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Enter Giveaway below to win a box of gfJules™ Gluten-Free Baking Mix.

Receive a FREE sample of gfJules™ Gluten-Free Flour. (Scroll to bottom for details.)

gfJulesboxesJules Shepard has started a new line of Gluten-Free mixes. To be more precise, she is re-launching her popular gluten-free baking mixes under a new company name: gfJules™. So, if you’re already familiar with her gluten-free flour mixes, make sure you’re getting THE Real Jules.

I’m happy to support Jules in her new venture. She has done so much for the gluten-free community. Her cookbook was one of the very first I bought when I started this gluten-free lifestyle almost 10 years ago. I bought it directly from her at a Chesapeake Celiac Support Group. You may have participated in the annual Gluten-Free Cookie Swap on Facebook and Pinterest that she organizes each year. And, we’ve all benefited from her work on the 1 in 133 organization. My family and I were glad to be able to attend the 11-foot tall gluten-free cake-building event in 2011. The event was certainly a big push to get the gluten-free labeling laws noticed, passed, and finally implemented last year.

I make a lot of gluten-free food from scratch. I have a pantry filled with a variety of gluten-free flours, but I have to say that I really like the convenience of starting with baking mixes. A tried and tested gluten-free mix that works just right for the product you want just seems to make life a little easier. Jules sent me a box each of the Gluten-Free Pancake & Waffle Mix and the Graham Cracker/Gingerbread Mix to try.

The gfJules website says this about her baking mixes:

  • “All gfJules products are free of the Top 8 food allergens
  • All gfJules products are made in a dedicated GF and allergen-free facility
  • If you don’t love it, and we can’t find a way to help you love it, then we’ll refund your purchase price”

gfJules™ Gluten-Free Pancake & Waffle Mix

  • gfJulesPancakesNo brown Rice Flour
  • No Bean Flours
  • No Dairy, Nuts or Soy
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan

I was so happy to see that this mix is dairy-free! So many of the gluten-free mixes in the stores contain powdered milk. I made pancakes with the mix, and my kids LOVED them! The pancakes browned very nicely, but I have to warn you. It is a very thick batter. The first batch I made I added some water to thin it out, so the batter would spread after being poured onto the skillet. That was my mistake because the pancakes ended up gummy inside. After reading the cooking instructions more carefully, it says to “spread the batter with a spoon so the pancake is not too thick.” OK, lesson learned.

Following the directions, the pancakes turned out much better and still moist. That makes it perfect for reheating frozen leftovers in the toaster, if you have any. 🙂 Each box comes with two bags of mix. I found that each bag made about 16-20 pancakes depending on the size you make them.


gfJules™ Gluten-Free Graham Cracker/Gingerbread Mix

  • gfJulescrackersNo Bean Flours
  • No Dairy, Nuts, or Soy
  • 96% Non-GMO
  • Vegan

The graham cracker mix makes a large batch. It was quick and easy to mix them up. To roll them out, I didn’t add extra flour as the directions said to do. I simply rolled them out on parchment paper, with plastic wrap on top. That works out well for me, and I don’t have to worry about extra flour. I rolled out half the dough to about a 12″x 16″ rectangle, and cut the crackers into roughly 2″ squares. (I ended up with about 80 crackers.) I sprinkled some of them with cinnamon-sugar before baking and they were even tastier.

Perfect for some yummy s’mores, or just for snacking. This would be great for making gingerbread men and gingerbread houses for the holidays, too. You just need to add some additional spices to the mix.


Enter to win a gfJules™ Gluten-Free Baking Mix

Finally, the giveaway details! Jules has offered to give a full-size box of one of her baking mixes to two lucky readers.

  • gfJulesPancakebagsTo enter, simply leave a comment below saying which product you would like to try: gfJules™ Pancake & Waffle Mix or gfJules™ Gluten-Free Graham Cracker/Gingerbread Mix.
  • You can receive bonus entries for letting your friends know about the giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, or other social media. Just be sure to come back and leave an additional comment below letting us know where you mentioned it.
  • Make sure when you’re leaving a comment, that you put your email address in the appropriate box so that I can contact you if you win.
  • All comments/entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm EDT, Saturday Jan. 31, 2015.

Two Winners will be chosen using a random generator. Each winner will receive one box of their choice of gfJules™ gluten-free baking mixes. The winner should respond within 48 hours after being contacted by email. If I’m unable to contact a winner, another winner will be chosen. Good Luck! Keep reading for details on how everyone can get a sample of gfJules™ Gluten-Free Flour Mix.


Everyone Wins!

Jules has also generously agreed to send EVERYONE a 3/4 Cup sample of gfJules™ Gluten-Free Flour Mix. The flour is used as a 1:1 replacement that works in just about any recipe, but it will come with a recipe to make muffins. You simply need to send an email requesting a sample to Be sure to include your U.S. shipping address. (Sorry, the free samples will not be shipped out of country.)

