Announcing Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style

UPDATE: All giveaways are now closed. Many, many congratulations to the dozens of winners in our Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style event! Thanks to all who participated—readers, sponsors, and bloggers—as you made this the wondrous event that it was!

With Thanksgiving behind those of us who celebrate, our thoughts immediately turn to “the holidays.” So I’m beyond excited to announce that I am hosting Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style, a daily blogging event taking place from Monday, November 28 through Friday, December 23. This event will be a delightful “over-the-top” event with 25 bloggers participating in all, and giveaways of close to 100 items. Our hope is to provide comfort, joy, excitement, and fun for all of you during this holiday season! Let me share the details …

Every day a different blogger will share a gluten-free recipe that means both home and the holidays to them.  Everyone has those recipes, right? Old family favorites; recipes that have evolved as folks learned to eat differently/better; festive holiday cocktails; and more.  For me, there are many that fit those categories and signify home and holidaysmy sister’s Crab Casserole, my mom’s Deviled Eggs, and my Crustless Coconut Pie. Like these recipes I’ve mentioned, the recipes shared in the event may be naturally gluten free or converted/re-created to be gluten free. Many recipes will also be dairy free, grain free, refined sugar free, etc. as well. They will be full of comfort, joy, and everything else that represent Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style. Maybe you’ll find recipes that you’ve been missing since going gluten free. Maybe you’ll find recipes with flavor combos that you never thought of before, but that you must make. Immediately. Perhaps just in time for your holiday open house or that special tea you’re having with your girlfriends. Maybe you’ll learn a new technique that will allow you to finally successfully re-create an old family favorite; wouldn’t that be a great holiday gift? There are many terrific possibilities.

And speaking of gifts, as I indicated earlier, along with the recipes all of us will be sharing, we will also be giving away prizes! Lots of them. Fantastic prizes. At least three prizes will be given away daily, plus there will be three prizes for the final giveaway— a grand prize, plus a second and third prize. These are all prizes that we think you’ll find of great value. There are  books … including cookbooks, resource books; iPhone apps; gluten-free magazine subscriptions; tools to help you know if a product is safe you to eat; and much more. These prizes are sponsored by your favorite authors/bloggers, publishers, and kitchen equipment/food companies. Many, many thanks go out to them for their generosity! You’ll have to visit each blogger daily to enter the giveaways and while I won’t divulge the specific daily giveaways associated with each blog (there has to be some anticipatory suspense, right?), I’ll tell you that multiple copies of many items will be given away. So if a copy of that new cookbook you’ve been eyeing is given away on day one, don’t despair as another copy or two might be given away on say day 21. The daily giveaways will be announced each day and there will be a quick turnaround (48 hours or less) on entering, so please follow along closely. Best of all, every daily entry makes you eligible for the final giveaway, so the more blogs you visit and more entries you offer, the more your odds of winning the grand prize, second prize, or third prize will increase. Winners of the daily giveaways will be announced weekly here on gfe, with the final announcement sharing the final week’s winners as well as the grand prize, second place, and third place winners.

Here’s a complete listing of all the excellent bloggers participating followed by the list of prizes being given away, including the final prizes.

Monday, 11/28–Me, your host, Shirley Braden at gfe–gluten free easily … Nutmeg Shortbread Flats recipe and giveaway of two More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow and Totally Together Journal combo sets and one copy of Wheat Belly. (Giveaway ends midnight Wednesday, Nov. 30. Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Tuesday, 11/29–Diane Eblin at The WHOLE Gang … Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Toffee recipe and giveaway of one copy each of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, Gluten Free in Five Minutes, and Steamy Kitchen. (Giveaway ends 10 pm Wednesday, Nov. 30. Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Wednesday, 11/30–Heidi Kelly at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom … Gluten-Free Fritters recipe and giveaway of one copy each of Healthier Without Wheat, Perfect One-Dish Dinners, and Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes. (Giveaway ends Friday, December 2. Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Thursday, 12/1–Ali Segersten at The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen (special thanks go out to Ali for working with Vitamix on our grand prize giveaway!) … Gluten-Free Cut-out Gingerbread Cookies and giveaway of one copy each of The Pure Kitchen, Healthier Without Wheat, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen, and Gluten-Free Baking for Dummies. (Giveaway ends Saturday, December 3, at 7:00 am PST. Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Friday, 12/2–Sunny Busby at And Love it, Too!Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Pecan “Toll House” Pie and a giveaway of one copy of Free For All Cooking, The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, and 100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes, plus one Cook IT Allergy Free app. (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Saturday, 12/3–Stacy Toth at Paleo Parents … Paleo Monkey Bread and a giveaway of one combo set of Modern Spice cookbook and iSPICE app, one copy of Paleo Comfort Foods, and one copy of Dangerous Grains (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Sunday, 12/4–Maggie Savage at She Let Them Eat Cake … Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Candy Cane Ice Cream and a giveaway of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, The Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen, and Sugar Nation. (Update: This giveaway is now closed.) 

