture
1 can Organic Pumpkin 1 can evaporated milk 1 cup sugar 2 medium size eggs 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp clove pinch of dried ginger or if you really like it grate some fresh ginger, approximately 1/4 tsp. Mix together in a bowl with a hand mixer.  Pour evenly into each of the ramekins on top of the GF Graham crusts.  Bake them on the baking sheet and put them in the oven at 400 degrees for 5 minutes and the lower to 300 for 25 minutes.  You will also see the custard stand firm away from the edges. Carefully remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.  
 I like my Pumpkin Pie warm, especially on a very cold day like today.  Some people like it chilled.  If you do put it in the fridge after it has cooled on the rack for at least an hour.  Feel free to make some fresh whipping cream and put a big dollop on top ... if you have it!  (I will go without this time because I can't get to the grocery store in this snow storm ...) Either way with or without fresh whipping cream ... trust me it tastes really good and just like the holidays should, even in an early snowy storm! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Lisa glutenfreefoodie@gmail.com GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for event and lifestyle info.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts – Naturally Gluten Free

November 22nd, 2010 at 4:57 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Just a quick posting today to share one of my favorite treats! I never would have thought I would say this but I love Brussel Sprouts!  I eat them like popcorn ... 1 bag of Brussel Sprouts Olive Oil Sea Salt Black Pepper Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.  Wash the Brussel Sprouts then put them in a bowl and drizzle Olive Oil on them so they are nicely coated.  Approximately 2 - 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil.  Sprinkle Sea Salt and Black Pepper on them and toss in the bowl. Put some foil on a baking pan and dump the bowl onto the foil, on the baking pan.  This really makes clean up easy.  Spread the Brussel Sprouts out evenly.  Put them into the oven for 15 minutes.  Take them out and turn them over and put them back in for another 15 minutes or until they get slightly dark and caramelized.  Take them out and put them in a bowl to eat with a meal, maybe Thanksgiving or as a snack.  I add a little bit more of Sea Salt. Black Pepper and a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar.
Cheers to Cisco Morris!  I know how much you love Brussel Sprouts too! Can you imagine if movie theaters started to serve Roasted Brussel Sprouts instead of popcorn as a healthy alternative?  I can dream ... yum! Enjoy! Lisa glutenfreefoodie@gmail.com P.S. The good news about Brussel Sprouts: This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Thiamin, Riboflavin, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium and Manganese. GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for event and lifestyle info.

Gluten Free Foodies at Will Bake For Food in Seattle Sat. Nov. 20

November 19th, 2010 at 9:16 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Gluten Free Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies

Today is baking day and tomorrow is ... Will Bake For Food in Seattle at the University Congregational Church on 4515 16th Avenue NE in the Ostrander Hall.

10 AM - 2 PM (or until the baked goods are gone!)

Bloggers and Bakers from all over the Seattle area - including Gluten Free Foodies - are baking up a storm today getting ready for the big day tomorrow. 

What could be better?  Bring food to donate, get tickets for the donation then use the tickets to get fresh baked goods, including Gluten Free treats and we all are happy!

The real bonus is that you will get an extra ticket if you bring much needed diapers or Gluten Free food.  I was at Trader Joe's earlier this week and they have brown rice pasta for less than $2 a bag! There are sales all around for the holidays so it is a great time to buy extra non-perishable foods to donate.
Be sure to put the Gluten Free food in a bag and mark the bag GLUTEN FREE so that Northwest Harvest knows this is special dietary food.

Looking forward to seeing you there ... it is a great way to stock up on some treats before the holiday and the big snow storm!

I am making Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies! (I changed my mind from an earlier posting ...)

Looking forward to seeing you at WILL BAKE FOR FOOD!
Lisa
glutenfreefoodie@gmail.com

Fast and Easy Gluten Free Brownies

November 14th, 2010 at 12:01 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Yes, Gluten Free Brownies can be fast and easy!
I recently had a chat with a mother that is newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  She told me that she likes to bake simple things but is a bit intimidated by trying to bake Gluten Free. 
Her other worry was that she just really misses having a treat in the afternoon when her girls come home from school. 

So I shared this little secret with her.  I will share it with you too but please ... promise me you will not share it with anyone!
Promise?

Pamela's Products makes an awesome Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Mix! 

I know this is not new information to most of you but it is to those that are new to living a Gluten Free lifestyle.
The thing that I love about this mix is that you can make it so many ways and each way it turns out absolutely delicious!
The back of the package gives you recipes to make the brownies - cake like, fudgiest, egg free, dairy free, oil free, or the classic original with butter! 

