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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Certified Gluten-Free Cheryl's Cookies and Brownies
It has been forever since I posted a product review, but I just couldn't keep this a secret. Last week, I was sent a free Gluten Free Have a Sunny Day Gift Tin from Cheryl's Cookies. Most people with celiac disease would run the other way from a cookie company, but I asked all of my celiac questions before agreeing to the samples. The person who responded to me could answer every question, provide me with details about production, and gave me a full list of all ingredients. I felt comfortable with their response and happily accepted the free cookies.

Here is what they had to say:

"The Cheryl's Cookies Gluten Free assortments contains walnuts, eggs, milk and soy.  They are all produced in a dedicated gluten free kitchen on shared equipment with eggs, milk and soy. The gluten-free products are certified by the Gluten Free Certification Organization to be less than 10ppm, 50% lower than the FDA regulations and are individually wrapped and labeled with the certified gluten-free logo." 

These cookies were INSANELY DELICIOUS! My husband and I could not stop eating these cookies. The cookies were thick, chewy, and "awesome" (so says my husband). My personal favorite was a toss up between the snickerdoodles and the chocolate chip cookies. But the brownies and the walnut cookies were just as good. The buttercream frosted cookies were good but a little too sweet for me. My husband said they tasted just like our gluten-free wedding cake. Let me remind you that he eats gluten and he loved these cookies as much as I did. We finished the tin in less than a week and literally rationed out the very last one. They were that good.

Besides being certified gluten-free and delicious, I love that we have options at Cheryl's Cookies. There are 17 different gift tins, cookie towers, and even a monthly cookie club. I highly recommend these cookies to anyone looking for a treat for yourself or your favorite gluten-free friend. (My b-day is in April, hint hint).

To see all of the options, visit the gluten-free cookie page on the Cheryl's Cookies website. Here are your options:
  • Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie - Rice and Tapioca Flour, Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, an Emulsifier, Natural Vanilla Extract), Light Brown Sugar (Sugar, Cane Syrups), Butter (Milk), Sugar, Eggs, Honey, Corn Starch, Water, Vanilla Extract, Salt, Baking Soda, Xanthan Gum.
  • Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Cookie - Sugar, Rice and Tapioca Flour, Butter (Milk), Eggs, Powdered Sugar (Corn Starch), Nonfat Dry Milk, Cornstarch, Water, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Xanthan Gum, Baking Soda, Salt, Cream of Tartar (Calcium Sulfate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Adipic Acid, Corn Starch).
  • Gluten Free Buttercream Frosted Sugar Cookie - Powdered Sugar (Corn Starch), Butter (Milk), Rice and Tapioca Flour, Sugar, Eggs, Evaporated Milk (Milk, Dipotassium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Vitamin D3), Nonfat Dry Milk, Cornstarch, Water, Vanilla Extract, Natural Flavors, Xanthan Gum, Baking Soda, Salt, Cream of Tartar (Calcium Sulfate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Adipic Acid, Corn Starch).
  • Gluten Free Brownie Walnut Cookie - Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin [Emulsifier], Vanilla Bean Seeds), Sugar, Eggs, Rice and Tapioca Flour, Butter (Milk), Walnuts, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa (Alkalized), Cornstarch, Water, Natural Flavor, Baking Soda, Salt, Xanthan Gum.
  • Gluten Free Fudge Brownie - Sugar, Butter (Milk), Eggs, Rice and Tapioca Flour, Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin [Emulsifier], Vanilla Bean Seeds), Chocolate Liquor, Corn Starch, Nonfat Dry Milk, Water, Natural Flavor, Salt, Xanthan Gum.

Thank you Cheryl's Cookies for this gift tin. We will definitely be buying these again in the future! 

Although I was sent free products from Cheryl's Cookies, all opinions are my own. 

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Celebrating 11 Years of Gluten-Free Fun

You guys, I missed my own (blog) birthday. On January 4, 2007, Gluten-Free Fun was born. 

I am not really sure how it happened, but January 4th came and went and I didn't acknowledge a HUGE milestone for this blog. My blog is celebrating it's 11th year!

