I don't know about you but this time of year always gets me in a baking mood no matter where I live. I used to bake a bunch when I first started this blog but it's definitely been a bunch less since moving out of my parent's house in early August. To be honest, I'm not a great gluten-free baker nor was I ever! However, there are a bunch of easy recipes out there that can make you feel like a pro and a bunch of bloggers out there who have some very helpful tips too. No matter how experienced of a baker you are, here are 8 great gluten-free baking tips from some bloggers along with 5 holiday recipes thanks to Enjoy Life Foods!

We have a new Schar Gluten Free Twitter Party this month themed for the Holidays! RSVP for the event on 12/14/17 at 8 PM EST / 5 PM PST! We'll be sharing some gluten-free Holiday recipes and discussing the many great Schar products you can use to bake during this time of year. As always, we'll have giveaways for some Schar gluten-free cookies as well It's 100% free to attend all from home!

You may know that I’m a very positive person. What you may not know is that I spent my entire teenage years in and out the hospital. You may not know that at the age of 13 years old, I was told I’d only have 3 months to live. As a teenager, most of my weeks consisted of MRI’s, blood draws, countless trips to the hospital, and eventually home-school from the age of 15 - 18 years old. Seeing my doctors became more routine than seeing my friends, who I eventually lost almost altogether. No prom, no sports, no typical high school drama (although maybe high school drama isn't too bad to miss out on). Truly, at that age, I found myself wondering if I'd ever have a normal life at all. I never thought I'd see a light at the end of the tunnel where I'd be free from being sick....and I was right. After spending 21 collective days in the hospital, seeing every specialist in the book, and getting diagnosed with a life threatening adrenal disorder that requires me to depend on medication to live, I knew that my life would never be the same again. (if interested, you may read more on my health and what I deal with...but I won't bore you in this post)

We have another fun Enjoy Life Foods Twitter Party this month themed for the NEW Grain & Seeds bars! RSVP for the event on 11/21/17 at 8 PM EST / 5 PM PST! We'll be sharing some gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes and discussing the new Grain & Seeds bars from Enjoy Life Foods. As always, we'll have giveaways for the Enjoy Life Foods Grain & Seeds Bars as well! It's 100% free to attend all from home!

Thanksgiving is the time of year that many of us love. You get to see family members you haven't seen in a while, eat food you normally wouldn't eat, and enjoy the company of loved ones around you. Thanksgiving should be a wonderful experience we all look forward to (if you can tolerate your family for that long). However, being gluten-free can make the whole experience a lot more stressful than it already is. How do you make it a little more manageable, you ask? By playing host to your family's Thanksgiving! There are many ways to host a gluten-free Thanksgiving or be a part of one without causing a hassle to everyone involved. I've actually done it many times and it's been a very fun experience! Here's some tips from myself with the help of Enjoy Life Foods on How to Host a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving. Enjoy some of the recipes below too!
Do you remember the first time you moved out of your parent's house? It was probably pretty exciting right? Maybe a little scary too? This time in our lives is always known as one of the biggest. It's a huge step for independence. No more rules, no more curfew. The world is what you make of it! For most of us, we don't have the luxury of living on our own right out of high school. We trade living with our parents for living with a stranger or someone we barely know. What's it like living with a roommate you ask? It can be...well...complicated. Some roommates are great, some are not. But when you are gluten-free and have to live with roommates who eat gluten on a daily basis...this whole roommate thing becomes an even tougher situation.

For those have been following me for a while, you may know that I moved to Columbus, Ohio just 2 months ago. Many people have asked me, "do you live by yourself or with roommates who are gluten-free?" To put it bluntly, no. Quite the opposite. Right now, I live with 2 roommates who eat gluten on the regular. We share the same kitchen and yes, we share the same space where we eat too. I know, I know. That has to be a nightmare of a living situation, right? Well, by the sound of it, you would certainly think so. Surprisingly enough, it's actually worked out very well all because of a few simple things that I've learned. I'll admit that none of this is easy but there is a way to live with roommates who are not gluten-free. Here's what I've learned over the past couple months that can hopefully help you (or your kids in the future) too.

Pasta is a tough food to do gluten-free. Not because there's not many options, but more so because it's hard to know which options are good. For the past 3 years, Living Now Foods pasta has been my favorite and we happen to be doing a twitter party for it too! We'll be discussing many Fall related foods as well as the many great Living Now Foods gluten free products. If you want to be a part of a virtual party with us, RSVP for the event on 10/25/17 at 8 PM EST! Again, we'll have giveaways for some Living Now Foods pastas throughout the entire Twitter party that night. It's 100% free to attend all from home!

Every Halloween I get asked by tons of parents "what candies are gluten-free?" I usually direct them to my gluten-free candy list but this year I decided to search for candies that are certified gluten-free too! I've been gluten-free since I was 13 years years old so I know all about what candies are gluten-free and delicious. Halloween should be about enjoying the festivities and everything that comes along with it. You shouldn't have to worry about "what candies can myself or my kid enjoy this trick or treat?" Here's the best certified gluten-free products that I found for trick or treat with a little help from Enjoy Life Foods! Also, check out the easy pumpkin muffin in a mug recipe that's top 8 allergy free too!

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