It’s Expo Time in Birmingham Gluten Free Style That is!


Mark Your Calendars – Saturday,  May 4, 2013

2nd Annual Making Tracks for Celiacs Walk/Run with Vendor Fair and Family Picnic and a 1 Mile Fun Run!

Sponsored by:  The Center for Celiac Research and The Alabama Gluten Free & Celiac Community

  • Race Registration Begins 7am
  • 5K Race Starts 8am
  • 1 Mile Fun Run 9am
  • Awards 9:30 am

Race Entry Fees:

5K/Run/Walk (ages 13 and up): $30 (until April 26) $35 (April 27 until race day)

5K/Run/Walk (younger than 13): $20 (until April 26) $25 (April 27 until race day)

1 Mile Fun Run $15 (until April 26) $20 (April 27 until race day)

Online Registration is available until April 30th:  Register HERE (Click on Birmingham on left)

Vendor Fair and Family Picnic Information:

Vendor Hours:  10am-2pm

Picnic Hours: 12pm-2pm

Tickets for this part of the event will be available the day of the event.

Vendor Fair: $5 entry fee to vendor area for samples and purchasing gluten free goods!

Picnic and Vendor Fair: $10/per person.  Lunch will include hamburger or hot dog with Udi's buns, side, drink, and dessert. This option will also get you into the vendor fair.

The Venue for this Event is at:

Birmingham Metropolitan Stadium

Ben Chapman Drive   Hoover AL 35244

This expo is being organized and put on this year by The Alabama Gluten Free and Celiac Community.  You can find them on Facebook.

Their website is in development and will be ready shortly

You can reach Rebecca Kinney for more details on the event at 205-542-6165 or you can reach Shea at

Vendor Applications are still being accepted if you wish to participate.  There are several different levels of sponsorship available contact Rebecca Kinney for more details 205-542-6165






Gluten Free Vendors at Moss Rock Festival in Hoover

Hello friends!  Yes, I am still here, just taking a little longer on a break than I thought I would.  I wanted to give you a heads up on a festival going on this weekend. 

Moss Rock Festival will be this weekend, November 3rd and 4th.  It is held at The Preserve in Hoover AL.  There will be shuttles from Regions Park to The Preserve.  You can visit their event website and get all the information you need

This year they are having a gluten free area where there will be a handful of great gluten free vendors!  You can find participating vendors here, but I don't believe they are all listed because you will also find Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery in addition to this list.  If you are out, be sure to stop by to get some great samples and purchase their products! 

The festival will be held on Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday from 10-4.  Hope you have a great time!

Fresh Market $2.99 Tuesdays!

Did you know that every Tuesday in April you can get fresh ground chuck or boneless skinless chicken breasts for $2.99/lb. at Fresh Market and up to 4 gallons of milk for $2.99/gal. (excluding organic)?  This is a great deal.  The chicken is vegetarian fed and antibiotic free.   Sweet!

Thanks, Lil' Red Bird Big Deals!


Great Gluten Free Expo Recap–Finally!

Great Gluten Free Expo Birmingham

What an amazing event we had the weekend of Feb. 24th and 25th, 2012.  It was birthed from 3 women who have a heart for the gluten free people of Birmingham.  We all eat gluten free for our own reasons, but we eat gluten free.  It is hard.  But there is help.  Lots of help.  Many great resources available to those who eat gluten free.  Great companies, bloggers, chefs, etc…. and we brought it all together for the Birmingham people in one weekend.  The Great Gluten Free Expo.  Thank you so much to all who participated, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, attendees, presentors.  It could not have happened without you!  We are so very thankful for EVERY MINUTE of your participation. 

The expo kicked off with a fabulous gala dinner that you can read my recap on here.

Next we had a 5K race with over 200 runners!  This is a great turnout for a first year!  We are so thankful for each and every runner who sacrificed sleep to get up early and come run for Celiac Research!  We hope you had a great time and plan to participate in the future!  Here is our first place runner, Jordan (left) and his dad, also a runner, Jason.  Thanks guys for supporting team Elyie Brooke!