So the other day, as the storms started to roll in, I had a hankering for something ... and there it was front in center in my Gluten Free Pantry ... my emergency Pamela's Products Chocolate Brownie Mix.

I mixed up the fudgiest recipe - just add 1/2 cup of oil and 1/3 cup of water to the mix in a bowl. That took all of 3 minutes to do!  I added walnuts to mine to get a little extra protein and omegas. The mix is great and has big chocolate chunks in it for that extra chocolaty goodness!
I decided to use my baking pan that I use to make square cupcakes.  It is by Calphalon Classic Bakeware and is non-stick.  I thought it would be fun to have the cupcakes made separately. 18 minutes later, they were done!  I let them cool for a few minutes on a rack in the pan.  They came out so easily.  The best part, no clean up! I love this pan and by the way ... I do not get paid for talking about any of this ...

So it took 21 or so minutes ... plus a few minutes to actually consume!  How fast and easy is that? 
So no worries, it is OK to use a mix.  Just do it and I won't tell anyone! 

Enjoy!
Lisa
glutenfreefoodie@gmail.com

P.S. If you put on some really great music and dance while you are eating the Gluten Free brownies ... you don't have to count the calories ... maybe eat the brownies then dance and most of the calories won't count!  I put on some Pink Martini ... so fun!

Gluten Free Foodies Gluten Free Food Drive Challenge

November 8th, 2010 at 8:16 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I have learned so much about my community by reaching out to the Kitsap County Food Banks and asking questions.  Yes, believe it or not there are families in our community that need to be on a Gluten Free diet and can't afford food let alone expensive Gluten Free food.  Most of the food banks do not get Gluten Free food donations or understand the need for it.  The past few months we have been collecting Gluten Free Food for the Kitsap County Food Banks at our monthly events.  We have made contributions to eight food banks within the Kitsap area. 

It seems that the month of November, when we celebrate Thanksgiving - the holiday about food and grace, it's appropriate we support others with just that ... food and grace. Food that is savory, satisfying and good for us to eat.  Grace by supporting others in their time of need.

There is nothing that I love more than to get emails from my followers.  I love to hear their stories and to learn about their life experiences.  The one common thing that seems to happen when I post information about our monthly events is that people contact me from all over the globe wishing the could attend our events. This month we are going to do things a little differently for our Gluten Free Foodies Event
I am asking you to be apart of a Global Event -
Gluten Free Foodies Gluten Free Food Drive Challenge.

You can help support your local community in one of many ways to help nourish and stock all of our local food banks.  This includes everyone outside of the Seattle area to put you to the Gluten Foodies Gluten Free Food Drive Challenge to help raise awareness about the need for Gluten Free Foods in our Food Banks

As I mentioned in my previous post, Gluten Free Foodies is extending our support to the Washington State Food Banks by baking for my friend Jenny Richard's event in Seattle. Jenny is a fellow blogger, with the most beautiful blog called PurpleHouseDirt.  Jenny Richards is organizing an event with another blogger, Jenny Miller of Rainy Day Gal.  The event is called "Will Bake For Food".   So, two food bloggers organizing a group of food bloggers and bakers from all over the Seattle area will be baking treats - regular and Gluten Free to help raise food and funds for Northwest Harvest of Seattle. Come meet some of your favorite bloggers that you have been following in person.

Will Bake For Food
November 20, 2010 - 10:00 AM 2:00 PM (or until they run out)
University Congregational Church - Ostrander Hall
4515 16th Avenue NE Seattle WA 98105

I am going to make some Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (pictured above) and Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookies with Peppermint Crunch for Will Bake For Food .  I already have a few Gluten Free Foodies excited to attend the event with me and hope you will join us. I am also going to help continue to raise food and awareness for the need for Gluten Free food in the Kitsap County Food Banks. 

There are many ways that you can participate in the
Gluten Free Foodies Food Drive Challenge
to help raise awareness about the need for Gluten Free Foods in our Food Banks.

1.  You can bring your baked Gluten Free treats to the Will Bake For Food event in Seattle, to give away to attendees that make donations.  Please contact WBFF to sign up, look on the lower right side of the page to fill out the form. Please give them your info and what you would like to bake.  Please be sure to tell them that you are a part of the Gluten Free Foodies Group that is baking to support the event.

