Tuesday To Do List: what to buy, spy, and try! (or sometimes cry about)

Tuesday To Do List is my newest attempt at bringing you tidbits from the gluten-free world each week. This will continue until my mind-that-doesn’t-rest comes up with another way to entertain you guys. Cross your fingers I am back here next Tuesday with another list…


  • Go check out Elizabeth Barbone’s updated site: glutenfreebaking.com  She has been one of my go-to people since day one of my gluten free adventure and I still use her baking book every year at the holidays. Tip: there are some fun fair foods on her site that you should try before summer slips away!
  • You’re buying Lakefront’s New(er) Grist with Ginger, yes? Add a slice of orange or lemon for a treat.


  • I’m all about trying new super simple summer drinks to sip — try saying that five times fast after a few of these!


(Add Tito’s vodka to orange or lemon San Pellegrino)


  • Trying my hand at some canning this year — there seem to be two kinds of canning people: those who do it with ease and never break a sweat, and those who are terrified and usually skip it all together. 😉  (I’m somewhere in the middle, but finding my way!)


(dilly beans from Ball’s Complete Book of Home Preserving)


  • Gluten Free in Sioux Falls, SD: should you find yourself waaaaaaay over to the west… be sure to try Chevy’s in Sioux Falls. I somehow kidnapped celiac sista for a sisters’ night out and we celebrated with margaritas and mucho queso. They have a separate GF menu and will keep the chips and salsa coming!



  • I’ve been buying Califia Farms coconut-almond milk blend lately — have you tried it? I don’t drink milk by the glass, but I do like putting it into my iced coffee. Have also had it over cereal. I had tried their almond milk in the past and wasn’t a big fan, but something about the blend of both gives it good flavor. Next on my list is to try their Horchata!


(I call this “liquid sunshine” — cold brewed coffee, slightly sweet chai from Oregon Chai, and milk of choice. Just trust me on this one.)

  • My final hurrah of summer is a trip to the fair — have you been gluten free at the Minnesota State Fair? Do tell. I know the lovely Amy Leger from The Savvy Celiac joins forces with other area organizations to put together a list of treats to try. Let me know if you’ve been and what we should get our hands on first! (and I’ll put up this year’s list as soon as it goes live!)


And stay tuned… I had such a good experience being gluten free in Rochester, MN and I’ll tell you all about it soon!


Tuesday To Do List — what to buy, spy, and try! (or sometimes cry about)

Tuesday To Do List is my newest attempt at bringing you tidbits from the gluten-free world each week. This will continue until my mind-that-doesn’t-rest comes up with another way to entertain you guys. Cross your fingers I am back here next Tuesday with another list…

Three cheers for three weeks in a row! Big summertime commitment.

Speaking of commitments — last week we celebrated our FIVE year anniversary of Gluten Free Get Together events in and around Milwaukee. Each month I organize a dinner, event, or field trip and am joined by other gluten-free friends in the area. This group has become like family, I love them so.

And so do the generous companies who helped me fill GF swag bags for our event. The love they sent this year has left me speechless. (and we know that’s rare.)

Today’s to-do list is a shout out to ALL the companies who made our party such a huge success.

Please go spy, try, or buy ANY of these companies’ products! (some may even make you cry — tears of JOY that is)


Red Apple Lipstick — I’ve been singing their praises since I first tried their lip glosses. Now most of my make up bag comes from them. I have converted many friends and family members to their Lash Project Mascara. (read all about it HERE) The ladies were thrilled with the lipsticks and ralleye balms in their bags!

(Isn’t Katiekins just gorgeous!? She’s a Red Apple girl for sure!)
The Gluten Free Bar (the GFB) — Marshall and I have been in touch since he first started his company. Stories like this make me smile. He started with just a couple of bar flavors and has now expanded the business and is making his way across the country into stores. Kudos to him and his team!

Sentry in Delafield — Kerry and her team at the store are all about making our community happy. Their GF aisle and freezer section is impressive and their willingness to order new goods is appreciated. It’s my go-to store in the area!

GF Harvest — Another story that makes me smile every time. Forrest started this company in high school, yes high school, as a school project. I have been ordering their certified gluten-free oats for years and am always on the lookout for their new product lines. (like yummy granola!))




G.H. Cretors popcorn — they sent bags of their “Chicago Mix” and boy am I glad they did. AH.mazing.

Lovely Candy Co. — I’ve had a couple of their licorice products and was just as impressed with their caramels. Melt in your mouth!

Fahlstrom Farms — three cheers for this “Minnesota Nice” company that sent FULL sized bags of cheddar biscuit mix! If I’m going to buy a brownie mix, it will be theirs.

