Six Months!

February 11, 2016

Six months ago we started our blog!  Thank you for taking this gluten-free journey with us through reading our blog posts, liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter.  We are so grateful for your support!  We hope to continue our blog for a long time to come.  Thanks again!

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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Mary and Judy

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Mary

Over the weekend we were at a fundraiser and Judy’s teacher made gluten-free flourless peanut butter cookies for Judy to try.  They were delicious.  She told us they were the Three Ingredient Recipe but she added pure vanilla extract as well.  My friend, Verna, shared this recipe with me last month and I read on our gluten-free blogger pal, Michelle’s website (gfforlife.com), a similar recipe.  They all had different amounts of the same three ingredients (peanut butter, sugar, and eggs) and I combined the recipes and experimented with the amounts and added pure vanilla extract as per Judy’s teacher’s recommendation.  Since we are chocolate addicts, I also topped the cookies with Hershey’s Kisses.  These peanut butter cookies were always a favorite of mine growing up as my mother baked them yearly at Christmas.  I have been struggling to find the right gluten-free flour ratio for these cookies ever since Judy was diagnosed over 5 years ago.  I am thrilled to say these are quite tasty and no flour is needed!  My gluten-eating son told me they were delicious and the whole family loved them.  A big thanks to Judy’s teacher, Verna, and Michelle for sharing this recipe with us.

By the way, Michelle is a wonderful gluten-free blogger and you should check out her webpage at gfforlife.com.

Judy

These cookies were really, really good.  I am so happy my mom finally made them.  Don’t forget the Hershey’s Kiss!

 

The Three-Ingredient (plus a bonus) Peanut Butter Flourless Cookie Recipe

1 cup of peanut butter

1 cup of sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoon and place on the cookie sheet.

Take a fork and press down making an X or cross with the fork.

Bake for 9-11 minutes at 350 degrees.

When cooling- if you want some added sweetness, sprinkle some sugar on top of the cookie and top it  with a Hershey’s Kiss.

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Pinocchio Village Haus

Pinnocchio Village Haus is a quick service restaurant in Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World.  Katie and Judy wrote a blog about one of their favorite spots in Walt Disney World!

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Katie and Judy
 
Pinocchio Village Haus 
 
Katie

I LOVE the Pinocchio Village Haus Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World.  I ordered the gluten-free chicken tenders and French fries-I really wanted more!  I also enjoyed the scenery of the restaurant; because as you look out of the windows, the “it’s a small world” ride was in action!

Judy

I love the Pinocchio Village Haus Restaurant. I ate the gluten-free flat bread pepperoni pizza, and it was delicious! I love how you can see “it’s a small world” ride while you eat! After we ate, we all made and wrote wishes in a notebook and I really liked that! I would highly recommend this family-friendly quick service restaurant to anybody!

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S’mores Dip

Mary G.

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S’mores dip. What more can I say? By far the most delicious late night snack I’ve made (with some help from Katie). The only ingredients were chocolate chips, marshmallows, and milk. I used Kinnikinnick gluten-free graham style crackers to dip. This S’mores dip was perfect for our first snow fall! I loved experimenting with gluten-free foods on a recipe I’ve seen on many videos. I recommend this to all!
xoxo,
Mary G.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Bread

Mary G.

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

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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!!

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Mary

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.

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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.

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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!

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Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage

Jennie

Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage

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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.

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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.

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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.

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