Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest

Fests are great fun and a great way to make new discoveries!! And the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest is no exception.!!

It is year two for the Fest in the Richmond area. By the crowds and those I spoke to- they were very happy to have them back!!

The fun begins right outside the exhibit hall doors! Time for some “photo booth” creativity!

You walk in and let the discovery and learning begin

Enjoy Life has a unique set-up in, not only sharing samples, but learning ire about them and their products

I love discovering new flavors and food products, and yes- the Fest was the best venue to. We, like many families love almonds and the almond flavor. But there are times that the almond is an almond and it needs a “refresher”. That’s where a new discovery, called deliciousness (don’t you live the name?) come in. Their flavored almonds really wake up the everyday almond. Flavors such as nacho, and the Lakeshore trail mix that blends the cheddar and caramel flavors.

Oh! They have chips too!!! They maybe based out of Chicago- but they have a website!!!! ( There you can find Mozaics, a flavor chip that can tackle the snack craving without being bogged down with preservatives.

What did I learn besides yummy food?? There’s were cooking demos and lectures to choose from. What made it hard to decide on which to attend was the topic. They were all about practical living when you live with gluten free needs and/or food allergies.

Take for example today’s first demo- baking bread. Do you love baking like me? Though, I’ve never baked bread before, and I’ve always been hesitant- now we’re going to throw in making it gluten free, YIKES!!

Well, Jules Shepard takes out all the fear and even shows how to bake gluten free bread in both the oven and bread maker machine.

She also directed her to her website should we have additional questions after the Fest.

Other demos included easy vegan recipes, increasing the protein for lunch boxes – just in time for back to school, and using the fresh herbs around us.

Lectures? Yup, but again practical use.. how about dealing with allergies when your traveling. And yes, it can be daunting and even frustrating, that was one of today’s topics- don’t you love topics that help answer many questions and hurdles we can encounter everyday.

When it’s time for you to take your lunch break in all of the activities, it’s good to see that the Greater Richmond Convention Center was ready.

And, yes…. that is a steak and cheese sandwich on gluten free bread!!

There’s so much more! But that’ll have to wait for tomorrow “day two”.

There are two more Fest locations, (Indianapolis,IN and Portland,OR) if the Richmond one is not near you.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post with the Fest wrap-up


Have Dessert Will Travel

Summer means fun, family, and road trips. So, you pack up the devices so no one gets bored; and you pack the snacks! All sorts, from chips to cookies and even candy, drinks too!! But as time passes by, you sometimes crave for something a little different to snack on….. cake or a brownie! I know it gets so hot you think you could bake inside your car, but aside from attempting to buy a slice of cake at the next rest stop…… you’ll just have to wait until you get to your destination.

Wait no more!! Miss Jones Baking Company knows how we feel. You’ve probably tried their bake and cookie mixes- but now they have “dessert in a cup”!!


What a great variety, has something for everyone…. Hard to choose but none will disappoint.yNid+2mNRQy+RDd7e6IIAw The instructions are super easy, so easy that I can get these ready minutes before we leave. Who doesn’t love a warm brownie or double chocolate cake??


Just a few tablespoons of water to create chocolatey goodness in just a few minutes.


Looks just like the batter you made from scratch

9bnjNYONS9CrBa5KU3TBxw There it goes baking away in the microwave


The only difference with making the brownie is a smidge of vegetable oil.

And voila! Fresh baked goodness in no time flat! zxsbpsyrjgtex30uypymg.jpgeq+k4uXFSYaoLDBabdtZQA

Craving fulfilled… It’s made by Miss Jones Baking Co. so its like baking it from scratch- but in less time!

To see all their products and learn a little more about them, go to:

Staying Charged

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The Summer beckons for road trips, trips to discover new places or visit family. The thrill of packing and the excitement of hitting the road. The time in the road can be a challenge that boredom takes over. So we all charge up our devices before we leave and pack our chargers.

Depending on the length of the trip the devices may or may not last. Everyone has their cords, but can we connect them all? We need a car charger that can handle it all.

With a little research, I found it!

There it is- petite but yet big enough to solve our dilemma

This small item is a Car Charger for Nintendo Switch, MacBook Pro, Camera, iPhone, iPad, and Notebook.

So, let’s give it a try…

Simple enough…. but you said you have a port to charge your phone. Yes, I do too.

But, it sure comes in handy when there’s more than one of you that needs to “plug in”.

As part of an experiment, I wanted to try it on one of our older model vehicle that didn’t have a USB port.

Sits just right and charges perfectly.

Now we’ll never have to worry about not being able to charge our devices when we are on the road!!

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Chocolate- a class in its own

Can’t believe “back to school” is already under way! If you’re like me….. I’m not ready!!!

I do know of a class that I’m geared up to take- a chocolate making class!!! Yes, I know chocolate is in a class all it’s own. But, here’s an opportunity to make it yourself!

Where you say? I am fortunate enough to have a “Chocolates by Kelly” in my neighborhood. Kelly, herself, teaches this fun experience!

So what are we making?? Truffles of course!

When you arrive for your class, everything is ready.

Should you get parched…. I know, chocolate is a huge distraction- but if you haven’t heard it enough, hydrate!!