Ciderboys — Thanks to their bottle openers, we’ll be sipping cider all summer!

Cup4Cup — As you know, I’m a long time fan of Cup4Cup. For me, it’s worth the cost to have my family recipes convert over and turn out every single time.

Pamela’s — Game changers in the gluten-free s’mores world! The new mini graham-like crackers are too good. (meaning I could eat the whole box in one sitting!) The crowd gobbled these up for dessert. (my mamasita thinks these  will make excellent dippers for pumpkin dip!)

Jovial — the perfect pasta in gluten-free land! When I can use a pasta in a cold salad, I get excited. And when the husband asks for it, you know it’s good. Someday I hope to take my celiac sista on their GF trip to Italy!

Sweet Ali’s Bakery — we are BIG fans of Sweet Ali’s around here. We even take field trips down to the bakery (it’s not too far) in Illinois to get our fix. The dessert tray was gone in no time!

The Better Chip — my mama found these chips years ago and we have been eating them ever since. Their unique flavors: beets, jalapeno, spinach & kale, corn, and chipotles keep us on our toes. My nephews call the kale ones, “the green chips” and ask for them often. (they’re 3 and already on the kale train!)

Canyon Bakehouse — I just mentioned their deli rye style bread in last week’s post and am still raving about it. LOVE their breads. Period. (and everyone gets to try them now with the coupons they sent!)

Jones Dairy Farm — we love Wisconsin companies! The coupons they sent will be used on our breakfast menu soon.

Freedom Foods — they make a version of GF fruit loop-ish cereal that I eat by the handful. Their coupons will be put to good use!


And a special shout out to Marty’s in Delafield!!! (not to be confused with their Brookfield location — this safe, amazing service comes from Delafield only) We had to move the location of the event at the last minute and Duane, Maynard, and our fantastic servers made us feel right at home. (they even went out and got Lakefront New Grist for one of our GF peeps!) The pizzas were perfect, the salads were spot on, and the wings were baked rather than fried, just for us! THAT is the kind of safe service the gluten-free community deserves.

Head over to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all their websites — give them some Milwaukee gluten-free love and let them know how you liked their products. (also sign up for email lists to be up to date on their latests news and deals!)

Here’s to another five years of fun — thanks for being part of it all!


gifts for your GFF (gluten-free friend)

Each year around this time, I get emails from my own friends and family as well as readers or random new friends who have found my site while searching for gluten-free gift ideas for loved ones — what DO you buy a GFF?

Santa… get ready!

Just diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity?

  • First things first, a new toaster.

Bella Dots Gluten Free Toaster

How about one of these fancy toasters from Bella Housewares?

“Gluten-free bread requires the right conditions to toast. Many gluten-free breads are more dense than regular bread – and a regular “toast” setting means crispy on the outside and cool/frozen on the inside – then, by the time it’s toasted throughout – edges are burnt. In order to get an ideal toast for gluten-free bread, BELLA Housewares developed a “Gluten-Free” setting for its latest collection, Dots 2.0.”


I got rid of our toaster the day I was diagnosed and never looked back. Although we do have a toaster oven up north at our cottage (where we have space!) that is dedicated as gluten free, I haven’t replaced the gluten-crumb-filled one — so let me tell you what a glorious gift it was to receive the shiny, red one to try out and share with all of you! I am L O V I N G it! No more fighting with the aluminum foil roll in the morning when I’m half awake and haven’t had my coffee yet. You can take gluten-free goods (bread, waffles, bagels) from the freezer straight to the toaster and the gluten-free setting will warm it from the inside out, still giving you a toasted outer edge, but no longer having a frozen middle and burnt outsides from re-toasting three times.

Who knew I missed my toaster so much?! Find them online or at Target right now for $24.99 and get toasting!

  • Have bread, will travel? You don’t have to miss out on morning toast or bagels when staying with family or at a hotel during the holidays — get your GFF some travel toaster bags!

Does your GFF love to cook and bake?

  • My very first baking book was Easy Gluten Free Baking by Elizabeth Barbone — still one of my all time favorites and I’ll be using it for Christmas baking again this year. (really, anything from Elizabeth is worth adding to your gift list!)

Can’t celebrate *with* your GFF in person, but want to send something safe and sweet?

  • Molly’s Gluten Free Bakery in Pewaukee, WI will ship right to their door. (they are a nut-free facility and can also do dairy-free) Be sure to include in your shipment: mint brownies, Mexican wedding cookies, lemon bars, and gingerbread cut outs.
  • Sweet Ali’s in Hinsdale, IL has become an addiction. They will love you forever.
  • Tate’s Bake Shop has more gift basket ideas than you’ll know what to do with!
  • My holiday go-to is from our local friends from Abigail’s Originals — THE best cut out cookies. Ever. Go. Order. (they are so affordable!)

