Sunday, October 11, 2009

It’s ALL about Ella


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I started this weekend with my favorite bowl of gluten free oats. Rolled oats prepared with water with a sprinkle of cinnamon and one tbsp. of brown sugar. So warm and So good. I woke up wanting this bowl. I don’t often crave warm oats until the weather really chills; are you guys like that? I’ve always wondered if cereal sales see a decline in the winter.

My plan was to leave super early Saturday morning for Ella’s birthday party, but when my alarm went off I woke up feeling really crappy. So I opted to sleep a bit more and see if it would pass. It definitely helped, but even today I still feel very head coldy.

Good thing the party was SUPER fun!!

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Ella never stopped smiling! I’m not sure if she realized we were celebrating her first birthday, but she definitely enjoyed her house being so full! (I can’t believe it has been a YEAR!! This seems like just yesterday!) My sister and I joke about how much Ella LOVES gluten, so much so, that I nicknamed her Lil Gluten Loves Me.

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And her birthday cake did not disappoint!

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She was beside herself in excitement!

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Yeah…it was terrible :)

Even at such a young age, she’s already a GREAT sharer!

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Come on Alex…you know you want some! Her hands are definitely clean!

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While Ella couldn’t share her cake with me, my sweet Auntie did!!

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Gluten Free Carrot Cake!! Simply Organic GF Carrot Cake Mix

I may have mentioned before that Celiac Disease runs in my family, and my two favorite aunties have been gluten free for years!! Their guidance is the ONLY thing that led to my getting tested.

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Aunt Jeanie, me, my sister Joan, Aunt Suzanne

While my sister is not gluten free, she has a whole host of food allergies, so she totally gets it! Luckily for me and my aunties, my sister always goes to great lengths to ensure that we can eat at family functions. She even made a rockin’ GF corn soufflé! The carrot cake was ahhmazing. Moist with just the right amount of spice, and don’t even get me started on the icing!

The best part of the party was actually the After Party! (of course) When we got to play with Ella in a much smaller group. Much like her Aunt Alex…

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Ella LOVES blocks!

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She tasted each one very carefully to ensure it’s safety.

So. Stinkin’. Cute.

Tonight is Sunday Grill Night, which means that Parrish is in charge of supper :) I can’t wait to share whatever delicious treat he comes up with. Wonder if he’ll top his last supper?

1 comment:

iampalegreen said...

Once again, she is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! What fun!

You're so lucky to have such a supportive family to provide tasty gf foods for you! Most of my family gets it, but some don't which can sometimes be a bummer.