Five Things You Need to Know Now—2 Expos + New Gluten-Free Blog + Cookbooks + Faces

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

Okay, once you start reading this post, it will look like far more than five items. Well, you know me … always trying to squeeze in a little bit more, right? I haven’t done a count, but maybe the title of this post should really be 50 Things (Or People) You Need to Know About Right Now. Hmmm, so I “lied.” Speaking of “lying,” did you figure out the required lies and the one truth I posted in response to my Memetastic Award in my last summary post? The truth was that I, Mr. GFE, Son, and Nephew were in a BBC documentary with Michael Palin called Hemingway’s Adventures. It was a very neat experience (and a total lark), but don’t be too jealous … my 5 seconds of fame  (no, not minutes) show me mounting my horse (“Sneakers”) at the Montana guest ranch and here’s the kicker … the view is of my posterior. Sigh. Anyway, on with the things you really need to know …

FIRST, it’s probably not news to most of you, but the Gluten-Free, Allergen-Free (GFAF) Expo is happening in less than 6 weeks! This Chicago GFAF Expo is taking place from April 29 through May 1, actually right outside Chicago in Lisle, Illinois. Jen Cafferty is the founder and director of this event. You may know Jen from her blog, Gluten Free Life with Jen, or her role as the Branch Manager for the Gluten Intolerance Group of Greater Chicago. But let’s get to Jen’s brainchild, the Expo itself.

Living Without magazine is the title sponsor for all Expo events. Here are a few excerpts from Living Without’s press release. “We’re thrilled to be uniting with Jen Cafferty to help thousands of people learn more about adapting to an allergen-free way of life, while still enjoying tasty, healthy foods. The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is home to the Midwest’s largest gluten free vendor fair featuring the tastiest gluten free cuisines and allergy free foods in the marketplace. More than 70 vendors will be showcasing and sampling their products. The vendor fair also features a designated nut-free area, kids’ activities and performers.

This year’s Expo will feature a variety of cooking and baking classes taught by well-respected chefs, nutritionists and cookbook authors, who will offer tips for preparing gluten free/allergen free meals and snacks. There’s also a special cooking class for children, free of the top eight allergens. Participants will enjoy lively presentations, taste the recipes and have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the experts.”

I am so happy to be participating in the Expo myself, sharing my gfe approach and doing a cooking demo of some popular gfe recipes. I’ll even be emceeing for part of the event. Many other favorites of yours and mine will also be speaking, emceeing, and/or conducting demos and presentations. But wait … it gets better. In addition to the speakers, there will be many of your favorite bloggers and gluten-free advocates who will be either there to offer their apps, cookbooks, or simply attending to enjoy all the gluten-free goodness themselves. The following is just a partial listing:

Stephanie of A Year of Slow Cooking, plus Totally Together Journal and now WebTV (which involves making money at home in your pajamas) and her books: Make It Fast, Cook It Slow (NYT bestseller!) and her more recent budget-friendly cookbook, More Make It Fast Cook It Slow. If you are wondering, Steph is every bit as cute and funny as she appears in her blogs and on network TV. Seeing her always makes my day!

Kim of Cook IT Allergy Free blog and iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch app, “customizing recipes to work with your food allergies” … if you haven’t met Kim yet, you’re in for a treat. That sweet warmth that comes through on her blog is 100% genuine.

Amy of Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free  and her new book, Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free: 180 Easy and Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less. Folks are raving over the recipes in Amy’s new book. Read reviews here and here. Don’t forget Amy’s weekly roundup, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, for linking up all your recipes that have been made healthier. Amy and I’ve been talking for a long time on the interwebs, so it’s hard to believe that we’ll actually get to meet finally.

Wendy of Celiacs in the House and her other newly launched gluten-free blog—on a mainstream platform! There’s more on that, and lovely and passionate Wendy in a moment, but I can’t wait to see her again!