My good friend David encouraged me to start my blog way back in 2006 and I made it a resolution to start writing in January 2007. I could never have imagined that my very first post way back in 2007 would lead to the celiac life I lead today. I have literally traveled the world sharing my celiac disease story with friends and strangers.

I've written a whopping 1,200+ posts over the past 11 years! I've been left thousands of blog comments from readers across the globe. I've connected with even more of you via social media which didn't even exist when I launched this blog back in the day. I have connected with so many of you at gluten-free conferences across North America and I am always so humbled when you come and say hello.

While my writing isn't as frequent as it used to be and the blog looks a little bit dated (the longest redesign in the history of the interwebs is still happening), I'm still here being the best celiac advocate I know how to be. I write this blog for YOU. If it weren't for my dear readers and friends, Gluten-Free Fun would never have lasted 11 years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Really, truly, THANK YOU!

Even if my blog goes quiet from time to time, you can always connect with me via email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Friday, December 8, 2017
Gluten-Free 2017 Holiday Gifts: Books
Don't know what to get your favorite gluten-free gal or guy? Worried about buying them something they can't eat? Buy them a book! Whether it is a cookbook or a how-to live gluten-free for your newly diagnosed friend or family, you can't go wrong with books!

I am very lucky to have some talented friends and colleagues as well as appear in many of these books! I personally own them all and some are well-used in my kitchen. I hope your favorite gluten-free person enjoys these books as much as I do! Don't delay, order now to receive these books in time for Christmas!

Note: These are Amazon affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation if you buy a book.

by Kim McCosker

by Sloane Miller 

by Nadine Grzeskowiak 

by Beth Hillson


by Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri


by Jax Peters Lowell


by Shelley Case

by Annalise Roberts

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Monday, November 27, 2017
Gluten-Free T-Shirt Holiday Sale

GF Alphabet t-shirts on sale now for $15 plus S/H*
Buy two get one free! 

Email with your sizes.

*Shipping and handling is only $1.99 per t-shirt; US orders! 
Sale ends December 1, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Gluten-Free Allergen Friendly Expo in San Mateo

We are less than two weeks away from the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo in San Mateo, California. This is the first Northern California expo in more than three years and my first time attending this event on the West Coast. I've been the GFAF Expo in New Jersey many times and it is always a great show.

If you've never been to a gluten-free expo before, now is your chance. It is a great chance to try gluten-free products before you buy them and connect with other gluten-free friends. You will not be disappointed.

If you are looking for more of an educational experience, I highly suggest you attend on Saturday. The Stanford Education Day is being hosted by the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California in partnership with Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. There will be top celiac doctors sharing a variety of topics including myths about celiac disease, gluten-related disorders, and more.

I am an official blogger for the GFAF Expo which means I get to host a giveaway! Enter to win two tickets to the GFAF Expo on the day of your choice. Each winner will get two tickets so you can bring a friend! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Winners will be notified on November 11, 2017.

If you see me there, please say hello! 

Saturday, November 18, 2017; 10am-4pm
Sunday, November 19, 2017; 10am-3pm

San Mateo County Event Center Fiesta Hall
1346 Saratogo Dra
San Mateo, CA 94403

Buy your tickets today
20% off w/ code ADVANCE (thru 11/17)

If you would like to volunteer for the show, fill out this form if interested. Volunteers get free entry and a t-shirt in exchange for working a shift of the show.


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Thursday, November 2, 2017
Strike for Celiac Fundraiser in New York
Register today for the Strike for Celiac fundraiser on Sunday, December 3rd in Syosset, New York. This fundraiser for the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University includes unlimited bowling, gluten-free food, a silent auction, and guest speakers Dr. Peter Green and Dr. Amy DeFelice both the Celiac Disease Center.

For additional information and to register, please contact Cynthia Beckman at the Celiac Disease Center.

