fajita pasta

Gluten Free - Fajita Pasta - Freezer Friendly

8:00 AM

I know that sounds weird but if you like pasta and Mexican food, you'll love this recipe.

I try to make 75% of my weekly meals meatless. So its not uncommon that one of those meals to be a pasta based meal. I've been searching and making all kinds of meatless pasta meals lately. This is probably one of my husbands favorites. It is super easy to make and packs a lot of flavor!

Gluten Free Fajita Pasta *Freezer Friendly*
Ingredients
16 ounces pasta
 (the original recipe called for linguine, but I used some Banza Pasta I had on hand, either works) 
(1) 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
(1) 8 oz container vegetable stock
1 large (or two small) red onion, thinly sliced
8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 green pepper and red pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
Cilantro
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup Full-Fat Greek yogurt (optional, makes it creamy)
Limes, for serving
Optional* 2 tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce (plus more for serving)
Instructions
  • In a large pot combine pasta, tomatoes, stock, onion, garlic, red and green peppers, red-pepper flakes, cilantro, oil, salt, cumin, chili powder, oregano, pepper, and water. 
  • Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently, until pasta is cooked and the sauce has nearly evaporated, about 11 minutes. 
  • It looks like a lot of sauce when you remove the pan from heat, but it will absorb! 
  • Stir in the greek yogurt.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime for squeezing. 
Serve Immediately 
OR 
To Freeze and Serve Later: Make the recipe above but place in a 9x13 lightly greased pan. When ready to cook place it in the fridge to defrost the night before you plan to eat it. Cook at 350 for about 45 minutes. I had to let mine cook a little longer and turn up the heat cause I was in a time crunch.
The bottom line is that you want to cook till warm.
Gluten Free Fajita Pasta Freezer Friendly

Happy Cooking Friends

blog reviews

Grab Green Cookware & Bakeware Cleaning Pods

8:29 AM

Grab Green Cook/Bakeware Cleaning Pods
This is going to be a quick little review but I need to let you know of a product you need to have in your kitchen cleaning arsenal. I recently raved about Grab Green's natural home cleaning products and I have another one to add to that rave.
These Cookware and Bakeware pods are a gift sent from God. They smell amazing and work wonders.

Funny story. The first night I got these pods in the mail, I had made a pot of rice for dinner and forgot about it. And any cook knows that rice stuck to the bottom of a pan is the worst thing to have to clean.  So, I immediately threw one of these pods in the pot with some warm water and left it while I ate dinner with the hubs. Those little pouches are made with magic. The rice came up so easily and a 10 minute clean job turned into a 1 minute job. They also helped clean up my pie pan from Thanksgiving! Easy and quick!

I know this sounds silly but I think this would make a great hostess gift!
 They make cleaning so easy that any party host would love these! I know I would!

Find them here on Grab Greens Website! 



*Disclaimer* I was sent these in exchange for a review. Opinions are 100% all my own.

broccoli and cheese soup

Dairy + Gluten Free Broccoli and "Cheese" Soup

8:00 AM

I love soups in the winter. It just feels right! Even if you live in the south and the closest you get to colder winter weather is 69 degrees with some wind.

It has been a very long time since I've had a nice warm thick broccoli and cheese soup. When I found this recipe, I couldn't believe how easy it was and once I made it I couldn't believe how much it tasted like the real gluten and dairy filled thing!EASY Dairy and Gluten Free Broccoli and Cheese Soup
INGREDIENTS
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium red onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dijon mustard
2½ cups unsweet or regular almond milk
2½ cups vegetable broth
5 cups broccoli florets
1 cup nutritional yeast
1 tbsp lemon juice

In a large pot, cook the onions in the olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic, salt, pepper and dijon and cook for a few more minutes.
Add the milk, broth and broccoli.
Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
Turn off heat and stir in nutritional yeast and lemon juice.
Remove about ½ of the soup and puree in a blender. 
*Note* the more you puree the thiner it will be. So if you want it a little chunkier/thicker, puree less then 1/2.
Pour it back into the pot with the remaining soup.



Some nice yummy gluten free french bread goes great along with soup!

Happy Cooking Friends! 

blog reviews

Grab Green Review & GIVEAWAY

8:00 AM

I am so excited to share my review of these products! I will just go ahead and say it...

I LOVE these products!
I've tried a LOT of natural household products and I haven't found to many that I absolutely adore.
  Until now.
Grab Green Review and Giveaway
Grab Green is passionate about providing the best natural alternative natural cleaning products. They're philosophy is simple: To create products families can safely and confidently welcome into their homes.
That means they strive to use the safest ingredients in all their products. They guarantee that they will,
  • Never use harsh chemicals
  • List all the ingredients 
  • To consistently innovate
  • Take YOUR happiness seriously 

I don't know about you, but those are some things I can get behind.

Here is a little bit about some of their products that I got to try...

Laundry Pods:
These are probably my favorite of the ones I tried. I love that they use essential oils to add fragrance to the pods instead of harsh chemicals. My husband and I both have sensitive skin and we've found out if its the fragrance is not from an essential oil, its not very good on our skins. However, these laundry pods haven't given us any issues and leave our clothes smelling amazing!
And if you have a fur baby like we do, these are PERFECT for getting those pesky dog blankets a good wash and smelling less like wet dog and more like beautiful flowers!
And you don't have to worry about harsh chemicals hurting their sensitive doggy skin.


Dishwashing Pods
Just like the laundry pods, these are also scented with essential oils! I've never thought about having my dishwashing detergent scented but I gotta tell you, its kind of nice to open the dishwasher to clean and nice smelling dished! We don't run the dishwasher more then 2 times a week so these pods would last us a while!

Bruno also enjoyed the smell! He was curious to why mommy was on the floor taking pictures of the dishwasher ;)


They also have a TON of other household products! I was also able to try out their hand soap, bleach pods, and fragrance free pods! All were amazing and highly recommended!
You can check out more of their products here! 
Or check out your local health food store. 

dressing

Healthy Homemade Ranch

11:32 AM

Need a quick side to go with that veggie platter for thanksgiving? 
Or have a picky eater that refuses to eat turkey without dipping it in something on the side?
I may have something a recipe to help you out! 