Monday, 12/5–Melissa McLean Jory at Gluten Free For Good  Gluten-Free Red Chile Enchilada Casserole and a giveaway of one copy of Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking and two copies of Wheat Belly. (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Tuesday, 12/6–Kim Maes at Cook IT Allergy Free … Cinnamon Bun Cake (Gluten Free, Plus So Much More Free (If Needed) and a giveaway of The Pure Kitchen, Simply … Gluten-Free Desserts and Carol’s All-Purpose Flour Mix, and subscription to Easy Eats magazine (digital) (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Wednesday, 12/7–Alexa “Lexie” Croft at Lexie’s Kitchen (note that Lexie also created the gorgeous event badge—thank you, Lexie! I get excited every time I see this badge again!) … Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters and a giveaway of one combo set of More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow and Totally Together Journal: Shortcuts to an Organized Life, one copy of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, and one copy of Gluten-Free Cupcakes (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Thursday, 12/8–Brittany Angell at Real SustenanceCinnamon Chocolate Babka Bread and a giveaway of Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts (one signed copy), 7 Quick Start Tips for a Healthy Fit Gluten-Free Life (two signed copies), and Sweet Freedom (one copy) (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Friday, 12/9–Elana Amsterdam at Elana’s Pantry …Gingerbread Apple Crisp and a giveaway of one copy of Cooking with Isaiah and two copies of Paleo Comfort Foods(Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Saturday, 12/10–Kelly Brozyna at The Spunky CoconutPeanut Butter Pie with Double Chocolate Crust and a giveaway of two copies of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook and one copy of Gluten-Free Cupcakes. (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Sunday, 12/11–Ricki Heller at Diet, Dessert and Dogs … Chocolate Mint Truffles (two versions) and a giveaway of one copy of Sugar Nation and two subscriptions toLiving Without magazine (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Monday, 12/12–Iris Higgins at The Daily DietribeCream Cheese Cookies and a giveaway of one copy of Dangerous Grains, one copy of Sugar Nation, and Gluten Free Goddess E-Book: Best Loved Recipes (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Tuesday, 12/13–Stephanie Fourie at Gluten Free by NaturePumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and a giveaway of one copy of The Food Allergy Kitchen, one copy of The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen, and one copy of The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Wednesday, 12/14–Jules Shepard at Jules Speaks Gluten FreeGrandma’s Cinnamon Sticky Buns (Oven or Crockpot Method) and a giveaway of one copy of Go Dairy Free, one copy of Gluten-Free Makeovers, and one copy of Gluten-Free Cupcakes (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Thursday, 12/15–Silvana Nardone at Silvana’s Kitchen (and Easy Eats) … Pine Nut Cookies and a giveaway of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, Gluten-Free Makeovers,and Gluten Free In Five Minutes (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Friday, 12/16–Heather at Gluten-Free CatChristmas Breakfast Casserole and a giveaway of Cooking for Isaiah, Sugar Nation, and a subscription to Easy Eats magazine. (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Saturday, 12/17–Carol Kicinski at Simply…Gluten FreeBaked Eggs Florentine and a giveaway of Cooking for Isaiah, Gluten Free on a Shoestring, and two Cook IT Allergy Free apps. (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Sunday, 12/18–Alisa Fleming at Alisa CooksGluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Vegan Pumpkin Bread and a giveaway of The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen, The Gluten-Free Diner Coobook with The Whole Gang tote bag, 7 Quick-Start Tips for Living a Healthy Gluten-Free Fit Life (2 copies),and Delight magazine subscription (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Monday, 12/19–Linda Etherton at The Gluten-Free HomemakerGluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon Rolls and a giveaway of Gluten Free on a Shoestring, The First Year:  Celiac Disease and Living Gluten Free, and Go Dairy Free (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Tuesday, 12/20–Gigi Stewart at Gluten Free GigiGluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan Magical Seven-Layer Bars and a giveaway of 7 Quick-Start Tips for Living a Healthy Gluten-Free Fit Life; E-Cookbook Combo: Anti-Candida Feast, Desserts Without Compromise, and Good Morning! Breakfasts; and The Spunky Coconut Cookbook (2nd edition) (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Wednesday, 12/21–Zoe at Z’s Cup of Tea … Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies and a giveaway of Delight magazine subscription, Simply … Gluten-Free Dessserts and Carol’s Amazing All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour Mix, and Gluten-Free Cupcakes. (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Thursday, 12/22–Lillian Medville at Lillian’s Test Kitchenmaking an adaptation of my Chocolate Silk Pie on camera and a giveaway of Healthier Without Wheat (1 copy) and Gluten-Free Cupcakes (2 copies) (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

Friday, 12/23—Me again, Shirley Braden at gfe—gluten free easily Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate (with help from Kim at Cook IT Allergy Free) and a giveaway of Dangerous Grains, Healthier Without Wheat, and two GlutenTox Testing Kits. (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

The complete listing of prizes is as follows. (The prizes for daily giveaways are shown in no particular order. The final giveaway prizes are noted as such and shown after this listing.)

