The Brighter Side of Gluten Free – Blog Review


As the title implies, this is a bright and light blog! I love the retro look of the background, the recipes are wonderful and there are lots of great photos. I

f you check out the pages, you will find tips for saving money (Who doesn’t want to save money?) product reviews, flour blends and GF restaurants in Saskatoon. (Isn’t that the wheat capital of Canada? LOL)

I found this blog easy to navigate and I really like it. I will be visiting again – you should too.  http://thebrightersideofglutenfree.blogspot.com/

Blog Review – Eastern N C Celiacs


Here is a wonderful blog! It is  full of information about living gluten free, recipes and events as well as product reviews.

Bright and cheery, the colours pop but it is really easy on the eyes.

Easy navigation, clear menus and interesting articles written very well, I would give this blog an 8 out of ten!

You will want to add this one to your blog roll.


Celiac and Natural Medicine Part 3


This is a follow-up to Celiac and Natural Medicine and Celiac and Natural Medicine Part 2 which are my two previous articles on this subject.
To summarize, I went to see a homeopath, because I was still having some real issues with my health and my family doctor was not addressing them.
Here is what I got:
A liquid iron supplement
B-12 – sublingual
A liquid multivitamin
Moducare (anti-inflammatory)
Melatonin – sublingual (to help me sleep)
Magnesium oxide – liquid
Gluten enzymes (for those just-in-case-I-get-glutened times)
And Arnica Montana (for pain)
These were suggested for me to treat my specific issues and the amount of each that I am to take is geared to me.
I haven’t needed to try the Arnica Montana because I haven’t had any real pain since I started taking these supplements.
The only thing on the list that has not made any difference is the Melatonin. I still have insomnia and have given in and starting taking a sleeping pill (prescription) once or twice a month. I won’t take it unless I can dedicate at least 9 hours to sleeping.
I have no opinion on whether or not the Gluten Enzymes actually help or not but they seem to.
All in all, I am very happy with these supplements and now that I know what I need, I search to find the best deal. They are all quite expensive but well worth the money for how they make me feel.
Let me say again, that I am not telling you to fire your doctor, nor am I telling you that you should see a Homeopath.
What I am saying is that my Homeopath has helped me a great deal and it is worth considering seeing both a Homeopath and a doctor.
I found an interesting chart for supplements. Check it out.

Looking for Books on Celiac Disease and Living Gluten Free?


There have been quite a few books written about living with Celiac and cooking gluten free (I am hoping to have mine published soon)
Most of them are really well written by knowledgeable authors.
If you are newly diagnosed, I recommend that you buy at least one book. There are so many things that I had to learn (sometimes difficult lessons) and these books are designed to educate you more quickly and less painfully.
I highly recommend cooking everything from scratch so that there is no risk of cross contamination etc., so, aside from checking this blog for recipes, you may want to get yourself a good Gluten Free cook book.
Here are a few of the books available at http://www.glutenfreemall.com
• Are You Gluten Sensitive? – Dr. Rodney Ford
• Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free – The First Year – Jules E.D. Shepard
• Dangerous Grains (Celiac Disease Books) -Ron Hoggan
• Gluten-Free Girl – Shauna James Ahern

Gluten Free Mall has some pretty good deals and discounts too.

Amazon carries quite a few good books as well, such as:
• Living Well With Celiac Disease: Abundance Beyond Wheat and Gluten – Claudine Crangle
• Celiac Disease – Jaqui Karr C.S.N.
• Celiac Disease For Dummies – Ian Blumer and Sheila Crowe
• Gluten-Free Cooking For Dummies – Danna Korn and Connie Sarros

A lot of Amazon’s books are also discounted.
There are many other places to find what you need, such as http://www.celiac.ca , http://www.celiac.com and http://www.glutenfreefaces.com
Just remember, gluten free is not a diet, it is a way of life and it is easy once you understand the basics.

