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December 31, 2012

Two Thousand Twelve At A Glance

I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog this past year as much as I have enjoyed trying new recipes and sharing them on my little piece of gluten free space. I look forward to sharing new creations in 2013. But in the meantime, I have put together some of my favorite posts over the past 12 months. Click on the title to redirect to the original post. 

Happy New Years & Cheers to a Healthy, Happy and Gluten Free 2013! 


December 18, 2012

A Day of Silence for Sandy Hook


Today, December 18th, is a blogger day of silence. Along with many other bloggers, I will only post the above image in remembrance. The blogging community is also raising money that will go to an organization in the memory of this tragedy. The organization is called The Newtown Family Youth and Family Services. Here is the official description of the support service we are donating to: 

“Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area."

ANY DONATIONS MADE TO NEWTOWN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES WILL BE DONATED DIRECTLY TO THOSE EFFECTED BY THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING.


Please visit THIS PAGE to make your donation

Let's make a difference and use blogging in a positive way. Thank you

December 17, 2012

Peanut Butter Cookie Cups


These combine 2 of the greatest treats- chocolate chip cookies and Reese's Peanut Butter cups! This year my "baking focus" was bite size, whether it was a cookie, cupcake, or bar, I wanted all my treats to be easy to enjoy in 2 bites or less. These definitely hit the mark! They were very easy to make with Pamela's Chocolate Chunk Cookie mix and are perfect with a cup a coffee in the morning or a mid afternoon holiday treat! Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 bag Pamela's Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix
1 egg
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 bag (approximately 60) Reese's Peanut Butter Cups minis

Directions

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. While the oven is heating, place mini baking cups in each of the mini muffin cups pan.
2. In a large bowl or mixer, combine cookie mix, egg, butter, and gluten free vanilla. Add peanut butter. Once dough forms, roll into 1 inch balls and place in muffin cups.
3. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until the cookie is slightly brown. Once pan is removed from oven immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into the center of each cookie. Let the cookie cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing. Place on cooling rack and continue process with remaining dough. 

December 14, 2012

Highlights of a Gluten Free Girl's Week 12.14.12

Its been so long since I have posted my highlights! I had so many things to share I had to include them all!  I have to admit this is one of my favorite posts to prepare. Maybe it has to do with reliving some of my favorite gluten free food moments from the weeks past but more importantly these "highlights" give me hope that the world is becoming more accommodating to the gluten free diet. Now that's something to celebrate during this joyous time of year! 

I wish you all a wonderful weekend! I am excited for a few Christmas parties, a little shopping, gluten free baking and as always spending time with family and friends. Cheers!


{I really hate to admit this, but I finished my Eat Pastry Premade Gluten Free Cookie Dough tub from Costco (Click HERE for the original post)! Yes, it only took a week, but doesn't that truly express how great this product is. I have had a fresh oven baked cookie EVERY night after dinner, but didn't have to make the dough from scratch each time.  I plan on picking up another tub this weekend :) Don't judge, its the holidays!}

{I enjoyed the Marinated and Grilled Fished Tacos with corn tortillas at George's at the Cove. Note- I had to specify that I wanted CORN tortillas, as the tacos usually come with flour.  It has mango salsa, jalapeno-lime creme fraicheguacamole and shredded cabbage. They were simply delicious and the view was incredible on a sunny November day in beautiful San Diego. View full lunch menu HERE

{Meeting the dedicated, and knowledge staff at Healthy Creations, Ian and Mary! Click HERE to learn about my visit and all that Healthy Creations has to offer to the gluten free community in Southern California.}


{I spotted WOW Cookies at the E-Bar at Nordstrom at the UTC Mall as I was "refueling" while Christmas shopping. There were 2 flavors to pick from Chocolate Brownie and Pumpkin, yours to enjoy at only $2.50 a piece}

{My dad surprised me with this delicious, delicate, flour less chocolate gluten free mini cake with fresh berries from Major Market, in Escondido Thanks Dad!} 

{I have enjoyed hot cocoa topped with several marshmallows in my festive gingerbread cup every night this week! It has been chilly every night so I decided to picked up a box of Nestle Hot cocoa mix after reading it was a gluten free product Nestle produces on Gluten Free in San Diego. Click HERE for the complete list of Nestle products that do not contain wheat, rye, barley/malt ingredients.}


{And for the GRAND finale, (drum roll please) the before and after pictures of the 1st round of my 2012 Holiday Baking! I have been compiling recipes for a few months now and it was so much fun bringing each cookie, bar, fudge & cupcake to life! Click HERE for several recipes, the Chocolate Chip Peanut Cup recipe post coming Monday!}

December 12, 2012

Gluten Free Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas is less than 2 weeks away, I can't believe it! I don't know about you, but I am still shopping for several individuals on my list some of which are gluten free. If you're having a tough time deciding on a gift for a gluten free friend or family member I have put together the following list of events, products, and items all GLUTEN FREE that a Celiac can enjoy in the Southern California region. I know I would love to receive any of the below items, hint hint! :)

Please share any gluten free gifts you plan on giving this year, always open to new ideas!


1. Heart Shaped Measuring Cups from Pottery Barn for baking gluten free.

2. Subscription to Delight Magazine- click HERE to purchase. 

3. Gift Certificate to a gluten free restaurant in the area. Visit Gluten Free In SD for a comprehensive list of restaurants.  


4. Great News! Cooking Class, there are currently 2 scheduled for the beginning of the year that are focused on the gluten free diet. Click below for details. This could be a fun activity for both of you to enjoy!



5. Gift Certificate to Sprinkles in La Jolla, CA- Gluten Free Red Velvet cupcakes are always available and always delicious!

6. Gluten free cookie and baking mixes, The Pure Pantry collection is one of my favorites!


7. Register a friend to receive fully prepared uncooked gluten free meals from Healthy Creations. Your friend can enjoy a stress free gluten free meal that does not require a lot time or preparation.  These are a great to have after a long day at work. Click HERE for a menu. 

8. A basket FULL of gluten free goodies- Last year at work my "Secret Santa" put together a delicious basket of gluten free mixes, sauces, chips, crackers, bars, popcorn and a beverage! 


9. A ticket to the 2013 Celiac Disease Foundation Conference & Food Faire- click HERE for details.  Click HERE for my recap of the 2012 conference.




10. Luna Protein Bars are my favorite gluten free snack on the run, so why not a box filled with Luna Bars?? You can purchase online or at any grocery store. 


11. I am always a fan of "Do It Yourself" projects, especially when it comes to homemade baked items! Easy Eats has put together a DIY recipe for pancakes in a jar. It's cute, easy & gluten free!  You can also try cookies and cupcakes in jar!
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12. What better way to raise awareness than gluten free apparel?!?! Check out Zazzle for an extensive gluten free collection. 



13. Simply Gluten Free Quick Meals by Carol Kicinski- Purchase on Amazon for only $19.79!

Happy Gluten Free Shopping!