Print Books (Cookbooks and Resource Books, or Combos)

–More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow and Totally Together Journal combos–by Stephanie O’Dea, three combos (3) (donated by author)
–Simply … Gluten-Free Desserts by Carol Kicinski, 2 signed copies (2)  each with a package of Carol’s Gluten-Free Flour mix (donated by author)
–Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking by Pete and Kelli Bronski, one signed copy (1) (donated by author)
–Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes by Pete and Kelly Bronski, one signed copy (1) (donated by author)
–Gluten-Free Baking for Dummies by Jean Layton and Linda Larsen, one copy (1) (donated by author)
–Gluten-Free on a Shoestring by Nicole Hunn — 2 copies (2) (donated by publisher)
–Gluten-Free in 5 Minutes by Robin Ryberg — 2 copies (2) (donated by publisher)
–Gluten-Free Makeovers by Beth Hillson – 2 copies (2) (donated by publisher)
–The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam, six signed copies (6) (donated by author)  
–The Gluten-Free Cupcakes Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam, six signed copies (6) (donated by author)  
–The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen by Laura B. Russell, two copies (2) (donated by publisher)
–The Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Kitchen by Denise Jardine, ONE EXCLUSIVE ADVANCE COPY (1) (donated by publisher)
–The Pure Kitchen by Hallie Klecker, two copies (2) (donated by author)  
–Cooking for Isaiah by Silvana Nardone, three copies (3) (donated by author)  
–Free for All Cooking by Jules Shepard, one signed copy (1) (donated by author)  
–The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten Free: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Jules Shepard, one signed copy (donated by author)
–Healthier Without Wheat by Dr. Stephen Wangen, four signed copies (4) (donated by author)
–Sugar Nation by Jeffrey O’Connell, four copies (4) (donated by publisher)
–Wheat Belly by William Davis, three copies (3) (donated by publisher)
–Dangerous Grains by Ron Hoggan and Dr. James Braly, four copies (4) (donated by gfe)
–The Food Allergy Kitchen by Amra Ibrismovic and Carmel Nelson, one copy (1) (donated by publisher)
–The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen* by Lévana Kirschenbaum and Lisa R.Young (donated by publisher)
–The Spunky Coconut Cookbook 2nd edition, by Kelly Brozyna, one signed copy (1) (donated by author)
–Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts by Kelly Brozyna, one signed copy (1) (donated by author)
–Paleo Comfort Foods by Julie and Charles Mayfield, three copies (3) (donated by authors)
–Go Dairy Free* by Alisa Fleming, two signed copies (2) (donated by authors
–Modern Spice by Monica Bhide, one copy (1) (in combo package with Monica’s app, iSPICE) (donated by author)
–Perfect One-Dish Dinners* by Pam Anderson, one signed copy (1) (donated by gfe)
–The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook by Ali Segersten and Tom Malterre, two signed copies (2) (donated by authors)
–The Steamy Kitchen* by Jaden Hair, one copy (1) (donated by author)
100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes by Carol Fenster, one copy (1) (donated by gfe)
Mommy, What Is Celiac Disease? by Katie Chalmers, three copies (3) with three cupcake holders (one per copy; donated by gfe)

E-books (Cookbooks and Resource Books) 

–Gluten-Free Goddess E-Book: Best Loved Recipes by Karina Allrich (1) (donated by author)
–The Gluten-Free Diner Cookbook by Diane Eblin, one copy with tote bag (1) (donated by author)
–7 Quick Start Tips for Living a Healthy Gluten-Free Fit Life, by Erin Elberson, five copies (5)
–Sweet Freedom*, by Ricki Heller, one copy (1) (donated by author)
–Combo Set of following: Good Morning Breakfasts, Desserts Without Compromise, and Anti-Candida Feast Book by Ricki Heller, one copy (1) of set (donated by author)


Easy Eats, six subscriptions–electronic (6) (3 donated by publisher, 3 donated by gfe
–Delight, two subscriptions–print (3) (2 donated by publisher, 1 donated by gfe)
–Living Without, two subscriptions–print (2)  (donated by publisher)


Cook IT Allergy Free by Kim Wilson-Maes, three apps (3) (donated by author)
–iSPICE by Monica Bhide, one app (in combo package with her cookbook, Modern Spice; already mentioned above) (1)  


–GlutenTox Testing Kit, two packages (two tests in each kits) (2) (donated by vendor)
Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil Certified Organic, one quart (1) (donated by gfe)
–Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Flour, 2.2 lbs (2) (donated by gfe)
Honeyville Almond Flour, 5-lb bag (1) (donated by gfe)

*Indicates prize is not exclusively gluten free, but offers much that is gluten free or easily adapted 

And for the final giveaway:

Grand Prize, Second Prize, and Third Prize (remember … all of your entries throughout this event are eligible for this final giveaway) 