We opened the doors to the expo at 10 am, although we had people there and ready to come in starting at 9 am.  We are so thankful for the amazing turnout we had.  And for it being our first year is even more amazing!  We had between 750-800 attendees come through the expo hall.  We were in awe.  So amazed by all who came out.  We had such a great line up of speakers that everyone seemed to really enjoy.

 Judy Jones with the Autism Society,  Pam King from the Center for Celiac Research Jules Shepard of Jules Gluten FreeGluten Free GiGi, Chef Sean Butler of Food Studio B, Naomi Poe of Better Batter, Jules Shepard of Jules Gluten Free  So thankful to all of you who spoke at the expo!


Without you, this expo would not have been possible!  Thank you so much for coming to Birmingham to serve our community of gluten free people!  We thank you for the awesome samples you passed out, but more importantly for the fabulous products you make available for all who eat gluten free!

The Amazing Companies that showed off their products:

Vance Foods,  TH Foods, Inc.,  Bakery on Main,  Happy Family,  Gluten Free Cutie, 

Sweet Oven & Co,  Earth Balance,  Earth Fare,  Triumph Dining,  Living Without, 

Udi’s GF  Foods, Organic Harvest,  Rudi’s Gluten Free,  Camp Weekaneatit, 

BareNaked Noodles, Whole Foods,  Taste of Gluten Free,  Pamela’s Products, 

Bham Integrative Health,  Arbonne,  HomeFree, LLC,  Center for Celiac Research, 

Maria’s Good Food,  Jules Gluten Free,  Gluten Free Gigi,  Bham Kids and Family, 

Cabot Cheese,  Gluten Free Birmingham,  Celiac Support Group,  General Mills, 

Juice Plus,  Bob’s Red Mill,  Go Picnic,  Autism Society of Alabama         

Sniders Pretzels,  Dr. Schar,  Jovial Foods,  Wow Butter,  Better Batter

Katz Gluten Free,  Gastroenterology Associates,  Kinnikinnick, 

Glutino, Glee Gum,  Think Thin,  Springer Mountain Farms, 

Food Should Taste Good, That’s It Bars, Jeff State Community College,  Zija: The Moringa Company, 

Food Studio B,  Enjoy Life

We were supposed to have a photographer to take some great pictures to capture the whole event, but at the last minute were unable to come, so that left yours truely to take pictures and run the event.  I did the best I could with my cheap little Canon.  I hope you get the idea of what a great event this was.  I cannot thank our sponsors and companies who participated enough for sending people and samples and talking with all our attendees. 

Western Warehouse Sale Starting 3/15

Western Supermarket Truckload Sale

Rocky Ridge Road

Thurs., Fri., & Sat. March 15, 16, &17, 2012

9AM- 7PM

Each quarter, Western Supermarket puts on a Truckload Sale.  These items they mark down to low prices.  I have posted their entire warehouse sale.  Not all these items are gluten free.  All the meats that have no additives are gluten free, but everything else be sure to check the ingredients.  I post this each quarter because not everyone gets their sale flier.  Please feel free to contact me if you have a specific question about whether an item is gluten free. 

Boneless Beef Tenders $7.99/lb.

Whole Boneless Sirloin Tips $2.99/lb.

Whole Boneless Ribeyes $6.99/lb.

Whole Boneless New York Strips $5.99/lb.

Fresh Ground Chuck $2.39/lb.

Whole Boneless Sirloin Pork Chops $1.79/lb.

Whole Boston Butts $1.49/lb.

Whole Boneless Pork Loins $1.99/lb.

Boneless Whole Eye of Rounds $2.99/lb.

Large Gulf Headless Shrimp $12.99/2.5lb. bag

10lb. box Tilapia Fillets $25.99

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.69/lb.

