Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style: Week One Giveaway Winners!

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It is my pleasure to announce the winners for the first five days of giveaways during our Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style event. Like all the others who will enter the daily giveaways, these winners will also be eligible for the final giveaways from Caveman Cookies, Free From Gluten, and Vitamix. Winners will be contacted via email; if you’re a winner, please respond promptly.

*Day 1 here at gfe:

The winner of Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis:

Elisa—“Woohoo! I am so looking forward to following Home for the Holidays! What a great idea and a way to become familiar with all the wonderful GF blogs out there. The cookies look delicious… I love this time of year! I have been wanting to read Wheat Belly and I’m interested in Make It Fast Cook It Slow. I have a feeling I’m going to be adding a lot of books to my need to read list.”

The winner of the combination of More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow and Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life by Stephanie O’Dea:

Elizabeth—“I love making Stephanie’s recipes in my slow cooker! So excited that she has another recipe book out!”

The winner of the combination of More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow and Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life by Stephanie O’Dea:

Kristin W.—“What a fun idea!!! I would love to win this.”

**Day 2 at The Whole Gang

The winner of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam:

Melissa—“ Gotta find those cracklebread crackers! Going to Whole Foods this weekend.”

The winner of Gluten Free in Five Minutes by Robin Ryberg:

Vanessa—“I get your newsletter!”

The winner of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook by Jaden Hair:

Linda S.—“ I am subscribed to your newsletter.”

***Day 3 at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom

The winner of Healthier Without Wheat by Dr. Stephen Wangen:

Sarah L.—”I just started eating gluten free and these look like a fantastic holiday treat! Our family’s more recent holiday tradition is gathering at my brother and sister-in-law’s house on Christmas Eve and reading The Night Before Christmas to my niece and nephew before tucking them into bed. My brother usually reads the story with one kid on each knee. It is a nice quiet time for the entire family.”

The winner of Perfect One-Dish Dinners by Pam Anderson:

Jacqui—”First off… SO jealous of your leg lamp!! :) Our neighbors are from Holland.. and always bring us some of these on New Year’s. This year I won’t be able to have their fritters (they call them Ollie Bollen, and yes.. I probably just butchered the spelling). I may have to learn to make my own! My favorite tradition is Christmas Eve. It’s just my hubby, daughter and I. We order Sushi and watch A Christmas Story. I love spending Christmas Day with tons of family.. but it’s so nice to just have a quiet Christmas Eve.”

The winner of Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes by Pete and Kelli Bronski:

Angela R.—”Wow, this looks so delicious!!! What can I use instead of the aebleskiver pan? I’m sure somebody will answer after I read all the comments but just in case, there’s my question! Traditional holiday.. hmm we are trying to develop new ones because of a divorce few years ago but the usual – put up the tree and stockings. I must must make christmas cut-outs. I’m still on the lookout for the perfect sugar cookie. I have a glutened BEST recipe of sugar cookie and I’m quite picky. I’m looking for excellent sugar cookie cut-out cookie recipes. Perhaps I have to start a new cookie tradition, I just saw a gf gingerbread cookie recipe that looks and ‘sounds’ good. I’m also trying this month to have my kids listen to an old holiday radio show via getrichslowly.org – ‘Cinnamon Bear’. So I’m trying to find little ways to make xmas holiday ‘ours’ and not all about gifts.”

****Day 4 at The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen

~ The winner of Healthier Without Wheat by Dr. Stephen Wangen:

Rachel Blom—“Great giveaway! Loving the recipe since we’re new to gluten-free.”

~ The winner of The Pure Kitchen by Hallie Klecker:

Jenny—“Perfect timing for this recipe, our class is buzzing about Saint Lucia cookie dough. Thanks.”

~ The winner of The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen by Lévana Kirschenbaum and Lisa R.Young:

Joanie—“What a delightful recipe! Simple list of ingredients and fun for the whole family. I’m looking forward to making these and sharing with others. What great giveaways too! I always look forward to the recipes you share, Ali. You are a blessing.”

