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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Grains of Gratitude

I'm grateful for busy weekends full of great information!

Yesterday we went to the first annual Early Childhood Day and we think it was a pretty good success for their first time putting this on. They had a lot of vendors there, things for the kids, and lots of freebies (and you know I'm all about the freebies!) The kids got coloring books, crayons, bubbles, wiki sticks, books, jump rope, footballs, and a Happy, Healthy, Ready for School DVD kit from Sesame Street and PNC Bank.

Kayla and I had fun playing with the parachute for a good 15 min...those are always fun! She also had her face painted, and if my memory is right, this is the first time she's done this. She's gotten as far as sitting in the chair to get her face painted before, but once she realized what they were about to do she changed her mind. She's never wanted anyone doing anything to her face before. This time she sat very still and let the girl paint her face. So, milestone!




Today we went to the 8th Annual International Celiac Walk/Run sponsored by the University of Maryland's Center for Celiac Research. Truth be told we didn't actually arrive in time to participate in the walk (and it was raining anyway) but we went to the vendor fair afterwards. That's what I really wanted to go for - to get some information, taste some gluten-free food (and have Kayla taste it!), and get some resources. It was well worth driving the hour+ to Baltimore just to find out about some of the companies.

We sampled some yummy cookies, cakes, brownies, donuts, and breads from Shabtai Gourmet (and they have free shipping on all orders!), For Full Flavor, Food Tek, GF Great Bakes , Tenzo ,and Meister's Gluten Free.

I bought some baguettes from Everybody Eats. When we got home I warmed some up in the toaster oven and made Kayla a ham and cheese sandwich which she enjoyed. And so did I :) The baguette was really good...warm and soft and delicious!

I picked up some GoPicnic meals for Kayla. (Use the code GLUTENFREE to get 20% off your order.) This will come in handy for tomorrow when we head to Walter Reed for Kayla's cardiology (just a routine check-up from the coil closure of her PDA) appointment - now she's got lunch all ready to go!

We also went home with cookie dough from Grandma Corbi's and a banana bread mix from Breads from Anna.

And I bought a book from Jules so I can become more educated in this new lifestyle.

So all in all a very productive weekend!

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14 comments:

Lacey said...

hi there, I don't know how to check my feed. I went to someone elses blog that has the day you post something and it showed ours was updated on theirs, I'll have to go and look around a little.

nichole said...

It looks like you all had a fun weekend. I'm glad you were able to sample the gluten-free things and that Kayla likes them!

chelle said...

What a fun weekend. So awesome that you were able to try out some yummy food!

Mom24 said...

Sounds like fun. I'm glad you were able to find some good gluten-free things.

Mara said...

I want to say thank you for educating me on something I didnt know about. My step daughter works at Dairy queen- one day she told me about a mom that comes in and ordes a specific food and makes a big deal out of it not touching anything. I said I think I know why and told her about celtics. Well the lady came in the other night to DQ and my step daughter asked and sure enough, her daughter has it ! A little knowledge goes a long way !! And then my husband went to a birthday party and they served gluten free cupcakes and I knew what that menat : ) thanks

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

Sounds like a great weekend full of goodies! I am so glad you are finding so much info out there.

I got the ice cream coupon too, going to the store tonight! yay! Thanks again so much! *hugs*

Kathleen Marie said...

Whoa...I am outta breath just reading this! Was I this busy with four little ones?? My goodness but what a fun time and you got a lot of great things. Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a very fun weekend.Kayla looks so cute with her face painted!I'm glad that you found some gluten-free founds and that kayla liked them.
love ya,
mimi

Tricia said...

You are such a good and proactive mom.

Christina said...

That is awesome that you got to check out all of that gluten free food!

Jeanette said...

Sounds like a great event. I am glad that you got to sample foods and get ideas etc. I am so excited for Kayla! Great milestone!

much more than a mom said...

Sounds like a great weekend! We don't eat a ton of wheat (I eat almost none) so would love for you to share some of your favourite recipes!

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

hope the cardiology appt went well yesterday :) that is awesome that she let the girl paint her face, as you said, "so milestone!" glad you found some good gluten free food at the event after the celiac walk/run!!!

Sue said...

Sounds like you got a lot of good stuff. Cherry Brook Kitchens also has gluten free mixes. http://cherrybrookkitchen.com/

:)