Grand Prize–A top-of–the-line Vitamix—woohoooo! Specifically, Vitamix is offering its Super Healthy Lifestyle package, which includes a 5200 machine and a 32 oz. dry grains container for grinding your own, gluten-free flours. Note that on Cyber Monday (11/28), Vitamix will be offering this package at $499 as part of its holiday special; that’s $50 off the normal price. The winner will also receive a copy of the e-book, Eat Fresh and D-Tox Your Life. This e-book is the perfect companion for this amazing Vitamix; read more here



Second Prize—A $150 shopping spree at Free From Gluten ( Free From Gluten is the largest gluten-free store offering everything from basic products like gluten-free flours and xanthan gum to those niceties like Enjoy Life semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (hey, some would say those are essentials!) and special products like baguettes and ice cream cones. Take a moment to check out their site … I’ll wait … (tick, tick, tick, tick) … now wouldn’t it be fun to spend $150 at their site? 

Third PrizeCaveman Cookies giveaway package ($89 value) as shown below. 

One large bag of each of the current three flavors , Original, Tropical, and Alpine ($28.95 value) plus one large bag of the soon-to-be released new flavor, Rainforest ($9.95 value; will be shipped as soon as available; anticipated end of Dec); 1 large variety pack ($32.50 value), and 1 t-shirt ($17.50 value; your size, your color). 


Caveman Cookies’ current flavors (Original, Tropical, and Alpine) contain combinations of the following “real food” ingredients: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, honey, coconut, raisins, and carob. Their new flavor coming out at the end of December is a more savory cookie. It contains honey, almond meal, Brazil nut meal, chopped almonds, dried cherries (cherries, sunflower oil), nutmeg, and cayenne pepper. Caveman Cookies contain no preservatives, but have a shelf life of one year. They are gluten free (certified by GFCO), grain free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, certified kosher, and delightfully satisfy a number of dietary lifestyles, including gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, paleo, primal, and vegetarian lifestyles.  

Our Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style blogging event offers the comfort, joy, excitement, and fun of the holidays with wonderful recipes from your favorite bloggers. We’d love to have you join us for this event! I think you’ll agree that it’s going to be quite a holiday extravaganza! Visit each of the blogs daily for their best “home for the holidays” recipes and a chance to win terrific prizes. This post will stay up for your reference and I will offer daily reminders in my gfe posts and via Facebook and Twitter. Look for my kickoff post this Monday, November 28! UPDATE: As this event will not have linky’s for you to share your favorite gluten-free holiday recipes, feel free to grab this smaller badge and post it on your blog/site when sharing your favorite gluten-free holiday recipe there. Just link back to this event in your text and via the badge please; here’s the link. Please remember that all giveaway entries are to be made on the individual blogs; comments left here will not be eligible for giveaway prizes..

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189 Responses to “Announcing Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style”

  1. Shelly on November 25th, 2011 11:36 pm

    Wow! This is awesome Shirley! An amazing set of bloggers, not to mention prizes! Can’t wait to see the recipes! Happy holidays!!!

    • Shirley on December 10th, 2011 11:43 pm

      Hi Shelly–Clearly I’m way behind on replying to comments on this event, but thank you, dear! You are always so supportive and I appreciate it. :-) Hope you’ve been enjoying out event so far, and happy holidays to you, too!


  2. Valerie @ City|Life|Eats on November 25th, 2011 11:44 pm

    Fantastic event!

    • Shirley on December 10th, 2011 11:44 pm

      Hi Valerie, thanks so much for your ongoing support to our holiday event! I am so grateful to your for your sharing and enthusiasm. :-)


  3. Amber on November 26th, 2011 12:26 am

    Looks amazing Shirley! I so admire your commitment to community. Great Job!!!

    Be Well,

    • Shirley on December 10th, 2011 11:45 pm

      Amber–You’re a sweetie–thank you!


  4. The Celiac Husband on November 26th, 2011 3:09 am

    As usual, you knock it out of the park with this holiday run up.
    With the Vita Mix as a Grand Prize, my prediction is new records of readership!

    Bonne Chance


    • Shirley on December 10th, 2011 11:47 pm

      You’re the best, Peter! Hope your new French neighbors are treating you very well. :-)

      Bonnes vacances,

  5. grandma jill on November 26th, 2011 8:45 am

    Good food,great recipies—and –PRIZES..that’s as good as it gets

    • Shirley on December 10th, 2011 11:47 pm

      Hi grandma jill–I love that summary! :-) Thanks!

      Hope you’re enjoying!

  6. Wendy @ Celiacs in the House on November 26th, 2011 9:33 am

    Ahh the power of Shirley to gather the best gluten-free bloggers and all the best cookbooks and products. What an amazing gift to the gluten-free community for the holidays.