Monday, October 23, 2017
The Celiac Project Podcast: Live From Indy
When I was in Indianapolis for the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest last month, I FINALLY got to meet Michel and Cam from the Celiac Project Podcast in person. I say finally because I've spoken to these guys both on the phone and over Skype but we never met face to face. These guys are the best and I felt like I was meeting my long-lost celiac brothers. Both Michael and Cam are truly genuine, friendly people and amazing celiac advocates. Their mission to spread information about living with celiac disease, eating gluten-free, and everything th. If you aren't already listening to their podcast, you should be.

Michael, Cam, and I at the Indianapolis GFFA Fest

Join Mike and Cam for their first podcast recorded live on location with their special guests, Erin Smith (Gluten-Free Globetrotter and Gluten-Free Fun) and Margaret Clegg (MI Gluten Free Gal). We have a spirited round-table discussion about all things celiac and gluten free. This is part 1 of our exciting, interactive presentation in Indianapolis. We answer great questions from the audience as well.

Take a listen to part one of the "Live from Indy" Celiac Podcast here:

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Friday, October 20, 2017
National Celiac Association Fall Meeting

The National Celiac Association is hosting it's fall meeting on Sunday, October 29, 2017 in Norwood, Ma. It will feature presentations by nutritionist Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN and endocrinologist Partha Sinha, MD and Emma Clerx, an intern living with celiac disease.

What Celiacs Need to Know!
How bone health, nutrition, and self-management affects celiac disease

Sheraton Four Points Norwood, MA
1125 Boston Providence Turnpike 
Norwood, MA 02062 

Sunday, October 29 1-4pm

Here is the meeting agenda:

  • 1:00 – 1:30 Check-in
  • 1:00 – 1:30 Visit with vendors
  • 1:30 Lee Graham: Introduction
  • 1:40 Dr. Sinha: Maintaining a healthy skeleton in celiac disease
  • 2:10 Endocrinology questions & answers
  • 2:20 Emma Clerx: How long until truly gluten-free?
  • 2:40 Questions & answers
  • 2:50 – 3:10 Break, visit with vendors
  • 3:10 Melinda Dennis MS, RD, LDN: A summary of current topics (arsenic, probiotics and non-responsive celiac disease)
  • 3:40 Nutrition questions & answers
  • 3:50 – 4:00 closing
Tickets start at $20 for the whole day. Visit the National Celiac Association website for more information and to buy your tickets today. 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Stanford Health Day at the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo

The Gluten-Free & Allergen-Friendly Expo is coming back to California for the first time in more than three years. In addition to this weekend-long expo, a key component of this year's event is a Stanford Health Education Day. This information-packed day will include topics such as celiac disease symptoms, treatments, follow-up, and future therapies. These speakers are presented by Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health in partnership with the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California

To attend these wonderful lectures, you must purchase a ticket to the GFAF Expo. Today is the last day for 30% off with code EARLYBIRD (thru 10/17). If you buy your tickets after today, use code ADVANCE for 20% off your ticket prices.

When: November 18 & 19, 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday the 18th
10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday the 19th

Where: San Mateo County Event Center-Fiesta Hall
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 574-3247


Stanford Health Education Day at the Gluten-Free & Allergen-Friendly Expo
Saturday Speakers and Topics

“Demystifying Celiac Disease – From Symptoms to Diagnosis”10:30AM-11:30AM
Presenters: Nasim Khavari, MD, MPH & Nielsen Fernandez-Becker, MD, PhD
Overall classic celiac “diagnosis and treatment,” presented by the directors of the Stanford Celiac Disease Program, Dr. Nasim Khavai and Nielsen Fernandez-Becker. The presentations will include discussion specific to celiac vs. NCGS/NCWS/FODMAPs, highlighting all the services available within the Stanford Celiac Disease Program.

“Gluten-Related Disorders: Follow-Up Treatment & Future Therapies”
12:00PM – 1:00PM
Presenter: Peter H.R. Green, MD
After a diagnosis of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity – what’s next? Dr. Green will discuss clinical management of gluten-related disorders (celiac and non-celiac gluten or wheat sensitivity), including follow-up visits, vaccinations, and poorly responsive and refractory celiac disease. He will also review the exciting array of non-dietary therapies that are under development.

