Thursday, October 9, 2014

Moo.Cluck.Moo Dining Experience


I received the most interesting email a few weeks ago. A restaurant named Moo Cluck Moo in the greater Detroit area was making a bold change in their menu.

Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING was now going to be made GLUTEN FREE!

What's that you say? A 100% gluten free kitchen? Gluten Free fried chicken? What?!??!?!?!?!
I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming. OUCH. Nope, not dreaming.

And then I was looking at Groupon the other day and found a great offer - 2 fried chicken sandwiches, 2 fries and 2 drinks for $14. Major score!

And THEN the president of the Celiac support group in Farmington Hills emailed me saying that they were being offered a tour of the kitchen and restaurant in a few days. You better believe we hopped in our mini-van and made the hour drive for such a great opportunity.

Moo.Cluck.Moo wasn't always 100% gluten free. They used to serve regular buns, regular fried chicken, and regular desserts. So why the change? Their chef, Jim Schmidt, saw the demand and requests and started to work on a strictly gluten free bun almost a year ago. Being a James Beard award winner, he was up for the challenge. After nine months he finally, he came up with a bun that was not only gluten free, but also high fiber, high protein and low carb and contains NO YEAST. So he and Moo.Cluck.Moo owner Harry Moorhouse discussed it and decided the restaurant would go with his new gluten free buns and make a total change in their menu. They made sure to call all manufacturers that were providing their ingredients to guarantee that they were gluten free. They even threw away ingredients they had on hand in case any cross-contamination had taken place. Also, while their employees do not have Celiac Disease, they are not allowed to bring any gluten containing items into the restaurant. #Awesome

Why? Gluten Free is one of the largest growing trends in the food industry. With 1% of the population suffering with Celiac Disease and another 6%+ living with gluten free sensitivity, it was a no brainer.

So on September 19th they changed everything. While us gluten free foodies are ecstatic, their original customers have been slow to warm up to it. But as amazing as the food tastes, they're starting to warm up to it and they're starting to come back.

And the food is amazing. After receiving a tour of their kitchen and heard about all the steps they are taking to make their as healthy as possible made with the finest ingredients, we were ready to order.


 





While our Groupon included two Notorious Cluck sandwiches, we also had to purchase an additional sandwich. We choose the "baa burger," a lamb burger topped with onions and Feta cheese.  In all honesty, I could have ordered one of everything it all sounded so good. They have a "Craveables" menu that changes every month, and this month they had a steak burger and burger on a gluten free Celiac Specialties donut.




And when our sandwiches came out, we were definitely not disappointed. Hands down, this is the best fried chicken I've ever had IN MY LIFE. The breading was crisp, the chicken was juicy, and the homemade slaw created a perfect marriage of savory & sweet. I literally said OH. MY. GOD when I took the first bite. 





And my husband Brad LOVED the french fries. He had the garlic fries while I had the regular sea salt. 

So want to get a moo burger for yourself? They have two locations, one in Dearborn Heights and one in Canton. If you're looking to pick up a quick meal and head out the door, the Dearborn Heights has a quick pick up window. If you' re looking to sit down with family or friends, definitely go to the Canton location which has much more seating. 

A few things of note. This store doesn't believe in highly refined sugars or high fructose corn syrup. You won't find it in their breads, their soda or even their ketchup. The small amount of sweetener you find in their buns is from Stevia, they proudly serve Michigan-made Northwoods soda that's made with cane sugar, and Simply Heinz ketchup on all of their tables.




Friday, October 3, 2014

King Arthur Gluten Free Muffin Tops

I LOVE King Arthur Flour. 

And no, they're not paying me to say that. Almost every one of their gluten free mixes that I have tried has turned out perfectly. Their gluten free pancake mix makes the best waffles and I made the most amazing chocolate trifle for Christmas with their gluten free chocolate cake mix. And then there were the amazing cookie bars I made. So good!



