Winners, Gluten-Free Holiday, And Super Short Roundup

I’m suddenly off kilter on my posting. That’s a nice way of saying that I’m behind. Blame it on several things … a snow day yesterday and preparing for a holiday party here this evening (with all that entails at Christmas time), but the largest problem is my internet service being down intermittently the last few days. I’ve worked out a temporary solution to get up this very quick roundup. Once the issues are resolved, I’ll definitely catch up with my 25 Days of Christmas posts.

~ Head over to my Out and About page to see who won Katie Chalmer’s wonderful Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? gift package here and Kitchen Table Bakers delightful cheese crisps here.

~ Our Gluten-Free Holiday continues. It’s the last week and Amy (Simply Sugar & Gluten Free) is sharing one of her amazing desserts, Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake, and asking you to share your favorite holiday dessert, too. I’ll be back sharing my experience with a new holiday dessert that uses white beans. (Hint: It’s from one of my favorite, creative cooks.) Until then, you can click here for my Recipes and scroll down to Desserts. Crustless Coconut Pie, Mediterranean Chocolate Cake, and Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies are being served this evening!

Of course, for our Gluten-Free Holiday event, there’s a cookbook giveaway, too. There’s Stephanie’s (A Year of Slow Cooking, Totally Together Journal) new cookbook, More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow, featuring 200 brand new, budget-friendly slow cooker recipes. Then there’s Amy’s new cookbook, Simply Sugar & Gluten Free: 120 Easy Recipes You Can Make In 20 Minutes or Less. These books have not yet been released, so if you win, you’ll get yours before anyone else. Multiple copies of each are being given away! Check all out here. Oh, and just FYI, if you buy Stephanie’s book before its release date on December 28, you can get the pre-sale price!

~ I was one of 80 bloggers who participated in Share Our Strength’s recent Share Our Holiday event, a virtual progressive dinner party that shared recipes, but also was designed to focus attention on how many children are hungry in our country. The numbers are staggering. One out of six children in our country is hungry. But the numbers can go the other way, too … meaning I’m amazed that a $25 donation will feed one child three meals a day for an entire month. This effort is truly such a worthy cause. Donate here. If you want to check out some of the recipes, you can check out my post, Reindeer Antlers Holiday Punch (I’m making this punch today for my holiday dinner party), which has links to all the beverage posts for the event. Or you can see all the links here. Lexie even did a beautiful roundup showing the meal she’d like to have, choosing an entry from each category. You can check that out here.

~ Do you have a great yam recipe? Share it over at Diane’s (The W.H.O.L.E. Gang) Friday Foodie Fix event here.

You can catch up on all the 25 Days of Christmas posts (so far) via the links below. Be sure to read my review of Kelly Brozyna’s new cookbook, The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods & Desserts, and enter the giveaway!

Day 1 – Gluten-Free Holiday Giveaway Galore x 10—Giveaway of the new book, Mommy, What is Celiac Disease?, plus gluten-free treats and fun stuff. (Although giveaway has ended; you can still order Katie’s new book here. )

Day 2 — Guest Post from Debi Smith (Hunter’s Lyonesse)—My Journey Back to Healthy Living

Day 3 — Corn and Butter Bean (or Lima Bean) Casserole for A Gluten-Free Holiday 

Day 4 — Little Cayman Beach Resort Review

Day 5 — 20 (Plus) Thoughts on International Food Bloggers Conference

Day 6 — Nutiva Products (Coconut, Hemp x 2, & Chia) Review and Giveaway (Giveaway has ended.)

Day 7 — Reindeer Antlers Punch for Share Our Holiday Table (You can still give and feed a child.)

Day 8 – Flourless Pecan Sandies (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free)

Day 9 — Volcano Pancake and Other Breakfast Fare Plus Allegro Marinade

Day 10 – The Palate Peacemaker’s Pecan Butter & Pumpkin … Uh Oh … Cake!

Day 11 — Kitchen Table Bakers Crisps Review and Giveaway (Giveaway has ended.)

Day 12 — Guest Post: Linda Etherton (The Gluten-Free Homemaker)

Day 13 — The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods & Desserts Cookbook Review and Giveaway (Giveaway ends Sunday, December 19.)

