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May 2014 Favorites

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My Gluten-free Kitchen's May 2014 Favorites

Some highlights from May:

  1. I was featured over at The Savvy Celiac. I loved sharing my story over there, along with some tips!
  2. My hubby and I spent the majority of our spare time this month researching and test driving vehicles. Last weekend, we finally settled on a 2008 Toyota Highlander! I’m still missing my minivan a bit, but I’m glad to be done car shopping!
  3. I’ve been busy preparing for my role next weekend as an official blogger at the Celiac Disease Foundation’s National Conference and Expo. Please do let me know if you are going to be there. I’d love to meet you!
  4. My kids just have 2 1/2 more days at school… aka 2 1/2 more days of peace and quiet at my house during the day! I’ve been busy making plans for camps, VBS, and vacations.
  5. I have to admit that I didn’t do much reading this month. I usually read while in the pick-up area at my son’s school, but lately, I’ve been, ahem, playing Candy Crush and trying to pass some super hard levels. Lame!

5 gluten-free recipes I drooled over this month:

  1. If you’ve ever been to Legoland, you know that one of their best gluten-free options are their Apple Fries with sweet whipped cream. I loved them when I was there and can’t wait to make this copycat version of Apple Fries from Around My Family Table.
  2. This gluten-free raspberry breakfast casserole from Vegetarian Mamma will be perfect when our backyard raspberries are plentiful next month!
  3. If you have a brunch, baby or wedding shower coming up, I can’t think of a prettier dish to bring than this gluten-free, vegan fresh fruit tart from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free Treats.
  4. I’m still trying to create the perfect gluten-free chocolate chip cookie. These gluten-free copycat New York Times chocolate chip cookies from Gluten-free on a Shoestring look perfect to me!
  5. These gluten-free Cherry Chip Cupcakes from the Baking Beauties look beautiful! I want to lick that fluffy white frosting off the top!

5 favorite things I bought this month:

  1. Years back, a friend told me about taking extra Pantothenic Acid (vitamin b-5) to help with seasonal allergies. For me, it really does help. I buy Country Life Pantothenic Acid because it is certified gluten-free.
  2. Another supplement that I truly believe helps me is Acidophilus. I don’t get bladder infections anymore during/after traveling if I take Acidophilus. Again, I take Country Life Natural Acidophilus because it is certified gluten-free.
  3. I finally had to replace my cell phone case, but was so incredibly happy with my Speck Cell Phone Case that I bought the same one again. I kid you know, I drop my phone EVERY SINGLE DAY, and yet my phone has never cracked or broken. This case is amazing. Finally after a year’s worth of drops, one piece of the case had broken off, so I decided to replace. If you are looking for a good case for your cell, I totally recommend this one!
  4. Even though it is the end of the school year, I went ahead and replaced my Easy Lunchboxes . The ones we used all year had finally been dropped and ran through the dishwasher enough times that they had cracked. These have really been the best purchase for school lunches that I’ve made though!
  5. I joined the Style Me Pretty Summer Challenge. I participated in the spring challenge last month and LOVED it! It is like having a personal shopper, but so much cheaper. This is so great for the fashion challenged person like me! Let me know if you join too!

5 favorite things I read this month:

  1. If you have celiac and your family members haven’t gotten tested, you’ll relate to this article from Gluten Dude, “How Do You Convince a Loved One to Get Tested for Celiac?
  2. I found this article from A Sprue Story very interesting: “Why Do We Get Celiac Disease?” This is definitely an interesting topic to think about and discuss, though we may never know for sure!
  3. I’ve had quite a few friends and acquaintances that have “quit Facebook” so I was interested to read this article “Could Quitting Facebook be a Mistake?
  4. I loved this article from Jen Hatmaker, My Wish List for Teachers  I wish these same things for my boys’ teachers! Teachers rock!
  5. um, like I said, too much Candy Crush this month. 🙂

If you have any favorites from May to share with me, I’d love if you would comment so I can check them out!

 

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Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen

Tuesday 10th of June 2014

Thanks Keeley! The conference was great!

Nicole

Tuesday 3rd of June 2014

I think I need to check out that Style Me Pretty I am fashioned challenged as well. I hope your trip and blogging at the Celiac Disease Foundation’s National Conference and Expo goes well!

Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen

Tuesday 10th of June 2014

Nicole, I've loved Style Me Pretty. You should totally check it out! Let me know if you join!

Julie Moore

Tuesday 3rd of June 2014

Stopping by from the GF Blogger group. :)

I so hear you about Candy Crush! It's an evil game, isn't it? Definitely one of my biggest time eaters...If I let it be!

Just reading about those recipes made me drool, especially the apple fries...or the tart...or the cookies...or...well, I just can't decide! LOL :)

Congrats on your official blogger role at the expo. I hope all goes well for you. One of these days I'd love to go to an expo. We'll see where the future leads! :)

Have a great day!

Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen

Tuesday 10th of June 2014

Julie, Thanks for taking the time to read my post and comment! I really appreciate it! I've got my eye on those apple fries for sure. Later this summer, when we're up to our ears in apples, I really think I'll give them a shot! The expo went really well. I was so impressed with everything about it.

Molly

Sunday 1st of June 2014

Thanks for sharing my post...and for making time to read it amidst Candy Crush playing! :) I think it's normal to go through times of not reading as many blog posts, or at least I hope it is, because I do it too sometimes. Especially since most of the blogs I read are health-related, after a while I just need to think about ANYTHING else (or about nothing at all); otherwise I feel totally obsessive!

Good luck making it through summer vacation and with your new car. I love the recipes you featured this month; I've been admiring that fruit tart, too!

Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen

Tuesday 10th of June 2014

I hear you on the blog reading, Molly. I go through spurts for sure. I'm sure I'll catch up on a lot of that while we are traveling. I'll need to upgrade my data plan on my phone so I can read them all in the car!

Jennessa Voss

Sunday 1st of June 2014

Hi Michelle, I'll be there!! Can't wait to meet you!!!

Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen

Tuesday 10th of June 2014

Jennessa, It was so fun to meet you! Thanks for searching for me there! Hope you had a great time!