My name is Cassandra and I’ve been gluten-free for over eight years. Even though I am the only Celiac in the family, my home is completely gluten-free, to keep me safe and us all sane. I love experimenting in the kitchen with my two boys – Braden and Carter, and my little girl – Corice.

Carter, Corice, and Braden at the zoo

I am the book sales chairman of my local support group, North Texas GIG. We hosted the annual GIG Education Conference, June 6-7, 2008. We had a great time.

Music is my first love (though it now lies behind my family).   I love to sing solos at church (though it is still nerve-wracking) and be a part of the church choir.  At times, I teach piano lessons, but not at present.

As of summer 2010, I do web design and whatever else comes along with it.  I am also in graduate school, which basically takes up the majority of my life.  :)  I am a teaching fellow, currently teaching Pilates, Aerobic Dance, and Physical Activity for Health-Related Fitness.

Braden is my little man. And by little, I mean just a few inches shorter than me.  We found out at the beginning  of the summer of 2012 that Braden is allergic to wheat, corn, soy, sesame, and peanuts.  Before, he was a help in the kitchen.  Now, he is learning to master the kitchen.

Carter is my cute little imp.  He makes all of life interesting for us.  I am rarely allowed to bake without Carter joining me.

I finally got my little girl in September 2008.  Her name is Corice, and she is absolutely precious.  She is now a big girl, complete with princess panties and an attitude.  If I know what’s good for me, I won’t leave her out of a baking session.

The newest member of our family is my husband Martin.  He is most supportive of both myself and Braden.    I’m pretty sure he thinks I’m the best cook ever, and I think he’s an awesome dishwasher.  :)

I sincerely hope you find something to delight your senses on my blog. Enjoy!

Updated July 26, 2012

20 Responses to About Me

  1. Hello,

    I am contacting you to see if you would be interested in free samples from Kay’s Naturals. Kay’s Naturals makes all natural gluten free snacks & cereals, which are also high protein. If you are interested in trying free samples, please send me your name and a physical address for FedEx delivery.

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    Roshan
    Kay’s Naturals

  2. Karen Valentine says:

    surprised that NO ONE has diabetic/celiac receipes
    so many diabetics are celiac and so little help out there…………very discouraging at times…..

  3. Karen Valentine says:

    There is a real need for diabetic/celiac receipes..
    do you know of any……IF it is gf then has sugar. A lot of GF food adds sugar to make up for the terrible taste of GF food , esp. bread or grain type food replacement….

  4. Gabby says:

    This message is for Karen. My mom has both Celiac’s and diabetes. My sister and I pride ourselves on creating delicious recipes for her, that cater to both of her needs. I completely understand the level of frustration. But I would love to be able to help you if I can. Feel free to email me any questions gabbytheglutenfreeguru@gmail.com or post me a comment at http://www.glutenfreegallery.com No one should have to figure it out alone.

  5. Evie Clough says:

    Thank you for a very good website. As a former Bella Vista Bronco with your mother, I heard about this from her. I am a wholistic nurse practitioner in Alaska. Have helped some clients try to go gluten-free with Prescription for Natural Healing and other books. Your site is a very good addition. I do try to minimize it in my own diet too. Merry Healthy Christmas

  6. Gina says:

    just ran across your blog. I have finally realized that years of sinus congestion and stomach pains seem to be due to gluten- not sure to what extent- need to get started with testing.. Thank you for the attention and information you give your blog- so helpful !!

  7. rachel says:

    Great blog. My son and I are gluten free as well. My daughter is still quite young but she most likely will be as well. I am looking forward to reading some of your posts.

  8. Mellisa says:

    I’m a celiac living in a gluten FILLED home. My husband and daughter are glutenites.
    I also market Pre-Paid Legal Services. The extra income helps me pay for my lavish GF lifestyle (you know, $6 loaves of bread that taste like sawdust and such). Someday soon I hope to be able to afford a house with a kitchen big enough for a GF Zone. I dream of my own sink, small appliances, cooking utensils, baking supplies…ahhh to dream!

  9. Jamie Stern says:

    Hello Cassandra,

    I found your blog and love your recipes!

    I have launched an online store dedicated to providing resources and products to people suffering with Food Allergies, Food Intolerance and those requiring other special diets. Over 98% of my products are Gluten-Free.

    One of those resources is giving my customers some great recipes to try…and in the process, promoting cookbook authors/bloggers.

    If you are interested in participating, when I use a recipe, I provide direct reference to your blog and also include a link back to your website. If you would like to participate, I can just pull some of your favorites directly from your site to post.

    Additionally, I feature an author each month in my newsletters.

    Thank you for your attention and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Jamie Stern
    Owner, Allergiesandme.com

  10. annie phenix says:

    LOVE your blog! I am going to post if to my list of great blogs on my site. If you like what I have to say about gluten, could you put me on your blog roll? I would really appreciate it! annie

  11. James Sego says:

    We just launched a new Certified (GFCO) Instant Gluten-Free Hot Cereal.

    Love to send you some samples.

    Call or e-mail the address, adn I’ll be glad to help you out

    James Sego
    Presdent-Owner
    Eco-Heaven LLC

  12. Sharon says:

    loved seeing your recipes. newly diagnosed celiac. thanks for the encouragement!

  13. Iris says:

    Awww what beautiful smiles! I’m sure you know it, but your kids are adorable!

  14. Cynthia Lair says:

    Hi Cassandra,
    We have over 75 gluten-free recipes on Cookus Interruptus (a web cooking show about how to cook fresh local organic whole foods despite life’s interruptions) and are featuring a gluten-free flour mix as this week’s video. We’d be honored if you would write a blurb or review about our site.
    http://www.cookusinterruptus.com
    Eat well, Be well.
    Cynthia

  15. kealy goodinson says:

    hello how do i contact you for the bob the builder birthday cake.x

  16. Hey Cassandra,

    I just wanted to let you know about my buddy Hajo’s awesome new company http://www.cutomchoicecereal.com They offer totally customizable gluten free cereal’s that you can mix and name. Please check out his website and pass on the good news of a great gluten free cereal option. I will also tell him about your website and tell him to send his consumers to your blog for awesome recipes and information.

    Thanks, Dustin

  17. Dear Cassandra,

    Thought you’d be interested in our website, http://www.icanhavethat.com. We are a premier retailer of gluten free and allergy friendly gift baskets.
    Thank you for your time.

    Diane Goodman

  18. Hello,

    I make a raw, Vegan, Gluten free, sugar free and amazingly great tasting snack. I see that the diabetics are wanting something that wont spike their insulin levels and that tastes good too. The dates are the only naturally sweet ingredient. The way that it is mixed with the powders and walnuts make the uptake very very slow so most diabetics are ok with it.
    I originally developed this product because of my own sugar sensitivities. I cant have any sugars, agave, honey, maple or rice syrup. Just fruit sugars.

    Please let me know if you’d like some samples to try.

    to good health,

    PeggySue Zenergypowerballs.com

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