~ The winner of Gluten-Free Baking for Dummies by Jean Layton and Linda Larsen

Amy W.—“I shared on Twitter.”

*****Day 5 at And Love It, Too!

~ The winner of Free For All Cooking by Jules Shepard:

Catybakes—“ I have two favorite holiday desserts: my mom’s gingerbread cookie recipe and my dad’s peanut butter- butterscotch fudge. The first one would be very easy to convert to gluten free, dairy free. The second one I haven’t been able to figure out yet.”

~ The winner of The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook by Tom Malterre and Ali Segersten:

Megan Holder—“ Thank you for sharing your recipe, it looks amazing!! I definitely am going to make it for Christmas, it looks too good not to. Every year my mom makes her mouth-watering sweet potato pie, but since going gluten and dairy-free, I have not been able to eat it, but I am determined to convert it to taste just as good if not better.”

~ The winner of the Cook IT Allergy Free app by Kim Wilson-Maes:

Arlee—“ That looks so yummy! My favorite holiday food is my mom’s strawberry cheesecake. I need to find a gluten free version of it now.”

~ The winner of 100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes by Carol Fenster:

Desiree—“ My favourite holiday dessert is probably my moms sugar cookies…I will have to find a way of adapting them for my intolerances, but I don’t think anything will top them for me just yet! (A very close second is pumpkin pie). Thanks for posting participating in this event!”

Congratulations to all! Please continue following along with our holiday event for amazing “home” and “holiday” recipes and giveaways of wonderful tools for gluten-free living!

Not just gf, but gfe!

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35 Responses to “Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style: Week One Giveaway Winners!”

  1. Heather @CeliacFamily on December 5th, 2011 10:32 am

    What fun! Thanks for doing all these giveaways, Shirley. I know it’s a lot of coordination!

    • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 2:33 pm

      Hi Heather–Thanks, dear! Yes, coordination can be a full-time job. ;-) Well, not exactly, but there is more than meets the eye. Of course, you know about that from heading up the wonderful Gluten-Free Menu Swap event. :-) BTW, love, love, love your adorable Holiday Meringue Cookies you made! Who can resist those snowmen and Christmas trees? ;-)


  2. Joanie H on December 5th, 2011 1:03 pm

    Excited to win a cookbook! Even more thankful for all your hard work, Shirley, in putting together this event (and all the follow-up work too) and for each one contributing a recipe and for all who donated prizes!

    • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 2:26 pm

      Hi Joanie–Big congrats to you! :-) Many thanks for your supportive words. I know all of us participating in this event greatly appreciate them!

      Happy holidays!

  3. jacqui on December 5th, 2011 1:59 pm

    Thank you Shirley for all the work you’ve put into this event! I have already found so many new recipes and some new blogs!

    I am so excited to win a cookbook!

    • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 2:36 pm

      Hi Jacqui–Congrats again! I thought I’d replied already, but realized that I’d only sent you the email … multi-tasking is dangerous. LOL I’m thrilled that you are getting so much out of our holiday event—thanks for your kind words!


  4. Rachel Blom on December 5th, 2011 2:54 pm

    I love reading all the posts for your Home For the Holidays – Gluten Free Style. We’ve only been gluten free for a little over a month so it’s been great to find so many bloggers and tons of new recipes all in one place. Thank you for hosting and for all the opportunities to win goodies :)

    • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 4:07 pm

      Hi Rachel–Thanks for the great feedback! I love that our holiday event is giving you such a great start on living gluten free. :-) All of us participating really want to give our readers the help they need!

      Happy holidays, and congrats again!

  5. Elisa on December 5th, 2011 3:28 pm

    Yay, I am so excited to win this book! I have been wanting to read it. I have not received an email yet…. just wondering if I should have?
    Thanks so much for your blog and coordinating this event. I have really enjoyed following along.

    • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 4:08 pm

      Hi Elisa–Treading a little water here today … LOL Just sent your email to you. ;-)

      I’m so glad you are enjoying our event. Many thanks for the kind words! :-) Enjoy!