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Maybe your GFF wishes they could cook, but feels just as happy to hang in the kitchen and watch? (or sip cocktails?!)

  • Start with the Arctic Chill muddler. For Old Fashioneds, Sangria, or maybe minty mojitos for New Years Eve? There’s a lifetime warranty AND it’s the top rated muddler on Amazon, you can’t go wrong. We are putting ours to good use on any cocktail you could even think of muddling fruit in!

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  • Make them a hot cocoa bar — an easy-peasy DIY gift that everyone can appreciate. (even more so if you throw in some RumChata!) You don’t need quite this crazy spread, but after hosting our GF Get Together holiday party and cookie exchange last year with a hot cocoa bar, I already had ALL the ingredients to package up some downsized versions for gifts, it was perfect!

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It doesn’t have to be food related. Many of the things on my wish list are found in the same aisle and have nothing to do with the kitchen:

  • I am in love with EO products — they are having a 30% off sale right now that you don’t want to miss! (it is so much easier to just see the “certified GF” icon for those of us who constantly read labels for a living…and their products are AH-mazing!)
  • I’m an EOS junkie. I can’t help myself. The coconut milk is my new fave. You can find them pretty much anywhere: Target, Walgreens, the grocery store. Stocking stuffers!

Here’s hoping some of these gifts find their way to YOU this holiday season — and if you’re STILL looking for ideas — stop back TOMORROW for a giveaway you do not want to miss!


news flash: finds & photos

I know, I know — you’re waiting for one of these posts to be a recipe, right?


I’ve got some things up my sleeve. Don’t you worry. But for now, let’s catch up on what’s happening around the web and the gluten-free community.


Snacking on: Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest TJ’s and buy them. They are $3.99 at the one here in Glendale, WI.

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I have been waiting six Christmases for these. (and they are on my list for Santa)

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Road trip find: Erbert & Gerbert’s gluten free subs. I first had them in Sioux Falls, SD last summer. (bread was softer there, better made sammie) But they also have them at their other locations and have a separate area in the back where they make the subs, store separate GF ingredients, and totally avoid cross contamination.

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New-to-me product: BFree wraps. I first met the BFree team in Chicago at the GF Expo last year and was a big fan of their breads. I found these wraps at Sentry in Delafield — which you should check out, their GF section is insane — and have been using them for breakfast burritos. They stay together, even full of ingredients. They aren’t your typical flour-like tortilla, they are wraps, pliable and a great vehicle for holding all the goods.

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Have you made my Jalawhoppers yet? They are just like the ones at Jose’s Blue Sombrero. When you have leftover taco meat, they are a no-brainer. (and Lincoln approved.)

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Thanksgiving menu: it’s underway! I’ll be at home in Minnesota with my family for a whole week, hanging with my mamasita as she recovers from surgery. That means I’m teaming up with my celiac sista to make a feast. (and it also means I’ll be spending the week in yoga pants sipping tea and watching the entire DVD collection of Downton with my mama!) 🙂

Check out this post on a GF Thanksgiving, and then this one on our traditional family favorites. And don’t forget the pumpkin spice cookies! 

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Gift to give: Woolfred Cannot Eat Dandelions – A Tale of Being True to Your Tummy by my blogger friend Claudine Crangle of Gluten Free Gift. 


From the publisher…

 “Most sheep will eat almost anything they come across, whether it’s good for them or not.

 Woolfred, however, has a delicate system. He cannot eat dandelions. It i   isn’t fair — the other sheep can eat whatever they want. He knows what will happen if he eats them, but still all Woolfred can think about is dandelions, dandelions, dandelions!

Eventually, Woolfred discovers that focusing on what’s missing can mean not seeing the good things in life…even when they are right in front of you.”

I will be giving one to my GF nephew for Christmas, and many more might find this in their stocking.


Gluten Free in Milwaukee Happenings
  • Our friends from Sweet Ali’s bakery will be doing tastings at all of their Metro Market locations on Friday, November 14th:  9-12 at the Bluemound store, 9:30-12 in Mequon, and 1-3:30 in Milwaukee.  Note that the times may vary slightly depending on traffic times. If I were you, I would go to them all. We’ll be up north, but please go for me and eat no less than three cupcakes. 😉
  • The November GF Get Together will be at P.F. Chang’s on Wednesday, November 19th — RSVP now via the Facebook invite. (and start thinking of cookie recipes for our holiday cookie exchange party in December, it will be the week before Christmas.) Remember to use hashtags #glutenfreeinMKE when posting to social media so others will see the posts and the options in our area when they go looking for Gluten Free in Milwaukee.