    • Shirley on December 10th, 2011 11:48 pm

      Thanks for these super kind words and all your support … during this event and always! :-)


  7. Jeanette on November 26th, 2011 10:10 am

    Wow, what an amazing lineup – can’t wait to see everyone’s favorite GF recipes for the holidays!

    • Shirley on December 10th, 2011 11:49 pm

      Thanks, Jeanette! I hope you’re enjoying everyone’s creations! :-)


  8. Gwen on November 26th, 2011 11:08 am

    After this Thanksgiving, I think I may have learned my lesson – STAY AWAY from GLUTEN!! UGHHH!
    Thanks to you and all the other wonderful GF websites available to us to stay on track with delicious recipe options!

    • Shirley on December 10th, 2011 11:51 pm

      Hi Gwen–Thanks so much, dear! Some lessons are harder learned than others. Best of luck to you in your new 100% gluten-free life!


  9. Norma Jean on November 26th, 2011 1:25 pm

    How exciting, can’t wait.

    • Shirley on December 10th, 2011 11:52 pm

      Hi Norma Jean!–Hope you are following along and enjoying every minute of our holiday event. :-)


  10. Kim (Cook IT Allergy Free) on November 26th, 2011 2:16 pm

    All I know is that this event is a complete grand slam! What a line-up of bloggers, prizes, and a feast of amazing holiday dishes! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! Great job, Shirley! This is one for the record books!

    • Shirley on December 10th, 2011 11:54 pm

      Thanks so much, my dear Kim! I’m loving this event … it’s amazing on so many levels. That’s thanks to you and all the others joining in! :-)


  11. elizabeth on November 26th, 2011 4:54 pm

    As a newbie to the grain-free lifestyle, I’m looking forward to the daily recipes. Of course, if I happen to win a prize or two (okokok, I’m not really greedy), it would be a bonus.

    • Shirley on December 10th, 2011 11:55 pm

      Hi Elizabeth–Hope you’ve found some recipes that you’ll be making. :-) Best of luck on the giveaways, too! ;-)


  12. Maggie on November 26th, 2011 5:37 pm

    Awesome Shirley. This is the mother-load :) Thank you for all you’ve done to put it together! xo

    • Shirley on December 10th, 2011 11:57 pm

      Maggie, the Candy Cane Ice Cream Creator, thank you!! :-) I’ve got amazing folks like you helping me out … that’s the key! ;-)


  13. Stephanie on November 26th, 2011 9:46 pm

    Very cool :) How exciting!!

    • Shirley on December 10th, 2011 11:57 pm

      Hope you are enjoying our event! :-)


  14. SunnyB @ andloveittoo on November 26th, 2011 10:32 pm

    Oh, Shirley! So many great bloggers, undoubtedly as many great recipes/ideas to come. Thank you for inviting me, it is an honor to be on this list.



    • Shirley on December 10th, 2011 11:59 pm

      Well, Sunny, your Chocolate Pecan “Toll House” Pie had all of us oohing and ahing! Wonder how many folks will be making that soon? ;-) So glad you joined in with our group of bloggers!


  15. Liliane allen on November 27th, 2011 12:53 am

    Can hardly wait to see the recipes. We have recently become gluten free and dairy free and we can use a lot of help!

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:09 am

      Hi Liliane–Hope things are going well/better with living gf/df … I’ve been thinking of you since our email exchange and sending good vibes your way! :-)

      Hugs and happy holidays,

  16. Jodi on November 27th, 2011 1:58 pm

    Oh, Shirley, this is UNbelievable! What any incredible resource for all of us experiencing out first GF holiday season. I’m so excited!

    Thanks so much for putting in all the work to organize something this comprehensive.


    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:10 am

      Hi Jodi–LOVE your excitement! Hope you’re enjoying our event and that it’s making your first gluten-free holiday a wonderful one. :-)


  17. Karen on November 28th, 2011 3:15 am

    Wow, Shilrley, you have outdone yourself! And we are the benficiaries:) A great line- up sure to provide delicious support over the holidays. Thank you!

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:11 am

      Hi dear Karen–Thanks for the lovely feedback! Hope you’re finding all the posts delicious … I am! :-)


  18. Heather c on November 28th, 2011 3:40 pm

    So excited about all the new recipes to come!

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:12 am

      Hi Heather–Well, we’re halfway through our event … hope you’ve enjoyed the recipes so far! :-)


  19. Lexie on November 28th, 2011 4:25 pm

    Shirley, this is going to be a crazy good month! Look at all these giveaways (thank you sponsors) and stellar blogger line-up!


    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 10:52 am

      Hi Lexie–Crazy and good are not always paired together, so I love “crazy good’! ;-) Thanks to so many folks for making this happen … our participating bloggers (including you!), our sponsors, our blogger friends who are providing support even if not participating in any way, and, of course, our readers who are joining in and supporting the event in many, many ways daily. :-)


  20. Rebekah Stone on November 28th, 2011 8:22 pm

    Sounds so fun! I’m always roaming around online for new gf recipes!

