Words can’t describe how excited I am to say that! Our cookbook is a real thing! After working on it for the past year it was so amazing to get to hold it my hands and see it become a reality! I did a short really silly video that shows my pure excitement the night I was given the book.

150+ Gluten-free Family Favorites video

I’ll be posting another blog post soon, but I just wanted to share this great news with you all!


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Traveling Gluten-Free!

Our family likes–no that’s the wrong word, LOVES to travel.  We are all about the car trips, in particular trips that take us to anything Disney, or Comic Book related.  While these sound like relatively similar types of trips they aren’t and it all has to do with the food!  As someone who has to eat gluten-free it seems like so much of life revolves around food always planning ahead for every situation, making sure I can eat or where I am going to eat.  As you can imagine and have probably experienced yourself, traveling presents a whole new series of complications.  When you stay at home it is much easier to eat something you or a loved one has prepared or even go out to eat. At home you most likely have a list of local favorite restaurants that you know are safe.  But when you travel, even if you’ve been there before, in the time that has passed since your last visit things could have changed.  Or perhaps you are adventurous and going somewhere new, no matter what you do the issue of; what, when and where to eat is a present and constant annoyance.

Now if you are gluten intolerant, or avoiding gluten for your own personal reasons it may not be as big of a concern.  For those of you that are facing Celiac Disease or a severe allergy it can be a huge weight to carry on a trip-sometimes literally.  As you ponder what the easiest way to figure out how to feed yourself on your trip is, it may become apparent that taking your own food is the simplest option.  So then there’s the whole issue about what to pack that would be easy to eat–you get the idea.

My husband and I love Disneyland.  We loved it before we got married, but once we got married we visited for our honeymoon and the rest is history.  A few kids later and now we’ve been with both sides of our family a few times.  Once I got diagnosed with celiac disease we feared traveling to Disney parks would be more difficult and close to impossible to make work-thankfully we were wrong.  One of my new favorite things about Disney-there is a multitude of options for me.  Every chef/cook/wait staff person that I have talked to has known exactly how to help me, or who I needed to talk to get help.  One of my favorite parts-I can have BREAKFAST!! My favorite meal, and the hardest if you happen to enjoy baked goods at all, but not at Disney parks!  I love getting to go somewhere and eat with my family without worrying about cross-contamination or someone preparing food that doesn’t understand how meticulous they need to be.  In fact it’s been so amazing we have visited Disneyland more than anywhere else over the last few years and are actually leaving for another visit in a few days!  I’m so excited to be able to share pictures and hacks!! (The featured images is actually of one of the fabulous gluten-free meals I’ve had at Disneyland!)

Now while traveling to Disneyland is somewhat simple the other half of traveling that we enjoy to comic conventions is rather impossible.  If there is food it is almost always without a doubt unsafe for gluten-free people.  So the only way to get through an entire day at a convention relies entirely on you and what you can pack ahead of time.  I have some hacks for how I’ve survived different conventions that I’ll happily share in a future post.  (I’m pretty sure these hacks can apply to other situations-not just comic related.)

I have had so many friends and acquaintances ask how we travel and avoid cross-contamination.  After sharing these hacks with various people, it was recommended that we compile them-so here they come!  If they help even one person, it will be worth it!  Comment below if there is a certain question you have.  I’d love the chance to be able to find the Gluten-Free Life Hack for you!


My Unicorn

For many people who have made major lifestyle changes of one type or another there is that one thing they miss from their old way of life. If you give up an addiction usually it’s that object you gave up that you miss. If you are waking up early to work out or have a devotional time, while you may be feeling better due to the positive change you might miss sleeping in. Giving up gluten doesn’t seem to compare to the outside observer- I’m here to tell you different.

It may sound silly but giving up gluten is much like doing all of the above at one time. Giving up an addiction, trying to work out and get healthy, being expected to do it all cold turkey while still trying to figure out what a gluten really is. My heart goes out to those of you who may be going through this huge adjustment right now, I hope some of these posts can bring some humor and help to this time for you. Now no matter where you are in this transition I guarantee there is something that you are missing- maybe even dreaming about.

For me I dream about maple bars. Usually my dream is being handed a maple bar, devouring it and then thinking-wait is this gluten free?! Then I wake up. Now I dream about them but my unicorn is chocolate chip cookies. Let me explain.

Growing up the first thing I learned how to make entirely on my own was chocolate chip cookies- I’m sure I drove my parents and siblings crazy with how often I asked and eventually made them. I actually was pretty good if I do say so myself. I had a silly notion that to be a great mom and wife I had to have the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. I also thought that one of the ways I would know when I met my future husband would be that he would love my cookies. As it turned out the one things my husband was known to love was chocolate chip cookies with several pictures of him trying to sneak cookies as a young kid. So when I got diagnosed with celiac disease this was something I immediately started trying to figure out how to make again- but gluten free. I have been working on this since 2004, and only within the last two weeks have I gotten close. One of the things I’m excited to share is the process I’ve been through trying to chase that unicorn and hopefully I can help someone else with theirs.