Kelly of The Spunky Coconut and her books: The Spunky Coconut Cookbook and The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts. Kelly is one of the most creative gluten-free, casein-free, refined sugar-free cooks that I know. Have you tried her chia tortilla wraps? The reviews have been terrific, as they are for both her books. And if you follow Kelly’s blog, she’s as cute as can be, especially with her new mom-to-be glow.

Carol of Simply … Gluten Free  and her new book, Simply Gluten Free Desserts (to be released on April 12!). Watch her on QVC on Wednesday, March 23, in the 4:00 to 5:00 pm slot. Other gluten-free products will be featured, too. I just love it when gluten free goes mainstream! Please spread the word. Carol is a sweet dynamo and I can’t wait to see her again.

Heidi of Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom—Don’t you want to meet Heidi? She’s a hoot, but more importantly, she’s a tireless advocate for celiac/non-celiac gluten sensitivity and can create just about anything in the kitchen. I always look forward to seeing Heidi.

Alisa of the extensive Go Dairy Free website and resource book/cookbook of same name, and her blogs, Alisa Cooks and Dairy Free & Fit. Alisa’s site and blogs offer so much to all and I love that she’s been sharing more and more recipes that are gluten free, too. Looking forward to spending time with her again!

Alexa (“Lexie”) of Lexie’s Kitchen—Lexie helps families navigate the transition to gluten-free, casein-free, refined sugar-free living. I’m addicted to her blog just for her smoothies alone. The most recent one that made me smile was Peter Rabbit’s Smoothie. Her Squashberry Smoothie is also a favorite by color alone, but it’s full of goodness, too. I’ve got some new things coming up on gfe as far as my design and Lexie, who also does lovely graphics design, played a big role in them.

Maggie of She Let Them Eat Cake—Maggie keeps teasing me about starting a new blog together. I think I’ll find out if she’s serious when we meet up in Chicago! Well, that will be after we stop giving each other big hugs. Incidentally, I’m adopting Maggie this month for Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger. I’m looking forward to making at least one of her amazing recipes! Have you adopted anyone yet? You don’t have to be a blogger to participate. Here’s the link to Sea’s (Book of Yum) post where you sign up.

Hallie of Daily Bites–Hallie is such a warm and gentle soul; it will be so lovely meeting her in person. Her spirit shines through in her blog and beautiful gluten-free, dairy-free dishes. She’s a Nutrition Educator, a path she took in reclaiming her own health. Read her latest post on the benefits of coconut oil.

Deanna of The Mommy Bowl–Deanna is known for her endless and amazing vegan cookies recipes, among other things. She’s very creative in the kitchen and she teaches her little guy how to create recipes right along side her!

Ellen of Gluten-Free Diva—If you don’t recognize that blog name, Ellen’s blog was previously known as I Am Gluten Free. Now that we all know she’s gluten free, she’s reinvented herself as the Gluten-Free Diva. Don’t worry though … I’ve hung out with Ellen a few times now and she’s only a diva in the best sense of the word.

Debi of Hunter’s Lyonesse—Knowing Debi is like having a cheerleader in your back pocket. She’s always full of good words and is always there cheering everyone on. Be sure to check out her recent post on menu planning. I’m so excited that I will be meeting Debi and her husband, “Chaz,” at the Expo.

AndreAnna of Life As A Plate—My recent opportunity to meet AndreAnna fell through at the last moment. That’s not happening again. If you don’t know AndreAnna’s blog be sure to check it out. I’m still thinking about her Mexican Pulled Chicken Stuffed Peppers. She’s navigating the gluten-free waters for her whole family now.

Brittany Angell of Real Sustenance–Have you checked out Brittany’s Seasonal Sundays roundup yet? Heads up … Brittany is also hosting April in the Raw—30 days of raw recipes from various bloggers (including me) and an opportunity for everyone to link up their raw recipes. My day to post a recipe for this event will be April 15. Should I make an IRS/tax day-inspired raw dish? Hmmm. Anyyyway, Brittany is a very talented gluten-free cutie and it will be fun to meet her!

