What I am Thankful For

As we begin the holiday season, I find I must reflect on what I am thankful for as a person living with Celiac Disease.  Thanksgiving marks my 2 year anniversary of being diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  I have learned so much and have so much to be thankful for.  Jacksonville, FL has been making enormous strides during this time.  Restaurants are becoming more aware and making accommodations and new restaurants and bakeries are popping up all over the scene.  As with any list I post, this is not all-inclusive and is based on my own opinions.  I would love to know what you are most thankful for as a gluten-free diner.

1.  Cookie Momsters: This comes first only because their Chocolate Silk Pie is waiting to be devoured after the turkey this afternoon.  This is my favorite gluten-free bakery.  They are gluten-free and casein-free.  When I need to splurge (and what girl doesn’t) this is my favorite place to retreat for a Twinkie, cookie sandwich, red-velvet cupcake or a cinnamon bun.

2. Veggie Bin: For $25 I receive locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables delivered to my house every other Thursday. I LOVE IT!  So far I have been challenged with vegetables I have never cooked with before such as Kale, Bok Choy, and Eggplant to name a few.  I feel so good because this is forcing me to get creative with my cooking and is probably safer for me than many store-bought pre-made meals.  My crock pot has never been so busy.

3. People that give: A few months ago I sent out a request for donations for a basket I was putting together for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and had a great response!  Special thanks to the generosity of PF Changs, Sweet Pete’s, Native Sun, The Veggie Bin, and My Mom.

4. Local restaurants who are doing it right: Bistro Aix, Chew, Orsay, Tacolu, Royal Palm Village Wine and Tapas


5. Chain restaurants who are doing it right: Bonefish Grill, PF Changs and Mellow Mushroom


6. Jason’s Deli– GLUTEN FREE BREAD, need I say more.

7.  My Mom: She has done research online, saved me a spot on her grill, made me special side dishes and cared more than one person could care.  She cares to the point she feels bad if she eats something decadent in front of me.   She makes Thanksgiving special for me and always makes sure I am well fed and not glutenated.

8. YOU: I would not be where I am today without the things I have learned along the way.  Your comments, your support (on this blog and on our Facebook page) have been tremendous.  I have learned so much and hope to continue to learn.  I am no expert, I just play one on the internet. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! What are you thankful for?

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