Sunday, July 20, 2014

Gooseberry Jam!


It's the season for berry jam, and one of my favorite berries is the gooseberry. It grows in our backyard, so whenever it's gooseberry season, we always have a good supply of it. We had so many that we didn't really know what to do with all of it. That's when we decided to make jam! My mom and I found that this recipe was actually super easy, so it can be enjoyed by many!

Gooseberry Jam Recipe
6 cup gooseberries (¾ ripe (red), ¼ under ripe (green)
1 ½ cups water
4 cups sugar

1. Wash berries, place in saucepan with water, and bring to boiling.
2. Reduce heat and simmer until gooseberries are soft, approximately 15 minutes. 
3. Remove from heat and measure pulp (about 4 cups) add sugar and boil 7-9 minutes. 
4. Remove from stove, skim off foam and pour into hot, sterilized jars.
5. Seal with two-piece canning lids and process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

Enjoy!
-Sema

Friday, July 11, 2014

One Year Anniversary as a Gluten-free Blogger!

This week marks the one year anniversary of my blog! My blog's goal is to make sure that whether you are a teenager or an adult, you navigate the gluten-free lifestyle easily. Going gluten-free does not just mean eliminating something from your diet, it is also a lifestyle change. I'm here for recipes and information and I'm also your gluten-free friend. There are so many alternatives out there, and I want to make sure you find them.

Thank you to all my readers and supporters, I honestly could not have come so far without you :').

Thursday, July 3, 2014

4th of July Treats!


Well, tomorrow is the 4th of July. You know what that means? FOOD. When I think of the 4th of July, I think of barbecues. I of course wanted to make my food patriotic, so I found two VERY simple desserts that you can make.

The first dessert is my favorite: spice cupcakes. The Namaste spice cake mix is one of the best cake mixes that I know of.
 
1. Add 4 eggs, 2/3 cup oil, and 3/4 cup water to a bowl, and mix it together.
2. Add the Namaste spice cake mix, and mix it all together until it turns into a liquid-like mixture.
3.  Add the mixture to a cupcake pan (which should be lined with cupcake liners.
4. Now here's the fun part! DECORATING :D. Add red, white, and blue icing to make it patriotic!

Now this second dessert is a bit healthier! All you're going to need is plain greek yogurt (store bought or homemade), strawberries, and blueberries. You must have a pretty-looking glass to put it all in, as that always 'spices' your food up. 
1. Add the plain greek yogurt to the bottom of the glass, about half-way full.
2. Cut the strawberries in thin slices, and gently lay them on top of the plan yogurt.
3. Add the blueberries on top of the strawberries.
4. Voila, you have a dessert that is patriotic and healthy!

To add to the patriotic feel, I went to Michaels and got some glittery star-thingies!

Enjoy!
-Sema

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Dempsey Bakery

When you go to a bakery, you will see pastries lined up, modeling for the hungry eye. You'll see them decorated oh so carefully, but you just turn away, as you know you won't be able to eat them. Honestly, I've gotten used to it. Despite this, I still want the experience of going to a bakery and knowing that I can eat EVERYTHING.  Nikki Everett first introduced me to a great milk cake when she came to St. Louis, and she said it came from a place called the Dempsey Bakery that's located in Little Rock, AR. I shrugged and took a bite of the milk cake, and it was as if my taste buds decided to take a trip to heaven. I honestly have NEVER tasted a cake with that consistency. So, I may have eaten almost the entire cake in one day (hey I'm human right?). The funny thing is that if I hadn't come to Little Rock for the GFAF Wellness Event, I would have probably taken the trip just to go to the bakery.

The Dempsey bakery is an entirely gluten-free bakery, where you can browse many different selections knowing that you can eat EVERYTHING. It is also nut and soy free! I honestly felt so at home when I walked into the bakery. Mrs. Dempsey is the sweetest person, and she reminds everyone of a grandma you can go to when you are hungry :). She is honestly so welcoming, and I love the layout of her bakery- you will want to spend time there.
The blogger dinner for the GFAF Wellness event was at the Dempsey bakery, and I went to sleep that night with a VERY happy tummy.
Please 'like' her on Facebook, and be sure to stop by her bakery! When you do so, please say hello from me!
Doesn't she make you want to go visit her? (By the way her milk cake is amazing, please try some.)