“Debunking the Myths Around Celiac Disease and Food Allergies”
1:30PM – 2:30PM
Presenters: Dr. Nasim Khavari, MD, MPH, Dr. Nielsen Fernandez-Becker, MD, PhD, Sayantani (Tina) Sindher, MD, Andrea Gilbaugh, RD, Neha Shah, MPH, RD
The expert panel will discuss gluten-related disorders (celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, non-celiac wheat sensitivity, low FODMAPS), allergy and immunology responses in both pediatric and adults patients, while inviting audience questions and participation!

“Food Allergy Facts – What Helps to Improve or Worsen Your Food Allergy Symptoms”
3:00PM – 4:00PM
Presenter: Sayantani (Tina) Sindher, MD
A focused discussion around nut and overall food allergies (including gluten), including interesting facts around the science of immunology.



Monday, October 16, 2017
Celiac Disease Foundation New York 5K Turkey Trot
My friend Craig is at it again organizing an awesome event for the celiac community. Join Craig and the Celiac Disease Foundation on Saturday, November 4th in Oyster Bay, NY for the 2nd Annual New York 5K Turkey Trot. Read on for more details.

Celiac Disease Foundation is excited to host its 2nd Annual New York 5K Turkey Trot run/walk on Saturday, November 4, 2017, in Oyster Bay, New York. This year's 5K event will again take place at Theodore Roosevelt Park. 
The 2nd Annual Turkey Trot is sponsored by Namaste Foods
Registration will begin at 8am, and each participant will receive a Team Gluten-Free t-shirt, enjoy music, and take home post-race gluten-free snacks to enjoy. The 5K run/walk will start at 9am, rain or shine, and medals given out to the top finishers in four different age brackets. 
Proceeds from this event go directly toward driving diagnosis, treatment, and a cure for celiac disease. 
We have partnered with Island Harvest Food Bank and are asking that participants please bring canned or non-perishable food to donate to families in need. 
Early Bird Registration is now available through October 13th.  
For more information, contact Craig Pinto at

If you cannot attend in person, you can always donate online at: 

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Thursday, October 12, 2017
The Bold Beyond Celiac Research Symposium

Many of my readers often tell me that the celiac events are too far or too expensive to attend. Now is your chance to participate in real time!

On November 9, 2017, join Beyond Celiac in person or via webcast for The Bold Beyond Research Symposium. They are calling this the "premier event for celiac research!" It is free to participate, but registration is required. Click here to register today.

The Bold Beyond Research Symposium
November 9, 2017
5:00PM — 6:30PM EST

Drexel University 
Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building 
Chestnut St & S 33rd St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

Moderated by Alice Bast, Beyond Celiac CEO, with panelists:

Ciaran P. Kelly, MD, Director, Celiac Center and Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Training, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Anthony J. DiMarino, Jr., MD, Chief, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Ritu Verma, MD, Section Chief, Gastroenterology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Assoicate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

The symposium will also be webcast, offering viewers nationwide the opportunity learn about the most current celiac disease research developments. Local and national corporate sponsors, including media sponsor CBS Radio Philadelphia, will support the event.

Click here to register today.

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Monday, October 9, 2017
Introduction to Mend Hunger, A Free-From Food Pantry
While in Indianapolis two weekends ago, I had the honor of meeting part of the Chicago-based Mend Hunger team. Mend Hunger is "a nonprofit that works with food pantries to provide gluten free and allergy safe foods to individuals with a medically restricted diet and financial need."

As we all know, gluten-free and allergen-safe food costs significantly higher than "regular" food and this can be a financial burden for families. For those of us with multiple celiacs in the family, we know how expensive mealtime can be. Without access to safe foods parents and children are left to choose between health and hunger.

Mend Hunger partners with food pantries in Illinois to provide allergy and gluten free food at no-cost. Today, they serve the residents of more than 10 cities including Glencoe, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glenview, Northbrook, Lincolnwood, Skokie, Niles, Golf and Morton Grove.