I am considered the "ranch maker" in the family. After my mom found this recipe I starting making it so often its one of the recipes I can make with my eyes closed.

Now, before I share, I will state that this is not like the store bought dressing. The way I make it is more like a dip then dressing. However, I will show you how to thin it out to make it more like a dressing!
Healthy Homemade Ranch
 Healthy Homemade Ranch
Ingredients
1 cup of Just Mayo
1/2 Cup of Sour Cream (any kind, light, low fat, regular, vegan)
1/2 teaspoon dried chives
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions
Mix all together in a container of your choice (Tupperware, bowl, mason jar)
To thin it out, add as much or as little of your favorite type of milk (we use almond or cashew) to the ranch till you get the consistency you want.

And Tada! You are finished! 

 Healthy Homemade Ranch

Amy's Kitchen

The Final Stretch and Friday Favorites

10:35 AM

Oh the final stretch of finishing up this semester. Any college student knows that the last month of a semester can be the most draining and stressful.
I am very blessed to be attending my dream school from the comfort of my own home and at my own pace, but that doesn't mean its any less stress-full. I've taken double the class load I have now at my state college when I was getting my A.A, and even with half the school load now, I feel I have more work then I ever had (granted my state college was known for being pretty easy).
I have 3 papers due by the first week of December, plus other miscellaneous assignments.

And add on top of that typical adult stresses, with a low immune system, and I am also now fighting what I can only assume is laryngitis.

So bare with me dear readers, as I reach this semesters final stretch. I've been working on some post's, trying out some new products to share, cooking lots, and looking forward to the holiday season and the creative ideas that *might* turn into blog post if I am not to burnt out from school work.


Now, I don't want to leave you with a boring post about how stressful my life is! I would never do that.
So here are some of my favorite things that I want to share with you.

::FRIDAY FAVORITES::

Oh what would I do without dear Amy's. She helps provide amazing healthy freezer meals for my husband and I on the nights we have commitments and I don't have the time to make a meal. I am personally a fan of the GF/DF Mac and Cheese and the husband love the burritos. They are available in most stores. I love their commitment to making great and healthy food filled with organic, non-gmo, and natural ingredients.

Elderberry Syrup
This was a introduction from my momma and I gotta say I'm hooked. Even though I sadly failed at making my own, every time I head to my mommas and I'm feeling a little under the weather I take two big spoonfuls and it always makes me feel better. Check out a great tutorial here from MommyPatomus.


Ok I don't want to rave about this too much because I need to write up a true review post for these products. But friends, I think I've found my new favorite laundry product. Stay tuned for more! 
Grab Green Natural Cleaning Products


The New Blog Look
I hope you guys like it. I didn't change it to much. I resized the template a tad and created a new logo. The last one just rubbed me the wrong way. This one is just so much cleaner. I'm going to work more on it when school is over for sure. Add some fun side bar items. But until then I hope you like it! 


All the Star Wars Things:
Seriously. Could December 17th get here.
Yes, I know it comes out the 18th, but I *might* have already purchased tickets for the 7pm showing on the 17th....#starwarsnerd

All this new photos, videos, merch, christmas items. The resistance to purchase all the new merch is strong in this girl! I want ALL THE STAR WARS THINGS.


Have a great weekend friends! 

cooking tips

Making Healthy Meals That Please The Husband

11:54 AM

I get asked this a lot:
"How did you get your husband to eat that?"
"He let's you make that for dinner?"
or my personal favorite,
"Since you're the only one gluten free why don't you just cook two separate meals?"

To be 100% honest, Steve has probably been the most open minded husband when it comes to my cooking. He's never suggested I make a separate gluten filled meal for him (Thank goodness because that's just to much work ;) ). I feel very blessed to have a meat loving husband that will eat my sometimes meatless and always gluten free meals. There has only been a few meals that I've made that he has protested that I not make again.
They usually contain the following:
Anything with Tofu
Eggplant
Mushrooms
and (to my horror because I love it) Spaghetti Squash

And don't get me wrong, even though he is very open minded, I still get the "what is in this" glance from time to time.

BUT if you are struggling to get your husband on the healthy bandwagon, here are some of my personal tips for making healthy meals that please the husband!
Making Healthy Meals that Please the Husband

See what he will or will not eat:
This makes life easier and can make your meals better. You'll never know what he will and won't eat unless you ask. For the longest time I didn't think Steve liked sweet potatoes and chickpeas. Well he apparently likes them if made correctly. Now I have some more tasty options in the meatless department for dinner.

Learn Substitutions:
I highly recommend pinterest for this one. Learning how to substitute unhealthy ingredients to healthy ones is a great way to make a normal unhealthy husband loving meal healthy. For example, I've made a normal (mostly unhealthy) lasagna casserole and I substituted regular beef for pea-protein based Beyond Beef crumbles,cottage cheese for ricotta cheese, and of course GF quinoa based pasta instead of regular gluten filled pasta.. It's MUCH healthier and husband approved. I've also made killer asian meals by substituting the meat in the recipe with heartier vegetables.

Spice it up:
A bland healthy dish will most likely be the reason a husband will not like the meal. Many a time I've heard Steve say,
"Its good but needs more flavor"
Spice it up. I am not a big fan on "hot" spices (unlike my husband who insist's he can put hot sauce on anything), but I've found some awesome blends that are not huge on "hot" and more on flavor. Even if you are like me and my husband and have different versions of spice, find a balance and go with it.


Don't pressure yourself:
I think this tip is always on my list. Mostly because its true. You are going to make "Bleh" dishes every now and then. And sometimes you are going to give yourself an anxiety attack by thinking the entire dish needs to be make from scratch.
There is SO much on the store shelves these days that can help you make cooking a meal quick, easy, and most important, healthy.

Here are some of my favorite "Meal helpers"
Modern Table Meals (easy on their own or as a side)
Beyond Meat (great for quick meals like tacos to to add to your stir fry)
Simple Organic Mixes (spice up your meals)

And don't forget that a little meal prep on the weekends never hurt anyone. It will save you time (and your sanity) during the week.


