Monthly Archives: October 2015

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Bread

Mary G.

I am so happy to finally write my first blog, starting high school is very time consuming 😉

williams sonoma pumpkin choc chunk

Speaking of high school, I am getting ready for the Homecoming dance right now! While I am getting my hair done, I am also eating this delicious gluten-free Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Bread, by Williams-Sonoma.  My aunt who baked this quick bread mix did add extra chocolate chips, but this yummy snack is delicious! The sweet bread is actually moist and the pumpkin taste isn’t over powering. Great treat for the fall!!

williams sonoma pumpkin choc chunk 2  williams sonoma piece

mary homecoming

Take Me Out to the Ball Game


The Celiac Pack loves baseball and we are true devoted Chicago Cubs fans.  We have been born and raised to love the Cubbies.  I have fond memories of watching the Cubs games on WGN with my grandpa and appreciate all the games he took my family to at Wrigley Field.

This summer we traveled to watch our dear Cubbies at three parks, the Milwaukee Brewers’  Miller Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park, and of course, Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs.  Although I do love Miller Park, there were such little gluten-free offerings (a hot dog- no bun…who eats that at a ball game), that I am not going to review their GF items.

In the spirit of tomorrow’s National League Wild Card game, I will review the two parks of the wonderful contenders.

PNC Park has a concession stand where they sell gluten-free hot dogs and nachos.  The girls were excited to have the opportunity to eat a hot dog at the ball park while watching the Pittsburgh Pirates host our Cubbies.

PNC menu 1   PNC menu 2

judy and katie pnc

At Wrigley Field, you can enjoy a gluten-free hot dog or hamburger at the Decade Diner located by right field inside the park.  There is no official menu posted, but this is the only place in the park they can accommodate with gluten free hot dogs, burgers, and buns.  Judy and I both ordered a hot dog and it came with a side of chips and a pickle.  I was told there was a smaller concession stand closer to home plate with gluten-free snacks, but we never found it as Judy was content after her hot dog and chips.

diner wrigley  wrigley 4

judy wrigley  wrigley 3

I think both parks have equal gluten-free offerings, they are just presented differently.  I like that at PNC you can easily eat your hot dog in the stands; but the flip side is at Wrigley there is more of a restaurant/ diner feel.

I enjoyed our time at PNC.  The Pirates are an excellent team and they have devoted fans.  We were welcome with open arms.  I have to say I am hoping and praying this is OUR year.  Of course I am rooting for the Cubbies all the way.  Good luck to the Pirates! Cubbies, let’s Fly the W! Go Cubs Go!

katie and mary PNC  judy wrigley 2

Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage


Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage

pirates 1

Nothing sounds more enchanting to me than a boat ride on the Seven Seas Lagoon while watching Wishes Nighttime Spectacular over Cinderella Castle! Mary and I decided to try something a little different on our last visit to the Walt Disney World Resort. We grabbed our little pirates and set sail for the wide open waters on a festive pirate cruise. The Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage was an adventure!

It started in a lovely room in the convention area of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Our family was transformed into a brave group of pirates and given a pirate bandana to wear on our voyage. We were then escorted into a room filled with plenty of delicious treats and treasures. The Cast Members were very helpful in providing delicious gluten-free treats for our Celiac Pack. We were encouraged to fill our bags with popcorn, cookies, cotton candy, and chocolate coins for our long voyage ahead. We also had a fun meet-and-greet with none other than the famous pirate himself, Captain Hook and his faithful friend Mr. Smee.

pirates mary 2

We then went outside to the dock at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. We had a terrific pirate guide on our cruise who entertained us with songs and trivia questions. Our first stop was on the waterway outside of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge where we had a front row seat for the Electrical Water Pageant. This was a real treat. Although Mary and her kids had seen this show before, my family had only seen it in pictures. I just loved the barges that lit up with beautiful colors to patriotic music.

smee   pirates flags

Our captain then took us around the Seven Seas Lagoon on a fabulous ride highlighting views of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. We finally let down the anchor directly in front of Magic Kingdom Park. It was a spectator spot to view Wishes Nighttime Spectacular. I still get chills thinking of watching my children as they experienced the moment. Upon our return to the dock at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, we had a great surprise! Peter Pan himself was on the dock! The kids loved seeing Peter Pan after our voyage. He was very kind and patient taking many pictures and signing all of our autograph books.

fireworks pirates 2  fireworks pirates

peter pan

The Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage was a fun-filled adventure. It was a true pixie-dusted experience!