    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 10:52 am

      Thanks, Rebekah! Hope you’ve enjoyed the first four days of our event! :-)


    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 10:53 am

      p.s. looks like you’re new here, Rebekah–welcome! :-)

  21. Charis @ MannaTreats on November 28th, 2011 11:41 pm

    this is going to be awesome! yay!

    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 10:55 am

      Hi Charis–I agree!! Thank you so much for your support! :-)


  22. Anne on November 29th, 2011 9:16 am

    Can’t wait to try new recipes as I am an old hand at GF, but newly dairy free.

    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 10:58 am

      Hi Anne–It’s great to see you here again at gfe! :-) I love how you say you’re an “old hand” at gf … we can always use those! I’m sure you’ll soon be an old hand at dairy free, too. ;-)

      Thanks for following our holiday event!

  23. Becky on November 29th, 2011 11:29 am

    I am just starting on the life journey down the gluten free highway of cooking and eating. What a great way to get acquainted and get going.

    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 10:59 am

      Hi Becky–Welcome to both gfe and living gluten free! :-) I think we’ve gathered some of the best bloggers and resources for you and all in our holiday event. ;-) Enjoy!


  24. Karen on November 29th, 2011 1:38 pm

    what a great holiday idea. not really sure if this comment counts as an entry? or is there an entry form i’m missing somewhere. i am one month new to gluten-free…….and soaking up all i can.

    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 11:03 am

      Hi Karen–Welcome to gfe and living gluten free! It looks like you found your way to comment on my first post, so I think you understand how this event works now, but for everyone’s benefit, I’ll just reiterate that you follow the listing in this post and visit the blog of the day to get new recipes and enter that particular giveaway. You’ll definitely want to enter all the giveaways as all of those entries are also entries for the final prizes! :-)

      Soak up all the good gluten-free stuff for sure, Karen! ;-)

  25. Sarah @ Celiac in the City on November 29th, 2011 2:35 pm

    Oh, I’ve been waiting for this — thank you for hosting this! Looking forward to this month of new recipes, prizes, new-to-me GF bloggers, what a gift!

    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 11:04 am

      Hi dear Sarah!–LOVE your enthusiasm! :-) Let’s keep this the fun and excitement of this event going for sure. You’ve done a great job helping us with that so far … thank you!


  26. Kathy on November 29th, 2011 5:55 pm

    Just “liked” you on Facebook

    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 11:05 am

      Kathy–Be sure to go the individual posts each day to actually entering the giveaways. This post is just an announcement post with a listing for future reference. ;-)


  27. Kathy on November 29th, 2011 5:57 pm

    Just tweeted you. Hope I do well.

  28. AMDeis on November 29th, 2011 9:40 pm

    I just liked you on Facebook!!!

    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 11:06 am

      Hi AMDeis–Thanks for all the connections and support! :-) Be sure to visit the blog of the day to get new recipes and enter the giveaways. Each entry goes towards the final giveaways, too. ;-)


  29. AMDeis on November 29th, 2011 9:40 pm

    I am also following you on Twitter!

  30. AMDeis on November 29th, 2011 9:44 pm

    I just signed up for your emails!

  31. AMDeis on November 29th, 2011 9:44 pm

    And I Stumbled this post.

  32. Annie D. on November 30th, 2011 4:37 pm

    I LOVE IT!! Thank you, Shirley!!! <3

    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 11:07 am

      Hey there, Annie D.!–It’s always great to see you here with your awesome enthusiasm! :-)


  33. Fawn MacMichael on December 1st, 2011 10:22 am

    Love this!! Thank you!! :)

    • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 11:09 am

      Hi Fawn–It’s looks like you are new here–welcome to gfe! :-) So glad you’re joining in our holiday event!


  34. CeCe on December 1st, 2011 12:09 pm

    You rock! Seriously. I’m new here (via Whole Life Nutrition blog) and think this is such a fabulous idea:) And I’m really looking forward to new recipes, ideas and blogs! Wow, thank you thank you thank you. (And my family thanks you too … any new recipe is welcome)

    • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 12:15 am

      Hi CeCe–Glad you came over from Ali and Tom’s blog! :-) Many thanks for your wonderful comment … enjoy our event!


  35. Christy on December 2nd, 2011 1:00 pm

    Just found your site. Our son is GF/DF. I love finding inspiration from others to nourish my little man. Thanks!!

    • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 12:16 am

      Hi Christy–I love how you refer to your son as your little man. :-) Hopefully, you’ll find lots of recipes that work for his gf/df diet.


  36. AJ on December 3rd, 2011 7:53 pm

    This is such a cool idea. I look forward to all the recipes!

    • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 12:16 am

      Thank you, AJ! I hope you enjoy every one of the recipes. :-)


  37. AMDeis on December 4th, 2011 10:56 am

    I find myself looking forward to all of the GF recipes that are sure to be amazing in light of our need for holiday food. :) Where do I find the winners of the giveaways, though?