I hope some of these tips help you! Below are some of Steve's favorite "husband approved" healthy meals. 



bitsy brainfood

Bity's BrainFood Spooky Snacks

8:00 AM

It's that time of year again. Time for fun decorations, costumes, and lot's of sweet goodies. If you are like me, the goodies and treat's are the best part of this spooky holiday. However, it would be nice to find some yummy treat's that aren't scary unhealthy for you.

Bitsy BrainFood Spooky Snacks
Tada! 
This is where Bitsy's Brainfoods comes in. 
These cookies are filled with nothing but healthiness but taste as sweet as those "other" treats you will find in you child's trick or treat bag. 

Here is a little bit about these cookies::
Alphabet-shaped Smart Cookies
USDA Organic
Made in a nut free facility - school safe!
Healthy treats for the ghosts, goblins, princesses and pirates this Halloween
Baked with organic fruits & veggies
16 0.8 oz treat bags (8 Sweet Potato Oatmeal Raisin and 8 Orange Chocolate Beet)
No GMOs
Kosher

While I couldn't taste these myself, I had some little friends taste them for me. I was told they were "very yummy" and I was asked, "Can I have some more cookies please?" 

Not only are these little babies made with ORGANIC and Non-GMO fruit and veggies, they are also NUT FREE. I think its great that they are nut free, making them school safe. I work with kids often so I know how important it is that the snacks they bring to school are also safe for their friends.

If you are looking for some great last minuet treats for your little one's this Halloween season, pick some up at your local Target or Wegmans! And don't forget your $1 off coupon! 


Learn more about Bitsy BrainFood.
(I LOVE their cereals) 
Website :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram




*Disclosure* Bitsy Brainfood sent me this package in exchange for a review. 
Opinions are 100% my own. 

Ancient Harvest

Gluten Free Lasagna Casserole

8:00 AM

I have ANOTHER awesome freezer friendly meal for you!
 Like I mentioned in my last post, freezer meals have become my best friend.  Hence why I've been posting so many. All it takes is just a small bit of time over the weekend to prep the meals and voila!, you have an awesome oven ready meal with no hassle for those busy nights during the week.

This dish is delicious!
Its gluten free, vegetarian, and super husband approved!
Gluten Free Lasagna Casserole *Freezer Friendly*

Ingredients
1 onion, chopped (optional)
8 ounces of gluten free noodles (I used a box of Elbow from Ancient Harvest)
1/3 to 1/2 jar spaghetti sauce
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups cottage cheese
8 oz. mozzarella cheese 
1/2 teaspoon parsley (chopped fresh or dried)
salt/pepper

Directions

  • Saute onions then add and warm up your beef crumbles. When done set aside.
  • Boil the noodles according to package directions.
  • Mix spaghetti sauce with diced tomatoes, beef crumbles, and onions. Set 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese aside to sprinkle on the top. Combine the rest of the mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese, beaten eggs, parsley and salt and pepper.
  • Layer a third of the meat sauce, then the noodles and then the cheese mixture in a 9 x 13-inch pan. Repeat 1 more time. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • To freeze: Cover well with foil and freeze for up to a month.
  • To serve: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes (until bubbly). Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Happy Cooking Friends!

cooking

Vegetable MineStrone *Freezer Friendly*

1:54 PM

I plan out our dinners for 3 out of the 5 days of the week. Tuesdays are Leftovers and Fridays are usually pizza. 
Leaving Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday as my homemade meal days. 
However, 2 of those 3 homemade meals days also contain nighttime events after work for both my husband and I.
 Homemade Freezer Meals have become my friend for those busy nights.
It's definitely hard to find good gluten free and somewhat healthy freezer meals. I've spent many a day on pinteresting scrolling and scrolling to find a good freezer meal
I happen to stumbled upon this wonderful recipe the other day while scrolling through pinterest.
This is such a great and tasty recipe. Its probably on the best freezer meals I've ever made!
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Don't you love my iphone crock pot photo? Crock Pot liners at the bomb


::Ingredients:: 
1 tsp. olive oil
1 cup diced onion
2 cloves minced garlic
2 ribs of celery, chopped
3 carrots, sliced
1 cup of apple juice
15oz. can diced tomatoes with juice
19 oz. can mixed beans (I mixed a can of pinto and cannellini) 
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup basil pesto

:For cooking day:
4 cups vegetable broth

::Directions::

Saute onions in oil for a few minutes. Add garlic, celery and carrot and saute for a few more minutes until beginning to get soft. Add this to a large sized resealable freezer bag. Add juice, diced tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, seasonings, cheese, and pesto to the bag. Remove excess air, seal the bag and freeze.

On cooking day, thaw, pour into a crockpot . Cook Add 4 cups of vegetable broth and cook until desired temperature. I cooked mine on high for 4 hours.

Mine came out very soupy and almost watery which is not how I like my soups. To fix this,at the end of the cooking time, add a box of your favorite GF pasta for about 15-20 minuets and it will sock up the excess liquid and leave you with a great tasty soup!

Happy Cooking Friends

candles

A Floridian Fall

8:00 AM

I'd like to point out as I am writing this I should be working on two school papers about television and radio ratings. But sometimes a girl needs a break to write about something other then TV ratings :P

Ok moving on...

I spent the first 10 years of my life living up north. I grew up in a very unique area of the north, where the hills rolled and farms were abundant. Looking back it seemed more country and southern then some of the places near where I live now.
As much as I pride myself on being a wanna-be Southern Floridian Bell (is that even a thing?), I do miss my northern roots from time to time, especially during this lovely transition into fall.

You see, up north, the transition into fall is graceful and beautiful. The weather slowly but surely descends into the lower 50's and 60's, the wind blows, the leaves change, and the fall harvest begins.

In Florida I feel like fall is a biopolar force of nature you just want to slap and say "MAKE UP YOUR MIND".

This bipolar force of fall nature doesn't really have a stoping point. I'd like to say it decides to become more normal by the end of October but I distinctly remember wearing shorts on the morning of my wedding in late November then 3 days later bundling up in a sweater and boots.




Yup, welcome to Florida.

However, as Floridians we have learned to embrace this lovely bipolar fall whether by not relying on it to fulfill our feeling of fall.
Here are some things I do to ignore the bipolar weather and focusing on feeling fallish.


