Each year my mom gives me fresh rhubarb from her garden — and each year I vow to use it up quickly. (and then it ends up in the freezer)
But not this year!
It was muffins galore for a couple of weeks.
(my GFGF Katie made that fun jar for me — it’s had all kinds of uses!)
Grab your extra rhubarb and let’s go!
2 lbs fresh rhubarb, chopped (extras from the freezer work too)
3 cups Tito’s vodka (any vodka will work, next time maybe raspberry Smirnoff?)
½ cup Triple Sec
¼ cup water
½ cup simple syrup
Add all ingredients to large canning jar or container with tight fitting lid and stir — if you are using a canning jar, just put on the lid and shake, shake, shake! Leave jar on the counter for 2-3 weeks, it will become a pretty, deep pink color. When it’s time to strain, grab a pitcher and a fine mesh strainer. Pour contents of the jar through the strainer, into the pitcher, smashing down the rhubarb to get all of the liquid out.
Return the liquid to the canning jar or other container. Mine stays in the fridge for storage and has been my go-to cocktail starter this summer.
Cherry Rhubarb Sparkler
2 oz rhubarb liqueur
Club soda or 7up
Fresh or frozen cherries
Add all ingredients (muddle the cherries a little for extra flavor!) over ice — stir and enJOY!
Summer in the City (thanks to Gluten Free Betsy for the name!)
2 oz rhubarb liqueur
1 oz vodka
Splash(es) of DRY Vanilla Bean Soda, cream soda, or Sprite
Raspberries, fresh or frozen, muddled
Basil or mint to garnish
Ice. Booze. Berries. Muddle.Soda. Stir. Sip. Summer.
Cheers, from our balcony to yours!
It’s no secret I could eat pizza pretty much everyday.
Lately, we’ve been spending a little too much time at Transfer for GFGF (gluten free girlfriends) dinners — I wouldn’t say I’m getting sick of pizza (impossible!!!) but my waistline might be in need of a break.
My sister-in-law asked me to bring a quinoa salad to my niece’s graduation party recently– CONGRATS, CELESTE!!! — last time people weren’t quite sure about it (one nephew said he wouldn’t eat something he couldn’t pronounce) but this time, when you throw in the word PIZZA, there were more willing to try it.
1/2 cup Italian vinaigrette salad dressing (I used Cindy’s Kitchen Barcelona Vinaigrette, which I love for its very few ingredients and no sugar added, but Annie’s also has some good ones or make your own!)
1 clove garlic, minced (use your garlic press!)
1-2 tablespoons Penzeys Pizza Seasoning (add 1 and see what you think, I love that stuff and can’t get enough, if you want it super pizza-y, keep adding a little until you get the flavor you want — know that the flavor will intensify as it sits in the fridge!)
Gluten-free tidbits hit social media or are sent to me each week — things I want to share with you, I mean to share them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. but it doesn’t always work out that way. Life happens. (I won’t bore you with all the ways things don’t always go as planned… everyone has their days!)
So I’m going to try something new, NEWS FLASH to be exact. With new finds and plenty of fun photos.
Sometimes they’ll be short and sweet. And other times they’ll have some heft to them — like today’s post where I interview a local GF young lady you’re going to want to stick around to meet!
But first a few things I’ve been meaning to share…
These chips are addictive. (don’t say I didn’t warn you — we have Mamasita to blame.)
Have you tried the Figgies & Jammies from Pamela’s yet? If you’re missing fig newtons, go get these today!
How often do we get to have gluten-free pizza?
Okay, fine. For me, it’s pretty often, BUT….
How often do we get to have it DELIVERED?
Last weekend in Coon Rapids, MN we had pizza delivered from Sammy’s to our hotel after a long road trip — and it was AHmazing.
(truth be told, it got a bit soggy on the way over, but the mountain of toppings made up for it and it was good cold, which is always the test for GF pizza)
Know what would make the perfect ending to a pizza dinner?
Some of these GLUTEN-FREE CUT OUT COOKIES from Miss Abigail of Abigail’s Originals!
I met Abigail right before our holiday cookie exchange — she was in the middle of fundraising for her upcoming (JUNE 21st!) trip to Europe and reached out to see if I’d be interested in trying them. HELLO! Cookies? Yes. Me. I’m in!
To raise funds, she decided to tackle the perfect gluten-free sugar cookie dough and then decorate them for the season. People went bonkers for them. Several people had placed orders prior to the party to take home for their family celebrations and those who didn’t order extra were wishing they had!
They have also done them for other celebrations — check out these love birds!
I had to chance to catch up with Abigail recently and talk all about her trip…
CITC: How long have you been gluten-free?
A: Five years, since third grade.
CITC: How did Abigail’s Originals get started?
A: To raise money for my summer trip we started with the cookies but then added some crafts too.
CITC: So why cut-out cookies?
A: Well, you can usually find gluten-free snickerdoodles or chocolate chip mixes at the store but not really sugar cookies.
CITC: Tell me more about travel abroad this coming summer with the People to People Ambassador Program.
A: Teachers can nominate you and you get a letter that says you have been invited to participate. The trip that I have signed up for will take me to Italy, France, and Spain over the course of nearly three weeks. My experience there will take me to the Roman Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Monaco, Cannes, Barcelona and many more places there as I explore the Mediterranean region with my group.
CITC: Where are you most excited to visit?
A: Italy, I have always wanted to travel to there. That’s the country we’re doing the home stay in, I’ll be staying with a family.