 Well, on my quest to make my own gluten free buns, I bought a whoopie pie pan. Upon getting it home, I decided that the wells would not be big enough to make ample sized buns. I seriously considered returning it.

Then I had one of those days when you just want to get creative in the kitchen and dirty every pan in the house. I remembered that I still had a box of King Arthur Gluten Free Muffin Mix in my cupboard and I was down towards the last of the hand picked blueberries from Montrose Orchard. I decided to try my hand at muffin tops.

Have you ever made something SO good that you even amaze yourself? Yeah, that's what these blueberry muffin tops are- amazing. In all honesty I was writing another blog post and saw these pictures in my file and I wanted to eat one right then. Lucky for me I froze the leftovers and still had one of these that I could devour at my leisure. And they warmed up perfectly in the microwave and lost none of their original flavor.




                     And looking at this lovely pile of baked good bliss, I may need to go eat another one.


As an aside, I ended up liking how these turned out so well that I decided to buy another Wilton 12 Cavity Whoopie Pie pan. And a little trick for greasing these pans? A stainless steel mesh tea infuser ball with a handle. It makes the perfect little sifter. Kicking myself for not mentioning this in my interview with Delight Gluten Free Magazine.

So what King Arthur gluten free products have you tried that you've fallen in love with lately? Also, what creative things have you made with a whoopie pie pan? Now that I'll have two, I need some ideas! (I did see a recipe for baking pancakes in the oven - that's next on my list!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Best Gluten Free Birthday

Best Gluten Free Birthday 

You don't turn 36 every day, and this year was definitely a memorable one.

I want to thank all of those who contributed to my fundraiser campaign for FARE, the Food Allergy Research & Education organization. "FARE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was formed in 2012 as the result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative."
The biggest way that FARE benefits the Celiac community is throught the partnerships they have to train restaurant personnel, both through ServSafe and the AllerTrain Program

With your help I was able to raise over $300! The day of the walk was a little cold and wet, but it was well worth every step as we met other families living with food related illnesses. We even got to meet a group representing Auvi-Q, the makers of a epinephrine delivery system complete with audio step-by-step instructions. Imagine an AED machine, but instead of an electrical shock, it delivers a life saving injection to prevent a person from dying from a food allergy reaction. Amazing stuff and something I think every school and restaurant should have on hand.



So aside from spending the day with my larger food allergy family, I was blessed to spend the weekend with my family. Friday night my dad made me dinner and a special birthday cake. Can you make out the 36?



Saturday morning, before the walk, we had a great gluten free breakfast at the FlapJack Shack. I tried their new gluten free waffles, but I think I prefer their pancakes.


Lunch was Red Robin followed by MSU Dairy Store for dessert. 

Specially colored "allergen" baskets to alert servers to gluten free needs!


If you've never been to the MSU Dairy Store, you gotta go! They even get out a fresh tub of ice cream if you have food allergies and concerns about cross contamination!

 One of my birthday gifts allowed the gluten free fun to continue long after September 13th. 
My dad and his wife bought me a bag of Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Pancake mix.

 I recently bought a bag of Namaste Perfect Flour blend. While it's great for baking bread and cakes and muffins, it's not so great for pancakes. So I've been craving GOOD gluten free pancakes for quite sometime. Especially since we have a ritual of eating pancakes EVERY Saturday.

And this mix did NOT disappoint. They were so light and buttery and WOW!
 The non-gf hubby liked them just as much as I did.
I met this company at the Chicago Gluten and Allergen Free Expo, and their claim to fame was their cinnamon rolls. My dad happened to have one on their recent trip to Chicagoland, and they bought me this while they were there. SO thankful that they did!

September 2014 Love It, Like It, Leave It

Love It

I often forget how much I enjoy shopping at And That. They are the only store I know of in Genesee county where I can purchase Goldbaum products. This was the first time that I have come across their Multigrain Quinoa Crisps. I tried the Onion & Garlic flavor which were delicious. Definitely worth buying again!