  • Buy lots of fall candles. I think I own about 4 right now. 3 candles and 1 wax melt. Light those babies up and your house will feel like fall in no time.
  • Where a long sleeve top with shorts. No one south of Jacksonville is going to judge you for it.
  • Participate in your towns fall festival, even if it means being in the sun sweating your butt off and getting rained on 10 minuets later.
  • Break out those crock pots and get to cooking some fall dishes. (Pssttt check out my crock pot recipes here
  • Conform to the man and treat yourself to some pumpkin flavored coffee. There is no shame.

Happy Fall Everyone




Baby

Maty's Health Products *Review*

8:00 AM

I love finding great natural products to replace the normal everyday over the counter medicines. It's been a long process of learning what works and what doesn't work for my body when it comes to even the basic medicines for head colds and sickness. It seems that the more natural the product is, the better my body takes to it and make's it work.


I was first introduced to Maty's at the WOW Mom Summit last year. I absolutely loved learning how natural their products were. When you look at the ingredients of their products you see natural and NORMAL ingredients.
 Thats a big + in my book! 

Maty's is very passionate about using natural ingredients in their products. I love a quote on their site that says
"If All Natural Works Why Not Use All Natural"
 I agree.

They have many products for everyone in your family. From adults to babies.

One of their newest products is a USDA certified ORGANIC Cough Syrup! This came just in time for the Riley household. I got a nasty head cold first and then the husband followed.
This stuff tastes great and works super well. 
Maty's Health Products Reviews
Here is a little bit about the Organic Cough Syrup from Maty's:: 
Our organic cough syrup is a USDA certified organic honey blend packed with ten powerful immune-boosting ingredients. Providing you with healthy antioxidants, it’s the first organic cough syrup available nationwide to give you that extra boost when you need it the most.

They also have an awesome line of natural baby products
One of my favorite's being the Maty's Baby Chest Rub.

When I am not blogging, I am working with kids. I am always on the look out for natural and SAFE products for the kiddos, especially the babies. Maty's Baby Chest Rub is on of my absolute favorite "baby safe" products. I have told many friends with little one's about this chest rub because it is not as harsh as some of the main brands, but it works just as well! No wonder it’s the No. 1 Selling Baby Chest Rub in the US!
I love that it's is made with lot's of great safe ingredients, like coconut oil and lavender, for the most sensitive of babies. There are no parabens, phthalates, fragrances,hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, preservatives, mineral oils, gluten or chemicals.

Here is a little bit more about their chest rub ::
 Our baby chest rub gently relieves your baby’s cough and congestion while strengthening their little immune system. There are no worries about putting toxic substances on your baby since our chest rub contains only pure ingredients and is petroleum and menthol free.



You can find both of these products and more in store nationwide! 
I've seen them in my local Walmart and Target.
To find a store near you check out their list of retailers here!

 And keep up with Maty's on Social Media


*Discloser* I was sent these products by Maty's Health Products in exchange for a review. 
All opinions are 100% my own. 

asian

12 Minute Chicken and Broccoli

8:00 AM

When you eat like I do,

(gluten free, sometimes vegetarian, and vegan on occasion)

Asian inspired dishes become a weekly occurrence. Mosty because they can be super simple, turned gluten free, AND pack a lot of flavor. So, it's no wonder why most of the recipes on my blog happen to be asian inspired.

This is probably one of my favorite recipes. Its so quick and delicious. It takes everything in me not to make it every week.
I really have no other words for this dish then that you need to make it for yourself and see how delicious it really is!
12 Minute Chicken and Broccoli GLUTEN FREE

:INGREDIENTS:

3 Tbsp. Gluten Free Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp. ground ginger (less if you are not a fan of ginger)
1 tsp. sesame oil
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
salt and pepper
10oz bag of organic frozen broccoli

:DIRECTIONS:

Cook your broccoli according to its package and set aside

Heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken breast and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until the chicken is browned and mostly cooked through.

While the chicken is cooking, make your sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together GF soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, cornstarch, garlic, ginger and sesame oil until combined. Set aside.

Once the chicken is browned, add the broccoli and stir to combine. Stir in the soy sauce mixture, and cook for an additional 1 minute until the sauce has thickened.

Remove from heat and serve immediately. We like to place it on top of some super yummy white rice.
 12 minute chicken and broccoli

Happy Cooking Friends

Naturally Loriel, Naturally Free

8:00 AM

I love finding amazing spices for dishes. Especially natural, organic kind.  Naturally Loriel makes amazing spice blends that are just that.
When I was scrolling through her instagram I knew I was going to love this girl because of the numerous post of her chickens. I grew up with chickens and I miss having them so much. If my small town would allow us to have backyard chickens, I would.

But besides her awesome chickens, she makes some great natural spice blends. here is a little about them from her website::

All of these blends have been created with fresh, delicious, organic, non-irradiated spices, and of course -- lots of love. The best part is all of Naturally Free's ingredients contain 100% real spices that you can find in your spice cabinet. With real spices like these, you can feel happy and confident that you are feeding your family with the best ingredients possible.

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I made up her french onion dip a weekend ago, and took it to a get together. It was a hit! It tasted delicious!
You can see more of spice blends here
:: They include French Onion, Italian Seasoning, and Taco Seasoning :: 


I highly recommend them! I think I will be purchasing some of her's in the future! 

DIY

EASY DIY Burlap Wreath

8:00 AM

You probably have seen pins of DIY burlap wreaths all over pinterest. 
Trust me. I have too.

But I think I have found the tutorial that trumps all the others.
If you are like me an are a little DIY challenged, this tutorial is for you.
It's in video form which I think makes it so easy to understand and do.


Here is my finished product! 
Excuse the horrible looking front door. We are eventually going to paint our little house :P

What is great about these wreaths is that they can be changed with the season. 
Right now its College Football season in the Riley household. So I took some UF themed ribbon (from Michaels) and wove it within the burlap. I also picked up some cheep clip in flowers in Gator colors from Michael's as well.
You can buy plain wood letters at any craft store (I've even seen them in target) and paint them with just some acrylic paint.
Super simple and easy!




Do you have any fun fall projects planned?? 



Allergy Free and Vegan Recipes

Sweet and Sour "Chicken" and Veggies

11:37 AM

After a few small bites of this dish I knew I had to share it. 