    • Shirley on December 4th, 2011 11:00 am

      AMDeis–I’m so glad to hear that you’re enjoying the recipes in our holiday event! :-) Giveaways winners will be announced here at gfe at the end of each week. There will be a post going up late tonight announcing this week’s winners … stay tuned!


      • Laurie on December 5th, 2011 12:10 am

        I don’t see a list of winners…will it be obvious or am I just overlooking it?

        And thanks for these recipes to make my GF/DF life easier this Christmas!

        • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 12:13 am

          Laurie–As soon as I have the info on all the winners, there will be a post announcing them. :-) Winners will be announced once a week here at gfe. Glad you are finding the recipes so helpful!


  38. Cecilia on December 4th, 2011 10:32 pm

    I love al this recipes, we are really need it.

    • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 12:17 am

      Thanks, Cecilia! It’s terrific to get such positive feedback. :-)


  39. Angele on December 5th, 2011 1:43 pm

    Thank you to all bloggers of this event for all their hard work!!! It is great to have all this information at our fingertips, especially in time for Christmas. On a side note, Shirley are residents of Canada eligible to win the prizes as well?

    • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 2:24 pm

      Hi Angele–You’re welcome. :-) Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment! :-) Yes, all giveaways are open to residents of Canada. I feel very strongly that if you’re reading our blogs daily then you should be eligible for all the giveaways, too. Now if I give away something that will cost a fortune to ship (like a car! LOL), I might change my mind. ;-)


  40. Angele on December 5th, 2011 4:05 pm

    Thanks for the info and prompt reply. And on behalf of all of us blog followers in Canada, thank you for including us!

    • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 4:34 pm

      Hi again Angele–Sure! :-) Just wanted to add that it often takes longer for those packages to arrive in Canada. First, there’s just the basic shipping time which takes longer, but more importantly, most sponsors will send the prize to me and then I ship them out from here.


  41. Susan Ohneiser on December 5th, 2011 6:45 pm

    Sounds terrific!

    • Shirley on December 9th, 2011 7:10 pm

      Thanks, Susan! :-) Hope you enjoy our daily event!


  42. Bonnie on December 5th, 2011 8:38 pm

    Just heard about this on Twitter. I want to win something! Been gluten-free for almost a year now.

    • Shirley on December 9th, 2011 7:12 pm

      Hi Bonnie–You never know .. you just might! ;-) Be sure to go to the blogger of the day and enter the giveaways there. I am just the “pointer” other than the beginning and the ending posts.


  43. Karen on December 6th, 2011 12:26 am

    What a fun way to be introduced to new blogs. I love Real Sustenance!!!

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:14 am

      Hi Karen–Hope you’re enjoying all the posts! I love Brittany and her blog, too. :-)


  44. Jodi Castallo on December 8th, 2011 9:04 pm

    What a awesome resource, contest, etc. What a wonderful thing this is.

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:14 am

      Hey Jodi–Thank you! Hope you’re finding our holiday event to be just as you expected. :-)


  45. Barb on December 9th, 2011 12:15 am

    Can’t wait to try the chocolate pomegranate clusters! Yum.

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:15 am

      Barb–Me, too! :-)


  46. Jessy on December 9th, 2011 4:17 pm

    I love this! Vitamix is a fabulous prize!

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:15 am

      Jessy–I agree! Wish I could win it myself! ;-)


  47. paula on December 9th, 2011 4:44 pm

    Shirley, what a wonderful event you have organized! Looking foward to trying all the recipes – Happy Holidays to you and yours.


    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:16 am

      Hi Paula–Thanks so much for the kind words! Sure hope you’re enjoying the recipes each day. :-)

      Happy Holidays to you, too!

  48. Christine on December 9th, 2011 5:00 pm

    Saw the gingerbread apple crisp on Elana’s website and I can’t wait to see more of this book.


    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:17 am

      Hi Christine–Elana has some awesome recipes! :-)


  49. Amanda on December 9th, 2011 5:09 pm

    great idea!

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:18 am

      Amanda–Hope you are enjoying all the posts! :-)


  50. Joey on December 9th, 2011 5:24 pm

    I’ve wanted a Vitamix forever.

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:18 am

      Hi Joey–Best of luck to you in all our event giveaways! :-)


  51. rushanna filjian on December 9th, 2011 5:29 pm

    I will be simplifying my life by baking gluten free recepies year round for me and my son.

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:22 am

      Hi rushanna!–Your son is very lucky to have you as his mom! :-) Thanks for joining our event!


  52. Suep on December 9th, 2011 5:43 pm

    I love this site . I am diebtic and I get great help keeping under control daily!!!!!

    • Suep on December 9th, 2011 5:45 pm

      This the best way to eat gluten free.

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:23 am

      Thanks so much, Suep! Hope you continue to find all to be helpful. :-)


  53. Joelle on December 9th, 2011 6:49 pm

    Wow, good to find some sites I have not tried yet. Love all the info and the great give-aways. Wish I would have stumbled upon this sooner!

