Gluten-Free Wild and Brown Rice Salad

Since my daughter, son-in-law, and the girls left Monday for Scotland and will be there until the 19th, I will be doing some much needed “Spring” cleaning, interspersed with some great swimming.  Just to cool off from all that hard work I’ll be doing. 🙂

Since I’ll be home alone with just the animals to keep me company during the day, while my hubby is at work, I thought I’d make myself some salads for my lunches. 

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Kick Off To A Gluten-Free Summer

I simply cannot believe it is just a little less than 2 weeks to Memorial Day.  Here in the United States that is the ultimate kick-off to summer, and to many , that means grilling season.

Now in my family, we grill all winter long.  Even though I live in Pennsylvania, my grill is never put away.  I’ve been known to be standing outside grilling wrapped up in my winter coat with the snow flying. Continue reading →

Is There Gluten in my Child’s Art Products?

So yesterday I talked about sending children back to school and ways to help keep them gluten-free.

Today I want to talk about Art class.  You’re probably thinking, What does art class have to do with keeping my child gluten-free?.   I’m about to tell you. 😉

Gluten can be found in: Continue reading →

I Feel Like a Gluten Free Rock Star!

Yesterday morning started out like every other Saturday morning.  I get up around 7:30, (since the alarm goes off at 4:30 the rest of the week, that’s sleeping in for me), get dressed, start the coffee, take the dogs out for their morning walk/run, (the 3 year old lab runs, the 10 year limps/walks).  We come back, I fire up the computer, feed the dogs, grab a cup of coffee and check my email. 

 But yesterday…

Lady T contacted me and asked me to write about Gluten Free…Mom, What’s for Dinner.   Let me tell you a little about Lady T.

Lady T empowers and coaches women  to change the world through entrepreneurship.  She provides motivational workshops, spiritual retreats and one on one coaching that helps moms grow purposeful, flourishing home businesses.  You can click here to learn more about this mompreneur expert and click here to read my highly sought after advice on being a gluten free mompreneur, or in my case a grand-mompreneur. 🙂

If you’re a stay at home mom and have been thinking about working from home or an out the door to work mom, dreaming of a work at home life.  Check and see if Lady T can help you find your dream life.

I know this isn’t my usual kind of blog post, but I was just so excited I had to share it with you all.  Come back tomarrow for my usual gluten free info.

5 Gluten Free New Years Eve Appetizers-Menu Monday

I can’t believe that Christmas is over and we are winding down the last few days of 2009.  New Year’s Eve will be here before you know it.  So for todays Menu Monday I thought I would give you some gluten free appetizer recipes that you can use for your New Year’s Eve Party or to take with you to a party that you’ve been invited to.  Continue reading →

How Ready are you for the Holidays?

I’m sitting here at my computer, listening to Christmas music, and looking at all the snow we got yesterday, a little over 7 inches.  I know, a small amount compared to what some of the further eastern areas received. DSC02924

My labrador retriever, Charlie, loves this weather.  He just wants to go outside and play in the snow.  Charlie isn’t 2 years old yet, so if you know anything about labs, you know that they don’t reach maturity until after the age of 2.DSC02932

My husband is wrapping presents for me, since I am so far behind.  I have had a cold for about 2 weeks now and I think it has developed into a sinus infection.  I’ve had a temperature ranging between 99.2 and 103.4 for the past 3 days, along with a screaming sinus headache.  So I haven’t gotten anything done as far as my baking, or present wrapping done that I was planning on doing yesterday.

So I was just wondering how ready the rest of you are for the holidays?  Is it just me or did they seem to come earlier this year?  Thankfully, this is my off year.  You see, we celebrate Christmas with my side of the family on Christmas Day and my husband, Jim’s side of the family on New Years. 

Every other year the celebrations are at our house.  So this is our off year, we will be travelling to Westmoreland County to my sister’s house Christmas day and then off to the eastern part of Pennsylvania to Gettysburg to my sister-in-law’s farm New Years Day, (weather permitting).

How do you celebrate the holidays at your house?  Tomorrow I’ll be back with some idea’s and tips on traveling and making sure you have some gluten free foods to eat at someone else’s house.

Mary Blackburn

Living Gluten Free

Gluten Free Product Review Thursday


The Virtual Cookie Exchange was a smashing success.  I have recipes squirting out of my ears. 🙂  Of course some of them will have to be re-worked to make them gluten free, so you will see them at a later date on this blog. 

So I am off today to bake Christmas cookies with my daughter and granddaughter.  My granddaughter is 2 1/2 and at the age where she loves to bake with Granny (that’s me) 😉

  • Eilidh helping to bake

This is a picture of Eilidh, helping me with a recipe for a  Gluten Free pumpkin roll that I was working on for my Holiday Cookbook, the day after Thanksgiving.  (Just in case you’re wondering, Eilidh was born in Scotland.  Her name is Scottish Gaelic and pronounced (Long A-Lee.)  I love cooking and baking, and doing both with my granddaughters just makes it more fun.  Today we are not making a gluten free cookie because these are for my daughters’ cookie exchange at work.

We tried a cookie from the cookie exchange.  They were Russian Tea Balls, from Kathie at The Creation of Possum Manor.  This was the first time I had ever made these kind of cookies.  They turned out really well and according to my daughter tasted really good.

As I mentioned in my blog on Monday, I want to make my blog fun as well as informative, so starting in January Thursdays will be Product Review Thursday.  Since I babbled away today about baking cookies with my girls, I will be reviewing a Gluten Free Hamburger Helper type product tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.

Mary Blackburn

Living Gluten Free

Gluten Free Menu Monday

I thought that I would start blogging more frequently, but I didn’t know just what I would be blogging about. 

Those of you that know me personally, know that I rarely run out of things to say, but I want my blog to be informative and fun.  So I decided that I would have a couple of theme days every week and encourage you to join in.

This will start in full after the holidays.  If you’re like me right now, the holidays aren’t just creeping up on you, they are flying at you with the speed of a freight train.  I can’t believe Christmas is just 10 days away.  I still have shopping to do.  

I have baking to do also.  Because we had a night of freezing rain Saturday night into Sunday morning, church services were cancelled, interstate 376, commonly called here in Pittsburgh, The Parkway, was closed.  That hasn’t happened since the snow storm of 1993. 

 So I thought it would be a perfect day to do some  baking. I made Gluten Free Mock Thin Mints.  If you have a Girl Scout in the family, then you know what Thin Mint cookies are.  I think that was one of the things I missed most after going gluten free.

I will be posting the recipe here later today.  The reason I will be posting later is because my friend Susanne Myers, The Hillbilly Housewife came up with a great idea. 

Since alot of us are work at home moms, she came up with the idea to have a Virtual Cookie Exchange.  So if you are looking for some great cookie recipes check out the Virtual Cookie Exchange.  I think this will be alot of fun.

Feel free to post your favorite cookie recipes in the comments section below.  I look forward to a lot of great recipes.

Also, if you would like some more information on Celiac Disease, be sure to check out my Squidoo Lens.

Mary Blackburn

Living Gluten Free