Look at me! Look at me! I am actually doing this twice in a row. Let’s see how long I can keep this up. Whoo-hoo! Just to let you know, I may miss a few things that are at the end of the week because I am having to type this up ahead of time. We are actually heading to my FIL’s to celebrate my son’s birthday as you read this. He is going to be 3 years old. My, how the time flies.
Speaking of… Let’s get started with help for getting young kids back to school.
1. Several great posts were written this week (as well as a reminder about one from last year) concerning gluten-free kids and back-to-school. Kim at Cook IT Allergy Free has a great post Printable List of 50+ Allergen Free Lunch Box Ideas. It’s crazy-long and lots of great ideas. Go Kim!
2. Then, Alisa from Alisa Cooks and Go Dairy Free has her free eCookbook from last year - Smart School Time Recipes: The Breakfast, Snack, and Lunchbox Cookbook for Healthy Kids and Adults. A ton of fabulous recipes she has collected from her friends across the blogosphere. You can download the free version from her site. If you want an eReader version, it is available, but they won’t let her give it away for free, so she has to charge the minimum, 99 cents.
3. Diane from The Whole Gang is giving you a way to get Jules Gluten-Free Back to School Guide. Jules is one of the people who did the 1 in 133 summit to get Washington D.C.’s attention about gluten-free labeling. She made the huge cake. And, Diane? Well, she’s just crazy-cool. She loves Harry Potter, writes fabulous stories and does her best to help people be healthy with her blog and work.
4. Wendy from Celiacs in the House also has a guide up on Diets in Review called Sending You Gluten-Free Kid Back to School. More great tips from another great blogger. So, if you have school-aged gluten-free/allergy-free children, you have lots of help to get you through the school year.
5. Speaking of lunches, I read an article about Subway Expanding Their Gluten-Free Test. I liked what I read in this article because I was really afraid they were going to be like a lot of places that are just going gluten-free for the fad instead of taking it seriously for the people that have Celiac Disease/gluten intolerance. (*cough* CPK *cough*). They started in Dallas, TX and rolled out a bit to Portland, OR. (Makes me wish I still lived back home to try it.) So far, so good. They are really being diligent about cross-contamination. You can watch exactly how your sandwich is made, and tell them if you want them to toss it and start over. Nice to see.
6. Back on the kid-front. Maggie from She Let Them Eat Cake has a great sounding recipe for Gluten-Free Zucchini Pancakes. Get some extra veggies in your kid, and use up some of the summer squash. They really look good, and she uses more than just rice flour, which I really like. I can’t wait to try these.
7. For those of you that want to do a little relaxing after the kids go back to school, Shirley from gfe-gluten free easily has a killer drink recipe… Oh! Excuse me. Painkiller Drink Recipe, as well as a great, hilarious story about a sign. He-he. Must go read, again.
8. And, to finsh off, we have dessert. Two, as a matter of fact. First Elana from Elana’s Pantry has a great recipe for “dairy-free” Piña Colada Ice Cream. This sounds so scrumptious. I can’t wait to try this one, although I might have to do some finagling. Had to get rid of my ice cream maker due to it not freezing anymore.
9. And, the always lovely Nancy from The Sensitive Pantry has a delicious recipe for Fresh Blueberry Pie with Lemon Thyme Crust. It’s gluten-free and full of blueberries. That wins me over right there.
So, I hope these are some useful articles for you. I am off to celebrate Max turning the big 3. Well, it’s big to me. And him. Enjoy your weekend!
Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!™
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