I was at the grand opening of Rebekah Health and Nutrition Source in Lapeer and met the owners of this company. These chips are made in Michigan, gluten free, non-gmo, and taste like fresh ground corn. They remind me of the fresh chips I used to be able to eat at Chi-Chi's. We were going to eat the bag slowly, but they were quickly consumed.

I love Enjoy Life. I've been eating their products for over a decade, and with each new product I try I'm reminded again why they're so great. They have a GREAT soft baked cookie that tastes like an oatmeal cookie that has NO OATS! YEAH! I'm one of the few and lucky celiacs that are still bothered by oats. So when I saw these on deal at Big Lots for only $2 I snatched them up. Oh my GOODNESS. So good, so delicious, so WOW! But now I'm curious, as I don't see this flavor listed on their website. If they don't make these anymore, I regret not buying TONS of them.

Like It 

The name of this bar is so spot on, because they're, well, EPIC. I've seen pictures of these as I've been following Natural Products Expo East and West. The neat and curious thing about this "snack" bar is that it is made of meat. Yep, meat. And this isn't jerky either. These soft bars are made from organic, grass-fed meats and fruit and other ingredients. 
I tried the lamb bar. It was...interesting. It was good, but it was a bit heavy. I'd still be curious to try their turkey and cranberry bar. Looks like I'll be making another trip to Lapeer and Rebekah's Health and Nutrition Source, is this is the only place in Michigan I have ever seen them. 



I love Go Picnic. These box lunches have truly been my saving grace in more than one situation. I was excited when I saw their new breakfast boxes at my local Target. AND they were under 200 calories, which makes them a great snack choice on Curves Complete. This box had a sausage stick, applesauce and trail mix. ALL of that for 190 calories. 
I will admit the sausage was a bit spicy and seemed to stick with me throughout the day. Looking forward to trying one of their other varieties.


Leave It
All gluten free cake mixes are not created equal. This cake mix isn't awful, it just wasn't....great. And with so many other cake mixes on the market, this isn't one I plan to buy again.This particular mix came in my August Send Me Gluten Free box
I will say that this company is very allergy friendly. As their website states, 
"SEVIERly GOOD GLUTEN FREE is a home grown organic gluten-free baking mix company dedicated to using certified organic, local, and non-gmo materials that specializes in meeting your gluten free baking needs. Our mixes are FREE of: gluten, dairy, soy, bean, nut and corn."


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Summertime Gluten Free Restaurant Discoveries

So Labor Day has come and gone, my husband is back to work as an 8th grade teacher, and choir practice at church is back in session.

Summer is over.

And that's probably good thing, because I ate a LOT of food this summer. But the majority of it was good, real good. Just in case you end up near any of these places in your travels, here's some highlights.

The BEST
Chick Fil A - I'm sure you're wondering why on earth I'm including a fast food place and listing it in the best category. Well, I live in Michigan, and we don't have Chick Fil A near us anywhere. Not in Flint, not in Lansing, not in Grand Rapids. So I made my family stop there when we were on our way to Tennessee.
Not only was the food really enjoyable, (grilled chicken bites that were SUPER delicious and gluten free waffle fries) but the staff was stellar as well. LOVE Chick-Fil-A.


Burger Up - Okay, I really enjoy Red Robin, but Burger Up is my new favorite burger place EVER. Seriously, in my whole life. My burger has BEETS on it. BEETS! This burger has changed my life.
They use locally sourced beef, make their own ketchup so there is no HFCS, and their portions are super generous. Super. I love me some french fries (of which I could have received a free refill), but I could barely finish my lunch.



The Pfunky Griddle - As a Celiac, usually breakfast "out" is relegated to omelettes, as long as we can verify that it's not made on the same place as gluten filled pancakes. At Pfunky Griddle, you make your own food, on your won DEDICATED gluten free griddle. That's right, DE-DI-CATED.
So order up a batch of gluten free batter (which also comes with free refills) and your one free topping choice and create away.