2.  You can attend the event, bring non-perishable foods - regular and Gluten Free, supplies like diapers or monetary donation.  In exchange you will get a ticket to then use to go exchange it for your fresh baked treat.  Added incentive - if you bring Gluten Free non-perishable donations you will get an extra ticket!

3.  If you are OUTSIDE OF THE SEATTLE AREA - You can put some non-perishable Gluten Free Food into a bag, mark the outside of the bag GLUTEN FREE FOODIES GLUTEN FREE FOOD.  Drop the bag off at your local Food Bank ... in your community! 
Around the US go to Feeding America to find a food bank in your area.
Want a more global way to help, go to Global Giving to find out more.

4.  If you live in Kitsap County and would like to make a donation to the Kitsap County Food Bank Coalition  click the link to find locations or more information. 

5.  I would love to get some feedback or stories about how you are supporting the Gluten Free Foodies Gluten Free Food Drive Challenge in your community.  Please send me pictures, stories ideas in an email at glutenfreefoodie@gmail.com and I will share them with your fellow Gluten Free Foodies!

6.  If you are a company with a Gluten Free product and would like to participate please contact me at glutenfreefoodie@gmail.com for more info.

Let's all enjoy the holiday season together and celebrate the foods that we can eat!

I look forward to hearing from you.


Thank you!
Lisa
glutenfreefoodie@gmail.com

P.S. Please feel free to share this with anyone that would like to participate.

Gluten Free Foodies at Will Bake For Food Event November 20, 2010

November 7th, 2010 at 9:22 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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This month we are going to do things a little different for our Gluten Free Foodies Event.  Instead of going somewhere to indulge ourselves, I am asking you to help support us in one of a few ways to help nourish and stock all of our local food banks. As you know we have been donating Gluten Free foods to eight local food banks in the Kitsap area the past few months for the Kitsap County Food Bank Coalition. 

I am going to extend my support throughout Washington State by baking for my friend Jenny Richard's event in Seattle. Jenny is a fellow food blogger, with the most beautiful blog called PurpleHouseDirt.  Jenny Richards is organizing an event with another food blogger, Jenny Miller of Rainy Day Gal.  The event is called "Will Bake For Food".   So, two food bloggers organizing a group of food bloggers and bakers from all over the Seattle area will be bringing their baked treats - regular and Gluten Free to help raise food and funds for Northwest Harvest of Seattle. Come meet some of your favorite food bloggers that you have been following in person.

Will Bake For Food
November 20, 2010 - 10:00 AM 2:00 PM (or until they run out)
University Congregational Church - Ostrander Hall
4515 16th Avenue NE Seattle WA 98105

I am going to make some Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (pictured above) and Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookies with Peppermint Crunch for Will Bake For Food .  I already have a few Gluten Free Foodies excited to attend the event with me and hope you will join us.



There are a few ways that you can participate:

1. You can bake and bring your Gluten Free treats to the Will Bake For Food event in Seattle to give away to attendees that make donations.  Please contact WBFF to sign up, look on the lower right side of the page to fill out the form. Please give them your info and what you would like to bake.  Please be sure to tell them that you are a part of the Gluten Free Foodies Group that is baking to support the event.

2. You can attend the event, bring non-perishable foods - regular and Gluten Free, supplies like diapers or monetary donation.  For your donation, you will get a ticket to exchange for your fresh baked treat.  Added incentive - if you bring Gluten Free non-perishable donations you will get an extra ticket!

3.  If you can not attend the event but would like to make a donation to the  Kitsap County Food Bank Coalition please contact them directly for locations or feel free to contact me, glutenfreefoodie@gmail.com.

I look forward to seeing you at Will Bake For Food. 

If you are planning on attending the event please send me an email so I can look out for you or would like to carpool from Kitsap County. 

