Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Please

(updated Nov. 2014)

It's time to get our GLUTEN-FREE Thanksgiving Menu planned!  There are many options to making our Thanksgiving delicious and at the same time, safe (free from gluten) for our whole family to eat. There are already quite a few dishes that are gluten-free, and for those that are not gluten-free, I have some great suggestions for you!
First, Thanksgiving traditional dishes that ARE gluten-free:
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole
Cranberry Sauce
Now for traditional dishes that AREN'T gluten-free, BUT will be by the time we are done :)
GF Alternative: Try Glutino's Cornbread Stuffing, available in stores. We had this last year and it was great.

GF Alternative: Instead of the traditional rolls, make cornbread muffins! Try Pamela's Products Cornbread - from Cranberry Orange Muffins to Kernel Cornbread muffins, there are some delicious cornbread recipes to choose from.  

GF Alternative: Here's a Traditional Turkey Gravy recipe from Pamela's Products - what doesn't this woman do?! If the traditional gravy is not what you are looking for and need something quicker, try Pamela's Delicious Fast Gravy recipe.

Photo from Pamela's Products

Green Bean Casserole, nah! 
GF Alternative:  I skip the green bean casserole all together and make a 7 Layered Salad instead. I love Pioneer Woman's (Food network) recipe. Recipe below.

(Photo from The Pioneer Woman)

Ahhh, Pumpkin Pie
GF Alternative: Pamela's Pumpkin Pie recipe. Nothing I make with Pamela's products ever fails I know this will be delicious! This recipe also includes her easy pie crust recipe. 
Photo from Pamela's Products
Seven Layer Salad 
recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman)  

  •  SALAD:
  • 2 heads Iceberg Lettuce, Chopped
  • 8 ounces, fluid Baby Spinach, Washed And Dried
  •  Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 8 whole Hard Boiled Eggs, Chopped
  • 16 ounces, weight Bacon, Cooked And Chopped
  • 4 whole Tomatoes, Chopped
  • 1 bunch Green Onions, Thinly Sliced
  • 8 ounces, weight Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 1 bag (10 Ounce) Frozen Peas, Partially Thawed
  • 1/2 cup (Real) Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar (more To Taste)
  •  Fresh Dill, Chopped

In a clear glass bowl, layer salad ingredients in the order they appear above, concentrating ingredients around the perimeter of the bowl and filling in the center with lettuce, if needed. End with the layer of peas.
Combine dressing ingredients in a separate bowl and mix well. Pour over the top of the peas and spread to cover, bringing dressing all the way out to the edges of the bowl. Sprinkle with fresh dill.
Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Toss just before serving.

For more Gluten-Free Thanksgiving tips, check out my article "Green bean Casserole is Overrated".
 From our family to yours - Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  


Monday, November 10, 2014

GIVEAWAY - 3 Issues of Gluten Free Holidays - 75 Recipes!

With the holidays just around the corner, I have turkey, mashed potatoes, pies and cookies on the brain!

As fast as October went by, I know Thanksgiving will be here in a flash, then Christmas even faster!  I need all the help I can get when it comes to preparing meals for the holidays, especially gluten-free ones.

And that's where Living Without's Gluten-Free Holidays Issue comes in! It's packed with great recipes (75 of them), from Thanksgiving, to a Christmas Buffet, Cookies and Desserts - they've got it ALL covered.

The BEST part about this...

I have 3 Issues to GIVEAWAY to 3 Winners!

Value: $6.95

This magazine has A LOT to offer and I hope you all get a copy today, and if you happen to WIN a copy, when you enter below, you can always share it with someone you LOVE! :)

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

I would love to say, I was just in the mood for some chicken noodle soup, but it really wasn't the case. My whole family came down with the stomach bug (beast) this past weekend and I needed to think of something to comfort and hydrate them.

I thought, "How hard could it be to make homemade gluten-free chicken noodle soup?" Well, it wasn't hard! I couldn't believe how EASY and DELICIOUS this turned out!  I've never made HOMEMADE chicken noodle soup. I impressed myself with this one my friends, I really did!

I hope you enjoy it as well.