Jennifer Harris, the  Gwinnet Gluten-Free Food Examiner and Program Chair for Atlanta Metro Celiacs, whose articles are also shared on Gluten-Free Works. After talking for a VERY long time on Twitter, we’ll finally get to meet!

Silvana Nardone of DishTowelDiaries and her book, Cooking for Isaiah—Many have discovered new family favorites in Silvana’s book. I missed out on meeting her at BlogHer Food last year, but that will be remedied soon.

Sloane Miller of her blog, Please Don’t Pass the Nuts!™ (more commonly known as Allergic Girl), and her new book, Allergic Girl. Sloane and I’ve been chatting on Facebook and Twitter; it’s always nice to turn the virtual connections into “real life” ones.

Andrea McCarthy of Rockin’ Gluten Free who also writes for the  Chicago area Examiner—Andrea and I met on Twitter and now we also touch base on Facebook. She’s a bright, positive spirit with a big smile. I look forward to seeing her smile in person!

Lauren-Lucille Vassar of The Celiac Diva, which is primarily a vlog (Lauren-Lucille is a kick!), but also a blog.

There are more folks who will be presenting at the info … see all here. Are you a reader who is presenting at or attending the Chicago GFAF Expo? Please let me know in comments if you’re not on my listing so I can update it with your info!

SECOND, if you can’t make the Chicago GFAF Expo, don’t despair. Another GFAF Expo event will be held in Dallas in October … October 1st and 2nd to be exact! That might work better for you folks in that part of the country.  I’ll be speaking, doing a cooking demo, and emceeing some there, too. Check out presenters and schedule.  

THIRD, a new gluten-free blog, Gluten-Free Food and Recipes, has just been launched as part of the Mother Earth News site. It’s the creation of Wendy Kaho. Yes, she’s our favorite “Celiac” in the House, but she’s getting out of the house much more these days! If you’re in Ohio, you probably also know Wendy as a local and statewide gluten-free activist. She’s out in the community at grocery stores, in the agricultural conferences, on food and wine tours, and more … always ensuring that the gluten-free needs of the community are addressed. Wendy has expanded her presence with participation in national blogger conferences and an appearance on a national radio show and with this new blog is making the gluten free lifestyle accessible to even more people. We so appreciate all you are doing for us, Wendy! You’ll want to read Wendy’s introductory post here because she’s getting a little help from her friends and her readers; this blog will be a great collaborative effort to help those who are gluten free and educate those who may need to be gluten free.

FOURTH, I’ve covered some of the gluten-free cookbooks out or coming out soon above, but not all. Elana’s (Elana’s Pantry) new cupcake cookbook, Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made Using Almond and Coconut Flouris due to be released April 26; and another new cupcake cookbook from two more of my favorites, Pete and Kelli Bronski (No Gluten, No Problem), Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes: From Scratch Recipes to Delight Every Cupcake Devotee—Gluten-Free and Otherwise, is due out in June. There are even more gluten-free cookbooks coming out soon, but I’ll wait until I know all the details to announce those.

LAST, for May, which is National Celiac Awareness month, the National Foundation of Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is collecting photos of those with celiac disease/gluten intolerance. The end goal is to have a collage of photos on the NFCA’s Facebook page on May 1—a mosaic that “will put a face on gluten-free needs and bring supporters together in solidarity.” NFCA encourages those who submit photos to tag themselves in the final mosaic to show their pride and draw attention to the cause. To join the effort, email your picture to today—you have until April 15th to submit. (Note that photos should be sent as a jpeg attachment.) Please share the word with the rest of the gluten-free community; it’s so very important to spread awareness!

Not just gf, but gfe!

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59 Responses to “Five Things You Need to Know Now—2 Expos + New Gluten-Free Blog + Cookbooks + Faces”

  1. Alisa Fleming on March 20th, 2011 11:25 pm

    Wow Shirley! This is so awesome and so, so sweet! thank you for including me with this amazing group!

