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November 21, 2014

Gluten Free Chai Pumpkin Spice Thumbprint Cookies


It finally felt like the start of fall yesterday morning. I noticed the leaves changing color out my window, and the air was crisp on the walk to my car in the morning. Now that it is no longer 80 degrees every day, I am finally feeling in the fall mood and since it is mandatory to post one pumpkin recipe a year, I thought I would share this yummy cookie. Believe me, these are all you need to get you in the fall mood even if the weather decides to warm up again next week. :( I spotted these Pumpkin Spiced Hersey kisses at Target the other week and knew if I didn't make something with them quick, I would consumer the whole bag in a matter of days. 

September 26, 2014

Kreation Kafe- Gluten Free in Santa Monica, CA

















One of my best friends just recently moved to Santa Monica and I couldn't be more excited for her! Santa Monica is such a beautiful beach town filled with healthy eateries, boutique shops and a perfect spot to spend a girls weekend. She, being dairy free, we have an unspoken understanding of how crucial our diet is to our daily life. We are notorious for speaking up for the other half and asking all the right questions when dining out. Lets just say she gets it, and to a Celiac, that's a priceless thing.

 A few weekends ago I was excited to explore Santa Monica celebrating her birthday and taking advantage of several eateries that offer dietary specific menus. My favorite for the weekend was hands down Kreation Kafe. We liked this place so much for lunch on Saturday, we went back Sunday morning and had breakfast! Kreation Kafe is a Persian influenced cafe that prides themselves on the simple belief that all meals are always "healthy and organic". We indulged on several dishes which were fresh, nutritious, delicious and kept us full the entire day. Below is a recap of our picks, which I highly recommend if you are interested in eating gluten free while exploring Santa Monica. 

September 2, 2014

Gluten Free Kale & Watermelon Summer Salad














With Labor Day marking the official end of Summer, I am not ready to give up outdoor meals and warmer month traditions.  Luckily for us watermelons are still stacked high at the grocery store reminding us that summer is nowhere close to being over. With the temperature still hovering in the 70s at night time, the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven. So in an attempt to use 2 refreshing ingredients, watermelon and kale, I am happy to say I came across Hungry, Healthy Happy's Kale and Watermelon Salad and drooled over this fresh dish incorporating creamy feta, crunchy pecans, and a blend of lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and vinegar for the dressing. I was equally excited to see that all ingredients were naturally gluten free, and I didn't even have to think of making any modifications to the recipe.

February 27, 2014

Review: Gluten Free Girl Scouts Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies



As a Celiac with the opportunity to try the highly anticipated gluten free Girl Scout cookie that launched this year, I feel it is my duty to the gluten free community and to the Girl Scouts foundation to provide feedback. I first blogged about the possibility of the Girl Scouts launching a gluten free cookie in June 2012 HERE and am excited that progress has been made!

First and foremost I would like to thank the Girl Scouts of the United States of America for acknowledging those with a gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance and/or Celiac Disease. Speaking on behalf of the gluten free community, we are excited for the opportunity  to order a box of Girl Scout cookies, just like everyone else.