Today kicks off birthday week for me — yes, at this age, you get a week to celebrate. Our friends at Transfer spoiled me with a brownie yesterday, heated to perfection. When you go in, make sure to check it Danielle is working, she has been our favorite server for years and she will always take good care of you. I think 29 (again) is going to be a great year!

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EnJOY your weekend!


NEWS FLASH: finds & photos


Hello. Hi. Hola.

Remember me? 😉








We are eeeeeeeeasing into fall over here.

Mostly by eating as much Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake from In Johnna’s Kitchen that our tummies will hold.


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Pumpkin seems to be the theme pretty much everywhere you look. (don’t bother buying your PSLs, make them at home!)

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And it’s probably time to bust out the Pumpkin Spice Cookies with RumChata Cream Cheese Frosting, yes?

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with RumChata Cream Cheese Frosting








I tired my hand at making pumpkin scones and although I was happy with how they turned out, I’m still working on the recipe.

Here’s a sneak peek…

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And after posting those photos on Instagram, my best gal Katie (spreading JOY as she always does) gifted me a fancy scone pan! Now accepting taste tester applications.

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Need another excuse to add pumpkin to your routine? Add it in with Greek yogurt, granola and apples in the morning!

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Maybe you’re more of a salted caramel in the fall kind of person — you’ll be happy to know you can find Sweet Ali’s Bakery salted caramel cupcakes at all Milwaukee area Metro Markets! (other flavors too, including red velvet)












Looking for GF events in Milwaukee? (remember to use hashtag #glutenfreeinMKE)

  • THIS weekend our friends at Bacchus are hosting a Gluten-Free Cider pairing dinner. Read all about it HERE.
  • Empty Bowls Milwaukee is happening NEXT weekend and they contacted me about having more GF options for our community — let me know if you go!
  • I have started a private Milwaukee GF Get Together Group on Facebook — if you live in the area and would like to be part of this group, email me celiacinthecity[at]gmail[dot]com and I will add you. That way you won’t miss out when Facebook only allows a small percentage of you see my regular posts. It is a friendly community where you can ask questions, post about new products, share recipes, etc. And to keep seeing my CITC posts there, be sure to like posts, add comments, and interact to keep the status updates and photos coming.


Other things I’m snacking on now — these cute little “dunker” minis from Ginny Bakes. Loving the coconut oatmeal combo!

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In other news — it’s HONEYCRISP season! I wait for this all year… even more so when you have the cutest best buddies to share. (check out my twin nephews’ first time with a “real,” meaning whole and not cut up, honeycrisp apple.)

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Shine on, my friends.

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super supreme pizza quinoa salad


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.

Instead of giving up my pizza, I just shift it to other arenas….like quinoa salads!

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.

Grab your favorite pizza toppings and let’s do this!


4 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
1 cup pepperoni, sliced
1/4 cup onion, finely diced
1/2 cup green pepper, diced
1/4 cup scallions, sliced thin
1/2 cup black olives, sliced
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, chopped
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup packed, fresh basil, chopped



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!)

1. Whisk all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
2. Prep toppings and combine in large bowl with quinoa.
3. Pour dressing onto salad and stir to combine. Refrigerate until serving.



Sarah’s Notes

  • For measurements: you don’t have to follow mine, I often use leftover quinoa from another dish the night before for this salad. Just add your toppings to your liking until you have the ratio you’d like, then add dressing bit by bit until it’s coated.
  • Substitute less or more of any of the ingredients to make a salad that works for you! (you can also chop the toppings in larger pieces to make them easier to take out for picky eaters.)
  • Dairy-free: just skip the cheeses
  • Vegan: no meat or cheeses needed, add more veg!
  • Make your quinoa in advance! You need to allow time for it to cool, this salad can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for several days after as well. (the flavor gets better each day, and I keep adding more toppings each time I eat it!)
  • ANY of your go-to pizza toppings will work: mushrooms, artichokes, banana peppers, jalapeños, green olives, sun dried tomatoes, avocado, asiago or feta cheese, Canadian bacon, plain ol’ bacon, sweet roasted garlic, you name it!
  • This doesn’t have to be a cold salad either, you can serve it warm as a meal!


News Flash: finds & photos

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!

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How often do we get to have gluten-free pizza?

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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.

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(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!

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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!

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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.

They’re just $6 for a dozen and you can place an order online HERE.  Or you can contact her through her Facebook page to place an order as well.

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!