5lb. bag Fresh Fryer Drumsticks $3.99

Zeigler Wieners or Sliced Bologna 2/$3.00

Zeigler Sliced Stack Pack Bacon 2/$10.00

Johnsonville Brats or Italian Sausage 3/$10.00

12 oz. Sunnyland Sliced Bacon 4/$9.00

1 lb. Zeigler Meat Jumbos 2/$4.00

1lb. Carolina Pride Smoked or Polish Sausage 2/$4.00

12oz. Zeigler Southern Style Smoked Sausage 3/$9.00

3 slabs per pkg. Small Spare Ribs $1.99

3lb. pkg. Butch's Premium Ground Chuck Patties $7.99

15lb. box USA Farm Raised Catfish Nuggetts $23.00

2.5lb. bag Individually Wrapped Chicken Breast Tenderloins $3.99

2lb. bag Individually Frozen Peeled and Deveined Tail On Shrimp $14.99

10lb.bag Fresh Fryer Leg Quarters $6.50

5lb. bag Breaded Chicken Tenders $9.99

Scott 12 Double Roll Bath Tissue or 8 Roll Paper Towels Limit 2 $3.99

24pk./.5liter Aquafina Water $3.99

15ct. case/32oz.btls. Powerade Sports Drink $7.99

12pk./12oz. cans Pepsi Products 4/$12.00

6oz. bag Golden Flake Cheese Poppers , Curls or Puffs 4/$7.00

16oz. bag Golden Flake Sea Salt White Corn Tortilla Chips 2/$5.00

24pk. Super Chili Water $2.99

5.5oz. Lays Canister Snacks $4/$5.00

32 oz. jar Sauer's Mayonnaise 2/$4.00

8pk./20oz. bottle Gatorade Thirst Quencher $3.99

12pk./12oz.Budlight Platinum or Lime Beer $10.99

12pk.12oz. cans Miller Beer $8.99

18pk.16oz. cans Coors or Coors Light Beer $12.99

Pint Regular or Chocolate Tru Moo Milk 5/$5.00

15oz. can Del Monte Vegetables 10/$7.00

pint Blue Bell Ice Cream 8/$10.00

12oz.btl. Naturally Fresh BBQ Sauce 4/$4.00

11oz.bag Frito Lay Santitas 2/$3.00

12pk. 8oz.cans Budweiser or Bud Light Beer $5.99

16.6lb. bag Kingsford Charcoal Briquets $6.99

36oz. btl. Heinz Ketchup 2/$3.00

6pk. .5liter Pepsi and Pepsi Products 4/$12.00

10.5-15 oz. pkg.Hostess Lemon Creme Filled or Spring Time Snowballs 2/$5.00

Little Debbie Snack Cakes 2/$6.00

64oz. Barber's Orange Juice 2/$4.00

5lb. bag Mountain King Rustics 2/$4.00

6oz. pkg. Blueberries 2/$5.00

Del Monte Gold Pineapple $2.99

Navel Oranges 3/$2.00

Juicy Mangos 5/$5.00

Yellow Onions $.49/lb

8oz. bag Dole Lettuce 2/$3.00

3lb. Red Delicious Apples $1.99




Publix Gluten Free Sale Items Starting 3/14

Each week I am bringing you some of the best gluten free sale items at Publix thanks to Michelle at I Heart Publix check her site for the full ad matchup!  These items are to the best of my knowledge gluten free.  As always, be sure to check the ingredients to be sure they fit your specific dietary needs.  Remember that all fruits and vegetables fresh are gluten free as well as meats with no seasonings. 