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 7:54 pm

      Thanks, Alisa! You are a key part of the allergen-free group … the dairy-free spoke in the wheel, so to speak. ;-) So glad that you’ll be presenting at the Expo and that we’ll get to hang out again. :-)


  2. Peter Bronski on March 20th, 2011 11:49 pm

    Hey Shirley… Thanks for the nod with our forthcoming cupcake cookbook! This post was a great roundup of a lot of great bloggers and cookbook authors. Have a great time at the Expo!

    Cheers, Pete

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 7:56 pm

      Hi Pete–You’re welcome. :-) Always happy to share what culinary adventures the Bronskis are up to! I know everyone is looking forward to your cupcakes after your other Artisanal “all-purpose” cookbook! The Expo will be fun … you and/or Kelli will need to join us for one in the near future. ;-)


  3. Jeanine on March 21st, 2011 7:48 am

    What a great bunch of gluten free people & events that are coming up. I’m looking forward to seeing the new cookbooks too, so much going on. Know I’ll be thinking of each of you during the Expo, wishing I could join you! :) Can’t wait to hear all about it!

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 7:58 pm

      Hey Jeanine–I know … there’s just so much great stuff going on in our gf world right now! Lots to look forward to for sure. :-) Wish you could join us at the Expo, too, but we need someone to “keep the home fires burning.” ;-)


  4. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat on March 21st, 2011 8:36 am

    I was already excited about coming to the Expo and meeting YOU as well as a host of other gluten-free friends in person. But now you have me bouncing off the walls excited! It’s going to be a great weekend! In addition, my mom is coming with me, so it will be a Girls’ Weekend as well. Can’t wait!

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 8:00 pm

      Hi Heather–You are so sweet–thank you! I have just been amazed at everyone who is coming as the list has grown and grown–way cool. :-) I love that you and your mom are making it a girls’ weekend. That’s a great photo of you two over at your blog! Will look forward to meeting you both. ;-)


  5. Wendy @ Celiacs in the House on March 21st, 2011 9:02 am

    What a great post, Shirley. It’s starting to feel real now with all the names and badges in a row on your post. Can’t wait to get together with all this gluten-free blogger awesomeness. Thanks for your very sweet words, too. You are my best cheerleader. I bet we all say that.

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 8:03 pm

      Hi Wendy–It really is becoming quite the event, isn’t it? :-) I’m so looking forward to seeing you again and I’m happy to be your cheerleader any time. ;-)


  6. Hallie @ Daily Bites on March 21st, 2011 9:20 am

    Great to know all these details, Shirley! I’m sure I speak for many when I say that the excitement over the expo grows inside me every day. I’m more and more eager every week to meet all of the voices behind the blogs I’ve come to love so much. It will be a very exciting few days! Thanks for the links to my recent posts on coconut oil and Amy’s book, BTW. :)

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 8:05 pm

      Hallie–I wonder if this many gluten-free bloggers have all been together at the same time before. We definitely had a lot in attendance at BlogHer Food and we all got together as much as possible, but with this event’s gluten-free, allergen-free focus, I think our time together will be extra special. :-)


  7. Kim (Cook IT Allergy Free) on March 21st, 2011 12:14 pm

    Okay, seeing this list of the Expo attendees has me EVEN MORE excited now!!! I cannot wait to see everyone! And man, Shirley! I cannot imagine how much work it must take to write up a post like this! You inspire me and amaze me on an ongoing basis, missy!!
    And, i am surely honored to be included in this great group of advocates!

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 8:12 pm

      Hey Kim–I’m just imagining everyone at their computers taking a pause from reading and the keyboard to clap their hands and jump up and down! I admit this post took a bit longer … I didn’t quite have my cut and paste/link mojo down. (Sometimes I’m in the groove and sometimes I’m not.) Still I’m glad the results worked out. :-) You’re too sweet with your words, and just so you know I have to reign myself in when it comes to writing nice words about you. It’s gotta be balanced, you know? ;-) Finally, you’re right on the great group of folks in attendance!


