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Celiac Disease Awareness Month 2015: GFAF Expo preview

Celiac Disease Awareness Month 2015: GFAF Expo preview
It is almost that awesome time of the year. It is almost time for the GFAF expo on May 2 & 3 and I am super excited! I have selected again for my third year to attend the Gluten Free and Allergy Free Expo aka the GFAF expo as a member of the Chicago Blogger... Read more »

Dining Inequality: Blog Action Day 2014 meets Gluten Awareness Month

Dining Inequality: Blog Action Day 2014 meets Gluten Awareness Month
When I examined the topic of inequality for this blog article as part of Blog Action Day 2014, I decided to go with my heart.  With this month being Celiac Awareness Month, I believe that there needs a stronger voice for inequality in the restaurant world for people with food allergies. There is still a... Read more »

Pumpkin Beer Season: My favorite time of the year

St. Ambrose Pumpkin Ale
I always hear magical music this time of the year when I go to my local Binny’s in Downers Grove/Lombard when pumpkin beer season starts. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Since there is not many songs for fall or Halloween, I usually have Christmas music in my head as I go up... Read more »

Gluten Free Taste Test: Cookie time Among Friends

This package caught my eye when I found this at Whole Foods. Finally found a molasses cookie mix.
Anyone hungry for COOKIES? Of course, you are.  How about gluten-free cookies? If you are, then you are definitely in for a treat. I happen to stumble on this cookie mix on a random grocery shopping trip to Whole Foods.  Hello!  What do we have here? What really caught my eye was that the mix... Read more »

Justin's versus Theo Peanut Butter Cups: Gluten-Free Taste Test

Theo Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Ladies and gentleman, start your peanut butter cups! These are not your average Reese’s peanut butter cups too. I am so over those years ago. I am now into the big leagues. We are talking about Theo Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups – two organic brands that you can find at... Read more »

Celiac Disease Awareness Month: Gluten-Free Products Hits and Misses

Ardenne Farm Blueberry Mix - Before hitting the oven
With Memorial Day weekend underway, it means that Celiac Disease Awareness Month is winding down to an end.  **cue frowny face**  As part of this month, I have decided to do several gluten-free product reviews all at once in one article instead of writing separate articles for each gluten-free product.  Time has been ultra precious... Read more »

Celiac Disease Awareness Month: My letter to Chicago restaurant owners

Celiac Disease Awareness Month: My letter to Chicago restaurant owners
After I read this article from the Gluten-free School, it really got me mad! Really, really mad! I was so mad because I understand what the author was talking about. I was in her shoes many times while attempting to dine out in the Chicagoland area including the city of Chicago.  Many restaurants will NEVER... Read more »

Celiac Disease Awareness Month: Do you have 7 days?

Do you have 7 days? We all do. Do you have 7 days that you can live gluten-free and raise awareness as part of Celiac Disease Awareness Month?  If so, I DARE you to take the challenge to live gluten-free for 7 days. All it takes is at least 7 days and $100 to the... Read more »

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month
It is the best time of the year for me! It is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Time to wear your green!  Wear it proud! Do you have Celiac Disease? Do you know of someone who does? A mother? A sister or brother? A friend? A co-worker? It is the one time of the year where... Read more »

Chicago GFAF Expo: My Top 10 Favorite Gluten-Free Products I Found

Chicago GFAF Expo: My Top 10 Favorite Gluten-Free Products I Found
Last Sunday was the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo (GFAF) in Chicago. There has been a little bit of a brief delay in getting this article out because of life getting in the away. Now I am more than ready to share the love and my second experience at the GFAF expo with some information... Read more »
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