Now, I should preference something before I move on since this meal can be considered vegan and since most of the recipes on my blog have been mostly vegan based.

I am, in no way, fully vegan or vegetarian. I don't eat pork and RARELY eat red meat.
However, I do eat chicken and fish.
BUT during the week I try my best to make 3 of our 4 dinner meals meatless. 
It tends to be a bit cheeper, and of course, healthier. 
Hence why there are so many meatless meals on my blog.


Ok moving on.


I love me some sweet and sour chicken. When I could eat all that gluten filled Chinese goodness, sweet and sour chicken was my favorite. I've made a few gluten free alternatives but nothings been all that amazing.
Thank the Lord for Pinterest and "Beyond Meats" pinterest page because I think I found a recipe to beat ALL the recipes.

::Sweet and Sour:: 
"Chicken" and Veggies

Ingredients 
Sweet & Sour sauce:
3 TBS. ketchup 
3 TBS gluten free soy sauce
3 TBS. agave
2 tsp. sesame oil
1 c. water
15oz can of pineapple (I used a can of crushed pineapple) +1/4 c. juice 
1/4 c. water
1 1/2 TBS. cornstarch

The others:
1-2 TBS. olive oil
1 medium/large onion, diced (almost minced)
4-5 medium/large carrots peeled and sliced on a diagonal slant
4 c. fresh or frozen green beans

Directions

  • In a medium saucepan, add ketchup, soy sauce, agave, 1 cup water, sesame oil. Whisk, & bring to a boil. While, you're waiting for mixture to boil, whisk 1/4 c. cold water & cornstarch. Add cornstarch mixture to saucepan & whisk until it thickens. Add pineapple & juices. Stir, & bring to boil again, allowing to thicken. Remove from heat.
  • For the Beyond Chicken strips--add all strips to a medium heat skillet. Warm for a few minutes (if frozen, about 5-7 minutes), stirring with a fork till done.
  • In a wok or large pan heat oil.
  • Add onions and stir continuously for a few minutes. The add carrots & green beans. Continue to stir fry for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until carrots & green beans are cooked but still slightly crisp.
  • Cut chicken strips into bite size chunks. Add to stir fry, along with sauce. Stir and cover. Turn down heat to medium low & let simmer for a few minutes so flavors can incorporate.
  • Serve it on top of your favorite rice. 


Happy Cooking Friends!


side note: 
Beyond meat is NOT sponsoring me to write this post. 
I do it out of my own love for their products. :)


blog reviews

NEW Modern Table Meals

8:00 AM

I've been in love with this company for almost a year now.
Their easy to make meals make this busy healthy eater a happy camper. 
 You can check out my review of their original flavors here.

There was no way I was going to say no to reviewing their new favors and new bean pastas.
I saw pictures of their new flavors from several bloggers who attended Expo West this year. I have been waiting with anticipation to get my hands on some ever since.
I was not disappointed.
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The newest flavors are Mac and Cheese and Pesto. Both Vegetarian and Gluten Free.
Both are super tasty and full of flavor. They could easily be eaten on their own or as a side!

I love to stock the meal kits in my cabinet for days I don't have a meal planned (like the weekends).
They are easy on the wallet and simple to make. Perfect for busy families! 

Modern Table also has also come out with a line of new pastas! These are amazing. 
I made a super yummy basil pasta with the Mixed Lentil Pasta
The texture is perfect, you wouldn't even guess it was GLUTEN FREE and made of lentils!
They are also dairy free for all my non-dairy peeps! 
Modern Table Meals
You can check out ALL of their products here
And see if you can pick them up in a store near you here! 
By the way, don't you see that little GMO label on the bottom left?? They are GMO verified now! Yippee! 



Thanks Modern Table Meals for making such great products!!! 


*Disclaimer* I was sent the items above in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% my own. 
However, I love these products and buy them on my own dime all the time ;) 

drinks

Sambazon Energy *Organic*

8:00 AM


I absolutely love finding the products that help keep me energized throughout the day. By mid afternoon, I can usually feel my blood sugar crashing, so I am always in need of finding something to help me reenergize.

This is a great product for just that! It tastes amazing and full of superfoods to give a nice boost to your draining energy.

Here is a little more about the Sambazon Energy via their website:: 
Caffeine from Organic Yerba Mate, and Guaraná. Rich in antioxidants from açaí berry. Made with all organic and GMO-free ingredients sustainably sourced in the Brazilian Amazon. Refreshingly epic taste. Amazon Energy® gives you a boost the way nature intended. Real energy from real food - feel good about what you're putting in your body.


I highly recommend this product if you are looking for something to pick you up during those long weekdays. It's super decently priced and organic (a huge + in my book)!
You can find it in most grocery stores. I was able to find mine in my local Publix among the other cold juices!
They also have a lot of other great flavors including the popular Sambazon 100! 
Click below to find them near you! 


Want to know more? 


*disclose* I was sent coupons from Mom's Meet in order to try and review these products. Opinions are 100% my own*


body products

How I decide and buy

8:00 AM

How I decide and buy healthy, non-toxic, organic products
I often get asked how I decide on what household products to buy and what ones are the best and most natural,organic,non-toxic, and eco-friendly.

I'm still learning and finding new products but here is my "plan of attack" if you will, to how I find and purchase the best, safest, and most natural products for my home.


Picking the product to replace
While I have most of what we use switched over to better products it didn't start out that way. One of the first products I did research on (and switched over) was our laundry detergent. I was using a very popular brand of "free and clear" laundry detergent only to find out it wasn't as good as advertised. I finally found and settled on Sun and Earth and after that I ventured over to Ecover. Both great products made with the best natural ingredients that were truly "Free and Clear".
Side Note: Both of the detergents are pricy as far as laundry detergents go. 
But since they come in large amounts. They last me twice as long.

Do some light research
Since there is not regulation on the word "natural" these days, you can't expect whats on the shelf of your local store to be the best for you even though it says "natural". As I started replacing my products in my house with better ones, I realized I needed to make sure I was doing some light internet research to make sure what I was purchasing was indeed natural. My FAVORITE site to use is EWG.org.
This site is the absolute best and makes finding a product quick and easy.They rate products on either a A-F rating and a 1-10 rating. F and 10 being the most toxic.
Their site is easy to use and I highly recommend it

Look around
Once I've chosen my victim... I mean product.. that I am going to replace, I start looking everywhere. From my grocery store, to amazon, to my favorite friend, Vitacost for the best price. Sometimes I can buy items in store but I say 95% of the time I buy products online.

