Guess what time of year it is again!! Not that it’s in the title or anything, but if you guessed the Gluten-Free and Allergen-Friendly Expo, you’re right! They’re coming to Dallas, Texas again this year, on October 28th and 29th. It’s like Halloween for adults. (I mean, kids can go, too, but Halloween. […]
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If you’re crunched for time, relax—this Valentine’s Day, you can shop online at Dollar Tree for yourself, your kids, your family, your friends—anyone! […]
Whoa!! Is it already that time of year?? It’s getting dangerously close to one of my favorite events of the year… The Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo is coming to Dallas, Texas this September 10th and 11th. This will be my THIRD year attending as a member of the press! Can you tell that I am excited?! […]
I was sent a sample of the Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage from al fresco as well as a pack of the precooked chicken bacon to test out in some recipes. I think I was more excited about the bacon because, well… BACON!! It’s precooked so that makes my life ten times easier. I hate cooking bacon. It’s literally on my top five list of despised activities.
For my first recipe, I decided to make some breakfast tacos after dropping the boys at the bus one morning. I used a couple pieces of bacon because I knew I wanted to save the sausage for a meal when all of the kids were home so I could see how they liked it. […]
I am SO excited to announce that Liz and I will be headed to Austin this weekend to cover the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest. Last year, Liz was unable to make it, so I am super stoked to have her along with me this year. I am really looking forward to checking out all of the new vendors as well as those that are already favorites of ours.
I have a pair of weekend passes to the Fest to give away, so if you would like to enter to win, follow the steps on the widget below! Winner will be emailed Friday morning and tickets will be available to pick up at Will Call.
Entry-Form Charlise Lee
I am a Crunchy Mama of 5 rowdy boys and 2 sweet girls! […]
I have become a huge fan and a new customer of many of the products and brands that I have discovered over the past two Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expos. Many might think that I am just a blogger and only go to these events for fun since I do not have Celiac Disease or any food allergies. I have actually become more health conscious and been able to share great information with friends and readers who have dietary restrictions.
Getting a diagnosis of Celiac Disease or a food allergy is not the end of the world. It doesn’t mean you have to eat dirt flavored food. It doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a meal ever again. There are SO many things that I buy now that I would have never tried in the past because I figured they would be bland or boring since they were “gluten-free”.
I look forward each year to learning about new companies and new products from brands that I already love. There are things you should know before you go gluten-free, so be aware of the nutrients you may lose and know how to replace them.
I have favorite products from the expo that are in all categories of food from seasonings to decadent desserts. Let me tell you about a few of the new staples in my home…
We love to do things as a family and living in Texas, one of the best things you can do when Fall comes around is to go to the State Fair of Texas. We were invited to visit the fair this past weekend and were super excited about it! When we first got there, my boys ran straight towards the rides. I had a plan and it flew right out of the window! Since mom staring at her carefully planned itinerary and map is “boring”, I just went with it and off to the rides we went. There are TONS of rides for all ages and my four year old, Chevy, was actually tall enough to ride some all by himself. He was SO excited!! […]
(…aside from because it’s fun and exciting.)
The Gluten-Free and Allergen-Friendly Exposition (GFAF Expo for short) is like a fair for anyone and everyone—even those who are neither gluten-intolerant nor require allergy-friendly products—who wants to learn about gluten-free and/or allergen-friendly living. In other words, if you’re a teacher, have friends/family following or requiring the lifestyle, and/or interested in the lifestyle as a whole—just in case something happens in the future—you should attend. […]
A rep from Urthbox reached out to me about receiving a box and writing about it, because I’m an affiliate. For more info, read our fancy, schmancy disclosure for more info.
I selected to receive the gluten-free box, if only because the GFAF Expo is coming up (more info soon!) and last year, Charlise and I noticed we have a plethora of readers following the gluten-free diet here at Crunchy Family, and I wanted to make sure we catered to guys! […]
I love to cook from scratch, so having high quality ingredients is a big deal. I got to sample the Organic Vanilla Bean Powder from Sunny Day Organics and I’m pretty sure I will never go back to “regular” vanilla again!! The Organic Vanilla Bean Powder is made from 100% raw and organic vanilla beans. They are gluten free, vegan and loaded with antioxidants. This vanilla powder also have trace amounts of minerals such as potassium and iron.
The powder can be used in place of vanilla extract in pretty much any recipe. It can also be added to coffee or smoothies. It can be used to make a mosquito repellent, which I haven’t tried yet because I haven’t run out of my current bug spray. It can also be used to add aromatherapy fragrance to many DIY beauty products! I love it most in smoothies and baking! I just LOVE the fresh, strong taste of the vanilla. […]