We're well into the throes of November around these parts, and even though it is that wonky time pre-Thanksgiving and post-Halloween, where every house seems to be having an identity crisis (moldy jack-o-lantern? Check. Icicle Christmas lights? Check), I still sort of revel in these couple of weeks before everything goes HOLIDAY FULL FORCE. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas, but celebrating it for two full months can get tedious. We have a rule in my house that the holiday season officially kicks off when we've watched the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas post-dessert on Thanksgiving Day. Anyway, I really like this time of year when everything sort of slows down momentarily. Could be that I am a November baby:)
1. Obviously the East Coast is still reeling from Sandy, and loads of GF bloggers have been citing resources for donating. It may seem silly to you to think about making sure food pantries have the Udi's, but for people with celiac or gluten intolerance, it's one less thing they have to worry about. Imagine being displaced from your home, without power, without heat, and every food around you is poison. So check out Erin's blog to find some organizations to donate to.
2. I raved about these on my Facebook page last week, but thought they were worth a mention here, too. Perdue now makes breaded chicken tenders, nuggets and cutlets that are GLUTEN FREE. This is a big deal because a) they are available at local grocery stores like Wal-Mart and Jewel, b) they are reasonably priced, c) they are certified gluten free and d) they fulfill a great need I had for yummy quick food. Served up with these, it's like a grown-up Happy Meal that won't make my body attempt to kill me. I think these are going to be a freezer staple.
3. After hemming and hawing for a long time, I finally got around to making an appointment at the University of Chicago's Celiac Disease Research Center, so next month, I will get to see a celiac specialist and a dietician. I am pretty excited about this for a lot of reasons. Yes, excited. Don't judge me.