Trial and Error
Just because its natural/organic/non-toxic, doesn't mean it works that best. There is a lot of trial and error. Trust me. My shower is starting to look like a shampoo and conditioner shelf in Whole Foods. So be patient and open to trying more then one product to find what works best for you.


*Disclaimer* I have included in this blog some ‘affiliate’ type links. If you click on any of the Vitacost links and purchase any items, I also receive a coupons for monies off. 

dairy free

Polenta Lasagna

8:00 AM

Phew. This week has been a doesy. I've already hit my stress level and its only the first week of classes.
I stress myself out though over the littlest of things so its nothing new.
However, I am bless to be at a school with great teachers and one of the easiest and well organized online program out there.

GO Gators.


You can probably file this with the other horrible food photo jobs I've done. Lately the sun has not been my friend so the lack of lighting for my food photos are little to none. You don't know how much the smudge of sauce on the plate is bothering me as I write this post and edited the picture.

Nevertheless, the picture does not do this dish justice.
Polenta Lasagna has become a favorite around out house. My husband thinks its delicious. And I think it's super easy and definitely comes out better then my normal lasagnas.
It is also GLUTEN AND DAIRY FREE. Woot Woot!
Polenta Lasagna. Gluten and Dairy Free.

 INGREDIENTS 
vegetable broth for sauteing
1/2 large onion, chopped
Minced garlic, chopped
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
16 ounces fresh spinach
salt
pepper
A jar of your favorite pasta/marinara sauce (I use Paul Newman Organic)
1 tubes prepared polenta, sliced into 12-15 rounds (I used Ancient Harvest)
4 or 8 ounces vegan shredded mozzarella cheese (I like Daiya brand)

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°.

Spoon 1/2 cup marinara sauce into an 11x7-inch baking dish to cover bottom, and set aside.

Heat a few tablespoons of vegetable broth and a little bit of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add onion and minced garlic and sauté, stirring frequently. Add mushrooms and spinach. When spinach is wilted turn off the heat and set aside.

Arrange 6 (+1 cut in half to fill up sides) polenta slices over marinara in baking dish, and top evenly with half of vegetable mixture. Sprinkle just enough cheese to cover the vegetable lightly. You don't want too much or it will become too cheesy and almost watery. Arrange remaining polenta over cheese. Top polenta with the remaining vegetable mixture.  Place a spoonful of pasta sauce over each "mound" of polenta and vegetables. Gently press each mound and spread sauces with the back of your spoon.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese, enough to cover the dish lightly.

Cover and place in refrigerator until ready to cook or cover (dont forget to spray the tinfoil) and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
 Polenta Lasagna. Gluten Free and vegan
yes, the bread on the side is GF. It is gluten free french bread from Deland Bakery
Happy Cooking Friends! 

bbq

BBQ Sweet Potato Sandwiches

10:38 AM

Ladies, want your man to try different meals? Sit down next to him with your computer or ipad and let him look with you.
That's how I stumbled upon and was able to make these DELICIOUS sweet potato bbq sandwiches.

I was meal planning one night and I scrolled past this recipe and he looked over and this is the conversation that followed..

Hub:"Those look really good"
Me: "You like sweet potatoes?? Why didn't you tell me this?"
Hub: "I dont know. I like them if they aren't cooked weird"
Me: "So you would let me make this and you would eat it?"
Hub: "Yes"

Silly Husbands. They're is always something new you can find out about them.

Anyway, Back to this recipe.

Usually when I find and make a good recipe that is husband approved I make it a couple weeks later again and photograph it for the blog. Well, this one couldn't wait to be made again. I had to share it with you and will just have to photograph it later.

Sweet Potato BBQ Burgers Video

Ingredients
1 medium-large or 2 small sweet potatoes (enough to make about 2.5 cups shredded)
1 tsp. oil
salt & pepper, to taste
 1/2 c. BBQ sauce of choice (I used The Shed Southern Sweet which you can find at publix)
Gluten Free Burger Buns (I used Canyon Bakehouse)

Sweet Mayo Sauce
(I "eye" most of this recipe so the measurements aren't the most accurate)
1/2ish cup of Just Mayo
1/2ish tbls of Brown Sugar
1-2ish tsp of Maple Syrup

Directions

  • Shred the sweet potato (feel free to leave on the peel) using a cheese grater.
  • If you have more then 2.5 cups. Adjust the BBQ sauce amount
  • Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large, deep skillet. When hot, add the shredded sweet potato and quickly stir to distribute the oil. Sprinkle with salt.
  • Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring and flipping the sweet potato several times.
  • Once the sweet potato is starting to dry out and is browned in several places, add the BBQ sauce and stir. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the sweet potato is cooked.
  • Add to your buns and tops with what you'd like. I made a sweet mayo sauce my mom used to make for sweet potato fries. 


Happy Cooking Friends


Canyon Bakehouse

Simple Gluten Free Tips

8:00 AM

I've shared my gluten free story and I've also shared the best way to be supportive of someone living the fun GF lifestyle but now I want to share some simple (and random) tips that can hopefully make living gluten free a little bit easier.

Explore food. 
There are so many interesting foods out there. So many amazing rice, legumes, fish, produce. And it's all gluten free. Take some time to pinterest and explore. I feel like being gluten free seems hard to do but it can actually motivate you to step outside the normal American diet. I love to experiment with the food and meals that are paleo, vegan, vegetarian, and part of the Mediterranean diet.

Don't be afraid of repetitiveness.
Now while its fun to explore new foods, I think its common for GF people to get repetitive with meals. But don't be weary my friend. If it works for you, make that veggie stir fry 3 times a month. There is no shame in making a good meal over and over.

Bring something.
When going to someones house to enjoy some food, don't be afraid to ask if you can bring something.  Not only are you being polite but you will also have something you know you can eat. You don't know how many times I've brought something to a family or friends house and been so thankful I had because there was either very little or nothing I could eat.