So why truffles?? There is a simplicity and a complexity to them. You don’t need a truckload of ingredients to make them and super fun to make.

Want to take it to the next level? Give it some complexity? Maybe add some flavor and “personality “…. Kelly can show you how

Now to help prep you for this class, Kelly is ready. Especially if you’re like me and need to carry a lobster bib in my back pocket! Yup, I’m the one that wears the white shirt guaranteed to have something on it by the end of the day- hahahaha!!!

Now chocolate classes aren’t just all about fun, you learn more than just yummy chocolate making.

Kelly offers classes that are STEM inspired. Which is great for the kiddos. Why? Because like baking, chocolate (and candy) making is a science. Where temperatures and amounts can throw off an entire recipe.

With Kelly leading the way it’s easier to learn when you’re having fun, and with it being hands on makes it even better.

With August upon us, there is still some room at Chocolates by Kelly so book now for some fun, learning and memories!! Just go to for more details and to schedule your class

Citrus Makes the Yellowtail Sing

Summer is busy with outdoor activities and road trips. Which means there is not always a lot of time to go elaborate on making dinner.

You want a dish that light, easy to make and of course, delicious!

Everyone enjoyed the yellowtail tuna from Wild Planet Foods- which is what I happen to have on hand. Through pure experience the quality of the fish that Wild Planet Foods offers is as good as my buying fresh without the hassle of prep.

So, I grab my yellowtail tuna and see what else I’ve got. I’ve got some limes and lemons. I’m going citrus!

A trip through Google with the ingredients I have sends me to a recipe for citrus and ginger- the twist is, heavy cream!

I blanch my julienne citrus zests of my limes and lemons

I will also need a couple of tablespoons each of olive oil, green onions, diced tomatoes, and julienned ginger. Yes- that is red wine that you see, we need 3 ounces of the wine. About 4-6 ounces of the heavy cream, along with 1-2 ounces of lime juice for the citrus splash.

Let’s begin putting it all together. I’ve got the oven preheating at 400degrees. As it’s preheating I dice and julienne

Time to combine the wine, the heavy cream slowly. In the original recipe the fish is fresh filleted, excess oil removed; my diced and julienned vegetables go into the same pan. The liquid mixture follows into the pan and reduced followed by butter as the splash of lime.

Since I’ve started with the prepared tuna, I will combine everything and bake it.

So my fillets go into the baking pan, I sprinkle the citrus and vegetables. The cream sauce goes on, along with the butter and always of lime.

Colorful and flavorful, it took about 10-15 minutes for the liquid mixture to marry with the fish.

A little French bread toast on the side to compliment.

Thank you for Wild Planet Foods generosity in sharing their yellowtail tuna in making this dinner possible!

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

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There’s something about the the light and aura that comes from the moon that moves us all. From all those old werewolf scary movies to the sheer beauty and romance of its glow.

What if you could capture that magical glow anytime you wanted?

In cooperation with Tomoson LLC, they introduced to me the Moon Lamp. I’m intrigued….

I was so curious about it when the box arrived

Time to take a look inside.


So there’s the stand and it’s charger.

The stand is really easy to assemble.

I like that I can charge it through my laptop. Easy to understand the instructions. Can’t wait to try it out, does something different per tap.

So I turn it on- what a glow!! I like Gru I’m Despicable Me- hahaha!!

So with the first tap, it’s like a white glow.

The second tap gives off a almost yellowish glow. The color always reminds me of when the moon looks super big in the sky like a enormous sugar cookie!! At the third tap it begins it color changing sequence. It’s so beautiful!!!

I’ve played with so much, I should probably recharge it.

It’s so captivating that my daughter is trying to finagle it going in her room. I think I better keep this on my nightstand before it mysteriously disappears!!

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Dipping into new cuisine

My family and I love trying new foods, were pretty adventurous when it comes to food. But when comes to cooking a new cuisine we take small steps.

We love Greek food! I was totally in the mood to try to make a dish, that wasn’t a Greek salad! Time to go to the next step. I was looking for something light and could include the beautiful tomatoes that are here this season.

A friend of mine mentioned that she had seen a recipe from Jamie Oliver that featured mackerel called, mackerel plaki.

It seems it’s a simple recipe that includes carrots, tomatoes, onions, a few spices, and of course mackerel, not to mention there’s white wine involved!!

Courtesy of Wild Planet Foods, I’ve got some great mackerel to use.

So I’m all set. I use my peeler to create thins carrot slices, thin onion slices. Rough chopping the tomatoes so you can enjoy the flavor

Next is layering all the flavors. Fish fillets first, on goes the carrots, onions, tomatoes, garlic (I ran through a press) and some bay leaves. Don’t forget to season with the usual salt and pepper. Give it a drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil. Lastly is the parsley, it original recipe calls for chopped fresh parsley, since I did not have that at hand I opted for a light sprinkle of dried parsley. For the finale to wrap it all up together is a squeeze of a fresh lemon, drizzle of white wine and a smidge of water.

I’ve got the oven ready at 350 degrees. Into the oven it goes. It doesn’t take long because the mackerel has been prepared perfectly by Wild Planet.

Thank you Wild Plant Foods for your generosity and support!!

Stay tuned for more fun foods!