In order to help close the gap between hunger and health, Mend Hunger needs our support to continue providing this vital service to their Illinois neighbors. They are having a fundraiser on November 11th in Glencoe, Illinois.

Candlelight Cabaret: A Jazz Experience
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Join Glencoe Rotary International in supporting Mend Hunger at the Takiff Center on November 11th. Guests will enjoy a live candlelight cabaret celebrating the greatest singers and songwriters of our time, while enjoying a charcuterie style dinner featuring gourmet cheeses, artisanal breads, fresh fruit, and sliced meats. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in the silent auction and win raffle prizes while enjoying seasonal craft beers. This event is Gluten-Free. Guests must be 21+.
Tickets start at $75 and sponsorships are still available. Please contact Aleksa Hacker, executive director of Mend Hunger, at

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
2-day Gluten-Free ABC T-Shirt Sale

Back by popular demand, the GF ABC T-Shirt!

Without being too obvious, you can proudly display your gluten-freedom across your chest. These t-shirts are quite the conversation starter! Show off your GF in a unique way. 

White, Gildan Cotton T-shirt
Adult sizes Small, Medium, Large, and XL
Very limited quantities. 

These shirts are on sale now for $19.99 which includes shipping and handling. You can shop directly via Facebook or you can email me to reserve your shirt today. All shirts will be mailed out before the end of this week. 

Sale ends on 9/20/2017 at 9pm PT.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Indianapolis Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest and Ticket Giveaway
I am so excited to head to the Indianapolis Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest on September 23 and 24th. It will be my first time in Indiana and I cannot wait to connect with all of my gluten-free friends in Indy! I am also excited to try some gluten-free restaurants, so send me your favorites.

I have a jam-packed schedule while at the GFFA Fest. You can find me at the blogger booth both days, come hear my share my top gluten-free travel tips, or join me in a celiac roundtable discussion with the awesome team behind the Celiac Project Podcast.

My favorite part of these gluten-free events is meeting new people. I would love for you to come up and say hello during the GFFAFest. Don't be shy!

Tickets are on sale now. Use coupon code 10OFF to save 10% when you check out. You can also enter to win two tickets below.

Saturday, September 23 - Sunday, September 24, 2017
10am to 4pm each day

Indiana State Fairgrounds
Exposition Hall
1202 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Lecture Stage: Saturday
11:30-12:20 pm – Celiac Project Podcast – All Things Gluten-Free Discussion
12:30-01:20 pm – Erin Smith – Gluten-Free Globetrotter™: How to Plan Your Gluten-Free Vacation

Lecture Stage: Sunday
12:30-01:20 pm – Celiac Project Podcast – All Things Gluten-Free Discussion
01:30-02:20 pm – Erin Smith – Gluten-Free Globetrotter™: How to Plan Your Gluten-Free Vacation

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
8th Annual Gluten-Free Awards Winner
I am thrilled to announce that my Gluten-Free Globetrotter blog made it on the Top 20 Gluten-Free Blogs list of the 8th Annual Gluten-Free Awards. Considering there are now hundreds of gluten-free blogs on the internet, this is a huge honor.

Josh and his team work very hard year after year on these awards and the Gluten-Free Buyers Guide to help the gluten-free community find the best of the best. These awards are your opportunity to highlight your favorite brands, blogs, and more. Don't miss your chance to vote.

Now is your chance to cast your votes in the Gluten-Free Awards is open. Voting is open now through October 10, 2017.

Be sure to vote for Gluten-Free Globetrotter on question #3! 
One ballot per computer.
Please skip any questions you are not sure of.
Share this with your friends, family and support groups.  
9/5/17  Gluten Free Award voting opens
10/10/17 Gluten Free Awards “Locked-In” 10:00 PM EST
Late November The 2018 Gluten-Free Buyers Guide publishes 8th Annual GFA Results 
This should take you less than 10 minutes to complete and one lucky voter will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card courtesy of The Gluten-Free Buyers Guide

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