Snacks
Now, I am not the best at this but I think keeping a GF granola bar or a bag of GF chips in your purse or car for those days when hunger strikes is so helpful.


Find your favorites and share!
I think this is so important in the GF community to share our favorite GF finds and products. Not only does it help each other find a new favorite pasta, snack, or sandwich bread (*cough cough* Canyon Bakehouse...*cough cough*) but it also helps the companies making said products grow and expand and the ability to make even more GF goodies!

Find a Support Group!
Facebook is where it's at. Search to see if there is a GF/Celiac support group in your area! It is so helpful and encouraging! I've found so many awesome places to eat at and food to try just through my local support group!

Supplements, Supplements, Supplements
While there are some health perks to being GF, you do miss out on a lot of nutrition if you don't have a very dense diet or the time to make your diet nutrient dense.
I make up for it in supplements. For example. I don't get a lot of fiber in my diet. So I take psylliums husk a couple days a week to fill in the gaps. I also take a multi, immune booster, probiotic, and others just so I can keep my body fueled with nutrients that I might be missing out on.

Always keep tummy soother on hand
This is probably one of my favorite tips. There are some great natural tummy soothers out there that can help whenever you get glutened or even if you just feel a little bloated.
Papaya Enzymes: My mom got us hooked on these a couple years ago. They are great for upset tummies and they taste amazing. I keep them in the fridge at home.
When I'm on the go I've learned to keep some yummy Peppermints in my purse for when my tummy feels a bit upset. I picked up some awesome organic peppermints at Trader Joe's and they've worked amazingly.
CHAMOMILE TEA. I cannot rave about this tea enough. I've drinking it for years but I swear by it. Not only does it help my tummy after a day of really rich food or even a gluten attack, but it also helps keep my hives from flaring up. If you can't stand tea but still want the benefits, you can buy them in supplements.
And I don't know about you but drinking tea always makes me feel more sophisticated. ;)

Do you have any simple and or random gluten free tips?? 
I'd love to hear them! 


Side note:: Whenever I mention "diet"  know that I mean it as more of my food intake from day to day. 
I in no way support going gluten free to "Diet" or "lose weight".


alternative medicine

Buddah Teas Review

8:00 AM

I love tea. 
There is something about a rainy day and a cup of tea. Even during the summer I find myself drinking a cup of tea here and there.
I've found tea is a great way to help calm my body down after a long day or even too much food.
Buddha Teas has such a great story (which you can check out here). I absolutely love the aspect that all of their teas are organic and wild harvested. They also see teas as a form of alternative medicine for many people (me too!) and that is why they strive to make the teas as clean and natural as possible from the harvest of the tea to their non- bleached tea bags.
To be honest I had NO idea that normal tea bags were bleached! Ewwww! Who wants bleach in their tea?

(non-gmo, msg, and kosher!)
I was fortunate enough to try the Digestive Nirvana Tea which is a smooth and sweet smelling blend of licorice, fennel seed, anise seed, papaya leaf, and ginger.
A perfect combination to help with tummy troubles.

It is a very smooth tea but just as you are about to finish a sip there is a mild spicy kick from the ginger. 
While I'm not huge fan of spicy, I found that it really fit well with the tea and I was able to drink it with ease.





*Disclosure* I was sent a box from Buddha Teas in exchange for a review. 
All opinions are 100% my own

dinner

Meatless Taco Pie

10:27 AM

This is probably the worst food photography job ever. 
And while it isn't pretty to photograph/look at, it sure is tasty.

You are probably thinking....
"Samantha, how can it be a Taco Pie if there is no meat?"
Lentils my friends, lentils.

Lentils are great for digestive help, are a good source of protein, and heart healthy. 
They are also an easy substitute for beef in some recipes like this one.
They also don't take long to cook so it helps make a meal quick and easy to make.
Meatless Taco Pie
I did not make this dish vegan but it can be easily made vegan if you so desire.  

INGREDIENTS
1 cup lentils
4 cups water
Salt
1 tbsp. homemade taco seasoning (see my recipe here) and more to taste
½ cup salsa
2 cups leftover mashed potatoes (I used red potatoes, mashed up with some earth balance and cashew milk)
The leftover part is important. It helps the crust stay together.
½ cup sour cream (or use vegan sour cream)
Mexican mix cheese (or vegan cheese)
Lettuce, cut and/or shredded 


INSTRUCTIONS
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Mix together your sour cream and add some taco seasoning to it to taste. Set aside.
  • Add the lentils, some salt, and water to a medium-sized saucepan. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 15-20 minutes, until tender and liquid absorbed. Drain any leftover liquid in the pot.
  • Add the taco seasoning and salsa
  • Take your leftover mashed potatoes and press them into a 9 or 10-inch pie pan like you would a pie crust. Pop into the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until lightly golden. 
  • Remove from oven and pour in the lentils. Top with the sour cream mixture and try and spread it out nicely. Pop into the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the pie is nice and hot. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. 
  • Top with lettuce and cheese (and any other topping you see fit)
This is a big husband pleaser. 
His only request was that I don't put tomatoes on top even though I like some diced tomatoes with my taco's. 
But put whatever you would like on top and enjoy!
Happy Cooking Friends


Allergy Free and Vegan Recipes

Vegan+Gluten Free Pasta Salad

8:00 AM

I'm am becoming quite the cook when it comes to cold salads.
Probably because they are super easy to make.
But can you blame me?? Summer time calls for cold salads here in the south.

It is super easy to make this salad vegan too. 
Just use Just Mayo.
(no this is not sponsored ;) )
I LOVE Just Mayo, i've written about it before on my last cold salad recipe which you can check out here.

This Pasta Salad was a hit with the hubster! The leftovers were eaten within 24hrs.


Ingredients
2 Cups of pasta (I mixed LiveGF Penne and Ancient Harvest Penne) , cooked, drained, cooled
½ Cup of diced celery
¼ Cup of chopped red onion
1 Tbls of parsley
½ Cup plus 2 Tbl Vegan Mayo (I used Just Mayo by Hampton Creek)
1 Tbl of mustard (I used Dijon) 
1½ tsp sugar
1½ Tbl apple cider vinegar
½ tsp salt
pepper to taste

Directions
  • In a large bowl, add in your cooked and cooled pasta, celery, red onion, and parsley.
  • Add your vegan mayo, mustard, sugar, and vinegar and whisk.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Add more vegan mayo if its too dry or add more celery if you want more crunch!