-Sema



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

GFAF Wellness Event in Little Rock, AR Recap

I had a great time at the GFAF Wellness Event in Little Rock, AR on Saturday! Thank you to everyone who made it out to the event, as I got to speak to so many great people!

Here's the recap:




Friday, June 20, 2014

GFAF Wellness Event in Little Rock, AR


Are you in the Little Rock, AR area? If so, come out to the GFAF Wellness Event in Little Rock, AR to sample delicious treats, and hear fabulous people talk. The good news is that I'm one of those fabulous people. I went to the event in St. Louis, and LOVED it, so come on out! The event is going to take place on June 21 from 10 am to 3 pm (come and go as you please), and will be at the Metroplex (Clear Channel Building.) Tickets are $10 for adults, and children enter for free.

Click here for more information about the event in Little Rock.
Click here to go to the event's homepage.
Click here to go to the event's Facebook page.

I hope to see you all there :)
-Sema

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Dinner and a Movie with Friends


Yesterday, I went to see The Fault in Our Stars with a few friends! *tears* I have to admit I did shed a few tears while watching it, so the tissues came in handy :). But before the movie, we had a DELIGHTFUL dinner at California Pizza Kitchen. We all decided to share, so we got two gluten-free pizzas and a salad. We ordered the Waldorf salad, a barbecue chicken pizza, and a margherita pizza. Personally, I loved the Waldorf salad and the margarita pizza the best, but that's just because I'm not much of a barbecue pizza kind of girl :).


 -Sema

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My Quick Fix Spaghetti Casserole

 I was really tired and not in the mood to cook today, but I managed to make this super easy spaghetti casserole that tasted marvelous (so I really had to share it with all of you.)


Ingredients:
Pasta (I used brown rice pasta)
3 mushrooms
A quarter of an onion 
Canned tomatoes (we canned our own)
Olive oil
Herbs like rosemary and parsley flakes

Procedure: 
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Cook the pasta and add a dash of salt as it boils. (I cooked the pasta for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.)

3. After you drain the pasta, add a dash of olive oil and stir it around to make sure the spaghetti doesn't clump up.

4. For the sauce, sautee the onion and the mushrooms.

5. Add the canned tomatoes, (dash of) parsley flakes, and (dash of) rosemary, and let it sit for about 12 minutes with the lid on. 

6. Mix the spaghetti and the sauce and add it to a baking pan. 

7. Sprinkle shredded cheese and sausage pieces on top, and add it to the oven.

8. Take it out when the cheese is completely melted and your house smells heavenly.

 Enjoy!
-Sema

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Perfect Soft Boiled Egg


The other day, my family and I were watching America's Test Kitchen on pbs, (obviously drooling) and we learned the foolproof method to make the perfect soft boiled egg. I turned to my mom and said, "pfft I'm sure that doesn't work." So the next day I tried it for breakfast, still not entirely sure if it would work. But lo and behold it did!
Here is the foolproof method for making soft boiled eggs:

Procedure:
1. In a pot, cover the bottom of the pan with one inch of water.
2. Bring it to a boil, and then add as many eggs as you'd like.
3. Cover the pot with a lid and then wait 6 and a half minutes.
4. Drain the hot water, and rinse the eggs with cold water.

Voila, you have a foolproof method of making soft boiled eggs. And the best part of this method is is that you can use as many eggs as you want, and the amount of water and the time it takes remains the same! Note that I couldn't find those egg holder thingies, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it!

Enjoy!
-Sema

Sunday, June 1, 2014

GFAF Wellness Event Recap


So yesterday was the GFAF Wellness Event, and it was a blast! I met so many new people and vendors and tasted so many delicious items!!
Here's the recap:
Andrea had so many delicious cakes and breads!
You NEED to try Ellbee's garlic spreads. It spiced up bread for sure!
I never knew that coconut tasted so good!
Gluten-free for Men taught me that you can use barbecue sauce as a dip!
I got to meet Gluten-free Hungry Girl!
You need to go to The Nest to try their cookies!
Here's my booth! I got to meet the fabulous Huong Dishian, and she has an AMAZING cookbook: Living Free Solutions that is worth checking out!

I also had the pleasure of meeting GF Mom Certified and I'm a Celiac!