Thank you!
Lisa
glutenfreefoodie@gmail.com

Gluten Free Spiced Pumpkin Walnut Pancakes with Pancetta

October 31st, 2010 at 11:13 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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This is the perfect weekend breakfast that tastes like Fall! The best part is that it is Gluten Free, easy, fast ... and really delicious! Gluten Free Spiced Pumpkin Walnut Pancakes with Pancetta I like to use Pamela's Products Baking Mix for my pancakes.  Follow the directions on the bag for the amount that you need to make for your family and guests.  You will need to add, eggs, oil, water according to the directions.  The pumpkin flavor is easy, just add ... 2 Tbl. of organic pumpkin puree 1 Tbl. of vanilla 1 tsp. of cinnamon 1/4 tsp. nutmeg  1/8 tsp. clove 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts  (add up to 1/2 cup for 12 more pancakes or substitute pecans if you like). Mix well and set aside while the pan is heating. Since it is a special occasion I used butter on the pan while it was warming.  Add about 1/4 cup of batter for small pancakes and up to 1/2 cup for larger ones. Bake for about 2 minutes on each side until you see the bubbles or holes coming through and the sides look crisp.  Remove from the pan and top with butter while they are still hot! I warmed the thin slices of pancetta on the pan when the pancakes were done, for about a minute. I like the contrast of sweet from the pancakes and maple syrup and salty from the pancetta. The nice thing about pancetta is that it is full of flavor and less clean up than bacon!  I also use honey in place of real maple syrup if I don't have it on hand.  Have a safe and Happy Halloween! Boo! Lisa glutenfreefoodie@gmail.com GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for event and lifestyle info.

Gluten Free Pan de Muerto – Day of the Dead Sweet Bread

October 26th, 2010 at 7:42 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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It is that time of year when Dia de los Muertos is almost upon us.  Mexican families celebrate the lives of loved ones that have passed away.  The celebration is on November 2 the day after All Saints Day on November 1.  There are various traditions that include building altars with memorabilia or pictures of the person's life that you are celebrating.  Festive brightly colored flags made of cut out paper, decorated sugar skulls with bright colors and flowers.  People even dress up and paint their faces white and wear traditional Mexican clothes.  One of the most important parts of the celebration is the food and drink.  The celebration is intended to be fun, happy and actually ... lively!

Pan de Muerto, also known as Day of the Dead Bread, is a very traditional item on the menu.  Pan de Muerto is a sweet bread.  I decided to make this bread today by experimenting with a few ideas that have been swirling around in my Gluten Free head!  I wanted a big loaf, round, crusty and sweet.  I decided to add flavors like orange, clove, cinnamon and fennel.  It is amazing how the combination perfumes my house while the bread is rising and baking.  It has taken on a new meaning of fall flavors for me and is definitely something to celebrate. 

There are other foods that you can add to your menu for Dia de los Muertos.  Everything that you or the celebrated like - tamales, tacos with shredded pork or beef, mole, Mexican rice, salsa, queso, beans, flan, candies, sangria, even paella if you want!

So today, while I was baking my Gluten Free Pan de Muerto, I was thinking about a number of people that have made a special place in my heart.  I was also thinking about how happy some of them would be to see me making this bread and sharing it with others.  I know they would be smiling and enjoying it with me, warm just out of the oven ... smothered with butter!

If you would like my recipe, please send me an email and let me know whose life you will be celebrating this Dia de los Muertos. I would love to hear just a little bit about someone that was special to you.

I look forward to hearing from you.
la paz ...

Lisa
glutenfreefoodie@gmail.com


P.S. The reviews are in on the bread ... half is gone within the first few minutes of taking it out of the oven.  I am not the only person in the house, I requested a few taste testers ... some of the others aren't even Gluten Free! I will be giving the recipe to a limited number of people that share their story and for a limited time.

Review "Real Life With Celiac Disease" – Must Have Book

October 26th, 2010 at 10:57 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I am so excited to share this awesome book with you - "Real Life With Celiac Disease", Troubleshooting and Thriving Gluten Free by Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN and Daniel A. Leffler, MD, MS from The Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. I truly think this is a book to buy and keep close by to refer back to the detailed information.  It is great to have it on hand when the brain fog kicks in and you are looking for answers.  I have read through this book from cover to cover and will probably read it again and again for that very reason.  There is so much information to learn.  It is comforting to know that the authors have taken the time to research and document this information for all of us.  It is a great book to buy for family members that do not understand what this "new Gluten Free lifestyle" is all about and why it is so important for them to support you and your health by adhering to Gluten Free foods and avoid cross contamination. I have one favor, please ask your local library to order this book so that more people can learn about Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance. The book has 3 main Chapter Headings and I have highlighted a few chapters within that I think are key points of information but all of the info is extremely valuable. The Basics: Definitions and Diagnosis - This covers all areas in great details with drawings and charts. Info included about Genetic Testing, DH, Finding Celiac Disease in Children. The Gluten-Free Life: Solutions and Strategies - The Gluten Free Vegetarian, Cheating? Think Again,  Combining Diets for Diabetes and Celiac Disease by Cynthia Kupper, RD, CD and Director of GIG, Infant Feeding and Celiac Disease. The Obstacles: Concerns and Complications - Monitoring Celiac Disease, Non Responsive, Malabsorbtion of Fructose, Lactose and Related Carbohydrates, Cancer Risk and Realities, Skin Manifestations, Neurological Manifestations. I know I am repeating myself but all of the information in the book is so extremely eye opening and reassuring to those who think they are alone.  You will want to read the entire book when you get it so make some hot tea, curl up with a blanket and read! If you can wait, the holidays are so close, I would put this on your "Must Have List"! For more information please go to the website - Real Life With Celiac Disease . Enjoy! Lisa glutenfreefoodie@gmail.com GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for event and lifestyle info.