- 4 Chicken Breasts
- 1 C. Chopped Sliced Carrots
- 1 C. Chopped Celery
- 1/2 C. Chopped Onion
- 2 Tbsp. of Butter
- Half a Box of Ronzoni GF Pasta (this is our fav)
- 1 Box Pacific Chicken Broth
- 3 Massel Chicken Bouillon Cubes
- Garlic
- Poultry Seasoning or Sage, Thyme, whatever you like
- Salt/Pepper

  • Place chicken breasts in pot and pour in 2 C. Water and 1 C. Chicken Broth and boil until fully cooked - 15-20 minutes. Use colander to reserve water/broth for soup. 
  • While chicken cooks: Saute celery, carrots and onion in 2 tablespoons of butter in a large pot. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder.

  • Cut chicken breasts into cubes.
  • Add to pot - remaining broth, 2 C. Water and remaining broth/water from boiled chicken.
  • Add chicken, 3 Massel chicken bouillon cubes and poultry seasoning (1 tsp.)

  • Simmer for 15 minutes. Taste test. Decide whether to add more salt, pepper and garlic. I believe in taste testing - I usually add seasonings later because you don't want to over salt or over power with garlic.
  • Add half a box of Ronzoni pasta. Simmer another 10 minutes or until pasta is tender.

  • Lastly, serve up a bowl and ENJOY!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Raising Jack Supports The Teal Pumpkin Project!

The Teal Pumpkin Project is making waves this Halloween and we're happy to be a part of it!                                                                                                                                                   FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) started a new initiative this season, encouraging families to participate in trick or treating by passing out "Non-Food treats to promote safety, inclusion and respect of those living with food allergies - and to keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all."

Celiac disease and food allergy communities have a common bond. We can relate, even though the scenarios may be different, celiacs and those with food allergies have to avoid certain foods to prevent harm to one's body.

Jack was on board and ready to start painting our TEAL pumpkin! 

After painting the pumpkin, Jack was ready to fill the Halloween bowl! We headed to the store and we came home with LOTS of TRICKS! Jack's favorite - the skeleton parachute guys!

This was a FUN "Project" and we look forward to doing this every year! 

P.s. You didn't know this, but teal is one of my favorite colors - hence our door and shutters are TEAL! :)

Wishing all our food allergy and celiac families a SAFE and FUN HALLOWEEN!

P.s.s. You still have time to paint your pumpkin TEAL! 

For more information:   #TEALPUMPKINPROJECT

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Everyone needs to enjoy a S'MORES at least once, right?! 

Jack enjoying his first gluten-free S'more a few years ago.

I'm so thankful for Kinnikinnick sending some S'moreables my way for our GLUTEN-FREE S'MORES GIVEAWAY!

2 WINNERS will receive:

(1) Box of S'moreables 
(1) Bag of Marshmallows 
(3) Hershey Candy Bars

BUT wait, there's more!

Have you seen Kinnikinnick's new Vanilla Wafers??  I had an opportunity to try them at the GFFAF (Living Without's Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest) in Indianapolis a few months back. They were AWESOME! And guess what, the winners of this giveaway will receive a box of them!

Enter below for your chance to win a Gluten-Free S'Mores Prize pack! 

Remember 2 WINNERS will be chosen! GOOD LUCK! :)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FREE SHIPPING - Gluten Free & More Magazine

This week only, Gluten Free & More magazine (formerly Living Without) is offering FREE SHIPPING on their magazines, cookbooks, Holiday Guides, e-books, books about living gluten-free (like the one Beth Hillson wrote) and more! 

Click picture below and get to shopping! :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Thank you Fablogcon!

The 2nd annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas this past weekend (Sept. 26-28), was a HIT! Packed with lots of great speakers, break-out sessions, networking and brainstorming, it was fun, informative and inspiring.

Let me get right to it, and tell you MY HIGHLIGHTS from this year's FABlogCon.

  • Beth Hillson, receiving an award for her achievements and contributions in the celiac disease and food allergy communities. Beth of course, is who I recently interviewed and did a 3 part blog post (read this post first, then click here for more with Beth) series on. She's fabulous and she deserves this honor!
  • My break-out session, "Advocate First, Blogger Second: Making Strides the Old Fashion Way" - a lot of great ideas were shared - thank you to those who attended!