  8. glutenfreeforgood on March 21st, 2011 12:14 pm

    Wow, so glad I FINALLY subscribed to your blog. It’s only taken me a year to figure this out! I love these posts of yours because I know I can visit GFE and EASILY find out what’s going on in the world of GF living and blogging. I’m so glad you keep me up-to-date on what’s happening out in the “real” world and who’s blogging what. Thank you for being my social director, GFE style!

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 8:15 pm

      Melissa–Now I know how long it takes to meet your approval so you’ll subscribe to my blog! ;-) Shewwww, I’m glad I finally made the grade. You write the cutest, sweetest comments, dear. Just call me Julie, cruise director for the gluten-free cruise around the world. ;-)


      • glutenfreeforgood on March 25th, 2011 7:35 am

        Shirley (err, I mean Julie, GF blog cruise director)-it’s definitely not about “approval.” I TOTALLY approve of what you’re doing.

        Unfortunately in my case, it’s about not knowing what’s going on with RSS stuff and blog subscriptions. If it doesn’t jump out, grab my fingers and make me type my email address in a giant box with a flashing neon arrow pointing to it, I often miss it. =) Glad I have an update of what you’re doing in my inbox now. It keeps me up-to-date on what’s going on in the GF world.

        Cruise on, my friend!

        • Shirley on March 27th, 2011 10:56 am

          Hey girlie!–You always crack me up! Thank you so much for that. :-) (And BTW, being a cruise director was not something I aspired to, but I’ll take the job to happily spread the word on gf news I think is important!) The truth is that we all pick up on different things. There are many things that I miss because I don’t have a flashing neon arrow pointing to them. I look to you and others for those tidbits, like the Gil Hedley videos. ;-)

          Thinking of you and the phenomena of Kripalu, Hedley, etc. xo,

  9. Alena Mack on March 21st, 2011 12:26 pm

    Shirley –
    Wow! You have me even more excited about coming to GFAF! Great round-up! I hope I get to meet you and all the lovely other GF bloggers out there! My sister and I are both GF, and just started our blog
    Can’t wait to be inspired!
    Thanks, and look forward to meeting you!

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 8:36 pm

      Hi Alena–How wonderful that you and your sister have started a new gluten-free blog, Two Sisters Gluten Free—congrats! :-) I look forward to following you both there. Your health improvements since going gluten free (and also free of other allergens) that you shared on your blog are impressive and inspiring. Look forward to meeting you at the Expo, too. Will your sister be with you? That would be a lot of fun to meet you both!


  10. Diane (@MrsAwwsum) on March 21st, 2011 1:53 pm

    For those in Maryland, there is a small gluten-free Expo at the Medical Pavilion at the Arundel Medical Center (formerly known as the Pat Sajak Pavilion at Annapolis Hospital)this Saturday, March 26 from 11-3.

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 8:38 pm

      Hey Diane–Thanks so much for mentioning this “local” Expo! I assume you’ve shared it on Facebook and Twitter, too. I’m sure folks near you will want to know about it. :-)

      Thanks again, dear!

  11. Lexie on March 21st, 2011 4:34 pm

    Shirley, where would I be without you? Thanks for pulling all this info together and for keeping us in the loop!


    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 8:39 pm

      Hi Lexie–Awww, you’d do fine without me, but I’m very happy to spread the word when I find good stuff! It will be great to see you again in Chicago. :-)


  12. Debi on March 21st, 2011 5:10 pm

    Great roundup, Shirley. I can’t wait to meet everyone at the end of April. I’m so excited!

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 8:40 pm

      Hi Debi–Thanks! It will be here before we all know it … and we’ll all be starstruck taking in names and faces and comparing everyone to those little bio pics on their blogs. LOL, but true. ;-)


  13. Deanna on March 21st, 2011 7:11 pm

    What a great round up! You’re always so informative. Thanks!