CITC: What about eating gluten-free there with a family you haven’t met?
A: My mom called and asked about that and she said when they scan the area they have to make sure that the family knows what gluten-free is and make sure they can feed you safely.
How are you preparing to travel gluten free?
A: I plan to pack plenty of snacks, chances are there won’t be many snacks provided on the plane. Definitely pack a lot of snacks.
Abigail is right, snacks are key — we all know that one, right!? And what better snack to have around this summer than some of her cut out cookies? (my celiac sista and Chef Carter will vouch for the cookies, as well as the GF Get Together crew!) And they will ship them right to your door or if you are local to the Milwaukee area, they will coordinate delivery or pick-up.
She has done all of the fundraising for her trip and I’m proud to say we have supported her in the GF community by collecting donations and purchasing cookies, if you would prefer to just help her out with a donation for her trip, you can click HERE for her fundraising page.
She has just under $600 to go before reaching her goal of nearly $7,000 — she has done ALL of the fundraising herself, so impressive! I think we can help her get there, yes?
I’m going to place my order for red, white, and blue patriotic stars for summer celebrations (they freeze beautifully!) and I know Chef Carter would love me to show up with some on my next visit — he says they are the best cookies he has had and asks for them for breakfast. ;) Don’t worry, her mom is taking over as “head baker” until she returns from her trip so the cooking baking will continue and even after her trip, she’s going to keep it up, so we’re all in luck!
Let’s help Abigail reach her goal — if you’ve already tried her cookies, leave a comment and let others know how much we are all loving them!
And now I’m sharing it with you here.
Go make them for your mama this Mother’s Day weekend — if she is anything like my Mamasita, I bet you count your blessings daily.
Or if you have a supermama sister like me who has been blessed with a bundle of boys (all of which I somehow gave food related nicknames!), she would love these. Maybe your BFF is the most patient, kind, loving mama to her two bees and she should have them. Have a soul sister who is “Auntie Diva” to more lucky kiddos than you can count and takes care of her own mama every single day without complaint, even though watching her battle a cruel disease can often break her down physically and mentally? I bet she would love them too. What about another bestie who faces the challenges of motherhood with baby boy #2 with determination and the strongest of wills, and knows that sometimes it’s okay to just be human and know that what you’re doing is enough? Take them over to her with coffee and a listening ear. (or let her sneak in a shower!)
And for all those women we know who would give anything to be a mama — the ones who dread Sunday with their whole being but somehow find the strength to get out of bed, face the world, put one brave foot in front of the other and celebrate the mamas in their lives that they look up to, are inspired by, and hope to be just like one day … these muffins, a coffee date with head tilting laughter, and just a little “I’m here. I love you.” message could mean the world.
Happy Mother’s Day — let’s celebrate all of the women in our lives who deserve a little sweetness!
Let’s make muffins!
I recently attended the Gluten Free Living Conference in Orlando — and as much as I want to share all of the fun photos from that weekend, there’s something else we have to talk about first.
If there is one thing I know about the gluten-free community is that when we need each other for support, people come together like I have never seen before. We rally behind those in need, give them a voice, or just allow their voice to be heard loud and clear.
So that’s why we’re here today. To clear the air. To let you know what’s been going with my friend Jules from Jules Gluten Free, now gfJules.
I know some of you are already big fans of her flour mix — it was one of the first flour mixes I experimented with when going gluten free in 2008. She is also one of the founders of the 1 in 133 campaign. Because of her hard work, the gluten-free labeling standard has passed and will go into effect in August! (She has helped everyone who is GF!) I have had the chance to get to know Jules through her annual GF Cookie Contest and finally got to meet face to face in Orlando just weeks ago.
Here’s a brief history of how Jules started and how we got to where we are today:
Jules is starting over…
How we can help:
Not only will I be giving to her fundraising efforts, but I’ll be shouting about it from the rooftops — I can honestly tell you that she is a kind person with the most generous heart. After being on the expert panel at the conference, she made time for each and every person who waited in line to talk with her. I snuck in for a quick hug goodbye before I hopped on my plane, and there she stood, holding the delicate hands of an elderly woman, listening to her tell her stories of learning to bake gluten-free. It was the most touching moment. She’s the real deal, my friends. She loves this community and would do the same for each and every one of us.
Honored to be part of this gluten-free world! From left to right: Andrea from Rockin’ Gluten Free, Anna from Gluten Free Jet Set, Chrissy from Glam Without Gluten, (me!) Amie from The Healthy Apple ,(in front) Johnna from In Johnna’s Kitchen, THE lovely Jules from gfJules, Linda from The Gluten-Free Homemaker , and Shirley from gluten free easily.
Being an official blogger for the GFAF Expo in Chicago next weekend has its perks — not only do I get to mingle among some of my favorite blogger friends and vendors, but they’re also giving me FIVE regular admission one day passes to give away!
Actually all of the blogging team (and other vendors/authors) are giving away tickets too, so I rounded up a little list, but there are others out there as well — go check them out, show some GF from Milwaukee love, and enter to win:
Imagine stepping into a gigantic open room full of tables overflowing with samples and being able to EAT.IT.ALL! (of course you still have to check on ingredients if you have multiple intolerances/allergies, but this is the place to be for ingredient checking!)
Winners will be drawn TUESDAY, APRIL 8th at 10pm CST, be sure to leave your NAME & EMAIL so I can contact you and let you know that you’ve won. The lucky winners will be able to pick up their tickets at the GFAF Expo Registration Desk on the day they choose to attend.