  6. Arlee on December 5th, 2011 4:13 pm

    Thank you!!! I was just at the doc’s office for food sensitivity issues and was feeling down and then I read this email and got happy! I still haven’t recieved my email yet… =)

    • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 4:38 pm

      Hi Arlee–Thanks for the prompt! You’ve received your email by now and shortly will have your prize since you won the Cook IT Allergy Free app … instant gratification (well, almost LOL)!

      Happy to brighten your day … certainly all of us understand food sensitivity issues. :-(


  7. Kristin W. on December 5th, 2011 4:19 pm

    Oh wow! Checked my email to see what my kids daycare bill is for the week only to find I won 2 books that I really have wanted! I am very excited! Thanks so much for doing all that you do and your great recipe’s! Turkey pot pie YUM!

    • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 5:19 pm

      Hi Kristin–Congrats!! I love days where bills are “replaced” by winnings. ;-) Many thanks for your kind words … those certainly make my day! :-)


  8. Megan Holder on December 5th, 2011 5:35 pm


    I am sooo excited to have won “The Whole Life Nutrition” cookbook!

    Thank you for putting this amazing event together and to the rest of the bloggers; it’s really putting me in the Christmas spirit!! :)

    I can’t wait to try the recipes!

    Thank you again!


    • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 7:11 pm

      Hi Megan–Thanks for all the sweet words and congrats on winning, dear! :-) Do you remember that The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook is the one that Jennifer recommended when we were chatting at the first meeting you attended? I know you’ll love it! :-)

      Holiday hugsss,

      • Megan Holder on December 5th, 2011 10:15 pm

        I believe I remember Jennifer –if I am thinking of the correct person, she attended the same gluten-free seminar I did. What’s funny is that I don’t remember her mentioning this cookbook, but then again, my short-term and long-term memory for that matter have gone out the window since I started taking courses for work. :) But anyway, when the book arrives, I’m going to make it my “go-to” book and share a recipe with Jennifer and the group the next time I am able to attend a meeting (please don’t give up on me, I just need to PLAN better and let studying go for one night)! :)

        • Shirley on December 7th, 2011 3:39 pm

          Hi Megan–Yes, that was Jennifer! :-) Well, that was your first meeting and we talked about A LOT of stuff, so I don’t expect you to remember it all. And yes, being in overload mode with classes can impair one’s memory, too. I know you’ll love Ali and Tom’s book. Our other Jennifer made a recipe from their book last night, one that we all love. We won’t give up on you, dear! Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 17. Hope you can make it as we’d love to see you and you have so many other members to meet. ;-)


  9. Melissa on December 5th, 2011 5:40 pm

    Wow! I actually won something! So excited! I already have the book that I won, so I’ll be gifting this to a friend… still neat to win something!
    Thanks for all you do to help the GF community Shirley!

    • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 7:14 pm

      Hi Melissa–Congrats to you! That’s so wonderful that you can give Elana’s book to a friend. Since you already have it, she’ll know it’s a good one. :-)

      Thanks so much for you kind words, dear. Our gluten-free community is wonderful. I’m just part of it. ;-) The community is really “showing itself” in this event!

      p.s. FYI–I fixed your comment for you and deleted the second one.

  10. Amy Whitehurst on December 5th, 2011 6:51 pm

    I think I’m Amy W from the post. If so, Yay! I’m looking forward to reading the cookbook! If not, Congrats to the other Amy W. in the GF world! LOL. Did you send out the e-mails already? If it is me, I don’t want to miss it in spam or something.

    Thank you SO SO SO much for all the work you are doing for this event! It is operating so smoothly and I’m positive there is a lot going on behind the scenes to make that possible!

    • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 7:19 pm

      Hi Amy–Yes, it’s you … you’re a winner! :-) I did send you an email, so look in your spam folder or just go ahead and send me your first and last name and mailing address to glutenfreeeasily@gmail.com.