Gluten Free Halloween Natural Candy and Organic Treats

October 20th, 2010 at 12:36 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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It is that time of year when the pumpkin fields and spiders are busy getting ready for Halloween! I guess this year I can consider myself as a Eco-friendly Halloween decorator if I just let the spiders do what they do ... so no decorations this year because the spiders are extra festive.  Yikes!

I love visiting the pumpkin fields just down the way.  So many varieties, shapes, colors and sizes!  I live on a small island just across the Puget Sound from Seattle.  It is a quaint island of about 20 thousand people and most holidays are celebrated in full costume and decorations. Most holidays we meet "in town" and have some sort of event to celebrate the occasion.  Halloween is especially fun to see the kids young and old, dress up and trick or treat in and out of the shops in town.  It is not the way we used to do it when I was a tot but times have changed.  I actually think it is kind of cool to be in a big group of ghouls and fools to see the creative costumes. 

Because things are done differently these days, I personally don't buy the jumbo bags of candy.  I would much rather make something like a festive. So today I thought I would take my walk through the pumpkin fields to find some extra inspiration.  I couldn't help but think about all the wonderful things that you can make with pumpkins: of course ... pies, scones, muffins, breads, cookies and yes ... candied pumpkin! I really love to roast the pumpkin seeds with olive oil and sea salt in the oven.

I do realize that Halloween isn't the same without ... candy!
So I have put together a short list of my favorite Organic and Natural candies that I like to give as treats on Halloween or anytime of the year. 

One thing to keep in mind ... Yes, it is cool to be natural ...

Surf Sweets - Organic, Natural, No Corn Syrup or GMO's- Look for their Sour Worms in the Halloween Packs and other varieties at Whole Foods Markets!

Enjoy Life Chocolate Bars - click on this link for a discount print out - Free of gluten, dairy, soy, peanut and tree nuts and casein. Crispy Rice, Milk and Dark Chocolate variety.

Kaia Foods Fruit Leathers - raw leathers with flavor combinations like Vanilla Pear, Ginger Lime and many more.

Larabar - Trick or Treat Sweeps by October 22, 2010 to win a pumpkin shaped bucket filled with Larabar mini treats! See site for more info.

Kind bars - Variety of nut and dried fruit bars, 6 new flavors!

Stretch Island Fruit Co. - all natural fruit strips with your favorite fruits.


Bissinger's Naturals Gummy Pandas - Great flavors - Pomegranate White Tea, Blueberry Acai, Apricot Green Tea and many more.
  
Halloween Treats to make at home

candied pumpkin strips
pumpkin seeds or trail mix with dried fruit,other seeds and nuts
caramel or fudge apples
popcorn balls
festive decorated cupcakes and cookies

My favorite candies ... that I love and enjoy on a rare occasion at the movies ... they actually say Gluten Free!

I started thinking about all the lists that I see floating around on the web for Halloween. I find it hard to suggest some because most of it is so unnatural and filled with preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, soy, etc., and even though they are Gluten Free, I don't eat them anymore. Just in case that is what you are looking for, I have added a link to a list on Celiac.com  for Gluten Free Candies.

Trick or Treat ... smell my homemade Gluten Free treats ... give me something "good for me" to eat!

Lisa
glutenfreefoodie@gmail.com
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Learning to live Gluten Free is a challenge. Gathering with like minded people while exchanging ideas, life experiences and gluten free food is more interesting! So I created, Gluten Free Foodies, to support people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerant and other Food Sensitive people by gathering at events and celebrating the foods that we can eat! Do you have a Gluten Free question you want the answer to? Feel free to send me an email at glutenfreefoodies@gmail.com Original blog - GlutenFreeFoodies.co After all, didn't Erma Bombeck once say ... "I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."

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