If you are in the Little Rock, AR area, come see me speak at the next GFAF Wellness Event on June 21!
-Sema


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Gluten and Allergy Free Wellness Event


Woohoo! I'm starting the countdown to the Gluten and Allergy Free Wellness that's going to take place in St. Louis! I am so excited that I'm going to be speaking there! The event is going to take place on May 31, from 10 am to 3 pm at Orlando's Garden (admission is $10 for adults and children are free), and there are going to be many speakers and food samples (yum.)

I may be speaking in your area in the following months! Here are the dates and cities I will speak at:
-Little Rock, AR on June 21
-Raleigh/Durham, NC on August 9

Click here for more information about the event in St. Louis.
Click here to go to the event's homepage.
Click here to go to the event's Facebook page.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Quick Mother's Day Dinner: Shepherd's Pie


My finals/AP tests are coming up, so I am QUITE stressed and busy studying. Tomorrow is mother's day, so I am going to take a break from studying to make a special dinner for her. But I was thinking, my goodness, what can I make that is quick and easy and doesn't take up much time? So I came across this shepherd's pie recipe, and LOVED it :).
The good news is that it is naturally gluten-free, so you can make it with "regular" ingredients!
*Note that I didn't add wine to the recipe :)

Happy (Early) Mother's day!
-Sema

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The True Alternative to Goldfish!


So, the other day I met Nikki Everet, the directer of Gluten-free Allergy Free Wellness Event, and she introduced me to a really delicious alternative to goldfish. I thought I had found the alternative to goldfish (Wellaby's crackers) so this new product came as a surprise to me. I tried them and LOVED them. They are called Qwakers, and you can get them from cuisinecube.com, where they offer a monthly membership to get a gluten-free box of goodies each month. These crackers are also available on amazon, and Qwacker's website. Bonus: their name is adorable.
Enjoy!
-Sema





Sunday, April 27, 2014

Gluten-Free Oats


So last week, I had a post about gf oats, and how I prepare them in the morning. Well, I got questions like what is the difference between gluten-free oats and regular oats, and do they taste different. Oats are naturally gluten free. However, in order for the oats to be considered gluten-free, the farmer has to certify that the oats were not cross contaminated with any grains known to have gluten in them (wheat, rye, barley etc) during the process or transportation. Most celiacs can safely eat certified gluten-free oats. Be sure to check with your doctor before introducing oats to your diet! If you can eat it, then oatmeal may end up being your favorite breakfast item :)
-Sema

Monday, April 21, 2014

My Favorite Oatmeal

Now, they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I couldn't agree more. But I'm always in a rush in the morning. No matter how early I wake up, the time seems to speed up so that I find myself running out of the house to get to school. For a while, I would just skip breakfast thinking that making it to the bus would be better than eating breakfast. Well, that was not smart. I found myself ravenously hungry by second hour, and a simple protein bar wouldn't suffice it. So now my favorite on-the-go breakfast is oatmeal (gluten-free of course.) If I have time, I'll heat it in a pot, but I usually just put it into a cup and add some milk and sugar- I don't even cook it. It's tasty and filling so I can get the nutrition and the delicious taste to go with it.

My favorite oatmeal so far is this one from Trader Joe's:















Mmmm look at this deliciousness. (I also love adding raisins to it!)















Enjoy!
-Sema

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wheat in Shampoo?


Wheat seems to be in a lot of things- bread, pasta, pizza, but it hides in products like shampoo as well. It seems silly to have to check the ingredients of your shampoo, but you may find that wheat proteins are used. So, be cautious of the shampoo you pick, and be sure to read the ingredients on the back! (plus, you'll see how many chemicals are being used)
Happy ingredients reading
-Sema

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Leftovers, but the Good Kind




Last week, I realized I would probably not have very much time to get ready for school in the morning (I can thank homework for that), so I decided to prepare my lunch the night before. Instead of having a sandwich, however, I had the night before's dinner. I took the meat off the chicken, added some steamed rice, and steamed green beens. For fun, I cut up a small cucumber and added it (fancy garnish right?). To drink I actually did not have that Starbucks refresher, I instead went with the Ocean Spray sparkling cranberry juice. On the side I had some peanuts, and for dessert I had an orange. It was quite the delicious combo!


-Sema

The steamed green beans had: a dash of garlic tomato sauce, onions, and salted peanuts.
The chicken was marinated with 1/3 cup of dijon mustard, two tablespoons of olive oil, and one clove of garlic!