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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 CeliacCentral.org. 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.
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
The money collected will be used for scholarships for kids to attend a gluten-free summer camp hosted by the Celiac Disease Foundation next summer in San Bernardino, California. The summer camp will be held from July 30 to August 3, 2012. It’s open to all kids between the ages of 7 and 15 who are gluten-intolerant or gluten-sensitive. The kids do not need to have an official diagnosis of celiac disease, only the need to be gluten free.
Van’s is matching all donations this week up to $1,000! Please join me this week in donating to the cause. Even a small donation of $2 will add $4 dollars to the scholarships. If you are feeling generous this holiday season, feel free to contribute as much as you’d like.
You can find more details on this one-week fundraiser at Gluten-Free Saver.
Last week, my husband and I decided last minute to join the crowd in D.C. for the 1 in 133 event. I really didn’t think we would be able to attend, but decided that we could skip out on some after school activities for such an important event. So, I picked up the kids at school and headed to D.C. to pick up my husband and join the event.
We arrived toward the end of the cake building. The top was being placed, and the decorative frosting was being added to the sides. The kids and I even got to decorate a couple smaller cakes that were added at the bottom. We stayed as long as we could and still get the kids home to bed on time. It was a good night to reconnect with fellow Celiacs I hadn’t seen for a long time and meet some new gluten-free friends, too.
I took some photos of the cake, and a few of the kids. I talked with Linda of The Gluten-Free Homemaker, Jules Shepherd of Jules Gluten Free, John Forberger the Gluten-Free Triathlete, Dr. Alessio Fasano of The University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, and so many more.
It really was a great event with many gluten free experts, researchers, sponsors, food manufacturers, bloggers, celiacs, supporters, etc. Also present was a member of the FDA who was there to hear our plea for federal regulation on gluten-free food labels. There really were so many other people there who were instrumental in bringing the night’s event together, but unfortunately I didn’t get all those names and titles. I guess I didn’t have my reporter hat on that night.
I’ll bet you’re wondering if there was any news from the event. I can tell you that the cake was 11’2″ tall. And, the talk about the gluten-free labeling law sounded encouraging. It was difficult to hear the speakers, especially with two fidgety young kids. So, that’s about all of the information I can offer. For more specific details of the event, read Amy Ratner’s more thorough report at Gluten-Free Living. For additional photos and videos of the event, check out the post at The Gluten-Free Homemaker.