Yogurt Mountain - So when we went on vacation, it was to see my 8 year old niece. And since we only see each other once a year (and we had just eaten a large lunch at Burger Up), I was the cool aunt that said, "How about we just have ice cream for dinner?' Yep, all of that is true. So after a quick visit to see my mom at work (she was working the night shift at the local hospital) we took a stop at Yogurt Mountain. Best part, ALL of the flavors that are gluten free are labeled RIGHT on the machine. No guess work, no asking a long laundry list of questions. Oh, and they give you little sampler cups so you can try flavors before you make you make up your frozen yogurt creation. Free ice cream? I'm in!

The Good
For Crepe's Sake - Sometimes you find the best gluten free products at your local farmer's market. We happened up on this brand new crepe business at the Lansing City Market that had not one, but 2 DEDICATED gluten free griddles. The owner has Celiac disease and totally understands the steps to prevent cross contamination. They were pretty good, and the owner even came to talk to us later, asked our input, and wanted constructive feedback on how he could improve things. Totally cool. Please check then out when you're in the Capital City.



Sweet Peaces Vegan Cafe - So my BFF college roommate is vegetarian and flew back to Michigan from Texas.  While she was back here for some family events, she was able to sneak a day away to come visit us. So I was totally interested in taking her to the new Flint Farmer's Market and to the new vegan restaurant inside. The majority of the food is Indian, which totally works, as Sarah's husband is from India. And I LOVE Indian food.
The best thing was the yam fries. The name is a bit misleading, as they are actually baked and not fried. This prevents the whole issue of oil cross contamination. And, it comes with some amazing chipotle dip made from Vegannaise. It was so good that my husband (who hates mayo) said that we could starting using it at home!

Jack's Place - I know I've written about Jack's Place before, but they are beyond wonderful. Our Celiac support group did a bowling outing there, and they treated us like family. The head chef has Celiac disease and prepares all the gluten free food himself, in a dedicated area. They even have rosemary potatoes to go along with their gluten free burgers instead of french fries. Their pizza, served on Gillian's crust, was so delicious. The spouse of one of our GF members said it may just be the best non-gluten pizza crust he's ever had at a restaurant.
If you ever find yourself in Flushing, MI do yourself a favor and stop in. And tell them Margaret sent you!

The Not So Good
The Corner Bar - The draw at this bar in Rockford is the hot dogs. They have a challenge that if you can eat a dozen of their chili dogs, sauce and all, your name is put up on the wall. They have GF buns, but in all honesty they weren't that good. They fell apart and the hot dogs themselves left much to be said for. Neat experience, but I don't feel the need to go back.

'WICHES - This sandwich shop in Oxford MI has gluten free sandwiches and gluten free cookies. AND they are trained by the GIG restaurant program, so you KNOW they understand the risks of cross-contamination. They were good, but like most places offering gluten free options, the gf bread was different and small...and there was an upcharge. In all honesty for the price I paid, I was disappointed. Overall, good sandwich and nice staff, but I don't plan on going back.

THE NIGHTMARE
57 Brew Pub and Bistro-
This is a first for me in so many ways. The first time I've purposely written to tell people to NEVER go to a restaurant. And the first time in my life that I have ever stood up from my table after ordering dinner and left the restaurant.

