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Have you had your Sprinkle today?

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We recently made a trip out to our neighboring city of Dallas to a fabulous bakery dedicated to making delicious tasting bakery traditions for the gluten-free, dairy-free, allergy-free community here in north Texas. I share these bakers' passion full-on, as this is how my "kitchen-career" began - baking and cooking for families that had ingredient challenges.


A Special Gluten-Free Cookbook, First ingredient: LOVE

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Have you ever been on a hike or a run when you get on such a pace that you lose track of your surroundings, what you are passing and how far you have come? Eventually, you snap back to reality, maybe you stop to rest, and you look back at the road behind you. Looking back, you realize that you have traveled quite a long distance and maybe through some hurdles and you take in the accomplishment. That is where I am standing at this very moment.


Could Your Gluten-Free, Allergy-Free Diet Mean Tax Savings?

submitted by KendraFinestead

A swift switch in diet can be a tough challenge in the kitchen, but the impact doesn’t stop there. Navigating ingredients can be rough on the brain, but anyone who has been this route knows -it can be just as rough on the budget! Did you know that you could possibly write-off the cost of your increased grocery-spending on your tax return?


My Auld Lang Syne to Autism ‘11

submitted by KendraFinestead

~ So there I was with a plate (and a mouth) full of pie, choking back some of the emotions that the holiday season is always sure to sweep in. This year, my baker’s therapy was recreating a family tradition (from my husband’s family), Oats ‘N Honey Granola Pie. The “real” recipe called for a full cup of corn syrup, ½ cup of brown sugar, chocolate chips, and the star of the show – honey & oat granola bars (which contain canola oil, corn flour, brown sugar syrup, soy flour, and soy lecithin – all ingredients that we no longer call “safe” for our Molly).


Exercise your Autism!

submitted by KendraFinestead

Dare I bring up a topic that most of you will probably skip over? I dare, and I hope that you stick around long enough to get the important message that is being addressed, as This is not your ordinary exercise article. I’m talking about exercise, but not in the traditional sense that we all assume. I am talking about exercise as it relates to our kids with Autism.


A Less Toxic Halloween for Environmentally Sensitive Families

submitted by KendraFinestead

Right around the corner lurks a yearly extravaganza of ghoulishly engrossing treats and spooktacular tricks. Children have selected their favorite characters to transform into for a night of house-hopping fun. Schools are having fall parties, churches are putting together carnivals, and neighborhoods are stocking up with sugary and corn-syrup laden “goodies”. Does this scare the nightlights out of anyone else?


Is Temple Grandin Gluten-Free?

submitted by KendraFinestead

This past week, I had the great privilege & honor of conversing with one of the most brilliant and passionate human beings I have ever met, Dr. Temple Grandin. Her work with Autism and with animals has an unparalleled and organic humanitarianism (or animalitarianism!) This is surely not a week I will forget soon, and the best part for me was getting to ask Dr. Temple Grandin what her thoughts were on Gluten-Free diets.


SUGAR, SUGAR…..HONEY, HONEY

submitted by KendraFinestead

Someone asked me a while back, “What is the biggest mistake people make with a GFCF diet?” My answer was then and still is today – SUGAR! When coaching families who have claimed, “gluten-free casein-free diet did not work for us," we many times have discovered that the amounts of sugar they were consuming daily were extremely high. How many grams of sugar do you think you’ve eaten today?
Let’s revisit for a moment the reasons why the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free diet was suggested in the first place.


Gluten-Free Game Day Dishes

submitted by KendraFinestead

School is now in full-session and those cool breezes are starting to blow through, sweeping away those hot summer days with the unmistakable gusts of FALL! Yes, its fall, y'all; and that means it’s time for that fall fan-favorite - FOOTBALL! Try these quick and easy gluten-free, casein-free versions of some game day classics and have your family cheering for more than the game this season.


Gluten-FREE in a gluten-filled classroom

submitted by KendraFinestead

Just a handful of days stand between the carefree days of summer vacation and the ringing sound of the rigorously scheduled school bells for many of us. As a mom who pays very close attention to every ingredient that our daughter gets exposed to, I am a bit anxious about the big change. When most of us think about preparing our teachers for our special dieters, we expect that we will be sending a list of our children’s food allergies and sensitivities, but what about the school environment beyond the food. Packing my child’s meals is a give-in for me.


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