    • "Balancing Act" with Keeley McGuire, Pam Jordan (I'm a Celiac) and Cindy Gordon (Vegetarian Mamma) - these ladies gave tips on managing your blog, while managing work, family and LIFE. Setting goals, priorities, time management, scheduling tools, like and more! Thank you my dear friends for sharing your tips.
    • "Self-Publishing: From Pen to Publicity" - Thank you to Stacey, April, Alisa and Erica for sharing their experiences with us on producing their books. Write ideas down, organize your chapters, hire an editor, buy ISBNs and again, so much more! Hmmm, will there be a Raising Jack book in the future?? We'll see! :)
    • "How to Influence Change in School Policy" - the ladies (Jan, Caroline, Laurel and Gina) of this panel, shared so much information to get everyone on the road to success in their schools. I loved the quote for this session, "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples" - Mother Teresa.
    • Cybele's Free to Eat Oatmeal Cookies. These cookies are so delicious, and they're free of the Top 8 allergens. Soft, chewy and full of flavor!

  • Enjoy Life Foods - THANK YOU for always being so generous and sharing your products with us! Looking forward to using your dark chocolate morsels this weekend! And thank you to Joel Warady, Chief Marketing Officer at Enjoy Life Foods, for being a part of this event and giving us tips on approaching brands, branding yourself, doing reviews and more.

  • Luke's Organic Chips - are CRUNCHTASTIC! I loved the Kale Chips and I felt so healthy eating them! ;) Luke's father wanted to create great tasting chips and crackers for his son who has celiac disease. I love their story and website. My husband ate the whole box of Luke's Black Pepper crackers that I brought home from the conference! I think we'll be seeing a lot more of them - I certainly hope so! 

  • Pascha Dark Chocolate - OMGoodness! Eating a piece of delicious dark chocolate with a hint of coffee - HELLO?! DELICIOUS!! With 8 bars to choose from, as well as chocolate chips, Pascha is FREE of the TOP 8 allergens, I mean, AWESOME!! 
  • Friends - Seeing a lot of wonderful friends and meeting new ones is always my favorite part of this event. It's like a reunion every time we see each other.
    Me, Erica ( and Keeley (

    Erica, Michelle, Me, Keeley, Pam, Chandice and Sarah.

    • Meeting Jerome Bettis - Thank you to Sanofi for sponsoring FAB, as well as surprising us Saturday evening with a visit from "The Bus" himself! Jerome has asthma and is also anaphylaxis to shellfish.  I may not know what team he played for in the NFL (Steelers, I know), BUT, I know he played for Notre Dame and that's all that matters! My husband was born and raised in South Bend, IN - so Notre Dame football is on our TV every Saturday.

    • Social Media presentation with Ritesh Patel and Heather Hewett wrapped up the conference with LOTS of information on using social media. From Facebook, Twitter, Google + and more, Ritesh shared ways to enhance each outlet and shared the "Ecosystems of Storytelling". 
    • SWAG! Thank you to all the vendors who contributed to our swag bags! I was stoked to bring this home to my family. Jack was pretty pumped!! He went for the chocolate first...just like his momma.

    • Vegas Strip - On Sunday evening, we headed to the Vegas strip for dinner. Our dinner wasn't the best, but the company was AWESOME! Much love to all these ladies!

    • Okay, so I can't leave this out, this was a BIG highlight of my trip...Monday was my "Vacation" day.  And I went in the hot tub a couple of times through out the day. An achy back's DREAM!!

    • Last, but not least, Jenny Sprague and Homa Woodrum - Ladies, you out did yourselves!! Thank you again, for a wonderful event!! You both worked so hard to bring this together and it showed. Can't wait to see what's in store for next year!!

    Continue raising awareness, making a difference, encouraging others and don't forget to smile along the way. Life is too short not laugh, even when life is stressful and crazy, find your sense of humor and deal with the craziness with a smile!

    FABlogCon 2015, see you next year!