Some of the benefits of her Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour:

  • APF-SB-FRONT-e1411136820110Certified GF from GFCO
  • Certified Kosher from OU
  • Vegan
  • Made in a dedicated GF and top 8 food allergen-free facility
  • 1:1 flour that works in nearly of your favorite recipes (and it’s guaranteed)
  • the flour is tasteless and has no grit – just like the white flour you’re used to baking with
  • 18 month shelf life
  • Non-GMO

To find THE Real Jules and Gluten-Free Baking Mixes, Recipes, and Support for the Gluten-Free Community, check these out:

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FREE Thanksgiving e-Book from GF Jules

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As part of announcing Jules Shepherd’s new website and re-branding of her gluten-free products, she is offering her Gluten-Free Thanksgiving e-Book free for download today through Thursday, Nov. 13.

unnamedJules has updated her Gluten-Free Thanksgiving e-Book this year with even more recipes in this 60-page e-book. It promises to help both those new to the gluten-free diet and those who are familiar with the challenges of navigating the big friends and family gathering. Jules also addresses both issues of hosting Thanksgiving at your house for both GF and non-GF guests, and the issue of being a GF guest in a non-GF household.

In addition to her guidance, this well-organized book includes:

  • 31 gluten-free and dairy-free recipes with nutritional information
  • a list of non-dairy and vegan ingredient substitutions, and
  • a timeline helping you plan your meal in advance.

This Gluten-Free Thanksgiving e-book is usually $12.95. But, with coupon code gfjules54601c422cfe8, you can download it for free until Nov. 13.

To get your copy:

  1. Go to;
  2. Enter the code gfjules54601c422cfe8 into the box next to Apply Coupon;
  3. Click on “Apply Coupon” and then “Proceed to Checkout”;
  4. Fill out the form with your contact information, and click on “Place Order”;
  5. Scroll down the next page under the Product Details and click on “Download file: Gluten Free Thanksgiving Ebook”
  6. Open the file and start planning your Thanksgiving meal!

If you forget to enter the coupon code on the first page, you can also enter the coupon on the next page where it says “Click here to enter Coupon.”

Feel free to browse and/or purchase any of the new GFJules products while you’re there. I’m looking forward to trying her Gluten-Free Pancake and Waffle Mix and Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Mix. And don’t miss her Gluten-Free Gingerbread House Kit, which is also free while supplies last when you purchase $54 or more of products.

Ghost Meringue Cookies

It’s officially fall! I love the cooler weather, the festive times, and the promise of family gatherings for the holidays. It’s also that time of year for ghosts and goblins and witches…Oh, My!

These Meringue Cookies are a favorite for holiday parties. And, I’ve submitted them to SavingStar for their recent recipe contest. They compiled recipes from 20 bloggers and are asking all readers to vote for their favorite. Check it out and vote for my Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Festive Meringue Cookies. >>>Be aware that the recipes in the contest are not all gluten-free recipes. But, go ahead and vote for my Gluten-Free Meringue Cookies. 😉 <<<

Win a $50 American Express Gift Card.
Vote for Your Favorite Recipe
to Win $50 American Express gift card! — 20 Favorite Recipes from 20 Food Bloggers @SavingStar. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the SavingStar post to enter your vote. You have until the end of September (2014) to place your vote.

(For full disclosure: If my recipe wins, I get a gift card, too.)

Want to see what else you can make with meringue?

Snowman Meringues


Christmas Tree Meringues

Christmas Trees

Meringue Duckies

Meringue Duckies


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Managing a Gluten-Free Diet in School

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Yikes! My kids go back to school this week! Ever since they started preschool, we’ve been on the traditional schedule of starting school after labor day. So starting in August, feels really early to me. Especially since we spent most of our summer moving! But we’re ready. The kids are anxious to learn about their new school and meet some new friends. And I…well, I am ready to get back on a schedule. I still have a lot of boxes to unpack and organize. And that’s a little easier without the kids at home. 🙂

As we are getting so close to the start, I’ve been going through some of my older posts about keeping the kids gluten free at school. We’ll have new teachers, administrators, and nurses to connect with and make sure they understand the importance of my kids being gluten free.

Earlier this year, I put together a page (Gluten Free in School) with all the posts I have written about managing my kids’ gluten-free diets at school. Maybe you’re preparing for school, too, and would like some new ideas to review? I’ve got sample letters to teachers, snack and classroom party food ideas, and craft recipes all linked. So, check it out and feel free to add your own ideas in the comments. Simply click on “Gluten Free in School” on the menu bar above. Or here: Gluten Free in School.

Want to discuss the issue further? NFCA (along with the sponsor Mary’s Gone Crackers) is facilitating a Back-to-School webinar about “….Preparing to Educate Administrators on the Importance of Gluten-Free.” To be a part of it, you can register for free at And don’t worry if you miss it. After the event, they will post the webinar on their website, so you can download it and review later from their archived webinars.