2010 in review


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 33,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 280 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 553 posts. There were 169 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 93mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 28th with 280 views. The most popular post that day was Celiac and Loved Ones.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were cookeatshare.com, glutenfreefaces.com, facebook.com, twitter.com, and weglutenfree.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for flourless pie crust, gluten free baking powder biscuits, gluten free perogies, gluten free scalloped potatoes, and gluten free phyllo dough.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Celiac and Loved Ones November 2010
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My Story in a Nutshell March 2009


Gluten Free Perogies May 2009


Gluten Free Phyllo Dough March 2010


Gluten Free Scalloped Potatoes May 2009

Celiac and Natural Medicine Part 2


I went to the health food store today and picked up the supplements that Serena (Holistic) suggested.

Serena works at the store, so I was able to get her opinions and suggestions.

Here is what I got:

A liquid iron supplement

B-12 – sublingual

A liquid multivitamin

Moducare (anti-inflammatory)

Melatonin – sublingual (to help me sleep)

Magnesium oxide – liquid


Gluten enzymes (for those just-in-case-I-get-glutened times)

And Arnica Montana (for pain)

These were suggested for me to treat my specific issues and the amount of each that I am to take is geared to me.

I am sharing this information with you so that if, like me, your doctor doesn’t seem to want to look at the whole picture and treat you for all of your issues, you might want to see a homeopath/holistic person.

Regardless of who you see and what they suggest, always check with your doctor to make sure that these supplements do not interact with any prescriptions you are taking, or with each other and that they will not aggravate any pre-existing ailments you have.

(I also spoke with a pharmacist)

These natural supplements do not contain unnecessary additives and are gluten free.

The next article you see on this subject will be a report on how these things are making me feel. I am hoping for major improvement and expecting some improvement.

Gluten Free Chocolate From Aardens Chocolates


Many chocolate shops claim they make their own chocolates. We’re one of them and we’re being truthful!

As Europeans we only know how to make the true Artisan treats you’ll remember from way back. Of course it’s impossible to make them in the same way as in the beautiful movie Chocolat, (we’d be literally working day and night to keep up) but we stay true to recipes 100 years old and you can taste it!

We make endless assortments with semisweet, bittersweet, milk and white chocolate.

All ganache fillings, butter creams and caramel are made from scratch… we even roast the almonds and hazelnuts ourselves.. just to give that extra flavour to the barks.

Our chocolates have NO PRESERVATIVES to extend their shelf life and are GLUTEN FREE with the exception of some items we carry such as lemon and orange peels. When not 100% sure, please always ask us!


Gluten Free Recipe Swap


May is Celiac Awareness Month so…..
Here is my idea:

I was thinking I could rent a small hall in my area and invite people to make up a few batches of their favourite gluten free recipe and hand out samples along with a photo copy of the recipe to other Celiacs.

I also though it would be good to have an information table where those of us with blogs can give out flyers, fact sheets etc.

To help with the cost of renting the hall, I could “rent” tables to local gluten free business owners to show off their stuff. (Cosmetics, shampoo, soap, food items, etc.)

What do you think?  Good idea? Bad idea?

E-mail me at  freeauntjayne@yahoo.com

If you think it is a good idea, you could do the same thing in your area (?)

Blackbird Bakery – Gourmet Gluten Free



Blackbird Bakery is Texas’s first gourmet gluten free online bakeshop and was founded in 2008 by Karen Morgan.  After seven years of recipe development using classical French and Italian baking techniques, the treats Blackbird has to offer are so delicious you forget you are eating gluten free. 

In 2009 Ms. Morgan sold her cookbook, Blackbird Bakery Gluten Free, to Chronicle Books of San Francisco.  It too is the first gluten free cookbook of its’ kind to be purchased by Chronicle and hits the shelves in early October of this year.

For more information about Ms. Morgan and her quest to provide gourmet gluten free recipes to those who suffer from auto-immune diseases like celiac, please visit her online at http://www.blackbirdbakery.com