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 8:42 pm

      Hi Deanna–Thanks! It’s really nice to know that you and others find my roundups helpful. :-)


  14. Angela on March 21st, 2011 8:14 pm

    I am SO hoping I can work it out to go to the expo. Now I want to even more! So exciting! Hopefully my GF class on Wednesday has a big turnout so I can swing it. (fingers crossed) I would love to be able to meet other gluten free bloggers. Not too many in my neck of the woods…

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 8:44 pm

      Hi Angela–I’ll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you! Let me know if it works out and I’ll add you to the post. It’s a wonderful thing to meet other gf bloggers. So many have become my very best friends! :-)


  15. Eliza Evans on March 21st, 2011 8:35 pm

    Oh my! An expo I can actually go to! This is so exciting.

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 8:46 pm

      Hey Eliza–That’s wonderful that you can go! Have you already bought your ticket? I’ll add you to the listing of gf attendees if you’d like. :-) Let me know.


  16. Ricki on March 21st, 2011 9:31 pm

    Waaah! I’m crying here over the fact that I won’t be at the Expo and won’t meet all of you! That is going to be one helluva fabulous gluten free party! Such an impressive list of participants. Knock ‘em dead, Shirley! :D

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 8:49 pm

      Ricki–Believe me … we’re waaahing right there with you! We all want to meet you. Yep, it’s going to be a great gf party, with so many fun folks. Hope you can join another gf event very soon and thanks for the Shirley cheer, too! ;-)


  17. Maggie on March 21st, 2011 9:32 pm

    Oh my goodness! You are amazing Shirley. This is an incredible round-up. I adore you. Yes! Lots of hugs and then we’ll try to fit in some serious chat-time :) Thank you so much for adopting me, I am so excited to see what you are going to make! xo

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 8:53 pm

      Oh Maggie, you’re too sweet, but thanks, my dear! Will the Shirley and Maggie mutual adoration club become the new blogging team? LOL Hugs and serious chat time sound very, very good!

      I’m excited to see which of your recipes I’ll make, too. So many great ones … some of your truffles have long been calling my name, but will look at others, too. ;-)


  18. Mary on March 22nd, 2011 7:16 am

    Great post, Shirley!
    I’m so impressed with all the participants, publishing’s, and speakers, Whew! Wish I could be there to meet and greet with all of you.

    Sidenote….I’ll have to be a little quicker next month so I can adopt you in Sea’s Adopt-a-GF Blogger.


    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 8:59 pm

      Hi Mary–It’s a neat group, isn’t it? Sorry you can’t make it this time, but hopefully, we’ll all get to meet at another event. :-)

      Even though you missed out on adopting me this month, you should still join in. It’s so great to meet other bloggers and try new recipes. ;-)


  19. Linda on March 22nd, 2011 3:49 pm

    I wish I was going to the Expo! I just can’t do it all, but I might take a look at air fare prices in case there’s a really good deal.

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 9:02 pm

      Hey Linda–I hear that lament often … heck, I’ve echoed it myself, and more than once, too. ;-) It’s wonderful when it works out that we can particiapte in such events though. I’ve seen some good prices on flights to Chicago of late so hope you find one of them! :-)


  20. AndreAnna on March 22nd, 2011 4:29 pm

    Holy canoli Shirley, thanks so much for all of this and for the kind words! I’m so excited to meet everyone I can hardly wait!!

    • Shirley on March 22nd, 2011 9:03 pm

      Hi AndreAnna–Sure, dear! We’re just as eager to meet you … that wait has been toooo long. ;-)


  21. nicola @ gfreemom on March 23rd, 2011 1:37 am

    Phew. What a round-up! Exited for you all to get together at the Expo. Sad to be missing it this year, but a friends wedding in NYC that weekend pulled rank. Can’t wait to read all of your post-expo summaries – great to know that I will be well informed no matter what. ;-). N xo

    • Shirley on March 23rd, 2011 9:55 am

      Hi Nicola–It will be an amazing event! I’m so sorry you can’t join us, but you’re absolutely right … a friend’s wedding does pull rank. ;-) Hopefully, you’ll be with us for the next big gf event! And yes, we’ll do our best at summarizing and sharing the event with everyone who could not attend. :-)


  22. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) on March 23rd, 2011 1:47 pm

    Wow, this is a ton of information! I am going to check all of the links you provided! Thank you so much for putting it all in one place. I wish I could go to the Expo. I bet that will be quite the event.

