Thursday, November 14, 2013

Three Things Thursday: Birthday Edition

Whose got two thumbs and another decade under her belt? This gal! Today I am celebrating my ascent into another age demographic - "dirty 30s". Or "flirty 30s". Or "still eats Skittles for lunch and has more coloring books than a pre-K 30s". Whatever.

So to celebrate my day o' birth, here's three reasons why I'm psyched to be 30:

1. Presents. Duh.

2. I'm an old soul, and thanks to celiac, an old body, too. Now that I'm no longer in my 20s, I don't have to feel bad when I opt for fleece and crocheting instead of stilettos and club music. Not that I felt bad before. I just felt like I should feel bad. But now I am beyond all that youngish adult crap and I can settle into being the old crochety woman I've always been. More yarn, please!

3. At 30, I have a job I love, a house and dog and car that I manage to keep mostly taken care of, an adorable husband who insisted on making me breakfast and buying me boots (#keeper), a couple of degrees in nice frames (that sadly, I forget to dust much of the time), and a better grip on those mystical terms like "health" and "wellness." Truthfully, I'm loads better off than I was when I started my 20s. And it doesn't hurt that I'm surrounded by some fantastic people, both in real life and here on the Interwebs.

 That wraps it up for me today, kids. I've got a tray full of gluten-free cookie bars that aren't going to eat themselves.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Three Things Thursday: Favorite Things, Part 1

So, since it's Thursday, and since it's my birthday month, I'm using Three Things today to rave about some of my favorite things and some of the news they have in the pipelines.

1. Red Apple Lipstick is launching a holiday line of lipsticks, and they need help with naming them. The new collection goes on sale December 2. Also coming in December from RAL? Gluten-free mascara. To say I'm excited is an understatement. Hooray for gluten-free, paraben-free makeup!

2. 'Tis the season to start thinking about holiday meals. And holiday desserts. Mostly holiday desserts, because, let's face it, it's pretty hard to screw up mashed potatoes, but unless you're a whiz in the kitchen, gluten-free pie crust is a beast. Enter Sweet Ali's. Ali and her team saved my holiday season last year with their awesome array of GF treats. We're already compiling our order for Thanksgiving (I'm looking at you, cinnamon rolls and pumpkin pie), and if you're in the Chicago area, you should stop by the bakery or visit them at one of their many tastings.

3. Y'all know I love me some Glen Prairie, and it's a fantastic coincidence that the week before my birthday, they have unveiled their fall/winter menu. Braised shortribs? I'm there. Again, this is for Chicago peeps, but if you are local, please, please, please check this place out. We gotta support the awesome restaurants who are doing GF right - and deliciously so!