Frito Lay Baked! Snacks: Lay’s or Ruffles, Doritos, Cheetos, or Tostitos Scoops! 8.75 to 11.5 oz, BOGO $3.99
-$1 off Produce wyb 2 Baked Lay’s tear pad 

Tostitos Salsa 9.9 to 15.5 oz, BOGO $2.95
-$1.75/3 Tostitos Tortilla Chips, 9 oz+ OR Dip, 15 oz+ Kroger Booklet, basketball MADNESS (exp 05/13/2012)
-$1/1 Tostitos Dip, 15 oz WYB Tortilla Chips, 9 0z+ 02/26/2012 Pepsi Insert (exp 03/17/2012)

Uncle Ben’s Boil in Bag Long Grain, Brown Whole Grain, Fast Cooking Brown Whole Grain, or Converted Rice, 14 to 15.8 oz, BOGO $2.59
$1/3 Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Brown Rice Product (if included)

Blue Diamond Almonds, 6 oz, BOGO $3.19
-$1/1 Blue Diamond Almonds, 6 oz 01/29/2012 SS Insert (exp 04/30/2012)

Pop Secret Premium Popcorn, 11.2 to 19.2 oz, or 30 oz, BOGO $4.99
-$1/2 Pop Secret, box 02/19/2012 RP Insert (exp 03/31/2012)
-$0.50/2 Pop Secret Products 02/19/2012 RP Insert (exp 03/31/2012)

Publix Deli Tea, BOGO $1.59

Land O Lakes Butter, 7 to 8 oz, BOGO $2.19


Silk Soy or Almond Milk, half gallon, 2/$5
$0.55/1 Silk Soymilk or Almondmilk, 8 oz. single or multi-pack
$1/1 Silk Pure Coconut Coconutmilk, Half Gallon
-$1/1 Silk Soymilk or Silk Pure Almond Milk peelie (exp 03/31/2012)
$0.75/1 Silk Half Gallon, Quart or Single Serves, 4 pk
$1/1 Silk Half Gallon, or Single Serve 4 pk
-$2/2 Silk Milk and Honey Bunches of Oats – found on Silk Milk peelie (exp 4/1/2012

Shedd’s Spread Country Crock, 45 oz, $2.69
-$1/1 Country Crock® Spread (zip 30187)
-$1/1 Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Spread AND Lender’s Bagel’s, p. 130 All You, March 2012 (exp 04/30/2012)

Del Monte Tomatoes, 14.5 oz, 10/$10
-$1/5 Del Monte Canned Vegetables, any 11 oz or larger 2/19/2012 RP Insert (exp 4/12/2012)


Aldi Gluten Free Sale Items Starting 3/14

Aldi Tips:

  • Bring a quarter for your grocery cart
  • Aldi does not accept manufacturer's coupons
  • Bring your own bags to bag your food
  • Aldi only accepts debit cards or cash, no credit cards


Broccoli $.89/16oz. pkg.

Carrots $.39/2lb. bag

Cauliflower $.89/each

Red Potatoes $.99/5lb. bag

Yellow Onions $.39/3lb. bag

Cabbage $.59/each

Clancy's Tortilla Chips $.99/13oz. bag

Casa Mamita Salsa $1.49/24oz. jar

Happy Farms Deli Sliced Cheese $1.99/8oz.

Happy Farms Shredded Cheese $2.99/16oz.

Happy Farms Cheese Blocks $1.79/8oz.

Gluten Free Gala Recap Birmingham

Above, the coordinators of the gala, Me, Christine, and Rebecca.  Our fabulous guests, Jules and Pam!  Thank you for making our expo so amazing!  You both were such a great asset to our event!

The long awaited Gala Dinner recap!  I am so sorry this has taken me so long.  I had put my family and so many other things on hold those last few weeks preparing for the expo.  I had to take a couple weeks to catch my breath, do some laundry, and work with my kids!  Thank you for being patient and understanding. 

We had a fabulous time at our 1st ever gluten free gala dinner.  It all came together beautifully.  We had over 130 people in attendance.  The only major speed bump we hit was when Dr. Fasano was unable to attend the gala and expo.  He was put in the hospital in Maryland on the Friday of our Gala dinner.  So thankful that Pam King from the Center for Celiac Research, and Anne Lee from Dr. Schar were able to present Dr. Fasano's speeches without trouble.  It was amazing! 

We started off the night with a glass of wine and 2Blu and the Lucky Stiffs.  They were just the right pace to set the evening.  We enjoyed the band, mingled and made new friends.  We watched iron chef between Sean Butler of Food Studio B and Pam King who was taking the place of Dr. Fasano, using his recipe.  We were able to watch as Food Studio B's team prepared our food. 