So, it was our anniversary and we were vacationing in the greater Grand Rapids area. My husband is SUPER amazing and he's really good about doing the things that I enjoy. On this trip, I wanted to take my husband to places that would make him smile and that he would enjoy. I wasn't a beer drinker before being diagnosed, but my husband does enjoy a good dark beer.
So we went to an establishment that brewed its own beer and specifically marked on its menu the dishes that they offered that could be prepared gluten free.
I should have run for the hills after walking in and the greeter showed me their pizza oven and stated that they cool all the pizzas there, GF and non GF, but that's okay because the oven is super hot and burns off all the gluten. But we stayed anyway.
And my husband ordered a beer. Now, he doesn't drink beer everyday, but he knows how beer is brewed and knows what he likes. He was surprised by the beer the waitress brought him, as he was expecting a different flavor based on the beer that he had chosen. He mentioned it to the waitress, and then she realized she brought him the wrong beer. Strike #1.
I decided on a salad for dinner and my husband ordered a turkey reuben. In case I haven't mentioned it before, I'm not the only person in the house with medical issues with food. My husband is allergic to pork and shellfish. (My husband jokes that even as a Christian, God intends for him to keep kosher.)
We sat quietly, talking while my husband sipped his beer.
When our food came out, my husband was the first to notice an issue with my salad.
There was a huge crouton on it. Strike #2
When the waitress walked away with it to make me a new one, my husband had greater concern that this establishment was not safe for me to eat at. When the waitress cam back to apologize again, we asked her to get a box for my husband's sandwich and we would just take his food to go.
So she brings him a box, and as he proceeds to place his sandwich in it, he notices something.
BACON. Strike #3.
We were both stunned. I immediately went to go look at the menu again, in case we missed something. Nope, no bacon listed on the menu for that sandwich.
It's at this point that the manager comes out. We explain the situation and then Brad asks if that is indeed bacon on his sandwich. At first the manager says no. Then, upon second look, he states that it was indeed bacon from the grill. He stated that we would not have to pay for any of our meal (ah, yeah) and asked if we wanted a gift card.
Yeah, that was a definite NO.
So, we left the restaurant, found a local small delivery pizza shop called BC Pizza that had safe gluten free preparation stations, and we shared a pizza for dinner. The staff was great and they even sang in the background. Not intentionally for us, but it sure helped lighten the mood from the experience we had just had.

So here's hoping you had some excellent gluten free dining choices during your summer travels. What places have you visited that I should be sure to check out the next time I'm traveling?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Homegrown Minestrone Soup

When you have Celiac Disease, you are always so grateful to those people who "get it," who take extra care when they prepare food for you, who understand cross contamination, and go out of their way to insure that you are safe.

I am so blessed that my husband is one of those people. After a few food incidents this summer, my husband has recently decided that he wants to make sure that our home is a total gluten free haven, and he is going to go gluten free in our household. He is definitely my biggest supporter and I am so blessed. I can't even begin to put it into words.

So what does this have to do with minestrone soup?

Well, I received some new pasta from a company called Banza, and wanted to make minestrone soup with our  homegrown tomatoes, zucchini, basil and green beans. The base was to be the leftover broth made from the local chicken we roasted earlier this week.

And then today I had one heck of a headache. You know, one of those that you don't want to move a single muscle, let alone get up and be among the moving. One of those headaches where a warm compress is your best friend and you need to suck on a peppermint because the pain has also made you nauseous.

So on this beautiful Saturday Michigan morning, my husband comes home from guitar practice and asks if he can make me some minestrone soup. Can he? Absolutely!

But when you're a blogger, habits are hard to break. So, bravely I ask,
"Can you use the new pasta and take lots of pictures?"

"Sure, no problem!"

Man, I am SO blessed.

So he took beautiful pictures, step by step, and served me one of the best meals in a long time. With flavors right from the garden, life doesn't get much better than this. It even helped open up some of my clogged sinus passages and quelled the icky feeling in my stomach.
(Although the opening up of the sinus passages may have something to do with the whole peppercorns that accidentally fell in the soup as my husband mistakenly broke the pepper grinder! I highly suggest leaving that step out.)

All of this is about to become some of the best soup I've ever eaten. 

Sometimes I think the most beautiful thing ever is the bright colors of fresh cut vegetables.

We are always "tweaking" things in our recipes. Even though the recipe didn't call for it, my husband added some delicious Miller Farms Chicken Sausage. No antibiotics and locally raised here in Michigan. 


Get in my belly! 
The neat thing about the Banza pasta is that you don't even boil it, so Brad was able to add it in at the last moment, let it take a warm soak in the chicken broth. It was good and held together well, but the recipe he followed didn't call for a lot of pasta, so I'm definitely going to have to use it in another recipe to give it a better review.