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Gluten-Free Holiday Recipes Galore

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Update: I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season! I took some time to update the Holiday Recipe Events below with all the links to recipes and roundups, so browse through them for some great gluten-free recipes. You may find just the recipe you want for  some last-minute ideas for Christmas, or maybe you’re thinking ahead to New Year celebrations.??

I also want to mention another gluten-free event that I completely neglected (unintentionally) – Jules’s Gluten-Free Cookie Swap. I’m not very good about following Facebook, but I finally got a chance to look at it. Wow! It has more than 100 gluten-free cookie recipes posted. You don’t want to leave this off your list of recipes to peruse. And maybe you’ll share your own favorite cookie recipe!

However you are spending the start of the winter season, I send you warm wishes to you and yours. I hope you have a happy, healthy, gluten-free holiday!


Three online events are going on this season to help you enjoy your holidays gluten free. I’ve already shared with you the December Sanity Challenge. Here are two events that are more specific to gluten-free recipes. The events have already started, but don’t let that stop you from checking them out. New gluten-free recipes are being posted everyday by bloggers wanting to share their healthy ideas with you. And, there are still prizes to win, too!

A Gluten-Free Holiday

This weekly themed link-up event is taking place on Thursdays (November through December) and includes a cookbook give-away every week.

Share your own favorite gluten-free holiday dishes and browse through new gluten-free recipes to add to your menu.

Nov. 3rd – Healthier Through the Holidays at Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free
Nov. 10th – Thanksgiving Favorites at Cook It Allergy Free
Nov. 17th – Edible Gifts at Taste at Tasty Eats at Home
Dec. 1st – Holiday Entrees & Sides Dishes at Daily Bites
Dec. 8th – Holiday Breakfast & Brunch at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs
Dec. 15th – Holiday Desserts at She Let Them Eat Cake


Home for the Holidays

This daily event is taking place through December 23, and features holiday recipes from 25 different bloggers. Shirley at gluten free easily gathered almost 100 items to give away throughout the event.

The prizes include gluten-free cookbooks, e-books, magazine subscriptions, applications, and a testing kit. The final top three prizes will be a VitaMix blender, $150 shopping spree at Free From Gluten, and a giveaway package from Caveman Cookies.

Check out all the details in the event announcement from Shirley.

Nov. 28– Nutmeg Shortbread Flats (Gluten-Free) at gfe–gluten free easily
Nov. 29– Toffee (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) at The WHOLE Gang
Nov. 30– Fritters/Förtchens/Futtjens/Ferdons (Gluten-Free) at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom
Dec. 1– Cut-out Gingerbread Cookies (Gluten-Free) at The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen
Dec. 2– Chocolate Pecan “Toll House” Pie (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) at And Love it, Too!
Dec. 3– Paleo Monkey Bread (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) at Paleo Parents
Dec. 4– Candy Cane Ice Cream (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) at She Let Them Eat Cake
Dec. 5– Red Chile Enchilada Casserole (Gluten-Free) at Gluten Free For Good
Dec. 6– Cinnamon Bun Cake (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) at Cook IT Allergy Free
Dec. 7– Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan, Corn-Free)at Lexie’s Kitchen
Dec. 8– Chocolate & Cinnamon Babka Bread (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) at Real Sustenance
Dec. 9– Gingerbread Apple Crisp (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) at Elana’s Pantry
Dec. 10– Peanut Butter Pie with a Double Chocolate Crust (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) at The Spunky Coconut
Dec. 11– Chocolate Peppermint Truffles (Anti-Candida, Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan) at Diet, Dessert and Dogs
Dec. 12–  Cream Cheese Cookies (Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan) at The Daily Dietribe
Dec. 13– Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies (Gluten-Free, Vegan) at Gluten Free by Nature
Dec. 14– Cinnamon Sticky Rolls (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Oven or Crock Pot Method) at Jules Speaks Gluten Free
Dec. 15– Pine Nut Cookies (Gluten-Free) at Silvana’s Kitchen (and Easy Eats)
Dec. 16– Christmas Breakfast Casserole (Gluten-Free) at Gluten-Free Cat
Dec. 17– Baked Eggs Florentine (Gluten-Free) at Simply…Gluten Free
Dec. 18– Holiday Pumpkin Bread (Gluten-Free, Vegan) at Alisa Cooks
Dec. 19– Cinnamon Rolls (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) at The Gluten-Free Homemaker
Dec. 20– Magical Seven-Layer Bars (Vegan, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Casein-Free) at Gluten Free Gigi
Dec. 21– Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Gluten-Free) at Z’s Cup of Tea
Dec. 22– Chocolate Silk Pie with Honey Whipped Cream (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Grain-Free) at Lillian’s Test Kitchen
Dec. 23— Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) at gfe—gluten free easily

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