      You are so sweet with your words, Amy, especially the part about all going smoothly. ;-) That’s largely due to very responsible, top quality bloggers participating in this event. And, yes, there’s “stuff” behind the scenes and every little bit of time counts. My internet was just down for an hour and now I’m really off track! LOL


  11. Linda S. on December 5th, 2011 7:18 pm

    I am so excited to win the Asian cookbook, how fun! My hubs loves Asian food and now I can learn from an expert! :) Thank you so much Shirley and all who are involved in this great bloggers event. You all are investing so much time and effort in this to bless us! Appreciate you all so much and all that you share. You have made our lives easier in many ways! So thank you!

    • Shirley on December 5th, 2011 7:24 pm

      Hi Linda–Congratulations! I’m so glad that this cookbook is a good fit for you and your hubs. :-) I did want to mention that Jaden’s cookbook is not 100% gluten free. Not sure if you noticed that in Diane’s post. Most recipes are gf and many others are easily made gf. I know Diane herself uses and loves The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook. ;-)

      Thank you for your compliments to all of us who are participating in this event in some way! I do think that’s how we think of our efforts here, as blessing others. :-) Happy Holidays!

  12. Sarah L on December 5th, 2011 10:51 pm

    So excited I won this book!!! After 4 days away from my computer I can’t wait to catch up with the previous posts and follow the rest of this fun event. I love how you have brought all these fabulous blogs together just in time for the holidays!! Can’t wait to share some of these great recipes with my family.

    • Shirley on December 7th, 2011 3:41 pm

      Hi Sarah–I’m excited for you! Now that’s sweet when you take a break like that and come back to fun news. ;-) I totally agree on the “fabulous blogs” and “great recipes” … we are so lucky to have this amazing gluten-free community! :-)

      Enjoy, dear!

  13. Angela R on December 6th, 2011 12:45 am

    Yay! I’m excited to win the gf cupcakes cookbook. I love cake but really miss the old ones especially German chocolate cake so I’m looking forward to see what the book has for me. :) thank you for coordinating this holiday giveaway. It’s wonderful!

    • Shirley on December 7th, 2011 3:42 pm

      Hi Angela–Congrats! Oh, this cupcake book of Pete and Kelli Bronski’s is JUST what you are looking for! :-)

      Thanks for the kind words … we’re all having so much fun! ;-)

  14. Catybakes on December 6th, 2011 11:46 am

    I am so excited to win this book! Woo-hoo! Thank you!! This has made my day. : )

    • Shirley on December 7th, 2011 3:45 pm

      Hey Catybakes–Woohoo indeed–congrats to you! :-) So happy to “make your day.” ;-)

      Owe you an email to catch up and also express my gratitude to you. The short answer to your question in your email is that of course I remember you! I actually realized it was you who had won when I clicked Send and connected your name to my memory, but figured I’d wait to hear back from you to catch up. :-)


  15. vanessa toll on December 6th, 2011 6:37 pm

    I’m a winner of Robin Ryberg’s Gluten Free in Five Minutes!! Very excited to try some new recipes! :)

    • Shirley on December 7th, 2011 3:46 pm

      Hi Vanessa–I love the way your assert your win—congrats!! :-)


  16. Desiree on December 7th, 2011 2:30 am

    Again, thank you (and everyone participating) so much for taking the time to do this event, and for all the blogs that are such a wonderful resource! I’m so happy that I won something. I’ve been working really hard to keep myself healthy in college, and I feel like this is a reward :) Happy Holidays.

    • Shirley on December 7th, 2011 3:49 pm

      Hi Desiree–Congrats and bravo to you! Keeping yourself healthy while in college is no small task. Hopefully, Carol Fenster’s 100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes will make it even easier for you to stay healthy, and happy! ;-) I love that you are looking at this win as your reward. :-)

      Happy holidays!

  17. Devyn on December 20th, 2011 2:04 pm

    So excited that I won an ebook. This is going to be a great addition to my gluten free books.

    Thanks again for coordinating this giveaway!

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