What's your fave way to use rotini pasta? What recipe should I use Banza pasta in next?




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August 2014 Love It Like It Leave It

It's officially September. Labor Day has come and gone, school is back in session, and the weather is getting cooler. As I sit down after a nice walk, I have time to write about what new things I tried last month.

Love It

Frankly Fresh Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves - During our anniversary trip in Grand Rapids, I went to Costco for the first time. And it was everything that I dreamed it would be. I've been seeing posts from other friends for quite sometime now, with visions of huge loaves of Udi's bread and other gluten free finds. It was finally my turn to seek and conquer!

On this visit we found some of the most delicious grape leaves. I really like the grape leaves at my local middle eastern store, but they are definitely appetizer size. But the grape leaves at Costco are a major meal. At 60 calories per serving, they leave you feeling full without weighing you down. A 2 lb box only cost us $10, and we had them for lunch many days during that weekend. I wish I had some right now.


Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips- I have some blogger friends that have been talking about their love of these chocolate chips for some time. If you are unfamiliar with Enjoy Life Foods, they are free from 8 of the most common allergens. So, this means this chocolate chips are dairy free. I found a package on sale while I was on vacation, so I was excited to give them a try.
And now I know why people eat them by the handful! They are really good and they are PERFECT for making chocolate chip pancakes.They were also great in the chocolate chip cranberry cookie bars!
I've been told that if I like these that I really need to try the dark chocolate chunks. Those might have to be on my next shopping list.

Like It

Aldi's Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix - The new line of Aldi's gluten free products has been all the buzz lately. I've tried some of their products which I recently reviewed. This is the first time that I've tried the cookies. They were pretty good, and they went quickly at our church picnic. I don't think people even knew that they were gluten free!

Jimmy Dean's Delights Chicken Sausage- If living gluten free isn't enough of a challenge, our household is also pork free and shellfish free due to my husband's allergies. I was pleased to find this sausage as the store, especially when I had coupons for $1.25 off a package.
In general, we don't usually buy packaged meat like this, but every once in a while it's worth a try. I was really pleasantly surprised. The taste was wonderful without being weighed down by a lot of calories. One of the things I liked is that the sausages (links or patties) are packaged in smaller portions, so you can only take out what you need. Thumbs up!

Leave It
Plocky's Hummus Chips - I love to try new and interesting things. Enter Plocky's Hummus Chips.
We found these at a small local store while on vacation and thought they would go great with our grape leaves and the zukeanoush that we brought with us.
The only problem is, they didn't have much flavor.
I think I'll stick with my Mediterranean Foods crackers and lentil chips.


So what new things have you tried this recently that you think are worth sharing with the world? Please leave me a comment as I LOVE to hear about new products! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Celiac Fundraiser a.k.a What I want for my birthday

I remember as a kid I was always concerned that my birthday was on September 13th. Honestly, for years I was afraid that I was born on a Friday. (I was actually born on a Tuesday.)
But everyone sees 13 as an unlucky number. Seriously, just ask my husband why 13 people couldn't be around the dinner table when he was a kid. Bad mojo.
Besides, 13 is an odd number and I have a thing for even numbers.

But this year I'm trying to make the number 13 a GREAT thing.

This year I'm participating in the Lansing FARE walk that is taking place on September 13th, on MY birthday!

So what exactly is FARE?
"Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is the nation’s leading organization working on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergy, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis.  Our mission is to find a cure for food allergies, and to keep individuals with food allergies safe and included."

 1 in 13 children have food allergies – "roughly two in every classroom."  (There's that number 13 again!) 

"But Celiac Disease is an Autoimmune Disease, not an allergy." 
While Celiac Disease is truly NOT a food allergy, the initiatives that FARE puts in place truly impacts the lives of those living with Celiac disease. While their main arms are Research, Education, Advocacy and Awareness, it is the Education component that makes the biggest difference in the life of a Celiac. 