    • Shirley on March 24th, 2011 9:58 pm

      Hi Sarena–Thanks for stopping by, and the nice words on my roundup, too! :-) Rats on not being able to attend the Expo …maybe next time?


  23. Sweets by Vicky on March 24th, 2011 8:01 am

    This is so exciting!!! I used to head to the annual gluten free show in Australia but since I’ve moved away I’m pretty much in a ‘gluten allergy what!?’ land. HAVE A GREAT TIME! :)

    • Shirley on March 24th, 2011 10:03 pm

      Hi Vicky–LOL on being in “gluten allergy what!? land” now. Seriously, my sympathies though. It’s neat to be able to get together with a bunch of gluten-free people who really get it, isn’t it? ;-)


  24. Valerie @ City|Life|Eats on March 26th, 2011 8:38 am

    Wow – what a great event – I am definitely going to keep it in mind for next year :)

    • Shirley on March 27th, 2011 10:58 am

      Hi Valerie–I think the GFAF Expo in Chicago is going to be exceptional this year! Sorry you can’t make it, but yes, pencil it in for next year. :-)


  25. Brittany @ Real Sustenance on March 26th, 2011 9:57 am

    You are the BEST!!! First and foremost thank you for mentioning me! Means so much.
    And I Cannot wait to meet you!! (and everyone else)
    This event is more exciting than Christmas!


    • Shirley on March 27th, 2011 11:01 am

      Awww, thanks, Brittany. I’m so happy to include you in this post. Many will want to meet YOU, dear! And that includes me! ;-) I have to agree that it’s pretty darned exciting to have this amazing group together. :-)


  26. amanda on March 26th, 2011 9:52 pm

    Hi Shirley
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m so happy I came over to yours; I had not yet heard about the GF Expo coming to the Chicago area, and I live about 20 minutes from where it will be held. We may be out of town that weekend, otherwise I will be there! Now tell me a little more about those bees you keep… that one’s next on the list (once the chickens are properly housed!)

    • Shirley on March 27th, 2011 11:15 am

      Wow, Amanda, what a coincidence on you being so close to the Chicago and reading my post about the GFAF Expo! That would be great if you get to come and we can meet. :-)

      My husband’s late father started keeping bees decades ago, so my husband learned to keep them as he helped his dad. Now my husband helps his mom with the remaining hives at her farm, but we have one hive here at our house, which is in a subdivision. I recommend that you find someone who keeps bees and offer to help and learn from them. Jumping into beekeeping doesn’t often go well. There’s a lot to learn and most of it is not “book knowledge.” There may be a beekeeping group in your area or local classes you can attend, too. In addition, put the word out that you are interested in beekeeping and you’ll usually find out that there are local beekeepers nearby. Another advantage of “partnering” with a local beekeeper, besides the wealth of knowledge/experience a veteran will have to offer, is that if they have swarms they may give you one to start your own beehive. Beekeeping is a very cool thing, but can have some false starts and know that you won’t get honey that first year from a beginner hive. The bees will need to keep that as their food. Anyway, we need more beekeepers so it’s fantastic that you are interested!

      Yippee for chickens and having your own maple syrup–yours is so beautiful!


  27. Alta on April 7th, 2011 3:13 pm

    Your roundups are always SO chock-full of information. How do you keep up with all of this? I am excited and am rooting for you at the GF Expo – so sorry I’ll miss it!

    • Shirley on April 7th, 2011 9:43 pm

      Hi Alta–Thanks! I read A LOT. So much doesn’t make it into this roundup posts. Thanks for the sweet words regarding the Expo! I’m so sorry you’ll miss it, too, but plan to see you in Dallas in October!


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