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:24 am

      Hi Joelle–While most of the previous giveaways have closed, there are still wonderful recipes to check out in earlier posts and all entries qualify for final prizes and some surprise drawings along the way. ;-)


  54. su seb on December 9th, 2011 7:30 pm

    love the list of blogs

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:25 am



  55. Jasna on December 9th, 2011 9:12 pm

    I love to eat healthy and tasty food.

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:25 am

      Hi Jasna–We have plenty of that for this event! :-)


  56. Rachel on December 9th, 2011 10:21 pm

    wow, just found this…what a fantastic idea!

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:26 am

      Thanks so much, Rachel! Enjoy! :-)


  57. Christina on December 9th, 2011 11:37 pm

    What an awesome site…thank you so much for the resource!

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:26 am

      Thanks so very much, Christina! :-)


  58. Geri Widell on December 10th, 2011 12:48 am

    I am so excited to find this website!!! Can’t wait to try these recipes. I’m currently in Mexico and can’t seem to find many of the ingredients needed, but will be back in a week!!! And then, it’s baking time!!! Thanks again for a fantastic website!

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:28 am

      Geri–I’m jealous! Love visiting Mexico. :-) Nice to have a little getaway before Christmas and baking! ;-)


  59. Scout on December 10th, 2011 1:43 am

    I would die, die, die for a vitamix :-) Totally paleo household!

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 12:28 am

      Scout–I think there are many right there with you on that sentiment–best of luck! :-)


  60. Shannon on December 11th, 2011 1:59 pm

    Cool contest!! A vitamix would be such a cool addition to our healthy eating plan!!

    • Shirley on December 11th, 2011 2:15 pm

      Hi Shannon–Thanks so much! Hope you’ll join in by visiting the blog of the day to get the holiday recipe and enter the daily giveaways, which enters you in the Vitamix giveaway each and every time. :-) Best of luck!

      Happy Holidays!

  61. Minna on December 12th, 2011 4:10 am

    Thanks for a great website! Hope I become lucky soon with such wonderful prizes!

  62. Jennifer on December 12th, 2011 11:58 am

    Wonderful event I am lookinf forward to seeing all of my loved bloggers and the recipies they come up with

  63. Gabby on December 12th, 2011 12:36 pm

    How exciting all these giveaways are!

  64. Jennifer on December 12th, 2011 12:54 pm

    Thanks for all the hard work you do! Im looking for great recipes that are gluten free so these will help! WOW who ever wins a vitamix will be very blessed! Merry Christmas!

  65. Jennifer on December 12th, 2011 1:39 pm

    Thanks for the recipes. I’ll be making some new treats for my family this holiday season. They’ll never miss the old ones!

  66. Michelle Crooker on December 14th, 2011 1:32 pm

    Wow these cookies look and sound yummy!

  67. Alyssa on December 14th, 2011 2:19 pm

    Excellent recipes, thank you for all your posts! Exciting prizes too. Whoever wins the Vitamix will be ecstatic I’m sure. What a great giveaway. : )

  68. Anndrea on December 14th, 2011 8:27 pm

    I am enjoying all the blogs for the 25 days of blogging GF so many great recipes.

  69. Shaina on December 14th, 2011 8:50 pm

    Maybe I’m dense but I can’t seem to find where the winners are posted :p

  70. Kimberly Ryan on December 17th, 2011 11:11 pm

    Thank you for this collection!

  71. Carol Dyer on December 19th, 2011 11:49 am

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!!!

  72. pat johnson on December 19th, 2011 12:59 pm

    I am confused. I was at the glutenfree homemaker and she sent me here to comment for her blog for the giveaway and when I get here it says we cannot comment here for her.

    • Shirley on December 19th, 2011 1:20 pm

      Hey Pat, if you go back and read Linda’s post again, you’ll see that she says to comment on her post for the daily giveway that she’s hosting. She only linked to me to show where you’d link the badge if you are a blogger doing a post on what home and holidays mean to you. So head on back over to Linda’s and get in your entries there. :-) Entries for the daily giveaways will always be on the individual blogs that are participating.

      Good luck in the giveaways!

  73. Patsy on December 19th, 2011 9:57 pm

    Home for the holiday means….enjoying friends and family. Bloody Mary’s on Christmas mourning and the smell of Christmas dinner throughout the house! Remembering the reason we all celebrate! Let’s not forget!

  74. rebecca reilly on December 21st, 2013 11:53 am

    When I first entered the gluten free world in 1995, there were just a handful of pioneers to guide newcomers. You bloggers, creative entrepreneurs and researchers make being gluten free exciting and less like a frontier to be conquered. Thank you so much for your generosity and creative spirits. Silvana I was disappointed not to have met you when you were at the NJ Expo in September. Love your postings. Looking forward to your new book and I Love Lousia Shafia’s Persian cookbook and Home For the Holidays is great… Happy New year to you.

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