Next we were off to the main event.  The dinner and speakers.  We were so blessed to have such great sponsors of our dinner.  Sean Butler of Food Studio B so graciously donated his time, and efforts and put so much into our amazing gluten free meal.    We enjoyed Foccacia bread, fresh herbs, garlic confit, Sausage Stuffed Chicken Breast witha Blood Orange Basil Concasse, Portabello and Green Apple Pasta, salad with White Balsamic, and Neopolitain Cake.  We are so thankful to our other sponsors who also supplied food for our dinner,  Earth Balance, Jules Gluten Free, Bare Naked Noodles and Springer Mountain Farms.  It was such an amazing meal.  It was so fun to get to eat out for so many people and not worry about contamination or getting sick. 

During the dinner, we enjoyed Jules Gluten Free talking about the 1 in 133 project and her place she had in organizing the whole project as well as producing the world's largest gluten free cake.  It was amazing to hear what all went into preparing for this huge project and where we stand with better labeling laws.  We thank Jules for sharing this information with us.  Following Jules we heard from Anne Lee from Dr. Schar.  She gave us some great information on celiac disease and how it affects our bodies.  She did such a great presentation making it very informative and interesting.  Thank you Anne for sharing with us. 

After dinner and speakers, we continued to enjoy our guests as we began to prepare for the Gluten Free Expo the next day.

Stay tuned for the expo details! 


Alabama Weather Alert: Are You Prepared for Possible Tornados?

After last year's April 27th tornados, I hope no one takes the predictions for tornados lightly.  If you haven't already heard, Alabama is on target Again tomorrow for bad weather with a severe threat of tornados, long track ones.  The ones that could cause severe damage.  Now is the time to get together a disaster plan.  I don't take this lightly anymore since towns just 20 miles from me were wiped flat last year, and again already this year. 

A couple other wierd sounding suggestions:  get your cleaning caught up for the day.  Do your laundry, wash your dishes, run the dishwasher, run the disposal.  What?  That sounds crazy.  It really isn't.  Last year, although we did not have any damage at my home, we were out power for 7 days and 10 days without phones/internet.  This is not a pretty sight when you have 6 people in your family and you had dirty dishes in the sink, the disposal wasn't run, and a week's worth of laundry already.  Just planning ahead a little bit.  I will have all this ready this time. 

I am gathering items so we are ready.  I suggest you do the same.  Here are some items to think about having in your "safe place".

First and foremost,  have a weather alert radio.  Extremely important, especially since the threat of severe weather tomorrow could come late in the evening into the overnight hours.  These radios are crazy loud and I can't imagine anyone being able to sleep through it.  It is your first line of safety here.

Then, have helments for all your family members.  We stick all of them in a rubber tote and put them in the basement so we aren't scrambling in the wee hours of the night in a panic.  Since it will be night time, I will also have tennis shoes or boots for everyone. 

In another tote:

First aid kit



important medications

chargers for phones/radios



purse/wallet with insurance and drivers license/important documents

infant formula/food

To have in your home in case all is well with your house except no power

Be sure to have enough can foods to eat for 3 days.  This was another problem we ran into last year.  While we were out of power for 7 days and I was not prepared, I could not feed my celiac child.  We couldn't just run to McDonalds to get her a sandwich.  This year I have plenty of canned goods that she could eat if needed.  Plus, thankfully, there are more restaurants offering gluten free selections, but that gets expensive! 

Hope everyone stays safe!



Aldi Gluten Free Deals Starting 2/29

Wow!  The produce deals this week are great at Aldi!  I think I will be making some homemade lemonade this week!

Lemons $.99/2lb. bag

Baking Potatoes $.99/5lb. bag

Flat leaf spinach $.69/9oz. bag

Fresh mushrooms $.59/8oz. pkg

Broccoli $.89/16oz. pkg.

Cauliflower $.89/ea.


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