Education

FARE’s educational programs and resources help individuals and families manage food allergies and live safer, healthier lives. With funds raised by our 2013 Walk teams and volunteers, we developed an interactive online training program for restaurant staff in partnership with the National Restaurant Association, and created a series of educational webinars on topics of importance to individuals and families managing food allergies."  

"So why aren't you donating money to a Celiac Disease Center instead?"
Through blogging and working with food fairs and support groups, I meet more and more moms, dads, and children who are living with multiple food allergies, trying to navigate the landmines of social eating and getting others to realize that food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances are a serious thing. I'm quick to stand up to people who get all twitterpatted because they don't understand why their school is peanut free. 

So this year I'm participating in the FARE walk. I'm toying with walking a half marathon next year (13.1 miles) , but this year, the FARE walk has everything organized for me to start quickly. I'm honored to be walking for Celiacs, nut free kids and people everywhere who just want to have a "normal" life.

So this year for my birthday I don't want gifts for myself. 
This year I want to give the gift of health and life to those living with Celiac Disease and other food allergies. How do I accomplish this? 

Here's where the number 13 comes into play again. 
I'm asking family, friends and followers to donate $13 in honor of my birthday towards my FARE walk page. $13 is the cost of one large pizza at most regular pizzeria's- Hungry Howie's, Cottage Inn, etc. (I won't even begin to talk about the cost of a gluten free pizza.) So, the question is, could you give up a take out pizza for a day for the sake of someone else who probably has to give up eating pizza out for most of the rest of their life? 

I have a few different fundraising goal levels- 

Goal Level 1- $133- This breaks down to approximately 11 persons donating $13 each. The prevalence of Celiac Disease is 1 in 133. This is why I highlight this number. And that's less than a dozen people, so let's think of a bigger amount!

Goal Level 2 - $286 - The breaks down to 22 x 13. Why 22? Because the prevalance of Celiac Disease among 1st degree relatives is 1- 22. Celiac Disease is GENETIC. If you are diagnosed or know someone who is, PLEASE convince them to get tested for Celiac Disease. PLEASE. If you have a friend with Celiac Disease, ask them if their family members have been tested. Don't know where to start? The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness has a free online kit to help you get the ball rolling.  

Goal Level 3 - $ 832 - This breaks down to 63 x 13. Why this amount? Of the over 1 million people with celiac disease in this country, 83% of them are still undiagnosed. That means there are literally millions of people suffering with this disease and they don't even know it. One of my biggest passions is medical personnel awareness - this includes doctors, nurses, dentists and anyone that deals with helping care of the needs of others. A great way to start in this awareness now is to tell your doctors and all of your friends about this FREE online webinar for where they can get FREE CEU's. This is created by two of the most WELL KNOWN and TRUSTED physicians in that Celiac Disease realm, Dr. Fasano and Dr. Guandalini. Please print out the frotn page of this site and share it with ALL doctors that you know. 
http://limelightdc.com/clientarea/naspghan_gluten_webinar_06_13/landing_page.html

Level 4- $1330 - The breaks down to approximately 102 donors. This is 10 times my original goal and would TOTALLY blow my mind. But I also know that I have over 1,000 pageviews on my blog a month, so I know that my readers are totally capable! 

Level 5- If I can get more than that amount of money, I will be ecstatic. I'll will giveaway a prize pack to one person who donates above the $1330 limit! 

So please be willing to consider supporting this initiative of my birthday. You're even welcome to come walk with me, as there is no fee to register. There are always great family fun activities the day of the event, as well as free samples to take home. 

Here's to making 13 a lucky number, because we will have the funds for food allergy awareness and education!

Want to get involved? Donate by following this link-

http://www.foodallergywalk.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1102608&lis=1&kntae1102608=57B4811D27AD44C8B459E74F83AD7C5C&supId=411743709#





Click on this link to my FARE page to donate now.

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