Day 14 — Sweet and Crunchy Snack Mix and Classic Spicy Snack Mix (Make Great Gifts … Even Last Minute)


Not just gf, but gfe!

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19 Responses to “Winners, Gluten-Free Holiday, And Super Short Roundup”

  1. Ricki on December 17th, 2010 12:38 pm

    I swear, Shirley, your “short” post is like one of my longest! ;) Lots of great info–thanks for all the links to wonderful recipes for this time of year. Hope the internet issues get sorted out asap and that you enjoy your party!

    • Shirley on December 19th, 2010 2:12 pm

      Hey Ricki–Ha ha! Guilty as charged … I suppose, but most of the post is just the recap of my previous posts for this event. ;-) ISP issue seems to be resolved; now it’s just a matter of getting myself moving to completely catch up. It might take me 31 days to do my 25 days of daily posts! LOL

      The party was wonderful. Mr. GFE and I are still basking in the afterglow of success … and taking naps … nice long naps. :-) Made your almond-cinnamon fudge … that post coming soon!

  2. Iris on December 17th, 2010 1:56 pm

    Don’t even get me started on being behind! I have no idea what’s going on with everyone else right now, but I know there are a lot of wonderful holiday recipes being shared and I’m going to need to make time to check them all out!

    • Shirley on December 19th, 2010 2:17 pm

      Hi Iris–Maybe this is absolutely the wrong time to share holiday recipes? … like when they say, if you want to change your plans or how you do things at Christmas, you shouldn’t do it AT Christmas. Everyone’s too busy, they’re too emotional, etc. Maybe there’s a reason that folks do such events as Christmas in July, etc. Hmmm. Food for thought, for sure. ;-)

      Still blown away by your awesome post over at Christine Kane’s blog and, of course, all you did to be able to write that post. I think I have my word for 2011. :-)


  3. Debi on December 17th, 2010 7:17 pm

    Don’t worry about it Shirley, I’m behind on my reading AND my posting. Gotta love the holiday craziness. :D *hugs*

    • Shirley on December 19th, 2010 2:18 pm

      Hi Debi–You’re so sweet, but I don’t think I’m loving the holiday craziness yet. ;-) I think we’re all too busy to read or post right now. We’re only doing it to avoid other things on our lists. LOL


  4. Maggie on December 17th, 2010 7:51 pm

    Oh how I wish I was coming to your party tonight :)

    • Shirley on December 19th, 2010 2:23 pm

      Hi Maggie–This one was a family event, but they would have welcomed you with open arms. ;-) Have I told you that we have a Canadian flag hanging in our living room (along with two others)? We love the Canadian flag and believe in eclectic decorating. :-)


  5. Kim - Cook It Allergy Free on December 18th, 2010 1:07 am

    I just totally can relate on feeling behind. I feel like that in all aspects of my life right now, blogging is just a very small part of it. LOL And do not worry about being off kilter. The only person putting any pressure on you is…you! LOL!
    Much love,

    • Shirley on December 19th, 2010 2:25 pm

      Kim–I don’t like feeling off kilter/behind, but it’s more normal than not this time of year. I’m vowing to change it for next year. I won’t be hosting any events next year (we take turns), so that will definitely help. I do love hosting though! ;-) Yes, we put so much pressure on ourselves, don’t we? Now remember that and stop doing it to yourself!

      Love and hugssss,

  6. glutenfreeforgood on December 18th, 2010 8:30 am

    You behind?! Not compared to the rest of the world. I’m thinking your internet being down was just God’s way of telling you to take a rest. Off-kilter? Maybe a touch, but that’s what’s so endearing about you. :-)

    Wish I could have gone to your party. I can only imagine how well you pull off entertaining. And I’m sure the food was spectacular.

    Great post with lots of fun link-abouts.

    Off-kilter in Colorado.

    • Shirley on December 19th, 2010 2:29 pm

      Melissa–Haha … if you only knew how behind I am, and yes, I’m off kilter for sure—on even a daily basis. ;-) I’m starting to embrace it though. LOL

      I’d make the food healthier if you were coming … we did have black-eyed pea soup and great salad though (plus much more). I changed things up a bit from the traditional party fare. The food was enjoyed for sure!

      Happy to be off kilter with you! BTW, we still have snow on the ground … bet you’re jealous! Of course, those ski resorts you frequent have plenty of snow I’m sure. :-)


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