Happy Cooking Friends! 

advice

Being Supportive of someone living a Gluten Free Lifestyle

9:54 AM

Even though there are numerous amounts of support on the interwebs for those of us living a Gluten Free lifestyle, there are still moments when you are out in public or in a group of friends and you feel completely on your own.

At least, I feel that way. 

Nothing is more disheartening then being around people who just don't understand why you live the way you do.
Am I right? 

I met Steve right around the time my body was at its breaking point and I needed to go completely gluten free. No if, ands, or buts. So he really has been with me on this gluten free journey from the get go. He's been the most supportive person when it comes to my lifestyle that I felt I should share some of the things that he does that gives me the most support (and help) possible.

I also want to point out some of these tips are not just for the husband but for friends and family as well. In the last year or so I have had some friends who have really been amazing and have given the right support towards me when it comes to my allergy. I want to make sure I share what they are doing right so others can learn share!


Feel Free to stick up.
Now this mostly goes for the husbands and friends of an introvert (points to self). I have a hard time ordering food. I don't know what it is but it always makes me anxious and nervous eating at a new place or somewhere where I know there aren't many GF options. In the back of my mind I'm waiting for the waiter to give me the dumb look when I ask if an item on the menu is gluten free.
My husband has learned that he sometimes needs to just ask straight up for me if I'm having trouble. One of my favorite things he does is if I order a salad and forget to tell them no croutons
(I usually don't say anything because I don't have Celiac where having a crouton touch my salad would be an issue. I'd only have an issue if I actually ate the crouton).
He ALWAYS remembers and will tell the waiter for me and not in a way that draws attention to me.
While this is really small and silly, it really shows me his support. He always asks our local ice cream shop what flavors are gluten free when he goes to get our weekly ice cream, and he asks/finds the allergy menus so I can find something to eat when we eat out.
As long as you know it helps the person and they know you are helping, stick up for them, help them out!


Its ok to eat gluten in front of me/us.
This one may be a little biased. Mostly because I've learned to just deal with it and it is kind of selfish to expect my husband to eat gluten free when we go out to eat when he doesn't need to.
He has learned this doesn't bug me and the only time it did was on our honeymoon when he sat in front of me and ate 6 beignets as we sat on the waterfront in Savannah. 
I mean, common, they were beignets
This is was before I discovered Disney Port Orleans had GF beignets. ;) 
However, for everyone else, know it is ok to eat gluten filled goodness in front of us.
I think a lot of people with gluten intolerance, allergies, and even Celiacs Disease understand that not everyone gets to be on the special lifestyle train with us cool people.
We don't need you to justify or apologize for eating that Olive Garden bread stick in front of us.
Its ok. Just act normal.

Don't act like we are children in need of special attention
This kind of goes along with the first tip.
Even though I love my husband and that he will stick up for me when I need help ordering food, he also doesn't baby me. He doesn't make a spectacle in a restaurant and points out that I am "gluten free" and need special assistant. Even though I am an introvert, push comes to shove, I can deal with my gluten allergy on my own and can stick up for myself and order my own food.
As you can tell this is one I am very passionate about because I feel like many people see those of us living this lifestyle as "special". And while we are special in a certain way we don't need to be pointed out like the multicolored cow in the middle of the room.
I have had too many experiences with people (intentional or not) pointing me out at table to the waiter who then comes over and talks to me like I'm 6. 
Nope. Just don't. 
Like i said in the first tip,we like the help, but do it in the right way and not like I just described. 

Cater but also don't Cater
I have a dear friend who had a great balance of catering our weekly dinner get together to my allergy but also doing it in a way that didn't make me feel bad or an inconvenience. I think how she did is is a great example of how you can be a great host to someone with gluten issues and in turn show your support.
She would aways let me know what she was making and asked what she could do to make it GF.
And if it was too difficult or complicated, she was always open to letting me bring my own additions to the meal so I could eat it. 
Us GF peeps understand the whole world is not catered to us so we are NOT offended if you can't make your entire meal GF. Don't make it harder on yourself! 
I know myself, I like to bring my own additions just so I know there is something I can eat, and if I can do that without offending the host, thats a plus. 
Offer to cater the meal but don't be offended if we protest and offer to bring our own food. And again don't make it harder on yourself. Gluten Free cooking is a pain the butt sometimes, so leave it to us to figure it out. :) 

Never assume, always ask
This kind correlates a little bit with the last one. If you are not sure if what you are making for your GF friend is indeed GLUTEN FREE, please ask. I have had so many family member and friends make me things and then I realize later (after some belly pain) that it wasn't gluten free. 
Please understand that what YOU think is gluten free might not be!
We can't always catch the gluten, especially when someone close to us has made it and tells us so. We trust you so if you aren't sure or want to double check, ALWAYS DO SO. We are not anoyed or offended. We are happy to answer questions. 
Now, I say this from PAST experience, I have gotten much better about it now and even if someone close to me has made it, I always double check. But if you are the one making the dish, save us the time (and possibly offending you) by asking us about it and letting us check the ingredients.

We are still normal
I think bottom line is that we are normal people just living a special lifestyle. Be considerate but not also don't make us the center of attention.


I hope some people can relate to this. I know not everyone will. I'm a very introverted person by nature so I tend to not like it when something is about me or I get put in the spotlight.



I don't expect everyone to fully understand our gluten free lifestyle, but I feel the more us GF people are open about how we feel the more people can understand and be supportive. 

I'd love to hear some of your tips and advice on being supportive for your gluten free lifestyle!
We all need it, just in the right way and approach!

Till next time friends!

P.S this article made me laugh. Basically is what NOT to say to someone who is gluten free and it is 100% accurate lol
http://www.buzzfeed.com/alisonvingiano/things-people-who-are-actually-gluten-free-are-tired-of-hear#.uadmmR7Xpy


P.P.S to all my family and friends reading this. Know I am not pointing out anyone specifically. This is just a general advice post I wrote up and not directed towards anyone ;)